After the death of a loved one, we have the difficult task of living with the immense void created by our personal loss. We also need to get on with the business of living while trying to honour the memory of those whom we loved. For many of us, the natural tendency is to hang on to as much of the belongings of the departed as possible. You will know when the time has come for you to turn a corner of your grief journey and get on with the task to empty drawers and closets, and to deal with some of the personal items such as buttons, costume jewellery, sewing threads, and beads.
What I am offering here is a meaningful way to remember a loved one, by incorporating those buttons, threads, beads or even old, but not forgotten, costume jewellery, into a wearable memorial, in the form of a customized grief bracelet.The picture shown is an "example" that has been decorated with a little over 50 mid century gold and black buttons of varying sizes, a few beads and then finally it is trimmed on one side with black lace on the elasticized base. Of course, this is all a matter of choice for each person and we don’t all react the same, but for me, memories of playing with beautiful buttons as a child, made it difficult to simply throw these items away.
The bracelet pictured here was lovingly put together with buttons from my late mother's sewing box. I also included buttons that were removed from some of her treasured pieces of clothing (a tattered grey fur coat from the 1950's) that I wanted to preserve in something that is both beautiful to wear, something current, and that I would be able to cherish for many years to come.
To begin, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information, pricing, sizing, and delivery options, but primarily it will go pretty much like the following:
After you have made your selection of buttons, simply send everything in the mail or by courier in a package that also includes a pre-postage paid envelope, (preferably a bubble envelope that has postage on it, as well as your address which will be used to send everything back to you), the exact measurements of your wrist, your email address for correspondence, and a deposit of twenty five dollars in the form of a cashiers cheque, money order, or a direct deposit, or by pay pal. Upon completion you will be notified of the remaining balance owed which after receiving payment, your customized bracelet will be sent back to you in the provided postage paid bubble envelope. Bubble envelopes are available at most places that sell stationary products. Turn around time will be a few days and generally the completed bracelets will be between 50 and 85 dollars (primarily dependant on the amount of buttons and the time it takes, so the bigger the buttons the less time and expense it will be).