Buttons!

Before Christmas, I started to practically crave wooden buttons.  I knew there were a few Christmas presents that would require buttons and after watching various video podcasters showing off their new beautiful wooden buttons, I had to have some! I perused Etsy for about an hour, uncertain which to choose when I decided to trust the word of one of my favorite podcasters, Amy Beth of The Fat Squirrel Speaks.  I quickly went through her show notes until I found the name of the Etsy seller, Pymatuning Crafts.

The Etsy store alone had me convinced.  There were so many wonderful options.  Plus, she had variety packs! Knowing I would have several different projects that would require buttons of varied size and color, I chose a 3-wood, 18-button variety pack (6 buttons roughly the same size in each wood type) and a 6-wood, 50-button variety pack (buttons of many sizes in each wood type).  To my surprise, the shop owner, Leigh, messaged me seemingly moments after placing my order and my order shipped the very next day.  In just days of ordering, my wood button craving was satisfied!  Not only are her products stunning, but her customer service puts her a notch above the rest!

The wood types I received were sumac, magnolia, arborvitae, hickory, cherry, oak, pear and elm.  Each wood type was in its own little ziplock bag with a label so that non-wood-aficionados such as myself can forever keep them straight.  Each button has character.  You can tell time was spent making each individual button something special.  Both sides are sanded smooth and though, the edges maintain their natural textures, they are beveled to provide smooth functionality and provide a well-finished appearance.

All but sumac

Top left to bottom right: Arborvitae, Magnolia, Hickory, Oak, Elm, Cherry, Pear.  Sumac pictured below.

So far, I have used three different types on three Christmas presents and the recipients and I have all been very pleased with the effect they give to the finished product.

Pear Wood

Pear

Arborvitae wood

Arborvitae

Sumac

Sumac

Though I have several left, I’m already eyeing some new buttons listed in her shop! That aged apple wood is calling to me….

 

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