Buttons brings out that childhood collector

The greatest poem ever known
Is one all poets have outgrown:
The poetry, innate, untold,
Of being only four years old.
/Christopher Morley, To a Child

Mom's button collection

As I sat silently sewing green buttons to a knitted sweater my mom went into her sewing room several times. She came back with bags and boxes. She filled the table with her ever growing button collection. She emptied a plastic bag that she thrifted for next to nothing this summer. It was filled with brown, black and metal buttons. They spread on the decoupaged tray. Mom was in a mood for sorting. For a while even my dad was there, looking through, picking up and putting down. I took out my camera, what else?

Mom's button collection

Buttons fascinate because there are so many variates on one theme. They come in different sizes, materials and colors. I think we like them because a jar of buttons is intertwined with our childhood collector. Like tiny treasures they can be sorted in a thousand different ways. You can play games with them, trade them, display them in glass jars on a shelf or use them in practically any craft project! Any project you ever do could be better if you add a button. Sew it to fabric, glue it to wood.

Mom's button collection
Some buttons look like candy or sea shells.

Mom's button collection
Men’s hardware boxes are perfect for women’s button collections. Screw (don’t nail) the meant intention, see the possibilities!

Mom's button collection
Same size and color in plastic zip-lock bags.

Mom's button collection
It’s easy to thrift black buttons, but what I want is a collection like this of red, green and pink buttons!

Mom's button box
Order in mom’s button box once again.

Yellow I had to play some with the buttons too. I lined up a couple by color. A yellow set. A purple one. My favorite buttons are the more heavy glass buttons. Transparent and shimmering. I even created little button bracelets but I’ll post my photos of those tomorrow.

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16 Responses to Buttons brings out that childhood collector

  1. Christy says:

    Your button collection is amazing!!! I especially love your yellow and orange collections! So juicy and happy colours.

  2. Flassie says:

    One day dd and I were talking and I told her I’d like to be 4yrs old again. She said, she’d like to be 7yrs old. My dgrc is 4yrs. old.

    The first dress I wore to school was brown and cream colors with the words Button Button Who’s Got The Button embrodiered on it with buttons.

    I really like using buttons to change the look on an outfit.

    I changed a baby boys coat with teddy bear pockets into a girls coat by adding two vinage buttons one on top of the other and tiny silk flowers next to the ears of the teddy bears.

    As always your such an inspiration and great writer.

    I found the search button that you spoke of at the top. Thanks for letting me know.

    God Bless and Grace and Peace Be Multiplied to You and Yours!!!

  3. maria says:

    ooh.. this post wasn’t good for my button phobia…

  4. ?h, s?dana l?ckerheter! Jag ?lskar knappar!

  5. cathy says:

    Wonderful button collection Hanna. Buttons are endlessly fascinating. As a child I had a huge collection of buttons and I assembled all the small grey ones (boys) and small coloured ones (girls) and pretended they were children in school. I made classrooms out of narrow strips of paper and I moved the children around for their lessons. Ahh childhood….

  6. Guzzisue says:

    there is something therapeutic about sorting buttons, I keep a box unsorted just for the days when I feel the need to run my hands through them- maybe I’m just a little weird?

  7. iHanna says:

    christy: as I say in the text, this is not my collection, it’s my mothers, but I agree with you about the orange ones! they are juicy!

    maria: I thought you’d say something like that – but this post was not written for you! :-P

    cathy: thanks for sharing your childhood memories, I enjoyed reading about your classroom button play! :-)

    guzzisue: I don’t think you’re weired at all. I keep uncut magazines to cut to pieces for days when I need that therapeutic something, I guess it’s the same meditative thing! :-)

  8. Nyx says:

    Buttons are great.. I have often organized and put them into piles onto to have put them into a single container for the love of thumbing through them all to find the one!

  9. Flassie says:

    I found a website with an Evening Primrose that looks like the peachy pink shell like buttons that you have in your photo. Check it out at the link after yours that I put up on my blog when you get a chance.

  10. maria says:

    Hehe… n? och jag ?r v?l den enda som inte gillar knappar ocks?.

    Jag har nominerat dig i min blog, ?ven fast jag egentligen tycker det ?r tramsigt.

  11. geek+nerd says:

    What a delicious button collection! I’m experiencing some serious crafty envy over here :)

  12. cliodhna says:

    how cool… they look wonderful. i just recently inhereted my great aunts button collection!

  13. Abbie says:

    Oh! Your mothers buton collection is just fabulous! Yellow buttons are the hardest to find for some reason. I hunt for button jars in antique stores here in New Hampshire and the yellows are few and far between. Thank you so much for sharing!

  14. your Mum could make a mint on Ebay!
    thanks for sharing – what a gorgeous button haul.

  15. Preena Deepak says:

    Your button collection is awesome. I am doing an article on collections. Can i use a picture of your button collection?


  16. iHanna says:

    Thanks for commenting everyone! Preena, glad you asked, thanks. But I do not know what you’re writing for or where the image would be used so the answer is no, you may not use my photos. If you write me an email sometime maybe we can talk about it, but then I would have to know more about you and what you write for. Thanks!

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