Friday, 22 July 2011

bits and pieces

This week my wonderful wool pincushion base came home after it's extended stay in Canada, thanks to the postal strike there. Thanks to Sue, Janet, and Jacqueline for your beautiful additions to my base. It is so beautiful to look at, you have all added your own wonderful touches to it. Thanks Fiona for organising the swap!

A work friend kindly gave me an old sewing box that belonged to her late mother.
In it there was a lovely bag of old buttons. Quite a mix of types and it was great fun sorting through them. There were some lovely old shell buttons, glass buttons that are so detailed and others that I am not sure if they are plastic or bakelite. If anyone can suggest what they are made of that would be great. I really want to use them and thought of maybe sewing them onto a background fabric as a display and framing them? Food for thought...
glass buttons

any idea what these are made of or when they are from?

the sun is shining this morning and two baskets of wet washing have been desperate to see some sun so off I go to put them out!
Have a lovely weekend...


Mistea said...

Loving your pincushion top - lots of talented creative love for you to enjoy.
Pretty button collection. Those coloured ones look like some we had from the '50's no clue what the material is that they are made from.
Have a sunny weekend.

Melody said...

Oh how lucky to get these wonderful old buttons.
Your pin cushion is great too. Mine has also been held up in Canada - this has been such a fun project and every base I've seen is gorgeous.
Have a great weekend too.

els koetsier said...

Hello Marina.

Youre pincussion are beatifull, waht a lot of work to make those pincussion.
And youre buttons waauuuwww, they are wunderfull.

Cheers Els

Nicky said...

Lucky you - a gorgeous pincushion and lovely buttons! Sorry can't help on what they are made of but love buttons myself and these look especially nice!

Fiona@BubzRugz said...

Yay.. the pincushion is great.... now to make it up??? lovely buttons - what fun... I have no idea what they might be made of.... but they are pretty!! Hope your washing got dry!!!

carine said...

hello Marina , what beautiful buttons! so many and so different.Those glass buttons are so beautifull. and the quild lovelyso are the sticheries whit the pearls. Well done I'm a little better now, but it isn't quite finished yet. Greetings and hugs from Bruges Carine

Stitchin' time said...

Love the pincushion base and those are gorgeous buttons.

Charlie and Wendy said...

Your pincushion is looking amazing, such a lot of interesting details! The buttons are very pretty.

Sue said...

Yay Marina, it's so long since I have seen that I'd almost forgotton it.

Elyte said...

Such a pretty pincushion. I particularly like the palomino and the strawberries.
The buttons are cute but I can't help with any information and I am totally devoid of ideas at the moment.

Bev C said...

Hello Marina,

What a lovely pincushion,glad it arrived back from holiday in a Canadian post office. Lucky you to be given those stunning buttons. Maybe someone from
may be able to help identify what the buttons are made from.
Good luck.

Narelle said...

I love your pincushion ... the pony is so adorable. Lovely to have something created by friends.
Those buttons are amazing too. They'd make a gorgeous display.

rosie said...

Love the pincushion and the buttons.. can never have too many buttons.. I wonder if the buttons are made from bakelite? I really have no idea, but they are lovely..

Serenata said...

I love the pincushion, especially with the horse on it is is fabulous.

Carrie P. said...

I am lovin' those plastic buttons. I am always on the lookout for those when I go to antique stores. My favorites.