Now, if any of you dear readers are feeling in need of a little present to assuage the stresses and strains of everyday life, then do read on, as I have a little giveaway for you (as well as a little story, you didn't think you would get away without one, did you?).
This is a tale of a dreamer and her buttons ...
There are buttons which were bought on adventures in the far north and west all tucked away in a basket which arrived in the post from the Head Chef many moons ago (it never ceases to amaze me that he remembered the name of the shop in Bath where I gazed on it in mute adoration and he seemed to ignore me, only to ring them later and arrange for it to be delivered into my own fair hands).
There is a tin full of my inheritance from my dear departed grandmamma - where on earth did she get all of those yellow buttons from? I never saw her wearing such a sunflower shade of yellow ...
And a tin of odds and bods and singles in all sorts of jolly colours ...
Not to mention a Penhaligons Bluebell soap box full of quite aged buttons in sober colours, enlivened by some bright and sparkling gold.
So what is one to do with such a treasury of buttons? I have stitched them on cardis, and embellished T-shirts; I have put them on pincushions and needlecases, but still the tins are overflowing.
I was at quite a loss as to how to be inventive with buttons, but then the lovely people at Search Press sent me a book which offers some wonderfully creative solutions to a surfeit of buttons.
Button Jewellery by Marrianne Mercer, in the Twenty to Make series, has some lovely ideas for simple to make button jewellery.
I particularly like these bracelets which make use of the sort of metallic buttons which were originally spares from men's blazers and vintage suits, or mixed brightly coloured singles ...
And these bag charms, which also make the most of those single metallic buttons:
So if you fancy trying out some of the button jewellery ideas in this lovely little book, then I have a copy to give away, courtesy of the kind people at Search Press.
Entry is open to anyone, anywhere - just leave me a comment below - or if you are having trouble commenting (as I know that some bloggers are), just email me to enter. Please, if you are entering via commenting, make sure that you put your email address in the comment box, or put your email in your profile, and make your profile accessible to others, otherwise I can't email you to tell you that you have won!
And if you have any more ideas for using up a button stash, then I would love to hear them!
As it is half-term for many people this week or next, I will leave the giveaway open for a couple of weeks to give you time to enter - the closing date will be Sunday, 15 June.