I must confess when I first discovered Hannah's button swap I was really excited to be able to get some "new/old" buttons in exchange for some I had but then I started to sort and pick through my stash and guess what? I discovered I was much happier and inspired in the process of giving rather than in the idea of getting!
My discovery came in the choosing of each button, thinking about how my swap partner "K" might be able to use them. She had expressed the idea of being able to knit more, so I chose some light buttons that might be able to highlight her work. She has many sweet children, so I wanted to add some buttons that would be cute on baby clothes (she sews, also). She lives in Colorado so I added an antler button (those are so cool) and I live on the coast, so I added mother of pearl. Other than the antler they are mostly vintage.
"K" seemed like the kind of person who would appreciate anything and yet with 8 (YES! 8) children I thought she could use a little pampering so I started to REALLY have fun in the presentation of the buttons.
I decided to wrap them in a vintage hankie (linen) with a picot edge.
I included some more batik strips for dress up, some "not vintage, but colorful" buttons, a little crystal I discovered in my button stash (very shiny and magical) and a bright charm I had made of felt and embriodery floss. I hope they all have so much fun opening them. The blessing of this gift is how much fun and creativity it fostered in my process! It has re-energized my already VERY active creative mind!
Many thanks to Hannah, for the inspiration!
Don't forget to look for the magic in your life!