My Mam died 10 years ago last November but Miss Frugal still remembers her and has some very vague but happy memories of some of the things they used to do together.
One of the things they used to do was play with my Mam’s button box which was filled with buttons of all shapes and sizes. They used them to learn colours, to learn to count and every now and again as a treat my my would thread a big needle and very carefully help Miss Frugal to sew a little bit.
When my Mam died, I brought the buttons home with us because I knew how much Miss Frugal enjoyed playing with them but she never wanted to play with them with me, they just made her sad as she missed her Nana so we ended up putting them away in Miss Frugal’s special memory box where she could look at them when she needed to.
She still has those buttons and the collection has increased a little bit now as she adds to it every now and again when she comes across a special button. She has a love of all things buttons and I love that she has that memory of the happy times she spent with my Mam.
I’ve been toying with the idea of making something with the buttons for a while now but I wanted to make something special so I was waiting till an idea hit me. 😉 Nothing came to mind until I saw a beautiful quote on Facebook that someone had shared….
Those we love don’t go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard but always near,
Still loved, still missed, still very dear.
It’s so lovely isn’t it? I loved it and it feels so true to me that I decided to make something for Miss Frugal’s quote wall using the quote and incorporating the buttons.
I used Picmonkey to make an A4 sized image (you need to edit the size to 2480 x 3508 for A4) and then added the text of the quote above. I printed it out and we just superglued the buttons on to the paper in the shape of a heart whilst trying not to glue our fingers to the buttons! We found it really helped to have a template underneath our sheet of paper so we had a guide to the shape of the heart and I have a feeling that if we hadn’t done this then we would have ended up with something that didn’t resemble a heart at all!
It looks so much better than I was hoping….
What do you think?
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