Sunday, March 11, 2012

button bracelets

One hundred yards of waxed linen thread. That is what I ordered; so when I saw the button bracelet tutorial at www.hopestudios.blogspot.com I got out my button box and made some of my own.

You double the thread and start with a loop at the front. I decided what button I would loop it over and used that for my measurement. Its important to use a long length of thread, there's lots of knotting and criss crossing you'll be doing.

From the back


Two finished and one new one set to go. On the bottom bracelet you can see how I loop the thread over the button I will use for the closure to make sure it will fit well. I've been wearing one of the braclets all day and its really comfortable and secure.
Emptied kiln, planted some freesias, threw the stick for Emma (about fifty times), two cappucinos and not one mishap.

I took a break yesterday and went antiquing and brought home a new village.

And We had a picnic near Morro Rock at Sandy Cove. Fish and chips with lots of vinegar

This curlew was very friendly, he followed us as we walked along the shore


there were feathers all over the sand

Stopped for pots but came home with more plants than pots. Look at those blooms! I bet you wouldn't of been able to resist either. I will be listing what I did manage to buy tomorrow on Etsy.




Later: In the depths of the button box I found some faience beads that I made last year along with some African trade beads, and used the same formula for a bracelet with those too.

I can't wait to go back to Sandy Cove for another picnic. That place has left its footprint on my heart.
Happy Sunday

xxx


juliewhitmorepottery.etsy.com

57 comments:

Angela Recada said...

I adore your beads! And these bracelets are wonderful. I always enjoy seeing all the beautiful photos you post. All the flowers in those gorgeous pots really made my heart sing.
xo

Deb said...

Those bracelets are so charming. I loved them. Yes, lots of vinegar is the key. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x4

Valerianna said...

What a blessing to be joined by a bird with such graceful lines and wonderful patterns. Beautiful blooms, too. I usually want winter to last, but this year I am actually craving spring! (really, the first time EVER!)

I would love to wander on that shore and walk with that bird...

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

What a beautiful area you live in. I would be hard pressed to work everyday if I knew that that beach was near by. The bracelets are lovely made with your fancy buttons.

kathyd said...

looks like you had a great day .
i love the button bracelets . i need on to go with my necklace . (:
xxoo
kathy

Vicky said...

I love your handmade buttons Julie, they make beautiful bracelts.I love the method you've used to thread them onto the waxed linen, the effect is gorgeous!!
I think they would make beautiful necklaces too!!
Snady Cove looks beautiful, I'm glad you enjoyed your day :0)
Hugs
Vicky xxxxx

Judy Shreve said...

Your button bracelets are fabulous! I just love them.

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Pots, flowers, buttons and beads - what a cheering post. Thanks Julie. x

Aprilgirl said...

Looks like you brought home all kinds of "treasure" from your day off adventure. I know whenever I go plant/flower shopping, I feel like a kid in a candy shop. Love the new bracelets...hope some of these will appear on Etsy. Great beach pictures...sweet bird, nice rock monolith. Makes me want to escape to the California Coast.

Flossie said...

Your bracelets are beautiful Julie. Isn't walking along the beach good for the soul. Your images make me want to run out the door now and head to the sand on this side of the Pacific.

xx

lynne h said...

oh julie, everything that you make is so, so... precious. these beads have my heart a thumpin'... xoxo

Spittin-Toad said...

What a lovely idea...I will have to make some!
Denise

Laura Farrow said...

fab bracelets!!!

Eggs In My Pocket said...

What a beautiful place Sandy Cove looks like to go for a picnic! Your pottery is just beautiful! Love the bracelet!

Claire said...

Hey Julie, what a lovely day out, fish and chips with vinegar a the beach. the only place to eat them I think and isn't that Curlew amazing what a beak!!

Tis hard to resists plants and those Freesias are beautiful, I love their perfume.

Great little village you found....I wonder who lives in those little houses?

Your button bracelets are wonderful Julie, great way to use them. So nice to wear something you've made and it feels just right.......

A beautiful morning here, we have a long weekend. Was going to spend the day sewing but I think lunch out somewhere with my boys might be on the cards.

Claire x

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

love everything...sandy cove, the flowers, the little village,the bracelets are charming !!!now the only problem is.....i am craving fish and chips !!!! sounds so good...

sending love,
kary and teddy
xx

Tracey Broome said...

