I am so lucky to have worked with some of my favorite people on Button It Up!

My art department:

Burcu Avsar and Zach DeSart took the simply amazing photographs, and the gorgeous illustrations were drawn by Alexis Hartman. A special thank-you to Myrna Goldware and Russell Mott for generously lending their vintage and antique button photos to the Vintage Button Primer as well!

My guest designers:

Cathy Callahan draws inspiration from crafts and design of the 60s + 70s. Her projects are based on things she finds in her collection of vintage craft publications:

Nancy Flynn is the author of Jeaneology: Crafty Ways to Reinvent Your Old Blues, and co-editor of A chronicle of her crafty adventures can be found at

Melissa Frantz lives in Portland, Oregon, where she drinks too much coffee and sews as much as her three kids will allow. She blogs at

Mariko Fujinaka lives in Portland, Oregon, with her understanding husband and demanding dog. She blogs about crafting, baking, and other exploits at

Diane Gilleland, aka Sister Diane, produces CraftyPod, a blog and bi-weekly podcast about Making Stuff. She also runs DIY Alert, a website about all things crafty in Portland, Oregon.

Both a crafter and a junker, Sarah Johner enjoys everything from sewing and button crafts to collecting vintage pottery. Her blog, Making Projiks, The Misadventures of Mama & Jack, can be found at

Amy Karol lives in Portland, Oregon with her three beautiful girls and husband and has always wanted a pet koala bear. She wrote Bend-the-Rules Sewing, The Essential Guide to a Whole New Way to Sew, and you can find her up to no good over on her blog, For a more slightly more organized view of her world, visit

Leah Kramer is the founder of, an online community for fans of hip, modern craft projects. She’s also the author of The Craftster Guide to Nifty, Thrifty and Kitschy Crafts.

Christina Loff is a crafter and writer living in San Francisco. You can read about her adventures and creations at

Meredith MacDonald crafts and lives on the East Coast with her husband. Her sewing, knitting, cooking and Blythe doll adventures can be found at

Torie Nguyen makes and sells jewelry under the name Totinette, is a member of PDX Super Crafty, and co-organizes the Crafty Wonderland sale. When not crafting, she’s a Realtor who runs a blog called I Love Portland Homes.

Alicia Paulson dreams in calico and crochet hooks, and spends her days designing crafts in her home studio in Portland, Oregon. She is the author of Stitched in Time: Memory-Keeping Projects to Sew and Share from the Creator of Posie Gets Cozy.

Rebecca Pearcy is the founder & designer of Queen Bee Creations. Her products can be found at boutiques throughout the U.S. and online at

Jennifer Perkins is the author of Naughty Secretary Club: Jewelry for the Working Girl, web mistress of jewelry website, and a member of the Austin Craft Mafia.

Linda Permann is a freelance writer and craft designer. She loves to sew, crochet, knit and bake, and is always on the lookout for cookie tins full of old buttons. Read all about it at

Christy Petterson is a writer, crafter, PR specialist, avid coffee drinker, native Atlantan, roadie for her drummer of a husband and all-around nice person. She is co-organizer of the Indie Craft Experience, a biannual craft market in Atlanta, co-editor of Get Crafty, and creator of the a bardis accessory line.

Kristin Roach enjoys the process of finding meaning and purpose in forgotten materials and experiences. Her work ranges from painting to pattern writing, but always is connected to material identity and process:

Sally J. Shim is the designer behind Shim + Sons, a home accessories and stationery design studio based in Portland, Oregon.

Laura Stokes-Estrada produces her Buzzard Brand line of resin trinkets and jewelry in her Southern California studio. Her array of vintage and handmade findings are available at the Buzzard Brand.

Amanda Blake Soule is the author of The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections. She blogs at, where she writes about and photographs her days crafting, thrifting, and parenting three little ones on the coast of Maine.

Kayte Terry is a crafter, stylist and writer living in Brooklyn, New York, and the author of Complete Embellishing. You can find out more about her on

Nicole Vasbinder is the designer behind Queen Puff Puff and is a proud member of the International Sisterhood of Seamsters. She recently opened StitchCraft, a sewing and craft studio in Petaluma, California.

Jessica Wilson is the mad photo-boothing mind behind and She is always in the middle of one project or another and distracts herself by baking goodies that taste scrumdillyumscious!


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  2. […] through the pages available on Amazon and it looks so great! A whole bunch of amazing people contributed projects to the book including yours truly. I made a necklace out of vintage flower […]

  3. You have a beautiful website. I had no idea so many people were interested in buttons. I watched your show on KATU this a.m. Very good.

    I inherited a series of very old and unusual buttons sewn on a piece of velvet from the l930’s. It belonged to a great aunt. She had several panels of them and it seems it was a hobby in those days for women. In going through your website, I do not see anything like this. I am curious if you would be interested in seeing mine. If so, please let me know.

    Hoping to hear from you. Susan K

  4. You have a fascinating site & will look forward to visiting again in the near future.

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