Monday, 22 July 2013

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Absent Bunny...

I have been a bad bunny and not blogged on here for a long time. the reason is I have been blogging more as Jinkies Kookie... and also joined facebook, pintrest and twitter as Jinkies. Mainly because I saw there were a lot of other crafters using the name button bunny or very similar and I wanted to be a bit different. I shall keep this blog open and maybe transfer some of the links to Jinkies or vise versa. Just thought I'd let you know in case you thought I'd fell off the side of the earth ('cos it's flat don't ya know, I saw a picture of it called a map!)
Anyway... I'm still around and if you want to follow me on my other blog feel free to do so or if you want to join me on facebook, twitter or pintrest please feel free.
Thanks for reading my Bunny adventures.
Jx

P.S I eventually got around to finishing the tidy and it don't look too bad....(you can walk around the room anyway and see 'some' clear sides!)

Monday, 26 November 2012

The tidy...

Well I've tidied half the room! The other half can wait!

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Not finished yet but fed up now.

Not finished yet but fed up now.
Have cleared and organised two shelving units.
('Is that all?' I hear you cry. Well, trust me, its been enough!)
Have three bags for re-cycling.
Two bags for rubbish, plastics etc
And, one large bag for charity shop.
Two units down. Four to go...

Friday, 2 November 2012

The Tidy.

I began the Big Tidy of my craft room today! I re-organised my paper for drawing and card making.(throwing out a huge ammount that wasn't any earthly good to anyone and I wondered what on earth I had kept it for!) I spent a while sorted my jewelry making equipment too, putting beads and sequins into some new storage containers I had bought and organising crimp beads, fasteners and other bits of parafanalia into tubs. This still needs a lot of work as I need to buy some more nifty boxes.. I also went through a HUGE pile of magazines and decided to part with them (yet another 'why have I kept these?') My stamping, embosing and glittering erea is now reformed and the equipment neatly ensconsed in box files that previously held scrap paper.
It sounds like I have done lots and I have. But I have only just scraped the tip of the ice-berg! Other sorting and tidying jobs include;
*Embroidery, hoops, books, threads, ribbons etc...
*paper making,soap making and candle making equipment and objects involved with said hobbies.
*craft books and ideas folders and drawings...
*Sewing, Enormous stash of fabric that desperatly needs sorting and seperating from mending jobs...
*Daughters craft erea, unused sets, copious ammounts of paper, books, scoobies, beads lolly sticks and pom poms....
Also knitting patterns, sewing patterns, painting stuff, pen and ink stuff....
So I am going to be busy for at Least another day.....

Friday, 26 October 2012

Jewelry copyright and profits...

I have recently been creating some jewelry, inspired by vintage images, sheet music and buttons.
I have made earings and some necklaces (sorry no photos just yet)
I am wondering about copyright though and pricing .
I have found lots of information about these issues and it is a bit bewildering. One of the pieces of information I've found is about working out how much each component has cost then add a percentage mark up.
Also work out how much you would like to earn in a year, divide it by the twelve months, divide it by 4 then divide that amount by 7 and finally that ammount by how many hours in a week to work out your hourly rate. Then take your hourly rate depending on how long it took you to make and add that to the cost of your components and a mark up. It was something like that! It sounds quiet confusing and also using that method didn't seem to give a very realistic price for some items.  
The other method was to price it to what you would be willing to pay for it. Just make sure that it didn't cost more than that to make it!
I have been reading a debate about copyright, some people using other peoples images to totally copy their idea and selling it as their own. There is  a sort of belief that once an image is on the internet it can be used by anyone regardless. This is a bit of a cheek considering that 'x' has created something wonderful and has posted a picture to show it off hoping to sell some, then 'y' sees it, thinks it is a wonderful idea, copies it and begins to sell it as 'created by 'y'
It has made me a tad nervous about posting pictures of stuff I have made up.
Using someones creations to inspire yourself I think is ok. Though I think it has to be different enough to not look copied. I also read recently that if you want to use Orla Kiely fabric to make something to sell you need permision. How true this is I don't know. But I do think it's a good idea to let people know that something you have made using say 'cath kidston' fabric isn't a 'Cath Kidston shoulder bag' or even 'Shoulder bag made using Cath Kidston fabric' because I also read that you shouldn't use the designers name as the product has not been endorsed by them. So instead you should only describe it as 'Floral patterned shoulder bag'
 It is a bit of a mine field.!

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Being away!

I havn't posted for a while as you can probably work out!
I am probably going to be away for a while longer yet.
I am still making and creating and one day when I have more time I will start posting again.
Thanks for still checking in.

Friday, 20 July 2012

Matching Animal Print outfits...

Simplicity 5753, A very easy make. (Appart from lots of frayey edges to zig zag(LOADS of edges!))
My completed night wear, made using more of that fab animal print...
Lovely ribbon detail and gathered up neckline...

BIG armholes (Yes my model is wearing a bra so that I could stuff it to the right dimensions!((as you can tell, not that big!!)))

Rather appealing gathered up 'knicker' bottoms...

Not much gather on the waist but that has been rectified, I just put a knot in it! (Yes my model also wears tights' tops so that stuffing can be added to the hipular erea for a more realistic fit!)

The pink one is what it should look like, rather pretty don't you think! I actually put mine on and laughed out loud, it is very voluminous! But I am wearing it as I type and it is very comfortable.

From 1964.


This was the mini me version for my mini me.This was also an easy make though not as easy as the simplicity. This one has sleeves, but still has the gathered neckline



Nice neat seam matching and gently gathered arm-holes.

