Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tool Time Tuesday...Button Bracelet Tutorial

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Happy Tuesday! Today is an easy tutorial for a button bracelet. Get your button collection out. If you don't have one, find someone who does and go through it!!

I have a small button collection made up of things from my own projects, from my mother and my grandmother. They were both frugal and both loved yard sales...so I'm not sure where any of these buttons came from. If they had clothes that were no longer wearable, buttons were removed and saved in big glass jars. If they were at a flea market or yard sale and there were buttons...they would buy them.

and this is the result of all that button saving!

A family history on one bracelet...

Here's what you need...

I bought this charm bracelet at Walmart in the craft section for $2.00.

I also had these larger jump rings for the larger buttons. The little ones came with the bracelet, but didn't fit any of the buttons. You will need the larger rings for the width of the button from the holes to the outside. This package was about $2.50 for 60 and the size is 10mm.

You will also need buttons of course! You can buy new buttons in craft stores. Some actually come in group packages of the same color.

I used mostly pearlized buttons in different shades of cream.

First step...open up the large jump ring.

Slip the ring through any hole in the button.

Add to a loop of the bracelet and close the ring.

Plan out the larger base buttons to add them equally across the bracelet.

To make it look fuller without using a ton of rings, add 3 different sized buttons to one ring.

Depending on the thickness of the buttons, you might only fit 2.

Work your way down the bracelet.

This is so cute and you could be finished at this point.

or you can start adding different sizes, shapes and textures.

One pearl bead button and a small flat button.

I also found these clear crystal looking buttons. Can you see the thread still left on one of them? That shirt didn't have a chance. Lol

Look at this bunch someone tied up...so funny.

Added both on the same ring for a little bling!!

I love this picture of the pearl button towards the bottom of the picture. Can you see the shank of the button? It's verdigris. It must be brass or copper and old. I didn't want to clean...there's a story with that button.

Here's a Tool Time from someone out there...either my mom, my grandmother or someone who they bought the buttons from. My mom and grandmother are both looking down on me, so I can't ask, but I'll give credit to both!

They used bobby (hair) pins to hold the buttons.

Slide buttons onto the hair pin...and twist the bottom closed.

I love it!

I hope you had fun in my button box...

Hmmm...I'm thinking earrings too.

Have a great Tuesday,

Monday, January 30, 2012

Thrift Store Finds...

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I have a favorite consignment shop in town that I try to stop by every week. Funny how I always seem to find at least one thing I "don't" need, but have to buy because it was a deal. This weekend was no exception.

Here's my loot for $10.00! Two candle holders, drawer organizers, organizing case and a phone charging station.

Black wrought iron candle tray...50 cents.

All cleaned up and ready for Valentine's Day.

Charging station with the surge bar inside. I needed one for my phone and camera. $4.00

Quick clean with Clorox wipes and it's already set up the same day I brought it home.

This candle was going to see my usual black spray paint, but I might be a little adventurous with this green paint first. 50 cents...I'll show it off when it's done.

These are drawer organizers that you can keep adding to for any size. Clearance section...60 cents

My crazy sock drawer before...

Woo Hoo...the after

This was brand new still had the labels on it...this is for work! You know my organizing just isn't for home...Lol !! $4.50

Venture into your local thrift store or consignment shop...you never know what treasure are in there waiting for you!!

Have a great start to the week,

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sew Darn Crafty Party...Week 50

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Happy Sunday every one!! Thank you so much for all the great links last week...they were amazing. Another BIG thank you to all the first timers who linked up too. It was easy, right? So, no excuses...you should be linking up every week.

I hope you've been busy creating...because I want to see what you've been up to.

If you want to add the button to your blog...Click HERE for a tutorial for adding a button

If you're NEW to Sew Darn Crafty, then grab a cup of something tasty, sit back and join in on the fun (starts Sunday and lasts all week long at Sew Many Ways).

  • "Sew" for anything to do with sewing,
  • "Darn" for anything to do with knitting. I always think of darning to do with knitting, but in my case "darn" is similar to the word I say when I mess up crafting!!
  • Let's not forget the word "crafty"...which is every thing we create
  • ...the dot, dot, dot means you can share just about anything!! 


So now we all know what Sew Darn Crafty means, let's explain a linking party again. I subscribe to a linking service, which provides the ability to link thumbnail pictures on my blog. The picture is a link that other bloggers provide to share their projects.

Two things can happen at a linking party...looking and/or linking
  • you can be greatly inspired by wonderful projects, ideas or vacation pictures (looking) and/or
  • you can share what you've been up to (linking)
If you want to be inspired by all the great ideas...just click on a picture and it will take you to that post from a wonderful blogger willing to share her thoughts and ideas.


Sew Darn Crafty is all about YOU!! Show off your projects, share a tutorial, show us your vacation pictures, share a family favorite recipe...share anything. Not only does linking inspire us all, it also brings lots of new people to your blog for a visit. Click here for past parties and lots of inspiration

Easy steps to join in on the fun...

  • link up to the specific project post, not your whole blog. Makes it easier to link right to that post and not  search through all your entire blog. To find the http address to a specific post, just click on the Title of your post.
  • link as many projects as you'd like...old or new
  • anything goes...cooking, sewing, knitting, crafts, organizing, remodeling projects, vacations, parties etc...
  • visit other links to share some blogging love! You know we all love comments!
  • grab a Sew Darn Crafty button for your blog (on my right side bar) or just link to the party in your post.
  • the more we share, the more people will join and then there's more inspiration to look at!
  • linking is open til Saturday night, so plenty of time to join in
  • just click the "click here to enter" button and follow the easy steps

Have fun linking up! Don't forget to come back and take a look at all the great projects during the week,

Friday, January 27, 2012

Chourico Dip Recipe...or Chorizo

This is a yummy sausage dip recipe no matter how you spell it or pronounce it. My Portuguese background is going to spell it chourico.

If you don't have chorizo or chourico sausage in your area of the world, I'm sure any ground sausage would work great. Besides, it has sour cream and cream cheese in it and they would make shoe leather taste great!! lol

Chourico Dip

1 pound ground Chourico (or any sausage) cooked til crumbly and drained. Cool
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
8 ounces sour cream
one small onion, chopped finely
1 heaping Tablespoon ketchup
1 heaping Tablespoon mayonnaise

Cook sausage until crumbly. Drain, cool and set aside. If you can't find ground sausage, you can just take the meat out of the casing.
Whisk all other ingredients (except the meat) together. Add sausage to creamed mixture. Enjoy right away or refrigerate until ready. Great to make ahead for a party.

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