Hello there lovely Buttoneers! I am so excited to share with you Part Two of the Eliston Button Headquarters Tour! Hooray! I am so, so thrilled with the wonderful response from you lovelies about my last studio update post – Eliston Button Headquarters – Part One. I had such lovely comments over on Instagram and am pretty sure I reached a record amount of likes in one day (for my little profile over there!) I was so grateful and happy that you loved to see this little peek behind-the-scenes.
Sometimes, as a blogger, it is hard to know if posts are liked or what sort of things you all like to see on here unless you tell me because we are not face-to-face – and you shouted loud and clear that you loved seeing behind the scenes where I make the crafty goodness, so thank you!
I always love to hear what you think of my makes or whether you can relate to my little adventures. I love to hear your thoughts or opinions or suggestions so please feel free to chat to me in the comments here or over on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter! I won’t bite, but I do ask that you bring cake! Virtual cake doesn’t have calories right!?
Anyhoo, I am back again to share the other half of the Eliston Button Headquarters. If you read Part One you will see that I covered the right hand side of the studio, which mainly houses shelves (and shelves…and shelves…) of craft supplies that I use (with a dash of creative magic of course!) such as yarn, fabric, inspiring art and craft books, memory keeping, scrapbooks and a
hoard *cough cough* collection of buttons and beads and sequins galore…along with a TARDIS or two, a couple of pink Vespa scooters that match the one I actually drive from time to time and a growing collection of ampersands…
Today, as promised, I am sharing the other half of the Eliston Button Headquarters (to the left of the door as you walk in – for your crafty imaginations!) The first thing you see as you walk in is the window, my laptop and the desk areas. Originally I planned to have a sewing area but the desk fitted into the room a lot better together with the others and gave me good distance between my messy paints and scrapbooking away from my laptop and paperwork – trust me that this reason is there through finding out the hard way more than once and a couple of laptops ago….Ooops! R.I.P pretty pink Laptop 🙁
One of my favourite walls in the studio is the one surrounding my desk. I use it as a bit of a mood board come inspiring art come place to hang some of my own favourite makes.
Most of the bits and pieces have sentimental value to me – For example, the little cross stitched sewing machine was hand stitched by my little sister as a birthday gift (she always says she isn’t creative so this was such a beautiful and thoughtful gift) and the Pink “She believed she could, so she did” quote print was a gift from my best friend when I made it a whole year in my little creative business! I even have a little Lego minifigure that looks like my fiancé stood on my windowsill!
I have an IKEA Raskog trolley – Isn’t that part of being a creative person online? Haha! I bloody love it though and it holds a lot of my pretty pen pots full of felt tips, fine liner pens, pencil crayons and scissors. I really love my pink Eames DSW chair too – It is only thing I have ever won (I won it in a competition over on Kat Molesworth’s blog ‘Housewife Confidential‘) and it arrived just before we moved into this house so was perfect timing!
Below is my desk area where I write all of my blog posts and Etsy shop listings and probably also the place where i have my most little meltdowns.
Most mini meltdowns are usually about what the hell am I going to do or how the heck I am going to fit 30 new things for my Create 30 blog challenge into my blogging schedule before June – yanno, the little things…
It is also one of my favourite places. I get to gaze out of the window but not have too much light on my screen, I have lots of colour and inspiration around me and everything I need or use on a daily basis to hand every day. I am a serial procrastinator so having everything I need to hand makes it a lot harder for me to wander off and
try to find the thing I need start playing with something crafty that isn’t on my to-do list.
As I mentioned before, I love the mix of art and handmade in this space. The Gemma Correll ‘Nope’ print makes me smile every time I look at it – It is how I feel a lot! Haha!
I have been known to lie on the floor face down shouting nope when my fiancé walks in the door a few more times than I’d like to admit!
I love my woven wall hanging too – It was my first large weaving and I love that I made it just for fun and not for the biz. I think it really brightens up the corner and compliments my ‘Create’ print, my ‘Knit and Drink Tea’ print and my explosion of colour really well. My clock is from IKEA and is mainly glanced at from about 11am when I start to wonder if it is lunchtime yet and the rest is a mass of inspiring or cute bits and pieces that I love.
The (fake) yukka plant is a recent purchase and I love that it brings the space together a bit more and I don’t have to remember to water it! My pen pots are my fave too! Can you spot the giant pencil sharpener, the giant Biro pen lid and the TARDIS ones?
