Saturday, June 13, 2009

Pretty Buttons

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My mother was a beautiful seamstress.  She used to make a lot of my clothes when I was growing up.  When I was a baby and a toddler, she went to all the trouble to sew lace on my socks…way back before you could buy ready-made lacey socks.  When I was in the first grade, I was an angel in the school Christmas pageant.  She made my costume and then painstakingly hand-sewed hundreds and hundreds of individual sequins all over it so it would sparkle and shine under the lights on the stage.  She made clothes for my Barbie dolls and outfits with matching bonnets and shoes  for my daughter’s Cabbage Patch Kids.  My mom  even made baby blankets to coordinate with all my daughter’s newborn outfits.  The peach and white dotted Swiss sun suit my daughter wore on her first birthday was handmade by my mom to coordinate with the colors and design on the birthday cake.

When my mom passed away, I inherited the extensive collection of buttons she had accumulated during all the years she sewed.

I did not inherit my mom’s love for sewing but I do love buttons.

My favorites are the pinks and whites.

Are you drawn to buttons too?  What’s your favorite color?

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Posted for “Pink Saturday” which is hosted by Beverly @ How Sweet the Sound.  Go visit Beverly’s blog for a list of others who are into all things pink and pretty.

Pink Saturday



43 comments:

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Like you, i didnt get the "sew" gene in my family...but i do love buttons and fabrics, rich in colors and nastalgia.

Thanks for sharing... :)

TTFN~~Claudia

Sares said...

I love to LOOK at button collections but have never collected my own. I can't sew a stich. I can however sew a button on if I HAVE to. A girl has to have some life skills right! Happy Pink Saturday and have a loveleigh weekend, WELCOME to all things PINK Shari!

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Hi Shari!

Warm Greetings Newbie! Thank you for sharing your lovely memories of your Mother.

The pink and white buttons are lovely! What is my favorite color in buttons you ask...hmmm tough one...ummmm *wink* Pink of course!

Now watch out, Beverly's parties are addictive!

Enjoy the fun!

Tina

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

Lovely post - and pretty buttons!

HaPpY PiNk SaTuRdAy!

Beverly said...

Shari, welcome to your first Pink Saturday.

And, your post is wonderful. I can tell what a treasure your mother was. My mother used to dye my socks to match special outfits. Once I had a special dress to wear to a wedding, and she told me she dyed multiple pairs to get just the perfect match.

I lived in Tampa when I was a little girl, and I still love that city. I had my first Cuban sandwich in Ybor City. We don't need to talk about how long ago that was. ;-)

Kathi said...

Love your little pink buttons! So sweet. My mother had lots of pretty sewing notions too. I have most of them. I'll be linking up soon at Beverly's for my pink sewing machine/cabinet. Hope you have a beautiful day!

Jennifer said...

Happy Pink Sat,welcome to pink sat.Your button collection is so pretty.Love your blog header too.Hugs,Jen

Kammy said...

Hello !
Love your post on "pink" and your mom ! Your mom sounded so dear...what memories you have ! Do you display some of the buttons in jars ? Have a great day !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Sassy M said...

What a wonderful memory of your mother.

Favorite color, heh, well I've got to say PINK!!! I too love buttons but for a different reason than many, I see miniature plates :)

Have a fabulous Pink Saturday (it's my first Pink Saturday too, what fun!) Mini hugs :) Marsha

Jennifer said...

That is such an amazing memory. What a treat to have that family connection to an amazing collection. It just makes something even more special.My Mom did those kind of things for me too. I never had a store bought Halloween costume like everyone. I was unique and had my own costume.

Thank You for Sharing your Pink!
Happy Pink Saturday!
Jennifer

NicNacManiac said...

Lovely pink memories, I also grew up with everything handmade with love for me. Fabulous memories of a wonderful women. I love pink pearlized buttons the most.
Thnaks so much for sharing!!
Have a terrific weekend!!
Hugs Nerina :)

maidenshade said...

Good morning, Welcome - I'm stopping by to say hello, and Happy Pink Saturday. That was a poignant and lovely post. The buttons make a wonderful statement for today.

Please stop by, I love company.
xJ
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DeStash.me
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Shirley said...

I didn't inherit the talent from my mother either. She could make anything...she even made the bridesmaid dresses for my wedding.

There are so many things you can make with buttons..jewelry, picture frames.

Jorgelina said...

The pink buttons are lovely!
Happy Pink Saturday!

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Welcome to your first Pink Saturday! I like buttons too! Your mother had a real talent! My mother used to sew my brother and me wonderful costumes too. She was a very talented lady in her day. Have a wonderful Pink Saturday weeknd.

Blessings,
Sandi

♥Mimi♥ said...

I ♥ your buttons, too! What a sweet remembrance of your mom. Sadly, I don't sew and sure wish I did, too. My mom cooked and I cook. Good? Bad? Don't know, I'll tell you when I get on the scale!

Welcome to Pink Saturday!

