Thursday, October 6, 2011

Button Love

I've been trying to remember the moment when I first realized I was a button hoarder.  I've always had an ample supply of buttons hanging around, but somewhere along the line it got to the point where I had to start doing something with them.  I started sorting them, making jewelry, and selling them by the jar. These little beauties are so small and they fit neatly inside drawers, jars, trays, and bowls. They're never in my way, no one is planning an intervention, and I'm not tripping over them, so maybe I should just call myself a button collector instead.

I'm certainly not an expert, but I am addicted to them....

Celluloid, plastic, wood, and metal.

 Coat buttons.  These make a great base for layered button brooches.

Most of these are vegetable ivory, also known as Tagua nut.

Look at all this color. Fabric buttons are perfect for making bracelets. They're lightweight and stand up to being knocked around.

 I keep these colorful plastic buttons sorted by color.  

These are good for seasonal jewelry.
Metal buttons are also great for bracelets. My favorites are the little cut steel and picture buttons in the top part of the tray. 

 A platter of silver and gold metal.

A few military buttons.

 I love mother of pearl buttons and the way they look displayed in jars.  I keep them separated by size, color, carvings, and shanks.

 Brown, white, and black plastic.  You never know when one of these might come in handy.

 Colored and clear glass buttons.

 Black glass and gold luster in all different shapes and sizes.  

 Rhinestones and carved acrylic.

 Bakelite

 Assortment of metal and picture buttons

A little bit of everything.



50 comments:

  1. What a great button collection! I love buttons too but I only have a tackle box full.....so far. I loved seeing your collection and I am going to love seeing some of the things you make with them even more!

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  2. You really do have a wonderful collection! I love buttons, too and dug through some this morning for a little craft project I'm working on! The Bakelite buttons are interesting! I need to look for those! ♥

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  3. I think this must be button heaven! I love buttons and you have the best collection. I have a couple of jars full and I love to just look at them and enjoy their colors!

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  4. Hoarder...hoarder...I see a hoarder! lol I could just dive into all those buttons and stay forever...what jewels, gems and real beauties you have there. I LOVE EACH AND EVERY ONE!

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  5. WOW. I could spend all day digging through these! I love the aqua (enamel?) one in the last pic with the little flower on it. And your MOP buttons -- my favorites! WOW.

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  6. Your button collection is beautiful!
    I love buttons also. Do you read the blog, Button Floozies?

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  7. That is a lot of buttons !! :-D You have a great variety. Don't you love just sorting and just digging around in them.

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  8. I'm with you! I love buttons, all colors shapes and sizes. I wish it was easier to find rhinestone buttons, but they are tough to come by, at least with all the stones still in them. I'm a button collector too!

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  9. Wonderful collection of buttons. I also love buttons but dont have a big collection like you. I loved looking at yours.
    Hugs Maria

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  10. I like the bakelite buttons! Great collections!!!

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  11. Oh, WOW, Betsy, you DO have a stash of wonderful buttons!!! You got me beat, girl!!!!!

    xxoo
    Marsha

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  12. I can't get my breath !!!!!!!!!!!

    I have been a button collector for years but don't have that many

    Love them

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  13. Oh, my button tins are groaning in envy.

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  14. Wow, I just thought I had a lot of buttons. Buttons do speak of days gone by, I love them too. You have some beauties. Blessings.

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  15. Wow, I saw your buttons and had to come over--I've never seen so many gorgeous buttons all in one place in my life--AMAZING!!!

    XO
    Cindy

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  16. Wow! What a collection! Such eye candy, too ~ your photos are beautiful!

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  17. serious button envy, my friend. thanks for sharing.

    xo
    molly

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  18. OMG I thought I had a lot of buttons!!! I love the rhinestone ones! Glad you don't collect cars...Not as easy to store!

    Carol

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  19. OMG!!!! WOW!!! Can I call this a button porn? ;-) just kidding! What a collection Betsy! I'm lost for words. I'm amazed!

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  20. Betsy!! oh my goodness! I cannot believe my eyes. I just kept scrolling in disbelief! Yes, you do have an impressive collection. Impressive indeed. I have two sad little jars not even full. One for pales and one for brights. I just do not get introduced to buttons very often. What, pray tell, is your secret? xo, Diane

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  21. Love those "picture buttons". you have an amazing collection. Looks like a lot of fun to play with. Now if we could all just have "collections" that are as easy to warehouse!! thanks for linking up to VIF, xo Debra

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  22. Oh my gosh!! I collect buttons, too, but have just a small collection right now. I'm green with envy!! lol SO many beautiful buttons! Thanks for sharing!
    Cindy

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  23. I am SWOONING!! You have a wonderful collection. I just love that big tray of bakelite. I only have a few and they are right up there with glass and rhinestones in my book. Thank you for sharing!