Truly wonderful bracelets, but look at that little village!!!! Oh my!!!!!!

Zulma said...

Julie !!! gracias por pasarte por mi blog !!! gracias por tus palabras , beatiful esos botones !!!! quiero saber si vendes esos botones ??? por que son bellisimos , y me enamoraron ...TODO LO QUE HACES ES HERMOSO !!! besos amiga mia , espero que lo hayas pasado lindo el dia de la mujer !!!!

Zulma said...

Buttons beatiful , yo quiero !!! decime si los vendes !!! bird y bracelets beatiful !!!!

sharon said...

Oooooh noooo, now beads???? You are going to make my head explode...HA! Beads make me wild, and yours, and the buttons of course, which have acted as beads here, are INCREDIBLE. And if that wasn't enough, the beach, the flowers, the ambiance you create.....sigh. Love.

sandra said...

Very, very neat beads and bracelet!!! I love eating fish and chips by the water... so delicious! Can't wait to see your new pots :))

Sarah Melling said...

Just discovered you via Golly Bard's Drawing Room blog. I was so charmed by your work and even more excited to see that you're located not all that far from me. These button bracelets are fabulous, by the way! Are your buttons ever for sale in your etsy shop? Am now a follower...

Librarian said...

All of it - the bracelets, beads, fayence pearls, flowers, village, bird and picnic on the beach are wonderful! Your posts manage to transport me to another world every time.

Mozart's Girl said...

How beautiful, Julie! Your posts always make me want to book a flight immediately to the West Coast! Charming, serene & absolutely glorious. I love, love, love your work. Have a very happy week xoxo Rachel

Jody Battaglia said...

Is there nothing you can't do? I love your wearable art. I will let you know about our weekend. just know that you will be missed.
Have happy buttons fun, Jody

Milagros Rivas said...

HELLO!! ME GUSTA MUCHISIMO TU TRABAJO,ME PARECE BELLO,DULCE,MAGICO Y MUY ARTISTICO.SIEMPRE LE DOY UNA MIRADITA A ESTE BLOG FANTASTICO LLENO DE BELLEZA Y FANTACIA!ME GUSTA MUCHO TU TRABAJO PRECIOSO!
BESOS DESDE VENEZUELA!

Milagros Rivas said...

HELLO!! MUY BELLO TU TRABAJO,ME ENCANTA! SIEMPRE TE VISITO,ME PARECE UN BLOG MAGICO,PRECIOSO,ARTISTICO,SIMPLEMENTE PRECIOSO!!
BESOS DESDE VENEZUELA!

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh Julie...I'm in LOVE with the bracelets!!!! How beautiful they are with your handpainted buttons ~ you should sell these sweet friend!! I hope you are doing wonderful, hugs and love, Dawn

Lori ann said...

dear julie,

O M G

good grief these buttons. and into bracelets. i wrote you a long comment last night and must have done something to delete it. :(

we drove past your picnic yesterday, the sea glass festival was in cayucos. so much beauty, my sister bought a bracelet of glass. there were even sellers from england!

but after all i saw, these bracelets are best. xxx lori

jone hallmark said...

already 29 people commenting before me - wow - that's a LOT of love, dear friend....

I absolutely ADORE your new buttons - with AND without the twine bracelets! How absolutely charming.
You must know that it is YOU I think of when I need a bit of inspiration. Funny, though, to see that you have just done buttons, as I also made a few yesterday (paper clay) so I could stick them on cards like the old days. I am not happy with them yet, but will share them when I have finished with them.....
Ha! Great minds think alike, right?

xoxoxo

ps. LOVE the village so much!

Erin said...

Wow your bracelets are so cute and gorgeous!!
But when I scrolled down and saw your beads...!! oh Julie these beads are so priceless and just wonderful. You should make more and put in your Etsy shop as OOAK beads, jewels almost :)
Wishing you a good creative week from Australia. x

Zuzu said...

I've seen button bracelets, but yours are truly wonderful!
Seeing those pics of the beach has me missing CA...
Have a wonderful week, Julie!
Hugs,
Zuzu

smartcat said...

Hi....I just found you via Tracey Broome. I'm enjoying reading past and present blog entries. Button bracelets are neat!

