I'm laying low after a fall at Fibre East on Sunday, no real harm done but a bit shaken and bruised, just thankful nothing got broken! The osteo meds are obviously working.
So, to cheer myself up I've been working on rainbow colours. This was inspired by the positive comments made to my friends Derek and Philippe at a Gay Pride event in Norwich on Saturday. (I made large rainbow hearts for them stamped with words of affirmation in French and English).
So, today has been about sets of rainbow buttons. The seven colours of the rainbow, all together. 2cm hearts, embossed and mica powdered. All for £2.50 a set. I have just 12 sets until I replace the red, yellow and orange clay.
On Sunday, Esme's Buttons had the day off from buttoning, and went to Fibre East at Ampthill with St Edmund's Crafty Knitters. Here we all are on the coach about to leave for the Fair.
There was a plethora of hand spun, hand dyed yarn,and everything you could possibly think of with anything to do with fibre was also there. The wonderful Jenny Barnett NeedleFelter was the highlight (for me anyway).
Watercolours and Lace (my friend Julie) was there for the first time with her stall of hand dyed yarn - such a beautiful display of colours. She was also selling her delicate lace weight shawls.
We were all intrigued by the peg loom. Here's Donna having a go. She enjoyed it so much that she bought a loom a bit later on.
It was a lovely day out, and the sun shone all day. I came away with some Knit-Pro DPNs to use for our shawl pins :) What a nice way to spend a Sunday x
Polymer clay is the most amazing medium to work with.This week I used the cutters, embossing sheets and mica powders (that I normally use for button making) to make some flatback embellishments. Thanks to Marina for the idea :) You can see their relative sizes by the 1p in the middle. I'm hoping these will be popular with cardmakers and other crafters who need small embellishments to decorate their makes. All flatbacks are 30p each or 4 for £1.
Went to Swaffham today. First time for a fortnight. Took along complete change of stock with new branding cards, plus the new fridge magnet board. We have completely repackaged all our makes into smaller, friendlier packages :)
Swaffham Gift Emporium is now stocking our fridge magnets, Steampunk key rings, flower buttons, Babushka buttons, baby buttons, animal buttons, and 'time for tea' buttons. We have also split the packs of what we formerly called 'Art buttons' into 'Large single butttons'. We think (hope) most of our button sales will take off in the Autumn when people get their knitting needles out again :)
Much happier with the new layout. Do you agree?
Esme's Buttons has been working on 2cm x 2cm baby buttons over the last few days. Yesterday we delivered little packets of 6 flower baby buttons to Pramoda Gifts, in yellow, green, blue, pink and rainbow colours. We also made almost 100 pearly white textured baby heart buttons. All are perfect for that hand knitted or stitched baby project. They are all textured and pearlised. See photos below.
On Saturday 6th July, the deputy mayor of Swaffham, Shirley Matthews, officially opened Swaffham Gift Emporium at midday. She spoke eloquently about what a lovely change it makes for a new shop to open in Swaffham that is neither a food outlet nor a charity shop!
Shirley Matthews cutting the ribbon.
There was quite a little crowd gathered to watch :)
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