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Friday, June 22, 2018

What Can I Do With My Shank Buttons

What is a Shank button? Shank buttons have a hollow loop on the back and are used to provide extra space to sit between the button and garment.
Awhile back I was at Michael's Art & Craft Store. I came across metal lace letters that were 50% off clearance. The ideas starting running through my head  as I ran my fingers over the letter and then I blurted out SHANK buttons. I have so many shank buttons that I did not know what I was going to do with.
Each lace letter creation takes approximately 100 shank buttons. I used the E600 crafting glue to ensure they will never fall off.
I truly enjoyed making these personalized letters as a gift for my family members.
Now that  you have seen my creative DYI gift idea, give it a try yourself.

Shank Button

Metal  Lace Letters by Ashland

Friday, June 8, 2018

Do You Have An Old Picture Frame Laying Around The House

Look close, they are all manufacture clothing brands
Most people are downsizing in their homes today and I find that if I keep my framed creations 5x7 or smaller they sell very well at our shows.
Older Gold metal buttons
Vintage Glass
Here is a fun idea you can do to price up an old and tired picture frame. I found these picture frames at garage sales and the second hand stores and added some very old buttons that needed some loving.
Mirror, mirror on the wall
Who has the prettiest buttons of all
Notice the sratches
Hopefully some on my picture frame creations will inspire you to create a cool frame with buttons for your home or a gift to give. Enjoy!
Two layers to brighten up this little frame and cover up the scratches

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

You Had Me At Garage Sale

Hello to all of my "Button Peeps." I hope your summer has been a very creative one. I wanted to share with you my most recent button finds. It is rare for me to find vintage buttons at garage sales. Most ladies keep there button tin hidden in a vault, behind a secret wall, with security camera's. I must say, the"Button God's" were in my corner on two sales I stopped at on a whim.
After removing the cloth and string attached to the buttons. I use Dawn dish soap and warm water and hand wash in a colander and dry with paper towels. Although the old musty smells are gone, the end result is beautiful. Sometimes I can hear a faint button voice say;" Thank you for making me pretty again."
My button ideas continue to flow. I have accumulated so many smaller buttons I needed
to come up with a new way to display and sell them. I have been finding little jars and salt and pepper shakers at garage sales. Also, I found little cute mason jar replicas at Michael's Craft Store.
Next thought, add lace and rip rap to complete the vintage look. My color options are endless and by laying three colors to each jar. I can also use up tons of white buttons.
So now that you have seen what I have been up to, try creating a few jars for yourself or for gifts.
MOP sea shells

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Cobweb Antique Store in Ely Minnesota

Have you ever visited Ely Minnesota? If not, and you love being up in  northern Minnesota, add it to your bucket list. My Aunt Bernice and Uncle Jerry Bibeau lived in Ely . Uncle Jerry was the Mayor of Ely for several terms and owned the Ely Barber Shop before he died. Last Fall my husband and I went to Ely for fall colors and to visit my cousin Rich and his wife Anne.She told me about a cute antique shop in town called Cobweb Antiques. Joann Biebl was the original owner of the Cobweb for 41 years. When Joann passed away in 2012, her daughter Glenda Harbough continued to keep the store open in the summer and Fall only. I spent a great deal of time getting to know Glenda. She told me the entire history of the Cobweb and even took me out back to show me more.

 Cobweb Antiques

Button Heaven
 When I first walked in to the Cobweb is was a definite feeling of going back in time. The place was packed from ceiling to floor and my mission were buttons.
I asked Glenda if she had any buttons for sale. She said just a minute as she opened an old closet door and came back with two tins of buttons.
OMG, my eyes got as big as saucers. They used to be her mom's buttons, she collected then over the years. But Glenda really had no use for them. They were the most beautiful, old buttons I had ever seen.
Welcome to Ely Minnesota
 Not only did I purchase them for a reasonable price, but I met a wonder women who shared her families story with me.

Places I would recommend to eat for breakfast is Britton's Cafe and for supper, The Ely Steakhouse.

