Well I didn't only give sewing-related presents this year - I got some as well! My dear Mum gave me a lovely gift card to my fave EmmaOneSock, my brother got me a gift card to Mood, and then I came home to Boston to one final pressie... a massive box of buttons!
These came to me from none other than the Negroni-clad Anthony! There's a fantastic back story: he met up with a 97 year old woman in San Francisco, whose husband was a button salesman in the 1950s. They looked through my blog together and chose buttons they thought I'd like! And wow there are some beauties. One thing to note is that none of them are plastic - they're all bakelite, wood, clay and more.
I can't wait to use the two on the left below - they reflect the light beautifully. Then bottom right is an amazing enamelled peacock button, a beautiful metal one, and a very cool fringed button which I can see on my next coat.
Then we have some crystal hand-carved cats from the Czech Republic, and a 97 year old abalone specimen!
I love these white and blue ringed lovelies, and then there's some very unusual smooshed clay numbers.
A bevvy of wooden buttons, and some cool carved bakelite numbers.
I don't usually sew much in a vintage style, but I just adore so many of these buttons, and I'm quite overwhelmed both with the thoughtfulness and generosity of Anthony, and the many possibilities for using them all! Do you know any cool patterns that could show off some cute buttons? I'm thinking maybe a button back top...