EDIT 12-6-07: Hello and welcome to everyone making their way over from Whip up! In case you need it, there are directions for making your own button trees here . If you make one, let me know, I love to see them!
Remember that talk we had about me being a crazy person? In the midst of the Christmas decorating madness, I have been making this little beauty. I saw them on Ebay for what I "thought" was a LOT of money, and of course, the "I can make that for $5" disease kicked right in. I was right, you could make it for about $10, but, I am not going to lie to you about the amount of time involved. (I think it was more than 8 hours.) I now understand why the price tag was so high!
The other problem is the sheer amount of buttons, beads, baubles, pearls, etc. required. (I am pretty sure based on the amount of pins I used that there are more than 550 buttons there.) Jack's button stash was getting desperately low and I wasn't anywhere near finished. I couldn't face having "stolen" all of his buttons, so we went to the flea market in order to procure more. It was my lucky day, and I bought hundreds and hundreds of buttons for $4.
If anyone needs a supply list and/or directions to get started, let me know.
And look what came in the mail today! Lucky me, lucky me! Thank you Rebecca for the goodies. The curtains are indeed a match and as soon as Jack and I are done playing choo choo, the magazine is first on my list.