Monday, October 17, 2016

Gypsy Rose Catrina

It's that time of year... when I'm inspired to make skeletons, bats and flowery Day-of-the-Dead skeleton Catrina dolls in particular. This one was a gift for Iris, in honor of her recent 17th birthday.
She is a painted cloth primitive folk-art style Catrina, who is feeling her Gypsy side. She chose these bright orange/red ribbons and beads to adorn her head and the fuchsia pink doily as her dancing skirt. I can imagine her doing the Flamenco. Ooh, I should have given her a fancy lace fan! Or maybe a Gypsy version of the Mexican hat dance? See the tiny vintage butterfly rhinestone button decorating the front of her belt? She is ready to party all night long at the cemetery for the Day of the Dead.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Little Love Collections

What to do with a quadrillion vintage buttons? I'm obsessed with buttons, which may explain why my collection is so vast. But enough is enough.. or so I recently declared. I decided I simply have to sell some of them, but marketing buttons is depressing. No one seems to want these little treasures! How can that BE?? Internet markets are overflowing with underpriced vintage buttons and this just tells me that no one can see the potential in them the way I do.
Fun vintage plastics, probably from the 1940's or '50's

Civil War era bone buttons
Glorious vintage red plastic buttons!
And so, I'm back to button bracelets... I like to think of them as unique little collections you wear on your wrist. As all of my previous bracelets, this is crocheted on strong nylon cord, solidly tied and glued so it is very durable. If you love it, I can only say "stay tuned" for the next creation because this one was sold before it was even finished. 
How can a button lover resist?
Includes some tiny Victorian glass buttons with gilt detailing.
I can barely stand to let this one go.
Rhinestones, too!
LOVE collection... for your wrist