Sunday, March 29, 2015

Restorative buttons

After many months of searching at thrift stores for buttons and coming up relatively empty, I had a restorative experience yesterday!  As in, it restored my faith that it was possible to find beautiful buttons in thrift stores.
I found these at the bottom of a bin at our Goodwill Outlet.  The sparkly ones were mixed in with some Christmas ornaments -- not even vintage ornaments.
 The larger stones on the outside are aurora borealis stones; the smaller ones have a pale green tinge.
Here's what the back looks like.  I think they are just beautiful!
I believe these grape cluster buttons are made from Lucite or a similar plastic with sparkles in the mix.  They definitely need to be cleaned but I have to research the best way before I attempt it.
Aren't they fun?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A nice surprise from my hometown!

I'm always surprised to see where buttons pop up.  Recently, it was on the facebook page for my hometown of Clemson, SC.

This button was from the cadet uniform for Clemson Agricultural College, which is now Clemson University.  It was found by Russ Hebert, who is also from Clemson and who found this during one of his metal detecting digs.  When I told Russ I had written a novel based on stories about discarded buttons, he explained that "believe it or not, buttons are our most sought after relic.  Buttons privde provenance and are easily (for the most part) identifiable."

You can find out more in my blog here, which includes a link to a video of the hunt!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Downton Abbey inspired button art

I am in love with the television show, Downton Abbey.  So many things about the show inspire me: the story itself, of the end of an era and a world in the throes of wartime; the characters and their strength and beauty; and of course the gorgeous surroundings of the manor house.  I recently began to design a series of paper art to celebrate the show.  Here is the first piece, which features some beautiful vintage buttons.
On a background of sunny paper with a doily motif, I glued a print of one of my favorite photos from the show of the three sisters; I framed them in a page from an antique photo album and layered other vintage papers and lace around and underneath it.  On top is a vintage cigar label, and an inked brown embossed tag tied it with yellow/gold seam binding.  At the bottom is a tiny cluster of vintage posies.
I really enjoyed choosing some buttons to decorate it; they all remind me of Downton Abbey though they are not necessarily from that era, or even English.  I sewed the three buttons on to a piece of watercolor paper I had stamped with a filigreed design:

  • The metal button on the left reminded me of Sybil -- it's small, slightly modern and has an interesting, non-traditional pattern.
  • The beautiful shell button in the middle is larger and sharply defined, just like, I think, the character Lady Mary.
  • The small clear pressed glass button on the right's transparency and plainness reminded me of Edith.
People who aren't Button Floozies might think this hilarious -- but I trust you will understand and appreciate my drawing likenesses between the beautiful little buttons and the beloved series!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Surprise Find

I am down stairs trying to get my studio back straighten up like it was before I tried to clean out unwanted items and ran across a glass candy jars of some of my wonderful old buttons on a card. It was such a sweet surprise


I thought I had all my card buttons in another cabinet Oh well I love a surprise,finding buttons that is. I know they are just little pearl buttons but they make my heart go pitter patter                              

Monday, February 16, 2015

It's a Small Button World

My husband and I spent a week in Amsterdam earlier this month, and I spotted this while we were on a canal boat tour:

And closer up:

I'd heard of the Knopenwinkel --the Button Shop-- but wasn't able to squeeze in a visit, so seeing it from the canal was a nice surprise.  I know another Button Floozy wrote about the shop several years ago, but I'd like to assure everyone that it's still around and that it's in a lovely area of the city.

I posted the picture on the Facebook page for my book, The Button Collector.  I was happily surprised when Suzanne Goldsmith, a fellow author, sent me this picture of a button necklace her husband bought her at the very same shop:

Once again, I'm convinced that it's a small button world!  

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Button As A Last Touch

I just finished this mixed media painting this morning. As a finishing touch, I went to my BUTTON COLLECTION. After trying at least twelve different buttons....I settled on the amber clear acrylic button. Buttons and Art go together perfectly!

"Reflection" by Artist and Button Collector,
 Sue Marrazzo, ISAP, NCS

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Button Picking

 Probably like most of you, I have a (several jars worth) collection of vintage buttons, and some new of course-because I just like buttons ; )
 I love to add them as a finishing touch on projects. Picking out just the right one sometimes means: not finding the right one, and setting the project aside indefinitely. 

This latest project- a little zip pouch with Charley Harper fabric, called for a mid century modern button, preferably in orange, 
I went through brown floral, blue and several oranges...
Read more about my process over on my blog...and see which button I picked : )

Monday, January 19, 2015

A Button for MLK Jr. Day

Do you see buttons everywhere you go?  I do. And I always wonder about their stories.

We took my daughter to Atlanta for fall break and visited the Martin Luther King Jr. historic site, which includes his childhood home, a portion of the surrounding neighborhood, and the church where he and his father served.  As we were leaving the church, my daughter spied a button that had somehow got wedged behind the metal mesh covering that was over a ground-level window.

