Happy Mother’s Day

With the weekend that is in it I just wanted to let you all know what a special mum I have.

  Button studio wouldn’t be the same without my mum. Anybody who knows my work knows that all the pendants come in lovely handmade Pillow boxes ,   “the little extra touch”… Well my mum makes all of them ;0) . My best friend Kate came up with the design and she also has done her unfair share of making them and to both I am very grateful.

It is not just the packaging , it is the button sorting and stamping and the post office runs  and the support and advise  , I really couldn’t do it all without her. I am very lucky to have her creative spirit.

  So Happy Mother’s Day Mum ..  I am a very lucky Button Girl to have a Button Mum like you ;0)

Cool Faces App

I am always looking for fun apps that i can play with and I just love this app .. It is called Cool Faces , kind of a silly name but the idea is so simply and fun so it makes up for the name!   It is available for free and you can upgrade if you like .. I just did a very quick alteration on a board of buttons from the show .. They use fingers which is fun too.. the possibilities are endless !

Birmingham for Buttons !

Well we went on a mini one day adventure to Birmingham… Last Monday we flew over to uk for a Craft Trade fair .. I was in search of buttons surprise surprise… Came across this amazing Giant button at one of the stands …

With a 3am start it was a long day .. found some lovely button displays which cheered me up but unfortunately didn’t find the kind of buttons i was looking for .. Great day though always good to get out of the studio every so often ;0)

Keeping it Fresh

Its been a very busy time in Button Studio . I really enjoyed the crazy run up to Christmas with the amazing response to Nationwide and meeting lots of lovely people at the RDS Christmas craft fair . I really enjoyed chatting to customers at the fair and getting feedback on what they would like to see and wear .

I understand trends and how it is important to keep a eye on them but you also have to keep looking for fresh inspiration and trying things out. I launched some new designs at the craft fair  and was really happy with the response, so working of the feedback I launched the new designs at Showcase Ireland last week . So hopefully they will be in a shop near you soon .

RTE Nationwide

This is the first time i have had a chance to tell you about the day  Maria Mullarkey came to film at the Button Studio. I was very lucky to get selected to be filmed for RTE Nationwide program . I am not sure how it happened but i am very glad and honored to have had the opportunity. From the day i got the call there was great excitement. I had grown up watching this show and to think i might be on it was very funny indeed.

Before filming there was allot of cleaning and fluffing and tidying and hiding !! and squeezing and sweeping involved . My studio is a lovely place all the time but it is very small so trying to make it look neat was a bit of a challenge . They started the filming off with the interview where i was hooked up to a mic and poor Maria had to try and ask me questions so as to get some sort of intelligent answer out of me !!  Being nervous and being told to stand still on one spot my hands revolted and started flying around in a mass of expression ! to the bemusement and horror of the camera man ! . For editing and for sound my hands banging around was not going to cut it so my hands where then sent to my pockets !! for the rest of the interview !! ;0)

The rest of the day was spent filming the processes and steps involved in making my jewellery and we had great fun at this working out angles and views and redoing things over and over again .. I must admit i do giggle at the fact i am one of the few people to be filmed for the telly wearing a full face mask !! very attractive !

We finished filming with a trip out to Core Crafted Design where i was filmed dropping in new stock to Aileen who kindly agreed to be in the clip ;0)

All in all it was a fantastic day i enjoyed every scary minute of it  and Maria did a fantastic job editing it all together . The response since the show has just been amazing . Irish people are so generous with there kind words of support , i was really blown away . Nationwide is a Irish production that is a fantastic program for Irish Companies like mine . They cover a huge array of stories and are a nice break from the doom and gloom on the news currently . They focus on Short bursts of good news stories and things happening in local areas around Ireland . We are very lucky to have a program like it and i was very lucky to get the opportunity that i did and i am very grateful  for it .

Here is a link to YouTube link for the show

Christmas Eve 2011

On the Eve of Christmas  i just wanted to say a huge thank you to everybody who bought my work this year .. It has been quite a journey ;0) .. I just had to show you my Studio door that I closed today for a couple of days … It needs a little rest ;0) but i made sure it was dressed in a festive way before i did … Happy Christmas to you all ….

Space Invaders

Space Invaders was launched way back in 1978 and was one of the first Arcade games created.  It is one of the earliest shooting games and the aim is to defeat waves of aliens with a laser cannon to earn as many points as possible. It created such a craze that following its release it casued a shortage of  100-yen coins in Japan, grossed US$2 billion in quarters by 1982 the year i was born ! ! Above is a pair of cuff links that i was commissioned to make with the Space invader theme. You just never know what i will be up to next which is what i love about my work ;0)