A simple yet decorative decoration is this weeks special 'Product of the Week'!
These wooden tea pot shaped hanging decorations are great for displaying around the house whether it be the kitchen, dining room or living room! Hang one on a hook, door knob, twiggy tree or over the corner of a mirror or picture frame.
At approx 3.5in in size these tea pots have been hand painted and distressed to give that shabby chic look and then finished off the a vintage cream button - each tea pot has a different button making them all unique!
For this week only you can have your own personalised text hand stamped onto the front of the tea pot for no extra cost. Have the text of your choice whether it be family names, sayings or messages making a great gift idea even more perfect!!
Random Button is having a Market Night over on Facebook on Wednesday 17th April 2013 from 7.30pm. If you haven't heard of a Market Night before then it couldn't be easier to join in! At 7.30pm we will upload a 'sale' album to the Random Button facebook page - all of the items will either be one offs or current stock lines at reduced costs. It's a first come first serve basis so from 7.30pm the first person to comment 'Sold' is the winning buyer and will then have 24 hours to send over their email either through facebook or emailing it email@example.com so we can send over a paypal invoice. These items will only be available for one night only so you snooze you lose!!
Here's some of what's on offer...
So I've decided to do a 'Product of the Week' feature where every Sunday I'll upload one of my favourite pieces from the website. I'll try and give you some interior styling tips, gift inspirations and I might even give you some exclusive discounts!
Filled with seasonal 'Cottage Garden' flower seeds like Gypsophilia, Cosmos, Iberis and Matthiola (plus many more varieties!) these floral bundles are made using pretty vintage fabric swatches and tied with rustic string giving your wedding a special shabby chic twist!
You will be given a stack of easy to follow care/sowing instructions for each of your guests so even the most un green fingered family and friends can grow pretty flowers.
Just a quick blog to let you all know (that's if you haven't seen already!) that I'm having a special giveaway over on the Random Button facebook page!
You can be the new owner of this trio of goodies by simply liking the facebook page and sharing the giveaway post that is pinned to the top of the page, once you've done that leave a comment to let me know you've done it! Simple!
Each comment will be given a number - 1st comment number 1, 2nd number 2 and so on - when the giveaway closes on Thursday 14th March at 7.00pm the numbers will go into a random number generator and hay presto the winner will be picked!
Up for grabs in this giveaway is a pretty knitted cushion with button stitched fluttery lace hearts, a mini knitted hanging heart and 2m of lovely rose and polkadot pattern bunting!
(Giveaway is in no way endorsed by Facebook and is only open to UK addresses)
So you might have seen on the facebook page I posted last October I was starting a special piece for myself - something to pick up when I had a spare few minutes and knit - nothing too taxing but something that I could keep as a bit of an heirloom piece. It was pretty chilly at the time (nothing compared to now though! brrrr) so a blanket was the first thing that came to mind! I looked for a pattern but all I could find were really complicated ones - even though they looked really nice they weren't a pattern you could follow easily in front of the tv! In the end I made it up as I went along!
I uploaded the finished article to facebook the other day and found that many people thought the same thing about wanting a non complicated blanket pattern! So for anyone else that has thought they want to have a go at making a simple blanket or throw here is the pattern I worked to to make a large stocking stitch with garter stitch border blanket... (I don't think Debbie Bliss has anything to worry about when it comes to knitting pattern writing though!)
I used 8 x Stylecraft Special Chunky and 7.5mm circular needles.
Blanket size - approx 157cm x 147cm (when laid flat)
Cast on 170 stitches.
Knit in garter stitch (Knit every row) for 18 rows or until work measures 8cm/3in.
On next row (with the wrong side facing you) Knit 10 stitches, Purl 150 stitches, Knit 10 stitches.
*You might want to place a stitch marker before/after the 10 Knit stitches to make it easier to see where to change the stitch. (I just use a knotted loop of contrasting yarn)*
Next row Knit all stitches.
Carry these two rows on until work measures approx 140cm/55in or until the blanket is the length you'd like it.
Now repeat the 18 rows of garter stitch that the pattern started off with.
Sew ends in.
Snuggle with a cup of tea.
