Friday, December 12, 2014

Framed Button Tree, etc.

I finally finished the last of this year's Christmas projects!  This was a quick and easy project because I used a framed piece of sheet metal that I put together a few years ago and was using as a magnetic picture holder.  Then I picked through my stash of vintage mother of pearl buttons and started gluing them to the sheet metal.  Photographing it was loads of fun (insert sarcasm) because it was nearly impossible to capture the shine and depth of the sheet metal and the details of the buttons.

vintage button Christmas tree
Even though it looks gray and flat in this picture, I love the contrast between the vintage frame, sheet metal, and buttons.  It really does look so much better in person! 

The topper is a combination of four different buttons. 

The iridescent glow of the mother of pearl buttons adds a touch of color, and the sheet metal is just shiny enough to reflect the light without too much glare.  A small dab of Tacky glue holds each button in place.

A few other things I was working on.....
vintage silverware handle necklaces
All of the silverware necklaces I recently listed in my Etsy shop sold right away.  The shelves are sure looking bare over there in my shop now, and even though I have more, it doesn't look like I'll find the time to get them listed before Christmas.

I had my final show of the season last weekend. 
vintage jewelry display
One table of jewelry was all I set up for this two day event held at Big White House Winery for the annual Holidays in the Vineyards event in Livermore.  This was my seventh year here and the best one so far!  Wine and shopping are a good combination!

This year we had lots of room to spread out under the big outdoor tent.  Do you notice what it's tied to?  No wonder it didn't blow away this year.

Oh what a beautiful weekend it was!  Quite a contrast to the last several years and quite a contrast to all the wind and rain we're getting this week.


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35 comments:

  1. Oh I love it Betsy. The buttons look fabulous against the sheet metal. This is one I will definitely make for myself as soon as I find me some buttons. I'm not surprised your necklaces sold so fast. They are gorgeous!

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  2. Well it looks as if you've got your year all "buttoned up" and very prettily I might add!!! Your booth looked so nice...congrats on the good sales. Merry Christmas, Mickie.

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  3. Betsy, I love the button tree! I keep saying I'm going to do one, maybe next year!!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  4. Beautiful Betsy! I love your ocean spoon necklaces!

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  5. I can see why the necklaces went so fast. They're beautiful.

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  6. I love the button Christmas tree! The contrast of the beautiful fancy mother of pearl with the industrial feel of the sheet metal is great. Good job!
    Judypimperl.blogspot.com

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  7. That tree is COOL, and you've given me inspiration for actually using some of my vintage button stash.

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  8. What a greater Betsy-loving it! Glad you did well at your show too!

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  9. I love your table setup for the show. I was a SHOPPER at a wine and shopping event one time and it is legend at our house. At some point I stopped putting the debit card back in my purse and just wandered from booth to booth and handed it to them...

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  10. I am so lucky to have gotten one of the necklaces!

    I love your tree and I understand about not having show to perfection. Sometimes, no matter what I do, I can't get a good shot of things.

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  11. Ahhh, I love the buttons on the metal, and I feel your pain about photographing shiny objects! Sounds like your season is going swimmingly!

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  12. I love button trees! The sheet metal idea is a good one!

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  13. Wonderful creations and your table displays are awesome!

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  14. Such gorgeous silverware jewellery! Not at all surprised to see them fly out of your shop.
    Such a pretty Christmas Tree too!

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  15. You are just so creative Betsy! It was so nice to see you at the winery and so glad you did really well!

    Wow that was some rain we had and am thankful the wind wasn't all that bad!

    Xo

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  16. Another great vintage Christmas craft! Love it! I think you did a good job with the pics. Glad your show was successful. Love those necklaces!
    xoKathleen

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  17. Love the button tree Betsy! I'll bet you were thinking of Kathy when making that ;)

    Beautiful treasures you've created (as usual). It's not hard to understand why they sell out so quickly!

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  18. Beautiful creations, Betsy! I love the look of the mother-of-pearl buttons...

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  19. Realmente precioso este diferente árbol de Navidad!!!
    Me ha encantado!
    Te pido permiso para hacerme uno, voy corriendo a ver si encuentro botones tan bonitos!
    Feliz Navidad!!!
    Lola

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  20. Your jewelry is fabulous. I'm not surprised at all that it sold out fast. So glad you had a wonderful show last weekend. It's a great way to end the year.

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  21. Betsy, I adore that tree!! I can see why your necklaces all sold :)
    Susan

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  22. Adorable and such a great way to use up the buttons we all probably have laying around. Your show table looks stunning as always!

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  23. I wonder why your silverware necklaces sold out???
    Because they're AWESOME!!!!!!

    diane @ thoughts and shots

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  24. Oh my gosh, that is the absolute best pop-up shop display ever...I love the subtle colors (like November in the woods). Don't ever change that one!

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  25. You know I love this! I hope the last show of the season means you are taking some time to enjoy yourself during the holiday season.

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  26. Love your button tree and your necklaces are gorgeous...As usual!

    Carol

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  27. This project is so adorable, Betsy! I love all of your silverware necklaces as well!!

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  28. Your necklaces are stunning. Beautiful work, Betsy!

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  29. The buttonb tree is just beautiful! I love the wone barrels in the photos...what a lovely place to have a show. Congrats on selling so well! With your beautiful things, I'm surprised you don't sell out! Your necklaces are gorgeous as always. Have a fantastic week!

    Blessings, Vicky

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  30. Your button tree is so pretty, Betsy--love the idea of doing it on metal. I'm wondering if you would link up to our Thrifted Merry Christmas blog hop today on my blog? (Maybe your junk lamp part trees, too!)
    http://dpetrillo.blogspot.com/2014/12/christmas-tour-thrifted-merry-christmas.html

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  31. danke für die inspirationen und wunderschönen bilder und liebe grüße von angie

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  32. No wonder those necklaces sold right away, they were a genius idea!

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  33. So pretty! I love the tree and the jewellery too! I'm very inspired to give the metalwork a try. So glad that you joined us at the Make it Monday Party! Hope to see you again next week. (Please don't be offended but your captcha is quite cumbersome. Just thought you'd like to know, it takes several times to load in a new page.)

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  34. ohhhhh button tree I could actually do that too! Wonder if I could use a vintage cutting board instead-bet I could!

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  35. This is so cute! I love how tall and skinny it is!
    Jennelise

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