Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A few new toys

My co-worker and friend Heather came across an old cigar box filled with all sorts of buttons which she gifted over to me. :)

Most of them were your typical run-of-the-mill plastic, but a few gems were hidden amongst the everyday:
I really love that long toggle button - its actually got a metallic sheen to it. Really neat! There are a few old leather shoe buttons that I love and that tiny oval glass button is really fun too. And those flat backed black hexagons and the faceted rectangle have lots of potential too! Such history, I wish they could talk. Well, not really - that would be just plain weird...

At the end of March, the Gem and Fossil Show came to town. A dizzying selection of beads, fossils, crystals - ah! it was heaven. But in the end I only came home with these:
I think my head just couldn't absorb anything - it was right after the "Hannah Incident" and I was still numb from that.
Wondrousstrange had these cool raku pieces available in her etsy store:

When I ordered them, I had a collar piece in mind - something I've been wanting to do forever. (I don't know why I have such a fascination with those gigantic over-the-top bib-type collar pieces, I would never actually wear it. ) But now that I have them, I don't know if that's where they'll end up or not. Until I get my niece's wedding jewelry made, the mother-of-the-bride earrings done for my sister and the Haute Couture beading challenge done, I'm not even going to start pawing through my stash to find more components to match. Well, at least that's the plan, anyway!
Bead Happy and Often :)


Lisa Criswell / Indigo's Beads said...

wow, lynn. you've got a lot of things in the cooker! i hope you will post pics of everything you create. can't wait to see what you do with those buttons and spiral shells that you picked up. they are really cool! i hope you (and hannah) have a happy week!

Jewelry By Jessica said...

What nice finds. I love going through my grandmothers buttons and looking to see if there is anything I can use ^_^ Oh and I too Love "gigantic over-the-top bib-type collar pieces" I think they are so cool. I love how much love, time, and effort goes into making them.

Carol said...

I wanna make a big bib way over the top piece, but where in the heck would I wear it. DOn't think it would hold up well in a machine shop office ~lol~

Great gift of buttons too. My best friend thats gone now gave me her entire antique button collection. back then I made brooches from them and made one for her and each of her 4 daughters.

I have ordered from Wonderous. I love her pieces. Love the pearl powder she uses.

Good beading to you friend. Hope things have evened out for you.
XX, Carol

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Sounds like you have your work cut out for you! Those raku beads are beautiful--there's another shop I'll be checking out soon!