About Five Blue Buttons:
After I finished my undergraduate degree, I went to Japan to teach English – to pay off my student loan. I needed a teaching wardrobe but didn’t have much money. Luckily, my Great-Aunt, “Auntie”, was a seamstress. I had two dresses that I really liked so Auntie made a pattern from them and made me some new outfits. One of these new outfits was a jumper made of stripped blue fabric. To finish off the piece, she added five blue buttons to the front of the jumper, which she had retrieved from her button box. She later told me these buttons came from a dress belonging to her mother, my great-grandmother, Sarah (McIsaac) Lewis.
Auntie came from a generation that threw nothing out and repurposing became a facet of life. I continue to be inspired by her.
She was my inspiration to create Five Blue Buttons.
I am a 4th generation Prince Edward Islander, but now live in Toronto.
I started this business to share my love of family and history through greeting cards. Some of my cards feature images of my own history: my Auntie's hooked rugs and quilts; family artifacts; family photos and my mother’s paintings.
The majority of vintage cards offer images of people I do not know. We’ve all seen them – abandoned photographs at flea markets and antique stores. Some of the images are funny and romantic, and some, well, I just connected with. It is my hope you will too.