10 Adorably Eastery Button Crafts!

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Now I know all us little sewists have a pile of scrap fabric lying about but – and maybe it’s just me – do you also have an over-abundance of buttons in random sizes and colors?

Come on now. I know it’s not just me!

Well I found some really cute Eastery crafts to put that bucket of buttons to good use!

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1) DIY Button Bowl

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Source: Designs by Kristen

Love Love Love this button bowl made from a balloon! I am blown away by this idea!

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2) Button Egg Ornament

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Source: Club Chica Circle

How cute is this egg ornament?! Got to be honest, I think this one is gonna bleed over into Halloween and Christmas as well…

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3) Button & Bows Embellished Shoes

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Source: The Crafting Nook

I realise these aren’t specifically for Easter, but the colors are perfect! And I can’t help thinking what I wouldn’t have given as a kid for a pair of these with my Easter outfit! (Okay let’s be honest, I’d totally rock these now!)

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4) DIY Spring Button Flowers

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Source: Freckled Nest

It really never occurred to me how much buttons could look like flowers, but now I can’t unsee it. It’s giving me whole new ideas for how to use buttons on my Scrap Animals.

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5) Felt Button Butterflies

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Source: Do Small Things With Love

Super cute way to use up random buttons AND bits of leftover felt. BONUS! I’m looking at these lil butterflies thinking of all the ways I could use them – on jeans, a jacket, to dress up a boring tote bag. They would also make adorable hair clips!

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6) Button Easter Eggs

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Source: Organized Clutter

The post these come from has all kinds of great ideas for how to use them in your Easter decorating. They’d also be really fun and durable to use for Easter photos.

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7) DIY Framed Button Craft

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Source: A Cultivated Nest

What a simple and sweet decorating idea for your extra buttons. This would also be great for other holidays in different themed shapes and colors.

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8) Button Flowers Canvas

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Source: Easy Peasy and Fun

This makes such a cute little card! Or a spring party invitation!

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9) Button Egg Topiary

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Source: Random Thoughts

This topiary would be an absolutely perfect centerpiece for Easter dinner!

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This last one isn’t a diy tutorial, just a ridiculously cute scrapbook layout, but I can totally think of tons of ways to use this idea:

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Source: A Little Bit of Patti

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So what about you? Have you got some super adorable Easter button crafts to share? I’d love to see them!

~ Seth

Why I Do What I Do

Some days it can be tough to be an artist. You get so much criticism on your prices, your style, your materials, etc. It can be very disheartening.

My craft is my joy. It’s my therapy. It’s the thing that calms me and makes me so happy to work on. I am inspired by just everything to want to create create CREATE. I love making my Cuddle Buddies and Baby Scrap Dragons. They just make me smile. But I don’t make them just for myself.

It’s such an amazing feeling for me when someone falls in love with one of my scrap animals and wants to adopt it. That moment when they pick it up and their eyes are shining.. it’s the best! And I love working on commissions. It’s a sad fact that I can’t be there most of the time because my Cuddle Buddies are shipping to Florida or California or once even to Taiwan. But it makes my day to receive feedback from my customers.

Recently I finished a Jack Frost commission from “Rise of the Guardians“. I was super excited about this commission because that’s one of my favorite movies!

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I couldn’t be happier with how he turned out. I was hoping the embroidery would come out looking like cracked ice and it really did. YAY!

She wanted it made in rag doll style with the button eyes, which is exactly my style. I mailed him off with absolute glee. I cannot express how happy it made me to receive her review.

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This is why I do what I do. I make plushies because I love to make them, but this review is why I take commissions. I was lucky that when there was a plushie I wanted and no one was making them, I actually taught myself to make them. It’s been 5 years since that first janky little David Cook doll and I’ve made so SO many by now. I love being able to share the plushie love with others who can’t make them themselves, whether that be artistic or time constraints. I’m happy to be their plushie supplier!

For me, it truly is a joy and a gift.

 

~ Seth

WIP Jack Frost – Commissions are OPEN

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I am so happy with how the embroidery is coming along on my Jack Frost commission. I love when somebody commissions something really fun! I have a feeling I will have to make a second Jack, though, because Nevi is already flailing over this one.

AND… SPRING COMMISSIONS ARE OPEN.

I’ve got a couple more commissions after this one but there are still some spaces open for the Spring batch.. so if you’ve been thinking about requesting a custom plushie, now is the time to get a quote! (Messaging me on Facebook is usually the quickest way to get a reply.)

