Saturday, February 26, 2011

Catherine Middleton does buttons

With only 2 months to go till the royal wedding, Catherine Middleton embarked on her first official royal engagement with Prince William this week. It was only a small ceremony, but it no doubt gave her a small insight, into what her life will be like after marrying the future King of England. They braved blustery winds and grey skies to visit an RNLI lifeboat station in Anglesey on the Welsh coast, close to where the Prince is based as a Search & Rescue pilot.

I really liked Catherine's outfit and especially loved the fabulous handmade Vivien Sheriff feather fascinator with military buttons she was wearing in her hair.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday - How to make a Felt Button

Other than fairly regularly but accidentally, 'felting' a jumper in the wash, I have never tried felting. Hot of the press, is this great little tutorial for creating a felt button, which I would love to have a go at making.

Cintia from My Poppet has produced the tutorial to make a large needle-felted button for the Haby Goddess, which has daily sewing tips and craft ideas, with a fabulous online store selling lots of goodies too!

The tutorial to make the button is here and don't forget - if you do manage to make anything crafty using buttons - I would love to see it! Pop over to the Bonkers About Buttons Facebook page here and post your photos.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Jar of Buttons

Lot of things make me happy, but there is nothing quite like coming across a mason jar full of buttons to make my heart a-flutter!


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Button Arbor

I recently came across this lovely little textile triptych on Cloth, Paper Scissors. Entered as part of their 'All Buttoned Up' challenge, the artist has used batik fabric as the background and scrap thread for the trees & roots. I love the autumnal colourways she has used and the layering of the buttons looks great.

"Trees are much like human beings and enjoy each other's company.
Only a few love to be alone."

Jens Jensen, Siftings, 1939

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Feather Fascinator

With exquisite photography & inspiring recipes, food blogger Ashley Rodriguez from Not Without Salt will not only make you salivate, she'll also make you 'ooh' & 'aah', as she turns her hand to her first love, Arts & Crafts.

Using one of Martha Stewarts video tutorials, she created these beautiful Feather Fascinators - I love the depth of colour in the feathers and the buttons finish them off a treat!

Vintage Wooden Spool Buttons

I love this idea by Bettyjoy, who has created buttons using the ends from vintage wooden spools.


Friday, February 18, 2011

hot wheels

This little baby is going to take you places, I promise you!

via Les Mis(s) Boutabout'on

Thursday, February 17, 2011

pull up a chair

I was listening to a BBC Radio 4 programme this week, about a woman who is working at bringing various disparate groups, within a community together. She discovered that what all these disparate groups had in common, was tea, and that people generally felt more trusting in a group, discussing 'issues', if they had something hot inside them. (remove any dirty thoughts from your mind immediatley!)

Chances are, if you are a follower of this blog, the one thing we all have in common is our love of buttons - so pull up a chair and let's get something 'hot' inside us too! Button Soup anyone?



Tuesday, February 15, 2011

buttons with a cause

I recently came across this wonderful project by the Tasmanian Department of Health, for their cancer screening service. The Button Chest Project is a tribute to all women – as well as their families, friends and support networks – who have battled or are currently living with breast cancer in Tasmania. They chose a travel chest as a symbol of the breast cancer journey, based on the fact that one needs a suitcase to travel and often experiencing breast cancer can be called a journey, of sorts.

The chest is covered with donated buttons, and holds journals with the stories from women, their families and friends. Women who have experienced breast cancer themselves, their families or support networks are asked to contribute a button and a one page story of that person’s breast cancer journey.

It is hoped that the power of the Button Chest will be in the compelling stories attached to each button. Many letters and button donations have been received with heart warming and heartbreaking stories attached.

The Button Chest and Stories will form an exhibit that will be shown around Tasmania to highlight the importance of screening and the important role BreastScreen Tasmania plays in ensuring breast cancer is detected early.

The original Button Chair concept was created in North Carolina, US in 1998. Kathy Higgins, the Vice President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield in North Carolina - the owners of the Button Chair - shared their concept during a visit to Tasmania. After her visit it was decided to implement a similar project in Tasmania in October 2006 to raise awareness of the importance of screening for early detection.

Tutorial Tuesday - Adjustable Button Necklace

There are so many fabulous tutorials using buttons, that I have come across over time, that I thought I would start a Tutorial Tuesday posting and post links to some of the wonderful work people are creating.

First off, is an Adjustable Button Necklace tutorial created by Petronella Luiting for a 'Trash to Treasure' project for craftwerk. (tho' why anyone would consider buttons as trash is beyond me!).

