Thursday, September 29, 2011

Button Necklace

I recently found a great tutorial to make a button necklace on the Lilly Pilly blog which is written by a lady in Australia. The necklace Jo made for her tutorial is beautiful and I know you'll enjoy her blog.  I made my necklace in the above picture out of vintage mother of pearl buttons.

I am new to Button Floozies and look forward to sharing ideas for projects with fellow "floozies".  Also, I am always looking for metal buttons for my bracelets (my bracelets were featured in a post last week) and hope to discover new sources to buy buttons.

Please stop by my blog, Corgis In My Garden, and meet my three corgis, enjoy pictures of my dollhouses, and check out my craft projects.

Boo Button Halloween Pumpkin

Here's a fun way to use some of your black button stash for an unusual and cute Halloween decoration! We used an artificial pumpkin from Hobby Lobby so that we could keep and use this little pumpkin year after year!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Little Pretties

Ravishing in Red
A roaring lion and tiny, shell like glass buttons
These are just some buttons I picked up at an antique store last week!
It doesn't take much to make me happy...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Whimsy Jar Full of Buttons

This post and my last post go hand in hand, so I had to post it now before time gets the best of me. I mentioned that I made a tiny book for Michelle Gellar's tiny book swap.
Along with the tiny books I sent to her for the other participants, I sent her a whimsy jar full of various crafting supplies... like... buttons, of course! I loved this yellow and red color scheme... even though it made me hungry for McDonald's french fries. 'Cause of the red and yellow colors... see where I'm going with that? ;) *chuckle*I originally posted about this whimsy jar here if you want to take a look. :)

Tiny Books

I often post pictures on my home blog of my paper projects. I often use buttons as embellishments on these projects. Sometimes I forget to share them here. Shame on me! ;) I'm weeding though my posts now searching for those posts with buttons (there's lots of them!) and I will be posting them here for you to see.

I have made several tiny books lately. I can't get enough of them. Julie Collings is the originator of these tiny books. See my post here for way too much information on tiny books.

This is one of my tiny book collages (before it's copied and folded to make the tiny books):

I made this one for a tiny book swap hosted by Michelle Gellar.
Several of the "pages" have buttons on them.
You can read more about this tiny book here. I will eventually get to posting about other tiny books I've made with buttons on them as embellishments, but if you have an affinity for tiny books and can't stand the wait, you can also look here. ;)
This tiny book is also listed in my etsy shop here (it is one amongst several others).
:) Come back soon!

Petite Matchbox decorated with Buttons

I received a pretty, petite box from a friend recently. She decorated the box with a few buttons in my favorite color scheme: pale pink and pale blue.She also included my favorite supplies: a small jar full of buttons.

Feel free to click here for more pictures of this pretty package.

Buttons in the Mail

I received a lovely package with a variety of craft supplies... including buttons:which is why I'm sharing the package with you. ;) I knew you would appreciate them as much as I do. I sent an assortment of supplies in return including buttons. Read more about it here. :)

Happy Fall!

Going on sale tomorrow

For those who are interested and able to purchase, Rag Rescue will be offering some buttons for sale tomorrow. 

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fall in Love with Buttons Swap Partners Announced

I just wanted to give a quick update on the Fall in Love with Buttons Swap:
We have 36 button-lovers participating!

Partners have been assigned and emails sent to all participants tonight!
We will be sharing photos of all the fun
on our swap Flicker page next month,
so be sure to keep an eye out for the link right here.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Button Bracelets...

I recently spent the day with my friend, Sharon of Corgis in my Garden blog. Over lunch, she showed me the silver button bracelets that she's been creating. 

She's been perfecting her designs for a while now, and she's found the best band materials, prettiest clasps and most importantly, the most beautiful buttons to create her bracelets. Being a Button Floozie myself, I was entranced with all the shiny buttons and wanted one of each!

Here's the best part, Floozies: She's made them available for purchase through her website! You can choose from one or two rows of buttons (shown above), and her prices are very reasonable. (Her prices include shipping, too!)

