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My First Marriage (Part 12)
Here are my grandparents with their eight grandchildren and one great grandchild gathered around them. I love the way my grandmother is looking down at me, so happily. She called me her “precious lamb,” and I ate it up with a spoon.  The look on my face makes it perfectly clear how I felt being the center of attention.
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#oldphoto #blackandwhitephoto #vintage #1956 #1950s #thebuttonlady #childhood #50thanniversary #goldenanniversary #50years #grandparents #party #event #bride #groom #weddinggown #bonnet #cousins #family #brideandgroom
My First Marriage (Part 12) Here are my grandparents with their eight grandchildren and one great grandchild gathered around them. I love the way my grandmother is looking down at me, so happily. She called me her “precious lamb,” and I ate it up with a spoon. The look on my face makes it perfectly clear how I felt being the center of attention. . . . #oldphoto  #blackandwhitephoto  #vintage  #1956  #1950s  #thebuttonlady  #childhood  #50thanniversary  #goldenanniversary  #50years  #grandparents  #party  #event  #bride  #groom  #weddinggown  #bonnet  #cousins  #family  #brideandgroom 
My First Marriage (Part 11)
While the children had dinner at the big breakfast room table, the grownups ate in the living room and sunroom. A few tables were set up, and others ate on their laps. Here, my grandfather toasts his bride, while my other grandmother, to left, reacts enthusiastically. .
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#oldphoto #blackandwhitephoto #vintage #1956 #1950s #houghbakery #thebuttonlady #childhood #50thanniversary #goldenanniversary #50years #grandparents #party #event #dinner #catered #toast #champagne
My First Marriage (Part 11) While the children had dinner at the big breakfast room table, the grownups ate in the living room and sunroom. A few tables were set up, and others ate on their laps. Here, my grandfather toasts his bride, while my other grandmother, to left, reacts enthusiastically. . . . . #oldphoto  #blackandwhitephoto  #vintage  #1956  #1950s  #houghbakery  #thebuttonlady  #childhood  #50thanniversary  #goldenanniversary  #50years  #grandparents  #party  #event  #dinner  #catered  #toast  #champagne 
My First Marriage (Part 10)
Almost immediately following the wedding re-enactment, dinner was announced. The caterer was Hough Bakeries, a Cleveland “institution.” The buffet was set up in the dining room, with uniformed servers to assist. The grownups ate in the Living Room on tables which were quickly set up there.  The “children’s table” was in the Breakfast Room. (Note – I have inherited the dining room table shown here, as well as the portrait of Mary Lyman Collins, my great great great grandmother.)
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#oldphoto #blackandwhitephoto #vintage #1956 #1950s #houghbakery #thebuttonlady #childhood #50thanniversary #goldenanniversary #50years #grandparents #party #event #dinner #catered #formal #diningroom
My First Marriage (Part 10) Almost immediately following the wedding re-enactment, dinner was announced. The caterer was Hough Bakeries, a Cleveland “institution.” The buffet was set up in the dining room, with uniformed servers to assist. The grownups ate in the Living Room on tables which were quickly set up there. The “children’s table” was in the Breakfast Room. (Note – I have inherited the dining room table shown here, as well as the portrait of Mary Lyman Collins, my great great great grandmother.) . . . . #oldphoto  #blackandwhitephoto  #vintage  #1956  #1950s  #houghbakery  #thebuttonlady  #childhood  #50thanniversary  #goldenanniversary  #50years  #grandparents  #party  #event  #dinner  #catered  #formal  #diningroom 
THAT'S LIFE. Bracelet from the "Denim Dream" collection. Buttons, 1940s and 50s. Life hanky, circa 1947, belonged to my mother-in-law, Dorothy Spence Illson. She worked there after serving with the Red Cross in the Philippines during World War II. She was a Copy Editor, until the magazine closed, when she moved to Fortune magazine.  She was warm and funny and smart. I loved her.
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#nostalgia #sewing #buttoncollecting #history  #vintage #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady #handsewn #buttonbracelet #vintagebuttons #life #lifemagazine #hankies #collectibles #life #publication #1940s #blue
THAT'S LIFE. Bracelet from the "Denim Dream" collection. Buttons, 1940s and 50s. Life hanky, circa 1947, belonged to my mother-in-law, Dorothy Spence Illson. She worked there after serving with the Red Cross in the Philippines during World War II. She was a Copy Editor, until the magazine closed, when she moved to Fortune magazine. She was warm and funny and smart. I loved her. . . . . #nostalgia  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #buttonlove  #Thebuttonlady  #handsewn  #buttonbracelet  #vintagebuttons  #life  #lifemagazine  #hankies  #collectibles  #life  #publication  #1940s  #blue 
My First Marriage (Part 9)
The wedding reenactment has just ended here, and you can see how pleased Jake and I are with the performance.  At 6 1/2 years old, he has just lost his first tooth. Here we are face-to-face with my cousin Esther, Aunt Midge and Uncle Lou’s daughter. The two of us, six months apart, lived in the same neighborhood and went to school together. We were either the best of friends or the worst enemies…depending on the day!  Mom has told me several times that Esther was rather bent out of shape at the party. She was a guest, with no costume, and I had the glory of being the BRIDE!
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#oldphoto #blackandwhitephoto #bride #edwardian #vintage #vintageclothing #thebuttonlady #weddingdress #bonnet #reenactment #childhood #50thanniversary #goldenanniversary #50years #grandparents #party #event #groom #cousin #newleyweds #happycouple #mybigday #staroftheshow #brideandgroom
My First Marriage (Part 9) The wedding reenactment has just ended here, and you can see how pleased Jake and I are with the performance. At 6 1/2 years old, he has just lost his first tooth. Here we are face-to-face with my cousin Esther, Aunt Midge and Uncle Lou’s daughter. The two of us, six months apart, lived in the same neighborhood and went to school together. We were either the best of friends or the worst enemies…depending on the day! Mom has told me several times that Esther was rather bent out of shape at the party. She was a guest, with no costume, and I had the glory of being the BRIDE! . . . . #oldphoto  #blackandwhitephoto  #bride  #edwardian  #vintage  #vintageclothing  #thebuttonlady  #weddingdress  #bonnet  #reenactment  #childhood  #50thanniversary  #goldenanniversary  #50years  #grandparents  #party  #event  #groom  #cousin  #newleyweds  #happycouple  #mybigday  #staroftheshow  #brideandgroom 
When Tripp was a baby, I used him for a bracelet model. What a great hire!  His career was short-lived, as he was soon on to more manly pursuits such as playing with trucks and watching hockey with his dad.
I’m patiently waiting for baby sister to be born, in four short months. I predict she will be one of the youngest bracelet models in world history!
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#nostalgia#buttoncollecting #history #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #buttonjewelry #buttonbracelet #handsewn #baby #babylove #grandson #mygrandson #onesie #stripes #model #teddybear #expectation #babysister
When Tripp was a baby, I used him for a bracelet model. What a great hire! His career was short-lived, as he was soon on to more manly pursuits such as playing with trucks and watching hockey with his dad. I’m patiently waiting for baby sister to be born, in four short months. I predict she will be one of the youngest bracelet models in world history! . . . . #nostalgia #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #buttonjewelry  #buttonbracelet  #handsewn  #baby  #babylove  #grandson  #mygrandson  #onesie  #stripes  #model  #teddybear  #expectation  #babysister 
My First Marriage (Part 8)
This shot shows my Aunt Midge (mom’s sister) and Uncle Lou at the piano. My mother has promised that this evening she will look for the song she wrote, which was sung during the wedding reenactment.  I’m excited to learn if she successfully locates It!
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#oldphoto #blackandwhitephoto #vintage #vintageclothing #thebuttonlady #ceremony #reenactment #50thanniversary #goldenanniversary #50years #party #event #elegant #aunt #uncle #1956 #1950s #eveninggown #tuxedo #grandpiano
My First Marriage (Part 8) This shot shows my Aunt Midge (mom’s sister) and Uncle Lou at the piano. My mother has promised that this evening she will look for the song she wrote, which was sung during the wedding reenactment. I’m excited to learn if she successfully locates It! . . . . #oldphoto  #blackandwhitephoto  #vintage  #vintageclothing  #thebuttonlady  #ceremony  #reenactment  #50thanniversary  #goldenanniversary  #50years  #party  #event  #elegant  #aunt  #uncle  #1956  #1950s  #eveninggown  #tuxedo  #grandpiano 
CARIBBEAN CRUISE Hard-to-find aqua Buttons, mostly from the 1930s and 40s. The little ducky is from Tender Buttons, in Manhattan. The bases are all "new/old stock" casein (French Bakelite) from England.
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#nostalgia #sewing #buttoncollecting #history  #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady #sliceofhistory  #myart #artforyourwrist #aqua #handsewn #buttonbracelets #buttonbracelet #antiquebuttonbracelet
My First Marriage (Part 7)
During the wedding reenactment my grandparents were seated on the opposite side of the living room, looking on delightedly. That’s their eldest child, Emilie Robb Collens Sewall (born 1908), for whom I am named, to the far right, beaming. She is the grandmother of baby Robbin, seen in several of the pictures.
