Friday, 30 November 2012

The Christmas prep has started...

Christmas seems like it's been going for months already! But then considering I started working on festive themed ideas back in September it's probably fair to say that it actually HAS been going on for months already! I've tried not to get to into it just yet! I knew that come Christmas day I'll be sick of the festive cheer so I've reigned it in ... until tomorrow that is! For me the 1st December is when it's acceptable to listen to the xmas tunes, feast on mince pies for breakfast and watch really naff Christmas movies when I should really be working! Not to mention all the present wrapping which has to be one of my favourite jobs! (Even though I start off trying to wrap really neatly but then halfway through the pile to be wrapped you start to be a bit slap dash and give up all hope of trying to make the presents look pretty ... and don't get me started on those really awkwardly shaped presents that end up looking like a mess of paper and cellotape!)

This year I've had a go at making Christmas cake and Christmas pudding as well! (Is that a sign of getting old?!) They're all made up and I'm feeding them with alcohol, whenever I remember, they look pretty edible so we should get away without being poisoned on Christmas day!

I was photographing some of the Christmas baubles that are for sale on the website during the week so I had to put the Christmas tree up! I resisted in putting the whole tree up though and only did a section! I think the crop feature on the computer is my new best friend! If only could of seen what it really looked like out of the finished images!



How are your Christmas preparations going?


Wednesday, 14 November 2012



It's giveaway time over on the Random Button facebook page! All you have to do to get your hands on this lovely trio of bunting designs is 'LIKE' Random Button and 'SHARE' the giveaway post - once you've liked and shared leave a comment under the pic on facebook to say you have done so.

The first share will be given number 1, the second number 2 and so on then all numbers will go into an online number generator where the winner will b
e picked at 11am WEDNESDAY 21ST NOVEMBER so you have until then to share!

Giveaway items include: A knitted cushion with stitched bunting detail, a knitted heart with stitched bunting detail and a stitched polkadot bunting blank card!

Giveaway open to UK & Europe only I'm afraid! 

So head on over to facebook NOW for your chance to win!

(This giveaway is in no way connected or endorsed by facebook)

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

RosieB Home and Interiors

I haven't done a shop feature for a while so I thought with everyone starting to look for Christmas presents I would point you in the direction of RosieB Home and Interiors in Chipping Norton.

Nestled away in Horsefair this gem of a shop is full to the brim of lovely shabby chic and vintage items all handpicked by the owner Rosie. She has a great eye for unique gifts for the whole family so you're sure to find something for everyone in this shop!

Inside this treasure trove you'll find painted furniture, country & vintage style homeware, accessories & gifts, beautifully handmade artisan products (including Random Button!), lampshades & soft furnishings and gorgeous soaps & fragrances.

If you're anything like me you'll walk around constantly saying "ooooo", "wow" or "I want one of those!"

So if you're in the Chipping Norton area and you're looking for gifts or a treat for yourself - even if you just fancy a walk and a browse around then head on over to RosieB Home and Interiors!

You can visit the Rosie B website here and check out the Facebook page here.


Saturday, 20 October 2012

Procrastination and Pinterest...

I haven't blogged for a while so I thought I might pop in and write a quick blog post ... otherwise known as a tactic to put off tackling the ever growing 'to do' list! (It's amazing the things you can think of to do to avoid doing something else!)

Joining Pinterest was another of those avoidence moments! Gosh it's so easy to while away the hours on there! Luckily I was given a handy tip to keep me on track ... I get an egg timer and set it to 15 minutes (the timer on a phone works just as well but for novelty value the egg timer is much better!) once that alarm goes that's it I log out, with some restraint, and save more browsing through lovely photo's for another day!

Apparently Pinterest is the new tool for advertising your crafts/business so I thought in the interests of Random Button it was worth checking out even though these days there seems to be something new every month that's set to be the next big interent hit! (That makes me sound really old!)

If you like vintagey, crafty, buttony, romanticy pretty images and products then feel free to follow me here -

Here's what my Pinterest page is looking like so far...

The Random Button Pinterest page - Romantic Vintage - For the love of Shabby Chic
In other news I've decided to close my Not Mass Produced shop. I just can't maintain it as much as I would want to and have to admit that it gets a little neglected! It will close on Thursday 1st November and until then everything has been put into the sale! There is only one of everything so grab it all now at a discounted price before it all goes!

