Saturday, January 31, 2015

Button Picking

 Probably like most of you, I have a (several jars worth) collection of vintage buttons, and some new of course-because I just like buttons ; )
 I love to add them as a finishing touch on projects. Picking out just the right one sometimes means: not finding the right one, and setting the project aside indefinitely. 


This latest project- a little zip pouch with Charley Harper fabric, called for a mid century modern button, preferably in orange, 
I went through brown floral, blue and several oranges...
Read more about my process over on my blog...and see which button I picked : )

Monday, January 19, 2015

A Button for MLK Jr. Day

Do you see buttons everywhere you go?  I do. And I always wonder about their stories.

We took my daughter to Atlanta for fall break and visited the Martin Luther King Jr. historic site, which includes his childhood home, a portion of the surrounding neighborhood, and the church where he and his father served.  As we were leaving the church, my daughter spied a button that had somehow got wedged behind the metal mesh covering that was over a ground-level window.



Somehow it seemed prophetic and it prompted me to write about our experience that day. Even though this button probably belonged to a tourist, it made me think about how something so ordinary could have been on the clothing of a person who changed the world!  And the way it was positioned, seeming to grab your attention despite efforts to suppress it, struck me as metaphorical.

If you've never been to the MLK historic site in Atlanta, I highly recommend it!  It was more extensive than I expected it to be and I learned a lot of history from it.  Most impressively, I got a real sense of what life must have been like for him and his family.  More details can be found in the blog post I wrote here.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Where's my collar button?

I just had to share my latest purchase from a favorite eBay seller:
It's a small aluminum or tin box; the top is stamped, "Where's my" and then a collar button.  There are also some decorative incisions including a monogram.
I've decided it belonged to Frederick, Felix or Forrest.
It came with its own supply of collar "buttons" fasteners, really.
'Had to share.  So much fun!

Friday, January 9, 2015

2014 Evening Star Button Club Christmas Party

Our local Evening Star Button Club was founded in June 2005.  
Which means this June we'll be starting our 10th year!
Our first decade...a celebration is in-order!

 Please click here if you'd like to see and read more about our 2014 Christmas party and handmade button-related gift exchanges
 
 Hope 2015 is a good button year to you!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Here Is To A Colorful New Year!

Here are a collection of buttons that I purchased in a mixed bag at a local thrift store. I was drawn to the colors of the plastic colored buttons in the bag. 

Here, I am showing them in groups of 3, 
So,YOU CAN TAKE IN ALL THE COLORS! 






The background in the photos is a new painting 
by Sue Marrazzo, ISAP, NCS
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