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#oldphoto #blackandwhitephoto #vintage #vintageclothing #thebuttonlady #ceremony #reenactment #50thanniversary #goldenanniversary #50years #grandparents #party #event #elegant #aunt #namesake #1956 #1950s #eveninggown #tuxedo
My First Marriage (Part 7) During the wedding reenactment my grandparents were seated on the opposite side of the living room, looking on delightedly. That’s their eldest child, Emilie Robb Collens Sewall (born 1908), for whom I am named, to the far right, beaming. She is the grandmother of baby Robbin, seen in several of the pictures. . . . . #oldphoto  #blackandwhitephoto  #vintage  #vintageclothing  #thebuttonlady  #ceremony  #reenactment  #50thanniversary  #goldenanniversary  #50years  #grandparents  #party  #event  #elegant  #aunt  #namesake  #1956  #1950s  #eveninggown  #tuxedo 
Look closely. Dad used to just love having breakfast with the Flapper Girls!
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#nostalgia #sewing #buttoncollecting #history  #vintage #flappergirls #thebuttonlady #buttonlove #buttons #eggs #sunnysideup #breakfast #mydaddy #sweetmemories
My First Marriage (Part 6)
After I kissed my brother Jake, we were married. My cousin Carl pronounced us man and wife, and everybody stood up, except my little brother Ipper, who wasn’t sure what to do. That’s the oldest cousin, Clare (far left), with her baby Robbin, the first great grandchild. You can see my mother (to right), the producer/director, looking over expectantly.
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#oldphoto #blackandwhitephoto #bride #edwardian #vintage #vintageclothing #thebuttonlady #bridesmaids #weddingdress #bonnet #ringbearer #minister #ceremony #reenactment #childhood #50thanniversary #goldenanniversary #50years #grandparents #party #event #maryjanes
My First Marriage (Part 6) After I kissed my brother Jake, we were married. My cousin Carl pronounced us man and wife, and everybody stood up, except my little brother Ipper, who wasn’t sure what to do. That’s the oldest cousin, Clare (far left), with her baby Robbin, the first great grandchild. You can see my mother (to right), the producer/director, looking over expectantly. . . . . #oldphoto  #blackandwhitephoto  #bride  #edwardian  #vintage  #vintageclothing  #thebuttonlady  #bridesmaids  #weddingdress  #bonnet  #ringbearer  #minister  #ceremony  #reenactment  #childhood  #50thanniversary  #goldenanniversary  #50years  #grandparents  #party  #event  #maryjanes 
Hot Off the Presses!  Designed yesterday. Sewn last night. Available today. 28 lime green and hot pink buttons, 1930s and 40s. Largish wrist size (7 1/2 inches)
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#nostalgia #antiquecollectibles #collectibles #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #buttonjewelry #buttonbracelet #handsewn #collector #pink #artforyourwrist #heart #vase
My First Marriage (Part 5)
Clarence and Clara Collens (ages 81 and 80), December 12, 1956.  This photograph of my grandparents was taken at their 50th Anniversary party. Clearly still in love, my grandfather gave my grandmother some small gift on the 12th of every month, for the entirety of their nearly sixty year marriage.
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#oldphoto #blackandwhitephoto #bride #groom #vintageclothing #thebuttonlady #50thanniversary #50th #celebration #cake #party #brideandgroom #mygrandparents #mychildhood #tuxedo #happilyeverafter #weddedbliss #weddingcake #elegant #refined #catered #orchid #corsage #truelove #undyinglove
My First Marriage (Part 5) Clarence and Clara Collens (ages 81 and 80), December 12, 1956. This photograph of my grandparents was taken at their 50th Anniversary party. Clearly still in love, my grandfather gave my grandmother some small gift on the 12th of every month, for the entirety of their nearly sixty year marriage. . . . . #oldphoto  #blackandwhitephoto  #bride  #groom  #vintageclothing  #thebuttonlady  #50thanniversary  #50th  #celebration  #cake  #party  #brideandgroom  #mygrandparents  #mychildhood  #tuxedo  #happilyeverafter  #weddedbliss  #weddingcake  #elegant  #refined  #catered  #orchid  #corsage  #truelove  #undyinglove 
BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS I always like to start the day off with a nice big plate of steaming button cookies. It puts me in a perfect buttony mood, and helps me concentrate on my design work. The secret's out!
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#nostalgia #sewing #buttoncollecting #Thebuttonlady #yummy #cheery #cookies #pastel #breakfast #buttonart #toungeincheek #dessert #bitesize #delicious #kitchen #plate #lacedoily
My First Marriage (Part 4)
At my grandparents’ 50th Wedding Anniversary a reenactment of their 1906 wedding was performed in pantomine while the grownups sang a song written by my mother especially for the occasion. Third from right is my dad, singing his heart out. My mother can be identified by the v-necked dress, trimmed with black lace.  That’s my two-year-old little brother, Ipper, sitting in the tiny chair with satin pillow. He was the ringbearer.
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#oldphoto #blackandwhitephoto #edwardian #vintage #vintageclothing #thebuttonlady #bridesmaids  #ringbearer #ceremony #reenactment #childhood #50thanniversary #goldenanniversary #50years #grandparents #party #event
My First Marriage (Part 4) At my grandparents’ 50th Wedding Anniversary a reenactment of their 1906 wedding was performed in pantomine while the grownups sang a song written by my mother especially for the occasion. Third from right is my dad, singing his heart out. My mother can be identified by the v-necked dress, trimmed with black lace. That’s my two-year-old little brother, Ipper, sitting in the tiny chair with satin pillow. He was the ringbearer. . . . . #oldphoto  #blackandwhitephoto  #edwardian  #vintage  #vintageclothing  #thebuttonlady  #bridesmaids  #ringbearer  #ceremony  #reenactment  #childhood  #50thanniversary  #goldenanniversary  #50years  #grandparents  #party  #event 
Designed for a RED HAT Lady, this purple and red bracelet features extra large curved cardboard buttons, about 1920, topped by World War II era plastic. (Brass World War I trench art vases, to left.)
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#nostalgia #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #thebuttonlady  #artdeco #handsewn #buttonbracelet #trenchart #redhatsociety #embossed #myart #artforyourwrist
My First Marriage (Part 3)
Here are my three bridesmaids, all dressed and ready for the 1956 wedding re-enactment…my cousin Priscilla, my cousin Ellen, and my sister Sally.  That's the groom, Jake, bringing up the rear.  He's looking a little nervous! (Note- just before Christmas I posted a photograph of my two daughters wearing the same black velvet jumpers. The year was 1994.)
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#oldphoto #blackandwhitephoto  #vintage #vintageclothing #thebuttonlady #bridesmaids #reenactment #childhood #wedding #blackvelvet #matching #maryjanes #littlegirl #adorable #bouquet #1950s #children #50thanniversary #cousins #sister
My First Marriage (Part 3) Here are my three bridesmaids, all dressed and ready for the 1956 wedding re-enactment…my cousin Priscilla, my cousin Ellen, and my sister Sally. That's the groom, Jake, bringing up the rear. He's looking a little nervous! (Note- just before Christmas I posted a photograph of my two daughters wearing the same black velvet jumpers. The year was 1994.) . . . . #oldphoto  #blackandwhitephoto  #vintage  #vintageclothing  #thebuttonlady  #bridesmaids  #reenactment  #childhood  #wedding  #blackvelvet  #matching  #maryjanes  #littlegirl  #adorable  #bouquet  #1950s  #children  #50thanniversary  #cousins  #sister 
BLUE WILLOW- porcelain inkwells and ringers, 1840s to 1850s, photographed upon an ancestral tea towel.
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My First Marriage (Part 2)
When I was five years old I married my brother. Amazingly, my other brother was the ringbearer(seated on tiny chair with satin pillow on his lap)! The ceremony was part of the 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration for my grandparents, Clarence and Clara Collens, a reenactment of their 1906 wedding.
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#oldphoto #blackandwhitephoto #bride #edwardian #vintage #vintageclothing #thebuttonlady #bridesmaids #weddingdress #bonnet #ringbearer #minister #ceremony #reenactment #childhood #50thanniversary #goldenanniversary #50years #grandparents #party #event #maryjanes
My First Marriage (Part 2) When I was five years old I married my brother. Amazingly, my other brother was the ringbearer(seated on tiny chair with satin pillow on his lap)! The ceremony was part of the 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration for my grandparents, Clarence and Clara Collens, a reenactment of their 1906 wedding. . . . . #oldphoto  #blackandwhitephoto  #bride  #edwardian  #vintage  #vintageclothing  #thebuttonlady  #bridesmaids  #weddingdress  #bonnet  #ringbearer  #minister  #ceremony  #reenactment  #childhood  #50thanniversary  #goldenanniversary  #50years  #grandparents  #party  #event  #maryjanes 
My First Marriage (Part 1). This photo taken December 12, 1956, at my grandparents' home on the occasion of their 50th anniversary party. There was a reenactment of their 1906 wedding, and I was selected to play the bride! Here I am coming down the stairs with two of my bridesmaids, a cousin and a sister. Another cousin, wearing my great great uncle's top hat, assists me.
