Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Old Buttons and a Fun GIVE AWAY


Look what we found in a packet hidden away in the factory!

We made these over 14 years ago...sold some in South Africa...and then forgot all about them!


At first glance they may not seem too exciting - just regular buttons with a few more holes than normal...
 
but they provide a wealth of possibilities...
 
We use them to write our own personalised messages:
 



send hearts and kisses...xxx

  
 glue them onto bedroom doors, sew them onto overnight bags, personalise clothes and quilts with names and dates:

 
 As with all our buttons - they are handmade...



and fully washable...



Add any message you want to anything you can dream of:

 
But most importantly, have...

 
We used to make these square, round, in heart shapes, different sizes and painted but we have decided to keep it simple and add only the plain square to our catalogue...and let the variety come with the message you create!
 
We are so excited to have unearthed these old buttons that we are going to offer 10 sets in our latest giveaway - starting right now!
 
10 followers, anywhere in the world, including previous winners...open for one week from now.
 
Simply leave a comment letting us know how you would use them.
 
Blaize (my brother) wants to call these our golf set because of the 9 holes!





137 comments:

  1. How cute! I think they look like little cookies! They would be perfect for a POP of something unexpected on a dress or little boys shirt!!

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  2. The possibilities are endless! They even look good enough to eat. How about using them to date and label a quilt?

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  3. They would look so cute as an embellishment on a wall hanging or art quilt. The little square ones look like gingerbread house sides. Wouldn't that be cute as a gingerbread house on a wall hanging for Christmas?

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  4. I agree-- they make me think of gingerbread cookies! Yum!! :-) I think they would be adorable on the yoke of a little girls dress... Thank you for the chance to win!

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  5. Oh wow these are SO amazing. What a great idea!! I can see using them for children's clothes, or adding words to a quilted wall hanging. Thanks so much for sharing them.

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  6. Wonderful!
    I'd like to use these buttons for writing my name and the name of my boyfiend, with an heart in the middle!
    Thank you for the chance to win this set!
    Martina

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  7. Soooo cute! I love the embroidery word idea. Maybe scrap booking? signature for a quilt? embellishment? Thanks for a chance.

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  8. I would use these awesome buttons and doorknobs on my house blocks I am making. I could match the colour thread in the button to the colour of the house. That would be so cute and unique! Fingers crossed. Thanks.

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  9. Golf Set is a good name for them. I would love to make name plates for my grandchildren, as they love putting their names on EVERYTHING they own.

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  10. How adorable! I would use them in a quilted wall hanging!

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  11. WOW love the buttons :-)
    I think I will use them in a picture with rust-coloured things if it matches with the home coloured fabric and stuff.
    Thanks for letting me have the chanse :-)
    Have a great week.

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  12. These are great, I would use them on gifts I make by putting their name on the buttoms. Thank you for a great giveaway

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  13. I think I could use them to make some handmade cards. Love buttons! :)

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  14. I use them on cards maybe. Thanks for the chance to win some.

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  15. Wow che belli! Penso che li cucirei su una borsa con il mio nome!
    Ciao
    Roberta

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  16. I love these! My first thought is to sew them on felted bags with all kinds of embroidery thread. But then I thought they'd be perfect for jewelry components - clasps, connectors, earring dangles, with wire and beads... endless possibilities! Thanks for the opportunity!

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    1. Hi Peartreejan

      Thank you for entering our give away of our 9 hole buttons.
      Congratulations on being chosen as one of our 10 lucky winners.

      Please could you email me (handmadesa(at)gmail(dot)com) your postal details so that we can send your buttons to you.

      Warm Regards from sunny South Africa
      Tamara and the ButtonMad Team

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  17. Oh, I would definitely write little messages! would make cute monogram on a project...endless ideas.

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  18. Wow! How could you have forgotten about these buttons???
    They would look fabulous on a runner or even on a bag!!

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  19. I think they'd be great with a name spelled out on a little pouch or purse

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  20. I would use them for something I sew for a little one like a dress or a jacket. Cool buttons, I've never seen anything like it!

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  21. Like others have said, these remind me of little cookies or graham crackers! I see them as decorative additions - or possibly single-button closures with corresponding loops - for project bags. (I've always got several knit projects going at once.) I think I'd try sewing the buttons on with multiple colors of thread, for a woven look :)

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  22. These are great! Very imaginative. Please put my name in the hat for the giveaway. I would use them on totes and purses, they need to be used where they can be seen. Bernie

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  23. Sono troppo belli! Complimenti per la fantasia, sembrano biscottini!
    Li userei per qualsiasi mio lavoro country.
    Ci sono anch'io!!

