Daisy in the Sunshine

Hello there lovely Buttoneers! Where is the summer? Have you stolen it? I don’t know about you but I think the sunshine has emigrated to a hotter climate and left us to spend the rest of our days in gloomy, grey cloudy skies. What is the weather like where you are in the world? Ready to see a Daisy in the Sunshine?

I am just popping in with a quick post to share some fabulous photographs that a very happy customer of mine shared with me. I am so super excited that one of my little doses of handmade goodness is living a very happy life.

I love seeing my handmade pieces in loving homes or enjoying the sunshine in the big wide world – what more could I want for my little lovelies!?

Do you remember back to my ’27 Before 27′ blog challenge? Do you remember my pretty little ‘Daisy Daisy’ embroidered felt flower brooch?

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Well, my last daisy brooch in stock got snapped up from the Eliston Button Etsy Shop recently (I now only have one of each brooch in the shop – Just in case you had your eye on one!) and I was, as always, a little sad to see her leave as she looked so pretty all packaged up in pink and ribbons.

I knew she needed to go out on her own and explore the world – They grow up so fast don’t they!?

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Do you remember when I shared the story ‘Custom Orders and Creative Imagination’ back in February where my lovely customer had used my French knitted flower hair grips as really gorgeous curtain tie-backs? Well, this time around my lovely customer sent me photographs of my Daisy Daisy embroidered felt brooch whilst she was on holiday and I just loved how she had used the brooch…

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Isn’t it great!? I would have never thought to pin a brooch onto a straw hat to decorate it! How gorgeous does the softness of the felt look against the harder weave of the straw hat!? I was so excited when she sent me these amazing photographs that I let out a little squeal of delight… View Post

Confession Time…and a New Challenge?

Hello there lovely Buttoneers! Grab a cup of coffee – It’s a biggie today! I have a confession to make….You know in my Birthday Adventures blog post last week when I was talking about my previous blog challenges ‘27 Before 27‘ and ‘Create 28‘? You know how I said that Create 28 had almost killed me off and that I wasn’t going to do another blog challenge again? Well…I have been mulling it all over again. Confession Time…and a New Challenge?

Yikes! There, I said it. It’s out there. Swoosh…out into the world…maybe I will sleep better now?

When I wrote to you guys last week I was very careful with how I talked about my previous blog challenges, mainly because I was waist deep in the middle of a complex argument in my head about whether I should or shouldn’t create a blog challenge to embark on this year. SPOILER ALERT: I still have no idea. 

I have been back and forth with ideas and pros and cons and it is driving me insane!

The main reason behind my crazy brain at the moment is that I need more structure to my days. Working for myself and by myself means that it can be a total procrastination station over here. I need a better working day ratio – more work, less procrastination for sure. Less consuming, more creating. Less worrying about getting things perfect, More work on getting things done, finished, out the door and move on to the next thing. Don’t look back. 

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Except, as I know I can’t be the only one, it’s not that simple.

When I first explored the idea of creating this little biz of mine, I spent a lot of time reading. I read creative business books, how-to’s, blogs and magazines. I searched Pinterest (when it was in its infant years), watched YouTube speakers and creators, soaked up T.E.D Talks etc etc etc.

I thought that I couldn’t start until I was ‘ready’.

I thought I needed all of the information about everyone and everything before I could sign up for my own blog, before I typed my first blog post, before I hit publish, before I opened an Etsy shop. I thought I needed to wait until those things were in my reach. I was soooooo wrong. I was just scared. The fear made me believe that there really was a ‘ready’ at the end of it all and there wasn’t. I just had to leap off the cliff into the unknown abyss and find my own way back to the top. 

Don’t get me wrong, I was right to be prepared. I was right to gain some knowledge and find my footing first, but there is nothing like being ‘in the field’, nothing like diving head first out of your comfort zone and finding your own way.

Would another challenge help me find my own way again?

All of the reading and watching in the world wouldn’t have prepared me for starting a creative business, let alone all that I have learnt over the last three and a half years. I feel like it is exactly the same for all of my ideas that I have spinning around in my head. I find myself procrastinating and tweaking on a daily basis, rubbing bits out here and re-drawing things there. I find myself reading about bloggers that I look up to, watching them succeed and progress. I find myself watching just one more D.I.Y video tutorial, reading one more creative business advice post on Pinterest, Scrolling once more through inspiring images on Instagram, but not actually getting anything of my own down on paper. 

