Why It’s Okay To Make Mistakes (and a Life Update)

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! We have officially moved house! Hip, Hip, Hooray!! (If you are reading this then I either have internet set up already or I went on an adventure to find some in our new town!) I have more news on that later in the post, but today I wanted to share a bit of a story time/lesson learnt with you all and to be honest document it for myself to look back on in times of need – I rarely take my own advice but maybe if it was written down…here’s to hoping anyway!

A few weeks ago I launched my ‘Just want to nap’ print as number 15 in my Create 30 blog challenge. I had made the print ahead of time because of the move and also ahead of time, had photographed it, edited the photos, written an Etsy shop listing; created a blog post…yadda yadda yadda…you get the point. I had the post sat in my drafts folder for a while and was pretty darn pleased with myself for finally getting a little bit ahead of myself to be able to pack the house up etc.

Just for some context, the whole of the few weeks surrounding this were mega, uber, t-rex dinosaur proportion stressful.

We almost lost the offer on our house, the chain got really messy, no one could agree on a move date, estate agents and solicitors were all in the mix and it was a Mess – with a capital ‘M’. Anyhoo, I had read and re-read that blog post, I checked for spelling and grammar, you name it, I checked it.

I was so excited to launch this print. I had worked hard on colours and getting the right mix of typography and hand lettering, picking the right angles of the felt flower photographs to fit perfectly into the corners – If you know me at all, you will know that I am a total perfectionist.

I released the print, the blog post and launched the Etsy listing into the wild and sighed with relief that another Create 30 blog challenge make was done and dusted and I was super proud of it…

That is until my personal (and not actually a paid job) quality control manager (my sister) emailed me to tell me how much she loved my print but was the quote meant to read “Some Days I Feel like Super Women, Other Days I Just Want to Nap”? or was it meant to say ‘Super Woman‘?

I felt sick. That pit of your stomach sick. That pit of your stomach, freeze-on-the-spot-mid-carrot-stick-chomp, don’t-take-another-breath-until-you-have-processed-the-words-in-front-of-you sick.

You know the one? I couldn’t move. I felt paralysed by the shock and fear and panic whilst at the same time my head was buzzing with thoughts trying to make sense of it all, un-ravel the messy ball of wool in my brain, do something that involved DOING SOMETHING!! I had already gotten 50 likes on Instagram – 50 people had seen it GODDAMMIT!

Then the magic happened…My inner organisation-freak, get-to-it-systematic-minded, problem-solving-fairy-brain kicked in…

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I got to work. I sniffed a bit and blew my nose, I took a deep breath and my shaky little hands sprang into action. I started with some damage limitation by deleting the social media posts and Pinterest pinned images. I threw the print back into Adobe Photoshop, erased the problem (I wish we could do this in real life sometimes!) and re-drew the hand lettering to make it say ‘Woman’ instead of ‘Women’. Then I realised that I didn’t only have to erase the problem on the actual print but also go back and re-edit the photographs of the print, the framed set up of the print etc etc not only on my blog post but on my Etsy listings too. Yikes!

Within about half an hour all was rectified and the world hadn’t been hit by a failure rock the size of the sun and no one had died because of my silly little mistake.

But for that milli-second (I swear it felt like I had aged a whole decade of my life) it consumed me. I was so scared that because of a simple, correctable error, that everyone would think I was a total sham. A failure. A fraud. I felt like people would judge me on my mistake and deem my art and my work not worthy of buying. That my sales would hit rock bottom, that no one would read my blog anymore, that someone wouldn’t trust me enough to buy from my Etsy shop because I couldn’t do a simple thing like check my wording on a print. This all, of course, was not true. It was made up by the little anxiety gremlins in my head that like to rear their ugly little heads when I am scared or panicking or overwhelmed.

I didn’t let them win. I think that this is the one thing I will take away from this lesson learnt (apart from now triple checking my work) I will never let them win. I will pick myself back up and make it right. I will take a deep breath and do my very best to fix the problem, and most importantly not beat myself up too much about it.

I will not unpack and live in that place. I will allow myself to have a little cry, a few little sniffles and then I will move forward.

