Monday, March 17, 2014

Waiting For Spring

This winter has been brutal.  It's the middle of March and there is still a ton of snow on the ground.  I was lucky enough to have been away in February for a bit to beautiful Jamaica.  The weather was wonderful and it was really nice being out of the freezing cold and snow here in Canada.  Since I've been back from vacation I've been working on lots of bright spring themed buttons.  I can't wait to leave the bleak and dreary winter behind and head out into some wonderful spring weather.  To get you started and hopefully in a spring mood as well take a look at these adorable spring sheep or lamb buttons.  They'll be great for spring.


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Shopping

I spent the day shopping for shoes.  How much fun is that!  We're going on vacation in a bit.  I can't wait to get out of this cold cold Canadian winter.  This winter has been especially cold.  It really reminds me of the winters from when I was a kid.  I guess we've been spoiled the last few year.  This year though 'Old Man Winter" is out and about with a vengeance.  We've had a terrible ice storm just before Christmas where we lost power for a couple of days.  Luckily it came back on the morning of Christmas Eve so we were able to have a normal and pretty great Christmas.  Since then though it's been cold - bitterly cold - most days and more snow than I care to think about.  It's been a tradition for us to go away for Valentines Day though (don't worry I'm not announcing to the world my house will be empty - there will be people at home while we're away).  This year it's Jamaica and I can't wait.  I hear the beach at our resort is lovely http://www.sandals.com/main/whitehouse/wh-home/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=ppc&utm_campaign=CA_Sandals_Brand+-+Jamaica&utm_term=sandal%2520whitehouse&utm_content=RP 10 days of beautiful sunny warm weather sounds absolutely wonderful.

There are lots of things to do to get ready though.  It always seems I need to buy new bathing suits each time.  Once can never have too many bathing suites - I think it's the optimist in me hoping that the next one I buy will miraculously make me look like the 20 year old I used to be (more years ago than I care to admit here).  Today I decided I need resort shoes/sandals.  It's not that easy finding summer shoes in February in the middle of a snow storm.  Luckily I did manage to find a couple of pretty cool shoes.  One even has a fair bit of bling - now that's resort wear!

Next weekend I'd better get that pedicure done!!!

OK for now I'd better get back to listing some buttons and hopefully having a few button sales to pay for my purchases :)

Until next time......................

Saturday, January 25, 2014

New Glass Buttons in the Works!

I've finally gotten around to working on some glass buttons.  It's been a while since I've used the kiln.  I'm just waiting for the glass to cool and then I get to see how they turned out.  I've peeked inside and all looks well but they're too hot right now so the actual colour doesn't show.  I've also put some laser transfer crow buttons in there.  I'm not sure if the same temperature will work for both but we will see I guess.  Hopefully tomorrow I'll have some pretty buttons to post pictures of.



 
 
I guess while the glass buttons are cooling off in the kiln I'll post some of my latest resin buttons.  These are a different fire truck design.  Fire trucks seem popular.  I guess little boys still want to be firemen.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Maple White Chocolate Chip Cookies

 
In addition to making buttons this week I made this batch of maple white chocolate chip cookies.  The recipe can be found here http://www.food.com/recipe/maple-white-chocolate-chip-cookies-455047 I followed the recipe as written but added a full package (500 g or 1 cup of white chocolate chips.  This recipe uses real maple syrup.  I think for a more maple flavour that next time I'll take 1 cup of maple syrup and boil it down to the 1/2" cup required in the recipe.  I think this will give it a more real maple flavour.  These cookies are yummy and very sweet.  I like sweet cookies/desserts so the fact that these are super sweet is just fine by me :)
 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Another Button Saturday!

