First off, I can’t take credit for hardly any of these photos or for the title of this post. However, I can proudly say that I love buttons.
Let me tell you a little of the background…
My dear mother-in-law, Jacquetta, currently has a large collection of vintage buttons passed down from her Aunt Lily.
She found out there are button clubs across the state and they were having their annual state button convention in Waco. We didn’t have much to do that weekend so we decided to meet them there.
This is what greeted us….
Yes. These folks (not just ladies either) take it seriously.
Jacquetta and Uncle John were trying to get a good gauge of resale value. Y’all- some of these collectors have some expensive and/or awesome buttons!
Oh, and there was even a contest. As if I wasn’t already drawn in, the competition made it even more intriguing. There are lots of different categories. Here are just a few:
You may not know this about me but I’m a closet crafter. This means I’m a wannabe that has a bunch of craft stuff in the closet and Pinterest boards full of projects I’ve never done or have started and not finished.
I can admit I have a problem. Isn’t that the first step to recovery? It must be, because I may be on the road to recovery:
I actually completed a project- start to finish.
It started when I saw the gigantic collection of Aunt Lily’s buttons and my mind immediately started going through the possibilities. Then I searched “button crafts” on Pinterest. (Oh my. Will I ever stop underestimating the creativity that can be found there?)
I was lucky enough during Easter weekend to do some digging through the collection, with Jacquetta’s permission, of course, to find the perfect unique buttons for my project.
They may not be worth much more than the sentimental value but I had a great time “making flowers” out of them with wire. Now we can keep a few of Aunt Lily’s buttons as a family heirloom.
I finished the project by searching EBay for a small red vase. I managed to find a red vintage Fenton vase that was perfectly sized for my little button bouquet.
Now I’ve only got about 25 or so more projects started that need to be finished. Could this be the beginning of a trend? Only time will tell but if my ability to keep up with my blog is any indicator, I would guess that these finished craft projects may remain sporadic as well.
UPDATE: I failed to push post about a month ago. Obviously I’ve NOT started a trend.