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  24. I would use them on the crocheted hats I make, or perhaps on my cowls.

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  26. Oh! I Love them!!!! they remind me of buiscuits...
    I'd use them on a tote and sew a name on them

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  27. I'm sewing some tote bags for my nieces (3 birthdays in 1 month! My sister is nuts!) and I will use them to personalize little coin purses I'm gonna put inside the totes... Hope they like!

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  28. oh, bags definitely! but then again, on an asymetrical blouse I could envision some possibilities....oh, wait, child's tote! that's it....no, there's more.....haha too many ideas to list!!!

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  29. Fancy finding them again after 14 years! I'd make something (not sure what yet) and personalise it with the recipient's initials. Thanks for the chance.

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  30. I can see using them for my new craft room's blackboard. Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful buttons.
    Patty

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  31. definitely things for my grandkids-I love them!!!!!!!

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  32. Very nice buttons!!! I love them!!!

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  33. Lovely buttons for my knitted doll clothes with their initals on. So nice

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  34. I would use them for necklaces for my sons - they're still young enough to love what mom makes for them.

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  35. I would use these in one of my crazy quilt projects! These are so awesome! Please oh please pick me!

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  36. These are adorable! Perfect for embellishing hats, sweaters, and hand bags for me and my little ones!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

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  37. i would use them for these baby uggs im planing to make for my baby girl <3 Sara <3 it would fit perfectly...

    http://pinterest.com/pin/70579919130153124/

    Amra Kahriman

    ( http://pinterest.com/amraka/ )

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  38. Those are wonderful. I would use them in a Button Wall decoration I plan to make my wife's maiden name is Button so "Button Button who got the Button" That would be me.

    http//richardquilts.blogspot.com
    http://trackmyshows.com

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  39. Hi dear...

    Really nice and "sweets". ;o)

    Wonderfull giveaway...exceptional for my Teddy Bears!!!

    COMPLIMENTS!!!

    Thanks for this opportunity! BYE. NI

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  40. They are awesome! I will use them to write names on bag/purses for my frends. I will show you on my blog if i win.....

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    1. Hi Lilian
      I've contacted you on your blog but have no email address for you. Please send us your postal details.
      Many thanks.

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  41. Basterebbe averne qualcuno, poi la fantasia non manca. In borse e cuori!

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  42. These are absolutely awesome. I would sew them on my grand son's I Spy quilt so he could pick out the letters too.

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  43. SEW Cute. My grand daughters jumper would look cute with these on the shoulder. I hope to Win some.

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  44. They look like little crackers!!! I think they would be perfect on clothing for grandchildren.

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  45. Definitely fun little buttons. I love the enamelled ones. Filled with cross stitch they would suit a bag I am making from recycled denim. A unique accent.
    wendyhatton@yahoo.com.au

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  46. Wow, I absolutely love these buttons! I would use them in my art quilts, can see many designs with them...

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  47. Would be so neat to win some. I would incorporate some into clothing and as embellishments on art quilts too. Would be fun to tell everyone where they came from. Thank you . . .

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  48. On a fun wall hanging. Those square ones remind me of grahmn crackers.....grin.

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  49. Oh these are great! I would you them to spell out a name on a wall hanging or quilt.

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  50. Cute. I wanted to embroider my son name on it.thanks.

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  51. Love these and would love to be entered in the giveawY. Thanks for such cute buttons.

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  52. Thread them together and make a button placemat!

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  53. For some reason, these buttons reminds me of cookies. They almost look edible. I'd love to use them for card or bag making. Love how they can be personalized.

    Hugs,
    Veronica.

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  54. they are very nice. they seems to be biscuits, do you think? hope I'm lucky. marta (sakehanska@virgilio.it)

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  55. These buttons are really beautiful "pierced"!
    I'd use them to decorate paper crafts that I love to do!
    But I'd also use them to customize my bags! = ^ __ ^ =

    Thank you for your generous opportunities gifted to us!

    Manu
    manu@artecuore.it

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  56. I think they look like tea cookies! I would use them on the boys button ups I am making. Great embellishment without being girly.

