vintage buttons, in every color and shape
Following my brief burst of fame, I received many charming comments. They ran the gamut from nostalgic women recalling the era of the first gum wrapper chains, to teens excited to try a new craft with their friends. And, of course, the occasional dissenter, like the person who said “you have gross fingazz”. I deleted that one (i like to think i just have the hands of a crafter).
And of course, there are always those people on each edge of the spectrum. The ones who will attempt to bring down someone they don’t even know; and the ones who will do the very opposite. Who will lift up and inspire a random stranger because they can.
And that was Lenore. She browsed my site, and somehow (i can’t imagine how ;) ) ascertained that I had a penchant for buttons. She had inherited quite a collection of vintage buttons, and she decided to share them with me. Oh, how lucky!
I received a glorious package, a large padded envelope filled to the brim with buttons and more buttons. I covered my floor, as you can see in the first picture, and left them out there for three whole days, just looking. Each time, a different set caught my eye. They are all incredible.
Of course, my favorites are the decorative cards. These make me laugh – who would choose the “standard” pearls when they could be stylish? Or have swagger?
So many colors and shapes, from so long ago. I will use them well; I will display them and cherish them well. I dream of having a wall in my future sewing room
that I can cover in button cards: the greatest wallpaper ever.
Ultimately, the buttons have inspired me, and will continue to inspire me. I can’t wait to start on some button projects. But what inspired me most is Lenore – I hope that I can live with such generosity of spirit. Thank you! They are beautiful.