Nautical Nursery

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Please come in…

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Welcome to Amelia –Miss Button’s nursery!

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With pirates, whales, octopus, waves, and mermaids for inspiration, the result is this special room for our daughter Amelia. My hope is that it will inspire her imagination as much as it does mine.

I have a special place in my heart for the sea and my husband Josh has been interested in pirates all his life –he has a collection of Lego pirate ships (he might be a little geeky, but in a good way). So when Sarah Jane Studios released a line of nautical fabric and art prints, Out to Sea, I just knew it was for us! The only problem was that we didn’t have a baby.

But I had faith that we would one day be parents so I collected as much of the fabric as I could and bought as many of the art prints as I could afford (and then a few more) so that when the day came, I would be able to decorate a beautiful nursery for our child.

About a year later our prayers were answered when I found out I was pregnant!

We combined the Out to Sea fabric and art prints with lots of props and some special DIY’d furniture to create the room of our dreams.

Here’s a closer look.

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Dresser and Hutch – We added the accent at the top with some of the Out to Sea fabric and gave it a nice creamy-white coat of paint and some pink glass knobs

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We wanted the crib to be extra special so we upholstered a custom headboard with another Out to Sea fabric

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The ottoman – we reupholstered this tufted ottoman using more of the Out to Sea fabric

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Here’s a close up of the buttons on the ottoman – my favorite part!

And we added some adorable props…

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It’s a whale weather vane! How cute!


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An aqua and white ship’s wheel

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A mobile that reminds me of a jelly fish

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And a pirate ship kite!

All finished!

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This room is now our favorite place to spend time. Ameila is 3.5 months old now and we’ve already made so many wonderful memories here.

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A special thank you to our friend David (David Ayres Photography) for meeting us when we brought Amelia home from the hospital. He was able to take photos before anything had spit-up on it. : )

The Sweet Things in Life

Free instructions from Just Another Button Company!



As February approaches, stores tempt you with a red and pink bonanza of Valentine greetings–cards, candy, gifts and flowers.  Where do you look if you want a special Valentine treat for a friend who appreciates your creative talents?  Just Another Button Company has lots of ideas, and here’s a great one!

This is a special Valentine gift for YOU from Just Another Button Company–free instructions for Sweet Treat, a quick-and-easy pincushion in an ice cream cup.  You eat the ice cream first–tough job, but someone’s got to do it!  Roll strips of wool to fill the cup then top with our Just Pins.  A stitch here and there helps hold the layers together as you roll, but you could actually make this pincushion with no sewing if you want.

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@2014, Just Another Button Company


Now you can make a Sweet Treat for all the names on your Valentine list.  Look for JABC Just Pins and Weeks Dye Works felted wool in independent quilt and needlework stores!  We have lots of Just Pins–if you are inspired to create more flavors.  See more Just Pins on our website.


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Click here to find printable instructions for the Sweet Treat Pincushion!

A free instruction sheet from Just Another Button Company.  Permission granted to print the page for personal use.  Wholesale customers of Just Another Button Company permitted to reproduce the page as gifts for their customers.  Instructions may not be sold and can only be reproduced, published or promoted using Just Another Button Company Just Pins.

A free instruction sheet from Just Another Button Company. Permission granted to print the page for personal use. Wholesale customers of Just Another Button Company permitted to reproduce the page as gifts for their customers. Instructions may not be sold and can only be reproduced, published or promoted using Just Another Button Company Just Pins.


Believer in sharing the SWEET!

An Afternoon Project with Martingale


The Pincushion Appeal books have been shipped!  Just Another Button Company has sent copies to all the pincushion friends we met at the Quilt Festival last fall and we have more in stock.  Whether you are a stitcher or a shop, please see our online shop for details.


Will you make the pincushions from beloved materials in your stash or search out the fabrics and pins we used?

Our favorite Weeks Dye Works felted wool is available in fat quarter cuts at independent quilt and needlework stores.   If you are a “kit” person, you’ll be happy to hear that Just Another Button Company will offer wool and fabric kits for the pincushions in the book.  Look for item #f705 for the wool pieces you need for the aqua Santa pincushion.  And don’t forget you can also order e705–the embellishment pack that includes the two JABC Just Pins shown on the Santa.

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Have even more pincushion fun by making the pincushions in a variety of fabrics.

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Make a pincushion–here’s how our friends at Martingale Publishing suggest you can spend a very satisfying creative afternoon.  And be sure to enter their fabulous giveaway!





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It’s The Pincushion Effect!

The Pincushion Effect

It’s the Pincushion Effect!


Look up the definition of “pincushion effect” and you’ll find it described as distortion. Wikipedia gives you a simple illustration for the distorted shape we’ve all seen when we stuff a sofa pillow into a slipcover.


Add that third dimension and a square is no longer a square.  But looking at it as distortion means you aren’t thinking creatively.  Think of it instead as opportunity!  A fabric square or any other flat shape becomes something entirely different when stuffed.  A square becomes a pointy pillow, a circle has lovely pleats, a pentagon is a star, and a barrel-shape…becomes a square.

