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It all started with my mom’s button basket. I’m sure your mom, or maybe your grandma, has one, too. Sifting through, trying to find one that would fit the shirt I wanted to wear, I came across a sweet white shank button with a painted red car. ‘Where did this one come from?,’ I asked Mom. ‘A pair of bibs your brother used to wear,’ she replied. I sifted through again and found buttons that conjured more memories. A Mickey Mouse button from a jacket my sister had, a knotty leather button from a sweater I wore on chilly fall evenings. Then my fingers trailed across THE button. Heavy and shiny with a sort of 3D star image; I was hooked. I scooped up the buttons I had found and took them back to my home. But what to do with them? Seemed silly to put them back in a box. At the time, I was carrying a deep green felted purse with a simple flower embellishment. I still carry it today but there are many more ‘embellishments’ now…

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  • Born on March 19
  • Joined June 25, 2011

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BUTTONS and anything I can put them on

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It all started with my mom’s button basket. I’m sure your mom, or maybe your grandma, has one, too. Sifting through, trying to find one that would fit the shirt I wanted to wear, I came across a sweet white shank button with a painted red car. ‘Where did this one come from?,’ I asked Mom. ‘A pair of bibs your brother used to wear,’ she replied. I sifted through again and found buttons that conjured more memories. A Mickey Mouse button from a jacket my sister had, a knotty leather button from a sweater I wore on chilly fall evenings. Then my fingers trailed across THE button. Heavy and shiny with a sort of 3D star image; I was hooked. I scooped up the buttons I had found and took them back to my home. But what to do with them? Seemed silly to put them back in a box. At the time, I was carrying a deep green felted purse with a simple flower embellishment. I still carry it today but there are many more ‘embellishments’ now. I sewed the buttons I had found that day to my purse and add others that I love as I find them. It’s kitschy, it’s fun, and it makes me happy. The things I make put a smile on my face, too, and I hope they will do the same for you.

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