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Especially for Jan @goforitgram and Ayanthi @melandsteffdolls Cast iron doll house pieces by Kilgore, 1930s. Note that the iron has not been separated from the ironing board, after over 80 years. Also, on the blue highchair is a tiny lead cup with raised letters which say BABY.  This is one of my most beloved collections.
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#fawnlawn #charming #myhome #Thebuttonlady #castiron #kilgore #dollhouse #scooter #crib #radio #dressingtable #baby #cup #chair #ironingboard #highchair #iron #slide #table #childhood #collector #collection
Especially for Jan @goforitgram and Ayanthi @melandsteffdolls Cast iron doll house pieces by Kilgore, 1930s. Note that the iron has not been separated from the ironing board, after over 80 years. Also, on the blue highchair is a tiny lead cup with raised letters which say BABY. This is one of my most beloved collections. . . . . . #fawnlawn  #charming  #myhome  #Thebuttonlady  #castiron  #kilgore  #dollhouse  #scooter  #crib  #radio  #dressingtable  #baby  #cup  #chair  #ironingboard  #highchair  #iron  #slide  #table  #childhood  #collector  #collection 
The countdown to Thanksgiving has begun. The flappers are back at the farm market, insisting they pick out apples and claiming they know how to make pie. We shall see!
(as promised to Anne @buttoncollector)
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#sewing #buttoncollecting #history  #vintage #flappergirls #Thebuttonlady #buttonlove #1920s #holiday #thanksgiving #farmmarket #pie #baking #apple #basket #buttons
Who needs TV, when you have a STEREOSCOPE, circa 1887?
No batteries. No cords. Earth-friendly. Portable. Quiet. Clean. Easy to operate.  Scientific.  Timeless.  Good, clean fun for all ages.  Get yours today!
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#myhome #Thebuttonlady #fawnlawn #lifestyle #bedroom #grandchild #adorable  #children #grandson #overnight #fawnlawn  #stereoscope #entertainment #toy #antique #quilt #1880s #1930s #oldschool #viewer #vintage
FRUIT OF MY LABORS, This quadruple-layered design includes Victorian celluloid wafer buttons, hand-polished copper, porcelain, and abalone shell.  Buttons, 1880 to 1940s
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #miniatures #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady #victoriana #handsewn #buttonbracelets #buttonbracelet #antiquebuttonbracelet #celluloid #myart #buttonart #artforyourwrist #potatoes
OH BABY!  These five hospital ID bracelets, with porcelain beads, were worn as newborns by my siblings and myself- Jake (1950), Emilie (1951), Sally (1953), Ipper (1954), Susan (1958). The only pink one was mine. Lucky me!
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#nostalgia #ducks #chick#ceramics #mychildhood #1950 #1951 #1953 #1954 #1958 #1950s #Thebuttonlady #baby #babylove #beads #babybeads #vintage #newborn #idbracelet #bracelet #babybracelet #adorable #nursery #cute #toocute #alphabetbeads #hospital
OH BABY! These five hospital ID bracelets, with porcelain beads, were worn as newborns by my siblings and myself- Jake (1950), Emilie (1951), Sally (1953), Ipper (1954), Susan (1958). The only pink one was mine. Lucky me! . . . . #nostalgia  #ducks  #chick #ceramics  #mychildhood  #1950  #1951  #1953  #1954  #1958  #1950s  #Thebuttonlady  #baby  #babylove  #beads  #babybeads  #vintage  #newborn  #idbracelet  #bracelet  #babybracelet  #adorable  #nursery  #cute  #toocute  #alphabetbeads  #hospital 
This is for my dad, class of 1938, HIS dad, class of 1896, and HIS dad class of 1867...
Bulldog! Bulldog!
Bow, wow, wow
Eli Yale. 
Bulldog! Bulldog!
Bow, wow, wow
Our team can never fail.
(Yale fight song by Cole Porter, 1913)
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#nostalgia #sewing #buttoncollecting #history  #vintage #Thebuttonlady  #motherofpearl #handsewn #antique button bracelet #artdeco #myart #artforyourwrist #elegant #yale #bulldog #fightsong #father #grandfather #greatgrandfather
This is for my dad, class of 1938, HIS dad, class of 1896, and HIS dad class of 1867... Bulldog! Bulldog! Bow, wow, wow Eli Yale. Bulldog! Bulldog! Bow, wow, wow Our team can never fail. (Yale fight song by Cole Porter, 1913) . . . . . . #nostalgia  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #Thebuttonlady  #motherofpearl  #handsewn  #antique  button bracelet #artdeco  #myart  #artforyourwrist  #elegant  #yale  #bulldog  #fightsong  #father  #grandfather  #greatgrandfather 
TRUNDLE BUNDLE  This is what a happy four-year-old looks like in a rope trundle bed with a snuggly sock monkey, a warm blankie, a soft pillow, and a new dinosaur card.  This little boy actually loves to go to bed, and this "Gammie" sure loves tucking in such a sweet bundle.
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#myhome #Thebuttonlady #antiquebed #fawnlawn #lifestyle #trundle #bedroom #grandchild #sockmonkey #adorable #childhood #children #horsehairmattress #grandson #sweetdreams #overnight #fawnlawn
TRUNDLE BUNDLE This is what a happy four-year-old looks like in a rope trundle bed with a snuggly sock monkey, a warm blankie, a soft pillow, and a new dinosaur card. This little boy actually loves to go to bed, and this "Gammie" sure loves tucking in such a sweet bundle. . . . . . #myhome  #Thebuttonlady  #antiquebed  #fawnlawn  #lifestyle  #trundle  #bedroom  #grandchild  #sockmonkey  #adorable  #childhood  #children  #horsehairmattress  #grandson  #sweetdreams  #overnight  #fawnlawn 
CIGAR BOX ART  Ever since my grandson moved to Ohio (June, 2016), he has been coming to visit me for weekly overnights. He sleeps in a 19th-century rope trundle bed, with an ancestral horsehair mattress, just as his daddy did when visiting my parents' farm 30 years ago. At bedtime, when we pull the trundle out from underneath the "four poster," there is always a dinosaur card on the pillow, which has been mysteriously placed there by a fairy. Last summer I found a cigarbox and drew a picture of Tripp's favorite dinosaur, the Triceratops, to decorate the top of the box. Each week, Tripp goes happily to bed, with his new dinosaur card either clutched in his hand, or underneath his sock monkey. The next day, he takes it home with him, and proudly tucks it away in the box, to join the rest of the collection.
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#coloredpencil #penandink #Thebuttonlady #artwork  #artistsoninstagram #myart #grandson #cigarbox #dinosaur #cardcollection #collection #weeklyritual  #fairy #overnight #surprise #grandmother #childhood #littleboy #bedtime #triceratops #magic
CIGAR BOX ART Ever since my grandson moved to Ohio (June, 2016), he has been coming to visit me for weekly overnights. He sleeps in a 19th-century rope trundle bed, with an ancestral horsehair mattress, just as his daddy did when visiting my parents' farm 30 years ago. At bedtime, when we pull the trundle out from underneath the "four poster," there is always a dinosaur card on the pillow, which has been mysteriously placed there by a fairy. Last summer I found a cigarbox and drew a picture of Tripp's favorite dinosaur, the Triceratops, to decorate the top of the box. Each week, Tripp goes happily to bed, with his new dinosaur card either clutched in his hand, or underneath his sock monkey. The next day, he takes it home with him, and proudly tucks it away in the box, to join the rest of the collection. . . . . #coloredpencil  #penandink  #Thebuttonlady  #artwork  #artistsoninstagram  #myart  #grandson  #cigarbox  #dinosaur  #cardcollection  #collection  #weeklyritual  #fairy  #overnight  #surprise  #grandmother  #childhood  #littleboy  #bedtime  #triceratops  #magic 
GOOSEY POOSEY  For the past ten years I have been using this cute little ceramic goose as a "placeholder," when sewing my button bracelets. The stacks of buttons are lined up in a very particular order (in rows), and pinned to a pillow.  I pull off one stack at a time and sew it to the elastic, but OCCASIONALLY I get confused, so the goose reminds me which bracelet I'm working on, and which end I'm working from!
