It is so nice of you to return to my sewing room to explore the contents of "The Little Sewing Hutch". I've been collection sewing items from "the old days"for quite a few years now. I just cringe at the idea of people trashing these items just because they have out-lived their use.
There are several "collections" within this collection.
Here are some of the items "Bea" left in our other house. There are old well-worn pearl buttons in the square candy tin. The red oriental tin contains other interesting buttons that appear to have come off old garments.
In front is a number of plastic thimbles with the names of local political candidates from Greenville's past.
This shelf contains old notions, pressing cloth, tracing paper, etc. in addition to a basket full of old threads and carded buttons.
I purchased this box of "Lily boil-proof thread" from a yard sale of an elderly lady in our neighborhood. They are in their original box and were manufactured in Shelby, NC.
The boxes of embroidery floss are a recent find during a recent antiquing adventure!
This shelf contains the contents of a package I received in 2005 from a dear lady I have known most all my life. She now resides in the Upper Peninsula, but she has delighted in sending me "goodies" over the years.
She found an old basket laying in someones pile of trash and happened to pick it up. She sent me part of the contents of that basket. I hope to share more of this with you some day.
These are some odds and ends. In the glass container hiding behind the beautifully wrought lavender sachet made by my dear friend, Paula, is a cotton boll. 26 years ago, my dear husband and I were traveling down a highway here in the area we now live, and he stopped the car on the edge of the road next to a field of cotton. He got out and plucked this one for me. At that time, there were still cotton fields here and there in this area. During Bea's days, cotton was king~it was grown all over the country side. Now, you will rarely find such a thing.
Do you ever try to imagine the way people lived "back then"? I'm sure it was much simpler. There were fewer choices. There was a lot less to distract a homemaker.
In our ultra-modern world, we as homemakers must continually keep focused on our purpose. To love our husbands and children. To keep our homes.