Today November 16th is National Button Day .
The National Button Society, founded in 1938, established Button Day as a celebration for all who enjoyed collecting and crafting with buttons.
This is an image in my sketchbook from last year.
It’s the beginning of a story that has been percolating in my imagination for a while now about a woman called Mrs. Button who lives with her long suffering husband, 2 cats, and who happens to collect buttons.
One of her cats is very lazy and likes to stay home and lounge by the fire on rainy days. The other is always waiting for something exciting to happen. He can be found sitting on the windowsill watching the world go by, dreaming of adventure.
When Mrs. Button goes to the store to top up her supply of catnip, you can guess who needs to be on a leash in case he runs away in search of excitement. And you can also guess who complains bitterly about leaving the warmth of the fire and will only go for the walk if he can get a free ride.
But that story is for another day.
Today in honour of National Button Day I’m looking back on what I’ve been doing with my stash of buttons the last few months.
Every now and then I spill my larger than life collection onto the table in my studio. Something I have fond memories of doing as a child with my grandmother’s cookie tin of buttons.
Images start popping up as I play around with different shapes and sizes.
I pull out some watercolour paper , add paint as a back drop, and there it is, a partnership of sorts.
The possibilities seem endless.
‘Little birds on Rough Seas ‘
‘ Hide Not Your Truth ‘
‘ Little Birds ‘
‘ Baby Birds Are In The Nest ‘
Those small half moon buttons seemed to provide just the right inspirational backdrop for all those images to unfold.
But those particular buttons ultimately found a permanent home in one of my fibre needle books.
It seemed the right landing place for them to provide the image of a shore bird.
My favourite store to pour through and come away with some good buttons is here :
It’s a small shop in Vancouver aptly called‘Button Button’ ...
There are drawers and drawers full of buttons and I’m like a kid in a candy store whenever I go shopping there.
My family and friends know about my passion to collect buttons too and I’m so appreciative of my sister-in-law who thinks of me when she’s travelling. She sends me great buttons like these:
Tiny little blue hearts that called out to be painted into a scene like fragile bluebells.
I also have a special friend who lives in Africa.
For my birthday, she recently mailed a set of large handmade wooden buttons that happened to be square .
I paired one of her buttons with others in my collection to create the rest of this image.
Along flowed a whole series of scenes …
The possibilities are endless.
So in honour of Button Day, I say let’s continue to collect and craft with these sometimes maligned little items and
Celebrate The BUTTON .