I mean, I am not saying that I felt a huge deal better after rectifying the problem – Don’t get me wrong,  I was a mess and felt truly frazzled. I felt burnt out from everything that was going on around me that made me make the mistake in the first place. I hauled by bum back upstairs to bed, got under the duvet and watched Disney’s Peter Pan for the rest of the afternoon. I Instagramed about my day and chatted to my lovely Etsy group on Facebook and I was bowled over by the support. Which is when I realised that it is not just me.

People mess up every day. Sometimes they are small, fixable silly little mess ups, sometimes they are bigger and more damaging but either way they (hopefully!) survive to tell the tale.

Once I had stepped away from it all I could get a bit more perspective and by the following morning I realised that life definitely goes on. What makes me so important to think that anyone even cared, let alone noticed!? I don’t even mean that in a self-deprecating way, just that in the grand scheme of things, in this big wide scary world, the only one who cared about the mistake and judged me was…Me (and possibly the 50 people that still went on to like that photo before I deleted and re-posted it) Phew! Lesson Learnt.

To be honest it was a good little warning sign that I just needed to step away from things for a bit, get into my blanket fort and relax away from the world, even if it was just for an afternoon.

The funny thing is, in hindsight obviously, is that my ‘Just want to nap’ print actually went on to be featured on the fantastic creative lifestyle blog Live It. Love It. Make It. in their latest ‘New in Handmade’ blog post. Funny how things turn out isn’t it! You should check out their blog too – It is super fun and inspiring – they are really lovely ladies too. 

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Create 30 – No. 18 & 19 – Stationery and Craft Supply Enthusiast Prints

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Hello lovely Buttoneers! We are moving house very, very soon and it’s both super exciting and super stressful! Before I pack up my laptop and the final bits and pieces of the Eliston Button Headquarters get smushed into the last few boxes and packing taped up within an inch of their lives (I am a bit of a tape-every-corner-sealed-super-tight-nothing-will-wreck-my-stuff kinda girl) I wanted to share one more Create 30 make with you all and then I can relax, safe in the knowledge that if I don’t have my internet up and running in the new house for a while, that I will still be on track to get them all out before June! Yikes! (Major fingers crossed – about the internet and making all of the things before June) Crikey, time without internet…it doesn’t bare thinking about! 

Whilst I was packing up the studio I realised that I am a massive craft supply and stationery hoarder.

I had collected so much in the time we were in this house. I had saved pretty paper bags for scrapbooking, tidied away duplicate pens, fine liners, glue sticks and stickers just in case mine ever ran out. I had hidden away notebooks and new paintbrushes and stored Christmas crafts away for the winter like a squirrel hiding nuts. I had collected together stashes of beautiful papers from craft magazines and found pockets of the studio filled with more ‘spare’ balls of yarn than I’d like to admit.

Hello…my name is Rachel and I am a massive craft supply and stationery hoarder enthusiast.

Well…Admitting to the problem is the first step…right? 

So whilst trying to bat away comments from my fiancé that I should open my own craft store (I mean, come on…that means I would have to part with it all! Silly boy! What do boys know anyway!?) I had a flash of inspiration – I wasn’t a hoarder…I was an ENTHUSIAST! (That could be a thing…yes?) 

I grabbed my pens and pencils (not the spare ones of course – that would ruin them, silly!) and got to sketching!

I wanted to create fun and colourful ideas for new prints for the new future Eliston Button Headquarters, which of course in turn became a super fun Create 30 make! Hooray! 

So without further ado…Here is Create 30 – No. 18 & 19 – Craft Supply and Stationery Enthusiast Prints…

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Pens, pencils, buttons and beads…Sewing machines, cotton spools, needles and yarn…Glue guns and glue sticks and scissors galore! You’re not a craft supply hoarder – No way! You are simply a Craft Supply Enthusiast! Hooray!

Well, join the club – I’m the president! I understand that you absolutely *need* all ten pairs of those scissors and that, yes indeed you really *must* collect all of the colours and shades of the rainbow in marker pens, cotton reels and yarn – I mean, come on!

What sort of animal leaves the craft store with only three jars of buttons and only six tubes of paint?

A Craft Supply Enthusiast print is a must-have for any craft lover or designer maker for their creative space, craft room or even their living room (which is also probably great storage for some of those stray balls of wool and a few spare buttons!) It is sure to be a funny talking point for anyone who truly knows what you are like when it comes to resisting those craft store bargains!

