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, 
So,YOU CAN TAKE IN ALL THE COLORS! 






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

EVERY BUTTON CAN TELL A STORY

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.... http://www.apositiveoutlook-janice.blogspot.com.

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.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

White Christmas Button Swap -- Part 5

Fabric books were swapped between me...
and Doreen from New Hampshire.
I have a lot of photos of both of these on my blog.
And please check out the photos of the book Marsha made and sent:
you can see more photos of Marsha's book on our flickr page!
Still more to come!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

White Christmas Button Book Swap -- Part 4

I have been so impressed with the button creations that were swapped in our White Christmas Button Book Swap!  Feast your eyes on this exchange, between Lynette in the USA and Andrea in Australia:
A page from Lynette's book for Andrea
Cover from Andrea's book for Lynette
Please visit our flickr page to see ALL the photos in this swap!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Geisha Japanese Button

I am letting go of one of my collector buttons! I have had this button for years and still love it. I just never have used it for any project and thought someone else might have a project for her. It should be a Star at any Button Show.
I purchased it from a button dealer from New York City years ago in Paducah Kentucky at a National Quilt Show, did you ever go to that quilt show?
All I know is it is a silver over brass Geisha Japanese Girl, probably taken off of some royalty garment . She is 2 inch in diameter ,has a small dent on back

                                                                       

                  If any of you know anything else about this button let me now. I had never seen one like it and haven't seen one since . I have never cleaned it with any cleaner                              

                                                               

Buttons On Ornaments

I created some new mixed media tree ornaments. These 3 have found buttons on them. 
I am currently selling these in 3 art venues. 
Take a peek...

 "Happy" 

 "Happiness"

"Harrisburg #2"

All hand-made ornaments are created 
by artist Sue Marrazzo, ISAP, NCS

Friday, November 28, 2014

White Christmas Button Book Swap -- Part 3

More from our White Christmas Button Book Swap!  Please visit Michele's blog, Nook and Cranny, to see her lucky partner's book...
it is full of vintage-y goodness!
And, you can see the first of the swaps I did with my three partners on my blog, Indulge Your Shelf.
 Penny's book for me...
and mine for her!
Still much more to come!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

White Christmas Button Book Swap - Part 2

It is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas around here, as the White Christmas Button book swaps are being posted all over Blogland!  Here are two more links from our swap for you to enjoy: 
This is the front cover of Wendy's book!  Look at that mitten with a button and snowflake decoration!
Wendy posted photos of all the pages of her book on her blog, here.
(There are also photos there of her partner Pat's book!)
This beauty was created by Diane and you can see it and read her story of cozy creation on her blog, here.
More to come!

Monday, November 24, 2014

White Christmas Button Book Swap - Part 1

The first of the White Christmas Button Book Swaps have begun to arrive and they are a feast for the eyes!  I will be sharing them as they are revealed.
JoAnn, who blogs at Vintage Dragonfly, created this beautiful paper/mixed media book using vintage postcards; this is just one page:
To see all the other pages, please visit her blog post about it!
And here's a sneak peek at the cover of a lovely paper/mixed media book by Valery Anne:
You can see each and every page of Valery's book by visiting our Button Floozies Swap Flickr page. To see more of her work, visit her blog here!
Please check back for more lovely photos!
I am expecting my book to arrive today and can't wait to show you the ones I created!
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