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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  1. These are wonderful - miniature works of art. I can't imagine anyone actually stitching these to a garment! Far too nice. I love how you've displayed them too - a wonderful collection.

    Happy Pink Saturday!

  2. I have never seen such an amazing collections, they are so beautiful!!!!

  3. oh my gosh! awesome collections! sooooooo beautiful! you make drools now!.. hehehehe thanks for sharing.. happy PS

  4. Hi Judy,

    I could not resist visiting a blog with the name French Laundry. (tee hee:) How fun. I enjoyed the beautiful porcelain limoges especially with the coordinating colors of both limoges and porcelain baskets.

    ". . . who cares about food storage when you can look at all that beauty!" Haha! Love it. Thank you for the smiles.

    Sending fairy magic for a
    .•*˙˙*•.HaPPy PiNk SaTuRdaY!.•*˙˙*•.

    Cheers! =D
    ~Kitty Kellie

  5. Oh, what sweet collections! I have never seen buttons like those before; very cute! Happy Pink Saturday and thanks for sharing.


  6. Elegant collections. Lovely buttons. I collect a few only but not yet these beauty!
    Happy Pink Saturday!

  7. Thank you for commenting on my blog post about "Pet Peeves". I had to come by and see who you were.

    Beautiful collection of buttons and a lovely blog. Petty,pretty border with lovely colors. xo Joan

  8. Hi Judy,

    What a fabulous post ~ I enjoyed seeing the wonderful collection of limoges buttons and the baskets they are displayed in.
    Very pretty and thanks for sharing and for Susan, sharing her story.
    I laughed with the P.A~ Porcelain Addict.

    Happy weekend

  9. Happy Pink Saturday!

    These are beautiful!

    ~ Gabriela ~

  10. There are so many sweet little manifestations of creativity. We're such a throw away bunch sometimes - I find it so encouraging that little treasures are savored.

  11. What a gorgeous collection of baskets and buttons. I have never even seen any of these and I truly stalk the vintage shops. I love the way you have them organized by color. Thanks for sharing I will start looking out for them...and I will to on the Garden Cottage site when I have time.

  12. i am drooling!!! but what an honored feeling to have such unique pieces of artwork. they are wonderful treasures....a happy pink week to you!!!

  13. Now this is a different collection. It is lovely.
    Joyce M

  14. I ♥ to come here on Pink Saturday. Your blog is always so sweet and comforting. Cold and gloomy winter up here this year so Pink Saturday is one day I can always count on for a little pink ray of sunshine.

    Absolutely gorgeous buttons - really lovely. You are so fortunate.

    Thanks for being my pink sunshine today☺

    Wishing you the comfort and warmth of those you love this weekend.

  15. I love them very much! Are they for sale?

  16. Can you imagine the clothing those buttons were on? Oh have such a beautiful collection. That truly is something to be passionate over. Some times we forget, there are "real" antiques still being bought and collected. I love this!

  17. Oh my gosh I didn't know such beauties existed!
    Ouuuuuu I want to touch them and play with them...
    can you imagine having a blouse or jacket with such beautiful buttons!
    Ouyyyyyy I will be searching for some for my self now!

    Thank you with all my heart for sharing your collection!

    Hugz, Dolly

  18. Glad to see you! These buttons are so very beautiful. I absolutely love the one with the big lavender pansy. Thanks for sharing the beauty.


  19. Absolutely amazing photos, beautiful collage. Pictures are beautifully colored, they radiate warmth and beautiful love. Have a nice day, Radka.

  20. Hi Judy! I think this might be my first visit to your site. I'm so glad I did. I collect vintage buttons, but I've never seen anything so beautiful. I can see why you treasure them! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful collection and for stopping by to see me. I'm putting up a post tomorrow, but unfortunately, I didn't notify Beverly in time. Have a great week! Terri

  21. WOW...that is an amazing collection Judy!!! I was soooooo glad to get your note,been way to long! Take care,lets keep in touch better! Chrissy

  22. Hello
    Those buttons are just lovely...I uses to collect the old ones but sold them all.

  23. Oh my goodness, what an amazing collection of BEAUTY!!!!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  24. My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

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