Monday, October 11, 2010


Here I am.

Most days I'm glad about it. I like my life and I like keeping busy, pottering about at home and doing domestic things. Crafting and making are a huge and important part of my life. For the past few years, off and on, I've suffered from bouts of depression. Making offers me respite when my brain is persisting in telling me really dumb and unproductive stuff. The simple meditation in the making of stitches, mindfulness of the simple steps of the task at hand, turning raw materials into beautiful things.

I've been feeling better with the turn of the seasons. Melbourne's seemingly interminable winter grey has given into the clear blue skies of spring. The whole city feels lighter. But maybe that's just me.

I had a lovely weekend, I hope you did too. Here's some of mine.

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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Buttons! Oh my!

Lionel Nichol made, by hand, buttons for couturiers for two decades during the glory days of couture.

There are some truly exquisite buttons, and I'm going to confess to acquiring two sets of buttons (neither of which are pictured below, though the third row of the second also tempted me sorely).

Just look at the detail on those peaches in the second button from the left.

or these, the third row buttons are only seven millimetres long!

Not that I have a particular use for the buttons but they are just too pretty.

Go and have a look at the rest of them, some will leave you breathless. Nichols Buttons


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