Button-spiration: special edition

This week’s post is a special edition of the regularly featured Button-spiration. What’s so special about it? Well, for starters, it showcases the leather buttons handmade by yours truly, and my wonderful brother, during our recent play date. It also offers a special sneak peek at some new product that will be available in the shop soon. Pretty special, eh?

I’ve shown off some of the buttons that Aaron has made in past posts and links to his turtorial. He and I finally had the opportunity to hang out recently and I got a crash course in making the leather buttons. Definitely check out his blog and Ped’s & Ro for the full instructions. What follows is just a little glimpse at the process:

Cutting out leather buttons
Using a round punch and mallet to cut out the leather buttons
Leather buttons ready for holes
Different sizes of leather buttons ready for their holes
Leather buttons with their holes punched
Leather buttons with holes punched (used a stencil to make them consistant)
Boiling water over leather buttons
Pouring boiling water over leather buttons to harden and shape them

Sadly, I didn’t capture any of the painting and dyeing that we did to the buttons (we even embossed a couple with some shapes and textures). Aaron finished up several in a nice dark dye. I’m hoping to make some more and keep playing around with them while he’s away in Europe for the next couple of months. Someone is kindly lending me his leather working tools. Next up, a trip to Tandy to score some different weights of leather!

Oh, and as promised, that sneak peek of one of the new products that will be available in the shop soon. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, but you’ll have to wait just a bit longer to find out what it is. Doesn’t that leather button look pretty awesome! Ya, I definitely need to make more of those beauties!

Finished handmade leather button


Check out these beauties. Handmade leather buttons by my brother Aaron:

Handmade Leather Buttons by asphotographics

These were a little surprise gift recently. I’ve mentioned his dabbling in leather working before and shared his tutorial for making leather buttons. He remembered one of my Button-spiration posts about nine-hole buttons and set to work on creating some for me. What a sweetie!

Nine Hole Leather Buttons by asphotographics

I’m super excited to make something with all of them! I’m thinking there will definitely be a pair of button earrings, possibly even a necklace. Trying to figure out what awesome project to do with the nine hole buttons. Maybe my first initial (or a heart) embroidered onto it and then attached to one of my fabric flower pins… Lots of possibilities. The most exciting part of all of this, is that Aaron and I have FINALLY booked a leather button-making play date, this Friday. Can’t wait to share the goodies we make!

Two Hole Leather Buttons by asphotographics


I’ve been losing sleep lately thinking about buttons. Yes, seriously. Usually it happens when I wake up to feed Sam in the wee hours of the morning & then I lay awake, creative juices running on overdrive. I blame my brother, Aaron. He shared this awesome tutorial with me on making leather buttons. A few days later he whipped up some leather buttons for himself. Now I can’t wait to give it a try, one day real soon!

Here’s a pic of one the buttons my brother made. You can find his tips & tricks for making the leather buttons on his blog. So cool! Absolutely love them!

Mama’s got a brand new bag

Leather and denim bag frontLet’s just take a moment to marvel at this gorgeous purse! I mean, really. I’m so in love with it! A pair of old jeans and leather, a long strap and short handles, even the silver buckles. I adore it all. AND it is was made just for me by some very special. My best friend and incredibly talented brother Aaron “whipped” this up for me on Christmas morning. I’m not even kidding. The leather stain was still drying when he gave it to me in the afternoon on Christmas day.

If your mouth is hanging open in disbelief, I’m not surprised. Mine was too, although it shouldn’t have been. His talent and near genius are qualities that allow him to make & do anything he’s ever had an interest in. From sewing Gore-tex snowboard pants & jackets in junior high, to his new found love of leather working (which kind of came out of nowhere) to his pipe carving and collecting. And those are just the crafty hobbies that he does in his free time, when he’s not working at iStock or off on a canoe or ski trip or building things out at our family cabin. Starting to get the picture?

Leather and denim bag backI realized recently that I rarely mention Aaron on my blog. This special bag gave me the excuse to do so. Sometimes I tend to spend more time looking back, reflecting on the loss of one brother instead of rejoicing in the friendship I still enjoy in the other.

This bag is a wonderful daily reminder of that friendship. And I am so very thankful to my big bro Aaron for it. You can read about his process in making the bag and his gorgeous photos of it on his blog.