NOT that I ‘needed’ them.!.!.!

Catching up on my thrift shopping now that my hand is better and I CAN shop.  Look what I found yesterday!

P1230048The ‘mixed’ jar was in the front and I ALMOST didn’t pick it up because I really only wanted the white ones.

P1230054As I pulled this one from the shelf to look closer at the white buttons, I noticed the FULL jar of white one behind it!!  I could not grab that one fast enough!!  hehe

P1230051Aren’t they beautiful!?!  And most of them are small and extra small ones.

P1230050Like I said, I did not NEED any more buttons, as is evidenced by the above photo if SEVEN jars of just white buttons (and one jar of black ones!)  My colored buttons are in show boxes; 3 boxes full.

P1230101While I really didn’t NEED any more white buttons, still I sorted through all of them and picked out the ‘special ones’ (unique shapes and the super smallest ones to add to my jars.  Then I decided to ‘share the wealth’ and filled three pretty apothecary jars to sell in my booth at Stars.





P1230103These jars are about ‘pint’ size.

P1220988Progress report on my hand post-op.  This picture was 4 days after surgery.

P122099313 days, just after stitches were removed.

P1230112And today!!!  The incision is completely healed, and hand ‘function’ is at about 85% and improving considerably every day.  Just yesterday I still could not turn on the ignition in my car with my right hand; and today I could!!  woo-hoo!

Little button covered boxes ~ Upcycled empty powdered make up boxes


So, what do you do with the empty container after you’ve used up all of your powder foundation?

P1160854I USED to just throw them away.  Maybe sometimes use them to store small things in like paper clips or rubber bands.  Surely there is SOMEthing nobler to do with these sturdy little boxes, no?


With some tacky glue, a bunch of old buttons and a few pearls you can turn them into one of a kind trinket boxes!


I tied the sheer ribbon around them to help hold the price tag in place on the bottom.

This smallest white one was actually a ‘face cream’ jar and the bottom in glass.  Perfect size to use as a gift box for something small, like a ring or pair of earrings.

P1160831This make up box had a brown lid, so I used brown buttons.  The pearls were an afterthought, to fill in all the tiny bare spots.



This white one is really my favorite.

P1160831I wish I’d had more gold buttons to use on this one.  But, I’m really trying to only ‘use what I have’ for the time being.


This is the one made from the blue topped box shown.  My LEAST favorite.  I actually considered spray painting the entire top, buttons and all – white!

P1160857But, I’ll give it a chance to sell first.  I can always take it home and re-do it later.  (MY glue wasn’t quite dry in this picture.  It DOES dry completely clear.

P1160861The ‘finishing touch’ is a wee bit of hand cut and hand mixed paper shred.

P1170218They have all gone to my booth at Stars.

P1170207Lots of other one of a kind gift boxes in my booth too!


Buttons,BUTTONS! What to do with all those buttons?!?!?

So I found this big gallon jar filled with buttons at Stars last week and HAD to buy it!


Spent my first evening with them sorting according to colors; and sorting out all the ones that still had thread or fabric on them that needed to be removed.  (as soon as I can find my seam ripper!)


I’ve been cleaning out my craft room and getting rid of (donating to GW!) a lot of old craft supplies that I have not touched for TEN years or longer.  For the most part, if I brought it with me when I moved out here with Michael and have not used it since then, IT GOES!


But then I came across THESE plaster ostrich size eggs that I bought at Dollar Tree WAY more than 10 years ago.  ‘Back when’ I did folk art and primitives I used to paint designs on them.  Was even invited to display some of my painted eggs at a special art show at a winery.  Long story short, we switched over to cottage and shabby chic and I haven’t had a use for the big ceramic eggs since.  But I really did NOT want to get rid of them because I KNOW you can’t find them anymore; and if I DID toss them I just KNOW I’d see an idea on Pinterest for them the very next day!!  But I PROMISED myself that I would NOT keep things I did not have an immediate use for.    THEREFORE:

P1130030Button covered plaster ostrich eggs!


I got that “Seriously?!?!” kind of look from Micheal when I showed them to him.  Can’t blame him, as I am not entirely ‘sold’ on the either!


But at least I kept my promise to myself and USED them!


Now we’ll see if anyone actually BUYS them from my booth at Stars.  I only made three of them; put them in little felt baskets with some pretty iridescent grass.  HOPEFULLY no one DROPS one because they will shatter!!



Again, some old supplies that have been sitting around for years!  Little satin jewelry boxes with buttons glued on the tops.

