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! 🎀

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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! 🎀

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Tutorial Tuesday – Fabric Scrap Christmas Wreath

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! As it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas and everything is so beautifully festive, I wanted to pop in and share a last minute Christmas craft with you. Then I thought, why not make a good ole’ Tutorial Tuesday and show you how to make your own! – Remember those!? Admittedly, it has been a while since my last Tutorial Tuesday, mainly down to keeping on track with my Create 30 blog challenge makes! I have even made a new banner! Hooray! I am so much happier with it than the last one and think it is a lovely, fresh new start to feeling inspired to make more future tutorials! Fingers Crossed! Also, this way I can pop in on a Tuesday instead of my usual Thursday blog posting schedule – it feels very strange!

I love making these tutorials and even more so, love seeing you having a go and sending me photos of your versions.

Be sure to tag me on Instagram as @racheleliston so I can take a peek!

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!?) If you have followed my little creative corner of the blogosphere for a while you may remember my Fabric Scrap Christmas Garland? Well, this dose of crafty goodness is really similar and lovely to pair together with the garland in your festive home decor, not to mention quick, easy and inexpensive to make – What more could you want!? 

So without further ado…here is my Tutorial Tuesday – Fabric Scrap Christmas Wreath D.I.Y. tutorial…

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Create 30 – No. 11 – Create Word Art Prints

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! When I first started thinking about starting a Create 30 blog challenge, one of the first things that went through my mind (other than the panic of whether or not I could do it or if I was just going to have a break down, sit in my pyjamas and cry) was the excitement of being able to design a new banner! (I can’t be the only one that gets excited about new designy goodness can I!?)

I sat down with my pad and pencils and played around with making the Create 30 banner out of crafty tools and arty bits and pieces to sum up all of the fun handmade-ness of it all!

I then transferred this onto the computer and digitally rendered it into the finished banner, changing bits here and there adding some buttons and shapes digitally to make them a bit more crisp and beautiful looking. 

When I was about two or three items into the blog challenge, when I had taped the banner to the wall in the Eliston Button Headquarters as a daily reminder, It occurred to me that I had spent soooo long creating the banner and it seemed a shame it would only be around for as long as the challenge lasted (until June 2017) which is now in current blogging time, only less than 6 months away and I just know that time will fly past and it will be all done and dusted (hopefully with a complete blog challenge!) 

The idea to make the ‘Create’ part of the Create 30 banner into a print in its own right was born, along with the realisation that it would be wonderful to add it to my Create 30 list of handmade items to share with you lovelies too! Hooray!

I really love this print, it is definitely one of my favourites that I have designed and can’t wait to have it pride of place in my studio, let alone see it in some of your creative spaces! I know that not everyone loves girly pink so I have created an elegant-looking grey coloured version too! 

So without further ado…Here is Create 30 – No. 11 – Create Word Art Print…

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Perfect for any maker or crafter, knitter or sewer, painter or illustrator, artist or designer or just wonderfully creative people everywhere. This original ‘Create’ word art illustrated print would be a great and inspiring addition to someone’s craft room, art or craft studio or even in a creative corner of their home or office.

It is sure to get those creative juices flowing into pure creative goodness!

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Made up of hand illustrated tools and crafty bits and bobs, this one single word is a fun reminder to any maker to pursue what they love, to take time out of the daily hustle and bustle to grab a few minutes to make and create and enjoy their amazing profession or hobby.

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 Grab hold of that crafty super power and use this print as a daily affirmation to always create a moment to create, to always make time to make, to hold this small word in your heart everyday…

…even if you only have time to create a cup of tea…or a really big mess!


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Christmas Gift Guide, Last Postage Dates and a Present for You!

Hello there lovely Buttoneers! It’s almost Christmaaaaaaas!! Okay…Okay….it is a while off yet but it is about time we all got our Christmas shopping heads on and got on with buying and wrapping and preparing for the holiday season. I was am definitely one of those (big) kids that ran runs around on Christmas morning like I have had too much coffee, waiting for everyone to get up because it is hands down, one of the best times of year. Anyone else still like this? Or are you a bit of a Scrooge until it is at least time for lunch? Or like my sister – until she is at least in her favourite Christmas jumper…and pyjama bottoms…and festive socks?…(Sorry Saree!)

These are so many of you lovelies here in my little creative corner of the blogosphere and over on my Instagram or Facebook page, that it makes my heart so full.