 
I've got the day to myself so can work on my buttons all day.  My husband and son have gone camping on some property we own outside of the city.  It's raining here so I hope they don't get wet and too cold.  I plan to go with them once we get a camper trailer.  I'm not into camping in a tent - especially since there are wild animals around.  I know I sound like a big chicken - and I guess I am.  I'm sure it will be fun once we get the camper trailer.  I love animals but the ones in real life aren't as cute as the images on these buttons https://www.etsy.com/listing/108494051/5-scientist-handmade-buttons-34-or-20-mm?ref=shop_home_active 
 
I've been getting all my custom orders ready this morning and I think everything on my list is done as far I can go.  The buttons are drying and won't be ready for the second stage until tomorrow.  The majority of the work for the custom buttons is done.  Tomorrow I'll have to do the finishing touches and then wait another day for them to cure a second time.  Hopefully I can take the pictures on Monday get them listed so they can be on their way to my customers.  I've been working away since about 6:30 am so I think I'm about ready to take a bit of a break.  Maybe I'll go out for a bit and do a little shopping.  I think it just started to rain though so a walk outside isn't quite as appealing as it seemed before the rain started.
 
Besides my custom orders I've managed to make a few other buttons and jewelry supply pieces.  I won't go into detail here but if they turn out perhaps I'll have some more cute camping "themed" items to share.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving Canada.



Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in Canada.  It's nice that we get to celebrate Thanksgiving early in the year.  It's a nice way to get the fall/winter holidays started.  It's actually a beautiful day here in Ontario.  We've been having some great weather for this time of year.  Although I won't be having a huge family celebration this year it's still a very nice time of year to think of family and be thankful for everything that I have.  Most important of course is my family.  I'm thankful for my son and husband.  I'm also very very thankful that I had the wonderful parents that I had.  Sadly I do miss them but I am so thankful that I had them for the years I did.  I'm also very thankful for my extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins and such.  I don't see them very often but with Facebook at least I'm able to keep up with what they're doing. 
 
I'm also taking this opportunity of a day off to start working on turning my bedroom office/studio into a real studio for my buttons. Things are very much out of control with boxes of supplies here, there and everywhere!  I really need to get organized.  It's a bit overwhelming though as I don't really know where to begin.  I think if I just devote a small amount of time each day it will get there.  I'm also going to think about investing in some better storage.  Perhaps some cupboards with door that close and shut the mess away.  Right now I have open shelving (not to mention the overflow on the floor) and into the basement and garage :)  I keep seeing all these lovely studios in magazines and think how great that would be.  I do think it's going to take a fairly large financial investment to get the proper storage but in the end it will be much better and I won't have to be embarrassed should anyone accidentally see my studio :)
 
Well before I get to that I have to get to the day to day work of preparing for the work week.  That means getting food prepared so we can have our work lunches ready and waiting so we don't have to prepare them each day.  Also my husband has asked for peanut butter skorr toffee bit cookies. I'll try and remember to post the recipie later (although you can just use your favourite peanut butter cookie recipie and add a package of skorr toffee bits). So I have a bit of work to do.  I've packaged up the two sales I had from overnight and all the packages are ready for mailing tomorrow.  I've got to send someone some pictures for approval so I can get to work on her order and I also have to finish up the finishing touches on some custom buttons that are almost ready to go.  Busy busy.  Well I guess I'd better stop writing and get to work.
 
Have a great day everyone.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Handmade Orca or Killer Whale Buttons on Adorable Baby Sweater.






I love getting pictures of items made with my handmade buttons.  This morning I received a really nice email from a customer who purchased my orca or killer whale buttons at www.buttonsbyrobin.com.  They look adorable on this little baby sweater.  I've tried my hand at knitting a few times and I just don't have the patience.  In my mind I really want to give it a go but the first time I make a mistake in the pattern (which happens all to often) I put it aside.  I have a number of UFOs (unfinished objects for those of you who haven't heard the term before) and a number of these are knitting or crochet projects.  Seeing this adorable sweater and hat set though really makes me want to pick up the knitting needles again.  I really admire people who have this wonderful talent.  I'm sure the parents of the baby that received this gift will treasure it forever.  I'm very honoured to be a small part of adding to their pleasure with my handmade buttons.