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#oldphoto #blackandwhitephoto #bride #edwardian #vintage #vintageclothing #thebuttonlady #bridesmaids #weddingdress #bonnet #tophat #grandparents #50thanniversary #wedding #weddinganniversary #party #maryjanes #event
My First Marriage (Part 1). This photo taken December 12, 1956, at my grandparents' home on the occasion of their 50th anniversary party. There was a reenactment of their 1906 wedding, and I was selected to play the bride! Here I am coming down the stairs with two of my bridesmaids, a cousin and a sister. Another cousin, wearing my great great uncle's top hat, assists me. . . . . #oldphoto  #blackandwhitephoto  #bride  #edwardian  #vintage  #vintageclothing  #thebuttonlady  #bridesmaids  #weddingdress  #bonnet  #tophat  #grandparents  #50thanniversary  #wedding  #weddinganniversary  #party  #maryjanes  #event 
FLAPPERS WEIGH IN  The gals are having a fit because they’ve been eating so much rich food over the last 6 weeks. Every day they start a new diet, which lasts ‘til about teatime.
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#nostalgia #sewing #buttoncollecting #history  #vintage #flappergirls #thebuttonlady #buttonlove #scale #antiqueshop #doctor #collector #rx #antique #postholidayblues #weightgain #whimsy
PINK LADY Named for the Prohibition-era cocktail which was Jayne Mansfield's favorite, this design features pink buttons from the 1930s and 40s. Photographed in one of my favorite rooms, my Art Deco bathroom! Calendar, 1930. Statuette, 1920s.
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#nostalgia #antiquecollectibles #collectibles #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #buttonjewelry #buttonbracelet #handsewn #collector #pink #pinupgirl #artdeco #calendar #pinkaesthetic #artforyourwrist #decor #powderroom
PINK LADY Named for the Prohibition-era cocktail which was Jayne Mansfield's favorite, this design features pink buttons from the 1930s and 40s. Photographed in one of my favorite rooms, my Art Deco bathroom! Calendar, 1930. Statuette, 1920s. . . . . . #nostalgia  #antiquecollectibles  #collectibles  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #buttonjewelry  #buttonbracelet  #handsewn  #collector  #pink  #pinupgirl  #artdeco  #calendar  #pinkaesthetic  #artforyourwrist  #decor  #powderroom 
LAST GASP  The decorations on the breakfast room window sill are all that remain of the Christmas decor. Besides the greens, lights, topiaries, and bird, there are 18 real (blown-out) quail eggs and a beautiful goldfinch card from Kerri (@littleprairiesparrow). The 1929 leaded glass windows, with 3 coat of arm panes, are tinted both purple and green.
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#breakfastroom #leadedglass #tintedglass #bird #goldfinch #quail #eggs #coatofarms #1929 #fawnlawn #lifestyle #decor #christmas #christmasdecorations #thebuttonlady
LAST GASP The decorations on the breakfast room window sill are all that remain of the Christmas decor. Besides the greens, lights, topiaries, and bird, there are 18 real (blown-out) quail eggs and a beautiful goldfinch card from Kerri (@littleprairiesparrow). The 1929 leaded glass windows, with 3 coat of arm panes, are tinted both purple and green. . . . #breakfastroom  #leadedglass  #tintedglass  #bird  #goldfinch  #quail  #eggs  #coatofarms  #1929  #fawnlawn  #lifestyle  #decor  #christmas  #christmasdecorations  #thebuttonlady 
Every morning when I get my coffee I see this little sheep, sled riding on the kitchen windowsill, and I think of my friend Jilly (@stitchcraft_jilly), who makes the cutest little felted wool lambs.  Yes, that’s a polar bear on top of the ladder, a black bear riding the kiddie kar, a bunny running into the doghouse, and a duck sitting on the potty chair.  Welcome to my world.
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#kilgore #sheep #bunny #polarbear #doghouse #sled #pottychair #ladder #windowsill #lace #marble #myhome #fawnlawn #thebuttonlady #duck #kiddiekar #blackbear #dollhouse #dollhousefurniture #castiron #oldtoys #lead #britons
Every morning when I get my coffee I see this little sheep, sled riding on the kitchen windowsill, and I think of my friend Jilly (@stitchcraft_jilly), who makes the cutest little felted wool lambs. Yes, that’s a polar bear on top of the ladder, a black bear riding the kiddie kar, a bunny running into the doghouse, and a duck sitting on the potty chair. Welcome to my world. . . . . #kilgore  #sheep  #bunny  #polarbear  #doghouse  #sled  #pottychair  #ladder  #windowsill  #lace  #marble  #myhome  #fawnlawn  #thebuttonlady  #duck  #kiddiekar  #blackbear  #dollhouse  #dollhousefurniture  #castiron  #oldtoys  #lead  #britons 
Meet “Frosty.” Tripp and I made him last February. It was his very first snowman, and Tripp’s first winter in the Buckeye State. Note hand-knit mittens by my mum, and wool felted hat which used to be my grandfather’s. (especially for my friend Janet @janetharrisonart, because I promised it to her a few months ago.)
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#snowman #winter #snow #frontyard #frosty #mittens #hat #redbuttons #myhouse #childhood #winterfun #playtime #outdooractivities #fawnlawn #thebuttonlady #freshair #happychild #carrot
Meet “Frosty.” Tripp and I made him last February. It was his very first snowman, and Tripp’s first winter in the Buckeye State. Note hand-knit mittens by my mum, and wool felted hat which used to be my grandfather’s. (especially for my friend Janet @janetharrisonart, because I promised it to her a few months ago.) . . . . #snowman  #winter  #snow  #frontyard  #frosty  #mittens  #hat  #redbuttons  #myhouse  #childhood  #winterfun  #playtime  #outdooractivities  #fawnlawn  #thebuttonlady  #freshair  #happychild  #carrot 
TEA TIME Tootsie Toy tea set, still with its original cellophane wrapping around each dish (Oo-la-la), late 1940s. Enamel-top alphabet circus table, 1920s. Baa Baa Black Sheep pink bucket, 1920s. Scissors, 1950s, in creamer from diner, 1940s.
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#myhome #Thebuttonlady #collector #antique collectibles #antique #heirloom #interiordesign #interiors #fawnlawn #lifestyle #decor #alphabet #tootsietoy #teaset #circus #childhood #cute #toys #playful #vignette
The JANE AUSTEN, named for the beloved author of Pride and Prejudice, born to an Anglican minister in 1775. Although celluloid was invented in 1855, most of these "overlays" date from 1880 to 1900. Victorian buttons, such as these, once adorned nearly every cloak in the land.
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady #victoriana #handsewn #buttonbracelets #antiquebuttonbracelet #celluloid #janeausten #artforyourwrist #myart #19thcentury #1800s
The JANE AUSTEN, named for the beloved author of Pride and Prejudice, born to an Anglican minister in 1775. Although celluloid was invented in 1855, most of these "overlays" date from 1880 to 1900. Victorian buttons, such as these, once adorned nearly every cloak in the land. . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #Thebuttonlady  #victoriana  #handsewn  #buttonbracelets  #antiquebuttonbracelet  #celluloid  #janeausten  #artforyourwrist  #myart  #19thcentury  #1800s 
FRIENDSHIP OFFERINGS.  If anyone had tried to explain to me nine months ago how beautiful the Instagram Community can be, I would have thought it was a fairytale. I have learned that kindness, empathy, encouragement and thoughtful communication are to be found here every day.  What an astonishing discovery. These three exquisite ornaments mysteriously arrived at my doorstep within the last few weeks. Felted, beaded, and hand-stitched heart from Jilly (@stitchcraft_jilly). Hand-crafted and sewn Christmas tree with antique mother of pearl buttons from Kerri (@littleprairiesparrow). Cheery handpainted and stitched star from Janet (@janetharrisonart). My cup runneth over!
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#friendship #community #kindness #empathy #encouragement #communication #instagram #gifts #ornaments #motherofpearl #srar #heart #handstitched #handpainted #handsewn #loving #astonishing #discovery #thebuttonlady #fruit #trio
FRIENDSHIP OFFERINGS. If anyone had tried to explain to me nine months ago how beautiful the Instagram Community can be, I would have thought it was a fairytale. I have learned that kindness, empathy, encouragement and thoughtful communication are to be found here every day. What an astonishing discovery. These three exquisite ornaments mysteriously arrived at my doorstep within the last few weeks. Felted, beaded, and hand-stitched heart from Jilly (@stitchcraft_jilly). Hand-crafted and sewn Christmas tree with antique mother of pearl buttons from Kerri (@littleprairiesparrow). Cheery handpainted and stitched star from Janet (@janetharrisonart). My cup runneth over! . . . . #friendship  #community  #kindness  #empathy  #encouragement  #communication  #instagram  #gifts  #ornaments  #motherofpearl  #srar  #heart  #handstitched  #handpainted  #handsewn  #loving  #astonishing  #discovery  #thebuttonlady  #fruit  #trio 
New Year’s Greetings and much love from Emilie and “the girls.”
