Showing posts from September, 2012

Carved mother of pearl buttons

A gift from a friend. I have great friends! I hope you enjoy your weekend!

What you can do with Buttons and Bits!

Some of my favorite things (of course yours too) are BUTTONS.  As much as I love sorting through a variety of buttons and choosing my favorites I always come back to the small two holed mother of pearl or shell buttons for my art.  I love the milky white color and the small etched designs.  Or just plain round creamy colored buttons.  These buttons are fabulous for embellishing little projects such as this row house garland you see here.  I used pieces of vintage trim and my beloved little white buttons.  A sweet lilac seam binding ties them all together.  Images courtesy of Paper Whimsy . Enjoy!

2nd Annual Fall in Love with Buttons Swap Partners

We have 36 people participating in the 2nd Annual Fall in Love with Buttons Swap -- what fun!  Emails went out to all participants with your assigned partner.  Please get back to me as soon as possible if you thought you signed up for the swap but you didn't receive an email.  This sometimes happens with problems with Blogger comments and/or the blog email ( I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with for their tins!

Buttons from Down Under

I found a truly wonderful package in my mailbox this weekend, from Diana, aka Secondhand Rose, in Victoria, Australia! A few months ago, I was invited to write an article to be included in Australian Button Collector, a Journal of The Victorian Button Collectors Club, Inc.   I wrote about our Button Floozie blog and invited their members to join us in our button fun online! The Club has a website , but the journal isn't available online, so Diana was kind enough to send me a hard copy (on the right in the photo above.)  It's a pretty and informative magazine for the ca. 100 members of the club; Diana says about 30-40 regularly attend meetings, and they hold monthly meetings where they research types of buttons.  Doesn't that sound like fun? In addition to the Journal and a lovely note, Diana also send a full card of these magnificent woven buttons, along with a news article about the store they came from; as you can see, they are beautiful, old stock buttons.

Announcing the 2nd Annual FALL IN LOVE WITH BUTTONS SWAP

Sign ups for this swap are now closed. Floozies have been asking me about the next swap, and I agree: it's high time we had another! Since the Fall in Love with Buttons Swap was so much fun last year, let's do it again! The   Fall in Love with Buttons Swap  is one-to-one; that is, each participant will be paired up with a swap partner.  We will each alter an Altoids (or similar sized for those living abroad) tin, filling it with autumn colored or autumn themed buttons, and send it to our partner! Check out some of the AMAZING beauties that were exchanged in our first annual swap last year: Fall in Love with Buttons Swaps on Flickr Here's an example of the one I made last year: The details: The standard Altoids tin is 4" x 2.5" "Altered" in this case simply means "decorated." There is a fantastic tutorial on how to cover a tin  here .  In it, she uses paper to cover the tin, but her instructions work ju