So many of you have become Buttoneers and followed the progress of my little creative biz, right from the start and some of you, especially my growing Instagram tribe, are really new and you are all fabulous!

This year, as Eliston Button grows and expands into new product lines and creative ideas, I wanted to create a little Christmas Gift Guide to show off all of the handmade goodness in the Eliston Button Etsy Shop as ideas for Holiday gifts and stocking fillers or even just to treat yourself.

For some of you, you may have seen some of it from the start and this will be a little refresher or reminder (Psst…there is a discount code coming up as a reward!) but for my new followers and friends, I would love to give you a big hug (or just give you a little nod in the right direction, if personal space is high up on your list) pass around the tea and biscuits and show you around the place.

I am so looking forward to sharing some of my favourites and can’t wait to hear all about yours too!

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For Marvellous Makers…

Knit and Drink Tea Quote Print and Handmade Buttons by Eliston Button - Christmas Gift Guide, Last Postage Dates and a Present for You! at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

‘Knit and Drink Tea’ Quote Print / Handmade Black Clay Flower Buttons / White Clay Leaf Buttons / Chunky Round Blue Clay Buttons

Crochet the Day Away and Crochet and Drink Tea Quote Prints by Eliston Button - Christmas Gift Guide, Last Postage Dates and a Present for You! at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

‘Crochet the Day Away’ Quote Print / ‘Crochet and Drink Tea’ Quote Print.

For Wonderful Walls…

Driftwood Original Fabric Collage and Beach Huts Fabric Collage Print by Eliston Button - Christmas Gift Guide, Last Postage Dates and a Present for You! at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

Original ‘Driftwood’ Fabric Collage / ‘Beach Huts’ Fabric Collage Print

Sea and Sky Painted Canvases and Hot Air Balloon Embroidery Hoop by Eliston Button - Christmas Gift Guide, Last Postage Dates and a Present for You! at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

‘Summer Skies’ Painted Square Canvas / ‘Calm Waters’ Painted Square Canvas / Hot Air Balloon Embroidery Hoop. View Post

Create 30 – No. 10 – Festive Woven Wall Hanging

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! Following my last Create 30 blog challenge launch of my Christmas Sprout Pom Pom Garlands and individual hanging decorations (that I am still totally obsessed with!) I wanted to continue the festive Christmas theme to carry on the seasonal goodness! If you are a newbie Buttoneer, be sure to catch up with my Create 30 blog challenge here and explore the handmade loveliness so far here.

I sat down with a cup of tea and started sketching out ideas and plans for something festive to make for myself.

I started thinking about what I loved to bring out at Christmas time and those certain decorations I pull out every year that mean so much and have so many fond memories attached to them…

They almost become as much a part of Christmas traditions and memories than the turkey dinner [or insert your fave festive grub here] or singing along to ‘Christmas in New York’ by The Pogues after a little bit too much mulled wine! What is the song that makes you feel like Christmas is here? 

I wanted to create something that could be passed down to my future children and their future children, just like some of my favourite traditions have.

This in turn took me down a creative thought process of crafting traditions that have been passed down through generations like knitting or crochet….or weaving…Voila! There is was! I wanted to create myself a festive woven wall hanging! I loved the idea so much once I started sitting down with my wooden lap loom and a bundle of festive yarns (and a giant mug of tea of course!) more than I should have with work to do and another Create 30 looming ahead of me. So why not weave away to my heart’s content and launch it as my next project – win win! 

So, without further ado…here is Create 30 – No.10 – A Festive Woven Wall Hanging…

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This festive woven wall hanging is sure to add a huge splash of Christmas cheer to your home for the season with its little nod to Father Christmas! 

Red acrylic yarn has been lovingly hand woven on a wooden lap loom from the top of the piece that meets with a braided Soumak weave technique. This adds a really gorgeous texture and dimension with all three of the braided woven sections of the wall hanging finishing in a long yarn tassel. These tassels flow down the right hand side of the piece and reach the waterfall of tassels at the bottom, bringing all of the Christmas goodness together.  View Post

Photo-a-Day – October 2016

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! It’s full on November now and I am still in total denial about how close to Christmas we are! I am normally ahead of my game with Christmas organisation but this year has been a bit hectic so I feel a little off kilter. I have no idea what I am going to buy anyone – Is anyone super organised this year? Please just lie to me if you are! Haha! 

