I've been a bit rubbish at posting anything recently - not just because I *am* quite rubbish at keeping on top of everything I want/need to do, but also because I have been without my trusty laptop for a few days. About 3 weeks ago it took a child-assisted nosedive to the floor and sadly the power cable did not survive - given how bent out of shape it was I am more than a bit surprised the laptop made it through relatively unscathed, but it has meant that instead of having a power supply at home and one at work I have had to try to remember always to pack the one remaining cable up and carry it around. This is, of course, a recipe for distaster and last week I forgot to bring it home so was without power for nearly 5 days - tragedy!
Anyway, it did give me some time to catch up on sewing and gardening (though sadly not housework). One thing I've been working on is some keyrings to organise my silly numbers of keys for different things. These are really fun to do, and I'll be doing more with different patterns on them for gifts and so on. I have been making bookbags for Elsie's teachers and her childminder and am planning to incorporate a personalised keyring - but more on that another day.
I've also made some more embroidered buttons - one of these days I'll post some pictures of how I've done them but they really are easy (asuming you have access to a shop that sells the components). I've got all sorts of ideas for other designs too - they're a bit addictive.
These ones are metal based buttons that are very easy to put together:
These are ever useful plain fabric buttons, made from plastic bases. I didn't like these nearly as much and ended up forcing the backs on with my teeth (!). It was a satisfying bite, but does mean I can't really use them on projects for anyone else ...