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Sunday, July 24, 2011


P is for piggy bank, purple, pink paisley and...


Australia went to dollars and cents on Valentines Day 1966. Before this they had the English standard of pounds, shillings and pence. Shannon is a bit of a coin collector and he made me some buttons out of these two pennies he had doubles of. They are both from the year 1951, which really means nothing. However, the US pennies are from 2009 (the year I finished this book) and 1980 (my birth year). I considered having a penny from 2006 and one from 2007 (the years the girls were born) but I figure there is a good chance there will be more babies and I didn't want anyone left out just because they might be born late.

Friday, July 22, 2011


O is for octopus...


and owls.

I am a tiny bit of an impulse buyer, unless you talk to Shannon he might say more of compulsive buyer and not just a little bit. In all honesty, we are probably both wrong and I am somewhere between the two.  The tiny overall buttons on this owl were one of those purchases without a plan. The funny thing was that I had been working on O got stuck and moved on to another letter. When I came back to O I had purchased the buttons and re-discovered them during an idea search of my stashes, and personally, I think they work perfectly and I can't believe I didn't think of it sooner and spend a lot less time thinking about what to do with O.

I had all manner of ideas and I even bought the ribbon that I used on the jellyfish to use as octopus legs. I was going to have all the legs have little magnets that would connect to the main part of the octopus and I was going to stretch things by saying the legs 'Opened' and really the Magnets had nothing to do with it and we didn't have to mention an M word in O.

Back to the impulsive/compulsive buying, after I used these buttons on the octopus I went back to the store and bought another pair (in my defense they were on sale) and again without a plan. I guess I just really felt I needed to have them on hand for something.

You should see the enormous bag of buttons I got for the golf club on G because you never know if, in the future, I might need a button shaped like a dog house or ballerina slippers as well.