Spring blooms and Button Swap partners!

by Cindy on April 4, 2012

Just taking in the local Spring beauty….

spring blooms flowers

spring flowers wrought iron fence
pink spring flowers
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Now here’s a little aside…. I’ve been on a bit of  a lucky streak recently and wanted to share a few goodies that have come my way!  I won a giveaway on Kristi Harrison’s FB Fan Page….  just look at this beautiful bunch of buttons she sent!  Nothing like a bunch of buttons!


Giveaway from Kristi Harrison

I got lucky again and won a giveaway on Kylie Parry’s blog.   Have you ever seen anything like these?  The earth beads are really cool, and so is that sweet owl pendant (not to mention this great packaging!).


Giveaway by Kylie Parry

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Now on to a Button Swap update for those participating in the Swap!  I sent the list of partners out over the weekend, but just wanted to be doubly sure and add the list here.  Please contact me if you have any questions, or if you’re having a hard time reaching your partners.

Please get in touch with your partners and start thinking about the buttons you’d like to send out by April 20th! A big thank you to all that joined!

* Please note that names are listed alphabetically, so you’ll see your name twice.

Alice Peterson  and Kim Bender

Angie Blasingame and Billi R.S. Rothove

 Billi R.S. Rothove and Angie Blasingame

 Birgitta Lejonklou and Pam Farren

 Bonnie Coursolle and Tania Hagen

 Brenda Salzano and Hope Smitherman

 Cat Kerr and Heather Powers

 Cece Cornier and Jeannie Dukic

 Celeste Thurston and Christine Damm

 Christine Damm and Celeste Thurston

 Christine Stonefield and Dana James

 Cilla Watkins and Lori Bowring Michaud

 Cindy Wimmer and Mimi Gardner

 Cynthia Machata and Julia Johnson

 Cynthia Riggs and Lori Finney

 Dana James and Christine Stonefield

Diana Ptaszynski and Erin Prais-Hintz

 Emma Thomas and Rebecca Anderson

 Erin Prais-Hintz and Diana Ptaszynski

 Erin Siegel and Sharon Borsavage

 Heather Powers and Cat Kerr

 Holly Westfall and Sally Russick

 Hope Smitherman and Brenda Salzano

 Janet  McDonald and Kim Roberts

 Jayne Capps and Kim Dworak

 Jeannie Dukic and Cece Cornier

 Jenna Meyers and Kristi Harrison

 Jenna Tomalka and Karen McKillip

 Jenny Davies Reazor and Sandi Volpe

 Julia Johnson and Cynthia Machata

 Kalaya Steede and Kylie Dickman

 Karen McKillip and Jenna Tomalka

 Karen Mitchell and Renetha Stanziano

 Karla Morgen and Mary Govaars

Kay Thomerson and Shannon Chomanczuk

 Kim Ballor and Laurel Steven

 Kim Bender and Alice Peterson

 Kim Dworak and Jayne Capps

 Kim Roberts and Janet  McDonald

 Kristi Harrison and Jenna Meyers

 Kylie Dickman and Kalaya Steede

 Kym Hunter and Lynda Moseley

 Laurel Steven and Kim Ballor

 LeAnn Weih and Mary Jane Dodd

 Linda Djokic and Patty Gasparino

 Line Labrecque and Teri Baskett

 Liz DeLuca and Lorelei Eurto

 Lorelei Eurto and Liz DeLuca

 Lori Anderson and Niky Sayers

 Lori Bowring Michaud and Cilla Watkins

 Lori Finney and Cynthia Riggs

 Lynda Moseley and Kym Hunter

 Marianna Boylan and Tracy Statler

 Mary Govaars and Karla Morgen

 Mary Harding and Stacie Florer 

Mary Jane Dodd and LeAnn Weih

 Maureen Baranov and Tracy Bell

 Melissa Martin and Theresa Fosdick

 Michelle Hardy and Peggy Johnson

 Mimi Gardner and Cindy Wimmer

 Nicole Valentine Rimmer and Niki Meiners

 Niki Meiners and Nicole Valentine Rimmer

 Niky Sayers and Lori Anderson

 Pam Farren and Birgitta Lejonklou

 Pam Ferarri and Stefanie Teufel

 Patty Gasparino and Linda Djokic

 Peggy Johnson and Michelle Hardy

 Rebecca Anderson and Emma Thomas

 Rebekah Payne and Sue Kennedy

 Renetha Stanziano and Karen Mitchell

 Rose Binoya and Shanti Johnson

 Sally Russick and Holly Westfall

 Sandi Volpe and Jenny Davies Reazor

 Shannon Chomanczuk and Kay Thomerson

 Shanti Johnson and Rose Binoya

 Sharon Borsavage and Erin Siegel

 Shirley Moore and Veralynne Malone

 Stacie Florer and Mary Harding

 Stefanie Teufel and Pam Ferarri

 Sue Hamel and Terry Carter

 Sue Kennedy and Rebekah Payne

 Tania Hagen and Bonnie Coursolle

 Tania Spivey and Teresa Gagne

 Teresa Gagne and Tania Spivey

 Teri Baskett and Line Labrecque

 Terry Carter and Sue Hamel

 Theresa Fosdick and Melissa Martin

 Tracy Bell and Maureen Baranov

 Tracy Statler and Marianna Boylan

 Veralynne Malone and Shirley Moore

I’ve saved some of the best photos in this post for last… handmade buttons made by participants in the Button Swap!