If you wanted to spice it up a little you could do the borders in moss stitch (Knit 1, Purl 1) or you could change yarn colour and do stripes!
If you try it let me know how you get on!
It's been a few weeks since I last blogged so I thought I'd get back into the swing of it by sharing with you all what I've been creating over the last few weeks! Back in January I received a lovely email from a customer asking about ordering some bespoke bunting ... 60 metres of it! The customer wanted purples and lilacs in a shabby chic /vintage /pretty theme - I got together a collection of fabric choices and she selected her favourites!
So then the marking out of triangles ... cutting out of triangles ... sewing triangles ... ironing triangles ... connecting triangles began!! I lost count of the amount of flags this bunting used up and as each flag is double sided I couldn't even begin to imagine how many tiangles I made! I did really enjoy making it though! Especially knowing that it's going to be a part of their special day.
So this Christmas to make it a bit more interesting I took part in two Christmas gift swapping events!
If you've never heard of them before where have you been! It is what it says on the tin really ... the idea is you put together a collection of gifts then simply send it off to your swapper and someone will do the same for you!
This is the first year I've taken part and I would recommend you sign up to a swap next Christmas! I opened both of my presents on Christmas day!
The first one I entered was Fabric Godmothers Christmas Swap! My swap partner for this one was Sue and she put together a lovely selection of items for me! My favourite pieces are the fab handmade vintage fabric covered mirror and badges and especially the beautiful Christmas decoration! It went straight on the tree soon after this picture was taken! The chocolates and hot chocolate didn't last long I can tell you!
So we all made it through to the other side then!
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas! I can't quite believe it's been and gone! You spend so much time working up to it in all the preparations etc. but then in a blink of an eye it's all over and done with and the decorations have started to creep into the box to go back up in the loft ready for next year ... or should I say this year as it's now 2013!
It really has been a great year! What with all the Jubilee celebrations and the Olympics/Paralympics it certainly has been a year to be proud to be British! (and we can't often say that!)
There's so many people that I'd like to thank for making 2012 a fantastic year for Random Button that I would be here for ages! So in general I would just like to thank everyone that has helped me out in some way during the year, placed orders, visited the website/facebook page/blog, left comments and messages and just generally been there throughout the year! Without all of you I wouldn't be able to do a job that I love!
There's lots more exciting things to come in 2013 including new designs and website developments that are already taking shape so things are looking rosy for this coming year too!
In the meantime I've started the sale rolling on both the website and thefacebook page so be sure to check them out to get your hands on some handmade pieces at discounted prices!
Happy New Year!
Christmas seems like it's been going for months already! But then considering I started working on festive themed ideas back in September it's probably fair to say that it actually HAS been going on for months already! I've tried not to get to into it just yet! I knew that come Christmas day I'll be sick of the festive cheer so I've reigned it in ... until tomorrow that is! For me the 1st December is when it's acceptable to listen to the xmas tunes, feast on mince pies for breakfast and watch really naff Christmas movies when I should really be working! Not to mention all the present wrapping which has to be one of my favourite jobs! (Even though I start off trying to wrap really neatly but then halfway through the pile to be wrapped you start to be a bit slap dash and give up all hope of trying to make the presents look pretty ... and don't get me started on those really awkwardly shaped presents that end up looking like a mess of paper and cellotape!)
This year I've had a go at making Christmas cake and Christmas pudding as well! (Is that a sign of getting old?!) They're all made up and I'm feeding them with alcohol, whenever I remember, they look pretty edible so we should get away without being poisoned on Christmas day!
I was photographing some of the Christmas baubles that are for sale on the website during the week so I had to put the Christmas tree up! I resisted in putting the whole tree up though and only did a section! I think the crop feature on the computer is my new best friend! If only could of seen what it really looked like out of the finished images!
It's giveaway time over on the Random Button facebook page! All you have to do to get your hands on this lovely trio of bunting designs is 'LIKE' Random Button and 'SHARE' the giveaway post - once you've liked and shared leave a comment under the pic on facebook to say you have done so.