I altered the shorts slightly and made my own version of an adjustable waist by adding a button to one side of the band and cutting little button slots in the elastic.
 (I need to neaten this a bit!)


These shorts have straight legs and actually have a nice fit when on, the front waistband has interfacing to stiffen it and as you know from above , an elasticated back.


And, the blue checked one with the yellow shorts (no pockets though) is which pattterns I used. From 1977.


Baby Bunny wants to wear hers out doors but I don't!

I don't think I shall be making anything else from this material for a while now.
I found it very fray-ey and hard to cut on a straight line. But it's ok for £2.99 a metre.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Cheaty Maudella top...

Hello again. I have posted on here... http://wesewretro.com/2012/07/my-maudella-cheat-top/  because I sewed retro! here are a few more pictures...








Aren't old adverts great! Vilene....

Friday, 29 June 2012

Steampunk...

I have just learnt what Steampunk is! I thought it was just chunky metal jewelry made out of scraps of old watches and cogs, but it is a fantastic look that seems to be inspired by victorian dress and 'steam powered' things, or clockwork (hense the cogs in the jewelry.)
I really love the look, big skirts and corsets with pirate details maybe a bit Adam Ant-ish?
What do you think?
http://www.thesteampunkempire.com/  some lovely photo's on here.

http://summermixtape.blogspot.com/2012/06/steampunk.html  great video doing some explaining of the theme.

http://thepragmaticcostumer.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/from-conventions-to-curators-period-steampunk-fashions/  some more nice pic,s especially like the jacket for the bicycling suit 1896, and, some of the watches spark off the covetting gene...

http://adorabatbrat.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/my-music-mondays-style-icon-special_18.html   just Adam Ant who to me looks a bit SteamPunk!

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Princess Punk dress and other pics...

Punk princess...
from this pattern... It had been a well used pattern going by the state of it, very flimsy in places and lots of pin holes.
There was lots of hand stitching to do but I thought it was worth it in the end! My Punk Princess had to be told that she couldn't possibly wear it for another day and it had to go in the wash!

Toddler dress, fully lined!

Ridiculasly long legged bunny...

70's inspired bag...

Bags made from Paddington material, that I sold on ebay...


I am making some more bags at the moment. More on that to follow and I would like to get some summer shorts started off soon, if I can decide on the material to use...

The hardest of these things to make was the Punk Princess dress. I have decided I don't like putting sleeves or armhole facings in much!


Thursday, 21 June 2012

Funky Bags...for a Fiver?

Would you pay £5 for a bag like this?
Would you say a fiver was too cheap?
Made using recycled or vintage material and an old L.P. No special features just a zip opening. What do you think? Any comments please! (This was a prototype for someone and it got such oohs and aahs that I was asked if I have anymore and how much) Not telling you how I made it though! Sorry!

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Hello Again!

Hello, its a long time since I have posted  but I am back!  I am Really Really going to get my green dress finished sooner rather than later! I havn't been idle though...I have made recently, another Button Bunny with seriously long floppy legs. I have made a wake and sleep dolly, one side has closed eyes and is wearing a night dress and the other side is awake wearing a normal dress, it looks like a traditional style rag doll from the book 'Applique for little ones'. I have also made two handbags  from vintage Paddington bear material, I sold those on e-bay. I have made two fabric bracelets. A toddler dress out of vintage Holly Hobby material that I hope to sell at some point. A dance dress for a barbie doll and a jacket. I have also made  a blue cord handbag with Holly Hobby applique on the front, very 70's looking! I have half finished a baby dress made out of Peter Rabbit material but I am paused on that one till I decide which ribbons and buttons to use for trim A princess punk handbag  (remember the black long skirt I was going to turn into a dress and then a top? It is now a skirt with a hole and the material was great for the Princess Punk!) with a patchwork skull and crossbones and , I have just begun a dress from a 1970's pattern using skull and crossbones material for my own Princess Punk! So I've been busy.
I had just started to put my 'Made by Button Bunny ' logo in stuff as well when I discovered another two Button Bunnies making and selling craft stuff on the internet. Boo! One of them is making headbands and clips, hair accesory type things and the other is/was making buttons(badges) using various designs. There was some sort of copywrite wrangle going on with that one. So, I would like it known I am not them and they are nothing to do with me!!!
To avoid confusion in the future I shall be using a new name on my Handmade stuff of which more at a later time!
Also I will try and upload piccys of my recent stuff some time in the near future. Thanks for visiting still and reading, I shall try and become more regular again! (o-er missus!)
Oh just remembered I also made a prototype handbag from an unusual material source...more to follow!

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Paper...well card!

Prepare... with a slightly brocken food processor.

Mush up and make pulp...

Put the pulp in the deckle and mould/mold squish it and swirl it around...
Squeeze out the water...



Layer it up between soaking up papers...
                                                           Pile up books on top so that they get sqeezed and nice and flat...
Lovely card...



Now I just have to wait for them to dry thoroughly and I have got my own card to make labels!

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Soaps...

This is the soap set we used...

Brand new Bain Marie (bought ages ago for soap and candle making and as yet never used!)

I forgot to take pictures of the stirring and adding fragrance with a pipet and colour granules. But, anyway here is the pan ready for washing...
The soaps poured out and left to cool for a while as per instructions...

In the fridge...

I made a pretty box...

They do look pretty, but...


As you can see they look wet. They feel slick, this is after a day out of the fridge.

I have since wrapped two of them in paper towels and one of them I have wiped down with a peice of kitchen paper.

Has anyone had this happen to them?
Is this normal to happen?

What do you think?...