Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Buttons Buttons Buttons!

Just a quick post from me today to share with you all some lovely buttons I received in a gift this past weekend :-)


The buttons are mostly mother of pearl and belonged to my great grandmother. Before my grandad was born in 1931 she was a seamstress by trade - her specific job was to join the top and bottom part of socks together. While this career ended when she married and had her family she continued to sew and provide an alteration service for others.  Clearly not all of these buttons are from the same era - the pink button is clearly from a later point in time and most likely dates from the early 60's however a great number were and still have that lovely shine which the mother of pearl provides :-).


When she died my grandmother salvaged most of her buttons however never found the right project to use them on. Skip forward a number of years and she decided that I could probably put them to use. I hope to find a special project to use these for as it would be such a shame to waste them after all this time! Finally I was rather impressed by the writing on the old indigestion tablet container in which most of these buttons came:


Hope you are all enjoying your week - we actually have great weather right now in glasgow - it's just a shame we're stuck in such a dull office! I hope to have some photos taken in the sun later so I can share my most recent project

Jennifer xx

6 comments:

  1. What a little treasure! It's such a wonder to feel connected to your craft through the history of family. Mother of pearl makes lovely jewelry. Maybe check out Etsy ?

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    1. Definitely I agree! It's great hearing about your family from the things they did. Although I'm not sure I would want to make jewelry from the buttons - it's not really my style but I really love the concept and how they work for other people :-D.

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  2. What lovely buttons/story. The four hole buttons would look lovely with a Granville in Liberty Lawn. I also received some buttons in the post today - little tennis balls. Looking forward to your latest project - I've got a nautical Kim to blog about this w/e. X

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    1. You know it's funny you should say that as I was wearing my granville on Sunday when we went to my grandparents for lunch - which sparked the conversation of ' i have some buttons which would look great on a shirt like that...' haha. looking forward to reading about your Kim!

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  3. That is fabulous! Beautiful buttons and a beautiful story to go along!

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    1. Thanks. Now for the right project to come along to see if I can *actually* use them

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