A few months ago I decided to take a break from the Photo-a-Day challenge after my ‘Photo-a-Day – July 1016 – Eliston Button A-Z of Craft‘ month – which I love, love, loved but it really took it out of me time wise not to mention creatively. I talk more about it all in my ‘Around Here…August 2016‘ blog post. 

It is so hard to keep up with laying out creative photograph square flatlays rather than just photographing the everyday around me.

You can read more about the Photo-a-Day Challenge here. Similarly you can catch up with my previous Photo-a-Day challenge months here

So what drew me back into the challenge I hear you say? Colour. If it is not your first time here in this little creative corner of the blogosphere, then you may have noticed that I am a bit in love with colour. I still follow along with the Photo-a-Day challenge as my fiancé takes part with his super fun big-kid approach to the prompts (If you love Lego and Funko Pop Vinyl figures you must check him out on his Instagram) so I am always semi-aware of the daily prompts and the new list when it is released. Normally, I decide it is too much to take on along with my Create 30 blog challenge and try to check in on Instagram over the week with some behind-the-scenes studio snaps or snippets of that days adventure – these become my ‘Around Here’ posts where I share a round-up of the month from my Instagram account. That is basically my process. I went off on a bit of a waffle tangent didn’t I!

In a nutshell, I generally put the feelers out, have a browse of the month ahead and make a decision based on how stressed out or overwhelmed I would be if I took on extra work/challenges etc.

As I spied October’s list, I was immediately taken by the long list of colours that covered the whole first half of the month and I was on board! Hooray! I seriously enjoyed myself, I found it equally creative and fun as I did a bit overwhelming once I had got started and I think that’s normally a good sign for me and the projects I take on.

I loved finding bits and pieces around the Eliston Button Headquarters or my home that were of the colour for that day and playing around with then to find an aesthetically pleasing flatlay image for that day.

I found it rejuvenated my creative juices, made me think outside of that well-known metaphorical box and really just have fun with my creativity and imagination, without the pressure of it having to be over thought out and heavily planned and organised for the Eliston Button Etsy Shop!

I have to admit, by the end of the colour prompts about half way through the month when the normal prompts resumed, I was pretty glad to ‘have a break’ from laying out colour palettes and quite grateful to be able to snap things around me or interesting bits and bobs throughout my day.

SIDE NOTE: I tried to add something handmade into each of the ‘colour theme’ photos – Can you spot them!? I will add a link to each one where possible so you can check them out properly!  

So…without further ado, here is my Photo-a-Day – October 2016…

Day 1 – Yellow – All things sunshine happy yellow 💛😍 Sunshine print. Sunflower brooch. French knitted Hair Clip.

Day 2 – Blue – Beautiful blue hues 💙 Knit and Drink Tea print.

Day 3 – Purple – Shades of Perfect purples 😍💜  Purple embroidered felt flower brooch.

Day 4 – White – A wonderland of white! 🕊 🐚💭 White and Merlot flower brooch. Monochrome flower brooch.

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Create 30 – No. 8 & 9 – Christmas Sprout Garland and Decorations

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! How is it November already? So now that Halloween is thankfully over and done with (shock…horror…I’m just not a fan…Soz!) 

I guess you know what that means now though!? It’s almost Christmas!!!

I am, as my sister calls me frequently from about the end of October, the ultimate Christmas child! I bloody love Christmas and I cannot wait to share my next Create 30 make with you! 

If you are a newbie Buttoneer, grab a cup of tea and explore my Create 30 blog challenge!

Over the last few blog challenges, 27 Before 27 and Create 28, I had only ever made one festive decoration – my Red and White Quilted Ball Decoration – although I launched it earlier in the year alongside my pretty Pink and Grey Quilted Ball Decoration so wasn’t officially a seasonal item in the Eliston Button Etsy Shop. When I create this Create 30 blog challenge, I allowed myself a full year to create the 30 doses of handmade goodness instead of the regular just less than 6 month format.

Immediately, in my head, the jingle bells shook, the tinsel ruffled and the smell of turkey and gravy…ummm…gravy…*ahem*…sorry I got lost for a minute then…filled my imagination and I got to work thinking up festive ideas and adventures! Hurrah!

I was in my element making these next two instalments of Create 30 and I just know that if you love Christmas even just a fraction of the amount I do, then you will love these adorable little fluffles…I’ve already said too much! 

So without further ado, here is Create 30 – No. 8 & 9 – Christmas Sprout Garland and Decorations…Eeeek!! 

