Eliston Button Headquarters – Part Two

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! I am so excited to share with you Part Two of the Eliston Button Headquarters Tour! Hooray! I am so, so thrilled with the wonderful response from you lovelies about my last studio update post – Eliston Button Headquarters – Part One. I had such lovely comments over on Instagram and am pretty sure I reached a record amount of likes in one day (for my little profile over there!)  I was so grateful and happy that you loved to see this little peek behind-the-scenes.

Sometimes, as a blogger, it is hard to know if posts are liked or what sort of things you all like to see on here unless you tell me because we are not face-to-face – and you shouted loud and clear that you loved seeing behind the scenes where I make the crafty goodness, so thank you!

I always love to hear what you think of my makes or whether you can relate to my little adventures. I love to hear your thoughts or opinions or suggestions so please feel free to chat to me in the comments here or over on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter! I won’t bite, but I do ask that you bring cake! Virtual cake doesn’t have calories right!?

Anyhoo, I am back again to share the other half of the Eliston Button Headquarters. If you read Part One you will see that I covered the right hand side of the studio, which mainly houses shelves (and shelves…and shelves…) of craft supplies that I use (with a dash of creative magic of course!) such as yarn, fabric, inspiring art and craft books, memory keeping, scrapbooks and a hoard *cough cough* collection of buttons and beads and sequins galore…along with a TARDIS or two, a couple of pink Vespa scooters that match the one I actually drive from time to time and a growing collection of ampersands…

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Today, as promised, I am sharing the other half of the Eliston Button Headquarters (to the left of the door as you walk in – for your crafty imaginations!) The first thing you see as you walk in is the window, my laptop and the desk areas. Originally I planned to have a sewing area but the desk fitted into the room a lot better together with the others and gave me good distance between my messy paints and scrapbooking away from my laptop and paperwork – trust me that this reason is there through finding out the hard way more than once and a couple of laptops ago….Ooops! R.I.P pretty pink Laptop 🙁

One of my favourite walls in the studio is the one surrounding my desk. I use it as a bit of a mood board come inspiring art come place to hang some of my own favourite makes.

Most of the bits and pieces have sentimental value to me – For example, the little cross stitched sewing machine was hand stitched by my little sister as a birthday gift (she always says she isn’t creative so this was such a beautiful and thoughtful gift) and the Pink “She believed she could, so she did” quote print was a gift from my best friend when I made it a whole year in my little creative business! I even have a little Lego minifigure that looks like my fiancé stood on my windowsill! 

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Create 30 – No. 15 – ‘Just Want To Nap’ Quote Print

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! Our house move is still looming on the horizon and by the time you read this blog post, I really hope I have a move date! Ekkk! It is so stressful isn’t it!?

It is definitely one of those times where I am super glad that I am a complete organisation geek!

With organisation on my side, along with the odd spiral into overwhelm, I was able to plan ahead a bit and get this post written and created ahead of time before I have to pack up the Eliston Button Headquarters *sob* and have to some time to get organised. Fingers crossed. 

When I was sat thinking about my last year in this little creative business of mine for my Eliston Button is 3! blog post, I got to thinking about how I construct my days. Some days I am super organised and feel on top of everything. I will plough through my to-do lists and have time for a bit of self-care (reading/crafting for myself/painting my nails/flicking through a magazine with a mug of tea) in the afternoon, But how they also very often take a bit of a plot twist and go in another direction.

This generally leads to my brain pulling into the procrastination station and taking my concentration, creativity and general get-up-and-go along for the ride!

As you may know if you having been keeping up with this little creative corner of the internet, I like to pull out a quote here or there to stand out and break up the paragraphs of text in pink (much like the one above) I was tippy-tappying away and wrote about how “Some days I feel like super woman, other days I just want to nap” – This was sooooo true to my days working in the studio that I just knew I had to play around with it as a graphic design to squeeze in among the text. I got to it and soon fell in love with my design so much that I wanted to frame it and hang it in the studio.

It would be a fabulous reminder that some days it is okay to want to crawl back under the duvet, that I just can’t force creativity and that I will surely make up for it on one of my more productive-crazy-pants-organised power-through-it-all days.

