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Friday, August 24, 2012

Vintage La Mode Buttons

I took the plunge and ordered a few of these. :D

Okay, so let's face it: most buttons exist in our lives to fasten our clothes.  If we make our own clothes, and carefully choose fabrics, linings, trims, threads, and whatever else our new favorite garment requires, we usually choose buttons as fasteners first.  We might agonize over a choice like 'blue or gray?' or 'do I want leather or wood?'.  But sometimes, we really want a button that stands out, a button that makes the garment. 

Under those circumstances, I usually think of Czech glass or rhinestones.  But...sometimes those are just too formal or too fussy.  To me, these fit the bill very nicely.  Most of them are metal, so they can be washed and dry cleaned. They're fancy and memorable, but not over-the-top.  They're vintage styles, but they don't look outdated. 

My personal favorites: 

How about ten or more of these running down the back of a dress?

One of these at the collar of a plain white shirt?


I expect them to arrive on Monday, August 27th; but they are available for preorder now.  

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A lot has happened since April!

Wow!  To be honest, I hadn't realized that much time had passed.  I often get busy and distracted, and just don't realize months are flying by.  

Let's see: first, I have lots of new Jesse James buttons in stock, and plan to carry more of them in the coming months.  They're cute, they're well made, the theme sets are well thought out, and one can find something for almost any occasion.  I also appreciate they are relevantly inexpensive, so buying a bunch of them to satisfy my need to "have it all" doesn't put a significant crimp in the budget.

For those of you who love luxury items, there are new Czech glass buttons and new rhinestone buttons in stock.  Whether you're tailoring formal wear, making costumes or just need some bling, there's quite a few new (and old) lovelies to choose from.  I do hope to carry a larger selection in the future, and I also hope to be able to carry a larger number of each style.  The shipping from the Czech Republic is still prohibitive, but not impossible, and I do believe they are worth it.  Many are so gorgeous they take my breath away, so I'll continue to make every effort to keep new choices on the virtual shelves. :D

I've also begun adding a few digital files for those of you who enjoy scrap booking and paper crafts.  A while back I went looking for some nice Photoshop textures for a personal project and was very disappointed.  There are a few sites giving away freebies, and that is nice.  But then I was a bit shocked -and annoyed, tbh- at the number of people who are repackaging and selling those same freebies.  So I realized that if I wanted something really unique that every graphic designer in the land wouldn't point to and say: "oh, look, it's freebie paper #88 from again" I was going to have to make it myself.  So I did.  Then I thought maybe a few other people would like it, so I zipped up a couple of batches, and made them available.  They can be used for business, too.  So if you need a background for a business card or a texture for a brochure, that is fine.

Next up: I hope to carry more items from Bluementhal-Lansing.  They manufacture the ever fashonable La Petite and La Mode lines, as well as a huge selection of craft and novelty buttons.  I really love their "vintage style" line and hope to add at least half of it in the coming month or so.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

I'm in! It works!

Okay, so I'm not the best blogger under the best circumstances. I'm just not real good at talking to "everybody" vs talking to "somebody".

But my blog completely quit working.  I could read the blog itself, but I couldn't sign in and couldn't make a post.

I finally gave my DH the green light to see if he could fix it, and he (of course) put it on his  list of things to do before he dies, and there it sat.

Well, it's finally fixed!  The only problem now is that I don't know how he did it, and he claims he doesn't either, so if it happens again, I'll just be back to square one, waiting for him to do it again.

But, I'm here now.

I don't have much to say at the moment, so I'll have to try to come up with some interesting and juicy gossip or maybe some awesome news of world import, but for now I'll content myself with just being happy I'm here. :D