Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter! (again!)

I came across this photo today on Vogue and just had to share it, as it is such a beauty!
Vogue asked a crop of créateurs to offer up their vision of how a decadent Easter egg 
should look like. There are 19 creations in total - check out the link here, for all the other delectable offerings!

"The secret is out, I am button-obsessed and especially love 
mother of pearl buttons. I love how this very natural material 
can be so glamorous." 

Derian suggests The Garage as a great place to find antique buttons.
The Garage, 112 West Twenty-fifth Street, NYC
.  Photo: Marko MacPherson

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Button Book Giveaway Winner!!!!

Huge apologies that I have been a little slow in posting the name of the winner of the Button Book Giveaway by Stephanie Davidson but a combination of Easter holidays and the children on school break, have meant the usual routine has been a little all over the place.

I also had to spend a few days recovering, after spending an evening searching for my neighbours daughter's finger from a loft window!!! yes, you read that correctly! The finger was found eventually but it was all pretty traumatic, not only for the children who witnessed it, but for myself too!

So, swiftly moving on... after much 'tooing & froing', Stephanie & myself could not decide between us who was more worthy of the little book, as you are all worthy in our eyes & you all left some brilliant comments, so we settled on using the Random Number generator.

 And the Winner is.... comment number 11 - Rachel Martin! Well done Rachel, hope you love the little button book! Do please get in touch with your details, so we can post it out to you! And a HUGE thank you to everyone else for the comments you left, we loved reading them!

How to fold Easter Bunny Rabbit Napkins

If you feel like your Easter table decorations are lacking in that little something, then why not try making these 'cute-as-a-button' cottontails, made from spray-starched square napkins. When making the bunny napkin fold, use a thin napkin for easier folding.

photo credit: Philip Friedman/Studio D via Good Housekeeping

Step 1
Take a solid-colored square napkin, and starch it for optimal workability.
Thinner napkins work better, so choose a linen napkin over a thick cotton one.
Step 2
Fold the napkin in half.
Step 3
Fold the napkin in half again, to form a long rectangle.
Step 4
Fold the right and left sides up to meet in the center, forming a point at one end.

Step 5
Repeat with the opposite corners.
Step 6
Fold the side corners in so they meet in the center, but don’t fold exactly straight.
Pull up above the center point, and you’ll start to see the ears shape up.
The napkin will form a kite shape.
Step 7
Gently turn your napkin over.
Step 8
Fold the bottom point up, so that it is roughly 1” above the center of the napkin.
 Step 9
Carefully, turn the napkin over again.
Step 10
Roll the left side over, slightly past the center of the napkin.

Step 11
Fold the right side over, tucking the end into the pocket you created
on the left side, holding your napkin together.
Step 12
Turn the napkin upright, separating the bottom to form a base.
Fluff your bunny’s ears.

Step 13
Cut three pieces of string; knot together in the middle. Slide a safety pin
through the back of the folded napkin, through the center of the knot,
through the button’s opening, then back into the napkin & clasp. Voila!

Tutorial from Decorbox via Good Housekeeping

Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter Bonnet

I've posted before on what my hair gets up too while I sleep. Not only can it look like it's had a fantastic night out (without me!) but it can also sometimes looks like a bird has nested overnight!

After seeing this photo, I think I should restyle into an Easter Bonnet like this amazing creation!


Happy Easter!





Thursday, April 21, 2011

Her Majesty The Queen

The Queen is 85 today! As the Head of State of the UK and 15 other Commonwealth realms she only has another 5 years to go, before stripping Queen Victoria (63 years, 216 days&0000000000000216000000!) as the UK's longest reigning monarch.

British artist, Ann Carrington has an impressive body of work spanning the last 20 years and in celebration of the Queen's 80th birthday, she was commissioned to produce some amazing pieces using pearl, troca and agoya shell buttons for the Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor.

