Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Buttons, Buttons, Buttons

If you didn't already know, buttons are almost like currency. Have you looked at the price of buttons lately? Crazy. I love stopping into Loft Antiques on 50th & Xerxes to look at the buttons there, but at 20¢ each, it can get pricey when all of them are screaming to be taken home! I signed up for a free class called Button Box through the library* where we made elastic bracelets with buttons. Naturally, I love free and crafty so, when I found this class while perusing the website, I decided it was something I needed to do. I'm not usually inclined to do things by myself, ever. I was really nervous, but I ended up having fun. I was the youngest person at the class, but I think that just gave me an advantage to obtaining the most colorful and quirky buttons in the box. 

Do you see all these buttons? I didn't finish mine before the end of the class so I was allowed to take some home to finish. The few that didn't fit onto the bracelet got to go into my newly assigned button jar. It's mostly buttons that I got when my maternal grandma died, but she had a weird obsession with white, so most of them are boring. But, according to the class, stack a boring button with another and it creates something interesting! How adorbs are the typed buttons? My bracelet ended up being my life's color scheme of pink + green and very flower-centric.

Since I finally had a little time (one day) to work on the notions contest for Spoonflower, I decided to jump in head first. I had a marathon day of digital design on Monday. Four designs, twelve hours, atrophied leg muscles. When I went to work the next day, the 6 mile round trip bike ride and the 3.5 hours of physical labor was welcomed, but totally killed. This contest opens tomorrow so I'll put up a link then. Obviously with new designs comes new Society6 designs. BJ actually surprised me with a Galaxy S5 on Monday afternoon, which is outrageous and I have to not even think about how crazy it is or I feel guilty. This means I can finally order a case that I designed! We should all be that awesome ;)

Book-a-Week update:

Since we caught up last, I've finished the last three books of the Aurora Teagarden series, and I have to tell you that a couple of the deaths really took a toll on me, but I loved the series and am sad it's over. I also read Charlaine Harris' new short story about Manfred Bernardo (Sookie Stackhouse crossover!!!) and the first book of her brand new series also starring Manfred Bernardo. If you are a Charlaine Harris fan, then this is the ultimate because there is crossover from every series except Sookie, but you get that in the short. I squeed outloud every time. I was like a rap battle hype man. I can't wait for the next one to come out!!! That brings us to the current book which is definitely not being read in one week, but since I'm ahead of schedule (on #34 on week 26), I'm hoping that it won't make much of a difference. If I count graphic novels and the New Girl book I'm on #39. The book I'm on now is S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst and it's super fun. It's going to take a long time to read though because it's a book but has notes written back and forth between two readers and has things inserted into the pages. I've encountered a couple of things referenced in the notes that I think are missing from the book, but I'm borrowing it from the library, so it's to be expected. The only thing missing from making it seem like a legitimate old library book is the lovely smell that books acquire. 

I'll have a thrift update soon. Spoiler: there are cats. Plural. >^._.^<

*If you are not currently a library goer, you really must start. The Hennepin County Library system is so super amazing; I don't know how I'd live without it! I've watched old current movies, all of the American Film Institute top 100 movies from both 2000 + 2010, regularly read old and current books from both the physical and digital lending libraries including cookbooks and crafting books (with patterns!), borrowed CD's, get 5 free music downloads per week, took a free class, and just enjoyed being in the comfort of air conditioning on hot days when I was too poor and/or cheap to turn on the A/C. The library is an amazing place that is no longer just for nerds. I just love the library! :)

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