Sunday, December 28, 2008

My Favorite Buttons- Old Ceramics



I know, it's hard to decide what your FAVORITE buttons is- there are so many to love! I've got lots of buttons, but the ones I've decided to collect to keep are these china/ceramic buttons. I'm not sure of the exact age but they started making them in the 1800's and stopped somewhere around 1930.

These are calicos- the small print is similiar to calico fabric.

These are stencils.



This group of white china buttons has a bunch of different kinds of buttons- unfortunatley I don't know the names of a lot of them. The buttons on the bottom are called Whistles. They had one hole on the top and two holes on the bottom. I'm really not sure how they were attached.

The round buttons in the top group with the fluted edge are called...pie crusts- because there edge looks like the fork tined edge of a pie.
So what are your FAVORITE buttons?


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to YOU!!

I hope everyone has a delightful Christmas....I have my holiday greeting for everyone over on my blog..please drop by for a moment!

Hugs,
Stephanie
the Queen of Dreamsz

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Button Bouquet Tutorial

Back in November I posted with a picture of a button bouquet I made for my daughter's bedroom. I finally made a tutorial about how to make your own. Click here to go to my blog. Lots of pictures and super easy to make! It would make a great last minute Christmas gift. Use vintage buttons you have laying around or go buy some fun colored buttons at your local craft store. Kids love making these too!

Fabric covered buttons - how to make them, how to use them...

Hello Button Floozies!
I don't know whether you have seen it on my blog or not, but I thought I might share it with you :)
Some time ago I fell in love with the fabric covered brads. But I live in Poland and it is still quite difficult to buy some things here, and as I'm impatient and can't wait long I usually have to be creative :)
I had some fabric covered buttons, like here:
After adding some Prima flowers they looked like this:And I had to try one of them on the card:
But I just kept thinking.... and I made some more fabric covered buttons myself!
Here they are:
I added some fabric or paper flowers, cheesecake cloth, and used stamps! Here are the effects:Want to find out how I did them? I don't have any devices, just fabric, button, thread, needle and scissors. Here is my simple tutorial.

Look how nice one of them looks on the layout:
They also look pretty great on pony tail holders I did for my niece:
They can be used to make rings, broches, badges or bobby pins! You can use them to add a fresh look to the pillow! Posibilities are endless!
And making them you can use buttons that are scratched and don't look that great on their own.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Containing My Button Collection

Hi All Button Floozies,

What a great site this is. I'm so glad I was directed here and now to be a member too. It's great to see what others are collecting and creating with their buttons.

I have a posting at my Angelina's Trinkets site about "Containing My Button Collection." Hop on over and see what I've come up with.

Glad to meet all of you.
Blessings,
Angelina

Thursday, December 11, 2008

please vote for me!!!

hi button floozies - i have entered my little button christmas tree in a competition on a site called craftjuice http://www.craftjuice.com/

and wondered if i could ask for your support in voting for me?

it's a bit cheeky to ask i know but i've had such a good response to my tree in blogland and on flickr

so i'd love it to do well!

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* * * mErRy ChRiStMaS tO aLL tHe wOrLd'S bUtToN fLoOZiEs * * *

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vote here!

http://www.craftjuice.com/story.php?title=vintage_haberdashery_christmas_trees-2

ps: there are lot's of other great entries there to vote for too!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

A gift

I recieved this for a gift last year from a co-worker. Wouldn't it be fun to sew buttons on a stocking around the top like a cuff.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Button Jar


Hi,
I'm new to this blog and just wanted to say hello and show you a picture of my button jar. I love looking at all of your button pictures. They bring back sweet childhood memories. When I was young my mother kept buttons in a cookie tin. She would take them down from the closet shelf and let me play with the buttons. I love buttons.
I keep my buttons in an old blue Mason canning jar that belonged to my Memaw.
These pewter buttons are a recent purchase. I plan on sewing them onto a knitted neckwarmer.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!


Just thought I would share these for the United States Holiday! Did a search for Thankgiving buttons, click on Happy Thanksgiving title if you want to find out more. Happy Turkey Day!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Button Jar on My Desk

I have a button jar on my desk that I fill up with all buttons that are new to me. I realized after having all of my buttons neat and tidy (look here, here, here, and here), it would be so easy to maintain organization by putting all of the buttons that come into my house right where they go with the rest of their happy same-colored buttons. Too easy. I love sorting. It's part of the thrill for me. So, I decided that I would put all new buttons in this jar, and sort the buttons when it became full.

Last week for International Button Week, I realized it was perfect timing to sort the goods, and take pictures. :)

I got this pretty postcard as a gift from Angela Harris when I ordered a few things from her on Etsy, and I love it lining my button jar.

