Thanks for your comments on my studio. The open houses / studios is an annual event across East Kent over 3 weekends so you’re right, Ruth, I posted about the first one a couple of weekends ago and this is the last of the three. The middle weekend I wasn’t there as I had a family wedding to attend.
Which leads onto the little hanging things question: they’re ‘up-cycled’ button trees. When I was staying at my parents’ house I took the opportunity to have a good rummage through both my mother’s and my (deceased) grandmother’s old collections of buttons. Throwing things away has obviously never been a big thing in our family! I’d bought a small packet of mixed size green buttons at a craft store and wanted to add to them to make little stacks of buttons (that decrease in size as they go up so that look like trees) to use as inexpensive and eco-friendly decorations. I’ve been looking in charity shops but realised that if I bought them it would actually be quite expensive. The old buttons tins yielded a good haul of buttons so I was able also to make quite a lot of white ones as well as a few red, blue, gold and silver. Not sure where I got the idea from - probably seen some around in the distant past - and no idea if people will like them but if not, they will be going on my tree. If I remember, I’ll take a photo of them later.
Glad everyone enjoyed their candy/sweeties. We had masses of children at the store again for Halloween. I don't usually start holiday decorating until Thanksgiving. I can't stand going into the stores in the fall and seeing everything Christmas. I do have to do my ordering in the fall though.
Lyn, I look forward to seeing your Christmas cards and tea cosy.
Good luck on your sale Ann.
Lindsay, now that makes sense about the three weekends. I didn't understand that was how it worked. Are you planning on selling the button ornaments? I was just wondering because anytime we make something to put in the store windows that isn't for sale, just display, people always want to buy them. What fun you must have had going through the old button tins.
Buttons that brings back memories. After my mother passed, my sister and I spent days going through buttons. I think she ended up selling them on eBay. I have a small collection and occasionally buy unusual ones when I have the chance. I’ve used a few of them on some of my creations. They can be fun.
Yes. My mother and I did the button rummage together and talked a lot about remembered buttons. I’m down at the harbour beach hut gallery over the next two weeks (keep your fingers crossed for good weather) and then the gallery/shop where my studio is has a Christmas emporium planned throughout December rather than an exhibition so I will be offering the button trees for sale at both of those but I’m not very bothered whether they sell or not. It’s nice to have a few different things available and I enjoyed making them. If they don’t sell I will use them at home.
Button rummaging, so much fun. I love buttons. Picking just the right button for things can be hard sometimes but it is always fun to play with the buttons. Good luck at the beach. Ruth, why is it that people always want to buy the display?
It is funny isn't it Ruth. I once had a small bowl of roving balls as part of my display at the farmers market. A lady wanted to buy one of the balls and I told her no they were just part of the display. The balls had about 50 cents worth of wool in them if I was generous. She insisted so I told her $20 think that would put an end to it. Nope, she handed me $20 and took the little ball of roving. I guess she really wanted it. People are crazy. My daily dose yesterday was working on my holiday card. and today will be packaging up the dryer balls I didn't do yesterday.