It started with the beautiful fabric a friend gave me. It waited until I got the inspiration to do a pink fish of buttons on it. So I sorted out through my craft buttons to find the pinks and blues I liked. I came across the pretty vintage handkerchief in my sewing things and thought it would work well as the fins. I think she looks quite feminine! It measures 16" x 20".
I created this "Thank You" button bouquet for a friend. I always find salt and pepper shakers to use in the thrift stores. I think this yellow watering can might have been used previously for a floral bouquet. It was the perfect size for my button flowers.
I finished this just in time for Mother's Day earlier this month. The drawings are from a "Moda" advertisement in an old quilting magazine, which I cut out and glued to the board. I drew the border to capture my yellow buttons heart. The size is 9" x 12".
I just completed this remake of a round side-table. I did it during our Covid 19 quarantine. Ironically, after I finished and started the less exciting project of cleaning out a stack of old magazines, I found a magazine that featured a story on the Corvid family of birds---specifically crows. So I am tempted to call my table the Corvid 19 table. I glued the buttons on, decoupaged wrapping paper and painted with acrylic and chalk paint to transform the table.
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How to you test if something is bakelite jewelry or buttons? I show the hot water method & simichrome method. I also share how amber and tortoiseshell test with these methods.
I was tickled to receive this note from a buyer of my "Haiku for Button Lovers" book. It feels great to help spread the love of buttons and poetry!
I love creating button bouquets to give away as gifts. I fell in love with a "vase" of button flowers that I gifted to my sister-in-law and decided to do a painting of it to have the images forever. I's done in acrylic paint 11" x 14".
Quite a few of the visitors to our Vintage Buttons table had fun putting on our "Queen of Buttons" crown and taking a selfie. Actually we volunteered to take their photos with their phone cameras. It was a good day and we may have recruited a few new group members!
Sometimes it's hard to get attention at an event. It is often not enough to just set up a table and try to draw potential button lovers to you. To create some fun at an upcoming "History Day" I transformed a couple of Burger King crowns into photo opportunities as "Button Queen" and "Button King" for event-goers. A guest can either take a selfie or have one of our members take a photo of him or her or both.
Sylvia Liszka Durell, Author
Owner of HoleyButtons.com and a founding member of the Hernando County Button Collectors Group in Florida.