Monday, February 1, 2010

Show and Tell Monday – A U and Two W’s!

Happy Monday everyone!  Who’s ready to continue our journey through Wisconsin?  If you not, too bad…we’re getting started!

We’re going to start today’s journey in Milwaukee, WI, with a the gorgeous shop of UrbanTurn.

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I love working with wood. Taking a hunk of wood and working it, shaping it and forming it until it's a functional and yet beautiful piece of art is a gratifying and meaningful way to spend my retirement.

I hope you enjoy my pieces as much as I enjoy making them. Thank you for taking time to browse my shop.

See me in this shop local Storque article about Milwaukee:

The next stop on today’s journey is in Madison, WI, at Wastenot Workshop

il_430xN.98129697 Modern Wool Handbag


I grew up making things out of saws and hammers with my dad, while my mom was introducing me to many different crafts. Then I went to architecture school and spent the better part of ten years drawing and making models. Now I own a home and often feel like the lady in the Lowe’s commercial who is empowered by her home remodeling project. By now, I know how to use every tool from a table saw and a nail gun to paint brushes and knitting needles. Now that my daughter is three, the time is near for her to learn the ways of the do-it-yourselfer, too - something I am very much looking forward to teaching her. Over the years, I have developed a deep interest in sustainability which comes out through my work in architecture and furniture design.

After several years of being crafty, I get the most excited when I work with reused materials. This love of making things out of “junk” is where Wastenot Workshop began. Creating items that are beautiful and functional out of materials destined for the landfill has given me the opportunity to satisfy two of my passions at once – making things with my own hands and lightening my footprint on the earth.

This is not to say that all the materials I use are salvaged, as I have found it too limiting and impractical to do things this way. However, I do operate under the long-used idiom “waste not, want not” – a philosophy that seems to have been lost in our hyper-consumer age. I like using discarded materials, used or new, that just happen to come my way. When new materials are required, I take great care to use them efficiently, saving every scrap possible. I am always amazed at the level of creativity and uniqueness that comes out of asking myself one simple question – “what the heck can I do with this?” Of course, it is no less important to make things that are durable and reusable - equipping us with the ability to waste less.

-Christi Weber

We just have a little ways to travel to our next shop, WhimsyHouse, in Middleton, WI.


Chocolate Cherry Love - Felted Wool, Leather and Felt Brooch


I fell in love with Etsy not too long ago and decided I must join in. You can see my stellar shopping record under my previous user name, AngelicRabbit. The Angelic Rabbit was the antiques and gift shop I owned with my mom. I decided my Etsy shop needed it's own name so Whimsy House was born.
I'm a happily married mommy who loves to create with whatever I can get my hands on! I adore vintage treasures and creating with old things.
I'm an interior designer by trade.
I'm learning more everyday about the world of vintage buttons. So many beautiful colors, interesting designs and fascinating materials! Here are a few notes and details:

Celluloid: First used as a substitute for tusk ivory and wood. Buttons constructed with celluloid parts appeared in the 1897 Sears & Roebuck catalog. These buttons are rather fragile.
Bakelite: Bakelite buttons became very stylish about 1940 to 1950. They produced a fresh warm feel, the color combinations were delightful.

Lucite: Lucite, the trade name of synthetic thermoplastic acrylic resin, was used to make buttons in the mid 1930s. Lucite was produced by DuPont Plastics in Arlington, New Jersey. During World War II, Lucite was used to make gun turrets as well as other practical home items.

Vegetable Ivory: First presented at the 1862 Universal Exposition in Paris, “vegetable ivory” buttons were carved from the corozo nuts of the tague palm. The material resembled ivory, therefore “vegetable ivory”. The material was so dense, the dye would only penetrate the surface layer, the interior remains uncolored. Production reached a peak between 1870 and 1920.

Mother-of-Pearl: Pearl buttons are made from the nacreous (pearly) lining of shells of various marine or freshwater mollusca found principally in warm waters. Freshwater pearl buttons have less iridescence than ocean pearls. Eighteenth century pearl buttons were large (approximately 1-1/4 inches) and considered the most beautiful ocean pearl buttons ever made.

Luster Finishes: Luster is a metallic sheen applied to black glass buttons for a wonderfully, unique look.

Brass: An alloy of copper and zinc, brass has been used to manufacture more buttons than any other material. The brass button industry peeked between 1820 & 1850. This period is often called the “Golden Age” because of the superior quality of these buttons.

Pewter: In the late 18th & early 19th centuries, pewter was used for buttons in men’s fashions, but by 1830 the brass button replaced the pewter button. Pewter buttons appeared again in the late 19th century, however, this time in ladies’ fashions.

I hope you enjoy your stay and shopping experience at Whimsy House. I treasure every customer and consider you my friends. Many thanks for making my world a happier place :)

Thanks for reading this week’s show and tell Monday!  We still have a few more stops on our journey through Wisconsin so be sure to tune in!

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