I use lots of vintage buttons and, in my various tins, jars and boxes, there are lots that have special memories attached to them...memories of people, occasions, and outfits...and I could never part with those.
I made this knitted flower brooch a while ago as a special order for a lady's 60th birthday. Its centre is filled with special buttons that her daughter had secretly taken from the button box...one with memories of her father, one from her first nurse's uniform, one from a cardigan that the children had worn as babies. So many people that I meet at fairs and markets reminisce about button tins and boxes that they used to play with as children...and I'm lucky enough to still be playing with buttons making things like this Ladybird Flower Corsage:
"Is that a Ladybird ladybird?" I was asked. You can imagine my delight...someone had spotted it! My Ladybird Flower Corsage had pushed all the right buttons with this lady! It is a button from a Ladybird dressing gown from many years ago...and the lady remembered how she had had that dressing gown...and how she just had to have my Ladybird Flower Corsage! Powerful things, buttons!
What's in your button tin?