The first share will be given number 1, the second number 2 and so on then all numbers will go into an online number generator where the winner will b
Giveaway items include: A knitted cushion with stitched bunting detail, a knitted heart with stitched bunting detail and a stitched polkadot bunting blank card!
Giveaway open to UK & Europe only I'm afraid!
(This giveaway is in no way connected or endorsed by facebook)
I haven't done a shop feature for a while so I thought with everyone starting to look for Christmas presents I would point you in the direction of RosieB Home and Interiors in Chipping Norton.
Nestled away in Horsefair this gem of a shop is full to the brim of lovely shabby chic and vintage items all handpicked by the owner Rosie. She has a great eye for unique gifts for the whole family so you're sure to find something for everyone in this shop!
If you're anything like me you'll walk around constantly saying "ooooo", "wow" or "I want one of those!"
So if you're in the Chipping Norton area and you're looking for gifts or a treat for yourself - even if you just fancy a walk and a browse around then head on over to RosieB Home and Interiors!
You can visit the Rosie B website here and check out the Facebook page here .
So as the wedding season is in full swing and lots of happy couples are walking down the aisle I thought I'd indulge in some wedding themed blogging! There's so many lovely wedding items available out there and whether you're planning your own big day or if you've been invited as a guest you'll easily find something special for the day!
Here's 4 of my favourite pieces available from Wow Thank You !
A great idea these days is to have a sweet table at your wedding (who doesn't like sweets right!!?) - it's a great alternative to wedding favours as well! These paper bags from By Elinor Rose ... Vintage Stationery add a lovely romantic twist!
This quirky bunting by Perfect Day Wishes is a great decoration piece for a wedding reception! It can be made in shades to match your wedding and at only £6.00 what's not to love about it!
So the Olympics have arrived!
The amazing opening ceremony has started off what is to be a great few weeks of sporting action around the UK and I'll be joining the nation in getting behind Team GB in both the Olympics and Paralympics!
Here's a few Olympic and British themed handmade pieces made by talented UK designers and all available from Wow Thank You , to inspire you into creating your own piece of Team GB spirit!
If you're feeling creative you could make your own Union Jack flag! This kit by Creek Boutique is a great crafty idea for adding a little bit of shabby chic to your flag waving celebrations!
|Sewing Kit by Creek Boutique|
This fab little Bisque heart is hand painted by Laura Lee Designs and perfect for hanging in your home for that touch of patriotism!
|Union Jack Heart by Laura Lee Designs|
This mushroom house by Hippywitch Crafts is just too cute for words! Great idea for a pin cushion or even just a little ornament! So much work has gone into this! I'm loving the tiny bunting and Union Jack!
|Mushroom House by Hippy Witch Crafts|
This wreath made by Elibee Gifts is fun and bright and is a perfect decoration for your Olympic parties! Very shabby chic!
|Wall Hanging by Elibee Gifts|
Now that everywhere has been stocked up to a reasonable level I can go back to the hard task of bombarding you all with endless promotions, product listings and 'the hard sell' which starts here with a rallying call to BUY BRITISH HANDMADE!
These day's it's so easy, when you're looking for a present or even just something to add to your home, to walk down any high street in Britain and amble into the same shops, and let's face it most high streets look pretty much the same all selling mass produced items. As nice as these things may be and let's be honest who isn't in favour of a bargain or two from the high street, have you ever thought about where they have been made and even how many other people have gone into the same shop chain and bought exactly the same item? I'm not going to pretend to know where big stores get there stock from and this isn't a lecture as to the conditions or impact this has on the economy good or bad in this and in other countries as I'm sure it does but in these times isn't it best to buy British made wherever we can?
Life today is all about being individual - we all know what we like and what we don't like so be brave, take a chance and buy something from a small independent retailer in Britain and direct from the maker themselves! The use of the Internet and online shopping is an amazing tool for us to use to connect with people and find things that aren't available anywhere else! So why don't we all use it more often!
I know there is the thought in the back of your mind about the quality of items when you read that they are handmade or handcrafted - but believe me somebody has put their time, effort and love of the craft to make these pieces and if I know anything about designer makers I know that nothing goes out unless they are 100% satisfied with the finished item. If we are quite happy to buy something online from a chain store that we haven't seen up close how do we know the quality of that is better than something handmade?
