Monday, February 28, 2011

Everything's Coming Up Buttons, part II

I'm encountering an ongoing dry spell in these parts for thrift shop finds; but, that's okay because there was a sale at Saturday's button workshop.  I bought some new buttons to love, all of which were used, and which were thriftily priced, ranging from 25 cents to $1.00!
Let's start with plastic; or, as we say in the buttoning world, "synthetic polymer"!  I love these -- the clear one between the two aqua buttons is lucite; the one next to is is painted with a lovely little blue jay, and the blue one just above the large red cameo button is my first "design under plastic", or DUP, button!  The red one with the cameo was my splurge of the day; I wanted a button to remind me of Jane Austen, and so I paid $4 for it.  It's actually plastic on a red celluloid wafer.
I really liked this one because it looked like a fancily-carved radish to me!
And I liked this one because it reminded me of the wallpaper in my the house I grew up in!  Yes, I know, we button collectors are an odd bunch; you never know what will inspire us!
Now on to the glass and one lone shell (lower right, very bottom) buttons -- I love them all, especially the clear glass knotted looking one to the right of the black glass football-shaped, faceted one.  I also think the one just above it is special -- it is glass over a glittery, sparkly design that you can see through it, sort of like a paperweight.  I also like the glass ball set in metal that's sitting below the light blue flower.
Black glass from Austria, still on the card, and very old -- how could I resist at 50 cents?
Some little metal treasures -- I just liked the shapes of them!
Tiny, "diminutive" buttons; won't that lock with the rhinestone look lovely as an embellishment?
My first ever "Battersea" button -- also diminutive.  Sorry it's blurry -- the macro on my new camera is giving me fits!
Easily identifiable by the signature on the back!  If you have good eyes, or a magnifying glass!
Here's the grab bag bargain of the day -- a bunch of metal buttons for $1.  This little grouping was special:
I adore the big, round, puffy metal button and its tiny counterparts; the blue glass button on the far left must have jumped in when no one was looking!
I was inspired to sew some buttons onto my newest "three inchie" embellishment, a beautiful bird surrounded by antique laces, to remind me that Spring is coming...
surely it is...and it's available now in my handmade shop!

I'm linking up this morning here:

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Everything's Coming Up Buttons!

That's the name of our Colorado State Button Society Annual Show, and here's the flyer that I'm very happy with, which I produced for the show:
Sorry -- it comes out a little fuzzy as a .jpeg for some reason, but in real life it's sharp and pretty!  Today, I'm at the Judging and Entering Workshop for the show's competition; this is where we learn all the rules for each show's challenge so we can enter our trays of buttons.  I don't expect to be doing a tray to enter this year, since my experience last year wasn't so great.  But, you never know!

Of course, the best part of the day isn't the morning classification classes, but the afternoon button sale!  I hope to have some fun photos to show you in the next few days from that!

Happy Saturday, everyone!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Fun Finds of a Bookish Kind

Wow -- I was able to get out for a bit yesterday afternoon just to clear my head, since my husband was home to care for our sickly son.  I went to an antique store and two thrift stores and found NOTHING!  It is, I think, that dismal time of the year before spring cleaning and summer junking.  Slim pickins' at the shops for sure.  So, I thought I would show you yet more from that same estate sale I've been writing about, as I did buy a lot there:
There is always the requisite grab bag of seam binding and trims, but this one also had that cute white and blue silhouetted doggie ribbon!  So cute!  And I love the flowery trims, as well as the rick rack in unusual colors, some perfect for spring!
This (above) just made me laugh: a kit from the "Fad-of-the-Month Club"!  Can you imagine?  It contained two of these plastic fans, with little vials of enamel and dyes to mix into it to make different colors that you would paint as shown onto the fans with the tiny brush, included.  I would love to know what some of the other kits were!  I'm sure I'll come across them, someday.
Did I already show you the plastic shoebox full of buttons?  The baggie of buttons next to it was a gift from the estate sale company, as a thank you for writing about them in this article on  What a nice surprise!  I found some fun stuff in that baggie, including some of my favorite fancy carved shell buttons, and one on a card from Paris!
But, take a look at some of the amazing books I found there!  The red covered one is an illustrated Bible, with the most beautiful engravings and illustrations.  I loved the cover, too!  Next to it, Coffin's Interest Tables is a leather covered book with great pages filled with columns of numerals to use in my ephemera journals!
I really liked how it was the "Liberty Bond Edition" -- that's one of my favorite US eras.  The pages are perfectly patina'd!
That Christmas book is a pop-up book in amazing condition -- the illustrations make me swoon!
Then, I found this well-played with pop up book, which included an envelope full of the playing pieces.  It's not in great condition -- I'm pretty sure the back cover is missing -- but look at the pop ups:
Doesn't this remind you of "Route 66"?
More books: I love the illustrations in the Little Golden Book about how to tell time, and the whole Three Little Kittens story, which was always one of my favorites!
I will keep those intact as collectibles, but I do plan to use the pages of the Bird Stamps book in my art; it also came with this fun National Geographic poster that shows birds and their migration patterns -- interesting!

