|My own beautiful designer ceramic buttons - crafted by Dottery Pottery|
Don't we all love buttons? Seeing a tin of buttons anywhere transports me straight back to childhood, rooting around in my grans button tin. It was a rusty old tin, nothing pretty to look at all - but oh.... did it hold treasures within! I loved to hunt around for favourites, making patterns and pictures with them.
I must still have a few of them today, though now they've been added to my own tin - along with the contents of my mum's tin too. In fact I've got three tins! Greedy or what? And they're all very pretty.
A large one containing a multitude of vintage finds, many still retaining bits of thread from the garments they were snipped from - a few still attached to their cardboard holders, and priced in shillings and pence. Some are beautiful, and though they may never be used, retain a special fondness.... Others are downright ugly, yet I still haven't the heart to abandon them.
|Who doesn't love a button tin - this is my tiny carry-around one|
I adore using buttons in just about anything I make. I think they add a certain charm. I also use them to add an individual touch to clothing and accessories. I'm a proper second-hand rose, and love trawling car-boots and charity shops for bargains. The plainest v-neck jumper can be transformed by the quick addition of some quirky buttons at the neckline. Or add to a scarf for instant re-vamp. Over the years I've attached buttons to hats, bags, pictures - just about anywhere I think I might be able to get away with it!
When I saw this gorgeous figure for sale at a car-boot sale, I was totally smitten. Isn't it lovely?
|Was once part of a Liberty store window display - one of my car-boot treasures|
I love to do applique. In the evenings whilst sat down watching the television, I find it really relaxing. My embroidery skills are never likely to progress beyond naive simplicity, I just don't have enough patience. Anything larger than A5 size usually has me running for my machine. (However, I am forcing myself to handsew a lap quilt at present - out of sheer dogged-mindedness. It remains to be seen if I ever manage to finish it!).
I have no idea what these three little stitcheries are going to end up as. The background was a pretty pillowcase I found in a charity shop, and the bird fabric a few tiny scraps left from an Amy Butler fat quarter (miniscule - but too lovely to throw away). I'm thinking possibly a vertical wall hanging on a white background bound in green. What do you reckon?
|The perfect size for tweety eyes|
|So handy for adding detail....|
|I tend to add buttons to everything!|
|Isn't this just adorable?www.rarebirdfinds.typepad.com|
|What a stunning piece of art - http://www.flickr.com/photos/cottageqt/sets/72157606910485336/|
|Natural looking loveliness www.foundonfolksy.blogspot.com|
|Oh the colours - I want to eat them! www.thelittleredhen.typepad.com|
|A little bit biased I know - but I love these! http://www.folksy.com/shops/thedotterypotter|
|How awesome is this! Fantastic art by http://assets0.folksy.com/shops/fredalicious|
Right folks.... that's it for today. Time for me to button up.