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CRAZY QUILT at the Homesteaders Museum, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I have always loved old quilts, but have a particular fondness for crazy quilts.
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#travel #wildwest #adventure #rockymountains #jacksonhole #wyoming #pioneer #homestead #museum #primitive #quilt #antiquequilt #crazyquilt #colorful #handmade #handsewn
The SILVER DOLLAR Bar a landmark at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is so named for the 2032 uncirculated 1921 Morgan silver dollars (direct from the Denver Mint) which are inlaid in the serpentine bar. The barmaid explained that there are other silver dollar bars around the country, but this is the only one with no laminate covering the coins. 2032 identical holes were cut, each one slightly smaller than the circumference of the coins, enabling them to be pressed in place securely, without the use of glue. The bar opened in 1950, so for 67 years customers hands, resting on the bar, have caused varying amounts of surface wear.
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#travel #wildwest #adventure #rockymountains #jacksonhole #wyoming #bar #silver #silverdollar #coins #denvermint #uncirculated #1921 #1950 #landmark
The SILVER DOLLAR Bar a landmark at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is so named for the 2032 uncirculated 1921 Morgan silver dollars (direct from the Denver Mint) which are inlaid in the serpentine bar. The barmaid explained that there are other silver dollar bars around the country, but this is the only one with no laminate covering the coins. 2032 identical holes were cut, each one slightly smaller than the circumference of the coins, enabling them to be pressed in place securely, without the use of glue. The bar opened in 1950, so for 67 years customers hands, resting on the bar, have caused varying amounts of surface wear. . . . . . #travel  #wildwest  #adventure  #rockymountains  #jacksonhole  #wyoming  #bar  #silver  #silverdollar  #coins  #denvermint  #uncirculated  #1921  #1950  #landmark 
Chapter 25- These buttons are 19th century vegetable ivory, the tagua nut, from South America, which was used for 200 years before the invention of plastic. Many are "whistle buttons" (one hole on top and two underneath). Aunt Minnie, in her late 70s, used red thread to stitch these buttons onto stiff paper, creating a house! Notice the two windows, scalloped roofline, front door, and yellow smoke coming out of the chimneys. To restore these buttons I cleaned them with beeswax, removing 14 damaged ones, and replacing them with correct vegetable ivory buttons from her collection. I also re-stitched any loose buttons. (3 of 6)
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #miniatures #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #littletreasures #auntminniecollection #victoriana #specialproject #restoration #rebirth #reborn #display #caretaker #responsibility #whistlebutton #vegetableivory #taguanut
Chapter 25- These buttons are 19th century vegetable ivory, the tagua nut, from South America, which was used for 200 years before the invention of plastic. Many are "whistle buttons" (one hole on top and two underneath). Aunt Minnie, in her late 70s, used red thread to stitch these buttons onto stiff paper, creating a house! Notice the two windows, scalloped roofline, front door, and yellow smoke coming out of the chimneys. To restore these buttons I cleaned them with beeswax, removing 14 damaged ones, and replacing them with correct vegetable ivory buttons from her collection. I also re-stitched any loose buttons. (3 of 6) . .. . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #miniatures  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #littletreasures  #auntminniecollection  #victoriana  #specialproject  #restoration  #rebirth  #reborn  #display  #caretaker  #responsibility  #whistlebutton  #vegetableivory  #taguanut 
HOMESTEADER'S HEAVEN.  Feeling right at home, at the Homesteaders Museum here in Jackson Hole. After eight nights in modern hotel rooms, it's a relief to be around the kind of furnishings that are near and dear to my heart. I especially love the gun rack above the charming stove.
