Monday, January 3, 2011

Button, button

 Button, button, who's got the button?

Inspired by a display of button bracelets at Broadway & Penn, it was finally time to do something with my grandma's buttons.  They have been stored for years in old jelly jars.  First in her attic and more recently in my basement.  

I love the colorful buttons.  They remind me of the happy faces of pansies and Grandma's garden.  There were always volunteer pansies and violas popping up somewhere in her yard.

My daughter prefers the metal buttons and hers has the look of a charm bracelet.  Spending time with my daughter making the bracelets was a wonderful way to finish up the year and talk about the past while dreaming of the future.  

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Still time for a bit of Christmas

At lunch yesterday my son and I ate at Winsteads on the Plaza.  While talking about the characters of his next novel, I glanced out the window and saw that clouds were moving in.  Though our next stop was the Nelson Atkins Museum, it dawned on me that we were very close to the Kauffman Memorial Gardens.  I love the windows at the conservatory there and wondered what was in bloom and how would the light and shadows play across the display.  To find out, meant asking my son if he minded a quick detour.  Fortunately, he was a good sport.

We walked into a Christmas display with both deciduous and evergreen trees decorated with beautiful ornaments.  

I'm always in awe at how the conservatory at the Kauffman Gardens is transformed for the different seasons and filled with color and fragrance.  

It's a great place to sit for a while, soak up the sun, enjoy the great variety of plants, and recharge the soul on a wintery day.  

As it was the last day of the year when we visited, I suppose I should make a resolution about my next visit to the Kauffman Gardens.  I resolve to plan ahead so my son has his Kindle for reading while sitting on the bench next to the resident cat.  And, I resolve to bring my good camera rather than my cell phone camera.  

For this visit, I'm glad we got there in time to enjoy the bit of Christmas that was left in this season.