Thursday, March 1, 2012


 So, there I was sitting in my studio looking at all of my pretty buttons and lamenting that they had no pairs.  No romantic partners after all these years.  So sad.  I looked at the lonely rhinestones, the solo glass buttons and the shy little  blue upholstery button just sitting there in a box with no one to admire them.  I had to liberate them! Show them off to the world!  One thing let to another and Safi Stitches wine glass charms were born!  Wine glass charms should be classy, fancy, and unique. So it makes sense that antique and vintage buttons would be the perfect medium for them.  Below are a few photos of some of the sets I have made.  Most are made form glass (clear and black), but some are metal and even metalized plastic,too.  All are at least 40 years old some are even from the mid 1800's and all are unique and funky.  Sweet and just in time for wedding season:). 
The Buttons in this set are mainly glass. The blue one to the left is an upholstery buttons and the one furthest to the right and a popper.  Notice the smoky glass on the sides and the glitter in the middle.  Years ago, fish scales were used to add glimmer to some buttons. 


Black glass and fancy.

I LOVE the flower button in the middle!  Black glass and gold.  The beauty to the right of the flower has a mother of pearl center and the one next to that is a cut steel Victorian button.

Light blue and gold and a beautiful Amber Rhinestone button!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Thanks for the challenge!

NYC Token Earrings.  Funky, unique, and damn well made.
What started off as a headband turned into an unique and classy wire crochet necklace.  Fancy!
I just love it when my friends pose challenges to me.  They just get to thinking and then they say things like, "Have you thought about making wire hair bands?"  or "I have a friend that loves New York. Could you make some New York-related earrings for her?"  From those two requests were born two really cute ideas.  My first lady friend inspired me to make a hand crochet wire necklace with a vintage button centerpiece and my second lady friend planted a very annoying seed in my head.  New York?  New York?  I looked for railway uniform cuff buttons, but, dang, the silver-tone ones are wicked hard to find.  Then, I thought about tokens...  Hmmmmm.. And so were born my NYC subway token earrings  They took some creativity and fancy wire work, but who could say "no" to this challenge?  I am proud to say that I stepped up to the played and lo and behold, the NYC token earrings were born.  All I can say is, "Keep the ideas comin', Ladies!  You rock!"

And now I am off to make my own yoga straps for my first beginner yoga class this Sunday.  Wish me luck!

Monday, January 23, 2012

I'm BAAACK in the saddle again!

After a purely insane Fall season and an equally successful Holiday season I'm back!  Phew!  Just added a few new pieces to the Etsy shop and even made my own Facebook page for Safi Stitches.  It's really bare bones, but feel free to "like" it anyway:). I plan on making some more pieces in the next few weeks and I'll post them on my Etsy page, FB page, and the blog.  So much work, but I like it.  The CT Button Society Meeting is taking place this weekend and I'm really excited about getting some "new" buttons and just talking to other button lovers.  Every time I go to these events I learn so much and I end up getting some really sweet buttons. I get to really nerd out, too.

Just bought a bunch of new yarn, so I am crocheting again, too.  I even plan on attempting to make some dude and boy beanies.  I guess I'll get Hubs to be my model.  He'll be thrilled I'm sure!

Rust colored Alpaca, Milk fiber, and Microfiber cloche.  Super warm, super stylish.
Vintage New York Railway Uniform Button Earrings. Grab a piece of history!

Moose Button Earrings, of course!

Vintage (1920's-1950's) Czech Glass Button Earrings.  Unique, cute, and purple!