(Octagonal mother of pearl base buttons, courtesy of @passion_for_buttons❤️)
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#nostalgia #sewing #buttoncollecting #history  #vintage #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady  #motherofpearl #handsewn #buttonbracelets #antiquebuttonbracelet #buttonart #pure #classic #goose #brass
GOOSEY POOSEY For the past ten years I have been using this cute little ceramic goose as a "placeholder," when sewing my button bracelets. The stacks of buttons are lined up in a very particular order (in rows), and pinned to a pillow. I pull off one stack at a time and sew it to the elastic, but OCCASIONALLY I get confused, so the goose reminds me which bracelet I'm working on, and which end I'm working from! (Octagonal mother of pearl base buttons, courtesy of @passion_for_buttons❤️) . . . . . . . #nostalgia  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #buttonlove  #Thebuttonlady  #motherofpearl  #handsewn  #buttonbracelets  #antiquebuttonbracelet  #buttonart  #pure  #classic  #goose  #brass 
The Earthtone Mix collection was my very first bracelet line, born in 2006. The buttons, 1840s to 1940s, are rich with vegetable ivory, celluloid, bone, bison horn, and brass.
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady  #victoriana #handmade #madebyhand #handsewn #buttonbracelets #buttonbracelet #antiquebuttonbracelet #celluloid #vegetableivory #taguanut #myart #artforyourwrist
This Art Deco CERAMIC FROG, for disposal of used razor blades, is a fine example of how utilitarian objects can be strikingly beautiful.  Printed in raised letters on the bottom, "Listerine Shaving Cream, for used razor blades, Made in USA."
Especially for Cathy, a brilliant ceramic artist (@catherinedanielceramics)
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#myhome #Thebuttonlady #collector #vintage #mycollection #fawnlawn #lifestyle #decor #artdeco #pink #pinkaesthetic #1920s #1930s #powderroom #lovely #frog #ceramics #listerine #starfish #shell #calendar #calendargirl #1930 #femmefatale #beauty
This Art Deco CERAMIC FROG, for disposal of used razor blades, is a fine example of how utilitarian objects can be strikingly beautiful. Printed in raised letters on the bottom, "Listerine Shaving Cream, for used razor blades, Made in USA." Especially for Cathy, a brilliant ceramic artist (@catherinedanielceramics) . . . . #myhome  #Thebuttonlady  #collector  #vintage  #mycollection  #fawnlawn  #lifestyle  #decor  #artdeco  #pink  #pinkaesthetic  #1920s  #1930s  #powderroom  #lovely  #frog  #ceramics  #listerine  #starfish  #shell  #calendar  #calendargirl  #1930  #femmefatale  #beauty 
FLAPPER GIRL SIGHTING at farm market.  These gals just love to get out and about this time of year. Sometimes it's a little hard to keep track of them.
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#sewing #buttoncollecting #history  #vintage #flappergirls #Thebuttonlady #charming #playful #1920s #farmmarket #fall #autumn #peppers #basket #vintage
Especially for Kari @ephemera__obscura, as promised, this PANTYWAIST dates to about 1920. It is a sort of one piece underwear which children, both boys and girls, wore under their clothing, late 1800s and early 1900s. The buttons are bone, and the ones around the waist fastened to the child's bloomers, skirt, or trousers, to keep everything in its place. Rumor has it that the little boys just hated them, and therefore a "pantywaist" came to be a derogatory term for boys.
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#Thebuttonlady #underwear #children #buttons #bone #pantywaist #pantywaistbuttons #hanes #bloomers #skirt #trousers #weakling #history #undergarment #littleboy #littlegirl #childhood
Especially for Kari @ephemera__obscura, as promised, this PANTYWAIST dates to about 1920. It is a sort of one piece underwear which children, both boys and girls, wore under their clothing, late 1800s and early 1900s. The buttons are bone, and the ones around the waist fastened to the child's bloomers, skirt, or trousers, to keep everything in its place. Rumor has it that the little boys just hated them, and therefore a "pantywaist" came to be a derogatory term for boys. . . . . #Thebuttonlady  #underwear  #children  #buttons  #bone  #pantywaist  #pantywaistbuttons  #hanes  #bloomers  #skirt  #trousers  #weakling  #history  #undergarment  #littleboy  #littlegirl  #childhood 
STEEL MAGNOLIA, adopted today...this style features Abalone shell, nickel, casein, steel, and tin. A number of these buttons are 19th century trouser buttons.
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#nostalgia #sewing #buttoncollecting #history  #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady  #handsewn #buttonbracelet #antiquebuttonbracelet #myart #artforyourwrist #abalone #garden
DOLL HOUSE furniture, especially for Jill @jillyrobinson. 38 cast iron pieces by Kilgore, 1930s. I posted a similar photograph three months ago, but found a few stray pieces, and improved the lighting.  This is one of my most beloved collections.
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#fawnlawn #charming #myhome #Thebuttonlady #castiron #kilgore #dollhouse #doll #childhood #babybuggy #scooter #crib #potty #seesaw #table #chair #washingmachine #ironingboard #highchair #stove #ladder #grandfatherclock #rockingchair #sink #tub #toilet #swing #wheelbarrow #carpetsweeper
DOLL HOUSE furniture, especially for Jill @jillyrobinson. 38 cast iron pieces by Kilgore, 1930s. I posted a similar photograph three months ago, but found a few stray pieces, and improved the lighting. This is one of my most beloved collections. . . . . . #fawnlawn  #charming  #myhome  #Thebuttonlady  #castiron  #kilgore  #dollhouse  #doll  #childhood  #babybuggy  #scooter  #crib  #potty  #seesaw  #table  #chair  #washingmachine  #ironingboard  #highchair  #stove  #ladder  #grandfatherclock  #rockingchair  #sink  #tub  #toilet  #swing  #wheelbarrow  #carpetsweeper 
This one's for my friend Joanne @madaboutcolour, because she loves squirrels, and I love her!
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#squirrel #friendship #victorian #buttoncollecting #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #buttonstringnecklace #charmstring #buttonnecklace #victorianbuttons #myart #buttonjewelry #necklace #payday #acorn
Election Day in the U.S.-
Just a little reminder from the flapper girls.
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#sewing #buttoncollecting #history  #vintage #flappergirls #Thebuttonlady #1920s #abcs #blocks #turkey #wheelbarrow #dog #colliedog #viennabronze #reminder #vote #electionday #doggie
BUTTON ART SURPRISE 
I received the most amazing gift yesterday, from the remarkable Cindy Johnson (@color_cat_cindy). She sent me this exquisite watercolor painting of a bracelet she recently purchased from me. I'm floored! Thank you, Cindy, for this unexpected gesture of friendship, received at a time when I really needed the boost. Proof positive that the Instagram Community can be a sanctuary of kindness and mutual support.
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#sewing #buttoncollecting  #thebuttonlady #handsewn #buttonbracelet #artforyourwrist #watercolor #painting #unexpected #gift #kindness #community #support #caring #surprise #originalart #gesture #giving #caring
BUTTON ART SURPRISE I received the most amazing gift yesterday, from the remarkable Cindy Johnson (@color_cat_cindy). She sent me this exquisite watercolor painting of a bracelet she recently purchased from me. I'm floored! Thank you, Cindy, for this unexpected gesture of friendship, received at a time when I really needed the boost. Proof positive that the Instagram Community can be a sanctuary of kindness and mutual support. . . . . #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #thebuttonlady  #handsewn  #buttonbracelet  #artforyourwrist  #watercolor  #painting  #unexpected  #gift  #kindness  #community  #support  #caring  #surprise  #originalart  #gesture  #giving  #caring 
TIME CHANGE
I just love it when we "fall back"...a whole extra hour to faff the day away.
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#myhome #Thebuttonlady #collector #vintage #mycollection #interiors #fawnlawn #lifestyle #decor #artdeco #pink #pinkaesthetic #1920s #1930s #powderroom #lovely #auto #toycar #alarmclock #elephant #bottles #tiny #westclox
Visit to the Doctor (3 of 3)
"Congratulations Mrs. Illson. You have a healthy baby girl."
(Note- I didn't even know I was expecting until the doctor told me. A few minutes later he asked me to "push." I am completely taken by surprise, except for the fact that the baby looks so much like me.)
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#imagination #childhood #mygrandson #thebuttonlady #dogcollar #doctor #scrubs #makebelieve #medical #hospital #bedsidemanner #childbirth #newborn #baby #havingababy #delivery #doll #braids #gingham #babygirl #daughter #newdaughter
Visit to the Doctor (3 of 3) "Congratulations Mrs. Illson. You have a healthy baby girl." (Note- I didn't even know I was expecting until the doctor told me. A few minutes later he asked me to "push." I am completely taken by surprise, except for the fact that the baby looks so much like me.) . . . . #imagination  #childhood  #mygrandson  #thebuttonlady  #dogcollar  #doctor  #scrubs  #makebelieve  #medical  #hospital  #bedsidemanner  #childbirth  #newborn  #baby  #havingababy  #delivery  #doll  #braids  #gingham  #babygirl  #daughter  #newdaughter 
Visit to the Doctor (2 of 3)
"I'm going to stitch you up now, but don't worry, these sutures will hardly show at all."
