Monday Muse | The Beauty of Buttons

Buttons. Yes, a strange fascination, I admit. But I love them.

2010-05-31 - Monday Muse - The Beauty of Buttons

I’ve always loved buttons. Those colorful, textured little baubles from the past. And yes, I know, it doesn’t exactly match up with the whole de-clutter philosophy…but they do bring me such happiness. And happiness
equals home in my book.

So, a year ago, at our town’s annual Memorial Day weekend yard sale-a-thon, I found a gentleman who was selling a whole yard of lovely antiques. I managed to walk out of there with only a few things, all of which were quite useful…except these huge zip-lock bags full of buttons. Oh my. Time capsules in the waiting.

As my girls and I spilled each bag out on the living room floor, we thumbed through all the unique buttons. So many to pause and wonder at. Oh, the stories. Matter of fact, history. In the form of these teeny circular pieces that have held generations of clothes together. Big wooden buttons. Teeny metal ones. Wild buttons. Conservative buttons. Fabric covered. You name it. My collection of buttons has most anything you might be looking for. Now I just need to learn to make clothes! Hmmmm…not any day soon, me thinks.

So, while the buttons aren’t exactly being used on new garments, they set there waiting for another lets-pour-the-buttons-out afternoon. (Although I should warn, my younger daughter did eat a few buttons last time we had them out. She was 1 and a half and super-curious at the time. And some of those buttons did look tasty!)

And in case there are other buttons freaks out there (which I know there are, I’ve seen them talk
buttons on their own blogs), I wanted to share this lovely children’s books that was gifted to us last year. It’s Margarette S. Reid’s The Button Box. The Button Box is a rhythmic tale of the many buttons that exist in the world. It sparks the imagination and gives illustration to some of the garments these buttons could have fallen from. It shares whimsical activities one can easily do at home with just a few buttons on hand. And, it’s the perfect book to accompany a button-sifting afternoon with the kids.

Anyone else have a thing for buttons?

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