Monday, June 9, 2008

I Remember Laura Week 2

It's all about buttons this week at Quill Cottage.



A button jar has always been on display in my home for years. It's a collection of buttons started by the former owner of the home that my husband and I purchased in 1979. She was an avid sewer and had many, many buttons stored in jars and tins all over the place. After we had been in the house for some time, I found more stored on the top shelf of the pantry in the shed. Calling to tell her about them, she laughed and said that they were all mine. Goody!

As a child, I was not allowed to play in button collections. Perhaps that is why I kept some on display and allowed all the children who were interested to play with them. My niece was the one who loved them best. She still does and has her own collection now and uses buttons in her art all the time.

Oh, did you notice how clever I was to display the buttons on top of the tabletop quilt that I spoke about at last week's "I Remember Laura"? Yup, just had to show you that I did get it accomplished after all.

Have a wonderful time on this week's button tour! Follow the link at the top of this post...

23 comments:

  1. I was just about to ask what you were holding out on when I saw that beautiful piece your buttons were resting on. How fun that your house came with a button collection! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I wish I had my mom's button box....we would open it up, dump it on the table and sort the colours, oooh and ahhhh about the different shapes and colours....what memories.

    Thanks for sharing

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  3. When I was a kid my mom had a job where she had to count out buttons and put them in boxes and then mail them. She worked out of our basement and we had buttons all over the place. I used to help count out the buttons.
    Maybe that's why I don't have a button collection now!! :-)

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  4. Oh I used to love my mother's button collection as a child! What is it about buttons? LOL!
    How fortunate that the former owner of your home decided she no longer wanted hers! Bonus!! LOL!
    Have a beautiful day Vee!

    Jan

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  5. Great job on the quilt. You are giving me much needed inspiration.
    How lucky that you bought a button collection as well as a home.

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  6. I'm glad you got your quilt done, it's very pretty. You have quite a button collection.

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  7. How fun! Isn't it a neat tradition to pass on?

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  8. Button collections are the best! I remember playing with my mom's buttons...housed in an old tin. And my granddaughter's liked nothing better than to play with my buttons when they were small (not exactly a CSA approved toy!). How lucky of you to acquire someone else's collection...a great keepsake.

    Good job on the quilting.

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  9. Yaaah on the quilt! I love buttons too and have both my grandmother's and my husband's grandmother's buttons. You've given me a great idea to display them.

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  10. I have a button jar that was my husband's Mothers. Our Granddaughter likes to dump the buttons and play with them....Mary

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  11. We just got some more buttons at a yard sale (you can never have enough buttons)!

    Have a blessed and wonderful day!

    smiles, kari & kijsa

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  12. Your quilt is so pretty!

    I loved looking at my Mom's button collection (and costume jewlery collection) when I was a child. My kids were more interested in my postge stsmp collection however. I've saved pretty commemorative stamops for years and years.

    Hugs, Pat

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  13. Your table top quilt is amazing! I love old buttons, displayed in jars sounds like a wonderful idea not to mention you know where they are when you need to find one :). I so wanted to participate in remember Laura but I have been so busy outside and getting ready for my family's visit.

    Have a wonderful evening!
    Kathi :)

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  14. I remember going through my Moms button tin all of the time. She had the most amazing sparkling rhinestone buttons, pearl buttons and so much more. I have a button tin, but it has basic everyday newer buttons that come extra with clothes - lol.
    Penny

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  15. Hello there, I noticed you from comments to Brin all the time, so I became very curious of you. I just had to check you out. I am not dissapointed I came. I will be back. In fact you have a lot of very interesting blogs listed that I would also like to pay a visit. I love buttons too. I have a 4 gallon Ball jar full of buttons.
    Nice to meet you vee,
    Shanda

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  16. Vee...I have an old Ball jar half full of shell buttons....when I'm at the flea markets I look for more now and then....they are all white or cream colors...I use them now and then on some little something :)

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  17. There's just something about buttons. I have some of my grandma's buttons. I'm not much of a seamstress but I love buttons and keep adding to the collection. Then I guess I'll pass them on to my daughter.

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  18. I always like finding little treasures so I would have been so excited to find the little button collection. A wonderful house warming gift in a new home. Lovely post.

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  19. Does anybody remember the game Button Button Whose Got the Button? I remember either my mom or my Grandma telling us about that but I don't remember the details.

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  20. Vee,
    I came by way of Barbara's blog...

    I, too, have several button jars and to me they are time capsules as usually there are other small treasures mixed in...perhaps a coin, or token or small toy....

    I enjoyed visiting and plan to come again.....Betty @ Country Charm

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  21. I had never thought about displaying buttons. Mine are in cans. Hmmmm.

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  22. What a treasure! I am glad the previous owner let you keep the ones you found, and I am glad you make yours available for children now to play in.

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