I can’t understand why I am drawn to tiny trinkets. Miniature figurines, toys, beads, and buttons always fascinate me. Do they attract you? I can’t seem to throw them away, so I always just put them in a box in a drawer. No more! Now, I’m putting them out on display for my guests to sift through — if they can snatch one of the silver ladles out of my hands.
At a local antique store (about which I will be telling you soon), the owner does a lot of mosaic work using trinkets. She had bowls full of “treasure” all over her shop with tiny wooden scoops in the bowls. With delight I grabbed a scoop and started sifting. It was like sifting in a Pirate’s treasure chest! I was having great fun … until I noticed the shop owner looking at me. I put down the scoop and grinned at her sheepishly. She said, “No, no no! Go ahead and scoop! That’s what it’s for, and EVERYBODY does it.”
You can bet it gave me an idea for all my tiny treasures. I told you long ago about a Hand-some Bowl that my husband gave me. It’s a huge ceramic bowl with carved hands holding it all around. I decided that it would be perfect for displaying my stuff. Why hide it in a drawer? With two antique silver ladles at the ready (bought at a garage sale for a buck, because the kids selling it didn’t know it was silver that needed polishing — they just thought it was dirty), it makes an interesting display for my coffee table.
I think it is a success because the first adult who saw it immediately began to scoop. However, I suspected that when I’m not looking five cats would want to scoop, so Mr. Tucker cut a circle of Plexiglass and inserted a lovely drawer knob from Anthropologie in the center.
This reminds me very much of the Magical Button Box we had as a child. Momma only brought it out to amuse us when we were sick. That is why it was “magic” … we never got to play with it long enough to grow bored by it. I think that if I were a parent of small children, I might put some trinkets like this in a covered tin to only bring out on special days or days when a child was ill. Do you think that a kid in today’s technological world would find interest in sifting through a bowl full of trinkets and treasures?