Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Brynwood Button Hearts...

Hello, fellow button crafters, collectors, hoarders and all-around button lovers. My name is Donna Liljegren of Brynwood Needleworks. I'm one of the new contributors here, and I'm looking forward to sharing my love of all-things-button with you!

Unlike many button collectors, my mum (who does not sew) didn't inspire my "Button Love". My "almost mother-in-law", Grace, whom I have loved for over 35 years, gave me her vast collection about ten years ago, and those beautiful buttons set my heart afire. Although I made the wise decision not to marry her son all those years ago, she and I have remained steadfast friends. She calls me "daughter", and I call her "Mom"...and believe it or not, her son and daughters and I are like family. I truly got the best of both worlds!

When she shared her buttons with me, I came to realize the vast array of shapes, sizes, materials...and uses for them. I have been making my Button Hearts for years, giving them as special gifts to friends and family. Of course, the first one I made was immediately gifted to Grace! I'll be adding some to my Brynwood Boutique soon, so that other button lovers can purchase one of their own.

I'll be back to share more projects with you in the future, as well as photographs of some of my special buttons. I'm really looking forward to being a contributor here, and hope you'll stop in to visit me at Brynwood, too. I'm actually making a very special wedding gown these days, and will be sharing the process with my readers. I'd love to have you join us! Just click here: Brynwood Needleworks. See you again soon!

Another New Floozie!

Hello, sister Floozies!  I am thrilled to have been accepted in this new round of membership.  I'm Barbara of Vintage Bunty and have been a keen button collector for several years now.  I live in the UK and love pretty, mainly smaller, unusual buttons, as these are the kind I like to work with. I collect mother of pearl, new and old buttons and also love the slightly distressed old linen buttons too.  I use buttons all the time in my work and am always on the lookout for something different, visiting junk shops and bric a brac markets where possible.

Here is my first photo of some of my favourites, some from a Paris flea market, some from EBay, some kindly given by friends (cyber and otherwise!) and others by serendipity!  Hope you like them.





Button Shortbreads!

Welcome new Button Floozies and hello 'old' Floozies!
I’m happy to have permission from Nikole, of Forty Sixth at Grace,

to share her tutorial and recipe link
for these adorable

button shortbreads with you!
Aren't they cute and they look delicious!

Blog Anniversary Giveaway

I'm giving away a kit on my home blog Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping! because I've been blogging for 2 years. You can imagine what is in the kit. Yes! Buttons! How'd you guess? ;)I'd love to have my fellow button floozies come over for a visit, and enter the giveaway! :D Details here.

PS. Welcome new Button Floozy members! I'm enjoying the recent posts from new members and their lovely button collections!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

I'm With People Who Understand: The Button Floozies!

I am Allison of Dominant Hands and I love buttons. I am so excited to be one of the newest Button Floozie bloggers. Like many of you, my first fascination with buttons came from shifting through the buttons my mother collected. She was an avid sewer and had lots of pretty buttons. My collection now includes many of her vintage buttons which I use to embellish my fiber jewellery.

I love sewing vintage buttons onto my crocheted fiber rings.




Or, I like to use them to add character to a crocheted wrist cuff. The right button can make all the difference!



I'm looking forward to getting to know my fellow Button Floozies and posting more in the future!

I've Always Been a Button Floozie

...and now it's official!

I'm Laurie, aka Indulge Your Shelf, and am thrilled to be among this group of people who love buttons as much as I do!

The story of my love of buttons began like so many of us -- by rifling through my mother's button box in and making piles of my favorites.  Fast forward to when I was a newlywed, and shopping in Alton, Illinois with my mother-in-law; at a junk shop, I found a cool old tin full of buttons for $5.  Inside were some of the most wonderful examples of buttons from the early 1900s.  I've been actively collecting ever since.


 I love to craft with my buttons, and find just the perfect one to embellish one of my projects.



Very recently, I joined the Colorado State Button Club, and learned that my button collection is not as exquisite as I once thought.  I've seen some breathtaking buttons in my short time with the CSBC.  I now aspire to learn all I can about the buttons I have.

Still, it's not the quantity, or the quality even, of my buttons that gives me joy.  It's the details of each and every one -- and I love them all!


I especially love carved Mother of Pearl, all colors of glass, and Art Deco and chunky buttons in all those fun shapes.

Thanks for having me!  I look forward to getting to know you all!

I Am a New Button Floozie

I’m Pallas, one of your newest Button Floozies, and I am happy to be part of your group. My first memories of my button fascination began with my mother’s button box. My sister and I spent rainy afternoons touching and sorting buttons. We each had our favorites, and I knew which piece of clothing many of them inhabited before moving to the button box. I also enjoy old fabrics, lace, photographs, sewing notions and ephemera that I use to create mixed media art quilt collage. I call my creations Threads in Time by Pallas, thus the name of my blog and website: Threads in Time.

Here is a picture of one of my sectioned button boxes, and one of some of the deco buttons photographed on a piece of vintage barkcloth - another favorite. I look forward to participating in your group, and getting to know you.
 
 

Sunday, March 28, 2010

0 Memberships open! *CLOSED*

***UPDATE*** Thank you to everyone who responded so quickly.. all the slots are filled. If anyone would like to get put on a waiting list just email me and I'll add your name. IF anyone who is currently a member and not doing anything with it, would like to give up their membership I'm sure there is someone willing to take it! Thank you!
xoxo~
Abbie

Hi Floozies!
(If you have emailed me already you are included in the 10 thus far...it just might take me 'til this evening to get the emails out. )

There are NO MORE slots open for new members if anyone is interested! Blogger will only allow 100 authors and we currently have 90. The next 10 people to email me will be added to the group! Yay! It is always so much fun to add new ideas, images and fabulous button-ness!
What does it mean to be an author? Well, you will have access through your Blogger home page (you need an account with Blogger) to write posts for this blog! You can upload your images and add links. Please try to keep the content 'button creative'. This is by invitation only. Once I receive your email, I will send you an invite to your email address and you need only follow the links. It's that easy!
For those of you unfamiliar, my name is Abbie and I am the moderator, and 'First Floozy' of Button Floozies.... ha! ( I love the way that sounds..) My email address is: damseldesigns@hotmail.com or abbie@percyandbloom.com and my website is http://www.percyandbloom.com/, home of The Vintage Moth (a free antique image resource blog for crafty artists).


Thank you so much for all of the inspiration and wonderful posts! Carry on!

xoxo~

Abbie

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Spring Fever

Spring fever, flower fun with buttons!!! Easy and fun to make, scap fabric and a button or two.


They sometimes are called burned flowers because you hold the edges after you cut the circle near a candle to curl the edges, different fabrics do different things! Sew buttons in the middle!

For more ideas and info on how to make them go to this blog!!

http://redneckchic.blogspot.com/2010/01/flowers-for-you.html

The one above was made out of an old chiffon printed scarf.
I read on another blog where she uses any leftover fabric she has.
Just be careful with the flame from the candle.











I made these into pins, but you can do so many things with them, add to a necklace, decorate something in your home, Easter baskets! Headbands!!







Monday, March 1, 2010

Just a few of my recent favorite finds


Thought I would share a picture of a few of my favorite thrift store button finds. Got a bagful for $1, and these were my favorite out of the bag. Don't know if these are real mink or what, they do look like real fur though. Aren't they pretty?
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