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Day Ten – 30 Days of Creativity 2015

Today’s theme was ‘button’ – well, I have plenty of those lying around so I decided to make what I thought would be a quick button-button, but alas I am a perfectionist and this creation took way longer than I expected. And was ‘uncreated’ in the blink of an eye when I tipped all of the buttons back into their box!

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Day Twenty Two – 30 Days of Creativity 2012

Today’s theme was ‘bird’ and I figured I’d better make a button bracelet as I haven’t made any for 30DoC yet. Looking out of the window for inspiration, I caught sight of a motley collection of garden birds hanging around next door’s bird feeders, and chose the bluetit to base my bracelet on:

Which birds do you think would make good button bracelets?

Becky

Self assembly

Recently, I’ve noticed an increase in the number of crafty kits and workshops that are available. I can think of a couple of places off the top of my head whose basic raison d’être is to offer classes and workshops in various craft-related skills (The Make Lounge and The Makery) and several other shops that offer workshops as a sort of extra to help people get to grips with sewing/jewellery making/knitting etc.

I imagine that most of the appeal of going to a workshop, or buying something in kit form, comes down to a) people wanting to try a new skill without having to buy all the materials and equipment, only to find they don’t like it and b) getting that feeling of satisfaction from having made something, without jumping in at the deep end and having to work it all out oneself.

I personally like the idea of little kits. I’ve spotted some great ones on Etsy, including this constellation embroidery kit, a kit containing everything you’d need to cross stitch a rooster, terrarium kits, even an anatomical heart needle felting kit. Buttons and threadI’d like to make some of my own to sell in my Etsy shop, but I’m a bit stuck on what kind of kit to make. What button-related craft would you buy in kit form? I’ve had a few ideas:

– simplified button bracelets (or earrings) in kit form
– ‘pick your own’ laser cut jewellery to assemble yourself
– something to sew together
– button/embroidery kits including a hoop

Any suggestions gratefully received!

Becky

My Best Friend’s Wedding

My best friend got married at the weekend, and what a lovely occasion it was. The bride looked lovely, the groom scrubbed up well and a good time was had by all. I may even have had a tear in my eye at some of the more emotionally-charged parts of the day (must be getting sentimental in my old age)!

Some of you might remember me mentioning wedding favours on day 17 of my 30 Days of Creativity – well, this was the wedding they were for. The colour scheme was pink and grey so I made *thirty-four* button bracelets as favours for the ladies. Each bracelet used twenty buttons (instead of the forty or so that I would usually use) and had a pink heart shaped button on the dangle chain – thought it would be appropriate, given that weddings are usually about love and all that stuff!

I think button bracelets look nicer when the buttons are all different, and every bracelet is unique. So, instead of buying 300 or so of the same button in pink and grey, I decided to buy button mixes. I used a couple of Etsy sellers for them: JamboChameleon was very helpful when I told her my requirements for grey/silver buttons and although the buttons had to come all the way from Australia I didn’t have to wait too long for them. I asked SchOOLLOcker, from whom I had previously purchased a gorgeous rainbow selection of buttons, to help me out with the pink buttons, and the selection that she sent was just what I needed.

The bride asked me to sort out some packaging for the bracelets and so I decided to go with a pink favour box, containing some sparkly grey tissue paper with the button bracelet nestled in the middle. I’ll admit to being a little nervous as I sat at my designated table at the reception – what if people didn’t like them? But luckily they all loved them, I saw loads of people wearing their bracelets throughout the evening, and apparently everyone was saying what a nice idea they were for favours!

What are the most unusual favours you’ve ever received at a wedding?

Becky

Day Twenty Eight – 30 Days of Creativity

Quick creation today – a pair of earrings for which I’ve had the buttons and beads hanging around in a yoghurt pot of dreams for ages and ages. Decided to put them all together today, had a moment of doubt in the middle of making them about how well they’d turn out but they look good, better ‘on’ (ie. in my ears) than off but it’s much easier to photograph them when they’re not attached to my head!

Nautical earrings

I was aiming for a nautical vibe with those lovely navy and white striped beads (though they look darker in the pics). Might keep an eye out for some nautical charms so that I can go for full-on sailor style!

Becky

Day Twenty Four – 30 Days of Creativity

I was inspired to make today’s creation through having a little bit of an identity crisis. Occasionally I go to events like Etsy meetups, craft fairs and networking events where it would be beneficial to make it really obvious that I am ‘Becky Button’. I was pondering ways to do this, short of loading myself up with every bit of button-y jewellery I possess! Sometimes it’s just not practical to wear one of my laser cut necklaces or a long pair of dangly button earrings. Even brooches are kind of out of the question because they’d get in the way of my camera bag/handbag etc. Then I had a eureka moment, inspired by a couple of Twitter friends’ conversation about temporary tattoos. I knew we had some printable temporary tattoo paper from way back when, so I made some button-y tattoos!

Button temporary tattoos

They are of course the vector buttons that feature in my blog header, though I guess you could use almost anything. You just cut round the picture and peel it off the backing, no need for water as the ‘tattoo’ just sticks to your skin.

I’ll try to get some in-action shots tomorrow as it was too dark this evening to get anything decent.

Becky

Day Fifteen – 30 Days of Creativity

This is the second of those last-minute ‘must do’ projects, though I’m on an even tighter deadline than yesterday!

Stitch London is ‘a London-based global stitching community that anyone can join.’ Apparently they’re ‘taking over the world one stitch at a time’! They first came to my attention when the call went out on Twitter for Stitched Selves. Thinking that sounded right up my street, I duly made and sent a little Stitched Self off to Stitch London for their temporary display in the Science Museum! If you look carefully you can spot my pink-haired mini-me on the word ‘engineering’ (appropriately) in this picture.

Despite not living in London (and also being unable to knit), I signed up to their newsletter and waited for the stitching call to go out again.

When they announced another collaboration with the Science Museum – Stitched Science – I knew I had to join in. Now, I’ve known about this for a good few months, yet spent three solid hours this evening working on my science-y creation, ready to post it on a next-day delivery tomorrow then cross all of my fingers in the hope that it gets there on time!

Stitched plant cell

I’ve made a stitched plant cell for their display, with buttons and felt and embroidery, some of the neatest stitching around felt shapes that I’ve ever managed, and my first ever French knots (though their creation has not been for want of trying). I’m starting to sound like such a sewing geek, should I be worried?

Stitched plant cell details

If anyone’s interested I can tell you what all the different bits are, but I swear they’ve changed plant cells since I learnt about them at GCSE level, cos there were bits on the reference diagrams I found on Google that I did not recognise at all. Maybe the kids are just getting cleverer these days (she says, from the lofty age of 28). Here’s my original scribbled sketch of what I wanted to include in my stitched cell, the end result matches up pretty well, doncha think?

Stitched cell - plan

Becky