The Pink Button Tree – the meaning behind the name

When I named my blog in 2011 I chose ‘The Pink Button Tree’. I wanted to create a name with real meaning which would be my identity, define what my blog was about and for it to be a focus of the vision of this space. It wasn’t created in an instant but when I found it I knew it was right. I’ve explained name to family and friends early on, but I haven’t expressed its meaning in detail here. As my life goes through a change and my blog is evolving what better time to share with you the meaning behind my blog as it moves to its next stage. If you’ve wondered why I call my blog The Pink Button Tree read on…

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Taking time to sew – my new Pink Button Tree

 

I created my original blog header in November 2011 on a rainy Sunday afternoon, I was new to blogging and needed to create a header for my blog so that I could get started. I don’t think I realised then how much blogging would really mean to me and how much of a driver of change it would be in my life. I love the pink embroidered tree that I created back then, but I have grown and changed, as has my blog, it is time for a new look.

The project of creating a new blog header has been on my to do list for quite sometime. I have been planning a few ideas and thinking about what I wanted to do for well over a year now. I thought about perhaps commissioning an illustration of my vision of The Pink Button Tree, or that perhaps could I use a collage of photos to show what I do, or maybe I could create a combination of patchwork and embroidery stitches in an intricate panel…but I knew that I wanted to stay true to me and my blog vision, I wanted to use my first idea of a handmade, hand stitched tree with buttons. I wanted to create something simple and made by me.

With my return to blogging at the start of June I decided that I should update my blog header at the same time. I wanted to signal the fresh start in my blogging and creative journey and a brighter look and feel. I gathered the materials I had been collecting over the past year of so, I sat down and looked at everything for a while. I decided to go for a really simple look to make my header feel simple and fresh.

I used white cotton as a background and used some gorgeous linen for the trunk of the tree. I’ve never had a talent for drawing and have always gone for more abstract simple shapes. To help me create the tree shape I found a few images of trees online and started trying to sketch a tree shape. After quite a few attempts I finally reached something more in line of how I wanted for the feel of my blog.

I tried to transfer this onto the linen and ended up simplifying the look and changing it as I went. I used iron on interfacing on the linen to give it more stability and then cut it out. After cutting out I placed the tree shape on top of the white cotton background. I gave it a quick press on my ironing board and pressed the white cotton background. I wanted to arrange the buttons before I made a start to see if it all worked well together. I took real pleasure in sorting through my large collection of buttons I have stored in a jar and spent time selecting the buttons I wanted for the tree. I positioned the pink buttons and took this photo so I had a picture as reference of what I wanted to create.

I collected the buttons into a small dish and put them to one side. I then arranged the white cotton in a large embroidery hoop and placed the tree centrally. I didn’t have any double sided interfacing left in my supplies so I used tacking stitches to lightly fasten the linen tree to the white cotton.

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May and June – Our courtyard garden

Over the past few months I’ve been watching our courtyard garden grow. We’ve been really lucky to have some lovely sunny and warm days. I’ve taken time out to tend to our plants, keep them watered and I am spending more an more time in our courtyard garden space. Here’s what has been going on…
For the second year in a row the geraniums I grew from seed are flowering, there are bright pinks, red and white flowers coming into bloom.
For the first time I’ve grown lettuce leaves from seed…
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Life at the moment

Over the past month I’ve been…

Enjoying…the photos I took on our Copenhagen holiday in April and remembering the pretty pink blossoms that lined our walk into the centre of the city each day

Watching…cheesy rom com movies whilst nursing a nasty cold

Reading…My Heart Wanders by Pia Jane Pijkerk, Thrive by Arianna Huffington, and catching up on my favourite magazines over cups of tea

Listening…to Happy by Pharrell Williams on repeat, singing the words out loud (badly!) and dancing around the flat

Learning…more things about web coding and Photoshop

Catching up…with great friends over dinner and drinks in the sunshine, and enjoying long distance Facetime catch ups

Loving…the yearly bloom of wild flowers on my walk to work

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Gaining a fresh perspective – Embracing me…my blogging break and dealing with change

Don’t you just love flowers that bring a brightness into your home? Seeing pretty blooms in my home gives me a spring in my step. Whether it’s seeing one of my orchids flowering, a bright bunch of tulips, a hot pink gerbera or a bunch of pale vintage pink peonies standing tall in a vase…my spirits rise…and I smile.

Flowers were one of the first subjects that got me truly interested in taking photos, moving me from taking snapshots of people around me, to taking photos of objects and capturing the details. When I take photos I experience a creative high and feel a real flow…A few weeks ago I decided to treat myself to a beautiful bunch of tulips to brighten my desk in my craft studio. A couple of days later the tulips began opening and I took some photos. Within seconds a wave of positive energy hit me. Taking that photo pushed a certain button in me to get kick started and be inspired again…

Why am I telling you this?

As you may have seen I’ve taken a bit of a blogging break. Life for me is normally full of really positive and happy times but recently we have been hit by a whirlwind, well what feels like a tornado really, of numerous things happening in succession that has taken its toll. I want to tell you what happened and how I’ve tried to navigate my way through. Grab a cup of tea and I’ll tell you a bit more…

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