In The Beginning

Busted Button:

You guys need to check out this blog- it features my baby, Flora and my friend Duncan- try not to die laughing: “WEIRD BEARDED GINGER RECREATES HIS SPIRIT ANIMAL’S INSTAGRAM PICS” That basically sums it up! HAHAHA!

Originally posted on Fauna and Flora:

It all started on Instagram.

It occurred to me the other day, that while the premise of this blog is obvious, I’ve never revealed the genesis.

For starters, I work with Flora’s Auntie. We’ve become pretty good friends over this time, and that led to me crossing paths with her twin sister, Flora’s mum. Dot has a great blog and business over at Busted Button. You should go check it out! She also has an Instagram that gives you a glimpse into her little world.

That’s where I met Flora.

This cute lil’ bambina stole my heart from the get go. Can’t you see why? Beyond being a cute baby, she’s smart, curious, and full of cheer. One day Dot posted this gem:
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I was working at the time, so I took my lunch, grabbed some McDonald’s and posted this:
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Button Bugs!

My 10 year old daughter, and my 8 year old niece were in a crafty kind of mood, so I suggested… button art. Obviously. They were pretty darn excited! This was going to be a bit different than our usual button art, though, because I snagged these sweet kits from my fave button people of all time: ButtonLovers.com

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I was super excited to have the girls test these out! And they didn’t mind me taking photos of their process, because I told them they would basically be famous… heh heh heh. 

So follow along with us, I can’t wait to show you their final pieces (which I think are even better than the package photos hehe, proud Mom/Auntie over here!) 

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Okay, so each kit comes with everything you need, except for some plain old crafty glue. These kits use buttons AND beads which is kind of fun, and if you want to make sure the background isn’t peeking through, it’s a lot easier than just layering buttons like I do, though it creates a different kind of look. 

These kits come with SUPER SIMPLE instructions, which I absolutely love. 

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Ohhhh they sure had fun!!!

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So much fun. Look at them go! Gluing their first layer of buttons. I should mention that I didn’t help them with these- they just went with it. Seriously- I was just sitting with them, taking photos and snapchatting such masterpieces as this:

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ANYWAYS, back to the reason for the season:

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Look at them intently filling in the spaces with beads!! That butterfly gets bonus points for actually being symmetrical! She was like ‘Mom… the butterfly on the package is WRONG!” Ha Ha! She is passionate about animal sciences! 

Okay, and after an hour, they were done! An hour was a good amount of time for these gals, but might make for a few sittings or some assistance if you were working with little kiddos. 

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Voila!!! Well done, ladies, and Thanks again ButtonLovers.com for creating such awesome kits! 

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You can get these yourselves over at Joann.com! Here is a link for the Ladybug, and one for the Butterfly

For more awesome button ideas, be sure to follow me on Facebook

AND go give ButtonLovers a LIKEY LIKE from me too! 

Happy Buttoning :D

~Dot

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Creative Blog-Hop!

Hi guys! A friend nominated me to take part in this fun blog hop, where I answer some questions and pass you along to some other cool creators! Thanks so much to the loverly and talented Bri from Baubles and Blessings for inviting me to join her! 

What am I working on?

Well, mainly I am working on keeping my kids alive, and myself sane, and it is working out for the most part. 

Creative-wise, at this moment, I am working on two paintings! 

Firstly I am creating one of my Four Seasons Button Trees:

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This baby will be up for sale during The Northern Collective‘s September sale on the 2nd! If you haven’t checked out TNC you are missing out! 

And secondly, I have started the background for a painting like these:

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I am leaving the animals off for now, because I want to sell this as a customizable painting! You pick the animals and the number of them :D 

This custom painting will be up for auction over at The Whimsy Willows, which is an awesome group of crafters, who are having me sell with them every second thursday of the month! So on Sept 11, pop in to bid if you’d like a custom family button tree painting :D 

How does my creative process work?

Well, firstly I get inspired, which often happens while I am sleeping, or showering, which are the only times I have time to think in a day! I then proceed to procrastinate ‘important’ tasks, like attacking the unending pile of autism paperwork for my boys, or cleaning, and get to work as soon as my 5 little munchkins are in bed!  Next I get in the zone, and just create- like God- growing trees, and naming animals. What fun! Okay I’m not really like God, but a girl can dream, right? 

This is a continuous blog hop hosted by different artists/bloggers every week. In the next week or so, I’ll be passing the torch to two of my absolute fave Canadian crafters! Kristy over at Honey Lime Designs, and Jody over at Penguin and Owl Acres! 

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