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  57. Love these buttons. Would add them to tote bags to make them more unique. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  58. Bellissimi! Io li userei per scrivere il mio nome e quello del principe su di un pannello decorativo da mettere fuori dalla porta. Incrocio le dita! Alice
    morbidecreazioni@libero.it

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  59. They are 'incomparable buttons' in the true sense of the word! what a lovely way to personalize our stitched works! thank you for the opportunity to win - Annamaria

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  60. if i win i will use it on a box with the lettrer couture ou broderie....
    they are beautifull

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  61. Speciali come tutto quello che create !!!
    Incrocio anch'io le dita ....chissa!!!
    Complimenti per le vostre creazioni!
    www.manifelici.blogspot.com

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  62. So cute, thank you! I can see using them for children's clothes or adding words to a my crossstitch pieces!

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  63. Ma che meraviglia! Li userei in tanti modi...con le iniziali per i destinatari delle mie creazioni, sui miei indumenti, sulle bustine che creo per i miei bijoux e...in mille altri modi...sono bellissimi. Incrocio le dita e corro a linkarvi.Anto

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  64. definitely these make me think of the golden tokens in Harry Potter :-$ well, I swear I'm up to no good and I will certainly use them to do the capital letters of some friends birthnames on stitched letters :-)

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  65. ils sont superbes ! je les verrais bien en fermeture de sac mais plein d'autres utilisations sont possibles

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    1. Hi Aline

      Thank you for entering our give away of our 9 hole buttons.
      Congratulations on being chosen as one of our 10 lucky winners.

      Please could you email me (handmadesa(at)gmail(dot)com) your postal details so that we can send your buttons to you.

      Warm Regards from sunny South Africa
      Tamara and the ButtonMad Team

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  66. I can think of about 10 things I can do with these buttons right now! They are cute and you can do anything with them. I would definitely love to win a set of these!!

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  67. Hi, please enter me into your giveaway! I would use one of them for my mums hand knitted cardigan that is almost finished. Amanda x

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  68. All of the possibilities you show are inside the edges. I want to experiment with over the edge possibilities. Is it possible to create a flower? a sudoku in buttons? In other words...I just want to play with them before deciding. ;)

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  69. I would definitely use them as gifts. Better than name tags. What fun.

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  70. I think these would be cute as initial accents in my scrapbook. They would also be cute sewn up with an initial and with a magnet added to the back for a personalized refrigerator magnet. They would make cute Christmas ornaments with a few small beads added. I think they would also be nice incorporated into jewelry designs for a necklace or bracelet.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  71. I would use them to decorate picture frames that frame moments :)
    gfc: catymariposina
    maison-@hotmail.it

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  72. Well, they are fantastic.
    They are good for all use. I'll use to personalize some gifts.
    Stefy
    ilcastelloincantato@yahoo.it

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  73. Bellissimi. Sto facendo delle bomboniere e poteri fermare i nastrini con l'iniziale.
    Inoltre troverei il modo di utilizzarli su tutti i miei progetti: dalle borse agli atucci per la scuola, dai portatovaglioli ai porta fazzolettini, come segno di riconoscimento per i bicchieri in una festa.
    Ma li vendete? Perche' io sarei disposta a comprarli.

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  74. Quanto sono carini! Fra qualche mese mi nasceranno due gemelline e vorrei decorare le loro cullette.

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  75. Oh these are just perfect for my crazy quilting. Hope I win. But whoever wins these is gonna be one lucky ducky. hehehe

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  76. These buttons are so neat! I think I would either use them on a purse or a wallhanging. There are so many possibilities!

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  77. I love these buttons. I have a cowl pattern that requires buttons and these buttons would be absolutely perfect for making it a unique addition to my wardrobe.

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  78. When I saw this I thought about my son that is 2 and a half years old. He will have lots of fun using thread and either tying them together or making shapes.

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  79. This are SO cute! My daughter & son-in-law are expecting my first grandchild, so I would use the button on hand-knit sweaters, etc. for the new baby. And maybe for decorative accents in the baby's room.

    Thanks.
    Debbie Bistline
    dbistline@bistlinecohoon.com

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  80. I'm knitting/crocheting baby sweaters. These buttons would be perfect embellishments for these projects!