Just a whirlwind of new ideas, a tangle of overwhelming information and more often than not a huge does of the comparisons.

I find myself waiting for my ideas and my designs and my creations to be ‘ready’ to fly on their own into the handmade world when really I should let them run wild with abundance, sing and dance with the other ideas.

I need to give my own ideas a chance rather than cage it all in and wait for creativity to find me and unlock it all. I need to give myself the freedom to play around with ideas and make things happen for myself instead of just absorbing everyone else’s progress and then ending up feeling pretty yuk about my own. 

My blogging and creative business hero, Elise Blaha Cripe says it perfectly in her wonderfully written blog post ‘Time Spent Consuming VS. Creating’. Elise says:

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I want to just stop here for a moment and breath it all in. I feel like Elise took the words out of my head when she wrote this.  View Post

Photo-a-Day – June 2016

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! How is it July already!? Where the hell did June go!? In fact, where did the last 6 months go? Jeez. Stop the world, I want to get off! It’s going too fast! Yikes! How are we at Photo-a-Day – June 2016 already!? To be honest I really thought I would be taking it a month at a time and re-assessing whether I wanted to carry on at the end of each month but I have got so carried away with it that I am seamlessly just merging in to each new month.

I guess the beauty of rounding up all of the month photos here, allows me to see the whole picture a lot clearer. I really do enjoy looking at them all together and seeing how far I have come from since I played along a few years ago in Photo-a-Day – March 2014 – Seems like a lifetime ago (Why did we all use those heavy filters and borders!?) I completed a whole year back then and then had a year’s break before starting again in Photo-a-Day – January 2016. Will I complete this year? We’ll see! You can see every single month of my photographs so far, here or read all about Fat Mum Slim’s Photo-a-Day challenge, here. 

It is a lot of fun seeing the different months and seasons of life, where I am or what I am up to…

Not forgetting the actual seasons and seeing the transitions between Spring flowers and Summer skies, to golden Autumn goodness to crisp Winter photos that nip at your toes!

I had a good Photo-a-Day challenge month in June. I feel like I put a lot more thought into the prompts and found I was a lot happier with the results…

Which is kind of a good mantra for everything really isn’t it? The more you put in the more you get back in return.

I love all of them a lot this month but I particularly love the fun and brightly coloured bunting and buttons that surround my Beach Hut Fabric Collage Print in Day 2. I loved documenting my day out in Cheltenham with Day 4’s ‘Reflection’ in Pittville Park. I really love Day 5’s little reminder to slow down and take a nap and capturing the start of my Birthday Adventures in Day 11. Day 12 and 13 showed my love for Lego whilst Days 15 and 16 gave a few more sneaky peeks of the Eliston Button Headquarters. Days 14 and 19 filled my days with rainbow colours whilst a more muted Day 21 made my heart swoon in pale shades of calm. My obsession with toys from my childhood came through in Day 28 and the sun shone down with my ‘Spread a Little Sunshine’ Print covered in sunshine happy, yellow buttons before getting all nautical on the last day.

What an adventure. Not only in photography or layouts but in colour and creative thinking – My faves!

As ever, I hope this blog post brightens your day with an explosion of colour, cute and the usual emoji party that explodes into each round up blog post! 

So, without further ado…Here is my Photo-a-Day – June 2016…

Day 1 – Key – The keys that unlock musical magic ✨🎹🎼🗝🎶

Day 2 – Treat – I treat myself to a trip to the sunny seaside every day when I look at my Beach Huts fabric collage print! I really love how the texture really translated into the flat print and makes me want to scrunch my toes in the soft cotton sand. Well a girl can dream can’t she!? ☀️🏖 This print is available in the Eliston Button Etsy Shop

Day 3 – Purple – Purple glitter is like sparkly magic! ✨💜✨💜✨

Day 4 – Reflection – Reflection Perfection! An almost perfect replica of the gorgeous little bridge in Pittville Park, Cheltenham reflected into the smooth water! It was so muggy today that I had to resist to jump in! I even snapped the reflection of the soaring seagull! 💙💚🌿

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Birthday Adventures

Hello there lovely Buttoneers! Last Saturday was a very special one indeed. It was my birthday! Hooray! [Insert party poppers, blowy thingys (What the hell are they called!?) and confetti falling from the ceiling into your lap and getting soggy in your coffee cup] Naturally I spent a little bit of time documenting my Birthday Adventures to share with my lovely friends (That’s you…Yes you…group hug?) 

