Christmas Shopping & Last Christmas Postage Dates

Sprout Happy Dance - Support Small Businesses by Eliston Button - Last Christmas Postage Dates! at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure. Hello there lovely Buttoneers! I can’t believe it is that wonderful time of year again where it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and I am working out my last recommended postage dates! Ekkk! I am sure I have said it before but I’m like a child when it comes to Christmas. I love the crisp, cold air with the promise of snow (even though it’s super rare here these days!)

I love the twinkling festive lights that brighten up dark winter nights. I love hot cups of tea or hot chocolate to warm your hands whilst you scour the shops for gifts. I love the excitement, the build-up, the wrapping of presents and tying them with a bow.

I love being snuggled under a blanket watching Christmas films…A Miracle on 34th Street is my absolute favourite (new and old!) very closely followed by It’s a Wonderful Life! I blooming love it all! Can I get the decorations out of the loft yet!? Pleeeaaseeee?? Pretty please with a cherry on top!?

Also on my long list of Christmas festivities is packaging up you wonderful peoples Eliston Button Etsy Shop orders! I love the thought of my little Christmas Sprout Pom Pom Garlands hanging across your mantelpieces or Individual Sprout Decorations hanging on the tree! It’s still so strange to me that you hang my Prints and Wall Art and my Woven Wall Hangings on the walls of your homes. It’s crazy to me that you wear my Embroidered Felt Flower Brooches to brighten up an outfit or wear my Embroidered Felt Hair Accessories in your hair!

Blimey it fills my little crafty heart with joy! I love making and creating and every single purchase you make in the Eliston Button Etsy Shop allows me to carry on making and creating and writing this blog.

Without you lovelies investing in my little quirky creative biz, Eliston Button simply wouldn’t exist and the same goes for every single creative business out there.

So, try to shop handmade and independent this year as much as you can – You are not only investing in somebodies creative biz, you are investing in their hopes and dreams and lives too…Shop Independent This Christmas by Eliston Button - Last Christmas Postage Dates! at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

So…If you are planning to buy some (or all!) of your Christmas presents (Even if they are for yourself!) all of my handmade products are shipped out to you carefully wrapped in pretty tissue paper and ribbon tied in a bow before being lovingly placed into protective packaging to arrive with you all safe and snug! Gift wrap sorted! 

To ensure that your little handmade treasures arrive on time for the festive holidays, here are my last recommended postage dates… View Post

New Fabric Collage and Shooting Star Prints!

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! I am just popping in today to share my new prints that have launched into the Eliston Button Etsy Shop with a pop and a fizz of magical handmade goodness. Hooray! Also, be sure to stick around until the end of this post for a National Button Day Sale! 

I have made new fabric collage prints out of all of my fabric collages to date – At the point of writing this blog post the Beach Huts by the Sea Fabric Collage and Seaside Harbour Fabric Collage are still available to buy!) I have re-designed them to be A4 in size to really show off the texture and colours of each one. 

I am soooo happy with how they turned out and kept the wonderful tactile quality that almost rivals the originals – It really looks like they are made of fabric! 

Also new in the Eliston Button Etsy Shop are variations on my Shooting Star quote print – You can now purchase male and couples versions that read ‘He’ and ‘They’ alongside the original ‘She’ version. I love these new additions and am definitely going to hand the ‘They’ version in our bedroom when it is redecorated. 

So without further ado…Here are my new prints… 

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Maybe you will choose Beach Huts by the Sea…

I always find that the more you look into this collage print, the more you see…maybe pieces of driftwood in the sand or a trail from an aeroplane jetting away to a faraway city or tropical island? 

Or, maybe you prefer sipping a glass of wine gazing at the Seaside Harbour?

Here the deep inky blue water naturally waves across the fabric collage in deep denim blues, woven shades of sapphire and shimmering teal tones gently rocking the boats – How relaxing…

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You might choose the Beach Huts fabric collage print with its iconic little huts of joy. 

