The Patterns and Colours of IKEA

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! If you have followed me from the very beginnings of this blog you may remember a blog post called ‘The Patterns and Designs of IKEA’ from way back when it was all baby steps and the first few blog posts ever to grace this little corner of the blogosphere. Well, I thought it was about time I created an updated version – The Patterns and Colours of IKEA.

I mean I spend enough time roaming the perfectly curated show rooms and love the excitement of filling my big yellow bag in the market hall with my face like the heart eye emoji! (Especially in the paper goods and succulent plant sections! *Swoon*) 

What I should have said at the start was “Hello, my name is Rachel and my fiancé and I are IKEA addicts Enthusiasts!” – Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

I still stand by what I said all those years ago (two weeks after I launched this blog to be precise! Wowee!) It is still an excellent day out.

My fiancé and I still book out the whole day to stroll around, grab a coffee, gaze at future kitchen ideas and sit on the sofa that we have had our eye on for probably just as many years, but still can’t quite afford…

We will grab some lunch (meatballs of course!) and then hit the market place and the warehouse and load it all up on the trolley, even though we probably only went for a bookcase or a saucepan or something! Tired and feet aching we head for the car with smiles on our faces and excitement in our future of re-arranging the living room or imagining the crafts I can plan with my new pens or notepads! (That’s if we can fit it all in the car – we’ve had a fair few ‘Oh Dear!’ moments in our time!) We. Love. It! 

Just for the record and as kind of a disclaimer: I have NOT been sponsored to write this post, there are no affiliate links, I just really love IKEA! – Phew, that’s that out of the way! (Although if IKEA ever asked…I would be there like a shot! Haha!) 

To say that since 2014 when I first wrote the original blog post, we have been to IKEA a ridiculous amount, would still actually be a complete understatement.

We practically lived there when we bought our first house a few years ago and since then even we have been so often that I am surprised the staff don’t know us by name!

We roughly equidistant to the Birmingham, Coventry and Bristol stores so mix it up a bit when we can. Because we have been so often (Seriously – It’s a standing joke with my family!) I was sure that I wouldn’t have many different patterns, designs or colours to photograph. I didn’t expect that much would have changed but I was pleasantly surprised. Of all of the patterns and colours of IKEA that I photographed, none of them were the same as the original blog post – In fact they had completely changed! I looked back and was annoyed at myself that I didn’t buy some of the gorgeous patterned fabric pieces or even those button wall hangings. I guess because we have been so often, the change each time was subtle and we didn’t notice, we just kept finding things to buy! Haha! 

So, without further ado…Here is a selection of The Patterns and Colours of IKEA that caught my eye…You can click on each one to see the full photo 😉

Aren’t they all so lovely!? Which are your favourites? The cat print is really cute and I love the multi-coloured textured rug – I might even love the back pattern just as much too! I am obsessed with the greys that have pops of colours, I love the contrasts and compliments of the colours and patterns together too.

I seriously love the bright pinks and oranges and blues that grab your attention and swoon over the coppers and cool metallics. 

One of my favourite things about IKEA is being able to stroll around the show rooms and imagine yourself sat in the living rooms, curled up with a good book…Or cooking at the centre console in a spacious kitchen…Or sinking into a squishy mattress in one of their pretty and feminine bedroom ideas…Well, you have to pretend don’t you…

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Create 30 – No.1 – Hot Air Balloon Embroidery Hoop

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! Did you catch my Create 30 blog challenge post a couple of weeks ago? Well, today I have number 1 to share with you and I am super excited to get this challenge going and the creative ball rolling! 

I have spent the last week or so (when I haven’t been rounding up my Eliston Button A to Z of Craft) planning out and brainstorming the first few doses of handmade goodness to make and share in my blog challenge, so that I can kick start the creative juices into go go go! (That’s the plan anyway!)

As I was brainstorming my ideas and jotting them all down, I knew I really wanted to make some more embroidery hoop wall art pieces…

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen this idea before and because I just loved making it, I remade one to kick start the challenge and (hopefully) kick start everything else! I had such lovely feedback from the Instagram post and it pushed me to dive in the deep end and just go for it! 

Picasso said that inspiration has to find you working and he was not wrong, it certainly did.

Whilst taking time out to embroider and cut and snip and create this piece, my usually busy creative mind was able to slow down a bit, relax, step away from the computer screen and just explore my ideas and possibilities. Taking time to make this piece gave me new found inspiration and pushed me to relax a bit more, which in turn gave me the calm I needed to process my ideas and have a less busy thought process for future makes. Perfect! 

