Wednesday, December 17, 2014

White Christmas Button Book Swap -- Part 7

For more beautiful White Christmas Button Book photos, see Louise's blog, Elsie May and Bertha!
She has photos of each page of her creation both on her blog and on our flickr page!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Classroom ornaments

My youngest is in her last year of elementary school, and it just hit me that I won't have many more chances to help her and her friends make ornaments in the classroom.  I'm not crafty or even a huge kid person, but I always found this experience to be uplifting and fun so the closing of this door makes me a little sad.

Last year I was pleasantly surprised when one of the ornaments included a button!  The moment came back to me as we unpacked ornaments over the weekend.

Here's a link to a little blog post I wrote about it:  Paint, Bottle Caps and Buttons Too!



Thursday, December 11, 2014

EVERY BUTTON CAN TELL A STORY

Here is a collage ornament that I created for 2014. 
On this ornament is a found plastic bird button that  
really is the "Star" of this piece! 
The button tells the story of how love lifts us up...
Just like a bird's wings lifts him up.
"Every button can tell a story"....

"In Love"
A collage ornament 
created by Sue Marrazzo, ISAP, NCS
Artist, and Button Collector

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

White Christmas Button Book Swap -- Part 6

More beautiful books for you to enjoy from our White Christmas Button Book Swap!  This is one that Terri made for Diane:
And Terri also blogged more photos of the book that Diane made for her -- you have to go see.
This is the book I made for Deb:
And the one she made for me.  Lots more photos of both on my blog!
 I hope your holiday decorating season is as full of button-y delight as mine has been!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Button quilt at the Houston Quilt Show

I don't think anyone posted this picture of one of the quilts in Houston this year..  You can read more about it here.... http://www.apositiveoutlook-janice.blogspot.com.

My quilt on women's suffrage was hanging there also and it has several hundred vintage black glass buttons as well as old metal buttons.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

White Christmas Button Swap -- Part 5

Fabric books were swapped between me...
and Doreen from New Hampshire.
I have a lot of photos of both of these on my blog.
And please check out the photos of the book Marsha made and sent:
you can see more photos of Marsha's book on our flickr page!
Still more to come!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

White Christmas Button Book Swap -- Part 4

I have been so impressed with the button creations that were swapped in our White Christmas Button Book Swap!  Feast your eyes on this exchange, between Lynette in the USA and Andrea in Australia:
A page from Lynette's book for Andrea
Cover from Andrea's book for Lynette
Please visit our flickr page to see ALL the photos in this swap!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Geisha Japanese Button

I am letting go of one of my collector buttons! I have had this button for years and still love it. I just never have used it for any project and thought someone else might have a project for her. It should be a Star at any Button Show.
I purchased it from a button dealer from New York City years ago in Paducah Kentucky at a National Quilt Show, did you ever go to that quilt show?
All I know is it is a silver over brass Geisha Japanese Girl, probably taken off of some royalty garment . She is 2 inch in diameter ,has a small dent on back

                                                                       

                  If any of you know anything else about this button let me now. I had never seen one like it and haven't seen one since . I have never cleaned it with any cleaner                              

                                                               

Buttons On Ornaments

I created some new mixed media tree ornaments. These 3 have found buttons on them. 
I am currently selling these in 3 art venues. 
Take a peek...

 "Happy" 

 "Happiness"

"Harrisburg #2"

All hand-made ornaments are created 
by artist Sue Marrazzo, ISAP, NCS

Friday, November 28, 2014

White Christmas Button Book Swap -- Part 3

More from our White Christmas Button Book Swap!  Please visit Michele's blog, Nook and Cranny, to see her lucky partner's book...
it is full of vintage-y goodness!
And, you can see the first of the swaps I did with my three partners on my blog, Indulge Your Shelf.
 Penny's book for me...
and mine for her!
Still much more to come!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

White Christmas Button Book Swap - Part 2

It is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas around here, as the White Christmas Button book swaps are being posted all over Blogland!  Here are two more links from our swap for you to enjoy: 
This is the front cover of Wendy's book!  Look at that mitten with a button and snowflake decoration!
Wendy posted photos of all the pages of her book on her blog, here.
(There are also photos there of her partner Pat's book!)
This beauty was created by Diane and you can see it and read her story of cozy creation on her blog, here.
More to come!

Monday, November 24, 2014

White Christmas Button Book Swap - Part 1

The first of the White Christmas Button Book Swaps have begun to arrive and they are a feast for the eyes!  I will be sharing them as they are revealed.
JoAnn, who blogs at Vintage Dragonfly, created this beautiful paper/mixed media book using vintage postcards; this is just one page:
To see all the other pages, please visit her blog post about it!
And here's a sneak peek at the cover of a lovely paper/mixed media book by Valery Anne:
You can see each and every page of Valery's book by visiting our Button Floozies Swap Flickr page. To see more of her work, visit her blog here!
Please check back for more lovely photos!
I am expecting my book to arrive today and can't wait to show you the ones I created!

Recycle Santa


I have saved this sweatshirt since the 1990's . It was my youngest daughters when she was in high school. We all wore these painted Christmas sweatshirts back them. Remember?
Well I just couldn't' throw it away because of the BUTTONS on it LOL.
Yesterday I was digging around in my Christmas closet to see what i was going to use this year and this sweatshirt was hanging in the closet and a light bulb went off. 
Well anyway I made a pillow out of Mr Button Santa.

                                                           




My daughter doesn't even know I post on Button Floozies so I can tell you I am wrapping this up for her for Christmas this year 


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Button sorting

A picture of a peaceful interlude -- sorting buttons from a thrift shop grab bag.
Many were very common, but these are my favorites: above, celluloid in blue and brown, and a chunky black plastic button with inlaid metal.
These "cookie" buttons, older plastic.
Black glass, aurora borealis glass, and a metal button that I particularly liked.
I'm getting emails from participants that their White Christmas Button Books are going out in the mail -- so excited to see and post photos of the results when they are received!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

I recently made a jacket out of old cashmere sweaters I have been saving along with some cashmere wool that I felted and cut up.  I needed a button so I went to Webs Yarn Store in Northampton MA to see what they had.
The store is huge for all you knitters ... which I am not .... but they have a great selection of modern buttons.
They have this column and on 3 sides there are tubes and tubes of buttons!!
SIDE 1


SIDE 2

close up of SIDE 2

SIDE 3 
close up of SIDE 3 

close up of SIDE 1 
This is my jacket.  The vintage button is a one a friend gave me.  I love the button but didn't really like it on the jacket. 
I found about 4 or 5 contenders but finally decided on this ceramic button that I felt was perfect!
The winner is!!

To see more of my jacket go to Needle and Hook

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Swap partners and grab bags

Partnering has happened for the White Christmas Button Book swap and emails went out yesterday to all who signed up; if there were any glitches and you didn't receive yours, please let me know ASAP!
Meanwhile...look at the vintage notions I picked up at the last estate sale I visited -- there didn't seem to be any real treasures in the button bags but I had to get them anyway, just for the thrill of the hunt!

Friday, October 31, 2014

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

***This post will appear at the top of the blog until October 31; please SCROLL DOWN to see newer posts!***
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
paper and fabric
paper
paper
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
paper

Did that get your creative juices flowing?  I hope so!
Timeframe:
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.

Instructions:

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: buttonfloozies@gmail.com

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.

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