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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Vintage Lady

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I see the buttons with a vintage view. 

In Stories of Mother Goose, little Tommy Tucker says, "You know what a charm string is. Just ever so many pretty buttons strung together and worn around your neck." Nineteenth century folk wisdom had it that a girl should acquire 999 buttons on a string. When she added the thousandth, she would meet her Prince Charming.

These strings of buttons, sometimes called "memory strings," were a fad of the 1860s that remained popular until 1900. Delightful stories have been handed down. One is that each friend and member of the family donate a button. Another is that a charm string was a game or rivalry, not a romantic pursuit. Gaining the thousandth button doomed the girl to spinsterhood.

Another story credits the idea of charm strings to a mid-19th century newspaper competition.
In all these folklore accounts, there are similar rules and requirements for gathering the buttons: They should be one-of-a-kind, the prettiest and most brilliant available. Preferably they should be gifts from friends, suitors or family members or traded with another stringer. They should not be bought. While unfinished, the charm string was kept in plain view to inspire visitors to contribute buttons and also to boast and tell colorful stories of acquisition. "This button was given by Aunt Abigail from the gown she wore to the Inaugural Ball," or "this button was from Grandfather's Civil War uniform."
I wanted something light in color and I think this worked out the way I wanted. 
A Day for Daisies Lady Black Feathers
Lifestyle Crafts dies - circles - nesting
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creationsnz said...

Simply elegant and lovely Arlene

Michelle N. said...

So pretty!

Cindy C. said...

Great colouring, she looks so elegant! And thanks for sharing the history of buttons! It's fun to read about it.

Andrea La Vigne said...

This is so cool, and I love the little history lesson you included! Great job on the coloring. Tfs!
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