Imagine the wind in your hair, the sun on your face and the sand between your toes as you stroll along the creamy yellow beach amongst the rocks and driftwood with the seagulls calling out your name. 

You come across a little row of beautifully painted, stripy beach huts and maybe you stop a while for a cup of tea or a snooze under the shade of the wooden roof…bliss…

Or maybe the Driftwood fabric collage print where the sea breeze refreshes the balmy suns warmth on your face, the oceans tide crashes against the shore in a relaxing rhythm as the sand cushions your feet with every step along the beach.

You might stop and pick up pieces of water worn driftwood and admire the weathered wood that lines a path down to the blue-green hues of the sea that meets the horizon with a shimmering dance of light across its surface. Breathe in salty air…breathe out your worries…relax…

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Next up are my Shooting Star Quote Prints.

They are perfect for stargazers and dreamers and magic makers. Fabulous for wishers and sky lovers and travellers through time and space!

Have you ever lay down in the garden or at the park at night and watched for shooting stars across the velvety sky? Can you remember that magical excitement that bubbles up when you see you first one? Did you see it trail across the inky sky in a flash of stardust and magic as you glimpse a slice of the sky’s treasure? Maybe you made a little wish…Maybe you made a really great wish…

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Tutorial Tuesday – Simple Autumn Pom Pom Decor


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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! I have a super fun Tutorial Tuesday craft D.I.Y. for you today – Simple Autumn Pom Pom Decor! I really wanted to bring some of the gorgeous autumnal colours and textures from my new garden into our home to enjoy day and night.

As soon as the daylight starts to fade in the afternoon, you lose the warm, rich colours of the crisp autumn leaves and the gorgeous textures of the bare tree branches; so I wanted to bring them into my home and brighten up the grey, gloomy days…

I wanted my project to be quick, easy and more importantly inexpensive (especially with Christmas just around the corner!) so I gathered supplies from my garden and the woods behind our house, grabbed some balls of autumnal coloured yarn and found a gorgeous vase to display them in. With a swish and flick of my glue gun (and a few globs of glue stuck to my desk later) I was super happy with my new home decor that I wanted to share it with you too! 

If you are unsure about how to make the pom poms that are made for this tutorial, check out my Clover Pom Pom Maker Tutorial for step by step instructions!

So, without further ado…Here is my Simple Autumn Pom Pom Decor D.I.Y. craft tutorial…Enjoy!


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Grand Designs Live 2017 – Part Two

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! As promised in my last blog post Grand Designs Live – Part One, I am back with Grand Designs Live – Part Two! Hooray! Like I said last week…

We had a fabulous time diving into the deep end of gorgeous home decor, beautiful build ideas and innovations and super-duper kitchen and bathroom ideas that our heads were spinning with inspiration and I took a thousand photographs!

You can find Grand Designs Live 2014 and Grand Designs Live 2015 here (both in two parts so be sure to click through the links at the end of each post!)

Soooo, in this post I am concentrating on glorious gardens and floral fancies alongside some extra homey bits that I just couldn’t squeeze into last week’s post! The first things to catch my eye in the garden section were these beautiful garden screens and trellises from Screen with Envy (What a cool name!) Aren’t they gorgeous!? I can definitely see myself looking into these to grow flowers up and create an unusual seating area on my patio – you could even use them to separate off sections of the garden to create a lovely Secret Garden feel to it. Imagine the possibilities! 

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I am pretty sure I covered a similar Havana style thatched roof garden room in a previous Grand Designs Live blog post years ago but I am still in love with them. These ones are from Breeze House and they had a lovely range of different styles. I am fortunate that our new garden is big enough but I’m not sure they are in our price range just yet!

Can you imagine sat sipping an ice cool drink, entertaining friends at a BBQ in the summer sat in one of these?

They would be perfect for playing board games by candle light in the warm summer evenings too. I just love the plush luxury cushions and pretty grey slate colours against the gorgeous wood grain and that little round stool and the curve of the bench are delightful.