Pearly Queen of Bow
Pearly Queen of Bow detail

Pearly Crown Jewels

Pearly Crown Jewels detail

Black Jack
Black Jack detail

Pearly Queen of Dalston

Most of Ann's original work has been snapped up by the likes Elton John, Paul Smith and Gwyneth Paltrow but she does have limited edition prints available on her website here.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Button Earring Holders

I love this novel idea of keeping your small earrings together - I can always find one but not the other while scrambling around my jewellery box!


Use the holes in buttons as earring holders and that way you'll be able to find your favourite earrings in no time!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Button Book by Stephanie Davidson GIVEAWAY

I posted recently about this beautiful little Button Book made by Stephanie Davidson and was very pleased when she got in touch, to tell me that she had not only made more of these little wonders but she had also finally opened her Etsy shop - do pop over and have a little peek at her work.

I'm also very excited to tell you that in celebration of opening her shop, Stephanie is offering one of her Button Books as a Giveaway to readers of this blog!

All you need to do is leave a comment under this post, telling me why you need this beautiful little button book in your life! The giveaway is open from Mon 11th - Mon 18 April 2011.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Paris Calling!

When I worked in London, one of my many little indulgences to get me through the hell of commuting was the international magazine stand at Waterloo train station. I always used to buy the French magazine, Marie Claire Idees, and even though I speak no French whatsoever, I always loved looking at the beautifully styled photos and trying to work out which craft I would be able to have a go at, using Google as my translator!

I love these Eiffel Tower inspired cushions - such a simple idea and beautifully done. I have been to Paris a few times and have managed to get away with not going up the tower at all - I don't have the head for heights and at over a 1,000 ft tall (about an 81 storey building), I am more than happy to look upon her from afar!

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Maison Martin Margiela

"Oh how sweet it is, to hear one's own convictions from another's lips."
Frank Gifford


Tutorial Tuesday - Make a Wired Button pendant

A quick & easy tutorial to make your own wired Button pendant using only a few supplies.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Work in progress

Natalie from Peruzi is an Australian ceramics artist who creates handmade pottery clay beads, buttons, pendants, & cabochons. On her facebook page, she recently posted some photos of her work in progress. I love how the little discs go in the kiln all white and then 'pop' with colour after they are fired. 

Sunday, April 03, 2011

An Italian Affair

I first went to Rome as a bright-eyed 21 year old, to stay with an Italian friend whom I had met in London, for a only a few days, a whole year previously. (I met this beautiful young Italian woman completely by default - my boyfriend & I cycled to Trafalgar Square to photograph a huge anti-vivisection demonstration that was taking place that day - I left him looking after my bike while I wondered through the crowds taking photos and on my return discovered the boyfriend 'chatting-up' this beautiful woman! Needless to say, I eventually ditched the boyfriend but did gain a life-long friend - but that's another story for another day!)

What could've been a disaster, (neither of us speaking each others language particularly well and staying with a family that I didn't know) turned into one of the most unforgettable holidays of my life. I not only made the most wonderful friend, but I was welcomed into her life and her family with a generosity that I could never even begun to have imagined!

I also fell in love... with Rome, that most compelling Eternal City.

1. Rome - Statue and Bird, 2. Rome, 3. Rome, Italy, 4. ROME, 5. Rome, 6. Rome: Spanish Steps - BW, 7. Rome, 8. Rome, 9. Rome

I have been back to Rome, many times since that first visit and it still has the power to bewitch me every single time. I am due to go back in a weeks time, to celebrate the marriage of that same beautiful Italian girl to the most wonderful man and I am beside myself with excitement! Not only is it 5 years since I was there last, but it is also the first trip I am going on without the husband and children - YAY!

I'm not going to have as much time as I would like to wander the streets but never fear, I will be keeping my eyes peeled for some button beauties! If you know Rome and have any suggestions as to where I should hunt them down look, or you have any other suggestions of your favourite haunts in Rome, then I would love to hear your comments.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Button Candy

Jo from Button Candy posted this photo of a lovely button tin that she bought from a large supermarket chain in South Africa. My heart did a little beat, as I am going to South Africa during the summer holidays, to see my parents. I'll have to ask my mother to stock up in advance of my arrival!


Do check out Jo's blog, she is another fellow 'Buttonoholic' and posts some really great photos!


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