Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Buttons for my peacock!

This Fool's Gold crazy quilting round robin is a special personal challenge and every block has been an adventure in searching for new ways to explore with inexpensive gold materials..

 This block is finished and I've used
7 different gold braids
2 kinds of gold cording
At least a dozen different kinds of gold  glass and metal beads
5 different kinds of gold threads
various gold buttons4 kinds of pearl beads
sequins and crystals

I've posted about the progress of this peacock on my blog:

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Come and take a gander!

I've done a guest post of my latest thrift store button haul over at Design to Shine's blog!

I hope you'll come and have a look at all the beautiful buttons!  And if you do, please leave a comment to let me know you were there!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Great use of vintage buttons.

Across the hill from me in a lovely bit of Scotland lives a very creative and talented artist who goes by the name of "Highland Fairy". Her motto is "USE it up, wear it OUT, MAKE it do. or DO without!!!"
She specializes in creating one-off, customized, recycled vintage garments and accessories for those who dare to wear them.... she also makes jewellery, does pottery and makes ceramic buttons. I told you she was talented!

 As well as making her own buttons she has a keen eye for finding interesting vintage buttons and I love how she uses them on her textile cuffs.

I like how she uses buttons functionally, for fastening the cuffs, and decoratively as well. She makes such beautiful things from items that other people discard. I find her work inspiring, and I hope you enjoy looking at it too. With her obvious love of buttons I think she must be a natural born "Button Floozie"!

 You can find her on Facebook

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Happy National Button Week -- and a wonderful giveaway from Nina Edwards!

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Nina Edwards, author of On the Button, is here to help us celebrate National Button Week, March 11-18, with a contest for all of us, on her own blog!  Read on:

Hello there, Button Floozies! I can’t tell you how thrilled I was when I found your site. I was in the middle of writing a cultural history of the button, and battling with the ins and outs of industrial production at the time. (How was a threefold made? What was meant by églomisé?) 
Here were like-minded people who delighted in the beauty of even the most ordinary buttons. Who noticed how they could recall the past. Buttons rich in romance, sexy as hell, tenderly sad or sometimes just mad, bad and evidence of brutality.
The first time I really noticed buttons was astride my grandfather’s knee. He was the carthorse - clip-clop, clip-clop - and I was the laughing farmer. My grandfather would pretend to stumble in a ditch, be bitten by a passing wasp, be startled by a lorry, and lurch about extravagantly, so that I would have to grab hold of my misbehaving steed. All I could reach were the buttons on his tweed jacket - large brown buttons they were, just right for a small fist. Like the magic buttons on the ebony horse of the Arabian Nights, I rode on, fearlessly.  These plain buttons are in my button tin today.
What stories occur to you? Why do you love buttons? How do buttons work their magic? There are 3 copies of On the Button for the most evocative and unusual or just plain funny stories, which – if you email them to me/my publisher at – will all be posted on my blog: buttonsandoffal.
(‘Offal’? … but that’s another story)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Vintage Buttons

I am not an expert on vintage buttons, I just love them :)

 Aren't these colors great?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Let's have a Spring Needlebook Swap!

***The swap is now closed**
Spring is in the air!  And that means it's almost National Button Week!  Yes, in the USA, National Button Week is next week, March 11-18, 2012, and we will have a nice giveaway here on the the Button Floozies blog so be sure to check back in a few days to hear about that!  In the meantime, let's start celebrating early with a swap!
 If you sew at all -- even just to replace a button on a blouse -- you need a little needlebook to hold your sharps.

If you sew a lot, as many of us do, then you know how handy it is to have a little take-along needlebook in each of your purses and several drawers of the house!