This is the first year since I started blogging that I haven’t done a creative blog challenge. Mainly because the last one nearly killed me off. I dove straight into ’27 Before 27′ in my first month of blogging – Madness! Then dove into ‘Create 28’ the following year – this was quite possibly the hardest challenge ever!!

I did kind of miss the end result on my birthday though, the lack of the end of the challenge blog post, celebrating a lot of hard work, a final photograph of all of the pretty doses of handmade goodness that I had pushed myself far out of my comfort zone to create.

It was so strange not having that this year. I think Create 28 put me off for a while! 

So…I turned Twenty Nine…eeekkkk!!! TWENTY NINE!!?? Where the hell did my twenties go!? Jeez!

Although as an old soul I am sat typing this wearing my cosy slippers and sipping a big mug of tea with my knitting sat next to me…

My ‘Knit and Drink Tea’ print seriously sums me up in a sentence! Hello last year of my twenties! Haha! It seems like its all a much ado about nothing….groan… (If you follow me on Instagram you will get the joke, for the rest of you…well, you’ll get it in a minute!)

Anyhoo, without further ado, grab a mug of tea and join me on my…

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I had such a wonderful day. From the minute I woke up to a fabulously bannered and garland strung house, to my fiancé serving me fresh croissants and coffee for breakfast (complete with a little Batman Lego Minifigure holding a bunch of Lego flowers (You will get it if you follow him on Instagram – You should by the way – His feed is sooooo much fun!) to opening my cards before getting ready for a super exciting day out…

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Those of you that know my in real life may know that I love Shakespeare. I was one of those weird kids at school that grinned with glee when the teacher announced a module of ‘The Bard’ whilst the rest of the class groaned. Was anyone else like that!? No…Just me? I have been lucky enough to visit the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) before as Stratford-upon-Avon is only about 20 minutes from our house but had never seen Cymbeline. For my birthday we managed to snag some ‘cheap seats’ (as we are still saving for a house move) but it was phenomenal! If anyone gets the opportunity to go to one of their productions, I highly recommend it (And I’m not being sponsored to say that! Haha!)

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Before we went to the theatre we grabbed a bite to eat in the gorgeous town of Stratford-upon-Avon and had a stroll through the park towards the RSC. I love this willow sculpture by Artist Emma Stothard. It is Titania, queen of the fairies from the Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (A play that is high on my list of plays to go and see) It was created to celebrate the ‘Stratfords of the World’ reunion, where six towns from across the world called Stratford come together. Titania is part of a larger scene in a bed of white flowers and silver birch trees that “reflect the setting of an enchanted wood and the moonlight imagery from within the play”

How magical is that!? I think I need one in my garden!

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The RSC is such a beautiful and grand building too. The tower certainly creates a landmark that catches your eye and I love the outside seating areas near the bar. It was just a shame it was raining but at least there was a roof! 

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Photo-a-Day – May 2016

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! I am back from my short Spring Break with my Photo-a-Day – May 2016 round-up! Hooray! It didn’t completely go to plan and I didn’t completely unplug unfortunately (darn social media obsessions!) I think it would have been a lot easier to unplug if I hadn’t of been taking part in the Photo-a-Day challenge on Instagram and then I could have cut all ties for a while and really got my head down. Definitely something to work on in the future. 

I really am enjoying the challenge though and even more so, I am enjoying the photographs I am creating and the wonderful interactions that are happening over on Instagram. If you have no idea what I am talking about then you can learn all about the Photo-a-Day Challenge here.

I love the creative community over there, it’s all warm and fuzzy like a big creative hug 🙂

I definitely think Instagram is my favourite of the social media platforms. It is beautifully visual and feels a lot smaller than Facebook and Twitter. It kind of feels like people can actually reach you and you can reach out to them over there a lot more than the huge sea of ever changing and forever scrolling larger platforms. Sometimes I feel like Twitter is a bit ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ sometimes – It scares me!

Anyhoo, that was a bit of a weird tangent that I didn’t expect to travel down! Haha! On my mini hiatus I did however; manage to get my head into gear to really figure out what I want for my little creative biz and where I want Eliston Button to head in the future.

There are a lot of ideas in my head and I am taking time to plough through and sift out the goodies!

More on that in a future blog post I think.

