This Thanksgiving, my mom made the mistake of giving me my grandmother’s button collection before we ate. I was pretty much oblivious to food and family for the next five hours as I sorted and matched buttons.
The buttons were living in three handmade boxes.
My dad’s family is Japanese-American, and the boxes were made by my male relatives when they were put into internment camps during World War II. They used old milk crates and scrap wood to build everything from small things, like these boxes, to full-sized furniture.
The handiwork and attention to detail on the box amazes me.
My dad also told me more about how diligently my grandma (who was a professional seamstress) and great aunts saved every button from old garments. Hearing this made me want to sort and match her collection even more and do her proud! Also, I have a tendency that borders on compulsion to sort things by color and shape.
In addition to the time I spent on Thanksgiving, I probably sorted for another 10 hours this weekend and finished last night. The result?
I kept what I thought I could use, saved some for my mom’s mending and picked out some treats for you, lovely readers! I couldn’t think of anybody I’d rather share this bounty with. And because I couldn’t stop myself from doing more sorting, I divided them into themes.
Set 1: Pastels
Set 2: Blacks and browns
Set 3: Big vintage
Set 4: Creams and tans
Set 5: Party time
Set 6: Brights
Please leave a comment on this post saying which of the six sets you would like, your email and maybe tell me about a cool hand-me-down or heirloom you’ve received by next Wednesday 12/11 at noon PST. I’ll ship anywhere!
Just a little coat update – in my last post, I said I was getting back to my muslin. Weell, I’ve been finishing up a queen-sized quilt (!!!) on my normal-sized Bernina and didn’t anticipate how much I’d have to change my sewing area around to finish it… as soon as I finish cramming it through my machine and get my sewing table back, coat toile-ing is back on!