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#imagination #childhood #mygrandson #thebuttonlady #collar #dogcollar #doctor #scrubs #makebelieve #operation #surgery #sutures #stitch #medical #hospital #bedsidemanner
Visit to the Doctor (1 of 3)
"I'm sorry to tell you this, Madam, but I'm afraid this toe is going to have to come off."
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#imagination #childhood #mygrandson #thebuttonlady #collar #dogcollar #doctor #scrubs #makebelieve #breakingthebadnews #operation #surgery #foot #toe #medical #hospital #bedsidemanner
The Trouser Button Collection features hard-to-find suspender buttons with writing on them. One hundred years or more after they were in service, these buttons have been restored, and are now reborn as "Art for your Wrist." (brass, vegetable ivory, zinc, tin, nickel, steel, and aluminum, 1880s to 1920s)
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady #sliceofhistory #daysgoneby  #handsewn #buttonbracelets #antiquebuttonbracelet #workclothes #suspenders #myart #artforyourwrist #character
The Trouser Button Collection features hard-to-find suspender buttons with writing on them. One hundred years or more after they were in service, these buttons have been restored, and are now reborn as "Art for your Wrist." (brass, vegetable ivory, zinc, tin, nickel, steel, and aluminum, 1880s to 1920s) . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #Thebuttonlady  #sliceofhistory  #daysgoneby  #handsewn  #buttonbracelets  #antiquebuttonbracelet  #workclothes  #suspenders  #myart  #artforyourwrist  #character 
ALTA is a daughter-in-law of the Amish farmer who partnered up with my dad in a dairy operation, late 1960s/early 1970s.  I knew her husband, Marvin, since he was a little boy and I was a teenager. Alta and I have gotten to be good friends in the last eight months since I have been taking my grandson Tripp out to the country. It is a joy to know her. She sews all the clothing for the family, grows and cans her own fruits and vegetables, and even helps out around the barn at milking time. Most importantly,  she is kind, interesting and FUN. I haven't had an Amish girlfriend like this since I was 9 years old and my parents first bought our farm! (note-Alta wanted her picture taken, but she is not allowed to face the camera. She was very pleased to receive a this in a letter I wrote her.)
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#Thebuttonlady #daytrip #countrylife #country #farm #amish #plainpeople #simplethings #lifestyle #wayoflife #farmlife #charming #outing #workhorse #farmwork #horse #friendship
ALTA is a daughter-in-law of the Amish farmer who partnered up with my dad in a dairy operation, late 1960s/early 1970s. I knew her husband, Marvin, since he was a little boy and I was a teenager. Alta and I have gotten to be good friends in the last eight months since I have been taking my grandson Tripp out to the country. It is a joy to know her. She sews all the clothing for the family, grows and cans her own fruits and vegetables, and even helps out around the barn at milking time. Most importantly, she is kind, interesting and FUN. I haven't had an Amish girlfriend like this since I was 9 years old and my parents first bought our farm! (note-Alta wanted her picture taken, but she is not allowed to face the camera. She was very pleased to receive a this in a letter I wrote her.) . . . . . #Thebuttonlady  #daytrip  #countrylife  #country  #farm  #amish  #plainpeople  #simplethings  #lifestyle  #wayoflife  #farmlife  #charming  #outing  #workhorse  #farmwork  #horse  #friendship 
COOKIE PARTY- Entirely made from Bakelite, 1920s to 40s, this bracelet, triple and quadruple stacked, is bursting with rare two-toned "cookie buttons." Pictured here with a large jar of celluloid "tight top" buttons, late 1800s.
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#nostalgia #artdeco #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #buttonjewelry #buttonbracelet #bakelite #handsewn #cookiebuttons #celluloid #collectibles #myart #artforyourwrist
BTTN DWN Sighting at Laurel School  Tonight I will be performing for the Senior Class and the Alumnae Board of my beloved Alma Mater. I will be on a stage in the dining room, doing a one-man-act/stand-up-comedy routine of "The Proper Way to eat a Laurel Banana." Although this has been a tradition for many years, I'm hoping my button tiara will give me a little extra boost of confidence this time!
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#laurelschool #laurelbanana #banana #hawaiiandessert #tradition #thebuttonlady #onemanact #standupcomedy #almamater #bttndwn #licenseplate #mycar #mymini #minicooper #performance #stagefright #alumna #alumnae #seniorclass
BTTN DWN Sighting at Laurel School Tonight I will be performing for the Senior Class and the Alumnae Board of my beloved Alma Mater. I will be on a stage in the dining room, doing a one-man-act/stand-up-comedy routine of "The Proper Way to eat a Laurel Banana." Although this has been a tradition for many years, I'm hoping my button tiara will give me a little extra boost of confidence this time! . . . . #laurelschool  #laurelbanana  #banana  #hawaiiandessert  #tradition  #thebuttonlady  #onemanact  #standupcomedy  #almamater  #bttndwn  #licenseplate  #mycar  #mymini  #minicooper  #performance  #stagefright  #alumna  #alumnae  #seniorclass 
Especially for Jilly, @stitchcraft_jilly, who creates such beautiful woolen sheep for her felted art pieces. This is a 19th-century chalkware cigar holder with a large compartment for the cigars, and a smaller compartment for the stick matches. From the numbers on the bottom, I believe it to be German.  It is all one piece, even though the base looks like painted wood!
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#Thebuttonlady #collector # #fawnlawn #lifestyle #chalkware #ram #19thcentury #1800s #German #madeingermany #tin #embossed #tinware #marbletoptable #decor #lifestyle #cigar #matches #antique
Especially for Jilly, @stitchcraft_jilly, who creates such beautiful woolen sheep for her felted art pieces. This is a 19th-century chalkware cigar holder with a large compartment for the cigars, and a smaller compartment for the stick matches. From the numbers on the bottom, I believe it to be German. It is all one piece, even though the base looks like painted wood! . . . . . #Thebuttonlady  #collector  # #fawnlawn  #lifestyle  #chalkware  #ram  #19thcentury  #1800s  #German  #madeingermany  #tin  #embossed  #tinware  #marbletoptable  #decor  #lifestyle  #cigar  #matches  #antique 
Halloween Greetings, postmarked October 25, 1917...100 years ago!  This is one of the first antique postcards I ever bought, and still is one of my all-time favorites.
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#halloween #holiday #thebuttonlady #fullmoon #maninthemoon #owl #blackcat #witch #broomstick #antique #postcard #1917 #100years #stars #mycollection #collection #shootingstar
14 of the flapper girls have simply refused to dress up as pumpkins for Halloween. Many complaints about looking fat in the costumes.  They have broken off from the group and gone out to get black cat costumes. Sometimes I think these girls and their bickering will drive me stark, raving mad!
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#dressup #sewing #buttoncollecting #history  #vintage #flappergirls #Thebuttonlady #buttonlove #pumpkin #halloween #trickortreat #1920s #holiday #costume #disagree #blackcats #catsofinstagram #cat
14 of the flapper girls have simply refused to dress up as pumpkins for Halloween. Many complaints about looking fat in the costumes. They have broken off from the group and gone out to get black cat costumes. Sometimes I think these girls and their bickering will drive me stark, raving mad! . . . . . . . . #dressup  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #flappergirls  #Thebuttonlady  #buttonlove  #pumpkin  #halloween  #trickortreat  #1920s  #holiday  #costume  #disagree  #blackcats  #catsofinstagram  #cat 
Several of the flapper girls want to be pumpkins for Halloween. This photo shows three of them in their "every day clothes," and three of them in their pumpkin disguises. Comments? Some of the girls are having a fit, because they think the pumpkin costumes make them look fat!
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#dressup #sewing #buttoncollecting #history  #vintage #flappergirls #Thebuttonlady #buttonlove #pumpkin #halloween #trickortreat #1920s #holiday #costume #disagree
The LAUREN BACALL  Here's a new twist on a button string necklace. Luscious Bakelite, 1920s to 40s, named for the actress with "the most seductive voice in Hollywood." Born in 1924, this fashion model, turned movie star, was married to both Humphrey Bogart and Jason Robards.