If you're interested in owning one of her gorgeous creations, you can click here to go to her blog. Just send her an email through her contact link for more information.

Oh, and don't forget to stop over and visit me at Brynwood Needleworks. I love sharing my current projects, stories about my corgi, Taggart, and free patterns & tutorials.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Trumpeter of Krakow (Cracow)

Laurie's September 6, 2011 Button Floozies post of Button Floozies: Are you a button floozie?... Calling all Floozies shows us a button known as The Trumpeter of Krakow (Cracow)

Over the years, the Trumpeter of Krakow has been depicted on buttons starting in the late 1800s as Victorian picture buttons.  This button was manufactured in various materials, sizes and slightly different images.  

The story depiction of this button relates to 13th century Polish folklore.  The story tells us one day in Krakow, the ancient capital of Poland, an old watchman guarding the town from the Market Square church tower, noticed in the distance, a cloud of dust growing bigger and bigger as it approached the town.     

The dust cloud was a large army of Tatars.  The Tatars had invaded their city before burning it and looting, murdering and enslaving its residences.

The Trumpeter of Krakow's job was to play an fanfare every hour.  On this day, high above the town in the tower, the only thing the trumpeter was able to do to warn the people was was to play the same Hejnal (St. Mary's Dawn, a Crocovian hymn) over and over. 
 At first the people of Krakow were puzzled by the same song, but eventually understood that an attack was imminent.

The Krakow archers took their positions waiting for the Tatars arrival.  Surprising the Tatars with wave after wave of flying arrows, the Tatars were forced to retreat, saving the town of Krakow.

After this victory, the towns people found the Trumpeter of Krakow in the tower with a Tatar arrow piercing his throat.  He died with his trumpet clasped in his hands ready to play another warning note.

To honor the trumpeter, the Cracovians decreed the Hejnal to be played at dawn and dusk daily in his memory.  

Historical records tell us the playing of the Hejnal has been cancelled and reinstated several times. Today, the trumpeter still plays daily.

Starting in 1927, a live broadcast of the trumpeter playing the Hejnal from the church is broadcasted daily at noon on the Polish national radio station.

The Trumpeter of Krakow is one of many stories that have found their way as designs on clothing buttons.  It continues to amaze me how one can study buttons and tell history through them.  

Art, stories, inventions, world events, fashion are just a few things used over the years in the creation of clothing buttons - a timeline of buttons is a timeline of history.

by Tami Hacker, Vintage Connections

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Diana Epstein and How She Bought a Shop Full of Buttons

Hello I am Alix from Bigbluebed. Pleased to meet you. This is my first Button Floozie post.

‘Hmm, what shall I write?’ I pondered. And then I remembered a little book that I recently bought at a Second Hand Book Shop in Chichester. It is this book ‘Buttons’ by Diana Epstein, published in London by Studio Vista in 1968.

Now I like buttons. I think you know what I mean – filled with glee when finding a pot of buttons in a charity shop, gasps of delight when finding antique buttons, having fun sorting plain plastic buttons into colour.

So finding this book was wonderful.

Do you do that thing – put a wonderful new purchase away for a bit as you are too excited and too busy to devote the time to spend on it now? I do and so it was only recently that I took time to read the book. And I still haven’t really. I have just dipped into it with great pleasure.

In the book buttons are looked at chronologically, so it covers early buttons through, 18th century, and 19th century up to modern buttons (well modernish since this was published in 1968). There are lots of photographs of buttons, and also (and really exciting for me) illustrations which show old button making machines.

Second-hand copies of the book are available on places like Amazon.

I then began to wonder about Diana Epstein who wrote the book. She died in 1998 and I urge you to read her obituary here, as it tells of how her ‘need to replace some plastic (ugh!) buttons on a stylish new jacket led her down a rabbit hole of miniature wonder into an enchanted world awash in buttons’. She was looking for new buttons for her coat and ended up buying a button shop!

Diana Epstein and her partner Millicent Safro at first knew nothing about the history of their hundred of thousand buttons but they soon set about finding out. They became experts.

