Are you ready for Christmas? Only four more sleeps!
Look at these beautiful button tags! They were a gift from Kathy, who shares my love of buttons and shows some wonderful examples on her blog -- you must visit! They hang from sheer ribbon and I think they make beautiful Christmas ornaments. I love how she mixed buttons with wonderful textures in colors to complement the beautiful playing cards.
All my gifts are wrapped and I have found time to relax with family and do some creating, like this button bracelet I assembled. I have always wanted to make one like this! I love the feeling of accomplishing a long-time goal, don't you?
This time, I used all shell buttons, and added some crystal and silver beads. I made a pair of matching earrings, too. I hope you are finding time to play in your buttons as you craft, create gifts, and decorate for the holidays!
I paint on mother-of-pearl buttons and painted this Santa button as a gift for a special friend and made it into an ornament for her...
And here is how I did it.... First I put a 2 1/2" card stock circle on a 6" silk circle with a touch of glue to hold it in place. Then I gathered it "yoyo" style..
Then I added some small lace around the Santa and a lace medallion to the silk. I put it together adding a loop in the back and some bells to the bottom.
This would be fun with any Christmas button and easy enough for youngsters to do..
And here is a close up of the Santa... which is about 1 1/2". Merry Christmas everyone!
One of my favorite button-related Facebook pages is the one hosted by The California State Button Society. They always have fun and beautiful button updates, so you can drool and learn and laugh about our mutual love of buttons!
A while back they posted a photo with a hint (it was a button, of course) and you had to guess what movie it was from. I was the first to guess correctly, and so I was sent an amazing button gift:
It is a bunch of buttons on a card, sent from Janelle, the administrator of the CSBS Facebook page, from her own personal stash! What a generous soul!
I am in button heaven. I especially love how, in true Button Society form, she labeled each of the buttons!
Carved shell buttons (in the photo above -- bottom, left) are among my very favorites! There's also a designer button from Laurel Birch (bottom, right) and two labeled "Victorian" (swoon!)
Look at this black glass button -- it's huge! Labeled "Ooh-la-la" so I think it might be a Paris back (but I haven't removed it from the card, yet, to see.)
I really love this oval-shaped, silver floral button...
and, when it comes down to it, buttons with interesting shapes are always among my favorites, like this one by Bob Benson.
This one is very Steampunk! How fun!
I hope you enjoyed seeing my newest collection! Many, many thanks to the California State Button Society for sharing their button love!
A lot of people ask me "where can I buy buttons?" Antique malls and flea markets have buttons, either individually or in bags or jars. Ebay has a huge selection, but they can get pricey.
My favorite place to get buttons is estate sales. The reason I like estate sales for buttons is that they are usually untouched and unsorted and in the condition that the original owner left them. If the house has had the same owner for 30 years, you'll probably find a 30 year accumulation of buttons.
However, if you go to a flea market or antique mall, the buttons will probably already have been "picked over". Somebody like me will have gone through the buttons and pulled the really good ones to sell individually.
So, all that brings me to the question in the title of my post. How do you know when to buy buttons at estate sales? The answer- I don't know, I guess I just kind of go with a gut instinct. On Friday, I was one of the first people in the door at an estate sale. The flat of buttons in the picture above was in a back bedroom. I couldn't really see all of the buttons because so many were bagged up. The price for the flat was $25.
I couldn't quite do the math to figure out if the box was worth $25 but my instinct told me "Buy It" (or maybe that was my Button Greed speaking).
When I analyze it, the "instincts" that made me buy the buttons were these little things I had picked up while I was in the house:
*a lot of the stuff in the house was very vintage, the buttons probably were too. *someone had taken the time to sort at least some of the buttons into bags and plastic boxes, so someone else at least had some appreciation for the buttons.
*just doing a really quick count, I found at least 25 buttons that I liked, and there were a lot of buttons that I didn't count. That's not to say that I'm willing to pay a dollar a button- but I figured I could pull some to keep and I could keep the rest and they'd pay for the ones I kept.
*the last time I passed on a box of buttons, I went back 5 minutes later to get them and they were gone. "She who hesitates at an estate sale leaves empty handed".
So, do you want to see some of my buttons?
It seems like every button box I've ever bought has some tax tokens mixed in like these red ones from Missouri. Blue buttons- my favorites are the blue on the left that look like they have whipped cream centers.
These are glass, mother of pearl and the group in the center is metal that has aged with a nice patina.
This was the contents of one of the baggies that pulled me in and made me think "BUY". I really liked the gold hat shaped button on the upper right. But, when I opened the bag, little pieces of broken buttons fell out.
I call these "Button Crumbies". I've heard that plastic buttons should never be stored with metal buttons. Something in the old plastic can make the metal rust and something in the metal can make plastic fall apart.
After I dusted off the crumbies, the buttons were pretty again. Bakelite, celluloid and mother of pearl- some of my favorites.
I still have more sorting to do, but what do you think? Did I make the right button decision?
Okay, here's your chance to see all the ornaments that were exchanged in the Christmas Ornament Swap we just finished. With 32 people participating -- there is a lot to see! Please click on each thumbnail to be taken to participant's blogs or the Button Floozies Swap Flickr page and see all the Christmas fun!
One of my many passions is making handmade flowers. I love the simple easy techniques that make beautiful flowers for my mixed media and altered art creations.
I am hoping some of my fellow Floozies can help me out. I am looking for some round rhinestone buttons with pearl centers. These do not have to be old. They can also be pearl centers with gold tone or silver tone around the edges as well.
I have lots of things to trade. Lace, embroidered trim, other buttons, scrapbook papers, ribbon. You name it I probably have it. I even have a few new Tim Holtz distress inks for stamping.
Please contact me if you can help me out! I would be so grateful and appreciative!
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