I was recently ordering buttons for my latest make – a variation on a shirt dress, if all goes according to plan. 12 half inch buttons, that’s all I needed. But when I keyed my search term into a well-known online bidding site, I was overwhelmed with choice.
The heart-shaped buttons were oh-so-tempting. The ickle flower buttons made me melt. But in the end I ordered 12 fish eye buttons. Plain, simple circles. Buttons that would do their job with a minimum of fuss and no demands. Sensible buttons.
This is my dilemma. I really love the novelty buttons. I have a whole jar of novelty buttons. What could be more cute than a button shaped like a fish?! And yet, and yet… They sit all higgeldy piggeldy, no matter how carefully they’re sewn on. They catch on buttonholes, straining them. And they make me look like I’m in kindergarten. (Mmmmm… Scheduled afternoon naps with rows of little bodies. Remember that?)
I do love that my photo of ‘sensible’ buttons includes one with a red anchor! What’s your take? Would you throw caution to the wind and sew on a button in the shape of a fat buddha or Johnny Cash’s guitar? Or do you tread the path of caution? It’s a tricky one to call. Especially when a little cat with two holes in its ribs is giving you a whiskery smile… Choose me, Karen!