It was customary during the 1800's for women to exchange buttons from their garments with loved-ones who would then sew the souvenir onto a wide, black elastic band. An extravagant bracelet indicated a well-loved woman.
What a wonderful custom. But I could see that there might be competition from some women .. and who knows if you really got those buttons from loved ones or just gathered them yourself... :-) still ... its a sweet thing I think..
Mother's Day coming soon. This is such a pretty image obviously of a mother and daughter. :-) You can click on it to see if larger. I miss my old mum. She is buried in a small country cemetery back in Tasmania. She was a country girl and would love the peaceful resting place we chose for her. It's close to a field where there are horses and sheep and lovely big shady trees.