Friday, May 4, 2012

More Button Love!

I'm in LOVE with buttons at the moment.  The possibilities are endless!  Here's some inspiration for you...

Lots of ideas for buttons on cards...
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Beautiful button embroidery to swoon over...
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 Button bobby-pins...I'm definately making some of these!

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Button bracelets...yep, I've gotta make these too!

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 Button paperclips...CUTE.
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Monday, April 16, 2012

Button Initials

Remember the white buttons and pink paper from last post?  I used them to make a button initial for friends who are having their baby girl's naming day ceremony soon.


I arranged the buttons and then stuck them down with clear glue onto heavy scrapbooking paper before whacking the lot into a frame.  The button-sticking part was completely painful but the end result was worth it.  I don't have a photo, but I also printed out a card with the event, the baby's name and the date which I mounted onto matching patterned paper and stuck onto the back.  Some of the buttons are newish ones of mine but most are from the big stash of old buttons from the button drawers that used to belong to my hubby's grandma. 


There are some lovely button letters out there in internet-land.  Inspiration from here, here and here.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Button Stash!

Check out my button stash...


This set of drawers originally belonged to my hubby's grandma.  When they came to me, the casing around the drawers was a funny brown colour with big marks all over it from where other things had been sitting.  I sanded it all back and resprayed it with red enamel.  I sorted all the buttons into colour groups - there are some amazing old buttons in there!





I love my button drawers!  I sorted some of my own buttons into them too but unfortunately (or not!) I have waaaay too many buttons to fit them all in.  I shall need to find some other way of storing my extra buttons - I am thinking, a big glass jar!

Also, do you see the white buttons and the pink paper in the first picture?  I am doing something with those.  Stay tuned!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Onion skin dyed eggs for Easter

Miss Seven and I had a fab time last night dying blown eggs with onion skins.  I have been wanting to try this technique for years.  We stayed up a bit late (which was very exciting for Miss Seven), ate delicious choccy eggs and watched movies while we worked!  I only had six eggs to blow and one broke so we ended up with five.  I'm glad I didn't have more than that 'cause I just about blew the top of my head off trying to get the eggs out of their shells through the tiny holes!

For the dying -  collect as many onion skins (the dry brown part) as you can and lay them on a piece of cloth (we used the cheap homebrand version of chux superwipes), then lay leaves, flowers, fern fronds etc on the skins THEN lay your egg (blown or not) on top.  Wrap the whole thing so the flowers and leaves are closest to the egg's shell and the onion skins wrap around the shell entirely and then your cloth wraps around THAT....yes?  Secure it all with rubber bands then  your eggs need to spend half an hour in water at boiling point.  Take them out, allow them to cool and then unwrap and marvel at the beautiful patterns left on your eggs!

You can rub a little oil into them to really bring out the colour and make them shine.  Here are ours:


This is my fave one...it has a clover flower straight out of our lawn on it.


Then you can do what we did...and have scrambled eggs for brekky the next day :)  YUM!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Hooray, crochet! Cute knotted headband...

This very clever, pretty-haired lady made an awesome knotted headband from simple crochet chain stitch!  Look!

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She has an excellent tutorial you should check out.  In fact, she has quite a few!  I'm going to see if I can make one like this as well.  (It's an excellent excuse to purchase a hot glue gun, yes?)

Are you going to make one too?

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Good one, Cami, I think you started a trend.