Wednesday, August 7, 2013

a new collaboration

Do you remember how I featured summer buttons on my blog last month? One of the artists that I featured also lives in the Milwaukee area. (She actually lives literally blocks away from me. It's a small world sometimes.) When she replied to my convo about the feature, she asked if I'd ever be interested in collaborating. If you've been following my blog and/or shop for a while, you know that I love to use handmade components in my jewelry.

When I have the opportunity to collaborate with a talented artist and receive free items in exchange for promotion via blogging, social media, and Etsy, I'm not going to say no.

In no time at all, I received this lovely package. I was blown away. This was way more than I was expecting. That's a good problem.

There are so many possibilities for these lovely ceramic buttons. I've taken something of a jewelry making hiatus this summer, which has been a refreshing change of pace. I've been putting a lot of energy into keeping best sellers stocked this year, which was one of my goals for 2013, and it's been going well. I'm really ready for mix things up, though, and these new buttons will be the perfect excuse to do a little bit of that.

This batch of buttons has so many great colors. I feel drawn to start with one of the blue ones, largely because I have such a large stash of blue delicas on hand already. I haven't gotten a close up of that large red button yet, but it has the shape of Wisconsin etched into it (pretty cool, right?). The University of Wisconsin-Madison colors are red and white, and I'll most likely make a red and white cuff for the button. I've wanted to make some Wisconsin sports team color themed items ever since we moved here, and this will be an excuse to finally do a little bit of that, too.

This artist has very generously provided a 20% off total purchase coupon for me to share with my readers for her Etsy shop. Enter code FaithAnnOriginals20 when you check out. Thanks, Faith Ann! I'll keep everyone updated on my new pieces with her lovely buttons.

Have you been doing any collaborations lately?


  1. Funny how good ideas just seem to come together! That's wonderful that you can collaborate with an Etsy neighbor! I like the idea of the sports team cuff with the Wisconsin button!

  2. What beautiful buttons! I love the texture and colors!
    How great to get to collaborate with a fellow Wisconsin artist.
    Can't wait to see what you create!

  3. Lovely buttons! How fun to do a collaboration with a fellow Etsyian who happens to be your neighbor!

  4. The buttons are beautiful. I can't wait to see what you do with them.

  5. What a fantastic collection of buttons! How nice to do a collaboration with a fellow artists that lives so close. I hope you enjoy creating with all those lovely buttons, I can't wait to see what you come up with.
    Everyday Inspired

  6. What great buttons!
    looking forward to seeing what you create!

  7. How fun. I'm sure it'll be a successful venture for both of you.

  8. It is a small world! Best of luck with new venture. I just love fun buttons! Instead of jewelry, I like to use them as decorative accents on my mini quilts, gift bags, and about anything I can attach them to! They do add a lot of style to everything they touch.

  9. Wow! She seems like a cool lady! Those are awesome buttons - I'm heading over to check out her shop now!

  10. Gorgeous buttons! I just visited her shop and hearted it. Can't wait to see what you eventually do with the buttons you were sent.


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