small starts

It’s been kind of chilly here lately, we’ve had an occasional muggy day, but it’s mostly been rain and semi sunlit gloom. I don’t mind, I’ll take a cozy knitting day with a shawl in my lap over wilting heat. I’m still slowly working through my stash yarn, still slowly working through the way it sometimes feels daunting and discouraging to do so. Trying to understand why it feels limiting, or like nothing is the right choice or that somethings are too precious/rare to use ..I’m so over feeling guilty for things that make me happy, do it, use them. I sorted out a mellow strawberry fade with some stash favorites (heehawed overed winding them, because once you break skein you’re f’ing committed) and started a Powder and Dust shawl ..and I love it.

We made rhubarb cream cake, laughed at how cute little Lex was, and how tiny me was/is just a small girl version of my dad. I turned candy garbage into a candy badge just because I could, spent some time in the studio doing chalklegs stuff, including sculpting up a few more chubby gummy bear & tag along heart stitch markers for a small shop restock. Mostly enjoying making small starts on the bigger things ..Oh, and I ate a muffin bottom, I don’t ever eat bread butts, or edge pieces on anything, I am strictly a middle person ..progress πŸ’•

Rhubarb Cream Cake
1 box yellow cake mix
3-4 cups rhubarb chopped
1cup heavy whipping cream
1cup sugar

Make yellow cake as directed on box, pour into a greased 9″x13″ pan, top with rhubarb, sprinkle 1 cup sugar over top fruit, drizzle 1 cup cream over entire top (DO NOT MIX) bake at 350Β° 40-45 min. Let cool, then store in the fridge. All the fruit and cream sink to the bottom during the bake and create this amazing custard cream layer, this is best served chilled.

You can use fresh or frozen rhubarb (pictured was leftover from last year’s harvest) if using frozen, let defrost and drain off excess liquid, but do not squeeze fruit, you want some juice!

lowercase official

It took a moment or two, I’m usually all in, straight off, but for this I wanted more, I wanted just the right things to make them perfect.

I’ve been button obsessed for as long as I can remember, collecting them, trading them, pinning them to jackets, jeans, hats, bags & packs. As a kid I didn’t have any money, so most of my collection was promotional freebies, with the occasional Snoopy or Ziggy thrown in. I remember getting a library one from the Bookmobile (our small town mobile library), oh, and anyone else remember the BOOK IT Pizza Hut reading program ..I think I was mostly in it for the free badge and mini pizzas!

Fast forward 20 years and that pin love was still there, so I treated myself to a button maker, it was confusing and fumbly and inconsistent and while I had fun making my own custom pinbacks, I couldn’t produce a consistent quality badge. I loved the ones that turned out, but was frustrated at the waste to get one good. Fast forward another 15 years and here we are, my cute ideas officially on paper, an upgraded button maker, USA made parts and pieces, lovingly hand pressed one by one in my little studio.

I made it for me, because I love that question .. I made it for you, because maybe you do too β™‘

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I say “lowercase official” because I don’t plan on being a big O – Official button factory, I’m keeping it simple and handmade and mostly buttons for stitchers and makers and buttery cracker lovers.

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