Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Cute Sewing and Quilt Earrings

Not just pretty buttons, we have been playing around with our designs and came up with these cute earrings (nickel free and hypo allergenic).
Quilt squares and scissors (my personal favourites)...these sweet earrings will be looking for a new home soon - look out for our give away in the next two weeks...

In the meantime if you haven't entered our latest give away hosted by Jess of Craftiness is not Optional then now is the time to do so - the give away is for 20 sets of flower buttons and is open to anyone who follows our blog, including previous winners and from anywhere in the world. Take a look at our earlier post for more details.

And while I have my camera out, I just cannot resist adding our buttons to all my bought jerseys. I know it is about time I knitted my own, but until then I will continue to add a unique touch to all my generic store bought items.

Friday, 27 May 2011

Button Give Away Hosted by Jess of Craftiness is Not Optional

Look at this cute top (and adorable little girl) made by Jess from Craftiness is Not Optional.

Jess used our Incomparable flower buttons code L85 which match her fabric perfectly.

This week we are giving away 20 cards of these flower buttons...each card has 5 buttons...to 20 followers (total value $200).

This competition is open to anyone anywhere in the world, and to previous competition winners, provided you follow our ButtonMad Blog.
All you need to do (apart from being a follower) is to leave a comment here on this post and then head across to Craftiness is Not Optional and leave a comment on Jess' post about our giveaway.

If you would like an additional entry, you can 'like' us on our FaceBook Page.

This competition will run from Friday 27 May 2011  until Thursday 2 June 2011 at 23h59. Winners will be announced on Friday 3 June.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Ice-Cream Social Dress - Aquarium Days

My niece chose this fabric from pictures that I emailed through (of course she rejected all the cute little pastels and insisted on the assorted fish). My nephew has to be a little patient while I figure out how to sew clothes for boys but I think he is having a hard time because besides dinosaurs, fish are his absolute favourite animals.

I followed this tutorial from the ultra talented Jess from Craftiness is not Optional

Jess is hosting another give away for us - starting on Friday so stay tuned for details!

I had a hard time figuring out how to add a button to this really busy fabric...but it is always possible!

I simply hand wrote onto an iron-on label and used the heart button to complete my message along the hemline!

Sweet girl! I made the dress a little on the long side but since we have about 6 months to go before summer I hope she is going to be doing some growing!

Front-Tie Spring Dress - Just in Time for Winter!

I posted this dress that I made for my niece a while back and it has finally reached its intended recipient a little crumpled from the suitcase! From her pose I would say she has seen my friend's cutie EC trying it on and is determined not to be outdone!

The dress was from a really easy to follow tutorial on Ashley's blog Make It and Love It.

A close up of our pastel coloured teeny tiny Incomparable hearts (code L554) used for decoration since fasteners were not needed.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Wardrobe inspiration

Well this was going to be a longer post but the taxi arrived and I lost most of what I had been typing. Sitting in the airport now hoping to get a quick post together before the blinking battery dies on me. You know the feeling right? And by blinking I mean blinking on and off as opposed to, well, as opposed to swearing about the inanimate object that powers this handy little handheld device. Technology really is amazing - when it works. 1's and 0's all strung together and with the press of a button out it goes at the speed of light across the globe, something we do every day and take so for granted. Amazing.

But enough babbling about computers, blinking batteries and the Internet. The reason for this post was a photo I was hoping to share with you. My husband snapped this earlier. About 15 minutes before the taxi arrived. Luckily it was saved to the device unlike the text I had hoped to upload.

Yesterday I was heading out for a quiet dinner with the girls but felt my wardrobe was in need of some inspiration.
So 5 mins before heading for the door I chose this cute selection of our buttons to sew along the top of my jumper (or jersey as we call them in South Africa) so that there was no chance I'd be caught in the same outfit as one of my friends (since the jumper came from a high street chain) and well because it was a good excuse to do a little sewing.

Here is the result:

I will post a close up shot from Cape Town tomorrow ;-)

Right time to click 'publish post' power down and board this giant metal bird as we head to South Africa on a 10 hour journey at 10 000 meters above sea level. Flying. Amazing...

Monday, 23 May 2011

(Button)Mad Hatters Tea Party

This Monday we once again borrow some inspiration from our Italian agents ButtonMad Italy
They have created this fabulously frivolous hat without any sequins or fancy frills, using just cloth, straw and buttons.