~Seth

 

Scrappin’ Happy

I have found some seriously cute projects to use up all those fabric scraps.. not that I have like two dresser drawers of fabric scraps or anything… Okay.. let’s be honest. I probably have more fabric scraps than two drawers even. I, of course, also use a lot of those scraps to make my little baby scrap dragons, but I’ve still got more fabric flying around than even I can use for them! So I am super excited about some of these great ideas for fun little projects to use up all those stray scraps.

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Pop Garden Scrap Flower: What an adorable little (or big!) fabric flower! I could think of so many places to use these.

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Long-stemmed fabric roses: I can think of so many projects to add these to!

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These Forever Flowers are too much fun!

(There are a ton more flower tutorials here.)

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Come on! Look at these little Scrappy Owls!

Stop, self!

You don’t need any more plushies to sew!

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Sweet Scallops Tote: You have to love the fact that you can use so many different scraps to make the cute little scallops! I know I love mix and matching my patterns (you’ve seen my dragons!)

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This Velcro Wallet tutorial is so simple and just great!

I’ve been looking for a good wallet pattern. Yay!

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Hopefully something sparks your creative little heart into action!

Happy scrapping!

~Seth

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You Made a Plush What?!

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Snoop Dogg (2012)

I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook’s “Memories” feature. Every once in a while it will share a memory with me of when I had a really horrible experience or lost someone close to me and I wish there was a way to tag those posts so they wouldn’t come up again in the future to reopen the wound. Most of the time the memories are mundane daily blah blah blah, but I love when it brings up a really amusing status that I maybe don’t even remember posting. Like just recently it reminded me of the Snoop Dogg plushie that I made on commission for a girl I worked with. When I scrolled over the pictures I just started giggling to myself. I can’t help it. Have you ever made something and, when thinking about it later, couldn’t help but laugh in disbelief at the thing you’ve done?

Just me?

Fine then.

When Teesha asked me to make a Snoop Dogg plushie for her, I admit I stared a bit incredulously. Honestly, I think I mostly took the commission because I wanted to see if I could actually make a plushie that looked like Snoop Dogg. When I finished him, my room mates were dying laughing at how perfect he turned out and Teesha literally squealed, so I guess I did alright. When I did conventions people would ask me what other plushies I’d made than the ones I had for sale and nobody believed me about Snoop. Good thing I included him in my look book!

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Snoop Dogg Cuddle Buddy by Rainbows Anthem (2012)

Can I just say for the record how much I really, really love what I do?

 

~ Seth

Forward Momentum

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I have been inspired to make not resolutions to fix myself so much as goals toward mental and emotional happyness. 2015 was a very full, very busy, and very fast-moving year. I seriously spent so much time going “wasn’t it just April? August? October?” Truly, where did this year go? But at the same time I know a lot happened this year – workshops, retrogrades, epiphanies. I am hoping to step into 2016 with forward momentum, seeking more creativity and joy, trying to make space for whatever this new year is bringing into my life.

Here is my list of goals for 2016. Hopefully they will inspire you to take a look at your goals and resolutions for the new year and consider whether they are really the healthiest, most fulfilling things you could be doing for yourself.

