Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!


Just thought I would share these for the United States Holiday! Did a search for Thankgiving buttons, click on Happy Thanksgiving title if you want to find out more. Happy Turkey Day!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Button Jar on My Desk

I have a button jar on my desk that I fill up with all buttons that are new to me. I realized after having all of my buttons neat and tidy (look here, here, here, and here), it would be so easy to maintain organization by putting all of the buttons that come into my house right where they go with the rest of their happy same-colored buttons. Too easy. I love sorting. It's part of the thrill for me. So, I decided that I would put all new buttons in this jar, and sort the buttons when it became full.

Last week for International Button Week, I realized it was perfect timing to sort the goods, and take pictures. :)

I got this pretty postcard as a gift from Angela Harris when I ordered a few things from her on Etsy, and I love it lining my button jar.

I dumped out the pretty buttons, and did what I love: sort.
Yeah. So purdy.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Introducing myself ... and link to Vintage Button Cards

Hi everybody - I'm Lorraine of LPVintage.com and this is my first post as a Button Floozie (I love calling myself a Floozie!). Last week I did a button post on my blog and this morning as I was reading my favourite blogs I found that Suzanne of Pink Roses had posted photos of the button cards she received in Silver Bella's recent Vintage Button Swap. I'm posting one of the cards she received here; visit her blog to see the others - just gorgeous!

I missed it!

I don't know how I missed Button Week! I kept thinking I was going to do a post on my blog for button week and link to it from here, but kept working on other posts and never got to it.

But any day is a good day for a button floozie to look at buttons, right?

Here are a few of several of my buttons:

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Button collection

I had this out around Valentine's Day, mostly heart-shaped buttons:

Tray with heart shaped buttons, etc.

Buttons

Buttons

Buttons

This is one of my favorite plaques with buttons on it:

3-D plaque

As is this:
Family plaque

I've already shown this button wreath I made:

Heart button wreath

And this ornament:

Ornament made with buttons

Here are a couple of fabric trees I made:

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Incidentally, if you want more button pics to drool over, there is a Flickr group for button wreaths, balls, and flowers at: http://www.flickr.com/groups/614169@N23/ and there are more soft trees at http://www.flickr.com/groups/15961496@N00/pool/

Later this week I'll post some things to make with buttons.

Bye Bye Button Week

I really enjoyed Button Week! Looking at everyone's lovely collections and beautiful photos. I have to say that I think it also brought me some luck as I had my first sale on Folksy! I am sending my fabric buttons on their way this morning across the country to their new home. I hope they go on to become a finishing touch on someone's project or, indeed, even just to be treasured in a collection! I'm not sure if, the next time that I sell some, I will get quite so excited...I hope so because it's so much fun!





Bye bye little buttons x

Sunday, November 23, 2008

brilliant handmade buttons for button week!

there are some really gorgeous buttons out there in cyber space - here are some beauties i found on etsy

these are hand made ceramic buttons from Laura Walker - here is a link to her ETSY shop - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=69847 and a link to her flickr account http://www.flickr.com/photos/laura_walker/ - i think you'll agree her buttons are beautiful.


i love this shop too - aimoobaroo - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5170421 for fabric covered buttons and brads

and of course there is the lovely incywincy who has several shops selling fabric covered buttons like these {which are now MINE !!} http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5110312

these are just gorgeous - wow - i think i NEED some! available here -

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=59736 @ swept from the sea

oh how i do love buttons and it is so nice too see that the art of button making is still very much in evidence out there in cyber space!


***hApPy BuTtOn WeEk fElLoW BuTtOn fLoOzIeS ***


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Aren't these Cute as a Button?


My mom got the recipe for these Swedish Wafer Christmas Cookies about 50 years ago from a neighbor. She also got a scrumptious recipe for Potato Soup from her, but that's another post for another blog. Potato Floozies, maybe?

I couldn't resist making them early this year to share with you here in honor of International Button Week. Enjoy!


Swedish Wafer Christmas Cookies
(from Marilyn Stender to Rosalind Hose to Debbie Doughty to you!)

Cookie:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 2 cups sifted flour (I'm not sure if sifting is necessary with our "modern" flour, but I do it because I love using my sifter, lol)
  • Plate of granulated sugar, set aside
  • Combine butter and whipping cream in mixing bowl.
  • Mix with an electric mixer, slowly adding flour until well blended.
  • Cover and Chill until firm
  • Roll dough out 1/3 at a time to 1/8" thickness
  • Cut into 1 and 1/2" circles.
  • With fingers or spatula, transfer to plate of granulated sugar and coat each side.
  • Transfer to ungreased cookie sheet. They don't expand much so they can be close.
  • Prick each cookie with a toothpick four times so it resembles a button.
  • Bake @ 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes. Watch bottoms closely, they brown before the tops.
  • Cool and fill
Filling:
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg yolk (you can use dehydrated eggs yolks if you prefer. I tried them for the first time with this batch and they turned out fine)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup sifted confectioners sugar
  • Food coloring. I usually make half pink and half light green.
  • Combine butter, egg yolk and vanilla in mixing bowl.
  • Beat with an electric mixer, slowly adding confectioners sugar until smooth and creamy.
  • Add food coloring drop by drop until you reach desired color.
Makes about 4 dozen cookies

Friday, November 21, 2008

Lovin Button Week

Hello all, I am new here and I am happy to ba a Floozie!!! Here are some photos of some buttons and I have others on my blog. http://theclicksofmyshutter.blogspot.com/ I love all your photos and ideas! I have a quart jar with buttons, basket with buttons, a box of buttons someone gave me and I have my Grandmothers sewing box with her buttons. I have my other Grandmothers sewing machine, treadle of course. I have just started blogging and have so much fun.

