Sunday, December 29, 2013

Evening Star Button Club Christmas Party & Handmade Button-related Gifts

Each year our local Evening Star Button Club gathers to share a Christmas party and button-related handmade gifts.

 If you'd like to see and read more about it, please click here to view it on my
 Vintage Connections blog.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Buttons For Earwarmers

Hi there~
I have been knitting so much -and crocheting too-an awful lot of gifts for the Holidays!!

I made up these 2 earwarmers~ ( a free pattern you can find on ravelry)

I was looking for the perfect button to add to these, when I remembered some buttons I won from fellow Button Floozie, McAnaraks...(You can see that post here, and here's another post about their buttons here).


I thought I would need to find a button with a shank for the loop to fit securely around, and these didn't have one... but I thought they were too perfect for the headbands, so when I went to stitch them on, I just when up through the underside of the headband with the yarn, through the first and second hole, then wrapped the yarn around those 2 threads underneath the buttons, to make the buttons sit higher and make a sort of shank, and then took the yarn back to the underside of the headband and wove in the ends~Perfect!
























Friday, December 13, 2013

Buttons on my tree, take two

Snowman, by me.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Button beauty on my tree

(a creation/gift from Linda)
I'll bet you have some button beauty on your tree, too.  Do show us!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christmas button creations

Christmas market cuteness!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Another beautiful button craft

Here's a button craft I bought at a craft fair a couple of weeks ago:
So simple and sweet!
It was made by Simply Stated Crafts; you can find them on Facebook here.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Don't Do This With Your Buttons

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reposted from BethLeintz.typepad.com

An antique dealer once told me that since most dealers don't go to school to learn the "trade", we get our education from our mistakes.  Usually those are mistakes in what we buy.  Even though I've been doing this for 15 years, I still make mistakes.  I guess that means I'm still learning.

At an estate sale last weekend, I saw buttons, lots of buttons, buttons on cards.  Buttons in a bag or a jar will make my heart beat a little faster. 

Buttons that have been put on cards by other collectors make my heart skip a beat. They're special, because someone went to the trouble to collect them, lay them out, attach them to cards.

When I saw this button card at an estate sale, I was overcome with button lust and I bought the card without really considering my purchase.

Button card close up
My first mistake was assuming these were glass buttons.  They LOOK like glass, but I think they're all plastic.  Worse than that, they had been attached to the board with wire- METAL wire. 
Metal and plastic, especially old plastic, do not mix well.  The metal in the wire causes the plastic to deteriorate and crumble.
Before broken
 
When I tried to take this button off the card....

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...the back fell right off and the button crumbled. Button crums- ick!

Broken buttons
The same thing happened with this flower button.

There were plenty of clues that this wasn't a great purchase:
  • Many missing buttons.
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  • The wire holding the buttons to the card was green colored from corrosion.
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  • It's pretty easy to tell the difference between glass and plastic.  Glass will feel cold when you hold it next to your cheek.
At the same sale, I bought another card of buttons, all "V" for Victory buttons from the WWII era.
V buttons metal
 
These buttons have some condition issues, too; but I really like keepsakes from WWII homefront era .

V buttons
These buttons had been attached with wire, too; but I very carefully took them off.  A few crumbled, but these were keepers.

Lessons learned- don't buy in haste, make sure you can live with the condition of whatever you're buying and don't mix metal buttons (or wire) with plastic.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Button-ing at the Worldwide Antique Show

Yesterday I had a chance to attend the Worldwide Antique & Vintage Show, which takes place in Denver 3 times each year.
It's a big antique show held in an expo center -- full of friendly vendors and TONS of beautiful things...
like this "poke bowl" full of buttons!  Did you see the charm string sitting just to the left of it?  I HAD to take it home with me!
Someone who loved her buttons put it together...
and added some other little trinkets, too.
The buttons are not particularly valuable but I thought it was so charming that, for $10, it was irresistible.
I also grabbed these little "gems" from the poke bowl: a large rhinestone-metal button, missing a few stones but I love it anyway, a pink plastic flower with a sparkly paste center, a two-toned yellow plastic, diamond-shaped one, a velvet fabric button, and a "tight-top."
Here's what they look like on the reverse.
Buttons just make me happy!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Lots of fun buttons over on the Tag Tuesday blog!

