Sunday, April 27, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I am sooooooooooo excited I found BUTTON FLOOZIES, and have been accepted into the blog group.....I have always loved buttons...I am sure everyone else can relate to the wonderful feeling of running your fingers thru a big bowl of YUMMY buttons....very relaxing!!....The hardest thing for me to do is actually USE my button stash.....I have my faves that I love to look at....but, I am trying to incorporate some into my scrapbook pages, cards and altered pieces.(its so hard to LET GO!!)
Please visit my other blog StudioBeeCreations and my ETSY shop.....for more creations from The Bee Hive Studio!!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Thank you so much, Abbie, for inviting me to be part of Button Floozies. I love buttons...button bouquets, button icicles, button "whimsies," ....all things with buttons. I am sharing my button butterfly whimsy on this post. Looking forward to sharing and lots of fun! ~~~~~Marilyn
Oooohhh... aren't these just dee-lish?? Minski was found on Etsy. Otherwise known as Minna, she creates fabulous button necklaces and brooches.
Below is a 'cute as a button necklace in Definitely Pink'. Oh, I just adore the pink!! Such a bright wonderful splash for the upcoming summer.. can't you see this on a model wearing a fabulous pink polka dot bikini?
Not liking pink so much? (or the thought of bikinis..)
Try this little number on.. 'Water Baby' is a little more 'down to earth'.
How about a little Italian Summer Time Brooch? Minna says
"The colors remind me of the beautiful buildings and oh-so-blue sea and sky in Cinque Terre, Italy, and how hot it was when I was there."
Some wonderful colors and a brilliant use of buttons to get your summer juices flowing!
Please check out Minna's Etsy shop and peek around, she also has some cute handbags and lovely pin sets..
Have a fabulous weekend!!
Friday, April 11, 2008
Below is a slide show of some of my recent finds. I love to think of all of the stories one button could "tell". I just did a post about some other buttons I came across on my blog http://www.RhondaMum.blogspot.com and will soon be adding some closer pics of some of my finds that have struck my curiosity.
I had a good giggle when Abbie invited me to the group. I knew I loved buttons, but didn't realize how many hundreds I had until I was gathering them together for photos.
I would love to learn how to make button flowers as well as button icicles. I am sure many of you have read Abbie's blog about just that. She does a phenomenal job. And like her icicles, mother of pearl buttons are my favorite. I would love to have a claw foot tub full to just lay in and read my current Somerset Magazine. Know what I mean?
I know I saw some pictures where one blogger created these beautiful images with buttons. What do you all think about making up some button challenges, or posting pics of things that you have made with your buttons? I would love to do more with mine then to just keep them in jars to look at. I want to learn to play with my treasures more.
I will quit babbling, for now anyway. And now, for your feature presentation brought to you from ThreadLine Productions (okay, made that up)...
How Many Stories Can One Button Hold
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Voila!! A cute little button frame. I used a page from an old book to mount my picture on, slipped it into the frame and there you have it - instant cuteness!!
Monday, April 7, 2008
Thanks Constance...you were right to think of me -- glad I went to have a look!
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Anyway, at my favourite scrapbooking store, I bought some beautiful papers and I found this box by Making Memories, called "5th Avenue Blossoms and Buttons" and I just ♥ the buttons -- the floral blossoms are fine, but it's the sizes, shapes and colours of the buttons I love...I can't wait to use these for something!!
Sorry the picture is a bit blurry (I was trying to eliminate the "shine") -- but you get the idea (and this is only some of the 100 buttons in the box!)
Friday, April 4, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
My collection now is not a fancy one. It’s made up of buttons I’ve inherited from my grandmother and great-aunt, extras that come with sweaters and shirts, leftovers from projects, ones bought for no particular reason, and those found here and there.
My favorite buttons right now are these:
Recently my two children and I were in an art store and found big tubs of buttons hand carved in Nepal. I offered to buy one for each of us. My son chose the black and white one, my daughter chose the one that has a flower or leaves on it, and I chose the one with the dots because the sun had finally come out after many gloomy days and this button looked cheerful to me. Then my daughter bought the heart-shaped one for me. My two buttons sit on the shelf over my sewing table—I’m not yet ready to add them to the general collection.
Thank you for those who have joined, and for all of those 'closet floozies', it is OK. We'll be here waiting when you are ready to come on out!
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
I am a button floozie. From way back. Like many others, I started in childhood. It seemed innocent enough but you know how it is -- once you've had one button, you can never have enough!!
On a more serious note, my start came from my mother. I didn't know either of my grandmothers, both had died the same year, three years before I was born. I had a step-grandmother who sewed and she was a "saver" so I suppose Auntie Doris (as we called her, though she certainly was not an aunt!!) had buttons in her home but I don't recall seeing them.
My mother kept her buttons in an old mayonnaise jar and on a rainy day (like today), my sister and I would play with the buttons. We'd count them, sort them, play little games with them. And you always knew that if you needed a replacement, there was a button in the button jar.
I haven't seen that jar in a long time. My mother passed away 10 years ago and I can't imagine having thrown the buttons away. I'm sure they are in my crawl space, in a box with a lot of other things I saved. I'm thinking I need to go on a treasure hunt!!
I don't have a jar for my buttons -- I have them all over the place, in different spots. I save the buttons that come with a shirt or a jacket because "you never know" when that one will be the "perfect" button.
Sadly, I have sons. No daughters and we're still a few years from daughters-in-law or granddaughters. But there is hope!! There is always hope!