Thursday, April 29, 2010

Blog Button

I forgot to add the code for my button is at the top of the sidebar to your right of my blog. If you would like to display it on your blog I would be most pleased. Thank You  Erika

I thought it would be fun to learn to make my own blog button. So I played around with it yesterday while the kids did their independent work.

I found wonderful directions here, they are very easy to follow even for this very visual person, who has to have pictures to really understand what I am to do. I used my Microsoft Paint to add the wording like I do on the header. And to shrink it down I used Microsoft Picture Manager. I used two different programs since the picture manager let me see the pixel size and Paint I couldn't, but I could add the wording with it.

Here is the final product of my labors I did start out with a photo that is the same as my blog header but I just didn't like it. And so I went into the yard with my mixed jar of vintage and not so vintage buttons and the camera. One of the barn cats and I had alot of fun he liked  crawling into my lap and I liked looking for unique things to take pictures on.

I wanted to play around since it is a blog button I thought my antique mason jar and buttons would fit the bill. Here are some of the winners of all the photos I took. The first is the original for the button, it is take on a fence rail that has a grape vine growing on it.
This one is on an old stump that is decaying.

This one on a big rock I have in one of my flower beds with the Periwinkles around it.

This one is in another flower bed with some yellow flowers that are gorgeous when fully blooming this would have been the winner if all the buds would have been blooiming.
My buttons are mostly from my grandmother who passed away 13 years ago. These cards  had white buttons and the one on the left says, "La Mode, Choice of smart women for more than 90 years," and the one on the right says, " La Mode, choice of smart women for more that 100 years." My grandmother collected lots of stuff and these I know she bought new and 10 years apart. The newer was 90 cents and the older 40 cents.
One of these was 70 cents and bought at Woolworth I remember that store fondly in Daytona Beach when I was a kid. The other was 29 cents.
This one had 3 different sizes of buttons for a man's dress shirt. Small for the collar button down, a row for the front buttons, and a row for the cuff buttons and was only 29 cents.

I remember my grandmother fondly with her sewing all the time. She made most of her clothing and she always made me summer clothing.

When she died I received most of her fabric and over the years my mom and has slowly given me her sewing supplies, all the way she left them it has been fun to go thru them and remember her using them and then finding joy in our shared love of sewing.


  1. Thank you so much for posting this! I have been wanting to do one of these for a LONG time! And I think I can figure it out! :) I love the photos you chose!

  2. Dear Erika,
    Wow thank you for this link and your own making a blog button. I have wanted to do this for a while but just wan't sure how.
    I also enjoy visiting although I don't always comment
    Thank you

  3. I had so much fun playing around with this. I am thinking I should make the picture bigger but then again I don't putting large things on my sidebar so I doubt someone else would.

    By the way the code to display my button is on the sidebar right at the top.

    Have a Blessed Day Erika

  4. Emily,

    love your button I grabbed it and put it on my sidebar.


  5. Dear Erika,

    Thanks so much for leaving a comment on my blog! It's so nice to "meet" another kindred spirit, especially one who has Buff Orpingtons! :)

    You have a sweet little place here; I'll be sure to come back often.




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