Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Beauty of Buttons

Susan is one of our dear customers at Our Cottage Garden.  A while back, she shared some of her incredible hand painted button collection with us and I asked her if she would do a guest post for me about her love of these magnificent little pieces of artwork. Susan is a dealer of fine porcelain on Ruby Lane and her beautiful wares can be found here.   She graciously agreed and her thoughts are below. Enjoy swooning over the pictures on this lovely Pink Saturday and when you are able to catch your breath again, pop on over to Bev's, our hostess with the mostess and visit some of the 167 other Pink Saturday participants. 

I am fairly new at collecting antique items;  I started about 12 years ago collecting pottery.  I loved the warm feel and the individuality of each piece.  But when I bought my first piece of hand painted Limoges porcelain – I was hooked.  I became a P.A. – Porcelain Addict!  I rapidly sought to fit in some antique display cabinets in a rather small house that was already over loaded with furniture.  A few select deletions, and I had found a space here to fit in a cabinet and a space there to store my ever growing collection of Limoges.  When we had our kitchen remodeled, I added 3 display cabinets to the plan – who cares about food storage when you can look at all that beauty!  One of my favorite items over the years have been collecting hand painted Limoges baskets.  They range from dainty  to huge; and since many of them are not painted much on the inside, lend themselves very well to filling up with buttons or pins.  I have about 4 baskets now that are filled with buttons and one fruit bowl that is gradually being filled with pins or brooches.  My major source of purchasing these beauties is from Our Cottage Garden – a wonderful online site that is beautifully organized and filled with treasures.  I take pleasure every day in viewing my lovely pieces and appreciating the individual work that each artist put into his or her expression of beauty.  

Thank you Susan for sharing some of your passion with us.
Until next time,
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