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Saturday afternoon we were driving along a backroad in Sheridan, Wyoming, when suddenly I called out, "Rick!  Turn around!" I had spotted a large lot, beside a farmhouse, which appeared to be a virtual SEA of orange tractors.  A few minutes later, incredulous, I hopped out of the car, maneuvered over barbed wire and through tall grasses, to go take a closer look. My amazing discovery was at least two dozen vintage Allis Chalmers tractors...all orange except for one green.  Apparently I had stumbled upon where they went to die!  Rusting and lined up in three or four rows, they each had grass growing out of them, and seemed to be becoming a part of the very field in which they had come to rest.
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#thebuttonlady #rockymountains #usa #roadtrip #travel #wildwest #vacation #wyoming #allischalmers #tractor #orange #vintage #field #atrest #rusting #aboutface #discovery #astonished #amazed #farmequipment #collection #1940s #1930s #modela
Saturday afternoon we were driving along a backroad in Sheridan, Wyoming, when suddenly I called out, "Rick! Turn around!" I had spotted a large lot, beside a farmhouse, which appeared to be a virtual SEA of orange tractors. A few minutes later, incredulous, I hopped out of the car, maneuvered over barbed wire and through tall grasses, to go take a closer look. My amazing discovery was at least two dozen vintage Allis Chalmers tractors...all orange except for one green. Apparently I had stumbled upon where they went to die! Rusting and lined up in three or four rows, they each had grass growing out of them, and seemed to be becoming a part of the very field in which they had come to rest. . . . . #thebuttonlady  #rockymountains  #usa  #roadtrip  #travel  #wildwest  #vacation  #wyoming  #allischalmers  #tractor  #orange  #vintage  #field  #atrest  #rusting  #aboutface  #discovery  #astonished  #amazed  #farmequipment  #collection  #1940s  #1930s  #modela 
SIOUX GRAVE (2 of 5)  Friday we visited the site of the Massacre at Wounded Knee in South Dakota. On December 29, 1890 about 350 Sioux Indians were encamped in this spot and surrounded by the US Calvary. They were asked to surrender their weapons, but hostilities broke out, and soon the situation was completely out of control. When the dust settled, 150 Native American men, women and children lay dead. They were buried in a mass grave which is surrounded by a small Indian cemetery. The names on the headstones are fascinating...conjured up feelings of sadness and even shame about this regrettable chapter in American history.
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#thebuttonlady #usa #roadtrip #travel #wildwest #southdakota #woundedknee #vacation #indian #reservation #cemetary #grave #headstone #pineridgeindianreservation #pineridge #calvary #sioux #tragedy #shame #sad #massacre #nativeamerican #blackbear
SIOUX GRAVE (2 of 5) Friday we visited the site of the Massacre at Wounded Knee in South Dakota. On December 29, 1890 about 350 Sioux Indians were encamped in this spot and surrounded by the US Calvary. They were asked to surrender their weapons, but hostilities broke out, and soon the situation was completely out of control. When the dust settled, 150 Native American men, women and children lay dead. They were buried in a mass grave which is surrounded by a small Indian cemetery. The names on the headstones are fascinating...conjured up feelings of sadness and even shame about this regrettable chapter in American history. . . . . #thebuttonlady  #usa  #roadtrip  #travel  #wildwest  #southdakota  #woundedknee  #vacation  #indian  #reservation  #cemetary  #grave  #headstone  #pineridgeindianreservation  #pineridge  #calvary  #sioux  #tragedy  #shame  #sad  #massacre  #nativeamerican  #blackbear 
Now that's what I call CLASS!  All around the perimeter of the bottom two balconies at the Old Faithful Hotel are two-sided writing desks for the guests' convenience. In the center of each is the most remarkable Arts and Crafts style lamp which provides an illuminated surface for both sides. There are even little cubbyholes, which I'm sure were once well-stocked with postcards, hotel stationary, envelopes, and probably stamps.  Correspondence made easy...those were the days!  The art of letter writing is something I'm still very passionate about. Please swipe to see detail of the lamp.
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#oldfaithfulhotel #logbuilding #1904 #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces #yellowstonenationalpark #travel #historic #thebuttonlady #hotel  #balconies #writingdesk #artsandcrafts #greenglass #owl #tree #correspondence #letterwriting #convenient #charm #class
Now that's what I call CLASS! All around the perimeter of the bottom two balconies at the Old Faithful Hotel are two-sided writing desks for the guests' convenience. In the center of each is the most remarkable Arts and Crafts style lamp which provides an illuminated surface for both sides. There are even little cubbyholes, which I'm sure were once well-stocked with postcards, hotel stationary, envelopes, and probably stamps. Correspondence made easy...those were the days! The art of letter writing is something I'm still very passionate about. Please swipe to see detail of the lamp. . . . . #oldfaithfulhotel  #logbuilding  #1904  #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces  #yellowstonenationalpark  #travel  #historic  #thebuttonlady  #hotel  #balconies  #writingdesk  #artsandcrafts  #greenglass  #owl  #tree  #correspondence  #letterwriting  #convenient  #charm  #class 
OLD GLORY at the Old Faithful Inn, the largest log building in the world, built in 1904 at Yellowstone National Park. The interior contains three stories of balconies, overlooking the lobby, with its massive 500 ton, 85 foot stone fireplace.  Back in the day, an orchestra used to play in the Crow's Nest, on the upper level, with spectators watching from the various landings, and guests dancing in the lobby below.
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#oldfaithfulhotel #logbuilding #1904 #nationalregisterofhistoricbuildings #nationalpark #yellowstone #yellowstonenationalpark #oldfaithful #travel #west #wildwest #historic #largest #thebuttonlady #hotel #orchestra #balconies #flag #usa #americanflag #oldglory #starsandstripes
OLD GLORY at the Old Faithful Inn, the largest log building in the world, built in 1904 at Yellowstone National Park. The interior contains three stories of balconies, overlooking the lobby, with its massive 500 ton, 85 foot stone fireplace. Back in the day, an orchestra used to play in the Crow's Nest, on the upper level, with spectators watching from the various landings, and guests dancing in the lobby below. . . . . #oldfaithfulhotel  #logbuilding  #1904  #nationalregisterofhistoricbuildings  #nationalpark  #yellowstone  #yellowstonenationalpark  #oldfaithful  #travel  #west  #wildwest  #historic  #largest  #thebuttonlady  #hotel  #orchestra  #balconies  #flag  #usa  #americanflag  #oldglory  #starsandstripes 
First vending event for My Andy Rose. A Gift For You Women's Retreat in Oakbrook, IL. Great day!  Sales, sales, sales!  #supportsmallbusiness #supportblackbusiness #etsyseller #myandyrose #blackwomenatwork #thebuttonlady #pinbackbuttons #vendingevent @brownandflawless @sanmiddle
SIOUX GRAVE (1 of 5)  Today we visited the site of the Massacre at Wounded Knee in South Dakota. On December 29, 1890 about 350 Sioux Indians were encamped in this spot and surrounded by the US Calvary. They were asked to surrender their weapons, but hostilities broke out, and soon the situation was completely out of control. When the dust settled, 150 Native American men, women and children lay dead. They were buried in a mass grave which is surrounded by a small Indian cemetery. The names on the headstones are fascinating...conjured up feelings of sadness and even shame about this regrettable chapter in American history.