Button Cuff bracelet I made, covered elastic with black stretch velvet and hand sewn the buttons on.

Some newer buttons...

Added to things, makes it complete...

Everything is better, with a button upon it!!

Deb

Two Sides to Every Button

Come visit and see both sides of the button.

xoxo ~Abbie

Thursday, November 20, 2008

International Button Week

Hello my fellow Button Floozies! I just added some pictures of my many, many buttons on our flickr group page - Button Floozies. Hope you will go and check them out. I decided to just share this one, it is my absolute favorite. A vintage Eiffel tower button. For those of you that know me, I am obsessed with the Eiffel tower. Hope you like my "international" button and thank you Abbie for having this fun event! xoxo Rhonda aka RhondaMum



Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sorting Whites

Hello, everyone. I've been collecting buttons for a long time and the large tin I've been putting my whites was filled to the brim. I've been sorting them the last two nights while watching tv with my husband and I'm not done yet. I use a lot of buttons in my art works and I'll post some soon. I'm gonna love this site! I have a few Christmas buttons on my etsy site, http://sallylsmith.etsy.com if you wish to have a look.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Buttons in Everyday Life

Hello my fellow Button Floozies!!! I was at a friend's house for dinner recently and I flipped out over her daughter's little jeans! I took some pics for the express purpose of sharing them with you because they are so fun and SO SIMPLE! Check out the cuffs. (Her daughter is pretty darn cute, too!!)

Here's a closeup. You could even use buttons in the same fun way on adult jeans with some
rhinestone and black vintage sparklies, don't you think? And they would be really great on capri pants, too!

My name is Kelly Aaron and I'm a mosaic artist in Kansas City and I use buttons in my work all of the time. This box features a plastic button that appears to have glitter locked inside on the bottom left corner. The gold ball on on the far middle right is also a button!

There are all sorts of pink and black buttons sprinkled throughout this cork board. They add just the right accent!

I stuck some green buttons in this round box, including the one with the large holes in the top. I love the vintage and playful look of a button with oversized holes.


I managed to cram a couple of buttons into this magnet. The red flower is actually a button. I got them at a flea market and only have a couple left! So sad!


And that's a big, brown button in the top left hand corner of this cork board. You can't have too many buttons in a mosaic! Please check out my blog at kellyaaronmosaics.blogspot.com and my Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5293642. If you're local to Kansas City, or visiting the area, you can check out my work at Stuff on 63rd and Brookside Boulevard (pursuegoodstuff.com). Thanks for checking out my post and happy button hunting!!!












Come and visit Down Abbie's Road!

Don't forget to also check out the other posts below.. wonderful treasures are everywhere!

What a find... or two!

Hello, just to introduce myself on here, I'm Tina of Mollimoo ( http://mollimoo.blogspot.com/) and I am a very happy button addict! I may even go so far as to say I'm in button heaven and all of my button Birthdays have come at once!! I visited some charity shops today and I bought some buttons. Some lovely old buttons. They are most definately vintage, still on the original cards they were kept on when they were used or sold in a Milliner's shop. Some of them are on the original cards, others are on the shops own business cards. One has printed on the back 'Easter 1940' and a name of a hotel in Bournemouth,Dorset, England. They were in a charity shop in Poole, Dorset.
Here they are.




I didn't think my day could get any better but then I went into another charity shop and found 3 bags of buttons. I couldn't resist them. Here are some of the prettiest out of those bags....




The red ones appear to be art deco, I think?! So there we are, what a perfect way to spend some of International Button Week.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Button Sorting with Mom




I was able to spend the weekend with my Mom and Dad in North Dakota. One of the things Mom and I always do is pull out her button collection and play. She's told me that I can have all ofher buttons, but I always say, no, I want us to have buttons to play with the next time I come to visit.

I did take this nice group of mother pearl and these funky warm colored buckles and carved buttons.














HaPPy BuTton WEek, FlOOziEs!!!

After visiting a few of you and seeing the kind of art you produce and sell I am a bit intimidated about posting!:)
Beautiful stuff!!!
But since one button lover loves other button lovers I knew ya wouldn't mind me stepping in to say Hi and have a great week. I'll be posting button things on my blog this week too.
Today is rhinestone buttons from my grandmother's box.

You can visit Autumn's blog HERE.
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