After a day nearly devoted to buttons (see previous post for details), how could I not devote my Top 5 Tuesday to the same crafty pleasure? Here are my top 5 favorite things highlighting that beloved circular (though sometimes square, sometimes floral, sometimes amoebic) creation.
There's nothing better than a trip to the button store on a sunny day, driving with the windows down. My favorite: the buttons that have been sitting on the shelf so long that their cards have yellowed. Those are the real treasures (not to mention they are still sold at their original price)! Today I made the 22 mile drive to Mary Jo's, the "button store." Mary Jo's is known to everyone else as the largest fabric store around, but since I use vintage as my fabric, that part doesn't mean beans to me. They do have an entire wall, which spans the full length of their store, devoted to buttons. I am giddy every time I go. Even though I went with list in hand, I came back with many more than I had planned on - some great inspiration for the spring!
This evening, my button fever spread to the kitchen. I am having a little craft night at the house tomorrow, and I wanted to make a few snacks. The menu: Bees Knees (a gin drink with honey simple syrup & lemon juice), chocolate dipped cherries, and... button shortbread cookies! I found the idea the other day and couldn't resist trying it. I mean, come on - how perfect is that for a craft night?!
My little pretties, right before going into the oven.
Now that spring is slowly starting to inch its way across the calendar, I am beginning to think about warm-weather clothes. I am realizing that my wardrobe is in need of a few of that sunny staple: the t-shirt. I have always been picky about what goes on my tee, the fit, the feel, the color. I don't want just any old thing someone would hand out for free at a game or festival. Just like anything else in my closet, I want ones that have thought put into them. Here are a few of my favorites from Etsy, a few of which just may make it to my shopping cart. :)
I feel like it has been forever since I have been a part of the online world. And, in fact, it has! The holidays really snatched me up this year. Between my own getting and giving, my little part-time job at Amelie's, and trying to get some new Verabelle things made, I feel a little like I fell off the face of the online earth. But I am back and ready for a new year! I am getting started on new designs (even an animal or two), and I have some exciting things planned for 2010. Here's a little photo recap of how it all ended in '99.
Fourth Ward Above left: Picking out our first tree together! Above: Paul and I had a nice afternoon walk through historic Fourth Ward and then grabbed a beer and a board game at the neighborhood bar, Alexander Michael's.