Tuesday, May 5, 2009


This is Mehitable. She is wearing clothes co-opted by my daughter.
It's so cool to have a girl who loves vintage clothes!

That same girl who loves vintage clothes is a college junior taking 4 English courses this semester. Since high school she has asked me to read the papers she writes. I feel blessed she cares for my opinion, tho I think the value I provide is in reassuring her that her papers are really good. Oh, I suggest a possible word choice (not always used) and where to put commas. And I am good at catching mistakes in bibliographies. She is such a good writer, what editing I suggest is really minor; my value has never been in re-writing anything she does! In fact I think she has taught me to be a better writer, not the other way around.

It's the last week of the semester, so in between reading papers for my daughter, I have been working over in the shop!

My daughter discovered this sweater which used to belong to my mom. Some of the beads were missing so I sewed vintage faux pearls on to complete the pattern. She wore it to a couple parties. Now I am looking for the same style and size, without the beading, for day wear! It's always easy to spot the vintage ones cuz the buttons are so understated and distinct.

And here is where I make the transition from daughter to buttons;
editing papers to editing collections!

I have been opening boxes and sorting whatever is in them. Last week it was photographs and ephemera. That was easy. This week it is buttons and I am overwhelmed! I really love buttons and have an extensive collection. Sorting them just sidetracks me! Trying to edit what I have is almost impossible.

A pile of the distinct sweater buttons. The smaller ones are probably from the 1940's & 50's.

Most of these glass buttons have pie-crust edges.
I love it when I discover coloured ones.

I would like to get a new camera for close-ups. Standing on a 4 legged stool is a bit precarious, and it still didn't give me the clear shot I wanted.

And now it's time for me to go read the last paper of this semester. I am thoroughly impressed by her stamina. 3 Lit courses and an advanced Poetry Seminar would have done me in!


The French Bear said...

What a lovely collection of buttons!
You must be really proud of your daughter, most kids write in text language and it is hard to make them realize what they are doing to the English language....
Margaret B

SharDon Exclusives said...

Your buttons are wonderful! I have quite a collection that was passed down to me. Momma even color coded them for me. Sweet lady. Anyway, I just get lost in sorting through them. It is very relaxing but I sure can't get rid of a single one!! Thanks for sharing a pic. of your toes...ha ha

The Whispering Poppies said...

My MIL gave me a sectioned-box full of some of the vintage glass buttons she used to sell at the shop. Whenever I receive things like that from family, it makes me not want to use them (like I've become their caretaker)! lol

Mehitible is wonderful! I think I'd freak out my kids if I ever brought home a mannequin!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I do that with close ups too, but try to crop out the toes.....