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#travel #wildwest #adventure #rockymountains #jacksonhole #wyoming #pioneer #homestead #museum #stove #kitchen #primitive #candlemold  #crocks #gunrack #deerhoof
6 THINGS I LEARNED AT YELLOWSTONE 
1. Not all bears are named Teddy.
2. Grizzlies do not want to make friends, even with a button lady. 
3. Never wear a meat suit while hiking.
4. Bears are not amused by knock knock jokes. 
5. Grizzlies don't respond to the command, "Get Back!"
6. Apparently even a 65-year-old grandmother can learn to climb a tree REALLY fast.
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#justkidding #foolingaround #imonlyjoking #tongueincheek #roadtrip #travel #wildwest #yellowstonenationalpark #wildlife #caution #danger #beware #warning #park #nationalpark #wyoming #bear #grizzly
6 THINGS I LEARNED AT YELLOWSTONE 1. Not all bears are named Teddy. 2. Grizzlies do not want to make friends, even with a button lady. 3. Never wear a meat suit while hiking. 4. Bears are not amused by knock knock jokes. 5. Grizzlies don't respond to the command, "Get Back!" 6. Apparently even a 65-year-old grandmother can learn to climb a tree REALLY fast. . . . . #justkidding  #foolingaround  #imonlyjoking  #tongueincheek  #roadtrip  #travel  #wildwest  #yellowstonenationalpark  #wildlife  #caution  #danger  #beware  #warning  #park  #nationalpark  #wyoming  #bear  #grizzly 
This commercial interruption brought to you by Mother Nature, as seen at Yellowstone National Park. There are signs all along, warning visitors not to stray from the path. I can see why…this water is actually boiling hot!
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#thebuttonlady #rockymountains #usa #roadtrip #travel #wildwest #yellowstonenationalpark #geyser #caution #danger #beware #warning #park #nationalpark #wyoming
Chapter 23- These ornate Victorian buttons, made of brass, zinc, and nickel, were sewn by Minnie onto stiff paper. The addition of pencil detail seems to indicate sheaves of wheat.
The restoration of this piece was a little tricky.  After the dust was brushed away, each button was polished with fine steel wool. To do this, I made a little button hole in a soft cloth, and one by one isolated each button, by putting it up through the hole. That way I could polish it without soiling the cardboard below. Finally, I secured the buttons with needle and thread, on the back, reinforcing the original stitchwork.  Please swipe for detail. (2 of 6)
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #miniatures #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #littletreasures #auntminniecollection #victoriana #specialproject #restoration #rebirth #reborn #display #caretaker #responsibility
Chapter 23- These ornate Victorian buttons, made of brass, zinc, and nickel, were sewn by Minnie onto stiff paper. The addition of pencil detail seems to indicate sheaves of wheat. The restoration of this piece was a little tricky. After the dust was brushed away, each button was polished with fine steel wool. To do this, I made a little button hole in a soft cloth, and one by one isolated each button, by putting it up through the hole. That way I could polish it without soiling the cardboard below. Finally, I secured the buttons with needle and thread, on the back, reinforcing the original stitchwork. Please swipe for detail. (2 of 6) . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #miniatures  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #littletreasures  #auntminniecollection  #victoriana  #specialproject  #restoration  #rebirth  #reborn  #display  #caretaker  #responsibility 
GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS. Traveling with the Flappers can be both a blessing and a curse. On the plus side, they're very friendly, and help facilitate conversations with other tourists, such as the many Australians we have met. On the minus side, they're jumping up and down to stop at EVERY SINGLE scenic overlook in the National Parks. It takes us forever to get anywhere. Secondly, they leave such a bloody mess in the hotel rooms with their clothing scattered about on the floor, and toiletries all over the sink area.  Like I said, it's a mixed bag!
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#flappergirls #buttonlover #buttoncollection #travel #wildwest #adventure #rockymountains #yellowstonenationalpark #yellowstone #friendly #waterfall #vista #overlook #scenic #messy #fireholefalls #austrailian
GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS. Traveling with the Flappers can be both a blessing and a curse. On the plus side, they're very friendly, and help facilitate conversations with other tourists, such as the many Australians we have met. On the minus side, they're jumping up and down to stop at EVERY SINGLE scenic overlook in the National Parks. It takes us forever to get anywhere. Secondly, they leave such a bloody mess in the hotel rooms with their clothing scattered about on the floor, and toiletries all over the sink area. Like I said, it's a mixed bag! . . . . . . #flappergirls  #buttonlover  #buttoncollection  #travel  #wildwest  #adventure  #rockymountains  #yellowstonenationalpark  #yellowstone  #friendly  #waterfall  #vista  #overlook  #scenic  #messy  #fireholefalls  #austrailian 
BUCKIN' BRONCOS at Jackson Hole, Wyoming-  Don't think I wasn't tempted to take one of these ponies out for a spin, but the sign clearly stated "For little buckaroos only." Another classic example of me wishing I was five years old again. Happens all the time.
