Saturday, September 16, 2017

High Fashion Buttons

I was pleasantly surprised to see this photo in a current fashion magazine:
 It's by Dolce and Gabbana -- featuring beautiful, fancy buttons!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Button wreath

I'm soaking up the last of the summer's outdoor markets here in Colorado, and always on the lookout for buttons!
Have a safe Labor Day weekend, and, if you are in the affected South, you are all in our thoughts and prayers!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Reuse, Recycle, Upcycle - Buttons!

Has one of these creative reuse, recycle, upcycle CRAFT stores popped up near you yet?  Oh my goodness, I visited this one today and it was like heaven!
It was as if you were in the sewing/crafting section of your favorite thrift shop and found something amazing for pennies...except, EVERYTHING was amazing and everything costed pennies!
I spent a total of $6 and got all of this:
Vintage Hallmark embossed wrapping paper - perfect for Valentines! - an unopened vintage tissue roses kit, beautiful old card box, NIP Dept. 56 garland...
 a bride and groom cake topper that I've been looking for for a project, pretty old pin box...
 3 yards of fabric with finished edges -- perfect to make table runners from...
 and a bag of all these finished quilt squares, plus extra pieces...
someone worked very hard on these, and most of the fabric is raw silk.  I'm thinking pretty pumpkins!
Not shown: a stack lovely blue deckled writing paper, some large mailing envelopes, and four little scarecrows for Fall decorating.  All for that $6!

I only took a few photos inside because I was so busy looking at all the great stuff -- but they had it all: fabric, findings, beads, yarn, wood, glass, paper, antiques to re-purpose, etc. etc. etc.  I could easily have spent all day there!
Check out the adorable signs on the bins of vintage textiles!
Everyone there was really nice!
And, yes, of course there were buttons!

The shop accepts donations and the proceeds go to a local youth symphony program!  I love it that I now have somewhere to take my buttons, destash crafts and vintage-y things, where I know they'll be treasured and appreciated!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Buttons for a Memorial

I just had the pleasure of stuffing a box full of as many vintage buttons as I could, as a donation to the California Holocaust Education and Resource Center.  The organization is building a memorial to the 6 million Holocaust victims out of buttons and are collecting that many!
 In these bags there are some very fun buttons mixed in with some very common ones; all are vintage.
Believe it or not, I managed to get ALL the buttons shown above into the box!
At some point, the Center will add them to their count; I can't even guess how many there are -- but it is definitely in the thousands!
They are only looking for very large quantity donations of buttons; if you can help, contact the California Holocaust Education and Resource Center on their page.  I know they'll be glad to hear from you!
I'm excited to see how the buttons will eventually be used to create the memorial!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Bring in the clowns!!!

  I've been painting buttons for a long time and it never occurred to me to paint a clown.. But I recently had a special order for one and decided to do a few more.  They are all 1 1/8" MOP - about the size of a quarter. 
  These are all one-of-a-kind.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

A Few Goodies...

In this collection there are glass, ceramic, pearl, and plastic buttons. 







I found each grouping of buttons in a glass jar 
that I bought at a yard sale. 
I purchased multiple jars of buttons that day. 
I hope you enjoy looking at them!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Look...Metal Buttons

I pulled these metal buttons from a glass olive jar of many buttons. 
They were purchased in an antique mall in PA. 
These really stood out. 
Check them out...




Do you have any information on these?

Friday, June 30, 2017

RED, WHITE AND BLUE

How many of you put out a pretty dish of buttons for the holidays ? Lets see all the pictures .
Have a safe and Happy 4th of July .

Saturday, June 24, 2017

NEW FLOOZIE FROM MISSOURI

Hi my name is Debbie . I have been reading this blog for a l-o-n-g time, I even did a swap a few
years back.  Like most of us here I started loving buttons when I was a kid. My grandma had a dress that had little black buttons with rhinestones in the middle of them. I thought those buttons were so cool and that's when I fell in love. I love to meet other button lovers and hope to make some new button friends.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Estate Sale Buttons

I stumbled on to a fun estate sale the other day, and was delighted to see a small box of buttons on display!
But, rather shocked to see the price on them: $10 each!  My advice is, don't ever be afraid to ask for a better deal when you're buying vintage anything; in this case, as a Button Floozie you probably know more about buttons and their worth than the average person does.  In my opinion, this lot of mostly plastic buttons (one is glass) were not only not real valuable, but some weren't even in the best of shape.  So, I politely asked the cashier to lower the price.  I told her that rather than $10 each, a fair estate sale price (on the 3rd and last day of a sale) was $5 total.  She agreed.  (I tried to leave behind the box -- but she insisted I take it, too.)
Aren't they fun?  I love the big black one, and the brown one with the scroll-y design on top best of all.  I love older buttons, and these made me real happy.

