I'm sorry I haven't had time to take lovingly beautiful photos of the buttons I received from Hui Ling from her fab Etsy shop, Cheap Charlie. If you want to see beautiful button pictures, look no further than Button Candy: fab blogger Jo is a button enthusiast and takes great photos.
I was so excited to receive these. Besides the fact that they came from Singapore, they are also deliciously vintage, meaning they come from both another time and another place.
I'm not sure what will happen to them next... My plan was to use them on clothing, but I keep thinking those stripy ones would make great eyes for something...!
Buttons for me are inherently poetic, because they make me think of one of my favourite spooky poems, Robert Frost's The Witch of Coos. My mum used to read this to my brother and me when we were kids. She used her best imitation-American accent, and to this day when I read it I hear it in her voice. She made it brilliantly atmospheric and creepy.
My Mum is someone whose always had draws and boxes full of materials, fabric, buttons, threads, bottles, bits of string - you name it! And so I'd pour through her button box half-hoping, half-fearing I'd find the skeleton finger in the poem...