Tutorial Tuesday – A Creative Christmas Card *Video* Tutorial

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! You know I love a good craft tutorial and you know that I LOVE Christmas…Well today I am smushing the two wonderful and festive doses of magic together into a Creative Christmas Card Tutorial! Hooray! Now you may have noticed that I have titled this blog post with the word *video* and might be surprised at the new bloggity-blog format…well, recently I was asked to make a video for a possible future crafty adventure and I thought I would create one that I could also share with you lovelies too.

Turns out you can do a lot of things when you put your mind to it, add a smidge of determination and a dollop of blind faith and sometimes…just sometimes, it’s magic. 

Now, if you know me in real life or have been following this little corner of the internet for a long time, you may know that shoving my face in front of a camera and chatting away is absolutely not second nature to me. In fact, shoving my face in front of a camera and then sharing it with the world (well, you lovely lot!) is soooooo far out of my comfort zone that I can barely reach it with my crafty little fingers. But, I grabbed the bull by the horns, threw caution to the wind, hoped for the best and (after about a thousand takes) didn’t entirely hate how it turned out. In fact, in the end, I really enjoyed it, it felt liberating and I was ever so jolly proud of myself for even thinking I could do it. Sat in front of a video camera. Trying not to cringe at the sound of your own voice on the playback – What’s with that by the way!? Why do we all sound so different to how we sound in our heads!? 

Rather than this video to be hidden away into the deepest corners of my hard drive, never to be seen again, I thought I’d document that I was once brave enough to jump of the creative cliff and figured out how to fly (ish) on the way down…

As it is my first video I can assure you it’s not all polished to perfection and all singing, all dancing with a cherry on top fabulous, but I can promise my very best effort and a few laughs at the end. I put a lot of enthusiasm into this and that’s what counts right!? So without further ado…Here is my Tutorial Tuesday – A Creative Christmas Card Video Tutorial…

P.S. There are bloopers 😉

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Meet the Maker Week 2017

Hello there lovely Buttoneers! Cast your minds back to last December and you may remember that I took part in the lovely Joanne Hawker’s Meet the Maker Week. Last year the challenge was super scary for me, I was really starting to find my feet in the creative community and throwing myself out there further than I already do with this blog etc was a massive dive into the deep end. I looked back on last year’s Meet the Maker Week blog post and I want to run and hug 29 year old me and tell her to take her time, to relax…maybe even stop taking on too much! I was so nervous about each Instagram post I posted for each prompt, feeling a bit of a fraud when of course I wasn’t, I was just new! (Although I absolutely still feel like this sometimes!) I came out the other end feeling so proud of myself for joining in and so much more confident about myself and my job and the things I make. 

Fast forward to this year and I can’t believe how much has changed.

I almost didn’t join in as this time of year is always super busy with Christmas orders and blog posts and general seasonal festivities, but I am so glad I did. I felt a lot more confident to join in because the friendships I had started this time last year amongst the other makers have grown and blossomed so I felt way less scared of making those initial interactions and worrying about what everyone would think.

I know so many wonderful makers now that it felt a lot less of a scary unknown party that you rock up to in fancy dress and it isn’t fancy dress!

This was great because it meant that I could be completely myself and share myself and my work to new people I was yet to meet and found new friends along the way! When I work from my little studio at home it can get a little lonely in the daytime, so having like-minded biz buddies along for the ride to be able to hash out the ins and outs of Facebook or the new seller features of Etsy or the new hoops to jump through on Instagram is wonderful and makes such a difference.

It’s like having a natter with a big mug of tea in a creative coffee shop but cosier and in my pyjamas…Someone seriously needs to invent that! 

That said, I think that there is always going to be a part of me that is scared. Always a part of me that shies away from making the first step into something new or gets anxious about a new adventure in to the unknown – I think that’s a good thing though. I never want to take it for granted or stop pushing myself to make bigger and better things, to jump off the comfort zone cliff once in a while and see what magic might happen on the way down.

Making new products that I have designed and made myself, putting a load of heart and soul and a whole heap of handmade magic into is one thing, but throwing it out into the wild to be seen and looked at, for people to decide if they like it or not, to judge it or even part with hard earned money for it is super scary…Every.Single.Time. But, challenges like Meet the Maker Week show me that everyone is in the same pond, some of us are just on relatively new boats trying to figure out the oars whilst others are in yachts and ships and cruise liners even – but we are all still pushing away from the edge and into the unknown and doing what we love, every single day – After all who knows what being a maker will be like in 20 or 30 years from now? Who knows what Etsy or even the Internet will be like? Being all together and being reminded of that is a real comfort.