P1130036These are at least a little more ‘practical’.  Can be used as a gift box for a small gift or as a pretty storage box.


Layers upon layers of buttons until all the surface was covered.  (used tacky glue on these and the eggs.)


Added a pretty sheer ribbon as a finishing touch before taking them to Stars.



Maybe this little pink jewelry box???


I had originally planned on repainting it, but decided to leave it pink since I was adding the buttons.


Just a few slightly pink buttons amongst all the white ones.


The inside top was a little scratched up.  Probably from where a mirror had originally been.  I just covered it with some pretty scrapbook paper.


That’s it on the button projects for now.  LOTS more buttons to use up still.

 Any suggestions?!?!?

Buttoned up Christmas stockings.

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Bought a bunch of plain white Christmas stockings on post season clearance last year.10.1.13 pics 002

My friend Carolyn donated an ample amount of vintage white buttons to my button collection, so I decided to decorate the stockings with old buttons and lace.10.1.13 pics 003

I still have a few that I haven’t embellished yet.  I’m kind of out of ideas!  Can’t decide if these are TOO plain???10.1.13 pics 004

So they need MORE buttons?  More lace?  Fine as they are??10.1.13 pics 005Because they ARE so white, I’m tempted to put them in a plastic sleeve before I put them out for sale in my booths; to protect them from getting dirty when they are handled.  

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But THEN I always wonder if they look ‘too commercially packaged’ when I do that?!?!10.1.13 pics 007What do YOU think?!?!

Recent finds

2.27.13 Stars MICHAEL projects 002Little wood benches are ‘one of those things’ that I’ll ALWAYS buy (IF the price is right!) because they always sell.  And they are really handy to use for creating height in your displays.

2.27.13 Stars MICHAEL projects 001On stools (or tables of ANY piece of furniture for that matter!) that have designs such as this painted on them, BE  SURE you completely sand off the design.  Otherwise it will show through after you paint.  The COLORS don’t show through; but you can see the raised areas where the design was painted.  (and yes, I DID learn this the hard way!)

3.3.13 etsy ID 001Three tiered wood table.  Just waiting for a dry day to paint it!  Might use one of my new stencils on the top!  OH!  And I can stencil something on top of that little stool too!  (can you tell that I am chomping at the bit to use those new stencils?!?)

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ADORABLE vintage baby book in PERFECT condition!  This will be going into my etsy shop.

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Are these the sweetest graphics of what?!?!?  They just don’t make them like this anymore!  I seriously thought about keeping this and doing if for my son.   I never did get around to doing one for him and he’s now 30!?!?  I have a shoebox filled with little scraps of paper that I wrote things down on!  (sigh!  BAD momma!)

3.3.13 etsy ID 066A bunch of vintage tiny white plastic lace wedding bells going to my etsy shop also.

3.7.13 stars ID 037BIG (half-gallon!) jar of buttons I bought at Stars from another vendors booth.  I’ve used up about 3/4 of them already; stitching them onto wool felt hearts and the heart pillows.  (I really love the ‘jarfull of buttons’ look and would have loved to just put it on display with my spool collection.  Alas, it’s $56.00 price tag necessitated that I use it to generate some funds to justify having bought it)

3.7.13 stars ID 036THE biggest ‘spool of thread’ I have EVER seen!!  It actually makes that half-gallon jar look small!?!?!  I’m keeping this baby for now, and adding it to my string/spool collection.

3.7.13 stars ID 038Before I found this big one, the biggest one I had was this tan one; which is also dwarfed by the new bigger one.

3.7.13 stars ID 040Just for kicks, some size comparisons.  An ‘average’ size spool of thread; an average cone size and the bigguns!

All week the weather people have been promising us a DRY DAY.  And every night, the weather report says “A few sprinkles today, but sunshine and a dry day tomorrow.”    So I have put off running errands and going grocery shopping over and over, waiting for that dry day so I could work on some bigger projects outside.

Today, I HAVE to go; and of course the sun is starting to peek out!!!  argh!!

Pictures of recently made hearts

Most of these shown are bigger, about HAND size hearts that I’m selling individually in my booth at Stars.

Adding some *tea* stained vintage lace, felt and quilt batting.

*I don’t use actual TEA for my stain.  Recipe is sold on etsy.

LOTS of buttons!

It’s really quite relaxing, searching for ‘just the right button’ to fit in each spot and making sure they are all different.

Layers are stitched to the front piece, then buttons,  before stitching front and back together and stuffing.

Little French knots added between buttons.

I’m really “into” the LAYERS this year.

Smaller ones are packaged in cello bags in sets.