Last-minute Mother’s Day gift: The Button Collector + a jar of buttons

Great Mother's Day gift for under $10 and in less then 10 minutes Photo: By Sharonstoned1

WASHINGTON, DC, May 11, 2013- Most people are all set for Mother’s Day.  The flowers were ordered last month, the gift is wrapped, and the lunch reservations are waiting.  Some of us have procrastinated until today.  Yet others just remembered the friend, cousin, sister, etc. who just had a baby and is celebrating their first Mother’s Day. 

Released May 6th, 2013, The Button Collector  (PageSpring Publishing (April 29, 2013) ISBN-10: 1939403081) by Elizabeth Jennings makes a fantastic Mother’s Day gift along with your own hand-made jar of buttons, to add a personal touch and maybe start a family tradition. 

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The Book

Book cover

Some books seemingly focus on small things and suddenly make a statement that is universal and all encompassing.  This book is about buttons and button jars, but also about mothers, daughters, friends, and the family ties that hold us together.  Released last week, you can be sure that even the avid reader has not read Jennings’ touching novel.

As Caroline, the book’s main character, sorts through a jar of old buttons that belonged to her mother, she is able to examine her life and the relationships that have shaped her life.  Each button she pulls out evokes a memory, some sad, some happy, others touching; helping her reconstruct her life and ultimately repair a broken relationship and gain a stronger sense of who she is. 

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Jennings is a master at using small, tangible objects to tell a story that encompasses a larger truth. 

From House of Design

 She also uses a medium that we are all familiar with: buttons. By connecting these seemingly meaningless objects with the garments and people who wore them, Jennings shows us a new way of looking at buttons and button collections.

The DIY Button Jar

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A great addition to your gift is a hand-made button jar.  It should be something personal that recalls a memory for you and your mother (or friend, or sister), but need not be complicated. 

Here are a few ideas: 

Attach a simple cardboard label to a pretty mason jar. You can sew a button to the label or use interesting font.

Almost everyone in the family has a button on the bottom of a drawer; have everyone find that button, attach it to card with a note to mom and add it to the string. 

Use an elastic band to string buttons along the outside of the jar.

Attach a pincushion to the top of a mason jar.Make a button lid out of a peanut butter jar.

Glue buttons to the lid of a jar.

Special Price for Mother’s Day

PageSpring Publishing is offering a temporary promotional discount of 45% on the paperback version of the book through May 25.  Regularly $12.99, it is available during this time for $7.95, through Amazon and    

The ebook version is available for $3.99 through Amazon Kindle,, kobo and iBooks .

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Laura Sesana is a writer and DC, Maryland attorney, joining the Communities in 2012.  She is the author of Colombia: Natural Parks, and has also written several articles on literary criticism.  She writes about food, health, nutrition, women’s legal issues, and the environment.  

In addition to writing for the Communities, Laura also works as an attorney and legal content writer.


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