Not to mention getting to tell you lovelies a bigger slice of who we all are alongside a dollop of the creative goodness and treasures we have to offer on the side.

I wanted to share my answers to the prompts over here on the blog to share with those of you that are new to Eliston Button *Waves* or those who are yet to follow me on Instagram or Facebook but also so they are a more permanent reminder of who I was and what I was making, documenting them for myself to look back on in years to come. As a real memory keeper I will love to see how much has changed or see how I will 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…alongside a heap of sparkle heart and rainbow emoji’s! 

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Day One of Meet the Maker Week is ‘Who’ – Hello 👋🏻 This is a super rare selfie! My name is Rachel and I live in Worcestershire with my best friend/adventure buddy/fiancé Chris. I am Head Buttoneer, Designer Maker and Creative Lifestyle Blogger for my little creative biz called Eliston Button. My businesses tag line is Art, Design, Craft and Adventure and I try to input as much of them all into my life, my blog and my little doses of handmade goodness as possible! 👩🏻‍🎨 I have an Etsy Shop full of handmade treasures, a creative brain with far too many tabs open at once and I own a pink Vespa scooter (that I need to get back on the road!) I hoard buttons in colour arranged jars, love adventures and exploring and being at home in equal measures and I am Harry Potter obsessed!⚡️I love exploring charity shops for vintage treasure, I am an old soul but also a big kid and I always try to find the magic in everything ✨ I sometimes struggle with anxiety and depression but surround myself with rainbows and sunshines and wonderful people as my patronous against the dementors and love nothing more than a big cup of tea and a really good book 🌈☀️💕 I’d love for you to say hello! 👋🏻

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Day Two of Meet the Maker Week is ‘What’ – Everything colourful and magical that you ever did see! 😂 Only kidding! I do however, love to make a menagerie of handmade goodness for my home and my Etsy Shop 👩🏻‍🎨 I love to mix up my days by making lots of different things and keep the crafty magic alive ✨ I love to draw and sketch out ideas from my crafty imagination and then digitally render them into colourful prints. I love to weave woven wall hangings with a rainbow of yarn and fabric and make fluffy little pom poms and sew them into garlands. I immerse myself in different textured and coloured fabric to make fabric collages of beach and seaside scenes and love to embroider felt flower brooches, earrings and hair accessories. Some of my makes I can’t part with but most are grown up enough to fly out into the wild to handmade loving homes in my treasure trove of an Etsy Shop! 🌈💖 What is your favourite thing to make? 🎨✏️✂️

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Christmas Sprout Pom Pom Brooches!

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! I can’t believe it is December tomorrow – Where has this year gone!? I blooming love this time of year because of sooooo many things but Etsy shop wise – It’s all about the sprouts! Who knew that this little idea in my creative imagination would turn out to be my best seller at this time of year!? I even sold a garland in March – now that is what I call organised! I have been rushed off my crafty little feet getting sprouts made and out the door this year – I have limited stock at the moment so if you were planning on decking the halls with fluffy sprouts this year keep this in mind.  Lots of pom pom making in my future I think!

Last year the Pom Pom Sprouts made their debut as part of my Create 30 Blog challenge as a Christmas Sprout Pom Pom Garland and then later by request, as individual Christmas Sprout Pom Pom Decorations. That then led to selling them as a Pack of Four – One of each of the four different party hat combinations.

All year I have thought up new ideas for these little sprouty fluffles but most ideas got lost in a sea of other makes and busy schedules and they all got put to one side. A few months ago, during a stock take of handmade treasures, I came across the Christmas sprouts but with my headaches and migraines (and the short hospital stay) this autumn, they all got a bit delayed until recently and the ideas bloomed once more. Hooray! 

I have been squirrelling away behind the scenes like a Christmas elf tweaking away, measuring little pom pom sprouts for glittery party hats and filling them with Christmas magic to get them out on time for the festive season!

So, without further ado…Here are my new Christmas Sprout Pom Pom Brooches…I hope you love them as much Rudolph loves Carrots! (That’s a lot!)

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Whether you love sprouts you hate them, you can’t deny that these little doses of fluffy pom pom sprout goodness are an adorable and super fun splash of festive cheer addition to your festive outfit!
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These little sprout pom poms are lovingly handmade with light and dark acrylic yarn, adorable little googly wiggly eyes are added to give them their own little personalities, along with little red party hats atop their fluffy heads so that they are raring to go for any festive party or celebration you desire. They can’t wait!

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Christmas Shopping & Last Christmas Postage Dates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New Fabric Collage and Shooting Star Prints!

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

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

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

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

So without further ado…Here are my new prints… 

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Maybe you will choose Beach Huts by the Sea…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Next up are my Shooting Star Quote Prints.

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

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

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