I've been working on several small projects lately and one of them needs a few buttons. It so happens that I have inherited the button collections of two great women: my mother and my mother-in-law. I also have a small button collection of my own. I was looking through the collections for a compatible button and noticed that in a small way each collection tells a story and brings to mind a different set of memories.
For instance, this is my mother's button collection in the original container. The collection has been around for my entire life. I remember looking through it when I was growing up. I remember that she kept it in the dining room hutch behind the bottom left side door. Occasionally I would try to"organize" the buttons for her, but with this group the task was nearly impossible.
And lastly there are my buttons. My collection is a mixture of leftovers from projects, extras from clothing and those buttons that fall off but you never get to sew them on and then one day you realize that you no longer own the garment anyway. They tend to be practical but not as plentiful as my mother's and there are very few "extras" mixed in with the buttons. Some represent garments made for me in the past or favorite items and several are from the husbands shirts or coats.
I think I may be the last "keeper of the buttons". I have no daughters. My sons would think the whole thing silly. Perhaps a daughter-in-law will pick up the baton and carry on the button collection or perhaps I will be blessed with a grand daughter and live long enough to share the button stories with her. But for now I will remain the "keeper of the buttons" using a few here and there as I need them. It's not a collection for the sake of a collection. It's a practical, working collection - because that's the way a button collection is most appreciated by all - when you find that one special button that gives just the right look for your project, or just the right closure for your pants!