Sunday, October 24, 2010

Want to Win This?? A Celebration Giveaway from BuntyBarmcake.co.uk

To celebrate the launch of my new shop, I thought it would be nice to have a giveaway . This is an opportunity to win one of my project packs - you could win all the items shown in the photograph:- a vintage postcard; a vintage cuff with lace and ribbon from a very small garment; a length of French edging trim with little boys and girls on it; 2 types of quality ribbon from VV Rouleaux; various other lace bits, a yo-yo with pink bow and 6 vintage buttons.

Here's how you can win!

For 1 chance of winning, leave a comment on my blog, then post about my shop, BuntyBarmcake (not my blog) on your blog / website and link back to me.

For 2 chances of winning, leave a comment on my blog, then post about my shop  BuntyBarmcake  (not my blog) on your blog / website, link back to me and become a Follower (on my blog).  {If you are already a follower of my blog (Vintage Bunty), mention it in the post and you will automatically receive a second chance of winning.}

I will draw one lucky winner  in two week's  time (Saturday 6th November at 6:00pm GMT) so please get posting!  Good Luck!

Please note that to take part in this giveaway, you must have either a blog or website plus a valid e-mail address so that I can contact you should you win. 

Friday, October 15, 2010

Buttons from Amsterdam

Yesterday was a nice autumn day and I went to Amsterdam just to stroll around. I think Amsterdam is one of the best shopping centers of the world, with all those funny little boutiques. You should go and see for yourself one day. When I was walking down one of the canals, suddenly my eye caught...
Look at that brown dot at 9 o'clock!
Zoom in:
Ah...exciting....
Let's take a closer look!
That button must be the largest I have ever seen!
Of course! We are at the 'knopenwinkel'!
Knoop=button and knopen=button and winkel means shop.  
Everything sings button over here; the doorknobs and even that nice little sign 'open' is made out of buttons!
Even the windows have been buttonized! (Did I just invent a new word?)
But of course we have come to see this^
And this^
These button canvasses behind the counter are a great way of displaying buttons. 
On the counters a trompe l'oeuil and some real buttons are making a fool of your eyes. 
(just click on the photo to have a better view).
It might be hard to believe but I left the store with only two buttons. But they are perfect and I am very happy! Just visit this lovely store one day, you won't be sorry! 

Knopenwinkel
galerie & accessoires
Herengracht 389
1016 BC Amsterdam
info@knopenwinkel.net
www.knopenwinkel.net

(I'm not being paid to write this!)
Have a fun weekend, xoxo LiLi

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Recent Button Finds

I scored two bag lots of buttons last week at a local Antique Sale.  I could see that the bags contained a lot of junk and rust and yet peeking through were some black glass, pearls, white glass and Victorian metals, so I decided to take a chance and buy them.
After sorting through the bags and discarding the rusted and broken bits, I ended up with some pretty ones as shown.  The extra work of cleaning and sorting was so worth it.

IMG_2825 
I hope you agree!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

My newest loves!

I'm just back from a Button Workshop and Sale, and wanted to show you my  newest loves:

 'Come visit my blog today for descriptions and more photos!
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