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  81. too cute......my name of a jacket will be fun!!!
    Dilecta

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  82. Michelle Croukamp23 February 2012 at 21:04

    These buttons are adorable! Will love to use them with my grandchildrens' photographs or on bags for them - name tags - they love seeing their own names on everything...... thanks for the chance to win some.

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  83. I would love to use these buttons on the front of a sweater or on the cuff of a pair of socks that I'm knitting. These buttons get your creative mind a-going!!

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  84. My first thought was childrens sweaters. perfect.

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  85. Per me, che sono sempre alla ricerca di creazioni di bijoux originali,questi stupendi bottoni, potrebbero essere un'ottima fonte d'ispirazione!

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  86. These will sure be included in my next order! I want to use them on cards with some nice fabric, to 'write' a message or a wish. And of course on items I make with our Tambani embroideries. What a great find and so good that you include them in your assortment again. Thank you! Clara

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  87. I love them. They would be darling embellishing a photo frame or cards. Very clever idea. I also have a sweater embellished with buttons. These would be cute on a sweater. Would love to win some. Really like those tiny bird buttons as well. Must order me some.

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  88. They are so cute! Can't wait to get some and put them on everything! Knitted sweaters for my kids especially.

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  89. they would look great on a wall hanging in a child's room
    a sort of ABC-numbers sampler made with buttons!

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  90. I would use them on a pillow for my nephew's new baby boy.

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  91. I make textile greetings cards and love to use buttons, embroidery and beads as part of the designs so these would be a way of combining all the strands together for something highly original. Why not make some more? (Please)

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  92. My husband is a mountaineer and safari guide in Kenya whose trekking jacket needs new buttons! What a great solution to sew on a promotion for both his business (TREKKING EAST AFRICA & SAFARIS)plus a wonderful South Africa crafts business!

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  93. I would use them on a sweater. They would be the design element to complete the sweater. I think they are fantastic.

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  94. What beautiful buttons. I want to make a word quilt and these would be a wonderful embellishment.

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  95. I would love to stitch initals of my nieces on them and sew them on some spring jackets! thanks - very cute!

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  96. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these buttons. You have wonderfully darling buttons but these "decoder" buttons are the best!! I've been doing a bit more artsy quilting and think these would be perfect in an art quilt but I'd love to personalize a bag, too.

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  97. Aren't these buttons so cute!! I think they would definitely have to go on a quilt...maybe one with lots of squares so they would be a good embelishment.
    Cheers

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  98. I'd use them to sew my nephews' names onto cloth books I make them, and the titles too!

    larissaesq at gmail dot com

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  99. I would use these to spell my name on a nametag!

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  100. It's nice to be able to personalise gifts when you make them for friends & family. With these buttons I can add a name or special messaage. They are a great way to name the kids things like bags so their owner can be identified.

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  101. Enter me! ^^
    on FACEBOOK : PATRIZIA GIVEAWAY SCHIAVONE
    PATRI.SHEVA@TISCALI.IT

    I would use this botton for attach my name on bags, foulard ect

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  102. I would love to personalize some tote bags for my boys. Very cool buttons! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  103. WOW ------ So many uses. Clothes, hats(round the brim),bags, belts, straps. Not to mention all the wall hangings. I'm going to use the idea of nine holes to make all letters and nunbers.
    Place button on material (whatever) and markthrough to fix position to sew letter or number. Buttons can be used to highlight message!

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  104. Wow! These are wonderful buttons for so many creative ideas! I will use them on my future doll's dresses, to leave short "love messages" for those who receive them. But these buttons will be perfect also for greeting cards! So... fingers crossed!!

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  105. looks biscuits.
    thanks for the chance
    gustosagiveaways atymaildotcom

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  106. Such cute buttons. Now let me see how I would use them.
    1. I would paint them in pale vintage shades and use them as found effemera in a mixed media art piece.
    2. Stitch them onto a vintage style cuff.
    3. Stitch naughts and crosses on them and make a game for the kids while travelling.
    I guess that is enough for now.
    thanks for the chance to play

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  107. Ciao,grazie innanzitutto per l'opportunità!
    Partecipo volentieri poichè, facendo parte di un'associazione di riciclo creativo, questi originalissimi bottoni sarebbero, per tutte noi componenti, una ricchezza^^
    Incrocio le dita;)
    prattico@inwind.it

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  108. These buttons are 'the bomb'....I love them! I would use them to embellish a quilt or wall hanging.

