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Buttons and Memories

I finished my top, but I don’t have buttons for it.  Once upon a time I had a hugh bag of buttons, fancy and plain.  Some of the buttons were from a jumper my mother made for me by hand when I was about five.  Small brass buttons with a bumble bee in the middle.  I don’t know what happened to the bag of buttons.  I haven’t seen the bag for years and years.  Now I have a small round box of buttons that once belonged to my mother, who died five years ago.   A blue plastic box with a gold painted rose rising from the middle.  The box once held perfumed dusting powder; now it holds buttons.  Most of them were cut from clothes she discarded.  Except for a couple of buttons, none of them are fancy, just functional.  In my jewelry box are seven beautiful gold buttons, shaped liked laurel wreaths, studded with tiny crystals surrounding a white pearl.  Two of the buttons have been made into earrings.  The buttons were brought for my dress for a friend’s wedding.  When the dress became too small, I cut the buttons off and gave the dress to a thrift store.  The buttons were not serving a functional purpose, purely decorative. I next used the button on a two piece dress for my sister’s wedding. The dress was made of crepe-backed satin and the buttons snagged the dress throughout the day.  After the wedding I cut the buttons off and threw the dress away.  Seeing the buttons make me think of those weddings.

Tomorrow I will stop at the store and buy black buttons for my top.  Black buttons with no memories attached.

I just finished making a black linen pencil skirt to match the top.  My husband asked me was I making an ensemble.  I laughed because I didn’t know he even knew the word.  I guess his vocabulary has changed in the 26 years we been together.

I am taking a break while deciding what my next project will be.  There’s copper colored linen I want to cut, but I don’t have zippers or buttons to match, so I don’t want to start it. I have beige linen embroidered with black, brown and grey circles that’s calling me.  I have lining and a zipper for that, so maybe a dress is next.

Let me get a cup of coffee and think about the possibilities.

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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is almost over.  Today I finished and posted another item to my Etsy shop.  While I finished the wedding skirt, took the pictures and added the skirt to the shop, I thought of my mother throughout the day.  She would have been one of my biggest fans, encouraging me as I design and create my things for this virtual store.  She has cheered me on since I stitched my first outfit when I was 11-years old.  She admired my illustrations when I majored in fashion design, promoted my fashion shows, helped me hand bead lace for clients’ wedding dresses, and proudly wore my designs.  This is the fourth Mother’s Day since she died.  I miss her. 

wedding skirt for Etsy shop

wedding skirt for Etsy shop