So without further ado…Here is Create 30 – No.1 – Hot Air Balloon Embroidery Hoop…

 

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Up, up and away!

This embroidery hoop wall art features a large felt hot air balloon lovingly hand cut and sewn on to a sky blue felt background. Each coloured layer of the balloon is hand sewn with colour coordinating embroidery thread to create a subtle but gorgeous texture around the edges.

A little pink rose flower has carefully been created from felt and added along with two little embroidered deep green leaves to the top right of the balloon for decoration.

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Photo-a-Day – July 2016 – Eliston Button A-Z of Craft

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! I made it! I made it to the end of July! I made it to the end of Photo-a-Day – July 2016 – Eliston Button A-Z of Craft! If you follow me on Instagram you will have noticed that for last month’s Photo-a-Day challenge it was the alphabet and a few numbers. I took this opportunity to revisit my hashtag #elistonbuttonatozofcraft from 2014 with the same photo prompts.

My aim then and again with last month was to fill the alphabet with art, craft and handmade goodness.

I remembered it being a lot easier last time and wasn’t sure I was going to make it to the end of the month but – I DID IT!! 

You can find my 2014 version here. 

Last time around, in 2014, I wrote an A to Z list and made my way thought it. This time around, I kind of winged it a bit and went with the flow  panicked most days. Not ideal. I did, however, find that I only referred to the previous photos to make sure that I was setting up and arranging each photo differently to the previous round, especially if I was photographing the same medium. Some days were a lot easier than others, some I wanted to cry, some days my brain had turned to mush so much that I couldn’t think of a single word beginning with that letter at all, let alone art and craft related! Yikes!

Looking back over the months photos I am so, so proud of all of them.

Even though they are all art and craft related, they all hold a little memory for me of how tough I found it or what I was doing that day. I feel like when I compare the photographs from this time around and 2014, I can see how much my photography and my ideas have come forward and improved and how much I have learnt about layout and colour and design. I am so proud of them.

I found my Photo-a-Day – July 2016 – Eliston Button A-Z of Craft a lot harder, more draining and more creatively intense than normal Photo-a-Day months. I had to set up and display objects with a lot more intention and a lot more imagination to create a visually pleasing display of products or items.

It takes a lot more creativity to display things like crayons and pencils in an aesthetically pleasing way than it does to take a photo in the garden or on an adventure.

For some of the A-Z of Craft I pushed myself to learn new crafts! Hooray! I have wanted to learn how to macramé for sooooo long and this challenge pushed me to dive in the deep end to get the good photo for that day – yes, that day!! I wasn’t my most organised last month! I thoroughly enjoyed macramé and definitely want to explore some more techniques in the future with a lot more cotton rope – it uses up so much for such short pieces of knotted beauty.

In a nutshell, I bloody loved it. I painted an Acrylic paint canvas, I arranged buttons in to rainbow colours (there are a lot of rainbows!) I picked out the most interesting and beautiful crayon names and colours and cooed over ‘Periwinkle’, ‘Dandelion’ and ‘Atomic Orange’. I dug out one of my favourite sketches of oranges and lemons that I was really scared to post because I hadn’t really shared my drawings like this before – I was so taken aback by the lovely likes and comments I received that it made me feel so much more confident in my art. I shared Embroidery hoops and a rainbow of felt and merino wool tops. I reignited my love/hate for playing with glitter. I Handmade a bouquet of felt flowers for my gorgeous sister who got an amazing work promotion (Go Saree!!)

I got messy with Ink and arranged Jars of buttons. I Knitted and French Knitted and wove on a mini Loom. I learnt Macrame and organised pretty knitting Needles…

I hated Origami and even roped in my Fiancé to help me beautifully fold paper  not screw it all up and have a cry. I swooned over a rainbow of pencil crayons and re-visited Quilling (Which I hated in 2014 and fell in love with a little bit this time around – Also super proud of my attempt, even if we were up to silly o’clock in the morning so I could finish it off) I rainbowed Ribbons and saw zigzag Scissors. I ‘borrowed’ some IKEA tapes and laid out my Tape measures on top. I stamped out Unmounted stamps (U was a tricky one!) and displayed my favourite wood Veneer scrapbooking embellishments (kind of had to embellish this letter!) I wondered over rainbows of Washi tape and made stickers with my Xyron creative station phew! Thank god for that craft brand!) I shared my yarn collection in the Eliston Button Headquarters and made vibrant stripes with Zips (which was featured on and received over 6000 likes on A Beautiful Mess!!!)


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I then filled in the number photo prompts with crafty storage solutions around the studio and snippets of crafty goodness and new ideas.

