Review: Button It Up

27 Feb 2009

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! At long last, Monday will be the release of Susan's newest book, Button It Up. And it's adorable.

There's a great chapter all about the history of buttons, which also encompasses extraordinary button shops and also how to make your own buttons.

And then, there are 80 projects using wonderful vintage buttons in all kinds of ways. There's lots of fun jewelry, encompassing all kinds of interesting techniques. I love this stringing!

...And I think this is stunning. I really love the photo styling in this book as well - things are kept very simple, which really lets the buttons shine.

Susan also uses buttons in some lovely home projects - like these cafe curtains, which are made from cloth napkins - genius!

There's also a group of projects by contributing crafty-folk. I think Kayte's button cards are so pretty.

Seriously, GASP. This amazing button tree is by Sarah Johner. And yes, I have already acquired the styrofoam cone to make my own. Just need to get more buttons. Oh, darn.

I'm super honored to have a little something in here myself. This tote was born of an incredible wooden-button score I made on eBay.

I had a little glimpse into the making of this book, and got to watch Susan acquire insanely-beautiful buttons from all kinds of sources. I think that's part of the fun of Button It Up - not only are the projects are wonderful, you also get a huge dose of button eye-candy. Yum yum.

There might be a giveaway here in the near future. But you didn't hear that from me. Oh, and check out the book's website for more goodies.

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Comments

Thanks for the cuteness, as usual, Ms. Sister Diane! I used to make necklaces like the bracelet up there when I was in high school. Love the buttons and congrats on your contribution. I've added this to my ever-growing goodreads list. <3 Cami!!


wow. This is uber cool.

It appears I've found my destiny.


Thanks for your awesome and generous review, Diane! Your bag is magnificent and I am so glad that you like the book. Yay!


this is so timely as i recently bought a small trove of vintage buttons and rescued an amazing batch from my grandmother's old jewelry case. since i don't usually make things that button, i wasn't really sure what to do with them all and now i've got plenty of ideas.


omg the cuteness overwhelms! I love the bracelet, and that tree is just the project I needed for next holiday season. tooooooooo cute!


Great-looking bag, Diane! I love the clean lines. The buttons are just the right amount of decoration - interesting, but not frou-frou. Well done. I love buttons.


Oh how I love seeing my button tree here! Please feel free to add a link to my blog or to the button tree's original appearance on the blog, which can be found here:
http://mamanjackjack.blogspot.com/2006/11/button-button.html

or even to my own celebration of the book here (the contest is closed though!):
http://mamanjackjack.blogspot.com/2009/02/lets-celebrate.html

I cannot wait to see your tree!


P.S. I LOVE the wooden buttons on your bag! Wooden buttons seem to be the hardest ones for me to use, and this was a lovely idea.


This book looks awesome! Love that bag...those buttons really make it wonderful!


Wow, love that book! I want to make the cafe curtains, the tree and that awesome necklace! I have few buttons though. I need to find some on ebay or a thrift store or something!


What great ideas? Wish I had kept those buttons I had!


Still here. You know, there's something about buttons sewn on cards that just makes me happy. Why is that?


Oh, I'm sorry to make all these comments, Diane, and you can delete them, but that bag you made is so utterly KEWL I had to tell you. I love wooden buttons. Is wood a renewable resource? oh! yes! I am going to go get wooden buttons to make my styrofoam tree with and then stick a few green pipecleaners in it for branches so the buttons are still visible as the wood. Will that look silly? They'll be decorously curved and twisted, of course. Oh, Cathie will be horrified!! One more thing in the house, she said, other than U.S. currency, and I'm out.

It's going to be a great adventure!!!


wow. This is uber cool.

It appears I've found my destiny.


Still here. You know, there's something about buttons sewn on cards that just makes me happy. Why is that?


Oh, I'm sorry to make all these comments, Diane, and you can delete them, but that bag you made is so utterly KEWL I had to tell you. I love wooden buttons. Is wood a renewable resource? oh! yes! I am going to go get wooden buttons to make my styrofoam tree with and then stick a few green pipecleaners in it for branches so the buttons are still visible as the wood. Will that look silly? They'll be decorously curved and twisted, of course. Oh, Cathie will be horrified!! One more thing in the house, she said, other than U.S. currency, and I'm out.

It's going to be a great adventure!!!


Great-looking bag, Diane! I love the clean lines. The buttons are just the right amount of decoration - interesting, but not frou-frou. Well done. I love buttons.


Thanks for the cuteness, as usual, Ms. Sister Diane! I used to make necklaces like the bracelet up there when I was in high school. Love the buttons and congrats on your contribution. I've added this to my ever-growing goodreads list. <3 Cami!!


Thanks for your awesome and generous review, Diane! Your bag is magnificent and I am so glad that you like the book. Yay!


omg the cuteness overwhelms! I love the bracelet, and that tree is just the project I needed for next holiday season. tooooooooo cute!


this is so timely as i recently bought a small trove of vintage buttons and rescued an amazing batch from my grandmother's old jewelry case. since i don't usually make things that button, i wasn't really sure what to do with them all and now i've got plenty of ideas.


Oh how I love seeing my button tree here! Please feel free to add a link to my blog or to the button tree's original appearance on the blog, which can be found here:
http://mamanjackjack.blogspot.com/2006/11/button-button.html

or even to my own celebration of the book here (the contest is closed though!):
http://mamanjackjack.blogspot.com/2009/02/lets-celebrate.html

I cannot wait to see your tree!


P.S. I LOVE the wooden buttons on your bag! Wooden buttons seem to be the hardest ones for me to use, and this was a lovely idea.


Wow, love that book! I want to make the cafe curtains, the tree and that awesome necklace! I have few buttons though. I need to find some on ebay or a thrift store or something!


What great ideas? Wish I had kept those buttons I had!


This book looks awesome! Love that bag...those buttons really make it wonderful!