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Buttons Galore and More at the CHA Summer Show

Buttons Galore and More at the CHA Summer Show

Monica does a make and take at the Buttons Galore and More booth

We’ve been having a great time at the CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) Summer Show 2011 held in Rosemont, IL this week.

I thought I’d share a few photos from the Buttons Galore and More booth.

Buttons Galore and More at the CHA Summer Show

Our beautiful new line of buttons from Laura Kelly

Buttons Galore and More at the CHA Summer Show

One wall of the booth was made to look like a candy shop

 

Buttons Galore and More at the CHA Summer Show

Rolls of "candy" buttons

Buttons Galore and More at the CHA Summer Show

An amazing array of buttons

Our beautiful new line of buttons from Laura Kelly.

Jen Goode, Carla Schauer and Jenny Barnett Rohrs

 

Our beautiful new line of buttons from Laura Kelly.

Vicki O'Dell, Niki Meiners and Lisa Hagenman (Buttons Galore co-owner)

Buttons Galore and More at the CHA Summer Show 2011

Laura Kelly, Vicki O'Dell and Lisa Hagenman

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Messenger Bag with Embroidered Table Runner

Thrifting Thursday - Messenger Bag with Embroidered Table Runner

I found this adorable table runner while cleaning up my Mother In Law’s house a couple of weekends ago. For some reason she had only worked half of it and then put it away to never be worked on again.

I felt bad cutting it up but it didn’t quite fit on the front of this messenger bag. So I cut it to fit and then cut the lace from the edge and sewed it back on. Same thing…only smaller.

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I sewed a small heart shaped doily to the lower corner and embellished it with buttons from a Button Bonanza bag in Bubblegum. Finally, I stitched again around the outside edge of the heart with pink embroidery floss and put embroidery floss through a couple of the buttons.

I haven’t decided if it’s finished or not. I’ll have to sit with it for a day or two and decided if I need to add anything more.

What do you think? Is it finished? If not what would you add?

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Buttoned Up Cowgirl Fashion

Button embellished cowgirl shirt

Button embellished cowgirl shirt

Whether it’s time for some ropin’ and ridin’, or just a fancy night out on the town… There’s not much fashion that doesn’t look better with BUTTONS!

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Start Ups – Maple Leaves and Alcohol Ink

Start Ups - Maple Leaves and Alcohol Ink

It may be a little early to start thinking of fall leaves… but maybe not.

Last week I introduced you to Start Ups here and I made an easy “metal” piece to put on all sorts of Mixed Media or Scrapbooking projects.

Start Ups - Maple Leaves and Alcohol Ink

This week I used the Start Up Leaves and my trusty collection of Ranger Alcohol Inks to create multi-colored fall leaves.

Start Ups - Maple Leaves and Alcohol Ink

The colors I used were Oregano, Butterscotch and Red Pepper.

Oh, the possibilities!

What would YOU use Start Up Leaves on?

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Cute recycled T-shirt button skirt

DIY recycled t-shirt button skirt by Jen Goode

DIY recycled t-shirt button skirt by Jen Goode

Between all my kids, the house is always filled with someone’s clothes that don’t fit anymore. With hand-me-downs, the boys have had a great selection of new clothes in every size, but my daughter isn’t about to get excited over monster truck t-shirts unless that have bling in sparkly pink and purple. However, with a little creativity, we can turn any rough, tough boy-wear to fabulous girly in no time!

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Start Ups: Metal Look ID Tag

Start Ups

“Amazing Plastic Crafty Goodness” is what they really ought to be called! :)

What are Start Ups? They are small, white plastic shapes. Perfect blanks for lots of scrapbook, mixed media and even jewelry projects.

Button name plate

Button name plate

My very first Start Ups project. :)

I spray painted the blank silver and let it dry, then I rubbed my thumb over it to take out some of the shine. I stamped VICKI with a small set of alphabet stamps and Staz On ink in black. Finally, I gave it a quick spray with a Matte Sealer and it’s all ready to go on… well, WHATEVER I want to make!  I love that it looks like an old piece of metal. Cool!

Keep checking back as I continue to explore all of the crafty fun to be had with these little gems!

And click HERE to see the available shapes of Start Ups that Buttons Galore and More Carries!

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Victoriana Fabric Party – Row 3 and Give Away

VQDFabricParty

The instructions for row 3 are up on the Fabric Party page here.

There is a give away that includes buttons from Buttons Galore and More – the give away happens Monday July 11th!!

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