Tutorial Tuesday – Pom Pom Cushion Covers

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! I am still on the pom pom loving train! Toot! Toot! *ahem* did you catch my Tutorial Tuesday – Clover Pom Pom Maker a few weeks ago? I had so much fun making those little balls of fluffy goodness that I knew I needed to do something with them and naturally thought of you lovelies and how it would make a super fun and cute home decor tutorial!

I blooming love pom poms! I think they add a splash of happy colour and beautifully fun texture to anything.

When I was thinking about the colour scheme for our new bedroom I knew I wanted to go for dreamy shades of pinks (obviously) with mellow gorgeous greys to blend together into a relaxing room of calm and soft dusky hues…

…A sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the house renovations and somewhere to grab a book or take a nap or generally relax away with a mug of hot tea and stop for a minute or two.

We/I may also be toying with wallpapering a wall in a gorgeous flamingo print but we shall see… 😉

So, when I was dreaming up a fun and playful pom pom home decor piece, I decided that soft furnishings were the way to go – as if we didn’t have enough cushions on our bed already! Haha! I didn’t have the time with making and planning my Create 30 blog challenge makes and trying to redecorate/renovate our new house to make something complicated or even to dig the sewing machine out to make the cushion covers myself (tut…tut…) but I love that this is a quick and easy way of using up your pretty, fluffy pom poms and adding a fun splash of colour to existing cushion covers without taking out a chunk of your already busy days or digging into your holiday savings!

P.s. I got my grey cushion covers from IKEA (no surprises there!) and they are pretty big so adjust the pom poms accordingly or keep them the same for a pom pom explosion – Such fun! 

So…without further ado…Have fun with Tutorial Tuesday – Pom Pom Cushion Covers…

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Create 30 – No. 26 & 27 – Embroidered Felt Flower Brooches

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Hello lovely Buttoneers! How am I at makes 26 and 27 out of 30 already!? I feel like the last few have flown by and now I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel a teeny bit more, but at the same time feel like it’s a bit all systems go to make and complete this blog challenge – I just hope after all of this, I can do it!

If you are new *Waves Hello!* grab a cup of tea and learn all about my Create 30 blog challenge to catch up!

After making 25 different doses of creative goodness and adding those little handmade treasures to my Etsy Shop, I got to a point where I had no idea what to make next, let alone for the next 5 makes!

I sat down with a cup of tea and looked back over my Etsy shop, browsing through each item I’ve made and how I felt about it then while I was in the creative making process and how I feel about it now…

These can sometimes be pretty different depending on the hours put in to a make and my initial feelings (generally overly critical!) and how well received they are by you lovelies too.

I’m pretty sure I’ve said it before, but I blooming love making embroidered felt brooches. I loved it waaaaaaaay back in my very first blog challenge – 27 Before 27 where I made 27 different felt flowers before I turned 27 – *Squeal* I was just a kid! Haha! I loved it when I made matching Hair Grips and Earrings and Hair Comb Slides in my Create 28 blog challenge a few years ago. I loved revisiting them for Create 30 – No. 14 – Blue and White Embroidered Felt Flower Brooch back in January. I love the whole process from hand selecting the felt and the colours, to choosing the centre piece (which usually involves trawling through several hundred buttons – such a chore 😉 )

I love embroidering each individual petal and bringing them all together at the end and securing the brooch back on with delicate little stitches to make them all safe and sound. I love it.

So it became a bit of a no-brainer. Two more embroidered felt flower brooches it was – Which makes me feel way better about saying goodbye to the little felty flowers that made it out into the wild for an adventure in new homes!

So, without further ado…Here is Create 30 – No. 26 & 27 – Embroidered Felt Flower Brooches…

In this first embroidered felt flower brooch, rich purple felt and deep raspberry pink embroidery thread come together to create an eye catching accessory.  It is sure to dazzle and add a gorgeous splash of colour to any outfit with its soft, felty goodness and create compliments everywhere you go!

Beautiful purple felt has been lovingly cut into six petal shapes that come to a point at the top. Each of these petals closely hug six beautiful heart shaped petals that are delicately edged and hand embroidered with a whimsical lace-like stitch that splashes a pop of colour across its deep tactile background. This also gives them a bold and bright outline and allows the finished brooch to stand out, even against a coordinating purple top or scarf!

Each of the petals are sewn together and brought to the centre with an elegant silver coloured button centre piece, ornate with shades of pink, purple and red gems around the outside.

The gems surround a beautiful silver coloured detail and a deep purple stone in the centre which draws your eye across the whole flower brooch to the treasure within! 

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Create 30 – No. 25 – Wonderful World Garden Quote Print

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Hello lovely Buttoneers! Firstly, Happy May! As usual, I have no idea how it became May so fast – even scarier when I think that it’s only just over a month until the end of my Create 30 blog challenge and even scarier than that (if it’s at all possible!) that it’s just over a month until I turn 30 years old. Jeez…I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about this but at least making these lovely doses of handmade goodness is a good distraction! 

