Sadie Spotlight: Creatively Obsessed Designs

Sadie Spotlight: Creatively Obsessed Designs

By now, y’all know how much I love repurposed jewelry, and sometimes, I even create my own. So when I stumbled across Creatively Obsessed Designs on Instagram, I was instantly smitten- gorgeous, one-of-a-kind jewelry from repurposed and upcycled vintage buttons. But not just any old buttons from your grandmother’s button box…

Seriously the most stunning buttons I’d ever seen!

I fell in love with about 10 necklaces all at once…and decided right then and there that I needed to find out more about the artist, Selena Braunstein, and her creations, so that I could tell everyone I knew about them! Prepare to be enchanted…


If you were on Twitter and had to describe Creatively Obsessed Designs in 140 characters, what would you say?

Handcrafted Jewelry and Accessories made with Vintage and Antique Buttons. “Wearable History” Specializing in Artfully Upcycled Treasures.

What was the catalyst behind creating Creatively Obsessed Designs? Is this something you’ve always envisioned yourself doing?

I have always been an upcycle artist.  I worked in many mediums and take inspiration from anything old, unwanted and unused. I stumbled across some antique buttons and was blown away by the workmanship and detailing. I felt like I was holding a piece of art in my hand. A little canvas. At that moment I knew I had found my new passion!

I love the history and mystery of antique buttons- and from what I can tell, you do, too! Which time era produced your favorite buttons, or is it impossible to pick just one?

My favorite era, hands down, is the Victorian time period- this time period is circa 1880-1890.  The Victorian era produced picture buttons, pierced metal, twinkle and many more. The picture buttons are my favorite because the detail is so amazing.

 Ok, you don’t need to spill any trade secrets, but how do you source such AMAZING buttons?? It seems like you must travel the world to find them…

I do travel extensively and procure most of my buttons by attending auctions and from collectors.

Ok, let’s see some of your stunning pieces of all time- Show and Tell Time!

Czech green glass button statement necklace by Creatively Obsessed Designs

Czech green glass button statement necklace

Vintage button compact mirrors by Creatively Obsessed Designs

Vintage button compacts!

Antique glass button bracelets, circa 1880 to 1960 by Creatively Obsessed Designs

Antique glass button bracelets, circa 1880 to 1960

Buffed celluloid 1940s button necklaces by Creatively Obsessed Designs

Buffed celluloid 1940s button necklaces

Stacked vintage button pendants by Creatively Obsessed Designs

Stacked vintage button pendants

Layered Victorian black glass button necklace by Creatively Obsessed Designs

Layered Victorian black glass button necklace

More Czech glass button necklaces by Creatively Obsessed Designs

More Czech glass button necklaces!

For those of us that need a Creatively Obsessed Designs fix, how and where can we make a purchase?

Etsy is the best way to shop, but follow me on Instagram and Facebook to see my latest button hauls and upcoming designs. Plus, I’ll let you know what shows I’ll be at.


Aren’t they stunning? Truly “wearable history” as Selena likes to say…have you picked a favorite style or look yet?? Here’s my first Creatively Obsessed Designs purchase…and I guarantee you it won’t be the last…

Czech glass button necklace by Creatively Obsessed Designs


Until next time…

Shine on!



  1. Pauline Moss says:

    How do you put on the little rings on the side of the button so you can hook to the next button to make a bracelet or pair of earrings.

    • says:

      Hi, Pauline- I’m not the maker of these amazing pieces; rather, I’m “spotlighting” the maker because I just love her creations! You’d have to ask her about that, but she might not give away her DIY secrets!! 🙂

  2. Intriguing and lovely. Thanks for the share. I didn’t realize that the pendant/button was so large until I saw the picture of it hanging around your neck.

    • says:

      It’s a statement necklace- which I love! And she gives dimensions in her listings, so you won’t be surprised. 🙂

  3. helenfern says:

    There are some beautiful pieces here! Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NWs DIY Party!

  4. Beautiful jewelry! Thanks for sharing at the Family Joy Link Party!

  5. Hey bought my first 2 pieces at Haddonfield then a visit to your house then I Sen A guy by name of Brian…. time for more!
    We will be at Haddonfield I need the Cherub bracelet for me and chec earrings then some gifts. See you soon

    • says:

      Hi, Bonnie- were you trying to contact the artist behind Creatively Obsessed? I’m a repurposing blogger that interviewed her. 🙂

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