Hello there lovely Buttoneers! I can’t believe it is September already and I am here with my Around Here…August 2016 post! I am pretty sure I say that every month but this year has been swept from under my feet. Aaaah September, back to school feelings and getting back onto the Hogwarts Express and being sorted into our houses. Ahh memories…Which Hogwarts house would you be sorted into?
As a fresh new look, did you notice my new profile picture over on the right!? I thought it was time the old original pic disappeared – especially because I really hated that fringe and look about 16! Haha!
If you remember back to my Photo-a-Day – July 2016 – Eliston Button A to Z of Craft post, I mentioned that I would be taking a break from the Photo-a-Day challenge for the month to refuel and relax a bit, away from the pressure of having to be on the ball every single day with an Instagram photo that not only fitted with the given prompt, but also with my Instagram feed. I think I also felt a little burnt out after my A to Z of craft posts because they took a lot more effort and creativity, not to mention time out of each day to set up each photo and 9 times out of 10, make the art or craft item from scratch – exhausting! So, I felt a little uninspired to take on another Photo-a-Day month right after.
I was a bit nervous to step away from the daily routine and structure of taking photos that were prompted by a word given to me…
I worried that I would slip back into worrying about what to share or panicking that I hadn’t been around on social media for a while and everyone would forget who I was. I (as usual) worried for no reason. There were times where something nagged me in the back of my mind with a tiny nudge to document the little world around me every so often.
I welcomed it as a reminder to step away from my laptop screen and find a little corner of creativity and beauty in each day.
I really enjoyed being able to post a lot more freely without the restraint of a prompt which also sometimes limited how much I wanted to spam your feeds with my images, especially with added blog post announcements or Etsy shop gossip.
All in all, my worry of not having enough photographs to create a mini monthly round up post was unnecessary, I have more than enough to share and as I look back, I am so proud of each and every one of them. I love how I have been able to document a little bit of little events in my month.
I love that I can look back and see all of the little moments of magic that made up my month of August.
I love looking back on photos of our little garden and how we spent the whole back holiday weekend making it pretty and laying our own little patio (it was absolutely crazy pants but I burst with pride every time I see it!) I love remembering watching the sunset in our happy place in the Cotswolds (I will for sure love these tenfold in 10/20/30 years from now) I look back fondly at my new weaving obsession and am so glad I snapped ‘work in progress’ pics on the loom as well as finished wall hangings. I will remember August for planning my Create 30 blog challenge and trying to limit the overwhelm. AND obviously not forgetting the day my 12 year old self would have been super proud of me for embracing fun (and my inner bohemian) and getting a hair braid! Hooray!
I will remember August 2016 fondly and full of some of my favourite things…
Grab a cup of tea and join me in my Around Here…August 2016…
Around Here…So what’s the worst that could happen!? In a bid to push myself into Productivity>Procrastination, Progress>Perfection and to push myself and my creativity out of my own head and out into the world, I created a blog challenge to make 30 new things before I turn 30! It’s scary but exciting and I would love for you to follow along by subscribing to the blog to receive blog posts to your email inbox here 🎨🎀
Around Here…I did it! I filled a whole month and an alphabet full of crafts, art, colour and handmade goodness using the #fmsphotoaday prompts in my#elistonbuttonatozofcraft 🎨 I rounded them all up into a big, happy colour explosion – I can’t wait to hear about your favourite! ❤️💛💚💙💜 I especially love that round up photo with the vibrant little photo squares around the title!
Around Here…I was tagged my the lovely Joanna from Adventures and Tea Parties for WIDN (what I’m doing now) I am packaging up one of my ‘Spread a Little Sunshine’ prints ready for posting! I love making each parcel leave all pretty and tied up with a bow! 🎀 P.S. I have restocked the Eliston Button Etsy Shop now! ☀️
Around Here…Hello Hydrangea! I thought for sure I had killed this little beaut but hooray! She blooms once again! 😍🌸 (Don’t be fooled – it’s about the only plant in the garden that has survived -oops!😳) I love that gorgeous colour! 🌸
Around Here…I love the vibrant colour palette of this fabric but as a shirt, it was always one of those tug-it-down-pull-it-around-all-the-god-damn-day kinda shirts and nobody has time for that! So yesterday I sat on the floor and spent a ridiculous amount of time cutting it into yarn and is am SO glad I did! It’s a beaut and I can’t wait to add it to a weaving or knit(!?) it into something new – And of course I couldn’t waste the buttons or the tie cords could I! I finally feel like I have got my money’s worth with this shirt! 😂💙
Around Here…Live a creative life 🎨 Trying to organise the hordes of ideas that spin around in my creative head on a daily basis in to an action plan for my Create 30 blog challenge! Yikes! Send copious amounts of tea…and maybe some cake! ☕️🍰
Around Here…Arty morning coffee this morning. I love how the sun comes through the blinds and warms the whole room ☀️ If I close my eyes I can just about imagine we are in France 😍
