My sister in Virginia recently gave me a jar of buttons that belonged to her mother-in-law. Many were vintage and I was thrilled to receive them. As a thank you gift, I created the pillow shown for her. She loves cardinals. A couple come to her deck daily to partake of the food she puts out for them. The buttons I used are some duplicates of ones I liked that I found in the jar.
Hernando County has only two actual cities -- Brooksville and Weeki Wachee. The community I live in in Hernando County is Spring Hill. It is a more-populated but un-incorporated "city" in the County. Hernando County is a part of Florida's Nature Coast, being on the west side of the state. The closest Button Club meets in Ocala, which is an approximately 1-1/4 hours drive from Spring Hill.
That's why a few of us -- Anne Buckingham, Virginia Rusk, Monika Post and myself -- decided to create an informal group of button lovers. Our first meeting is Tuesday, August 25 in Spring Hill. We expect a couple of other button enthusiasts to join us. Our big group kick-off is scheduled for Nov. 20, when I present my "The History of Buttons: Why We Collect the Little Masterpieces of Art" at the Spring Hill Library branch at 10:30 a.m. The library will also feature a display on buttons and button collecting in recognition of National Button Day that week.
Sylvia Liszka Durell, Author
Owner of HoleyButtons.com and a founding member of the Hernando County Button Collectors Group in Florida.