Look at this cute little package I found in my mailbox today. Wonder what it could be?

It was wrapped so prettily that I had to take a picture first. Isn't that tag perfection?

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And inside was a great batch of buttons courtesy of my vintage button swap partner, Mandi. I participated in the first swap last year and was thrilled to sign up again this time. The swap is sponsored by Sally at shim+sons and 170 people from all over the world signed up to be partnered with another button lover. You send 12 buttons and you get 12 buttons back. And people often send extra goodies, too. Like the row of vintage trims in the back—the pink one has kitties on it. And my own package of those sweet little tags—wheee!

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So, how did Mandi know that I love flower buttons? This wasn't a surprise thing so I asked her what she liked and she did the same. She was redecorating her kitchen with yellows and oranges so that's what I sent her, along with a tea towel trimmed with vintage feedsack fabric and rickrack. Every kitchen can use a pretty tea towel.

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If you want to see some of the other buttons, head over to the Flickr group. And if that doesn't make you want to sign up next time I don't know what will :)


Tanya said...

How fabulous is that!! Beautiful buttons!! I am crazy about buttons!! I'm sorry I missed being apart of this. The deadline to enter has been and gone! :0(
What beautiful packaging Mandi wrapped them up in and that is the coolest tag ever! Is it a stamp I wonder??
What wonderful HAPPY mail to get!!

appliejuice said...

What a wonderful package. The vintage buttons are cute, but I don't know how you tell if one is vintage or where to look for them.

weirdbunny said...

Oh how beatutiful, she's put them on lovely pattern card too. A present is definately all in the presentation as far as I'm conceren !

sarah said...

I love those tags! And the buttons are fab! Do you know of a way to make new transfers from old embroidery patterns? Or do I just need to hand trace old patterns every time I want to use them? We got a bunch of old embroidery patterns at a garage sale and we would really like to figure out a way to use them that doesn't require squinting through fabric to trace a pattern if possible! Thanks!