Mosaic Ivy Java…

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Time to sit back and “ENJOY” a heavenly cup of dark, strong coffee.

And what could be better than sipping away with this English Ivy China Cup and Saucer?

*This grout was specially mixed with a “touch” of light green to blend in with the China pattern.

Size: 4 1/2″ × 8 1/4″

Pick up/Delivery Price: 37.50

**BLAST Sale: 31.12

Shipping/Mailing Price: 47.50

Pearly Mosaic Cross

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This iridescent cross is filled with vintage mother of pearl buttons, smoky mother of pearl buttons, and shells. The light really shows the opalescent colors.

The grout is a special mixture that has a light shade of pink peeking through, which also highlights the pearls.

Size: 8″ x 12″

Pick up/Delivery Price: 45.00

Ship/Mailing Price: 55.00

MY MOM AND THE HOMELESS MAN

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This POST is PART II, after: THE CHURCH AND TOWN THAT CHANGED MY LIFE FOREVER, so if you haven’t read that post, please go back and read it first, and then this one.

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.  Hebrews 13:2

Faith Baptist Church in Eunice, served the town in many ways, such as providing food for the poor in town, going to the grocery store and serving families in the area, different ladies in our church would go by a home of a widow, and help her clean. One time, I had a unique experience of helping different church members in replacing a roof of a widow in town who needed help, and had about 50 pots and pans on the floor of her house, collecting water as the rain came in.

My mom was a tough woman, very tough. She loved helping people, and could do almost anything, the harder the better. One day, while I was at school, my parents had a very unexpected experience and blessing. I heard all about it, when I came home that day.

My parents were filling up with gas one morning, and it happened to be by the bus station in town. Mom looked up from the car, and saw what looked like a homeless man sitting on a bench, and she thought he must be waiting on a bus. He looked very tired, dusty, like he had walked a long way outside, and she couldn’t get him out of her mind.  When Dad got back in the car, she pointed to the man, and asked Dad if he thought they could give him a hand. Dad knew that with Mom, that meant more than just handing him a $20 bill and calling it a day. So, he slowly agreed.

They went over to the man, introduced themselves, and asked if he would like some new clothes, a meal, etc. He told them that he really needed a bus ticket, and was hungry. So, they asked him if he would like to get cleaned up at the church, get a new change of clothes first, and he said he sure would. He got in the car with them, and off they went to the church. Mom asked him if he would like a nice, hot bath, because the church had a big bathtub in the bathroom, and he said that he didn’t remember the last time he had taken a bath, and it sounded wonderful. He seemed really weak.

They asked him what he would like to eat, and Mom ran his bath. She asked Dad to go to the house and pick up some clothes that she thought would fit him, and to get his food, along with some cigarettes, because he had said how he needed a cigarette. She told him she was a nurse, and asked him if he was uncomfortable with her helping him with his bath, and he said he wasn’t. Dad wasn’t good with bad smells, and things like this, and he kept making faces and holding his nose during all of this. Mom said she spent a lot of time giving him “looks”. ha!

She helped him off with his clothes, and she said you could tell that those clothes hadn’t been off of him in weeks if not months. As he got into the bath, he let out a sigh. She asked him if he would like her to scrub his back, and he nodded. She scrubbed his back very carefully and slowly. He said he felt like he was in heaven. About the time, his bath was finished, Dad was back with his clothes and food.

They took him out to the front porch, and said there was a nice breeze blowing, and it felt good outside. *Remember, in my first post, when I mentioned that when I saw the front porch of the church, I was really moved to tears?* Well, I was remembering this story that my parents told me about that day after school.

There was a nice swing on the porch, and they had set up a nice chair for him to prop his feet up and really rest while he was eating. Mom asked him if he would like some coffee, and he nodded, and she left to put on a pot of coffee. Dad sat and visited with him while he ate his meal. He oohed and aahed at how good it was, and how wonderful he felt.

He told Dad that he was on his way to another town. (I can’t remember where it was.) And, he needed a bus ticket. He was out of money, and had just had one bad thing happen after another.

