"C" is for Caimito

Linda @ CCCB is hosting the challenge this week and it is buttons, buttons... and she wants at least 5 buttons on the project.  I fell in love with the inspiration photo and her gorgeous work.  It reminded me that years ago I was browsing wih my mom at a notions store when we stumbled upon some mother of pearl buttons.  They were on sale and I figured I needed the whole lot, LOL.  Well the thing is they have been sitting there in their cute little cartons and been used as needed.  So I decided to alter me a holder and just show them off

This is what I came up with, the "B" for buttons tag was created by recycling the carton.  And you can tell how my shelf keeps looking better and better!
see what I mean about the lot...
So I enlisted my handy helper who gracefully went through all the packaging and help me put them on the glass jar!
 This is the top view, I stamped the canvas with some archival ink and then sew the required 5 buttons! I painted and distressed the lid to a pretty cream.

 People know me as a flower lover, they are in almost anything I do, cards, LO's, they are planted in my house and admired by my lens.  So I have decided to challenge myself and sit them out of this one.   I wanted to create a girly piece without any blooms, (WHAT???) ME!!!! no way.  Well I did it , I scrapped with details instead, no bling either, crazy, huhhh? well some pearls but hey, a girl needs something...
so here's the scoop, punch border, buttons, washi tape for the translucent effect, monogram
I decided to top it off with some Epiphany Crafts epoxy sticker and then added a circle by Graphic 45 and on top of that I layered some glossy accents (and it was popped) .  A pearl on my C.
Here is a close up of my fuzzy work
the complete look, sans fleurs
 I just read this morning on Audrey's blog that Christine was going to do a summer tutorial on Mapping Happiness
Just love that logo... and can't wait to start playing so here's my map, a 12x12 version of her 2'x3'!

And here is the famous "caimito" fruit
I was happy to see they used the photo I shared!

 This fruit bearing tree is from the Major Antilles, it can also be found in Central America.  It can grow to a 100 feet and it is famous for its golden leaves, well green on one side , golden on the reverse and it is so beautiful when hit by the wind.  You can also use the leaves for teas, they seem to help with diabetes.  The round gorgeous fruit is deliciously sweet
 and when you open it crosswise it has a star pattern!
I do hope you have enjoyed this botanical journey with me!
And if you have lasted this long you DESERVE  a prize, you heard me right! I reserved a pack of the Mother of Pearl buttons (10 in a carton) and I will give it to one lucky reader, regardless of where in the world, I will ship it to whoever wins.  Just leave me a comment and I will put your names on a jar and have my handy helper pick a name.  Good luck and thanks again!


Ros Crawford said...

I adore your button jar ... so very pretty and what a a nice journey ... that fruit looks fabulous ... many thanks for playing at CCCB

jacirascrap said...

Adorei seu pote e sua viagem botânica!! Obrigada pela chance de ganhar os botões, adoraria!!!

Fi said...

Love you button Jar and wow look at all those packets of buttons you had at least now they are in a tidy spot.

And you page is beautiful, or should I say pretty... Great use of your cutouts and the photo is adorable. Will check out the info as well, it sounds interesting.

Audrey Pettit said...

Wow, what a fabulous post, Milagros! LOVE every little project and every word! Your altered button jar is SO beautiful! I love the tag and how cool you made it from recycled packaging. Really love the shabby chic look, the big bow, the buttons on the canvas lid, and the way you attached the tag with the memo pin. And what a beautiful layout! You rocked your challenge of using no flowers. I think the beautiful doilies are a bit flower-like, so you still get a bit of that feminine feel. ;) And how awesome that you are going to play along with the Mapping Happiness project. Your frame is just perfect. Love the beautiful tree and fruit photos, too. The leaves remind me a bit of our Southern Magnolia, with the green on one side and the copper on the other.

Linda R said...

Hello there. Your button Jar is so pretty and so is your Page. It is adorable.. And your right it matches my button pillow perfectly..

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a kind comment..


cnelson said...

Such incredible photos and creations! Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB!