Monday, 18 May 2009

Confession 1

This is pics from The Dairy House, which should have appeared at the bottom :)
I confess to buying more buttons.. for my work of course :)

We had a great day out and i have to admit I got my button fix!
I was in a bit of a restrained mood though, and left a lovely glass fronted  cupboard that could have been great for storing button jars in The Glory Hole. From there I took home some old curtains to repurpose and a knitting bag to put in the shop . No buttons :(

We then went for lunch at The Farmyard Picnic which was fab, a little bit cold and wintery so fairly quiet. We followed lunch with cake :) A brilliant place to escape from the real world.  I will be putting some of my handmade bits for sale there, they have been waiting a while, I promised I would deliver a box on Wednesday (any excuse for more cake !), So no pressure ;)

Then we drove back up the A350 to The Dairy House to visit Sue from Vintage to Victorian.
Soooo many buttons and gorgeous vintage fabric some from the 18th Century.
Arthur was getting a bit tired by the time we got there and was to whiney for me to concentrate properly, which was probably a good thing really.

There are lots of drawers to open and sift through, full of buttons there was also tubs of buttons that Sue was sorting which were unpackaged, so you get that lovely childhood feeling of going through grannys button box.

I came home with the ones above, which i am going to turn into bracelets and put a few in my shop. I like to share a proportion of what I buy (for a price obviously ;), because I can not use them all at once.
Now some pictures have gone completely missing??!! and will now end up on top as I add them in. One day I may get the hang of this.

Sunday, 17 May 2009

trying to decide how to get my fix.

The weather is awful so  I have abandoned any hope of going car booting. Instead i have had a nice lie in reading the papers, followed by a bath with real coffee and magazines (for button inspiration.) so quite a blissful start to the day.
I work from home running a shop attatched to the house so by the time the weekend comes round I am desperate to get out.  

I have been trying to work out where to go and hunt button and vintage treasure without getting wet (so not a real addict yet or I would go regardless of the weather ! )

I am also trying to involve a nice I think the Glory Hole in Sturminster Newton, (a mixture of vintage and house clearance bits, you never know what you will find and his prices are very good.   Arthur usually manages to find treasure too, Like firemans helmets. ) followed by lunch at The Farmyard picnic cafe at Childe Okeford where I know a lot of other button and vintage addicts hang out :)

I am also tempted to go to The Dairy House at Semley stocked with the most fantastic vintage fabrics and draws filled with buttons... right thats it I,m off!

I was just trying to links to some of the above places..and i can't believe what came up for glory hole..I think if I was going to use that for a name I would have googled it first?!!!

Saturday, 16 May 2009

The give away signs.

I didn't notice at first, it has gradually creeping up on me this need for buttons in my life.  
It probably started about this time last year when i bought some buttons for my shop, and to make things with.  Then I bought some vintage ones, and a tin full of buttons amazing to sort through and that was it..I am smitten.

There are signs that give that let me know how bad its got.

Like buttons turning up in the dinner,  Where I have tried to get rid of the musty smell by washing them in the colander and a few buttons have gone astray later turning up in the mash potato.

Then there's the boys always having buttons stuck to there feet as the buttons work there way to my work space, which is surrounded by button jars of all descriptions, and button tins, and boxes of very special 'treasure buttons'.

Then there is the giveaway signs when I am out shopping.  I look at things not for the kitchen or the house but how they would look with buttons in.  (this is also creeping into my buying for the shop)
I buy clothes from secondhand stores and jumble sales to embellish with buttons, occasionally  I buy clothes just for the buttons.

I spend my weekend searching for old button tins and jars full of button treasure.

I now have button books so that I know a bit more of the history of the buttons I am collecting, I have yet to find one with good photographs in though!

So you see I am in deep!

 I am not looking for a cure, I will just use this blog to write about my button adventures and for button confessions.  Also to show all the lovely things that can be made with buttons (the more i use up the more i can buy..hee..hee)
Do join me with your confessions :)