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#newbeginnings #freshstart #newyearsday #flappergirls #buttons #vintage #antique #antiquepostcard #postcard #collecting #ellenclapsaddle #cityscape #yellowslicker #lifering #thebuttonlady
FLAPPERS FROLIC  The girls received a toboggan for Christmas, and have been chomping at the bit to give it a test run. This afternoon they got their chance. You should have heard them squealing with delight, as they zoomed down the hill.
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#flapper girls
#Thebuttonlady #buttons #buttoncollection #fawnlawn #christmasgift #holidayseason #toboggan #antique snow #wintersport #pinetree #cookiecutters #outdooractivities #funinthesnow #winter #winterfun #ride #exciting
FLAPPERS FROLIC The girls received a toboggan for Christmas, and have been chomping at the bit to give it a test run. This afternoon they got their chance. You should have heard them squealing with delight, as they zoomed down the hill. . . . #flapper  girls #Thebuttonlady  #buttons  #buttoncollection  #fawnlawn  #christmasgift  #holidayseason  #toboggan  #antique  snow #wintersport  #pinetree  #cookiecutters  #outdooractivities  #funinthesnow  #winter  #winterfun  #ride  #exciting 
Is YOUR man manly enough for one of these?  Shown here, my nephew Sam, sporting two different trouser button bracelet styles. One is double layer (suspender buttons on the bottom, with pocket and fly buttons on top), while the other is made entirely of upside down blue steel trouser buttons, manufactured in Germany. Please swipe to see close up. One of these buttons actually says, “Do you wear pants?”
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#forgentlemen #paris #workboots #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady #handsewn #antiquebuttonbracelet #workclothes #suspenders #myart #artforyourwrist #character #steel #madeingermany #manly #bigyank #perfectfitting #mensfashion
Is YOUR man manly enough for one of these? Shown here, my nephew Sam, sporting two different trouser button bracelet styles. One is double layer (suspender buttons on the bottom, with pocket and fly buttons on top), while the other is made entirely of upside down blue steel trouser buttons, manufactured in Germany. Please swipe to see close up. One of these buttons actually says, “Do you wear pants?” . . . . #forgentlemen  #paris  #workboots  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #Thebuttonlady  #handsewn  #antiquebuttonbracelet  #workclothes  #suspenders  #myart  #artforyourwrist  #character  #steel  #madeingermany  #manly  #bigyank  #perfectfitting  #mensfashion 
Introducing The GARY COOPER Collection, the most popular button bracelet style worn by discriminating gentleman. Especially for Joanne @madaboutcolour and Sparrow @tophat_press, as promised. 
These “trouser bracelets” feature hard-to-find suspender buttons with writing on them, 1880s-1920s. (brass, vegetable ivory, zinc, tin, nickel, steel, and aluminum)
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#forgentlemen #garycooper #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #antiquebuttons #mensfashion #Thebuttonlady #handsewn #buttonbracelets #antiquebuttonbracelet #workclothes #suspenders #myart #artforyourwrist #character #perfectfitting #guaranteed #tailoring #manly
Introducing The GARY COOPER Collection, the most popular button bracelet style worn by discriminating gentleman. Especially for Joanne @madaboutcolour and Sparrow @tophat_press, as promised. These “trouser bracelets” feature hard-to-find suspender buttons with writing on them, 1880s-1920s. (brass, vegetable ivory, zinc, tin, nickel, steel, and aluminum) . . . . #forgentlemen  #garycooper  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #mensfashion  #Thebuttonlady  #handsewn  #buttonbracelets  #antiquebuttonbracelet  #workclothes  #suspenders  #myart  #artforyourwrist  #character  #perfectfitting  #guaranteed  #tailoring  #manly 
The BUTTON TREE.  Each of these button card ornaments are two-sided with a hole punched in the top, and a green satin ribbon threaded through. The top of the tree features two wooden spools and an ancestral gold thimble. For the tree skirt I used a vintage doily with crocheted edge. This is my very favorite little Christmas tree in the house. Please see previous post for full-sized view.
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#christmastree #buttons #vintage #buttoncards #goldthimble #minitree #christmas #holidayseason #antique #buttoncollecting #fawnlawn #thebuttonlady
The BUTTON TREE. Each of these button card ornaments are two-sided with a hole punched in the top, and a green satin ribbon threaded through. The top of the tree features two wooden spools and an ancestral gold thimble. For the tree skirt I used a vintage doily with crocheted edge. This is my very favorite little Christmas tree in the house. Please see previous post for full-sized view. . . . . #christmastree  #buttons  #vintage  #buttoncards  #goldthimble  #minitree  #christmas  #holidayseason  #antique  #buttoncollecting  #fawnlawn  #thebuttonlady 
Nothing to wear for New Year’s Eve? Buttons look good on just about everyone!
(Abalone shell and mother of pearl, triple and quadruple stacked, “The Audrey Hepburn.” Shown draped over an Art Deco ashtray, 1920s.
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#nostalgia #sewing #buttoncollecting #history  #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady #motherofpearl #abalone #handsewn #buttonbracelet #antiquebuttonbracelet #edwardian #audreyhepburn #artdeco
Chicago Blackhawks hockey player on the loose in Cleveland. 
Please proceed with caution.
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#chicago #blackhawks #cleveland #hockey #nhl #smallbutmighty #grandson #mygrandson #christmasday #jersey #helmet #gloves #hockeystick #favoritegift #icetime #sportscrazy #fouryearsold #tough #rugged #shirleytemple #piano #fawnlawn #thebuttonlady #icehockey
I’m sure I speak for many artists/makers who have been setting up at Christmas markets for the last several weeks, when I say how gratifying it is to know that our work will be given as gifts and opened up on Christmas Day.  Every year, it gives me such a special feeling to think of those presents been received, and hopefully bringing joy, both to the recipients and the givers.
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#gratifying #satisfying #heartwarming #maker #artist #christmasday #sewing #buttoncollecting  #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady  #handsewn #buttonbracelets #star #motherofpearl #victorian #myart #elegant #greatgatsby #hand
I’m sure I speak for many artists/makers who have been setting up at Christmas markets for the last several weeks, when I say how gratifying it is to know that our work will be given as gifts and opened up on Christmas Day. Every year, it gives me such a special feeling to think of those presents been received, and hopefully bringing joy, both to the recipients and the givers. . . . #gratifying  #satisfying  #heartwarming  #maker  #artist  #christmasday  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #Thebuttonlady  #handsewn  #buttonbracelets  #star  #motherofpearl  #victorian  #myart  #elegant  #greatgatsby  #hand 
MY GIRLS, Christmas 1994.  In this photo Clara and Dorothy (13 months apart) are wearing the black velvet jumpers which were used on December 12, 1957, in a play at my grandparents’ home, as part of their 50th wedding anniversary celebration. It was a reenactment of their 1907 wedding and I was cast as the bride, while my brother stood in as the groom. My sister and two cousins were my bridesmaids, wearing these very same dresses. In January I will be doing a series of black-and-white photos from the event. It was the biggest moment of my young life, because I was the star of the show, and all eyes were on me…the bride!
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#christmasiscoming #holidayseason #nostalgia #thebuttonlady #childhood #mygirls #daughters #blackvelvet #jumpers #reenactment #1994 #1907 #1957 #bridesmaids #bridesmaidsdresses #maryjanes #christmas #matching #littleblackdress
MY GIRLS, Christmas 1994. In this photo Clara and Dorothy (13 months apart) are wearing the black velvet jumpers which were used on December 12, 1957, in a play at my grandparents’ home, as part of their 50th wedding anniversary celebration. It was a reenactment of their 1907 wedding and I was cast as the bride, while my brother stood in as the groom. My sister and two cousins were my bridesmaids, wearing these very same dresses. In January I will be doing a series of black-and-white photos from the event. It was the biggest moment of my young life, because I was the star of the show, and all eyes were on me…the bride! . . . . . #christmasiscoming  #holidayseason  #nostalgia  #thebuttonlady  #childhood  #mygirls  #daughters  #blackvelvet  #jumpers  #reenactment  #1994  #1907  #1957  #bridesmaids  #bridesmaidsdresses  #maryjanes  #christmas  #matching  #littleblackdress 
MY BOYS, Christmas, 1985. Urban II and Clarence, in our little townhouse, Canfield, Ohio. These brothers are 19 months apart in age, yet they were always only one year apart in school. They went to the same nursery school, the same grade school, the same middle school, the same high school, and even the same college. Although they are now big, tall, burly men...in my mind’s eye they are still these same little boys with bow ties and visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads.
