Yesterday was a work day for me. I was supposed to be writing. Or cleaning up my studio so that I could make things. Or answering one of the many emails I owe people. Or any number of other 'productive' things. But what did I do for the better part of a day?
I played with buttons and industrial strength glue.
Good times, I tell you. Good times.
Susan Beal's newly released book Button It Up was the source of my obsession inspiration. The book is full of projects for putting beautiful buttons to use - everything from jewelry to home decor and clothing. My copy of the book has been tempting me since it's arrival. Because while the array of projects is diverse, so is the time and skill level needed to complete them. Perfect for just a quick little crafty button-love fix. (Okay...except that quick little fix turned into a whole afternoon affair as I kept making just one more thing!)
And before I go on, I should tell you that I may have a slight personal attachment to this book. See that page right there? With the fabric cuff? That's mine! It was great fun to contribute a project to Susan's book. (And amidst some very fine crafty company too, I might add.)
So yesterday, as I was clearing off my studio table trying to work, this book just wouldn't stop staring at me. It wouldn't stop! I caved. And before I knew it, a jar of buttons was dumped out on my table and demanding attention. My first project were the earrings photographed above. Um, I love them.
And then...onto some magnets.(And that is Adelaide's fabulous zebra...in the 6:30am kitchen lighting that is not so fabulous.)
There's some great stuff - projects, button resources and giveaways - happening on the Button it Up website, so check it out.
A word of warning. All this buttony goodness is contagious (who doesn't love playing with buttons?). It's 7am in the morning (on another snowy day) and the kids have a jar of buttons waiting for me on the table. They want in on the action, naturally.