Saturday, March 12, 2011

You're pushing my buttons

I have a new addiction.

Like I need a new one, right?  There are already two obvious ones:  Kid Rock and Shells.  Any others that are existent in my life are for me to know and you to find out... na na na na boo boo.

My new addiction could perhaps be labeled an obsession. 
Hoarder might be better word.  Alright, to be honest, my husband already calls me a hoarder of shells and vintage wood boxes.  

What does he know.

When I first heard about people collecting buttons, I thought, Why? Dime a dozen.  
That was before I saw the buttons.  The beautiful, round, smooth Bakelite buttons.  They're colorful, shapely and each button tells a story.  

Bakelite is a synthetic resin chemically formulated and molded into things like buttons, pool balls, jewelry, lamps and various other items.  After plastics and other like compositions were introduced, collectors of Bakelite developed ways of testing the material to determine if it was 'true' or not.  Some of these methods include rubbing item, generating heat, which would then produce the smell of formaldehyde.  A Q tip can also be dipped in Scrubbing bubbles or 409 and touched to the plastic - if the cotton turns yellow, it should be Bakelite. 

It's science, baby!  Not just me liking shiny things.  
This information led me to Ebay and Etsy, searching for my very own Bakelite buttons.  Not a big secret that when I turn to Ebay, I become an neurotic monster.  People who out bid me in the last two seconds are forever called Hairy Buttholes.  I HAVE to win, not matter the cost.  My kids starve, my house up for condemning and my dog flea bitten, until the day I shake it.  

Right now I have fifteen button lots on my 'watch' list.  I've bid on two, that end today.  Someone needs to stop me.

Clearly I have a problem.

But before you shout "Don't forget you have to save for college", take a look at my winnings.  They're so breath taking, I want to hold them to my bosom and run my fingers thru them.  

These are vintage buttons, don't they make you swoon?

The following six pictures are from the lot of one thousand vintage, antique mother of pearl and shell buttons I won.  Yes, I said one thousand, why are you looking at me funny.

The button in the middle with rhinestones, is my favorite.

Look at those colors!

Picture isn't great, but I think the buttons in the middle
are hand carved.


Grey shell buttons!  Could it BE more exciting!

Look at the cool carvings and shapes.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Since you've been gone..

Every time I think about my blog
I hear Rainbow
in my head.

I haven't posted in so long, 
I realized I was afraid of it.

I should probably be more
afraid of the HUGE crush I
used to have on this guy

Joe Lynn Turner

Joe Lynn Turner is an accomplished
lyricist, singer and musician. 
He once was the lead singer 
of Rainbow.
I used to kiss him 
good morning
on MTV
'cuz Rainbow was 
when I was a girl.

 I forgot about him until
a few minutes ago.

That hair!
Those eyes!
Scooby Dooby Doo!

There is no point to my drivel.
I was gone.
I am back.
I might change the name 
of this here blog.

Since I was gone, I spent 
two weeks on Sanibel Island.
Went to some kick booty 
estate sales.
Painted my dining room blue.
Was asked to consider coming 
back to my old job,
but in a new position.
Put all my kids toys 
in the basement.

What I haven't done is
grocery shopping
cleaning of car innards

Yet more pics of Sanibel:

gotta have my pelican fix!

hubs is in the blue shirt

My Babes.... awwww....

Peaceful morning

Killer horse conch found by one of my favorite peeps
Of course, the girl who looks like this at 6:30 am
finds the winning shell!
Yes, Girl, it IS a competition!

Deserted island
Where's Joe Lynn Turner when you need him?

3 alphabet cones, moon snails and rare colored fighting conch!

Thanks for reading.
Catch ya soon.