(letss1.tumblr.com)There is a fascination for me of jars filled with buttons. The variation in the tones of white, the sizes, the shapes, the textures and the luminosity makes me want to find a way to display them. Or maybe I just like to play with them.
(flickr.com)Sometimes putting them in a pretty jar is all that is needed to display a collection of buttons.
I thought this jar worked well for these identical buttons.
I pin my button ideas to either my DIY board or my Neat Stuff board on pinterest so I have it for reference when I feel like some button therapy.
I haven't tried this one yet but I think it is rising to the top of that "must try" list.
This one is awesome. It would be fun to do a series of dresses in buttons....if I could just stay focused long enough.
I was losing interest by the time I finished this pillow so I'm not sure I have the attention span required for a series of anything. The blog post on this pillow can be found here.
I thought these were quite sweet and I did make 3 of them. That project is on hold until I get the right gauge of wire but I think I'll make more. They are easy enough when you have the right materials.
Here they are in sepia...not the full bouquet I saw on Pinterest but I like this just as well.
Here is a variation on the flower idea and I will probably give that a whirl too.
This is a little country for me so I doubt I'll make this but I threw it in for those of you who might get inspiration from it. Maybe a tree for Christmas done in all button ornaments...who is feeling industrious?
I kept playing with my arrangement as you can see from these photographs.
I gathered the white and creamy buttons in my collection and arranged them with a few other items. Then I played with Picasa for some different effects.
Pencil sketch is an interesting variation. I like the way it makes my vintage postcard stand out. I saw the picture/card holder on Pinterest too.
I have several glass doorknobs and I want to make these for sure. Again, no instructions so I need to find the right gauge wire and....
perfect my technique.
I am still struggling with lighting techniques as well.
The effects offered in Picasa do make it easy to give some "so-so" photos a little edge.
Before dismanteling all my props, I had to snap a few with my antique sewing machine.
I played with effects here...
and couldn't resist the pencil sketch one more time.
All in all I had several hours of cheap entertainment just playing with my stuff. Retirement is a lot like early childhood. It's all about playing with your favorite things.