Monday, July 12, 2010

Guilty Pleasures

I spent many an hour rifling through my nan's button tin when I was little, it was an old rectangular battered metal tin and it made a really satisfying noise to just run my hands through the buttons. I would empty them out, sort them into type and colour and put them all back again. Who needs Barbie's and playstations and all the childish entrapments of modern life when you have a tin of buttons? Children today just don't know what they are missing out on. Actually my kids do. Both of them love going through my boxes of beads and buttons and feathers and all manner of crafty stuff. My other half thinks I just love to hoard junk. But then I think his love of bicycles along with his boxes of weird mechanical bits and bobs, and the mysterious parcels that turn up through the post suggests he understands it more than he would be prepared to let on.

These are my latest aquisition from Penny Spooner who I met at the Wemake Fair last month. (Note to designers who make buttons - pop them all in a pot and sell them loose if you know I will be there as I am guaranteed to buy some).

Handmade ceramic buttons are the best of all types of buttons and I discovered them first at a textiles show about 9 years ago (above) so much I can't bear to use them. I have decided to make my own when I can afford a kiln and find some free time so I can use them and then make more.

Charity shop finds.

Market stall finds.

Pearly kings and queens.

What are your guilty pleasures? Things you like to buy 'just because'.


SDCrafts said...

Oh, button tins! My gran's, my mum's and my own! A source of rifling pleasure, a reason to be distracted. Time out, dreaming of all the things you'll make, could make, might make...ok, might never make. Sorting into colours and shapes for children.

Now I see M&S have been selling knitwear with odd buttons - different colours, designs, shapes, all on the same garment. So non-matching is the new matching.

That just means my button tin contains even ore permutations of garments I might never knit in my lifetime. But I can look back over the ones I have knitted for their discarded buttons are there...those I gifted, who knows? Maybe they are the vintage buttons in someone else's tin.

I'm with you Karen, buttons are a must buy! Don't have to have a reason...and now I am a cardmaker, they feature in my designs quite often.

Megan said...

Your buttons are gorgeous! A lovely post - made me all sentimental about rifling through my mums button tin - it was just so magical sorting through them all, making pictures and choosing my favourites etc.

I LOVE the ceramic buttons you've posted they are so wonderful and the Hodge Podge Arts ones are very biscuitlike which makes me hungry too!

Megan :)

Bonkers About Buttons said...

now you know that I am going to have to leave a comment! I loved buttons as a child but them kinda forgot about them till during my teens & early adulthood till i happened upon one in a charity shop a few years ago that I just fell in love with - that day brings me where I am today - Bonkers About Buttons. I can now never walk past a charity shop without asking if they have any buttons & I also have family & friends always on the lookout for me. I have finally decided to do something with my 'little wonders' which have been amassing in my studio. I have set up a facebook group and am in the process of setting up the blog & storefronts. Do come over and check us out!

Swirlyarts said...

I'm a fellow buttonholic! I can never resist them even though I have many more in my craft room than I think I would ever use in a lifetime!

NoodleBubble said...

Buttons - Oh buttons - my Grandma was a dress maker and I was given the button to to play with when we visited - 35yrs later am still playing with the contents of the button tin...♥

Charlotte Hupfield Ceramics said...

Lovely selection of buttons! I make ceramic buttons and sell them at craft fairs loose in a basket, I display a sign next to it saying feel free to rummage, and people sure do! My natural leaf ceramic buttons are my faves; said...

wow great collection of buttons, I always love how colourful they are.

I tend to collect things for cooking, cutters, bowls, books, cute decorations. I dont know why I just do!