This year I started creating pins in a different style for the shop. I always refer to this time of year as sweater season and every sweater deserves a good pin. I created a tutorial on safety pin brooches a few years ago but expanded the idea using kilt pins and shank buttons. This is the first brooch I completed. The turkeys are so perfect–
As much as I wish I could make more turkey pins, I had the worst time trying to find more and gave up. I’ve skipped directly to Christmas pins! The holidays will be here soon. Can you believe it’s the last week of October already?
The gingerbread men are such a cute trio but I think the enamel button truck may be my favorite of the bunch.
This week the button aisle was full of amazing new finds. I picked up a lot of super cute stuff this weekend . Sooo adorable!! I just had to start with these… Simba, Timon, & Pumbaa.
Don’t ask what my favorite Disney film is ’cause I really don’t know. It’s hard to choose. I haven’t seen the Lion King in forever. I have probably seen Aladdin 1,000 times though. Anyway, my first project was this wire wrapped pendant.
I love the way the colors came together. I searched through my buttons for a looong time finding the perfect bits. I don’t use gold wire very often but I felt it was appropriate for this palette.
I can’t even go into how perfect this lapel pin is! It turned out exactly how I pictured it in my mind. And I’ll be honest, that doesn’t always happen. I can’t even bear to part with it. I’m pretty sure I’m going to keep it. I’ll be making one for the shop soon… promise 🙂
Recently, I was contacted for a special custom order for a wedding. The theme, ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’. The color palette consisted of black, white, grey, and purple. I never realized these buttons even existed. How cool are they? They’re in the Disney line by Dress It Up button embellishments.
I started with boutonnieres for the groom and best man. Wire wrapped buttons and beads.
Next were the smaller bouquets of cut strips of double sided cardstock. Each strip of paper is punched by hand prior to shaping into flowers and I’ve never made these for a wedding before so it was an interesting experience tracking down paper in the appropriate colors.
The flowers were given a button center and arranged on floral wire stems.
The bridal bouquet was made with mulberry paper flowers. The bride requested Jack and Sally for the focal point in the center of the bouquet.
I love the look of everything, and most importantly the bride is happy.
Trying something new today. Believe it or not, I have never used any wire other than green floral wire for my pins. Yup, green floral wire. It’s my thing! So now I’m trying out silver wire. It’s still floral wire. I can’t change but so much at once! I’m the apprehensive type. It’s the same gauge, but it feels really different.
I am happy with the results. I wonder if I’ll ditch the green and fully make the switch?