♥Mimi♥ said...

Me, again, just noticed your pets...and...the GSD! When you get the time check out my blog and the links I have to my cats' blog and the one for my dogs'. You might like them!

Heart2Home said...

I, too inherited all of my mothers sewing items, including her button stash. Although she's been gone for over 30 years, I still have most of them. Pink buttons are my favorite!

Happy Pink Saturday!

Stacy

Marie said...

lovely! the most important things are so simple. your buttons. your mom loved giving you and your daughter things from the heart with much love. thanks for sharing. today i posted about inheriting my great aunt's art.
marie

Seams to Sew and Quilt said...

Love the buttons. I have a jar full of pink buttons that I collect too, love them. Have a good weekend,
Vera

koralee said...

Welcome to Pink Saturday...i so love buttons as well..your collection is amazingly pink...pink + buttons = pure bliss! Have a great great day!

Dru said...

What sweet and treasured memories. I too love buttons and would have to say pink and creme are my faves. Welcome and Happy Pink Saturday!

Itajeff @Something To Share said...

I love buttons too. You collection is great.

Happy PS

Lots of luv,
Ita

Claudia said...

What wonderful memories of your Mom. I love the buttons! Welcome to Pink Saturday, Shari!

Beansieleigh said...

Hi Shari!.. and welcome to Pink Saturday! I LOVE buttons! My grandmother left me hers, asking me just before she passed away, to take good care of them. I comb through them from time to time, either for a project, or just because.. and I am mesmerized with wonder as to all the stories and memories many of these buttons really hold! I don't, myself, have a favorite color button, though. I LOVE them all!! Happy Pink Saturday, and hope you have a wonderful week!

Shirl said...

Hello Shari, Happy Pink Saturday. What sweet memories of your Mother. I do love to sew but my Mother did not. I learned from my Aunt and Grandmother, but mostly self taught. I do love buttons too! Your collection of pink and white are sooooo pretty. Have a great weekend!
Bless you, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

Rhondi said...

Hi Shari
I love your collection of pink buttons. How special that they are memories of your mom.Hope you're enjoying the weekend. Happy Pink Saturday.
((hugs)) Rhondi

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

My mom was a sewer too! I love all those pink buttons! I have a lot of white/off white buttons but I bought mine on eBay!

Gabriela said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

These are fabulous!


~ Gabriela ~

lisa said...

I just adore buttons! Especially pink and white ones. Yours are awesome.

Lisa
www.palepinkandroses.com
www.palepinkandroses.typepad.com

Happy Pink Saturday!

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

What a lovely story! Thank you for sharing your treasured memories. I have my mom's buttons too. I used to play & sort the buttons in the oatmeal box. You can imagine the thrill when I found that box.

Happy Pink Saturday! ♥ Diane

Couture Le Papier said...

I had a shep 14yrs he was my Prince.Sheps are Angels!
Thank You for Sharing,Happy Pink Saturday!"Health,Wealth and Love.." Denise

Bellamere Cottage said...

Oh Shari....wasn't your mom a doll?...how adorable to have made all your special things and then things for your daughter...an outfit to match her birthday cake? Oh my....that's just dear.

I love buttons too! One of these days I'll blog about my collection...well, not like high end buttons, but a large VOLUME of buttons! I love black buttons with rhinestones the best...

Hugs,
Spencer

stefanie said...

happy pink saturday, thanks for sharing!!! have a wonderful weekend.

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

wow lots of pretty shades of pink...buttons! Happy Pink Saturday ~ I hope you have a great weekend ~ Susan

Elyse said...

what a lovely post. i like buttons, too. these would look lovely in a glass jar. how do you display them?

happy pink saturday to you!

xo

Elizabeth said...

Welcome to PS! Of course I love buttons, who doesn't! Piles of buttons look like piles of M&Ms to me!

graciegirl said...

Happy Pink Saturday
My mom had a box full of buttons too,I used to love to play with them,your remind me of moms.

bj said...

I loved this post...partly because MY mother sewed for me all my little life...even as I grew up. Then, she too, made my daughter's clothing and for her Barbies.
I hate to sew but also love pretty buttons.
Thanks for these good memories..

HiHo said...

co-authoring a blog sounds really interesting. I will be sure to take a peek. welcome to pink saturday! love buttons too. Heidi

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hey girlfriend! Oh, you lucky duck having all these pretty buttons. My mom sewed some too, but didn't have buttons as pretty as these. She also made me some barbie clothes, and I wish I still had them today. Congrats on your first pink Saturday!

That shabby Pink Girl said...

I love your pink buttons~`I have jars everywhere of buttons from my Mother-In-Law, but no Pink ones. I'm going to try your Cheese cake, looks so yummy.
Happy pink Saturday!
marian elizabeth

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

sweet buttons you got here.. they are so pretty together.. i got jars of button too!

Happy Pink Saturday. I am late for my pinky round. :-)

Hope you have a great week!