Thursday, January 17, 2019

Girlfriends Gathering Christmas 2018

Welcome to our Girlfriends Gathering Christmas 2018

 (L-R/F-B: Marj, Karla, Beth, Tami (me), Nora, Kim, Lee & Gail - Lindy & Corrine not shown)

Thank goodness for Marj's height and long arms
as she was able to grab a group selfie of us.

 This wonderful group of women have become friends through
the connection of Karla's Cottage 2011 Bird Song
These kindred friendships have been life-changing to us!
So often our lives can be swallowed up in Life itself.  
As friends it is important to connect and
nurture one another in time well spent - 
to create and inspire one another - 
to lift up one another - 
and to share good food!

So, in 2013 Girlfriends Gathering began.

I try about every 3-4 month to host at my home our gathering.  
Everyone brings food/drinks for our potluck meal.
We share from early morning to late night.
We'll create beauty in artsy projects.
And...we nurture our cherished friendships! 

Here's a peek at our recent 2018 Christmas Girlfriends Gathering
 The blurry flash of red hair is Corrine joining our group selfie.
Corrine was only 5 years old when Girlfriends Gathering
began.  She sure is growing up! 
  (Corrine & Miss Belle 2014)  

Many of us had hopeful intentions on participating in our
Christmas Diorama Swap, but only Gail and Lee found time to complete theirs.  
Naturally they won one another's dioramas...

 Lee created this adorable handmade paper house tealight diorama!

 Gail created this darling Winter Animals diorama with fairy lights!

  We shared in creating two projects -

Project #1 -
Pine Cone Elves
Vintage-inspired whimsical Pine Cone Elves - 
by Karla

 Winter Forest and Vintage-inspired Pine Cone Elf - 
by Karla

Adorable Pine Cone Elf Family- 
by Beth
Sweet Pine Cone Elves - 
by Lee
Googly-eyed Pine Cone Elf family on branch - 
by Kim
 Irish Lass Pine Cone Elf - 
by Kim
Precious Baby Girl Pine Cone Elf - 
by Nora 
 Beautiful Pine Cone Elves - 
by Nora
 My wild-hair Pine Cone Elf
Project #2 -
Butter Pat, Tea Saucer & Tart Tin Ornaments

Gail creating ornaments

 Beauties created by Gail

 These five lovelies are by Nora

My two ornaments 
Marj was working on her own project, Diamond Painting
Here's one of her finished projects

Hope your Holidays were filled with sweetness

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Merry Christmas 2018 - Evening Star Button Club

During the recent holidays, the Evening Star Button Club 
gathered at my home for our annual Christmas party.

Here we are opening our gifts


Each year we exchange our handmade button-related gifts.
Here are our 2018 creations
Made by Nora
Made by Pam
Made by Rachel
(succulent also from Rachel's greenhouse)
Made by Ruth Ann

Made by Lee

Made by Tami (me)

Made by Tara

Button gift by Venita

Made by Dana

Made by Lori

We enjoyed our potluck lunch and afterwards gather to create in my studio

 What a GREAT day!

What is a Button Club?

We are a club that meets monthly in the Kansas City Metro with the purpose
to study and preserve antique/vintage and studio clothing buttons.

Like so many collectibles, clothing buttons tell a timeline of...
History, Art, Theater, Wars, Politics, Manufacturing, Science and MORE.

Button Collecting is world-wide!  

If you are interested in button collecting and
want to visit a button club in your area, please email me privately.
 Or visit the National Button Society to find a club near you.