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Do you see it?  The pincushion effect has really hit you when you see pincushion opportunity in all kinds of everyday objects.  I spotted yellow striped paper cups on the store shelf and saw a Cherry Limeade Pincushion.



At this time of the year, the local Goodwill Store has dozens of mis-matched holiday mugs.  I see Hot Chocolate Pincushions.


It’s the Pincushion Effect in action—pincushion opportunities are everywhere!


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How Big is Baby?

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A popular website, The Bump, helps young parents imagine the growth of their unborn child in a wonderfully visual way.  Early this year, as my daughter Rachel’s pregnancy progressed, she would share with her JABC friends that today her baby was:

the size of an apple seed at 5 weeks…

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and the size of a sweet pea at 6 weeks…


and the size of a blueberry at 7 weeks…

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I’m sure you’re not surprised that when Rachel said appleseed, I pictured an appleseed button, …and sweet pea button… and blueberry button.  I can’t help it.


What this expected Button Baby really needed was a fanciful button growth chart. With baby’s mom and dad having back-to-back birthdays a few weeks away, a gift-worthy project was born. I chose some of Rachel’s favorite buttons in sizes to represent the growing baby and pictured embroidered dates for each week–with the buttons stitched to a tree to represent the new growing family.  At 12 weeks I ran out of buttons large enough to continue the growth chart, but no matter, it was the parents’ birthday week–a perfect place to finish.  Week 13 would be a little button collage.

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To begin the growth chart design, I drew a tree trunk on cotton fabric and used all the woodsy brown and gray wool threads from The Gentle Arts to fill the trunk with rows of stem stitches. A big handful of leaves snipped from Weeks Dye Works felted wool filled out the branches.  A heart button on the tree trunk with Josh and Rachel’s initials was a perfect way to acknowledge the parents’ love for each other and the child.

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It’s been a while since I made a birthday gift and I enjoyed every minute!


So, how big is baby now?  Please meet Miss Button…

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She joined us on November 18, 2013 at 1:07pm, weighing 8 pounds and 1 ounce.  Congratulations Claire N.–your guess was the closest!

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We think little Miss Button will be quite comfortable when she joins us at Just Another Button Company in a few weeks.


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What If?


Rachel and I love the fun of creating tiny works of pincushion art almost as much as we love hearing from you after you finish one of our kits. It’s true that pincushions delight beginners and experienced stitchers alike!

Sometimes it’s a challenge for us to corral a big idea into a pincushion that will fit into our kit packaging.

What if we changed our pace for a bit?

A year and a half ago at Quilt Market, Martingale Publishing offered us a chance to write a book about pincushions. A flood of What If? questions followed.

What if we made pincushions that were tall?

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What if we used unusual elements and one-of-a-kind collectibles for embellishing?

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What if we gave in to our love of vintage?

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What if we added tips for choosing materials and for creative display?

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Martingale loved our What If? ideas. The result is Pincushion Appeal– a collection of eight pincushions presented in book form with beautiful photography, detailed material lists, complete instructions and expertly drawn diagrams.


Pincushion Appeal is available December 3, 2013 at independent quilt and needlework shops and through online sources.

We think you’ll have fun choosing materials and embellishments from your own stash. Coming soon to our website–embellishment packs plus material and findings kits for the projects shown in the book.


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Looking for a Little Bit of Cute?


Looking for a little bit of cute?

It’s no secret that we are nuts about felted wool balls around here. They make fabulous little pincushions and by adding a wooden spool, a JABC button face and Just Pin, in no time you’ll have an Acorn Pixie Spoolkeep!



The Acorn Pixie and companion Sunflower Pixie are perfect examples of our complete kits–you add only needle, thread and a little bit of hot glue. In about an hour you have a pincushion!



How Do Our Buttons Grow?


How do our buttons grow?

The JABC family is growing — a new logo, a new website, a new book, and a new buttoneer!

While nothing can replace your neighborhood shops for purchasing supplies, we know you want to see EVERYTHING we make. Our new website makes it possible to tell you about our latest button adventures and make sure you will always have access to our entire collection. Many changes are still being made but we hope you visit us soon at


In the coming weeks we plan to introduce the Just Another Button Company team as we tell you who we are and what we do here.  You’ll meet mixers and drillers and slicers and bakers but for fun let’s start with our newest employee—in fact she hasn’t made her first button yet.

My daughter –and JABC designer—Rachel and her husband Joshua are expecting a baby girl very soon!

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Enjoying the adorable baby clothes at Carter’s — having a girl is going to be dangerous!

Our new little Miss Button will spend her first years at the button company observing our work and certainly spreading happiness.  We expect we may travel a bit less for a while, but you should see an extra touch of whimsy in everything we do—the delightful effect of working under a special sort of sunshine.


Buttoneers Dawn, Darla and Clarice are throwing a shower in honor of Miss Button — handmade invitations by Clarice.

