Friday, May 20, 2022

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I have been a bit lapse, haven't I? I have been keeping up over at the One Button a Week blog, but keeping two can be a bit hard sometimes. Sorry.

So here is a new video which I've been promising for a while. I hope it helps some of you! 

Next week is a biggie - I'm launching the next book in the "Making Buttons" series - Zwirnknopf Buttons - on Create & Craft on Saturday at 3pm. So, there is a lot to do! 

Watch this space - I'll pop a picture up in the week.

Thanks for stopping by

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  1. Don't fret about this blog - you always come around!
    Watched the video and made a suggestion - I did the slow way down bit and was able to follow a very complex embroidery stitch movement for movement - works a treat! Just don't forget to hit the mute button.
    The Button a Week program is just amazzzzzzing! And you are doing a great job keeping up with it. My non-member button friends have been following along each week and are awestruck. I keep falling down rabbit holes and getting side tracked but intend to put stuff up when Don has a free IT moment. (I had him tearing out what hair he has left when I asked for an enlargement of a chart - seems the new computer is not as smart as the old one and it took him ages to do a work-around, I have a chart I can see to use now and he is back to normal)
    The bottle brush tree in the backyard threw several branches down in last week's heavy wind, so Don and the neighbor have been chopping away. The rose bush is happy to see daylight again and has thanked us with a burst of little red roses (it is a rootstock bush - no idea what was grafted on to it forty years ago) and we found a squirrel nest, which might account for the missing mocking bird who usually sets up shop in that tree.
    Hugs to all, stay safe and well, travel safely to the show, sell out and have fun! xxx

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    1. Oh thank you! Yes, I can see how slowing down would help - and yes to the mute! I can't imagine how funny it would sound otherwise :)
      The buttons being made are just wonderful aren't they? I love how we are seeing newbies get better and better each week too. I'm just amazed by everyone's enthusiasm for it.
      Well, as you can image busy packing this week, oh joy! Afternoon show though so no need to get up too early, yay!
      Stay safe and well, both of you xx

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    2. Well, I am sorry to say that the nice people at Create and Craft have completely messed up their 'rewind' page - impossible to get to your show, aired yesterday, today! No matter what I tried I couldn't get it to appear. Which is sad, because you and your presenter always have a good time. I could have gotten it if I had tried last night . ....
      Oh well, that's life.
      Went to the 30th annual lunch and exhibit and SALE of one of the local embroidery guild chapters - sweet to see people, not so nice to realize how old we all are and how many have gone before. Lunch was tasty, the coffee was good, and I had fun at the sale - a dozen spools of Heminway and Corticelli crochet silk, at least 100 years old, two still with their little tissue paper tummy bands! And a big pile of Inspirations Magazine from Australia, some fine wool for Swedish pattern darning, and a short stack of books - love, love , love the boost that 'new' stuff gives - totally get the shopaholic.
      Hope everyone got home safely - no tummy troubles from an unwise snack (I know you and Mark would never do such a thing!).
      The packing will go well, of course, and I think the new book bundle is great ( saw it prowling around trying to find the actual show).
      Hugs to all and stay safe and well. xxx

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    3. The show is today (28th) at 3pm our time(I think 7am for you) and rewind usually works about an hour later, so as I write you haven't missed it :) I love Inspirations magazine! It really is a great publication. Sounds a wonderful day.
      Must go get my face in order now !!
      Stay safe and well !
      xxx

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    4. The word 'addlepated' floats to the surface! Lovely show - good to see the repair on the last button, lets everyone know that we all make mistakes and the button police will not come and throw you in the clink. I know that my buttons are years away from, say, Yoko's but she has been doing it longer and she makes practice buttons every day, which I will never do, so mine are fine!
      Your face came out well and the sunflower button brooch was so lovely. xxx

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    5. Thank you! I'm sorry, I've no idea how I missed this. Well, I do, we've been crazy busy. But really enjoyed the bank holiday, first time off we've had since Christmas! Mind you. lots to catch up on now. I hope you are both well and safe xxx

