Saturday, February 4, 2017

Button Valentines!

Do you have any button valentines?  I found these on Facebook, via Button, Button, Who's Got the Button!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Buttons in the wild

Often, when I'm out shopping and see vintage buttons, I photograph them with the intention of posting them here.  It's been a while since I've done that, so now you will get to see a bunch of them at once!

 This woman was a vendor at a craft show, and most of her creations were made with vintage buttons!

I'd love to see the buttons you find out in the wild!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Germany Buttons

I am lucky enough to know a family from Missouri who has lived in Munich Germany many years and come to Missouri once a year to visit family. Anyway Carl is a book collector and seller of antique books so he always brings me books because I love books also. Mostly he has brought me antique German Bibles from 1700-1800's.
He did great this year and brought me a book on buttons. I can't read it however the pictures are wonderful. This is the cover of the book.
 How I would love to have these black buttons with the gold trim, gorgeous
 I like the black and white contrast also of these buttons
 This is the wonderful glass buttons he brought me and I love them ,they are still attached to the material from where he purchased them

I hope you enjoy looking at these, can anyone out there year these German words? 


Saturday, December 31, 2016

14 Buttons

Here are 14 Buttons that I pulled from a box of buttons from the local Salvation Army Thrift Store.  These are just a few out of a box of hundreds. Thanks for looking! 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Youth Art Class

I teach a youth mixed media art class. In this class the students use many mediums to create their art projects. This week the last finishing touch was the use of some buttons. Take a look.....

Thanks for looking BUTTON FLOOZIES!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Pretty new buttons

These buttons are from yarnitanddash.comYarn it and Haberdashery in Columbus Ohio. A great yarn shop but they also carry things you might need for your knitting projects,such as...buttons. I could have gone through and picked out my favorites all day but I had a limited amount of time , and picked these. Aren't they pretty😊

Sunday, August 14, 2016

A poke in the pool, or, simple buttons galore

For your enjoyment: here are some of those very-common-but-still-beautiful buttons I bought in the "poke pool" (see previous post) at the National Button Society's Annual Meeting showroom:

 All glass
 All black glass

Altogether now!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

A Visit to the Showroom at The National Button Society Annual Convention in Denver

Yes, the National Button Society held its annual convention this year in Denver, Colorado.  Called Mining in Button Mountains, it was a week of informative workshops and fun, creative project classes, as well as the non-profit organization's annual meeting.  There was a button auction fund raiser, and the judging for button awards.  I wasn't able to attend the convention until Saturday, the last day, when I visited the showroom just so that I could take some photos and share them with you all!

Before I even entered the showroom, I was distracted by this child-sized swimming pool FULL of buttons to poke through!  At 20 for $1, they were irresistible.  (I bought 60!)
Eventually, I made it into the showroom itself.  The room was full of vendor tables -- they came from near and (mostly) far to sell their buttons.
Then, all along the back wall were the displays of button "trays" that had been entered and judged for the annual awards.  There were hundreds of them!
Here's a typical display of the button vendors: they have rows of crates, each of which holds many boards with buttons displayed on them.  The buttons are held onto the board with coated wire that goes through the button holes or shanks and secures them with a twist at the back.  They are grouped by the material they are made of, or by a theme such as "dogs" or "flowers".  Here are just a few of the ones for sale that I photographed:

The selection was just mouth-watering.  At one point I really and truly felt my heart going pitter-patter over some hand painted portait buttons, and a selection of enamels.  (The one I loved most of all was priced at $265.  One button.)
I shopped for about 2 hours and saved time at the end for admiring the hard work that went into all the marvelous button trays entered in the competition.  I took some photos of my favorites; above, I was enthralled by that pierced metalwork button, and the tiny portrait ones.  Actually -- I would take any one of the buttons on that tray -- wouldn't you?

 The black glass bird is trim, not an actual button.

 That dog in pearl is to die for!

 I would dearly love to own this pink tray!

 I loved these Paris-themed trays!

So many to see, too many to photograph, and so much love and creativity going in to each display!
Which one is your favorite?  Please comment if you were also at the convention -- I want to know what you thought!
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