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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Alterity: No Harm Antique Button Jewelry Review & Giveaway



*****This Contest is Now CLOSED*****

Ok, when I received this in the mail to review, I was stoked. Isn't this one of the most beautiful bookmarks you've ever seen? Lisa, a wonderful artist, sent it to me, and I love it! One of her specialities is antique and vintage button jewelry (which I'm a huge fan of!).

By Lisa:
So...button jewelry. Hmmmm....you might wonder how I happen to fall into the button niche. Well, I can only blame Grandma Meyerhoefer's button box. Grandma was very poor (early widow with nine kids!), so when we went to Grandma's to visit, all she could offer me to play with was her button box. Now mind you, there was pretty boring buttons in there, but oh did I look forward to playing with it. To the point that when I grew up and moved out on my own, I snagged boxes and jars of buttons at garage sales and thrift shops whenever I saw them. In my early 30's, I did an internet search to find patterns to make something with these little beauties (yes, even the junky plastic ones!), when I stumbled upon the concept of collecting buttons. Not the junky shirt buttons, but antique buttons, of which I had none. So I contacted a woman in my area that was a member of a local button club (are you kidding....button clubs?) and the rest is history.


Her first shop is on 1000Markets, which is where she lists some of her more upscale items.


Her next shop is on Artfire. She never lists the same thing in any shop, so no matter where you visit her you are always looking at one-of-a-kind pieces!

By Lisa:
I learned all about antique buttons, attaining quite a collection of my own from friends, dealers and antique button auctions (yes, there are auctions that auction only antique and vintage clothing buttons!). Shortly thereafter, when I learned about the value of antique buttons (I actually have a button I paid $150 for...most 18th Century buttons sell in the thousands!), I taught myself through various techniques how to create jewelry with these wonderful little valuable works of art without damaging them. It took me at least five years to perfect it! I am now in my early 40's and in January 2008, I finally started my business selling high quality jewelry containing antique and vintage clothing buttons. I work exclusively for myself now selling on several venues online and I wouldn't trade it for the world! I actually look forward to going to work come Monday morning!


So, has Lisa inspired you to create something of your own? Then check out her handmade buttons!


She is also clearing out a store of regular jewelry items and has up to 75% off most things!!! Don't forget to tell her I sent you!


Lisa has generously offered this bookmark to one of my readers!!!

So how do you enter?

1. Go to 1000 Markets and Artfire and tell me your favorite item from each shop. (This must be done first for all other entries to count!)

2. Follow Lisa's Blog on Blogger, and leave me a comment with your username.

3. Do ONE of the following: follow my blog on blogger or subscribe by email or RSS feed. Leave me a comment letting me know. If you're already a subscriber let me know for an entry!

4. Follow me on Twitter and tweet this giveaway. Leave me a comment with the URL to the tweet. (Following isn't enough, you must also tweet!)

5. Blog about this giveaway with a link back here, and to 1000Markets and Artfire. Leave me a comment with the URL.

6. Email 5 friends and let them know about the giveaway and give them the link. Make sure to CC: me the email, jadco123 @ hotmail.com. Leave me a comment letting me know you've done so.

7. Grab my button code (right side bar) and post it on your website. Leave me a comment with the URL so I can check.

8. Buy something from 1000Markets or Artfire for extra entries! Leave me a separate comment for each item you buy, and let me know which shop.

9. Buy something from Lisa's Clearance Sale on Alterity Art, and leave a separate comment for each item you buy (don't forget to let me know which shop it was!).

Rules:
*You must do #1 for all other entries to count.
*You must leave your email with each comment, or have it on your profile. Make sure to set your profile to public so I can see it.
*This contest ends Thursday, April 9th, midnight EST.
*The winner will be emailed and have 2 days to get back to me with their information, or a new winner will be picked.

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68 comments:

mverno said...

the Puttin' on the Ritz Vintage Celluloid Button Brooch and the FIDELIA ANTIQUE BUTTON PENDANT mverno@roadrunner.com

Tumbleweed Trails said...

I like the: Blossom Antique Pearl Button Pendant and the Posey Antique Button Ring.

JD

visionquest2020@msn.com

Tumbleweed Trails said...

I am following Lisa's blog.