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#christmasiscoming #holidayseason #myboys #mychildren #visionsofsugarplums #anticipation #christmastree #bowties #plaid #excitement #brothers #goodfriends #nostalgia #thebuttonlady #childhood
MY BOYS, Christmas, 1985. Urban II and Clarence, in our little townhouse, Canfield, Ohio. These brothers are 19 months apart in age, yet they were always only one year apart in school. They went to the same nursery school, the same grade school, the same middle school, the same high school, and even the same college. Although they are now big, tall, burly men...in my mind’s eye they are still these same little boys with bow ties and visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads. . . . . #christmasiscoming  #holidayseason  #myboys  #mychildren  #visionsofsugarplums  #anticipation  #christmastree  #bowties  #plaid  #excitement  #brothers  #goodfriends  #nostalgia  #thebuttonlady  #childhood 
This is my favorite Christmas wreath. I love the glass beaded fruit and the satin pansies.  This wreath is displayed just inside the entryway on a leaded glass door. I want to take this opportunity to say how much I am enjoying all the sharing of Christmas decorations on IG. Thank you friends, far and wide!  It’s been a real treat to peek inside your homes, so full of love and Christmas cheer.
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#wreath #beadedglassfruit #Thebuttonlady #fawnlawn #lifestyle #decor  #myhome #christmasiscoming #holidayseason #decorating
This is my favorite Christmas wreath. I love the glass beaded fruit and the satin pansies. This wreath is displayed just inside the entryway on a leaded glass door. I want to take this opportunity to say how much I am enjoying all the sharing of Christmas decorations on IG. Thank you friends, far and wide! It’s been a real treat to peek inside your homes, so full of love and Christmas cheer. . . . #wreath  #beadedglassfruit  #Thebuttonlady  #fawnlawn  #lifestyle  #decor  #myhome  #christmasiscoming  #holidayseason  #decorating 
ADOPTED, Sunday at the open house.  Sewn with pink and light blue thread, each of the 27 perfect buttons are mother of pearl, many of them beautifully dyed. The base  buttons, with lovely octagonal etching, were purchased from @passion_for_buttons, of Italy. Stefano and Lorenzo could not have been more helpful or pleasant to do business with!
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#nostalgia #sewing #buttoncollecting #history  #vintage #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady  #motherofpearl  #handmade #madebyhand #handsewn #buttonbracelets #buttonbracelet #antiquebuttonbracelet #buttonart #pastel #italian #myart #octagon
ADOPTED, Sunday at the open house. Sewn with pink and light blue thread, each of the 27 perfect buttons are mother of pearl, many of them beautifully dyed. The base buttons, with lovely octagonal etching, were purchased from @passion_for_buttons, of Italy. Stefano and Lorenzo could not have been more helpful or pleasant to do business with! . . . . #nostalgia  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #buttonlove  #Thebuttonlady  #motherofpearl  #handmade  #madebyhand  #handsewn  #buttonbracelets  #buttonbracelet  #antiquebuttonbracelet  #buttonart  #pastel  #italian  #myart  #octagon 
TASTY RECOVERY. I want to thank the countless friends who left me nice messages since I reported yesterday about my tumble Sunday. I have only read a few of the comments, but promise to carefully review and respond!  Yesterday the only thing I really had to do was be nice to my Mum, who was here on an overnight.  I made us fancy Side Car cocktails and a simple supper. By 9:00 PM my feet were up, with ice packs wrapped around them, and she was off to dreamland. This morning we had coffee together in the ancestral four poster bed, then headed to Tripp’s nursery school to watch him perform in his class play, The Gingerbread Boy. Guess who was the FOX, and spoke so loudly and clearly that you could hear every word?  I was such a PROUD “Gammie!” Next, off to the Doctor, who looked at my black and blue feet, shook his head, and told me to “Carry on.” He offered an X-ray, but I declined. Tripp and I needed to hurry home to feast on leftovers from the Open House.  Keeping priorities in order!  Please swipe!
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#food #display #breakfastroom #openhouse #leftovers #cheeseandcrackers #lemonsquares #christmascookies #fawnlawn #myhouse #thebuttonlady #buffet #refreshment
TASTY RECOVERY. I want to thank the countless friends who left me nice messages since I reported yesterday about my tumble Sunday. I have only read a few of the comments, but promise to carefully review and respond! Yesterday the only thing I really had to do was be nice to my Mum, who was here on an overnight. I made us fancy Side Car cocktails and a simple supper. By 9:00 PM my feet were up, with ice packs wrapped around them, and she was off to dreamland. This morning we had coffee together in the ancestral four poster bed, then headed to Tripp’s nursery school to watch him perform in his class play, The Gingerbread Boy. Guess who was the FOX, and spoke so loudly and clearly that you could hear every word? I was such a PROUD “Gammie!” Next, off to the Doctor, who looked at my black and blue feet, shook his head, and told me to “Carry on.” He offered an X-ray, but I declined. Tripp and I needed to hurry home to feast on leftovers from the Open House. Keeping priorities in order! Please swipe! . . . . #food  #display  #breakfastroom  #openhouse  #leftovers  #cheeseandcrackers  #lemonsquares  #christmascookies  #fawnlawn  #myhouse  #thebuttonlady  #buffet  #refreshment 
The CROWN and the FALL  Yesterday, the crowd for my open house was small but mighty. Sixteen bracelets and three flapper girl books were adopted.  At about 6:30 PM everyone had gone except for my close friend Karen and my husband Rick, who were sitting around in the kitchen with me, eating lemon squares and chatting. I remembered a new design I wanted to show Karen, and ran up the back steps to get it, kicking off my boots at the top of the stairs. Excitedly, I headed back down, in my stocking feet, lightly holding onto the railing.  My button tiara was still perched regally upon my head. On the very top step, I slipped, and begin to bounce down the 80-year-old linoleum stairway, with  aluminum treads at the edge of each step. I was completely out of control and unable to stop myself.  Bounce, bounce, bounce...on my back with my feet stretched out in front of me, until I finally arrived at the bottom of the steps, knocking over the cat’s food and water bowls. My horrified husband and friend leapt up to see what had become of me. Unable to move at first, I soon realized that I was mostly OK, except for my feet, which are a bit banged up and bruised. My tiara had fallen from my head and several of the prongs were bent, but have now been put back into position, as good as new!
Today I am in recovery mode, with my feet propped up and an ice pack wrapped around them.
The button lady can take a licking but keeps on ticking!
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#fall #tiara #thebuttonlady #tumble #gracefulfall #openhouse #buttons #victorian #motherofpearl #star #dove #crown #vintage #antique #sewnbyhand #handsewn
The CROWN and the FALL Yesterday, the crowd for my open house was small but mighty. Sixteen bracelets and three flapper girl books were adopted. At about 6:30 PM everyone had gone except for my close friend Karen and my husband Rick, who were sitting around in the kitchen with me, eating lemon squares and chatting. I remembered a new design I wanted to show Karen, and ran up the back steps to get it, kicking off my boots at the top of the stairs. Excitedly, I headed back down, in my stocking feet, lightly holding onto the railing. My button tiara was still perched regally upon my head. On the very top step, I slipped, and begin to bounce down the 80-year-old linoleum stairway, with aluminum treads at the edge of each step. I was completely out of control and unable to stop myself. Bounce, bounce, bounce...on my back with my feet stretched out in front of me, until I finally arrived at the bottom of the steps, knocking over the cat’s food and water bowls. My horrified husband and friend leapt up to see what had become of me. Unable to move at first, I soon realized that I was mostly OK, except for my feet, which are a bit banged up and bruised. My tiara had fallen from my head and several of the prongs were bent, but have now been put back into position, as good as new! Today I am in recovery mode, with my feet propped up and an ice pack wrapped around them. The button lady can take a licking but keeps on ticking! . . . #fall  #tiara  #thebuttonlady  #tumble  #gracefulfall  #openhouse  #buttons  #victorian  #motherofpearl  #star  #dove  #crown  #vintage  #antique  #sewnbyhand  #handsewn 
Spending my afternoon with the talented @buttondowndesigns. #thebuttonlady #buttondowndesigns  #rockyriver #openhouse
OPEN HOUSE, today. How I wish my friends from around the world could join me for a cup of hot mulled cider and wine.  Excuse me now, while I scurry around a bit more.
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#christmas #sewing #buttoncollecting #history  #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady #handsewn #buttonbracelets #allarewelcome #myhome #deckthehalls #holidayseason #openhouse #interiordesign #interiors #decor #fawnlawn #myparty
Etched and blown glass ornaments on our Fraser Fir, per special request of Prudie (@prudierosemelbourne). These ornaments are not actually antique, but to me they have a Victorian flavor. The big round balls come in three colors, blue, green and yellow. There are about a dozen of the rose-colored oblong ornaments, and also a dozen of the frosted glass “icicles.“ In addition there are about 85 small faceted glass spheres in yellow, rose, and clear. Those are the ones I let Tripp hang, and he did an excellent job!
Ornaments on this tree promised to Dorothy (@dorothyspenceillson), per her request.