Click this link to be taken to the site -

Here's one of the pieces available and in the sale...

Lavender Love Heart by Random Button

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Yes it might be September but Christmas is in full swing here at Random Button! Preparations are in order for the festive season that I hate to say is fast approaching! I know it was only a week or two ago that we were all enjoying the lovely Summer sunshine but Autumn is firmly upon us and with that Christmas is only just round the corner! This year I'm making all things traditionally festive! Items including handmade bunting, cinnamon and clove scented hanging hearts, stitched Christmas bunting cards and mini Christmas tree shaped decorations are all in production as we speak with more pieces in the pipe line too!

Here's a few shots of work in progress...

Christmas fabrics ready to be made into lovely pieces!
Bunting ready to go through the final sewing stage.
The finished bunting...

Stitched bunting cards made using festive papers and printed with 'Merry Christmas inside

Cinnamon and Clove scented hearts that smell delicious!
You can find the Random Button Christmas Shop HERE on


Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Wedding Season!

So as the wedding season is in full swing and lots of happy couples are walking down the aisle I thought I'd indulge in some wedding themed blogging! There's so many lovely wedding items available out there and whether you're planning your own big day or if you've been invited as a guest you'll easily find something special for the day!

Here's 4 of my favourite pieces available from Wow Thank You!

A great idea these days is to have a sweet table at your wedding (who doesn't like sweets right!!?) - it's a great alternative to wedding favours as well! These paper bags from By Elinor Rose ... Vintage Stationery add a lovely romantic twist!


If you're looking for a gift and want something to give to the couple that will stay with them forever then this personalised print is a great idea. Handmade by Pickle Pie Creations these prints can be made in the couples wedding colours with their names, dates and even the wedding location!

This quirky bunting by Perfect Day Wishes is a great decoration piece for a wedding reception! It can be made in shades to match your wedding and at only £6.00 what's not to love about it!

If your after a romantic vintage themed gift then this lavender scented heart is a great idea! Made by Random Button (yep I couldn't leave without a bit of self promotion!) using vintage lace, ribbon bows and delicate paper flowers this 'Happily Ever After' heart is a perfect keepsake!


Saturday, 28 July 2012

Olympic Fever!

So the Olympics have arrived!

The amazing opening ceremony has started off what is to be a great few weeks of sporting action around the UK and I'll be joining the nation in getting behind Team GB in both the Olympics and Paralympics!

Here's a few Olympic and British themed handmade pieces made by talented UK designers and all available from Wow Thank You, to inspire you into creating your own piece of Team GB spirit!

If you're feeling creative you could make your own Union Jack flag! This kit by Creek Boutique is a great crafty idea for adding a little bit of shabby chic to your flag waving celebrations!
Sewing Kit by Creek Boutique
 This fab little Bisque heart is hand painted by Laura Lee Designs and perfect for hanging in your home for that touch of patriotism!
Union Jack Heart by Laura Lee Designs

This mushroom house by Hippywitch Crafts is just too cute for words! Great idea for a pin cushion or even just a little ornament! So much work has gone into this! I'm loving the tiny bunting and Union Jack!
Mushroom House by Hippywitch Crafts

This wreath made by Elibee Gifts is fun and bright and is a perfect decoration for your Olympic parties! Very shabby chic!

Wall Hanging by Elibee Gifts


Friday, 13 July 2012

Buy British Handmade

So the Random Button blog took a little holiday last week (in reality it was sadly neglected!) but it's back again now! Over the last few weeks I've got pretty behind with keeping various online shops up to date so I've been busy behind the scenes trying to build up existing stock and making up some new pieces!

Now that everywhere has been stocked up to a reasonable level I can go back to the hard task of bombarding you all with endless promotions, product listings and 'the hard sell' which starts here with a rallying call to BUY BRITISH HANDMADE!

These day's it's so easy, when you're looking for a present or even just something to add to your home, to walk down any high street in Britain and amble into the same shops, and let's face it most high streets look pretty much the same all selling mass produced items. As nice as these things may be and let's be honest who isn't in favour of a bargain or two from the high street, have you ever thought about where they have been made and even how many other people have gone into the same shop chain and bought exactly the same item? I'm not going to pretend to know where big stores get there stock from and this isn't a lecture as to the conditions or impact this has on the economy good or bad in this and in other countries as I'm sure it does but in these times isn't it best to buy British made wherever we can?

