Crafty in the Med

I'm here to enjoy meeting other crafters and to share my ideas and projects. I love to crochet,cross stitch and embroidery but I'm keen to try new crafts too. I love music and I love to sing! Singing makes me happy. I collect jugs....its their shape I think! I am addicted to yarn and buttons. I get lost in book shops and can spend all morning there and I absolutely adore rummaging in flea markets. I love to read sci´fi/fantasy,buried treasure, and off world adventures. I have a passion for history! I would be the first passenger on the first time machine ! I BELIEVE IN MAGIC!

Sunday, 18 November 2012

There's a big one and a little one and they are all made of .....

Button lovers unite
Welcome ...welcome to my new followers Gracie at One Saylor's Log and Amanda at eight by six


idiom:
On the button



Ezinearticles tells us that Button-like objects have been found in the Indus Valley of ancient India and date back to around 2000 B.C.E. These were not used for fasteners, but as for ornaments and much before they were used as we know them pins, leather lacing and belts were used to secure clothing.
Anyhow before buttons could be used as fasteners, the button hole had to be invented and that wasn't  until quite later in the 13th century in Germany. Ever wonder why men's suit coats have non-functioning buttons sewn on the sleeves? They say that King Frederick of Prussia started the practice in the 18th century. The rumor goes that after an inspection of his troops, he ordered that buttons be sewn on the sleeves of their coats to discourage them from wiping their noses on them!
Yuk! my imagination is working overtime now....can just picture that )-:

Definition of being BUTTONS obsessed:
in other words omphaloskepsis....oooops! no..... sorry that's the wrong button obsession that's if you are obsessed with your navel! 
 so ....what is the definition of being obsessed with buttons?
I mean is this denoted by trembling hands as you near a tray of buttons in your local haberdashery shop ....perhaps dabbing at your mouth to avoid the drool dripping on the shiny new buttons....a dithering attitude and constant change of mind as you try to choose which ones you are going to purchase.....restless sleep and nightmares after not being able to take them ALL home with you.....arguing with yourself as you try to decide if you can do without that extra loaf of bread so you can go back and buy those wooden buttons that were practically saying BUY ME to you in the shop.....and so I continue to query...
but perhaps you can enlighten me????

 


Ahhhh my sister so very much knows me.....she sent me something via the friend who visited via cruise .... see post here :


Thank you so much H!!!!

Here is my own stash....well part of it ....the rest are scattered around the house in little pots.



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Nightmare CROCHETVILLE big time!


I can't tell you what this is just yet as its a request from another sister and it has to be kept a surprise.



Enjoy your Sunday rest and
Happy Thanksgiving to all my blog contacts in the States!!!

Amanda :-)


28 comments:

  1. Oh, I'm a button collector too! I have a big jar in my sewing room. Can't wait to see what you're up to in crochet. I finished my Brugges scarf to send to a friend and now I'm on other projects in hopes they'll be done by Christmas. XOXO

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  2. Oh my gosh! Do you have to weave in all those ends? That's kind of scary! Pretty colors. Just focus on the pretty colors.
    I have a jar of buttons too. A few are antique, that I bought at quilt shows years ago. I will probably never use them. Just like to look at them!
    Have a great week Amanda
    Lynne

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  3. Wow lots of buttons. I didn't realize how important they were till I started using them for the middle of my handmade flowers. The right button makes all the difference. Love the colours of your crochet surprise. Have a lovely week.
    Ali x

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  4. I'm a button lover too! Yuck - buttons on sleeves to prevent them being used as hankies!
    June

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  5. Ooh loving all those gorgeous buttons Amanda!
    Victoria xx

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  6. Are those ends sewn in or 'to sew in'. I don't envy you with that job. I do envy you your button collection though!
    Love form Mum
    xx

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    1. Hello Mum
      Thanks for popping in and you comments.
      They are unfortunately to be sewn in and there will be more.

      keep well

      Amanda :-)

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  7. O'h Amanda,I am a buttonaholic! although I have to say recently I have been sharing mine with my craft group as they have needed them.I will do a blog on them but it will be embarrassing. As I go around on my mail delivery it seems the whole town is aware and last year i was given 2 precious tins of buttons from 2 ladies that were their Grannies,they are so old and in the lid of the tins i have put a note who gave them to me and when.I just love buttons and put them on things whenever I can.The grandchildren love them.Looks like another lovely item coming up soon.

