Create 30 – No.24 – Large Beach Scene Woven Wall Hanging

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! I am back with my latest Create 30 blog challenge make today! Hooray! I was definitely in ‘I need a holiday’ mode when I was planning out the last handful of Create 30 creations with their beach holiday vibes! Did you catch my Seaside Harbour Fabric Collage and Beach Huts By The Sea Fabric Collage? How about my Mini Beach Woven Wall Hangings? Well…I loved making my mini beach weavings so much that I was eager to stretch my creative imagination and go all in for a large woven wall hanging this time!

I feel like the beach scene worked out so well in my mini weavings with the colours and patterns and all round dose of weavy fibre arty goodness and I wanted to see how it would all work on a much larger scale…

SPOILER ALERT: It did! Hooray!

I was so excited to gather my yarns, wool’s and fabrics to play around with how I would create the beach scene on a not only wider, but much longer canvas.

I played around with depths of coloured sections and textures of rope and handmade fabric yarn until it came together into one of my favourite woven wall hangings yet!

So much so that I sprang to action once I had finished tying up loose ends on this one (quite literally!) to make one for our new living room! Now if that isn’t believing in your own products then I don’t know what is! Haha!

I really loved the trial and error play I got to experience with this one, weaving and un-weaving sections to maybe re-weave in another shape or style. I gave myself time to step back and look at it from a distance for a while, as not to get too caught up in my own head about it – A regular occurrence in this crafty perfectionist’s brain!

I became a bit obsessed with gathering different yarns and textured fabrics together to create the gorgeous and long seaweed -like tendrils that make up the tassels. I love that they created a mermaid feel to the whole lower half – pure magic when it all came together!

Also worth a mention is how those fluffy white and blue clouds made my whole week when I found that absolute treasure of a pom pom yarn in a long forgotten about stash in the Eliston Button Headquarters too!

So, without further ado…Here is Create 30 – No.24 – Large Beach Scene Woven Wall Hanging…

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From the crisp white fluffy clouds right down into the depths of the long seaweed tendrils at the bottom, this beautiful beach scene woven wall hanging is sure to add a rich dose of tactile and colourful goodness to your home décor.

Thoughts of strolling along the warm beige sand of the beach, sand dunes behind you, the sea breeze in your hair kissing your skin with its cool touch…the balmy air and the salty sea scent hugs as a feeling of calm washes over you… And all from your very own home – without the fear of seagulls stealing your ice cream or pooping on your head! 

Perfect for adding elegant colours and soft dimensional fibre art to your living room or maybe even a slice of the seaside to your bedroom walls? Wherever you hang this woven wall hanging, it is a warm bohemian beauty that it is sure to be a fabulous conversation starter and a gorgeous reminder to take time out, relax and dream of strolling along the beach!

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10 Top Tips For…Moving House

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! It has been just over a month since our big house move to a new town and new home that is our very own. Sometimes it feels like we are just staying in a holiday home and it hasn’t sunken in that we actually live here. It’s strange. I have never lived in a town I didn’t know before, even though this town isn’t a million miles away from the town we lived in and I grew up in.

It all feels so new with lots of scope for adventure with new places to explore, new areas to discover, little treasures and pockets of magic around each corner – maybe that’s why it feels like a holiday!?

Other times it feels like I have settled here so easily, especially compared to our first bought house in our old town because of the problems we had there. We have settled into lovely new traditions like steak night at our local pub and market day for our fresh fruit and vegetables – I was ridiculously excited to go and register at the local library the other day – my 12 year old self that carried arms of books out of the library each visit would have been so proud! It feels a lot like home and I couldn’t ask for much more than that to be honest.

It feels wonderful to walk outside and explore at the same time as feeling safe and happy in our own home. It feels like we can grow roots here, branch out and blossom – It feels a lot like home.

Our move process has it’s up and downs and a whole roller coaster of emotions on a daily basis from trying to pin down the owner of this house for enquiries to settling on a move date further down the chain where the people were emigrating to a different country and needed extra time etc, etc. It was exciting and stressful in equal measures – we shirked the responsibility of packing up the house more times than was probably sensible but we made sure we laughed and adventured and napped alongside the worry and panic and overwhelm to equal it all out – especially in my ‘must have EVERRRRRYTHING organised’ brain. But eventually we made it.

We packed up two lorries worth of our stuff (we own too much stuff!) and didn’t look back once!

