SPF Buttons

Kristine from Random and Odd has revamped and resurrected the SPF, and I thought I might start playing. again.  This week’s theme is the word button.  I immediately thought of a game my mom used to play with us when we were kids.  We would stay in a different room while she would hide a tiny button for us.  Then we would come out eagerly searching for the button.  Of course, before we were allowed to look we had to recite the saying “button, button, who’s got the button?” 


Then of course, there were my mother’s buttons.  She gleaned them from old clothing and stung them together on threads.  There were found buttons and buttons that were left over from sewing projects.  I loved nothing more than sorting through her buttons.  These ones were from my grandpa’s work shirts, this one was from an old sweater.  Of course the very best ones were the diamonds! (I’ve always had a thing for glittery stuff!) 

These beautiful buttons (which I’m noticing are looking a bit worse for wear) were kept in a tin box that I considered a treasure chest.  I’m not exactly sure what happened to the box, although I’m pretty sure it had something to do with an aunt of mine.  I now have the beautiful button collection.  I keep it in a big glass jar in my little studio.  Whenever I look at it, for some reason it gives me warm thoughts of my grandmother.  (maybe they were her buttons to start with?) 

I just know that I like buttons…

Just a note: This is a game anyone can play.  So go snap a photo of your favorite button and then tell me you did it!

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22 Responses to SPF Buttons

  1. Army of Mom says:

    That is a wonderful story. I, too, thought immediately of the big sewing box of buttons I used to play with at my grandpa’s house. I don’t know who it had belonged to, but it was ancient (as was the sewing box) and I used to love running my hands through them.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  2. oddmix says:

    I, too, have fond memories of looking through the buttons in the small metal box in my mother’s sewing kit. I can still hear the sound it made when I opened it.

    I played, too.

  3. Lisa says:

    This is a great shot- I really like the story that goes along with it. The red button shaped like a flower really catches my eye. I remember that game from childhood too. 🙂

    Have a great Friday and thanks for visiting my SPF.

  4. Jenni says:

    Great shot! I like the perspective on this one a lot. The story is nice too. 🙂

    Happy SPF! I played!

  5. marianne says:

    Beautiful photo! Boy, this is the day for mother’s buttons – I played and used my mom’s collection too. 🙂

  6. photowannabe says:

    Great shot. We have so many of mother in law’s buttons. She never discarded anything. I will have to go find them and remineice (sorry about the spelling)

  7. kerrianne says:

    VERY CUTE buttons, indeed.

  8. Jessie says:

    Ooooooh your button jar story is better than mine. Thanks for coming by to share yours with me!

  9. christie says:

    I love buttons too.


    Happy spf 🙂

  10. lynanne says:

    Oh I love this photo and the memories that go with it! My mom and grandmother had button boxes also. How I loved sorting and organizing them. I used them for doll clothes and as game markers for second-hand games. There is a Amish store nearby here that still sells big jars of buttons. In this era of video games, I don’t think my kids would really appreciate them in the same way.

  11. Aunt Mary says:

    Shaun`s father and the rest of us played that same game when we were little .The other seek and find game I remember is”Hot Beans” As for buttons ,That is my second collectable after Teddy Bears but I have more of ’em than bears Tee Heee Heeeee !!!

  12. Jamie says:

    WOW!! I remember my mom used to have a sewing box FULL of awesome kinds of buttons.

    Great SPF!! Thanks for stopping by.

    Have a great weekend….I’ll stop by again soon 😉

  13. Wendy says:

    I wish I had a button jar after seeing everybody’s SPF buttons!

  14. Jana says:

    Very nice picture! Neat story too.

    Thanks for stopping by mine!

  15. Wow! That’s a lotta button! What a great shot!

    Thanks for stopping by mine 🙂

  16. Annie says:

    Your post made me very happy. I too have a jar full of my grandmother’s buttons.

  17. pastorrick says:

    My Mother had a treasure chest of buttons just like those.

  18. What a very cool picture. I, too, love button collections. I have a very small one started in my sewing box. I like the idea of displaying them in a big glass jar, though!

  19. Patsy Ann says:

    Gee those buttons look just like my buttons; except they were your dad’s shirt buttons from his Navy work Uniform. Oops those were and still are my buttons!! None were your grandmothers. We use to be able to buy an assortment of buttons by the pound through a magazine called: “Workbasket”. Your and your brother played with those buttons, but mostly you, played with them by the hour. mom

  20. Patsy Ann says:

    P.S. you should see my buttons now. mom

  21. Lynne says:

    This is a GREAT photo, Susan! Love, love, love it. My Mom had a button tin too. I loved pouring over the buttons! Too bad that somewhere along their many moves the button collection was left behind. It’s really sad that she doesn’t have them any more.

    Treasure those buttons!

  22. Tink says:

    That picture (and story) is excellent! You’ve made me want to start collecting my own buttons. AND It would come in handy for those fat days I pop the button off my fly and can’t find where it went.

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