Gifts from France

Hello there my lovely Buttoneers! This year is flying by crazy fast isn’t it!? It is the dreaded week that the studio ceiling is being removed and replaced 🙁 I explain all in my most honest and soul bearing post ‘The Start of Something New’

As I type this, I am sat in an empty studio, with empty bookcases and shelving that are missing their colourful cottons, their beautiful buttons and their perfectly sharpened pencils. It echoes and feels a little sad. 

I am looking forward to the following week. Looking forward to re-unpacking boxes full of fabulous fabric and felt and filling this shell of a studio, once again with creativity, soul and colour for hopefully the last time in a very long time!

So, today, instead of a Tutorial Tuesday post (did you check out last week’s flamingo Tote Bag Wall Art?) I wanted to share with you my beautiful gifts from France. My family went to France last week and bought me and my fiancé the most beautiful gifts and I just had to photograph them all and share with you lovely Buttoneers. My parents and little sister absolutely know me and totally nailed it with these beauties!

If I close my eyes for long enough it almost feels like I am there, sipping coffee in a pavement café in France…

Vintage French Tin - Gifts from France at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

How beautiful is this vintage French button tin!? It was sooooo beautiful I almost cried! 

Vintage French Button Tin - Gifts from France at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

Wooden Buttons - Gifts from France at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

How lovely are these carved wooden buttons!? I love them all but the little dark stained wood one is my favourite along with the teeniest little silver button and thread I have ever seen! It’s just so adorable! 

Tiny Silver Button - Gifts from France at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

These button magnets are just amazing and will really brighten my magnet notice board in the studio when I am unpacked again. 

Button Magnets - Gifts from France at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

The magnets are really strong and hold my lists and reminders! I am hopeless at remembering everything otherwise! My family know me far too well! hehe! 

Button Magnets on Notice Board - Gifts from France at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

I love this key door stop too! What a great design for a new house prezzie! It adds a really fun splash of colour to our grey, cream, teal and duck egg themed living room and has already proved a great talking point for guests!

Key Door Stop - Gifts from France at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

They also found me this Giverny guide book. I visited Monet’s house a few years ago and seriously wanted to live there! I am such a huge fan of Monet’s work and Impressionism but was so caught up in the magic of the place that I forgot to buy one! I was super grateful for them finding one for me while they were in France as I felt so annoyed at myself when I got home. 

Giverny Guide Book - Gifts from France at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

It is full of beautiful photographs of Monet’s gardens and is full of information that I probably missed whilst walking around in a dreamy haze! 

Giverny, France Guidebook - Gifts from France at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

Now I can sit and read through it all with a cup of tea and imagine being back there 🙂

Giverny Monet - Gifts from France at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

They also bought us a tin of French biscuits as they know we love them! They bring us a tin whenever they find a lovely tin, knowing full well I will reuse it for crafty treasures around the house! 

Normandy Biscuit Tin - Gifts from France at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

French Biscuits - Gifts from France at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

This is the tin they bought us from their last trip and I just had to share it on this blog post. It is covered in beautiful French water colour illustrations that totally capture little flower lined French villages and the carefully cobbled old streets. 

French Biscuit Tin - Gifts from France at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

French Tin - Beautiful Illustrations - Gifts from France at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

French Tin - Gifts from France at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

French Tin - Gifts from France at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

French Tin - Gifts from France at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

I can almost smell the freshly baked pastries and baguettes and hear the beautiful tones of the shopkeeper’s conversations. I think that they are such beautiful gifts and just had to share them with you all! 

Have you ever been to France? Where is your favourite place to visit? Do you dream of going one day? I would love to hear all about it! 

Just a quick not to say that I will be away from the blog until 9th September due to having to recreate the Eliston Button Headquarters but I will keep you all updated on Instagram 🙂 I will also be closing the Eliston Button Etsy Shop for this period too as my felty flower brooches are all safely wrapped in tissue paper in a box marked fragile awaiting their return! I will announce its re-opening on here when I am back. 

I would love to hear from you all while I am away and the builders are in. 

Meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on! Alternatively you can contact me direct at the top of the page 🙂 

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