I dumped out the pretty buttons, and did what I love: sort.
Yeah. So purdy.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Introducing myself ... and link to Vintage Button Cards

Hi everybody - I'm Lorraine of LPVintage.com and this is my first post as a Button Floozie (I love calling myself a Floozie!). Last week I did a button post on my blog and this morning as I was reading my favourite blogs I found that Suzanne of Pink Roses had posted photos of the button cards she received in Silver Bella's recent Vintage Button Swap. I'm posting one of the cards she received here; visit her blog to see the others - just gorgeous!

I missed it!

I don't know how I missed Button Week! I kept thinking I was going to do a post on my blog for button week and link to it from here, but kept working on other posts and never got to it.

But any day is a good day for a button floozie to look at buttons, right?

Here are a few of several of my buttons:

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Button collection

I had this out around Valentine's Day, mostly heart-shaped buttons:

Tray with heart shaped buttons, etc.

Buttons

Buttons

Buttons

This is one of my favorite plaques with buttons on it:

3-D plaque

As is this:
Family plaque

I've already shown this button wreath I made:

Heart button wreath

And this ornament:

Ornament made with buttons

Here are a couple of fabric trees I made:

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Incidentally, if you want more button pics to drool over, there is a Flickr group for button wreaths, balls, and flowers at: http://www.flickr.com/groups/614169@N23/ and there are more soft trees at http://www.flickr.com/groups/15961496@N00/pool/

Later this week I'll post some things to make with buttons.

Bye Bye Button Week

I really enjoyed Button Week! Looking at everyone's lovely collections and beautiful photos. I have to say that I think it also brought me some luck as I had my first sale on Folksy! I am sending my fabric buttons on their way this morning across the country to their new home. I hope they go on to become a finishing touch on someone's project or, indeed, even just to be treasured in a collection! I'm not sure if, the next time that I sell some, I will get quite so excited...I hope so because it's so much fun!





Bye bye little buttons x

Sunday, November 23, 2008

brilliant handmade buttons for button week!

there are some really gorgeous buttons out there in cyber space - here are some beauties i found on etsy

these are hand made ceramic buttons from Laura Walker - here is a link to her ETSY shop - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=69847 and a link to her flickr account http://www.flickr.com/photos/laura_walker/ - i think you'll agree her buttons are beautiful.


i love this shop too - aimoobaroo - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5170421 for fabric covered buttons and brads

and of course there is the lovely incywincy who has several shops selling fabric covered buttons like these {which are now MINE !!} http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5110312

these are just gorgeous - wow - i think i NEED some! available here -

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=59736 @ swept from the sea

oh how i do love buttons and it is so nice too see that the art of button making is still very much in evidence out there in cyber space!


***hApPy BuTtOn WeEk fElLoW BuTtOn fLoOzIeS ***


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Aren't these Cute as a Button?


My mom got the recipe for these Swedish Wafer Christmas Cookies about 50 years ago from a neighbor. She also got a scrumptious recipe for Potato Soup from her, but that's another post for another blog. Potato Floozies, maybe?

I couldn't resist making them early this year to share with you here in honor of International Button Week. Enjoy!


Swedish Wafer Christmas Cookies
(from Marilyn Stender to Rosalind Hose to Debbie Doughty to you!)

Cookie:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 2 cups sifted flour (I'm not sure if sifting is necessary with our "modern" flour, but I do it because I love using my sifter, lol)
  • Plate of granulated sugar, set aside
  • Combine butter and whipping cream in mixing bowl.
  • Mix with an electric mixer, slowly adding flour until well blended.
  • Cover and Chill until firm
  • Roll dough out 1/3 at a time to 1/8" thickness
  • Cut into 1 and 1/2" circles.
  • With fingers or spatula, transfer to plate of granulated sugar and coat each side.
  • Transfer to ungreased cookie sheet. They don't expand much so they can be close.
  • Prick each cookie with a toothpick four times so it resembles a button.
  • Bake @ 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes. Watch bottoms closely, they brown before the tops.
  • Cool and fill
Filling:
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg yolk (you can use dehydrated eggs yolks if you prefer. I tried them for the first time with this batch and they turned out fine)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup sifted confectioners sugar
  • Food coloring. I usually make half pink and half light green.
  • Combine butter, egg yolk and vanilla in mixing bowl.
  • Beat with an electric mixer, slowly adding confectioners sugar until smooth and creamy.
  • Add food coloring drop by drop until you reach desired color.
Makes about 4 dozen cookies

Friday, November 21, 2008

Lovin Button Week

Hello all, I am new here and I am happy to ba a Floozie!!! Here are some photos of some buttons and I have others on my blog. http://theclicksofmyshutter.blogspot.com/ I love all your photos and ideas! I have a quart jar with buttons, basket with buttons, a box of buttons someone gave me and I have my Grandmothers sewing box with her buttons. I have my other Grandmothers sewing machine, treadle of course. I have just started blogging and have so much fun.

Button Cuff bracelet I made, covered elastic with black stretch velvet and hand sewn the buttons on.

Some newer buttons...

Added to things, makes it complete...

Everything is better, with a button upon it!!

Deb

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