Friday, May 26, 2017

A One-of-a Kind Button

I really had to share this one 
with all you BUTTON FLOOZIES!
It is metal and clear lucite. In the photo it looks pearly, but it is actually clear. 
The face in the middle is very detailed. I don't have any information on this unique button. 
DO YOU?


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Some Favorites

I have lots favorite buttons however my rhinestone vintage buttons always win top show at my house.



I am trying to select some buttons to pass on to others through my etsy shop and can't seem to get them together. I'm overwhelmed because I have so many I think is reason .
I always enjoy finding these buttons.




I refused to go to the last Button show because I knew I would get carried away .



Sunday, May 21, 2017

Four From The Button Tin

Here are four vintage buttons from my button collection. These were in with 100's of other buttons, in a large button tin. Check them out....

 A fabric covered button with a printed giraffe
 1 molded plastic red button, 
1 fabric covered red giraffe button, 
1 metal sculpted button, 1 glass etched floral button
A metal sculpted button

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Little bag of buttons

I had to rescue this little bag of buttons from the thrift store; I could kind of see there was nothing really special in it...
 but I still couldn't resist!
I'm glad I did; the black and white one on the upper right looks like a buffed celluloid -- but it's just plastic.  Still pretty though! 
Let's see your rescues!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Two Of A KIND

I found these 2 buttons in a large jar of mixed vintage buttons. I found the jar in a thrift store. These buttons are made of a brown/black molded plastic. They are to look like wood.They are approximately 1.5 inches round. They look like they belong on a vintage jacket or coat. 



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Roosters everwhere!!

I uploaded these pics a while ago and never did the post.  Found these buttons at an antique show New Years day in Glastonbury CT.   I am making a quilt using a damaged quilt top that I am recycling and was looking for buttons for it and found these.

I Love the blue baby face button, right above it the tennis player button, and the Victorian pressed glass buttons. 
Another dealer had a small box of rooster buttons in a variety of colors and sizes.  He wanted $25 for the lot.  I just wanted a couple and he said I could take a "couple for free"!  I had a real hard time deciding and finally said would you take $20 for the box ... he said yes!   Can't imagine where these buttons came from.  Some kind of a promotion maybe?
For some reason they tickled my fancy!  Had to have them.  They are being incorporated into my quilt which I have named aptly "Cock-a-doodle-doo".
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

One Fine Button

This was a vintage button that I found at a church yard sale. It was in a large jar of all kinds of buttons. It is worn, a little discolored, and imperfect...that is why I like it. This button has glass faceted accents, and they are set in a heavy plaster-like molded button. Check It Out...




Saturday, April 22, 2017

THESE BUTTONS LOOK LIKE PASTA

Here are 3 buttons from a jar with hundreds of vintage buttons. 
Check these out:




They have the look of little nests of fresh pasta. They are made of resin and plastic. They really stood out in the jar of buttons that I found at a church yard sale. I am not sure of the age, type, or origin. Do you have any information on this type of button?

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Vintage Button Jewelry

I was at an indoor garage sale recently, and met a local woman who was selling necklaces she'd created from vintage buttons!  I asked her if I could photograph them for my button blog; here is that picture for your enjoyment:

Saturday, March 25, 2017

My favorite buttons - #7

I have a wide variety of black glass buttons -- and the unique shape of this one makes it a favorite! It's shaped like a boat, and then incised and accented with gold paint.
On the reverse, the cut-out button hole.

These buttons are sometimes mistakenly referred to as "jet" -- the actual jet ones are rarer, but from about the same era as the many small black glass varieties.

I hope you've enjoyed celebrating National Button Week as much as I've enjoyed showing off some of my favorite, beautiful buttons!
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