Perfect for any maker or crafter, knitter or sewer, painter or illustrator, artist or designer or just wonderfully creative people everywhere.

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For the Love of…Spring

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! Spring has finally sprung and you can feel it in the air! I think I love this season almost as much as I love Autumn and I think it is mostly down to colour. As most of you know, I am a huge colour lover. I love the brights and pastels as much as deep and brooding inky shades – I love them all (especially if they are organised in to rainbow order!)

Colour makes me happy; it can brighten a day or make you feel warm and cosy. Colour can make you feel emotions, grab your attention or simply blend beautifully from tone to tone – What’s not to love right!?

Spring is that wonderful time of year when the sunshine starts to become a bit more of a regular occurrence (sometimes here in the U.K. it’s just a tiny bit more than Winter!) and you can feel the warmth on your face at the same time as the cool breeze across your skin. Just like Autumn, It’s not too hot and not too cold. There is no sweating it out on the way to the shops but you don’t have to bundle up under layers of coats and scarves either. It’s perfect. Not only that, but the flowers start to peek through from their winter slumber.

The excitement of catching sight of bulbs peeking through and gently blossoming into happy sunshine yellows and pinks and lilacs.

Colour starts to explode into everything again and you can stand and take a deep breath of fragrant flowery goodness, warm sun on your face and know that you made it. Spring is the start of less gloomy days and dark evenings, it is the start of new beginnings and spring cleans.

Spring breathes life back into the world and lifts your mood with its cheery smile and its little nod towards summer…Perfection!

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So, because of my love of Spring, I wanted to have a little colourful and crafty round up of my favourite springtime finds at the moment, some spring themed Eliston Button Etsy Shop finds and some wonderful springtime goodness from around the web. Much like my ‘For the Love of…Autumn‘ and my ‘For the Love of…Winter‘ blog posts from last year. I really love this little seasonal mini-series and hope to find lots of fun favourites over the course of the years to come too. 

I really love finding inspiration across the web at the same time as supporting fellow craft and creative lifestyle bloggers that I look up to and admire…

Here are six spectacular spring time crafts that I have discovered recently – I can’t wait to try them out! 

  1. I love the gorgeous Floral Wallflowers Spring Home Decor D.I.Y by the amazing ladies at A Beautiful Mess – It would be sure to brighten up my new living room mantelpiece. 
  2. These delicate Paper Hyacinth Flowers are super pretty and so colourful by the fab One Little Project blog – Imagine lots of different colours all together in pretty vases around your home! 
  3. I think these really cute Painted Rock Garden Markers from Adventure in a Box are a genius idea! Fun and creative but also super useful for your garden of greenhouse or even if you have an allotment or homestead. 
  4. One of my favourites in this mini round-up is this really clever and creative Garden Hose Spring Wreath by the lovely Create Craft Love blog – So much fun and made using things that are probably hanging around the garden or the garden shed at home with a dash of floral fancy to finish it off.
  5. How adorable are these Easter Bunny Treat Jars from the super cute Happiness is Homemade blog!? Perfect for storing seasonal treats or even your spring time craft supplies! 
  6. Last but definitely not least, I adore this D.I.Y.Easter Egg Button Art Craft by A Cultivated Nest blog. It’s bright and cheerful and full of buttony goodness – What more could this button obsessed crafty kid want!? 

Did you know that I have a few spring time blog posts in the Eliston Button Archives too? 

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Create 30 – No. 16 & 17 – Seaside Fabric Collages

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! Happy March! I really do think that the first two months of 2017 have gone ridiculously fast! Don’t you agree? The silver lining is that at least it will be Spring soon and hopefully we will get a little bit more sunshine. I think that’s where my creative imagination led this week.

Holidays in the sunshine, walking along the beach with sand beneath my toes and the sound of waves crashing against the shore…strolling around the harbour of a little seaside town, hearing seagulls and feeling the salty breeze on my cheeks…ahhh…bliss!

Maybe I just need a holiday after all of this house packing ready for the big move!? 

