Vintage Pearl Buttons...mmmmmm.
Aside from my three children, one of the blessings I brought away from my marriage was an impressive array of vintage sewing items from my ex grandmother-in-law.
She was gone years before we married, but since I was the only one even remotely interested in the items, I was offered cigar boxes full of zippers, snaps, trim and notions. Of all the items, my favorites were the buttons.
There were buttons of all types; vintage plastics, jet, carved wood, horn, leather and metal - even a small silver button among the stash. Still, my favorites were the pearl buttons.
I sewed about a million on a man's suit vest circa 1990, and wore it quite a bit. It was REALLY heavy. Heavy vests are not really my thing anymore.
Until recently, the other buttons have remained in their Little Corona cigar boxes. Blogging and Pinterest have inspired me to bring them out into the open, and flaunt my wealth of buttons!
Some of my favorites now fill a space in a small wall-display box found at a thrift store and painted white.
It is in my middle bedroom, with the still-green chest. (I did at least BUY paint for it...does that count?)
Here are six more very creative ways to use and display vintage buttons, via Pinterest:
Jewelry...this piece from Quench metalworks was featured on I Love Handmade Blog, which is on hiatus now.
I LOVE this lamp shade from She Dreams Big...and it looks like it would take about as much time as my heavy vest.
Another simple, but charming approach from Laughing with Angels caught my eye.
She displays her buttons in a vintage jar and on a flower frog in her studio, so she can be inspired to create! I'm going to do this, too. No more cigar boxes for pretty things.
How about Clever Karen's wonderful ivory crazy quilt?
Another Etsy Item (sorry, already sold, of course) from RememberMeEmily combines a vintage salt shaker, buttons and book pages into an adorable mini flower arrangement.
Emily even has a doll head like mine! Love it.
For more creative ideas for vintage buttons, please visit me HERE on Pinterest.
Word for the Day:
“Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.
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