I’ve been collecting political buttons on and off my entire life. My sister gave me a Jay Rockefeller button as a child and I believe that started my hobby.
It was fun to go to garage sales and flea market and find buttons on the cheap.
As I got older, I joined APIC and even attended some local shows. I was not an any advanced level of collector; I would never own the rare Cox-Roosevelt jugate.
I drifted away from it in the last twenty years, although I would always buy a button here and there in antique stores that piqued my attention.
Buttons don’t seem to be generated much these past twenty years. Local rallies hosted by unions seem to garner more button creation.
This is when both candidates, president and vice president pictures are on the button.
I like to find buttons that are local to an area, either specify a location or may be linked to a local candidate.
I ended up with some quite colorful buttons from the Clinton Gore campaigns. One of my favorites was the Sesame Street Button:
The Anti Buttons
Some of the anti candidate buttons were quite funny.
In perusing my recently purchased items, now I have to come up with several more display cases!
Whee! An easy art journal prompt for me DOGS! I first thought to post pics of all my dogs, but then I realized that was a bit of a cop out, this is supposed to be a mixed media challenge for me.
I had bought “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” book at the library book sell and cut some Snoopies out of it. I didn’t want the page to become all “Snoopy” instead of “dogs”. I started drawing a few cartoony dog pics.
I didn’t like all the white space around the dogs, that’s when I started printing “dogs” in the various open spots.
My “dog” from Art Journal Challenge Week “Copy something famous” also made an appearance.
We were on the lovely isle of spice, Grenada, from October 21 through the 29th, so these two weeks were Grenada inspired.
Kind of a bullet journal and travel journal mash up, I love making my lists!
Week 44 Watercolors on the Beach
I bought watercolor pencils for the express purpose of sitting on BBC Beach and paint the curve of the hillside. Yes, I know they are horrible but you know what? It was probably the best watercolor on that beach on those days!
We would live in the San Juan Mountains just outside of Silverton, Colorado.
My eight dogs crowd around me. It’s funny how they made that vaccine that makes dogs live 50 years. It’s astonishing how well they all get along.
I check on the kitchen gardens, notice how well my organic tomatoes, peppers, squash, herbs are doing. It looks like my husband can make us pizza in our hand built wood fired pizza oven this afternoon with fresh herbs and tomatoes. The pizza oven would look something like this:
Photo from http://www.homedesigninspired.com/28-outdoor-wood-fired-ovens-help-to-jazz-up-your-backyard-time/
I make a mental note to check on the mozzarella cheese I made yesterday-glad we got the goats who are peacefully chomping grass in their movable pen-we don’t have to mow with the goats around!
Pic from https://i.pinimg.com/originals/01/71/dc/0171dc9350bea0cfeb3205330e1c1e4c.jpg
I contemplate whether to trail run or bike this morning. Since they came up with the osteoarthritis cure, and my knee was replaced, I’m back to running as much as I want! I still enjoy biking. I know I have a 10 am conference call with my agent. I’m hoping my next book auction will bring as much as the first four books did-no 9-5 for me any longer!
The rest of the day is spent in our well ventilated mountain home. We hike with the dogs later. Around dinner time, we break open a bottle of wine from the vineyard we invested in years earlier. Who knew it would take off and be THE award winning wine, year after year? For our start up money invested, they pay us back in wine. Win Win!
My husband and I both sleep the night through, despite the dogs jumping on and off the bed. We wake up and repeat this wonderful day again.