Yes it's true sometimes handmade items can be a little more expensive than high street products but what would you rather - give your hard earned money to the bosses of a faceless big brand company or to Zoe in Bucks that spends her time lovingly making something specifically for you that's been personalised to your taste?! Plus in the handcrafted world you would be surprised what you can actually get for your money these days anyway!
If you are unsure about where to start in your buying handmade quest there are many website out there showcasing the design talent we have in this country! Sites like Boutique To You , Not Mass Produced and Wow Thank You are great places to start! Take a few minutes out of your day or put aside some time this weekend, because lets face it with this summer we're having we won't exactly be hitting the beach will we, and just have a look at what there is on offer!
Could you see any of these pieces in your home or even as a gift for an upcoming birthday?
|Personalised Teapot - Boutique To You|
Have a good week everyone!
So here we are again! Friday! Weeks are flying by at the moment and with only 6 months til Christmas - yep 6 months - summer will be well and truely over before it's even began!
The Random Button 'Friday Feature' this week goes to Simply Chic Gift Boutique !
|Simply Chic Gift Boutique|
Situated in New Street, Worcester, Simply Chic is run by the lovely Cathy who certainly has an eye for anything beautiful!
With a whole host of items ranging from home and interior pieces, pampering products and vintage inspired jewellery to gift stationery, kids items and wedding gifts and accessories! Simply Chic really is a treasure trove of loveliness! Simply Chic is the place to find unique heart wedding guest books and wedding planner books they've also launched a new range of vintage style wedding favours and chic table decorations for your special day. They even have beautiful gifts for new arrivals - baby journals, baby announcement cards, baby memory boxes & many more gorgeous little gifts all at great prices
Here is an image taken from their website showing the lovely products in stock!
|Simply Chic - In Store|
One of my favourite collections on their website is the PiP Studio ceramics range ! Mugs, tea pots, jugs and sugar bowls all decorated with vivid colours in pretty floral patterns - I'm sure they would look perfect in any kitchen! (I would quite happliy find a home for every piece in the collection!)
|PiP Studio Tea Pot £32.95|
Of course like all our 'Friday Features' so far, Simply Chic Gift Boutique stock a range of Random Button handmade pieces including lavender hearts, memo boards and bunting!
|Random Button bunting available from Simply Chic|
You can find out more about Simply Chic Gift Boutique through the website HERE , you can follow them on TWITTER and even like them over on FACEBOOK
Whilst you are over on facebook you might as well take a little visit to the Random Button page - this week we are running a little giveaway for this pretty 'Love Layers' handmade cushion! All you have to do is 'like' Random Button and 'Share' the giveaway post that you will find on our page! It's as simple as that! I'm sure it would look good in your home wouldn't it!!
|Random Button giveaway on Facebook|
Hello! So another dreary day is in store and it's looking like it will be hanging around for a few more days at least! What ever happened to a thing called 'Summer'? I'm sure it's supposed to of started by now?!
Anyway welcome to our second Friday Feature! This week in the spotlight is ... Finishing Touches Too!
|Finishing Touches Too|
Finishing Touches Too is a quirky little gift shop in Limavady, Co Derry, specialising in handmade crafts and gifts, with a vintage and shabby chic theme!
It is run by the lovely Helen who has a great eye for anything beautiful and handcrafted! She loves painting old furniture and giving it a new lease of life and ready for a new home - she stocks some of the fab Annie Sloan paints so it's hard to resist the temptation to get the paint brush out!
With items ranging from handmade cards, bunting and handmade bags to cushions, personalised signs and bespoke furniture there is sure to be something for everyone for every occasion whether it be birthdays, anniversaries or weddings - I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed!
Here is just a selection of stock images you can find on Finishing Touches Too facebook page
|Finishing Touches Too stock photographs|
p.s It goes without saying that Finishing Touches Too stock pieces from Random Button! Here is a little selection of the teacup pincushions they have in stock!
|Random Button at Finishing Touches Too|
Welcome to Random Button's new 'Friday Feature' where we will be sharing any great shops of designers etc. that we've found this week!