(Actually the relief of moving forward from all that had happened to us made me have a bit of a snotty sob/happy cry in the car as we left town  – I am a real sensitive soul but pulled it together with the thought of lunch on the horizon!) 

There was a bit of a last minute panic when the removal company arrived at about half 7am and we hadn’t finished/started packing up the kitchen because we needed at least few hours’ sleep the night before (maybe we shouldn’t have napped or adventured so much after all) and my parents definitely sensed the panic in my quivering voice when they rang to see how it was going.  Mum and Dad were bloody angels! Not only did they come in separate cars to take some of our stuff to their house that wouldn’t go on the lorries, but they stayed and worked as an amazing packing duo wrapping our china, taping and labelling boxes and generally shouting encouragement to get us out the door on time – We cannot thank them enough as well as my sisters texts laughing at me and my panic which totally made me step back, breathe and relax throughout the morning. 

So, now that the dust has settled and I can step back and see the wood for the trees a bit – or in our case the walls from the boxes a bit – I thought it would be great to share my top tips for a smooth move process.

I wanted to gather my own experiences of moving and put them into a bit of a list of do’ and don’ts (any excuse to make a list right!?) As much as I now say I will never move again – who knows, this may be a good reminder for any future moves too! 

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So without further ado, here are my Top Ten Tips for…Moving House… View Post

Create 30 – No. 23 – Shooting Star Quote Print

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! I am super excited to share this next Create 30 blog challenge make with you! I have had this idea that span around in my head for years – Yes years! It got mixed up like a ball of wool in my creative imagination and each time I unravelled it, I came up with new ideas and changes and never really settled on anything concrete until recently. I don’t know whether it was the pressure and deadlines of our recent house move or whether that jumbled up ball of wool finally got untangled and I could see how I wanted it to look. 

I always knew that I wanted to paint the background of this one to make it a bit more personal, much like when I illustrated my ‘Knit and Drink Tea‘ prints which expanded to ‘Crochet and Drink Tea‘ and ‘Crochet the Day Away‘ prints, or when I added images of my handmade felt flowers to the ‘Just Want to Nap‘ fun print. As the house move loomed in front of me and I still hadn’t packed up the Eliston Button Headquarters, I just knew that if I was going to get the messy paints out and experiment with colour and texture and…well, MESS! Then I was going to have to do it before we moved so that I had the right space.

I wanted to be able to lay it all out, make a mess of creativity, enjoy the process, let my trial and error attempts dry and finally sift out what looked most like the now clear imagine in my arty, crafty brain!

This one means a lot to me. The original quote for this print came to my creative imagination one night when my fiancé and I lay on our sun loungers in the garden in the middle of the night (wrapped up warm in layers of coats and blankets!) to try to spot shooting stars.

I remember the magical feeling as my eyes searched the depths of the starry night sky and felt like we were the only people in the world allowed to see its treasure.

I scribbled down a rough idea of what I wanted to capture from that magical night and filed it away in my ‘maybe quotes for future maybe print ideas’ folder – It’s a total minefield of scribbled notes and torn off pieces of paper or napkins – Inspiration strikes while the glue gun is hot! – Or something like that isn’t it!? 

Amongst the sea of ideas and sketches and the less organised part of my brain, it has always stuck with me. When I decided to embark on another creative blog challenge adventure I just knew it had to be in the mix somewhere now that I knew exactly how I wanted it to look. 

So without further ado…Here is Create 30 – No.23 – Shooting Star Quote Print…

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“She lay in the dark of the garden and watched shooting stars with magic in her eyes…”

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

The background of the print was hand painted in acrylic paint in beautiful blue hues and inky black streaks before being digitally rendered into the correct size and proportions for the print. The gorgeous texture of the brush strokes across the canvas were deliberately left visible to create a more dimensional and tactile feel onto a smooth, flat piece of wonderful wall art. 

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Stars are illustrated across the print like scattered moon dust in the sky, in tiny diamond clusters and large shining gems. A galaxy of wishes glittering across the print alongside white wisps of cloud and a deep inky sky. A shooting star sparkles across the top right of the print and is captured just above the first line of typed words… View Post

Create 30 – No. 20, 21 & 22 – Mini Beach Woven Wall Hangings

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Hello lovely Buttoneers! Can you believe that we are at the end of March already!? I swear it gets faster every year – I neeeeeeeeed more time! I am trying my hardest to blog amongst the box city that we are living in at the moment after the move. We plan to paint, decorate and generally plan out each room a lot more before we unpack all of the non-essentials and of course figure out the new Eliston Button Headquarters so it’s all still a bit, well…boxy around here! It is all very exciting and I am so glad we are all in and settled and starting this new adventure in our new house and new town.

