Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Big Grins!

Check out this lovely smile!
Isn't she beautiful??

This is Esther,
and she is smiling because she drew my name to receive some free
hand crafted buttons from ButtonMad.

Aren't they cute???
And they are coming to me clear from South Africa!

 I really like this company and what they stand for.
I copied this directly from their website:

Incomparable, SA was started as a small company in 1984 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Working around a kitchen table, often late into the night, Jennifer Pascall was busy transforming small pieces of clay into buttons of all shapes and sizes. Many of the first designs, which are still popular today, were inspired by Africa’s rich ethnic artworks and distinctive wild animals. Over the years Incomparable began specialising in the creation of handmade buttons, craft pieces, craft kits, painting kits, greeting cards and jewelry. 
As the company evolved, ladies from the local community were hired and trained in the art of button making. Today, Jennifer’s entire family, as well as 45 women from the local community are involved in the business. Most of the Incomparable team had never held a paintbrush before they joined the company and are now absolute masters of their brushes and justifiably proud of their work. The ladies sense of belonging within the company and skills as crafters not only gives them tremendous pleasure but also provides them with economic empowerment and has uplifted all their families.


How cool is that?
Look for more of these buttons in my crafts very soon!


Actually, all the photos have been taken from their blog.
I emailed them for permission, but I am an impatient person.
They are probably sleeping or something  right now in South Africa!
I am fairly sure they won't mind. 
Go have a look RIGHT HERE



9 comments:

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Cute penguin buttons! and congrats on the win! I looked at the site - very impressive. It's wonderful to offer women not only a job but also a new talent, and at the same time, giving back to and involving the community. Three cheers!

Angie said...

WOW! That is very cool!!
And Esther is a beautiful lady!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Oh you got the penquin buttons - I wanted those, pout, pout, pout!.. No congratulations - theses buttons are just wonderfully decorative as well as unique - real treasures.

Pat said...

Congrats Tonya - I know you'll love these. xx

FabricFascination said...

I loved hearing about the growing business in Africa. Adorable buttons too.

Mr Mrs Crafty said...

Wonderful!! And your right her smile is big and bright... Can't wait to see the pictures.. MEGA COOL!! Congrats

QuiltSue said...

Congratulations on your win.

Snoodles said...

Congratulations on winning! I went to their site, and they have an incredible array of buttons - some are just beautiful, some make you say "how cute"....I think I want them all!
Jacque in SC
quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

Judi said...

Looking forward to seeing what you do with those butons.