7/25/07

Show & Tell Friday~

This week, I'm going to share my collection of buttons. I have a lot of buttons and I'm always on the hunt for more :-) I buy them at boutiques, yard sales...and I even pick them up off the ground lol If you want to make me happy....give me buttons! I house my buttons in all kinds of containers. Here is my collection of gumball machines which I filled with buttons. Each machine holds a different color...cute huh.Here is something I got at the auction I recently went to. It was in the lot of sewing items I bought for $2.50. It came along with a tag that reads: "Fresh water mother of pearl , from Button Factory, Muskatine Iowa -1910-There is a large shell with circles cut in it...along with long tubes of shells that I guess were put into some kind of slicing machine that cut it into buttons. I LOVE this... super neat for someone like me who just LOVES buttons! Mother of pearl buttons are my all time favorites...sigh... you just never can have to many of those!!Here are some jars that I have lined up on a shelf in my studio..... I have a fairy sitting amongst some pink buttons, and there is a small photo sitting in another which I used the tape transfer method on and it gives it a nice vintage look.Here are two flags in frames I made out of buttons~ The larger one isn't finished, I'm waiting on getting some more red/white buttons...almost there!and this I made using an old wire heart garden form... it reads "Angel of lost buttons" Ohhhhhhhhhh and this is a little tote I made using some yo-yo's and some of my favorite tiny buttons....(not finished.....) Lastly, here is a vintage glove form (bought for $5 buckeroos) holding 3 button necklaces...cute stuff~
This show & tell Friday was hosted by Kelli :-)

25 comments:

GeorgiaPeachez said...

What beautiful buttons, don't ya love em! One can never have enough! Love the button crafts, so creative! xo, suzy

mockingbird hill said...

Those button necklaces are my fave! And the gumball machine idea is great...love.it.
Have a great weekend! Cassie

Pam said...

Button button, whose got the button?

Did you ver play that as a child?

I had so many buttons, some antique which I sold at a huge yardsale before moving. I displayed them in old blue canning jars up on a country shelf! I sometimes regret I ever sold them.

Anita said...

Wow, what a wide collection of buttons you have! And how talented you are to make such pretty craftings! I especially adore that wire heart! Very well done!

Best wishes from Germany,
Anita

Penless Thoughts said...

U've know a lot of people who have a "button jar", including myself but I've never seen any one who collected so many. It's neat the way you have them in different sets of containers. All very nice but the gumball machines is the cutest idea. Thanks for sharing.
Susan

Kim said...

Reminds me of the game "Button, button whose go the button." LOL. My kids would have them EVERYWHERE. What a really cool idea to put them in gumball machines. Thanks for sharing.

Lallee said...

Oh wow. You have the biggest collection of buttons I have yet seen! Putting them in the gumball machines is so clever! I love the Angel of Lost Buttons placque and the necklaces and the flags. Thank you for sharing!

LBP said...

I love your button collection! I have a glass coffee jar full of buttons that my grandmother gave me. They are extra special and I will only use them on crafts that are staying in our family! Beautiful displays! Love the fairies!

Jennifer said...

And I thought I had a lot of buttons! :) Love all your buttons and all your creative containers/displays...

Connie said...

I love your enthusiasm about buttons. I know how addicting they can be. I buy too many myself.

Great Show and Tell.
Take care,
Connie

ellen b said...

what wonderful collections. I like how you've used your buttons. The containers for your stuff are great, too. blessings..

Marci said...

I love buttons too. I don't have near as many as you do though. I have a half gallon canning jar full of colorful buttons that has a lid that makes it a lamp. Maybe I will share that next week for show and tell. I also have tins of buttons from my Grandma and a couple of Great-Aunts.

There is a museum about 2 hours from here about Mooney Warther. He was a carver who was a genius as well. His wife collected buttons and they have a cottage on the grounds that when you walk in, all her buttons are displayed in frames. They are put in gorgeous designs. They cover all the walls and I think part of the ceiling. It is in Dover, OH if you ever get there. It is called the Warther Carving Museum.

oliveoyl64 said...

I just inherited my mother's button collection. I pulled out all of the really cool ones, and the common ones I will use for scrapbooking and craft projects. I only have one ball jar full, so I have lots of hunting to do.

Our local charity thrift has really SMALL jars(2 oz) of buttons and they have $4 on them. I have been watching them for over a month now and they are still sitting there. I may go in and make an offer to see if they will sell them to me cheaper.

Thanks for the inspirational craft projects.

Lady_MSnow said...

I love buttons! I wish I had your stash. Seems like I never have what I need. =)

Lana G! said...

Clever, clever, clever! Love them all!

Susie said...

You've displayed your buttons in so many creative and delightful ways. I really enjoyed your show n tell!
:)

Susanna Rose said...

I love it! You have such a fun, unique way of displaying your things!

Barbara H. said...

Oh, my -- this is a drool-worthy post for a button lover! Love your collection! I love buttons and button crafts, too. I had a post a while back about button crafts I had found, here.

Revee said...

What creative items you made with your button collection! I like the angel heart the best. :)

Gayle said...

I have a nice button collection too, and find them in various places to buy. My favorite time was at a yard sale - it was an old tin of buttons, and inside there were tons of old buttons strung on a heavy thread with a big fat needle - I could just imagine how little kids had played at Grandma's house years and years ago - so fun!

Rose Mary said...

Oh, I love buttons~you have a great collection!

Linda aka yellowroseli said...

Hey, now thats a collection, lol.
I love all your buttons. You have displayed them is such great ways.
Thanks for sharing.

Lyndy said...

How neat. My grandmother had jars of buttons that I now have and treasure.

Thanks for sharing and have a blessed weekend my friend.

Hugs, Lyndy

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Fabulous button collection! Love the gumball machine display!

Katherine

Stephanie said...

Love those buttons! Makes me just want to run them through my hands.