Saturday, November 7, 2009

something old

While in Kansas, my mother in law decided to bless me with a gift, something that has been in her family for a very long time.
It also happens to be something that I love. love. love.
inside this very old tin are hundreds…
of buttons, fantastic buttons, lovely buttons.

Her mother collected these buttons for most of her life and passed them on to her and she wanted me to have them.  So they are old, which makes them authentically antique and incredibly beautiful.
She told me that many of them were collected during Great Depression.   People never threw away anything and if a garment of clothing was too worn to wear, they would remove and save the buttons for future use.
Just think, out of necessity these buttons were collected and saved for the sake of practicality and even pleasure…
and now they will be used for design,  inspiration, and creativity.
Oh, what fun this will be.
What are some of your favorite treasures that have been passed down to you?


  1. My mom use to have the same type of tin container full of amazing buttons and whenever she would make me something, I would get to dig through them and pick out what buttons I would like. I wonder if she still has that?

  2. I'm really jealous of your tin of old buttons! They are beautiful- what are you going to make with them?

  3. I am going to make lots and lots of fun, lovely things.

  4. Oh Liv, what a wonderful (and completely perfect) gift! I'm jealous. :) And I can't wait to see the projects you come up with!


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