JD

visionquest2020@msn.com

Tumbleweed Trails said...

COASAHM follower.

JD

visionquest2020@msn.com

Anonymous said...

I love Charming Florals Antique Metal Button Charm Bracelet and the Fidelia Antique Button Pendant. Jean at sweepscat@mac.com.

Anonymous said...

Blossom Antique Pearl Button Pendant and the ANTIQUE PEARL BUTTON PENDANT - I love them and am off to order one right now!!! clydagh123@hotmail.com

Meredith said...

From 1000 Markets I love " Art Deco Vintage Black Glass Button Tatted Bracelet" and from Art Fire I love "TREE OF LIFE VINTAGE BUTTON BROOCH"
Great stuff!
meredycat*lycos*com

Meredith said...

I follow your blog.
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Meredith said...

I follow Lisa's blog.
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Meredith said...

Tweet! https://twitter.com/meredycat
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Deedles said...

From 1000 Markets I love the Selina Antique Metal Button Bracelet and from Art Fire I love the Tree of Life Vintage Button brooch.

minishoes said...

Shop 1 davina vintage glass bracelet. so classy!
shop 2 lily of the valley ring. pretty!
thanks jacquecurl@gmail.com

minishoes said...

i follow by email or subscribe.jacquecurl@gmail.com

windycindy said...

The Vintage Leaves Rhinestone Button Tatted Brooch is my favorite item on her 1000 Markets! Please enter me in your delightful giveaway prize drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

windycindy said...

I follow Lisa's Blog! Thanks, Cindi
windycindy
Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

windycindy said...

Also, I follow you on Twitter and I tweeted this giveaway!
http://twitter.com/cmh512/status
1450226526.
Many thanks.....Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

tatertot374 said...

I really like the Floral Swirl Antique Button Ring and the POSEY ANTIQUE BUTTON RING. Very cute!
Thank you!
tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

Tj and Amy said...

I love the DaVina Vintage Glass Button Bracelet. amsbolda@hotmail.com

Tj and Amy said...

I follow on twitter and tweeted. 1amypugmire. amsbolda@hotmail.com

Deb K said...

Oh~I had so much fun window shopping!

At 1000 Markets~Selina Antique Metal Button Bracelet is just beautiful!

At Artfire~Fidelia Antique Button Pendant is so pretty!

Thanks so much for the chance :)

Mommy Daisy said...

I like the Antique Blue China Button Earrings from 1000 Markets and VINTAGE TAGUA NUT BUTTON BRACELET from Art Fire.

Katherine said...

From 1000 markets: Selina Antique Metal Button Bracelet - BEAUTIFUL! :)

From Artfire: SUNSHINE VINTAGE BUTTON BRACELET - cute!!

kkondek at gmail.com

Katherine said...

Following her blog! (KTKatherine)
kkondek at gmail.com

Katherine said...

Following your blog!
kkondek at gmail.com
(KTKatherine)

Katherine said...

Follow and tweet! http://twitter.com/ktkatherine/status/1455857328

kkondek at gmail.com

Bev said...

I love the antique blue china earrings and in the other shop is the antique button lilly of the valley ring1

Bev said...

follow and tweet!
http://twitter.com/basketballmomma/status/1464324977

Rue said...

Favorites form each store:
Alterity - DaVina Vintage Glass Button Bracelet
Art Fire - FIDELIA ANTIQUE BUTTON PENDANT

Thanks for the chance to win!
ruthann (dot) francis (at) gmail (dot) com

Jess said...

I like the Floral Swirl Antique Button Ring from 1000 Markets and
POSEY ANTIQUE BUTTON RING from Artfire. Beautiful designs...so hard to choose!

christin said...

My favorites are the Selina Antique Metal Button Bracelet and the Vintage Tagua Nut Button Bracelet. Thanks!
christinbanda@yahoo.com

christin said...

I follow Lisa's blog as christinbanda
Thanks!
christinbanda@yahoo.com

christin said...

I follow your blog:) Thanks!
christinbanda@yahoo.com

janetfaye said...

1000 Markets - I like Charming Florals Antique Metal Button Charm Bracelet

Artfire - I like FIDELIA ANTIQUE BUTTON PENDANT

Thank You!

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

janetfaye said...