Mary Jane Dodd’s metal work  shows incredible craftsmanship with a beautiful, rustic style.  Here are  just a few of her brand new buttons. You can find Mary Jane’s blog here, and her components shop here.


Next I’m happy to share the work of a lampwork artist that I’ve admired since I first started making  jewelry – Marianna Boylan.  She is known for her fun, sculptural beads such as those adorable Mickey Mouse pairs.  You can find Marianna’s blog here and her shop here.


* If you would like me to feature your handmade buttons in a future blog post, please send me an email!

– Enjoy your spring break!

Cindy xoxo


{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Lana Kinney April 4, 2012 at 1:06 am

Hi Cindy….wow you won some beautiful things..and Miss Kristi is your button girl..she loves buttons and makes wonderful creations with them..and I just recieved my package from Kylie…two little owls and some amazing beads…..I really would have love to partisipated in the button hop..I have such unreliable mail service it’s not even funny..I heard from Canada post it’s our customs crossing on the Canadian side..I guess they can hold things for no reason for as long as they want..I have about eight packages right now in limbo somewhere…so it wouldn’t be fair to join in…I think I may hop across to Detroit and start mailing from there…an idea from the bead babes..Diana to be exact…well it so nice to stop by..your photos as usual are so pretty…you enjoy your spring break with those sweet young men of yours…they are so sweet….hugs xox Lana 🙂

Madeline April 4, 2012 at 7:27 am

Beautiful photos! I han’t seen Camellias since I left New Orleans! Gorgeous flowers and beautifully photographed! Happy Easter!

LeAnn April 4, 2012 at 7:32 am

Your photos of spring were such a treat to wake up to. It is simply taking my breath away to see everything come into bloom this year. Sort of like a never ending pageant and so very different from where I lived before.

I am so looking forward to the button swap. It will keep me motivated to get into the studio as often as possible. It could not have come at a better time for me. Thank you so much for hosting it.

cat kerr April 4, 2012 at 8:22 am

Hey sweet Cindy,you won some very lovely giveaways!! The spring photos are just heavenly..did you take all the photos? You probably did. I am excited about the button hop,I am waiting to hear back from my partner and I already made her some buttons using my newly learned technique…enameling. thanks for coming up with such a great idea!! Love thw handmade
XoX Cat

Susan Marling(quiltingjewel) April 4, 2012 at 8:30 am

Wow – your flowers were beautiful. My camillas were wonderful until the last rain storm beat them down but I picked a whole lot of them before so I could enjoy them at home and work. The buttons you won are beautiful and those earth beads are incredible. I really have to start to seriously consider doing a blog so I can participate in these wonderful hops, etc. Have a wonderful Easter.

Michelle April 4, 2012 at 9:22 am

Hey – I cannot locate an email for my swap partner. Peggy if you are reading this please email me

Cynthia April 4, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I am so ready for my Peonies to bloom! Great photos! You really have been on a roll with such great wins! Love that Owl pendant.
I’m excited about the button swap. I have been conversing with my button swap partner (Lori Finney), and have been going through my stash of buttons. I will not reveal anything here, but she gave me a brilliant idea!! I hope she will like what I am going to send her!

Stefanie April 5, 2012 at 5:16 am

Oh Cindy, your photos are always so amazing. And with this grey sky all around me this time they were a much needed sign of spring:-) Can’t eait for the peonies and I can’t wait for the swap. And you are right about the earth beads. They are really, really pretty! Happy easter to you and your family!

Cynthia@OrnamentalStyle April 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Love, love, love the top photo especially. There’s such a dreamy quality to it.

Alice April 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm

What gorgeous spring flowers! You have been a lucky girl–the prizes are wonderful. I can’t wait for the button Swap.

I’ve subscribed for updates from you blog by email, but I never get them. So I tried it again and received a message that I was already subscribed……….

Patti Vanderbloemen April 5, 2012 at 8:56 pm

What beautiful pictures!! Photography is an art form that escapes me! Thank you for sharing!!!Congratulations on your winnings!!!! And…congrats on the success of your Button Blog Hop!!!

jeanniek April 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Oh Cindy your Spring in Bloom photo’s are breathtaking. Girl, you got skillz!
The metal buttons by Mary and Marianna are prefection. Thanks for sharing those cuz I don’t get out much. Looking forward to the hop and if there is anything I can do for you, just let me know.

Kylie April 10, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Cindy, congrats on winning both giveaways! I am a huge fan of Kylie Parry. 🙂

Thank you so much for all of your hard work to make the swap happen. Can’t wait to see everyone’s projects and see the beauteous buttons they’ve received!

Your photos are wonderful, too!

Ann-Margaret April 11, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Oh, I just love Camellias!!! We had several trees at a house we lived at several years ago and now have some at this house. They have always been a favorite of mine. Truly enjoyed seeing your spring flowers ~ oh, how I love this time of year!! And, I do miss seeing the beautiful cherry blossom trees in DC!! So funny that you won 2 giveaways…I recently won 2, also!!! Separated at birth, I tell ya!! LOL Hugs!!

mary jane dodd April 14, 2012 at 3:02 pm

thank you so much cindy for showing my buttons – i don’t know how i missed the post (well, i do – i have been swallowed by the world of kids)… i appreciate the support…

Antiquity Travelers May 8, 2012 at 11:44 am

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE those metal buttons!

Lori Anderson May 10, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Lucky you! I love those earth beads.

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