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  24. Oh could I ever have fun with all your wonderful buttons. You must have a button of every kind, size and color.
    I was amazed to see you are from Tracy. My brother and sister in law live there also. Beautiful place, Char

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  25. I have nothing compared to yours wow what fun.

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  26. Wow -- that is quite the collection!!!! So many possibilities....

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  27. Seriously. . .what is IT about buttons? I've got quite stash of them myself. I've got them separated by color as well. . .but not into as many categories as you. I'm fairly sure your collection outweighs mine. Thanks for sharing all the eye candy with us!

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  28. WOW! You have such a wonderful collection of buttons. I have a few in old green canning jars but nothing compared to your collection. These are so varied in color, style, and material. Love them. I'm sure you really enjoy just looking at them.

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  29. I need to pick my jaw up from my desk!! Such eye candy!! I have been in ♥ LOVE ♥ with buttons as long as I can remember!!
    I used to play in my Mom's cans of buttons when I was little. They were so magical to me. I never tired of them. I have them now and could never part with any.

    They are kept separated from others I find/buy so I won't use them accidently.

    Some are from WWII and my Dad's uniform.

    Your collection is marvelous!! I keep mine sorted too!
    *hugs*deb

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  30. Wow, Betsy!! What a fantastic collection! Can't wait to see them in some of your beautiful creations! I have some of my grandmother's buttons and do want to make something special with them for myself and my daughter, so I will be looking to you for inspiration!

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  31. Oh My!!! You might actually have more buttons than me 8-)

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  32. Betsy, thank you for your congrats and kind worlds, it means so much to me!

    Carol

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  33. Your buttons are wonderful! I so envy those of you who live in areas where such bounty is available. If I had purchased every old button I have ever, in 65 years seen, it wouldn't be that many. I love just looking at your great collection.

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  34. Wowsa! and all sorted too! Lovely to look at, thanks for the treat!

    That is some collection!

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  35. What an amazing collection! They are so beautiful =)

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  36. I very much enjoyed this post. Such eye candy for button lovers. I must be a baby button collector since I don't have enough to really sort by color.

    My tin of buttons passed down to me by my mother and the one I spent endless hours sorting when a child will always remain separate. These buttons are a special category all their own. Button love for sure.

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  37. Oh wow I absolutely love your button collection! And i think i have something you'll like here http://blog.capscreations.com/2011/07/button-collection.html

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  38. Wow! And I thought I had too many!.
    I remember my Mom giving me a tin full of buttons to keep me busy while SHE was busy... and how content I was to sit in the floor and sort by color,etc.I think that's where my love for buttons started.Thanks for sharing your lovely collection!

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  39. I would say that you do have a case of button love, Betsy. I've never seen a collection like this!

    Thanks for sharing this lovely post at Potpourri Friday. I appreciate your participation!

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  40. I'm so envious of all your buttons. You have a beautiful collection. Thanks for sharing. Love it. I'm a new member of your site for sure. Can't wait for more.

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  41. What an amazing collection! I would not call you a hoarder either, you are way too organized for that!!! So much fun for display or use for projects--either way it's a great addiction to have!!

    Best regards,Julie

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  42. I’m a button hoarder too. My collection is not anywhere close to yours. Maybe someday.

    cindy
    treasuresinmyheart.blogspot.com

    I’m a follower.

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  43. And I thought I had a lot of buttons.....

    oh my.

    That is just a spectacular sight.

    Especially all those metal ones...

    aahhhhhhh...............

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  44. I also collect buttons. Seems like I never have enough pink ones. I started a Pink Button Club....you had to send me a pink button to be a member. I only got one in the mail. It turned out to be a very small club. It is still open for membership by the way.....
    I used to let my kids stir my big coat buttons that I kept in an old cookie tin. I let them play with normal toys too....
    I put buttons on the end of a plain old bobby pin and put them in my hair when it is up in a bun.
    Buttons are easy to collect because you have have so many and they don't take up a huge amount of room.

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  45. Numerous button collection you have. I have a couple of yards full and enjoy to just look at them and enjoy their colors. But never though to take a shoot, thanks for remember.

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  46. What a great collection! I love the colors, shapes, textures- the arrangements and pictures are wonderful.

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  47. You've amassed a gorgeous collection of buttons. It's so fun to have access to these wonderful finds when making jewelry and just one or two of these elements in a design can make such an impact. I love buttons too. I created a really cool piece where I used a bakelite mustard yellow bird in it, as well as several beautiful mother of pearl buttons. Along with a vintage bakelite rhinestone belt buckle and other treasures, it ended up going to a well loved and treasured home. The blogger collects vintage sewing elements and it was a perfect design for her. It took a while to make its way into the perfect fit, but eventually it did.
    Love your buttons! Thanks for sharing their beauty.
    Gretchen

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  48. Hi Betsy, what a fabulous collection of buttons. I can remember when I was a little girl I would play in my grandma's button box. It was so much fun. Wish I had those buttons today!! I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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