Sanford & Son, Japanese style

I was over at my parents’ house today, and I asked my mother if she still had her button box. My intent, of course, was to steal it. We started looking for it and in the process unearthed some other relics, including a bunch of Japanese embroidery thread:

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thread from ma interior.JPG

My mother used to do a lot of tatting (or maybe it’s just tiny crocheting), and she tried to pawn off that thread and such on me, but I told her I can’t tat or crochet. Maybe I can have her show me before we both get too ancient. She also used to bead. We had a good laugh over some giant beaded rings she made, but I took one and wore it all day!
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Oh, and we did finally find the button box:
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I also found some vintage fabric scraps, and we went to Kinokuniya, where I purchased three Japanese craft books, so hey, there’s fodder for tomorrow’s post!

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21 Responses to Sanford & Son, Japanese style

  1. megan says:

    That’s a whole lotta loot you found! I want to dig through your parents house with you someday 🙂

  2. Susan says:

    How funny – my (Japanese) mom had a sizeable button box too, and I absconded with it as well. The “box” is actually a small, ancient fruitcake tin and I refuse to replace it.

  3. ooh man! you scored! you should take the embroidery thread if not only for decoration! beautiful colors!

  4. carolyn says:

    that ring is amazing…

  5. Lydia says:

    Oh, that ring is “smashing, baby” as some might have said in the ’60s (not that I would really know). It looks very cool!

  6. littany says:

    you are my hero

  7. Stella says:

    Hai! You hit paydirt!

  8. Amy says:

    I love the pearl ring!

  9. Jaime says:

    The button box is such a treasure! And that ring looks fun, if even just to save away.

  10. Peggy says:

    Now I understand why you needed to be in Portland. It was the buttons all along. I like the ring. Sort of reminds me of frog eggs, but maybe I have a recent Camilla post in mind?

  11. Gina says:

    That ring is great! What’s the point of a bauble if it isn’t big?

  12. Sandee says:

    I inherited my grandmother’s button box when she passed away, along with her ancient brown plastic sewing box that came with some VERY old zippers…tons…all different colors. The buttons reside in a very old, dented, rusty, Japanese sweets box and I wouldn’t replace it for the world!
    I love that giant beaded ring!

  13. jess says:

    that ring is great! Look forward to seeing your other treasures.

  14. Emily says:

    I absolutely love the embroidery thread! The box is so nice, and the colors are gorgeous…. I like button boxes, but my mom doesn’t have a good one, but that’s probably becuase I still live with her and so I steal all the good ones….

  15. Julia says:

    I love the pearl ring your mother made!! It’s beautiful and funk at the the same time. =)

  16. stephanie says:

    ooh, looks like there’s some goodies in that button box. thanks again for the invite.

  17. carrie m says:

    i totally love digging through my mom and grandma’s old sewing and mending boxes. frankly, i think that ring is fabulous.

  18. Meg says:

    Lucky you, my Ma chucked all her stuff out many moons ago.

  19. Jennifer says:

    I love your honesty about trying to steal your Mom’s button box. Did you succeed? I also love the pearl bead ring. I remember those well. What a wonderful trip down your memory lane.

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