I can almost pinpoint the moment when my love of buttons began. It all started with my great grandmother. She had her own little sewing/TV room and it's where my sister and I would play when we were visiting. The floor was that old linoleum that would crackle when you walked on it. There was a big red rocking chair in the corner, a sewing machine, a black and white television and a closet filled with magical things. She had coloring books, games, dolls and strings and strings of buttons.
I would sit there forever looking at every button. She had a story for most of them and we would discuss our favorites-the image of this is crystal clear. When I got older we would make doll clothes and I would get to snip a special button off of the string to use on a dress or shirt.
Her buttons were passed on to me and I still have them. Some of them have been used in various projects but the most special ones (and our favorites) are stored in a jar. I have added to the collection over the years but my most special favorites are still the same.
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The favorites. The blue ones are hand painted glass and are about 1/4" The photo doesn't do the pinkish one justice. It's about 100 different colors at a time.
A shoebox lid of assorted white buttons.
My old sewing box from junior high. It contains my grandmother's (I guess it's a family obsession) buttons.
A mix of vintage and new reds.
A box of vintage shell buttons.
Vintage metal buttons. I love the crown Nepaul ones.
My favorite green buttons-I am finding it difficult to use these on something.
These are hand carved.
I love some of the cards that the buttons came on.
Vintage button bracelet.
At 3" I think this is the largest one in the collection.