This week’s Our of a Hat Challenge theme is buttons. We are asking you to make something, anything of your choice, that includes buttons. Bought buttons, hand made buttons, vintage buttons …. your choice. As always, there is lots of scope with the hatters challenges. So, whatever style of crafting you do, whether it be card making, sewing, mixed media, scrapbooking, or journaling, (phew! the list is endless) feel free to share your project and *join in the fun. We love to see everyone’s interpretation of the theme. (*see end of post)
As I am typing up this post, I have got Shakin Stevens singing in my head. So, to set the mood and as I believe in sharing, I would like you to have him toooo! Especially you Marie. Are you ready? “Snow is falling…… all around me, Children playing ……having fun. Its the season…… of love and understanding, Merry Christmas …everyone”. My gift to you! lol! I wonder how long you will have Shakey with you today!
I have made two projects this week. The first project is a christmas decoration. Might seem odd to you. I can understand that. Seems a bit odd to me bearing in mind there was a high of 31 degrees yesterday. Mind you, I have been known, in the past, to start planning and making stuff for Christmas around about now. Especially if we were expecting a house full. Are you still singing?
I used a wooden tapas plate to make my button. I drilled four holes, base coated it with gesso and then a couple of coats of white acrylic. I added a top coat of cheap crackle medium (not so good as the one step) but it’s fine. I then rubbed some brown acrylic over the top and wiped off the excess.
I cut quite a few hearts out of MDF a few weeks ago for projects for a friend. I had these two left over in my stash. I base coated them with gesso and added a couple of coats of acrylic. I stamped a flourish on the one, give it a coat of the nice crackle medium and rubbed in some brown acrylic paint. As before I just wiped the excess off. For the smaller heart I wanted a gingham pattern but this went wrong. I rubbed a lot of the paint off with a baby wipe and then gave a couple of brush stroke of watered down brown paint. I was quite pleased with it. Too grungy? I can’t make up my mind.
I used a cookie cutter as a template and cut the gingerbread man out of some scrap hard board. You know the board that comes at the back of water colour paper pads. He is just painted with acrylics and a few buttons added. I have put a couple slices of cork behind him, just to raise him up a little.
I added some cinnamon sticks, from the pantry, and tied them with some scrap fabric leaving the raw edges. The rosemary is from the garden and the music paper is taken from an old hymn book. Just to share, I have mentioned this before, poker chips make great buttons (see here).
For the second project, I have made a broach. I don’t usually make two projects but this idea was whizzing around in my head (far better than Shakey…. altogether now… Snow is falling..) while I was painting the plate.
I cut up an old wooden measuring stick/tape for the base of the broach. I really didn’t want to cut it up but I nicked it off Freddie to use in crafting so I had to be brave.
I wrapped some copper wire around the two pieces of the measure and added the buttons using hot glue. These could have been better placed but I am happy with it. I added part of an old necklace to the bottom of the broach by attaching it to the copper wire. I then attached a silver broach pin to the back. Just a little photo to show you what it looks like on a jacket. This reminds me of the 80’s. Eeee them were the days!
I dragged this metal dress form all around the garden with me yesterday. I just couldn’t find any shade to take a photo. I hope no one saw me. I bet someone did. There is always the odd shepherd about having a siesta under the olive trees. If asked, I will have to say it is an old english custom. This is a trick I have learnt from my mate Tanya –Chica Andaluza. It comes in handy in embarrassing situations.
Thank you to everyone who joined in the challenge last week. I hope you will join us again this week. It’s becoming a nice little crafting family. Great fun.
* just a note. Chrissie has received a few e.mails from people who do not know how to join in the challenge or link their projects. If anyone is having problems linking their projects or would like any more info please feel free to leave me a comment and I will contact you or go to The Out of a Hat Creations blog, leave a comment on there and Chrissie will contact you.
Tat tar for now.
Best Wishes Florence x