I really don't like chewing gum and perhaps this machine above is the reason. When I was a little Lucy, my mom (an insanely talented seamstress and quilter) kept her button collection in a yellow gumball machine. I took great pleasure in emptying the machine, admiring and sorting the buttons, and eventually dumping them all back in to repeat on another day.
I've since realized that lots of other girls had this same hobby - perhaps it was a measure by the OCD conspiracy squad to induct children from an early age?
I can only assume that our friend Susan realized she was tired of dumping the buttons back into the bins after she was done. Her new book, Button It Up, features 80 different crafty projects for using these buttons and giving them life beyond the gumball machines.
We got to see Susan read from the book and do a little button crafty project last weekend at Powell's.
(It's the cover model, live!)
Check out this tricked out button jacket - is it craft gone punk or punk gone craft? Either way, it's extremely impressive:
Susan will be doing another book signing and project fest at Bolt in Portland this Saturday. It's worth going just to get a look at the most expensive button in Susan's collection...let's just say that gold tinsel is involved.
Now, I'm quite proud of this transition to a tight little wrap-up. Check out minute 2:06 of the video below. Buttons...plus gum! Yes!