This year I started creating pins in a different style for the shop. I always refer to this time of year as sweater season and every sweater deserves a good pin. I created a tutorial on safety pin brooches a few years ago but expanded the idea using kilt pins and shank buttons. This is the first brooch I completed. The turkeys are so perfect–
As much as I wish I could make more turkey pins, I had the worst time trying to find more and gave up. I’ve skipped directly to Christmas pins! The holidays will be here soon. Can you believe it’s the last week of October already?
The gingerbread men are such a cute trio but I think the enamel button truck may be my favorite of the bunch.
I made a promise to myself that I would enter more craft events… last year! And fell very short of my goal. I did a grand total of zero.
This year is on track to be much different. I participated in my first event of the year this past Saturday at a local school. I am not used to using only one table. It was a tight squeeze. I agonized over the appropriate items to take to the sale.
This is my first time using my fancy jewelry spin displays. I purchased them both at a K-Mart that was going out of business. I stressed a bit and worked really hard to fill the larger one at least 3/4 full of earrings, but turns out it didn’t matter too much. I didn’t sell even one pair!
The event was interesting because I sold items that typically don’t do well in person for me, while other items that I expected to sell, did not. It was overall really great. People really loved the lapel pins. Here is one of the pins that sold…
And my sweet Rainbow Dash hoop. My first attempt at hair, and only my second attempt at embroidery. I am so happy a little girl saw it and wanted to take it home.
I’m keeping an eye out for future events. I have high hopes to get out more this year with my items 🙂
This week the button aisle was full of amazing new finds. I picked up a lot of super cute stuff this weekend . Sooo adorable!! I just had to start with these… Simba, Timon, & Pumbaa.
Don’t ask what my favorite Disney film is ’cause I really don’t know. It’s hard to choose. I haven’t seen the Lion King in forever. I have probably seen Aladdin 1,000 times though. Anyway, my first project was this wire wrapped pendant.
I love the way the colors came together. I searched through my buttons for a looong time finding the perfect bits. I don’t use gold wire very often but I felt it was appropriate for this palette.
I can’t even go into how perfect this lapel pin is! It turned out exactly how I pictured it in my mind. And I’ll be honest, that doesn’t always happen. I can’t even bear to part with it. I’m pretty sure I’m going to keep it. I’ll be making one for the shop soon… promise 🙂
Recently, I was contacted for a special custom order for a wedding. The theme, ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’. The color palette consisted of black, white, grey, and purple. I never realized these buttons even existed. How cool are they? They’re in the Disney line by Dress It Up button embellishments.
I started with boutonnieres for the groom and best man. Wire wrapped buttons and beads.
Next were the smaller bouquets of cut strips of double sided cardstock. Each strip of paper is punched by hand prior to shaping into flowers and I’ve never made these for a wedding before so it was an interesting experience tracking down paper in the appropriate colors.
The flowers were given a button center and arranged on floral wire stems.
The bridal bouquet was made with mulberry paper flowers. The bride requested Jack and Sally for the focal point in the center of the bouquet.
I love the look of everything, and most importantly the bride is happy.