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#thebuttonlady #usa #roadtrip #travel #wildwest #southdakota #woundedknee #vacation #indian #reservation #cemetary #grave #headstone #pineridgeindianreservation #pineridge #calvary #sioux #tragedy #shame #sad #massacre #nativeamerican
SIOUX GRAVE (1 of 5) Today we visited the site of the Massacre at Wounded Knee in South Dakota. On December 29, 1890 about 350 Sioux Indians were encamped in this spot and surrounded by the US Calvary. They were asked to surrender their weapons, but hostilities broke out, and soon the situation was completely out of control. When the dust settled, 150 Native American men, women and children lay dead. They were buried in a mass grave which is surrounded by a small Indian cemetery. The names on the headstones are fascinating...conjured up feelings of sadness and even shame about this regrettable chapter in American history. . . . . #thebuttonlady  #usa  #roadtrip  #travel  #wildwest  #southdakota  #woundedknee  #vacation  #indian  #reservation  #cemetary  #grave  #headstone  #pineridgeindianreservation  #pineridge  #calvary  #sioux  #tragedy  #shame  #sad  #massacre  #nativeamerican 
ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH
Your friendly neighborhood button lady is on the move. Yesterday my husband Rick and I drove 850 miles from Cleveland, Ohio to Sioux City, Iowa.  Headed now through Nebraska and across South Dakota. Coming up later today, "Wounded Knee" and Mount Rushmore. (note- this photo was taken last September in Alberta, Canada)
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#thebuttonlady #lake #mountains #rockymountains #canada #usa #roadtrip #travel #wildwest #nebraska #southdakota #woundedknee #mountrushmore #snowcappedpeaks #vacation #alberta #crisp #wideopenspaces #greatoutdoors #thegreatoutdoors
ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH Your friendly neighborhood button lady is on the move. Yesterday my husband Rick and I drove 850 miles from Cleveland, Ohio to Sioux City, Iowa. Headed now through Nebraska and across South Dakota. Coming up later today, "Wounded Knee" and Mount Rushmore. (note- this photo was taken last September in Alberta, Canada) . . . . #thebuttonlady  #lake  #mountains  #rockymountains  #canada  #usa  #roadtrip  #travel  #wildwest  #nebraska  #southdakota  #woundedknee  #mountrushmore  #snowcappedpeaks  #vacation  #alberta  #crisp  #wideopenspaces  #greatoutdoors  #thegreatoutdoors 
Chapter 18- Aunt Minnie didn't just collect buttons. She also sewed them onto cardboard or cloth in beautiful patterns, creating true "button art." This basket of flowers was made in 1950 using china inkwells, calicoes, and stencils, which were already 100 years old at the time. Minnie, age 74, made this for her sister, and it has remained with the family, even today.
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #miniatures #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #littletreasures #auntminniecollection #victoriana #specialproject #restoration #rebirth #reborn #display #caretaker #responsibility #china #inkwells #calicos #buttonart
Chapter 18- Aunt Minnie didn't just collect buttons. She also sewed them onto cardboard or cloth in beautiful patterns, creating true "button art." This basket of flowers was made in 1950 using china inkwells, calicoes, and stencils, which were already 100 years old at the time. Minnie, age 74, made this for her sister, and it has remained with the family, even today. . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #miniatures  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #littletreasures  #auntminniecollection  #victoriana  #specialproject  #restoration  #rebirth  #reborn  #display  #caretaker  #responsibility  #china  #inkwells  #calicos  #buttonart 
This commercial interruption brought to you by a "Bull in a china shop." The bull's name is Ferdinand. (display by Tripp, farmer, builder, lobsterman, and dog-lover)
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#farm #bull #corral #collie #dog
#Thebuttonlady #countrylife #country #farm #farmlife #charming #cow #grandson #lead #vintagetoys #childhood #imagination #pretend #chinashop #figurines #collection #1940s #1930s
Chapter 17-  Minnie Dunbar's buttons continue to astonish me, but what really sets this collection apart are the beautiful patterns she created by sewing buttons to cardboard. The first one will be coming up in Chapter 18. (pictured here, large cut-out zinc button with tin background, cut-steel button from France, and a black glass, silvered horseshoe button, all Victorian)
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #miniatures #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #littletreasures #auntminniecollection #victoriana #specialproject #restoration #rebirth #reborn #display #caretaker #responsibility #hobby #steel #horseshoe #zinc
Chapter 17- Minnie Dunbar's buttons continue to astonish me, but what really sets this collection apart are the beautiful patterns she created by sewing buttons to cardboard. The first one will be coming up in Chapter 18. (pictured here, large cut-out zinc button with tin background, cut-steel button from France, and a black glass, silvered horseshoe button, all Victorian) . . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #miniatures  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #littletreasures  #auntminniecollection  #victoriana  #specialproject  #restoration  #rebirth  #reborn  #display  #caretaker  #responsibility  #hobby  #steel  #horseshoe  #zinc 
Chapter 16- More bits and bobs from Aunt Minnie's collection. As is the case in any button box worth its salt, several of the treasures included weren't even buttons!  I suspect that when Minnie found the blue/green glass cameo, she fell in love with it, just as I did.
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #miniatures #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #littletreasures #auntminniecollection #victoriana #specialproject #restoration #rebirth #reborn #caretaker #responsibility #hobby #jewels #glass #jeweltones
Chapter 16- More bits and bobs from Aunt Minnie's collection. As is the case in any button box worth its salt, several of the treasures included weren't even buttons! I suspect that when Minnie found the blue/green glass cameo, she fell in love with it, just as I did. . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #miniatures  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #littletreasures  #auntminniecollection  #victoriana  #specialproject  #restoration  #rebirth  #reborn  #caretaker  #responsibility  #hobby  #jewels  #glass  #jeweltones 
This commercial interruption brought to you by MARIE'S KITCHEN. Good old-fashioned home cooking… "Just like Mom's"
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Chapter 15- Mary Emma Esworthy was born February 7, 1875, daughter of George (a Civil War veteran) and Horadah. "Minnie" worked as a nurse at White Hospital in Ravenna, Ohio.  On March 11, 1907 she married Orrin Dunbar, a cabinet maker and constable. She died August 30, 1967, at the age of 92, and is buried in Charlestown, Ohio.  No surprise that, amongst her many thousands of buttons, was this gorgeous brass "muffin top" with the great seal of the state OHIO.
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #miniatures #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #littletreasures #auntminniecollection #specialproject #restoration #rebirth #reborn #detail #exquisite #brass #ohio #stateseal #buckeyestate
Chapter 15- Mary Emma Esworthy was born February 7, 1875, daughter of George (a Civil War veteran) and Horadah. "Minnie" worked as a nurse at White Hospital in Ravenna, Ohio. On March 11, 1907 she married Orrin Dunbar, a cabinet maker and constable. She died August 30, 1967, at the age of 92, and is buried in Charlestown, Ohio. No surprise that, amongst her many thousands of buttons, was this gorgeous brass "muffin top" with the great seal of the state OHIO. . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #miniatures  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #littletreasures  #auntminniecollection  #specialproject  #restoration  #rebirth  #reborn  #detail  #exquisite  #brass  #ohio  #stateseal  #buckeyestate 
Chapter 14- Minnie Dunbar's great niece had read a story about my button art in the newspaper, and came up with the idea of bringing her beloved great aunt's buttons to me. She wanted me to make 10 bracelets for the millennial's in the family, as a tribute to a remarkable button collector, and as a way of keeping her memory alive for the family.  Here are the first five bracelets (Victorian mother of pearl), photographed before the ends were sewn together.
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #miniatures #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #littletreasures #auntminniecollection #victoriana #specialproject #restoration #rebirth #reborn #abalone #buttonbracelets #agreement #plan #caretaker #honor
Chapter 14- Minnie Dunbar's great niece had read a story about my button art in the newspaper, and came up with the idea of bringing her beloved great aunt's buttons to me. She wanted me to make 10 bracelets for the millennial's in the family, as a tribute to a remarkable button collector, and as a way of keeping her memory alive for the family. Here are the first five bracelets (Victorian mother of pearl), photographed before the ends were sewn together. . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #miniatures  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #littletreasures  #auntminniecollection  #victoriana  #specialproject  #restoration  #rebirth  #reborn  #abalone  #buttonbracelets  #agreement  #plan  #caretaker  #honor 
This commercial interruption brought to you by Patches, the hobby horse, made by my mother 34 years ago for my little boy...now riden around weekly by my little boy's little boy!
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#childhood #mygrandson #thebuttonlady #adorable #littleboy #pretendplay #pretend #fawnlawn #hobbyhorse #simplethings #oldfashionedtoys #yarn #sewingroom #cribtoy #dionnequintuplets
Chapter 13- Minnie Dunbar lived from 1875 to 1967. Let's say she started collecting buttons around 1940, some of them weren't even vintage at the time! This was pointed out to me by my good friend Paula @momossewingroom, who clearly put her thinking cap on when she got up today. The majority of Aunt Minnie's collection are Victorian buttons, but others are simply "little works of art," contemporary to the collector herself.
