September 3, 2010

A Cute Little Button Bottle and My New Best Friend!

I found a huge bag of vintage buttons at the thrift store and picked up some old Nescafe bottles at an estate sale and created a "Bottle of Buttons".

I always search the garage at estate sales.  I found a bunch of these old bottles filled with screws and bolts.  I saved the hardware and filled the bottles with vintage buttons.

I printed button labels from Graphics Fairy ( listed under "labels")

Now, I would like to introduce you to my New Best Friend......
 Mr. Walnut Ink Spray! 
 I met him at Jo-Ann Fabrics in the "Stamp art" aisle.  Love at first sight!!

I used a spritz of walnut ink on the labels to give them a slight antique look.

I sprayed the jar caps and gave them a spritz of walnut ink also.

I added hand dyed and stamped muslin strips and vintage lace (When I showed the jars to my Mom she said she would like them better without the lace and muslin, maybe?)

Then I just couldn't leave well enough alone!  I had to put one of my polymer clay roses on top and gave that a little ink spritz.  You can see the tutorial on How to Make the Clay Roses HERE.

Then I added a button...Stop, enough already, Stop, a good crafter knows when to stop!
O.K......... So there you have it, my "Bottle of Buttons", I put them in my antiques booth.

O.K. so, am I the last one to meet Mr. Walnut ink?  
Could he be replaced (Look I just met him and I already want to replace him)? Could I just fill a spray bottle with diluted paint or stain?  HUMMMM.
What other projects could we use Mr. Walnut ink on?

Happy Crafting!


Tina Eudora said...

Oh Carol I love it and it is perfect! I would not change a thing. I have not tried "Mr Walnut Ink Spray" but he looks interesting. I also like to experiment with unusual ingredients.
I was the child in the bathroom mixing chemicals to see what would happen :O. Nowadays my mom would be carted off for child neglect, but back then they placed the blame where it butt!
Have a fun weekend...
Tina xo


Hi Carol!!
Thanks for the comment...I am ADD!!! Who knew! I'll be "cleaning" up my work tables after I'm done with making the Halloween cards.
LOVE your idea and may use it myself. I have a FEW buttons and like how you dressed up the jar to put them in!
Have a great weekend!
deb :)

Nancy said...

That jar is really cute. I like how you created it with things you had on hand. Great job!


sissie said...

Your jars are so cute and perfect for a sewing room decoration and inspiration. I love them.
The labels really look great and using the spray gave them a great vintage look.


luluslovlies said...

Hi Carol, I think you did a great job with your bottle creation! Tim Holtz also makes a great line of sprays in all colors! You mught want to check them out.

luluslovlies said...

Sorry about the spelling error and still recovering from a flu bug that bit this week!

Bellesanbeaus said...

OOOOOHHHHH so very pretty!!! And no I have not met your nice Mr. Walnut spray but will go introduce myself to him at Jo-Ann's tomorrow! You did an awesome job on the whole button jar..I have such a hard time knowing when enough is enough, but yours is perfect just as it is. Good luck selling them. Beth

Nelly said...

Very pretty! I haven't yet met Mr. Walnut spray, but have been wanting to get me one. I think you convince me. I love your roses too, just cute!!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Carol, That is so cute and I think I will have to acquaint myself with your new friend!! LOL!!


Debbie said...

No, you're not the last one to meet Mr. Walnut Ink. I had never heard of it either.

And I like it all gussied up with muslin and lace because that's a style that I love. My own mom would be more like yours. Saying that to say, make both kinds!

Ginger said...

What a great tutorial on your button jar. Loooove it. Turned out so beautifully and I love the walnut ink also. I bought it in crystal form and you just mix with water as you need it.

La said...

I love it, including the lace and muslin. I haven't met Mr. Walnut Ink Spray, but I like the effect you got by using it.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend! La

Liz said...

Guess where I'm off to? Graphics Fairy to get those cute labels! These are so cute. I love your button collection jars.


Anonymous said...

carol - love you , but i am with your mom! :)

Sadie Lou said...

Walnut Ink and Aqua Spray Paint! My new best friends now too-boy do those two get around. *wink* thanks for sharing your tips!
I love the bottle of buttons!

Olivia~ said...

Oh my your button bottles are darling. I like the lace! Maybe a couple with and a couple w/o for the minimalists. Anyhoo, whip up some pink pumpkins, don't forget about purple...I like to use them under my Christmas tree when fall is over.

CHERI said...

What sweet little jars! I love old buttons! When we down-sized my MIL last year I got to come home with a big tin filled with old buttons...some of which I'm pretty sure came from my husband's grandmother. So, so sweet!

Debbie said...

What a great idea Carol!!~ I love the blue, I used it on my vintage mirror. These are going to be a big hit for you:) Enjoy the weekend. Debbie

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi carol!

Oh, these are just so sweet! And nope, you are not the last person to hear about this walnut ink spray. Officially, that would be me! LOL thank you for introducing me to it!

Have a wonderful holiday!

Shauna said...

I am new here! Great site! Hope you'll come visit me too :)

Linda said...

Hi Carol~ what a fun project! I am going to get some of that fun spray, too! Just wanted you to know I featured your paper dolls on my blog post today...thanks so much!!

Lucy - By the Hill said...

Hey there Carol! Your button jar is really sweet!
Love those labels, love them more once Mr. Walnut Ink did his job on them!
Take care my friend! Have a great week!

Elyse said...

omg - carol! this is just the kind of stuff that i like to do! playing with jars and paint and all kinds of fun things from the craft store.

i'm off to read the rose tutorial and put walnut ink on my michael's shopping list. thanks for sharing!


Pam Kellogg said...

Carol, you did good! This is gorgeous!! And yes, I love Mr. Walnut Ink too! Oh, I just love this button jar!

Kim said...

Ooo, I like Mr. Walnut Ink.

Biljana said...

Hi Carol!
It looks so beautiful and gorgeous, bravo:))
Greetings from Europe, Biljana

Holly said...

Buttons, buttons, buttons - there is little I love more than jars of buttons!
Your jar of buttons is exceptionally fabulous! Love what you did with the lid and the label - I have not meet Mr. Walnut ink...I must go find him! I am a new follower!
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Addicted2HomeDecor said...

Wonderful...I can't wait to get my Walnut Ink Spray now! I'm now a follower ~ found you from Graphic Fairy. You have great blog! ~ Judy

Anonymous said...

You can get walnut ink by putting 'ripe' black walnut husks in water and letting the brew sit around a few weeks. Strain and spray. Try not to get any on your's a good stain.....

from and old basketmaker.......