7 button jars.


When I was little, my great grandma had a jar full of buttons that she would let us play with.  I remember sitting in her apartment on Lake Superior with the buttons dumped all over the floor, trying to find the prettiest button in the jar.  I'm not sure why the button jar was such a big deal, but my sister and I would race straight to the button jar every time we visited her.
I recently acquired my very own button jar from my mother-in-law.  We sorted through one of about five tins of buttons from her mother and picked out the prettiest ones, just like I did when I was a kid.  Only this time, I got to take them home with me.
As usual, I'm not quite sure what I'll make with these yet, but I'm sure they'll be put to good use eventually!
I was also given a blue mason jar to store my new-old buttons in, and another to for my vintage thread spools. The blue mason jars are so lovely, I can't wait to display them in my sewing room!  That is, once I get a sewing room that actually has shelves in it.
p.s. I can't believe this is my 100th post!  I've decided every 100th post I'll blog about my great grandmother, since she was the inspiration behind this blog in the first place.


  1. congrats on the 100th post. this is such a nice memory of your great gram...i love this old button jar. my kids love buttons...they found a bucket once at a fabric store and just sat running their fingers through it the whole time we were there

  2. My paternal great-grandmother and maternal grandmother are my inspirations, too. Love the button jar!

  3. Holly, that is so sweet. It's so neat that you have such fond memories of the previous generations. Those jars are lovely :)

  4. My grandma also had jars with buttons that I loved to play with (she probably still has them). I don't even know what I did with them, but I used to spend hours playing! I've always wondered where they all came from.

  5. My grandmother had a button tin that she let me play in as well.

    Congrats on 100 posts!

  6. I did the same thing with my grandma...I remember just sitting in the dinning room of her big old farm house and playing with those buttons over and over and over again...maybe that is where we get the love of sewing!?!?

  7. I Love Buttons...I have my Great Grandmothers. You know they are old when you open the jar and they smell like formaldehyde. I made a couple of bracelets using wide elastic. I sewed as many buttons as possible all around. I'll have to remember to post my favorite sometime this week.


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