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #miniatures #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #littletreasures #auntminniecollection #victoriana #specialproject #restoration #rebirth #reborn #display #caretaker #responsibility #hobby #jewels #gemtones #jeweltones
Chapter 13- Minnie Dunbar lived from 1875 to 1967. Let's say she started collecting buttons around 1940, some of them weren't even vintage at the time! This was pointed out to me by my good friend Paula @momossewingroom, who clearly put her thinking cap on when she got up today. The majority of Aunt Minnie's collection are Victorian buttons, but others are simply "little works of art," contemporary to the collector herself. . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #miniatures  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #littletreasures  #auntminniecollection  #victoriana  #specialproject  #restoration  #rebirth  #reborn  #display  #caretaker  #responsibility  #hobby  #jewels  #gemtones  #jeweltones 
Chapter 12- Immersed in the restoration of Aunt Minnie's buttons, I wondered what got her started collecting. She was born in 1875, and worked as a nurse, so when the National Button Society was founded (1938), she would've been about 63 years old...possibly retired.  The hobby of button collecting became wildly popular, in that it was something almost ANYONE could afford...even during the Great Depression.  Minnie had no children, and I'm guessing her loving care of her growing button collection, brought her satisfaction and countless hours of enjoyment.(Victorian equestrian, black glass)
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #miniatures #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #littletreasures #auntminniecollection #victoriana #specialproject #restoration #rebirth #reborn #display #caretaker #responsibility #hobby #nationalbuttonsociety #1938
Chapter 12- Immersed in the restoration of Aunt Minnie's buttons, I wondered what got her started collecting. She was born in 1875, and worked as a nurse, so when the National Button Society was founded (1938), she would've been about 63 years old...possibly retired. The hobby of button collecting became wildly popular, in that it was something almost ANYONE could afford...even during the Great Depression. Minnie had no children, and I'm guessing her loving care of her growing button collection, brought her satisfaction and countless hours of enjoyment.(Victorian equestrian, black glass) . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #miniatures  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #littletreasures  #auntminniecollection  #victoriana  #specialproject  #restoration  #rebirth  #reborn  #display  #caretaker  #responsibility  #hobby  #nationalbuttonsociety  #1938 
Chapter 11- As the new custodian of Minnie Dunbar's buttons, each one became my responsibility.  The sorting and restoration process went on for months.  The large pictorial button here, a little story in itself, was solid black, but careful cleaning with fine steel wool, then beeswax, and voila!  A work of art, now reborn.
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #miniatures #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #littletreasures #auntminniecollection #victoriana #specialproject #restoration #rebirth #reborn #display #caretaker #responsibility #honor #zinc #pictorial #tin
Chapter 11- As the new custodian of Minnie Dunbar's buttons, each one became my responsibility. The sorting and restoration process went on for months. The large pictorial button here, a little story in itself, was solid black, but careful cleaning with fine steel wool, then beeswax, and voila! A work of art, now reborn. . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #miniatures  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #littletreasures  #auntminniecollection  #victoriana  #specialproject  #restoration  #rebirth  #reborn  #display  #caretaker  #responsibility  #honor  #zinc  #pictorial  #tin 
This commercial interruption brought to you by Penny, the penny doll, and her closest circle of friends…the ever-cheerful flapper girls!
We will soon return to your regularly-scheduled program, the story of Aunt Minnie's button collection, Chapter 11.
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#nostalgia #sewing #buttoncollecting #history  #vintage #flappergirls #Thebuttonlady #buttonlove #antiquecollectibles #adorable #charming #playful #doll #pennydoll #1930s #1920s #tiny #small #dollclothes #vintagedoll #friends #composition
This commercial interruption brought to you by Penny, the penny doll, and her closest circle of friends…the ever-cheerful flapper girls! We will soon return to your regularly-scheduled program, the story of Aunt Minnie's button collection, Chapter 11. . . . . #nostalgia  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #flappergirls  #Thebuttonlady  #buttonlove  #antiquecollectibles  #adorable  #charming  #playful  #doll  #pennydoll  #1930s  #1920s  #tiny  #small  #dollclothes  #vintagedoll  #friends  #composition 
Chapter 10- To my amazement, I suddenly found myself the new caretaker of Minnie Dunbar's extensive and breathtaking button collection, a responsibility and an honor which I have taken very seriously. A few buttons would find their way into my bracelets. Hundreds would find their way onto my Victorian button string necklaces. Many more would be restored and be shared as historical artifacts on my presentation trays (for example, this beautifully-carved mother of pearl feather with "sequin" adornments). Still others, sewn onto cardboard in beautiful patterns, would be refurbished, framed, and eventually displayed on my bedroom walls. (much more to come!)
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #miniatures #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #littletreasures #auntminniecollection #victoriana #specialproject #restoration #rebirth #reborn #display #caretaker #responsibility #honor
Chapter 10- To my amazement, I suddenly found myself the new caretaker of Minnie Dunbar's extensive and breathtaking button collection, a responsibility and an honor which I have taken very seriously. A few buttons would find their way into my bracelets. Hundreds would find their way onto my Victorian button string necklaces. Many more would be restored and be shared as historical artifacts on my presentation trays (for example, this beautifully-carved mother of pearl feather with "sequin" adornments). Still others, sewn onto cardboard in beautiful patterns, would be refurbished, framed, and eventually displayed on my bedroom walls. (much more to come!) . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #miniatures  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #littletreasures  #auntminniecollection  #victoriana  #specialproject  #restoration  #rebirth  #reborn  #display  #caretaker  #responsibility  #honor 
Chapter 9- Minnie Dunbar's great niece and I came up with a plan. I would restore the entire button collection, pulling out appropriate Victorian mother of pearl buttons to make 10 bracelets for Aunt Minnie's descendants.  No money would exchange hands. In return for my time, trouble and loving artistry, all remaining buttons would be mine to keep, preserve, and share with others. We thought this arrangement was something Minnie herself would have wholeheartedly approved of. (pictured here, some of the buttons waxed, stacked, and ready to be designed into bracelets)
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #miniatures #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #littletreasures #auntminniecollection #victoriana #specialproject #restoration #rebirth #reborn #abalone #buttonbracelets #agreement #plan #caretaker #honor
Chapter 9- Minnie Dunbar's great niece and I came up with a plan. I would restore the entire button collection, pulling out appropriate Victorian mother of pearl buttons to make 10 bracelets for Aunt Minnie's descendants. No money would exchange hands. In return for my time, trouble and loving artistry, all remaining buttons would be mine to keep, preserve, and share with others. We thought this arrangement was something Minnie herself would have wholeheartedly approved of. (pictured here, some of the buttons waxed, stacked, and ready to be designed into bracelets) . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #miniatures  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #littletreasures  #auntminniecollection  #victoriana  #specialproject  #restoration  #rebirth  #reborn  #abalone  #buttonbracelets  #agreement  #plan  #caretaker  #honor 
This commercial interruption brought to you by a mini button lady and some very large sunflowers.
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Chapter 8- After several days of sorting through "Aunt Minnie's" buttons, I actually felt like I was beginning to know her. These weren't just piles of antique buttons. They represented decades of passionate collecting from a gentle lady, born in 1875, daughter of a Civil War veteran. Mary Emma Esworthy ("Minnie") married in 1907 to Orrin Dunbar, a cabinet maker and constable. They had no children, but she poured her heart and soul into her nursing career and later into her love of buttons.  Minnie's great niece had been the caretaker of the collection for over 50 years. She and I both felt that the most respectful plan would NOT involve the exchange of money.
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #miniatures #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #littletreasures #auntminniecollection #specialproject #restoration #rebirth #reborn #detail #exquisite #celluloid #enamel #cloisonne
Chapter 8- After several days of sorting through "Aunt Minnie's" buttons, I actually felt like I was beginning to know her. These weren't just piles of antique buttons. They represented decades of passionate collecting from a gentle lady, born in 1875, daughter of a Civil War veteran. Mary Emma Esworthy ("Minnie") married in 1907 to Orrin Dunbar, a cabinet maker and constable. They had no children, but she poured her heart and soul into her nursing career and later into her love of buttons. Minnie's great niece had been the caretaker of the collection for over 50 years. She and I both felt that the most respectful plan would NOT involve the exchange of money. . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #miniatures  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #littletreasures  #auntminniecollection  #specialproject  #restoration  #rebirth  #reborn  #detail  #exquisite  #celluloid  #enamel  #cloisonne 
Chapter 7- Minnie Dunbar's buttons were brought to me by her great niece with the request that I make ten bracelets for the millennial's in the family. Most of the buttons in the collection were either on shanks, or not the correct size/shape for me to use in a button bracelet. That said, it was a gigantic collection (many thousands of buttons). After looking it over for a few days I decided I could pull together enough flat sew-through mother of pearl buttons to make the bracelets. But what about the rest of the buttons, and what would my fee be?  Everything needed sorting, cleaning, and restoration. (Chapter 8 explains what kind of "arrangement" we sorted to.)