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How can you not love these adorable little faces? First up you can add a super fun splash of festive cheer to your home with this adorable Christmas sprout pom pom garland!

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Each little sprout pom pom is handmade individually with light and dark green acrylic yarn before the little googly wiggly eyes are added. Every other sprout in the line-up is adorned with a little hand cut red party hat – some have red hats with Christmas sparkle glitter, some have cute little plain red ones! Such fun! View Post

For the love of…Autumn

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! How are you? I am sooooo full of cold its ridiculous so am spending a lot of time back in bed under the duvet or on the sofa under layers of fluffy blankets! Thank god the weather is now in full-on Autumn mode and I can dive into a pillow fort under a pile of fluff and knitted goodness…For the love of…Autumn! I had grand plans to document my Autumn here on the blog but as I learnt in high school English Literature – “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry” – Thanks Steinbeck, I will forever have this quote ingrained into my brain as many of my grand plans end up this way. Jeez…

Instead of going out in the cold and “catching a death” as my Nan used to say, I thought it would be a great opportunity to share some oldie but goodies from me and some Autumn magic that I have discovered across the web…

Excuse the snotty tissues and the smell of Olbas Oil (I actually love this smell though! Just me?)

Over the (almost!?) 3 years I have been tippy-tapping on this here bloggity-blog, I have shared my love of all things Autumnal – you can find them all here or similarly ‘Find a Button’ over on the right hand side bar and select ‘Autumn’.  A few of them really stand out to me…

One of my all-time favourites has to be from the following year in my ‘Workspace Wednesday – Hello Autumn’ – If you only click through one of these links, let it be this one. I love the photographs, I love the poetic feel and most of all, I love those colours! 

“…Hello Autumn. Hello falling leaves on the pavement and conkers in the grass. Hello jumping in leaf piles and sipping hot soup. Hello dew on the grass and wind that brings gold. Hello Autumn…”

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Create 30 – No. 5, 6, & 7 – Embroidered Felt Lapel Pins

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! I am popping in today to share the next instalment of my Create 30 blog challenge. I am so excited to share these with you as a lot of work and trial and error has gone into designing and making these little beauties and I am super chuffed and proud of how they turned out. Create 30 – No. 5, 6, & 7 – Embroidered Felt Lapel Pins!

Way back when I was designing and making my embroidered felt flower brooches for my ’27 before 27′ blog challenge, I had the idea to make smaller versions based around a button or pretty centrepiece.

This idea has swam around in my creative imagination for a few years now and has picked up other snippets of inspiration and little doses of creative goodness along the way…

I began the process of these little lapel pins with a button and followed the creative journey to the finished product that I am sharing with you today. 

Over the last month or so these designs have grown and developed and my fingers have become sore from the stitching and unpicking and re-stitching through the crafty adventure. I have thrown out more ideas and trials than I would like to recall, sworn way more than that at my mistakes and binge watched The Vampire Diaries when things haven’t worked out (Damn those Salvatore brothers! 😉 Ack!) All in all, I think these, so far are one of my favourites in my Create 30 blog challenge (I know…I know…I am only at 7!? Yikes!) Partly due to the roller coaster of love/hate makers emotions but mainly because they give a little nod to one of my most favourite design eras – Art Deco. 

I am in love with the roaring 1920′ and 1930’s sleek lines and geometric patterns, the gorgeous and glamorous golds, inky blues and rich pinks, the grace and the elegance; not forgetting the overall string-of-pearls-around-your-neck beauty of it all…

I will forever be inspired by these things and wanted to channel this into the handmade goodness. I am so excited to share with you…Create 30 – No. 5, 6, & 7 – Embroidered Felt Lapel Pins…

Embroidered Felt Lapel Pins by Eliston Button - Create 30 - No. 5, 6, & 7 - Embroidered Felt Lapel Pins at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure. First up is my navy blue and gold pack of pins. The deep rich navy blue compliments to elegant gold embroidery thread in these Art Deco inspired embroidered felt lapel pins.  Hand embroidered with sharp, geometric or curved lines giving a little nod towards the beautiful and glamorous designs of the 1920’s and 1930’s. 

