Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Grandma's Button Box
Last fall my grandmother gave me her antique button box! I think I remember mentioning to her that I used buttons on my journals and books. When I arrived for my visit she had the button box waiting for me! It's not really a box, per se, but rather a button tin. It's oval with two little handles. The designs on the sides and top are detailed with gold and turquoise flowers. It's a treasure! She took me through the box, pulling out buttons and telling me the stories that went with them. "This was a wooden button off of your great-grandmothers wool coat!" "These buttons came from your grandpa's jacket!" She had an antique wooden spool from some sewing project in there as well along with scores of random, mismatched, well loved buttons of all shapes and sizes. I loved watching her face as she touched each button, piling the pearl buttons together and moving the strings of pink and orange plastic buttons to the side, each was a tiny little memory! I have a hard time using these buttons for my projects, simply because they're all so special! But, every once in a while, I'll pull one out and sew it onto the front of a book. My Country Rose journal boast such a button!