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #miniatures #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #littletreasures #auntminniecollection #specialproject #restoration #rebirth #reborn #detail #exquisite #brass #zinc #steel #bird #butterfly
Chapter 7- Minnie Dunbar's buttons were brought to me by her great niece with the request that I make ten bracelets for the millennial's in the family. Most of the buttons in the collection were either on shanks, or not the correct size/shape for me to use in a button bracelet. That said, it was a gigantic collection (many thousands of buttons). After looking it over for a few days I decided I could pull together enough flat sew-through mother of pearl buttons to make the bracelets. But what about the rest of the buttons, and what would my fee be? Everything needed sorting, cleaning, and restoration. (Chapter 8 explains what kind of "arrangement" we sorted to.) . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #miniatures  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #littletreasures  #auntminniecollection  #specialproject  #restoration  #rebirth  #reborn  #detail  #exquisite  #brass  #zinc  #steel  #bird  #butterfly 
Chapter 6- Aunt Minnie's button collection, acquired by me two years ago, included these rare and fascinating COMPOSITION buttons, made from mixed materials (19th century). Most of them are "whistle buttons" (one hole on top and two holes underneath). Although gorgeous, none of them could be used in the type of button bracelets I make. What happened to them? What buttons did I use to make the 10 bracelets for Minnie's descendants? All will be explained. Please stick with me!
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #miniatures #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #littletreasures #auntminniecollection #victoriana #specialproject #restoration #rebirth #reborn #detail #exquisite #composition #mixed #whistlebuttons #rare
Chapter 6- Aunt Minnie's button collection, acquired by me two years ago, included these rare and fascinating COMPOSITION buttons, made from mixed materials (19th century). Most of them are "whistle buttons" (one hole on top and two holes underneath). Although gorgeous, none of them could be used in the type of button bracelets I make. What happened to them? What buttons did I use to make the 10 bracelets for Minnie's descendants? All will be explained. Please stick with me! . . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #miniatures  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #littletreasures  #auntminniecollection  #victoriana  #specialproject  #restoration  #rebirth  #reborn  #detail  #exquisite  #composition  #mixed  #whistlebuttons  #rare 
FOR MOTHER  Yesterday afternoon a little boy was dropped off at his Gammie's so his mommy and daddy could go to the Cleveland Indians game.  We walked to the beach for a lovely game of tag and a gorgeous Lake Erie Sunset.  This morning we set out for a walk around the block, and returned with this glorious bouquet for Tripp's mommy. P.S. She loved it!
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#grandson #lakeerie #walk #stroll #pickingflowers #bouquet #clover #flowers #sweet #hands #childhood #thebuttonlady #mygrandson #pink #minibouquet #overnight #surprise #loving #gift
FOR MOTHER Yesterday afternoon a little boy was dropped off at his Gammie's so his mommy and daddy could go to the Cleveland Indians game. We walked to the beach for a lovely game of tag and a gorgeous Lake Erie Sunset. This morning we set out for a walk around the block, and returned with this glorious bouquet for Tripp's mommy. P.S. She loved it! . . . . . #grandson  #lakeerie  #walk  #stroll  #pickingflowers  #bouquet  #clover  #flowers  #sweet  #hands  #childhood  #thebuttonlady  #mygrandson  #pink  #minibouquet  #overnight  #surprise  #loving  #gift 
TONIGHT  This commercial interruption is brought to you by the Button Lady and Mother Nature.
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#evening #sundown #sunset #beach #greatlakes #lakeerie #cleveland #ohio #reflection #takingawalk #eveningstroll #thebuttonlady #naturesbeauty #waves #wavesrollingin #wagarbeach #mothernature
Chapter 5-  When I first laid eyes on Aunt Minnie's button collection, it was easy to see through over half a century of dust and tarnish. I knew I was looking at a gold mine.  Note the copper button with the man's face, upper left. Just below it, a large button combining intricate brass with celluloid.
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #miniatures #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #littletreasures #auntminniecollection #victoriana #specialproject #restoration #rebirth #reborn #brass #copper #intricate #detail #exquisite
Chapter 5- When I first laid eyes on Aunt Minnie's button collection, it was easy to see through over half a century of dust and tarnish. I knew I was looking at a gold mine. Note the copper button with the man's face, upper left. Just below it, a large button combining intricate brass with celluloid. . . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #miniatures  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #littletreasures  #auntminniecollection  #victoriana  #specialproject  #restoration  #rebirth  #reborn  #brass  #copper  #intricate  #detail  #exquisite 
Chapter 4- From the Collection of Minnie Dunbar (1875-1967)...18th century carved horn button, left, Goodyear Rubber Company button, right. "Aunt Minnie" collected thousands and thousands of buttons after she retired from the nursing profession. They landed in my lap two years ago, the discovery of a lifetime!
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #miniatures #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #littletreasures #auntminniecollection #victoriana #specialproject #restoration #rebirth #reborn #horn #goodyear #rubber #carved #roman #helmet
Chapter 4- From the Collection of Minnie Dunbar (1875-1967)...18th century carved horn button, left, Goodyear Rubber Company button, right. "Aunt Minnie" collected thousands and thousands of buttons after she retired from the nursing profession. They landed in my lap two years ago, the discovery of a lifetime! . . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #miniatures  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #littletreasures  #auntminniecollection  #victoriana  #specialproject  #restoration  #rebirth  #reborn  #horn  #goodyear  #rubber  #carved  #roman  #helmet 
Chapter 3.  The buttons Aunt Minnie collected mostly date from the mid 1800's through the 1930s, just the time period from which buttons I work with were made. Seen here, Victorian abalone  and mother of pearl buttons with brass shanks, probably painted years later (1940s?).
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #miniatures #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #littletreasures #auntminniecollection #victoriana #specialproject #restoration #rebirth #reborn #handpainted #abalone
Chapter 3. The buttons Aunt Minnie collected mostly date from the mid 1800's through the 1930s, just the time period from which buttons I work with were made. Seen here, Victorian abalone and mother of pearl buttons with brass shanks, probably painted years later (1940s?). . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #miniatures  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #littletreasures  #auntminniecollection  #victoriana  #specialproject  #restoration  #rebirth  #reborn  #handpainted  #abalone 
Chapter 2. Minnie Dunbar's button collection was brought to me by her great niece who had a special project in mind. She wanted me to make bracelets for all the millennial's in the family, descendants of Aunt Minnie.  Literally thousands of buttons were involved in bringing this project to fruition. Seen here, a few Victorian beauties…I love the blue steel!
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #miniatures #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #littletreasures #auntminniecollection #victoriana #specialproject #restoration #rebirth #reborn
Chapter 2. Minnie Dunbar's button collection was brought to me by her great niece who had a special project in mind. She wanted me to make bracelets for all the millennial's in the family, descendants of Aunt Minnie. Literally thousands of buttons were involved in bringing this project to fruition. Seen here, a few Victorian beauties…I love the blue steel! . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #miniatures  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #littletreasures  #auntminniecollection  #victoriana  #specialproject  #restoration  #rebirth  #reborn 
Chapter 1. A few years ago I acquired a gigantic button collection, the most phenomenal one I had run across in 9 years. The buttons belonged to Mary Emma "Minnie" Esworthy Dunbar (1875-1967), a member of the National Button Society. Most of the buttons were Victorian, and many had been sewn onto cards, in beautiful patterns. The collection had been gathering dust in an attic for nearly 50 years. One by one they came to life as I cleaned and polished them. My kitchen became a virtual time machine with piles and trays of buttons everywhere.
