Friday, October 31, 2014

An invitation to swap: Button Floozies White Christmas Button Book Swap

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This is your invitation to get creative with buttons!
Announcing the Button Floozies White Christmas Button Book Swap
We will be making small books from paper or fabric that showcase lovely buttons in the theme of White Christmas.

Sign-up period: October 16-31, 2014
Notification of swap partners:  November 1, 2014
Mailing deadline:  no later than November 22, 2014

This is a one-to-one swap, where I will randomly pair you with one partner and you will create and mail your creations to each other.  The theme of the swap is White Christmas Buttons.  You will be swapping a minimum of 30 and maximum of 50 pretty buttons and sending them to your partner sewn onto or contained within a small book or journal.  The book can be made from fabric or paper – and must be hand made by you.  The idea of the books is to be something lovely to hold and look at with lots of button details.

The Book should fit the theme of White Christmas Buttons.  You are free to make your book from fabric or paper.  It should have a minimum of six pages (3 pages front and back) as well as a front and back cover that is decorated.  Each page of the book should be ~4x6”; they do not have to be exactly that size but please don’t go more than about an inch larger or smaller.

The Buttons you include as elements of your pages do not need to be white – but they can be.   Or, they can be winter or Christmas themed.  They can be vintage or new, or a combination of both.  The buttons should be special – something you know your partner would be delighted to receive.  You may include buttons on cards in your count.  Buttons can be sewn on or attached in some other way to your pages – such as inside pockets or envelopes that are a part of the page.

Please note: buttons need not be the only decorative element of the book’s cover and pages  -- but should be a main or special element of the decoration.  There should be a minimum of 30  and a maximum of 50 buttons included.  The book must be a special creation made by your hands.

Need ideas?  Here are some examples of pages, or page elements, that include buttons; the photos are from Pinterest or are examples of some that I have made myself.  These photos are for ideas and inspiration only; be sure to make yours fit our theme of White Christmas Buttons!

Scroll down past the photos for the details/steps for signing up for this swap!
paper and fabric
fabric cover
fabric page
fabric pocket holding buttons
fabric pockets with button cards
fabric pocket with button decorations on page, holding button card
button detail on wrapping

Did that get your creative juices flowing?  I hope so!
Sign-up period: October 16-31, 2014
Notification of swap partners:  November 1, 2014
Mailing deadline: no later than November 22, 2014

A NOTE ABOUT INTERNATIONAL SWAPPING:   I'll be matching you up with partners on your own continent; that should cut down on postage costs for everyone and also shipping time.  If you would prefer to ship internationally, please tell me this when you sign up, if we have enough people who want to do it, I'll put a group together from different continents.


Step 1:  Sign up for the swap by emailing me the following information:
-- your name
-- your physical address
-- your blog address (or Facebook page -- wherever you hang out online)
-- any preference for paper only or fabric only book; depending upon the response I will try to match you up appropriately
Send the email to:

Attention overachievers: if you would like to have more than one swap partner, let me know in your email and I can enter you multiple times and assign more than one partner.  Please note: if you have more than one partner,  the swap will work the same way – you will just complete the swap one-to-one with each of your partners.  Everyone will have one swap partner; having more than one is completely optional.

Step 2:  After you email me the above information, comment on this post that you have done so;  I will acknowledge every sign up with a reply email; if you do not hear from me within a few days, please comment on this post as it probably means I did NOT receive your email.

Step 3:  On November 1,  I will email you the name and address of your partner.  Partners are chosen at random.  Important: when you receive your partner’s information, please email them to communicate likes/preferences/styles.

Step 4:  Put together your button book, and take photos of it so that you can share it with us later.

Step 5:  Wrap up your button book prettily and mail it to your partner; be sure to have it in the mail by Saturday, November 22, 2014.  This is a hard and fast deadline; please don’t sign up if you don’t think you can meet it.

Step 5:  Sit back and wait to for your surprise!  If you have a blog, plan a blog post about the swap.  If you don’t have a blog, sign up for the Button Floozies Flickr page so you can plan to share the photos there.  Alternatively, you can email me the photos and I will share them for you on Button Floozies.

Step 6:  Once you have each received your swap, publish your blog post about it and send me a link to it; if you don’t have a blog, upload your photos to the Button Floozies Flickr page.  Button Floozies authors can cross post their blog posts about the swap on this blog, too!  Alternatively, you can email me the photos and I will share them for you on the blog.  You know that everyone will be eager to see all the creations!

Here's a button you can copy and put on your blog; please link it back to this post.  Invite your friends who love to play with buttons!  Remember, the deadline to sign up is October 31.

Monday, October 13, 2014

LOVE Buttons

I just never get tired of going through my buttons drawers and jars. These are not real special buttons I just like the color and texture. Thought I would share a few pictures on the rainy day.
These are some of my special luscious buttons


I didn't realize I had the same button in different colors till sorting a drawer out

My first love rhinestone buttons 

It's pouring down rain here today in central Missouri

Thursday, October 9, 2014

For A Friend

The picture is not particularly artistic or memorable.  But it is an act of friendship.  A friend needed some vintage buttons to finish a stitchery.  I sorted through my buttons and found these. 

She said they were perfect for her project. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Vintage Buttons on Fabric Cuffs

Just wanted to share some of my vintage buttons I've been adding to some fabric cuffs recently.
Most of these were given to me from various family and friends who know I love buttons-vintage especially!

a sparkly rhinestone button

plastic and glass

metal buttons
I'm not sure how old these are.Any ideas?