As usual this then got my over-active creative thought process to dive down the rabbit hole of Create 30 blog challenge ideas and that maybe, just maybe, I should squeeze this one in and knock out something that I wasn’t really feeling all that creative about. For anyone that knows me in real life, you will know how this process was not an easy one – it obviously meant that I had to grab my felt tip pens and create a whole new plan with diagrams and ideas and chaos to rearrange the rest of the challenge into my blog calendar. Yikes! But, it was so worth it because I am really proud with how it turned out; I love it and think you will too! I really love how I was able to use images of my handmade felt flowers alongside text and hand lettering – so dreamy for my design loving brain! 

So, without further ado…Here is Create 30 – No. 15 – ‘Just Want to Nap’ Quote Print…

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Create 30 – No. 14 – Blue and White Embroidered Felt Flower Brooch

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! I am back with another Create 30 blog challenge make – I think I had a bit of a panic when I realised I hadn’t hit the half way mark yet when I was chatting to you a few weeks ago about my ‘You are my World’ Button Art Quote Prints! Eeekk! 

If you have followed this here little corner of the crafty blogosphere for a while now or even on Instagram you may recognise this next dose of handmade goodness.

I shared a few photos here and there and even had a fun competition a few years ago with it. Well I loved it a lot and was always a little sad that it didn’t ever have its chance to shine like the other treasures in my little handmade treasure trove on Etsy.

Just before Christmas last year,  I took part in an Etsy Secret Santa in the lovely group of makers I am in that have formed an amazing little community over on Facebook. We all help each other out if we are stuck and give a little happy dance for each other when we have good news and successes. For my pairing for the Secret Santa, the lady I was paired with loved the beach and the colour blue – So naturally I gifted her one of my Fabric Beach Collage Prints.

I wondered what I could send her alongside it as my crafty little fingers were twitchy with eagerness to make something different.

I haven’t made a new embroidered felt flower brooch since my ’27 before 27′ Blog Challenge and I really missed playing with beautifully soft felt and creating new embroidered designs so I dug out my sketches from waaaayyy back and got to work! 

I had such a wonderful response from the lovely lady that received it that I just knew I had to make another one for this challenge! So without further ado…Here is Create 30 – No.14 – Blue and White Embroidered Felt Flower Brooch…
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I really love the fresh, crisp colour palette of this flower brooch and it is sure to brighten any outfit with its soft, felty goodness. Maybe you would refresh the look of your favourite handbag or pin together a special scarf? Maybe you would buy two and pin them to your shoes for a real spring in your swanky new step!? 

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The beautiful blue embroidery thread was carefully handpicked to stand out cheerfully against the wonderfully crisp white colour of the felt.

Each petal is individually hand embroidered with a swirl-like tendril that winds along the petal and branches off into three little curls, before being blanket stitched to the petals underside.

This allows a seamless back to the felt flower brooch and hides away the messy back side of the embroidery. The blanket stitch flows around the outside of the petal giving it a bold and bright outline and allows the finished brooch to stand out, even against a white shirt or jacket! 

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Eliston Button Headquarters – Part One

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! How are we coming to the end of January soon!? Jeez! It has been a bit of a whirlwind and we are still waiting on a move date (soooooo frustrating!!) but I wanted to take the time to share the Eliston Button Headquarters with you before we move! I know…I know…I have promised this since we moved in about two and a half years ago but we had some problems with the house and then problems with the neighbours from hell and then we are very almost moved again – Yikes! (If you are new to Eliston Button be sure to click through the link for each story to get all caught up!)

“Why share so close to moving again?” I hear you ask! Well, firstly, In the new house we are buying I have no idea what the Eliston Button Headquarters will look like for a really long time as we are going to look into extending the house to build my studio as an extra room – or maybe even building a self-contained studio at the bottom of the garden – either way these things take time and planning permission and money so I will have a temporary work space until we get it all figured out/built/my stress levels have returned to a normal-ish level. Obviously and for anyone that knows me – this is the most stressful thing about moving for my mostly hyper-organised brain – not to mention that it is all happening half way through my Create 30 blog challenge! Eeekk!!

