Friday, November 28, 2014

Button Floozies White Christmas Book Swap with Penny

We had a White Christmas Button Book swap over on my other blog, Button Floozies.  It was so much fun!  We were to create a book from paper or fabric and decorate it with 30-50 buttons.  Because I was the hostess/organizer, as sometimes happens, I had more than one partner so that the numbers came out correctly.
Here's the first one I swapped, with Penny who lives in Oregon.  Not only was she new to swapping -- she was also new to using her buttons in art!
Her beautiful book came in this lovely gift bag that was hand knit by her!
 The pages were all tied together with a satin ribbon; here's the first (above) -- beautiful vintage image and decorated with fabulous buttons!
 The back of that page: a doily decorated with pearls creates a pocket for carded vintage buttons!
 Here's the second page: a tree made of buttons, and a dove of peace in shell
 How sweet is this little stocking?  It was stuffed with...
 a button "charm" string and a candy cane made of red and white buttons!
 The charm string is to die for!  I can't get over it.
 The last page was this SWEET Scottie dog card, festooned with Scottie buttons!


 I am always completely charmed with this vintage doggie motif --
 how did she know?  On the back of all of that was one more page:
 another beautiful white Christmas theme in beautiful vintage images and buttons.
I completely love my book and am so glad to have had Penny as a partner!
And here is the one I made for Penny:

 The front cover
 page 2
 a Santa page
 with a small hand-painted pearl button included...
 a pocket which held gift tags tied with buttons
 a tree in white
 this page had a repro button card that I sewed shell buttons on to
 a lady in red
 a package of vintage square buttons
The last page in silver and white, with a swatch of vintage shell buttons still sewn to a card.
I mostly used Theresa Collins -- Santa's List and Tinsel and Company papers.
I have two more beautiful button book swaps to show you, and you can see them all over on Button Floozies, in separate posts over last week and the next!  Be inspired.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A little fabric book

I'm excited to show you the three White Christmas Button Books I created for the Button Floozies swap.  They are still winging their way across the country and will be in their new owner's hands within the next few days, so I will have to wait a bit longer.  I am eagerly awaiting mine -- aren't swaps fun?
Meanwhile, here's one I can show you -- not Christmas themed, but with lots of reds and pinks:
When a former swap partner Maggie let me know she wasn't able to participate in our swap this year I was finishing up this little book; I had no plans for it when done -- sometimes, I don't know who they are meant for until they are finished. So now it's living in Maine with Maggie and she really liked it.  Take a peek:
 I had begun this book a year or more ago...the pages were one of my unfinished projects!








It included a picture on fabric of little me.

This page included a pinnie made by Beth Leintz:




Is everyone ready for Thanksgiving?  My family will be celebrating on Friday -- while so many are out shopping.  What are your plans?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Yoo hoo!

Life feels as if it has speeded up lately -- I know you know what I mean.
I have been so busy but also really wanting to get over here to my blog to say hello and catch up a little bit!
Work is going well! While still underemployed, I am so happy there -- it is such a big improvement over my last job that I am walking on air.  You should have seen me doing the happy dance just the other day when I had my benefits orientation.  I was able to purchase BETTER health insurance for my family at less than HALF THE COST than what was offered at my last job, or by my husband's employer.  We are breathing a sigh of relief over here.
There are so many things I like about my new job, and here's just one: in the evenings, after I've done all the training and other work in between phone calls during the first several hours of my shift, things will generally slow down a bit and we are allowed to bring in quiet work, or reading.  Some of the younger people who are in school do homework.  I sew.
I whipped up these white pumpkins at work last week and I am in love with them.
I'm thinking of glittering them up but am a little afraid to try.  I might have to make a smaller version and experiment with that.
It's so nice to have time in the mornings to spend homemaking. Above, I replaced Halloween decor with some of my Georges Briard collection. I'm enjoying the look and thought it fit in well in-between holidays -- soon to be replaced by vintage Christmas.
 An enamel chicken pot that used to be in my Etsy shop; I am thinking about keeping it.  So iconic.
On the left, a green pear and apple design on a clear serving plate, and on the right, a milk glass plate with strawberry design gifted to me by Kathy.
The lid only of a decorated glass casserole dish, with doves, leaves and thistles.  I just love it.
And, filed under keeping it real: I thought I'd show you a solution I picked up at a recent estate sale. My son has gotten in the habit of piling/dumping his stuff next to the sofa after school which is fine because, hey, we live here.  But it was becoming problematic because the junk pile can grow to block the basement door.  So I bought this rolling cart for $10. Now he has 3 shelves to pile his stuff in, and when we need basement access, we just roll it out of the way.
Also under the heading "keeping it real" -- I was in such a cranky mood the other day when I was out running errands (other people's unkind online behavior -- enough said) that I had to grab this calendar.  Anne Taintor is the original mixed media artist and queen of snark, and now I have a whole year of her sarcasm to enjoy!
Last but not least: take a look at these window panes I got at another estate sale a few months back.  I paid just $10 for the four of them, and here I have photographed them as is -- unwashed and all. They are antique and show it -- at least one of them is losing its metal and has loose glass, so they will need to be reinforced (or framed.)
For now they are living in my garage, and I have NOT had any epiphanies about how to use them. Any suggestions, my artistic and designer friends?