When Mom came back, she had a steaming cup of hot coffee, and his cigarettes, and gave them to him. He put his head back on the swing, set down the coffee, and lit up the cigarette. He sipped and puffed, and talked with them for at least another hour. Finally, Mom asked if he was ready to go back to the bus stop. They would buy him a bus ticket to where he needed to go. He said he was ready, and got in their car, and they took him back to the bus station.

He couldn’t say thank you enough to my parents as he was ready to get on the bus, but when he looked at my mom, he stopped and reached out to her, and they hugged. He started to weep. He told her that the love she had shown to him was something he would never forget.

The tears are falling as I’m writing this story, and I remember the tears falling that afternoon after school while they were telling me all about it. It also told me something about my parents, and in particular, my mom, that I needed to hear. It made me smile, cry and realize the heart that my mom had, and it was beautiful.

 

THE CHURCH AND TOWN THAT CHANGED MY LIFE FOREVER…

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***This is a long post, so I want to apologize now, but I really need to share, and over the next few days, there may be other long posts. Please feel free to just skip over this and move on if you like, but it is so therapeutic for me to work through. Thank you for understanding.***

When we left our family yesterday, after the funeral, we wanted to look around Eunice, and locate some important landmarks, and maybe snap some pictures. Well, we found every single one of them…and then, we, or I really should say, I, saw it first…Faith Baptist Church. It USED to be Faith Baptist Church…a small Mission Church in Eunice… started in August 1972. I wasn’t prepared for my reaction…
My eyes welled up with tears, AND THEN…I saw *the front porch… *a story I will save for another post), and the flood gates started and continued for quite some time.

*Long story short…My dad was “called into the ministry” in his 20’s, but said that he ignored it, and went on entering the Navy, then the Air Force, becoming a Flight Instructor for United Airlines, and he just didn’t feel things were right. After talking it over with my mom and me, he enrolled in Bible College, my mom earned her Nursing Degree, and they felt God calling them to Mexico, to a specific people group.

Because my dad was retired from the Air Force and United Airlines, and had that retirement income, he felt called to smaller works, churches that might be struggling, couldn’t pay their pastor much, etc.

Because of our visas being delayed and not coming through in time to Mexico, we visited my sister and brother-in-law, who had just moved to Lafayette, Louisiana, where my brother-in-law got his first job as a helicopter mechanic, at PHI, Petroleum Helicopters Inc., after graduating from school.

August was coming to a close and school was getting ready to start and still no visas. So Dad began talking to the church that had sent us out and found out that there were a couple of small towns in Louisiana that fit the ministry of what Mom and Dad felt called to do. And, there were a group of people, singles, families, etc., who needed a pastor, and after meeting with them, etc., we moved to Eunice, just in time for my junior year of High School.

The church purchased this “HOUSE” pictured, above, the first light blue house photo – (it was white back then). It was fixed up so nice inside, with a big auditorium, and lots of rooms for classes, etc. I taught toddlers through age 5 in Sunday School, played the piano, sang, visited folks with mom and dad, helped dad in the church office, helped type the bulletin, you name it!!

One Sunday, a man came to church, with some friends who invited him, who, even though I didn’t know it at the time, would change my life forever. That man was Ty Coleman. Long hair, bell bottom blue jeans, red, white and blue shoes. He was very friendly, fun to talk with, sense of humor, and soaked up church like a sponge. Came to everything. Never missed a service or class. Would come over to my Dad’s office (in our home), a lot, with questions and loved to listen to stories in the Bible. I would see him a lot, when I’d come home from school, or he would stop by after work, etc.

He became a Christian after studying, reading God’s Word, asking questions, and after hearing a sermon one Sunday, realized that even though he had been raised “in church”, he really didn’t know Christ, and wanted a personal relationship with Him. He came forward after listening that Sunday, and told Dad what had happened.

We soon became good friends, would eat meals together, watch tv together, sit at our piano and sing together, ride bikes, walk, swim, and before you knew it, we fell in love.

On June 6, 1975, we were married in a beautiful garden (in my sister and brother in law’s backyard – pictured above in several different images.  We also just took these pictures yesterday in Eunice. The yard looked different back in 1975, with more flowering plants and flowers, but it is still very stunning.

And, Ty and Debbie’s adventure began…

 

The Yellow Button Road…

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The journey to Emerald City…what an adventure!

You’ll certainly proclaim, “There’s No Place Like Home”, with this fun creation!

