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The end of an era… and the beginning of something new

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Hello friends, how have you been?

It’s been almost a year since my last post (this feels like deja vu… I’m sure I’ve said that before after some very long absences.)

Anyway, I’m just back here briefly, one last time, to let you know that I’ve decided to bring Cute as a Button to an end.

When I started this little blog nearly five years ago (how on earth is it that long already?!) I had no idea that I would find blogging so much fun or that I would meet so many wonderful people! I simply wanted a place to record some of the things I made and had no idea that other people would actually want to join me on my crafty journey too. It amazes me that even though I haven’t posted anything new for so very long, there are still visitors stopping by to look at past posts. I would like to say a huge thank you to each and every one of you who has taken the trouble to visit, comment on posts, follow links and just spend time here.

When I started blogging I was working part time as a teacher and found plenty of time to craft and blog. When I switched to full time work, I found it much harder to get a good work/life balance and even though the crafting still went on in the background I didn’t really have the time or energy to share it with you all. Earlier this year I got to the point I was signed off work with stress. I decided at that point that I needed to get out of teaching, at least for a while, and left the school where I had been working for five years. It was really sad to say goodbye to the place where I had spent the majority of my teaching career, but it was totally the right decision.

I wasn’t working for a couple of months and during that time I started to dream. I’ve always wanted to have a little craft shop – in my mind it’s a light, spacious place, walls lined with shelves of wool and fabric, a huge table in the middle of the room for crafting groups, cosy armchairs with piles of magazines to browse through for inspiration… Sadly, I can’t actually afford a bricks and mortar shop, but I have decided to take the plunge and open up an online shop instead – eek!

But as I started to think about all sorts of shop related things, I grew more and more dissatisfied with the name Cute as a Button. I think it did the job just fine at the beginning, but I feel like I’ve outgrown it somewhat. It sounds a bit twee and I wanted something that was more unique. I spent a lot of time toying with different ideas until I finally came up with something I loved. And because you’ve made it this far through a very long post (thanks for sticking with it!) I want you to be the first to know my new name! Are you ready? I will now be known as…

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I have tentatively begun a new blog already. It’s in the very early stages, but if you want to pop over and have a look you can find me at goslingandplumb.co.uk. I’m still getting to grips with a slightly different way of blogging, so please bear with me while I work it all out. But I’d love to see you, so feel free to pop by any time! The shop isn’t in existence yet, but I’ll keep you posted on progress…

Before I leave, let’s have a little look back at some crafty goodness! I’ve loved sharing so many different projects with you all. Some of my favourites include:

  • Timmy and Tamara Turtle

Apr 2013 turtle tales

I loved making these little guys – almost as much as I enjoyed making up stories about them! You can read the beginning of their tale here.

May 20131 riverbed blanket

I made this for a friend’s birthday, and I love the fact that she still has it in her living room!

  • Paper cutting

I’ve not done this for a while now, but remember being really pleased with how these Easter/spring pictures turned out.

I still enjoy wearing mine and am looking forward to the colder weather so I can dig it out again!

  • A multitude of cushion covers

You can read about the cushion jumper here, the cable cushion here, the granny square cushion here, but unfortunately I can’t find the post about the recycled skirt cushion cover. It must be out there somewhere…

Which are your favourites?

So that’s about it. I’m slightly sad to be saying farewell to Cute as a Button, but so very excited about Gosling & Plumb! I really hope you’ll come with me on the next part of my journey, I’m sure we have a whole lot more fun in store.

By the way, I mentioned starting to knit a pair of socks in my very first post. I still haven’t finished them.

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The Sound of Cracking Shells

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Timmy and Tamara continued to care for their eggs carefully. Tamara protected the eggs and Timmy looked after Tamara, fetching anything she wanted at any hour of the day.

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They carefully monitored their precious eggs, looking closely at them every day to see if there were any signs of change. They longed for the day when their children would hatch and were becoming quite impatient.

One sunny day the moment arrived – a quiet cracking grew louder as the pink egg began to hatch.

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Timmy and Tamara were joined by their first child, a daughter they named Tasha.

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It wasn’t long before the green egg began to crack and they were joined by their second child, a son they named Tarquin.

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They all watched the blue egg, waiting for the cracking to begin. But nothing happened. They watched and waited for a whole day and night before the egg started to move very slightly. They held their breath as the final egg cracked open and Tiny Tom emerged.

