Wednesday, August 10, 2011

So I'd like to know where, you got the notion.....

(If you're wondering if all of my thoughts are actually song lyrics, the answer is yes.  Rock on with your bad self.)  :D

I never understood the word "notion" when applied to these cute little guys - do you?  But since I asked the title question, I'll tell you where I got most of these notions (hint:  it has nothing to do with the 1974 hit "Rock the Boat").  :D

Yesterday I ended my blog post by saying that my sister, nieces and I were going to watch a horse paint - well, we did - and it was AWESOME!

Back in November of last year, I had met Buggs' owner Carol at our FDL Visual Arts member show reception (Carol and Buggs have since joined the group!). My friend Suze had purchased one of Buggs' paintings and raved about this notion that a horse could paint.  When I heard that, I knew that I had devised a neat Christmas gift for my nieces.  I purchased two of Buggs' pendants and with them, included a "gift certificate" for a trip to see Buggs create his masterpieces in person.  We were finally able to sync our busy schedules and yesterday was the culmination of that gift.  It was a truly magical experience and Carol was so gracious to open her home to us.  It's a day that we'll treasure always, for many reasons.

So what does this have to do with these notions?  Well, not only did we have the best time seeing Carol and her horse friends, she gave me this HUGE container FULL of buttons.  F-U-L-L.  She told me that she'd never use them and knew I'd like them.  Isn't that wonderful?

I love buttons, especially on cards.  Actually, I love any notion on cards - snaps, clips, hooks, you name it.  Those mid-century ones are especially rad.  And the bonus?  Check out the awesome vintage price tags I get to add to my collection!  :D

And yes, I've made some art with these carded beauties!  They're SO fun to work with!  :D


  1. it used to be quite a delight to spill out mom's jar of buttons on the table and look at them carefully. don't know why, but I remember it fondly. I also have a button jar, but I should find a nicer jar to put them in rather than my old Orville Redenbacher's plastic popcorn one. I wish I could tell you how much I spent recently at Joann's purchasing brand new buttons.

  2. Will you post photos/video of Buggs painting?
    And I keep wanting to sing, "Don't tip the boat over!"
    AND we really need to get you out here to NM. (Yes, *that* refrain again! ;-) ) Not only do I need to take you to Laura the Ephemeraologist's house, but I need to take you to Santa Fe Fabrics for the buttons, if nothing else.
    Love you!

  3. It was so much fun to have you guys here yesterday. And I love what you did with some of the buttons. I knew a new creation wouldn't take long!

  4. Oh Mel, I LOVE buttons. That bowl you show here looks very similar to a basket of buttons I bought at a yard sale for $2.00!!! I found some really cool vintage buttons in it. I too have older carded buttons, but never thought to use them while still on the card!! Thanks so much for all your ideas!

  5. I'm still singing, "Rock the boat, don't rock the boat, baby/Rock the boat, don't tip the boat over!" and dancing.
    We'll see tomorrow if it amuses the customers.

  6. Lea, I've had that dang song stuck in my head since I wrote this post! Poor Brian! :D I can't help it, though - using puns and song lyrics for my blog post titles. It's an illness. :D