Navy Blue and Gold Embroidered Felt Lapel Pins - Set of 2 on Backing Card - Create 30 - No. 5, 6, & 7 - Embroidered Felt Lapel Pins at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

Quality navy blue felt is the base of a sparkly gold threaded pattern that blooms around the detailed button centre piece. A woven effect textured and tactile outer navy blue ring is adorned with a thin ridged metal gold coloured circle before showing off its multifaceted blue centre that allows the light to dance off its surface and is sure to catch your eye. 

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This pack of two lapel pins includes one flower shaped curved edge pin which measures at approx. 7.5cm at its widest, in diameter. The second geometric petal design measures at approx. 7cm at its widest, in diameter.
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Around Here…September 2016

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! How is this new season treating you? I seriously love Autumn so I am happier to be living in cooler days with the warm sun on my face without all of the sweaty, humid icky feeling that this over-muggy summer brought for us in the UK. If you caught my ‘Button Colour Adventure – Part 4 – Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn’ last month, you will know how passionate I am about all things Autumn and the colour transition everything goes through. I bloody love it! Although, that said, I am baffled to how we are in October already!

Can we just stop the world for just a day or two just so I can catch up a bit? Better still, stop the world, I want to get off! Sometimes I swear I am stuck on one of those queasy tilt-o-whirl rides!

I really enjoyed my September to be honest. I don’t think I have been able to say that for a while, don’t get me wrong, we are still up to our eyeballs with house moving attempts and crappy estate agents. I still wake up some days feeling a bit upside down, but I felt a bit more on top of things in September – which is damn well worth a mention in my book! I felt a bit more on top of work and blogging and my Create 30 blog challenge. I felt a bit more on top of keeping semi-regular post updates on Instagram (which is a little success in itself when I am not doing the Photo-a-Day challenge) and We were super lucky to be able to go on a little holiday across the Dorset and Devon areas here in the UK, which was soooo needed and soooo fabulous – I did not want to go home! 

I still love this ‘Around Here…’ blog post series at the start of each month as it allows me to reflect on the month gone by (and generally exclaim about how quickly the year is going etc, etc – It’s become a thing now right!?) but not only that, it allows me to really cherish all of the good bits that sometimes the cloudier bits swallow up and hide away. It allows me to see the beauty of the everyday and relive the happy memory parts and push away the stresses or the worries or the anxiety.

It’s good for my soul to hold on to the good bits. It is necessary.

I am so happy that I can share them all in a little round up post with you lovelies – so thanks for humouring me! 

There is a lot I am glad I documented this last month. I will always remember that my best friend Charlie sent me sunshine happy sunflowers to brighten my days. I will always remember how happy I was that I found a cute beach hut tissue box that matched my Beach Hut Fabric Collage Print – it’s the little things sometimes isn’t it? I will always remember how I held on to a piece of beautifully watercolour illustrated plant scrapbook paper from Mollie Makes magazine to use for a future succulent photo opportunity, and how the very same week my parents bought me the cutest little crochet succulent from their trip to Holland.

I will always remember planting our garden with the happiest coloured frilly pansies and how they add sunshine to the greyest of days.

I will always, always, always remember my holiday this year. I will hold some of the places we visited in my heart forever. I left a part of my heart there to re-visit in years to come. I will cherish those memories forever and will always close my eyes and see the sea and cliffs at West Bay and the little row of beach huts at Charmouth (Did you know that they filmed Broadchurch there!? We had no idea until my sister texted me while we were there! We obviously then went on to binge-watch the entire two seasons in about three days when we got home – it had to be done!) 

So without further ado and more sentimental-old-soul rambling from me, here is my Around Here…September 2016…

Around Here…When your best friend sends you sunshine happy sunflowers to brighten up your days, you know you found a true gem! 🌻 Thank you so much Charlie Bear – I love you heapsicles and heapsicles (even though you were very naughty!) 💛😘

Around Here…I spotted this adorable little beach hut tissue box and I just knew it was going to be right at home in the Eliston Button Headquarters next to my Beach Hut Fabric Collage Print! 🏖🌴 Now all we need is for the sunshine to come back and we might just be able to imagine ourselves on the beach! ☀️ 

Around Here…My August was full of pretty florals and gorgeous dreamy skylines! On the blog today I am sharing my Around Here…August 2016 round up and I think it might be one of my faves! ☀️

Around Here…Shades of beautiful blues, teals and turquoises filled my August makes and I love them! 💙 They look so beautiful altogether too and you can find them all in my Around Here…August 2016 blog post – Grab a cup of tea and go on a colour adventure! 💙

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