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#nostalgia #artdeco #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #buttons  #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady #buttonjewelry #laurenbacall #buttonnecklace #bakelite #myart #colorful #chunky
AUTUMN FINERY  Fall has been my favorite season, since I was a little girl. Jumping in piles of leaves, carving pumpkins, hiking in the woods, roasting marshmallows over a picnic campfire... these are just a few things which come to mind during what, to me, is nature's most beautiful season.
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#halloween #holiday #fall #autumn #seasonal #thebuttonlady #pumpkins #fawnlawn #japanesemaples #orange #fallcolor #tudor #stone #englishtudor #myhouse
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The Annie Oakley – beautifully patterned bison horn buttons, circa 1860.  In the mid-1800s, 70 million buffalo roamed the plains. By the end of the century, only about 800 we left, mostly in traveling wild west shows or zoos. Now the numbers are back up to over 25,000.
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#nostalgia #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady #sliceofhistory #daysgoneby #victoriana #handsewn #buttonbracelets #buttonbracelet #bison #wagonwheel #wildwest #pioneer #annieoakley #myart #artforyourwrist
. The Annie Oakley – beautifully patterned bison horn buttons, circa 1860. In the mid-1800s, 70 million buffalo roamed the plains. By the end of the century, only about 800 we left, mostly in traveling wild west shows or zoos. Now the numbers are back up to over 25,000. . . . . #nostalgia  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #Thebuttonlady  #sliceofhistory  #daysgoneby  #victoriana  #handsewn  #buttonbracelets  #buttonbracelet  #bison  #wagonwheel  #wildwest  #pioneer  #annieoakley  #myart  #artforyourwrist 
Tripp and I had a jolly time, carving our pumpkin last night.  When we finished, after book time and bathtime, I tucked him into his trundle bed, with the glowing pumpkin beside him, as a night light. When I was a little girl, Mom always let me have my jack-o-lantern in the bedroom during Halloween week.  I remember drifting off to sleep with the sweet pumpkiny smell in the air. I'll never forget the magic of the flickering light on the wall and the dancing flame in the funny face.
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#halloween #holiday #fall #autumn #seasonal #thebuttonlady #pumpkin #fawnlawn #carving #jackolantern #sweetmemory #bedtime #mychilhood #grandson #grandmother #tradition
Tripp and I had a jolly time, carving our pumpkin last night. When we finished, after book time and bathtime, I tucked him into his trundle bed, with the glowing pumpkin beside him, as a night light. When I was a little girl, Mom always let me have my jack-o-lantern in the bedroom during Halloween week. I remember drifting off to sleep with the sweet pumpkiny smell in the air. I'll never forget the magic of the flickering light on the wall and the dancing flame in the funny face. . . . . . #halloween  #holiday  #fall  #autumn  #seasonal  #thebuttonlady  #pumpkin  #fawnlawn  #carving  #jackolantern  #sweetmemory  #bedtime  #mychilhood  #grandson  #grandmother  #tradition 
CALICO CARNIVAL, per special request by Tana @schandoney. This double-layer bracelet (now sewn on sturdy white elastic) features 13 museum-quality china calico buttons, 1840s and 50s. They have been mounted upon a baker's dozen white porcelain buttons (new/old stock) from Germany, 1920s. The bracelet is available, and measures about 7 inches around.
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#sewing #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #antiquebuttons  # #thebuttonlady #victorian #display #china #calicos #buttonart #porcelain #collection #collector #1840s #1850s #buttonbracelet #dutch #children #madeingermany
CALICO CARNIVAL, per special request by Tana @schandoney. This double-layer bracelet (now sewn on sturdy white elastic) features 13 museum-quality china calico buttons, 1840s and 50s. They have been mounted upon a baker's dozen white porcelain buttons (new/old stock) from Germany, 1920s. The bracelet is available, and measures about 7 inches around. . . . . . . . . #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  # #thebuttonlady  #victorian  #display  #china  #calicos  #buttonart  #porcelain  #collection  #collector  #1840s  #1850s  #buttonbracelet  #dutch  #children  #madeingermany 
CALICO buttons were made in the 1840s and 50s, both in New York and Connecticut. More than 240 patterns have been accounted for. I have read tales of the father going off to market with grain and potatoes in his wagon, then coming home with calico fabric and buttons to match for the mother to make clothes for the entire family. These beauties are prized by collectors, especially ones in excellent condition, such as this grouping. I bought them at the Ohio State Button Show several years ago, and framed them for my breakfast room.
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#sewing #buttoncollecting #history #miniatures #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #littletreasures #victorian #display #china #calicos #buttonart #porcelain #collection #collector #1840s #1850s
CALICO buttons were made in the 1840s and 50s, both in New York and Connecticut. More than 240 patterns have been accounted for. I have read tales of the father going off to market with grain and potatoes in his wagon, then coming home with calico fabric and buttons to match for the mother to make clothes for the entire family. These beauties are prized by collectors, especially ones in excellent condition, such as this grouping. I bought them at the Ohio State Button Show several years ago, and framed them for my breakfast room. . . . . . . . #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #miniatures  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #littletreasures  #victorian  #display  #china  #calicos  #buttonart  #porcelain  #collection  #collector  #1840s  #1850s 
SHOW TIME!
Open house today.
The button lady's tiara is upon her head. All systems go!
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#nostalgia #sewing #buttoncollecting #history  #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady  #handsewn #buttonbracelets #myhome #openhouse #decor #fawnlawn #tiara
The JANE AUSTEN  Newly designed/sewn last night/making it's debut at today's open house.  Measures 7 3/8 inches around, double-layer buttons, each one perfect. Displayed in a sea of celluloid "overlays," about 1880 to 1900. These buttons were in service during the reign of Queen Victoria!
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady #sliceofhistory #victoriana #handmade #madebyhand #handsewn #buttonbracelet #antiquebuttonbracelet #celluloid #janeausten #myart #artforyourwrist
The JANE AUSTEN Newly designed/sewn last night/making it's debut at today's open house. Measures 7 3/8 inches around, double-layer buttons, each one perfect. Displayed in a sea of celluloid "overlays," about 1880 to 1900. These buttons were in service during the reign of Queen Victoria! . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #Thebuttonlady  #sliceofhistory  #victoriana  #handmade  #madebyhand  #handsewn  #buttonbracelet  #antiquebuttonbracelet  #celluloid  #janeausten  #myart  #artforyourwrist 
A TEDDY TALE, as promised months ago to Jilly @stitchcraft_jilly and C.C. @shabbygoeslucky .
My mother was given this teddy bear ninety years ago, when she was two years old (1927). 25 years later, she passed it on to me. My Great Aunt Margaret came to visit, about 1955, and sewed the patches on Teddy's hands and feet, made these pajamas, and stitched on new button eyes.  The minute she left to go back to California, I ripped off the unfamiliar-looking button eyes. After all, Teddy had been seeing perfectly well without eyes for years. I loved him to bits and pieces just exactly the way God made him.
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#Thebuttonlady #collector # #fawnlawn #lifestyle #bed #curlymaple #fourposterbed #ancestral #quilt #bedroom #history #charm #teddybear #teddy #toycar #toybus #vintagetoys #ball #handmade #woodentoys #airplane
A TEDDY TALE, as promised months ago to Jilly @stitchcraft_jilly and C.C. @shabbygoeslucky . My mother was given this teddy bear ninety years ago, when she was two years old (1927). 25 years later, she passed it on to me. My Great Aunt Margaret came to visit, about 1955, and sewed the patches on Teddy's hands and feet, made these pajamas, and stitched on new button eyes. The minute she left to go back to California, I ripped off the unfamiliar-looking button eyes. After all, Teddy had been seeing perfectly well without eyes for years. I loved him to bits and pieces just exactly the way God made him. . . . #Thebuttonlady  #collector  # #fawnlawn  #lifestyle  #bed  #curlymaple  #fourposterbed  #ancestral  #quilt  #bedroom  #history  #charm  #teddybear  #teddy  #toycar  #toybus  #vintagetoys  #ball  #handmade  #woodentoys  #airplane 
Party Time Kitty
Napoleon is all dressed and ready for my open house on Sunday, wearing his double layer Halloween button collar. The base buttons are "new/old stock" casein, from England, 1930s. They are topped by porcelain stencil buttons from Czechoslovakia, 1920s. Photo per special request from Linda (@linsals) .
