Sunday, May 13, 2012

all about the buttons!

So, can I just tell you it's an interesting combination when one is a procrastinator and yet a perfectionist?  Yep, that's me.  In a nutshell.  Ah well, what can you do?  LOL


Anyway, today is the reveal for Cindy Wimmer's Button Swap Blog Hop, and I'm so excited to see what everyone has created for this awesome swap and hop!  My partner is the ever lovely Sally Russick of The Studio Sublime.  I love Sally's work, always have, always will, so I was very happy to find we were partners!  And when her package to me arrived, I immediately started to drool.  The buttons she sent me are *gorgeous*!  There was an awesome Lisa Peters button, a bunch of beautiful copper buttons and a handful of sweet vintage brass buttons.  So gorgeous. 

I won't tease you any longer, here's what I've created with the lovely copper buttons from Sally.

If you visited for the One Crayon Color Challenge, you already saw these earrings.  But they needed to be shown again!

I absolutely loved these little brass buttons!  They're so sweet.
My big piece for this challenge was redone about 5 times!  Last minute.  Of course.  As in yesterday.  I'd had a bunch of ideas for these buttons, and they all involved bracelets...bangles, cuffs, stuff like that.  But they just weren't working for me.  So finally, I stepped away from the desk.  Figured it out in my head while I was working in the garden, and then came back and cranked out this.  It's not exactly what my muse saw, but it's as close as I could come.  Yes, it's simple, but I wanted the beauty of the buttons to be the main focus of this piece.  I think this is going to be one of my new "always wear" pieces, and I doubt it's going to get a price tag attached!  Love it. 

Soldered brass circles echo the shape of the buttons.

Copper links and a handmade brass clasp finish off the piece.

Can't you see why I wanted the beauty of the etching and riveting to stand out?

The combo of the brass and copper lately has really been calling to me.  Just love the feel of the metals together!

Here are the buttons I've got left.  And I've got plans for these beauties too!
So, then, there ya go, my perfectionist tendencies aren't quite satisfied, but when you are also a procrastinator who's working on a deadline, somethings gotta give, right?  And I am still happy with this bracelet in the end.  That's what count, yes?  Anyway, please stop by Sally's blog to see what she's created with my goodies to her.  And don't forget to start with Cindy too!  Thank you, Cindy, for hosting this fun hop!!  And here's the list of the other participants!  I will likely do most of my hopping tomorrow, since we have a full day of Mother's Day activities to do today....


 *You are Here!*  Holly Westfall and Sally Russick
 Kim Roberts and Partner unable to participate at this time.
Pam Ferarri and Stefanie Teufel (will share their reveal on a later date)
 *My awesome partner!*  Sally Russick and Holly Westfall
Stefanie Teufel and Pam Ferarri (will share their reveal on a later date)

30 comments:

Alice said...

Holly, what fabulous buttons you received! I love both of your creations, especially that last one. Your handmade components are teriffic!

BahamaDawn said...

YOu received some gorgeous etched copper buttons and you showcased them beautifully!

Cilla said...

I love what you made. I thought the earrings looked familiar. I would wear both. Great work.

Sandra said...

sometimes simple is best. your bracelet is lovely!

Cindy said...

Holly, I had to read your intro out loud to my husband. You described me in a nutshell too... a procrastinator and perfection all at the same time. Your experience working on your project sounds just like me - I finished mine on (gulp) Saturday! I worked in little stages, but still... now that's barely meeting the deadline. Not to mention the pressure if I didn't have anything posted on my blog! :-) Sally sent you some beautiful buttons. I love the earrings- so rustic and full of swing. And your bracelet is so stunning. What a showcase of metalwork - from the wire wrapping to those handmade buttons! Thanks for sharing your beautiful pieces!

SilverNikNats said...

Really love the bracelet it shows the buttons off perfectly

My Life Under the Bus said...

Seriously awesome Holly! Love the last minute inspiration = it's working in your favor! XOXO Happy Mothers Day!

AntiquityTravelers said...

I can see why the bracelet is not going to get a price tag - what a wonderful everyday piece!

Pretty Things said...

I completely understand being a procrastinator AND a perfectionist! And I hate when it catches up with me.

I love that bracelet! And the earrings are very cool, very different.

Shirley said...

Not only do you have some wonderful buttons still left to play with, you totally rocked those buttons! I love that bracelet!!

Sally Russick said...

Holly, I'm totally a procrastinator/perfectionist!! I love the bracelet!! The simplicity of the design showcases the buttons beautifully!! I want to thank you again for the buttons that you made/sent to me!!

Beadbug said...

Very nice I love the finished looks.

Thoughtfulhands said...

Love your bracelet and yes those copper buttons do stand quite perfect on their own.
Love METAL!

Shel said...

Gorgeous! Gorgeous! I can completely relate to the procrastinating perfectionist type personality - I might be your twin!! ;-) Your photos are all super lovely as well!

Firefly Visions said...

The earrings are wonderful and I love the bracelet. Thanks for sharing a little about yourself and your designs.

re-maker said...

I love what you did with your buttons. The clasp is great too!

brenda Salzano said...

Oh yes! Love the second one the best but both are lovely. I am so intrigued with the details in metal. I think it is the strength of metal and how it stands the test of time. ;-)

TesoriTrovati said...

Miss Holly! I love those sweet button earrings! And the handmade buttons are just the most gorgeous color. I look forward to seeing what you do with that pretty big button you have left. Enjoy the day. Erin

Jeannie said...

Definitely looks like a bracelet make by a perfectionist. Those earrings rock.

CraftyHope said...

I love that you both called the buttons you received from each other 'gorgeous' a few times and that you both have had to take apart designs. How weird is that!? Your earrings are lovely, but that bracelet is so very stunning. I really like the mix of the metals too. I'd love to know what you originally saw in your head because I can't imagine this being any better than it is!:)

Jenny said...

Absolutely like the bracelet. Drooling over that Lisa Button, but I do like the bracelet!

Jenny said...

Absolutely like the bracelet. Drooling over that Lisa Button, but I do like the bracelet!

KayzKreationz said...

The earrings are very pretty. And I really like the bracelet. I would keep it for myself, too. I like the way you attached them and set them off.

In the Light of the Moon said...

Gorgeous earrings ...and that bracelet..oh my,I'm drooling here!!Cat

kristibasket said...

Beautiful! I love those etched buttons! That bracelet is so cool!!

Stacie said...

In LOVE with how you used your metal buttons in jewelry!!! Fantastic job!

Julia said...

Wow, those buttons are gorgeous!!! And the combination of brass and copper looks perfect together in this bracelet. So pretty!

Thanks for sharing with all of us on this swap/challenge/hop <3

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

Creative Arty Facts said...

Holly, just love the rustic look to all your pieces - very nice!

Kim said...

I just love those earrings and the bracelet is very pretty.

Kym Hunter Designs said...

I love the bracelet you made and the earrings are so sweet! I can't wait to see what you make with the buttons you have left.

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