Monday, 4 April 2016

Reinventing Myself

So I find myself in a bit of a business dilemma.  It turns out the manufacturer of the material I use for my buttons has gone out of business.  I found out about this when I got a batch of the product from my current supplier and had issues with the quality.  She, in turn, contacted her supplier and has found out that manufacturer went out of business and this is the first batch from the new supplier.  It seems the new manufacturer is having a quality problem.  This seems to be the only supplier around.  A number of companies make the product but it seems the base product all comes from this same supplier.   I contacted another company and they told me the same story.  The base product is having quality control problems so they are no longer offering the product either.  I'm on the search for a replacement but at the same time am wondering if this is an opportunity in disguise.  I've been wanting to branch off into other products and even just other types of buttons.  I've dabbled in ceramic and glass and wood but because the resin buttons are so popular it's been a challenge having the time to explore those other options.

On the bright side I do have quite a large stock of product that I can adapt and use to make my buttons so luckily it's not an overnight thing.  I do have some time to plan a different approach.

I'm having a bit of a challenge in deciding on a focus.  I think I'm going to start on wooden buttons and see where that takes me.  They do take a lot of time and I'm still developing designs and improving production so I'm not sure how this will go.  All of my other types of buttons are very labour intensive.  One part of me just wants to pack it all in but another part wants to figure this out.  I'll try to keep my blog updated as I move through this process.  Let's see where it takes me.  Wish me luck!

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Sleeping Beauty Sweater

My customer took the time to send me a picture of the adorable sweater she made with the sleeping beauty buttons.  I love that she took the time to do that.  My customers are so very talented.  I love how this turned out.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Primitive Sheep Handmade Sewing Buttons

Primitive sheep sewing buttons.  These are some of my primitive style buttons. These images are from a painting pattern by Betty Bowers.  I painted the design and then added the image to the buttons.  These are perfect for anyone that loves prim.

The prim angel and the prim sheep and pears are often something used in primitive design.  I just love how these turned out.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Dinosaur Sewing Buttons

Dinosaur Sewing Buttons
Dinosaur Sewing Buttons  I was asked by one of my customers to customize the colours of the dinosaur buttons.  She has purchased some yellow and brown yarn so has asked for the buttons to match.

One of the many wonderful things about handmade buttons is that you can have them customized to the size, quantity and even colour that you would like.  How great is that.  If you like you can even add a name or some text.  If you're going to go to all the trouble to sew, knit or crochet something special you might as well go that extra mile and embellish them with handmade buttons that are the perfect match to your handmade creation!

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Black Panther Sewing Buttons

Black Panther Shank Sewing Buttons
Black panther shank sewing buttons.

One of my customers asked me to create some panther buttons for them.  This is what I came up with.  I love the look of the majestic cat.  These are shank buttons.  I didn't want to put holes through the cat's face so opted for a metal shank instead.

Dragon Eye Sewing Buttons

Dragon Eye Shank Sewing ButtonsDragon eye shank sewing buttons.
Dragon eye shank sewing buttons.  My dragon eye sewing buttons are now back in stock in my other Etsy shop  This is the Etsy shop where I have buttons which are a bit more weird or unusual.  These are quite popular.  Many people use these on those really great dragon scarves.  These are 3/4" or 20 mm round and are approximately the the size a real eye would be.  Well since dragons aren't real I'm saying they are the size I think dragon eyes should be.

I've been wondering if I should put these buttons in my other Etsy shop but they really are a very different feel than my other style of buttons which are more on the "cute" side.  I think for now I'll keep them separate.  I'll have to give it some thought though.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Chickadee Sewing Buttons

Chickadee Sewing Buttons
Chickadee sewing buttons  These are sewing buttons with an image of a chickadee I painted.  I used a pattern by Sheila Landry and painted the design based on her pattern and transferred the image to my buttons.  I'll be listing a wooden chickadee ornament in this design in my other shop tomorrow It's drying now.  I can't wait to see the finished item.  I'm very much enjoying painting and using my scroll saw again after a bit of a break.  I really love the smell of wood and love working in my workshop.