Secondly, I bloody love this creative little space of mine and it would be (for a serial life documenter) a crime to not document it all!

When I am in the midst of overwhelming panic and anxiety about getting my work done and meeting deadlines, or just having a space to sit and weave or paint or sew, I want to be able to look back and go “aww! Remember when I had a space all organised and not in a thousand boxes? I will get there again soon”

So this is also, in part, for me too – for my memory keeping, for posterity, for my future creative studio planning etc etc…

Thirdly, if it’s not on the blog it doesn’t exist, right!?

So, in a nutshell, I really want to document this creative space as a memory and most importantly as a reminder that I had/have the means to be the most creative person I can be and that I will have that again once we get it all figured out. I also wanted to share my space with you lovelies, as promised, so that you can see where the creative goodness happens! I personally, always love to see makers arty/crafty spaces and find them really inspiring – I even have Pinterest boards dedicated to my Dream Studio, the different phases of the Eliston Button Headquarters (where it is soooo crazy pants to look back at my original work space in our old rented house!) and my fave – Danger: Artist at Work!

Maybe it’s just me but I find seeing designer’s and maker’s and artist’s studios super inspiring and I love seeing the places and spaces where the creative magic happens.

There is so much I wanted to share about my studio but we would be here all day if I photographed it all! It has taken sooo long to be able to photograph it all in the right light at this time of year too (damn you Northern Hemisphere!) I have split the whole carnival of creativity into two parts (part two coming soon!) which coincidentally, also pretty much splits the studio into two halves, right down the middle (for your lovely creative imaginations!) 

Here is the Eliston Button Headquarters – Part One…

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One of my favourite areas of the Eliston Button Headquarters is my wall of bookcases! I love how they store a huge portion of my craft supplies, on show for me to feel inspired and see exactly what I have to start creating something new if I get frustrated with something I am already working on.

I find that having it all in front of me, lets me visualise projects ahead of time or snatch snippets of inspiration on how to finish a work-in-progress or start a new make.

I love to keep the studio fun. A boring or plain space doesn’t match with my personality so would be totally the wrong fit for my creativity. I need a space to feel like home, to fuel my imagination and go back to being a kid as often as possible! I love the top of the bookcases – it is such a wasted space as I can’t reach up there, so I wanted to make them fun and house more ornamental things that I don’t use on a day-to-day basis. The TARDIS, the pink Vespa scooter and the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry potions crate on my desk are my favourite items in this photo! The pink scooter matches my own real life scooter (that’s a whole other story!)

I also think I have a bit of a pretty storage box and tin obsession – I mean you can never have too much storage though can you!? 

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Create 30 – No. 13 – ‘You Are My World’ Button Art Quote Prints

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! We made it to half way through January 2017! Hooray! I don’t know about you but I am finding it super hard to get back into a routine after a couple of weeks Christmas break. Eugh! I am so tired – I really should have started getting up a bit earlier to get back into the swing of things waaaaay before I was due to get my butt back into the studio. I am getting there! How about you? 

We are also here at the first Create 30 blog challenge make of the New Year too! Hooray!

You can never have too many ‘Hoorays’ in your life now can you!?

I really love this one too, I know…I know…I probably say this about all of my makes in one form or another, but this one pleases my little crafty, button-loving heart! 

Last year, for Earth Day, over on Instagram I spent aaaagessss putting together a button ‘Earth’ to celebrate the day and our beautiful planet. As you can imagine, I thoroughly enjoyed myself but it took a really long time. At the time seemed a shame that it would soon be lost in the flow of the internet and the ever changing Instagram feed, never to be seen again. This totally sparked a little light bulb moment in my creative imagination! Aha! I would somehow create a print using the lovely world made of beautiful buttony goodness (what a place that must be!) I then moved on to the next Create 30 make.Uh Oh!

In my typical multi-passionate-ten-projects-on-the-go-at-a-time-none-get-finished fashion, I forgot about it. Darn!

However, luckily, when I was fishing around my maker brain, hoping to hook a really juicy idea for Valentines season, feeling all mushy which lead to thinking about how much the people around me mean the world to me – the world – I remembered the world! Hooray! (Just go with the Hoorays yes?) And the rest is history!

