Saturday, 23 July 2011

Finally something for ME!

**WARNING - this post is seriously heavy on buttons!!**

With all the frantic crafting going on round here lately, I've decided that I'm on top of craft fair stock and so will finally be able to take a breather from the manic sewing! 

I think it's no secret to you all that - I LOVE BUTTONS!! I asked the other day for suggestions on what to do with all of my newly acquired buttons, and a couple of you suggested some button jewellery.  I liked the sound of this!  I especially fancied a bracelet, but thought it seemed way too complicated, until I found this tutorial for easy peasy button bracelets.  So, I spent an evening sewing my buttons onto my elastic, and here's my gorgeous bracelet -


I love it!  I'm also all prepared for sewing a white version tonight.  I'm tempted to even add a few to the craft fair stock.  I'll need lots more buttons for that right??

Well, imagine my delight when I came downstairs this morning to find that the postman had delivered an envelope STUFFED full of buttons!  A Twitter follower had spotted my button love and sent me her collection of buttons!  I was absolutely delighted, here's the lovely lot -

This row of buttons are some of my particular favourites (I'm really loving wooden and metal buttons right now).  Wouldn't these make a fantastic bracelet too?  Talk about random acts of kindness.  This totally made my day thank you Janice :)

And that's not all.....I was passing a few charity shops this afternoon and asked if they had buttons.  In one shop the lady came out from the back with a huge hamper stuffed full of buttons!  I had a good rake through and came home with a couple more buttons to add to my collection -


Again, the row above shows some of my favs.  That big metal one is lovely!  Luckily there were quite a few sets in there so I have a few the same. 

We also managed a trip to IKEA in on Friday.  It was my first time browsing their fabric department and I certainly wasn't disappointed! 



The top one is (I think?) designed by Cath Kidston herself.  In hindsight I wish I'd bought a lot more of it!  The bottom two are actually bed sheets, but for £1.99, that's a lot of great fabric!  I also got these fun/kids fabrics -


I can't wait to start crafting/sewing with this little lot, but I think I'll be slowing down on the sewing for a little while, until my sewing machine recovers from the major overuse it's had lately.  And besides...I've got IKEA wardrobes and sets of drawers to build.......wish me luck!


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12 comments:

  1. Love your button collection(s)!! Lucky you for the special surprise in the mail. You could make pretty barrettes with them, or I've layered different sizes and colors to make flowers-- you could add a flower or flowers to the bracelets, too! Have fun!

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  2. Gorgeous, I've got button issues too! I love the bracelet, I have been meaning to make myself one too but never did! I fancy making a button heart with wire, to hang up again it's still on the list.
    Kandi x

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  3. love the bracelet, i too can be quite obsessive about buttons, the brighter and funkier the better.xx

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  4. Oooo Buttons, love 'em! Button Brooches are cute, and a friend once made me a card with buttons stuck in the shape of a heart which was totally adorable - so much potential!

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  5. Buttons are the very best thing in the world. I started to love crafting because my aunt let me rummage endlessly through her button collection when I was just a wee lass. Never left me, that particular obsession! The bracelet is lovely, and good on you for making something for yourself. Happy button hunting!

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  6. Love your button collection. The button bracelet is adorable.

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  7. Cute - and I love rosalie! :)

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  8. Lovely bracelet and awesome fabric finds!

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  9. The bracelets are too cute. This looks like a great "busy hands" project while watching a movie or sitting outside around the fire pit with the family. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Thank you for sharing. From one button lover to another. Off to check that tutorial.

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  11. Wow that looks great, will have to have a go at that myself :o) I have recently discovered a passion for buttons too

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  12. Very cute!
    Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!! I would love it if you joined me again tomorrow! :)
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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