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    1. Hello Carole,

      I look forward to that post about those vintage buttons and photos if possible please...interesting!

      A x

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  8. I love buttons and have lots.My granddaugher E loves playing with them, sorting them into colours and I usually end up making her something using her favourites.

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  9. I adore buttons and I have two tins of them. One tin belonged to my Nanna , who got them off her mother, who got them off her mother . There are some beauties, and some horrors. I can't get rid of them ever! Some are bone! My Grandad used to tell me they were made from human teeth lol they are actually whale bone!

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  10. Oh I do love buttons :) Wondering what you're making... Interesting post, thank you. x

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  11. Ooooh, just catching up on my blog reading and find myself completely distracted by those lovely buttons. It looks like you have been very busy.

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  12. You have a nice collection of buttons! :) I too bought few beads and buttons couple of weeks back and look forward to share the pics very soon on my post!

    Thanks for sharing the history too ! Just to add ( can't stop myself :)) , Indus valley was a part of ancient India, there is no ancient Pakistan. But after partition in 1947, Pakistan came into existence and the major part of that valley now is in present day Pakistan. Ancient India covered few parts of Afghanistan too and this Indus valley civilisation is known to be even a bit older than Egypt civilisation :)) India got it's name from Indus and this river was also known as Sindhu and the inhabitants came to be known as Hindus:). Sorry for that added info. I hope you don't mind:)

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    1. Hello Preeti,

      You are so right….and I know that(when I think about it) …… of course there was no ancient Pakistan. It just goes to show you cannot take for granted that all the information found on the www is correct. What a blunder on the ezine articles webpage! I've a good mind to write to them and tell them. I love that extra information you've given me about the name of the river etc. ……. How very interesting,thank you.
      I certainly don't mind at all….constructive criticism is always welcome.

      I look forward to seeing your buttons post on your blog.

      A x

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  13. That's a great collection you've got going there. Funny how buttons just seem to draw us to them - not that I'm complaining, mind you! Fabulous little things they are :-)
    xx

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  14. Buttons, yarn and craft books, I have quite a collection happening.........and I love them all :) just like I like yours.....
    xx Sandi

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  15. Buttons .....ooooooohhh what can i say!
    good luck with those ends :o)
    thanks for the link
    love jooles x

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  16. I love buttons too, I have them in jars and tins and specially designed compartmentalised boxes.

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  17. I looove your buttons. I collect them too, some are from my grand-grandmother and I keep them like little treasures.
    I wish you a lot of patience with all those lose ends!
    Have a wonderful rest of the week! xxBarbina

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  18. Hi Amanda, I really loved this post on buttons - I'm a collector too! Also I wanted to leave you a message because I'm a fellow UK girl living in Spain :) Elisabeth xx

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    1. Hello Elizabeth
      Thank you for visiting and for your comments. Its quite amazing just how many people out there in blogland are button fanatics!! :-)

      What part of Spain do you live in?

      keep well

      Amanda :-)

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  19. u have such an amazing button collection amanda :) love em but i keep losing em hehe enjoy your weekend!xx

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  20. Wow, your work is wonderful and interesting, congratulations for your blog. Besos desde España.

    http://redecoratelg.blogspot.com.es/

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  21. Many thanks Mª Loli ....I'm going to pop over and look at your blog very soon.
    keep well

    Amanda

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  22. Much button love from me :)

    I collect old buttons, especially glass ones ... when my sister and I were children they were deemed the most valuable 'treasure' in my grandmother's button box ... I wonder if that's where we all begin to become button obsessed?

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  23. cute as buttons! hehe - i love saying that saying! xxx

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I love to receive your comments and I read all of them. Unfortunately real life does get in the way sometimes, so as much as I would like to I cannot always reply to every comment, however I do my very best to keep in touch.

Amanda :-)

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