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#restoration #project #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #auntminniecollection #victoriana #blackandwhitephoto #oldphoto #chapeau #hat #rebirth
Chapter 1. A few years ago I acquired a gigantic button collection, the most phenomenal one I had run across in 9 years. The buttons belonged to Mary Emma "Minnie" Esworthy Dunbar (1875-1967), a member of the National Button Society. Most of the buttons were Victorian, and many had been sewn onto cards, in beautiful patterns. The collection had been gathering dust in an attic for nearly 50 years. One by one they came to life as I cleaned and polished them. My kitchen became a virtual time machine with piles and trays of buttons everywhere. . . . . #restoration  #project  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #auntminniecollection  #victoriana  #blackandwhitephoto  #oldphoto  #chapeau  #hat  #rebirth 
Cleveland Indians, 14 straight wins, as of tonight, tying the team record, set last year.  I've got the fever! (Souvenir paper and balsa wood fan, about 1954)
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#clevelandindians #cleveland #baseball #nationalpastime #gotribe #americanleague #tribetime #souvenir #sportsmemorabilia #collectibles #Thebuttonlady #ballpark #record #14straight #partytime #alltheway #clubrecord #bigwin #imabeliever #ivegotthefever #hometeam #hometown #chiefwahoo
Once upon a time I went to the park and found the cutest little monkey. I decided to take him home with me and feed him bananas. After that we lived happily ever after and I was never lonely again.
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#imagination #childhood #mygrandson #thebuttonlady #adorable #littleboy #park #playground #junglegym #climbing #climber #happyending #onceuponatime #monkey #littlemonkey #happilyeverafter
RATTLES I have known and loved. The one with the three faces, center, hung above my bassinet in 1951. The others, I have collected. I believe these all date to the 1940s and early 50s. Note- Heinz 57 rattle to the left of pink giraffe.
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#rattles #collector #crib #babylove  #baby #toy #toys #vintage #vintagetoys #giraffe #kitty #bunnies #heinz #heinz57 #heinzbaby #Thebuttonlady #childhood #nursery #pastel #doily #mycollection
CROWN JEWELS Fit for royalty, this bracelet features the rarest, small-sized cut glass buttons, 1920s, from Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia.  They are set upon perfect Edwardian mother of pearl. One and only one. Small wrist size.
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#nostalgia #sewing #buttoncollecting #history  #vintage #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady  #motherofpearl  #handmade #madebyhand #handsewn #buttonbracelet #antiquebuttonbracelet #edwardian #cutglass #fruit #german #austrian #jewels #czechrepublic #myart
CROWN JEWELS Fit for royalty, this bracelet features the rarest, small-sized cut glass buttons, 1920s, from Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia. They are set upon perfect Edwardian mother of pearl. One and only one. Small wrist size. . . . . #nostalgia  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #buttonlove  #Thebuttonlady  #motherofpearl  #handmade  #madebyhand  #handsewn  #buttonbracelet  #antiquebuttonbracelet  #edwardian  #cutglass  #fruit  #german  #austrian  #jewels  #czechrepublic  #myart 
BEDTIME STORY 
Can anyone guess what the Big Bad Wolf said to the Three Little Pigs?
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#imagination #childhood #mygrandson #thebuttonlady #adorable #littleboy #pretend #fawnlawn #bedtimestory #threelittlepigs #bigbadwolf #fairytale #readingaloud #
🎶The corn is as high as an elephant's eye, and it looks like it's climbing right up to the sky.
Oh what a beautiful morning. Oh what a beautiful day. I've got a wonderful feeling. Everything's going my way.🎶
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#Thebuttonlady #daytrip #countrylife #country #farm #amish #amishfarm #plainpeople #simplethings #lifestyle #wayoflife #farmlife #children #grandson #charming #outing #mygrandson #field #corn #fieldcorn #oklahoma #lyrics #ohwhatabeautifulmorning #thecornisashighasanelephantseye #rogersandhammerstein
🎶The corn is as high as an elephant's eye, and it looks like it's climbing right up to the sky. Oh what a beautiful morning. Oh what a beautiful day. I've got a wonderful feeling. Everything's going my way.🎶 . . . . . #Thebuttonlady  #daytrip  #countrylife  #country  #farm  #amish  #amishfarm  #plainpeople  #simplethings  #lifestyle  #wayoflife  #farmlife  #children  #grandson  #charming  #outing  #mygrandson  #field  #corn  #fieldcorn  #oklahoma  #lyrics  #ohwhatabeautifulmorning  #thecornisashighasanelephantseye  #rogersandhammerstein 
CROQUET ANYONE? (Part 2). During the summer of 1972 I bought a Victorian croquet set, which I simply fell in love with "just because." All the mallets and balls were intact, stored inside the original box. The problem was...no wickets!  For 45 years the set was shuffled around from dusty basement to dusty basement until finally, earlier this year, I found the most gifted metal artist, Joan Adams @foothillmetalart, who I commissioned to make the custom-designed, hand-cut wickets, seen here.  I asked her to go with a woodland theme, hopefully incorporating animals I might see around our home. TOP (l to r)- bird, oak tree, squirrel, owl. BOTTOM- deer, fox, chipmunk, rabbit. Aren't they the BEST?
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#croquet #1890s #games #outdoorgames #antique #restored #box #wood #mallet #balls #victorian #finally #fawnlawn #Thebuttonlady #lawngames #wickets #rabbit #fox #chipmunk #squirrel #oaktree #deer #owl #bird #bunny #rust #handcut #metalartist #customdesigned #bunny #woodland
CROQUET ANYONE? (Part 2). During the summer of 1972 I bought a Victorian croquet set, which I simply fell in love with "just because." All the mallets and balls were intact, stored inside the original box. The problem was...no wickets! For 45 years the set was shuffled around from dusty basement to dusty basement until finally, earlier this year, I found the most gifted metal artist, Joan Adams @foothillmetalart, who I commissioned to make the custom-designed, hand-cut wickets, seen here. I asked her to go with a woodland theme, hopefully incorporating animals I might see around our home. TOP (l to r)- bird, oak tree, squirrel, owl. BOTTOM- deer, fox, chipmunk, rabbit. Aren't they the BEST? . . #croquet  #1890s  #games  #outdoorgames  #antique  #restored  #box  #wood  #mallet  #balls  #victorian  #finally  #fawnlawn  #Thebuttonlady  #lawngames  #wickets  #rabbit  #fox  #chipmunk  #squirrel  #oaktree  #deer  #owl  #bird  #bunny  #rust  #handcut  #metalartist  #customdesigned  #bunny  #woodland 
CROQUET ANYONE? (Part 1). When I was 20 years old I bought a croquet set, in a broken box, dating to about the 1890s. When I was 35 years old I found an Amish carpenter to repair the box for me. For the next three decades, the set was moved from one dusty basement to the next. The problem was I did not have wickets!☹️ At age 65 I decided the time had come to take action.  I found a gifted metal-worker/artist in California to design the wickets, and I waxed/polished each piece of the set until it gleamed. (continued tonight)
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#croquet #1890s #games #outdoorgames #sport #antique #restored #box #wood #mallet #balls #victorian #thetimehascome #finally #fawnlawn #Thebuttonlady #lawn #lawngames #backyard #outdoors #slowbutsure #wickets
CROQUET ANYONE? (Part 1). When I was 20 years old I bought a croquet set, in a broken box, dating to about the 1890s. When I was 35 years old I found an Amish carpenter to repair the box for me. For the next three decades, the set was moved from one dusty basement to the next. The problem was I did not have wickets!☹️ At age 65 I decided the time had come to take action. I found a gifted metal-worker/artist in California to design the wickets, and I waxed/polished each piece of the set until it gleamed. (continued tonight) . . . . #croquet  #1890s  #games  #outdoorgames  #sport  #antique  #restored  #box  #wood  #mallet  #balls  #victorian  #thetimehascome  #finally  #fawnlawn  #Thebuttonlady  #lawn  #lawngames  #backyard  #outdoors  #slowbutsure  #wickets 
Look, look. See the baby horse. This is Tim. Tim is Amish. Tripp chased Tim around the yard.  They went in circles. It was so funny!
