Posts Tagged With: buttons

All about the PLAN!


L=listen & learn

A=arrange and agree

N=now go get it done!

PLAN=Sister 1 came for a visit this spring and we both love our planning sessions.  My DH leaves the room during these sessions because he can barely listen to one conversation at a time, let alone more than one!  But my daughter, Megan, hung around a bit and watched us struggle with sketching on paper and photographing a layout to remember and trying to the digital ideas to synch.

Seriously? This is a plan?

LISTEN AND LEARN=Behind a smile she told us of a cool tool that combines all our efforts and introduced us to the Rocketbook.  (No this is not an affiliate link).  So cool.  I know it’s been around a while but so have we.  It “erases” in the microwave (some erase with water) and you write in it with a Frixon pen (yes, the same that we mark our quilts with) and you can take a photo on your phone and it sends it to the “shared cloud” of your choice!   All that is AMAZING–if it works or the operator knows how to make it work.  We may go back to graph paper and snail mail.

Round Robin plan

AGREE AND ARRANGE=We spent a long time playing with lace and buttons.  That’s the part we agree on.  We both love lace and buttons.  The arranging can be VERY different.

It all starts with buttons

As different as two sisters. 🙂  We made the popular 10-minute runner (see pinterest) with linen and burlap as a backdrop for some favorite lace pieces.

Vintage trim

Balance the buttons

Can there be too much lace?

Of course we each made one and played with the arrangements.

NOW GO GET IT DONE! We did!  It’s all part of the plan.

Burlap and beauty


Version #2 – not to much variety

Tip:  Easily stored without wrinkles on a roll rather than folded.

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On Your “Mark”…

Egad! (Did your mom ever say that?)  Where was I last month?!  I forgot to post any projects.  Oh, that’s right, sister was here and we were PLANNING big projects.  More on that later.

Grandma’s button tins..part of the plan.

But as of this weekend, SUMMER is officially here and I’m ready for it.  We got much needed rain and the grass is green, the frost is gone and the flowers are gorgeous. So I’m taking my book to the gazebo, iced tea in hand, and start it off right.

Quilts are ready on the swing

Oh wait, I need to share the project that goes along with summer reads.

I’m making a concerted effort to keep using the scraps we cut up last year.  This is a perfect project for that.  Also great for the grand-kids that come to visit.  A nice hostess gift for those you might visit this year. Best part of it…only takes 5 minutes!  I timed myself from the first minute to the last.  Literally made 2 in ten minutes! Ok, Ok, you’re asking, “What is it?”  A bookmark!

Supply list:

1 strip 2 1/2″ x 17″  (ish)  less length for a paperback

1 hair band (small size is best)

1 button

It took me longer to choose the button than to make the whole thing!  I LOVE buttons.

Wooden button is for me. 🙂

I pressed the strip in half (so I had a crease line to follow) Unfold and bring raw edges of long sides to the middle.

Raw edges meet in the middle

Now fold in half again.  Press.

Black and white one is for sister.

Stitch along the two-fold edge.  Place hair tie on one end and double fold over.  Stitch several times to hold in place.



Double fold to enclose raw edge of opposite end. Securely attach button.  DONE!  I left the extra length on the black one.  I think a row of buttons would look cute and give some ease for larger books.

What are you reading?

Where is your favorite spot for a good summer read?  Mountains?  Beach? Pool?

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The Button Box: recommended therapy

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This has not been the most productive month of my quilting, stitching life due to some kind of lingering skjoxpeddlfkdjf-ITIS. And for much of the last 30 days my life has centered around this box:


So glad to have them but so ready to see them disappear!

You can imagine how quickly that got to be ENOUGH ALREADY!!!

Since a variety of medicines and medical approaches were not bringing relief very quickly, I knew for my sanity’s sake I needed to find some kind of therapeutic distraction. Something sewing related, not too strenuous, not requiring much focus. (Even 2 Tylenol can make me fuzzy)  hmmmmmm  I needed to trade the Kleenex box in for a different kind of box!


So much fun from such a simple thing!

The button box was in chaos! Okay, I admit – the buttons were not even in a specific box. There was a box, a couple of tins, some jars and some plastic bags.


What treasures would I find?

The whole sorting by color and setting special ones aside goes back to the days when our great grandmother would keep us occupied with the button box.


Grandma’s button box looked much like this. And so did our mother’s.



Some of the vintage buttons were divided by color into old milk jugs



The special vintage buttons still on their cards were tucked away in this special wooden box.



I love the pearly sheen through this old canning jar.

I cannot explain it but I feel better already.


Have you tried button box therapy?

What are your tips for keeping your buttons easy to access?


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