I believe I have admitted, probably more than once, to having a wee bit of a button inclination. It’s not quite an obsession, but it does go several notches beyond fancy. I am especially more than a little fond of the chunky Bakelite buttons that look like layers of chocolate and caramel. Colored glass buttons are also a treat, and oh,oh, oh, those carved Lucite ones with the little flowers! I love those. They will go with nothing in my wardrobe, either now or in the future, but I still find them strangely compelling. I don’t have any, but I want some, and I can’t tell you why.
So it will come as no surprise that when a listener and fellow button afficianado sent me a link to a massive online button auction, I swooned. Yes, honestly. I did. I saw the Bakelite and the world went gray for an instant there. Oh. My. Dears.
Here are just a few of what’s on offer between now, and March 22nd, when the final auction ends. (Click the images to visit the auction pages for these.)
Yummy enough to eat, these are Bakelite cookies. Yes. That is their actual official name.
This is from a collection of Japanese Kutani Ceramic buttons. The pattern is lily of the valley and, depending on the weight, could make a gorgeous shawl pin for a lily of the valley shawl. Or simply furnish an awesome excuse for knitting a cardigan with a single button closure, just for the pleasure of using this button.
Finally, a job lot of Bakelite buckles and dress clips, and the possibilities are endless here. Sweater closures. Felted bag clips. File them under General Embellishments.
These are a few of the auctions I’d love to bid on, but won’t be, owing to the recent bill from Welsh Water. (It’s an annual bill, and though I know it’s coming every year, the amount always surprises me. That much? Really? But it’s just water…)
I do have my eye on a couple of auctions, though I won’t say which, but I’ll update here if I win any of them. The fact that I seriously considered keeping quiet about this wonderful auction, to better my chances, tells you something right there about the strange hold that buttons have on me. I don’t usually have such selfish thoughts. It must have been the buttons talking.
Thanks to my Official Button Enabler, Annabel.