Life today is all about being individual - we all know what we like and what we don't like so be brave, take a chance and buy something from a small independent retailer in Britain and direct from the maker themselves! The use of the Internet and online shopping is an amazing tool for us to use to connect with people and find things that aren't available anywhere else! So why don't we all use it more often!

I know there is the thought in the back of your mind about the quality of items when you read that they are handmade or handcrafted - but believe me somebody has put their time, effort and love of the craft to make these pieces and if I know anything about designer makers I know that nothing goes out unless they are 100% satisfied with the finished item. If we are quite happy to buy something online from a chain store that we haven't seen up close how do we know the quality of that is better than something handmade?

Yes it's true sometimes handmade items can be a little more expensive than high street products but what would you rather - give your hard earned money to the bosses of a faceless big brand company or to Zoe in Bucks that spends her time lovingly making something specifically for you that's been personalised to your taste?! Plus in the handcrafted world you would be surprised what you can actually get for your money these days anyway!

If you are unsure about where to start in your buying handmade quest there are many website out there showcasing the design talent we have in this country! Sites like Boutique To You, Not Mass Produced and Wow Thank You are great places to start! Take a few minutes out of your day or put aside some time this weekend, because lets face it with this summer we're having we won't exactly be hitting the beach will we, and just have a look at what there is on offer!

Could you see any of these pieces in your home or even as a gift for an upcoming birthday?

Personalised Teapot - Boutique To You

Handbag - Wow Thank You

Home Cushion - Not Mass Produced
Rant over!
Have a good week everyone!

Friday, 29 June 2012

Friday Feature - Simply Chic Gift Boutique

So here we are again! Friday! Weeks are flying by at the moment and with only 6 months til Christmas - yep 6 months - summer will be well and truely over before it's even began!

The Random Button 'Friday Feature' this week goes to Simply Chic Gift Boutique!

Simply Chic Gift Boutique

Situated in New Street, Worcester, Simply Chic is run by the lovely Cathy who certainly has an eye for anything beautiful!

With a whole host of items ranging from home and interior pieces, pampering products and vintage inspired jewellery to gift stationery, kids items and wedding gifts and accessories! Simply Chic really is a treasure trove of loveliness! Simply Chic is the place to find unique heart wedding guest books and wedding planner books they've also launched a new range of vintage style wedding favours and chic table decorations for your special day. They even have beautiful gifts for new arrivals - baby journals, baby announcement cards, baby memory boxes & many more gorgeous little gifts all at great prices

Here is an image taken from their website showing the lovely products in stock!

Simply Chic - In Store

One of my favourite collections on their website is the PiP Studio ceramics range! Mugs, tea pots, jugs and sugar bowls all decorated with vivid colours in pretty floral patterns - I'm sure they would look perfect in any kitchen! (I would quite happliy find a home for every piece in the collection!)

PiP Studio Tea Pot £32.95

Of course like all our 'Friday Features' so far, Simply Chic Gift Boutique stock a range of Random Button handmade pieces including lavender hearts, memo boards and bunting!

Random Button bunting available from Simply Chic

You can find out more about Simply Chic Gift Boutique through the website HERE, you can follow them on TWITTER and even like them over on FACEBOOK

Whilst you are over on facebook you might as well take a little visit to the Random Button page - this week we are running a little giveaway for this pretty 'Love Layers' handmade cushion! All you have to do is 'like' Random Button and 'Share' the giveaway post that you will find on our page! It's as simple as that! I'm sure it would look good in your home wouldn't it!!

Random Button giveaway on Facebook


Friday, 22 June 2012

Friday Feature - Finishing Touches Too

Hello! So another dreary day is in store and it's looking like it will be hanging around for a few more days at least! What ever happened to a thing called 'Summer'? I'm sure it's supposed to of started by now?!

Anyway welcome to our second Friday Feature! This week in the spotlight is ... Finishing Touches Too!

Finishing Touches Too

Finishing Touches Too is a quirky little gift shop in Limavady, Co Derry, specialising in handmade crafts and gifts, with a vintage and shabby chic theme!

