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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!

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

Read more about this fun event at

http://www.bazaarbizarre.org/sanfrancisco/upcoming-shows/february-2010-artist-village-vol-2/

It’s January. For me and  millions of others, that means getting organized and decluttering. When you’re a craftaholic like me, it means sorting boxes of  buttons, vintage costume jewelry, vintage fabric, estate sale finds and thrift store scores. It’s a labor of love and beats driving around the Sonoma County here in rainy Northern California looking for more stuff to stash. Some items will be listed in my etsy shop. Other items, especially vintage ephemera, will be posted on my vintage framed magnetic message boards as inspiration for new ideas.

If you’re looking for some well-made and well-priced modular storage ideas, check out JCPenney.com for the Linden Street ® Create Your Own Storage Unit pieces. The cubbies, drawers and baskets are easy to mix and match and add a bit of cottage charm to the most basic craft room or home office. Walmart’s selection of plastic storage bins are a must for the hoarder (oops, I mean crafter) in you! Get organized and get inspired! Need more inspiration? Check out Cloth Paper Scissors Studios  for great organizing tips and real studios used by real people.  One of my etsy customers was featured and sent me the link to her studio. Take a peek http://sandy-sandyscreations.blogspot.com/2009/12/holy-cow.html

Thanks to Sonoma County super Mom and business owner Karen Clark , I now have a blog! After several months of pondering the idea, I needed a jump start and contacted Karen to save me from drowning in the Sea of Social Media.  After a short lesson, I now have my own happy place in which I can share awesome vintage collectibles, clever crafty sites, and inspiring ideas and resources.  Will be a great addition and complement to my etsy shop listings.  Thank you, Karen! I encourage anyone who wants the newest tips and techniques on Social Networking to become a fan of Karen’s on facebook.  Or check out her marketing musings as the San Francisco Examiner’s online marketing writer. You go girl!!!

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