Luckily I am a bit of a total organisation freak/planner/write-a-thousand-lists kinda girl!

I absolutely (by-the-skin-of-my-teeth) made sure a few of my future Create 30 makes were made in advance – Phew!

I really love these next three makes and was glad to be able to club them all together in a single blog post (although they will be all sold separately – unless you want the matching set of course!) to make sure I can (hopefully!) squeeze in all 30 makes before my birthday in June. Yikes!

I had a lot of fun trialling these woven wall hangings to get the right fit for the ideas I had whizzing about in my creative brain.

I played around with colour and texture and weaving techniques until I found the right fit and really love how they turned out – I think after spending a huge amount of time creating my Seaside Fabric Collages (Which, for the record, I really, really want to keep!) I was in full on holiday mode in my head and longed for a huge dose of vitamin sea! 😀 Don’t get me wrong, it is so fabulous to be able to explore a whole new area where we now live and it is definitely different to wake up each morning in a new home, but nothing beat the sunshine and sea though does it!? 

So without further ado, here is – Create 30 – No. 20, 21 & 22 – Mini Beach Woven Wall Hangings! 

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Bring the gorgeous soft sands and the brilliant blue sky of the seaside to your home decor.

Imagine walking along silky, golden sands collecting shells and sea glass treasures, the sun adding a touch of glow to your cheeks and hearing the magic of the ocean by your side…

All from your own home, every time you gaze at this mini woven wall hanging! Beach Theme Mini Woven Wall Hanging with Teal Seaweed Tassels by Eliston Button On Etsy - Create 30 - No. 20, 21 & 22 - Mini Beach Woven Wall Hangings at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

A small slice of heaven and a compact piece of eye-catching wall art, this mini woven wall hanging is perfect to small and large spaces alike without being too overwhelming to your existing wall art, at the same time as standing its ground in a small but rich coloured statement piece.

Soft beige yarn is braided in a single threaded Soumak weave in multiple layers in a soft and tactile stretch of warm oatmeal tones, building up a beach scene before your very eyes, giving the top of the piece a gorgeous chunky dimension. A thin cotton rope strand weaves in and out of perfectly themed seaside blue and white twine warp threads, just like fisherman’s rope washed up on the shore or ocean rounded pebbles beneath your feet, before merging with a single woven oatmeal beige coloured sand.

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For the Love of…Spring

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! Spring has finally sprung and you can feel it in the air! I think I love this season almost as much as I love Autumn and I think it is mostly down to colour. As most of you know, I am a huge colour lover. I love the brights and pastels as much as deep and brooding inky shades – I love them all (especially if they are organised in to rainbow order!)

Colour makes me happy; it can brighten a day or make you feel warm and cosy. Colour can make you feel emotions, grab your attention or simply blend beautifully from tone to tone – What’s not to love right!?

Spring is that wonderful time of year when the sunshine starts to become a bit more of a regular occurrence (sometimes here in the U.K. it’s just a tiny bit more than Winter!) and you can feel the warmth on your face at the same time as the cool breeze across your skin. Just like Autumn, It’s not too hot and not too cold. There is no sweating it out on the way to the shops but you don’t have to bundle up under layers of coats and scarves either. It’s perfect. Not only that, but the flowers start to peek through from their winter slumber.

The excitement of catching sight of bulbs peeking through and gently blossoming into happy sunshine yellows and pinks and lilacs.

Colour starts to explode into everything again and you can stand and take a deep breath of fragrant flowery goodness, warm sun on your face and know that you made it. Spring is the start of less gloomy days and dark evenings, it is the start of new beginnings and spring cleans.

Spring breathes life back into the world and lifts your mood with its cheery smile and its little nod towards summer…Perfection!

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So, because of my love of Spring, I wanted to have a little colourful and crafty round up of my favourite springtime finds at the moment, some spring themed Eliston Button Etsy Shop finds and some wonderful springtime goodness from around the web. Much like my ‘For the Love of…Autumn‘ and my ‘For the Love of…Winter‘ blog posts from last year. I really love this little seasonal mini-series and hope to find lots of fun favourites over the course of the years to come too. 

