|Original porcelain button from Unwound Yarns in Blowing Rock|
However, before it arrived at the store someone… uh-hmm… who will remain nameless… dropped it and the beautiful leaf-shaped porcelain button smashed to little tiny pieces on the stone floor. I immediately called over to the yarn shop where I original found the button, but since I bought the last one they were out and were unable to restock it. I was distraught and hit the net in search of a perfect or at least satisfactory replacement.
I emailed independent button makers, contacted potters, and tried every avenue I could think of. One Etsy store had a great solution, but when I emailed the owner, they, too, were out of stock and in the process of relocating so they couldn’t fire another. A local potter said he was thinking of making buttons, but weeks after initially contacting him, he still hadn’t felt inspired to actually make them. During this time, my button-less piece was on display at Green Mother Goods, which was quite disconcerting to me, even though it got praised as a work of art!
Then one late night after hours of googling, I landed on Nature Buttons. I was thrilled – she made custom buttons. What was even better, her buttons are Eco-Friendly, which fits in perfectly with my business plan! Regina, the button artist, makes her buttons from recycled clay… Reuse, Renew, Recycle. She offers a large variety of shapes, colors, and textures. She even creates custom designs buttons upon request.
After a couple of e-mails back and forth, I’d settled on the style and texture of the leaf replacement button. A few days later my buttons arrived! Regina kindly included a couple of options as I wasn’t sure which color would exactly match. I see this being a great solution to the dreaded job interview question, what is your greatest weakness. Interviewer: “Lindsay, what is your greatest weakness in designing.” Me: “matching color.”
|I loved this oak leaf, but unfortunately it didn't fit through the button opening|
|Just not quite the right color|
|The perfect solution!|
My Black Willow Cowl is now proudly adorned with a large leaf button with textured lines in bean pot brown glaze.
|Available at Green Mother Goods!|
|Lookin' good, Christine... Thank you for modeling!!|
So thank you Regina at Nature Buttons! I will definitely be back for more and I’m telling all my friends about your fantastic work and Eco-friendly business :-).