Needlebooks on Pinterest
I made a board on Pinterest for needlebooks (feel free to follow it if you have a Pinterest account -- and my button board, too!)  Some of the needlebooks I found and pinned are from blogs that also posted a tutorial on how to make them!  How easy is that?
Needlebooks on Pinterest
Of course, since this is Button Floozies, our needlebooks will have to be button adorned!  But that is the only rule for this swap -- create any kind of handmade needlebook you like, as long as it includes at least 5 buttons in its design!
Needlebooks on Pinterest
This will be a one-to-one swap; you will make one needlebook and receive one needlebook.  This time, though, you will not have a partner to exchange with; instead, you will send your book to one person and someone different will send you yours.  Here's how to join the swap:
  1. Email me at by Friday, March 23, 2012, 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.
  2. Comment here to let me know you're sending me an email to join.  I will respond promptly.  If you don't hear back from me, I didn't get your email!  It never fails that a few emails go missing, and I have given up trying to find out why.  But, I want everyone to be able to participate!
  3. Upload the swap button to your blog and tell all your friends about the swap!  The more, the merrier!
  4. You can get started making your needlebook creation as soon as you sign up!  I will email you the name and address of who you need to mail your book to by Monday, March 26, 2011.
  5. Complete your needlebook, photograph it, and get it in the mail to your partner on or before Saturday, April 14, 2012.
  6. 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!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Greetings fellow Button Floozies, thank you all for your lovely comments about Buttons by McAnaraks and congratulations to Andrea Creates the winner of the 900 blog followers giveaway.
For the rest of this month, until March 31 2012 we will give a 20% discount to anyone who claims "I am a Button Floozie" when they order from our website
We will give you a refund by Paypal after purchase.The 20% discount applies to the cost of the buttons, but not the postage costs.
If you would like to find out about future giveaways, special offers and news about Buttons by McAnaraks please visit our Facebook page and "like" us
Happy buttoning, Floozies!
Fran from Buttons by McAnaraks

900 Followers Giveaway winner!

Fran used to choose the lucky recipient of her beautiful buttons!
Congratulations to Andrea Creates!  Andrea, please email me with your address so I can mail these buttons out to you!  Mail to buttonfloozies (at) gmail (dot) com.

Thank you again to Button Floozie Fran for providing this wonderful giveaway!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Buttons by McAnaraks: Celebrating 900 followers with a giveaway!

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My name is Fran and I make buttons.
I started out 20 odd years ago making clothes under my clothing label "McAnaraks" and selling them at craft fairs around Scotland. Steve invents and makes wooden puzzles and resin dice. We met at a craft fair when I asked him if he could make buttons for me to put on my jackets. He said he couldn't. I managed to overcome my disappointment and we got to know each other anyway and we have been together for 19 years now. So it was buttons that brought us together.
Eventually he started making buttons for me to put on the jackets I made. People often asked if they could buy them, but I jealously guarded them for use on my clothing creations. In 2009 I decided to have a go at decorating the buttons, and found that it was great fun and I was quite good at it, so we tried putting a few on sale at one of our craft fairs, they were a hit and "Buttons by McAnaraks" was born. 
The buttons are made from polyester resin which is a liquid plastic that hardens when combined with a catalyst. After the two are combined you have about 20 minutes to pour it into molds before it starts setting. This is a very messy and smelly process which requires the use of breathing apparatus and lots and lots of disposable rubber gloves - so I let Steve do all that side of it out in the garden shed. I stay in the warmth of our indoor workshop and do the arty bits - I decorate the buttons, each one freehand, which makes them all different. The process I use for this is a trade secret. I could tell you how I do it, but then I'm afraid I would have to kill you.
We have to leave the buttons to set overnight before emptying the molds, and I still find this bit exciting even after doing it hundreds of times. I never quite know what I'm going to find.
After a week the buttons are ready to be have their back edges ground, buffed and polished. We then mount them on cards and they are ready to send out to the shops that stock them or to our website and Etsy customers. 
Steve and I still make the things we started out making, but the buttons have become the thing that we spend most time on. It is exciting to have a new product and even more so because it is a joint venture. I think that all of us Button Floozies understand the attraction of a nice button, and I feel very lucky that I spend my time creating them.
 You can see our buttons and find out more about them on our website
We also have an Etsy shop
and we are now on Facebook so please join us if you want to keep up with our news and find out about special offers in the future
Fran is generously offering this beautiful collection of buttons -- all that you see in these photos -- in celebration of Button Floozies reaching 900 followers!
Thank you so much for your generous giveaway, Fran!
To win these buttons, please comment on this post only between now and March 5, 2012.
One comment per person, please; if your email address is more than one click away on your blog profile, please include it in your comment. 
This giveaway ends on March 5, 2012, 11:59 pm MST; I will choose one comment by random number generator on the morning of March 6, 2012, and that lucky commenter will get all these beautiful, handmade buttons!
Please note: the chosen commenter will have 48 hours to respond to my email/announcement that they have been chosen; if I don't hear from them within 48 hours I will choose an alternate winner.
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