Many wonderful vintage buttons and mixed media were used in this piece, such as, Coconut Shell Buttons, Seed Beads, Wooden Beads, Glitter Buttons, Bakelite, Celluloid, Sequins, Bakelite, Stone Beads, Molded Plastic Buttons, Wooden Buttons, and more! Displayed on a Vintage Metal Tray, ready for hanging!

Size: 13″ round

Pick up/Delivery Price: 46.50

Mailing/Shipping Price: 56.50

Fine Feather Series…

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My fourth Vintage Button Series…

Fine Feather Series!

From left to right:

Nesting Feathers – 11″x14″ – Regular Price: 46.50

Mailing or Shipping Price: 56.50

Full Feather – 12″x24″ – Regular Price: 54.50

Mailing or Shipping Price: 63.00

Tail Feather – 11″x14″ – Regular Price: 38.50

Mailing or Shipping Price: 48.50

Peacock Feather – 16″x20″ – Regular Price: 51.50

Mailing or Shipping Price: 53.77

Price for Set – 191.00

Mailing or Shipping Price:  225.00

Colorful Brew!

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☕That special aroma…there’s nothing like it! That first cup of the day…a cup for mom…that special cup with a friend…or with the love of your life…

This amazing brew is colorful and sparkly! Lots of rhinestones and bright seed beads, beautiful vintage and antique gray buttons, and the vintage multicolored button flowers splashed on the pot really catch your eye!

I have used an assortment of vintage and antique buttons, such as smoky mother of pearl, bakelite, metal, celluloid, molded vintage plastic, vintage glass, and more!

The vintage coffee pot was painted a pewter gray, and the background is a mixture of King’s Gold and Tropic Orange.

Size: 12″x16″

Pick up or Delivery Regular Price: 47.50

Shipping or Mailing Price:  56.00

Pot of Gold…

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I found it! I found it!!!

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The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!!! Yippee!!!

This 16″×20″ canvas is full of happiness and color!! The vintage button rainbow is as bright as can be, and the vintage black button pot is overflowing with shiny vintage gold buttons! And, of course, there’s a fluffy vintage white button cloud to add softness to this piece.

The background is a mixture of Robin’s Egg and Golden Glitter, and there is a subtle sparkle in the sky!

Delivery and Pick up Regular Price: 58.50 *15% off Price: 49.72 – **during our MARCH BUTTON BREEZE SALE!

Mailing and Shipping Price: *60.72

 

 

Button Stacked Speciality Necklace!

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One of “The Button Woman’s” most popular pieces…so colorful and fun!

Another wonderful customer picked her necklace up today! She is shown wearing it, and this piece goes with most anything! She couldn’t wait to put it on ASAP!

You can pick multi-color, or whatever color you like, and what color chain you like, such as gold, silver, etc.

Pick up/Delivery Price: 45.00

Mailing/Shipping Price: 53.00

Whirlwind Gardens

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Welcome to Buttonia!

There are some very special places in a land called Buttonia, (pronounced But toe nia), with the most beautiful forest and garden in all the world.

The Cranberry Forest, (pictured above in the second image), is known for it’s bright colors, beautiful and very unique birds, gorgeous buttons that grow on the trees, which are lustrous shades of every color you can imagine, and cranberry sky!

You might remember “Cranberry Forest”, which SOLD last year to a very special customer for her grandchild!

Next to the Cranberry Forest, there is a glorious flower garden, called Whirlwind Gardens. It is just amazing! The flowers are created after being tumbled about in a glittery whirlwind, and then tossed into the garden, at just the right moment!
In this garden, the butterflies and birds are glittery! Dragonflies, frogs, ladybugs, crickets and more, play in the garden every day! There are stars in the sky, and floating sequins soaring throughout the garden.

There’s even shiny, sparkly rhinestone flowers that grow along paths and close to streams!
The sky is a beautiful shade of Cranberry or Turquoise, and the clouds are always bright and cheery!

Whirlwind Gardens…

Many unique and special vintage and antique buttons were used, such as antique cut glass, china, dyed mother of pearl, bakelite, metal, celluloid, leather, and much more!

Size: 12″x16″

Pick up/Delivery Price: 32.50

Mailing/Shipping Price: 45.00