The tutorial has great photo instructions and is really easy to understand. Go here for the english version of the tutorial. If you do manage to make the necklace, then do head over to my facebook page, Bonkers About Buttons and post your photos - I'd love to see what you have created!

via craftwerk

Monday, February 14, 2011

mossy felt & buttons and all things nice

I have long been a fan of Lil Fish Studios and when Lisa recently made and listed the most glorious little felted hearts with handmade wooden buttons, I just had to have it!  My parcel arrived over the weekend and I managed to contain myself and take a photo on my phone (badly I'm afraid, as my camera is currently not working) before I had even opened the parcel!

I loved how Lisa had packaged the parcel up - it was all wrapped up in old dress making patterns, with a sweet little tag and a mother of pearl button flower attached too.

And here is the beautiful little needle felted brooch - isn't she lovely?

when I removed the little button flower, I happened to notice that the wire was also in the shape of a heart - all these love symbols and 2 days before Valentines day too!


'Why I didn't get you a Valentine's Card'  
by John Hegley

Because I'm into saving trees
Because my declarations are not determined by the calendar
Because ultimately my heart is my own
Because I forgot.

via the Haby Goddess


'There is no remedy for love, but to love more...'
Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

via m.e

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Miauski Bracelets & Brooches

Dutch designer, Anne ten Donkelaar, recently launched her new website, Miauski, where she has some very pretty embroidered button bracelets & brooches.

Button Stool

Designed by Christopher Kurtz, this wooden Button Stool has hollow tube-like legs that look as though they have melted from the stool’s seat.

 All photos via Designmilk

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

I never met a chocolate I didn't like...

"I never met a chocolate I didn't like."  
Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) in Star Trek: The Next Generation

 Well, that's not completely true, as I am a bit of a chocolate snob. I like good chocolate. Alot. More than I probably should. The problem is, I have a wedding to go to in Rome (my most favourite city in the world) in 2 months and the more I try to cut back, the more I seem to have... how does that work?

Monday, February 07, 2011

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Year of the Rabbit

According to the Chinese Zodiac, the year of 2011 is the year of the Golden Rabbit, which begins on 3 February 2011 and ends on 22 January 2012.  The Rabbit is the fourth sign of the zodiac, which consists of 12 animals signs, with the Rabbit being the lucky sign.
According to tradition, the Year of the Rabbit is a time in which to catch your breath and calm your nerves.  It's a time for negotiation.  Don't try to force issues, because if you do, you will ultimately fail.  To gain the greatest benefits from this time, focus on home, family, security, diplomacy, and your relationships with women and children.  Make it a goal to create a safe, peaceful lifestyle, so you will be able to calmly deal with any problem that may arise.

Given all that is going on around the world right now, I I can think of nothing better than everyone making it their goal to create a safe and peaceful lifestyle, don't you? A rabbits foot has always been considered as a 'lucky' amulet to carry - personally, I don't quite fancy the idea myself, but I would be more than happy to have all these lovely rabbit talismans instead!

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Button Book by Stephanie Davidson

I squealed with delight when I came across this beautiful little button book today. 

Designer and Illustrator, Stephanie Davidson is a recent graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design and created this tiny Button Book as part of her course work. It is only 1" - yes, 1" - and a sure sign that great things truly do come in small packages!

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Sewing Machine Makeover!

Does this make you smile as much as me?


Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Kathleen Holmes

I was in awe when I first came across the work of Kathleen Holmes. Her signature sculptural form, is a simple dress - a dress we would all recognise, but something which has the ability to look incredibly powerful in all it's purest form. 

Tailor Maid  •  Mermaid  •  Woman of Letters

Kathleen Holmes grew up in the Deep South, where crochet, sewing, and embroidery were utilitarian crafts for generations of women. She incorporates all these traditions in her sculpture with the intricate patterns and textures, all paying homage to her cultural and visual heritage.

House & Garden  •  Midnight Writer  •  Baby Doll

"My first vocabulary was visual, not verbal, and it is this earliest vocabulary which continues to inform and enrich the mixed-media elements in my work."

Getaway Gown  •  Supermodel  •  Always a Bridesmaid

Kathleen creates her work like a seamstress, cutting patterns and using wire thread to 'sew' the galvanized sheet-metal bodices, which eventually rust to look like soft suede.  She also casts her glass sculpture using fabric covered form, some in solid glass, some hollow to let the light through, whereas some are painted.

She has created a large body of work and I had difficulty choosing which images to show and chose to show principally the work that features buttons but do go and check out the rest of her work here.

Crystal Ball Gown  •  Prose Path  •  Mariposa

"I incorporate found and self-made pieces of crocheted textiles into my work as metaphors for the particular patterns of my native Southern culture.  Of specific interest to me, is how these pieces of traditional handwork transcend the mere decorative by creating evocative domestic icons, powerful and often innocently ironic."


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