So without further ado…Here is Create 30 – No.13 – ‘You are my World’ Button Art Quote Prints…

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These ‘You are my World’ button art prints come in a choice of three colour variations – I couldn’t just pick one! You can choose from a white background with pink or blue hand lettering or a grey background with crisp white hand lettering.

Whichever print you choose, it is a perfect message for the people closest to you, whether it be your loved ones, your partner, your children or even your pet!

This ‘You are my World’ print is sure to add a splash of colour and a huge dose of warm, loving goodness to any space.

Maybe you would hang it as part of a living room gallery wall or in a child’s bedroom? Maybe in a nursery for a newly born bundle of joy or a special gift for someone who means so much to you? Where ever it is hung it glows with the love and warmth of its hand-lettered message and tells them how much they mean to you – How lovely!

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Immediately your eye is drawn to the carefully hand-picked buttons in various beautiful blues and gorgeous greens that form a globe in the centre of the print.

Green buttons from large to tiny sit comfortably on a dark grey globe and are surrounded by a blue ocean of interesting doses of buttony goodness!

The blue buttons swirl around the green ones hugging them gently and creating a whole piece of button art that really catches your eye and brings a beautifully bold splash of colour to the piece. 

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Eliston Button is 3!

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! Did you have a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous New Year? I can’t believe it is back to work time already! It all goes so fast! Luckily I am still in full celebration mode as Eliston Button, this here little creative corner of the blogosphere, has turned 3 years old!

Hooray! Hooray! [Insert party poppers, streamers coming at your face, balloons popping out of confetti laden boxes and cake…lots of cake, here]

I am so thrilled to have made it this far! Even more importantly, I am thrilled to have made it this far and to still love what I do, which I think is becoming increasingly rare these days. I really love when this time of year comes around and I get to look back at how far forward I have travelled. I decided 3 years ago that, after Christmas of 2014, I was going to launch my blog into the big, wide, world. I feel like I had prepared myself for it all for years. I read so many creative business books (none of which really prepared me for the adventure I was about to embark on!) I listened to many podcasts and watched many a video on how it is all done, not to mention following my blogging idols do what they love every day, filling my head with ideas and creative endeavours. I started tippy-tappying away at my laptop a few months before the launch to start everything going and get some blog posts there, ready for people to see when I finally launched in the January. I was so scared to take the leap but dove in head first, rode the rollercoaster and the rest is history!

I never imagined that my ‘just for fun’ blog would turn into my largest project to date! This past year has definitely been the year of growth for me and this little space.

I started this past year right off the back of a really hard year personally (you can catch up on this, in my “It’s Not You, It’s Me (and Why This Isn’t a Break Up blog post) and I felt like my personal life, my own mental health and in turn my enthusiasm was in a very low place which had a huge knock-on effect on my work. How could I be full of joy and happiness on my blog for this ‘Pinterest perfect’ life if it was far from perfect?

I didn’t ever want to give up blogging or making but something had to change. I had been mulling over whether to switch my blog over to a self-hosted blog and at the same time totally redesign my whole website to make it feel new and different and exciting again. I really love the new design but I didn’t anticipate the amount of hard work and days spent in front of my computer it would take! You can read all about my redesign and reasons behind self-hosting in my ‘Eliston Button Website Redesign‘ post. I really loved my new website but the days of tweaking and coding and sorting out problems really took its toll. In my personal life we had put our house on the market and found a house we liked and could afford, away from the problems we had in our current house so things were looking hopeful. We had only a few months to sell our house to be able to keep the reserve on our new one, so it was all systems go and very stressful. So, I took a break from blogging to try to revive my creative juices and remember why I did it all. I needed to not do it for a while to realise how much I really do love my little creative biz.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Hello lovely Buttoneers! I can’t believe we are at the last blog post of the year! WE MADE IT!! Hooray! If you read my For the Love of…Winter blog post last week, you will know how much I love this time of year…but most of all I love Christmas! I love the magic of it all. I love the gathering of my people all together for that one day, all safe and in one place and together. 