Bonnie Crawford said...

HI Julie! Love your bracelets!! Some of my favorite "Julie" treasures are your BUTTONS! Still have mine--on the cards, unused--just love looking at them in my cupboard!
Glad you are taking time for picnics these days--you so deserve it!
Love to you, Bonnie

Simple Daisy said...

I love your sweet bracelets!!!! And I love the beach day....so beautiful!

gallerydarrow said...

Beautiful, every little bit! Love your bracelets and love the curlew.

xo

Helen Philipps said...

If there is one thing to make my heart skip a beat it is buttons!! And my goodness yours are absolutely delightful, Julie! Loved your flowers and seaside bird too.
Have a happy week.
Helen x

Pixie said...

Your hand made buttons are just amazing...they make my heart sing....and i am smiling from ear to ear because of there gorgeousness.
xx Pixie xx

MILLY said...

Your little pottery buttons are so pretty and perfect for a bracelet. Your beach looks lovely and I loved the friendly Curlew, as I love drawing the striped curlew feathers.
Flowers are so hard to resist and give so much pleasure, they look even better in your pretty pots.
millyx

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Thanks so much for you encouraging comments Milly and everyone!
You have inspired me to make some new bracelets, I've already made some new porcelin button shapes. thanks so very.
xxx
julie

Christie said...

The bracelets are darling!! It's because of your adorable handmade beads!! I will keep checking etsy, sweet friend;)
Xoxo,
Christie

polkadotpeticoat said...

Those branches are beautiful ...i would lave vases filled with these....and your little colorful town is the cutest I can't wait to see the little creations that you will have living in this village....and your filled pots with plants.....We got 4 inches of fresh snow yesterday.....soon soon Spring will come our way!

millefeuilles said...

Delightful. Dreamy. So very, very pretty. And that's just the bracelets. This is the kind of post which leaves one feeling good about life. I love Curlews and I very much like your buttons. Infact I shall take another look at them right now but skip the part when you talk about chips and vinegar because that will not do my hunger pangs any good.

I hope you have a weekend with lots of spells of beauty.

Stephanie

susan jenkins said...

Beautiful entry's Julie, I so love the button bracelets!Lovely blog.
xo

vicki said...

Hi Julie-
Well I see I'm not alone as a lover of your button bracelets. They are incredibly creative. They are beautiful and unique-- total love--
Sending hugs-
Vicki

art spirit said...

Just love those button bracelets!
Must be fun to wear....they make me happy just looking at them!

Jeri Landers said...

I have seen you mentioned on several blogs so I came to see what all the hoopla was about. Now I see, and it is delightful! I adore your work and can just imagine sipping my afternoon tea from one of your enchantingly "illustrated" cups. Sweet!

Madelief said...

Your buttons looks absolutely lovely Julie!!

Happy new week,

Madelief x

Jorgelina said...

Your button bracelets are fabulous.

Lisa Graham Art said...

Hi Julie...thank you so much for checking in and for your prayers for my mom! It means so so much. We are doing okay...lots of adjustments and acceptance.

I love your pretty bracelets...they are so delicate and look like they are homemade with your talent.

How wonderful to picnic at the beach any time your heart desires. I could use a little beach time myself. : )

Auntie Bliss said...

Love your button bracelets!
That picnic sounds right down my alley. And those flowers...I could use them on my project ;)

Madelief said...

Dear Julie,

Just read your comments. I do like Wordworth poems very much! Hopefully I will be able to visit Dove cottage one day.

Enjoy your weekend!

Love,

Madelief x

Vintage Fairy Tales Rebecka said...

Dearest Julie, hope you are doing great!
I would love to see a necklace with homemade buttons!
XX
Becky

Maggie Ann said...

Your bracelets are so lovely...I'd like to try making one with some of the beads I brought back from AZ. Thank you for showing how to do it. You live in such a beautiful place. I enjoyed your post so much. Happy Sunday to you...

The BUTT'RY and BOOK'RY said...

Julie, I get SO HAPPY when I visit your posts!!!
:-D

Many many Blessings Linnie

Barbara said...

I LOVE those buttons.

Fish and chips with lots of vinegar sounds English.

Catharina Maria said...

Your bracelets are lovely !
I think you live in a great area .
Love ♥RINI♥

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