27 Before 27 – Slate and Seafoam

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“I bought this button…”

I think this is how I should start ’27 Before 27′ every week. (You can read about my ’27 Before 27′ blog challenge here)

On a Friday, when my Fiancé gets home from work, we walk into town for a coffee and chat about our day. I love this tradition because, yes we have coffee at home, no there isn’t really anything we need to buy in town, but we walk and talk and drink coffee and it is bliss. We switch off and are just us two.

On the way in to town we pass our local fabric shop, hidden away down a side street and filled with fabulous fabrics and beautiful buttons. I cannot simply just walk past this shop. I cannot simply blinker myself and try not to think about it. So, last Friday after I had posted my ’27 Before 27′ brooch, a little way into thinking “How am I going to think of 26 more felt brooch ideas?” We walked past the fabric shop and I was drawn in. (nothing unusual) The week before I had found some beautiful vintage style pearl and gold buttons that had inspired my ‘Daisy Daisy’ brooch last week (See this here) so I didn’t expect that any buttons had escaped my radar. Until, I spotted this beauty. I was giddy with excitement. 

I loved its white and dark grey pattern; its texture was as though it had been hand carved from rock by an Aztec warrior!

(my imagination has a tendency to run wild from time to time) I knew I had to buy it…and maybe the slate coloured felt that lay so temptingly on the shelf above…and maybe the bag of beautifully coloured embroidery threads next to the counter where they measure out the material…okay, okay, I didn’t ever say I had self-control. 

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So that evening I started playing around with shapes and stitches and embroidery.

'27 Before 27' blog challenge - Slate and Seafoam - www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

'27 Before 27' blog challenge - Slate and Seafoam - www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

Until later on in the week, after a lot of swapping, changing and re-doing, these double petals came about. 

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Then the felt embroidered brooch started to come together. I felt like I was most indecisive about this brooch. Maybe because I loved the colours together, the pale slate and the seafoam as if they were always meant to be together. Maybe because they contrasted so well with my creamy white etched button that it was almost too good to be true. Maybe I am just a super perfectionist and just will not rest until its ‘just right’. Now I just feel like Goldilocks…

In the end it came together and I am so pleased with its outcome…so much so I almost want to keep it for myself!  

'27 Before 27' blog challenge - Slate and Seafoam - www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

'27 Before 27' blog challenge - Slate and Seafoam - www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

'27 Before 27' blog challenge - Slate and Seafoam - www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

'27 Before 27' blog challenge - Slate and Seafoam - www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

'27 Before 27' blog challenge - Slate and Seafoam - www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

Another one bites the dust! 2 down – 25 to go! I am still so excited to see how this pans out. 

'27 Before 27' blog challenge - Slate and Seafoam - www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid

What do you think of the second brooch – ‘Slate and Seafoam’? Have you seen any interesting buttons lately to help inspire this challenge?

Keep on the look out and don’t forget, if you want to follow this blog challenge and everything else on my blog you can sign up to receive all of these posts to your email on the right hand side. 

Meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!

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0 Comments

  1. Sharron
    January 24, 2014 / 1:04 pm

    Hi, If this is just the start of your creations I cannot wait to see the whole collection. On your completion of these beautiful brooches I have come to the decision that I am going to find it very hard to choose which one I want, so I am going to treat myself and buy x12 of your brooches and create my own goal of 12 / 12 challenge, lol, I am going to wear a new brooch every month to coincide with the seasons/weather, and I will send you a photo each month . At present I cannot decide which one of the spring months to wear your Daisy brooch, and your Slate & Seafoam does remind me of a brisk walk along the seashore in early winter. x

    • January 24, 2014 / 2:11 pm

      Haha! Thank you Sharron! That is so so sweet! I love how much of a fan you are and your comments truly make me smile! I love the 12/12 challenge! Maybe this could be a new joint blog venture for us! 🙂 I also love how this brooch makes you think of the winter seashore, Such a beautiful description – thank you 🙂

  2. January 26, 2014 / 8:12 am

    The brooches are beautiful, and I am liking your challenge (being a little older I am not set myself such a challenge 40 recycled bags before 40!). Really enjoyed reading your blog, stopping by from Craft Blog UK share your blog, Vicky

    • January 26, 2014 / 10:28 am

      Thank you so much, glad you like them! Maybe you could use 40 different colours or 40 different recycled products? Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Jo Roulson
    February 10, 2014 / 3:52 am

    I love the look of this and the colours – the button is gorgeous :o)

    • February 10, 2014 / 9:03 am

      Thank you so much 🙂 this is the one brooch so far that the colours clicked straight away and I felt like I was being a bit more adventurous! Thanks for stopping by Jo!

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