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I’ve had it in my head to make a little denim bunny for a while now and as I’m not making them to any particular theme this month I decided that it was time to create ‘Indigo’. I knit her cardigan in a denim yarn which if it were washed, would wear and fade like denim jeans. The problem was finding a a button that looked like a button you would find on denim garments but could be sewed on, not that easy I found out.

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I then decided to have a look in here, my mother’s button tin!

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There are buttons in here collected over decades.

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I came across a few of these and with the back left off, one of them was just perfect for my little denim cardie.

They actually brought back quite a few memories because as a very little girl I remember every Sunday evening my father, who worked in an engineering works, putting them onto his clean boiler suit for his work on Monday morning. The buttons were always removed for washing. This would been during the 1960’s, so the buttons are at least fifty years old.

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I picked a nice shiny one and little Indigo is proudly wearing one of my dad’s buttons. Some have asked was I sure that I wanted to part with one of the buttons but I still have plenty and I like to think of one of my girls heading off wearing my dad’s button. My dad would have loved it too as he was always interested in what I was making and always encouraged me to do so.

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We have had a beautiful day here today, sun shining, washing dried on the line but our local weather man insists that the weekend is going to be wet and windy, he has been known to get it wrong, I’m hoping that this is one of those times!!!

I have my little daffs bought at the greengrocers this morning to brighten the place up just in case he’s right.

Thanks as always for dropping by and for your encouraging comments, welcome too to the all the new visitors.

Happy weekend! 🙂

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27 comments

Marigold Jam February 7, 2014 - 4:39 pm

She’s lovely – how many bunnies have you now made I wonder? Each one unique too. Love the little daffs – I noticed that a wee pot of tete a tetes are just coming into bud in the conservatory. I wondered if they ever would as I have had them for ages but it is cool out there so maybe they were just biding their time.

Ali Hogg February 7, 2014 - 4:41 pm

indigo is absolutely gorgeous…..you use the loveliest of yarns too. I have a similar button tin which was my grannies, which even has some Bakelite buttons in it. This wee rabbit has such a precious button.

Jill February 7, 2014 - 4:47 pm

Hello to the beautiful Indigo. She’s lovely, Vivienne.
I think we’ve all got one of those button tins. I too have fond memories of playing in my mum’s, aunt’s and gran’s button boxes. I’ve never heard of people being able to remove their buttons before washing though – how I would have hated that!
I wish you a beautiful sunny weekend my friend. Hopefully, the weather man has got his weather maps mixed up!xx

taphian February 7, 2014 - 5:20 pm

so cute and loveable, nice gallery

Amanda February 7, 2014 - 5:46 pm

Your blue Rabbit looks wonderful , we have had more sun than rain to day it was realy nice for a change….

paxami February 7, 2014 - 5:48 pm

Oh, she is lovely and what a sweet addition of one of dad’s buttons. Aren’t fresh flowers just the best to sit in the window (or anywhere for that matter). I just got some daffs too. My mom had a wonderful button box, but somehow it went missing. Rats! Sonja

Simone February 7, 2014 - 6:24 pm

She is lovely Vivienne. I am partial to blue as my Francoise bunny is dressed in blue too! Old button tins are a great source of inspiration aren’t they? It is nice that you have added a personal touch to the bunny too with your Dad’s button. The weather forecast for the S.E England is supposed to be horrendous this weekend! Thankfully I have lots of crafty projects lined up. Have a good weekend. x

Jane's Journal February 7, 2014 - 6:46 pm

What a lovely touch that button is Vivienne, your Dad would be thrilled. Indigo is a sweetie and blue is my favourite colour. Have a good weekend my dear, my girlies are here and I am enjoying lots of Daisy cuddles ;0) xx

Stephanie February 7, 2014 - 7:42 pm

She’s a sweetie, Vivienne and I am so touched by the thought of this button gracing your father’s clothes fifty years ago.