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#nostalgia #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady #handmade #handsewn #antiquebuttonbracelet #cat #catcollar #catsofinstagram #kitty #mykitty #napoleon #halloween  #orangeandblack #1920s #1930s
Party Time Kitty Napoleon is all dressed and ready for my open house on Sunday, wearing his double layer Halloween button collar. The base buttons are "new/old stock" casein, from England, 1930s. They are topped by porcelain stencil buttons from Czechoslovakia, 1920s. Photo per special request from Linda (@linsals) . . . . . #nostalgia  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #buttonlove  #Thebuttonlady  #handmade  #handsewn  #antiquebuttonbracelet  #cat  #catcollar  #catsofinstagram  #kitty  #mykitty  #napoleon  #halloween  #orangeandblack  #1920s  #1930s 
This Sunday afternoon I will be having my Fall Open House.  About 500 of the button bracelets will come downstairs to the dining room table. The guests are encouraged to explore the first, second, and third floors, so I try to have everything perfect and standing at attention.  I will be serving ginger cookies, lemon squares, a cheeseboard, orange, red, and yellow cherry tomatoes, and hot mulled cider with Burgundy wine.  I have been washing windows and scurrying around for weeks.
Excuse me, while I start to have my quite predictable panic attack.
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#nostalgia #sewing #buttoncollecting #history  #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady  #handsewn #buttonbracelets #antiquebuttonbracelet #diningroom #myhome #openhouse #interiordesign #interiors #decor #fawnlawn #bouquet #fall #sunflowers
This Sunday afternoon I will be having my Fall Open House. About 500 of the button bracelets will come downstairs to the dining room table. The guests are encouraged to explore the first, second, and third floors, so I try to have everything perfect and standing at attention. I will be serving ginger cookies, lemon squares, a cheeseboard, orange, red, and yellow cherry tomatoes, and hot mulled cider with Burgundy wine. I have been washing windows and scurrying around for weeks. Excuse me, while I start to have my quite predictable panic attack. . . . . . #nostalgia  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #Thebuttonlady  #handsewn  #buttonbracelets  #antiquebuttonbracelet  #diningroom  #myhome  #openhouse  #interiordesign  #interiors  #decor  #fawnlawn  #bouquet  #fall  #sunflowers 
"I'm listening," number 61 remarked curiously. (Especially for Belinda @belinda_sharples, gentle cow whisperer of Great Britain)
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#Thebuttonlady #daytrip #countrylife #country #farm #amish #amishfarm #plainpeople #simplethings #lifestyle #wayoflife #farmlife #charming #cow #milking #milkingtime #dairy #dairyfarming #farmanimals #holstein #jersey #cowwhisperer
I see London.
I see France.
I see Emilie's underpants.
(button lady on the left)
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#myhome #Thebuttonlady #collector #antiquecollectibles #vintage #interiordesign #interiors #fawnlawn #lifestyle #decor #artdeco #pink #nudeart #pinkaesthetic #1920s #1930s #powderroom #underpants #fountain #littlegirls #razor #1955
@addictedtobuttons have restocked! Loads of gorgeous buttony goodness and we now have Christmas earrings, necklace and tree ornaments 😁 #buttons #thebuttonlady #newstock #jewellery #coasters #keyrings #ornaments #pencilholders #handmade #kookiecorner #popupshop #smithfieldshoppingcentre
During the late 1800s, teenage girls traded buttons with each other, usually no two alike, and created "button strings" or "charm strings." Occasionally I find small sections of one in a button box. They were strung on heavy cotton cord, which has usually long-since disintegrated.  Shown here are button string necklaces I have made with period-appropriate buttons, mid 1800s to early 1900s.
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#nostalgia #victorian #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady #daysgoneby #victoriana #buttonstringnecklace #charmstring #buttonnecklace #victorianbuttons #myart #buttonjewelry #necklace
During the late 1800s, teenage girls traded buttons with each other, usually no two alike, and created "button strings" or "charm strings." Occasionally I find small sections of one in a button box. They were strung on heavy cotton cord, which has usually long-since disintegrated. Shown here are button string necklaces I have made with period-appropriate buttons, mid 1800s to early 1900s. . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #Thebuttonlady  #daysgoneby  #victoriana  #buttonstringnecklace  #charmstring  #buttonnecklace  #victorianbuttons  #myart  #buttonjewelry  #necklace 
Even the Flappers are gearing up for Halloween. These gals wouldn't think of missing a chance to get dressed up!
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#nostalgia #sewing #buttoncollecting #history  #vintage #flappergirls #Thebuttonlady #buttonlove #pumpkin #halloween #buttonbracelet #trickortreat #orangeandblack #1920s #holiday #costume
Button Display Pillow, photographed especially for Linda @lindyloodesigns, so that she can read the labels. Most of the buttons I use date from the 1840s to 1940s, of the sew-through variety. I always display this pillow in my stall, so that potential customers can understand the history of these buttons.
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#sewing #buttoncollecting #history  #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #celluloid #bakelite #vegetableivory #motherofpearl #abalone #bone #scottie #cookiebutton #display #pillow #usarmy #brass #zinc
Button Display Pillow, photographed especially for Linda @lindyloodesigns, so that she can read the labels. Most of the buttons I use date from the 1840s to 1940s, of the sew-through variety. I always display this pillow in my stall, so that potential customers can understand the history of these buttons. . . . . . . #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #celluloid  #bakelite  #vegetableivory  #motherofpearl  #abalone  #bone  #scottie  #cookiebutton  #display  #pillow  #usarmy  #brass  #zinc 
This is my friend Marvin, who I have known since he was a little boy.  What a wonderful man and industrious farmer, always kind and thoughtful to my grandson Tripp. Here he is bringing a load of field corn in on the wagon, with Dolly and Martha leading the way.
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#Thebuttonlady #daytrip #countrylife #country #farm #amish #plainpeople #simplethings #lifestyle #wayoflife #farmlife #charming #outing #wagon #fieldcorn #dog #workhorse #farmer #farmwork #harvest #fall #autumn #horseteam #horse
This is my friend Marvin, who I have known since he was a little boy. What a wonderful man and industrious farmer, always kind and thoughtful to my grandson Tripp. Here he is bringing a load of field corn in on the wagon, with Dolly and Martha leading the way. . . . . . #Thebuttonlady  #daytrip  #countrylife  #country  #farm  #amish  #plainpeople  #simplethings  #lifestyle  #wayoflife  #farmlife  #charming  #outing  #wagon  #fieldcorn  #dog  #workhorse  #farmer  #farmwork  #harvest  #fall  #autumn  #horseteam  #horse 
Birds Eye View in my Sewing Room. The button bracelets are separated into various styles. Some are displayed in 1940s planters, others in enamel kidney pans. In the lower right is a display pillow showing examples of the types of buttons I typically use.
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#nostalgia #sewing #buttoncollecting #history  #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #thebuttonlady  #handmade #madebyhand #handsewn #buttonbracelets #myhome #interiordesign #decor #fawnlawn #vintagetoys #sewingroom
Birds Eye View in my Sewing Room. The button bracelets are separated into various styles. Some are displayed in 1940s planters, others in enamel kidney pans. In the lower right is a display pillow showing examples of the types of buttons I typically use. . . . . #nostalgia  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #handmade  #madebyhand  #handsewn  #buttonbracelets  #myhome  #interiordesign  #decor  #fawnlawn  #vintagetoys  #sewingroom 
Two little cowherders. On the left is 8-year-old Myron, the supervisor. On the right is my grandson Tripp, 4-year-old trainee. Most of the cows were already heading back to the barn for milking time, but there was one straggler at the far end of the field which these two had to go wrangle up.
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#Thebuttonlady #daytrip #countrylife #country #farm #amish #plainpeople #simplethings #lifestyle #wayoflife #farmlife #children #grandson #vista #charming #outing #mygrandson #cowherders #cow #summer
Two little cowherders. On the left is 8-year-old Myron, the supervisor. On the right is my grandson Tripp, 4-year-old trainee. Most of the cows were already heading back to the barn for milking time, but there was one straggler at the far end of the field which these two had to go wrangle up. . . . . . . #Thebuttonlady  #daytrip  #countrylife  #country  #farm  #amish  #plainpeople  #simplethings  #lifestyle  #wayoflife  #farmlife  #children  #grandson  #vista  #charming  #outing  #mygrandson  #cowherders  #cow  #summer 
Halloween Decor (part 9)  Meet Jack, the jack-o-lantern.  Look closely...Jack's face is made entirely of buttons!  All of them are new old stock porcelain from Germany, 1920s, except for the two big black buttons.  Jack is happy just to be alive.  Jack is setting a very good example!
