Sunday, October 23, 2011

Oh Dear, Oh Doctor!

On my Google travels yesterday, I came across this rare pair of 18th century German pictorial surgeon's cloak buttons, which are going under the hammer at Bonhams on 9th Nov 2011. Not only is the estimate value enough to make you raise your eyebrows (£700-£900), but so is the subject matter!
Sale 19035 (Item 101) - Fine Mechanical Music and Scientific Instruments, 9 Nov 2011,
Bonhams, Knightsbridge. (Estimate: £700-900, €810 - 1,000)
The first button shows a scene of a doctor administering an enema to a patient in a bedroom interior, with a sleigh bed & chamber pot in view, the second shows a patient using chamber pot with the doctor standing over him with the enema under the bed drapes! Each of the buttons are hollow nickel metal with rolled stud construction to verso and are 1.1/8in (2.8cm) diameter.
It's such a bizarre image to portray on Buttons, I wonder what the Surgeon, who wore these on his coat, was like? He must have liked to raise an eyebrow or 2!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Buttoned Up Christmas Gifts Ideas

There are some great little button-related Christmas gifts available in the moment.
 Fancy smelling like a rose scented button? (tho' I don't fancy smelling like the box of buttons I bought off ebay recently!) head over to Boots UK for this lovely little set of soaps.

 There are these fabulous 'Belle de Sucre' Sugar Buttons in John Lewis.
Not only can you pop them in your tea or coffee, you can string them
to wear as an edible bracelet!
 John Lewis also have these cute charity Christmas cards for Mencap.
£3.75 for a pack of 10 - bargain!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday - Hand Stitching

Leigh-Ann from Freckled Nest has this great tutorial for hand stitching your own handwriting and as ever, the beauty is always in the detail - I love the use of the button incorporated in the text. Head over to her blog as she has planned a series of tutorials on making your own patterns for hand stitching.

After discovering that Leigh-Ann also has this fabulous button collection -
the Freckled Nest is now in my RSS reader!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Button Box

I bought a fabulous vintage wooden tool box at the weekend - it's perfect for storing all my vintage carded buttons which I am taking to my next craft fair.

Thursday, October 13, 2011


"Buttons, Buttons, Buttons! A whole festival for them!
Buttonfest is on this Saturday in Melbourne at Burwood Heights Uniting Church -
a nice serene setting for a lovely day of perusal. The Victorian Button Collector's Club
is putting it on, and as they're genuinely old school, they don't have a website...
So you'll just have to rock up at the church between 9 and 3.30pm on Saturday,
like the old days!" Frankie Magazine
 Taken right out of the mouth of the wonderful Frankie Magazine here -
because I could not have said it any better myself!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

Reversed Carved Lucite Buttons

David Lechleitner, a fan on the Bonkers About Buttons facebook page, recently shared a photo on the wall of one of his reversed-carved Lucite buttons that he makes. It takes David about a month in total to finish a button, which includes the carving and the drying time between paint coats & glue - it's so wonderfully intricate & a real labour of love!

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Jumble Sale Booty

Whilst dropping my son off for a Cub's outing, I spotted a village hall jumble sale, in the process of setting up. We packed him off on the bus and had a little wander around the windswept carpark. Most of the items, were jumble and very tired looking but I did spot the sewing box & buttons within 5 seconds of arriving! I grabbed picked them up and paid the princely sum of £3.00 for the lot! The sewing box needs a bit of clean but it barely looks used, and the buttons... well... there are some beauties in there! more photos soon...


I came across this lovely piece of writing by Keith Russell on redbubble and wanted to share it. Have you ever left something for someone else to find?

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Button Holed (A Button Box Mystery) by Kylie Logan

I came across this book today on Amazon and thought it looked quite intriguing. There are no reviews about the book and it seem to be the first in a series - have you read it? I'd love to hear about it, if so! Given that it's a mystery series, I wonder if Mrs Button-Hook is the perpetrator, and with which weapon and in what room!


Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Birthday Buttons

It was my birthday yesterday and I had a great lunch out with some of my oldest friends. I received some fabulous gifts, most of which had a theme... can you spot it?

Clutch o' Buttons

Evelina posted this great photo on Craftster, of a recycled clutch she covered in buttons, as a gift for her sister. It took a full 4 hours to sew all those buttons on, with some very sore fingers afterwards! I think she did a great a job!

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Button & Bows

I came across this song today for the first time & given that it was first recorded in 1947 & has been sung by both Bob Hope & Jane Russell - I'm surprised it's passed me by! The lyrics are kinda cute too! If you dying for more info on the song, pop over to Wikipedia here!

 East is east and west is west
And the wrong one I have chose
Let's go where I'll keep on wearin'
Those frills and flowers and buttons and bows
Rings and things and buttons and bows
Don't bury me in this prairie
Take me where the cement grows
Let's move down to some big town
Where they love a gal by the cut o' her clothes
And I'll stand out
In buttons and bows
I'll love you in buckskin
Or skirts that I've homespun
But I'll love ya' longer, stronger where
Yer friends don't tote a gun
My bones denounce the buckboard bounce
And the cactus hurts my toes
Let's vamoose where gals keep usin'
Those silks and satins and linen that shows
And I'm all yours in buttons and bows
Gimme eastern trimmin' where women are women
In high silk hose and peek-a-boo clothes
And French perfume that rocks the room
And I'm all yours in buttons and bows

Button Plates by Black Bird Studio

I love these plates by Etsy seller, Black Bird Studio UK, a collective of artists & designers who all trained at Central Saint Martins &/or the Royal College of Art in London.


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