Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Button Tree Pin

Last year I found instructions on making a Christmas tree pin with small shank buttons and wire. I made some and sold most of them at a neighborhood craft show. then forgot about them until this holiday season started to roll around. I searched everywhere for the directions--on the web, in my bookmarks, in my magazines--to no avail. So they were created from memory and are for sale in my Etsy shop, autena.


They are rather abstract and I have used some non-traditional holiday colors, like aqua and peach.


For the top of the tree, only rhinestones or mother of pearl would do, except for one that has a gold crown on a red button!


Now you'll never guess what happened--or maybe you will. I was looking through my documents on the computer for something else as I wrote this and, sure enough came upon the directions! Wouldn't you know it? But that's great because now I can share them also. 
 I dare not reprint them without permission, but will give out the link to the download ($1.95).

They were in the December, 2000 issue of Bead and Button magazine.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

A Button Charm Swap Bracelet

Hi Button Floozies,
I haven't posted here in a while...you know how life gets.  And with my sickness of crafting, my time is everywhere....charms, jewelry, paper, buttons, blogs, groups, etc. there just isn't enough time. I've visited often though.

Recently in one of my groups, ArtCharms (a yahoo group), we had a swap of charms made of buttons.  With this swap, one of the participants, Cris Peacock, made a bracelet with all the charms she received.

I asked her permission to show you guys the awesome bracelet she made.  Visit her blog for more detailed instructions.

Base of the button bracelet.
Bracelet with all the swapped button charms attached.
Another view.
I hope you enjoyed her bracelets and stop by to say hello. 

You know we all have a little Button Floozie in all of us!! *wink*

Have a great week!
Bev B.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Using a Few Buttons

I made this little pocket for an exchange gift.  I used an assortment of buttons to frame the cross stitch.  Almost, if not all, of the white buttons are mother of pearl; the others are not. 

The little memo portfolio that I found determined the design that I stitched and the colors that I used. 

This worked out so well that I may make a second one as a Christmas gift.  I may use fewer buttons because they make the pocket quite heavy. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Inspired...

I was so inspired by reminiscing about Tami's buttons (see previous post) that I spent some time yesterday playing with my mother of pearl buttons!
The photo above shows my "unsorted" mother of pearl buttons that I grab freely from when I am creating.  They are spread out on a platter, but normally they 'live' in a glass jar in my kitchen so I may admire them, always.  The other day, I moved some of my collection into a vintage jewelry-box-like container.
These are special to me because they are carved, intriguingly shaped, paired with other materials, are interesting colors -- or are just very old.
I have so much fun sorting them!  At the top of this photo (above) are buttons that are especially bright and shiny, and none of which have any particularly special carvings -- just circles.
Some I consider special simply by virtue of the fact that someone, long ago, took the time to string them together.
The ones at the top of the above photo are special to me because they are set in metal and/or are different, dark shades of shell.
These are my most specially-embellished ones...
Did you notice the black ones on the right?  They are white pearl set in black of various materials, or vice versa.  To the left of them are pearls set in materials of other shades -- I especially like the "Rolo" sized one!
More colorful varieties
These may just be my favorite: pearls in different shapes, all carved.
Most of these buttons I picked out of the many button tins I've purchased over the years.  Some of them I bought from estate sales.  A few of them I purchased from button shows I've attended.
Do you love shell buttons as much as I do?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tami's buttons: a world class treat!

It is always fun when you find your so-called "tribe" -- for me, those people are, of course, button floozies!  You may recall I recently took a trip to Kansas City and enjoyed the hospitality of Tami, and she is, among other things, a world-class button collector!
Tami graciously allowed me to photograph -- and gave me permission to share with you -- some of her collection.  Thank you, Tami!
First, let me say that she has her buttons impeccably stored/arranged/displayed.
Because of this -- the enjoyment of her button collection is multiplied!
There is an office/room devoted to her collection, the likes of which most of us can only DREAM of having!
An antique-lover, she has some beautiful vessels in which to display some of her prized buttons.
In the middle of this bowl (above) is a shell that was used to create some buttons -- isn't that a fun visual piece?
Beautiful button art pieces...
and something fun and whimsical everywhere you turn!


 Mother/daughter buttons
China buttons, made into faces
 a lovely tabletop vignette
simplicity
I am SO going to be on the lookout for these vintage note cards!
Are you swooning yet?
How about now?

This button case (above) was in the bedroom I was sleeping in...under glass.
(faint)


Pure, unabashed BUTTON JOY!
Thank you so much, Tami, for sharing your beautiful collection with us!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Lovely use of buttons..

I   ran across this Esty shop by accident while looking for some lace.  I think these bibs are one of the most clever use of buttons I've run across... She has lots of them but this was my favorite.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Framed button card

You may remember when I blogged about a gift of buttons I received from Australia.
The other day I mounted this beautiful antique card inside a display box (by Martha Stewart.)
I love how it turned out; now they're protected and I can still enjoy the gorgeous card!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Vintage Pink Button

I wanted to share how I use some of my vintage buttons.
I have a hard time parting with some of them but try to use them in many projects.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Made in Japan

A few weeks ago, I was doing one of my favorite things...shopping at an antique mall, of course!
 I came across several of these charming cloisonne enamel buttons. 

I wanted to buy all of the cards that were in this booth, but settled for three, as they were a bit costly. 
I thought they were unique and wanted to show them off.

As usual I decided to do a little research before writing about them, and found that they were not as unique as I had thought. 
I found some for sale in various places (Etsy, Ebay, etc).

But they are still fun and here they are.

You can see at the bottom of two of the cards that they were made in Japan 
and on one of them is the original price tag.


Despite my limited research, I was unable to find much information as to date or history, 
so if anyone can add more information to this, please feel free to do so.
 
I make jewelry using buttons and bought these with the idea of incorporating them, 
but I fear I am becoming too attached  to them (uh-oh, a new collection idea...).

Here's a close-up of the red one with the bamboo design. I forgot to take a photo of the backs, 
but they are goldtone with a shank. By the way, these are rather heavy for their size.

As a footnote,  I wanted to give out a couple of links that I came across 
that had interesting information on buttons. 
I believe they are both state button collector's pages.
Gotta love their motto! 
Buttons close clothes and open hearts.
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