I'm using them both as 'closures', and as decorations : )
the top one will be added to my shop soon, and the bottom one has been sold already (thank you : )

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Buttons in the wild

I had to share this cute display with you all -- spotted "in the wild" at Sweet William Antique Mall!
She makes it so easy, with the little bags and the wide plate to "pick" through!
Happy Sunday!

Saturday, October 4, 2014


This is a small collage created with found papers, notions, and a vintage button. The button is the perfect finishing touch to this collage art. This just sold recently to a young woman who was going to give this to her friend. Her friend loves strawberries. I know it will be a special gift! Enjoy!

"Sweet Love"
Collage by Sue Marrazzo, ISAP, NCS

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

My Attempt at Crafty--Suggestions Please!!

Stories are my favorite thing about buttons--I always wonder who they belonged to and how they got wherever they are today.  But I've ventured out on a limb and I'm trying something crafty with buttons.

I've decided to combine my love of paper art, vintage buttons and reading by making vintage button bookmarks and bundling them with copies of my novel, THE BUTTON COLLECTOR.  This is new for me and I'd love to hear how I can do it better.

I start by writing a word in calligraphy on a page from an old grammar book.  I cut it out and singe the edges so that it appears antiqued and then adhere it to steampunk cardstock.  For the first ones I used double sided tape, but I am going to switch to adhesive spray in the future.  I chose the word REJOICE to be a good match for the holidays.

I then had the bookmark laminated at a copy shop, punched a hole in it and added a ribbon.  I picked out a button from my collection--no idea if it's worth anything but I liked it and thought it really went well with the steampunk theme--and sewed it on the ribbon.  I am thinking about positioning future buttons either over the hole or lower on the ribbon and possibly adding more than one button.  If it's over the hole, it is neater, but if it is low enough, the button dangles out of the book when in use, like a necklace.  

Other words I'm using are BELIEVE, IMAGINE, DREAM and CHERISH.  I'd like to make them appropriate for Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, and birthdays.  I just opened an Etsy shop named The Literary Button--right now there is only one bookmark up, but I hope to add more this week.  

Any ideas are welcome!  

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pretty buttons in the sun

I love coming upon a sparkly jar of buttons at an outdoor antique fair, don't you?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


I made a visit to the local Salvation Army Thrift Store to look for things for my ART CLASSES. I came across a large bag of BUTTONS ON CARDS! What a find! This is only half of this bag of buttons. Most are plastic, and there are some that have metal accents. I noticed that I had a collection from the following button companies:

Costumakers-- made in the U.S.A
LaMode Buttons-- made in Italy, Japan, and Holland
Streamline-- made in Holland, italy, and Thailand
LaPetite-- made in Germany
Lansing Co.-- made in Japan
Premiere Collection-- made in Italy

This is a nice addition to my ever growing BUTTON COLLECTION!


Monday, September 1, 2014

Button Bliss

Button Bliss found its way home with me from the
2014 National Button Society Convention...
Here's a peek at a couple of my buttons.  If you want to read and see more, please click here to view my blog
Vintage Connections.
Button Hugs, Tami

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Vintage button bowl

It always makes me happy to see a bowl full of buttons at an antique store!
This one had a metal garden scoop for button picking, and a plate below to collect your favorites.
How convenient!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Painting on MOP buttons

I  love my large vintage MOP buttons... I have been busy painting buttons which is always hard to find time for.  My eyes can't be tired, I have to be calm and relaxed,  and I need an uninterrupted stretch time... Hard to get all three at once...but I did get cottages and haunted houses done and am working on some birds and Santas... Usually if I am calm and relaxed, I'm asleep.  It's not something I can do while jumping up to take care of other chores.
I do have a tutorial on my blog on button painting...

Monday, August 25, 2014

I Got My Button Kicks on Route 66

Recently I Got My Button Kicks on Route 66 at the
National Button Society convention in Springfield, Missouri!

If you want to read more about it, please click on this link  Vintage Connections.
Enjoy your day! Tami

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Playing with Buttons

Hi all
I am downstairs in the studio looking for something and just had to stop and play with some of my vintage buttons which I still just love. I am cleaning out the studio but the buttons are staying with me for a while longer.This is a jar of my 1920-40's colored buttons I took a lot of old clothing


How about my big coat buttons still on the paper 
My 1800's sewing bird I purchased in Paducah Kentucky in the 1990's while at the National quilt show 

need to get back to work 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


This is a mini work of art created with found collage papers, acrylic paint, and of course...BUTTONS! Buttons are the perfect finishing touch to this small painting. 
Take a look....

 Title: Labor of Love
Medium: Mixed Media
Size: 4" x 4"
Artist: Sue Marrazzo, ISAP, NCS

A Close-up shows three black plastic vintage buttons.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Good Stuff

I am going through all my button drawers and found these vintage cloth buttons that came off of an old ladies coat I am thinking.I have had them for years.
I hadn't thought much about them until one button collector I read  said she covets the old cloth buttons and always looks for them. And I found some in my collection. I always want the rhinestone or mother of pearl buttons
 Sure wish I could attend the button show in Springfield Missouri this month


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Cleaning out my stash I rediscovered this button barrel  I got a long time ago at a flea market.
Its about 6" high and very sweet. 
Here are some buttons I rediscovered when cleaning/organizing my stash.

Love these plastic flower buttons.
The kitty faces were on a baby sun suit that was soiled.
Underwear buttons someone hand painted faces on.

You can see more of my stash at Needle and Hook on my July 22 post.
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