50 Button Crafts: idea #48 – miniature clothespin snowflake with button

miniature clothespin snowflake by Racquel Schroder Bregg

Got a box or jar full of buttons carefully saved by your mother or grandmother? For 2015 I’m in search of great ways to put those buttons to use. Here is this week’s idea:

The year of button crafts is almost over and Christmas is just a week away. I was thinking I might be done with Christmas themed button crafts but this was too clever not to share. Just combine miniature clothespins (taken apart) and a single button to make a sweet little snowflake. Lots of possibilities for bridging the gift or craft activity to family stories. What about memories of doing laundry and hanging clothes on the line to dry. We don’t do much of that these days. Or go the snow route and talk about winter memories and how deep the snow was when you or an ancestor where growing up. Here is a step by step tutorial. These would make a great January project as well as a Christmas decoration.

snowflake ornaments from MamaOf3Munchkins.com

It would be a good idea to document where the buttons for your project came from and any relevant stories or information about that person or family. If you are looking for more button crafts, check out my Pinterest board.

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50 Button Crafts: idea #47 – button Christmas card ideas

button ornament card from sweetppaperie

Got a box or jar full of buttons carefully saved by your mother or grandmother? For 2015 I’m in search of great ways to put those buttons to use. Here is this week’s idea:

Christmas is just around the corner so I thought I’d share some of the fun Christmas card ideas using buttons. There are so many out there and the possibilities are endless but hopefully these will inspire you to create something memorable from your button stash.

Santa card from imeondesign

tree cards from love-and-lollipops

ho ho ho card from CookieDesignCards

wreath card from hopefulhoney

It would be a good idea to document where the buttons for your project came from and any relevant stories or information about that person or family. If you are looking for more button crafts, check out my Pinterest board.

Pupdate: Fable in phase 2

Fable’s official portrait for our wall of puppies

I’ve neglected updating on Fable’s progress in formal harness training. On this last week’s report she was in phase 2, after being in phase 1 for two weeks. This was most likely due to the Thanksgiving holiday as only a few dogs moved to the next phase last week. In phase 2 she is learning:

  • Pattern training continues
  • 2nd up-curb exercise
  • distraction route in town
  • responsible lead exercise
  • food protocol continues

I finally got Fable’s official portrait picked, printed, stretched and hung on our wall. We have nine photos up there now. Some how nine seems like so much more than eight. I think some of it is that I had two rows of four photos and now I have three rows of three. It fills the wall up very differently. I put up enough nails when I started this wall above our stairs for the alphabet so it is easy to rearrange the photos as we add more puppies. I need to get on doing a photo shoot for Galaxy. She turned 7 months old this week. I’d like to have her portrait up by the time we have her going away party, not almost 7 weeks after she leaves for training.

Candy Display 2015: “The Knight Before Christmas”

“The Knight Before Christmas” (north side)

I don’t think I’ve posted much about this year’s candy window display for South Jordan. Well, now that it is done, I realized I’d better post something. Our theme was Star Wars inspired, “Feel the Force of Christmas” or something along those lines. My neighbor, Andrea (who was wonderful to work with) and I partnered up this year to do the window. She was a lifesaver last year when I broke my hand and she enjoyed it so much that she wanted to help this year, from the beginning. Her daughter Nicole came up with our idea (Yoda reading a book to three Ewoks) and then we went to work. Besides my husband, Bill (who gives more and physical support as needed), another neighbor, Cherri helped (with Yoda’s skin) and Bryce (Bill’s co-worker) built Yoda’s chair. After too many hours of shaping, painting and gluing we finished up last Friday afternoon with several hours to spare before the official “Light the Night” opening at South Jordan City Hall. If you are in the Salt Lake City, Utah area this holiday season stopped by Town Center Drive in South Jordan and see our creation. Plus you can see last years Ferris wheel just south of City Hall in the South Jordan Library.

view from the west side

close up of Wicket

close up of Teebo

Kneesa and BB-8

looking over Yoda’s shoulder

Yoda and the fireplace

Ideas for a More Christ-Centered Christmas

image from lds.org

I don’t know about you but I want my Christmas to be more about Christ and less about Santa and the typical stress of the season. LDS.org has some simple ideas to help us focus on the real meaning of the holiday season including simple activities to do each day for a more Christ-centered Christmas. I was a bit late getting started but I’m working on doing something each day to celebrate Jesus’s birth. If that sounds good to you too, you can find the ideas here. There are some great ideas that could become wonderful traditions for you family to pass down through the generations.

50 Button Crafts: idea #46 – Button Wreath Ornament

button wreath ornament from MarthaStewart.com

Got a box or jar full of buttons carefully saved by your mother or grandmother? For 2015 I’m in search of great ways to put those buttons to use. Here is this week’s idea:

This button wreath is along the lines of the stack style button ornaments I shared a few weeks ago. A great project to do with kids and it lets them do their own thing. While green buttons are necessary you might check out this post on dying your own buttons. Or just buy a bag of buttons in greens from the craft store and enjoy the time to talk about Christmas memories and crafts you remember as a child. MarthaStewart.com has instructions here.

It would be a good idea to document where the buttons for your project came from and any relevant stories or information about that person or family. If you are looking for more button crafts, check out my Pinterest board.

50 Button Crafts: idea #45 – Button Ornaments

button covered ornament from MySecretCottage on etsy.com

Got a box or jar full of buttons carefully saved by your mother or grandmother? For 2015 I’m in search of great ways to put those buttons to use. Here is this week’s idea:

Making a button covered ornament isn’t hard. You start with a Styrofoam ball, buttons and straight pins and get to work. I found instructions here if you need them. With shaft buttons, hot glue is the best way to attach them to the Styrofoam ball. You can see from the examples I found that there are endless possibilities on the look and style. What a wonderful gift a button covered ornament would be if the buttons came from an ancestor or beloved grandparent.

button covered ornament by Patty Schaffer via styrofoamcrafts.com

button covered ornament by Leslie Ashe via curbly.com

button covered ornament from LiveLoveDIY.com

button covered ornament from scrapendipity.blogspot.com

It would be a good idea to document where the buttons for your project came from and any relevant stories or information about that person or family. If you are looking for more button crafts, check out my Pinterest board.