I like this bit in the obituary where is says ' to their eventual dismay, both had become so hopelessly hooked on buttons that selling a treasured set would make them cry.'

This shop Tender Buttons is, I believe, still open today. I love its website full of information and gorgeous photos of buttons. Pop over and have a look here.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Breathtaking Button Art

R. L. Lewis elevates the button to the realm of fine art. I just had to share this gorgeous creation! Love to you all from Bev

Monday, September 19, 2011

A peek at the fruits of my Creative Button Swap

Not to be confused with the Fall in Love with Buttons Swap we're doing here on Button Floozies (sign ups continue through September 23 for that one; details here)...this was the Creative Button Swap I participated in with friends on Tami's blog, Vintage Connections.
Click here to visit my blog and see both of the creative button creations!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Attention participants in the Fall in Love with Buttons Swap...

If you've emailed me to be a part of the Fall in Love with Buttons Swap you should have received a quick reply from me.

If you haven't received a reply from me, please re-send your info, and comment here to let me know you are doing so.  (Twice now I've discovered I'm not getting all the emails.  I don't know why I'm getting some but maybe not all...)

Again: only if you haven't heard back from me, please send me another email.  Thank you, and I very much apologize for the inconvenience!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Show Off Those Buttons!

Print or trace a letter onto colored paper and add buttons! Frame and congratulate yourself!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Take a Look at This Blog Entry

I think you may develop a serious case of button envy when you see these buttons

I am sorry to do this this way but I wanted to post the first link as soon as I could.  I was already a little late for a morning appointment.  I am home now and searched out these links.  For those of you who also like to stitch, maybe you know about Martina and maybe you don't.  If you do, please bear with me.  Martina has a design, Button Garden, that is designed for the stitcher to add buttons.  Buttons are stitched where there are round flowers. 

If you stitch and are interested in Martina's Button Garden, she has it available online and you can find out a little more about it here.

As Always,

Friday, September 9, 2011

Button Pendant & Button Charm

Hi Everyone! I've been quiet lately, but love looking at all the lovely and unique buttons.

I wanted to share a button pendant I made at a wire wrapping class at one of our local bead shops. It was my first time wrapping a button. It turned out to be my favorite! I bought this button especially for the class. It is wooden and about the size of a half dollar.

This charm I made for an Art Charm group I am in - Purple/Green.  I love these colors together.  Simple yet bold!

 Have a great weekend everyone!


I need to attach a bunch of vintage shank buttons to cards and am looking for a source of the "hitch pin cotter pins" in a very small size in packages of 100... Anyone know of a source.???

Found a source....  The order number is 0936- 31P and they were just over $7 for 100...

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Happiness Is Being A New Floozy

Like most, if not all of you, I played with buttons when I was a child.  I played with my grandmother's buttons when I went to her house.  I would sit on the floor beside her as she sewed.  I counted her buttons and I sorted her buttons for hours on end.  I loved that old fruitcake tin with buttons in it. 

It has been a disappointment to me that no one thought I might want the buttons when they broke up my grandmother's house.  I suspect that the buttons were thrown out, tin and all.  To compensate, I collect buttons now.  I pick up buttons at estate sales because I think it would be sad if they were thrown out. 

I still like to look at the buttons but now I use them to finish stitchery projects.  I do counted work and frequently need a button or two to close a pocket, a needlebook, or other stitcher's accessory.  I also like to use my buttons as props or accessories in the pictures I take of my finished work.  There are some pictures of my finishes in my blog.  They are scattered throughout; please keep in mind that I started my blog as a way to keep in touch with a very dear friend.  That means it is more like a series of letters to a friend and covers a wide range of topics.  It does not specialize on one or two topics. 

Fall in Love with Buttons: the SWAP

Thank you to everyone who signed up to participate!
This swap is now closed.

With Autumn soon upon (most of) us, I thought it would be a lot of fun to have a Fall-themed swap!  The Fall in Love with Buttons Swap is one-to-one; that is, each participant will be paired up with a swap partner.  We will each alter an Altoids tin, filling it with autumn colored or autumn themed buttons, and send it to our partner!
Here is an example of what I mean.  I altered the Altoids tin above using scraps of fabric and ribbon, and then embellishing it on top.  Then, I went through my button collection and chose some that were Fall colored (oranges, greens, yellows, browns) and Fall themed (leaves, plants, pinwheels) -- anything that said "Fall" to me!