Waaaaaay back in my Create 28 Blog Challenge, I created some of my favourite doses of crafty goodness to date – fabric collages! If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my little sneak peek a few weeks ago when I started to gather together supplies and play around with fabric colours and sew little buttons to them. Both of my fabric collages had sold out by January this year and I was a little sad to see the last one fly its way across oceans to Southern Australia, at the same time as being safe in the knowledge that it was going to a beach-loving home in the sunshine.

What an adventure that little fabric collage went on! 

I also felt a little sad that all that remained in the Eliston Button Etsy Shop of my fabric collages were my Beach Hut Fabric Collage Prints until I had the time to create the final ‘Driftwood’ collage into a print to join it. When I was organising my life blog challenge (sometimes it feels like the same thing!) I planned out all of my potential crafty items that would eventually be made and launched with a sprinkle of glitter and a poof of magic into my online shop.

I had tentatively pencilled in fabric collages and got even more concerned about getting the list completed before June when we finally sold our house and a move was on the horizon! Hooray for moving! 

So I pulled up my little maker socks, grabbed my crafty tools and got to work making and photographing and editing to try to get ahead of myself a bit to cover the move.

I made time for the important things and fabric collages were top of the list! Boy am I glad I did as I think these might be my new favourites! (Don’t tell the other ones though!) 

So without further ado…Here is Create 30 – No. 16 & 17 – Seaside Fabric Collages…

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This fabric ‘Beach Huts by the Sea’ collage is handmade with tiny slithers of different fabric built up in layers of soft textile goodness to form a seaside scene in a unique way. 

Each small treasure of fabric was lovingly hand-picked and cut to size to create a layered collage effect that gives a gorgeous tactile and dimensional piece of original art for your walls. This warm, happy seaside scene is sure to brighten up a rainy, grey day or add a touch of summer to your home, whatever the season.

Maybe you could hang it in your living room for memories of holidays by the beach or maybe in your bedroom to fall asleep dreaming of the ocean?

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The lower part of the collage contains fabric rocks build up in darker fabrics of different textures – can you spot a fossil or two? This leads your eye up to the warm beige and creams that merge together with oatmeal and sandy colours to create a wonderfully textured sandy surface of the beach. These colours merge with white foam on the oceans edge and then into the deep blues, subtle greens and rich turquoisey teal tones of the sea.

Shimmery slices of fabric capture the light on the surface and subtle specks of glittery thread catch your eye as you move in front of the piece. 

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Eliston Button Headquarters – Part Two

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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…

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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! 

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Create 30 – No. 15 – ‘Just Want To Nap’ Quote Print

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! Our house move is still looming on the horizon and by the time you read this blog post, I really hope I have a move date! Ekkk! It is so stressful isn’t it!?

It is definitely one of those times where I am super glad that I am a complete organisation geek!

With organisation on my side, along with the odd spiral into overwhelm, I was able to plan ahead a bit and get this post written and created ahead of time before I have to pack up the Eliston Button Headquarters *sob* and have to some time to get organised. Fingers crossed. 

When I was sat thinking about my last year in this little creative business of mine for my Eliston Button is 3! blog post, I got to thinking about how I construct my days. Some days I am super organised and feel on top of everything. I will plough through my to-do lists and have time for a bit of self-care (reading/crafting for myself/painting my nails/flicking through a magazine with a mug of tea) in the afternoon, But how they also very often take a bit of a plot twist and go in another direction.

This generally leads to my brain pulling into the procrastination station and taking my concentration, creativity and general get-up-and-go along for the ride!

As you may know if you having been keeping up with this little creative corner of the internet, I like to pull out a quote here or there to stand out and break up the paragraphs of text in pink (much like the one above) I was tippy-tappying away and wrote about how “Some days I feel like super woman, other days I just want to nap” – This was sooooo true to my days working in the studio that I just knew I had to play around with it as a graphic design to squeeze in among the text. I got to it and soon fell in love with my design so much that I wanted to frame it and hang it in the studio.

It would be a fabulous reminder that some days it is okay to want to crawl back under the duvet, that I just can’t force creativity and that I will surely make up for it on one of my more productive-crazy-pants-organised power-through-it-all days.