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I am always fascinated by garden design and landscaping. I love the idea of starting from scratch and designing a whole new look for your garden on paper and then implementing it outside.

We do a similar (but much less detailed) version when we are planning out the rooms in our house to see the best fit for our furniture etc…

Garden Design Consultants and Build Management had a gorgeous stand full of technical drawings right through to photos of the finished designs in real life. It is fascinating to see the finished design in a more dimensional view from the birds eye view plans. 

This is definitely something we will look into and try ourselves when it comes to landscaping our garden so we can get all of our ideas down on paper to see if they work before getting the diggers in! 

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Bloom On was a wonderfully colourful and floral stand that naturally grabbed this colour-loving girl’s eye as I walked past! Unfortunately no one was there to chat to or tell us about the business (I imagine it is a flower delivery company) but I had to snap a photo of the bright happy colours and beautiful sunshine yellow bicycle! 

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Grand Designs Live 2017 – Part One

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! I recently went to Grand Designs Live at Birmingham’s NEC which was perfect timing as we are at a point in our home renovations where we need to start making alllll of the decisions about rooms and bathroom suites and kitchen layouts and garden office ideas. We, as always had a fabulous time so naturally I wanted to photograph away and share some of my favourite things with you here! I have been to the design show previously and blogged about each adventure in Grand Designs Live 2014 and Grand Designs Live 2015 (both in two parts so be sure to click through the links at the end of each post!)

I am not in any way affiliated with Grand Designs Live or any of the companies I talk about in this post – I just love to share great design and ideas (although I would happily chat about future collabs *wink* *wink*)

This year we were lucky enough to win tickets in our local newspaper – Hooray! Which again was perfect timing as I am sure you can imagine sorting out our house is costly and every penny counts at the moment.

I was sooooo excited to get there and get inspired by the design goodness that that show had to offer and to explore all of the ideas, concepts and innovations on show.

I was already brimming with ideas about bathroom tiles, luxuriously deep baths, wallpaper, whether or not to build a studio in our garden, what I wanted the kitchen to look like…the list goes on and on. I couldn’t wait to dive in the deep end and surround myself with colour and fabric and wood and all of the hardware, accessories and decor I could lay my eyes on! 

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As a person with a methodical and super organised creative brain, I naturally got a bit bossy as to the route we took and how we completed each section before moving on to another to ensure we covered the whole floor. Luckily Chris is super patient and knows exactly how my brain works so didn’t wander off too often! Well…We had a lot to cover and only had one day!  

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We started off in the kitchens and bathroom sections as this was our main priority to sort out in our new house. I love, love, love this beautiful bold floral wallpaper that was in the room sets of the Heritage Bathrooms stand – did you spot us in the mirror? You have to snap a mirror selfie with such a gorgeous surround right!?

I am obsessed with those rich, warm purple and plum tones against the deep grey backdrop that almost imitates a plush velvet fabric rather than wallpaper.

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I then got a bit obsessive about the colours and patterns and just darn right beautifully designed sets they had. I will buy them all – Take all of my money!!! 

Even though these were in two separate sets with a hole between the two, the pattern colour loving creative in me loved the contrast in sleek and simple art deco-esque lines and curves against the vibrant and whimsical colour-filled florals.

To be honest the wallpaper totally distracted me like a magpie to a shiny gem and I don’t think I took a lot of the bathrooms in but my head is filled with roll topped, vintage claw foot bath tubs and old fashioned taps – divine but just not practical in our little bathroom back home. 

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Okay, now were talking when it comes to dramatic bathroom statements! This antique bronze bath was a beaut and sadly not in my price range. Can you imagine this bath with that floral wallpaper? I have always been on the dramatic side (no comments please family members!) but this is another level.

I’m now sat sipping coffee, staring out of my huge shuttered window out to the rolling Cotswold Hills and misty autumn morning dew, covered in warm soapy bubbles, soaking in the peace of the morning…

Well, as the great Albus Dumbledore once said

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry (read: Rachel), but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”

I couldn’t have said it better myself…You are more than welcome to visit. 

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