April 15th, 2020
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.
Useful video on how to determine if it is Bakelite, Celluloid, Lucite or Tortoise Shell
Created by Texas Gal Treasures
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.
You too can write button poetry!
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!
Button Bouquet Painting
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".
Queen of Buttons Fun
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!
King and Queen of Buttons!
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.
I lucked upon this pretty blue frame with gold trimming in a thrift store not long ago.
It turned out to be the perfect way to make some of my lovely blue buttons pop!
Anne Buckingham and I had a lot of fun being interviewed by Virginia Johnson of Bay News 9. We really appreciate the station's coverage of our Florida State Button Society Meeting & Show.
You can watch it here: www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/entertainment/2019/01/18/ott-florida-state-button-society-annual-show
Kids Love Buttons!
Sylvia Liszka Durell, Author
Owner of HoleyButtons.com and a founding member of the Hernando County Button Collectors Group in Florida.