When I had packed the buttons into the tin, I found it fit about 50 buttons.  (That doesn't look like 50 buttons, does it?  It's actually 49.)

Doesn't that sound like fun?
More specifics for you:

The tin:
  • The standard Altoids tin is 4" x 2.5"
  • "Altered" in this case simply means "decorated."  You can do it simply as I did, or get fancier.
  • There is a fantastic tutorial on how to cover a tin here.  In it, she uses paper to cover the tin, but her instructions work just as well with fabric.  (Note: it took me about 15 minutes to decorate my tin; I used scissors, not an Exacto knife, and glue, not Modge Podge, and ribbon, not paper.  Nothing fancy!)
  • The newer Altoids tins are raised/dimensional rather than completely flat on top now, but they still cover quite well without looking "bumpy".
  • For more altered Altoids tin ideas then you ever wanted, search for Altoids tin on Flickr.
The buttons:
  • Use any buttons you love for the swap -- they need not be new and they need not be vintage.  You might want to do some of both, like I did in the example.
  • As aforementioned, the theme is "Fall" so that means colors you associate with the season: yellows, oranges, greens, browns, reds, etc.  Buttons can be shaped like leaves, acorns, baskets, scarecrows, ETC.  Try to include your most interesting and delightful, quality buttons!
  • Please be sure to send a minimum of 40 buttons in your tin!  You can include more if they fit, but the tin should be full, and still able to close snugly.  In my example, most of the buttons were small, so I was able to fit 49 in the tin.
How to participate:
  • Email me at by Friday, September 23, 2011, with the following information: your name, your mailing address, your blog address if you have one, and whether or not you would be willing to swap internationally.  EDIT AS OF 9/16/11: Also, please comment here to let me know you're sending me an email to join, as I have been having sporadic email problems!
  • I will email you the name of your partner on Saturday, September 24, 2011.
  • Complete your swap, photograph it, and get it in the mail to your partner on or before Friday, October 21, 2011
  • After you hear from your swap partner that they've received it, visit the Flickr site I've created, Button Floozies Swap, and upload the photos you took of your swap so we can all see!
Spread the word!  Feel free to link to this post from your own blog, and/or copy this Participant button from the right hand sidebar.  The more the merrier!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Are you a Button Floozie?

Calling all Floozies!
Yes, it's that time!  I'm pleased to announce that there are some
openings for authors for this Button Floozies blog!
Things have been way too quiet around here, but that's about to change!
 Do you love buttons?  Are you a blogger who loves to write posts?
Do you love to write posts about buttons?
As a member of the author community for Button Floozies, 
you would be able to initiate posts for this blog,
including posting your fun button photos!
 Button Floozies would show up on your Blogger Dashboard
and you can post away!

The perfect new Button Floozie author is someone who:
loves buttons,
loves to share online button fun,
and is able to write a post for this blog
about once a month.

Of course, you can write more if you like, but once a month is the suggested minimum.

If you'd like to be an author, please email me:

Tell me a little bit about yourself --
where you blog now, and
why you'll make a great new member of the Button Floozie author community!

Also: Stay tuned for a Button Floozies swap announcement later this week!

-- Laurie

Monday, September 5, 2011

Buttons online

Here are some more fun links I've found all around the world wide web in the last few days!  There's never a shortage of creativity and beautiful button photos online.

Which one is your favorite?

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Hello, September

I bought these buttons at an antique store a couple of weeks ago; there were four of them but I gave away the "R" to a friend, and I got all four for 50 cents!  Not only is that a Button Bargain, but I think the remaining buttons have a message for us:
Here in Colorado we're expecting record high temperatures for September 1.  Therefore, I think the buttons are saying to me, Fall Will Come.

What about you?  Is there a message for you in these unique, wooden letter buttons?
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