Wednesday, September 24, 2014

My Attempt at Crafty--Suggestions Please!!

Stories are my favorite thing about buttons--I always wonder who they belonged to and how they got wherever they are today.  But I've ventured out on a limb and I'm trying something crafty with buttons.

I've decided to combine my love of paper art, vintage buttons and reading by making vintage button bookmarks and bundling them with copies of my novel, THE BUTTON COLLECTOR.  This is new for me and I'd love to hear how I can do it better.

I start by writing a word in calligraphy on a page from an old grammar book.  I cut it out and singe the edges so that it appears antiqued and then adhere it to steampunk cardstock.  For the first ones I used double sided tape, but I am going to switch to adhesive spray in the future.  I chose the word REJOICE to be a good match for the holidays.

I then had the bookmark laminated at a copy shop, punched a hole in it and added a ribbon.  I picked out a button from my collection--no idea if it's worth anything but I liked it and thought it really went well with the steampunk theme--and sewed it on the ribbon.  I am thinking about positioning future buttons either over the hole or lower on the ribbon and possibly adding more than one button.  If it's over the hole, it is neater, but if it is low enough, the button dangles out of the book when in use, like a necklace.  

Other words I'm using are BELIEVE, IMAGINE, DREAM and CHERISH.  I'd like to make them appropriate for Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, and birthdays.  I just opened an Etsy shop named The Literary Button--right now there is only one bookmark up, but I hope to add more this week.  

Any ideas are welcome!  

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pretty buttons in the sun

I love coming upon a sparkly jar of buttons at an outdoor antique fair, don't you?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


I made a visit to the local Salvation Army Thrift Store to look for things for my ART CLASSES. I came across a large bag of BUTTONS ON CARDS! What a find! This is only half of this bag of buttons. Most are plastic, and there are some that have metal accents. I noticed that I had a collection from the following button companies:

Costumakers-- made in the U.S.A
LaMode Buttons-- made in Italy, Japan, and Holland
Streamline-- made in Holland, italy, and Thailand
LaPetite-- made in Germany
Lansing Co.-- made in Japan
Premiere Collection-- made in Italy

This is a nice addition to my ever growing BUTTON COLLECTION!


Monday, September 1, 2014

Button Bliss

Button Bliss found its way home with me from the
2014 National Button Society Convention...
Here's a peek at a couple of my buttons.  If you want to read and see more, please click here to view my blog
Vintage Connections.
Button Hugs, Tami
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