Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Big Reveal. . .

It's time for the Button Swap Blog Hop!! 

I first want to say a big thank you to Cindy Wimmer of Sweet Bead Studio for not only organizing the Swap, but also being my wonderful partner.  I cannot even image the amount of work she put into organizing this, AND she sent me some incredible buttons to play with.  (You can check out my previous post to see the buttons pre-design.)

Ready?  Here's my creation:

Antique buttons look so wonderful with Vintaj Natural Brass, so I knew I had to use it in my design.  I have also been on quite a key kick lately, and it blended so nicely with the other pieces and parts I used.  The necklace has some additional chain hanging in the back, and the earrings are a matched set of buttons (thank you Cindy!) wire-wrapped on filigree drops.

I am so excited to see what Cindy came up with for the buttons I sent her, and cannot wait to hop on over to her blog!  I have included the listing below of all the Swap Partners for you to check out.  I guarantee you will see some gorgeous buttons, and some beautiful designs.  The list is in alphabetical order by first name, and each set of partners is listed twice - once under each partner's name for ease of finding specific people you may be looking for.  Genius!  Each person's name is also linked to their blog, and all you have to do is click on their name to view their design.  I had so much fun participating in the Swap, and I hope you enjoy visiting the blogs just as much!

So, are you ready to HOP??

Alice Peterson and Kim Bender
Angie Blasingame and Billi R.S. Rothove
Billi R.S. Rothove and Angie Blasingame
Birgitta Lejonklou and Pam Farren
Bonnie Coursolle and Tania Hagen
Brenda Salzano and Hope Smitherman
Cat Kerr and Heather Powers
Cece Cornier and Jeannie Dukic
Celeste Thurston and Christine Damm
Christine Damm and Celeste Thurston
Christine Stonefield and Dana James
Cilla Watkins and Lori Bowring Michaud
Cindy Wimmer and Mimi Gardner
Cynthia Machata and Julia Johnson
Cynthia Riggs and Lori Finney
Dana James and Christine Stonefield
Diana Ptaszynski and Erin Prais-Hintz
Emma Thomas and Rebecca Anderson
Erin Prais-Hintz and Diana Ptaszynski
Erin Siegel and Sharon Borsavage
Heather Powers and Cat Kerr
Holly Westfall and Sally Russick
Hope Smitherman and Brenda Salzano
Jayne Capps and Kim Dworak
Jeannie Dukic and Cece Cornier
Jenna Meyers and Kristi Harrison
Jenna Tomalka and Karen McKillip
Jenny Davies Reazor and Sandi Volpe
Julia Johnson and Cynthia Machata
Kalaya Steede and Kylie Dickman
Karen McKillip and Jenna Tomalka
Karen Mitchell and Renetha Stanziano
Karla Morgen and Mary Govaars
Kay Thomerson Shannon Chomanczuk
Kim Ballor and Laurel Steven
Kim Bender and Alice Peterson
Kim Dworak and Jayne Capps
Kim Roberts and Partner unable to participate at this time.
Kristi Harrison and Jenna Meyers
Kylie Dickman and Kalaya Steede
Kym Hunter and Lynda Moseley
Laurel Steven and Kim Ballor
Linda Djokic and Patty Gasparino
Line Labrecque and Teri Baskett
Liz DeLuca and Lorelei Eurto
Lorelei Eurto and Liz DeLuca
Lori Anderson and Niky Sayers
Lori Bowring Michaud and Cilla Watkins
Lori Finney and Cynthia Riggs
Lynda Moseley and Kym Hunter
Marianna Boylan and Tracy Statler
Mary Govaars and Karla Morgen
Mary Harding and Stacie Florer
Maureen Baranov and Tracy Bell
Melissa Martin and Theresa Fosdick
Michelle Hardy and Peggy Johnson
Mimi Gardner and Cindy Wimmer  <--You Are Here!
Nicole Valentine Rimmer and Niki Meiners
Niki Meiners and Nicole Valentine Rimmer
Niky Sayers and Lori Anderson
Pam Farren and Birgitta Lejonklou
Pam Ferarri and Stefanie Teufel (will share their reveal on a later date)
Patty Gasparino and Linda Djokic
Peggy Johnson and Michelle Hardy
Rebecca Anderson and Emma Thomas
Rebekah Payne and Sue Kennedy
Renetha Stanziano and Karen Mitchell
Rose Binoya and Shanti Johnson
Sally Russick and Holly Westfall
Sandi Volpe and Jenny Davies Reazor
Shannon Chomanczuk and Kay Thomerson
Shanti Johnson and Rose Binoya
Sharon Borsavage and Erin Siegel
Shirley Moore and Veralynne Malone
Stacie Florer and Mary Harding
Stefanie Teufel and Pam Ferarri (will share their reveal on a later date)
Sue Hamel and Terry Carter
Sue Kennedy and Rebekah Payne
Tania Hagen and Bonnie Coursolle
Tania Spivey and Teresa Gagne
Teresa Gagne and Tania Spivey
Teri Baskett and Line Labrecque
Terry Carter and Sue Hamel
Theresa Fosdick and Melissa Martin
Tracy Bell and Maureen Baranov
Tracy Statler and Marianna Boylan
Veralynne Malone and Shirley Moore


