Friday, October 31, 2014

An invitation to swap: Button Floozies White Christmas Button Book Swap

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This is your invitation to get creative with buttons!
Announcing the Button Floozies White Christmas Button Book Swap
We will be making small books from paper or fabric that showcase lovely buttons in the theme of White Christmas.

Sign-up period: October 16-31, 2014
Notification of swap partners:  November 1, 2014
Mailing deadline:  no later than November 22, 2014

This is a one-to-one swap, where I will randomly pair you with one partner and you will create and mail your creations to each other.  The theme of the swap is White Christmas Buttons.  You will be swapping a minimum of 30 and maximum of 50 pretty buttons and sending them to your partner sewn onto or contained within a small book or journal.  The book can be made from fabric or paper – and must be hand made by you.  The idea of the books is to be something lovely to hold and look at with lots of button details.

The Book should fit the theme of White Christmas Buttons.  You are free to make your book from fabric or paper.  It should have a minimum of six pages (3 pages front and back) as well as a front and back cover that is decorated.  Each page of the book should be ~4x6”; they do not have to be exactly that size but please don’t go more than about an inch larger or smaller.

The Buttons you include as elements of your pages do not need to be white – but they can be.   Or, they can be winter or Christmas themed.  They can be vintage or new, or a combination of both.  The buttons should be special – something you know your partner would be delighted to receive.  You may include buttons on cards in your count.  Buttons can be sewn on or attached in some other way to your pages – such as inside pockets or envelopes that are a part of the page.

Please note: buttons need not be the only decorative element of the book’s cover and pages  -- but should be a main or special element of the decoration.  There should be a minimum of 30  and a maximum of 50 buttons included.  The book must be a special creation made by your hands.

Need ideas?  Here are some examples of pages, or page elements, that include buttons; the photos are from Pinterest or are examples of some that I have made myself.  These photos are for ideas and inspiration only; be sure to make yours fit our theme of White Christmas Buttons!

Scroll down past the photos for the details/steps for signing up for this swap!
paper and fabric
fabric cover
fabric page
fabric pocket holding buttons
fabric pockets with button cards
fabric pocket with button decorations on page, holding button card
button detail on wrapping

Did that get your creative juices flowing?  I hope so!
Sign-up period: October 16-31, 2014
Notification of swap partners:  November 1, 2014
Mailing deadline: no later than November 22, 2014

A NOTE ABOUT INTERNATIONAL SWAPPING:   I'll be matching you up with partners on your own continent; that should cut down on postage costs for everyone and also shipping time.  If you would prefer to ship internationally, please tell me this when you sign up, if we have enough people who want to do it, I'll put a group together from different continents.


Step 1:  Sign up for the swap by emailing me the following information:
-- your name
-- your physical address
-- your blog address (or Facebook page -- wherever you hang out online)
-- any preference for paper only or fabric only book; depending upon the response I will try to match you up appropriately
Send the email to:

Attention overachievers: if you would like to have more than one swap partner, let me know in your email and I can enter you multiple times and assign more than one partner.  Please note: if you have more than one partner,  the swap will work the same way – you will just complete the swap one-to-one with each of your partners.  Everyone will have one swap partner; having more than one is completely optional.

Step 2:  After you email me the above information, comment on this post that you have done so;  I will acknowledge every sign up with a reply email; if you do not hear from me within a few days, please comment on this post as it probably means I did NOT receive your email.

Step 3:  On November 1,  I will email you the name and address of your partner.  Partners are chosen at random.  Important: when you receive your partner’s information, please email them to communicate likes/preferences/styles.

Step 4:  Put together your button book, and take photos of it so that you can share it with us later.

Step 5:  Wrap up your button book prettily and mail it to your partner; be sure to have it in the mail by Saturday, November 22, 2014.  This is a hard and fast deadline; please don’t sign up if you don’t think you can meet it.

