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Some of my favorite vintage fabric 3/4" buttons

I love creating button rings. Because each on is unique, there are a few that I just can’t part with. These two Texas themed rings will always be favorites. Both feature unique and hard to find buttons. The Texas button I found at an antique store in Navasota. I suspect it was off a State Trooper’s uniform or some other state employee. The buckin’ bronco silver ox button was a man’s cufflink button. Haven’t come across more of those in many years.

Vintage Texas button stacked ring

Buckin' cowboy button ring. One of my favorites!

My Mother is a real work of art. A true crafter who started sewing when she was a little girl living during the Depression. Although it was out of necessity, those skills have served her well as crafting has been an inspirational pasttime for my Mom during the past eight decades. Her current work is inspired by her life-long residency in the Lone Star State. With the help of my Dad, broken guitars are upcycled for use as a canvas for Texas themed pictures she has collected.  Images are cut and layed out by hand, and she painstakingly makes sure each picture  is placed in just the right position for the best balance of color and contrast.  Mom sells these one-of-a-kind pieces and will also donate the finished guitars to local charity auctions as bidding items.  I’ll be visiting the folks back home for a few days, and wanted to post some photos of my Mom’s recent work before I hit the trail.

Close up of Texas themed decoupaged guitar made by my crafty Mom.

Art guitar covered in Texas ephemera collage and decoupaged by my Mom.

This guitar features popular Country and Western musicians.

Willie Nelson is her favorite Texas icon!

South of the Border and cowboy boot themed guitar in vibrant colors

Close up of vintage cowboy fabric covered sewing buttons

Vintage cowboy fabric sewing buttons

This sequined Moda jacket was purchased by a Branson, MO nightclub performer!

Lucky me! Found some cute horseshoe fabric and made these buttons!

Robert Kaufman Hit the Trail fabric in my esty shop

I’m from Texas, so naturally I love cowboys (especially when they wear Wranglers, but this blog is about crafting and vintage, not all that naughty stuff) Anyway, my favorite cowboy image is often portrayed on fabric, like this Robert Kaufman piece I just found yesterday! I’ll soon be visiting the folks back home, so will be showing some other cowboy related crafts as I prepare to hit the trail!

Can you imagine if the most beautiful city in America was still called by its original name Yuerba Buena? Just doesn’t have the same ring to it.  Today is the 163rd anniversary of the official name of the City by the Bayfrom Yuerba Buena to San Francisco.  The year was 1847. I was lucky enough to live in San Francisco for a while when I first moved to California and credit that experience with my love of espresso, art, crafts, buttons, thrift stores, estate sales and anything vintage!!! Some of my most prized and cherished vintage items were found at San Fransisco estate sales or thrift stores. It’s an incredible place to live, eat, shop and can influence and stimulate your creativity in amazing ways. Just look what it did for Tony Bennett!

Sheet Music, undated

Sheet Music graphics attributed to D. Hauman

SF Cable Car Cufflinks

Since we’re celebrating Edgar Allan Poe and the 165th anniversary of The Raven, I dug out this yard sale find “Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe” to show you some of the plates. No printing date, but a handwritten note  in the front is dated 1927!  The copy I have was published by JJ Little & Ives. The Raven is not included in this book, but the amazing illustrations by Irish born Harry Clarke are fascinating. He was the original goth artist influence by the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements. Nothing compares. For more images and info, check out at Grandma’sGraphics.

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary. 


For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being
Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door –
Bird or beast above the sculptured bust above his chamber door,
With such name as `Nevermore.’                

                                                             “The Raven”  by Edgar Allen Poe

 Today marks the 165th anniversary of the first publishing of  Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven“. In case you don’t want to do the math, the year was 1845. Poe’s poem has influenced the work of artists and crafters worldwide and the  image of the massive black bird can be found on everything from canvas to clothes, and pottery to pendants.  Here are three favorite raven items currently for sale on etsy (and one pendant I made myself)- posted today as a tribute to Poe’s famous work.




Pendant by vintageinspiration

Just got news of a great new show in San Francisco, put on by the folks at the fantastic Bazaar Bizarre. Here’s the info. Wish I could attend, but will be out of town.

Artist Village Volume 2: Valentine’s Day

Saturday February 13, 2010 from 12pm-8pm

NEW PEOPLE 1746 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115

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