This week my goals were:
1. Set up a blog – done
2. Start my ‘button a day’ challenge – part met
3. Early to rise routine – so far so good
I will be having a stall at the Stoke Bruerne Gala Weekend on 15/16th June and I need to make stock, so I decided to set myself a challenge of making a set of buttons every day for the next month. So far I’ve managed 3 sets, but I’m not complaining as I have also received more orders for my Ocean Wave Peace Pebbles which I need to fulfil.
So what are Ocean Wave Peace Pebbles, I hear you ask? Well they came about when a friend of mine saw a swirly pendant I had made which looked like a wave a surfer would be very happy to ride. She’s a yoga teacher specialising in antenatal classes and thought they would be great as pebbles to give to her mums-to-be. So I made up some samples and she was delighted with the size and smoothness of them.
In class, the ladies hold them in their hand to use as a visual and tactile ‘anchor’ when practising the breathing and motion techniques to remember during labour.
Then she asked other teachers if they would like them too and the response has been overwhelming. To date, I have made over 250 of them!
I am delighted to report that they do in fact work and was thrilled to receive a very moving account from one teacher about the birth story of one of her class stating how useful it had been and that she hoped one day to pass it on to her daughter. What a flattering legacy!
Anyway, back to the buttons. I’ve made several sets of small and medium sized buttons in varying colours but all with a snowflake design stamped in them. They are proving popular with crocheters.
I bought a tutorial from a very talented polymer clay artist, Iris Mishly, this week on faux ceramic and couldn’t wait to give it a try, starting with these cute little houses.
I’m delighted with how they’ve turned out and have already had requests for mini-house buttons, beads & brooches! I’m not sure how I’m going to keep up with demand! I need elves!
Finally, I’ve started a new routine called ‘early to rise’ which means getting up 2-3 hours earlier than you would expect in order to carry out tasks that a lot of us end up doing late into the night instead. I was introduced to the concept by my boss, Julia, at Green Umbrella. I’m only on day 4 and feeling a little jet-lagged, but hoping my body-clock will adjust soon so it becomes more natural.