Hello there lovely Buttoneers! How are we coming to the end of January soon!? Jeez! It has been a bit of a whirlwind and we are still waiting on a move date (soooooo frustrating!!) but I wanted to take the time to share the Eliston Button Headquarters with you before we move! I know…I know…I have promised this since we moved in about two and a half years ago but we had some problems with the house and then problems with the neighbours from hell and then we are very almost moved again – Yikes! (If you are new to Eliston Button be sure to click through the link for each story to get all caught up!)
“Why share so close to moving again?” I hear you ask! Well, firstly, In the new house we are buying I have no idea what the Eliston Button Headquarters will look like for a really long time as we are going to look into extending the house to build my studio as an extra room – or maybe even building a self-contained studio at the bottom of the garden – either way these things take time and planning permission and money so I will have a temporary work space until we get it all figured out/built/my stress levels have returned to a normal-ish level. Obviously and for anyone that knows me – this is the most stressful thing about moving for my mostly hyper-organised brain – not to mention that it is all happening half way through my Create 30 blog challenge! Eeekk!!
Secondly, I bloody love this creative little space of mine and it would be (for a serial life documenter) a crime to not document it all!
When I am in the midst of overwhelming panic and anxiety about getting my work done and meeting deadlines, or just having a space to sit and weave or paint or sew, I want to be able to look back and go “aww! Remember when I had a space all organised and not in a thousand boxes? I will get there again soon”
So this is also, in part, for me too – for my memory keeping, for posterity, for my future creative studio planning etc etc…
Thirdly, if it’s not on the blog it doesn’t exist, right!?
So, in a nutshell, I really want to document this creative space as a memory and most importantly as a reminder that I had/have the means to be the most creative person I can be and that I will have that again once we get it all figured out. I also wanted to share my space with you lovelies, as promised, so that you can see where the creative goodness happens! I personally, always love to see makers arty/crafty spaces and find them really inspiring – I even have Pinterest boards dedicated to my Dream Studio, the different phases of the Eliston Button Headquarters (where it is soooo crazy pants to look back at my original work space in our old rented house!) and my fave – Danger: Artist at Work!
Maybe it’s just me but I find seeing designer’s and maker’s and artist’s studios super inspiring and I love seeing the places and spaces where the creative magic happens.
There is so much I wanted to share about my studio but we would be here all day if I photographed it all! It has taken sooo long to be able to photograph it all in the right light at this time of year too (damn you Northern Hemisphere!) I have split the whole carnival of creativity into two parts (part two coming soon!) which coincidentally, also pretty much splits the studio into two halves, right down the middle (for your lovely creative imaginations!)
Here is the Eliston Button Headquarters – Part One…
One of my favourite areas of the Eliston Button Headquarters is my wall of bookcases! I love how they store a huge portion of my craft supplies, on show for me to feel inspired and see exactly what I have to start creating something new if I get frustrated with something I am already working on.
I find that having it all in front of me, lets me visualise projects ahead of time or snatch snippets of inspiration on how to finish a work-in-progress or start a new make.
I love to keep the studio fun. A boring or plain space doesn’t match with my personality so would be totally the wrong fit for my creativity. I need a space to feel like home, to fuel my imagination and go back to being a kid as often as possible! I love the top of the bookcases – it is such a wasted space as I can’t reach up there, so I wanted to make them fun and house more ornamental things that I don’t use on a day-to-day basis. The TARDIS, the pink Vespa scooter and the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry potions crate on my desk are my favourite items in this photo! The pink scooter matches my own real life scooter (that’s a whole other story!)
I also think I have a bit of a pretty storage box and tin obsession – I mean you can never have too much storage though can you!?
In the corner I have a glass door cupboard where I store (some) of my wool and yarn – It seriously got a bit wild this year and is now stored all over the place – something I want to organise better in a new studio space. I love all of that colour all together though – so much fun!
Below I store little ball of yarn that are the ends of projects etc and I can’t bear to throw out – you never know when you might need a little bit of yarn to complete a weaving or a teddy bears jumper!
Underneath are my ribbon storage crates and fabric scraps that I save up for little crafty makes or fabric collages.
Next to this and going around the corner is my fabric stash! I (obviously!) have to store it in rainbow colour order for even more magic.
In a future studio space I would probably put this behind glass doors to make dusting a bit easier – but it is sooo pretty!
My fiancé bought me the super cute ‘my little artist’ sign which I sometimes peg little fabric colour palettes or sample colour combinations to if I am sewing or imagining up a crafty storm!
Felt scraps are stored in the wicker basket and topped with a rainbow of yarn. I am obsessed with that vintage floral button tin that my parents brought me back from France – It’s a beaut! And the little floral suitcases at the bottom hold circular knitting needles, crochet hooks and pom pom makers.
Following round the room from that is my button storage. My little biz is not called Eliston Button for nothing! I sort them into colours and each colour has its own jar, which in turn is in (again) rainbow order – Do you see the organisation theme here!?
