Friday, 11 November 2011

The Joy of Buttons

I enjoyed a very pleasant Saturday afternoon recently playing with my buttons.



I know how to live, don't I?

I spent a great deal of  time: running my fingers through my collection of buttons:


gasping with wonderment and awe at the cornucupia of colours and styles




and squealing with excitement when I came across ones I'd forgotten I had.






Mr J and P has just read what I've written and says that he's a little worried that people might think I'm stark raving bonkers.  I told him that he shouldn't worry as my readers know exactly what I'm on about when it comes to buttons.  We love our buttons don't we?

Anyway, before I come across as being completely insane, I didn't just spend all my time idly stroking my buttons.  Not me.  I actually managed to make something with them.

I found some thin stretchy elastic lurking in the sewing box and with the help of a tutorial from youtube (I used this one here ) I made button bracelets.

Bracelet number one:



Bracelet number two is quite possibly my favourite.  Made with these larger and textured buttons, they look a little like flowers to my (delusional) mind:






Bracelet number three, in bright colours, for Little Miss J and P:



If you want a quick crafty fix that even a simpleton can muster, then I can assure you that button bracelets are the way forward.

Happy weekend everyone! xx

45 comments:

  1. Very cute! My mum does the same thing with buttons she just likes looking at them.

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  2. I love buttons! I did the same thing the other day..I was sorting out my buttons as well (for a craft project). It's a bit like a treasure hunt, finding all the button treasures :) I love the bracelets, that is an awesome idea. My favourite button is the orange flower one on your first bracelet..so pretty!

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  3. Just loving those button bracelets Loo. Have you seen the button necklace Ruth Watson (The Hotel Inspector)wears? I've often wondered how to make on - but first I need more buttons!

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  4. LOL! Playing with your buttons, I thought I was bad when I kept ironing fabric, just cause it looks pretty! I have a bunch of buttons and just never know what to do with them! The bracelets look so cute!

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  5. Hi Loo, tell Mr J and P it's ok, we totally get your obsession with buttons. I love the colours in your favourite button bracelet, it's my fave too.

    Now Loo, I must ask, who is that handsome (ahem) chap in your profile pic? What happened to Noddy? I'm not too keen on his replacement I'm afraid...hope he's not a rellie. I don't want to offend. I've seen pics of Mr J and P so I know it's not him (he's much better looking) None of my business really, but I'm wondering so I thought I'd ask.

    I hope you have a happy weekend too x

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  6. p.s. my word verification thingo for the above was clown.

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  7. i love love love the button-flower bracelet!
    i have so many buttons and never know what to do with them - i always keep the ones from clothes when you get a spare, and so i feel i ought to make time to have a make-session with them!

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  8. Great post - I love buttons :)

    Fab idea too - might have a go at the myself - if I can bear to part with any of my collection!

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  9. I love buttons too. It is almost impossible to go to a craft or haberdashery shop and not by any.
    xx

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  10. I love your buttons!! you have some beautiful ones in your cute tin :) love your bracelets they look great, have a wonderful weekend.

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

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  11. ooooooh buttons love them hehe and love what you've made :)

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  12. I LOVE your bracelets. And I love the word cornucopia. What a great word!!

    I am a total button fan too. So pretty. So alluring!!

    Sarahxxx

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  13. My mum used to have a huge button collection. I wish she still had it :(

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  14. Lovely, lovely button bracelets. So pretty and striking! I have a passion for buttons too and run my fingers through them. They are like plastic sweets as far as I'm concerned! Em x

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  15. You are not raving bonkers. If I had a collection of buttons such as yours - I would do the same thing!

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  16. You have a brilliant collection - those tealy-blue ones on the card in the third picture down are brilliant! In fact they all are.

    Loving the button bracelets too - they are so much fun to make!