As usual this then got my over-active creative thought process to dive down the rabbit hole of Create 30 blog challenge ideas and that maybe, just maybe, I should squeeze this one in and knock out something that I wasn’t really feeling all that creative about. For anyone that knows me in real life, you will know how this process was not an easy one – it obviously meant that I had to grab my felt tip pens and create a whole new plan with diagrams and ideas and chaos to rearrange the rest of the challenge into my blog calendar. Yikes! But, it was so worth it because I am really proud with how it turned out; I love it and think you will too! I really love how I was able to use images of my handmade felt flowers alongside text and hand lettering – so dreamy for my design loving brain! 

So, without further ado…Here is Create 30 – No. 15 – ‘Just Want to Nap’ Quote Print…

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Create 30 – No. 14 – Blue and White Embroidered Felt Flower Brooch

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! I am back with another Create 30 blog challenge make – I think I had a bit of a panic when I realised I hadn’t hit the half way mark yet when I was chatting to you a few weeks ago about my ‘You are my World’ Button Art Quote Prints! Eeekk! 

If you have followed this here little corner of the crafty blogosphere for a while now or even on Instagram you may recognise this next dose of handmade goodness.

I shared a few photos here and there and even had a fun competition a few years ago with it. Well I loved it a lot and was always a little sad that it didn’t ever have its chance to shine like the other treasures in my little handmade treasure trove on Etsy.

Just before Christmas last year,  I took part in an Etsy Secret Santa in the lovely group of makers I am in that have formed an amazing little community over on Facebook. We all help each other out if we are stuck and give a little happy dance for each other when we have good news and successes. For my pairing for the Secret Santa, the lady I was paired with loved the beach and the colour blue – So naturally I gifted her one of my Fabric Beach Collage Prints.

I wondered what I could send her alongside it as my crafty little fingers were twitchy with eagerness to make something different.

I haven’t made a new embroidered felt flower brooch since my ’27 before 27′ Blog Challenge and I really missed playing with beautifully soft felt and creating new embroidered designs so I dug out my sketches from waaaayyy back and got to work! 

I had such a wonderful response from the lovely lady that received it that I just knew I had to make another one for this challenge! So without further ado…Here is Create 30 – No.14 – Blue and White Embroidered Felt Flower Brooch…
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I really love the fresh, crisp colour palette of this flower brooch and it is sure to brighten any outfit with its soft, felty goodness. Maybe you would refresh the look of your favourite handbag or pin together a special scarf? Maybe you would buy two and pin them to your shoes for a real spring in your swanky new step!? 

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The beautiful blue embroidery thread was carefully handpicked to stand out cheerfully against the wonderfully crisp white colour of the felt.

Each petal is individually hand embroidered with a swirl-like tendril that winds along the petal and branches off into three little curls, before being blanket stitched to the petals underside.

This allows a seamless back to the felt flower brooch and hides away the messy back side of the embroidery. The blanket stitch flows around the outside of the petal giving it a bold and bright outline and allows the finished brooch to stand out, even against a white shirt or jacket! 

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Eliston Button Headquarters – Part One

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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…

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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!? 

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Create 30 – No. 13 – ‘You Are My World’ Button Art Quote Prints

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! We made it to half way through January 2017! Hooray! I don’t know about you but I am finding it super hard to get back into a routine after a couple of weeks Christmas break. Eugh! I am so tired – I really should have started getting up a bit earlier to get back into the swing of things waaaaay before I was due to get my butt back into the studio. I am getting there! How about you? 

We are also here at the first Create 30 blog challenge make of the New Year too! Hooray!

You can never have too many ‘Hoorays’ in your life now can you!?

I really love this one too, I know…I know…I probably say this about all of my makes in one form or another, but this one pleases my little crafty, button-loving heart! 

Last year, for Earth Day, over on Instagram I spent aaaagessss putting together a button ‘Earth’ to celebrate the day and our beautiful planet. As you can imagine, I thoroughly enjoyed myself but it took a really long time. At the time seemed a shame that it would soon be lost in the flow of the internet and the ever changing Instagram feed, never to be seen again. This totally sparked a little light bulb moment in my creative imagination! Aha! I would somehow create a print using the lovely world made of beautiful buttony goodness (what a place that must be!) I then moved on to the next Create 30 make.Uh Oh!

In my typical multi-passionate-ten-projects-on-the-go-at-a-time-none-get-finished fashion, I forgot about it. Darn!