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They were all surprised by how small he was, but they loved him greatly.

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Before long Timmy and Tamara began to show their children around their special garden. Tamara took great delight in teaching them how to play hide and seek. Tasha had clearly inherited her Mother’s gift for hiding, and was often the last to be found.

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And in the evenings, after their children were safely tucked up in bed, Timmy and Tamara would delight in watching their precious offspring sleep and look forward to all the adventures ahead of them.

Turtle Tale Continued

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Timmy and Tamara enjoyed married life. They spent more time together than ever, and continued to enjoy walks and games in the garden.

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One day, however, Timmy started to get a little worried. Tamara had been quite distant with him, and when he went to suggest they take a walk in the garden he couldn’t find her.

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He frantically searched high and low and was starting to panic when he suddenly heard Tamara calling to him.

“Timmy, come here! I’ve got something to show you.”

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He couldn’t see where she was, although she sounded as though she was close by. Eventually, by following the sound of Tamara’s giggles, he found her – and he couldn’t believe his eyes!

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There in front of him were three brightly coloured eggs. Tamara had disappeared that day because she was searching for a good place to lay her eggs. Timmy was speechless – he was to become a father!

In March…

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…I (very briefly) enjoyed a splash of spring colour in the sunshine.

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…I updated the wreath that hangs on the back door (after a Christmas theme for a year and a half I thought it was probably time for a change).

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…I made (well, I watched my friend make – that counts right?!) some very yummy, very colourful gluten free chocolate chip muffins.

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…I made two pairs of baby slippers.

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…And I started telling Turtle Tales (part 1, part 2, part 3).

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Part 4 is coming really soon! And pop along to Little Muggles if you’d like to make your very own turtle 🙂

Happy Easter

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I know, I know. I’m late with my Easter greetings. And in fact I have been woefully absent for the past couple of weeks. Work was busy at the end of term and I had other things going on too, so blogging fell to the bottom of my priorities list.

But I’m back now! And hopefully I’ll be able to share the next part of the Turtle Tale in a day or two (I’m still waiting for good light to take some photos). If you’ve missed Turtle Tales you can read part 1, part 2 and part 3 to catch up.

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I’ve spent Easter weekend with my brother in Watford. I’ve not seen him since Christmas so it was great to catch up with him. We didn’t do a whole lot (food and films filled a big part of our time) but I got to meet a lot of his friends. I’ve occasionally heard about his housemates, but never met them before. Something my brother never told me though is that one of his housemates is a poet! Pete shared some of his poetry with us over dinner on Friday, and read this one in church on Sunday. I’ve been having a little look through some of his work since I got home and wanted to share one with you. It is called Eucharist and although it wasn’t written as an Easter poem it brilliantly ties together the importance of Christmas and Easter – one without the other is really rather pointless!

A Tale of Two Turtles

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Friendship continued to blossom and grow between Timmy and Tamara. They saw each other every day and spent time chatting about everything under the sun.

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They discussed the best way to keep their shells clean, their favourite foods, world events (they were both pleased with the choice of the new pope, and were sure that turtles must have been responsible for the decision) and what to do if they ever found themselves stranded on their backs with no one around to help (this had happened to Timmy as a child and he still had nightmares about it).

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To this last point Tamara responded that as they spent so much time together it was unlikely that either would have to suffer the indignity long before the other found them and set them back on their feet.

In between these serious conversations they often played their favourite game of hide and seek, finding new and inventive hiding places every day.

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Timmy was never quite sure how Tamara managed to get on top of the bird box (and Tamara never gave away her secret) but agreed that it was a very good hiding place.

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Tamara was much better at the game than Timmy and always found him quickly, even when he tried to hide in the middle of a Christmas tree.

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One not particularly special day, while they were enjoying a gentle stroll by the flower beds, something very special happened. Tamara was admiring the flowers when a sudden thought hit Timmy. He realised that all this time he’d spent with Tamara he hadn’t once been gloomy or lonely. In fact, he was actually beginning to be quite a cheerful turtle indeed. He glanced at Tamara and saw her in a whole new light. He suddenly knew that this was the turtle he wanted to spend the rest of his life with.

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Without hesitation he proposed – and to his great delight Tamara accepted!

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Only a few days later they got married at their favourite place in the garden. It was a simple ceremony, but they were both overjoyed.

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And who knows what adventures might happen next…