(especially for my friend @lindaarmstrng )
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#Thebuttonlady #daytrip #countrylife #country #farm #amish #amishfarm #plainpeople #simplethings #lifestyle #wayoflife #farmlife #children #grandson #adorable #cute #horse #foal #miniaturehorse #newborn #tiny
SWAN SONG, Aqua swan Buttons, 1940s, mounted atop large black coat buttons, also 1940s. Shoe planters, 1930s
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#nostalgia #antiquecollectibles #collectibles #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady #daysgoneby  #buttonjewelry #buttonbracelet #madebyhand #handsewn #swan #shoes #collector #myart #artforyourwrist #1930s #1940s
The DIONNE QUINTS, 1944. The marketing of these French Canadian little girls continued right through the Great Depression and into the War Years. Note the patriotic American eagle on the calendar, distributed to customers in the U.S. by Sargent Coal Company, Merrimack, Massachusetts. (As promised to @r_mewshaw)
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#dionnequintuplets #quintuplets #vintage #thewaryears #WWII #collectibles #thebuttonlady #1943 #1940s #emilie #patriotic #eagle #americaneagle #promotion #giveaway #free #calendar #childhood #frenchcanadian #quints #famous #worldfamous #matching #matchingoutfits
The DIONNE QUINTS, 1944. The marketing of these French Canadian little girls continued right through the Great Depression and into the War Years. Note the patriotic American eagle on the calendar, distributed to customers in the U.S. by Sargent Coal Company, Merrimack, Massachusetts. (As promised to @r_mewshaw) . . . . . #dionnequintuplets  #quintuplets  #vintage  #thewaryears  #WWII  #collectibles  #thebuttonlady  #1943  #1940s  #emilie  #patriotic  #eagle  #americaneagle  #promotion  #giveaway  #free  #calendar  #childhood  #frenchcanadian  #quints  #famous  #worldfamous  #matching  #matchingoutfits 
The BLUE COLLAR MEDLEY Collection- tin, brass, nickel, and aluminum buttons, removed from early 20th century work clothing.  These buttons were in service on farms, in factories, and at the rail yard...seen here, pinned in place, ready to stitch up.
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady  #handsewn #buttonbracelets #buttonbracelet #workclothes #bluecollar #myart #artforyourwrist #character
The BLUE COLLAR MEDLEY Collection- tin, brass, nickel, and aluminum buttons, removed from early 20th century work clothing. These buttons were in service on farms, in factories, and at the rail yard...seen here, pinned in place, ready to stitch up. . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #Thebuttonlady  #handsewn  #buttonbracelets  #buttonbracelet  #workclothes  #bluecollar  #myart  #artforyourwrist  #character 
SUNBATH. Napoleon has eight button collars, one for each day of the week, and one for special occasions. Today he sports china inkwells, ringers, and piecrusts, mid-19th century.  If I were to politely ask him to get down from the kitchen table, I think you could guess what his answer would be.  Clearly, the house belongs to him, and he will bathe where he pleases.
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#nostalgia #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady #handmade #victoriana #handsewn #antiquebuttonbracelet #cat #catcollar #catsofinstagram #kitty #mykitty #napoleon #breakfastroom
SUNBATH. Napoleon has eight button collars, one for each day of the week, and one for special occasions. Today he sports china inkwells, ringers, and piecrusts, mid-19th century. If I were to politely ask him to get down from the kitchen table, I think you could guess what his answer would be. Clearly, the house belongs to him, and he will bathe where he pleases. . . . . #nostalgia  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #Thebuttonlady  #handmade  #victoriana  #handsewn  #antiquebuttonbracelet  #cat  #catcollar  #catsofinstagram  #kitty  #mykitty  #napoleon  #breakfastroom 
ALWAYS IN SEASON, "New/old stock" porcelain buttons from Germany, 1920s. After many decades, stored in a barn, they are finally on the brink of rebirth. (coloring book, 1934. I love the mother's hat with a feather in it, and the fact that the grocer is wearing a tie and a nice white apron. Isn't this how shopping should be?)
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#nostalgia #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady #sliceofhistory #daysgoneby  #buttonjewelry #buttonbracelet  #madebyhand #handsewn #porcelain #chinabutton #grocery #groceryshopping #fruit #freshfruit #1930s #myart #artforyourwrist
ALWAYS IN SEASON, "New/old stock" porcelain buttons from Germany, 1920s. After many decades, stored in a barn, they are finally on the brink of rebirth. (coloring book, 1934. I love the mother's hat with a feather in it, and the fact that the grocer is wearing a tie and a nice white apron. Isn't this how shopping should be?) . . . . #nostalgia  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #Thebuttonlady  #sliceofhistory  #daysgoneby  #buttonjewelry  #buttonbracelet  #madebyhand  #handsewn  #porcelain  #chinabutton  #grocery  #groceryshopping  #fruit  #freshfruit  #1930s  #myart  #artforyourwrist 
MARIE'S KITCHEN (Part 2) Here's a close-up of another section of the Amish "camp" in the woods, visited recently by my grandson and myself. In my 65 years, I don't think I have ever seen creativity quite like this...all put together by a 10-year-old little girl.
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#Thebuttonlady #daytrip #countrylife #country #farm #amish #amishfarm #plainpeople #simplethings #lifestyle #wayoflife #farmlife #children #adorable #cute #charming #outing #hike #woods #camp #creative #homemade #kitchen #camping #cups #pitcher #trees
MARIE'S KITCHEN (Part 2) Here's a close-up of another section of the Amish "camp" in the woods, visited recently by my grandson and myself. In my 65 years, I don't think I have ever seen creativity quite like this...all put together by a 10-year-old little girl. . . . #Thebuttonlady  #daytrip  #countrylife  #country  #farm  #amish  #amishfarm  #plainpeople  #simplethings  #lifestyle  #wayoflife  #farmlife  #children  #adorable  #cute  #charming  #outing  #hike  #woods  #camp  #creative  #homemade  #kitchen  #camping  #cups  #pitcher  #trees 
MARIE'S KITCHEN (Part 1) This 10-year-old Amish girl is so dear to me. Here is a small section of her "camp" in the woods, right next to the teepee she built with her brothers (posted earlier today). There is even a little homemade table with bottles of flowers on it...the "dining room." To be there is like magic!
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#Thebuttonlady #daytrip #countrylife #country #farm #amish #amishfarm #plainpeople #simplethings #lifestyle #wayoflife #farmlife #children #grandson #adorable #cute #charming #outing #hike #woods #camp #creative #homemade #kitchen #dishes #camping #cups
MARIE'S KITCHEN (Part 1) This 10-year-old Amish girl is so dear to me. Here is a small section of her "camp" in the woods, right next to the teepee she built with her brothers (posted earlier today). There is even a little homemade table with bottles of flowers on it...the "dining room." To be there is like magic! . . . . #Thebuttonlady  #daytrip  #countrylife  #country  #farm  #amish  #amishfarm  #plainpeople  #simplethings  #lifestyle  #wayoflife  #farmlife  #children  #grandson  #adorable  #cute  #charming  #outing  #hike  #woods  #camp  #creative  #homemade  #kitchen  #dishes  #camping  #cups 
TEEPEE in the Woods.  Especially for @curious_art_studio, per request. These Amish children have made a little camp in the woods. Note the path, leading to the door of the teepee, lined with rocks. To the left, just behind, is a small homemade table with bottles of flowers on it. Coming up next, Marie's kitchen!
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#Thebuttonlady #daytrip #countrylife #country #farm #amish #amishfarm #plainpeople #simplethings #lifestyle #wayoflife #farmlife #children #grandson #adorable #cute #charming #outing #hike #woods #camp #creative #teepee #sticks #path #rocks #homemade
TEEPEE in the Woods. Especially for @curious_art_studio, per request. These Amish children have made a little camp in the woods. Note the path, leading to the door of the teepee, lined with rocks. To the left, just behind, is a small homemade table with bottles of flowers on it. Coming up next, Marie's kitchen! . . . . . #Thebuttonlady  #daytrip  #countrylife  #country  #farm  #amish  #amishfarm  #plainpeople  #simplethings  #lifestyle  #wayoflife  #farmlife  #children  #grandson  #adorable  #cute  #charming  #outing  #hike  #woods  #camp  #creative  #teepee  #sticks  #path  #rocks  #homemade 
The HIKE  These Amish siblings were very anxious to show Tripp and me the little "camp" they made in the woods, complete with a teepee and kitchen…right in the middle of the forest! Off we go on a big adventure.
