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!
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