Do you visit the Tag Tuesday blog?  Every week we work on a hand made tag based on the same theme. This past week's theme was "Beads, Buttons and Bows" -- so you have to go see some of the great button-y tags!  (Scroll down for the ones titled, "Beads, Buttons and Bows".)
Maggie's was my favorite this time, so far!  I'm still working (against the clock!) on mine!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Koumpounophobia?

It's funny how one thing can lead to another, isn't it? It happens a lot while perusing the Internet. I was roaming around, trying to find a button-worthy topic to write about here and was lead to a blog post about a (button) artist by the name of Augusto Esquivel. 

I followed the link and was lead to his website where his amazing installations/sculptures are shown.

 Candy store

Coke machine

 Piano

Fountain

My favorite!

Noticing the word "Koumpounophobia" under his name and wondering what it meant, I looked it up online and found that it means a fear of buttons. It may be a textural phobia (plastic buttons), fear of accidentally swallowing or inhaling small buttons, or a phobia of old buttons, as they may harbor germs.

So, as one thing lead to another, a few things were learned today.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

  I was going to make black organza flowers to use with my collection of beaded, sequined, and lace leaves on a suffrage crazy-quilt project.  After about the third organza rose  I was bored and found bits of trims to gather into a circle.  I used a vintage glass button for the center.

How cool are these? Victorian black hats were my inspiration.




  













These are some of the trims!
















And these are the leaves to use with them.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The National Button Society's 2013 Show

I received permission from the Facebook administrator of the National Button Society's Facebook page to copy some of their photos for us to enjoy here on Button Floozies (thank you, Mary Anne!)  As you may know, the National Button Society holds a meeting annually, and it took place several weeks ago (August) in Wisconsin.
A more seasoned member helps judge a Junior member's tray in the Junior Competition
The show always begins with a competition, where members of the Society submit "trays" (buttons mounted on mat paper, sometimes framed) and a prize goes to the best for each category.

Dedicated volunteers judging the button trays on opening day
During the show, which runs about a week, they have classes for members to attend.  You can learn much, and some specialized and detailed button information; and, if you have more questions about anything button-related, just ask one of the other attendees.  So many are experts, and NBS members are very generous with their knowledge of -- and passion for -- buttons!
Greg Hanson giving his "Birth of a Paperweight Button" talk at the Bergstrom Mahler Museum
They also have a showroom where vendors who specialize in beautiful buttons, old buttons, art buttons and all things button-y sell their wares.  You'll never see a more beautiful assemblage of buttons than you will at a button show!  Here are some of this year's showroom photos:
Buttons you can buy!
This "charm string" of buttons was being auctioned at the show
In the showroom, you can sit yourself down in a chair and spend time looking at buttons in "poke boxes"

Those trays of buttons that were judged in the competition are also on display there

Special buttons available to show attendees
To see more wonderful photos, "like" the National Button Society Facebook page!  You can also always find them online here.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Vintage Buttons From The Country Living Fair 2013

Just wanted to share a package of pretty vintage buttons I picked up from the Country Living Fair in Columbus this past weekend.


I have a few plans for some projects.
They looks so nice together, I haven't even opened the package yet to look at all of them !
You can read more about my day right here :)

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Free image from Viola

Viola's blog has been a favorite of mine for years now.  Today she has the most wonderful free gift on her blog: this button card she designed -- and she gave me permission to share it with you!

To download the file from her blog, click here.  Thank you Viola!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Surprise button auction find!


I bought some antique clothing at an auction the other day, and it came with some really cool buttons!
Now that's what I call a bonus!  You can see all the clothes (and buttons) on my blog, here.
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