An Alpaca Adventure!

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! Well…that was a rather impromptu blogging break wasn’t it! For those of you that don’t follow me on social media (You should by the way – Instagram is my fave!) I have been having headaches and migraines constantly for a few weeks or so. Luckily the CT scan came back clear but I am back and forth at the doctor’s trialling different medications hoping one will work enough for me to properly get back to work and live my life again! Arrghhh! In the meantime the Eliston Button Etsy Shop will remain open and I will be dipping in and out here and social media when I can.

Anyhoo, Now that my Create 30 blog challenge is well and truly done and dusted I can concentrate on the other little doses of creative lifestyle goodness that are in my blogs tagline – like adventure! Hooray!

I really want this little corner of the blogosphere to be a mix of all things Art, Design, Craft and Adventure because, let’s face it, they are blooming great things to fill your life with!

I wanted to share ‘An Alpaca Adventure!’ with you for a few weeks now but with recent hospital stays and feeling pretty poop, it took a bit of a backseat. But, alas! Here it is because I just couldn’t let this one slip under the radar without documenting it – You know I am a sucker for documenting my life and what better way than to share it on this here bloggity blog!?

This year as one of my presents to my fiancé Chris for his birthday I wanted to mix it up a bit and get us out and about on an adventure. For years now we have been obsessed with how funny alpacas are. Before we moved, about ten minutes from our house, we used to drive past an alpaca farm on the way to go shopping in Cheltenham and always say hello to ‘Alan’ the alpacas (They are all called Alan right!?) which then turned into every picnic starting with…

“I’ll grab a blanket…Alpaca lunch!”

So, when I spotted an alpaca experience online I jumped at the chance to walk an actual real life alpaca! We went to Charnwood Forest Alpacas in Leicestershire and had the best experience – we are still laughing and talking about it now! This is not a sponsored post – we genuinely just had a fabulous time and I wanted to share it! 

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We started out with a really informative talk about the alpacas and the handling of them.

Fun Fact #1: Did you know there are 20 different colours of alpaca from white to black with the brown shades in between!?

They get sheared once a year and their wool can be used for all sorts of things but especially crafting! Have you ever knitted or felted with alpaca wool?

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Fun Fact #2: Alpaca wool is different to sheep wool as it hypoallergenic – it doesn’t contain lanolin, which is the cause of many wool allergies. 

I can’t take all of the credit for remembering all of the talk – I might have had to ring Chris at work to ask how many shades there were – He is a fact brainiac enthusiast so I knew he would remember! 

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Apparently a lot of the time, the alpaca chooses the person for the walk rather than the person choosing the alpaca – how sweet! Jasper here definitely chose me by sticking his face right into mine! I think he could sense the fear to be honest; he had me totally summed up. I was super excited to be holding an actual real life alpaca – I think I played it cool…right!? 

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Off we went, walking our alpaca across the paddock and towards the open fields of the farm. This is where I very quickly realised that Jasper the alpaca was just using little nervous me as a freedom giver. As soon as he felt that fresh air on his face and the wind in his hair, as soon as his feet felt the grass between his hooves and the tree line in the distance…he bolted. What the heck!!?? There I am half running across a field, fingers so tightly clenched on his lead (I mean come on…who wants to be the only one to lose their alpaca?) and hoping to god that the leader girl will DO SOMETHING! It felt like a marathon to this crafty girl with stubby legs I can tell you. The panic was unreal! 

Luckily he slowed and with a bit of wrangling I managed to get him back across the field to the rest of the group where I was told to be a bit firmer with him and not to let him be the boss of me – life lesson right there. 

Life Lesson #1: Never let an alpaca think he is the boss of you.

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Meanwhile, Chris has missed the whole debacle as he is too busy wrestling his own alpaca called Tailwind (a sentence I never thought I would write!) and only caught me on the walk back whilst I was snivelling away between an hysterical cry-laugh and hoping I wouldn’t get told off. Have you ever seen a guy so chuffed to be holding an alpaca? I blooming love this photo – I might have to frame it!

