Hello lovely Buttoneers! Welcome back! Did you have a lovely Christmas break and a Happy New Year? I can’t believe we are into January already! Did you see my end of year round-up post last year? I mentioned that a certain little creative blog and biz was turning 2 today! Hooray!
🎶 Happy Birthday to you…Happy Birthday to you…Happy Birthday Eliston Button…Happy Birthday to yooooooooooouuuuu!🎶
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So, over here in the Eliston Button Headquarters (I am almost finished organising it…maybe…soon, I promise!) I am in full on celebration mode (with a gallon of coffee, ’cause let’s face it, it is the first day back at work) Today, I just wanted to share with you lovelies a few thoughts about my little biz and my ideas for the future of Eliston Button and the Eliston Button Etsy Shop – not to mention a cheeky little ‘thank you’ gift for you guys at the end! Hooray for celebrations! It’s like Christmas all over again! (With less food now though…right!?)
Excuse the cliché, but it has been one hell of a roller-coaster. I have laughed and I have cried – Isn’t that the potion mixture for pretty much anything that you put your heart and soul into?
I have had some really tough times over the last two years (You can read about it here) but I whatever has happened, this little space of the Internet has made me sit down at my desk and just show up to work. It has (even with last year’s unexpected summer hiatus) been the port where I dock my ideas, the lighthouse to get me back on track, the thing that has held me accountable, made me keep at it.
A few times it would have been so easy to give it all up and move on but, this little bloggity blog has kept me going, held my hand while I pushed through the fear and the unknown. It has made me push my creativity into new adventures, made me fall in love with writing, photography and graphic design more than ever.
Thank you little blog…
If I think right back to the start of blogging, I can remember the fear that held my little crafty heart as I hit that publish button and released my website out into the Internet along with a part of my heart and soul. I never imagined that I would still be here, tapping away at my laptop, writing about it all turning two years old – Its crazy pants!
I started out in our old house, on a small desk in the one end of our bedroom. That turned into a bigger desk and then eventually the bed got shunted out into the small back bedroom so that my fiancé and I could share a studio/office in the larger master bedroom. We then moved house into our first bought house after renting and I found myself with my own shiny new studio room all to myself where I am currently sat, surrounded my crafty goodness, a mug of coffee, a plate of fruit (cake) and let’s be honest – a whole lot of pink!
When I pushed that publish button 2 years ago I told myself “A year from now, you will wish you had started today.” and I always tell myself this when I get scared or worried or feel like I am done with it all.
It is so true. I am so glad that I pressed that button. I am so glad that I kept going, that I wrote ‘just one more’ blog post and made ‘just one more’ thing. I am glad I persevered, that I keep persevering. I am glad I am able to do something I love every single day (and in my pyjamas too!) even on the days where I just want to hide under a blanket and take a long nap.
When I was thinking about how to start writing this blog post, I looked back over my really early blog posts. Amongst the scary waves of ‘yikes!’ and happy waves of pride, I found the post I had written the day before I hit that scary publish button. It was like a little pep talk to myself that, in a nutshell, covered things like “the world will not explode if you hit publish” and various other rather inspiring nuggets. I look back and am so proud of myself. Blimey, on that day, I really had my shit together! I think I need to print out the whole of ‘Even if Nobody Cares…’ and pin it to my forehead (or maybe somewhere more readable!) and force myself to read and re-read it every day until it actually sinks in! Where did I lose that positivity? Where did I misplace my ‘brave’? Which coat pocket did I leave that in?
I constantly tell myself that a week from now, a month from now, another year from now – hell, maybe even 10 years from now – I will be super glad I started and kept going.
I constantly battle with my crafty little brain about whether things are ‘good enough’ or ‘fresh enough’. Whether my photographs are crisp enough or whether my backgrounds are white enough. I worry whether my handwriting is even and my colour palettes are perfect. Spoiler Alert: I worry A LOT.
I have learnt so much, I am always learning so much. I learn about blogging and art and crafts. About adventures, about letting go. I learn that it doesn’t have to be perfect, as long as it is done (I am always working hard at this one) I learn so much – every single day. But, most importantly I constantly learn about myself. About my likes and dislikes, about my habits, about how I work (or don’t work).
I learn that I need to take time off more to be able to recharge my creative batteries and not work myself into the ground and fizzle out. I learn that I need to get enough sleep to be able to focus and concentrate and again let’s face it – function. I learn that I should get up early (because I will wind down in the afternoon)
I learn that I love what I do, even if I hate it some days (and that I don’t really hate it – not really really)
I learn that a bad day does not make a bad week, month or year. That tomorrow is another day. Tomorrow is a fresh start. That sometimes I need to just walk away and realise that I can start again tomorrow, more on point, more in the right frame of mind. Just cut my losses and move forward. I have learnt so much, I am always learning so much.
I am so excited to see what this year has in store for Eliston Button. I plan to make more and worry less. I plan to push forward and take bigger adventures. I plan to enjoy each process and jump over each hurdle that comes my way.
I am so, so happy you are here for the ride. (You can read my gratitude here) but to kick start the celebrations and thank you’s, I am offering all of you lovely Buttoneers 15% off the Eliston Button Etsy Shop as a massive thank you for your support and will run until the end of the month and can absolutely be used more than once! Hooray!
Think of it as a huge squishy hug and a massive sloppy kiss from me – but with a lot more personal space…maybe…
As always, thank you, you gorgeous people. I am off to eat cake and give myself a pat on the back.
What has been your favourite Eliston Button blog post? Have you had a go at any of my tutorials? What would you love to read about here on the blog? What would you like to see in the Eliston Button Etsy Shop next? I would love to hear all about it!
Meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!