Category Archives: Button Wednesday

Nyanyanyanyanyanyanyan – Button Wednesday

UPDATE: This little creation won a Craftster Best of 2011 Award! So exciting!!

Craftster Best of 2011 Winner
I’m a Craftster Best of 2011 Winner!

Thought I’d share a little something I made a few months back for a button-themed craft swap. It’s based on the ‘Internet famous’ NyanCat.

Is it just me who seems to make all my best stuff for other people??

Becky

My Best Friend’s Wedding

My best friend got married at the weekend, and what a lovely occasion it was. The bride looked lovely, the groom scrubbed up well and a good time was had by all. I may even have had a tear in my eye at some of the more emotionally-charged parts of the day (must be getting sentimental in my old age)!

Some of you might remember me mentioning wedding favours on day 17 of my 30 Days of Creativity – well, this was the wedding they were for. The colour scheme was pink and grey so I made *thirty-four* button bracelets as favours for the ladies. Each bracelet used twenty buttons (instead of the forty or so that I would usually use) and had a pink heart shaped button on the dangle chain – thought it would be appropriate, given that weddings are usually about love and all that stuff!

I think button bracelets look nicer when the buttons are all different, and every bracelet is unique. So, instead of buying 300 or so of the same button in pink and grey, I decided to buy button mixes. I used a couple of Etsy sellers for them: JamboChameleon was very helpful when I told her my requirements for grey/silver buttons and although the buttons had to come all the way from Australia I didn’t have to wait too long for them. I asked SchOOLLOcker, from whom I had previously purchased a gorgeous rainbow selection of buttons, to help me out with the pink buttons, and the selection that she sent was just what I needed.

The bride asked me to sort out some packaging for the bracelets and so I decided to go with a pink favour box, containing some sparkly grey tissue paper with the button bracelet nestled in the middle. I’ll admit to being a little nervous as I sat at my designated table at the reception – what if people didn’t like them? But luckily they all loved them, I saw loads of people wearing their bracelets throughout the evening, and apparently everyone was saying what a nice idea they were for favours!

What are the most unusual favours you’ve ever received at a wedding?

Becky

Button Wednesday: Chocolate buttons, with a difference

I stumble across button-related items all over the place, but I found the particular item I’d like to talk about today linked as part of a blog post from the excellent moo.com on self-promotion. While the ‘button candy’ featured in the main part of the post looks pretty cool, I fell in love with the ooh-shiny candy buttons in the ‘creating button candy‘ link and decided I must make some!

Bake It Pretty Candy Buttons
Bake It Pretty Candy Buttons

 Trouble was, the site the button moulds were featured on was based in the USA and the postage was prohibitive. So I set out on a mission to find a UK stockist and stumbled across Cakes, Cookies and Crafts where the postage is much more reasonable. It’s surprisingly easy to whip up your own batch of chocolate-y button goodness (as evidenced by my blurrily photographed attempt here). I’d like to work out some interesting things to do with them (as opposed to just stuffing my face with them in a sugar-induced frenzy). I think they’d make good cupcake or fairy cake toppers, or even sprinkles for ice cream sundaes. Any suggestions?

Buttons + chocolate = amazingness!

Disclaimer: Neither moo.com nor Cakes, Cookies and Crafts have asked me to big them up, I just felt like it 🙂

Button Wednesday: A donation

Most people who know me know that I like buttons, and one of my close friends made me very happy the other day by donating a stack of buttons to my stash! I’m to transform some of them into jewellery for her but the rest I am free to do with what I like. I’ve picked out a few of the more unusual (and possibly vintage?) buttons for your delectation:

My lovely donated buttons

Does anyone have suggestions for what I could do with any of them?

Please do let me know if you come across any button-y goodness on the ‘net that you think I might like to share!

Becky

Button Wednesday: Crafty button stamp

For my debut Button Wednesday post I thought I’d bring you something a bit crafty courtesy of a user called maximumRABBIT over on Craftster. She very kindly shared a technique with the community for creating a cute button stamp out of old cotton reels.

Cotton reel button ink stamp

Now this is right up my street, combining recycling with buttons and the ability to embellish things with them to my heart’s content! And if you’re a bit crafty or learning to sew, like me, you’ll probably have loads of cotton reels just waiting to be transformed. I’d love to see what you get up to with this technique – I’m off to try making some stamps now and will share the results soon.

Becky