However, luckily, when I was fishing around my maker brain, hoping to hook a really juicy idea for Valentines season, feeling all mushy which lead to thinking about how much the people around me mean the world to me – the world – I remembered the world! Hooray! (Just go with the Hoorays yes?) And the rest is history!

So without further ado…Here is Create 30 – No.13 – ‘You are my World’ Button Art Quote Prints…

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These ‘You are my World’ button art prints come in a choice of three colour variations – I couldn’t just pick one! You can choose from a white background with pink or blue hand lettering or a grey background with crisp white hand lettering.

Whichever print you choose, it is a perfect message for the people closest to you, whether it be your loved ones, your partner, your children or even your pet!

This ‘You are my World’ print is sure to add a splash of colour and a huge dose of warm, loving goodness to any space.

Maybe you would hang it as part of a living room gallery wall or in a child’s bedroom? Maybe in a nursery for a newly born bundle of joy or a special gift for someone who means so much to you? Where ever it is hung it glows with the love and warmth of its hand-lettered message and tells them how much they mean to you – How lovely!

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Immediately your eye is drawn to the carefully hand-picked buttons in various beautiful blues and gorgeous greens that form a globe in the centre of the print.

Green buttons from large to tiny sit comfortably on a dark grey globe and are surrounded by a blue ocean of interesting doses of buttony goodness!

The blue buttons swirl around the green ones hugging them gently and creating a whole piece of button art that really catches your eye and brings a beautifully bold splash of colour to the piece. 

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‘You are my World’ is lovingly hand lettered and digitally rendered, to give a clean line with beautifully crisp edges, around the outside of the button art ‘Earth’, overlapping slightly with its swirling loops to bring the whole print together as a gorgeous addition to your home decor.  View Post

Eliston Button is 3!

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! Did you have a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous New Year? I can’t believe it is back to work time already! It all goes so fast! Luckily I am still in full celebration mode as Eliston Button, this here little creative corner of the blogosphere, has turned 3 years old!

Hooray! Hooray! [Insert party poppers, streamers coming at your face, balloons popping out of confetti laden boxes and cake…lots of cake, here]

I am so thrilled to have made it this far! Even more importantly, I am thrilled to have made it this far and to still love what I do, which I think is becoming increasingly rare these days. I really love when this time of year comes around and I get to look back at how far forward I have travelled. I decided 3 years ago that, after Christmas of 2014, I was going to launch my blog into the big, wide, world. I feel like I had prepared myself for it all for years. I read so many creative business books (none of which really prepared me for the adventure I was about to embark on!) I listened to many podcasts and watched many a video on how it is all done, not to mention following my blogging idols do what they love every day, filling my head with ideas and creative endeavours. I started tippy-tappying away at my laptop a few months before the launch to start everything going and get some blog posts there, ready for people to see when I finally launched in the January. I was so scared to take the leap but dove in head first, rode the rollercoaster and the rest is history!

I never imagined that my ‘just for fun’ blog would turn into my largest project to date! This past year has definitely been the year of growth for me and this little space.

I started this past year right off the back of a really hard year personally (you can catch up on this, in my “It’s Not You, It’s Me (and Why This Isn’t a Break Up blog post) and I felt like my personal life, my own mental health and in turn my enthusiasm was in a very low place which had a huge knock-on effect on my work. How could I be full of joy and happiness on my blog for this ‘Pinterest perfect’ life if it was far from perfect?

I didn’t ever want to give up blogging or making but something had to change. I had been mulling over whether to switch my blog over to a self-hosted blog and at the same time totally redesign my whole website to make it feel new and different and exciting again. I really love the new design but I didn’t anticipate the amount of hard work and days spent in front of my computer it would take! You can read all about my redesign and reasons behind self-hosting in my ‘Eliston Button Website Redesign‘ post. I really loved my new website but the days of tweaking and coding and sorting out problems really took its toll. In my personal life we had put our house on the market and found a house we liked and could afford, away from the problems we had in our current house so things were looking hopeful. We had only a few months to sell our house to be able to keep the reserve on our new one, so it was all systems go and very stressful. So, I took a break from blogging to try to revive my creative juices and remember why I did it all. I needed to not do it for a while to realise how much I really do love my little creative biz.

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