As Christmases pass and Christmases change, as people come and people go – the one constant is that we come together no matter what and just be together. We are unashamedly ourselves. We are children again; no matter how old you are when those presents land in your lap.

We are calm and frantic and excited all at the same time. We are thoughtful and we remember. We hold each other close and we hold on tight.

As Christmases pass and Christmases change, one thing that never changes is how thankful I am for those around me and how much warmth and love is spread. We make the most of what we have and never for one minute take it for granted. They are my people and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

More than anything this year though, I will be super glad of a little break. To be around family and friends. To just stop for a while and soak it all in.

I will be super glad to put on the brakes, sit in front of Christmas telly, eat all of the festive food and worry about it all next year! I will be super glad to breathe a little, relax and go on adventures! To take some time out to revive the creative juices ready for next year. To be ready, steady, go-get-em-teddy to attempt to complete my Create 30 blog challenge before June! Ahhh! One step at a time…

I always like to sit down at this time of year and reflect over the year just gone. Buuuut…This year has been pretty crazy pants right!? If not personally for each of you, then globally. This little corner of the blogosphere will never be a political place. It will never become a place for war or hate, but I think we can all agree that 2016 can meet up with my personal 2015 and go to hell. I hope that 2017 is full of hope and joy and peace. I hope that people come together and support and love harder than ever before. I am hopeful for 2017 and I feel I haven’t said that in a really long time! As some of you know, we had one hell of a year last year and this year took a lot of patience, of waiting for things to happen and holding on to the hope that things would get better. It was the year of repair. The year of getting back on the horses and learning to ride them again. The year of building ourselves back up and trying again, and again all the while never letting it become who we are because, we are more than what happened to us

 

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Create 30 – No. 12 – Rainbow Pom Pom Garlands

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Hello lovely Buttoneers! It is that lovely time full of crafty handmade goodness again – the next instalment of my Create 30 blog challenge! Hooray! I don’t think I really thought through the fact that I still need to keep going so close to Christmas if I want even the slither of a chance of completing this challenge! Doh! Although, I have to say, that making these bad boys could never be a chore and that their colourful rainbow goodness is such a delight to play around with. As a super fan of colour, I particularly enjoyed hand picking out the different coloured yarn and matching them together (in rainbow order of course!) to make sure they were of equal brightness and pizzazz! I mean, I ask you, how can you have a rainbow pom pom garland without pizzazz!!? 

Joking apart though, I think I want to work in a rainbow pom pom garland factory when I grow up, okay? Pretty please?

Who wouldn’t love bright, colourful and happy little fluffy balls of joy to decorate your home, adult and children’s rooms alike, parties, weddings, festivals or even your car!? The possibilities are endless! Especially when they come in not only regular pom pom size, but hulk pom pom size too! Well…I couldn’t just have one sized rainbow of joy could I!?

So, without further ado…Here is my Create 30 – No. 12 – Rainbow Pom Pom Garlands…

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First up is the larger pom pom garland, as in a lot more fluffle as the pom poms are a lot larger than average! Each ball of fluffy goodness is lovingly handmade and each pom pom is given a little haircut to ensure an even ball shape, before being hand sewn with care onto a length of orange and white bakers twine. 

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Bakers twine is used to string the pom poms together into a garland as it is not only durable and hard wearing, but super fun looking too – perfect for long lasting decor! A loop is then tied onto each end of the garland for ease of hanging as soon as they arrive with you!

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Each of the 7 large pom poms on this garland are approx. 8.5cm in diameter and really pack a colourful punch! This garland is approx. 130cm in length from hanging loop to hanging loop.

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For the Love of…Winter

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! As we are fully into winter now and Christmas is coming up and everything is feeling so wonderfully festive, I thought it was about time I carried on the new tradition of rounding up some of my seasonal favourites. Did you catch my For the Love of…Autumn post? Much like that one, I am going to be rounding up my favourite things from my blog, my Etsy shop and share with you some winter picks from around the world wide web.

I love Winter. I love the crisp, clean air rosy-ing my cheeks whilst the winter sun warms my face. I love the icy, glittering cobwebs (the only acceptable type of cobweb if you ask me – where the spiders are long gone!) I love candle-lit, cosy early mornings in the studio with the whole day ahead. I love thick fluffy socks and layers of warmth and soft knitted jumpers and big winter coats. 