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#buckingbrocos #horses #childhood #travel #wildwest #adventure #rockymountains #jacksonhole #wyoming #coinoperated #grandtetons #wildride #tempted #funride #iwish #ifonly
Chapter 22- Aunt Minnie made this snowflake design by sewing 19th century composition buttons to cardboard. Most of them are whistle buttons (one hole on top and two underneath). I restored this piece, made in the 1950s, using beeswax and orange oil, then replacing eight damaged buttons with appropriate ones from her collection. It is now framed, and displayed proudly on my bedroom walls, along with five other examples of Minnie's "button art." (1 of 6)
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #miniatures #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #littletreasures #auntminniecollection #victoriana #specialproject #restoration #rebirth #reborn #display #caretaker #responsibility #whistlebutton #composition
Chapter 22- Aunt Minnie made this snowflake design by sewing 19th century composition buttons to cardboard. Most of them are whistle buttons (one hole on top and two underneath). I restored this piece, made in the 1950s, using beeswax and orange oil, then replacing eight damaged buttons with appropriate ones from her collection. It is now framed, and displayed proudly on my bedroom walls, along with five other examples of Minnie's "button art." (1 of 6) . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #miniatures  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #littletreasures  #auntminniecollection  #victoriana  #specialproject  #restoration  #rebirth  #reborn  #display  #caretaker  #responsibility  #whistlebutton  #composition 
Saturday afternoon we were driving along a backroad in Sheridan, Wyoming, when suddenly I called out, "Rick!  Turn around!" I had spotted a large lot, beside a farmhouse, which appeared to be a virtual SEA of orange tractors.  A few minutes later, incredulous, I hopped out of the car, maneuvered over barbed wire and through tall grasses, to go take a closer look. My amazing discovery was at least two dozen vintage Allis Chalmers tractors...all orange except for one green.  Apparently I had stumbled upon where they went to die!  Rusting and lined up in three or four rows, they each had grass growing out of them, and seemed to be becoming a part of the very field in which they had come to rest.
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#thebuttonlady #rockymountains #usa #roadtrip #travel #wildwest #vacation #wyoming #allischalmers #tractor #orange #vintage #field #atrest #rusting #aboutface #discovery #astonished #amazed #farmequipment #collection #1940s #1930s #modela
Saturday afternoon we were driving along a backroad in Sheridan, Wyoming, when suddenly I called out, "Rick! Turn around!" I had spotted a large lot, beside a farmhouse, which appeared to be a virtual SEA of orange tractors. A few minutes later, incredulous, I hopped out of the car, maneuvered over barbed wire and through tall grasses, to go take a closer look. My amazing discovery was at least two dozen vintage Allis Chalmers tractors...all orange except for one green. Apparently I had stumbled upon where they went to die! Rusting and lined up in three or four rows, they each had grass growing out of them, and seemed to be becoming a part of the very field in which they had come to rest. . . . . #thebuttonlady  #rockymountains  #usa  #roadtrip  #travel  #wildwest  #vacation  #wyoming  #allischalmers  #tractor  #orange  #vintage  #field  #atrest  #rusting  #aboutface  #discovery  #astonished  #amazed  #farmequipment  #collection  #1940s  #1930s  #modela 
SIOUX GRAVE (2 of 5)  Friday we visited the site of the Massacre at Wounded Knee in South Dakota. On December 29, 1890 about 350 Sioux Indians were encamped in this spot and surrounded by the US Calvary. They were asked to surrender their weapons, but hostilities broke out, and soon the situation was completely out of control. When the dust settled, 150 Native American men, women and children lay dead. They were buried in a mass grave which is surrounded by a small Indian cemetery. The names on the headstones are fascinating...conjured up feelings of sadness and even shame about this regrettable chapter in American history.