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#christmastree #Thebuttonlady #collector #etchedglass #frostedglass #facetedglass #fawnlawn #lifestyle #decor  #myhome #christmasiscoming #holidayseason #solarium #frasierfur #realtree #decorating
Etched and blown glass ornaments on our Fraser Fir, per special request of Prudie (@prudierosemelbourne). These ornaments are not actually antique, but to me they have a Victorian flavor. The big round balls come in three colors, blue, green and yellow. There are about a dozen of the rose-colored oblong ornaments, and also a dozen of the frosted glass “icicles.“ In addition there are about 85 small faceted glass spheres in yellow, rose, and clear. Those are the ones I let Tripp hang, and he did an excellent job! Ornaments on this tree promised to Dorothy (@dorothyspenceillson), per her request. . . . #christmastree  #Thebuttonlady  #collector  #etchedglass  #frostedglass  #facetedglass  #fawnlawn  #lifestyle  #decor  #myhome  #christmasiscoming  #holidayseason  #solarium  #frasierfur  #realtree  #decorating 
THESE GALS!
Always have to get in on the act!
Cranberry stringing never got off the ground last night, as I was fussing with the Christmas tree into the wee hours. Please check back with me later to see the cranberry garlands, hanging from the dining room chandelier.
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#cranberries #flappergirls #stringing #fresh
#Thebuttonlady #buttons #buttoncollection #interiors #fawnlawn #lifestyle #decor #myhome #christmasiscoming #holidayseason #decorating
The stockings were hung from the mantle with care, in hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.
(Note- my mother made the stockings, starting in 1951 with mine. Last year we all agreed upon turning my dad’s stocking over to Tripp, as it was the first year dad was gone, and the first year Tripp lived in Ohio. The top of the stocking says FADAR (grandfather), and at the bottom TRIPP.)
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#Thebuttonlady #fawnlawn #decor #christmasiscoming #holidayseason #decorating #mantle #stockings #handknit #fireplace #twasthenightbeforechristmas #fireside #family #children #believe #saintnicolas #santa
The stockings were hung from the mantle with care, in hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there. (Note- my mother made the stockings, starting in 1951 with mine. Last year we all agreed upon turning my dad’s stocking over to Tripp, as it was the first year dad was gone, and the first year Tripp lived in Ohio. The top of the stocking says FADAR (grandfather), and at the bottom TRIPP.) . . . . . . #Thebuttonlady  #fawnlawn  #decor  #christmasiscoming  #holidayseason  #decorating  #mantle  #stockings  #handknit  #fireplace  #twasthenightbeforechristmas  #fireside  #family  #children  #believe  #saintnicolas  #santa 
Detail of garland over dining room breakfront. I am scurrying around, decking the halls for my open house Sunday. Cranberry stringing tonight.
(Note- The breakfront belonged to my great, great uncle, Clarence Lyman Collins I (1840-1927), as did the gilded champagne glasses, seen through the doors.
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#fawnlawn #thebuttonlady #decor #decorations #garland #grapes #christmaslights #champagneglass #diningroom  #deckingthehalls #christmasiscoming
The GRACE KELLY Collection-  One of these was adopted today and is headed to Glenwood Spring, Colorado. A thoughtful husband wrote me about finding the perfect gift for his wife, who is a theatrical costumer, and loves doing Period shows.
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#sewing #buttoncollecting  #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady  #handsewn #buttonbracelets #giftideas #madebyhands #motherofpearl #victorian #gracekelly #myart #elegant
The GUMDROP TREE.  One of my favorites. Please swipe to see details of snowman and santa papier-mâché ornaments.
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#christmastree #Thebuttonlady #fawnlawn #decor #christmasiscoming #holidayseason #decorating #glitter #gold #gumdrops #santa #snowman #bottlebrushtree #mini #papermache
Is your cat decorated for Christmas? Napoleon is!  The red base buttons and green top layer buttons are both “new/old stock” casein, from England, 1930s.
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#sewing #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady #handmade #handsewn #antiquebuttonbracelet #cat #catcollar #catsofinstagram #kitty #mykitty #napoleon #christmas #1930s #redandgreen #holidaydecor #decorating #tistheseason #collar
MY DAD  Look closely. To the left, hanging from a red satin ribbon, is a printer’s block, 1920, with my dad‘s face in profile. My grandfather, the artist, had two of these made as he was working on the family Christmas card. One hangs each December from this tree in daughter Dorothy‘s room, and the other hangs in my kitchen, where I can see it every day. Dad was five years old. I will show the Christmas card this evening…everyone in the family, popping out of stockings, hanging from the mantle.
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#christmas #christmastree #printersblocks #mydad #myhero #1920 #fiveyearold #ornament #fawnlawn #thebuttonlady #decor #decorations #candycane #santa #star #beloved #family #daughter #snowflake
MY DAD Look closely. To the left, hanging from a red satin ribbon, is a printer’s block, 1920, with my dad‘s face in profile. My grandfather, the artist, had two of these made as he was working on the family Christmas card. One hangs each December from this tree in daughter Dorothy‘s room, and the other hangs in my kitchen, where I can see it every day. Dad was five years old. I will show the Christmas card this evening…everyone in the family, popping out of stockings, hanging from the mantle. . . . . #christmas  #christmastree  #printersblocks  #mydad  #myhero  #1920  #fiveyearold  #ornament  #fawnlawn  #thebuttonlady  #decor  #decorations  #candycane  #santa  #star  #beloved  #family  #daughter  #snowflake 
RAINFOREST MEDLEY (bottom), adopted at the Cleveland Bazaar. The top bracelet is still available, large wrist size, sewn with four different thread colors. These unusual and beautifully colored buttons are dyed vegetable ivory, the Tagua Nut from South America.
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#sewing #buttoncollecting  #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady  #handsewn #buttonbracelets #clebazaar2017 #clebazaar #realart #madebyhands #artforyourwrist #rainforest
The girls had such a jolly time at the Cleveland Bazaar yesterday. They helped me sell 22 bracelets and eight copies of Flapper Girls in Vacationland. We are set up again today from 10 AM to 6 PM at W. 78th St., Studios, the former creative workshops of American Greetings Corporation. The building is gigantic, industrial, and gritty…filled today with 150 “no-frills“ talented artists from all over the Great Lakes Region. 
@clebazaar
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#sewing #buttoncollecting  #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady  #handsewn #buttonbracelets #clebazaar2017 #clebazaar #realart #rawtalent #giftideas #madebyhands #flappergirls #artforyourwrist #newengland #lobster #christmascove #maine
The girls had such a jolly time at the Cleveland Bazaar yesterday. They helped me sell 22 bracelets and eight copies of Flapper Girls in Vacationland. We are set up again today from 10 AM to 6 PM at W. 78th St., Studios, the former creative workshops of American Greetings Corporation. The building is gigantic, industrial, and gritty…filled today with 150 “no-frills“ talented artists from all over the Great Lakes Region. @clebazaar . . #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #Thebuttonlady  #handsewn  #buttonbracelets  #clebazaar2017  #clebazaar  #realart  #rawtalent  #giftideas  #madebyhands  #flappergirls  #artforyourwrist  #newengland  #lobster  #christmascove  #maine 
DECKING THE HALLS  I have ordered the Christmas tree, to be delivered next week, when Tripp is here.  I thought he would have a lot of fun watching it come through the doors in our solarium, and placed in the stand. Last year he “helped” me decorate the tree. All the ornaments are Victorian glass, so it was a bit tricky with a three-year-old!
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#christmastree #englishtudor #Thebuttonlady #collector #interiordesign #interiors #fawnlawn #lifestyle #decor #1929 #myhome #christmasiscoming #holidayseason #solarium #frasierfur #realtree #decorating
DECKING THE HALLS I have ordered the Christmas tree, to be delivered next week, when Tripp is here. I thought he would have a lot of fun watching it come through the doors in our solarium, and placed in the stand. Last year he “helped” me decorate the tree. All the ornaments are Victorian glass, so it was a bit tricky with a three-year-old! . . . . #christmastree  #englishtudor  #Thebuttonlady  #collector  #interiordesign  #interiors  #fawnlawn  #lifestyle  #decor  #1929  #myhome  #christmasiscoming  #holidayseason  #solarium  #frasierfur  #realtree  #decorating 
CLEVELAND BAZAAR, two more days!  You will know you have found the Button Lady when you see me wearing my button tiara!
@clebazaar .
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#sewing #buttoncollecting  #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady  #handsewn #buttonbracelets #clebazaar2017 #clebazaar #realart #rawtalent #giftideas #madebyhands
Last Friday, my grandson Tripp went on his fifth pony cart ride, this time with Beauty pulling the cart.  The driver is 14-year-old Adam, who is like a big brother to Tripp. He is consistently kind and patient with this little “English” boy, who has been welcomed so warmly by the Amish community of Mesopotamia, Ohio. Adam has completed eighth grade, which by law is the state requirement, so he spends his days helping out on the farm, while his younger siblings are still in school.  What a privilege to know such a role model. My dad was partnered up with his grandfather, back in the 1960s and 70s, running a dairy operation.
