New Jewelry Added to the shop :)

Hi Ladies and Gents. I added a BUNCH of new Rings, Hair Clips and Stud Earrings to my etsy shop. All have been handmade from vintage buttons I’ve collected over the years. Mostly from my last trip to Rhode Island! Hand selected for their neat-ness. :)

ALSO! A Very Good Coat Rack Readers and subscribers get a 15% off discount on anything! just enter FRIENDS2 during the etsy checkout :)

Sweet Sherbet

Invisible Button


Peachy Pair of Hair Clips - SOLD!


Blue Carved Shell Button Earrings


Tiny Pink Button Studs


Teal Carved Flower

AND Many More New Additions :)

I just created my own Button swap!

Swap-bot swap: Buttons Buttons Buttons!
BUTTONS BUTTONS BUTTONS swap!

If you aren’t a member of swap-bot.. maybe you should move your buns. :)

This is Buttons swap!
I realized that my stash was full of buttons that didn’t suit my taste, and I wanted to trade for some cute & cool ones. So I decided to create a button swap! Everyone loves (and needs) buttons! For sewing projects, card making, and any embellishments!


Details:
Swap Coordinator: ravenastoria
Swap categories: Craft Supplies Crafts Sewing
Location: Regional – usa
Type: Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop: July 5, 2011
Date items must be sent by: July 15, 2011
Number of swap partners: 1
Description:

This swap is to expand our button stashes!

I have not found a swap like this yet, I decided to create my own.
You will send to your partner 20 MEDIUM to LARGE Buttons.
(if you send teeny tiny buttons, smaller than 1/4 inch, please send 2 tiny ones for each regular sized button. example: 10 medium and 20 tiny ones). Note: Very large buttons still count as 1 button!

This is a good opportunity to get rid of some buttons that we do not like, and to gain some awesome new ones for crafts and sewing projects. Send vintage, wood, leather, hand painted, metal, shaped, or plastic. Flat back or shanks. Bubble wrap if you plan to send delicate or glass buttons. Please no toggles or snaps. ONLY BUTTONS please. :)

Any question, feel free to Message me. This is my first swap. I will angel if need be, but please please try to send out your items. It’s great to get things on time. Let your partner know if you’ll be late. Everyone is very sympathetic. We’ve all got other swaps too! This isn’t a very long swap because it doesn’t require any real crafting. You have til July 15th to send out your buttons. :)

Come join in!

Some Button Action this weekend

I had a lovely weekend off from home renovations. haha. :) So i decided to make some things from my vintage button collection. I had purchased many earring backs, ring bases, and hair/ brooch clips, and i wanted to put them to good use!

This is my disaster of a work area.

(i need a better space.. someday soon..)

and after mixing up some epoxy, I put together this ring. :)

I like it. a nice round brown button, with a pretty pearlized flower shaped button on top. I added some silver wire after the fact ( since the epoxy had oozed through the button holes).. thats a lesson.. add string or wire before epoxying…


It was super simple (after the epoxy set and they stayed put!) and it was really fun to make. I can’t wait to put together some more. I want more birthdays to come up so I can start making them for friends. :)

Sunday, I went to tea with Ian’s mother and sister, and my own mother and sister (for our mother’s bdays). We went to Charlotte’s Tea Room in Warwick, NY. It was so nice. if you are ever in the area, and want some nice tea in a beautiful house, (make a reservation) and stop in (and order the Big Red Sun tea, the Emperor’s New Salad, and the Cheesecake Petit fores, trust me! haha). It was a very nice time. :) OH, and I made my friend Rebecca some anchor earrings too. She asked if I wanted to take a photo, but I said nah.. but now I realize that I should’ve. Next time i see her I’ll snap one. :)

Enjoy the week!

New Things Need a Good Cleaning..

So about a year ago, I was given a nice big bag of vintage zippers. Some new-old stock (1963-1970), some modern, and some of various years that seemed to be cut out of clothing. All of which needed a cleaning!

So I began by putting the 75 or 80 zippers in 2 shoebox sized plastic bins. I soaked them in soap & water, (moving them around with my hands like a washing machine). Then I rinsed them out. I repeated that step a few times til the water ran semi-clear. Then, I just let them sit in a mixture of water, soap and detergent overnight. :)


they look like sea monsters.


extreme close up!


Before I left for work today, I “hung them up to dry”.. flattening them as I went. I figured they’d be easier to work with and just felt cleaner if they dried hung over my towel bar rather than crunched up in a plastic container….



That is about 4 layers deep of zippers!

Next up! A simple sweet find from Massachusetts. While looking for antique shops, we stopped to browse a garage sale. I realized during this trip that I didn’t have a neat old vintage jar to house my buttons (as every good seamstress should have)… so I snatched up this bad boy for $0.50. It took a while to get it open because the orange rubber seal had practically melted to the lid. I wonder how long this thing was closed for…

So once again, a nice wash with soap….

And left to soak overnight….

I can’t wait to organize the zippers when they are clean and dry. And I can’t wait to fill my new jar to the top with buttons! I’ve been gathering for quite a while and my collection has outgrown its little tin.. (AND I just bought some neat buttons off of eBay $ etsy). I hope they are delivered soon so I can transfer everyone to their new home. (until they are plucked, sewn and gifted, of course!)

Happy antiquing, searching and cleaning :)

p.s.- You KNOW you love my awesome crazy floral wallpaper. I do. ;)

I’ve Been Quite the Busy Bee!

I have been making many a shiny things. :) nothing is 100% ready to go up on etsy yet.. but here is a sneak peek for my readers (if i HAVE any!) Any feedback? Favorites, tips?.. color combos? That would be fantastic to hear! :)

Also i still have my ravenastoria.etsy.com site for now, but i was smart and got the etsy link coatrackshop.etsy.com! That will be where my store resides (once I get some stuff to post up!) Favorite it! and good things shall come your way!

WWW.COATRACKSHOP.ETSY.COM

WWW.COATRACKSHOP.ETSY.COM

10 necklaces, and 2 sets of earrings. Ian’s mother gave me a ton of vintage buttons to use. They are beautiful and give the pieces something a little extra! I’m wearing the red button/Anchor necklace today! (2 compliments by the way, haha!) I LOVE it! I try and wear them all at least once to check for quality. If it falls off me, i can fix it and make it better, rather than it falling off my customers! :)

If anyone would like to purchase, let me know and I’ll set up a listing right away! I will never deny a sale! :) Also, all the colored beads can be changed to your color choice. They can be customized to your favorite color. :)

Til we meet again!
<3 D