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  2. Hello - we are both fine, just keep falling down assorted rabbit holes! Have to tell you a funny - I was working on a second sunflower button and thought I'd fill in the gaps first rather than last. Stop for the night. Pick it up this morning and realize there's a big string hanging - !!!!!! Took me ten minutes to realize I had accidently slipped some wraps off - grrrrr! Managed to get them back in place and am continuing the edge, but it was a tense few minutes!
    I know you and Mark have been busy as you can be - so glad you took the bank holiday. I'm sure Toby was happy to have some quality time with his people. You are doing a good job riding herd on the OBAW gang - must feel a bit like herding cats sometimes.
    Hugs all around and stay safe and well. xxx

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    1. I was just thinking today as I am cleaning windows (cue singing) that I have been very lapse with the blog! Glad to hear that you are both well. My rabbit holes are currently boring things like cleaning, car service, checkups, boiler service, all that jazz. I suspect if I had found the thread I would have woven it to the back and stitched it in place. Or started over haha. I am in awe of your patience!
      Honestly, I'm just amazed at how many people are still doing the challenge 6 months in - and creating such beauty! Yes, Toby is very happy - had some mint dog ice cream (lactose and sugar free) as a treat!
      Stay well and safe both of you. xxx

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    2. Window cleaning? Some strange British custom I know not of ;) xxx

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  3. Am doing some creative avoidance - bagging, labeling, organizing Medici wool while studiously ignoring a mess of other tasks - fun!
    We had a bit of interesting weather - lots of thunder and lightning and spasms of downpour - they call it the monsoon season in Arizona and New Mexico, where they get it every June. Only lasted 24 hours but made for interesting driving. Now we are back to the usual huge puffy clouds poking their heads over the mountains.
    Hugs, safe and well! xx

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    1. Creative avoidance - I like that! Although I seem knee deep in other tasks that can no longer be avoided sadly. We've had some lovely weather, except at the weekends when something is planned... can't complain, there is a good enough breeze to dry the washing on the line well.
      Stay safe and well, both of you xxx

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  4. I think the weather gods get a kick out of messing with our plans! Only reason one can account for downpour while trying to get to a meeting!
    Line dried wash - wonderful feel and smell, very precious memories of two special drying lines - it is just too urban and nasty here to line dry, sadly.
    Safe and well, all three! xxx

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    1. I know, I didn't line dry at all when we lived in a town.
      Take care, and may the weather gods be benevolent xxx

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  5. So the weird noise you just heard was me, chortling gleefully because I just succeeded in weaving an inch on my inkle loom! Loom comes from the 'car boot' sale at an embroidery guild, from the estate of a great lady . very lucky to have seen it and known what it was! With any luck this loom will break my hesitancy about the four harness table loom and I really will grow up and become a weaver!
    Oh - went looking on the Create and Craft channel, did not find a show for June - was it just me not finding anything or wasn't there a broadcast? Hope all is going along well, if hectic and frazzling. Do stay safe and well. xxx

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    1. Well done!! Sounds like your loom was a real find! No, no show in June. For the TV crafting world, June is about Christmas cards and crafts mainly, as all of those who make for craft fairs - or just make a lot of cards - need to start now in order to get them done. We will be on this Saturday (the 9th)
      Stay safe and well and enjoy that weaving!!

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  6. Of course one needs to start now for Christmas! That did flit through my brain - although I used to start Christmas on Boxing Day!
    I told Don that it was possible to make inkle bands with letters - his eyes lit up! Guess I need to make some custom luggage tags ;)
    Looking forward to the 9th - travel safely and sell lots!
    Safe and well! xxx


    Stay safe and well, all three!