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#Thebuttonlady #daytrip #countrylife #country #farm #amish #amishfarm #plainpeople #simplethings #lifestyle #wayoflife #farmlife #children #grandson #adorable #cute #charming #outing #mygrandson #clothesline #bernesemountaindog #hike #woods #camp #creative
The HIKE These Amish siblings were very anxious to show Tripp and me the little "camp" they made in the woods, complete with a teepee and kitchen…right in the middle of the forest! Off we go on a big adventure. . . . . #Thebuttonlady  #daytrip  #countrylife  #country  #farm  #amish  #amishfarm  #plainpeople  #simplethings  #lifestyle  #wayoflife  #farmlife  #children  #grandson  #adorable  #cute  #charming  #outing  #mygrandson  #clothesline  #bernesemountaindog  #hike  #woods  #camp  #creative 
POWDER ROOM HOSPITALITY 101  Your guests may be tired from the long journey on the train or ride in the carriage. The thoughtful hostess will provide a variety of basic grooming necessities for the ladies to freshen up with before tea.
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#nostalgia #collector #collections #tiny #lifestyle #decor #Thebuttonlady #powderroom #bathroom #grooming #manicure #breathmints #powder #makeup #rouge #facepowder #talc #seaglass #beachglass #exlax #goodadvice #fawnlawn #hospitality #paste #chapstick #breath #cutex #tryit
POWDER ROOM HOSPITALITY 101 Your guests may be tired from the long journey on the train or ride in the carriage. The thoughtful hostess will provide a variety of basic grooming necessities for the ladies to freshen up with before tea. . . . . #nostalgia  #collector  #collections  #tiny  #lifestyle  #decor  #Thebuttonlady  #powderroom  #bathroom  #grooming  #manicure  #breathmints  #powder  #makeup  #rouge  #facepowder  #talc  #seaglass  #beachglass  #exlax  #goodadvice  #fawnlawn  #hospitality  #paste  #chapstick  #breath  #cutex  #tryit 
Tangerine Grove designs, dripping with color. Buttons, 1920s to 50s. Casein, Bakelite, porcelain. The kitty cat belonged to my grandmother, Clara Ransom Latimer, as a child, 1880.
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#nostalgia #antiquecollectibles #collectibles #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady #daysgoneby  #buttonjewelry #buttonbracelet #bakelite #madebyhand #handsewn #cat #castiron #collections
This grandfather clock was given to my great grandmother in 1890, by her husband Platt Rogers, upon the birth of their fourth child. When I was growing up, it was on the landing of our stairway, because the ceilings weren't tall enough on our first floor. Twenty years ago I inherited it, and am proud to have it in my living room. I once promised my daughter Clara that I would draw it, and actually made good on the promise a few years ago. The Westminster chimes, every quarter hour, are beautiful.
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#penandink #Thebuttonlady #artwork  #artistsoninstagram #builttolast #myart #grandfatherclock #clock #antiqueclock #victoriana #timepiece #fawnlawn #family #myfamily #greatgrandparents #gift #westminister  #chimes #ancestral #madeinchicago
This grandfather clock was given to my great grandmother in 1890, by her husband Platt Rogers, upon the birth of their fourth child. When I was growing up, it was on the landing of our stairway, because the ceilings weren't tall enough on our first floor. Twenty years ago I inherited it, and am proud to have it in my living room. I once promised my daughter Clara that I would draw it, and actually made good on the promise a few years ago. The Westminster chimes, every quarter hour, are beautiful. . . . . #penandink  #Thebuttonlady  #artwork  #artistsoninstagram  #builttolast  #myart  #grandfatherclock  #clock  #antiqueclock  #victoriana  #timepiece  #fawnlawn  #family  #myfamily  #greatgrandparents  #gift  #westminister  #chimes  #ancestral  #madeinchicago 
SWINGING START to the week. Hope your Monday is brightened with a bit of Little Rascals music, and some old-fashioned fun. (special effects by @jadamseden❤️)
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#Thebuttonlady #daytrip #countrylife #country #farm #amish #amishfarm #plainpeople #simplethings #lifestyle #wayoflife #farmlife #children #grandson #charming #outing #experience #luckyboy #whatfun #tireswing #thelittlerascals #ourgang
CALICO PARADE, museum-quality china calico buttons (1840s and 50s), set on white porcelain buttons from Germany (1910s). Displayed upon the most elegant of ashtrays, a wedding gift to my parents (1948), made in Austria.
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady #victoriana #buttonbracelet #antiquebuttonbracelet #porcelain #chinabutton #madeingermany #austria #madeinaustria #germany #pristine
CALICO PARADE, museum-quality china calico buttons (1840s and 50s), set on white porcelain buttons from Germany (1910s). Displayed upon the most elegant of ashtrays, a wedding gift to my parents (1948), made in Austria. . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #Thebuttonlady  #victoriana  #buttonbracelet  #antiquebuttonbracelet  #porcelain  #chinabutton  #madeingermany  #austria  #madeinaustria  #germany  #pristine 
GOT FILM?  This bracelet, from the "Tangerine Grove" collection, includes both Bakelite and casein buttons. Kodak tins, 1940s.
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#nostalgia #antiquecollectibles #collectibles #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady #mycollection  #buttonjewelry #buttonbracelet #bakelite #myart #handsewn #kodak #film #collector #orange #tangerine
BUNNY LOVE
Marie, Adam, and Raymond begged me to let Tripp take a bunny home, but I resisted. We had a pet bunny once, and I know what they do all the live long day!
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#Thebuttonlady #daytrip #countrylife #country #farm #amish #amishfarm #plainpeople #simplethings #lifestyle #wayoflife #farmlife #children #grandson #adorable #cute #charming #toocute #hat #boots #outing #bunny #bunnylove #rabbit #rabbitsofinstagram
POISED for ADVENTURE  Tripp and I had the biggest day yesterday. I picked him up after nursery school at noon, and took him to my mother's where he changed into his Amish clothes, then she took this picture on her patio.  Afterwards, we went to an Amish bakery and three Amish farms. Tripp had a pony cart ride, held a baby bunny, swung on a tire swing, took a hike in the woods, went in a homemade teepee, waded across a creek, played hide and seek in a cornfield, and walked to the "back 40" with two little Amish boys to gather up 34 cows to bring them back to the barn for milking time.  Whew!
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#Thebuttonlady #daytrip #countrylife #country #farm #amish #amishfarm #plainpeople #simplethings #lifestyle  #children #grandson #adorable #cute #charming #hat #boots #outing #mygrandson #adventureawaits #outing #adventure #grandmother #dairyfarm #ponycart
POISED for ADVENTURE Tripp and I had the biggest day yesterday. I picked him up after nursery school at noon, and took him to my mother's where he changed into his Amish clothes, then she took this picture on her patio. Afterwards, we went to an Amish bakery and three Amish farms. Tripp had a pony cart ride, held a baby bunny, swung on a tire swing, took a hike in the woods, went in a homemade teepee, waded across a creek, played hide and seek in a cornfield, and walked to the "back 40" with two little Amish boys to gather up 34 cows to bring them back to the barn for milking time. Whew! . . . . . . #Thebuttonlady  #daytrip  #countrylife  #country  #farm  #amish  #amishfarm  #plainpeople  #simplethings  #lifestyle  #children  #grandson  #adorable  #cute  #charming  #hat  #boots  #outing  #mygrandson  #adventureawaits  #outing  #adventure  #grandmother  #dairyfarm  #ponycart 
Tripp and I are headed back to the Amish farms today, after his half-day nursery school. I'm taking him to my mother's to change into his Amish clothes before we go. We are very excited! (That's him in the middle, last month)
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#Thebuttonlady #daytrip #countrylife #country #farm #amish #amishfarm #plainpeople #simplethings #lifestyle #wayoflife #farmlife #children #grandson #adorable #cute #charming #buggy #hat #boots #outing #mygrandson #proud
Tripp and I are headed back to the Amish farms today, after his half-day nursery school. I'm taking him to my mother's to change into his Amish clothes before we go. We are very excited! (That's him in the middle, last month) . . . . . #Thebuttonlady  #daytrip  #countrylife  #country  #farm  #amish  #amishfarm  #plainpeople  #simplethings  #lifestyle  #wayoflife  #farmlife  #children  #grandson  #adorable  #cute  #charming  #buggy  #hat  #boots  #outing  #mygrandson  #proud 
DAY IS DONE.  Dolly's turn to be untethered and come out of her stall for a long, cool drink of water. This was taken in an Amish barn, so no electric lights...just the last dim rays of sunlight streaming through the barn window and door.