Underneath the Buttons are the beads, embellishments, sequins and glitter in little jam or honey jars – I love finding uses of such pretty little jars that are just too cute or well designed to just throw into the recycling bin.
Of course Stuart the minion is here to make me smile when I get a bit stressed and keep a crafty little eye on the place when I’m not around – he makes a great guard minion!
As you can see, each shelf is just full of gadgets and gizmos, trinkets and toys and craft bits and pieces – I love it – it is my slice of organised chaos and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I am a real book lover and collect a range of art and craft related books (mainly Monet and the Impressionists (my fave) alongside my childhood favourites. The rest of our book collection is in similar bookcases in the living room.
The ampersands are also a running theme around the studio – How many have you counted so far?
Underneath the art and craft books, from left to right are: my folders of sketches for existing prints or prints I want to create. A huge amount of scrapbooking alphabet stickers and thickers, Mollie Makes craft magazines in pretty magazine files, little floral suitcases full of scrapbook embellishments and bits, some of my favourite childhood books, my Beatrix Potter book collection underneath Peter Rabbit, a box file full of all of the postcards I have ever received since I was a child (I told you I was a memory keeper right!?)
Then there is a collection of French Mr. Men and Little Miss books and all of the Sex and the City illustrated guides for my inner Carrie Bradshaw – obviously!
Below this shelf is a wicker picnic basket of the fabric scraps I use a lot in my fabric collage making, folders and lever arch binders full of memories, my family tree detective skills and general paperwork etc that I want to keep but haven’t filed away yet. In the bottom shelves there are completed scrapbooks (I will share these someday) letter writing and snail mail paraphernalia, my gorgeous vintage sewing box that my parents found for me for Christmas full of a rainbow of sewing thread spools, a vintage suitcase full of vintage doilies and embroidered linens (again – I will share this collection/obsession one day) and a hat box full of tissue paper.
Around the corner and (finally) away from the bookcases is one of my favourite craft storage solutions – the IKEA Kallax unit. I really love how different the little squares are in comparison to the long wall of shelving, which really breaks it all up a bit and look less intense! I left the top four spaces as holes for open storage and filled the rest of the squares in little cupboards, drawers or pull out baskets at the bottom.
The cupboards, drawers and baskets are just full of embroidery thread, business cards, Eliston Button Etsy Shop stock and crafty tools and gadgets that I don’t use all of the time. I love the ombre white to pink that travels down the unit and the pretty little lace paper lantern fairy lights that soften the top edge.
Fairy lights always add a real flutter of magic to late night makes or dusky afternoons at my laptop.
I adore the amazing cotton thread spool lamp that my parents bought me, I think it fits in perfectly with my giant pencil collection and my sassy artists mannequin! My Beauty and the Beast Funko Pop Vinyl figures are the cutest and I think I may have to collect the new ones too – Do you collect any of the pop vinyl figures?
The ‘Flamingo Nights’ wall art in the purple frame is from my ‘Tutorial Tuesday – Tote Bag Wall Art‘ tutorial blog post years ago and I still love it! You may also remember the glass decanter of small white buttons from my Instagram feed years ago when we first moved in. The framed illustration with the Eiffel Tower is my favourite by Curly Girl Design and reads;
“I often daydream that my life is just as it is now…Only I have well-behaved hair and I live in Paris”
– I could not relate more! Haha! I think you can probably play ‘count the references to France’ game in this room too as well as counting the ampersands! I am a bit of a Francophile if I’m honest!
In the left side of the open shelf squares is my Cath Kidston caravan sewing box that I adore alongside a little fun ‘Make do and mend’ book, some chunky vintage readers digest sewing books and little pots of buttons. I also adore the French sewing bow in the next square which holds my needle felting needles and foam squares, then yet more little Eiffel Tower ornaments!
On the other half of the squares are my favourite button storage glasses and jars – these are the ones I will never use for projects and keep forever! Little rubber stamp mushroom people gaze out at the studio alongside the little panda bear in the next square along. Here is my hidden light switch (the only way the storage unit would fit in to the space) which almost pretty much guarantees I knock over the wooden ampersand or one of the giant pegs on my way in and out!
So there you go! That is the whole right side of the Eliston Button Headquarters as you walk in the door and it is so full of crafty bits and piece sand so much colour – especially pink! I love my studio and can’t wait to share the second half, including my desk area and a gallery wall of sorts full of even more fun and colour that you could shake a paintbrush at!
What has been you favourite thing so far? Can you recommend a better storage solution for my fabric and yarn in a new studio? How do you fill your creative spaces to keep you inspired? I would love to hear all about it!
You can now explore Eliston Button Headquarters – Part Two!
I have no idea if we will have moved or not before my next blog post but I will keep you all updated – As I am sure you can imagine, I am dreading having to pack up the studio and am leaving it to the very last minute! I am keeping my shop open through the duration of the move process (for my sins!) so don’t forget to check out the Eliston Button Etsy Shop for a heap of handmade goodness, including my Valentine-perfect ‘You Are My World’ Button Art Quote prints from last week’s Create 30 blog challenge make and much more in my creative little treasure trove!
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