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#halloween #holiday #decorations #fall #autumn #seasonal #thebuttonlady #pumpkins #fawnlawn #decor #frontporch #porch #buttons #vintage #buttonlove #jackolantern #smiling #happy #lifeiswhatyoumakeit #attitude
Halloween Decor (part 9) Meet Jack, the jack-o-lantern. Look closely...Jack's face is made entirely of buttons! All of them are new old stock porcelain from Germany, 1920s, except for the two big black buttons. Jack is happy just to be alive. Jack is setting a very good example! . . . . #halloween  #holiday  #decorations  #fall  #autumn  #seasonal  #thebuttonlady  #pumpkins  #fawnlawn  #decor  #frontporch  #porch  #buttons  #vintage  #buttonlove  #jackolantern  #smiling  #happy  #lifeiswhatyoumakeit  #attitude 
SWEET SEPTEMBER  Last month Tripp and I took a walk to the lake, picking honeysuckle and sweet clover along the way.  It's a wonder to me that's such a simple bouquet could take my breath away with its beauty.
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#grandson #lakeerie #walk #stroll #pickingflowers #bouquet #clover #flowers #honeysuckle #sweet #childhood #thebuttonlady #waves #greatlakes #shore #september #simplethings #nothingisordinary
OLD BURGUNDY  First recorded as a color name in 1926, this deep red tone was very popular for buttons throughout the Great Depression and into the 1940s. The ones used here include both Bakelite and casein, triple, quadruple, and even quintuple stacked.
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#nostalgia #sewing #buttoncollecting #history  #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady  #handmade #handsewn #buttonbracelet #antiquebuttonbracelet #burgundy #myart #artforyourwrist
Halloween decor (part 8). That time Clara was Morticia, from the Adams Family 1960s TV show, and Dorothy was a black cat.  The cat costume was, and still IS, my masterpiece. I made a gigantic black felt tail with a curved section of a wire coathanger inside, and stuffed with cotton. I then stitched it to the back of Dorothy's black leotard. Add black tights, black maryjane's, and black felt cat ears, and VOILA!  Clara's black cotton dress was one of mine, hemmed to fit. What a pose!
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#halloween #orangeandblack #holiday #decorations #fall #autumn #seasonal #thebuttonlady #fawnlawn #decor #homemade #mantle #costume #1998 #mychildren #childhood #trickortreat #blackcat #mygirls #morticia #theadamsfamily #catcostume #witch
Halloween decor (part 8). That time Clara was Morticia, from the Adams Family 1960s TV show, and Dorothy was a black cat. The cat costume was, and still IS, my masterpiece. I made a gigantic black felt tail with a curved section of a wire coathanger inside, and stuffed with cotton. I then stitched it to the back of Dorothy's black leotard. Add black tights, black maryjane's, and black felt cat ears, and VOILA! Clara's black cotton dress was one of mine, hemmed to fit. What a pose! . . . . . . #halloween  #orangeandblack  #holiday  #decorations  #fall  #autumn  #seasonal  #thebuttonlady  #fawnlawn  #decor  #homemade  #mantle  #costume  #1998  #mychildren  #childhood  #trickortreat  #blackcat  #mygirls  #morticia  #theadamsfamily  #catcostume  #witch 
Halloween Decor (part 7)  That ONE time I broke down and allowed the children to have "store bought" costumes. Batman (Clarence) and  Superman (Urban) are looking plumpish because, again, it was a frigid Halloween, and their winter jackets are underneath the costumes!
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#halloween #orangeandblack #holiday #decorations #fall #autumn #seasonal #thebuttonlady #frightening #decor #batman #superman #homemade #devil #mantle #1989 #myboys #costume #mychildren #childhood #trickortreat #pumpkin
Halloween Decor (part 7) That ONE time I broke down and allowed the children to have "store bought" costumes. Batman (Clarence) and Superman (Urban) are looking plumpish because, again, it was a frigid Halloween, and their winter jackets are underneath the costumes! . . . #halloween  #orangeandblack  #holiday  #decorations  #fall  #autumn  #seasonal  #thebuttonlady  #frightening  #decor  #batman  #superman  #homemade  #devil  #mantle  #1989  #myboys  #costume  #mychildren  #childhood  #trickortreat  #pumpkin 
TROUSER BUTTONS I have known and loved, 1880s to 1920s.  Each one of these suspender, pocket, and fly buttons served their purpose for many years, then landed in a button box. About 100 years later, they are just about to be reborn as "Art for your wrist."
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #victoriana #handpolished #handsewn #buttonbracelets #workclothes #forgentlemen #buttonart #myart #artforyourwrist
TROUSER BUTTONS I have known and loved, 1880s to 1920s. Each one of these suspender, pocket, and fly buttons served their purpose for many years, then landed in a button box. About 100 years later, they are just about to be reborn as "Art for your wrist." . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #victoriana  #handpolished  #handsewn  #buttonbracelets  #workclothes  #forgentlemen  #buttonart  #myart  #artforyourwrist 
Had a few friends in for dinner tonight.  No placecards necessary. Everyone knew exactly where to be.
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#Thebuttonlady #daytrip #countrylife #country #farm #amish #amishfarm #plainpeople #simplethings #lifestyle #wayoflife #farmlife #charming #barn #cow #milking #milkingtime #dairy #dairyfarming #farmanimals #holstein #jersey
Halloween Decor (part 6)  That time Clara was Dorothy Gale, of Kansas, and Dorothy was Glinda, the good witch of the north.  The reason the girls are looking slightly plump is that they have jackets on underneath their costumes. It can be very cold on Halloween! I remember gluing masses of red glitter to those Mary Jane's, to make the ruby slippers. Dorothy is wearing the same white sweater she wore for her nurse's costume the year before. I had to stuff her satin "princess hat" full of cotton to get it to stand up straight.
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#halloween #orangeandblack #holiday #decorations #fall #autumn #seasonal #thebuttonlady #fawnlawn #decor #homemade #mantle #costume #1996 #mychildren #childhood #trickortreat #blackcat #mygirls #dorothy #glinda #goodwitch #thewizardofoz
Halloween Decor (part 6) That time Clara was Dorothy Gale, of Kansas, and Dorothy was Glinda, the good witch of the north. The reason the girls are looking slightly plump is that they have jackets on underneath their costumes. It can be very cold on Halloween! I remember gluing masses of red glitter to those Mary Jane's, to make the ruby slippers. Dorothy is wearing the same white sweater she wore for her nurse's costume the year before. I had to stuff her satin "princess hat" full of cotton to get it to stand up straight. . . . . #halloween  #orangeandblack  #holiday  #decorations  #fall  #autumn  #seasonal  #thebuttonlady  #fawnlawn  #decor  #homemade  #mantle  #costume  #1996  #mychildren  #childhood  #trickortreat  #blackcat  #mygirls  #dorothy  #glinda  #goodwitch  #thewizardofoz 
Halloween Decor (part 5)  That time Urban was a devil, and Clarence was a gorilla.  Do you think it's possible that the boys were less than thrilled about the annual Halloween photograph? Maybe they are saying to themselves, "Does mom really think these are are good costumes?"
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#halloween #orangeandblack #holiday #decorations #fall #autumn #seasonal #thebuttonlady #frightening #decor #gorilla #devil #homemade #blackcat #mantle #1987 #myboys #costume #mychildren #childhood #trickortreat #pumpkin
Halloween Decor (part 5) That time Urban was a devil, and Clarence was a gorilla. Do you think it's possible that the boys were less than thrilled about the annual Halloween photograph? Maybe they are saying to themselves, "Does mom really think these are are good costumes?" . . . #halloween  #orangeandblack  #holiday  #decorations  #fall  #autumn  #seasonal  #thebuttonlady  #frightening  #decor  #gorilla  #devil  #homemade  #blackcat  #mantle  #1987  #myboys  #costume  #mychildren  #childhood  #trickortreat  #pumpkin 
The DIONNE QUINTS, 1951. The marketing of these French Canadian little girls (first known surviving quintuplets) continued through the Great Depression, into the war years, and beyond.  This calendar, distributed to customers by the Garner Dairy Company (the year I was born), shows the gals as teenagers having a jolly time around an autumn campfire.  Sadly, commercial exploitation of the quints began practically the moment they were born, and lasted 20 years, when one of the girls unfortunately died of a stroke.  I began collecting Dionne Quintuplet items many years ago because one of them is named Emilie. To me, I am trying to honor them, although I am well aware that their life was not a bed of roses.