I love mysterious foggy mornings where the sun melts across the horizon in a blurry haze and likewise, the deep orange-pink of the early sunset that steals all of the light for the day’s final hurrah!

I love cosying up under a duvet or blankets to hunker down for the night in front of the t.v with a hot mug of tea. I adore the magic of seeing your breath in the air and the giddy excitement from the promise of snow (although it never really happens here anymore) I love homemade apple crumble and chunky soup for dayyyysss. I love baking gingerbread and letting the scent fill up our home. I love Christmas and magic and festivities en-masse. I love family and gathering and mum’s kilted sausages. I love glittering pavements that look just like treasure. I love Winter.

One of my all-time favourite Winter blog posts has to be last years ‘A Festive Adventure‘. I really captured the dark nights and fairy lights feel of the festive adventures I went on just before Christmas and the photographs instantly take me back there…

“I love the smell of mulled wine that lingers in the cold crisp air…the scent of chestnuts roasting (on an open fire!?) The bright twinkly lights that give a sense of magic just around the corner…the stalls of handmade goodness, mince pies, gifts and festive foods….the happiness that soaks into your soul as you wander around without a care in the world…Christmas perfection!”

A Festive Adventure - Hand Lettering by Eliston Button - For the Love of…Winter at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

Another favourite of mine and a firm Button Colour Adventure favourite is my Button Colour Adventure – Part 3 – Christmas 2014 Edition – I loved making this inspiring colour palette post. The colours of Christmas are gorgeous – from the traditional deep reds, crisp whites and gorgeous greens to the more modern pretty pinks, glamorous greys and beautiful blacks…

“It will be interesting to see if/how they change over the years too, to possibly see tends and waves in styles and designs, to see whether or not I…indeed resist the temptation of buying one of those adorable Christmas gnomes! We shall see, but for now, be swept away with me on a trail of colour, glitter and Christmas imagination…”Red, White and Greys - Christmas Colour Palette Part of a Button Colour Adventure by Eliston Button - For the Love of…Winter at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

If you caught my blog post last week you will have seen my Tutorial Tuesday – Fabric Scrap Christmas Wreath

“I really love this Christmas craft as it is a great excuse to use up all of those space-filling scraps of fabric or fat quarters (and a really great excuse to go and buy new ones to replace them eh!?)”

Fabric Scrap Christmas Wreath Tutorial by Eliston Button Instagram Square - For the Love of…Winter at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

It is one of my favourite Christmas crafts to date and I’m looking forward to hanging it up in my house this year to add a lovely dose of festive cheer alongside its friend – A ‘Tutorial Tuesday’ from waaaay back – my Tutorial Tuesday – Fabric Scrap Christmas Garland View Post

Meet the Maker Week

Hello there lovely Buttoneers! I am squeezing a short and sweet blog post in this week (Two in one week eh!?) because I wanted to share the wonderful Instagram challenge called Meet the Maker Week that I took part in and completed last week, especially for those of you that don’t have or don’t follow me on Instagram.

Meet the Maker Week is a really fabulous Instagram challenge by a lovely designer, maker and illustrator called Joanne Hawker. I missed the last challenge that she set back in March and I kept my eyes peeled for another chance to join in. I nearly didn’t join in this time around either though! I was worried that I would be adding another thing to my seemingly never ending list of things to do before Christmas at the same time as getting Christmas Eliston Button Etsy Shop orders out the door and keeping up with my Create 30 Blog Challenge – Phew!

Even writing it all out made me feel a bit nauseous with panic!

I really didn’t want to miss the opportunity again and didn’t know if another chance to join in would arise next year so I dove in head first, hoping I would keep up with it all and not run away scared half way through! Luckily, Joanne was lovely enough to create a mini planner for the week and gave us really great prompts and questions to answer as ideas to help us along and figure out what to say and how to fulfil each day’s category. 

I started off a bit scared, but once I started chatting to other makers I really felt at home and so thrilled to be a part of such a great community of makers.

