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Buttons & Memories


The other day I was searching for two large wooden buttons for a cowl I just finished crocheting. I poured out all my buttons onto the counter and started searching. As Murphy would have it I found many I liked but only one each.
All of the sudden I was hit with a rush of memories. I remembered sitting on my Grandma's large bed and looking through her old tin of buttons. I used to sit for hours, organizing them but color, size and type. I love playing with those buttons and imagining how wore them and how they lived. My imagination would run wild. I loved Grandma's old button tin.

It's funny how every day things can trigger memories; some sad and some very sweet.
Did your Grandmother have a button tin?

9 comments:

  1. Hi Tori, I found your blog through Susanne and thought I'd pop over and say hi. Couldn't help but be drawn in by the picture of all those gorgeous buttons and the beautiful quilt in the post below. Yes, my grandmother and my mother had button tins, and I have a lot of those buttons mixed in with mine now. I love sifting through them and seeing the ones from years ago. I enjoyed your post about Bible journaling. That's something I've seen on Pinterest and while my Bible has narrow margins, I do write in it. I'd love to have a one with space to do more. Someday. Enjoy your weekend!

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  2. I "inherited" my mother-in-law's big tin of buttons. OH, yes, I'm a collector....of way too many things. LOL Happy Saturday to you....HOPE you're feeling lots better by now.

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  3. My grandma had a beautiful button tin, with embroidery on the lid. Like you, I spent many hours sorting through. Lovely memories, thank you!

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  4. Oh yes...and I have fond memories...and she had a big jewelry box full of faux costume jewelry she allowed us to play with...have a beautiful rest of the weekend.

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  5. My grandma had a Singer foot pedal machine in a cabinet that had drawers, and she kept her buttons in one of those drawers. I inspected all the drawers ~ buttons, thread, pieces of lace ~ it was a treasure.:-)

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  6. My grandmother did not have one, but she did buy me one from an antique mall. I have often wondered about the buttons. There is also a great children's book, Grandmother's Attic, that is about the stories from her grandma's button tin.

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  7. My grandma and my mom had cookie tins of buttons. I have a wooden box of them with sections in them. A bunch of my mom's buttons got used to make eyes on snakes made from ties for vbs jungle theme craft.

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  8. Yes, and actually I have one too. It also has some thread in it, but mostly buttons : )

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  9. I have a button tin! I don't even sew! LOL I thought you were going to say the memories were from outfits your kids wore at various times in life. Mine would be. It would go something like, "Oh look! This fell off of Aubree's dress when she was 2, and I never got around to sewing it back on." LOL And then I would remember her being little!

    I didn't sort anyone's buttons, but I had a weird thing with pretending all the canned foods in our cabinets were families! Haha I seriously would make the 8 oz cans babies, 15 oz cans teens, and the big Hunts spaghetti sauce cans and such the parents. :) I did the same thing with pencils, pens, and crayons. The families would then all go to church and gather in the choir. Oh my. Well, that's what you do when you don't have any siblings at home! LOL

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