Step 5:  Sit back and wait to for your surprise!  If you have a blog, plan a blog post about the swap.  If you don’t have a blog, sign up for the Button Floozies Flickr page so you can plan to share the photos there.  Alternatively, you can email me the photos and I will share them for you on Button Floozies.

Step 6:  Once you have each received your swap, publish your blog post about it and send me a link to it; if you don’t have a blog, upload your photos to the Button Floozies Flickr page.  Button Floozies authors can cross post their blog posts about the swap on this blog, too!  Alternatively, you can email me the photos and I will share them for you on the blog.  You know that everyone will be eager to see all the creations!

Here's a button you can copy and put on your blog; please link it back to this post.  Invite your friends who love to play with buttons!  Remember, the deadline to sign up is October 31.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Button Flash Fiction for Halloween

Last year I wrote a little flash fiction Halloween story based on a button.  The button itself was from Celia Barbieri, aka The Button Florist, in Asheville, NC.

The story is about that bittersweet time of life between childhood and adulthood and how some friends cross the threshold before others.  To read the story, click flash fiction button style...Halloween.  I hope you enjoy it and Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Beauties from Betsy

I received the loveliest, most precious buttons the other day from my blogging friend, Betsy!
 She LOVES buttons, too!
 She's the one who made these fabulous button bird earrings that I wear often, and love!  She sells them and many other fabulous things in markets, and in her Etsy shop.
 She sent me the buttons as a surprise along with this FABULOUS necklace that I won from her blog giveaway!  You can read about it here.  She also included a scrabble tile charm with my initial on it.

 These are the kinds of buttons that make me literally swoon -- and wonder how she can bear to part with them!  Look at that little shoe!  It is DOUBLE sided!
 Betsy is as generous as she is talented.  The silver toned one has a shell inset.  The small black and gold one is glass.  And the one near the bottom left is celluloid.
The blue one on the bottom left is glass!
One of the fun things about Betsy's blog is the Vintage Inspiration Party she hosts with three other bloggers every Wednesday.  So not only to you get to see tons of great vintage stuff all in one place every week, but if you participate your links will be seen on all 4 hosting blogs.  It is so much fun!
Don't forget: you have one more week to join the Button Floozies White Christmas Button Book Swap!  We have about a dozen participants so far -- and more are welcome!  Sign ups end October 31, 2014.

Monday, October 13, 2014

LOVE Buttons

I just never get tired of going through my buttons drawers and jars. These are not real special buttons I just like the color and texture. Thought I would share a few pictures on the rainy day.
These are some of my special luscious buttons


I didn't realize I had the same button in different colors till sorting a drawer out

My first love rhinestone buttons 

It's pouring down rain here today in central Missouri

Thursday, October 9, 2014

For A Friend

The picture is not particularly artistic or memorable.  But it is an act of friendship.  A friend needed some vintage buttons to finish a stitchery.  I sorted through my buttons and found these. 

She said they were perfect for her project. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Vintage Buttons on Fabric Cuffs

Just wanted to share some of my vintage buttons I've been adding to some fabric cuffs recently.
Most of these were given to me from various family and friends who know I love buttons-vintage especially!

a sparkly rhinestone button

plastic and glass

metal buttons
I'm not sure how old these are.Any ideas?

I'm using them both as 'closures', and as decorations : )
the top one will be added to my shop soon, and the bottom one has been sold already (thank you : )

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Buttons in the wild

I had to share this cute display with you all -- spotted "in the wild" at Sweet William Antique Mall!
She makes it so easy, with the little bags and the wide plate to "pick" through!
Happy Sunday!

Saturday, October 4, 2014


This is a small collage created with found papers, notions, and a vintage button. The button is the perfect finishing touch to this collage art. This just sold recently to a young woman who was going to give this to her friend. Her friend loves strawberries. I know it will be a special gift! Enjoy!

"Sweet Love"
Collage by Sue Marrazzo, ISAP, NCS
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