It was not only a fabulous opportunity to get myself out there a bit more and show off what I have to offer (which always feels really scary normally) but I feel like for the first time I know how to answer the question “so…what to you do then?”, I feel more confident as a maker and, like I mentioned before, more involved and welcomed in by the fantastic handmade community – I even made some gorgeous new friends too which is the icing on the cake for me!

Working on in the studio on my own all day can get a little lonely and it’s so lovely to be able to natter with like-minded folks on social media, like a little handmade board meeting…but in my pyjamas!

I wanted to share my challenge entries and answers with you lovelies too and also document them for myself to look back on in years to come, to see how much has changed or see how I would answer the prompts in 5 or even 10 years time (I hope Eliston Button is still around that far into the future!) If you are a regular Buttoneer in this little corner of the creative blogosphere then you may already know some of it, or maybe you can learn a bit more about me and my little creative business. If you are completely new to Eliston Button – you will learn a lot! *Waves Hello* 

Day One| Brand – I am taking part in Meet the Maker Week by @joannehawker on Instagram, so that I can share my little creative biz story with you and all of my lovely new followers (my Buttoneers!)
I am Rachel of Eliston Button and I am a designer, maker and creative lifestyle blogger from my home studio in Worcestershire, England. I make lots of handmade goodness for the#elistonbuttonetsyshop including prints, woven wall hangings, embroidered felt brooches and accessories and home decor.
My family have always called me ‘That Crafty Kid’, from a child sneaking sweet wrappers and gift tags into my cardigan pockets for my scrapbook and sitting on my Nan’s big, round Button tin to cutting up my mums magazines with my zig zag scissors, I was a pro at cutting a sticking! Some years on after a string of uninspiring jobs (my last job being a funeral arranger!) I decided enough was enough and enrolled into Art college. Coming out the other end with three distinctions, I had gained the confidence to get myself out there and start my blog and to document my art, design, craft and adventure! Quite early on I started blog challenges of making a certain amount of items before I hit that age and before I knew it I had enough to open my Etsy Shop. Since then I have expanded my craft and explored different avenues of crafty goodness which makes up the handmade treasure trove of my shop. My heart and soul are happy if I am making and creating and adventuring! Grab a cup of tea and explore my shop at www.elistonbutton.etsy.com! 🎀 Come and say hello! 🎀

Day One - Your Brand for Meet the Maker Week - Eliston Button Handmade Home Decor, Jewellery and Accessory Treasures on Etsy. - Meet the Maker Week at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

Day Two |You for Meet the Maker Week – I am Rachel Eliston the face (although not always as together looking as this photo would allow you to believe!) behind Eliston Button. I am 29 and a quirky, creative being who likes to design and make things..and take naps! I am a solo crafty kid biz owner but wouldn’t have any of it if it wasn’t for my fiancé/best friend/team mate/adventure buddy, Chris who thoroughly supports my crazy ideas, picks up the pieces when they don’t work out and is has impeccable timing with cups of tea/large slices of cake/hugs etc when disaster strikes or anxiety rears its ugly head! ☕️🍰When I am not being crafty, pottering around my craft studio and creating an art filled home I can be found… On adventures (getting lost) with my Fiancé, scooting around on my pink Vespa, exploring France, collecting buttons or arranging them into coloured jars, hoarding potential craft supplies by plundering around charity shops and bargain hunting at car boot sales, curled up with a good book, making lists (and ticking them off)…or sat dreaming about owning our own little house in France! 🇫🇷 I am a huge procrastinator, day dreamer and worrier (I genuinely don’t know how I get things done) I love a good fairy tale and try to keep a dose of magic in everything. I always have a hundred tabs open in my head but have a great imagination! I love to people watch and pretend to be Harriet the Spy or Nancy Drew and I love a good cup of coffee or a large mug of tea! 🎀 How about you? What are your likes and dislikes? It’s really hard to write about yourself but I’d love for you to say Hello! 🎀

Day Two - You (and your team) fro Meet the Maker Week - Rachel Eliston, Designer, Maker and Creative Lifestyle Blogger at Eliston Button. - Meet the Maker Week at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure. View Post