Saturday, September 25, 2010

Sew Cute Button Puddle Stompers

Growing up in the hot & dry southern hemisphere, I never had wellington boots as a child but have always had a real fondness for them. Wellies have certainly come along way since then, and there are some fabulous styles around - from the eye-wateringly expensive but rather lushious Jimmy Choo Crocodile-print Wellington boots to the eye popping bright lace-up Silver Hunters.

Marceline Smith is a an artist & designer based in Glasgow, Scotland who has recently designed some limited edition Wellingtons Boots for Plueys. They’re called 'Sew Cute' and feature her vintage button drawings in a Moroccan-inspired colour scheme of cream, brown, rust and navy blue. I love the subtle colouring and think they look fantastic - I'll be adding these to my Christmas list I think! Now go give it some wellie puddlestompers!


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Wooden Button & Thread Toy

I have a huge collection of buttons and a 'not-quite' 2 year old - these 2 things do not go hand in hand, as she is still liable to put them in her mouth. This lovely handcrafted educational toy looks to be the perfect compromise - she gets her own button and learns to thread at the same time!


Button Doll

Covered in buttons and completely & utterly 'bonkers', this Button Doll by Berton Ridley is not for the faint of heart - it's also got a vaguely 'voodooish' feel to it, don't you think?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

I came across this photo on Flickr today - and the caption really made me laugh!

"I couldn't stop staring at her butt...on... Button!!! The uh....button on the back of her......jacket...because...nothing else in this photo is even remotely as that....BUTTON!!!"

I couldn't stop staring at her butt...on... Button!!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Cute as a Button - Next Button Slippers

I was out shopping for winter clothes for the children and came across these cute slippers for little girls at Next.  Not only do I have a little girlie who is as cute as a button, she now has cute little button slippers too!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Lucy Quartermaine - Lucy Q 'Button' Silver Jewellery

I met up with a friend recently who was wearing some lovely sterling silver jewellery made Lucy Quartermaine. All Lucy's jewellery has a modern twist on traditional craftmanship, but I especially love some of her button designs!

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Sarah Raven - Button Jug

I was having coffee with a friend this morning and happened to spot the new Sarah Raven catalogue - & guess what I found! After all the ooohing & aaahing, I also discovered that I had just ruined my (upcoming) birthday present!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Anuj Sharma has it all bagged up!

Anuj Sharma has not only designed the amazing Button Masala collection; he has also created an updated look for the average mens shirt. He has now gone one further by 'bagging up' a shirt, a cushion and a dress - all held together by buttons!

Anuj Sharma - The beauty is in the detail

I have posted on Anuj Sharma's inspirational work before, as I love how he manages to rework an everyday commonplace adornment - a humble little button! He has done it again, but this time in a much more 'manly' way! - tho' I am sure it can work equally well for women of course! Take one shirt, a piece of co-ordinating fabric, some rubber bands and hey presto! You have a whole new look!


Monday, September 06, 2010

Kicking up your 'ButtonTastic' Heels

It's been raining today; the nights are drawing in much earlier and I can really feel that Winter is on its way. Having grown up in a very hot climate, I love witnessing the change of seasons - and I especially love getting my winter wardrobe out of storage! My favourite winter staple is boots which are invariably always black - I have, at times, been known to own more boots than shoes!

There are an amazing selection of boots from current Autumn/Winter Collections and most of them have button detailing - they're on to us Buttonholics!

Manolo Blahnik

Christian Louboutin

Tabitha Simmons
Vivienne Westwood

Christian Louboutin

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Tripping the Light Fantastic - Silvia Campan's Button Light

I love this Button Light, designed by Silvia Campan.
What looks like thread joining the buttons together is actually the cable, 
which powers the lights. Functional wall art at its best!

Learning to read... The ABC - Spike Milligan

I have always loved reading and given the opportunity, I love nothing better, than 
to sit in a quiet place with a book - with 2 young children this is a non-existent  
very rare occurrence indeed!  I have read to my oldest child since he was a baby 
and he always loved choosing books for me to read to him. 

The transition of him then learning to read was tough and very rocky - he hated it! 
We got there in the end (a year of 'reading' Argos catalogues seemed to do the trick!) 
and his reading is now flourishing and more importantly, he loves reading - though not as much as skateboarding! I am not far off starting to teach my youngest her ABC's and 
loved this photo - it's so much better than a boring poster, it looks great and 
makes the alphabet look a lot more fun.
(Can you guess which is my favourite letter!)


The photo also reminded me of a fantastic poem by Spike Milligan.
The ABC by Spike Milligan
'Twas midnight in the schoolroom
And every desk was shut
When suddenly from the alphabet
Was heard a loud "Tut-Tut!"
Said A to B, "I don't like C;
His manners are a lack.
For all I ever see of C
Is a semi-circular back!"

"I disagree," said D to B,
"I've never found C so.
From where I stand he seems to be
An uncompleted O."

C was vexed, "I'm much perplexed,
You criticise my shape.
I'm made like that, to help spell Cat
And Cow and Cool and Cape."

"He's right" said E; said F, "Whoopee!"
Said G, "'Ip, 'Ip, 'ooray!"
"You're dropping me," roared H to G.
"Don't do it please I pray."

"Out of my way," LL said to K.
"I'll make poor I look ILL."
To stop this stunt J stood in front,
And presto! ILL was JILL.

"U know," said V, "that W
Is twice the age of me.
For as a Roman V is five
I'm half as young as he."

X and Y yawned sleepily,
"Look at the time!" they said.
"Let's all get off to beddy byes."
They did, then "Z-z-z."

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Autumn edition of UK Handmade Magazine

The autumn edition of UK Handmade magazine brings with it a flavour of Japan, with recipes including Japanese-inspired cupcakes, a fabric, “Furoshiki”, gift wrapping tutorial, how to make your very own "Amigurumi" crochet Woodland Bunny and screen-printing. 

Editor, Anna Stassen, describes why autumn is her favourite season:
“Autumn in Japan brings with it brilliant shades of reds, oranges and yellows that mark the start of “Kouyou” (autumn leaves). Many people love Spring time in Japan with the famous cherry blossoms, but I think Autumn just tips Spring to the post as my favorite time of the year in this land rich in cultural and artistic heritage . This issue we have brought some of that Japanese magic to the pages of UK Handmade. ”

 This edition also marks the start of a fascinating series called “The road less travelled”. The article's author, Kirsten Miller, explains:
“Ever since I gave up my legal career to follow a more creative one, I have met a lot of people who have done the same. We live in changing, challenging times, but I’m struck by how many people are taking a fresh look at their lives and finding out what they value, so they can live a more rewarding life.”

Within the beautifully designed pages is also an interview with the winner of the British Craft Trade Fair Craft & Design Award 2010, Jacqueline Harold:
“I have been very lucky to have won any of my awards and they are all in turn very important to me, however, winning the Craft & Design award this year was fantastic.”

Of course the autumn edition wouldn't be complete without its fair share of Halloween goodies including, tutorials on how to make elegant butternut squash lanterns, your very own polymer clay “wee pumpkin cat” figurine and a delicious recipe for pumpkin pie, as well as all the usual business tips, interviews and events articles.
You can read the mag in full over on the website now - enjoy! 


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