So, this month for the Photo-a-Day challenge was an odd one for me. I think the lack of blogging and (less) dipping in and out of other online bits and bobs made me feel a little bit more creative and I found I thought a bit more about each shot. I think maybe I stopped resisting and getting hung up by the tougher prompts for a while and let it flow a bit more without as much over-thinking. Over thinking is the worst for my creativity!

I still love the process of being able to document my day to day but also mix in some fun, colour and creativity.

I think that’s what made it all a bit fresher for me this time around. You can see all of my Photo-a-Day Challenge round-ups here.

This month I loved playing around with buttons again. Day 1 allowed me to share my own Handmade Clay Buttons, I colour matched that gorgeous Peter Pan book in Day 3, Made a whole button out of buttons in Day 5 and shared my favourite colour in my favourite crafty item in Day 19, not forgetting all of the gorgeous hand-picked buttons that centre each of my embroidered felt flower brooches in Day 21 – I love, love, loved seeing them all together! Wowee!

I love all of the photos this month.

I love the sea of bright, happy colours, beautiful bold splashes against crisp white backgrounds and full on eye-catching palettes.

Expect, as ever, a lot of emoji’s, a lot of explosions of colour and a huge heap of craft goodness (and the odd happy troll army that makes me smile every time!)

Without further ado…Here is my Photo-a-Day – May 2016…

Day 01 – Blue – Chunky blue handmade clay buttons, perfect for little (or big) fingers and add beautiful rounded buttony goodness to any sewing project 💙 One set left in the Eliston Button Etsy Shop! Hooray! 💙🎨

Day 2 – Routine – All routine goes out of the window on Bank Holidays! We spent the morning walking around beautiful Eckington where they had their annual village garage sale. My feet hurt a lot but it was great fun and so interesting seeing all of the different houses and all of the pretty flowers! 😍🏡

Day 3 – N is for… – Neverland. “Second star to the right and straight on ’till morning” – Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie 💙 “Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Wendy Darling, even Captain Hook – You are my perfect story book, Neverland I love you so…” -Ruth B 💙

Day 4 – Ball – I always have a ball of wool on hand for crafting! 🎨💜 This one is one of my faves! 💜

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Photo-a-Day – April 2016

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! It’s that time again for my Photo-a-Day – April 2016 round-up! As I promised in my ‘Spring Break Unplugged‘ post last week, I have a colourful treat full of happy, photo goodness to share! Hooray! 

I almost didn’t do the Photo-a-Day challenge in April, I just felt I had struggled through Photo-a-Day – March 2016 and didn’t really want to force the creativity. I got a bit panicked at the thought of having a gap in my blogging schedule, especially when it’s a bit messy anyway (you can read more about it all here) so, you guys, as ever, held me accountable for what I have set out to accomplish and here we are, another full month completed. I think, like a lot of things, that it seemed so daunting when I read through the list of photo prompts from Fat Mum Slim, and it wasn’t until I broke them down into day-to-day prompts that I felt a bit more in control and a lot less overwhelmed. I just focused on getting through each day and didn’t worry about the next one until it arrived. Why can’t I do this in life too!!?? Arrgghh!! Don’t you hate it when your own ‘self-advice’ is always right? Yeesh! She is so smug about it too! 

As it turns out (and I am pretty sure I say this every month too) I really love all of the photographs I took last month and some of them have even inspired some new product ideas! Can you guess which ones? (200 glittery button points to Gryffindor if you take a guess in the comments!) 

I felt super happy at Day 1 with my ‘Spread a Little Sunshine on Your Toast this Morning‘ print all styled out with sunshine-happy yellow buttons! I added it as a shop update in the Eliston Button Etsy Shop, I loved it so much! Yeay for cross promoting without even trying! Haha! Day 2 has a pocket in my heart as it documented a well needed catch up and lovely day out with my best friend and my fiancé – I might have to frame this one! I was also super excited to throw out a sneaky peek at the almost-ready-to-share Eliston Button Headquarters in Day 7! Can you spot it!? It was my most liked photograph on Instagram to date and I was so proud!