I have had a thing about adorable Panda bears since I was a child and there is always one lurking around getting up to mischief somewhere in our house! I am also obsessed with my Becca Cahan calendar (I have the planner to match too) as it is beautifully illustrated and has really gorgeous typography throughout. My Cath Kidston heart shaped pin cushion is far too pretty to actually use so it hangs below the calendar above my laptop for optimum viewing. I loved the colours and photos from my Eliston Button A to Z of Craft blog post so much that I ended up printing it out and Washi taping it to the wall. Also, you always need a reminder to take a nap, right?
This part of the Eliston Button Headquarters is like a toy shop of trinkets and toys! I love, love, love it! I really wanted the studio to be super fun and full of colour rather than being too practical and plain.
I think most makers will agree, I thrive much better and feel so much more inspired when I am surrounded by my favourite things.
I also may have a bit of a
hoarding collecting problem of things that make me feel like a child again – I’m definitely a big kid at heart!
I adore the lace edges magnet board (again, from IKEA – I’m not sponsored by them, I am just a bit IKEA obsessed – although if you work for IKEA, feel free to give me a shout! Haha!) I have my Gryffindor patch pride of place next to my Hogwarts crest (obviously) alongside my Lego shop V.I.P card – I feel like this section kind of sums me up the best!
If you want to know exactly who I am and what I love, spend a day in my studio!
I love my shelf area too – although I actually struggle to reach them a bit! Note to self : Have lower shelves in the new studio! Here is where I store my knitting needle collection, in a ceramic wellington boot (obviously) my paint brushes, luggage tags, giant paperclips and button confetti for my Etsy shop order packaging.
My giant pencil lamp was a fabulous find from my parents and my Washi tape dispenser holds my glittery tape. Some of my spare notebooks (I have a bit of a problem with buying beautiful notebooks and then not wanting to ruin them by scribbling in them – Does anyone else do this?) live in my French flower crate alongside a giant crochet hook and wooden dowels, drilled and bevel-edged ready for hanging new large woven wall hangings.
Twine and tape and jars of crafty magic for daaayyys is the norm for this space!
I have a giant Hello Kitty cut out that my Dad saved from a great little market in Birmingham years ago and I think she fits in perfectly alongside my papier maché flamingo (that I intended to paint) and pretty rose flower cake stand that holds far less calories with little Bon Maman jam jars of tiny seed beads. My light box is perfect for when I am sketching out ideas for new prints and I mess up – I can just trace the bits I like and start again! Phew!
Mr Artist troll watches over the place from this side and makes sure that optimum levels of creativity are being used at all times. He is a happy little fellow – I have never seen him frown or complain about his highly important job once! The perfect studio buddy!
So there you go, if you got this far and also read through and explored the Eliston Button Headquarters – Part One you have gained yourself 100 glittery button points for Gryffindor (or the Hogwarts house of your choice of course!)
I am so glad I was finally able to get enough sunlight in these grey, winter days to be able to photograph my little colourful and super fun creative space. In turn I really hope this has been a little peek behind-the-scenes into where I spend my days and where the creative goodness and crafty magic happens.
I love that my studio is a sanctuary for me to spend each day either making or blogging (or getting stressed about deadlines!) and that it is full of some of my favourite things in a pretty colour palette that calms my over active imagination and sometimes anxiety filled mind.
I also think that by creating this craft room tour series I have realised how much of a
hoarder collector I am! Also that I have a huge love for giant stationery and craft supplies, ampersands, anything that reminds me of adventures in France and all things happy, bright and probably from my childhood! Well, Pablo Picasso did once say
“Every child is an artist; the problem is staying an artist when you grow up”
I can’t agree more and I will do everything in my power to never grow up! Haha! It’s a trap!
On that note, I will leave you and start packing up the studio ready for our big house move. I have no idea how I am going to do it all in time and I hope that the new Eliston Button Headquarters is built and ready in no time so I can unleash the fun and colour all over again – I wonder how it will look! I am so glad I was able to document this one. Like I said in Eliston Button Headquarters – Part One – A big part of documenting this creative space was also a selfish one, so that I can remember how it all fitted together and more importantly, remember how to put it all back! Wish me luck!
I will keep you updated on all things moving related but be safe in the knowledge that the Eliston Button Etsy Shop will remain open and all of the handmade goodness with be shipped out to you as soon as you order them!
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What was your favourite part of the studio? Would you have stored things differently? Do you have any tips for new and better crafty storage solutions? I would love to hear all about it!
Until next time, meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!