    Jem xXx

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  17. You're not mad in the slightest, or if you are I'm right there with you!
    I love playing with my button stash, sorting them into colours and just admiring them. That bracelet ideas inspired, I may have to copy! x

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  18. Know what you mean about rummaging through a button tin - reminds me of when I was little. Love the bracelets.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  19. ooohhh if your raving bonkers then so is half the nation ;-)) As we all love running our hands in our button tins ;-)) What a fab idea you have given me an idea now as i have 100's of buttons. dee xx

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  20. These are awesome - what a fabulous make (i will be pinching this idea). Hoorah for buttons :o) Scarlett x

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  21. So many of my bloggy friends are loving their buttons this week! I don't think men really understand the allure of buttons... I love the smell when I open a tin full of vintage buttons

    Actually we are over my mum's on Sunday so I think I may have to have a quick fix of hers (they are older than mine so therefore smell better!)

    You can now tell Mr J & P their are women odder than you when it comes to buttons... unless of course he has caught you sniffing yours! ;-)

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  22. Yep I'm in the Button Club too.
    Love from Mum
    xx

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  23. Lovely, your fave is my fave too. I might have to make some to go with my button rings. These would be a great stocking gift for little (and big) girls x

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  24. You should show Mr J and P the comments, as then he'll realise that button love is very common. I love the bracelets, the second one is my favourite too, it has a very fifties look to it. I shall go gaze lovingly at my buttons now.

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  25. Lovely bracelets! I'm a button sorter, very soothing activity when one is stressed, except one finds ones mucky fingered child has pre-sorted then and now they're covered in dried up playdough x

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  26. I love your button bracelets! They're lovely!

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  27. Nothing mad about the button love, Loo!
    My mum has promised me her stash, I can't wait! (She won't let me have the mother of pearl ones though, shame...)
    The bracelets are a fantastic idea. Christmas pressies? I think so!
    Have a great weekend! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  28. Buttons - I love 'em too! You just can't have enough of the blighters!

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  29. i too am mad about buttons and your buttons collection are sooo adorable! i love the bracelets you made, especially the one with one button that looks like a flower! it's a great idea to do with buttons!

    love,
    susan

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  30. I loved my mums button jar as a kid. I am very impressed with the bracelets, they look gorgeous! Sherry :)

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  31. They are very sweet and with so many buttons in tins that would be a great craft project for my girls to make as gifts for friends.

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  32. Loo, I also have a collection of buttons since 2000 that I go through every time a shirt or a skirt is missing one.
    I adore the bracelets and love the combination of colors and shapes.
    You should check Ann Carrington's buttons paintings, I think you will like them.
    Have a great week,

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  33. Wow! Those bracelets are really cool and I’m quite envious of your stash of buttons, that’s quite a collection you’ve got xxx

    p.s I totally get the button thing.

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  34. i too am a button lover and spend many an afternoon sorting when the girl's say what are you doing mum I reply 'sorting' and they say then what and I say 'all back together again' when i do put them all back together again. Such fun.

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  35. Love the button and your bracelets are beautiful what a well spent day!

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  36. Mr J&P is clearly the odd one out. We're all buttonaholics here.

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  37. What a fantastic little make, I may be tempted to raid my button tin and make some to pop in the grandgirlies christmas stockings, thanks for the link and inspiration...........wonder if there's a facebook page for button lovers, lol. xx

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  38. Oh I just have to leave a comment, your post made my little heart sing.
    Not mad!!! Buttons are like therapy, I completely understand.
    Love love the wee rose poppet. V
    Thank you!!!!,

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  39. Those button bracelets are fabulous - and I know just what you mean about playing with buttons, 'tis a joy indeed.

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  40. Wow! I am in button heaven! too bad there are no Morrissey buttons you could of made a Mox bracelet. the rose button would look good as a bracelet too.
    Gracias, for lovely comment amor

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  41. Cool idea! =)

    http://pinkchampagnefashion.blogspot.com/

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  42. I love your button bracelets so cute and clever!

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  43. Buttons have recently become my new addiction. Your bracelets are really beautiful, such a wonderful idea!!!

    Barri xx

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  44. Cobbler recipe has been posted
    enjoy
    Cate x

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