I loved each and every one of them and put so much effort into each one. I would love to know your favourites! So without further ado…

Here is my Photo-a-Day – July 2016 – Eliston Button A-Z of Craft…

Day 1 – A is for… – Acrylic Paint. My favourite type of paint to play with and I sure did make a mess this afternoon! 💙

Day 2 – B is for… – Buttons 🎨 A happy rainbow of buttony goodness – My fave! ❤️💛💚💙💜💖

Day 3 – C is for… – Crayons 🎨 I love these old Crayola crayons I have, the names of the colours are fabulous! My favourites are Thistle, Carnation Pink, Dandelion, Outrageous Orange and Cornflower. Which are your favourite crayon names? 🖍❤️💛💚💙

Day 4 – D is for… – Drawing 🎨 I dug out my old art college sketchbooks this morning to help with this prompt and I sat for ages flicking through them in awe of the amount of work I created and how proud I am off them. It made my little creative heart fill with pride! 😍✏️🍊🍋

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Create 30 – Let’s Do This!

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! Create 30 – Let’s Do This! I am going to do it. I am going to dive head first. I am going to probably regret it all half way through…but I am going to push myself out of that procrastination station I talked about a few weeks ago, jump on board the handmade boat and sail the creativi-seas (*groan*) to the island of turning 30…Okay…Okay…I’ll work on the metaphors…But, seriously though, jump aboard! Create 30 – Let’s Do This! (What do you think of the banner!?)

If you are new to my blog or missed my past blog challenges, in January 2014 (the same month I first started blogging!) I started my ’27 Before 27′ Blog Challenge which comprised of me creating 27 different embroidered felt flower brooches before I turned 27 years old in the June of that year and in turn opening the Eliston Button Etsy Shop for you lovelies to purchase them. The following year in 2015 I started and completed my ‘Create 28’ Blog Challenge in the same time frame. This one was A LOT harder! I set myself the challenge of creating 28 different doses of handmade goodness – a lot harder to think of 28 different things compared to at least knowing that I was going to end up with a flower brooch in ’27’. These also dove into the Eliston Button Etsy Shop, this time one by one as I went along. Now you are all caught up! Hooray!

Anyway, remember a couple of blog posts ago when I was having a bit of a dilemma? In ‘Confession Time…and a New Challenge?’ I had a chat with you about the pros and cons of starting another blog challenge.

Even when I had typed it all out and bared my crafty little soul to you all, I still had no idea what to do.

I have deliberated over it, going backwards and forwards, deciding for and against. I almost shelved the idea completely – heck, I almost gave up the blog entirely at one point…until I wondered…What have I really got to lose?

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If you followed my Create 28 Blog Challenge then you will know how this works. Create 30 will be much the same. The main concept is to make new stuff, try new crafts, broaden my existing creativity and throw a new spin onto old ideas, Progression is key.

I want to push and develop my creativity more than ever, push out of boundaries, push outside of my comfort, push outside of my own head, my confidence and that little part of your brain that tells you that you can’t do it.

So why Create 30?

Well, in a nutshell, I turn the big three-zero next June and I want to break all of the anxiety/panic/impending doom milestones down into easy, manageable chunks rather than big steps and giant leaps. I want to be able to tick them all off one by one and feel that sense of pride when I get to the end result (and will hopefully distract from saying goodbye to my twenties) I want to smile at each success and acknowledge each hurdle as I go along on this new adventure.

I want to grab all of those little ideas that have been floating around in my head for so long, grab them all up and finally explore them all, one by one. I want to get them all out and let them flow and change and develop. I want to let them fail and be worked out and reorganised. I want them to fly into the world and come back to me stronger and brighter and fun. I want to set all of the new ideas free and let them fly from the creative space in my brain and go on the best adventure of their lives. Exhaust them until I can take them no further, until they are ready to fly alone into the world, holding their own…

Then, I’ll start again, from scratch and do it all over again until I hit thirty. How exciting!

I want to make creative habits. I want to get into creative processes. I want to keep the wheels in motion, the cogs to keep turning and to make every day so that I stop overthinking it all. That it is a natural process of making and sharing and letting it all fly. I want to let go of the fear of failure and just make. Just show up and do the work and to keep doing the work, pushing beyond the little voice in my head that tells me I can’t do it or that I’m not good enough, before it even gets a chance to grow bigger than me or bigger than my ideas. The fabulous American dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp mentions it perfectly in her book ‘Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it for Life’ when she said… View Post

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!

Titania Willow Sculpture at The Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon by Artist Emma Stothard - Birthday Adventures at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

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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