I love buttons. I love the plain white ones that have a beautiful backside that no one knows is there but you. I love a stand-out button that is more noticeable than the garment that it is on. I love mother-of-pearl buttons that change colour in every light. I have written before of my love for buttons.
This weekend I organized my button bag. I inherited a bag of buttons years ago. Or I may have outright stolen it. I can’t remember but I’m pretty sure I got (took) them from my mom. I’ve repeatedly gleaned from it for projects but have never organized the contents.
Some people organize by colour. You can purchase bags of buttons on etsy.com that are sold by colour. I decided to organize by style and size.
I found 12 of the two-hole wooden-looking ones. They just call out to be used as a set. A suit-jacket and skirt? A dress with special button details? A bib necklace? I don’t know yet but I will be on the lookout for a special project.
Last year I bought a pair of grey DKNY pumps. They have a patent toe and a suede back. They also have an elastic running across the front. Did I love them? No. But I really needed grey heels, they were a GREAT price (free with hubby’s purchase) and I thought I could do something with them.
I added vintage buttons, from my button bag, to the elastics. This helped my new shoes go from decent to delightful! The buttons are on a shank and they tended to fall over once the shoe was on. From above you couldn’t see the detail of the button because they flopped down. I wrapped a grey hair elastic around the shank to make it stand up straight. Voila. I get many compliments on these shoes, usually on the button detail.
What is your favourite detail element? Is there a notion you love? Zippers or rick-rack or lace? Oh my!
What I’m listening to: Tick Tick Boom by the Hives