Feature Friday – Jar of Vintage Buttons

Isn’t it funny how you come to meet people sometimes?  I was a Chi Omega at Eastern Kentucky University and when the email came out to share your recent updates for the annual newsletter, I wrote back about my kids, their ages and that I own and create for a jewelry business called Lulubelles.  Shortly after the newsletter came out I received an email from Leslie Marshall, also a Chi-O but a few years younger so we had never met.  She said that she saw my information in the newsletter and thought our jewelry would be perfect for an event she was putting together.  She explained that she and her friend, Misty Porter, decided to put on a handmade craft show that is “not your grandma’s craft fair” and that they would hand select modern crafters in order to make it more of an “Etsy in person” event.  I thought that was a great idea and Gretchen and I were happy to sign up!  This event, the Birds of a Feather Craft Fair, will be in Northern, KY on November 6th and we hope to see you there!

Leslie’s blog, Jar of Vintage Buttons, is so cute.  I had checked it out when she contacted me and saw pictures of her cute, curly haired daughter in some of the pictures.  So, when the Kentucky Derby Museum featured the most adorably cute derby themed birthday party I had ever seen, I immediately noticed this same cute, curly haired girl in the pictures and realized that it was Leslie’s party.  What a talent!  Here are just a few of the pictures, but you can find more at her blog.

Leslie's cute daughter, Kate

A snapshot of the party.

Leslie's Blog

The Birds of a Feather Fair that Lulubelles will be a part of!

A handmade cupcake stand.



In Leslie’s words:
I’m Leslie and to say I love vintage buttons is probably an understatement.  I have hundreds, possibly even thousands of them.  I love the stories that they have told from the garments they have held together over the years.  The ones I love the most are from my grandmother, who was a super talented seamstress.  I keep my buttons in a jar in my craft room to inspire me and I hope that’s what my blog Jar of Vintage Buttons does for all of my readers!

My blog started several years ago as just a sounding board for whatever came to mind.  I took a hiatus from blogging after my very adorable curly haired little gal came along.  It wasn’t until she was over a year old that I decided that it was high time I got back to blogging.  Other exciting things were happening in my life that I wanted to share and I still think blogging is a powerful way to share your life’s story.  My husband and I were looking forward to building a house and I wanted to shift my focus not only to the house building process and decorating, but I also wanted to share DIY project tutorials and other projects.  My blog also branched out into my adventures in party planning.  My daughter’s 2nd birthday party received a lot of love from the blogging and Facebook communities and was featured on Ohdeedoh.com, Penandpaperflowers.blogspot.com, Party-wagon.com, the Kentucky Derby Museum’s Facebook page, Modern Lola’s Facebook Page, Modern Frills Facebook Page and Kreavie Facebook Page.


As if having a toddler, building a house, maintaining a blog and working full time isn’t enough for me, I’m also the co-creator of the Birds of a Feather Fair.  This modern handmade craft show is being held on November 6, 2011 at the Florence, KY Hilton.  We’ve assembled some of the areas most incredible talent and absolutely cannot wait to share these vendors with our community at the Fair!  If you are anywhere close to Cincinnati on November 6th, please stop by and see us from 11-4pm at the Hilton!  Also, make sure you check out www.birdsofafeatherfair.blogspot.com (also search for us on Facebook) for more details and vendor biographies coming in October!

Also, pop over and say hello at my Facebook page!


So, have I mentioned that I haven’t actually met Leslie yet?  I just feel like I have!

Thanks for reading.

Xo, Natalie

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