Sunday, March 22, 2009

Button.....Button......who's got the Button?

I was searching for buttons to use for my pincushions
and found a bag of old buttons that were my Grandmother's.
They were buttons cut from cast off clothing and
then I am sure the clothing was cut into quilt squares.
My Grandmother always had a quilt going and crochet projects next to her chair...
and a stack of quilting, sewing and crocheting magazines on the other side of her chair.

I'm so glad I have a few of her things to make into projects that I can share with others.

When she passed away,
I made everyone in the immediate family rabbits out of muslin from her stash
and dressed them in cute dresses from her fabric stacks.

She had bought out a fabric store that had gone out of business
so she had a lot of beautiful material.
What a blessing to have a a few precious things to enjoy!

This is one of my favorite photos of my Grandmother!

I looked so much like her when I was that age.
My mother is the baby in her lap!


Anonymous said...

Diane, what a sentimental way to use your grandmother's fabrics instead of leaving them in a drawer somewhere.
Nice! Diane

Twyla and Lindsey said...

What a great subject! Grandmother and buttons. From your description of her, I think I would have loved your Grandmother. Twyla

Larry said...

The buttons are cute, and also like the b/w photo.

Happy@Home said...

What a sweet photo of your grandmother. How nice that you have her buttons and fabric. I think making the bunnies for all of the immediate family was a very sweet thing to do. I'm sure your grandma would be proud.

Aihara Ramintessah Sanchez said...

Hi dear! Thanks for visiting me and always leavig some love!I am drooling on your buttons..yummy!lol! And its so nice to have a grandma that shares same passion in crafting with you.That pic is full of memory!Good one to scrap!Hugs.

Emily said...

What a great photo of your Grandma and Mother (and aunts and uncles, I assume)!! I LOVE buttons. I don't do much with them, but I think jars of them are so pretty to look at.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

What wonderful memories! I love that you made those bunnies for the family from your grandmothers material...

Happy Sunday.

Asmi's Journal said...

Awwww, I love buttons! I used to collect them when I was younger. I can't wait to see the crafts you'll be making using the buttons! And it's just all the more sweeter that they bring you memories of your Grandmother.

Kimmi said...

What a awesome way to keep the memories of your grandmother!!!!

Draffin Bears said...

What a beautiful family photo.
Loved it, that you made the very cute bunnies out of fabric from your Grandmother's stash.
Your buttons are wonderful too, aren't old buttons the best.

Enjoy your week

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Ahhh, lovely treasures indeed! Love the idea of the bunnies you made too! Have a wonderful week!

Lisa :)

Unknown said...

That's a lot of buttons there :D and I love the picture of your family. Old vintage-y pictures are the best. Much love/M

Linda Q said...

Great post Diane!
I have my grandmother's buttons too. Plus I just like old buttons to use for all sorts of crafts.
My MIL made us one or a set of those same bunnies years ago.

JG said...

My mom had a Button Jar. I now use a Ziploc container that is full of buttons. It came in very handy these past two years during the Christmas holidays when I was decorating green felt trees. The trees were sewn on red stockings and the buttons became the ornaments.

I smiled when I read about your Button Jar.


Lallee said...

Aren't the things passed down to us by family the best treasures of all? What a beautiful collection of buttons. Your family must have really appreciated the bunnies you made.

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Diane,

Oh, what a lovely post about your Grandmother and her buttons and what beautiful memories you have of her. The bunny rabbits you made are adorable. You are such a creative lady and a gifted seamstress.
Have a wonderful week.

Dr. Denise Tucker said...

I LOVE buttons! I keep all my spare button in a fancy tin box. It's fun to shake and peek inside. Great picture of your Grandmother, too. I love family history.

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

What alovely post. I very much like the photo of your Grandmother with your baby Mother on her lap. How nice to be able to make use of your Grandmother's buttons & fabric.
Isabelle x

trisha too said...

well, that gave me a little flashback--my grandma left me her buttons, with a note saying it was the only thing i ever asked her for!

i do NOT remember asking her for her buttons, but it could very well have been when i was quite young.

the rabbits are cuties, what a nice idea.


Phyllis said...

Hey Diane,

Wow - it's so nice that you had these buttons. Not only because you can use them but that they belonged to your grandmother.

The picture of her and the children is great. It reminds me of the way I grew up. Things were so much different then.

Thanks for sharing.

Susan Tuttle said...

What a gorgeous collection of buttons -- and how special that they belonged to your grandmother.