Sunday, February 24, 2013

Would you like some sellotape with that?

My 4 year old daughter is OBSESSED with sellotape - 
anything left lying around is 'taped up' to within an inch of its life - 
as well as managing to get through a roll of tape a week, she is also always delving
into my buttons boxes... this is what i found this morning...

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Shrove Tuesday

It's Shrove Tuesday today in the UK and a day of celebration, where pancakes are traditionally eaten by the bucketload. It is also meant to be a day of penitence, as it is the last day before Lent when people can indulge themselves on foods that they will abstain from during Lent.

I adore this tiny illustrated recipe booklet for oatmeal pancakes by artist, Vicky Smith. Bookmarked with tiny buttons, it has 14 colour illustations, which will have you turning out the perfect pancake this Pancake Day! Pop over to Vickys Etsy shop for more info.

image via here

image via here

Monday, February 04, 2013

Button Series by Jennifer Hom

 Jennifer Hom began life as a Chinese American girl in suburban Long Island, New York. 
As a minority, and with few friends, she found happiness in drawing fairies,
unicorns, magical flying unicorns, princesses, and flowers.
(and much later, naked women with buttons! Ed)

With the help of a terribly optimistic mother, she used her countless drawings
of magical beings to enroll at Rhode Island School of Design. 

Now graduated with a BFA in illustration and a sweet gig at Google,
she treasures her shelter with climate control. 
She is still Chinese American, but wants to be a Broadway star.

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Mocha Button Cookies

1/3 cup (76g) butter
3/4 cup (
96g) brown sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons instant coffee
tablespoon hot water
tablespoons of cocoa powder
1 ½ cups (192g) plain flour

In a large bowl, beat butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add the egg.
In separate bowl, add the hot water to the instant coffee and then pour
into brown sugar mix. Add cocoa powder and flower, mixing well.

Divide dough in two and form into cylinders of about 2 inches of diameter.
Place in plastic wrap and leave in the fridge overnight.

Preheat oven to 350F (180C) and lightly grease a cookie sheet.

Cut the dough into ¼ inch discs and place on cookie sheet.
Use the end of a straw to poke 2 or 4 holes in your cookies.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes - and
VoilĂ !

Super Bowl 2013

On Sunday 3rd February, The Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers
will take to the field in New Orleans, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome
for the 47th Super Bowl. It is of course, not just about the football - the Super Bowl
is also, all about the halftime show (Beyonce this year - singing live 'allegedly'!),
the food (chicken wings & nachos) and the many commercials, one of which,
always has everyone talking and sharing on social networks for days afterwards.
Best of luck to both team

via Etsy here

Friday, February 01, 2013

‘The Button Project’ Exhibition: Call For Entries

Artists and makers are invited to put their creative imaginations to work and make a button
for a vibrant exhibition, The Button Project, in Macclesfield from 14 June - 8 August 2013.
Launched as part of the Barnaby Festival Art Trail (14-30 June 2013), the buttons will make a stunning display of over 100 highly collectible contemporary buttons, presented by Macclesfield Silk Museums alongside its internationally important silk collection, which also includes a fine display of the original Macclesfield Silk Buttons.

The Button Project is being co-organised by Macclesfield Silk Museums and glass artist, Victoria Scholes who says: “This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our local skills and heritage. The Button Project will link the past with the present, and illustrate Macclesfield’s impressive creative history to date.”

Your button will be a tiny work of art in its own right. You might want to take this opportunity to explore the theme for the Barnaby Festival this year, ‘metamorphosis’.  However you play it, this is a fantastic chance to showcase your artwork in the UK’s premier silk attraction and celebrate our skills and heritage.

Annabel Wills, Silk Museum curator says: “Macclesfield was the heart of the UK’s historic silk industry, and silk-related businesses are still active in the town. Handmade silk buttons were where it all began: from a cottage-based enterprise, it grew into a flourishing silk industry and helped make the town what it is today. This exhibition will celebrate that history and allow contemporary artists to exhibit and sell their beautiful buttons.”

The Button Project is launched as part of the Barnaby Festival Art Trail. Visual Arts coordinator, Anna Riordan says: “We’re delighted to be working with Victoria and Macclesfield Silk Museums to showcase this exhibition. Each button will be a tiny work of art in its own right, and we’re hoping some artists may take inspiration from this year’s Festival theme, Metamorphosis. The Button Project is a fantastic opportunity for artists to showcase their work and a chance for the public to see just how important the creative arts were for Macclesfield in the past as well as the present and also the future.”

To download an application, please visit Completed forms should be emailed directly to Victoria Scholes at The deadline for submissions is 4 March 2013. For more information, please email Victoria or ring her on 01625 425049. There is no charge to submit work.


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