  1. Love what you did with your buttons!! It's so vintage and that key is a great added touch!! :) Happy Sunday!

  2. Very vintage design. Great work.

  3. Beautifully vintage - absolutely gorgeous!

  4. Its fantastic! The key suits the mood of the piece so well! I would love a close up of the three little side buttons - that is my fav style antique button. It is lush and romantic and composed so well.

  5. Mimi - I am so excited to see your button reveal! What an incredible idea - to mix the antique buttons with the Vintaj components - the combination is the perfect combination and looks like an heirloom piece. You were very clever to include the additional buttons along the side. And I love how you added the pretty clasp on the opposite side. The large key is just the right size to balance the large picture button, and with the additional dangle, it has a tassel- like effect. And what a great idea to make earrings! They are so pretty paired with the filigree. You were look beautiful wearing your new ensemble! :-) Thank you for being the best button swap partner - I really enjoyed the buttons you sent to me and I'm wearing my necklace today!

  6. OMG! So so gorgeous love the vintage buttons - gorgeous work!

  7. You created a beautiful and very wearable ensemble with your buttons and the key balances everything!I love the little folded-over leaf!

  8. Absolutely beautiful! And I love what you sent her as well! Your clasp is pretty darned awesome, too!

  9. Wow, your necklace is beautiful and romantic! You did a wonderful job designing with Cindy's buttons!

  10. Beautiful pieces and you are so right it looks great with the Vintaj Brass.

    Wonderful work!

  11. Stunning pieces!! those buttons go perfectly with the Vintaj brass!

  12. beautiful! i especially love the earrings--wish i could see them in person! nicely done--and the stash you sent is TO DIE FOR!!! you have such a great eye for detail, mimi!

  13. The buttons are beautiful with Vintaj brass. Wonderful pieces!

  14. What neat buttons! I love vintaj too, I just wish it wasn't so pricey, uff! I think you did a great job, what a fun swap!

  15. Mimi, what a lovely necklace and earrings you've put together here! Just gorgeous. And yep, Vintaj and antique buttons are a wonderful combination

  16. Mimi, you really did those gorgeous buttons Cindy sent justice. I Love the necklace and the earrings! They work so well together. I was born and raised in WI (East Troy) and went to undergrad at Oshkosh. I like running into other bloggers from WI!


  17. Wow! That necklace is really something. If I didn't know those were buttons I'm not sure I would have figured it out easily. You really made something spectacular!

  18. What a great necklace and set of earrings. I love the vintage buttons and appeal of this piece. Very nice job.

  19. You did a fabulous job with the buttons you got!! they are so pretty, and that necklace is amazing! This swap has been so fun, I love seeing how creative everyone is! It makes me want to try more with the buttons I have!

  20. Awesome job. I like the metal work. Makes me want to try my hand at it. Thanks for your input.

  21. Beautiful vintage necklace & great idea for the clasp!!

  22. Beautiful! Your set is very elegant and I love how you used your buttons. Everything works so well together with the Vintaj brass.

  23. Wow, what a gorgeous necklace-- so elegant! I absolutely love the way you combined the metal chain and buttons. It looks like something straight out of a storybook! And the earrings are absolutely perfect <3

    Thanks for playing along, I'm so glad I got to see your work! <3

    *~* Julia *~* *~*

  24. A huge thank you to all of you for the wonderful comments on my design. I had so much fun with the swap, and couldn't have asked for a better partner. I'm still hitting a few of the blogs myself, and can't wait to see what the next challenge will be. . . :)