Saturday, September 29, 2012

Aunt Madge's Buttons

As this post title and label in the shadowbox reveal, this collection of buttons belonged to my Great-Aunt Madge (there's a name you don't hear anymore!).  I put this project together about 10 years ago as a small box of very cool buttons was gathering dust at my dad's house-- my mom had inherited it.  Aunt Madge was quite a knitter and crocheter, and I'm assuming a sewer, or maybe she just saved interesting buttons.  Some look like they were salvaged from an old coat to be used again but never quite made it-- lucky for me!


The photo is a very young Aunt Madge, probably before she was an aunt, about 1920.

Enjoy!

20 comments:

  1. I love your Aunt Madge's buttons. What a neat way to display them! I love the photo of her too! It's neat that you included it in your shadowbox. Your family will learn what an interesting person she was with this shadowbox.

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  2. Hi Diane, Those are interesting buttons! Could some of them be bakelite? I know many older buttons were bone or bakelite. I wonder what Madge's real name was? Margaret or maybe Marjorie? Or was she actually christened Madge? Yes, you are right--that is a name we don't see now. My grandmother was Philomena. Most people called her Flo! Linda

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    1. Hi! Madge's real name was Madeline!

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  3. Diane - this is such a wonderful way to preserve your Aunt Madge's buttons! You're so right, we really don't hear that name anymore but I love it.

    Thank you so much for joining in this wee - it's lovely to 'meet' you!

    xo
    Claudia

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  4. I am so glad you included the photo of her with the buttons. What a lovely idea. Visiting from Claudia's, Olive

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  5. This is wonderful! I love the wee photo in there too. I am sure Aunt Madge is looking down amazed at all the fuss over her buttons! Love it. :)

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  6. I love the shadow-box. What a great button collection, with special meaning.

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  7. I'd love to have the buttons of an old relative (aunt or granny). My grandmother was quite a sewer and had nice buttons and ribbons. Anyway, she showed me how to sew. But when she died my aunts emptied the place and probabely throw the things away.

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  8. I so remember my grandmother's buttons. She would always get it out and let me sort the buttons, as she would say, every rainy day to keep me busy as she sewed. I have her buttons!
    Smiles, Dottie

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  9. One of my favorite heirlooms is my Grandmother's Button Box. That was the one thing I ask for because I would spend hours going thru all of those buttons. And I remember how she would snip buttons off of any old clothing and add to her box.

    Judy

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  10. Thanks for sharing your pretty collection of buttons. I really like the way you have them displayed with your Aunt's picture.
    Thanks for stopping by and comment.
    Enjoy your weekend.

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  11. What a great idea to display these special buttons. I may steal it.:)

    Hugs,
    Laura

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  12. You picked out the best buttons for your collage! No wonder Aunt Madge looks so proud. :@

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  13. Great idea making a collage about Aunt Madge's collection of buttons. Family history.
    Joy

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  14. Love the buttons!! thanks for sharing :-)

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  15. This is great - I LOVE stuff like this, and especially the added photo.

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  16. Thank you-- and thanks to everyone who took the time to leave a comment!

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  17. Aunt Madge's buttons are so pretty, Diane, and you've displayed them so thoughtfully, along with her photo. I have a small basket of buttons from my grandmother (added to by my mother and then me) and I always loved going through when I was small and matching the buttons up.

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  18. Thank you everyone! I think Aunt Madge would be tickled!

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  19. Very cool idea - the photo was a great touch!

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