My brother, Gary, sent me two great books about buttons. He was also instrumental in starting me down the journey of button collecting! (I have a HUGE button collection I will have to share sometime). Anyway, this first one is my favorite of the two:
I could look through this book for hours there are so many beautiful buttons in here.
Here's two of my favorite pages:
I love buttons with rhinestones in them- -they are so pretty and I love pretty, sparkly things. Whenever I get a new collection of buttons, one of the first things I do is go through them and pick out any with rhinestones and then I place them in a special trinket box my brother gave me. Then when I'm looking for that perfect, sparkly button, I know just where to go find it!!
I thought you might enjoy seeing this page too, the shell buttons- -another favorite of mine! I have lots of shell buttons and they have such a beautiful sheen to them and often the most amazing designs carved in them. My all time favorite- -shell buttons with rhinestones!! Very hard to come by!
This is the other book he gave me:
I love this book as it truly is what it says on the cover; "an encyclopedia of buttons," however it only has a few colored photos in it, which is why I love the other book more. . .the first one is full of colored photos of beautiful buttons!! But if you want to know the history and background of a certain type of button, then this is the book for you!!
Another thing I love about these books is that they are used- -purchased second hand and as much as I love bookstores, second-hand bookstores (or vintage, used, etc.) are my favorites. There's just this feeling of history when you go into a second-hand store. They all smell the same. . . the smell of the old pages and ink mixed together with a certain amount of book dust. I love that smell! I always wonder who owned the book first, where they got it and why they chose to give it up. Did they enjoy it as much as I do, or was it rarely handled--rarely read? Crazy, but these are just the sort of thoughts that go through my head when I get a used book!
Okay, here's one more favorite:
My friend, Lisa, brought a copy of this book to work one day to share with us and I fell in love! But it's out of print so I had to do a real search to find my own copy. After much searching I finally found this one, in good condition, for sale on ebay. I was so excited! This book is just full of inspiration for a craft-a-holic like myself! As you can see from the cover, it contains information about several types of crafts. My favorite sections are on embroidery, knitting and crocheting. I love this book as it gives step-by-step instructions on completing the crafts so can be used to self-teach several techniques. When I was first learning to crochet I found myself going to the page about the individual stitches so that I could understand what my pattern was calling for and see how to complete it correctly. (of course my own personal tutor: Laura over at http://www.lovethebluebird.blogspot.com/ is truly the most amazing lifesaver when it comes to learning how to crochet!) But this book has helped a lot as well.
Here's one of the pages I truly love- -as motifs are one of my favorite things to crochet:
Don't you just love these? I really think they are beautiful and want to try to make each one, especially the white flower on the bottom of the page- -so pretty!!
Well thank you for indulging me and allowing me to chat on and on about some of my favorite things. I am now feeling the need to crochet. . . .