A place where valuables are stored, especially
the clothes, linen, etc., that a woman might store in preparation for
her marriage. Literally, the lowest drawer of a chest of drawers.
figurative use of the term 'bottom drawer' to refer to the items that a
woman stores in readiness for marriage began use in the 19th century.
It was certainly in use in Cheshire by 1886, as this entry in Robert
Holland's A glossary of words used in the county of Chester [Cheshire] shows:
"If a young woman were to buy
a set of tea things, or a tablecloth, or what not, and were asked what
use she had for such things, she would answer, 'Oh! they're to put in
my bottom drawer.'"
It is odd that the similar phrase 'top
drawer', which refers to items of the best quality and which also
derives from a literal reference to the drawer of a cabinet, should be
otherwise unrelated to 'bottom drawer'. We might imagine that if 'top
drawer' is the best, then 'bottom drawer' would be the worst. It's not
so, which amply demonstrates the difference between the literal and the
there you have it...i named the new website 'bottom drawer designs' because i am notorious for using this n that, old & new, shabby & classic...a variety...a mixture...the forgotten paper on the bottom of the rack is my favorite to pair with a brand new lovely embellishment to make something a little wonderful...
i thought of 'bottom drawer' as the last of the picks...the left overs...the unwanted...which of course, i want...and throw together in my designs...
however, i love this explanation that i found...it's actually the treasures!!! the best to savor for the future...so, the bottom drawer really is the good stuff!!! yay! cause i thought so all along!!!
a new year means a new faith journal...that's what i call the notebook that i journal in when i need to, where i write prayer requests or things i want to remember to talk to God about...things i want to go back and recall...look at how things have changed and how those prayers were answered...any problems that i need to work through...it also ends up with directions, eye doctor recommendations, and notes from bible study...it pretty much is used for whatever i fancy...cause it's mine like that...
do you want one to write any little thing you want in??? well, you are soon to be very, very lucky then!!! cause...wait for it...this is just the thing that will be sold at bottom drawer designs...
some of you have been asking what it is all about...and, since we are approaching launch day (no set date...just working up to it!!!) i wanted to give you a little more information...it is a store of ready made crafts...and papercrafts...with a vintage feel...cause that's how i roll...
so, there is your update...a sneak peek...and an explanation, whether you wanted it or not!
happy weekend people!
from the bottom drawer:
jenny bolin papers & bingo card, making memories 'vintage findings' goodies, and a few vintage buttons and a doily...seam binding, cause everything i make ends up with some of that deliciousness eventually...everything was inked up with walnut distress ink...