Thursday, September 2, 2010

Fabric and Baskets and (Vintage!) Buttons, Oh My!

If you love buttons and fabric, then today's post and GIVEAWAY are dedicated to you!

I personally have a little love affair with buttons. And fabric. I don't think you're allowed to be a crafty person without seeing pretty fabric and somehow be inspired by the patterns, texture, and colors.

Today I wanted to introduce you to The Cat's Paw, an Etsy shop featuring fab-u-lous vintage buttons and  fabric (always new!) that is discontinued or hard to find. Throw in some really unique fabric baskets and coasters, and you've got yourself some internet shopping fun!

Shop owner Barbara learned to sew at age 10 and has always enjoyed envisioning creative possibilities with fabric. She opened The Cat's Paw in September of 2007, after over ten years of owning a clothing alterations business. Forging ahead with Etsy seemed like a natural progression to Barbara, and she can boast 100% positive feedback for her site, and most items are shipped within a day of placing an order. That's a big deal to me!

The vintage buttons are what first caught my eye (you all know I'm a sucker for shiny things), and Barbara noted that buttons can be used for a variety of projects beyond clothing: fabulously fun jewelry, fabric flower centers, and accents on pillows, towels, handbags, totes, and other accessories. Some of these buttons must have stories to tell!
...I'm sorry, I was distracted by that gorgeous bling for a minute there....

If you're a textile person, you can drool over these Amy Butler and Joel Dewberry fabrics with me!

Christmas will be here before we know it...what kinds of fun Christmas gifts could be created with Christmas-themed fabric from The Cat's Paw?

Maybe the idea of measuring, cutting, and manipulating fabric is scary to you, but you love ready-made fabric projects?

Barbara creates beautiful, handmade fabric baskets as well as fun fabric coasters. The Hydrangea fabric basket (pictured below, bottom right) is her current favorite. I could see a grouping of any of these to add some textural interest to a room!

And how cute would a gift-set of her coasters be with some nice coffee mugs and gourmet coffee?
So, here's the deal. Once again, I'm a little envious of my readers.

The Cat's Paw is offering one lucky Serenity Now reader a $20 Gift Certificate!

There are Several Ways You Can Enter. Please leave a separate comment for each entry!

1. (Mandatory) Visit The Cat's Paw and then leave me a comment here with the name of your favorite item in the shop.
2. Tweet a link to this post with the Following wording: TheCat'sPaw Giveaway via @SerenityNowGirl!
3. Facebook this Giveaway with a link to this post.
4. Join my Weekend Bloggy Reading party tomorrow (with a valid link!) for an automatic entry.

The Giveaway will remain open until 10 pm (ET) on Sunday.

{Are you a fabric or button fanatic?} 

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  1. So I recently made my very first pillow case dress!!! What a learning experience that was:-) The fabric was all wrong for the style and I am still reworking it into something wearable:-) Getting very close...So with my potential winnings I would have to say I would do a pick your own fabric bundle or just select a fabric with the hopes of attempting another pillow case dress!

  2. I really love the "walk on the wild side" (leopard print) coasters. They would brighten up my living room for sure. :) Thanks for the chance to win!


  3. orange crush bowl and coasters really caught my eye... love love love those kind of coasters!

  4. LOVE it!!!

    I love buttons, just about any fabric can be made fab with the right button!

    Love the Amy Butler lotus fabrics!

  5. Great giveaway! I have a weakness for any and all fabrics. But those coasters are FAB! Love those!! I will pick those as my fave!

  6. Love the snow flower fabrics and many of the buttons !

  7. Love the baskets and coasters! I also just re-read your description of yourself...and I had a OMG moment! :) I secretly dream of having a place in NYC to take annual shopping trips to as well! I knew you were a special girl!

  8. Girl, I love the fabric - Amy Butler and Tina Givens ROCK! I also love the BLACK STUFFED OLIVE Fabric Basket! Soo pretty!

  9. Some of those fabrics are just beautiful, and those buttons are great. . . but that beehive basket? That is ADORABLE!

    What a great shop. Thanks for introducing us. And thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Great giveaway! So much cool stuff to chose from but I think I like the purple moonstone buttons best.

  11. I *love* the black stuffed olive fabric basket!!

  12. I like the Vintage Smoky Gray and Aurora Borealis Rhinestone Button. Fun shop...I do have a thing for buttons!

  13. Oh my. So many pretties. I have such a terrible time picking fabrics, but I've always loved Amy Butler's Midwest Modern fabrics. I'd have to go with that. =)

  14. I love the Yellow Waterlily Fabric basket.

  15. I love love love the Joel Dewberry, Ironwork in Deep Water!

  16. I love great fabrics and Amy Bulter fabric is amazing! I would pick the Amy Butler, Midwest Modern Garden Maze in Lime!

  17. I love the olive rhapsody fabric basket. Her items are wonderful thanks for sharing.

  18. I love the buttons. Just looking at them I feel like I'm being transported back into another place and time.

  19. I am a sucker for fabric and will admit that I could spent hours just looking at fabric and dreaming about what I could make, if I had the time.

    The Amy Butler "Lotus Pond" fabric really caught my eye. A shower curtain made out of this would look terrific in my guest bath.

  20. The Rose Fabric Bundle looks great!
    Thanks for the chance.

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