I really love finding inspiration across the web at the same time as supporting fellow craft and creative lifestyle bloggers that I look up to and admire…

Here are six spectacular spring time crafts that I have discovered recently – I can’t wait to try them out! 

  1. I love the gorgeous Floral Wallflowers Spring Home Decor D.I.Y by the amazing ladies at A Beautiful Mess – It would be sure to brighten up my new living room mantelpiece. 
  2. These delicate Paper Hyacinth Flowers are super pretty and so colourful by the fab One Little Project blog – Imagine lots of different colours all together in pretty vases around your home! 
  3. I think these really cute Painted Rock Garden Markers from Adventure in a Box are a genius idea! Fun and creative but also super useful for your garden of greenhouse or even if you have an allotment or homestead. 
  4. One of my favourites in this mini round-up is this really clever and creative Garden Hose Spring Wreath by the lovely Create Craft Love blog – So much fun and made using things that are probably hanging around the garden or the garden shed at home with a dash of floral fancy to finish it off.
  5. How adorable are these Easter Bunny Treat Jars from the super cute Happiness is Homemade blog!? Perfect for storing seasonal treats or even your spring time craft supplies! 
  6. Last but definitely not least, I adore this D.I.Y.Easter Egg Button Art Craft by A Cultivated Nest blog. It’s bright and cheerful and full of buttony goodness – What more could this button obsessed crafty kid want!? 

Did you know that I have a few spring time blog posts in the Eliston Button Archives too? 

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Why It’s Okay To Make Mistakes (and a Life Update)

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! We have officially moved house! Hip, Hip, Hooray!! (If you are reading this then I either have internet set up already or I went on an adventure to find some in our new town!) I have more news on that later in the post, but today I wanted to share a bit of a story time/lesson learnt with you all and to be honest document it for myself to look back on in times of need – I rarely take my own advice but maybe if it was written down…here’s to hoping anyway!

A few weeks ago I launched my ‘Just want to nap’ print as number 15 in my Create 30 blog challenge. I had made the print ahead of time because of the move and also ahead of time, had photographed it, edited the photos, written an Etsy shop listing; created a blog post…yadda yadda yadda…you get the point. I had the post sat in my drafts folder for a while and was pretty darn pleased with myself for finally getting a little bit ahead of myself to be able to pack the house up etc.

Just for some context, the whole of the few weeks surrounding this were mega, uber, t-rex dinosaur proportion stressful.

We almost lost the offer on our house, the chain got really messy, no one could agree on a move date, estate agents and solicitors were all in the mix and it was a Mess – with a capital ‘M’. Anyhoo, I had read and re-read that blog post, I checked for spelling and grammar, you name it, I checked it.

I was so excited to launch this print. I had worked hard on colours and getting the right mix of typography and hand lettering, picking the right angles of the felt flower photographs to fit perfectly into the corners – If you know me at all, you will know that I am a total perfectionist.

I released the print, the blog post and launched the Etsy listing into the wild and sighed with relief that another Create 30 blog challenge make was done and dusted and I was super proud of it…

That is until my personal (and not actually a paid job) quality control manager (my sister) emailed me to tell me how much she loved my print but was the quote meant to read “Some Days I Feel like Super Women, Other Days I Just Want to Nap”? or was it meant to say ‘Super Woman‘?

I felt sick. That pit of your stomach sick. That pit of your stomach, freeze-on-the-spot-mid-carrot-stick-chomp, don’t-take-another-breath-until-you-have-processed-the-words-in-front-of-you sick.

You know the one? I couldn’t move. I felt paralysed by the shock and fear and panic whilst at the same time my head was buzzing with thoughts trying to make sense of it all, un-ravel the messy ball of wool in my brain, do something that involved DOING SOMETHING!! I had already gotten 50 likes on Instagram – 50 people had seen it GODDAMMIT!

Then the magic happened…My inner organisation-freak, get-to-it-systematic-minded, problem-solving-fairy-brain kicked in…

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I got to work. I sniffed a bit and blew my nose, I took a deep breath and my shaky little hands sprang into action. I started with some damage limitation by deleting the social media posts and Pinterest pinned images. I threw the print back into Adobe Photoshop, erased the problem (I wish we could do this in real life sometimes!) and re-drew the hand lettering to make it say ‘Woman’ instead of ‘Women’. Then I realised that I didn’t only have to erase the problem on the actual print but also go back and re-edit the photographs of the print, the framed set up of the print etc etc not only on my blog post but on my Etsy listings too. Yikes!

