Tuesday, December 4

Gifts, Giveways and Icicles!

Button icicles. Now you know what I was referring to! :) Long dangly 'icicles' made from vintage buttons, balanced with a bead at the bottom and a bow at the top. Perfect for the tree, but also so much fun to dangle around the house. Because some of the buttons are antique shell and glass, the icicles make a lovely twinkling sound when moved. I think they would be wonderful in front of an open window, blowing in the breeze. We can't do that up here in New England right now, but Ellie in Florida could! The icicle on the left uses approx. 20 white buttons that vary in size. Just dee-lish for a shabby chic decor or for a bit of whimsy. I

will be giving away two icicles to one of my lovely blogger friends. Just leave a comment.. but keep reading.. there's more! If you would like to make some for yourself, or as gifts they are super simple and a fun!

Once you secure a bead on string, (I used vintage pink embroidery floss.. but fishing line would work great too!) then you just sew on the buttons, using two holes. As they slide down the string, alternate the direction the buttons face and slide them together. They stack right up. Using a graduated size, gives an icicle look to them, but you could create garland by using random sizes or colors. They would be pretty swagged on a chandelier or hanging from a door knob. You can change the colors of the ribbon or buttons to match you home or the holidays. For buttons you can check out Kathy's Etsy shop, Button Constructions.

For those of you who would rather some crafty goodness to play with yourself I am also giving away a vintage style paper tissue basket filled with delights! Buttons, pink rick rack, Robbin's egg blue vintage seam binding ribbon, a antique skeleton key, paper flowers, etc..

Just leave a comment on this post and I'll enter you for the drawing. Let me know which item you would prefer, I will giving away a pair of icicles and the tissue basket of goodies, wrapped to perfection and given with love! I will draw numbers on Friday! Good luck!

♥ Abbie

*Below is a pic out my kitchen window. We got almost a foot of snow yesterday! This was taken about midday.. why am I making icicles for inside?? You'd think we have enough outside! I hope everyone is warm and I'd love to see WARM and COLORFUL pics on everyone's blogs!! It's cold and white here!


ELLIE said...

oh Abbie-
Now i cannot believe I would have to choose...LOVE the button icicles...and yes you are right...I would put them at an open window or outside our front door under the overhang just to hear them while I sit outside in the evening...how very cool....and the paper basket is awesome also...so many fun stuffies...I would love to be entered for both...if I have to choose then the icicles...so unique...
Thanks for stopping by my blog...I appreciate the visit and comments...
Loved the picture of the snow you got...I love looking at it but so thrilled I do not have to drive in it or shovel it...lol
take care and stay warm

Mary said...

Abbie, oh, I love the view outside your kitchen window! Do I see soapstone countertops? Beautiful!

I'd love to be entered in your drawing -- those icicles are bautiful!
Hope you are staying warm!

Anonymous said...

Oh, how I miss New Hampshire!! I choose the wee basket. Crossing my fingers.... Di

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Your snowful scene is just beautiful! What a nice view out your window..

Please enter me for your lovely icicles. Love them! I may try to do some myself too but somehow all I seem to be able to do is sew....fine motor skill crafts elude me ... LOL

Jessrose21 said...

I love your button icicles!! I will definitely be making some. The basket of goodies also looks fun. I'm not sure which one I would choose if I won!

Kathleen Grace said...

Abbie, the button icicles are pure genius! I have a ton of old MOP buttons from my grandmother and I have been waiting for a great way to use them! Here it is! Thanks so much for giving the directions:>) I cannot choose which item I would rather win, they are all beautiful!

Rhondamum said...

I would love to be in your give away. To choose is hard though. I will say basket, because now that you have been kind enough to post directions on the button icicle, and now that I have some of your beautiful blue seam binding, I can try to make one myself. I have a feeling it won't be as good as yours though. Stay warm, I am envious of your beautiful snow!

Oh, please don't get mad, but you have been tag. Check out my blog for details. Just a fun thing whenever you want to partake, or not. It was my first tag!

God Bless!

Anke said...

Hi Abbie, both give aways are great. Hard to make a choice here.
Snow, wow, Lars would LOVE that. Still waiting for some white coming from the sky, we have just water pouring from it in the next days.....so enjoy watching the Kids playing outside ;)

Maria said...

OOh please enter me in your giveway. I would love either one.

Nancy said...

I love your button iciles! I have many vintage buttons, and the icicles are the perfect project for them.

If I won the giveaway I would accept either gift.

And, please send some snow to South Carolina. It is 70 degrees here today, and it just doesn't feel like winter.

tongue in cheek said...

The button ornament looks like a ice cicle. Darling design

Amber said...

I just love the icicles! I've started decorating at home and I know just where to put them!

SimplyStitchingintheGarden said...

Just love your inside icicles!! What a wonderful way to use vintage buttons or for that matter using new buttons. Very clever. Thank you for sharing

Roberta, who is loving your snow scene outside your kitchen window

Jill said...

I love your icicles. Thanks for telling how you made them. I would love to be entered in your drawing.

Jill said...

I love the button icicles. They look so beautiful. Thanks for your lovely blog page.