Somehow it seemed prophetic and it prompted me to write about our experience that day. Even though this button probably belonged to a tourist, it made me think about how something so ordinary could have been on the clothing of a person who changed the world!  And the way it was positioned, seeming to grab your attention despite efforts to suppress it, struck me as metaphorical.

If you've never been to the MLK historic site in Atlanta, I highly recommend it!  It was more extensive than I expected it to be and I learned a lot of history from it.  Most impressively, I got a real sense of what life must have been like for him and his family.  More details can be found in the blog post I wrote here.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Where's my collar button?

I just had to share my latest purchase from a favorite eBay seller:
It's a small aluminum or tin box; the top is stamped, "Where's my" and then a collar button.  There are also some decorative incisions including a monogram.
I've decided it belonged to Frederick, Felix or Forrest.
It came with its own supply of collar "buttons" fasteners, really.
'Had to share.  So much fun!

Friday, January 9, 2015

2014 Evening Star Button Club Christmas Party

Our local Evening Star Button Club was founded in June 2005.  
Which means this June we'll be starting our 10th year!
Our first decade...a celebration is in-order!

 Please click here if you'd like to see and read more about our 2014 Christmas party and handmade button-related gift exchanges
 Hope 2015 is a good button year to you!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Here Is To A Colorful New Year!

Here are a collection of buttons that I purchased in a mixed bag at a local thrift store. I was drawn to the colors of the plastic colored buttons in the bag. 

Here, I am showing them in groups of 3, 

The background in the photos is a new painting 
by Sue Marrazzo, ISAP, NCS

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happy Holidays to the Button Floozies!

I have been creating a lot of mixed media ornaments. Almost every one has a button or buttons on it. It is always that last finishing touch. The button on this ornament really spoke to me. 
It says HOLIDAY, FESTIVE AND PARTY! This button was found in a jar of buttons purchased recently at a local thrift store. The button is clear plastic and has silver glitter floating throughout.
Take a look, and remember to have FUN throughout the next week!!! Happy Holidays to ALL!

Title: "More Fun"
Created by artist and art instructor: 
Sue Marrazzo, ISAP, NCS

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Button Floozies White Christmas Button Book Swap -- the last

Here is the last delicious button book to enjoy from our White Christmas Button Book swap, by Tamatha:
There are more beautiful photos on her blog.
And while you are there, take a look at her photos of her swap partner Michele's book.  So much beauty!
Thank you to everyone who joined in and made this such a delicious swap!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Button Christmas Cards

Merry Christmas

I wanted to share my cards I made to send out, well really I just added the vintage buttons to cards I have.



I wrapped my last present this morning and turned on the tree light for the first time, now going to add my new red Christmas tablecloth and I'm ready for my family to come over tomorrow for our Christmas together. They come to my house the Sunday before Christmas every year .I never talk about my family however I have 4 little Grandsons ages 11,10,7, 4 . 
Last year I ordered Shakespeare's pizza and the boys said it was best Christmas ever.LOL
They have 2 other large Christmas dinners to go to so Grandma Jan got pizza LOL 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Buttons On A Star

This is  a horse themed ornament created with all found collage items. 
The final touches were the 3 buttons. 
They were the perfect fit! 

The buttons are:
A square pearly button, a distressed black metal black burton, and a cream white round plastic button.

Created for 2014 by Sue Marrazzo, artist, art instructor, and button collector.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

White Christmas Button Book Swap -- Part 7

For more beautiful White Christmas Button Book photos, see Louise's blog, Elsie May and Bertha!
She has photos of each page of her creation both on her blog and on our flickr page!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Classroom ornaments

My youngest is in her last year of elementary school, and it just hit me that I won't have many more chances to help her and her friends make ornaments in the classroom.  I'm not crafty or even a huge kid person, but I always found this experience to be uplifting and fun so the closing of this door makes me a little sad.

Last year I was pleasantly surprised when one of the ornaments included a button!  The moment came back to me as we unpacked ornaments over the weekend.

Here's a link to a little blog post I wrote about it:  Paint, Bottle Caps and Buttons Too!

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Here is a collage ornament that I created for 2014. 
On this ornament is a found plastic bird button that  
really is the "Star" of this piece! 
The button tells the story of how love lifts us up...
Just like a bird's wings lifts him up.
"Every button can tell a story"....

"In Love"
A collage ornament 
created by Sue Marrazzo, ISAP, NCS
Artist, and Button Collector

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

White Christmas Button Book Swap -- Part 6

More beautiful books for you to enjoy from our White Christmas Button Book Swap!  This is one that Terri made for Diane:
And Terri also blogged more photos of the book that Diane made for her -- you have to go see.
This is the book I made for Deb:
And the one she made for me.  Lots more photos of both on my blog!
 I hope your holiday decorating season is as full of button-y delight as mine has been!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Button quilt at the Houston Quilt Show

I don't think anyone posted this picture of one of the quilts in Houston this year..  You can read more about it here....

My quilt on women's suffrage was hanging there also and it has several hundred vintage black glass buttons as well as old metal buttons.

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