About Me

For me my love of buttons started when I was about 5, every week my mum took me to a second hand shop where I was left to amuse myself whilst she and her friend would sit and talk rubbish and forever, but that was just fine by me. The shop was stacked floor to ceiling with almost everything you can imagine. Rummaging around I found several boxes of buttons and sat very happily sorting them all out and each week I was allowed to take home a good handful. Using thread to make a loop and stitching it through the button gave me my first wearable ring, with which I wore till the thread broke. This weekly trip lasted several years and by then I had amassed quite a collection of what I referred to as my bits and bobs! Does anyone remember a comic called “Bunty”. Each week on the back page you got a paper Bunty doll along with the outfit of the week that you could cut out. My dad made me several flat wooden dolls as I got fed up with the paper flapping about and that’s when I started making her outfits from my boxes of bits and bobs and I guess Bunty was my introduction to the world of crafting. 
Somehow 25 years passed and although I still occasionally bought any buttons that took my fancy I never got round to doing anything more than just look at them now and then. About 5 years ago I bought a few ring bases and made a few for fun, and then you know the rest of the story, starts with in my case my daughter wanting one and then another friend and then the why don’t you sell on line. Well I did just that 4 years ago and the day I stop enjoying doing what I do is the day that I will stop.


Anonymous said...

Hi Chrissy, so happy with the book you sent me.Kathleen

Chrissie Marshall said...

My pleasure Kathleen

Wayne and Gail Schmidt said...

Dear Chrissie,

My wife and I just got a Frister and Rossman sewing machine and were looking for a manual when we discovered your page about yours. We would like to take you up on your offer for a pdf copy of the manual. Thank you for offering it on-line. If you'd like to see our small but growing collection of sewing machines, you may do so at our webpage on them at: http://waynesthisandthat.com/Antique%20Sewing%20Machines.html.

We tried sending this request via the email form on your page, but it didn't seem to send. We're hoping this comment gets to you. If it does, please send the pdf to my email at:


I'm sorry it's so long. It's intended to block spammers.

We don't sell or advertise anything so if you visit our website you don't have to worry about pop-ups. We loved your story about buttons. As a young girl my wife's grandmother used to let her rummage through an old tin box packed with odd, left over buttons. Sixty years later, my wife is letting her own grand daughters do the same thing through the very same old box.


Wayne and Gail Schmidt (California, USA)

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