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Sunday, 8 April 2012

Happy Easter, everyone! I hope that you are all enjoying the break and not eating too much chocolate ;o)

Here are some of the latest buttons added to Love Buttons HQ:-

The first button is a charming and collectible one from a highly sought after button artist. I believe that this may be one of the earlier examples of a 'Brooks button', as the original card is marked 'Designed and painted by Alan J Brooks, Oak House, Park Terrace, New Earswick, York'. The card does not mention his wife and fellow artist, Edith, or the Trelandith Studio to which they moved. The button dates to c1960s/1970s. This button (with small flaw) costs £10. A more perfect one is available at £13. Two smaller ones are available here and here for £10 each.

This next set of amazing buttons are deeply domed with a stylised flower in the centre and dots, leaves and swirls around the edges. The buttons are vintage (probably 20th century), and thought to originate in South Germany or Austria (this style of button is common around the Salzburg area). They are probably made to imitate the earlier peasant buttons. This set of four buttons costs £5.50.

Finally, something completely different!

Crushed walnut shells have a number of practical uses, including:-
* as a tumbling media for polishing items made from plastic, rubber, aluminium etc;
* in craft, for stuffing items such as pincushions (the shells give a nice weight to the item, and the natural oils in the shells are said to keep the needles clean);
* to add to paint to thicken and texturise it. This may be useful for art and craft purposes or for DIY painting, to give a textured finish.
Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!

Posted by Julia of * Love Buttons HQ * Love Buttons on Ebay *

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