We’re all excited here — want to join in the fun?  Be the one person who guesses closest to the baby’s weight and day/hour/minute of her birth (we’ll draw a name if multiple guesses are correct.)   What will you win if your guess is the closest?  One of each button we make—at last count that was over 1200 buttons!

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The grand(baby) prize — one of each button that we make here at JABC!

Miss Button’s due date is November 30, 2013.  Her dad weighed 7 lbs at birth and her mom 7 lbs 12 oz.  What’s your guess?  Post a comment to enter the contest, one entry per person.  We’ll accept entries through November 24 or until Rachel calls me to say today’s the day!



What’s In A Name?


What’s in a name?

Hello. Have we met? Let me introduce myself, Cecile McPeak, founder and creative director of Just Another Button Company™. A number of years ago at wholesale quilt market, I met Joan Hawley. I remember most her friendly smile and contagious laugh. Joan’s booth displayed her Lazy Girl pattern line and she offered a pattern to play with button embellishment. While there have been occasional collaborations between Lazy Girl purse and JABC button, Joan has also become a friend and mentor. I consider being asked to be a guest blogger for her blog to be quite an honor.

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At Just Another Button Company™ we like to say we are Fifteen and Fabulous to answer the phone — celebrating our 15th year in business. There is usually a pause at the other end of the line, for just a moment, then a chuckle, and quite often a remark like, “Yes, you certainly are.”

In 1996, when we produced our first button embellishments, we were known as Just My Imagination. Within a year, we knew we had a good product needing a more memorable name. It was the peak time of button embellishment on wearable art. Every tradeshow had a multitude of button companies showing really handsome, often handmade, buttons. I should know. I bought lots of them for my personal stash.

There was a niche for our polymer clay buttons though. They were machine washable, thin and very lightweight, ideal for both wearables and decorative quilts, and for framed stitcheries. Yet there was a challenge; we heard again and again from wholesale buyers, “I can’t buy from another button company.”

The name was born. We became Just Another Button Company™. Business experts call it Crowdsource Branding — we called it making lemonade from lemons. Whatever it’s called, it worked! Buyers took one look at the name, grinned, and asked to see the buttons.


A couple of years ago, we met a tough economic event with a new vision for buttons. What if we turned a button on its edge and drilled a hole there, rather than the two holes we normally placed on the flat surface? Drilled on the edge, then glued to a stainless steel sewing pin, the Just Pin was born.

pk033As our business has grown, I’ve watched Joan create her website, blog, Facebook page and Yahoo group. I’ve sewn her Lazy Girl purses and watched her demonstrate zippers and rulers. She is fearless — TV even! I was inspired to explore all (well, most) of these marketing opportunities. With my daughter, Rachel Martin and all the other JABC buttoneers, we are pleased to invite you to see more of our buttons, Just Pins, and pincushions on our website, and follow our button adventures on Facebook and our blog.

Many, many buttons and fifteen years later we still regularly get comments from satisfied customers who say, “You are NOT just another button company.” We just say, “Thanks.”


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A Project Waiting to Happen


At Just Another Button Company ™ we love finding unique products to use in our button-y creations. Cecile remembers walking down a Quilt Market aisle and spotting the Handbehg Felts display—she was stopped in her tracks! A rainbow of felted wool balls in every color and size combined to create an enchanting display of creative projects. Handbehg used wire and beads and buttons to make garlands, brooches and pincushions. Yes, pincushions! Cecile was hooked and bought a color card on the spot.

It’s no secret that our handmade button and Just Pin projects favor wool for ease of sewing, even for novice crafters, but felting little wool balls from roving takes a lot of time and patience—a completely different sport.  And that’s where Handbehg comes in.  A variety of the wool balls were added to our library of creative treasures.  There was no plan yet, but all we needed was the right moment.

Just Another Button Company ™ is marking a big anniversary this year with the 15 and Fabulous Celebration of Pincushions.  There is a lot of brainstorming that goes on at JABC to come up with the form and embellishments for each pincushion.  When we came out with the Carrot Patch pincushion, our buttoneer, Rachel Martin proposed a companion piece.  She thought Handbehg’s wool felt balls would make fabulous peas, and pictured a pincushion that would combine several creative elements.


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And so, the next month, JABC presented the Sweet Pea pincushion, putting a momentary dent in the world’s supply of 3 cm olive felt balls—our apologies to other crafters who were trying to buy them at that time.

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The Sweet Pea kit contains everything you need to complete the pincushion, except for a needle, thread, and a bit of glue.   Stitchers can find the kits at independent quilt and needlework shops or on our website —

Thank you for all the great comments we have received from stitchers who’ve said, “I made this pincushion, even though I thought I couldn’t sew!”  We also appreciate the continued support of all our vendors and wholesale customers who have made the 15 and Fabulous Celebration of Pincushions a tremendous success.  Special thanks go to Handbehg Felts for featuring us on their project idea sheet!

Chief Buttoneer and Lover of Felted-Wool Balls