The FIRST 'Friday Feature' goes to Polkadot of Winslow !
Polkadot of Winslow ...'is the most fabulous little shop nestled in the pretty Market Square in Winslow, Bucks. Owned by artist Lisa Wright it's full of interesting vintage finds & locally handmade products, all made by very nice people! It's an emporium of all things lovely!'
It's a treasure trove of handmade gifts and delights! Lisa stocks a wide range of pieces from vintage styles gifts, wooden plaques, wedding favours and jewellery to pottery, money boxes and original artwork! There really is something for everyone!
There are soooooo many lovely things to choose from in store so it's hard to pick out the best to show you! These super cute wooden brooches are one of my favourites though - each one is obviously handmade which means you can choose which pattern/colour they are created in! Follow this LINK for more info about these brooches!
|Cute wooden brooches|
If you're looking for a gift for someone special or just a treat for yourself and you love vintage / shabby chic / handmade then this shop is definitely for you! They even have a CAKE DAY! So if you're in the Winslow area on a Thursday pop in for some edible treats!!!!
Random Button is lucky enough to have been picked as one of Polkadots handmade suppliers! A range of our pin cushions, bunting, knitted and fabric cushions and lavender hearts are nestled in with all the other lovely pieces on offer!
|Random Button in stock at Polkadot Winslow|
You can even 'LIKE' them on facebook too by clicking HERE
For a list of other Random Button vistis the stockists page on the left-hand menu
So you might be able to tell from the date of the last post that I've been a little slack with updating the blog in previous months! We've been really busy here in Random Button HQ making stock, getting it out to you guys and finding lovely new stockists to sell out wares! (You can find a list on the 'Stockist' page - chances are that there is a shop by you!)
One exciting thing to fill you in on is CRAFTfest!! If you haven't heard of it before it's an 'virtual craft extravaganza ' and it starts today! Head on over to http://creative-connections.ning.com/page/craftfest-home and you will find an array of categories ranging from Home to Wedding to Baby & Child to Jewellery - there'll be something for everyone! Random Button has a stall! We're No10 in the Home section! Have a browse through stalls products then if there is anything you like click on the link to be taken to that makers online shop! - It's as simple as that and it's all from the comfort of your own home!
There is also a giveaway to celebrate! You could get your hands on this lovely 'Irish Bow' cushion (It's one of my faves!!) All you need to do is leave a comment under the blog post - head on over to the page where it'll all be explained!
Have a fab weekend!
Mrs Moon's Rocky Road
250g Dark Chocolate
4 tbsp Golden Sryup
200g Digestive Biscuits
150g Brazil Nuts
150g Glacier Cherries
125g Mini Marshmallows
Melt the chocolate, butter and golden sryup in a pan over a low heat.
Crush the biscuits and nuts.
Take pan off the heat when melted and add all ingredients.
Mix together until all is covered in chocolate mix.
Pour into foil lined tray and put to set in the fridge.
Leave to set until hardend.
Add some icing sugar for decoration.
And last but no means least ...EAT IT... mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm delicious!
|House to Home|
|House to Home|
We’ve found these other great home office ideas from UK sellers on Etsy…
This would make an ideal desk to work on from 'Henley and Co'
These sticky note pads from 'Vivid' would be great for those scribbled notes!
How about this stitched desk clock from 'LAMDesigns'
Thanks for reading!
So Waterperry's christmas market is over for another year - we had a great time selling our delights and showing off our knitting and crochet skills with a few demonstrations but most importantly we made it through the cold in one piece! (with the help of some thermals and quite a few hot water bottles!)
Whilst we're updating the online shop and adding some new bits in time for all your christmas shopping we thought we would share with you some of the photo's we took at the start of the weekend!
Yes we finally have to admit that Christmas is well and truly around the corner! The gift rush has started and as any crafter knows this is the busiest time of the year! (But we wouldn't have it any other way!)