I am in love with Day 12’s bright punch of pink and adore Day 18’s rainbow-filled felty goodness that reminded me of how much I love working with felt. (P.S. There is A LOT of felty goodness up for grabs at 15% off in the Eliston Button Etsy Shop for a limited time! Eeeek! I will re-share the code at the end) Day 20 fooled a lot of people into thinking I had gone out of my mind for a photo opportunity, whereas Earth Day took an arty route full of buttony goodness – I am so obsessed with this one! I then rounded off the month with a few of my favourite things, additions to collections and some itty-bitty squares of things that I hold tight in my heart. As always, my Photo-a-Day round up is a colourful emoji party! Hooray! 😀

Without further ado, here is my Photo-a-Day – April 2016…

Day 1 – Yellow – Sunshine happy yellow! 💛 I love my 1950’s American Diner inspired print. “Spread a Little Sunshine on your Toast this Morning” There is 1 available in the Eliston Button Etsy Shop! Hooray! Sunshine every day! ☀️💛

Day 2 – Looking Down – Pretty Flowers and Favourite Feet whilst catching up with my best friend in Bicester 🌺😍

Day 3 – Starts with A – Ampersand! This one is definitely up there with my favourite ampersands. Did I mention I have an ampersand obsession!? I love the crisp white against the cheeky neon pink painted edges for a bright pop of colour in the Eliston Button Headquarters 💖&

Day 4 – Cool – Cool blue hues contrast and compliment to make up my ‘Frozen’ embroidered felt flower brooch 💙❄️ (Last one available in the Eliston Button Etsy Shop! 😉)

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Spring Break Unplugged (Plus a Special Treat!)

Hello there lovely Buttoneers! I realise that I have been a little sporadic with my blogging since the Eliston Button Website Redesign mainly due to having found myself in one of those iccky  little creative ruts. For a long time at the start of the year I sat in front of my computer, day after day, learning how to become a self-hosted website and implementing it all behind the scenes whilst keeping afloat with blogging each week. It was exhausting, not to mention that fact that it felt like I had traded in my creative imagination and crafty biz for a boring (I know, I know…Some of you love this and may even do this as your job – it’s just not for me!) computer job that included coding, web design and writing copy. Yawn. My little crafty soul was losing the will to live and this in turn resulted in a pretty yukky slump/funk/hole of ick/whatever-describes-the-me-that-now-drags-herself-out-of-bed-to-sit-in-front-of-a-blank-screen-and-wonders-where-the-fun-went.

Fast forward to now and I am yearning to be able to unplug from the drain of the internet for a bit. We are all familiar with the feeling at some point in our lives – It may be that extra half an hour day spent on Pinterest…Maybe the ache of your scroll finger on Facebook, reading post after post of mindless drivel that really doesn’t make you feel good…Maybe it’s the ‘five more minutes’ that you mindlessly say to your partner/friend/parent when you are trawling through twitter or evaporating into emails or finding yourself knee deep in someone’s Instagram profile that you discovered through a friend of a friend of a friends brother. Yikes!

Can any of us say that we come out of that internet exploring haze feeling good about ourselves or our lives?

There is so much expectation to live up to, too many ‘Pinterest perfect’ homes to compare to, so many minutes that make up hours and days and months of…what? What do we have to show for it? Did we make a difference? Did we try out those 35 recipes we pinned at 1am? Did we learn anything about Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ that was useful to our own lives? (Check out that current trending reference thingy! – Go me!)  Did we try out the home décor D.I.Y. tutorial that we bookmarked from a website that promised to solve all of our organisational needs? No.

Don’t get me wrong – I luurrvvee the Internet. Without the Internet, I would not have my little creative biz. I wouldn’t be blogging right now or have an online shop full of handmade goodness for you to buy.

Without the Internet I wouldn’t have ‘met’ you all and started friendships. I wouldn’t be following my passions in the way that I am now. I wouldn’t have been able to connect with fellow artisans the way that I have and I mean it in the truest form when I say “Thank you Internet for all of those things” But, If I could just step back for a while, I would probably be make more things and feel less frazzled. I would probably feel less pressure and stop comparing my chapter 3 to someone else’s chapter 10.

We didn’t do any of those things we pinned or bookmarked because we didn’t unplug enough to make time for it all.

We didn’t step away from our screens and tablets and phones to actually do things with our bodies, make things with our hands or have anything tangible to show for our time.

Wow – Even writing it all out makes me feel a pang of guilt for neglecting my creativity. 

So, this rather lengthy explanation (and rather unexpected rant) leads me to my little announcement and of course the special treat I promised at the beginning. I am unplugging for a while. I am going to share my Photo-a-Day scheduled post with you next week and then unplug. I am adventuring into the scary world of being offline (except for the Photo-a-Day challenge and behind-the-scenes snippets on Instagram) I am stepping away from the laptop and moving towards the rest of the Eliston Button Headquarters. 

