Sunday, May 13, 2012

Button Swap Blog Hop Time!


It's finally Button Swap Blog Hop time! But first I have to say Happy Mother's Day to all the Mamas! 

We're celebrating with a sale in the shop. Today's the last day to take advantage of 15% off everything in the shop with the coupon code "MAMAMIA".

Now...BUTTON TIME. 

New button hoarder!
Cindy Wimmer of Sweet Bead Studio assigned the partners for this swap and paired me up with Kristi Harrison of Keepsakes by Kristi. I hadn't previously seen her work, so it was extra fun making a new friend during this challenge.

I had a difficult time choosing buttons to send to Kristi, so I enlisted the help of my youngest niece, and inadvertently started a button obsession in her. She has since started her own button collection, which is about 75% buttons she snagged from my collection, but that's OK....it gives me good justification for buying more.

 Here are the buttons I sent to Kristi. I made the 2 celestial-themed ones. The big sun-face was my first attempt at a shank button, so I'll be interested to see how it held up for Kristi.



And here's what Kristi sent me; vintage lovelies, a handmade ceramic button made by Spirited Earth, and a lovely mother-of-pearl button.



Initially I pulled out tons of beads to correspond with the color palette Kristi had set up for me, but then I ended up using none of them and opting for fabric and fibers instead. I made this trio of wrapped bangles with the buttons as interlocking focals.



I accidentally broke the shank off the light blue button and had to drill a hole in it. That worked out pretty well, actually.


I thought I was done there, but later I found a home for that sweet little fabric button as the clasp for this necklace, which has another button from my collection as the focal.



The mother-of-pearl button still has yet to be used, but I'm sure it will be the perfect thing for some future project.

Visit the other swappers!


Pam Ferarri and Stefanie Teufel (will share their reveal on a later date)
Stefanie Teufel and Pam Ferarri (will share their reveal on a later date)





19 comments:

  1. Ahhhh...love what you did with them!! They look beautiful!! Did you also make the button in your necklace? If so, you need to get some of those in your shop too! My shank button you made has held up wonderfully and I have been wearing my trio around the last few days getting lots of compliments! Thank you for a wonderful selection and being a great partner! :)

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  2. What great buttons you recevied! I love the bangles, and the blue button looks great with the brown buttons and the fabric wrap. That fabric button sure looks sweet on the second piece. I love the earthy colors of the focal button and the other beads.

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  3. Oh Gosh, I LOVE what you made! I would wear those three bangles and the necklace together. Wow, blown away with the designs. I think because it hits "my style" on the button. (unintended pun) ;-)

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  4. Love those bangles and the celestial buttons you sent to your partner!

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  5. Wow I really like the way you worked with the wire to secure the buttons and wrap the bracelets, so pretty. I have to say the little embroidered button on the necklace won my heart..how sweet is that one!?!

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  6. Just lovely - all of them! but I have to say my favorite is that sweet little fabric button clasp - I'm a sucker for a button clasp :)

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  7. Jenna, what lovely bangles you've made! I love the buttons-as-focals on these, and have to admit that the darkest button (wood?) is my absolute fave out of these!

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  8. Such a great idea. Beautiful bangle bracelet. I want to touch it!

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  9. Such a great bangle stack! I like that you didn't let breaking the shank stop you from using it. And that sweet little vintage button looks right at home back there. An unexpected touch of whimsy! Enjoy the day. Erin

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  10. So many bracelet! I just want to go make bangles now! I like what you have done, thanks for sharing.

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  11. It so funny I just left a comment on Kristi's blog saying that I love not only the buttons you made but the card you made...oh so cool!! I love what you created you with the beauties she sent you and I am so inspired to start using buttons as a clasp..wow..Now I'm off to visit your shop!!Its great to meet you.xoxo Cat

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  12. I ADORE what you made with your buttons. The stack of bracelets is great and that necklace is really wonderful!!

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  13. What adorable buttons all around-- I love the bracelet, but that focal on the necklace is something special!

    Thanks for sharing with all of us... I'm glad that I found your blog on this hop <3

    *~* Julia *~* http://beautifullywhimsical.blogspot.com *~*

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  14. Jenna, what a great assortment of buttons you received from Kristi, and I like how she labeled them when she sent them to you. The stacked bracelets are such a great way to showcase several buttons together at one time while still highlighting them individually! I love the rustic colors and the wirewrapping you added. And the necklace you created - it is gorgeous! I would expect to find it on the cover of a jewelry magazine - with such a beautiful composition, the colors, and the use of the art beads! I especially love how you used the little fabric button as a clasp!

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  15. The fabric covered bangle bracelets are wonderful. I agree that your oops with the blue button ended up being a Woo Hoo! The addition of the wire across the front of the button provides an interesting design element.

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  16. The fabric covered bangle is so unique. And I really like the little fabric button as the clasp of the necklace. It really fits in.

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  17. I love the wonderful bangle bracelets that you made and the necklace is so pretty! I really like the buttons you sent to Kristi too.

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  18. Like your designs and hope you are feeling better.

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  19. I love what you did with the bracelet. the fibers are so intriguing. Hope your are feeling better.

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