Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Hop Along

Today I’m joining in with a Blog Hop from over at Serendipitous Stitching. I’ve been paired up with The Alchemyst’s Study and my brief is to have a snoop around her blog and write a post dedicated to her, with something I’ve made that I thought she might like.

Unfortunately I don’t have a huge backlog of cross-stitched crafts to draw on, but I have tried my hand at a good few techniques in my time and it seems like Christine likes to do the same! She has a lovely little online craft store with a whole section dedicated to ‘buttons and braids’ so I thought I’d share my favourite button craft with you.

Growing up, my mum had a collection of buttons in an old milk formula tin and I used to love getting them out and playing with them, just enjoying looking at all the different designs. I’ve started my own miniature collection but it is growing slowly, mostly made up of the spare buttons that come with various items of clothing!

I got the idea for this project from a lovely tea shop we visited one winter on a Christmas walk around Bakewell. The clock was beautiful and I thought, I could make that for my mum next year!

So I did. I had a fun trip to the market where I got to pull out all those tubes of buttons and pick my favourites, then I chose the best arrangement and got stitching. Sewing the clock face onto the backing fabric was quite a challenge, and I wish I could say each blanket stitch represents a second but alas not so technical! I’m also missing photos of my Dad and I on Christmas eve with a drill trying to make a perfect sized hole for the clock mechanism to fit through the back board I’d bought without wobbling.

But here is the finished item:



I like to think the non-uniformity gives it a rugged charm! My mum likes it anyway, it occupies pride of place on the mantelpiece.

Where have you picked up some crazy craft ideas from?



Do go and visit Christine’s blog at The Alchemyst's Study, and find the rest of the blog-hoppers at Serendipitous Stitching. Nice to meet you!

11 comments:

  1. Thanks for taking part and sharing a love of crafting! Looks like the random thingie chose a good person for you. The clock is a great idea and it's lovely that you and Dad worked on it together. No wonder your Mum cherishes it.

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    1. Thanks! And thank you for organising it, I've really enjoyed taking part and discovering lots of new blogs too.

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  2. What a wonderful post! I agree with Jo on the clock. =) Off to Christine's now.

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  3. Wonderful clock, Becca. I bet your mum loved it! I, too, am off to visit Christine's blog now.

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    1. Thanks! My mum is biased, she'll enjoy anything that I make for her, but I'm pleased enough for it to be on display :-)

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  4. I hope you have as much fun with this blog hop as I do - now I'm hopping to the Alchemist's Study.

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    1. I've really enjoyed it! I'm a little ahead of some people in time it seems so I'm looking forward to reading the last few entries tonight.

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  5. Hi! It's nice to meet you. Thank you for the post :)
    I remember playing with buttons when I was a child too, I guess I never really grew out of it!
    I love the button clock, such a lovely idea.

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    1. Hi! Lovely to meet you too, I enjoyed looking around your blog and shop and seeing all of the lovely things you get up to! There is a special charm about buttons, isn't there? So commonplace but with the potential to be so pretty!

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  6. I do absolutely cherish the clock, it is so pretty! And it's lovely to hear a bit of the back story (didn't know about the button collecting trip!). So many visitors to our home comment on how lovely it is - I could almost set you up in business Becca xxxx

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