Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Whoopsy-Daisies Dress/Top


I made this little dress for my niece Kate's first birthday.


It fits more like a top - either she is growing too quickly or I'm too slow and have to add a few centimetres to all my future projects for the kids!


I have tried a few plackets before and searched high and low for the perfect tutorial but they all just end up leaving me more confused than ever - if anyone knows the link to an easy-to-follow placket tutorial please let me know!


The pink Incomparable flower buttons are the perfect colour match for the material.


I made a small error with the sleeves which I then folded in on themselves and created a bit of a bubble effect - I like how they turned out and next time I'll do that on purpose!


Big brother Luke had to feature in the photo shoot! Thanks Luke!


Don't forget about our buttons-for-tutorial exchange - we are taking ideas until Saturday and welcome any ideas you might have. We've already had a few creative comments and look forward to hearing more...if you missed it here is the link.


Whoopsy-Daisies...


Saturday, 15 September 2012

Tutorial/Button Exchange


Totally Tutorials is being a match maker between us and creative, crafty folks out there who are willing to put together a free tutorial using our products (we hope that will be some of you!)

We are going to be giving away up to 15 sets of our button cards to 15 crafty followers anywhere in the world. We will pay for the shipping of our buttons to you.

In exchange we are asking that you put together a unique tutorial...it can be anything from sewing, knitting, crocheting, crafting...glueing them onto...attaching them to...we'll leave the method up to you...we then ask that we can use your tutorial here to showcase our buttons.


Now the really fun part - you get to choose any set of buttons that your heart desires - take a look at our website www.buttonmad.com and choose the set you love the best from our catalogue.


You have from today until Saturday 22 September to choose which set of buttons you would love to receive and then to leave a short comment here telling us which set of buttons and what you have in mind for them.


We will be choosing 15 crafters depending on how much we love the idea you come up with. If you want to knit something special for a grandchild, sew up an apron embellished with buttons, create a set of fun scrap booking pages, glue buttons onto a picture frame...any idea, however simple, as long as it incorporates our hand painted buttons & a tutorial will qualify.


There are some requirements so please read the fine print over at Totally Tutorials

The most important requirements are: 
1. that you are willing to create a tutorial using our buttons,
2. that you give us permission to post your tutorial and pictures here on our blog and on the Totally Tutorials blog,
3. that you will post your free tutorial on your own blog listing our buttons and linking back to us as the source of your Incomparable buttons (if you don't have a blog, see Totally Tutorials for options on where to post),
4. that your tutorial will be free for other users to create something to sell,
5. that your tutorial will be ready by the end of October 2012.


If you don't know how to create a tutorial take a look at the links here.
Remember to take a great photo of your finished item - it will be posted here and at Totally Tutorials.

Thanks so much to Kym from Totally Tutorials/Fabric Fascination for hosting this exchange.

We can't wait to hear what you have in mind for our Incomparable buttons!

Monday, 10 September 2012

There's Space for Two Biscuit Quilt

 
This is the first quilt of any kind that I have ever attempted...and its a puff quilt.
I can honestly say I have never devoted as much time to any one thing in my lifetime ever!
 
I'm happy with the way it came together. When I had hundreds of loose squares it was hard to see the bigger picture.
 
Ems and Luke found it in the dining room where I've stationed my work table temporarily and crawled under it of their own accord and pretended to be snugly sleeping. Shortly afterwards, Em approached me to ask for her very own one in pink!
 
I teamed our Incomparable 'Space' theme fabric with a blue polka dot and solid green fabric. I played around with the loose squares trying to come up with the final layout for a long time.
 
It is backed with a matching green fleece blanket that makes it lovely and soft.
 
 
Just as I breathed a sigh of relief that this one was finally finished, I now have to start thinking about the pink version! Luckily little sister Kate is too young to be asking for one for herself just yet!
 

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Time to announce...


Our mouse with his nervous tick feels it is time to announce the 60 lucky winners.

Here they are, interspersed with pictures of a few other clocks we have made using Incomparable buttons:

Margie (Scrappinmargie),
eight by six,
Carol (quilting in India),
MaryBeth (a little quilting),
Little Ella Lu,
Lizzie (Quilting in Northern California),
Amity Originals,
Gene Black,
Kristine (Weekender Girl),
Cath (Bits 'n Bobs)

Cherilyn (Farm Wife Journal),
Tracey @ PeonyCup,
Scrapbook-Chic A Doodles,
Samantha (Sami's Quilts and Crafts),
Tanya (Richard and Tanya Quilts),
Oops-Lah,
Kimberley Cassie @ Quilty Doodads,
Donna Joy,
Leo,
Tatlrha (Russia?)



Theresa (Bumbleberry Stitches),
Fiesta,
giddy99,
Alessandra Lace,
Leah (Quilted Delights),
Erica - Peppa Jo Patterns,
Lynda - Bloom, Bake, Create,
Becky - Quilting Booklady,
Alyce B (Blossom Heart Quilts),
Teresa F (Portugal).

Beulah,
Nadia (Abso Knitting),
Legato1958,
Marci sinfisi,
Purl Buttons,
Sunflower Skies,
Sparky 136,
Tubakk,
Sheila (Sheila's Quilt World),
GCC mom.



Melinda, 
Sarah (Sharp Images),
Nickels,
Roxyrana on Ravelry,
Szappanbubi,
Cherise (Sewingly Along),
Peggy (Keep me in Stitches),
Bear's House,
Amateur Quilter (Mike Pearson),
Mary Ellen (Mary's Meanderings).

Liz - Moments,
Angela Moore,
Malinda,
Lori (Lori H Designs),
Maria Kievit,
Birgitte aka Bietje,
Sandi T (Sonora CA),
Amy De Cesare,
Sewfrench,
Cheryl.

Due to the large number of winners I won't be contacting everyone personally but will ask you to email me your postal details. 

Thanks to everyone who participated for your kind comments we loved reading them all.


And for those who asked about mum's secret to looking so young...
There are no space age miracles, it is genuinely the following:
She has never used a face cream...never goes for facials...she washes her face with soap and water...hardly ever exercises...unless running around the button factory counts (I think it does!)...and eats chocolate daily.
If you are what you eat, then she is very very sweet!

Congratulations to the winners...all 60 of you! That's going to keep my posting fingers busy for a while...


Monday, 3 September 2012

Tick Tock




This clock in a fabric hoop is a fun and easy project to make.

First, assemble all the pieces you need. 
We used 12 cute Incomparable cat buttons and one little mouse with a nervous tick!


Cut a piece of felt to size using your fabric hoop as a guide and secure it in place.


Make a hole through the middle of the felt to fit the clock workings through.


Position your pieces and hot glue gun them on (you could sew them but this is the 5 minute version!)

And there you have a finished clock - a great project to make with the kids and a lovely gift for a child's bedroom.


Today is the last day of our super give away of 60 cards of Incomparable buttons so enter now by leaving a comment on the previous post and following our blog.


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