Did you have a wonderful Easter? I hope you had a little sunny weather in your area.
For the first time in a very long time, we had rain most of the day. The sun peaked out a short while in the morning, just to give us another reminder that it had risen, just like our Savior.
If you missed my reblog Friday from Tonya (thank you, Tonya!) at 4littleFergusons, you can find it here: The Death of Jesus. It is awesome…moving…emotional…so get your tissues ready… but it’s all about our hope in Him, too. The cross was not the end. Today, it’s no longer Easter, but we still have Jesus. The rest of the story is in the rest of our lives, and life with Him after we leave this earthly life. His promise.
I hate to suddenly change the subject, but my post today is about some buttons my mom (aka PAM) brought me recently when she and my dad (HBD) visited.
I probably should have titled this post “PAM’s Vintage Buttons”.
I apologize for the blurry picture, but it was the best I could do with a broken camera. Yes, I said broken (eek!). I dropped it. On our concrete floor. Automatic focus is completely gone, and manual focus is limping – badly. It could have been so much worse, I know. If any of you have a personal recommendation for Canon camera repair, please let me know. I would soooooo appreciate it!
These buttons in the picture are the larger sizes of the collection at 1″ to 1-3/4″, which I am most interested in using for pillows I’m putting together. Some of these buttons are too special to use for give-away pillows, so I’ll be keeping the pillows that I make with those.
I mean “special” not only due to the natural materials they are made of, but also in the fact that my mother and her mother saved them from clothing they had made with these vintage adornments. Of course, you know about my seamstress grandmother if you’ve read anything about my early sewing years on this blog. I also grew up with my mother sewing often.
We have droves of pre-1970’s family pictures, and some of the outfits PAM and Mam-mau wore “back in the day” were splashed with huge buttons, especially during the ’60s. I never realized how much a fashion item buttons have been throughout the ages until I did a little research.
Wikipedia reports that buttons began as adornments, not fasteners, as early as 1500 BCE. (Some were also found in ancient tombs dating before that time.)
They weren’t actually used to fasten two pieces of fabric together until the 1300’s in Germany. This is when the use of buttonholes came into the picture. Buttons were the height of fashion in the 13oo-1400’s, ushering forward the popularity of tight-fitting clothes in Europe.
“Working buttons” must have been revolutionary!
With our addition of buttons on window treatments and pillows, we have continued using them for adornments in the decorating world. And, with Velcro coming onto the scene, we can have lots of non-working buttons adorn by letting Velcro do the work.
Do you have a button stash? Maybe you should ask relatives to share their vintage buttons. With the price of the large decorator buttons, it might save you some cash, as well as bring a little nostalgia and family history to your decor.
I’ll be sharing my buttoned pillows this week as I put a few together. It’s going to be fun, and I promise it’ll be easy. I might even include a little of that Velcro stuff 😉 – so it can do the work.
And the buttons can simply~~~~~~adorn.