I use vintage buttons in a lot of the jewelry that I make. I spend weekends going to flee markets and yard sales to look for forgotten tins filled with treasure. The idea that I can give something that has been hidden away a new beautiful life adds to the joy I have when creating!
I was at a dinner for ladies that all go to the church that I recently started going to. It was the first time that I had met many of the woman there. They were all welcoming and kind. We shared stories, laughed, and enjoyed out time at our gracious hostesses home. Each lady brought a dish of food to share. I made pasta salad.
While chatting, the topic of what I do came up. I was currently wearing on of the vintage button rings that I make. One of the woman in particular loved my reasoning for using vintage buttons and parts in my work. I use vintage buttons in a lot of the jewelry that I make. That is when she made me an offer that blew me away!
She offered me a tin of vintage buttons that had been her mothers!
I left the dinner feeling so loved by these woman who I had just met, who whole-heartedly accepted me into their circle. The knowledge and positive energy in the generations that gathered around the table that night was contagious.
This is where it gets good!
After the dinner, the week went by and Sunday rolled around again. I remembered the kind woman's offer but I was not looking to receive her gift. I honestly expected her to change her mind. Guess what? She didn't! After church she made sure to stop me and in her hands was a beautiful tin. She told me she didn't think there was much in there I could use but she wanted me to have them.
I seriously almost cried! I got the tin home and right away started to go through it. I matched up pair after pair of beautiful buttons and the ones I couldn't match up are perfect for rings! There was so much I could use. My heart sang with gratitude. I immediately knew that I wanted to make her a thank you gift. What a better thing to do then to make her a pair of vintage button earrings out of a pair of her mothers buttons!
This entire situation is just a reminder of how much I love what I do. Not only do I get to create pretty jewelry but I get to make connections with amazing people! I get to share stories with people and in turn have them share their stories with me. Grateful does not even begin to describe how I feel.