Our christmas highlight comes this weekend as we'll be having a stall at the very festive Waterperry Gardens Christmas Market. Running on both saturday and sunday (26th / 27th Nov 2011) in the grounds of Waterperry Gardens in Wheatly, Oxfordshire the christmas market will click start your festivities! The market will be filled with talented local artists and craftspeople providing beautiful and unique gift ideas with an emphasis on british handmade products - there will also be decorations and wreathmaking demonstrations plus a well stocked tea shop selling lots of seasonal goodies! Not only do they have the delights of the festive market but there are inpsirational presents-a-plenty in the Gift Barn and Gallery.
There's loads to see and do at Waterperry it has everything from a saxon church to acres of gardens! An experience not to be missed!
Take a look at Waterperry's website for more info: www.waterperygardens.co.uk
Come and say hello! We've been beavering away so we have lots of delights to show you we'll also be unveiling some new products too!
p.s Father Christmas has even been known to pop by in previous years!
pp.s Oh forgot to say ... it's outside! Wrap up warm!
Zoe here, thought I would write the next addition for the Random Button blog, bit of a challenge as Laura's last blog recommendation involved cake (as every blog should!).
The v&a museum currently have an exhibition called 'the power of making' this is a must see. Running from 6 September 2011 – 2 January 2012 - it has an eclectic collection of pieces from a giant gorilla made of coat hangers to an evening gown made of dress makers pins. Each piece is beautifully made, my personal favourite included the crochet bear (obviously!), the flooring and the ceramic eye patches. There is also an interesting video which shows the different process involved in making each of the pieces.
Crochetdermy bear, © Shauna Richardson
I visited the exhibition after work one friday evening. (Opening times) The V&A host late nights on friday once a month. There is a cocktail bar and music in the main entrance so its perfect to go and relax, take in the exhibitions and have a cocktail at the same time!
Blog time again!
So this week we've been putting our social networking skills to the test (It feels like we've been spending more time sat infront of a computer than creating!)- but we're now part of the twitter phenonemon! You can follow us at www.twitter.com/Random_Button to keep up to date our day to day ramblings! We've also created a new facebook page so follow the facebook link on the left hand side and like our page - don't forget to spread the word!
We haven't just been computer geeks this week - we've spread the Random Button empire a little further - Cakewalk is a lovely vintage shop in Ilkley, West Yorks and from this week they will be stocking some of our jewellery items so we've been busy creating a special autumn collection for them! Check out their website to see what other pieces they sell www.cakewalkvintage.co.uk
Whilst we've got your attention we thought we would share a little shopping gem with you ... If you love vintage, antiques, furniture, cake etc then you'll be very excited about visiting this treasure trove ...
Station Mill Antiques Centre in Chipping Norton is well worth a visit - sadly last year it was devistated by a huge fire but they are now up and running again with even more wonderful delights than before!! You'll be amazed at what you can find - most antiques centres these days are dark and dusty places but Station Mill is light, bright and inviting - especially their cafe that sell homemade lunches and delicious cakes!!! Whether glass, ceramics, furniture, textiles, gifts, jewellery, paintings are your thing its a great place to spend some (or if your like us too many!) pennies on some one off or vintage pieces!!
So I thought I would finally get round to writing our first blog! Yep it’s taken some blood, sweat and tears but eventually after a long time in the making the Random Button blog is now up and running, so if you’re reading this then it’s a good excuse to relax for a few minutes go put the kettle on and grab a few biscuits – we know you want to! Here we can keep you up to date with all the creative happenings at Button Towers, things we like, things we dislike and if you’re lucky we might even share some of our trade secrets with you! Let me take this opportunity to introduce the creative geniuses (cough cough!) that are the brains behind Random Button – Well there is myself Laura … a compulsive knitter and big fan of cake who takes care of the day to day running of this small empire and Zoe … who, when she’s not earning a crust in London uses her spare time to make some of our delicious creations! (She also likes a biscuit or 2!) We also utilise the expert skills of Christina when it comes to the technical/photographical stuff … she’s good at paper maché but she still has her ‘L’ plates when it comes to knitting. Over the next few weeks we’ll be working on uploading more products to the online shop, adding some more stockists to the list (fingers crossed!!) and creating some new and exciting pieces! You might as well bookmark us!!