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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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Photo-a-Day – June 2016

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Hello there lovely Buttoneers! How is it July already!? Where the hell did June go!? In fact, where did the last 6 months go? Jeez. Stop the world, I want to get off! It’s going too fast! Yikes! How are we at Photo-a-Day – June 2016 already!? To be honest I really thought I would be taking it a month at a time and re-assessing whether I wanted to carry on at the end of each month but I have got so carried away with it that I am seamlessly just merging in to each new month.

I guess the beauty of rounding up all of the month photos here, allows me to see the whole picture a lot clearer. I really do enjoy looking at them all together and seeing how far I have come from since I played along a few years ago in Photo-a-Day – March 2014 – Seems like a lifetime ago (Why did we all use those heavy filters and borders!?) I completed a whole year back then and then had a year’s break before starting again in Photo-a-Day – January 2016. Will I complete this year? We’ll see! You can see every single month of my photographs so far, here or read all about Fat Mum Slim’s Photo-a-Day challenge, here. 

It is a lot of fun seeing the different months and seasons of life, where I am or what I am up to…

Not forgetting the actual seasons and seeing the transitions between Spring flowers and Summer skies, to golden Autumn goodness to crisp Winter photos that nip at your toes!

I had a good Photo-a-Day challenge month in June. I feel like I put a lot more thought into the prompts and found I was a lot happier with the results…

Which is kind of a good mantra for everything really isn’t it? The more you put in the more you get back in return.

I love all of them a lot this month but I particularly love the fun and brightly coloured bunting and buttons that surround my Beach Hut Fabric Collage Print in Day 2. I loved documenting my day out in Cheltenham with Day 4’s ‘Reflection’ in Pittville Park. I really love Day 5’s little reminder to slow down and take a nap and capturing the start of my Birthday Adventures in Day 11. Day 12 and 13 showed my love for Lego whilst Days 15 and 16 gave a few more sneaky peeks of the Eliston Button Headquarters. Days 14 and 19 filled my days with rainbow colours whilst a more muted Day 21 made my heart swoon in pale shades of calm. My obsession with toys from my childhood came through in Day 28 and the sun shone down with my ‘Spread a Little Sunshine’ Print covered in sunshine happy, yellow buttons before getting all nautical on the last day.

What an adventure. Not only in photography or layouts but in colour and creative thinking – My faves!

As ever, I hope this blog post brightens your day with an explosion of colour, cute and the usual emoji party that explodes into each round up blog post! 

So, without further ado…Here is my Photo-a-Day – June 2016…

Day 1 – Key – The keys that unlock musical magic ✨🎹🎼🗝🎶

Day 2 – Treat – I treat myself to a trip to the sunny seaside every day when I look at my Beach Huts fabric collage print! I really love how the texture really translated into the flat print and makes me want to scrunch my toes in the soft cotton sand. Well a girl can dream can’t she!? ☀️🏖 This print is available in the Eliston Button Etsy Shop

Day 3 – Purple – Purple glitter is like sparkly magic! ✨💜✨💜✨

Day 4 – Reflection – Reflection Perfection! An almost perfect replica of the gorgeous little bridge in Pittville Park, Cheltenham reflected into the smooth water! It was so muggy today that I had to resist to jump in! I even snapped the reflection of the soaring seagull! 💙💚🌿

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Workspace Wednesday – Minion Madness (with video!)

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As a great stocking filler prezzie at Christmas my parents gave me this little guy to make as they know my love for these little minions and my love of Lego. This kit is actually made by Loz® and is called Diamond Blocks and before you get stressed at the similarity to Lego, I should tell you that these are tiny at a mere 5mm tall! They are adorable! So, he has been on my workspace this week…

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I thoroughly enjoyed following the instructions and putting him together layer by layer. This got a bit tricky as the pieces are so small but I persevered and after re-starting a couple of times, got into the swing of it and started concentrating a bit more!  It took a long time to build but it was great fun and lovely to do something a bit different. Check out this mini time-lapse video of the build… View Post