Apparently there is a whole craft studio surrounding my computer desk that cries a little each day when it doesn’t get attention – now, how can I carry on ignoring that!?

Not to mention that it’s getting a bit distracting now with the buttons pining for the threads and the scissors fighting with the rotary cutters. Even the paper threatens to cut them! Yikes! 

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Photo-a-Day – March 2016

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! How are we already mid-way through April!? I swear I am always mentally a month behind! Although it would probably feel more like springtime if it was a bit sunnier and a little less cloudy and gloomy. What is the weather like with you? Today, I have my Photo-a-Day – March 2016 round up to share with you and I am surprised I got this far this month.

I found the Photo-a-Day Prompts really great at the start of the month but later on in the second half of the month I really struggled. I don’t know whether it was because my head wasn’t in the game or whether the prompts were just a bit too open to interpretation, but I just didn’t feel it. Not one to have an incomplete month, especially with this here bloggity-log and you lovely Buttoneers to hold me accountable, I pushed through.

All in all I am pretty darn proud of my month of photographs so I am super glad I persevered! Hooray for pushing myself out from under of my comfort blanket…or something like that!

It was super snugly under there though 🙂 

Some of my photographs surprised me…Like Day 1 – Those green button beauties got me my highest number of likes ever on Instagram! Wowee! Day 9 made me realise that I should branch-out and photograph the everyday things more often. Day 11 made me fall in love with minimalism when usually I opt for quite the opposite. Day 12 actually made me dig out art supplies that I had long forgotten about from my art college days whereas Day 14 allowed me to sit and play for a while (way longer than I care to admit!)

I love, love, loved playing with stop motion photography for Day 20 (In fact my fiancé took this a huge step further and made a few stop motion videos with Lego minifigures that are super amazing! Although I’m probably bias, I think you should definitely check them out here) Day 28 reminded me that I can find happiness in the smallest of places right here under my nose. And most importantly, a lot of the time, I learnt that ‘done’ really is sometimes better than ‘perfect’ and chances are, no one else will even notice the imperfections, the slightly-off not quite straight lines, the wonky right-angles, the darker shadows or even the dust… 😉

I also feel like I am on top of my Emoji game with my Photo-a-Day Instagram posts…Don’t say I didn’t warn you! 

So without further ado…Here is my Photo-a-Day – March 2016…

Day 1 – Green – Green has never been my favourite colour at all, but when I laid it all out in buttony goodness, I couldn’t argue that it looked pretty darn gorgeous! 💚💚💚

Day 2 – Good – It was really good timing to receive this month’s issue of Mollie Makes magazine through the post as I have trapped a nerve in my back and can’t move very much! I think it’s the universes way of telling me to take a break and slow down a bit, now I have no choice! The good thing to come out of it I suppose! 🎀🐣☕️📖

Day 3 – Art – Art is always in my heart…and in my studio! Books and buttons and beads oh my! 📖🎨🎀

Day 4 – The Weather – Cloudy with a chance of meatballs! 😂 Finally a bit of blue sky after being gloomy and wet, but clouds and clouds for days – they’re so fluffy! As Eeyore always says “It’ll probably be raining later” ⛅️🌦🌧

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Tiger and TKMaxx Excitement!

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! I am just popping in today with a mini shopping haul that I was very excited about. I don’t normally do ‘shopping haul’ posts, mainly because I don’t often go shopping (buying our house was expensive enough for a while!) and because they are normally bits and pieces from all over the place. However, a while back we went shopping in Worcester (in the UK, for all of my overseas Buttoneers!) and I found myself like a child in a sweet shop in Tiger and in TKMaxx (I think it is called TJMaxx in the US) – So, naturally, my first though was to share with you lovelies!

First stop was TKMaxx where I found some lovely alphabet stickers by My Mind’s Eye, an American scrapbooking supplies company.

I love their stickers and supplies so when I can find them cheap as chips and without international postage, I am one happy scrapper!

These were only £1.99 and you get 8 sheets of different colours and phrases and they are small enough to use in my Project Life layouts (Wowee! Way to go me! – I haven’t even mentioned that I am project life-ing this year have I!? I will fill you in with the excitement for that in a future post!) For those of you that have no idea what I am talking about – Project Life is a fabulous and simple way of scrapbooking by Becky Higgins using pocket pages, journaling cards and a whole lot of fun! Like I said, more on that at a later date.