They took a bought straw hat and folded a length of fabric around it. Then added these lovely fabric flowers...and of course would it ever be truly complete without the addition of some buttons from our Incomparable Button range.

In keeping with a floral garden theme they have used ladybirds, butterflies and flower buttons...

in lovely summery shades of yellow, purple and lilac...

Too pretty to resist trying it on immediately! It certainly gets Bea's approval!

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Buttons as Pure Decoration

This is a lovely piece of stitching work that was a great find at an antiques market. We were so happy to find this lovely tea cozy as it was just begging to be embellished. It has a beautiful scene on the front as pictured above and a selection of flowers and trees on the back. The lady in her blue dress and bonnet looked a little lost without her sheep...so we added a few.

We had a lot of fun enhancing this pretty scene with our buttons...


And enjoyed placing Incomparable butterfly, bird and ladybird buttons in various positions until the whole scene looked just right. Oh and of course the sheep ;-)

Our new range of teenies is perfect for using on stitch work & cross stitch patterns and great for fine materials.

'The possibilities are endless...'

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Our 50 Give-Away Winners!

Evalina was very happy to help us in selecting the winners from our latest 2 give-aways. (dont you just love her beaded top?)

She helped us to randomly draw the following names:

From the give-away hosted by My Girlish Whims, the 10 lucky winners are:
Donna Lynne;
Hani @ Craftionary:
Agulhas e Botoes;
Kristi Dunnam;
From the Make It and Love It give-away our 40 lucky winners are:
Lindsay Connor;
Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts;
Erin A;
Country Belle;
Heather Feather;
Country Mouse;
Janica Twitchell;
Decadent Publishing;
Beth Dodd;
Alida L;
Amy Gilman and Emily Lee;
Diary of a Crafty Lady;
Mama Lusco;
Rachel @ Little Birdie;
Domestic Dork;
Maria (Raising 4 Princesses)
Heidi and Rich;
Margie Visnick;
Kathi Alderink (My Little Peeps);
Irma Andreia (Brazil);
Supermama (Spain);
Evie 'n Lizzie;
Hannah Handmade;
Retazos de Amor (Argentina);
Tas (Australia);
Heklica (Serbia)
Jenny (California);
Wagapapa (Spain);
Taylor (Sew Much Love);
Kelly Massman;
Bee Burg;
Connie Crafterbug;
Congratulations to all our winners.
I will be emailing all the winners with the good news. If in the meantime you see your name listed here, please email us with your postal address.
Thank you to everyone for entering this competition and for your wonderful comments - we have been so overwhelmed and touched by all your thoughtful words. 
If you cannot wait to get your hands on some of our Incomparable Buttons, remember that ordering is easy - you can contact us and we will gladly help you with your enquiry.

There will be many more opportunities to win wonderful Incomparable products so please sign up for our newsletter and keep an eye out for future give aways ;-)

'Why settle for plastic?'

Monday, 16 May 2011

Front Tie Spring Dress from Make It and Love It

I have only had my sewing machine for the last 3 months and was getting a little tired of making pillow covers but I loved this dress on Ashley's blog Make It and Love It so I thought I would be adventurous and give it a try.

Her tutorial is very easy to follow and I'm really pleased with the result.

Of course I could not resist adding some of our pastel coloured teeny tiny Incomparable hearts (code L554) just for decoration since fasteners were not needed.

But I thought our pastel flowers which are up for grabs in our competition (code L555) would have worked equally well.

The only trouble I had (besides choosing which of our buttons to use) was with the elastic casing but Ashley did warn me in advance to be extra careful and go slowly here and my husband proved to be incredibly patient and helpful with threading the elastic through for me (he is about as new as my sewing machine but even more impossible to live without!)

Thanks for a great tutorial Ashley.

The dress is intended for my niece but until I can get it to her, I think I am going to go out and borrow a friend's cutie and bribe her with sweets ask her nicely to pose for some photos!

Don't forget we are announcing the winners from our competition give-aways today - just a few more hours to go so if you haven't entered already, now is your chance to do so...