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#Thebuttonlady #daytrip #countrylife #country #farm #amish #amishfarm #plainpeople #simplethings #lifestyle #wayoflife #farmlife #children #charming #outing #grandson #barn #pony #horse #ponycart #hackney #beauty #generational #relationship #bigbrother
Last Friday, my grandson Tripp went on his fifth pony cart ride, this time with Beauty pulling the cart. The driver is 14-year-old Adam, who is like a big brother to Tripp. He is consistently kind and patient with this little “English” boy, who has been welcomed so warmly by the Amish community of Mesopotamia, Ohio. Adam has completed eighth grade, which by law is the state requirement, so he spends his days helping out on the farm, while his younger siblings are still in school. What a privilege to know such a role model. My dad was partnered up with his grandfather, back in the 1960s and 70s, running a dairy operation. . . . . #Thebuttonlady  #daytrip  #countrylife  #country  #farm  #amish  #amishfarm  #plainpeople  #simplethings  #lifestyle  #wayoflife  #farmlife  #children  #charming  #outing  #grandson  #barn  #pony  #horse  #ponycart  #hackney  #beauty  #generational  #relationship  #bigbrother 
“Woven Names, the “Ideal Gift” - The tags are from my childhood, 1950s. The box belonged to my grandfather, and is dated 1929.
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#woven #nametags #1950s #1929 #coach #horses #abcblocks #mychildhood #gift #thebuttonlady #cashs #vignette #christmasiscoming #holidayseason #holiday
From the EDITH WHARTON Collection, museum-quality porcelain stencil buttons, 1920s, encircling an elegant French art medal (1873), designed by Medal of Honor winner, Louis Oscar Roty, 1846-1911.  Note the national motto of France, woven on a ribbon throughout the woman's hair. "Liberte, egalite, fraternite"
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#victorian #Thebuttonlady #collector #antiquecollectibles #antique #stencil #buttonlove #buttonbracelet #design #blackandwhite #coincollecting #france #motto #liberty #equality #fraternity #libertéégalitéfraternité #medalofhonor #artnouveau #paris #buttonart #artforyourwrist
From the EDITH WHARTON Collection, museum-quality porcelain stencil buttons, 1920s, encircling an elegant French art medal (1873), designed by Medal of Honor winner, Louis Oscar Roty, 1846-1911. Note the national motto of France, woven on a ribbon throughout the woman's hair. "Liberte, egalite, fraternite" . . . #victorian  #Thebuttonlady  #collector  #antiquecollectibles  #antique  #stencil  #buttonlove  #buttonbracelet  #design  #blackandwhite  #coincollecting  #france  #motto  #liberty  #equality  #fraternity  #libertéégalitéfraternité  #medalofhonor  #artnouveau  #paris  #buttonart  #artforyourwrist 
CHRISTMAS DINNER, 1998, our very first year in our new home. I love an elegantly set table, and I enjoy stringing cranberries for the dining room chandelier.
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#dinner #diningroom #chandelier #cranberries #babyplates #tablesetting #placesetting #china #englishtudor #Thebuttonlady #collector #interiordesign #interiors #fawnlawn #lifestyle #decor #1929 #myhome #placecards #topiary #christmasiscoming #holidayseason
One of my earliest bracelet lines, the double-layer 19th century bone collection.  An interesting factoid…when bone buttons are new they are pure white. It is the 100 to 200 years of handling (oil and dirt in the environment) that gives them their beautiful shades. Many of these buttons are pantywaist buttons. The bottom layer are all suspender buttons.
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#victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady #handsewn #antiquebuttonbracelet #bone #primative #19thcentury #christmasiscoming #giftideas
One of my earliest bracelet lines, the double-layer 19th century bone collection. An interesting factoid…when bone buttons are new they are pure white. It is the 100 to 200 years of handling (oil and dirt in the environment) that gives them their beautiful shades. Many of these buttons are pantywaist buttons. The bottom layer are all suspender buttons. . . . #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #Thebuttonlady  #handsewn  #antiquebuttonbracelet  #bone  #primative  #19thcentury  #christmasiscoming  #giftideas 
SUNDAY BREAKFAST 
Every once in a while this happens. Not too often, but every once in a while.
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#breakfast #breakfastroom #blueandwhite #tablesetting #placesetting #leadedglass #china #english #Thebuttonlady #collector #interiordesign #interiors #fawnlawn #lifestyle #decor #1929 #myhome #spode #curlymaple
Victorian CHARM STRING, made with assorted small buttons on shanks, mostly 19th century, many of them shoe buttons.
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady  #victoriana #buttonstringnecklace #charmstring #buttonnecklace #victorianbuttons #myart
Four boys and four birdfeeders. Just a little peek into our day yesterday.
(left to right, Adam, Jacob, Raymond, Tripp)
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#Thebuttonlady #daytrip #countrylife #country #farm #amish #amishfarm #plainpeople #simplethings #lifestyle #wayoflife #farmlife #children #adorable #cute #charming #outing #grandson #farmboy #birdfeeder #denim
This MOSS FOREST design includes celluloid, Bakelite, and dyed vegetable ivory. Buttons, 1880s to 1940s. Photographed in lovely Christmas Cove, Maine. .
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#nostalgia #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady #myart #artforyourwrist #buttonjewelry #buttonbracelet #bakelite #madebyhand #handsewn #christmascove #maine #moss
BUTTON LADY SIGHTING at Alma Mater.  What a pleasure to be back at Laurel School last evening for a holiday Artisans Bazaar.  Ten bracelets and two flapper girl books were happily adopted, AND the headmistress of the school said she might like to borrow my tiara sometime!
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#sewing #buttoncollecting  #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady  #handsewn #buttonbracelets #tiara #almamater #laurelschool #alumna #bazaar #artisan #adoption #flappergirls #fireplace #alumnaeroom #ls4g #dreamdaredo #alwaysalaurelgirl
BUTTON LADY SIGHTING at Alma Mater. What a pleasure to be back at Laurel School last evening for a holiday Artisans Bazaar. Ten bracelets and two flapper girl books were happily adopted, AND the headmistress of the school said she might like to borrow my tiara sometime! . . . . . . #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #Thebuttonlady  #handsewn  #buttonbracelets  #tiara  #almamater  #laurelschool  #alumna  #bazaar  #artisan  #adoption  #flappergirls  #fireplace  #alumnaeroom  #ls4g  #dreamdaredo  #alwaysalaurelgirl 
EVENING REFLECTION  Once again, Mother Nature delivers. Lately we have taken to having a moment of silent meditation when we walk to the lake.  Everyone in the family finds it very restorative.
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#evening #sundown #sunset #beach #greatlakes #lakeerie #cleveland #ohio #reflection #takingawalk #eveningstroll #thebuttonlady #naturesbeauty #waves #mothernature
IN THE PINK.  Once upon a time I found a large piece of pink sea glass in my friend’s antique shop, Wiscasset, Maine. Then there was the time I found this nice pink frog clicker at a flea market. Did I mention I like pink?
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#myhome #Thebuttonlady #collector #vintage #mycollection #fawnlawn #lifestyle #decor #artdeco #pink #pinkaesthetic #1920s #1930s #powderroom #lovely #frog #clicker #vintagetoy #beachglass #seaglass #eyecup
SHOW SEASON  Thanksgiving is over, and the Christmas Fairs are popping up all over the place. This year I am only doing three events, but the bracelets are raring to go. Best wishes to all my fellow IG artists as they make the rounds in the next several weeks!😘❤️
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#sewing #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady #myart #buttonjewelry #buttonbracelet #handsewn #1900s #1890s #artforyourwrist #motherofpearl #abalone #victorian #fancy #chandelier #show #artfair #bazaar
SHOW SEASON Thanksgiving is over, and the Christmas Fairs are popping up all over the place. This year I am only doing three events, but the bracelets are raring to go. Best wishes to all my fellow IG artists as they make the rounds in the next several weeks!😘❤️ . . . . . . #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #Thebuttonlady  #myart  #buttonjewelry  #buttonbracelet  #handsewn  #1900s  #1890s  #artforyourwrist  #motherofpearl  #abalone  #victorian  #fancy  #chandelier  #show  #artfair  #bazaar 
Especially for @evarenna, because she and I truly love collie dogs.  Ours were named Bonnie and Parker. I used to love trotting down the street, holding two leashes, with one of these magnificent creatures on either side of me.  So many people stopped to chat.
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#childhood #toys #vintage #vintagetoys #collector #collection #blocks #woodentoys #collie #colliedog #ourpets #dog #doggies #1910s #1900s #thebuttonlady #mycollection #lassie #rescuedogs #puzzle
Especially for @evarenna, because she and I truly love collie dogs. Ours were named Bonnie and Parker. I used to love trotting down the street, holding two leashes, with one of these magnificent creatures on either side of me. So many people stopped to chat. . . . . #childhood  #toys  #vintage  #vintagetoys  #collector  #collection  #blocks  #woodentoys  #collie  #colliedog  #ourpets  #dog  #doggies  #1910s  #1900s  #thebuttonlady  #mycollection  #lassie  #rescuedogs  #puzzle 
PEACHY KEEN, double and triple stacked Victorian mother of pearl and abalone shell. Imagine the clothing these buttons adorned, well over 100 years ago.
