It’s a tradition in my family to have handmade ornaments for everyone at our holiday gathering. My sister, my Mom and I used to take turns making them. But we are up to 26 people, so the last couple of years we have made them as a group project. Since Mom and Nancy were at my house for a visit, we decided to go ahead and make them in October.
I set up a six foot table and we loaded it down with beads and fibers to be sewn on small ovals. But what we most loved was THE BUTTON BOX. Does anyone still keep one of these?
This is my Mom’s collection, but Nancy is the keeper. I dumped it out on a big cookie sheet and we kept it right on the breakfast bar and not on the side table.
What fun! Glass buttons, metal buttons, tiny buttons with a rim of color, “jeweled” buttons, cloth-covered buttons, and on and on. All of the buttons were cut from clothing by my Mom; maybe some even came from my Grandma’s button box. I must admit I “liberated” several buttons that looked like little gears (long underwear buttons???).
I’m sure that some of our ornaments won’t be appreciated (as much as we would like) for their embroidery, buttons and beads, but it was worth it just to take a stroll through the button box.