When I was little, I was fascinated with my mom's collection of buttons. She had them in an old coffee tin, and I'd spend so much time just looking at them, and playing with them. All the different colors and textures were so beautiful. I remember running my fingers through the buttons and they felt just like smooth wet stones. I lost my mom 2 years ago, and I miss her everyday. I thought and thought about what I could do with this wonderful memory of buttons, that is so directly linked to her.
So I took things I had around the house. My mom would have loved that, using what you already had. She was a child of the Depression, and was very frugal. A canvas drop cloth, old torn up quilt, an old hanger, and of course a bunch of vintage buttons. An Advent Calendar was born! The pockets each hold a button, that has an attached hook ready to hang.
I found this old railroad nail with the number 25 on it. Perfect for Christmas, now it's ready to hang.
Here it is with all the buttons on. I still find them beautiful.
Three days of sewing later, it's done, hung up with an old hanger. I think my mom would have liked it.