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  109. Ciao, sono veramente particolari e penso che possano usare usati per svariate realizzazioni. Ultimamente creo Bijoux e penso che in una collana o in un braccialetto e perchè no anche un anello con iniziale ci stiano proprio bene.
    Ciao, Cristina

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  110. Absolutely love these buttons, so clever! I would use these buttons to make personalised cards and bags for my friends and family. They'd also work really well to personalise Christmas stockings :)

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  111. ciao adoro i vostri bottoni...li userei per una collana personalizzata ed un po' colorata...magari con orecchini abbinati!!! Incrocio le dita
    ciao Grazia

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  112. Bellissimi! Li userei per personalizzare con il nome un bel fiocco nascita!

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  113. These buttons are so cool. I like to create crazy quilts and would love to incorporate them into some of my future projects.

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  114. OH my oh my! Your button are unlike any I've seen! I'd be using them on some aprons of course, then also some on hand stitched items for decoration.
    www.cariboogals.blogspot.com

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  115. I would use them as show & tell examples in a mini-program introducing Incomparable Buttons at my monthly button club meeting. I love your newsletter and buttons!!!

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  116. Wow-these are fantastic!! Would love to use them on some of my bags-scrapbooking-great for making cards-my grandsons coveralls-oh there are hundreds of things I'd love to use them on !! Thanks for the give-away!!
    ~~Rain

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  117. Partecipo al tuo giw... bellissimi sembrano veramente dei biscottini.. carini per una giacchetta di lana...
    romy
    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1376352802
    romaina@tiscali.it

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    1. Very nice buttons J They remind me the small magnets I used when I was a child to create words
      on the blackboard

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  118. I think they would make cute buttons for a cardigan with a gingerbread or s'more theme.

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  119. Все ваши пуговки великолепны ))
    а эти мне понравились особенно: они очень простые, и благодаря этому оставляют простор для фантазий.
    Я бы использовала их при создании скрап+альбома для младшего сыночка, а старшему сделала бы надпись на свитерке ))

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  120. I would dearly love to win a set of these buttons. I stitch a cross stitch picture for each of my Grandchildren using buttons to enhance them, frequently yours. There will be a new Grandchild in October and feel these buttons would make a wonderful modern day sampler, for the new arrival.

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  121. I just arrived here from France because I am in love with buttons! have a look at my blog-today-post! well, I'd be happy to win those to create personal birthday and best wishes cards, that would be so nice to send! have a beautiful sunday!

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  122. These are adorable! I would use them for two things: a present for a dear friend who sat with me nearly every day during a recent hospital stay and an alphabet book for my adorable 1-yr old grandson who loves books and tactile items.
    Cheryl

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  123. I would use them to decorate a white board for my sons room.

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  124. Ci provo anche se la vedo dura con tutti questi commenti!!!
    Li userei per personalizzare una delle mie adorate Tilda per scriverci il nome della persona che la riceve in regalo.
    Fede

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  125. Hello there, What a very nice idea to create your own ideas. I would use them to make an activity hanging to teach kids the alphabet and numbers and times tables. This could hang in their room for learning every day

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  126. I follow your blog.
    I would use these to make hugs and kisses on a dress for one of my grandnieces, or for a decorative stitchery.
    Very cut.

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  127. Oh these are great! Please count me in for the giveaway! I'd use them on my quilting projects...

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  128. These remind me of biscuits we used to eat as children. I think I would add them to a bag for LIBRARY - I know I need 7 buttons but maybe I could do (HEART) BOOKS. That makes 6.
    What great buttons!!!

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  129. These are so neat! I would use these for labelling fabric storage boxes!

    Carolyn

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  130. Please enter me in the drawing, they're so cute, look like cookies, I'll use them for my quilting, hope so!!!!

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  131. Sono bellissimi! Mi aggiungo ai tuoi followers e spero di poterli usare per poter decorare la cartella della prima elementare della mai piccola! Ne sarebbe entusiasta!

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  132. I would use them on "Mummy Hugs" which are little cushions that go into a childs pocket on their first days at school.
    They are so if the child gets scared they can just squeeze the Mummy Hug and know their Mum loves them.
    I would put the word Hug or Mum on them with some kisses and hugs.
    I think these are great buttons!

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  133. Can't comment cause I'm too busy thinking of places to use them !!

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