This assignment had me a bit stumped. I don’t think I have a funny, crazy, sad, creative or the best story about the family button box. So, do I just show off my buttons or do I tell a tale of them. I opted for both. First off, as exciting as this is, here is my collection of buttons:
I used to keep all my supplies in tins, but quickly out grew them. I still keep some supplies in tins and my buttons just happen to be one of them.
If you know anything about me you know that I have a strange quirk of sorting things. My buttons are no exception.
Here are my white buttons that are kept in the smaller tin:
And here are the colored and novelty buttons, mostly sorted by color.
Now onto our story.
A lovely neighbor friend from our first home gave most of my buttons to me. She loved to tag sale and knew that I loved to craft so whenever she came across a craft bargain she would snatch it up for me. (She’s the one who got me my first quilling supplies, but that’s another story.) At the time I really didn’t sew much, but used them for other kinds of projects. When my oldest son was little we used to string them to make necklaces. We made button dolls, and button ‘spinners’ by threading a 2-hole button and then pulling the strings tight to make the button spin. When he was a teenager, I taught him to sew and how to sew on buttons. (Every kid should know how to do that). I have continued with the same can of buttons all these years doing the same kinds of things with my younger two children. I never really gave it much thought until now, but those silly buttons have been a part of my kids’ lives. Amazing that something as simple as a button can bring back memories of everyday life.
My Scripture passage for this assignment is:
And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.