Sunday, 13 May 2012

Button blog hop

Welcome to Cindy Wimmer's button blog hop. My partner was the lovely Emma from Fred Bean's Nook - a fellow Brit, but one who lives over in Rhode Island. I find the idea of emigration so intriguing....I'd love to live abroad one day but I feel the moment may have passed for me....I love to hear what direction others' lives have taken in this way. Emma sent me some beautiful buttons, two matching brown carved buttons, a ceramic green heart and a stunning vintage orange flower button. It is absolutely huge and was just crying out to be a focal. Emma also sent me some stunning beaded beads but of course, they're in Manchester, not in Cornwall where I am, and I don't have any photos on my phone....needless to say they are perfectly amazing! Thanks again Emma :-)

Clearly because I am me, I left this to the very last minute! Some of you may know I've been working towards a production which took place on
Friday night. Yesterday I had to get up (slightly worse for wear...!) pack, see a friend off on the train, and then get in the car and head off to Cornwall for a holiday. Then at about 8.30 I sat down with my buttons....and came up with this:


Sweet, simple and I am genuinely very pleased with how it turned out. The leather cording is quite new to me, I haven't worked with it much before and I love the simplicity of it. It's 2mm diameter and I like that it's a bit bulkier than others I've dabbled with previously. The button didn't need much - just a bit of linen cording and some opal green czech glass beads that arrived last week.


I love it when designs just come together like this! No fuss, just a few knots and you're done. Here's the clasp:


One of those lovely carved beads and a simple loop.

Here's what I have left over for a rainy day:


Sweet. Thanks Emma! And thanks Cindy for organising this fun hop. I love buttons and it's been great to try out using some in my jewellery. Because I'm on my phone and wasn't organised enough to schedule this post, I don't have the list of other participants to add here but if you hop over to Cindy's then you'll see the list there. Off to check out what Emma's created with the buttons I sent her! - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

23 comments:

Cindy said...

Rebecca, you are amazing! This hop sure fell during a very busy time for you but you pulled through with flying colors! The colorful button as a focal with the dangles is just perfect. I know you'll get many compliments wearing this piece!

Jo said...

That is so lovely! Beautifully wearable and perfectly you!

maryharding said...

Rebecca, your necklace is a knockout. I just love the color combo of dark blue and orange and the simple flow with the waxed linen dangles. The button is so beautiful. A great piece.

Cece Cormier said...

That necklace is way cool. Simple and clean.

Heidi Post said...

Simply, yes - but a lovely design! And while a different medium than you usually take, still recognizably you. Or maybe the color choice gave it away ;)

Malin de Koning said...

Simply beautiful! Love it!

Pretty Things said...

Oh my WOW but I love that necklace. I'd wear it in a heartbeat. Holy smokes that's a cool button, and the simple design is perfect.

My Life Under the Bus said...

So you Rebecca!!! Love that focal button!

Shirley said...

You work so well under last minute pressure! What a gorgeous design, that totally showcases those beautiful buttons! Just....wow!

Beadbug said...

I love the use of the flower button, what a creative use.

Charming Peggy said...

Ooh la la! I just adore that orange button. Your blog is great! Rock on girl!

Charming Peggy said...

Just added your etsy shop to my fav's!

Holly said...

Rebecca, oh goodness, that necklace is simplicity at it's best! I love the combination of the blue with the orange, so yummy.

Fredbean said...

After a busy day yesterday, I'm so excited to finally see what you created. Rebecca, you created a beautiful necklace... I love how delicate it is, the colours and the design. The design was perfect to showcase the button. I loved being your partner, thank you for such a fun swap :)

BahamaDawn said...

beautiful work!! love the colors in your necklace!

CraftyHope said...

For being short on time, you really knocked this out of the park! That large button definitely had to be a focal. I love the way you paired it with other bright colors and gave it some pizazz with the dangling beads. It's wonderful.

AntiquityTravelers said...

The simplicity is gorgeous, as are the depth of color! just beautiful!

KayzKreationz said...

I love how you used the orange button as the focal in that necklace. Turned out really great.

Kym Hunter Designs said...

Your necklace is gorgeous! I love the contrast of the orange and blue.

Have a great day!

Alice said...

Beautiful pieces! I love how you used the buttons in each design. The first one is so bright and cheery.

Kim said...

Those are so pretty, love them!!

Julia said...

Simple, yes, but I love the finished product!!! The colors go so well together, it's like they were all meant to be there. I love the czech glass hanging down from the focal button-- it looks like the inside of a beautiful flower! :)

Thanks for sharing the completed project with all of us... you've given me some things to think about <3

*~* Julia *~* http://beautifullywhimsical.blogspot.com *~*

TesoriTrovati said...

See how behind I am? I haven't even gotten about 1/2 way through the button hop! I keep forgetting that I am not done. Sorry I missed this! I love the simplicity of the design, the bright color of that flower button and the way you embellished it just so. You are a master at the last minute (I think we should form a club because I do the same with my time!). Enjoy the day.
Erin

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