  1. I will make my home a free nap zone. (SARK would be proud!) I have a really bad habit of shaming myself and my poor, blessed besties for taking naps. I don’t know why I do this… out of irritation and guilting myself for not being productive enough most often (damn you, Perfectionist!) But naps are healthy and can be very recuperative on a stressful or just extra busy day. Naps are great and I’m going to embrace them!
  2. I will try really, really hard to “hug my dragons” instead of trying to slay them. Yes, Robert Ohotto, I hear you preaching at me about always wanting to get rid of parts of myself that I see as bad. I know that the more healthy practice would be to give them more love and let them have their space when they need it. Trying to “slay” the difficult archetypes in my psyche (perfectionist, narcissist, shape-shifter, codependent etc etc) only serves to force them down into the subconscious and make them rebel worse.
  3. I will maintain my boundaries. I will put myself first. I will respect my authentic needs in the face of other’s demands. If I really need to just listen to my music at lunch and read my book, then I will keep my headphones on. Maybe I’ll even get a little “Do Not Disturb” sign to sit on the table like Hermie keeps telling me I need to. I will not coddle you out of fear of rejection and abandon my own authenticity to make you more comfortable.
  4. I will be mindful about what goes in my body. There’s nothing wrong with a little splurge once in a while, but if you’re going to “cheat” then it should be something worth the cheat. Carrabas > Little Caesars. Both of these are outside my regular gluten free, organic diet, but dinner at Carrabas includes great atmosphere and quality ingredients. Little Caesars, while I do love pizza, will make me want to die in an hour.
  5. I will seek more spiritual connection. I know that when I’m actively studying and practicing my spirituality brings me joy, reduces my stress and lightens my heart. I can feel the lack in my daily life from not seeking spiritual connection regularly and I don’t know why I do this to myself.
  6. I will set up some kind of sewing/crafting schedule. I know I need it. I’m afraid to even make a to-do list for fear of how many entries it will have… and my brain just doesn’t stop coming up with new super-adorable things I could make next. I need to set up some kind of schedule to make space for my plushies, my drawing and coloring, learning to make clothes, or none of these things is ever going to get done because I’m busy shaming myself for how far behind I am on everything.
  7. More dancing. My whole body, mind and spirit feels more open when I dance. I feel like I can breathe again. I need to do that thing.
  8. I will spend less time feeding the social media monster of hate and ranty-ness. There is enough anger and aggression on Facebook already regarding *insert offense here* and my energy is not really needed. I need my energy more. People need to smile more. I would much rather share pictures of kittens and videos of baby goats on trampolines.
  9. I will not base my self-worth on how productive I’ve been. I started sewing and drawing because it made me happy, it made my friends happy, and I wanted to share that joy with others. I need to refocus my creativity back to that motivation instead of putting so much weight on myself for not finishing things on a timeline that I made up in the first place.
  10. More genshiken. There has been a distinct lack of anime marathons in the past few months and I find this disturbing turn of events unacceptable. Must make more geek time!
  11. I will be more consistent with my online artist presence. I will start by reading less blogs about how to maintain a good online artist presence that leave me feeling like I am an epic failure and am doing basically everything wrong. If I come across flaky, flaily, sometimes annoying and pretty much always obnoxious, then at least you know you’re getting the real, authentic me.

 

What are your goals for happyness in this shiny, new year? Do you still make resolutions?

~ Seth

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I have loved Christmas lights ever since I was a kid. We used to pile into the van and cruise around slowly to look at all the awesome light displays. I grew up in an apartment, so we didn’t really have a lot of outdoor decorating options, but my folks always knew the best neighborhoods to hit for an abundance of Christmas magicalness.

I’ve noticed recently that there don’t seem to be as many houses lit up as in years past.. anyone else noticing the same in their area? Kinda makes me sad to think people just don’t have as much love for Christmas as they used to.. *insert materialism of Christmas rant*

But there are still some glorious lighting displays to be found. One just around the corner from my house has a fantastik Christmas spire almost as tall as their house with a huge, shiny gold star on the top and color-changing lights that run all around their house and their shed. PLUS a couple of rainbow-color-fluctuating candy canes beside their front door and arches along their walkway. It’s beautifull! You can see the Vegas-like glow as soon as you turn into our neighborhood. (I wonder, though, if their next door neighbors appreciate the all night glow… I hope they have black out curtains lol)

There is another house up the street that I adore because they have light strung all over the front of their house and the bushes. I love it because it’s kinda messy and none of the strings match, which gives me the feeling that, while they’re not very good at perfect lighting displays, they do love Christmas and want to show it off. That makes me so happy!

Do you go all-out with your Christmas decorating? Do you light it up so they can see the glow from space? What’s your favorite Christmas memory?

 

~ Seth

 

We Have Our Own History

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It honestly is hard sometimes to not practically deify our spiritual teachers. You’re thinking “OMG you are so much wiser than me! What would I have done without you!?” This gifted, intelligent voice of reason in your times of frustration, depression or struggle. You feel like they’ve saved you from yourself… It’s a slippery slope from gratitude to worship when it comes to mentors and teachers. And when one person you admire calls out another of your teachers it can cause a serious emotional conflict. “But.. but they’re so brilliant. They’ve helped me so much in the past…” You don’t know which way to turn.

It’s okay to listen to both teachers because no one is write all the time. No one has all the answers.

Thus is the beauty of the human experience – that we all have our own history, our own wounds and our own perspective to teach from. Each of us has unique gifts and wisdom of our own to share, birthed in us by our wounds and grown in the fertile soul of self exploration.

~ Seth

original digital painting by Nevi Star

Source: Shining Imperfectly

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