Around Here…I’m starting to lose my weaving and yarn in the rug! Does anyone else sit in the floor to weave? 🎨 It’s so relaxing and I have a really good excuse to make my way through Netflix and not feel guilty ’cause it’s work! Sneak peek for what’s coming soon to #elistonbuttoncreate30 💙
Around Here…Fields and fields for miles, from Bredon Hill all the way to the Malvern Hills – Perfection! 💙💚 I can’t think of a better way to spend a Friday afternoon with my favourite 😍☀️
Around Here…It’s here! Hooray! 🎉 Happy dose of handmade goodness Number 1 in my Create 30 blog challenge! 🎨 This Hot Air Balloon Embroidery Hoop is currently only a one-off piece and I would love for you to grab a cup of tea and check it out! 🎀☕️
Around Here…One of my favourite parts of my Hot Air Balloon Embroidery Hoop is the little woven felt balloon basket! It’s so sweet and you can imagine yourself stood in there all cosy, floating amongst the tranquil button clouds…What an adventure! 🎈🌺 (Hoop available in the Eliston Button Etsy Shop 😉)
Around Here…The moon, magic and you…❤️🌔 A spooky magical moon tonight at our favourite picnic tea spot. You can just about see a little twinkly star too – the sky was a beautiful blanket of stars and I managed to capture this little one! Perfection ✨ Make a wish…
Around Here…Hello, my name is Rachel and I am an IKEA addict (read: enthusiast) 😂 You lovelies know by now how much I love IKEA! Well, I am sharing my favourite patterns and colours of IKEA! Join me with a cup of tea (and a plate of meatballs/veggieballs) for a colour and pattern adventure in The Patterns and Colours of IKEA! 💙💛💙💛
Around Here…I still can’t believe that these beautiful flowers aren’t real! They are so gorgeous and add a huge splash of colour in my latest blog post – ‘The Patterns and Colours of IKEA’ 🌺 I love, love, love IKEA and their perfect patterns and colourful displays steal my heart every time I visit (and that’s a lot!) 😂 I can’t wait to hear which are your favourites! 🎀
Around Here…Planning, planning, planning! Getting all of my crazy pants ideas down on paper today and trying to muddle through them! Then to pick out the more realistic ones for my Create 30 blog challenge! Yikes! This definitely calls for super cute stationery and lots of cups of tea! 🌺💚☕️
Around Here…If I worked in a garden centre, this is pretty much exactly how I would arrange the plant displays! I love that the person that made this added a bit of creativity to get them through their working day – although I’m guessing they probably really enjoy their job! Also – Those colours though! 💜💚💜💚
Around Here…I went back to being 12 years old today and I bloody love it! I got a hair braid!! 🎀 I walked past the street vendor at least three times before getting up the courage to ask about them! I don’t know what excited me more – having a hair braid, choosing the colours and patterns or selecting the cute little star beads for the end! 💖 My 12 year old self would be so damn proud of me right now! 😂
Around Here…The sunset behind my favourite little castle was dreamy tonight! 🌅 Tea time picnics in our happy place at Broadway Tower are my favourite 😍 Can I just live in there please? My studio would be just perfect with that view! 🎨 Absolutely no edits either!!
Around Here…🎼 Gold (Gold!) Always believe in your soul…🎶 I am so excited to carry on my Project Life scrapbook in my new We R Memory Keepers gold binder! GOLD!! I love, love, love it! ⚜ I kind of got a bit carried away with documenting this year which called for a second album – Opps! 💛👑
Around Here…My Create 30 blog challenge No.2 is here and is Mini Woven Wall Hangings! Hooray! Which is your favourite? 💜 I am obsessed with weaving at the moment so naturally woven wall hangings were on the top of my list of craft handmade goodness to include in the Eliston Button Etsy Shop! 🎨💜
Around Here…I am sooooo in love with the soumak braided weave technique and I particularly love how it looks in a chunky purple variegated yarn! 💜 Not to forget those gorgeous little flecks of vibrant colour peeking out from the deep purple yarn above the braid 😍 This is just one of my new woven wall hangings in the Eliston Button Etsy Shop from my Create 30 blog challenge 💜
Around Here…I really love the contrast between the rich, deep purple and the vibrant, splash of happy turquoise colour in the second woven wall hanging 💜 I am obsessed with that soumak braided weave in the centre too and am so glad I kept its little side ponytail to drawn your eye down to the chunky purple tassels at the bottom 🎨
Around Here…Tagged by the lovely Victoria of Butterfly Crafts asking WIDN (what I’m doing now) this morning and I am currently sat matching up felt, embroidery thread and buttons in gorgeous colour palette trials for an upcoming Create 30 blog challenge make!
Around Here…No matter how wet and gloomy it gets outside, it always stays light and airy in the kitchen 💛 It’s definitely one of my favourite spaces. These guys love it and so do we! 😍🌱
Around Here…I love these new frilly little ladies that we potted up in the garden yesterday; they are so pretty and in such gorgeous colours! 🌺🌸
Around Here…Our happy place 😍 Such a gorgeous sunset tonight creating the sparkliest golden hour that just stole my heart 🌅
Phew! So there you go and now you know! I sure hope you have enjoyed looking back at my August 2016 as much as I have. I think the recurring theme is colour – and heapsicles of it! The more vibrant and happy the better!
What did you get up to over August? Did you have any adventures? What were some of your favourite moments? I would love to hear all about them!
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