February 22, 2009

button button who's got the button?

I do!

More than one actually. We went to see MeMaw yesterday to celebrate her 75th birthday with bbq and some shopping in town. When she was here last time she had mentioned letting me go through her vast button collection and picking out all the ones I wanted. I reminded her and out came 6 tins full of buttons. Some were still on their original cards but most were loose. MeMaw, my mom and I spent at least an hour going through them all, picking out all kinds of fun, interesting and colorful buttons.

I can't wait to get home and organize them all by color and style. I'm a nerd about buttons, it's silly :)

Why does my MeMaw have over a thousand buttons? She used to be a professional seamstress. She made all my mom's, aunt's and uncle's clothing. She also sewed for people in town. My mom grew up making all her doll's clothes and began making her own clothes soon after. As I was growing up many of my dresses were made by MeMaw or my mom. My mom went on to make all my prom dresses.

I learned to sew from watching them and eventually trying my hand at it. I started making thing by hand and then moved on to using my mom's machine. I made my first purse about 4 years ago and haven't looked back since. I hope to someday teach my daughter about the love of sewing and the enjoyment that comes from holding something you made from scratch.

There are still many more buttons for me to go back and explore through. I think I mostly took all the brightly colored ones. MeMaw told me her children learned their colors by playing with all these buttons. I love it!

1 comment:

  1. I love buttons. I also love that each of these buttons has a history for you - anything you make with them will carry a trace of your MeMaw, your mum and the time the 3 of you have spent together. Lovely!

    My mum and I share your obsession with buttons - she's currently making a mosaic of my brother and I using buttons - time consuming but beautiful! xx