Yesterday the children were off school because it was a staff development day. It was raining and I had had a busy week so we decided on a home day but by mid morning, they were craving my time and entertainment. Children are never interested in how many jobs you need to do: they care very little about the piles of laundry, the washing up or the untidy house so we decided to have a button competition. This cleverly allowed me to complete another unfinished project; Josie's noticeboard which is the final part of her bedroom makeover that I did for her last birthday.
And just like that an hour of our lives flew by as we all worked on our separate button project right next to each other in the front room. Each of us, admiring the exquisite vintage buttons, sharing nicely and commenting positively on each others work. Initially there was a lot of talk and speculation about what the prize for the competition but as we worked and talked, we collectively agreed that this was the prize; spending time with each other and being able to play with such lovely buttons. It does make me incredibly happy that Josie and Charlie share my love for vintage buttons and that so much fun can be had from such a simple activity.
Charlie's project was in two parts. He found all the green buttons and made a long line and secondly collected up all of what he considered to be the best buttons. I had to agree with his choice, they were all my favourites.
Josie made an incredible portrait of me in vintage buttons. It was so amazing, I almost cried. She is such a lovely little girl and it was really very touching.