*Squeal Moment!* I'm excited to welcome Barbra La Bosco from "All About The Buttons" who has been gracious enough to do an interview and let us check out some of her amazingly crafty items! After the interview please keep reading for a giveaway of one of her cute and trendy magnetic bookmarks!
1. I want to say a big THANK YOU for stopping by Shadow Kisses book blog and allowing us all to check out your great items. Tell us a Little about your Online Store, All About The Buttons?
|I Love Crosswords Magnetic Bookmark|
|Brown Tweed Scarflette|
I’m not patting myself on the back, but I always had the need to create and a bit of talent. I taught myself to knit at age 8 by watching my mother and learned needlepoint and crochet at 10 from my grandmother. My father was a leather designer of purses, belts and wallets so I was immersed through his profession and early on learned the value of handmade. I was an art major in college but the focus on painting turned me off so I pursued crafty stuff on my own.
3. What would you say is your most popular items?
The wind changes often! My magnetic bookmarks are very popular as are the hand warmers and wash/dish cloths. My tape measures had a sold out start and the clocks have spurts! I have teamed with another crafter and we make custom clocks with shop logos and themes.
|Triple Handwarmers Fingerless|
5. Where do you get the inspiration for your great ideas?
Tough question! Yarn and buttons always inspire me. Not wasting is an inspiration like using old CDs. I saved them for years thinking there must be something I can do with them. Finally, about 4 years ago, the CD clock idea was born. I love to repurpose, recycle, and reinvent.
|Natural Button Bobby Pins|
They, too, are often discarded. I love to modify their original intent and highlight their beauty. My favorite pins are just one or 2 special buttons. They can stand alone. To me, they are like potato chips….can’t stop!
7. I imagine you must have a good collection of buttons by now, where do you pick up the fabric and buttons for your creations?
I rarely buy buttons anymore because I have so many. But a good display at a flea market will draw me in. If I am doing a specific themed clock, I may purchase some new ones. As for fabric, I recently learned about fat quarters and I have several master sewing friends who will often toss me some scraps. I don’t need much. Friends will also supply me with buttons and old jewelry pieces. It’s particularly fun to take what they’ve donated and turn the materials into a pin for them.
|Multi Colored Black Hat Cap|
Pat Conroy is a special favorite. His writing is lyrical and “Beach Music” is a longstanding favorite. I find that lately I’m reading lighter novels. The world is so crazy and tense that I love to escape to a warm and fun place like those of Adriana Trigiani or Haywood Smith. I don’t read sci-fi or historic fiction earlier than the 1900s. I like, no, love to laugh and that’s what I’ve been seeking out lately. A newer favorite was “The Help”.
9. Tell us about your bookmarks?
|NonCaring Upcycled CDClock|
10. Is there anything else you would like the readers to know?
|Felted Star Brooch|
My fav is the Black Tie Necklace! How cute is this? :)
|Black Tie Necklace|
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