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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Rare and Hard to Find Plique-à-jour Buttons "Letting in Daylight"

Hi everyone!
Here are a few pictures of some amazing buttons that have come into the Legacy over the last few years. These are very rare plique-à-jour buttons. What a treat for button collectors and amateurs like myself! It is hard to find examples on line and now we have a set in two sizes.
 To quote Wikipedia;
"Plique-à-jour (French for "letting in daylight") is a vitreous enamelling technique where the enamel is applied in cells, similar to cloisonné, but with no backing in the final product, so light can shine through the transparent or translucent enamel. It is in effect a miniature version of stained-glass and is considered very challenging technically: high time consumption (up to 4 months per item), with a high failure rate. The technique is similar to that of cloisonné, but using a temporary backing that after firing is dissolved by acid or rubbed away.[1]"
If any button collectors have information about these rare buttons please let me know. We really need help establishing a value.
Hope you enjoy these little gems.
 I am going to post more button pictures in the coming weeks.
Much love to all of you!
Louise
             
                  
             
             
             
             
             
             





Monday, November 16, 2015

Free Vintage Bluebird Brand Button Cards for You to Print.

Hi Everyone!

Today I have some more button cards for you. Cheerful graphics from vintage Bluebird brand buttons. Print them on cardstock paper and you can sew your own buttons on them. The cards can be used as gift tags or made into greeting cards. We have customers who save the cards and it is always nice to have something new for them so I am always making new ones.  Maybe posting button cards on my blog will get me blogging again! Hope you are all doing well.

Much Love,
Louise
Marie scanned and cleaned up this sweet card.





Sunday, November 15, 2015

Vintage Button Cards For You.

Hi Everyone,

It has been quite awhile since I last posted. Today I have been working with vintage button cards and thought you might enjoy some of them. There are also a few that I made from old magazine covers. Just a quick little post. 

Much love to you all,
Louise







Saturday, September 27, 2014

Darling Illustrations by Constance Haslewood of Victorian Children


Hi Everyone and Welcome. 
Today I have sweet illustrations from the 1888 children's book 'A Merry Go Round'. It was illustrated by Constance Haslewood. This children's book was published 126 years ago!  I love seeing what kids played with back then. Tea parties,dollhouses and of course Christmas have endured. Skipping rope and kite flying are still around. Not so sure about the May Queen. The tradition of a May Queen was not part of my childhood (50 years ago) so I do not know it's history. Sounds like a good topic for a future post!
The pictures in this post are from The Baldwin Library
I hope you are having a wonderful and creative day. 
Much Love, Louise
P.S. Thank you for your kind comments and feedback.









Friday, September 19, 2014

Antique And Vintage Pearl Button Cards

Hello everyone and welcome. 
 
Louise recently posted some wonderful button card graphics and I thought it might be nice to show you a few more. 
 
I have a weakness for the natural beauty of old shell buttons. They were often displayed and sold on “pearl” cards.  Finding a new pearl button card is always a treat.
 
 
This one is free for non commercial use.
 
While researching the history of shell button manufacturing, I ran across some interesting information on the harvesting of shells on the Mississippi River, provided by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (http://www.fws.gov/midwest/mussel/harvest.html).  On their site, you can download a delightful old book about shell buttons called “The Story of My Life by Billie Button” (Anonymous 1914 Wisconsin Pearl Button Company, La Crosse, WI-http://www.fws.gov/midwest/mussel/teacher/billie_button.html). I highly recommend this one.
 

The cover of the booklet.
 
I hope you enjoy these wonderful pearl button cards.
 
Much love to all,
Marie
 
 

 
This one is free for non commercial use.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

1880's Paintings of Paris Flower Markets by Victor Gabriel Gilbert

Hello and welcome to all of you,
I came across these fabulous  paintings by Victor Gabriel Gilbert (1847-1933) of Paris flower vendors and markets. Think how fragrant and beautiful all those flowers would be!  Have you ever been to one of these? Do they still exist? It is easy to imagine walking home with an armload of flower bouquets to fill every room in ones home.
Thank you for the support and encouragement in your comments!
Have a wonderful and creative day.
Much Love as always, Louise

All of these paintings were found on 
The Athenaeum. or Wikimedia Commons







Friday, September 5, 2014

Free Gift Tags and Button Cards For You to Print!

Hi everyone! 
Cruising the net and Pintrest for new button card graphics often brings me back to my own blog and images!
 It is rewarding to come across the images I spent many hours searching for,scanning and cleaning up. 
How wonderful to see all the creative cards, tags, collages and scrap booking pages you have made using graphics you found here. I have always been so curios to see what you were making and now all I have to do is look on Pinterest and the web!

Thank you for your continued kind comments. Today there were so many to read and post! 

To answer a few questions; 
How do I attach the buttons to the cards? Sewing them on by hand like the originals seems to work the best for me, When a button has a shank I punch a hole in the card. On the back I then use a safety pin to hold the button in place(if there is only one button). If there are many I run a thread through all the shanks and tie a knot. I suppose glue or hot glue might work for cards depending on how the card will be used.
Hope you have a wonderful creative day!
Much love as always, Louise

This one can be used as a label or gift tag.



From an old sheet music cover. This would make a cute gift tag. The colors and her costume are perfect for Halloween.