Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Buttons by Candlelight

My friend & fellow Guildford Craftacular craft fair organiser, Celine from Apple Juice, held a preview evening last week, in advance of her summer markets. As well as all her latest designs on preview, there were lots of jam jars filled with candles dotted around her living room. The jars were all decorated with pretty vintage french linen & lace, which she had not only embroidered but she had added some buttons too! Do check out her blog banner - it has some of my old vintage carded buttons.


Friday, June 17, 2011

Father's Day Shirt Cuff & Buttons Card

If like me, you have not got around to forcing encouraging the children to make a card for Father's Day and need one in a jiffy - this simple Father’s Day card tutorial posted on Factory Direct Craft takes only a moment to create, looks great and is perfect for the button-down wearing dads in your life. Choose plain white buttons for a more conservative look or go wild with colour for funkier style.


You’ll need:
• Cardstock in blues, greys or other shirt-like colors  • scissors  • pen;
  • a needle & thread  • 2 buttons per card  • a template.
(You can make your own shirt cuff template or you can download
the original template here. The link to the download is under "Things to do'.
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The How-to:
1. Using the cuff template, cut out one shape for each card you want to make. 
2. Write a message on the inside and Happy Father's day on one end of the outside. 
3. Fold (without creasing) so that the ends meet and stitch the buttons in place.


Voila! A cute Father's Day card in a jiffy!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

It's Raining, It's Pouring...

Rain, rain, go away;
Come again another day...

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

United States Flag Day

In the United States, Flag Day, which commemorates the adoption of their flag, is celebrated on the 14th June. There are so many interpretations of flags, using buttons, but these really stood out for me.

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Kids Craft - Wall Hanging Box Aquarium

With the school summer holidays drawing ever nearer, I always need some activities to keep the children entertained and I love this idea by artist & stay-at-home dad Made by Joel.

Joel has a fantastic website, filled to the brim with art, craft and 'handmade educational but fun' projects for children, mostly using everyday items that you invariably have lying around the house. Made using a recycled cardboard box and paper fish which can be moved around using the 'interactive' buttons, this cute little craft is sure to keep my little ones entertained. For the complete & easy instructions, go here. Joel also has a printable download of the fish, so it really could not be any easier! Do check out the rest of the website as it has some really simple but inspiring craft activities to make with children. Made by Joel is now also on Facebook here, where you can also load photos of you completed crafts.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

1st Button Birthday

The Bonkers About Buttons Facebook page is 1 year old today!  I have been working from home, on my own, for over 8 years and although I don't miss commuting & working in an office, I do miss the daily office interaction with colleagues. Then Facebook happened and I have to confess that I'm a bit of a Facebook addict. What I love most about it, is that I can have little spurts of conversations with both family & friends as well as fans of the page, all over the world, just as if I was working in an office. Fans of the page have grown steadily over the last year, thanks in large to all those people who are just as bonkers about buttons as I am. Long may it continue! 

So Happy Happy Birthday Bonkers About Buttons - anyone for cookies & cake?

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