The magpie in me

I have confessed here how I collect (read: hoard) fabrics, wool, ribbons and craftbooks. I also have a quite impressive button collection, and I have shown some of it here. I also have many things in my cupboards I am not sure of. I am not sure why I have them, and I am also struggling to see a way to use them. But I suck at tossing things.



I have a big jar full of re-cycled metal buttons. And plastic buttons looking like metal. Flowers-shaped buttons, shiny pearl-looking buttons, diamond-shmiamond-buttons. I like them, they're very pretty, but I haven't managed to find any use for them. One could argue if the collection actually needs to be usable at all, but I would like to think that I keep things for reason. So I took a closer look...



...and fell in love again! I can't throw these away! But how could a natural fiber-lover like me (wool, linen, wooden buttons) find a use for such a plastic bling-bling? But as in many cases, the first answer is not always the last (or the best either)! I really think I need to experiment more and think outside the box more often, too. Here we go:



This little rose-holder was closely followed by these:



Little felt pouches with my old birds and some new flowers! I know these might not be everyone's favorites, but I like the new look! And that said it really doesn't take that much to make something look fresh (and new - I think I've used the word a few times here already) - I am happy with the results. Hello spring and sunshine: here come my bling-birdies!



Happy new week!

Yours,
Mia

22 comments:

Jill said...

Wow Mia - I love your new 'Bling Birdies'. You've found a great use for your button stash :0)
Wishing you a lovely week also. x

Mia said...

Thank you, Jill!

I like them too :) and I am so happy I found some use for little part of my large stash!

Happy and sunny day!

Yours,
Mia

Kerry said...

I especially love the green one with 3 round buttons, like balloons, lovely!

Mia said...

Thank you, Kerry!

Have a happy and crafty week!

Yours,
Mia

Helen Philipps said...

Such adorable button flowers!! They work so well and it just shows you should keep your buttons because some day they'll be used for something pretty! I do love your lively little birdie designs and the button flowers really enhance them. Have a Happy Monday, Mia. Helen x
P.S. Thank you for asking - and yes, my giveaway IS open to readers overseas so I'll definately put your name in the draw!!

Mia said...

Hi Helen,

Thank you for adding my name into the give-away pot :) And you are absolutely right; you never know when you'll find use for those little treasures ;) you have saved for years!

Happiest week!

Yours,
Mia

Jane said...

That is a super new twist there on your lovely bags Mia, I love them all. It shows that you never "hoard" anything, you are just waiting for the right time to use them! ;0)
Have a great evening and a creative week.
Jane x

greenrabbitdesigns said...

I love your new bling birdies Mia, they look great!! :)
You can always find a use for things, sometimes it just takes a little while to get there.
Have a great week Mia, with less snow hopefully!!
Vivienne x

Shanti said...

I love, love, your bags!

ANNE said...

Love these "bling" birdies. Doesn't it feel good to use something from your storage boxes?!
Have a wonderful week.

Anne at PlumCreek

Mia said...

Hi Jane,

I know, I was so happy to think that I'm not a hoarder, just a wise-keeper instead :) Have a great week and kisses to B!

Yours,
Mia

Mia said...

Hello Viv,

It's NOT snowing, hooray! And I am so happy to play around my little bird-designs, buttons are not that big change but something new still :)

Have a happy week!

Yours,
Mia

Mia said...

Thank you so much, Shanti!

Many birdie-filled greetings from Finland!

Yours,
Mia

Mia said...

Hi Anne,

It feels wonderful! I am so happy you liked the "new" birdies, they make me smile too :)

Happiest week and many greetings to all of you!

Yours,
Mia

Teje said...

Dear Mia, vow - amzingly beautiful! I was thinking...I like mostly the green...or the pink....no...the blue...and the grey - no way to choose! They are just so qute! great idea!
Sunny wishes! xxx Teje

Mia said...

Thank you Teje,

Such a compliment from skilled crafter like you! Happy quilting to you!

Yours,
Mia

Pam said...

I love the birdies and their buttons Mia. I'd like one in every colour!
P xx

Mia said...

Thank you, Pam :)

Have a happy day and weekend also soon!

Yours,
Mia

thelinencat said...

Cute Bling Birdies! I'm a super hoarder as well, my husband it a thrower so it's not always an easy mix in our house, especially as we don't have huge amount of storage space!

Hope you're having a lovely week, Beth :)

Mia said...

Hi Beth!

I am the hoarder in our household too, and luckily hb is not, I think his belonging would fit into a few suitcases and the rest of the house is my "important stuff" :) But hey, as we see, these buttons were "needed" after all!

Happiest weekend soon!

Yours,
Mia

littlecottonbluebirds said...

I really like the buttons and I also have trouble throwing things away. Added them as an embellishment makes your most wonderful knittings even more stunning.
Have a wonderful Friday, Hugs,Dani

Mia said...

I know what you mean, Dani, and luckily many things I've kept have found their places with time :)

Happy weekend!

Yours,
Mia