If you love old paper, I hope you liked seeing my thrifty finds!  I'm linking up to my buddy Linda's Junkin' Finds Friday!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

So Well Remembered

I feel great at having finished up three new journals and a whole stack of tags -- which are already almost all out the door.  It's so nice to have wonderful friends who like your work!
I love this one -- a special order for a gal who had a black poodle as a child.  The cover is from a Dana Girls book; the matching green tatting was a gift from my friend Jeanelle, and I think it's the perfect addition, don't you?
A couple of my favorite pages from this journal...
including a cute old greeting card!  Look at the back:
I also love this page which is one of the end pages of a child's book:
This journal was for a girl that my friend described as "a Southern belle"; I had fun with this one because she loved antiques, lace and buttons:
Among the pages I added to this journal was one from the wonderful lace sample book I was gifted by Linda Sue:
I also slipped in this card, below, which was so cute with its real millinery netting pasted over the hats!
I hope she loves her journal!  There's one left and I've put it up for sale in Twice Shy Restored; here's a peek:
The journal's title is from the spine of another book that I used in another project.  It's hard to see in the photo, but it's also pale red.  I really enjoyed the fresh, red and white look for this one!
(Through all of these pages and tags you can see some of the wallpaper samples Suzanne gifted me.  I love how my friends share!)

There are photos of all the journal pages in 'So Well Remembered' if you're interested, here.  Here are some of those tags, too -- they're all sold!
I used some of my good stuff (Karla!) -- antique scrap angel and some gorgeous old lace.  Here's the back of one, with pieces of a page from a Primer that was mostly ruined but still had some wonderful illustrations:
Above - this was my favorite -- I might have kept it, come to think of it!
I used a lot of K & Company scrapbook paper for these -- they make such pretty vintage repro paper!
Above, a french label on the left and new and old wallpaper on the right...below are the backs:
It's fun to make a bunch at once!  This little girl needed a lace crown.  Now, I can't imagine her without it!
Okay -- the last couple I will show you.  On the left, a cute doggie playing card, and at right a scan from a Barbie-through-the-ages-poster I bought at a garage sale, crushed and written on.  I've scanned some of the images and I adore them!
Here are the backs of those.  I think you can tell I was having a really good time!  That's glitter glue on the bottom of the solid pink tag.  I love that stuff!

Thanks for indulging me sharing all this fun paper play with you.  It makes me feel better.  I had a horrendous day today -- literally spent six hours at the Urgent Care with my son after he awoke doubled over with abdominal pain.  When we got to the clinic, he had a fever, too.  They poked around and decided they needed to rule out appendicitis.  It was one of the most frustrating days I've had in a long time!  At one point, I had to go out into the hallway and complain about the wait (it had been 2-1/2 hours at that point.)  One of the doctors bit my head off!  After that I was so angry I was in tears.

The diagnosis is good: just bad cramps/pain from a stomach virus that's "going around."  They gave him a shot and he finally feels better -- but exhausted.  He fell asleep at 5 pm after some jello and rice crackers.  Being a mom is hard work.