Sunday 27 March 2011

Buttons, Ceasar and crazy Gaea

I was so lucky to just in time discover the ButtonSwap arranged by Michelle Mach. We shall send three buttons to our partner. Identical, similar, related or completely unrelated. At least one button should be somehow special. Handmade, vintage, sentimental or otherwise unique. Make at least one project with at least one of the buttons. It doesn't have to be jewelry. Reveal day including a blog hop will be April 21, 2011. I just love arrangements like this. I always get totally excited. Thanks Michelle for arranging this!

And Michelle also offered to be my swapping partner, since I was late with my application. Thanks again! She told me she kind of prefers medium sized buttons with a feminine touch. Boy you could say that is almost the opposite of what I have in my own small button collection. But luckily she also said she would be interested in a challenge. Phew! So this is what I sent, hope you like it Michelle, even though it is not exactly your style:
  • A rustic ceramics "Spokes and Dots" button by Tracee Dock of ClassicElements. It is rather big.
  • A vintage truly weird large plastic flower button with an obscure pattern in the middle. I would really like to have been around when that design was created. HOW on earth did they think?
  • A shank button I have another one of, but a smaller one (or did I send the smaller one?). I bought this last fall in an amazing button and trim shop in central Stockholm. I will take photos next time I go there just to show you heaven. Anyway I think these buttons look like fine quality fudge sweets. Yum!
  • And for the fun of it I added three buttons that came in a lot of vintage buttons I recently purchased, (the weird flower came in the same lot). The text says "Stroms Goteborg", which is a shop (tailor?) for men's clothing in the town of Gothenburg on the west coast of Sweden. The o's comes with two dots to add a touch of Scandinavian exotism to it all.

Gaea Cannaday has gone crazy. She has opened a new shop where she sells things she thinks didn't turn out perfect. She calls it GaeaExchange. I think it IS perfect. The prices are a bargain. I had to buy these four lots you see below.
I get upset with everyone presenting really tempting things all the time. I HAVE to cut down on my shopping for a period. Gaea is not the only one I tell you. (Barbara!)

Radka (my neighbour that I mentioned before) left for Czech republic yesterday. Carrying with her the eleven colour print-outs of my wishes. She'll be back in about two weeks. I hope with a heavy bag of goodies. Ooooohhhhhhh!

All my best,


Rebecca said...

Cool buttons! Very 'you'. And I agree...Gaea is crazy!!

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

Love the buttons and I hope you have fun with the buttons you received. Have a wonderful week!

TesoriTrovati said...

I love the button choices! I hope my partner, Saskia, gets a picture of what I sent her, because of course I didn't bother to do that before it left my hot little hands. I have a lot of Gaea's work back when she had grab bags of these sort of things. They are all intriguing. Can't wait to see your Czech pretties!
Enjoy the day, Malin!
P.S. I am with you on the bead diet. I have too much that I just don't know if I will ever get to!

Anonymous said...

Ooh I missed out on the Button Swap. Didn't know about it. I love buttons. Maybe next time. How did you hear about it, Malin?

Cory said...

Great buttons, can't wait to see what you do with them.

I started making my project before I realized I had not taken a photo of my buttons, Oh well..... at least I will show the finished project.

Tracee Dock - The Classic Bead said...

getting a kick out of randomly running across this post as I sold two of those rusty buttons today at the shop! They were going on a hand made purse and a leather bracelet the gal was working on... how fun