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#dionnequintuplets #quintuplets #vintage #collectibles #thebuttonlady #1951 #1950s #emilie #promotion #giveaway #free #calendar #teens #frenchcanadian #quints #famous #worldfamous #matching #campfire #fall #autumn #cookout
The DIONNE QUINTS, 1951. The marketing of these French Canadian little girls (first known surviving quintuplets) continued through the Great Depression, into the war years, and beyond. This calendar, distributed to customers by the Garner Dairy Company (the year I was born), shows the gals as teenagers having a jolly time around an autumn campfire. Sadly, commercial exploitation of the quints began practically the moment they were born, and lasted 20 years, when one of the girls unfortunately died of a stroke. I began collecting Dionne Quintuplet items many years ago because one of them is named Emilie. To me, I am trying to honor them, although I am well aware that their life was not a bed of roses. . . . . . #dionnequintuplets  #quintuplets  #vintage  #collectibles  #thebuttonlady  #1951  #1950s  #emilie  #promotion  #giveaway  #free  #calendar  #teens  #frenchcanadian  #quints  #famous  #worldfamous  #matching  #campfire  #fall  #autumn  #cookout 
Hot off the Presses, three bracelets from the Earthtone Mix Collection. This style features vegetable ivory (the Tagua Nut from South America), celluloid, bison horn, bone, pressed wood, and brass. (buttons, 1840s to 1940s) 
The middle bracelet has been adopted by Cindy @color_cat_cindy, and hopefully will soon adorn her wrist.
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #antiquebuttons #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #victoriana #handmade #madebyhand #handsewn #buttonbracelet #antiquebuttonbracelet #celluloid #artforyourwrist #taguanut
Hot off the Presses, three bracelets from the Earthtone Mix Collection. This style features vegetable ivory (the Tagua Nut from South America), celluloid, bison horn, bone, pressed wood, and brass. (buttons, 1840s to 1940s) The middle bracelet has been adopted by Cindy @color_cat_cindy, and hopefully will soon adorn her wrist. . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #victoriana  #handmade  #madebyhand  #handsewn  #buttonbracelet  #antiquebuttonbracelet  #celluloid  #artforyourwrist  #taguanut 
Halloween Decor (part 4) That time Clara was a doctor and Dorothy was a nurse. The doctor outfit was given to Urban when he was four, and is still kicking around in the toy cupboard.  The nurse's outfit was a first communion dress I bought at a resale store, a white sweater, and white sweatpants. Very professional.
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#halloween #orangeandblack #holiday #decorations #fall #autumn #seasonal #thebuttonlady #pumpkins #spooky #fawnlawn #decor #homemade #mantle #nurse #doctor #costume #1995 #mychildren #childhood #trickortreat #gourd #mygirls
Halloween Decor (part 4) That time Clara was a doctor and Dorothy was a nurse. The doctor outfit was given to Urban when he was four, and is still kicking around in the toy cupboard. The nurse's outfit was a first communion dress I bought at a resale store, a white sweater, and white sweatpants. Very professional. . . . . #halloween  #orangeandblack  #holiday  #decorations  #fall  #autumn  #seasonal  #thebuttonlady  #pumpkins  #spooky  #fawnlawn  #decor  #homemade  #mantle  #nurse  #doctor  #costume  #1995  #mychildren  #childhood  #trickortreat  #gourd  #mygirls 
Halloween Decor (part 3) That time Urban was a panda bear and Clarence was a duck. I usually fashioned Halloween costumes from whatever was lying around close at hand.  I still have the panda and duck hats. They wouldn't stay on the boys' heads very well, so I took hair ribbons (used in the 1950s on my childhood braids) and sewed them on so that the hats would tie under the chin.
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#halloween #orangeandblack #holiday #decorations #fall #autumn #seasonal #thebuttonlady #pumpkins #spooky #fawnlawn #decor #panda #duck #homemade #blackcat #mantle #1986 #costume #mychildren #childhood #trickortreat #myboys
Halloween Decor (part 3) That time Urban was a panda bear and Clarence was a duck. I usually fashioned Halloween costumes from whatever was lying around close at hand. I still have the panda and duck hats. They wouldn't stay on the boys' heads very well, so I took hair ribbons (used in the 1950s on my childhood braids) and sewed them on so that the hats would tie under the chin. . . . #halloween  #orangeandblack  #holiday  #decorations  #fall  #autumn  #seasonal  #thebuttonlady  #pumpkins  #spooky  #fawnlawn  #decor  #panda  #duck  #homemade  #blackcat  #mantle  #1986  #costume  #mychildren  #childhood  #trickortreat  #myboys 
SWAN SONG  Wishing everyone a peaceful Sunday and a cup of good cheer.  It's so easy to lose sight of the beauty all around us, so often clouded by world events.  Look closely. It's there.
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#collectibles #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady #daysgoneby  #buttonjewelry #buttonbracelet #madebyhand #handsewn #swan #collector #myart #artforyourwrist #1930s #1940s #philosophy #beautyiseverywhere
Halloween Decor (part 2)- I have never seen a more excited child than Tripp on Thursday, "helping" me put up the Halloween decorations. What fun to pull the pumpkin string, under the witch, and watch her arms and legs shoot up!
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#halloween #orangeandblack #holiday #decorations #fall #autumn #seasonal #thebuttonlady #pumpkins #spooky #fawnlawn #decor #witch #pulltoy #chandelier #buttonlove #Button necklace
Chapter 34- Finally, here are the ten bracelets which I made for the descendants of Minnie Dunbar, button collector extraordinaire.  Most of the remaining buttons in her collection either made their way into button string necklaces, onto my display trays, or are framed and adorning my bedroom walls. "Aunt" Minnie's story has been shared around the world through Instagram, inspiring and astonishing all along the way. Thank you to everyone for your enthusiastic feedback and for traveling along with me!
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #motherofpearl #abalone #auntminniecollection #victoriana #specialproject #restoration #rebirth #reborn #abalone #buttonbracelets #agreement #plan #caretaker #honor
Chapter 34- Finally, here are the ten bracelets which I made for the descendants of Minnie Dunbar, button collector extraordinaire. Most of the remaining buttons in her collection either made their way into button string necklaces, onto my display trays, or are framed and adorning my bedroom walls. "Aunt" Minnie's story has been shared around the world through Instagram, inspiring and astonishing all along the way. Thank you to everyone for your enthusiastic feedback and for traveling along with me! . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #motherofpearl  #abalone  #auntminniecollection  #victoriana  #specialproject  #restoration  #rebirth  #reborn  #abalone  #buttonbracelets  #agreement  #plan  #caretaker  #honor 
Chapter 33- Today I am wrapping up the story of the buttons collected by Minnie Dunbar (1875-1967). When she was in her 70s and 80s she gathered together many thousands of extraordinary 19th century buttons. Although we are not related, she has become my "Aunt Minnie" too. What an honor it has been to restore these buttons to their former glory! (Last chapter tonight)
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #miniatures #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #littletreasures #auntminniecollection #victoriana #specialproject #restoration #rebirth #reborn #display #caretaker #responsibility #honor
Chapter 33- Today I am wrapping up the story of the buttons collected by Minnie Dunbar (1875-1967). When she was in her 70s and 80s she gathered together many thousands of extraordinary 19th century buttons. Although we are not related, she has become my "Aunt Minnie" too. What an honor it has been to restore these buttons to their former glory! (Last chapter tonight) . . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #miniatures  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #littletreasures  #auntminniecollection  #victoriana  #specialproject  #restoration  #rebirth  #reborn  #display  #caretaker  #responsibility  #honor 
Oh my gosh! Look how gorgeous the display @addictedtobuttons has at the Craft Extravaganza at North Tamborine. Luckily we have some of their goodies in the shop!!! #buttons #buttonjewellery #thebuttonlady #colourful #stylish #buttonaddictsunite #kookiecorner #popupshop #smithfieldshoppingcentre
Goodnight dear friends, both old and new.  I appreciate each one of you so very much!
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#evening #sundown #beach #greatlakes #lakeerie #cleveland #ohio #reflection #eveningstroll #thebuttonlady #wagarbeach #mothernature #peaceful #sand
Halloween Decor (part 1)
Tripp has been helping me get ready for Halloween the past two days. Here is the vestibule, looking festive to greet all little trick-or-treaters who come to call.
