It Began with a Snowman
If you were following Just Another Button Company in 2011, you'll remember the crazy ambitious idea we had to celebrate our 15th year in business with "15 Fabulous Pincushions." We were 15 and Fabulous, and we did it, starting with Jabco the Snowman.
Over the years since, we published over 50 wool pincushion patterns--all carefully written so all sewers can successfully make the pincushions, even beginners without a machine.
Now flash forward to 2021--our 25th year in business. We've been making plans for wild and wonderful projects and celebrations. It's a big deal for a small business to make it to year 25, right? At the beginning of January, we updated our website and social media with a new logo and prepared to jump into the plans feet first.
#MakeSomeHappy with a Button Spill
It was love at first frost.
While brainstorming for the January Take Heart Tin: Love Notes, we hit on the idea of combining Valentine's Day and snow people. We're all crazy about the cute couple these two new buttons make, but still haven't hit on the right names...
Crystal and Clark?
Flurry and Frosty?
Help us give them names so we can reveal the rest of the buttons in this darling tin! Comment below or on social media with your suggestion for names.
"Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse." The beloved poem, A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement C. Moore, is full of Christmas imagery, and this line is a favorite.
Way back in 2009 we made a sleeping mouse button for Art to Heart's I Believe book. Now, at least a dozen batches later, the sleeping mouse button became the star of Not a Creature was Stirring. Shhh...he's sleeping.
That's our motto as we ship handmade and hand-dyed buttons for the projects that keep hands busy and hearts happy-- #makesomehappy.
Lots of people are uncovering UFO's or treasured patterns saved for a rainy day, but if you are ready for something new, here's a sweet Fall Square that's simple enough to make for gifts and it's button-able -- maybe even from your stash.
Trick or Treat?
It's a treat -- a free pattern! Make an instant Halloween Pincushion with our Itsy Bitsy Spider Spoolkeep instructions!
You might find everything you need in your stash, but if not, most of the supplies are available on our website. Look for the ribbon and the chenille stems at your local craft store.
Last week's BE WELL Button Zen Garden made me feel creative in a whole new way. I was playing with buttons (always make me happy) and discovered that a button spill can be the center of attention at the same time it ties together a simple vignette.
A pastel pumpkin crowned with fall posies in orange, purple, and green -- it's our idea of the perfect fall centerpiece. The new pattern, Pumpkin Bouquet Banner, beautifully interprets this image in wool applique. This sweet mini banner measures 6" x 8" and features buttons from the new Button Lover's Club: Take Heart Tin + Sprinkler Pumpkin Bouquet.
Button Lover's Club has a fresh new look--now packaged in a sweet metal tin. Peek through the clear lid to see the handmade button collection for July 2020--Pumpkin Bouquet. Give the tin a little shake to hear the satisfying sound of the dozens of beautiful buttons inside!
Read on for more details, photos, and a video introduction!
You may have noticed, we love working with wool! The delicious colors and non-ravely edges make it one of our design favorites. Plus the texture of wool against our handmade and hand-dyed buttons is a match made in crafting heaven!
With every new wool appliqué pattern release, we are asked about our sources. You'll find a few of the most frequently asked questions in this helpful article.