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady  #victoriana #motherofpearl #abalone #handmade #madebyhand #handsewn #buttonbracelets #buttonbracelet #antiquebuttonbracelet #myart #artforyourwrist
I accidentally bought some blocks the other day, which I’m guessing are supposed to be educational. I haven’t quite figured out why the only woman depicted is the American. It seems an unlikely coincidence!
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#childhood #toys #vintage #vintagetoys #collector #collection #blocks #woodentoys #moor #turk #american #cowboy #clown #spaniard #frenchman #soldier #sailor #dutchman #1920s #1930s #Thebuttonlady #mycollection
It can be quite startling when you go to make the bed, and there is a hockey player in it!
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#myhome #Thebuttonlady #antiquebed #fawnlawn #trundle #bedroom #grandchild #sockmonkey #adorable #childhood #children #grandson #overnight #shoulderpads #dogcollar #sockdonkey #hockey #helmet #surprise
THANKSGIVING GREETINGS from the flappers! The girls have a huge announcement coming later today, once the cat is out of the bag with the family. Please check back this evening for an up-to-the-minute report!
Excuse me now while I get back to corralling my children. Dorothy is about to start making the stuffing and roasted butternut squash with pinenuts. Clara and her boyfriend Addison are in charge of the homemade mashed potatoes and peas. Last night she made the most exquisite apple pie on the planet, with beautifully braided crust (photo later). Urban, Tripp, and Jackie will be here in a few hours, along with the deep fryer for the turkey. Clarence also arrives this afternoon, coming from Buffalo, New York where he has been rabble-rousing with friends for the last 24 hours.  All systems are GO!
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#thanksgiving #autumn #holiday #feast #turkey #antiquepostcards #fawnlawn #thebuttonlady #november #postcard #antique #greetings #flappergirls #cooking #baking #children
THANKSGIVING GREETINGS from the flappers! The girls have a huge announcement coming later today, once the cat is out of the bag with the family. Please check back this evening for an up-to-the-minute report! Excuse me now while I get back to corralling my children. Dorothy is about to start making the stuffing and roasted butternut squash with pinenuts. Clara and her boyfriend Addison are in charge of the homemade mashed potatoes and peas. Last night she made the most exquisite apple pie on the planet, with beautifully braided crust (photo later). Urban, Tripp, and Jackie will be here in a few hours, along with the deep fryer for the turkey. Clarence also arrives this afternoon, coming from Buffalo, New York where he has been rabble-rousing with friends for the last 24 hours. All systems are GO! . . . . . . #thanksgiving  #autumn  #holiday  #feast  #turkey  #antiquepostcards  #fawnlawn  #thebuttonlady  #november  #postcard  #antique  #greetings  #flappergirls  #cooking  #baking  #children 
Thanksgiving CENTERPIECE (5 of 5). Especially for Joanne @madaboutcolour, because she loves the antique postcards, but no longer has her collection.  Both these cards were postmarked November, 1908. The one with the chef riding on the pumpkin was sent to Miss Gertrude Patton in Springfield, Ohio. It reads, “Dear friend, Mrs. Heck and I are coming to Springfield week after next one day. Will write you before. I am almost sick with a cold. Love, Maude”. It is interesting to note that the postcards served the same purpose as a phone call or text would today.  Maude lets Gertrude know approximately when she will be coming, but says she will write before hand, presumably to pin down the date.
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#thanksgiving #autumn #holiday #turkey #antiquepostcards #centerpiece #diningroom #fawnlawn #thebuttonlady  #patriotic #edwardian #november #postcard #antique #1913 #1909 #flowerfrog #greetings #pumpkin #chef #unclesam #usa #unitedstates #starsandstripes #americanflag #redwhiteandblue
Thanksgiving CENTERPIECE (5 of 5). Especially for Joanne @madaboutcolour, because she loves the antique postcards, but no longer has her collection. Both these cards were postmarked November, 1908. The one with the chef riding on the pumpkin was sent to Miss Gertrude Patton in Springfield, Ohio. It reads, “Dear friend, Mrs. Heck and I are coming to Springfield week after next one day. Will write you before. I am almost sick with a cold. Love, Maude”. It is interesting to note that the postcards served the same purpose as a phone call or text would today. Maude lets Gertrude know approximately when she will be coming, but says she will write before hand, presumably to pin down the date. . . . #thanksgiving  #autumn  #holiday  #turkey  #antiquepostcards  #centerpiece  #diningroom  #fawnlawn  #thebuttonlady  #patriotic  #edwardian  #november  #postcard  #antique  #1913  #1909  #flowerfrog  #greetings  #pumpkin  #chef  #unclesam  #usa  #unitedstates  #starsandstripes  #americanflag  #redwhiteandblue 
Thanksgiving CENTERPIECE (4 of 5). Especially for Belinda @belinda_sharples, because I know she will like the Ellen Clapsaddle postcard on the left, sent to Katherine Dunlap in 1910. The note reads “Dear Little Girl – I suppose you have been wondering why I don’t come up well I am coming real soon but we have company now from Denver. Hoping this finds you all well.  With lots of love, As ever, Rhea”  The card on the right with the turkey being held by the legs, was sent to Lynn Flaherty in 1908, and is simply inscribed “from Grandmother” .
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#thanksgiving #autumn #holiday #feast #turkey #antiquepostcards #centerpiece #diningroom #fawnlawn #thebuttonlady #interiors #style #edwardian #november #postcard #antique #1913 #1909 #flowerfrog #greetings #pumpkin #child #harvest #haystack#ellenclapsaddle
Thanksgiving CENTERPIECE (4 of 5). Especially for Belinda @belinda_sharples, because I know she will like the Ellen Clapsaddle postcard on the left, sent to Katherine Dunlap in 1910. The note reads “Dear Little Girl – I suppose you have been wondering why I don’t come up well I am coming real soon but we have company now from Denver. Hoping this finds you all well. With lots of love, As ever, Rhea” The card on the right with the turkey being held by the legs, was sent to Lynn Flaherty in 1908, and is simply inscribed “from Grandmother” . . . . #thanksgiving  #autumn  #holiday  #feast  #turkey  #antiquepostcards  #centerpiece  #diningroom  #fawnlawn  #thebuttonlady  #interiors  #style  #edwardian  #november  #postcard  #antique  #1913  #1909  #flowerfrog  #greetings  #pumpkin  #child  #harvest  #haystack #ellenclapsaddle 
Thanksgiving CENTERPIECE (3 of 5). The postcard of the woman with serving platter was sent in 1911 to Miss Katherine Dunlap, here in Cleveland. The greeting reads, “Love to Katherine from Billy.“ The card with the two romping children, was sent November 22, 1909 to Master Walter Smith. It reads, “The goblins will get you if you don’t watch out. Love, Aunt Elsie”
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#thanksgiving #autumn #holiday #feast #turkey #antiquepostcards #centerpiece #diningroom #fawnlawn #thebuttonlady #interiors #style #edwardian #november #postcard #antique #1911 #1909 #flowerfrog #greetings #pumpkin #children  #goblin
Thanksgiving CENTERPIECE (3 of 5). The postcard of the woman with serving platter was sent in 1911 to Miss Katherine Dunlap, here in Cleveland. The greeting reads, “Love to Katherine from Billy.“ The card with the two romping children, was sent November 22, 1909 to Master Walter Smith. It reads, “The goblins will get you if you don’t watch out. Love, Aunt Elsie” . . . . #thanksgiving  #autumn  #holiday  #feast  #turkey  #antiquepostcards  #centerpiece  #diningroom  #fawnlawn  #thebuttonlady  #interiors  #style  #edwardian  #november  #postcard  #antique  #1911  #1909  #flowerfrog  #greetings  #pumpkin  #children  #goblin 
Went to go see my gma (extended family) Shea known in the streets as the button lady. There isn't a missing button that she doesn't have. This was just a few. She has become pretty popukarbgor her button babies. Dolls made completely put of buttons of course. I was to fascinated with how organized she had most of them them. Colors, loop holes, seasonal, etc.  I think the plan is to get these babies on the internet so more people habe access.  This should be fun. #thebuttonlady  #buttonbouquet #ButtonFamily
Went to go see my gma (extended family) Shea known in the streets as the button lady. There isn't a missing button that she doesn't have. This was just a few. She has become pretty popukarbgor her button babies. Dolls made completely put of buttons of course. I was to fascinated with how organized she had most of them them. Colors, loop holes, seasonal, etc. I think the plan is to get these babies on the internet so more people habe access. This should be fun. #thebuttonlady  #buttonbouquet  #ButtonFamily 
PHOTO GRAPHIE. This design features beautifully colored "new/old stock" buttons, from Canada, topped by copper-colored porcelain buttons, from Germany, 1920s. French Art Medal, about 1934.
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#nostalgia #sewing #buttoncollecting #history  #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady #handsewn #buttonbracelet #artmedal #artdeco #collectibles #photography #nude #camera #bronze #coppercolored #femaleform #artforyourwrist #design