‘Cause That’s What Friends Are For…

I have what could be termed, an “eclectic” group of friends. It’s actually sort of an interesting phenomena, because–unlike most people, who seem to lots of friends in common with one another–my friends are sort of grouped into various categories of my life. Crafty friends, Blazers fans friends, politics friends, friends I’ve worked with, friends who knew me when I was a kid. Not very many of them reach across these random delineations–and, actually, not many of them know each other. This is probably a result of my having so many different interests that are not particularly related. (Although, I never thought of it before, but I wonder if this is actually more normal than I assume–maybe pop culture, a a la Friends has made me assume that most people have large groups of friends that all hang out together? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.) Anyway, despite this, two of my friends–Susan and Bryan–seem to reach across these categorizations, since I have loads in common with both of them. Funnily enough, they’re both people whom I’ve only known a relatively short while. And they both, obviously, know me pretty well–since they’ve recently bestowed upon me some totally awesome crafty gifts.

Bryan recently mentioned to me that when he was helping to downsize his 96-year old grandma into a smaller living situation, he came into possession of her “sewing kit.” Yes, this was the term he used. So, when he asked me if I wanted it, I assumed he meant some thread, needles, maybe a spare button or two. That sort of thing. You know, sewing kit stuff. So imagine my surprise when Bryan showed up at our house with this tin of goodies.

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This tin is pretty strange--it seems to be a mixed metaphor, season-wise.

Yes, what looks like an ancient can of “Gay Nineties Cookies” (and please fill me in, if you know what on Earth those are), was actually a treasure trove of vintage buttons and sewing notions.

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We dumped everything out on the floor of my home office.

We had quite a good time sorting through everything…

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Poor Bryan--he's allergic to dogs and Saoirse just loves him.

Here are a few of the highlights…

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Old hooks and eyes. Love that they're steel and made in the USA.

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Not sure of the vintage of these--but they're a great red and have a neat swirl of metallic paint through them. I'm really liking the rectangular shape, too.

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I really like this metal button. It's got a nice floral motif.

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These floral buttons are totally yummy, too.

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Thread on wooden spools!!! Remember that?

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This group of buttons is just darn pretty--the two pearly-looking ones are not plastic. Not sure what they are, but not plastic.

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Wood-freaking-grain! Love me some faux bois.

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This button is pretty old, probably 1950s or so.

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Now, what could this be?

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A sewing kit! I love the colored foil with the embossing.

I’ll definitely need a copy of Susan’s new book to figure out uses for all of these special buttons.

And speaking of Susan, she completely blew me away with some fabulous gloves she embellished.

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Susan didn't know this, but I really needed a new pair of gloves--the dog stole mine, and hid them in the yard somewhere.

When Susan gave me these (right before we went to this game), this was what she said,

“The left glove is represents Brandon [Roy]. Because he’s so good at going to his left.

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Yes, despite being a righty, Brandon Roy is killer with his left hand.

“The right glove represents Channing [Frye]. Because he’s ‘right on.’”

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Channing Frye is indeed, "right on," even though he's played only 4 minutes in the last month or so.

Needless to say, I was thrilled, thrilled, thrilled with this incredibly thoughtful gift.

So that’s that. I just had to do a bit of bragging on how wonderful these two both are. I’ve been a bit stressed out lately, and their thoughtfulness really helped–probably more than they realized. ‘Cause that’s what friends are for… (Cue the music.)

~Sarah

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2 thoughts on “‘Cause That’s What Friends Are For…

  1. First of all, thanks for the nice post. I’m glad to be your friend.

    I can NOT believe that the tin said Gay Nineties on it and I didn’t even notice. Scandalous! My grandma is too hip for words.

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