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This collection of buttons was started by my mother and many of the
buttons belonged to garments she wore before I was even born.
I guess she saved old buttons so that they could be re-used as she
often made her own clothes (and later mine) and knitted. It's a habit
I've kept even though, as my husband will testify, I'm not too
diligent a sewing on lost buttons!

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Antonio Ruggiero14-Apr-2010 13:37
Ottima photo...Bravo....V
LynnH06-Apr-2010 17:11
How nostalgic! My grandmother and mother saved buttons and so do I. This is a very nice shot, with great composition.
Carl and Racine Erland05-Apr-2010 12:26
A wonderful collection and great momentos. Nice
composition and focus. - Racine
Monica Ralph04-Apr-2010 19:16
This is refreshing my mind as my mother would do the same she would say you never know when you would need a button.Very nice Mairead.
Monica Ralph.
Mieke WA Minkjan04-Apr-2010 07:01
buttons also do remember of long forgotten times, great composition
Nora van Beek04-Apr-2010 00:09
I have quite a collection myself and I can't remember the last time I sewed on a button. Old habits die hard!
Johnny JAG03-Apr-2010 18:59
My granny always had a jar like that, I suspect my mam still has them.
Doug Cruden03-Apr-2010 13:33
Agree with the others' sentiments here - we should embrace the care and slower-paced-ness that sewing buttons back on demands. Being a single bloke though, I'm just waiting until my daughter has mastered the art of sewing; then I present her with a great pile of shirts and their missing buttons!! :o)
Neal Nye03-Apr-2010 10:57
As you were hunting around the house for something to photograph, I can just imagine your eyes lighting up at the sight of these. Delightfully presented!
claude03-Apr-2010 09:44
A nice shot full of colors "nuances" thanks to your collection !
heather03-Apr-2010 07:01
I have a tin of buttons too.. they are something I find very differcult to throw away. Lovely shot Mairead! V
lou_rozensteins03-Apr-2010 05:36
We don't mend, darn or knit anymore ..... these contemplative activities are really missing from our lives. Instead we exploit third world people, who have come to rely on the pittance they are paid ...... and get clothes that end up in second hand stores after a few wears! I love button jars, old sewing kits and someone even mentioned the toadstool contraption! Your shot brings all of these things to mind .... well done. A great concept!
borisalex03-Apr-2010 04:56
Great collection, lovely idea!
Bill Reed03-Apr-2010 03:11
Great idea and a wonderful image of all of the buttons. Well Done
Walter O. Koenig03-Apr-2010 02:27
Great idea. Mrs. Amoxtli has a jar full of buttons somewhere too.
carol j. phipps03-Apr-2010 02:10
Wonderful collection! Some are difficult to find.
laine03-Apr-2010 02:02
My aunt was a tailoress & she made trousers for her 11 brothers...she gave me a collection of men's trouser buttons when I was first married & I still have many of them :)
Inga Morozoff03-Apr-2010 01:17
What a treasure! I also have a tin of buttons that has contributions from my grandmother. Sometimes it's these little things that really count.
Dave Hein03-Apr-2010 00:41
I knew somebody would do one of these. :)
Cindi Smith02-Apr-2010 23:54
Well done on the idea! Excellent collection!
Jola Dziubinska02-Apr-2010 23:25
My grandmother would do the same, always was keeping old buttons put on a string. Wonderful keepsake collection. V.
monica memoli02-Apr-2010 22:48
Nice variety. v
pkocinski02-Apr-2010 22:43
I have a jar of them as well, as did my Mom. I haven't replaced a button in a long time :-)
Bill Ewart Jr02-Apr-2010 22:39
I know the feeling about that carrying your camera all day just to get a last minute shot, happens all the time! Buttons! Nice shot!~
J. Scott Coile02-Apr-2010 22:29
A frugal habit lost on the newer generations.
maggie_falconi02-Apr-2010 22:29
I think we all collect buttons , we know we may never use them, but we still collect them, they must have something special!! Beautiful capture Mairead!
Stephanie02-Apr-2010 22:19
I have a collection of buttons as does my mother too! You just never know when you will need one!
Terrific shot Mairead!
Sheila02-Apr-2010 22:15
Ah, this brings back memories . I used to love looking in my mums button tin, always had to ask permission first. She had some beauties.
Fay Stout02-Apr-2010 22:14
I can relate to this. I have a jar of buttons but I never seem to use them for anything, yet I sure don't want to throw them away... just in case they are needed. Some of the old buttons were so beautiful. Nicely composed and great colors...
routerer02-Apr-2010 21:46
Every mother had a button tin and also a collection of zips too.
We don't keep or clothes long enough to have a button fall off now, hey...when did you last darn a sock Mairead.?
Did your mother have one of those toadstool contraptions for darning socks.??
You're now mother used a needle...........aaah...well.
slhoornstra02-Apr-2010 21:32
Buttons are a wonderful thing to collect. I have a cigar box for mine, and y mom has a huge canister full of history! V
Phillip Normanton02-Apr-2010 21:28
So that's where they all went! :o)
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