Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Newest Fused Glass Lime Green Owl Brooch or Pendant

I've been very busy lately working on wholesale orders and custom orders for www.buttonsbyrobin.com making some really unique handmade buttons and I have a really interesting project in the works that I don't want to mention just yet but it's really exciting and I hope to be able to share the information shortly. Working so much on my buttons doesn't leave me much time for other creative endeavours like my fused glass. A couple of weeks ago I did manage to make some fused glass pieces and I really love them. The picture here is one of them. It's a fused glass owl and has a metal finding on the back that allows this to be worn as a pin/brooch or as a pendant. I really love this little guy and he's available in my other Etsy shop www.outspokenjewelry.com . Here is direct link to the listing http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=43311115 I have also been working on some painted quilts and can't wait to get one finished. This is strictly for my own pleasure at this time and won't be something I'll be selling - at least not this one. I may try my hand at designing some painted art quilts and then we'll see. Oh so little time for all these projects I want to do. If only I didn't have to sleep...............

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Knit Shop Carrying My Buttons

A while back a new knitting shop which opened up in Stratford, Ontario asked for some of my buttons to carry in their shop. Their philosophy is that they want to support local artisans. I was thrilled when they asked to carry my buttons and even more thrilled now that they've placed another order. I guess this means my buttons are a hit in Stratford. If you are ever in the area please stop by CloseKnit http://www.closeknit.ca/index.html and tell them Robin of Buttons By Robin sent you.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010


I feel like I'm juggling too many balls at the moment and can't seem to get a good handle on any one of them. I'm trying my best to keep up with my Etsy shop(s) http://www.buttonsbyrobin.com/ and www.outspokenjewelry.com , list an item or two on Ebay and think of new ideas so that I don't get tired of making the same types of products. I'm also trying to get back into going to the gym and that leaves me extra tired and sore in the evenings. As if that weren't enough I'm really trying to go on a major kick to clear out some clutter (especially from my art studio). That seems a bit overwhelming so I've started with my kitchen and will work my way through the house up to the studio. Don't get me wrong my house is quite clean and clutter free but it's those hidden little junk drawers and the kitchen cupboards that collect stuff that is never used but sure does get dusty somehow. I started trying to clean out one drawer or one shelf most nights and run an extra load of rarely used dishes through the dishwasher to freshen them up. So far so good. As for going to the gym - I love it when I get there and feel so good when I do a class (well except for the fact that I can barely move for a day or two but that comes from having neglected going for so long and that will pass as I get used to using these muscles.). I'm just such an all or nothing person that if I don't' do everything perfectly I get really down on myself and usually just give up and do the "nothing" part. I'm trying to find that balance between doing some of what I want to do/need to do and the "all" or "nothing" part of me. Oh yes, I do have a day job so that takes a good part of my weekday hours. I'm up at 6 a.m. and (if I don't go to the gym) usually home by 5;30. I have to figure this out as I do want to do all of these things. I just don't want to be exhausted doing it. If anyone knows how to get more hours in the day please let me know. (The picture here has nothing to do with my post but of course I have to get in my shameless self promotion for http://www.buttonsbyrobin.com/ whenever I can.)