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Finding Those Special Notions – Button Button Who’s Got the Button?

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From time to time I will be working on a shirt that needs buttons. Let me tell you, you do not know boredom until you have tried to find the perfect buttons for your new shirt on the internet. Forget going to the store – we only have a Walmart and JoAnne Fabrics here for buttons and neither of these stores carries anything you’d want to put on a shirt that took your time to sew.

I also knit and have completed a vest that requires buttons. That was several months ago and I haven’t found the buttons yet. I need 9 and they must be special. I’m haunting websites trying to figure out what will work.

I have purchased some cute buttons from Waechter’s Fine Fabrics and some from Sawyer Brook. They’re better than okay but they are nothing particularly special.

As I mentioned on A Little Fluff – I’m back on Ebay – well I was pissed for a while – like four days – and got off – now I’m back on because it is a good way to make money even though they hold the cash for 3 days after the buyer receives the item. Sad but true. Come July that won’t be applied to my account anymore, thank God.

I had purchased a ton of buttons back in the day when I started my business, Cotton Jenny Antique Quilts – I sold buttons along with vintage fabrics, lace and of course, quilts, tops and blocks.

I still have a few of those and when I need buttons I go into the stash and look around. I have Lumiere paints too so if the colors aren’t right but the shape and size is – I paint them. Works a treat! I have Grandma’s and Mom’s old buttons too – my Grandma collected more than Mom. Mom had a lot of shirt buttons ………..

To my chagrin I just remembered that I’d bought some buttons off Ebay back in the 90s. Yesterday I got into that addictive bidding that comes when you don’t want to lose. Cheez. Like never lose. Here’s some of the buttons I bid on – some I won – some I’m winning –

These will be absolutely perfect on the several blouses I have planned. And jackets and tops and whatever. My stash has grown exponentially since yesterday. I need someone to stop me. Now.

Here’s something I haven’t bid on. This reminds me of being at my first Cotton Jenny show at my friend’s quilt shop and the lady who came to me wanting to sell some old jewelry. There was a rhinestone necklace that was 2″ and just a band that fit tightly around the neck as well as a matching bracelet. I sold that set for $600 – that was back when we had an economy that wasn’t whimpering along. I probably couldn’t give it away now ……. But here’s this group


They are asking $189 for the first bid. Well I don’t have $189 to spend on glitz – but if I did – whew. I’m almost glad I’m not back at LL Bean yet because most of a paycheck would go on these …………

If you have time go on Ebay and bid against me – please …………..we might need to eat next month!


Author: Jennifer

I came from a family who made things. My father was a carpenter with a passion for making furniture. My mother sewed, crocheted, cooked and made a home on a shoestring. My grandmothers both quilted. As a teenager, I found batik through a wonderful art teacher who allowed me the freedom to batik yards of fabric. I then cut them up into a pattern and wore the item I made. I was ecstatic. I painted in my teens and twenties and my parents gracefully supplied me with oil paints and turpentine. When I needed an easel, my father took me to the shop where he worked and made me one. When he found unused and unwanted canvas, he brought it home and stretched it for me with wood from his shop at home. I was indulged at every step of the way. I wasn't ever told that I could not do something or that I should not do something. I was given freedom to chose my path in life. A blessed life I have lived, for sure.

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