Within about half an hour all was rectified and the world hadn’t been hit by a failure rock the size of the sun and no one had died because of my silly little mistake.

But for that milli-second (I swear it felt like I had aged a whole decade of my life) it consumed me. I was so scared that because of a simple, correctable error, that everyone would think I was a total sham. A failure. A fraud. I felt like people would judge me on my mistake and deem my art and my work not worthy of buying. That my sales would hit rock bottom, that no one would read my blog anymore, that someone wouldn’t trust me enough to buy from my Etsy shop because I couldn’t do a simple thing like check my wording on a print. This all, of course, was not true. It was made up by the little anxiety gremlins in my head that like to rear their ugly little heads when I am scared or panicking or overwhelmed.

I didn’t let them win. I think that this is the one thing I will take away from this lesson learnt (apart from now triple checking my work) I will never let them win. I will pick myself back up and make it right. I will take a deep breath and do my very best to fix the problem, and most importantly not beat myself up too much about it.

I will not unpack and live in that place. I will allow myself to have a little cry, a few little sniffles and then I will move forward.

I mean, I am not saying that I felt a huge deal better after rectifying the problem – Don’t get me wrong,  I was a mess and felt truly frazzled. I felt burnt out from everything that was going on around me that made me make the mistake in the first place. I hauled by bum back upstairs to bed, got under the duvet and watched Disney’s Peter Pan for the rest of the afternoon. I Instagramed about my day and chatted to my lovely Etsy group on Facebook and I was bowled over by the support. Which is when I realised that it is not just me.

People mess up every day. Sometimes they are small, fixable silly little mess ups, sometimes they are bigger and more damaging but either way they (hopefully!) survive to tell the tale.

Once I had stepped away from it all I could get a bit more perspective and by the following morning I realised that life definitely goes on. What makes me so important to think that anyone even cared, let alone noticed!? I don’t even mean that in a self-deprecating way, just that in the grand scheme of things, in this big wide scary world, the only one who cared about the mistake and judged me was…Me (and possibly the 50 people that still went on to like that photo before I deleted and re-posted it) Phew! Lesson Learnt.

To be honest it was a good little warning sign that I just needed to step away from things for a bit, get into my blanket fort and relax away from the world, even if it was just for an afternoon.

The funny thing is, in hindsight obviously, is that my ‘Just want to nap’ print actually went on to be featured on the fantastic creative lifestyle blog Live It. Love It. Make It. in their latest ‘New in Handmade’ blog post. Funny how things turn out isn’t it! You should check out their blog too – It is super fun and inspiring – they are really lovely ladies too. 

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Create 30 – No. 18 & 19 – Stationery and Craft Supply Enthusiast Prints

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Hello lovely Buttoneers! We are moving house very, very soon and it’s both super exciting and super stressful! Before I pack up my laptop and the final bits and pieces of the Eliston Button Headquarters get smushed into the last few boxes and packing taped up within an inch of their lives (I am a bit of a tape-every-corner-sealed-super-tight-nothing-will-wreck-my-stuff kinda girl) I wanted to share one more Create 30 make with you all and then I can relax, safe in the knowledge that if I don’t have my internet up and running in the new house for a while, that I will still be on track to get them all out before June! Yikes! (Major fingers crossed – about the internet and making all of the things before June) Crikey, time without internet…it doesn’t bare thinking about! 

Whilst I was packing up the studio I realised that I am a massive craft supply and stationery hoarder.

I had collected so much in the time we were in this house. I had saved pretty paper bags for scrapbooking, tidied away duplicate pens, fine liners, glue sticks and stickers just in case mine ever ran out. I had hidden away notebooks and new paintbrushes and stored Christmas crafts away for the winter like a squirrel hiding nuts. I had collected together stashes of beautiful papers from craft magazines and found pockets of the studio filled with more ‘spare’ balls of yarn than I’d like to admit.

Hello…my name is Rachel and I am a massive craft supply and stationery hoarder enthusiast.

Well…Admitting to the problem is the first step…right? 

So whilst trying to bat away comments from my fiancé that I should open my own craft store (I mean, come on…that means I would have to part with it all! Silly boy! What do boys know anyway!?) I had a flash of inspiration – I wasn’t a hoarder…I was an ENTHUSIAST! (That could be a thing…yes?) 

I grabbed my pens and pencils (not the spare ones of course – that would ruin them, silly!) and got to sketching!

