Like any good crafter, I love buttons.
After I wrote (in too much detail) about how much I love buttons, I received a mystery box from my grandmother. And, I bet you can’t guess what was inside.
Hundreds and hundreds of buttons in every color, size, shape and material. From every decade of the last 60 years. They’re kind of amazing.
These tiny blue buttons were held together on a great big gold safety pin. The picture doesn’t do them justice; they’re shiny and perfect, and the prettiest shade of periwinkle. And I think they’re going to have to end up on a baby sweater.
These tiny little rhinestone buttons were kept safe in their own little manilla envelope, away from the others. I don’t know their back-story, but I can tell they’re very old, and deserve to be kept safe until I can find something really special to put them on.
These pretty 1-inch buttons are a super cool. They’re resin (or something like that) that has been cast into layers, then carved out into the shape of flowers. I think Mom said they were from 1976 (although she could have been talking about the other red, white, and blue buttons) when everything turned all patriotic for the Bicentennial.
These are actually buttons! They are some sort of plastic, and about 2 inches across. My mom thinks they were originally on one of my great-aunt’s dresses back in the fifties. I think they are super weird and super fantastic.
There are so many more gorgeous buttons! I can’t wait to find things to do with them. From now on, everything I knit is going to end up covered with dozens of buttons. I can’t wait!
Do you have a favorite button? Do you have a button jar?