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#thebuttonlady #usa #roadtrip #travel #wildwest #southdakota #woundedknee #vacation #indian #reservation #cemetary #grave #headstone #pineridgeindianreservation #pineridge #calvary #sioux #tragedy #shame #sad #massacre #nativeamerican #blackbear
SIOUX GRAVE (2 of 5) Friday we visited the site of the Massacre at Wounded Knee in South Dakota. On December 29, 1890 about 350 Sioux Indians were encamped in this spot and surrounded by the US Calvary. They were asked to surrender their weapons, but hostilities broke out, and soon the situation was completely out of control. When the dust settled, 150 Native American men, women and children lay dead. They were buried in a mass grave which is surrounded by a small Indian cemetery. The names on the headstones are fascinating...conjured up feelings of sadness and even shame about this regrettable chapter in American history. . . . . #thebuttonlady  #usa  #roadtrip  #travel  #wildwest  #southdakota  #woundedknee  #vacation  #indian  #reservation  #cemetary  #grave  #headstone  #pineridgeindianreservation  #pineridge  #calvary  #sioux  #tragedy  #shame  #sad  #massacre  #nativeamerican  #blackbear 
Chapter 21- You're looking at one of my very favorites from Aunt Minnie's massive button collection. I love the cut steel "marcasite" with the very distinctive star.  Coming up next, more of Minnie's button art, beginning with the first of six pieces which I have framed on my bedroom walls.
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#nostalgia #victorian #sewing #buttoncollecting #history #miniatures #vintage #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove #thebuttonlady #littletreasures #auntminniecollection #victoriana #specialproject #restoration #rebirth #reborn #display #caretaker #responsibility #hobby #nationalbuttonsociety
Chapter 21- You're looking at one of my very favorites from Aunt Minnie's massive button collection. I love the cut steel "marcasite" with the very distinctive star. Coming up next, more of Minnie's button art, beginning with the first of six pieces which I have framed on my bedroom walls. . . . . #nostalgia  #victorian  #sewing  #buttoncollecting  #history  #miniatures  #vintage  #antiquebuttons  #buttonlove  #thebuttonlady  #littletreasures  #auntminniecollection  #victoriana  #specialproject  #restoration  #rebirth  #reborn  #display  #caretaker  #responsibility  #hobby  #nationalbuttonsociety 
Now that's what I call CLASS!  All around the perimeter of the bottom two balconies at the Old Faithful Hotel are two-sided writing desks for the guests' convenience. In the center of each is the most remarkable Arts and Crafts style lamp which provides an illuminated surface for both sides. There are even little cubbyholes, which I'm sure were once well-stocked with postcards, hotel stationary, envelopes, and probably stamps.  Correspondence made easy...those were the days!  The art of letter writing is something I'm still very passionate about. Please swipe to see detail of the lamp.
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#oldfaithfulhotel #logbuilding #1904 #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces #yellowstonenationalpark #travel #historic #thebuttonlady #hotel  #balconies #writingdesk #artsandcrafts #greenglass #owl #tree #correspondence #letterwriting #convenient #charm #class
Now that's what I call CLASS! All around the perimeter of the bottom two balconies at the Old Faithful Hotel are two-sided writing desks for the guests' convenience. In the center of each is the most remarkable Arts and Crafts style lamp which provides an illuminated surface for both sides. There are even little cubbyholes, which I'm sure were once well-stocked with postcards, hotel stationary, envelopes, and probably stamps. Correspondence made easy...those were the days! The art of letter writing is something I'm still very passionate about. Please swipe to see detail of the lamp. . . . . #oldfaithfulhotel  #logbuilding  #1904  #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces  #yellowstonenationalpark  #travel  #historic  #thebuttonlady  #hotel  #balconies  #writingdesk  #artsandcrafts  #greenglass  #owl  #tree  #correspondence  #letterwriting  #convenient  #charm  #class 
OLD GLORY at the Old Faithful Inn, the largest log building in the world, built in 1904 at Yellowstone National Park. The interior contains three stories of balconies, overlooking the lobby, with its massive 500 ton, 85 foot stone fireplace.  Back in the day, an orchestra used to play in the Crow's Nest, on the upper level, with spectators watching from the various landings, and guests dancing in the lobby below.