Best Breakfast Ever

Cousin Richard and me

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Time Flies When Your Button Fun

Ely, MN from Cousin Anne

Plain City, OH
You never know what you will find
Yarmouth,, MA
Yikes, my last post was from August last year. Naughty me, once again my love for crafting  and getting ready for shows superseded my blogging. I will have to get back up to speed by showing you what has kept me busy. My gosh, I could write a book on my projects, but will give you the short version by posting pictures. People have asked me, "How many buttons do you have?" I make sure my husband is not in earshot when I reply, as I have thousands. I have been fortunate to have family and friends keep their eyes out for buttons. The older and dirtier the better as I feel when I clean them I am giving them a new purpose on life.
Joan from Stoughton, MA
My friend Rita

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Buffalo Minnesota Here We Come

This Saturday I will be joining my sister Pam at the Buffalo Arts and Craft Festival in Buffalo Minnesota.The show is from 9-4 pm. Last year it was Pam's first show in Buffalo and it turned out to be a fantastic one. We are both excited to be selling our art. Our booth number is 208 and it is listed under Pamela Vincent Creations. Stop by and say hello.These are some pictures from last years show. Most of the shops around town had Buffalo's outside of them. It was a beautiful, clean town and the people were so friendly.


Pam and Patty (yes we are twins)

Our sister Sandy on the right with friend Gloria

This will be my first year selling my button creations at Buffalo. I will be selling my cotton washcloths, vintage button bracelets, vintage button magnets and button bouquets on canvas. My newest design will be button key chains and I think they will do well.

Button Key Chains

They are so much fun to create

Vintage Button bracelets

100% cotton washcloths

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

A Funny Thing Happened To Me While At A Garage Sale

During the summer months in Minnesota, Thursday and Friday's are big Garage Sale days. I love going to garage sales as much as I love going to antique stores. You never know what you will find, or the type of people you will meet. On Friday, July 24, a few of my co-workers headed to a sale near by. The girls know I am always looking for buttons and to keep an eye open for them. Candy alerted me to a Button picture frame, it was brand new for $5.00. SOLD! I decided to put the picture of my two sisters and I inside of it and will display it at our shows.

The owner of the sale, Rachel asked me "What I did with buttons,?" I held my wrist up and shook my button bracelet and said " I make bracelets and other creations with them."  Then the button stories started and  Rachel said " Wait here a minute I have some buttons to give you." and went inside of her house. A few minutes later she came outside with a plastic storage drawer filled with stuff and poured it into a bag. I was speechless thinking how this went from a button picture frame purchase to a button bonanza.
Rachel said " I never use them and I am down sizing, please take them." I reassured Rachel that no good deed goes unnoticed and that I would like to make her a bracelet for her kindness. Rachel's eyes lit up and she said, "I love pastel colors."
We exchanged contact information and I told her I would be in touch with her soon.
After I got home from work, I poured all of Rachel's collection into my tray and this is what she gave me, buttons, threads, containers and all.

I started picking through them looking for pastel buttons for her bracelet. I was so overwhelmed with her generosity. The next night I created this pastel bracelet for her.

Sunday morning my husband and I were going out for breakfast and Rachel lived nearby. I called to see if we could stop to drop off her bracelet. Rachel had a big smile on her face when I came to her door. I handed her the bracelet and with in one second she had it proudly displayed on her wrist. I also included a gift bag with a few of my cotton washcloths and button magnets.  And this is the cutesiest thing ever, Rachel had another little baggie full of buttons she had found to give me. I think she may have thought that she would never hear from me again and I took the buttons and ran. But that is now how I operate and it is not how I was raised. I believe that when you pay it forward with random acts of kindness you get it back ten fold.
Our journey on this earth should include making  a difference in the lives of people daily. Pay if forward people, give someone the WOW factor. It is contagious- spread it around.

So, the other day a funny thing happened to me while at a garage sale. I met a wonderful lady named Rachel and she would like to come and see me at our show in December in Roseville.