I am so excited to offer my congratulations to Susan Beal, on her new book, Button It Up! The book is filled with projects using vintage buttons, and includes two chapters with historical information on buttons as well. This part really interested me, and is illustrated with some beautiful photos of museum quality buttons and vintage button making.
Projects include 2 chapters of jewelry and 2 chapters of fashion/decor/gifts/etc. I am proud to report that I am a contributor to Button It Up and have an embellished skirt project that takes a completely plain skirt and adds the charm of unique vintage buttons. I also think many of these projects would work beautifully with new buttons, especially one of a kinds. I know I have a whole collection of spare buttons that came with new clothing and when the buttons outlast the garment, it leaves me with a misfit collection of un-needed, beautiful buttons. I would love to repurpose some of them into Button It Up projects.
If you are considering purchasing this wonderful book, check out Susan’s Flickr set of book project photos. It will give you a good idea of what to expect from the book. Many projects can be adapted to be done with school age children, and simply changing the color palate will make a different aesthetic if you are not into the bright, vintage inspired colors shown in the book. I personally love the bright colors, especially perfect for a Spring book release! I’m looking forward to seeing what the beautiful projects look like on people, and plan to post a few photos of my own in the coming weeks.
Susan also shares lots of behind-the-scenes information on her blog, West Coast Crafty. Lots of our favorite crafty sites are doing giveaways to celebrate the book release, so follow the link to West Coast Crafty to enter yourself in a few! I am selfishly keeping my contributor’s copy of the book, but you never know. I may be inspired by everyone else’s generosity to give away a copy in the coming weeks. Congratulations, Susan!