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#oldfaithfulhotel #logbuilding #1904 #nationalregisterofhistoricbuildings #nationalpark #yellowstone #yellowstonenationalpark #oldfaithful #travel #west #wildwest #historic #largest #thebuttonlady #hotel #orchestra #balconies #flag #usa #americanflag #oldglory #starsandstripes
OLD GLORY at the Old Faithful Inn, the largest log building in the world, built in 1904 at Yellowstone National Park. The interior contains three stories of balconies, overlooking the lobby, with its massive 500 ton, 85 foot stone fireplace. Back in the day, an orchestra used to play in the Crow's Nest, on the upper level, with spectators watching from the various landings, and guests dancing in the lobby below. . . . . #oldfaithfulhotel  #logbuilding  #1904  #nationalregisterofhistoricbuildings  #nationalpark  #yellowstone  #yellowstonenationalpark  #oldfaithful  #travel  #west  #wildwest  #historic  #largest  #thebuttonlady  #hotel  #orchestra  #balconies  #flag  #usa  #americanflag  #oldglory  #starsandstripes 
The flapper girls are much happier, now that they have found some REAL  vistas to admire, explore and pose in front of. This mother and daughter duo are currently at Yellowstone National Park where they are NOT feeding the bears or trying to pat the "nice buffalo!"
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#flappergirls #buttonlover #buttoncollection #travel #wildwest #adventure #rockymountains #yellowstonenationalpark #yellowstone #lake #bears #buffalo #happy #pinecones #snowcappedpeaks #mountains #vista
The flapper girls are much happier, now that they have found some REAL vistas to admire, explore and pose in front of. This mother and daughter duo are currently at Yellowstone National Park where they are NOT feeding the bears or trying to pat the "nice buffalo!" . . . . . #flappergirls  #buttonlover  #buttoncollection  #travel  #wildwest  #adventure  #rockymountains  #yellowstonenationalpark  #yellowstone  #lake  #bears  #buffalo  #happy  #pinecones  #snowcappedpeaks  #mountains  #vista 
"WELCOME (?)" to Yellowstone National Park!  This bison was only 4 feet from the side of the road. The signs in the park read, "Animals are dangerous. Bison, bears, and elk have injured and killed people. Carry bear spray and know how to use it. Never run from a bear.  They have an instinct to chase.  Make noise to avoid surprise encounters." What a welcome. I feel so much better now!😳
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#thebuttonlady #rockymountains #usa #roadtrip #travel #wildwest #yellowstonenationalpark #buffalo #bison #wildlife #caution #danger #beware #warning #park #nationalpark #wyoming
"WELCOME (?)" to Yellowstone National Park! This bison was only 4 feet from the side of the road. The signs in the park read, "Animals are dangerous. Bison, bears, and elk have injured and killed people. Carry bear spray and know how to use it. Never run from a bear. They have an instinct to chase. Make noise to avoid surprise encounters." What a welcome. I feel so much better now!😳 . . . . #thebuttonlady  #rockymountains  #usa  #roadtrip  #travel  #wildwest  #yellowstonenationalpark  #buffalo  #bison  #wildlife  #caution  #danger  #beware  #warning  #park  #nationalpark  #wyoming 
BUTTON LADY SIGHTING at Stone House Antiques... yes, the endless cornfields of Iowa were impressive, as were the expansive waving wheat fields across Nebraska, and the snowcapped mountains in Wyoming, but you should've seen my eyes light up when we discovered a little antique shop in the back roads of Montana.
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#thebuttonlady #rockymountains #usa #roadtrip #travel #wildwest #nebraska #snowcappedpeaks #vacation #antiqueshop #carriage #stonehouse #montana #nebraska #iowa #wyoming
BUTTON LADY SIGHTING at Stone House Antiques... yes, the endless cornfields of Iowa were impressive, as were the expansive waving wheat fields across Nebraska, and the snowcapped mountains in Wyoming, but you should've seen my eyes light up when we discovered a little antique shop in the back roads of Montana. . . . . #thebuttonlady  #rockymountains  #usa  #roadtrip  #travel  #wildwest  #nebraska  #snowcappedpeaks  #vacation  #antiqueshop  #carriage  #stonehouse  #montana  #nebraska  #iowa  #wyoming