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    1. Thank you!! Sounds as though you have a new rabbit hole! Anne Dixon's book is a good resource. I used to start Christmas about the 20th... ;) Stay well and safe both of you xx

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  7. Was that for the 25th of this year or the next? ;)

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  8. For some reason Create and Craft won't show me anything on Rewind! Don says it may be something on their part - but meanwhile I am sad not to have seen the program :( I did see Chris's crewel buttons on the group facebook -what a lovely set!
    Hope all went well and you are safely home and girding your loins for mad packing and shipping. Stay safe and well, all three. xx

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    1. Oh what a shame! Yes, it will be their system I'm sure. Probably didn't have the person available to sort it out! Sometimes if you go to the schedule page and find it, it will be there when it isn't on the rewind area. It was a nice show, presenter I last worked with many many years ago when I was on the other channel. Took our time on the drive, a very hot day and that always seems to attract not so good drivers out and about! Stay safe and well, think of us in our heatwave packing :) xx

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  9. Well, it is Monday afternoon and I noodled and nudged and found the show!!! Jolly fun - do like the new crewel kit very much. AND I looked at your weather - criminently jump up! WOW!!!! So glad motor vehicle has air conditioning! It looks like there might be a slight cooling midweek but back up later. I am sooo empathetic - and I know the Toby pup is flat on his tummy in front of the nearest fan! Am sending cooling thoughts like mad! Stay safe and well. xxx

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    1. Oh thanks, I'm glad you like the kit. Yes, very hot! A little cooler today thankfully, but yes, meant to be back up there later on. Took Toby outside of the unit yesterday for a wee and he still pulled to go up the hill. (Lovely wood and parkland alongside the industrial estate). Luckily he has a smart mom who won't let him lol!
      Stay safe and well xx

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  10. Two yards+ 1 " of 1 1/4" wide inkle - 6 1/2" waste ;) - six values of blue green cotton put up to make a stripey knit scarf - will be sewn into a little green bag and I am quite chuffed! Especially the minimum waste - just enough to squeeze out a tassel - silly to be so very pleased with such a simple project but I am. Oh yes, I've made 5 buttons from the first inkle - great fun - good video teacher ;) .
    I see you are continuing stinking miserable hot for the start of the week and a modest cool down - please stay as cool and hydrated as possible, all three! And of course, safe and well! xxx

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    1. Well done! I've been weaving this weekend and miscalculated, so am short and have to start again. Its so lovely when it works out so well as it has for you!! So, I'll be doing a few more buttons I reckon! Yes, forecast to reach 40 degrees, going in early tomorrow am to get the orders out, then probably staying put on Tuesday. Big metal shutter doors keep the place freezing in winter and hot enough as it is in the summer (sun hits them directly from about 1pm onwards!
      Have a lovely week and stay well and safe xxx

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  11. Haven't reached the stage where waste and takeup are a problem but I can see from my reading that a miscalculation could be a real bummer!
    Don't forget that a moist hand towel twirled vigorously and applied to overheated skin is as good as an air conditioned movie house!
    Safe and well and hugs all around! xxx

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  12. Hang in there, kids! I can hear the exhausted moans from here - hope you are all managing to stay well, even if hot, frazzled and swamped with work - give each other a hug and kiss and give the Toby pup an extra pat.
    We are safe and well and in good spirits.
    Oh - do remember to take a deep breath once in a while. ;) xxx

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    1. We are trying to do some redecorating. The kitchen is nearly complete, but the front room needs doing and both have stupidly high ceilings. That's the exhaustion you can hear! Next time I reckon I'll be old enough to hire someone haha! So that plus work is leaving very little time. Slowly getting caught up though. Stay well and safe both of you xx

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  13. Do please be very cautious with the ladders (unless that clever young man created some nice stable scaffolding for ceiling work) - I think we are getting a bit unsteady for high places - well, I certainly am! And you know that the weather gods were sitting up there just waiting for you to go to work on the kitchen! Will continue to send encouraging thoughts to you all - I imagine Toby doesn't think much of having the house in disarray!
    Chocolate seems to be a very, very successful subject! I had to go get a cookie!
    We are safe and well, and you all stay the same. xx

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    1. Thanks, not looking forward to this weekend, starting on the next room, but it is so in need of freshening up I am sure it will be worth it. Yes, very careful on ladders. even two steps ones! Last thing my creky knees need :) Have a lovely weekend xxx

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