Hi, my name is Candy and I have an addiction to buttons. Old vintage buttons! So let me tell you a fun story about this little "thing" I have.
Two years ago I was asked to cover a story about Blumenthal Lansing button company for Scrap n' Art Online Magazine, at the time I was a designer for the publication. I jumped on this chance due to my love for buttons. Now I have to tell you that I did not really do much with them at the time, I just loved to look at them and run my fingers through them as I had a number of jars full. I have since found quite a few ways to use them in my art.
In preparing for the article, I head on over to their website and look around. I found out that they had been around since 1877 and at that moment I realized that I have some vintage Blumenthal buttons on a card, but the Lansing was not on the name. With some more searching and looking at the card it was the same company and the ones I had were from the early 1900's. I was floored.
So here I am having to write a story on this company, show the "newest" and "greatest" from the company. I got to work on my article and named it, "These are not your grandma's buttons, or are they"? I had alot of fun showing photos of my vintage buttons and some new ones and telling the wonderful story about this company. To learn more go to Blumenthal Lansing History Page.
Now I get the opportunity to work with them through the magazine and on other commissioned projects and I am so lucky to work with them, it is truly an honor! This last CHA show I got a chance to work with some new products that they were introducing and was put to work on a colorful, fun project that took my out of my VINTAGE BOX. I do it kicking and screaming but I secretly enjoy it! lol.
My daughter, Mariah, helped me with this project as well. We got a birdhouse from the craft store and using the fun and bright buttons, bling, sequins, flowers and glitter we created this birdhouse.
I was struggling with making a bird, so I asked my 14 year old daughter to help me. She sat down and started cutting and gluing and going crazy and created this awesome bird for the birdhouse:
Thank you Blumenthal Lansing for allowing me to work with you in so many ways!