Collecting vintage buttons is its own pleasure. I really like to sort things…there’s something about the process that both calms and energizes. The more I sort, the more I see. Color, size, style, shank or flat, material, and the best…matching! If you want to build a stash of buttons, let people know that you are hunting for them. Many gracious people have simply handed me … Continue reading Buttons
This week I had visitors in my studio…Katie (“I’m 5.” “No, you’re 4 and a half.”) and her younger sister Isabelle. Looking around my stash to find playthings, my eyes landed on my sorted buttons. I dumped the bags of blue and brown buttons into one bin, and immediately Katie said, “Why are you doing that?” “To keep you occupied” didn’t seem like the right … Continue reading Stringing buttons in chains
In the midst of my scrap-using tag-making session, I had my stash of pink buttons spilled out to find single buttons to add to a tag, like this: My button stash comes from vintage button tins I find on ebay, so there’s no telling whether a button has any multiples. I hate splitting sets, so if I only want one button, I usually spend a … Continue reading Vintage Buttons Rescued from the Tin!
Wow January…this is has been a tough start to the year. Whenever I need to settle things down, and focus, it helps to make something. Just make something. I need a couple box box labels. Starting from a box of tags I cut last year, and some buttons. Just make something. It was just a small thing, but still: Continue reading Just make something
There’s nothing like a new craft book to get me motivated and scurrying off to my studio. A few weeks ago, I received a copy of beader extraordinaire Laura McCabe’s Embellished Beadweaving: Jewelry Lavished with Fringe, Fronds, Lacework & More (Beadweaving Master Class Series). I took a class from Laura several years ago through the Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild, and I really like her needle-and-thread … Continue reading Button and Netting Necklace
I brought back a bag of buttons from Mom’s this past weekend, and there are some great treasures here. I think they are plastic. Many are still on cards. Judging from the packaging, I think I’m looking at a collection from the 1950’s-60’s. Lots of large, chunky buttons. Continue reading Buttons, buttons, I’ve got the buttons
This is a crazy-quilt piece that I embellished with bead embroidery. I did this piece about 2 years ago, and it has since been waiting for inspiration on it’s next step. I showed it to 3-month old Grace and she was very excited by it. Maybe it’s time to move this piece on to the next step. Continue reading Joyful Heart