Saturday, 24 December 2011

Christmas Give Away!!

With all the give aways we've had this year, people have been wondering if it's Christmas already...well now it officially is!
And we couldn't just leave it at that - so we are having a Christmas Give Away to wrap things up for the year! 

Amy over at NapTime Crafters is hosting this give away for us.

If you hadn't already guessed - we are giving away 10 sets of our Incomparable chicken buttons!

The total value of this give away is $100.

All you need to do is leave a comment on Amy's blog as well as a comment here.

This give away is open to all ButtonMad blog followers anywhere in the world - you can follow by email or Google Friend Connect by clicking one of the links on the left side bar.

This will run from December 24th until December 31st.
I might not post the winners immediately as January 1st is my very first wedding anniversary - so please bear with me!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Monday, 19 December 2011

Spot the Christmas 'Tree'

This weekend was filled with Christmas festivities and present shopping (and wrapping!)
Our teeny tiny tree is a rosemary bush that we pinched relocated from the patio of the flat we are renting. 
It's rather dwarfed by all the presents.

To make my wrapping more fun this year, I wrapped tree decorations into the satin bows since there is no space for them on the tree itself!.

This chap makes another appearance:

Congratulations to the ten winners of the Incomparable dove buttons:

Kristy (Hopeful Threads),
Stray Stitches (Linda G),
Blooms & Bugs,
Happy Cottage Quilter,

Thanks to everyone who entered and left a comment - if you aren't one of our ten lucky winners, don't despair...another chance to be a winner of some fabulous & fun Incomparable buttons is coming up in less than 5 days - so don't go too far from your computer this holiday!

Friday, 16 December 2011

a New Year (almost) and a New Look

Our website has just been given a complete overhaul.

It is fresh and fabulous.

It was also created by my super talented brother Blaize (not his real name but that's what we affectionately call him!).

He can also be credited with all our fantastic button photos as he is a professional photographer. You can see a few of the photo shoots he has done on his blog

I see it needs an update since photographs of my wedding are not up there yet! (Blaize I know you're reading this! Did you have any plans this weekend?)

Had to sneak in a few shots from my wedding just to show you how talented he is! If you knew what I looked like in real life you would have to agree!

Here is a picture of me with Blaize and our sister Shan (he's not often on this end of the camera!)

Oh yes sorry ladies, he is spoken for!

So back to business: our website is brand sparkling new and we would love you to browse around and give us feedback.
Take a look at our updated button catalogue too.

And don't forget there is still time to enter our current give away by following our blog and leaving a comment on this post

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Under the Christmas Tree

This beautiful beaded necklace with a selection of Incomparable buttons added onto each round disc is going to be all wrapped up in our Christmas finest and will be placed under the tree to be opened on Christmas morning.

I hope the recipient is not reading this!

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Snowman is Good Enough!

This is a super simple Christmas wreath to welcome guests into your home.

Take the following items:

Shape the wire hanger into a circle, cut 2-3 inch wide strips of felt and wind them loosely and a little haphazardly around the frame. Stitch a few times through each end of felt to keep it all in place.
I used 7 strips of felt altogether but this will depend on the dimensions of yours and the look you are going for.

Then add some festive bows. I sewed on a couple of our Incomparable snowman buttons.

The wreath still looked as though it needed a little something extra so I clipped on a few of the mini Christmas stockings I made for my advent calendar

And there is a super simple Christmas wreath - I'm already planning a project to recycle the felt strips in next year! 

Monday, 12 December 2011

The Goose is Getting Fat...

With just over two weeks to go until Christmas, do you have all your geese?! ducks in a row?

This little goose is proudly waddling along with mommy and baby Incomparable goose buttons.

This stitching block is part of a new project that we are working to put together and have ready by the new year!
We're getting really excited and cannot wait to launch it...only a few weeks to go before the big reveal...just thought I would share a little snippet of it here with you today.

Have a marvellous Monday!

Friday, 9 December 2011

Quilting Gallery Blog Hop Party & Give Away

There is a blog hop party happening this week at the Quilting Gallery

We are taking part by giving away some more of our Incomparable buttons - now I know what you're thinking - it must be Christmas!!

This give away will run from now until the 17th of December.

Just follow our blog and leave a comment in order to stand a chance to win one of 10 sets of our pastel coloured dove buttons.

This give away is open to any of our blog followers anywhere in the world.

If you can't wait to own some Incomparable buttons, remember that ordering is easy - take a look at our full button catalogue on ButtonMad, try to choose your favourites (this is the only hard part!) then simply email us with the codes you would like. 

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Wardrobe MakeOver

Give your old clothes hangers a fashionable make over in chic Parisienne style.

These have been covered in recycled pages from poetry books...sigh, so romantic! 

The small ribbons tied near the ends stop clothes from slipping off...and they co-ordinate with the lovely big bow of extra wide cotton ribbon tied in the middle.

The finishing touch - an Incomparable 2-inch button completes the look...
Wardrobes have never looked this stylish before!

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Quick Fun Christmas Project

Reindeer are always special but even more so at Christmas time.

To create a really sweet cross stitch reindeer, start with these...

work a little bit of Christmas magic...and end up with this:

A lively reindeer prancing through Incomparable snowflakes!

Lovely to decorate your tree or hang in a window...a fun and easy project to do with older children.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Recycled Scraps Christmas Cards

These Christmas cards took about 5 minutes to make.

I delved into my scraps stash and found fun and festive green and red material.

Then cut out 2 rectangles - one larger than the other.

Sewed them onto my pre-cut card and then sewed an Incomparable Christmas theme button on top...

For cards that are being hand delivered, I glued a button onto the outside of the envelope.

The best part is that after Christmas when the cards are discarded, the buttons can be removed and reused in a craft project or added to a favourite button collection...a gift with the gift!

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Advent Calendar

I made this Advent Calendar by making 24 small Christmas stockings and 1 extra large one out of red and green felt.

Each stocking is decorated along the top edge with different laces and trimmings. My favourite is the white pom pom trim which I've never seen back home and is a novelty for me (and so cute)

Each stocking also gets an Incomparable Christmas theme button...from Santa, snowmen and stars to candy canes, moose(s?), and angels...the only button I didn't have with me was the Christmas pudding!

To make it an advent calendar I used pre-cut luggage tags & numbered them 1-24 then attached them using mini clothes pegs to a plain cotton ribbon.

Since its adjustable, I made it extra cosy to fit the small fireplace but for a different location, I spread the stockings out and got more of a bunting look.

Once again the Christmas season is upon us...may it be a festive one for everyone.
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