I wanted to create fun and colourful ideas for new prints for the new future Eliston Button Headquarters, which of course in turn became a super fun Create 30 make! Hooray! 

So without further ado…Here is Create 30 – No. 18 & 19 – Craft Supply and Stationery Enthusiast Prints…

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Pens, pencils, buttons and beads…Sewing machines, cotton spools, needles and yarn…Glue guns and glue sticks and scissors galore! You’re not a craft supply hoarder – No way! You are simply a Craft Supply Enthusiast! Hooray!

Well, join the club – I’m the president! I understand that you absolutely *need* all ten pairs of those scissors and that, yes indeed you really *must* collect all of the colours and shades of the rainbow in marker pens, cotton reels and yarn – I mean, come on!

What sort of animal leaves the craft store with only three jars of buttons and only six tubes of paint?

A Craft Supply Enthusiast print is a must-have for any craft lover or designer maker for their creative space, craft room or even their living room (which is also probably great storage for some of those stray balls of wool and a few spare buttons!) It is sure to be a funny talking point for anyone who truly knows what you are like when it comes to resisting those craft store bargains!

Perfect for any maker or crafter, knitter or sewer, painter or illustrator, artist or designer or just wonderfully creative people everywhere.

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Create 30 – No. 16 & 17 – Seaside Fabric Collages

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! Happy March! I really do think that the first two months of 2017 have gone ridiculously fast! Don’t you agree? The silver lining is that at least it will be Spring soon and hopefully we will get a little bit more sunshine. I think that’s where my creative imagination led this week.

Holidays in the sunshine, walking along the beach with sand beneath my toes and the sound of waves crashing against the shore…strolling around the harbour of a little seaside town, hearing seagulls and feeling the salty breeze on my cheeks…ahhh…bliss!

Maybe I just need a holiday after all of this house packing ready for the big move!? 

Waaaaaay back in my Create 28 Blog Challenge, I created some of my favourite doses of crafty goodness to date – fabric collages! If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my little sneak peek a few weeks ago when I started to gather together supplies and play around with fabric colours and sew little buttons to them. Both of my fabric collages had sold out by January this year and I was a little sad to see the last one fly its way across oceans to Southern Australia, at the same time as being safe in the knowledge that it was going to a beach-loving home in the sunshine.

What an adventure that little fabric collage went on! 

I also felt a little sad that all that remained in the Eliston Button Etsy Shop of my fabric collages were my Beach Hut Fabric Collage Prints until I had the time to create the final ‘Driftwood’ collage into a print to join it. When I was organising my life blog challenge (sometimes it feels like the same thing!) I planned out all of my potential crafty items that would eventually be made and launched with a sprinkle of glitter and a poof of magic into my online shop.

I had tentatively pencilled in fabric collages and got even more concerned about getting the list completed before June when we finally sold our house and a move was on the horizon! Hooray for moving! 

So I pulled up my little maker socks, grabbed my crafty tools and got to work making and photographing and editing to try to get ahead of myself a bit to cover the move.

I made time for the important things and fabric collages were top of the list! Boy am I glad I did as I think these might be my new favourites! (Don’t tell the other ones though!) 

So without further ado…Here is Create 30 – No. 16 & 17 – Seaside Fabric Collages…

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This fabric ‘Beach Huts by the Sea’ collage is handmade with tiny slithers of different fabric built up in layers of soft textile goodness to form a seaside scene in a unique way. 

Each small treasure of fabric was lovingly hand-picked and cut to size to create a layered collage effect that gives a gorgeous tactile and dimensional piece of original art for your walls. This warm, happy seaside scene is sure to brighten up a rainy, grey day or add a touch of summer to your home, whatever the season.

Maybe you could hang it in your living room for memories of holidays by the beach or maybe in your bedroom to fall asleep dreaming of the ocean?

'Beach Huts by the Sea' Original Seaside Fabric Collage by Eliston Button - Create 30 – No. 16 & 17 – Seaside Fabric Collages at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

The lower part of the collage contains fabric rocks build up in darker fabrics of different textures – can you spot a fossil or two? This leads your eye up to the warm beige and creams that merge together with oatmeal and sandy colours to create a wonderfully textured sandy surface of the beach. These colours merge with white foam on the oceans edge and then into the deep blues, subtle greens and rich turquoisey teal tones of the sea.

Shimmery slices of fabric capture the light on the surface and subtle specks of glittery thread catch your eye as you move in front of the piece. 

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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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