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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.