2021 -- Looking for the Bright Spots
Remember Beau & Belle Snow Tuffets? Creating this Valentine pair kept me occupied during COVID recovery last January: sleep a while, sew a while; sleep some more; repeat. I stitched both tuffets by hand--perfect, as I spent many a day just sitting on my bed. Eventually the Snow couple would become a sewing pattern, but for the moment they were just a bright spot in a gloomy month.
HAUNT CUISINE - Are you wishing for a button project?
Halloween buttons inspire lots of ideas for stitching, and we're sharing two of our newest with you. You'll recognize the buttons from your new HAUNT CUISINE Button Lover's Club tin.
Don't have these buttons? The tins shipped September 1st, but we still have some in stock. Join now and you can begin your subscription with this collection.
HAUNT CUISINE--it's what we've "cooked up" for September
The bubbling cauldron button--with extra button bubbles, of course--inspired the name for this seasonal tin. Keep reading for a little story about how we put this Button Lover's Club tin together for you.
If you've been following our social media and email messages, you know we're celebrating our 25th year -- pulling out button projects from years past and re-inventing our favorites. We've even created some limited-edition kits. We know you like our kits, and yes, we used to have lots. Now the kits are a special item--so a perfect way to celebrate our history. And having an "event" is a great way to share!
Long ago families often had picnics while gathered at cemeteries to decorate the graves of veterans who had made the ultimate sacrifice.
Picnics and family reunions may be more light-hearted today, but we still take time to salute those who lost their lives in service.
Bird's Tiny Garden
Visiting garden centers is the best part of May. Finally we can take home the tiny plants and fill containers...maybe add a bit of whimsy.
Bird's Tiny Garden is planted with imaginary violet blooms in a pretty blue dish. A variety of green wools and leaf shapes makes the "plant selection" especially fun.
Here in St. Louis, you're Cardinal Nation or you're not, but we don't want to leave anyone out. For any team you cheer, celebrate baseball season with a new Pin-Mini set -- and use the free instructions to make a baseball pincushion.
We've shown our Spoolkeep Pincushions before--a spool and a felted wool ball. Now we've added a bit of embroidery to create a baseball.
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.