Create 30 – No. 26 & 27 – Embroidered Felt Flower Brooches

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Hello lovely Buttoneers! How am I at makes 26 and 27 out of 30 already!? I feel like the last few have flown by and now I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel a teeny bit more, but at the same time feel like it’s a bit all systems go to make and complete this blog challenge – I just hope after all of this, I can do it!

If you are new *Waves Hello!* grab a cup of tea and learn all about my Create 30 blog challenge to catch up!

After making 25 different doses of creative goodness and adding those little handmade treasures to my Etsy Shop, I got to a point where I had no idea what to make next, let alone for the next 5 makes!

I sat down with a cup of tea and looked back over my Etsy shop, browsing through each item I’ve made and how I felt about it then while I was in the creative making process and how I feel about it now…

These can sometimes be pretty different depending on the hours put in to a make and my initial feelings (generally overly critical!) and how well received they are by you lovelies too.

I’m pretty sure I’ve said it before, but I blooming love making embroidered felt brooches. I loved it waaaaaaaay back in my very first blog challenge – 27 Before 27 where I made 27 different felt flowers before I turned 27 – *Squeal* I was just a kid! Haha! I loved it when I made matching Hair Grips and Earrings and Hair Comb Slides in my Create 28 blog challenge a few years ago. I loved revisiting them for Create 30 – No. 14 – Blue and White Embroidered Felt Flower Brooch back in January. I love the whole process from hand selecting the felt and the colours, to choosing the centre piece (which usually involves trawling through several hundred buttons – such a chore 😉 )

I love embroidering each individual petal and bringing them all together at the end and securing the brooch back on with delicate little stitches to make them all safe and sound. I love it.

So it became a bit of a no-brainer. Two more embroidered felt flower brooches it was – Which makes me feel way better about saying goodbye to the little felty flowers that made it out into the wild for an adventure in new homes!

So, without further ado…Here is Create 30 – No. 26 & 27 – Embroidered Felt Flower Brooches…

In this first embroidered felt flower brooch, rich purple felt and deep raspberry pink embroidery thread come together to create an eye catching accessory.  It is sure to dazzle and add a gorgeous splash of colour to any outfit with its soft, felty goodness and create compliments everywhere you go!

Beautiful purple felt has been lovingly cut into six petal shapes that come to a point at the top. Each of these petals closely hug six beautiful heart shaped petals that are delicately edged and hand embroidered with a whimsical lace-like stitch that splashes a pop of colour across its deep tactile background. This also gives them a bold and bright outline and allows the finished brooch to stand out, even against a coordinating purple top or scarf!

Each of the petals are sewn together and brought to the centre with an elegant silver coloured button centre piece, ornate with shades of pink, purple and red gems around the outside.

The gems surround a beautiful silver coloured detail and a deep purple stone in the centre which draws your eye across the whole flower brooch to the treasure within! 

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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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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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Photo-a-Day – October 2016

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! It’s full on November now and I am still in total denial about how close to Christmas we are! I am normally ahead of my game with Christmas organisation but this year has been a bit hectic so I feel a little off kilter. I have no idea what I am going to buy anyone – Is anyone super organised this year? Please just lie to me if you are! Haha! 

A few months ago I decided to take a break from the Photo-a-Day challenge after my ‘Photo-a-Day – July 1016 – Eliston Button A-Z of Craft‘ month – which I love, love, loved but it really took it out of me time wise not to mention creatively. I talk more about it all in my ‘Around Here…August 2016‘ blog post. 

It is so hard to keep up with laying out creative photograph square flatlays rather than just photographing the everyday around me.

You can read more about the Photo-a-Day Challenge here. Similarly you can catch up with my previous Photo-a-Day challenge months here

So what drew me back into the challenge I hear you say? Colour. If it is not your first time here in this little creative corner of the blogosphere, then you may have noticed that I am a bit in love with colour. I still follow along with the Photo-a-Day challenge as my fiancé takes part with his super fun big-kid approach to the prompts (If you love Lego and Funko Pop Vinyl figures you must check him out on his Instagram) so I am always semi-aware of the daily prompts and the new list when it is released. Normally, I decide it is too much to take on along with my Create 30 blog challenge and try to check in on Instagram over the week with some behind-the-scenes studio snaps or snippets of that days adventure – these become my ‘Around Here’ posts where I share a round-up of the month from my Instagram account. That is basically my process. I went off on a bit of a waffle tangent didn’t I!

In a nutshell, I generally put the feelers out, have a browse of the month ahead and make a decision based on how stressed out or overwhelmed I would be if I took on extra work/challenges etc.

As I spied October’s list, I was immediately taken by the long list of colours that covered the whole first half of the month and I was on board! Hooray! I seriously enjoyed myself, I found it equally creative and fun as I did a bit overwhelming once I had got started and I think that’s normally a good sign for me and the projects I take on.

I loved finding bits and pieces around the Eliston Button Headquarters or my home that were of the colour for that day and playing around with then to find an aesthetically pleasing flatlay image for that day.

I found it rejuvenated my creative juices, made me think outside of that well-known metaphorical box and really just have fun with my creativity and imagination, without the pressure of it having to be over thought out and heavily planned and organised for the Eliston Button Etsy Shop!

I have to admit, by the end of the colour prompts about half way through the month when the normal prompts resumed, I was pretty glad to ‘have a break’ from laying out colour palettes and quite grateful to be able to snap things around me or interesting bits and bobs throughout my day.

SIDE NOTE: I tried to add something handmade into each of the ‘colour theme’ photos – Can you spot them!? I will add a link to each one where possible so you can check them out properly!  

So…without further ado, here is my Photo-a-Day – October 2016…

Day 1 – Yellow – All things sunshine happy yellow 💛😍 Sunshine print. Sunflower brooch. French knitted Hair Clip.

Day 2 – Blue – Beautiful blue hues 💙 Knit and Drink Tea print.

Day 3 – Purple – Shades of Perfect purples 😍💜  Purple embroidered felt flower brooch.

Day 4 – White – A wonderland of white! 🕊 🐚💭 White and Merlot flower brooch. Monochrome flower brooch.

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