Sunday, February 19, 2012

Flea Market Finds

Most Australians are familiar with the Legacy organisation because at some point they have probably purchased a pin or a badge from volunteers who sell them on Legacy Day to raise money. Many of us are probably less clear about who and what Legacy is - we just know it is a good cause! Legacy is in fact an Australian welfare organisation that was established in 1923 by ex-servicemen. Their core business is to render aid to descendants of Australian veterans who have died or are incapacitated during their service. Legacy offers financial support, advocacy and assistance to these families and to the families of serving military personnel who lose their life as a result of their service. Today I found a couple of  Legacy pins that I think are rather powerful little symbols. I will be incorporating them into some jewellery.

I do believe the Universe is conspiring against me - truly I do! After some serious reflection and a moment of gay abandon I was prepared to quash my button buying ways. I was planning to be a reformed button glutton but the Universe intervened and kept on throwing luscious little bundles of buttons in my path this week and what can I say? I succumbed to the temptation. Again.

At least I have turned them into something wearable rather than just sorting them into little piles and gazing at them lovingly. Here is what some of them have become this afternoon ...

A mix of lovely vintage buttons and some not-so-vintage-but-still-pre-loved buttons!

My heart craves the multi-coloured necklaces but every now and then I try to make a more or less monochromatic one.

These beautiful muted tones have great vintage appeal I think.

Ah - the little red swallow - truly the most perfect button ever found by me!

'Tis luverly innit?

Delightful little stacks of button goodness.

This one includes a really big button that I decoupaged ages ago with some hand-stamped Japanese paper and some contemporary patterned wood buttons. I feel a little more justified with regard to my button-buying-ways now that I have actually created something with them and just had to share some of my button "rehab" with you. To see what all the cool kids are doing in the thrift stores this week, head over to Sophie's.


Melissa said...

OMG, you are the Button Queen! I love everyone of those necklaces, of course I do!
Did you know that Clives James was a legacy child, at his first legacy christmas party he drank so much lime coridal, .... he was very sick!

Numinosity said...

You've been making some fabulous jewelry lately. How do you get those buttons not to flip? Mine never lay quite right.

xoxo Kim

Barn House Antiques said...

These are amazing!!!

Ms Kath Pathwalker said...

Good job...button it!!