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#halloween #orangeandblack #holiday #decorations #fall #autumn #seasonal #thebuttonlady #blackcat #pumpkins #ghost #twigs #forest #spooky #entry #cheshirecat #fawnlawn #decor
Chapter 32- Black "jet glass" button face made by Minnie Dunbar in 1959. These 19th century buttons were sewn to oil cloth. Note the charming detail of the ball point pen curly-cue bangs. Also, the rosy cheeks and underscored mouth, done with red crayon.(6 of 6)
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #miniatures #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #auntminniecollection #victoriana #specialproject #restoration #rebirth #reborn #display #caretaker #responsibility #blackglass
Chapter 32- Black "jet glass" button face made by Minnie Dunbar in 1959. These 19th century buttons were sewn to oil cloth. Note the charming detail of the ball point pen curly-cue bangs. Also, the rosy cheeks and underscored mouth, done with red crayon.(6 of 6) . . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #miniatures  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #auntminniecollection  #victoriana  #specialproject  #restoration  #rebirth  #reborn  #display  #caretaker  #responsibility  #blackglass 
Chapter 31-  Black glass buttons from the collection of Minnie Dunbar (1875-1967). I have written Minnie's great niece and explained that her beloved aunt's buttons have been traveling all around the world, inspiring artists in every corner of the globe. Three more chapters left in the saga. I have saved the best for last!
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #miniatures #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #auntminniecollection #victoriana #specialproject #restoration #rebirth #reborn #display #caretaker #responsibility #blackglass
Chapter 31- Black glass buttons from the collection of Minnie Dunbar (1875-1967). I have written Minnie's great niece and explained that her beloved aunt's buttons have been traveling all around the world, inspiring artists in every corner of the globe. Three more chapters left in the saga. I have saved the best for last! . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #miniatures  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #auntminniecollection  #victoriana  #specialproject  #restoration  #rebirth  #reborn  #display  #caretaker  #responsibility  #blackglass 
STANDING TOGETHER  My heartfelt love for the people of Las Vegas.  I like to think of caring individuals around the globe, holding hands virtually, in solidarity for and support of every person affected by this insanity.  It is a comfort for me to be associated with so much kindness through the Instagram community. .
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#loveunited #buttonlove #Thebuttonlady #flappergirls #heartfelt #brokenheart #peace #kindnessmatters #goldenrule #jointogether #faith #hope #recovery #healing #lovenothate #lasvegas #nevada #kindness #community #solidarity #friendship
STANDING TOGETHER My heartfelt love for the people of Las Vegas. I like to think of caring individuals around the globe, holding hands virtually, in solidarity for and support of every person affected by this insanity. It is a comfort for me to be associated with so much kindness through the Instagram community. . . . . #loveunited  #buttonlove  #Thebuttonlady  #flappergirls  #heartfelt  #brokenheart  #peace  #kindnessmatters  #goldenrule  #jointogether  #faith  #hope  #recovery  #healing  #lovenothate  #lasvegas  #nevada  #kindness  #community  #solidarity  #friendship 
SQUIRREL BUFFET, Amish style... especially for my friend Joanne @madaboutcolour .
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#Thebuttonlady #daytrip #countrylife #country #farm #amish #amishfarm #plainpeople #simplethings #lifestyle #wayoflife #farmlife #charming #creative #buffet #fieldcorn #squirrel #ohio #inventive
Voila!  I have just completed the transformation of my new tiara into a BUTTON TIARA, first suggested to me on July 27 by my friend Kerri @littleprairiesparrow. Now I can be a proper Stall Queen at my next art fair.
(please scroll for side views.)
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#stallqueen #buttonqueen #thebuttonlady #breakingnews #bigsurprise #adorn #decorate #buttons #elegant #excited #thrilled #purchase #project #crown #tiara #special #motherofpearl #porcelain #glass #star #dove #58buttons #handsewn #thatwastricky
Voila! I have just completed the transformation of my new tiara into a BUTTON TIARA, first suggested to me on July 27 by my friend Kerri @littleprairiesparrow. Now I can be a proper Stall Queen at my next art fair. (please scroll for side views.) . . . . . #stallqueen  #buttonqueen  #thebuttonlady  #breakingnews  #bigsurprise  #adorn  #decorate  #buttons  #elegant  #excited  #thrilled  #purchase  #project  #crown  #tiara  #special  #motherofpearl  #porcelain  #glass  #star  #dove  #58buttons  #handsewn  #thatwastricky 
This still life was done in acrylics when I was 16 years old, by our century farmhouse in Mesopotamia, Ohio. My dad collected anything and everything, since my earliest memory. He loved crocks and cast iron kettles, which he was always buying for my mother to put flowers in.
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#Thebuttonlady #countryside #country #lifestyle #wayoflife #farmlife #myart #acrylicpainting #1968 #artistsoninstagram #mywork #earlywork #farmhouse #crock #begonia #jug #collector #mydad
This still life was done in acrylics when I was 16 years old, by our century farmhouse in Mesopotamia, Ohio. My dad collected anything and everything, since my earliest memory. He loved crocks and cast iron kettles, which he was always buying for my mother to put flowers in. . . . . #Thebuttonlady  #countryside  #country  #lifestyle  #wayoflife  #farmlife  #myart  #acrylicpainting  #1968  #artistsoninstagram  #mywork  #earlywork  #farmhouse  #crock  #begonia  #jug  #collector  #mydad 
Chapter 30- This bejeweled card is 5th in the series of Aunt Minnie's "button art works" which I restored and framed. So many of the buttons were chipped or damaged, that when I started cutting them off, everything fell apart!  I decided to clear the board, and completely redo the piece. The final selection are mostly glass and china, 1840s-1940s. (5 of 6)
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #miniatures #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #auntminniecollection #victoriana #specialproject #restoration #rebirth #reborn #display #caretaker #responsibility #porcelain #cutglass #jewels
Chapter 30- This bejeweled card is 5th in the series of Aunt Minnie's "button art works" which I restored and framed. So many of the buttons were chipped or damaged, that when I started cutting them off, everything fell apart! I decided to clear the board, and completely redo the piece. The final selection are mostly glass and china, 1840s-1940s. (5 of 6) . . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #miniatures  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #auntminniecollection  #victoriana  #specialproject  #restoration  #rebirth  #reborn  #display  #caretaker  #responsibility  #porcelain  #cutglass  #jewels 
The dining room of the OLD FAITHFUL INN at Yellowstone National Park, the largest log hotel in in the world. I loved looking down from the second floor balcony to see the tables so beautifully set for dinner, awaiting the guests...both rustic and elegant all the same time. (4 of 4)
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#oldfaithfulhotel #logbuilding #1904 #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces #yellowstonenationalpark #travel #historic #thebuttonlady #hotel #lodge #wyoming #diningroom #balcony #stonefireplace
The dining room of the OLD FAITHFUL INN at Yellowstone National Park, the largest log hotel in in the world. I loved looking down from the second floor balcony to see the tables so beautifully set for dinner, awaiting the guests...both rustic and elegant all the same time. (4 of 4) . . . . #oldfaithfulhotel  #logbuilding  #1904  #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces  #yellowstonenationalpark  #travel  #historic  #thebuttonlady  #hotel  #lodge  #wyoming  #diningroom  #balcony  #stonefireplace 
Chapter 29- A few pinky-toned abalone buttons with marcasite and brass detail, from the collection of Minnie Dunbar (1875 to 1967). Coming up next, my very favorite example of Minnie's "button art," now framed and adorning my bedroom walls.
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #miniatures #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #littletreasures #auntminniecollection #victoriana #specialproject #restoration #rebirth #reborn #detail #caretaker #responsibility #hobby #abalone #marcasite #brass
Chapter 29- A few pinky-toned abalone buttons with marcasite and brass detail, from the collection of Minnie Dunbar (1875 to 1967). Coming up next, my very favorite example of Minnie's "button art," now framed and adorning my bedroom walls. . . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #miniatures  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #littletreasures  #auntminniecollection  #victoriana  #specialproject  #restoration  #rebirth  #reborn  #detail  #caretaker  #responsibility  #hobby  #abalone  #marcasite  #brass 
I think today's going to be my lucky day. Looks to me like I can't lose! (early tin Cracker Jack toys, about 1920)
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#myhome #Thebuttonlady #collector #antiquecollectibles #antique #fawnlawn #lifestyle #decor #tin #tiny #crackerjack #crackerjackprize #dog #cute #toocute #adorable #prize #winner #icantlose #pointer #flowerfrog #headsortails #iwin #youlose #luckyday
Someone's having a very busy day today, seen here, headed to work, riding his kiddie car, pulling a wagon...wearing a dog collar, a cowbell, and a whistle. You have to be prepared!
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#imagination #puppy #dog #doggie #childhood #mygrandson #thebuttonlady #collar #dogcollar #tags #adorable #littleboy #pretendplay #pretend #loveofdogs #fawnlawn #justpretend #woof #bowwow #gooddog #cowbell #wagon #kiddiecar #whistle