I follow Lisa's Blog - janetfaye


janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

janetfaye said...

Subscribed.

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

Spamgirl said...

realitybbq*AT*gmail*DOT*com

My favourite item from their stores are Selina Antique Metal Button Bracelet (1000 markets) and Fidelia Antique Button Pendant (artfire).

Thank you!

Spamgirl said...

realitybbq*AT*gmail*DOT*com

I'm a follower on Blogger. :) Thank you!

Spamgirl said...

realitybbq*AT*gmail*DOT*com

I'm a follower of Lisa's Blog on Blogger. :) Thank you!

Spamgirl said...

realitybbq*AT*gmail*DOT*com

I'm a follower on Twitter and I tweeted: http://twitter.com/antispamgirl/status/1469878339

Thank you!

Paige said...

1000 Markets - I like Charming Florals Antique Metal Button Charm Bracelet, and I like the tagua nut bracelet

gkstratos said...

I like the Royal Crest Antique Button Ring and the Jelly Flower Vintage Button Brooch
gkstratos@yahoo.com

gkstratos said...

Following/Twitter & Tweeted:
http://twitter.com/gkstratos/status/1470907962

gkstratos@yahoo.com

gkstratos said...

Following Lisa's blog
gkstratos@yahoo.com

gkstratos said...

Subscriber
gkstratos@yahoo.com

Smooshy said...

i like the tree of life vintage button brooch and the Selina Antique Metal Button Bracelet!

LoveMy2Dogs said...

From the 1000 Markets I like the Victorian Daisy Antique Black Glass Button Tatted Choker. And from Artfire I like the Fidelia Antique Button Pendant.

LoveMy2Dogs said...

I follow you on blogger.

LoveMy2Dogs said...

I am following Lisa's blog.

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - From 1000 Markets I love the Selina Antique Metal Button Bracelet!

lambechops said...

I like the Da Vina vintage glass bracelet from 1000 markets, and Vingage Tagua Nut button bracelet from Artfire. I am following you too. I hope you allow international entries.

Gertie said...

ANTIQUE BUTTON LILY OF THE VALLEY RING

Floral Swirl Antique Button Ring

garlandofroses@gmail.com

Pam said...

Davina glass button bracelet

and

Fidelia Antique button pendant

(P.S. I looked for the turquoise earring you showed but I can't find them....wah!!!!)



pamelashockley(at)netscape(dot)net

Risingsouth said...

I love the Charming Florals Antique Metal Button Charm Bracelet and the Jelly flower vintage button brooch.

Risingsouth said...

I just subscribed by e-mail.

z. Smith said...

I love the Vintage Black Glass Button Tatted Bracelet" and from the Tree Of Life Vintage Button Brooch.

Tess said...

The Vadina bracelet and Sunshine bracelet are lovely.

Diana D said...

So pretty. The Selena antique bracelet was very eye catching. Thanks for having the wonderful giveaway.

dianad8008 AT gmail DOT com

carlita said...

the "web of the past antique button tatted bracelet" and the "lily of the valley ring"

tattwo said...

My favorite item from 1000 Markets is the Floral Swirl Antique Button Ring and my favorite item from Art Fire is Vintage Button Charm Bracelet in Red and Green.

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

Antique Blue China Button Earrings are my fav, as well as
POSEY ANTIQUE BUTTON RING

GR said...

1000 Markets-
Royal Crest Antique Button Ring Artfire-Sunshine Vintage Button Bracelet.

electricisland@gmail.com

GC said...

Subscribed just now. electricisland@gmail.com

Heather said...

I like:
artfire - Fidelia Antique Button Pendant
1000markets - Selina Antique Metal Button Bracelet

Heather said...

I follow your blog.

Heather said...

I follow lisa's blog.

purango said...

My favorites from 1000 Markets- the Antique Blue China Button Earrings and from Artfire-the Antique Button Lilu Of The Valley Ring. garrettsambo@aol.com

elsmarlouamrman said...

I like the tatted and button jewelry. How unique! My mother and her mother tatted - but, I never learned. Such a lost art. Thanks for this chance to win the bookmark and for introducing me to a site that I never knew about. Thanks again.

elsmangeri@snet.net

masonsgranny59 said...

The Posey Antique Button Ring