It’s been a long time since I’ve written about needlework-related embellishments here on Needle ‘n Thread, and it’s been even longer since I’ve written about singing frogs.
The subject of Singing Frogs hasn’t come up too often in my life, actually, but when I came across this button in a little specialty shop one day, I succumbed to ISS – Impulse Shopper Syndrome – and I bought the darned thing! I thought I’d show it to you and share my needlework-related plan for it.
So here it is. The button that caught my eye. The Ultimate Button. Completely unusable as a real button (except on… well, I don’t know what!). And I bought it. I had no immediate use for it. Not even an inkling of an idea.
But two things compelled me to buy it, and they’re both right here in this picture. I love the high glass roundness of it…. and I absolutely adore that Wide Mouth Frog!
I saw it. I bought it. It was not one of those “Look-at-the-price-first-consider-your-priorities-make-a-sound-judgment” purchases. Instead, it was one of those “That is a Singing Frog Button and I Must Have It” purchases. I walked out of the shop clutching it (after paying for it, of course). I kept looking at it. The sheer Wind-in-the-Willows-ness of it enchanted me.
I Like This Button!
But then I got into the car and began explaining the purchase to my ever-so-practical mother with whom I was shopping, and low! what question does she ask?
“What are you going to do with it?”
I felt as if I had just purchased a Van Gogh and someone had asked what I was going to do with it!!
“Um. Well. I suppose I’m just going to look at it right now.”
“But why would you buy a button that size, that has no practical purpose?”
“Well…. actually…. I have an idea for it.”
(At that point, my mind began to whir. An idea…. an idea….. there’s got to be one in here somewhere….)
“Yes,” I said, “I have an idea. I am going to make it into a needle-minder, and then I can look at it as often as I want.”
The back of the button is flat, with this button-appendage attached with clear glue. I’ll remove that and replace it with a fairly strong magnet, and then I’ll pair the button up with another magnet, and use the set as a needle minder.
That’s my plan.
What would you do with the Ultimate Singing Frog Button? And go ahead – if you think I’m nuts for buying it, feel free to say it!