Monday, January 31, 2011

Kedo Tea-Code Button Cup

I love this simple but ingenious design by Kedo - a series of porcelain cups with a little plastic button than you can wrap the tea label around to stop it getting in the way.

"Remember the tea kettle - it is always up to its neck in hot water, yet it still sings!"
Author Unknown

Saturday, January 29, 2011


There are mornings when I wake up, when my hair looks like it has had a midnight adventure without me... I would love to wake up to this sort of 'bed head' - a surefire way of knowing my hair had had a great time... even if it was without me!



Friday, January 28, 2011

Please bear with me!

Apologies in advance if you notice that the blog looks a little messy, with font styles & colours all over the place, but I am in the middle of trying to do a restyle and clean up and it's taking a little longer than I thought! If you know of a way of doing this, so that I can keep it all in the background, till I am actually happy with it, rather than everyone seeing the work in progress, do please let me know!

Maximo Riera Octopus Chair

Spanish artist, Maximo Riera, is a photographer, painter, poet & sculptor and has recently launched the first piece in his Animal Chair collection, The Octopus Chair. 

Take one buttonback armchair + octopus = bonkers!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Button Book

These are just wonderful! The maker is currently working on an embroidered felt book where she can show off all her favourite buttons - I love the simplicity of the black embroidery, and think it's a great heirloom piece to hand down the family don't you think?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

buttoned beauties

If I owned these Fluevog buttoned beauties... I'd levitate too!


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Button Giveaway at lil fish studios

Having been a long time fan of Lisa's blog lil fish studios, I was delighted to see her recent posting on a very generous button giveaway she is doing. If you're interested in the giveaway, you have until Friday to leave a comment on her post. If you miss it, never fear, she is also listing lots of her button bags in her etsy shop lilfishextras.  Hurry...hurry...tout suite!

Made-By: Fashion with respect for people & planet


I came across the European not-for-profit organisaton, Made-By recently, who are on a mission to improve environmental and social conditions in the fashion industry. They use a blue button as a their logo and supporters of the organisation, also wear a single blue button attached to their clothing.

Driven by a commitment to sustainability, Made-By's overall mission is to make sustainable fashion common practice. 

They support fashion brands in implementing good environmental and social standards, that can be developed and maintained within a commercial environment. The organisation was founded by Solidaridad, a leading Dutch International NGO that has been an innovator and driving force in fair trade and environmental issues.

Hard Liquor and Dutch Blue Buttons

via Made-By

In 1842, In the Dutch city of Leiden, the Association for the Abolishment of Hard Liquor (Vereniging tot Afschaffing van Sterke Drank) was founded - their principle aim being the prevention of excessive gin consumption amongst workers. Members of the association could be identified by wearing a blue button made from a small wooden ring entwined with blue yarn. It took 50 years for the Dutch federation of teetotallers to see the light, with the association being disbanded - no samples of the buttons seemed to have survived, which seems a shame! 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Kites and Blustery days

It's blusterly enough to get the kite out today - wouldn't it be lovely to see this fly?


Do go see Bridgette's photostream on Flickr - she has some wonderful little button creations!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Hello Boys!

Remember this Wonderbra ad campaign with the original Wonderbra pin-up girl, Eva Herzigova? I remember it well & it caused such a distraction to drivers, that roadside ads have to be removed!

After seeing this amazing button embellished bra, I'm convinced that Eva would've received so much more attention wearing one of these don't you think?

I thought I would do my own little montage to see how it looked! There. Better already!

DIY Button Bookmark

Lisa from GoodKnits has posted a fantastic & easy-to-follow tutorial on her blog, to make these DIY Button bookmarks. I have the buttons but have never been able to crochet, even after trying on numerous occassions!

Do check out the rest of her blog too, there are other tutorials and some great photography and not forgetting of course, her 'Sidewalk Birth' story - it's a great tale with a happy ending - I was always terrified this would happen to me!

Primordial Button

I love this little button by Etsy seller, mamacitabeadworks.

"Ever wonder where buttons come from? Here's a little peek for you...
In the beginning there were buttons and they were tiny and they were good. Then they evolved to bigger buttons. Wait, that's all mixed up. Creation? Evolution? Where did buttons come from? We love them so much, do we really care?"

Fulvio Bonavia Photography

I am a graphic designer by trade and having worked in design & marketing for over 20 years, one of my favourite mediums is advertising - I love nothing better than clever advertising. These photo's for Perlana washing liquid, by award winning Italian photographer Fulvio Bonavia tick all the boxes for stylish clever advertising - don't you love how a strategically placed button can bring the whole image alive?

Friday, January 21, 2011

'Cute as a Button' Soap Making Tutorial

The Soap Queen (aka Anne-Marie Faiola) has a simple tutorial on her blog for making some soaps - not just any soaps of course - buttons soaps!

Fresh as a Button

Did you know that you can also take you button affliction love into the shower with you?


Need somewhere to place that soap, when you're finished? Need you ask? I give you the button soap dish!


Winter Days, Sunny Skies & blooming trees...

It's a glorious sunny Winters day today with blue skies, but my garden is looking very disheveled - how I would love to have one of these in my garden right now!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Handmade gifts from the kitchen

For Christmas this year, my group of close friends decided that we were giving each other small token gifts. I decided to make some handmade gifts from the kitchen after seeing a couple of great ideas in the December issue of the Country Living magazine. One idea was a Gingerbread Cookie Kit in a jar with a wooden spoon & cookie cutter and the other was for Chocolate Stem Ginger Fudge.

This is how they turned out and I was quite pleased with the results! The cookie mix was very easy to do and I attached a small label with the recipe instructions for making & baking. The fudge was equally easy to make, the only fiddly bit, was cutting out individual squares of wax paper to wrap the fudge pieces in. I found some lovely paper giftbags from Paperchase and I was then good to give. In return, I was also given some lovely handmade gifts, but more on that later! Did you make and give handmade this Christmas? I would love to hear what you made!

handmade projects

Friday, January 14, 2011

Perpetual Button Calendar Tutorial

I have long been a fan of the work of Diane Gilleland from CraftyPod - not only does she produce some amazing work (she's mad about buttons too - so we can't help but love her!) but she also has lots helpful advice for crafters on how to use the web more effectively to promote their businesses.

She has produced this easy-to-follow Perpetual Button Calendar tutorial for Craftzine which looks great! 

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Zac Freeman - Assemblage Series

Having only recently come across the wonderful 'assemblage' work of Zac Freeman, I then discovered that he will also be exhibiting at the London Art Fair on 19-23 January 2011. I have been lucky enough to be given a complimentary ticket by the Woolf Gallery who represents Zac in the UK and I can't wait to see his amazing work!

Self portrait

Self portrait detail

" I started making assemblage artworks of this type in 1999. The artworks are made entirely out of collected junk, found objects, and general trash. I glue the bits of junk to a wooden substrate to form an image, usually faces, which only can be seen at a distance. I was interested in communicating through visual representation in apparent 2-dimensional space and through the actual objects used for the medium in 3-dimensional space. It is very important to me that I incorporate the actual objects into the art as opposed to a picture or rendition of it because it better expresses the intention of the artwork. I feel the junk is more powerful being present. It is an actual thing to be reckoned with that existed in this time and place and carries energy in and of itself. "

Garret detail

Garret detail

Garret detail

Bryan detail


Holly detail

Camille Lescure - Collection 2011

I have posted on the beautiful work by textile designer, Camille Lescure before here - not only does she create some great 'couture style' jewellery & accessories using a combination of vintage and modern embellishments, she also has the most wonderful photography.


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