Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Sara's Heart

Sara's Heart


Today I am dedicating my post to my aunt who sadly suffers from Alzheimers and is in a care home.

She is the second of a family of eight, my dad being the youngest. They grew up during WWII, in very austere times and as a result my aunt always stored and kept what she could.

My parents had the task of sorting through her possessions and I was gifted with this little treasure trove!

This is the box she kept all her white buttons in.  Isn't it so pretty?

And these are just some of the buttons.

So here's a quick tutorial about how simply you can make a button heart.

I took a pipe cleaner - wouldn't you know I was out of white ones!!!!

 I just took a couple of strips of linen and tightly wrapped it around the pipe cleaner which I hot glued
 together at the ends.

Now we are ready to glue on the buttons.  Try to use similar sized buttons. Be warned it is fiddly work!
Glue a piece of cord or thread or ribbon onto the back for a hanger.

 I hope you'll agree that the end result is pretty!

Sara's Heart

Here's where I hung mine for now!


Sincerest thanks to my aunt Sara.

I'd love to hear from  you as I'm so glad you came by for a visit! 
I also hope to share a homemade heart each day this week so do come back!

Linking with Stephanie's 


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Best wishes


  1. This is so sweet!! I couldn't believe that I wasn't already following you. I am now! Love your header.

  2. Beautiful creation! I love this heart! Thanks for sharing the tutorial and the sweet story.
    Have a great day!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  3. Thanks for showing how to make the button heart. A lovely craft to remember your aunt Sara.

  4. So touching Christine, I love the button heart.Hugs Francine.

  5. Yes, our elders knew how to save, reuse, be thrifty, and made do. And all without griping or complaining. A special generation for sure. The heart is pretty and sweet. I do love those old pretty boxes.

  6. The heart is beautiful and is a wonderful way to use your Aunt's treasures! xx

  7. I think that is so nice. So nice to remember your poor Aunt. I like old button boxes so much. I am so glad you have it now.

  8. What a gift to treasure and what a lovely way to use such lovely buttons ..... and yes, the box is very pretty xxx

  9. What a precious keepsake this sweet heart will be Christine... And I know it would make your Aunt Sara's heart smile knowing that you have her button box. Looking forward to the hearts to come! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  10. I'm so sorry about your Aunt, Christine. That must be so difficult. What a lovely button heart you've made from her collection! She would be so pleased. Have a wonderful week and thank you for sharing..

    Hugs and blessings,

  11. Alzheimer's is so difficult for everyone. So sorry to hear about your aunt. I love the button heart.

  12. What a beautiful tribute to your aunt. Janice

  13. What a sweet idea! ♥ Just lately I was gifted with some pipe cleaners and didn't knew what to do with it, now I know :-). I really have to buy a hot glue gun, it's so useful. Thanks for inspiring and as well for your nice answer! Nata xxx

  14. What a sweet heart !!! And a beautiful tribute to your aunt. My father-in-law died 10 month ago from Alzheimers...he was 82. It's a illness that affect all the family.
    Take care !

  15. Such a special keepsake :)
    Love x

  16. This is just precious Christine. How you will certainly cherish these things passed down to you. I would give anything to have my mom's old button drawer. My husband's mother suffered with Alzheimer's and it is a devastating to a family. Hugs!

  17. What a darling heart ♥
    My mother also grew up during WW2 and she collected everything.

  18. Your sweet button heart is such a lovely treasure, bringing special memories of your Aunt Sara. You have created a very special keepsake, Christine.

  19. I remember being fascinated by my grandma's button collection. Your heart is adorable.

  20. Christine, Alzheimer's is a terrible disease. So sorry about your sweet aunt! Love her stash of buttons and your heart is precious. Aunt Sara would be proud! I just adore buttons!! Your dad and I have something in common. I am the youngest of 8 as well. :) Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  21. Oh Christine how this touches me, you see my mom had this disease and my brother who is 12 years older than me has been diagnosed with early onset, it was hard to watch my mother and now to see my brother going through the same thing. I love this little project and may have to give it a try myself :)

  22. Precious friend, what a touching and beautifully heartfelt post...you broought tears to my eyes.

    Your little heart is darling, my dear Christine. Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspriation. Have a lovely Valentine's Day! Hugs to you

  23. My darling, sweetest Christine, your post truly touches my heart ... the illness of your dear aunt, her love for you and yours for her ... well, is there more powerful than love, it's even more strong than such a bad illness !
    I hug you with so much gratitude,
    have a wonderful day, today

  24. Like your aunt Sara, I have separated all of my white buttons and have been working diligently on making crafts from my button stash. This heart is the sweetest. I am a rughooker and have been hooking hearts all week!

  25. I am in love with your heart. I pinned the idea and am going to sift through my buttons to see if I can make one.

    Thanks for the inspiration and for Sharing Your Cup!


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