I’m also very glad I can leave you a message this time round!

helen philipps February 7, 2014 - 8:45 pm

Such a cute idea for a little denim bunny, and the button that belonged to your father makes it extra special! Your mother’s button box looks like a very inspiring one…..I love the flowers on the top too!
Hope the sun comes out and you have a happy weekend, Vivienne!
Helen xx

Christine February 7, 2014 - 8:59 pm

She is gorgeous. Have a lovely weekend.

mynestofyarnandbuttons February 7, 2014 - 9:21 pm

Indigo is so sweet and I love her. The button story is great, I love dad stories. I have a button collection from my grandmother and everytime I open the tin, it gives off this old smell. Not a bad smell just different I love that too.
Love your Daffs, have a great weekend, xoRobin

Crooked Tracks February 7, 2014 - 9:39 pm

So cute, made me smile 🙂

Sharon February 7, 2014 - 10:01 pm

Your denim cardy for Indigo is delightful as is her dress and what a bit of luck to find that button. Love the dafs.

alisonb2 February 7, 2014 - 10:41 pm

Memories are very precious and it’s nice to think of your Dad smiling at your little rabbit. Lovely Vivienne. 🙂

Elizabeth February 8, 2014 - 12:29 am

Hi Vivienne your Dad must have been a very good father, my Dad was too he worked hard so that we could have the best. Indigo a beautiful bunny the colour is gorgeous. Daffodils do brighten the day. You have the best ever weekend. Love& Blessings x x. Elizabeth

Kate February 8, 2014 - 4:15 am

I’ve been reading your posts for quite some time now but not previously commented. I love Indigo – a perfect combination of cuteness, colour and memory in the form of your Dad’s button. I have my Mum’s button boxes and look in them frequently – they smell fabulous and bring back wonderful memories. Do you sell your bunnies? If so could you please let me have some details?
Thanks for the picture of the daffodils – such cheery flowers.

Chrissie Crafts February 8, 2014 - 8:14 am

I love Indigo – she is so unique, the colours and the button and the memories behind the making of her, I think she must be one of the most special bunnies you’ve created! Chrissie x

ginaferrari February 8, 2014 - 8:28 am

She’s lovely and what a super story of your Dad’s button she holds

Madelief February 8, 2014 - 6:55 pm

Your denim bunny looks very sweet Vivienne! Wishing you a happy weekend!

Madelief x

Caroline February 8, 2014 - 8:45 pm

Indigo is so pretty, and very lucky to be sporting one of your Dad’s buttons, what a wonderful story!
Have a lovely weekend,
Caroline xx

Mia February 10, 2014 - 6:21 am

Hello dear Vivienne,

Beautiful Indigo, and such a special button! I love your Mom’s button-tin, such an endless treasury box! And oh those pretty daffodils – and in a bunny mug, but naturally!

Have a wonderful new week, dear friend!

Yours,
Mia

Anne D.T. February 11, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Indigo is delightful, Vivienne. Very nice to hear about your family’s buttons and the connection with your Dad. What a lovely accessory for your newest creation. with warm wishes from very chilly America,
Anne D.T.
PlumCreek Studio

Patty February 14, 2014 - 8:35 am

Hi V, I’m just catching up with blog posts. I love your Mum’s button tin. It’s funny how the simple button can conjure up such lovely memories and how wonderful Indigo looks with that special button. I was given my Grandma’s broken jewellery tin last year when she went into a home and I found similar pieces I remembered from when I was little. 🙂

hortensiadesignsPam February 14, 2014 - 3:47 pm

A denim bunny – perfect! Love the name too. Feels as though it’s been such a long time since I visited. Life can be busy sometimes! Hope you’re well,
P xx

thelinencat & rockcottageyear February 17, 2014 - 5:14 pm

She’s lovely and I really enjoyed that little peek into your button tin, I have a similar one that came from my Gran, there’s something special about old button tins, I think. I’m willing you to get the sun again tomorrow, we’re due rain but after today, I can accept that after such a glorious day….just so long as it doesn’t last! Bethxx

Margaret February 18, 2014 - 9:05 pm

Ah the button tin brought back a few happy childhood memories.
I remember playing with my mums button tin often.
There were old suspenders, buttons off army uniforms and I don’t know what else. I only wish I had that tin now.
Indigo is so sweet.
The spring flower mug is a lovely idea.
Margaret x

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