Sunday, September 28, 2014

Buttons and Bows

Dear Friends of The Tearoom,
Due to some recent happenings, I had not had the time to participate in the collage challenges that I love, but I took some time today so that I could participate in the one at the Take A Word Challenge.  The topic for today is "Buttons and Bows".

(click to see the image larger)

Monsieur Fromage is a photographer of great renown.
He has been asked by Madame Pensée
to come take a family photo.
Monsieur is taken aback by how fond the
Famille Pensée seems to be of buttons and bows.
Also, that kitty in the corner appears to be
the largest he has ever seen!

The buttons in my collage today are all from my own vintage button collection!  I decided to experiment with putting some on the scanner bed, scanning them and then playing with the contrast and brightness in Photoshop!  I hope you will enlarge the image and see how many of the iridescent colors came through from these mother-of-pearl buttons!

I think when most people think of "Buttons and Bows", they think of the popular song from 1947.  But I think of a song that my husband Mr. V introduced me to recently.  Give a listen to Long John Baldry and his song "Flying" from 1971 and see what you think!  By the way, anyone who is a long-time fan of Elton John (which I am!) will recognize his amazing work on the piano!

Thank you to Mr. V for all the music he has brought to my world, starting when we met in 1984,  and to our paperdoll daughter Victorienne for posing as one of the children of the Famille Pensée, on a break from the secret project she and I are working on together!

(Images used in my collage today from the following sources:  ItKuPiLLi Imagenarium on Mischief Circus, formerly Deviant Scrap, Tumble Fish Studios on Mischief Circus,  The Graphics Fairy and images from my own personal collection of vintage postcards and ephemera.)

(And since Kirsi of ItKuPiLLi Imagenarium and the Collage Obsession Challenge is getting that challenge started up again after a summer vacation hiatus, she asked if we would link to a collage to test her Linky Party links and so I have linked to that post from this one as well.)


  1. That is really nice what you did and to explain. I will read it later and listen but right now. I have a program to watch with hubby.

    I am well aware of Alton John though.

  2. Hi Betty, I am so happy to see you participating.

    Wonderful collage, I love everything iridescent, the buttons are lovely.

    And I love the song, I must play it to my hubby, he'll love it too. :)

  3. Carol Ann,
    Thank you so much for your comment!

    Dear Kirsi,
    I am SO glad you will be starting up the Collage Obsession Challenge once again! Thank you so much for checking out my collage and for your compliment! It means a great deal to me coming from you! I hope your husband liked the song as much as you did!


  4. Great music! How cool that you scanned your own buttons! Are you sure that Monsieur Fromage isn't Mr. V with a 5 o'clock shadow? :-)

  5. What amazing family and the photografer is great!

  6. Hi Bill!
    I'm so glad you liked the song! I was pretty pleased with how the buttons came out! Ha-Ha to the comment about Mr. V!!!! He did have a longer beard at one point (when his hair was long!), but I don't think it was ever like Monsieur Fromage's!!

    Dear Sirkkis,
    Thank you for the compliment and for visiting The Tearoom!


  7. An amazing collage, so wonderfully made and I love your story.

  8. Hi Anni!
    Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed the collage and all I had to say about it! It's so nice to see you again!


  9. Hello Betty, good to be over at the Tearoom again. Love your buttons (and bows) with all the purples and the pussy cat who joined in, and that's a very nice hat with all the laughing pansies.

  10. I like the song. I just got to hear it this morning.
    I like the music with it very much and like his raspy voice. With a grandson who teaches guitar how can I not love music and my kids growing up. My husbands family both singers in Holland singing in front of audiences.
    Our family is music inclined.My oldest Granddaughter sings and plays piano and plays guitar. Perfect song with your Graphic.

    I will send you her singing.

  11. A fabulous collage with so many little details you have to look for a long time to see it all.

  12. Nice old photos with bows and buttons, I like your piece!

  13. Thanks for sharing the buttons AND the music, Betty!

  14. Hi Sheila!
    Thank you! I'm so glad you liked the collage! It's so nice to see you again!

    Hi Carolann,
    I'm glad you liked the song!

    Hi Deann,
    Thank you! I'm glad you had fun looking at all the details I included!

    Hi Peggy!
    So glad you liked it!

    Hi Bev!
    Thank you for visiting! I'm glad you liked the collage and the song!

    Hi Kaylene!
    Thank you so much! I appreciate your comments!


  15. Hi Jatta!
    Thank you so much for visiting The Tearoom and for your compliment!


  16. Hahaha! I adore this nacreous buttons family!
    You dressed them so well! They are hilarious! :D
    You rock Betty!

  17. Hahaha! I'm coming here by an other way! :D
    And it's really great to see this collage twice! I love it! :)

  18. Sim!
    It's so fun to see you twice! And thank you so much for your lovely comments about my collage! I'm glad you like it!!


  19. I love big bows and I cannot lie...
    and thee are lovely ones.

  20. Hi Linda,
    Ha-Ha! That's pretty funny! Thank you for visiting!!


  21. Dear Betty, thank you for sharing about the buttons and for the music too. :D


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