Thursday, November 16, 2006

Button, Button

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.

28 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, I am IN LOVE!! That is just wonderful. I must make one. I MUST! If you would be so kind as to share the instructions, I would be so happy! Simply gorgeous.

    Just got that same Matthew Mead mag the other day but haven't had a chance to go through it yet. My mom looked at my copy though and said there was lots of good stuff in it!

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  2. Oh my WORD that is gorgeous! Even better than I expected, please share the secret recipe. I have to say I love the color combo. I have loads of buttons. :)

    I'm so glad the package arrived already! That was so fast, I think I mailed it on Monday?? Nice. I'm glad the curtains are a match and hope you enjoy the othe goodies, too.

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  3. Love your blog :) I would love to know how to make this too. Did it really take 8 hours?

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  4. Um, I love it too. Maybe if I start working on one in January ... :)

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  5. Sigh. You always have such cool things. It is getting me excited for Christmas!

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  6. Anonymous6:27 AM

    Yet another instance of you bringing sheer beauty into my/our life. Thank you for the hard work with the gorgeous results.

    Love, David

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  7. Hey there,
    hope Jack feels better.
    the tree is indeed lovely!

    and Sam is still snotty, cranky sick. Started ABs yesterday, so hopefully he'll be better (and sleeping, sheesh) soon. I am sooooo exhausted, it's been like having a newborn all over again.

    I liked but didn't love the movie; worth seeing, in my opinion, even though it's the first movie we've seen in a theater for something like 2 years??!

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  8. What a lovely and pretty idea ! I love the button tree ! i wonder if I could squeeze that in before xmas for the family !
    Fantastic idea ! I hope Jack and you are feeling 100% better !

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  9. Oh that is sooo pretty! I love the colors.

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  10. That is beautiful! I love the variety in your button collection. What a score at the flea market!

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  11. You are truly crazy and that is beyond gorgeous! I think I'll need to start hoarding buttons! I have to show this to my mom!
    Thanks for the tip on how to find it! ~Hettie

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  12. That button true is absolutely beautiful! What a fun way to display buttons!

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  13. But it was worth it! Just look how pretty!

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  14. But SO worth it- just look how pretty!

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  15. Wow, that was so worth all the hours (and pins and buttons)! Lovely!

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  16. Anonymous7:56 AM

    Oh please please send me the directions or post them! I must have a button tree-& thanks to Lazy Girl for linking me to your wonder blog!

    bently46@hotmail.com

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  17. mandm8:39 AM

    This is so beautiful. I've already shared your blog address with a friend who collects buttons. We would love to have your directions. Thank you for posting your wonderful project

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  18. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!! I hope that you don't mind...I posted about you and your project pics, on my blog.

    I am glad that you took the time to make something so pretty. Thanks for sharing it with the "blogging" world!

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  19. love it
    and as i've been glueing buttons on wreaths myself i know just how long it can take
    am posting later today or tomorrow

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  20. very cute! i may have to try one.

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  21. WOW that is gorgeous!! I may have to try this!! I think my daughter would enjoy helping me!!

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  22. Let me start by saying, why didn't I come here to your blog and read it about the time and such it took and supply list, but instead just admired your picture on flickr. I told myself the same thing as you. I can easily do this. I too have returned to the store going on 4 times to get more pins, I had to order more buttons. I had a big jar of white buttons sitting around and thought bam, it will be a tree. So as I wait for my 1 pound of buttons to arrive and the zillions of things I should have accomplished in the time it's taking me to do such a mundane task, I must admit that it's looking awesome and I can't wait to show it off! Thanks.

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  24. showing it off: http://flickr.com/photos/bonnindesigns/2118248193/

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  25. Hi Sarah! Just wanted you to know I finally created some button balls...no trees yet....I left a link on my blog back to you! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  26. I love your Button Tree. I would love to have the instructions for making one. I inherited my Grandmother's buttons and would love to make a tree out of some of them. Thank you so much.

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  27. Nancy7:39 PM

    Hi! As soon as I saw this, I thought 'I HAVE to make this for my shabby chic best friend, Jackie, for Christmas!" Well, after 3 trips to the store for pins, (do they make small silver ball head pins anymore?) and 3 orders of asst. buttons frome ebay sellers, plus the buttons I already owned, I did it! It turned out SO beautiful, and I used even more colorful buttons and pins, so it was a little brighter. I also found a small milkglass pedastal dish and lined it with pale pink chenille fabric leftover from my daughter's baby blanket. I even used a couple of old pearl earrings for pins and stuck them here and there. It is like an I Spy book to find them! Anyway, my friend FLIPPED OUT when she got it and I was so happy to give it to her. :o)

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