Friday, April 26, 2013

Just Potters

Are you thinking what I'm thinking...? 

via Apartment Therapy here

I love this little inventive piece by Just Potters - it's such a clever way of converting a jar to a bud vase. It's not a button I know, but it looks like one at first glance and I bet if you had a sew-thru' button large enough - it would do 'just the job'!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester

I have been lucky enough to eat at a few Mitchelin-starred restaurants over the years, but never had the opportunity (nor the funds!) to go to Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester Hotel in London. As much as I would like to go for the sublime food, I would also love to have a little peak at the ‘Salon PrivĂ©. This cosy private dining room, within the restaurant, seats up to 12 guests and has a wall covered in 40,000 silk buttons!

Taylors Buttons, a little treasure trove in the heart of London, were commissioned to supply and manufacture the 40,000 silk covered buttons in 2007, to adorn the walls of the refurbished restaurant. From the initial enquiry to the final delivery, took as little as 6 months - and all the buttons were individually handmade. No mean feat indeed!

So, if anyone fancies treating me to lunch one day - I know just the place! As an aside, it's a good job, they don't let children under 10 years old in the restaurant - I can just see my 4 year old picking those buttons off the wall! I wonder if anyone has ever picked any off as a little souvenir..?

Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day 2013

In celebration of Earth Day today, I just had to share these absolutely beautiful Button Globes by the very talented artist, Robin Ayres. The globes are approx 12" and each and every button is hand sewn. To see more of Robins work, head over to her Pinterest page here.

Friday, April 12, 2013

A Whole Lot of Lovely

I love colour, and in my day job as a graphic designer, I get to constantly select beautiful colours for the design work I am creating for my clients.  But... when it comes to making a decision on colour in my own home - I am useless! It takes me ages to make a decision and then when I finally do, I always tend to 'play safe'.  I have been slowly working through my home, giving it a much needed paint job and went down the trusty Farrow & Ball route - a combination of String & Cord - it's nice, but after living with it for the last few months, it's starting to feel decidedly dull and I feel like I want to add some colour.

I recently came across the blog, 'a whole lot of lovely' and their associated shop, The Shop at Number 57 and was blown away not only with the charcoal walls but their fabulous products (I want nearly everything in it!). I'm very pleased to add that they have a little thing about buttons too.... they have some magnificent oversized porcelain buttons. Oh my, I want, want, want!

Update: I've had this post sitting in my drafts folder for the best part of a year and you'll be pleased to know that i finally add a dark grey wall, to break up the overall 'taupe' feel of the house - still have not got any of these beauties tho'...

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The 'Even Bigger' Big Cardigan

Teacher and artist, Jean Westbrook knitted the original Big Cardigan in 2009 as a concept project based on 'The Elephant in the Room'.

The idea of an 'elephant in a room' would be impossible to overlook; thus, people in a room who pretend the elephant is not there have chosen to avoid dealing with a looming issue or problem. It is often, an important issue that is too difficult or uncomfortable to be talked about, and although ever-present and known by the people in the room, it is often ignored. Our defense mechanisms ignore difficult issues and we hide behind masks and disguises or wear our favourite clothes (or a big cosy cardigan in this case) to make us feel safe.

Jeans' attempt to enter the Guiness World Records by making the world's biggest cardigan was foiled, when officials classed her entry as a jumper - not to be deterred, she then embarked on another EVEN BIGGER cardigan, and called on local Macclesfield residents for help. When finally complete, the HUGE cardigan was exhibited at the 2010 Barnaby Festival in Macclesfield.


And what does a giant cardigan need? Giant buttons of course!
Jean recruited local wood turner, Jane Cummins to make the eight 18" wide wooden buttons.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Pillow Fight Day 2013

'We Love Cushions' by Martin Wiscombe

Did you know it was World Pillow Fight Day today? Nope? Me neither!
If you fancy a feathery fracas today, then check the website for your nearest venue!

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Collecting Treasures

People have collected all nature of treasures since the dawn of time.  From early man collecting flint to form knifes; to Egyptian dynasties collating manuscripts for the Library of Alexandria; to 16th century scholars collecting unusual items to create 'cabinets of curiosities' - the collecting hobby today, is no different to what our ancestors had been doing for centuries.

Whatever we collect, be it ceramics, ephemera, cameras or buttons - the principle of collecting seems to lie in trying to capture a piece of history that we want to treasure or remember. I know very little, (in fact nothing at all!) about baseball but I do love these baseball trading cards produced by Panini America Inc. There is a whole series which features Baseball 'National Treasures' with a piece of game-used fabric and a button - I also love the fact that we can surreptitiously turn hardened baseball fans into button collectors too!


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