TKMaxx Haul - Succulent, Alphabet Stickers and Studio Calico Wood Veneers - Tiger and TKMaxx Excitement! at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

I couldn’t resist these beautifully packaged organic and caffeine-free teas to try by English Tea Shop, they are super pretty, smell great and were only £1.79 a box – That’s a button bargain in my book! There were quite a few varieties but I chose Honeybush Acai Berry Punch and Cranberry Vanilla Delight. I haven’t tried them yet but give me a shout if you are interested in my thoughts 🙂 

English Tea Shop Honeybush Acai Berry Punch and Cranberry Vanilla Delight Teas with a Button Cup and Saucer - Tiger and TKMaxx Excitement! at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

Also from TKMaxx, I found this little succulent plant for £3.99. As you know by now, I am also obsessed with succulents, but I never really got onto the ‘concrete stuff’ trend that was flying around recently. This is probably why I picked this little fellow up and put him back down about three times (and hauled my fiancé in to the shop for further opinion – maker I am – decision maker I am not!)

I finally went back and thought about how much I actually really did love him and how lovely he would look in the Eliston Button Headquarters windowsill…

Also, fun fact – He is a faux succulent..A faucculent you might say…oooo, actually, maybe not…Anyhoo, Hurrah! No worrying about watering and making a wet mess in the studio! Hurrah! 

Faux Succulent from TKMaxx in a Concrete Planter - Tiger and TKMaxx Excitement! at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure. View Post

Photo-a-Day – February 2016

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! I know…I know…It is half way through March and I am only just posting my February Photo-a-Day round-up…”Jeez…What are you thinking Eliston!? Why would you do that to your lovely followers!?” “Well, I was a little held up…I re-designed the website and switched to self-hosting….but upon launching the new site I found that some of the database was corrupted…I was really stressed and did all I could to repair it all and get it all back rather than give up…I tried not to cry….I was super brave though! *bottom lip trembles* We got there in the end…” “Oh gosh…I am so sorry – here have some chocolate…take the cake too…we still love you” “Awww! You guys are the best! I knew you would all understand! Hooray!” *Group Hug*

At the start of February I stared at the list of photograph prompts from Fat Mum Slim’s photo-a-day challenge and was unsure whether to start them at all. I loved Photo-a-Day – January 2016, but this list looked tricky and needed a bit more thought and effort than the January one, which eased me back into the habit of daily prompts and documenting the little things.  I knew I would be starting the Eliston Button Website Re-Design and wasn’t sure if I would even have the time or creative energy to pull through the whole month – I am totally an all-or-nothing kind of girl! 

Not wanting to admit defeat only one month in, I sucked it up and got to taking them a day at a time rather than being overwhelmed by the whole list. It was good. I felt like I almost needed the challenging prompts to really push me to think outside of the box Instagram square.

I thought more about looking for the light, more about using negative space, more about layout and composition. I hunted for bright, happy doses of colour goodness to brighten up grey, gloomy winter days and I love them all!

I look back on each and every photo and feel proud of them – each one was carefully considered and deliberately taken rather than just taking something quick just to fulfil the prompt. I feel like I upped my Instagram game and can’t wait to share them all with you.

So, without further ado…Here is my Photo-a-Day – February 2016…*BEWARE* It’s always an Emoji overload! 

Day 1 – ‘Drink’ – My first drink of the day is always, always coffee ☕️ My fiancé sets the coffee maker to come on for when I get up before he leaves for work so I always have filter coffee to ease me into the morning! He’s a keeper! 😍

Day 2 – So Colourful – I love my felt ball pot holder, it is super colourful and so soft – I use it to hold my pretty rose gold iPhone so it doesn’t get messy on my desk! 🎨 ❤️💛💚💙💜

Day 3 – ‘Car’ – This Barbie car sits in the Eliston Button Headquarters because it has hidden stationery! The seat is a stapler, the steering wheel pulls out for a pen, the glove box hold staples, the wheels hold little ink pads and presumably once upon a time stamps, there is a pull out stencil ruler underneath, a comb in the headrest, the bonnet opens to little colouring pencils and there is a pencil sharpener in the boot! Mr Troll thinks it is fabulous and I think I have to agree! 💗💜

Day 4 – ‘Texture’ – I love the candy floss feeling texture of this soft, chunky wool and especially love the thin cotton running through it to really catch your eye! 💗💗💗

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