Competition details are here

A friend asked her sweet daughter EC to try the dress on for size...she is such a cutie pie

Here is the button detail on the straps - they are a bit tight so I will have to replace them for longer ones...otherwise I love the way this dress has turned out...thanks EC for being an adorable model.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Competition deadline extended

This weeks giveaway end date has been extended to Monday morning May 15th due to the blogger website being down for maintenance worldwide on the 12th. This will allow anyone who tried to enter and couldnt extra time to do so. We are very pleased to see that blogger.com have resolved their technical issues and are back up and running ;-)

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Give-Away Hosted by Make It and Love It

It is official - we are going give-away crazy this week. We have 2 give-aways running in parallel and are giving away buttons to the total combined value of $500! That is a whopping 50 button cards...which means...50 potential winners!!

You've already seen the post about how to win over at My Girlish Whims so if you haven't been over there yet, what are you waiting for. The buttons up for grabs are the teeny blue butterflies and the red hearts.

Our next give-away is happening at Make it and Love it

Ashley at Make it and Love it is hosting this give-away until Saturday 14th May at noon.
Head on over to Make it and Love it to see how to enter to win.
Here the buttons that we are giving away are the terracotta hearts, mixed robins, flowers and cute rams.

Increase your chances of winning by entering both give-aways... the very best chance to win is to follow our blog and leave a comment...Good luck!

Button Give-Away Hosted by My Girlish Whims

Rebecca at My Girlish Whims is hosting a button give away for us this week.

The competition is open from Tuesday 10th May and will run until midnight on Sunday the 15th May.
We are giving away 10 sets of buttons to 10 lucky followers to the value of $100.

How to enter:
Required: Become or already be a follower of our Incomparable Button Blog and
Leave a comment here and on My Girlish Whims' post about this competition...Easy...

Additional: To have your name entered more than once into the competition:
then head across to My Girlish Whims Blog and become a follower there too,
Head across to www.buttonmad.com and sign up for our newsletter,
Let Rebecca know your favourite 3 Button Cards from our catalogue...
and you can 'Like' Incomparable Buttons North America on FaceBook

Monday, 9 May 2011

Beautiful Button Bag

Take a look at how we have spruced up this rather ordinary bag...with a lovely selection of our handmade buttons of course.

Each one is telling a story all of its own. I love the 2 teeny birds in their houses and the blue flower along the border in the bottom corner.

It's great to find something we can use a large button selection on because with so many designs and themes to choose from we find it hard to narrow down our choice.

These flowers with our buzzing bee and sweet ladybird are so pretty they could be a framed picture on the wall.

This bag has definitely become a showpiece and in its first weekend has already had several admiring comments.

Have you got a much-loved old bag that is in need of a new burst of life?
Why not add some of our Incomparable buttons - it will be a whole lot more economical than buying a new bag but then you won't need to since it will create something new and totally unique...have fun with our full range of buttons available on www.buttonmad.com

Friday, 6 May 2011

Baby Bibs and Buttons

I made this cute bib for a friend who is having twin boys (I had better get started on bib number 2!) I added a little pocket and think our blue car button which I used as a closure is adorable and adds the perfect finishing touch...
Here is a close up...

I found the free pattern for this bib at www.chickpeastudio.typepad.com

The pink bib below was my very first attempt using a different free pattern from http://madebypetchy.blogspot.com/
The sewing leaves a lot to be desired and my appliqued hearts look very 'handmade' but I love the heart button I used as a closure...

another close up...

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Scatter Cushion Fun

Here are two simple store bought scatter cushions that we have transformed by using a range of our large 2-inch abstract striking black and white buttons along with some of our smaller buttons for some added interest and variety.

Have fun changing generic items from the store or your own lovingly handmade creations into completely unique works that suit your own tastes...we have a huge range to choose from...floral, soft pinks, greens and blues to terracotta, black and white, African prints...go wild.

Our full catalogue is online at buttonmad.com

Monday, 2 May 2011

Project Snowman - Cross Stitch and Felt (and snow!)

We have a perfect set of buttons for creating this cute little snowman.
With a carrot for his nose, 3 pieces of 'coal' for his buttons and a trendy bowler hat decorated with a festive sprig of holly, this chap is set to melt hearts.

In our cross stitch above he has been set in a winter wonderland with a starry night sky.

Another take on this project is the felt snowman below...

And I couldn't resist adding this picture of my nephew's own attempts to trump our snowmen...his very first trip to see snow over the April break...

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