The Making of a New Button
Following the great success of my Lamb-e buttons,* I thought I would share a little bit about the process of creating a new button. Step 1: I draw something with crayons or whatever I have on hand, onto a scrap of paper. You can see I initially drew it in red, but had some problems with the placement of my unicorn, so I had to draw it again in blue.
Step 2: Brendan, here at the shop, turns it into a few options for a button.
Step 3: It gets printed onto our button paper.
In this case, we're adding a little extra glimmer to things, and we had to do a little experimentation on just the right glue/glitter application.
Step 4: We punch out the buttons with our circle puncher.
Step 5: We put it through our button machine.
And voila! We have our freshly pressed button. As we start to get a good supply of these buttons, they'll be floating out through the postal system and out into the world over the next few weeks.
And if you had any doubts about whether or not you could do such magic yourself, keep in mind that even Caleb can make his own buttons. He's had a lot of practice, but he can pop out one with the best of us.
***It's been March Break this week, and a bit of a crazy week. I'm not kidding when I say a few things have fallen by the wayside here at home. Some mamas send their kiddos to fun, professional March Break camps with enthusiastic, high-energy counselors, but Caleb goes to this mama's March Break camp, with arts and crafts like button making with glue and glitter, and exciting field trips like tagging along with his mama to the big library book sale. It's been a lot of fun to have Caleb around all day again, in and out of the apartment and warehouse, and riding his bicycle or car around the shelves and tables. We've also been carting the two babies along for some of our errands as an "adventure," and everyone is exhausted by the end of the day. Me, especially. There seem to be times when I'm trying to get both babies to nap, and I'm the only one with my eyes closed. In any case, behind the scenes we're still keeping busy. Everything is starting to come together under the pressure of our impending renovations/move/launch (and only crumble ever so slightly at the edges). The big announcements are all happening next week, so please sit tight. What a thrill!
Currently reading: A Widow for One Year by John Irving. Currently eating: dried figs. Currently writing with: Pilot Custom 92 with a soft fine nib (Sailor 4B, a new personal favourite), Sailor Pro Gear Slim Highlighter with Noodler's Raven Black, a Kaweco Al-Sport Rollerball. Currently looking forward to: glorious spring at the cottage. Current project: decluttering the kitchen cupboards in preparation for the move. Current pipe dream: everything will be packed and moved for me overnight by magic elves who I will thank by offering lifetime supplies of ink. *Actually it's been a deep and personal disappointment. We get emails and messages about what exactly this "sheep-e" button means. And just the other day, I was walking up the lane way to the shop with Caleb, and I overheard two customers passing the button back and forth, saying, "sheep...e? sheep...e? SHEEP...eee??" But on I forge.