If you're like me, you are a collector. Not a hoarder, a collector. Hoarding is a sickness; collecting is not. So I have been collecting buttons since I started this hobby, oooh, about 9+ years ago. I finally got a bug up my butt that I needed to organize them. Actually, I need to re-organize EVERYthing, but buttons first.
I was going to color code a few drawers in my library card catalog, but then I realized the SU ribbon spools won't all fit in there, and neither would the buttons, so I've put that on the back burner for now. I may still organize other things - later.
Buttons. I haz buttons. The first thing I did was get a box to use to sort them:
Then I took out all my buttons from their various hiding places and looked at them.
Some SU button collections already in jars:
Some Bazzill button tubes from forever ago, and a zip-top baggie of baby buttons:
So once I got over that, I set in to sort all of these babies by color. Here's what I ended up with:
About half-way through the sorting exercise I realized this container would not work as permanent storage if I wanted to interact with the buttons. I need to be able to see what's in each section, and rooting around in one color flings them into another one, and you can't dump out only one color ... not working. So I went to the store and got more of those plastic bottles, and proceeded to put one color in each bottle.For some of the colors I re-used the larger PTI containers and also that tall plastic one that held my Mike's collection.
In the end, I have this:
You can see a re-used PTI container there in the front that holds my whites & creams. It would have taken two of the jars/bottles to hold them, and this made more sense. I also found I do have black buttons! And grey! I granted each of them their own container.
While sorting, I tried to incorporate ALL my SU buttons into the fold, but alas, there wasn't room in the bottles if I included what I affectionately call the Big A$$ buttons, so those had to come out. I mean, seriously, if I'm looking for a button, I already know if it is or is not going to be Big A$$, right? So all of those got to live together in this container:
I think I need to stamp now. :)
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