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#Thebuttonlady #daytrip #countrylife #country #farm #amish #amishfarm #plainpeople #simplethings #lifestyle #wayoflife #farmlife #charming #barn #horse #dairyfarming #farmanimals #workhorse #stable #evening #light #dim
DAY IS DONE. Dolly's turn to be untethered and come out of her stall for a long, cool drink of water. This was taken in an Amish barn, so no electric lights...just the last dim rays of sunlight streaming through the barn window and door. . . . . #Thebuttonlady  #daytrip  #countrylife  #country  #farm  #amish  #amishfarm  #plainpeople  #simplethings  #lifestyle  #wayoflife  #farmlife  #charming  #barn  #horse  #dairyfarming  #farmanimals  #workhorse  #stable  #evening  #light  #dim 
The Flapper Girls are enjoying the last few days of summer vacation, having a jolly time at the seaside. School days are just around the corner and back to the three R's, reading, writing, and arithmetic.
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#nostalgia #sewing #buttoncollecting #history  #vintage #flappergirls #Thebuttonlady #buttonlove #beach #seaside #jerseyshore #capecod #ocean #beachball #holiday #backtoschool #waves #sandbucket #pail #beachumbrella #buttonbracelet #myart #bathingsuit #dickandjane #1934 #1930s #picnic #sunsuit #vacation
The Flapper Girls are enjoying the last few days of summer vacation, having a jolly time at the seaside. School days are just around the corner and back to the three R's, reading, writing, and arithmetic. . . . . #nostalgia  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #flappergirls  #Thebuttonlady  #buttonlove  #beach  #seaside  #jerseyshore  #capecod  #ocean  #beachball  #holiday  #backtoschool  #waves  #sandbucket  #pail  #beachumbrella  #buttonbracelet  #myart  #bathingsuit  #dickandjane  #1934  #1930s  #picnic  #sunsuit  #vacation 
I accidentally bought some blocks the other day. I needed them like a hole in the head.  I'm weak.
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#childhood #toys #vintage #vintagetoys #collector #collection #toycar #toytruck #toybus #toyairplane #blocks #woodentoys #car #truck #bus #plane #1920s #1930s #iron #toyiron #Thebuttonlady #mycollection #policeman#ship #rabbit #sheep #goose #goat
DANDY SOLUTION.  Tiny tins, used to store the 24 colors of thread, which I use to make my bracelets. Many once held shaving sticks, while others contained snuff, film, paper fasteners, or baking powder. In service, 1890s to 1930s.
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#nostalgia #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #miniatures #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady #sliceofhistory #collectibles #antiquecollectibles #sewingnotions #fawnlawn #film #bakingpowder #snuff #shaving #colgate
DANDY SOLUTION. Tiny tins, used to store the 24 colors of thread, which I use to make my bracelets. Many once held shaving sticks, while others contained snuff, film, paper fasteners, or baking powder. In service, 1890s to 1930s. . . . . #nostalgia  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #miniatures  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #Thebuttonlady  #sliceofhistory  #collectibles  #antiquecollectibles  #sewingnotions  #fawnlawn  #film  #bakingpowder  #snuff  #shaving  #colgate 
REFLECTION for a Monday morning... if we all tried to make the world just a little bit more beautiful and we all were just a little bit nicer to everyone we meet… could that make a real difference?  Pass it on.
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#nostalgia #artdeco #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady #buttonjewelry #buttonbracelet #bakelite #handsewn
#passiton #beauty #kindness #philosophy #cuphalffull #doforothers #thinkpositive #swallow
REFLECTION for a Monday morning... if we all tried to make the world just a little bit more beautiful and we all were just a little bit nicer to everyone we meet… could that make a real difference? Pass it on. . . . #nostalgia  #artdeco  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #Thebuttonlady  #buttonjewelry  #buttonbracelet  #bakelite  #handsewn  #passiton  #beauty  #kindness  #philosophy  #cuphalffull  #doforothers  #thinkpositive  #swallow 
I also taught Olivia how to play football.
And some people think I'm not athletic.
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#childhood #littlegirl #cutiepie #sweet #sweetheart #Thebuttonlady #greatneice #football #quarterback #familyparty #summertime #quickstudy #curls #ringlets #curlytop #gameday #backyard
QUICK STUDY  I taught my great niece how to play croquet yesterday. She beat me! Slightly embarrassing.
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#childhood #littlegirl #cutiepie #sweet #sweetheart #Thebuttonlady #greatneice #croquet #familyparty #summertime #quickstudy #curls #ringlets #curlytop #gameday #backyard
SWEET MELODY These Victorian and Edwardian Mother of Pearl buttons, triple stacked, transport me to another era…one of grace and civility.
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#nostalgia #sewing #buttoncollecting #history  #vintage #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady  #motherofpearl  #handmade #handsewn #buttonbracelet #antiquebuttonbracelet #buttonart #myart #pure #classic #elegant #piano  #pianokeys #victorian
LIVE WIRE 
Another busy weekend for Napoleon. It's a lot of hard work being a cat. Exhausting.
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#fawnlawn #cat #kitty #blackcat #cute #lazy #lounging #relaxed #mycat #catsofinstagram #mycat #tuckeredout #crashing #exhausted #Thebuttonlady
ANCESTRAL SAMPLER, made by Dorothy Sawyer, Phillipston Massachusetts, age 12. My eighth great grandfather, Thomas Sawyer, came to Rowley Massachusetts in 1645. Dorothy was the sixth generation in America (1797-1831). Look closely for the mistake. Third line down…ABCDEFGHI...No "J." Fourth line down...KLMNOPQRST ...now the "J." Fifth line down...UVWXYZ. 
posted especially for Becky @sweetcottagedreams, who had a wonderful sampler on her page yesterday.🌿
Note- this was found fold up in a drawer when my grandfather, Clarence Lyman Collens, passed away in 1972.  He was the ninth generation in America. Dorothy Sawyer was his mother's mother's mother!
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#family #ancestral #sampler #my ancestor #needlework #embroidery #crossstitch #phillipston #massachusetts #1800s #1810s #12yearsold #abc #alphabet #mistake #missing #Thebuttonlady  #brickhouse #floralborder #primative #museumpiece #newengland
ANCESTRAL SAMPLER, made by Dorothy Sawyer, Phillipston Massachusetts, age 12. My eighth great grandfather, Thomas Sawyer, came to Rowley Massachusetts in 1645. Dorothy was the sixth generation in America (1797-1831). Look closely for the mistake. Third line down…ABCDEFGHI...No "J." Fourth line down...KLMNOPQRST ...now the "J." Fifth line down...UVWXYZ. posted especially for Becky @sweetcottagedreams, who had a wonderful sampler on her page yesterday.🌿 Note- this was found fold up in a drawer when my grandfather, Clarence Lyman Collens, passed away in 1972. He was the ninth generation in America. Dorothy Sawyer was his mother's mother's mother! . . . . #family  #ancestral  #sampler  #my  ancestor #needlework  #embroidery  #crossstitch  #phillipston  #massachusetts  #1800s  #1810s  #12yearsold  #abc  #alphabet  #mistake  #missing  #Thebuttonlady  #brickhouse  #floralborder  #primative  #museumpiece  #newengland 
RECIPE FOR JOY.  Start with a beautiful day in the country. Add a happy little boy and a great big dog.  Voila!  Easy as pie.
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#Thebuttonlady #daytrip #countrylife #country #farm #amish #amishfarm #plainpeople #simplethings #lifestyle #wayoflife #farmlife #children #grandson #adorable #cute #charming #hat #outing  #dog #doggie #bernesemountaindog #bigdogs #lovable #joy #unleashed #freetoroam #dogsofinstagram
HAPPY FRIDAY from a few Alice Faye designs, named for the 20th Century Fox starlet, born in 1915. The buttons, 1840s to 1940s, feature Bakelite, casein, porcelain, buffed celluloid, tin stencil buttons, mother of pearl, and abalone shell.
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#nostalgia #artdeco #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady #buttonjewelry #buttonbracelet #bakelite #madebyhand #handsewn #bakelite #celluloid #alicefaye #motherofpearl
HAPPY FRIDAY from a few Alice Faye designs, named for the 20th Century Fox starlet, born in 1915. The buttons, 1840s to 1940s, feature Bakelite, casein, porcelain, buffed celluloid, tin stencil buttons, mother of pearl, and abalone shell. . . . . #nostalgia  #artdeco  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #Thebuttonlady  #buttonjewelry  #buttonbracelet  #bakelite  #madebyhand  #handsewn  #bakelite  #celluloid  #alicefaye  #motherofpearl