Monday, June 30, 2014

My Adventures with a Button Club . . . .

Since I've written a novel entitled The Button Collector, at some point I figured out that it wouldn't be such a bad idea for me to learn a little bit about button collecting.  This became especially apparent when people started contacting me with their button collecting questions!

At first I did some research through books and the internet, but eventually I was invited to a real live meeting of a real live button club.  Woo Hoo!  Of course, I went.

The particular meeting I attended was with the Western North Carolina Button Club. It started with our hostess wowing us with her collection of 19th-Century Mandarin hat buttons, but I was also quite impressed by many other buttons the members passed around--the Victorian button nails used to hang pictures, the mourning buttons made of hair, the smugglers' buttons  . . . and many more I can't remember.

Mandarin hat buttons

I also learned about the state and national competitions the club members had entered over the years and just how serious real collectors are about the historic, material and artistic aspects of buttons.   

Competition card of buttons depicting couples in various styles and materials

It wasn't all seriousness, however. There were plenty of folks at the meeting who just enjoyed buttons and collected them for fun and whimsy or to include in various crafts or artwork.   

If by chance you haven't been to a button club meeting but you've always wondered what one might be like, you can read more about my experience here, but I recommend going to a meeting yourself!  If you're looking for a group, the National Button Society has a listing of local clubs . . . and there's always Google.

And to all the readers out there already in clubs .  . . thanks for preserving these "little works of art and history."  I'm not capable of organizing the sock drawer, so I take my hat off to you!    

Monday, June 23, 2014


Here it is the end of June already! Summer just started. 
I was cleaning my art studio. When I came across a big tin of buttons. 
I took the lid off the tin and spent a half hour looking 
at what was inside. While looking at these buttons, 
I decided which ones to share. 
Here are my picks for you on this warm summer 
evening in June:

A Vintage Carved Heavy Plastic Coat Button (Bakelite?)

All the summer picks

 A Close-up of the button picks

 A Close-up of the button picks

Vintage Patent Numbered on back of 2 of the large molded buttons

 A vintage blue-gray thin celluloid button

 A vintage butterscotch celluloid covered metal button

 Three large plastic pearly flat buttons

Four plastic textured faux copper buttons

June is almost, some evening pull out your tin of buttons and share them with others. 
Happy Summer Button Floozies!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Tiny button box

Look at the fun that arrived in my mailbox last week:
These were a gift from my niece -- look how she addressed the package!
My favorites from the bunch.
I love it that when people I love see buttons, they think of me!
Happy June to you!
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