Monday, March 19, 2018

National Button Week

It's that time again: National Button Week, the week set aside to celebrate buttons and collecting them!
For me, every week is button week, because I love and enjoy all of my collection.  
This is the latest "grab bag" of buttons I bought at the thrift store... 
 and here were my favorite picks for crafting and gifting from that lot:
 These were my favorite cards...
and these were my favorite novelties -- how sweet are those little pink dogs and green ducks?

This is my favorite creation I've made using buttons lately.  I created 10 of these hearts, 8 of which were for a swap.  Everything except the center heart fabric is vintage!  The center heart fabric is part of Andover's Downton Abbey line, and was the inspiration for the whole thing!
The little button bouquet below was a heartfelt gift from a new friend I met through our mutual love of crafting with vintage!
 The buttons on the cards are actually fabric-covered snaps -- aren't they lovely?
How sweet are the little birds on the vase?
Button Floozies, I look forward to seeing some of your current button joys/moments in celebration of National Button Week, March 18-25, 2018!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

More rescued buttons

I rescued some more buttons bags from the thrift store this weekend, and took time to sort them on a cold, dreary afternoon, which I find so relaxing.
There were carded buttons, many of which were very common and unexciting:
 Better - complete, and would make for good crafting, as well as nice little gifts
Best - pretty cards, mother of pearl, glass, and charming old plastic -- check out the pretty blue mother of pearl embedded in Lucite card in the middle
There were also these sad little "sick" buttons that would've been so pretty with their pink paste jewels -- but I'm doubtful they can be saved.
Tons of colorful buttons that are perfect for crafts
Some lovely glass and china buttons
including these old, interesting buttons that are like paperweights -- very tiny ovals, with flowers under glass
older embellished "shell" buttons, and some fun sparkly gem buttons
And -- always my favorite -- mother of pearl and shell; I was delighted with the fancy carved ones
It was a fun bag of buttons and gave me an hour or so of peaceful treasure-hunting!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Happy New Year Button Friends!

We're starting off the new year with lots of button excitement for the upcoming Spring button club shows; here in Colorado, they've announced ours, Westward Button Trails, for April 6-8, 2018!
I lucked upon a button find at the thrift store Friday; a package of common (but fun!) buttons on cards.
The ones in the bottom row are my favorites!  As you can see, most of the cards are simply manila paper that has been cut and the buttons sewn on -- not original cards. I admire such organized sewers!
One thing I found interesting was that there were two cards from different eras, both by Le Chic, of the same buttons.  One obviously older, as it was priced lower.

I hope to see many of your button finds and creative uses in this new year!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Button card art for Christmas!

Here's a simple little project that takes just a few minutes, using vintage plastic buttons:
The button card "base" was from a scrapbook page of reproductions of old ones, but you can make your own or download some free ones, like this one:

I also made this sprig of holly last night -- same idea, but using green felt I freehand cut, and three smaller red buttons:
These make great gift tags or stocking stuffers for all your button-loving, crafty friends!  I can't wait to see your button crafts for the holiday season!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Different Kinds of Buttons

I found a coffee tin with a mass of all kinds of buttons. I pulled a few favorites out. 
Here they are...

Thanks for looking, and please comment. 
Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Button Floozies!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Buttons in the wild

I shopped at a an antique holiday sale the other day, and spied some charming buttons:

We'd love to see your button art -- holiday themed or otherwise!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

A button bracelet

Whenever I find these bracelets for sale, I have to rescue them!  They were popular in another era: a crocheted band with buttons sewn on.
This one looks like someone has been harvesting the buttons from it -- but still had so many beautiful glass buttons, silver colored metal buttons, and even glass painted with silver, left!  I got it at an estate sale for $1.  Joy!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

High Fashion Buttons

I was pleasantly surprised to see this photo in a current fashion magazine:
 It's by Dolce and Gabbana -- featuring beautiful, fancy buttons!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Button wreath

I'm soaking up the last of the summer's outdoor markets here in Colorado, and always on the lookout for buttons!
Have a safe Labor Day weekend, and, if you are in the affected South, you are all in our thoughts and prayers!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Reuse, Recycle, Upcycle - Buttons!

Has one of these creative reuse, recycle, upcycle CRAFT stores popped up near you yet?  Oh my goodness, I visited this one today and it was like heaven!
It was as if you were in the sewing/crafting section of your favorite thrift shop and found something amazing for pennies...except, EVERYTHING was amazing and everything costed pennies!
I spent a total of $6 and got all of this:
Vintage Hallmark embossed wrapping paper - perfect for Valentines! - an unopened vintage tissue roses kit, beautiful old card box, NIP Dept. 56 garland...
 a bride and groom cake topper that I've been looking for for a project, pretty old pin box...
 3 yards of fabric with finished edges -- perfect to make table runners from...
 and a bag of all these finished quilt squares, plus extra pieces...
someone worked very hard on these, and most of the fabric is raw silk.  I'm thinking pretty pumpkins!
Not shown: a stack lovely blue deckled writing paper, some large mailing envelopes, and four little scarecrows for Fall decorating.  All for that $6!

I only took a few photos inside because I was so busy looking at all the great stuff -- but they had it all: fabric, findings, beads, yarn, wood, glass, paper, antiques to re-purpose, etc. etc. etc.  I could easily have spent all day there!
Check out the adorable signs on the bins of vintage textiles!
Everyone there was really nice!
And, yes, of course there were buttons!

The shop accepts donations and the proceeds go to a local youth symphony program!  I love it that I now have somewhere to take my buttons, destash crafts and vintage-y things, where I know they'll be treasured and appreciated!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Buttons for a Memorial

I just had the pleasure of stuffing a box full of as many vintage buttons as I could, as a donation to the California Holocaust Education and Resource Center.  The organization is building a memorial to the 6 million Holocaust victims out of buttons and are collecting that many!
 In these bags there are some very fun buttons mixed in with some very common ones; all are vintage.
Believe it or not, I managed to get ALL the buttons shown above into the box!
At some point, the Center will add them to their count; I can't even guess how many there are -- but it is definitely in the thousands!
They are only looking for very large quantity donations of buttons; if you can help, contact the California Holocaust Education and Resource Center on their page.  I know they'll be glad to hear from you!
I'm excited to see how the buttons will eventually be used to create the memorial!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Bring in the clowns!!!

  I've been painting buttons for a long time and it never occurred to me to paint a clown.. But I recently had a special order for one and decided to do a few more.  They are all 1 1/8" MOP - about the size of a quarter. 
  These are all one-of-a-kind.
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