I am so excited to share this next make with you – It was a bit of a labour of love to be honest and took a LOT longer than I had anticipated until my silly perfectionist brain told me I was finally done with the tweaking and editing and general “lets erase this whole section and re-draw it a hundred times so it can look a smidgen different than before but really not enough for other people to even notice” ridiculousness – ahh…

Hindsight is a wonderful thing – as is stepping back and getting out of your own head for a breather when in the depths of the design process…*cough* *Note to Self* *cough*

Anyhoo, I blooming (geddit!? – blooming…yikes!) love this print. I love that it totally takes me back to every time I have planted something in every garden I have had. I love that, even more so now that we are settling in our new home and are really lucky to have a gorgeous garden, it makes me dream of sitting there, mug of tea in hand, dreaming the world away.

This is a really special print for me too as it also makes me think of my Mum and my beautiful late Nan who inspire me to no end with gorgeous gardens and amazing tips and tricks that will stay with me forever…

(Stop sniffing and wiping away something in your eye now Mum!) 😉 

This one’s for them and you and every lover of the magic of nature and gardening…For lovers of planting those magical seeds and being patient enough to see the treasures they have sown…

So, without further ado…Here is Create 30 – No. 25 – Wonderful World Garden Quote Print…

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“As She Planted the Flowers in Her Garden, She Thought to Herself…What a Wonderful World”

This gardening quote print is perfect for anyone who loves gardening, the great outdoors or even just loves sitting in the garden with the sun on their face with a big cup of tea!

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The bright colours and detailed illustration is gorgeously colourful and is sure to catch your eye and add a great big dose of fun and garden goodness to your home decor. Maybe you would hang it in your living room to bring some of the outside in? Or maybe in the conservatory to beautifully compliment the glorious garden you have planted?

Even if you don’t love gardening, I bet you or even someone you know, loves to potter around, taking in the colours, smells and wonder of nature.

This original quote was imagined up in my creative imagination when I had been planting up pansies into terracotta pots in my garden. I stepped back to admire my hard work, back aching, but with a heart full of love and warmth for the simple things in life like creating a little floral sanctuary to relax in – especially when the little Robin sat down beside my flower pots for a while with his inquisitive look!

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National Stationery Week Sale!

Hello there lovely Buttoneers! Did you know that it is National Stationery Week this week!? ✏️✂️ What an amazing week to be in for a Stationery and Craft Supply Enthusiast! 💖 

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Over on social media at the start of the week, to celebrate my wild obsession with all things stationery and super crafty goodness, a limited amount of my Craft Supply and Stationery Enthusiast prints began a sale for just £10 for this week only!! Hooray!!

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So, naturally I wanted to give you lovely Buttoneers that don’t have social media the heads up! Grab one while they last and before the return to their original price in the Eliston Button Etsy Shop on Monday evening at 5pm GMT.

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Don’t forget to pop over and follow me on Instagram for snippets of life, behind-the-scenes sneak peeks, first look on promotions and sales and a lot of Art, Design, Craft and Adventure! I would love to check out your feeds too, so pop your links in the comments so I can explore.

Also, remember to subscribe to this blog and become a Buttoneer to get blog post updates straight to your inbox so you don’t miss a thing! (It’s free!) and share with your friends to keep the crafty goodness going – it helps my little creative biz in a big way 🙂 

Until next time, meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!

 

Tutorial Tuesday – Clover Pom Pom Maker

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! As most of the months this year, April has flown by in the blink of an eye but I am definitely enjoying the sunnier days and the lighter nights. What are you enjoying most about Spring? I have found myself crafting in between my Create 30 makes a bit more than usual this month. I think I am always eager to make more with my hands when I end up spending more and more time in front of my laptop writing blog posts or typing out Eliston Button Etsy Shop listings, instead of making and creating and generally filling up my time with lots of arty, crafty goodness. I think balance is key, but sometimes it’s just the way it flows! 

My creative brain always craves less screen time and my crafty fingers feel twitchy if they haven’t created something in a while!

I love to fill evenings cosied up in front of the T.V. with makes that I can create without too much thought or attention. I love to use snippets of time to add just one more row of knitting or weave just one more line of colour into a work-in-progress, It keeps the creative juices flowing and stops my mind getting bored of endless computer days or admin filled chunks of time. Lately it has been pom poms for daaaayyyyys!

I have always had a huge place in my heart for Pom Poms.

I remember waaaayyyy back in primary school being taught how to make my first pom pom from wool and a small disc of cardboard – even at that young age my stubborn and crafty brain thought it would never work and I would surely just end up with a pile of scraps if I cut the wrong bit or wrapped it all the wrong way!

Never the less it worked and at that young age (and admittedly now too!) it was pure magic hen the pom pom popped out!

I vividly remember clutching my pom pom in my chubby little felt tip stained, poster paint smudged hands for the whole walk home from school with my Mum!

I am pretty sure some of them still reside in my Mum and Dad’s Christmas decoration box! 

These little balls of fluffy goodness add so much cheer to just about anything and a few years ago I discovered the Clover Pom Pom Maker tool and it revolutionised the way I made pom poms! I am in no way being paid to write this tutorial, I genuinely just love my pom pom makers – they come is lots of different sizes – and a few times have been asked on social media how I make them so dense/fluffy/round and just so adorable, so I thought I would answer all of the questions in a cute and super fun tutorial for you all! 

I can’t wait to see your fluffy makes! Be sure to tag me as @elistonbutton on social media so I can see how the colourful cuteness turns out! 

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

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

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

SPOILER ALERT: It did! Hooray!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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10 Top Tips For…Moving House

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Create 30 – No. 23 – Shooting Star Quote Print

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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