It is run by the lovely Helen who has a great eye for anything beautiful and handcrafted! She loves painting old furniture and giving it a new lease of life and ready for a new home - she stocks some of the fab Annie Sloan paints so it's hard to resist the temptation to get the paint brush out!

With items ranging from handmade cards, bunting and handmade bags to cushions, personalised signs and bespoke furniture there is sure to be something for everyone for every occasion whether it be birthdays, anniversaries or weddings - I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed!

Here is just a selection of stock images you can find on Finishing Touches Too facebook page

Finishing Touches Too stock photographs

There's even a sale going on at the moment so if you're over Co. Derry way or even feel like having a browse on line be sure to check Helen's lovely shop out!

p.s It goes without saying that Finishing Touches Too stock pieces from Random Button! Here is a little selection of the teacup pincushions they have in stock!

Random Button at Finishing Touches Too


Friday, 15 June 2012

Friday Feature - Polkadot of Winslow

Good Morning!

Welcome to Random Button's new 'Friday Feature' where we will be sharing any great shops of designers etc. that we've found this week!

The FIRST 'Friday Feature' goes to Polkadot of Winslow!

Polkadot of Winslow ...'is the most fabulous little shop nestled in the pretty Market Square in Winslow, Bucks. Owned by artist Lisa Wright it's full of interesting vintage finds & locally handmade products, all made by very nice people! It's an emporium of all things lovely!'


It's a treasure trove of handmade gifts and delights! Lisa stocks a wide range of pieces from vintage styles gifts, wooden plaques, wedding favours and jewellery to pottery, money boxes and original artwork! There really is something for everyone!

There are soooooo many lovely things to choose from in store so it's hard to pick out the best to show you! These super cute wooden brooches are one of my favourites though - each one is obviously handmade which means you can choose which pattern/colour they are created in! Follow this LINK for more info about these brooches!

Cute wooden brooches

If you're looking for a gift for someone special or just a treat for yourself and you love vintage / shabby chic / handmade then this shop is definitely for you! They even have a CAKE DAY! So if you're in the Winslow area on a Thursday pop in for some edible treats!!!!

Random Button is lucky enough to have been picked as one of Polkadots handmade suppliers! A range of our pin cushions, bunting, knitted and fabric cushions and lavender hearts are nestled in with all the other lovely pieces on offer!

Random Button in stock at Polkadot Winslow

For more information and a detailed map of the shops location visit 

You can even 'LIKE' them on facebook too by clicking HERE

For a list of other Random Button stockists visit


Saturday, 9 June 2012

News and Events!

So you might be able to tell from the date of the last post that I've been a little slack with updating the blog in previous months! We've been really busy here in Random Button HQ making stock, getting it out to you guys and finding lovely new stockists to sell out wares! (You can find a list on - chances are that there is a shop by you!)

One exciting thing to fill you in on is CRAFTfest!! If you haven't heard of it before it's an 'virtual craft extravaganza ' and it starts today! Head on over to and you will find an array of categories ranging from Home to Wedding to Baby & Child to Jewellery - there'll be something fo everyone! Random Button has a stall! We're No10 in the Home section! Have a browse through stalls products then if there is anything you like click on the link to be taken to that makers online shop! - It's as simple as that and it's all from the comfort of your own home!

Other Random Button is equally exciting! One of our lovely online stores Not Mass Produced have started a blog - they are now featuring artists and makers that sell on their site. Random Button was lucky enough to be chosen as the FIRST featured artisan!! So if you would like to hear more about the behind the scenes here at Random Button have a read!

There is also a giveaway to celebrate! You could get your hands on this lovely 'Irish Bow' cushion (It's one of my faves!!) All you need to do is leave a comment under the blog post - head on over to the page where it'll all be explained!

Random Button giveaway on Not Mass Produced


Have a fab weekend!


Sunday, 8 April 2012

Facebook Giveaway!

It's giveaway time over on Facebook! Do you fancy the chance to get your crafty hands on this very 'Shabby Chic' Teacup and Saucer pin cushion! It's a perfect addition to your sewing table! All you have to do is 'Like' the Random Button facebook page and 'Share' the giveaway post on your wall its as simple as that! The winner will be announced when Random Button hits 200 page 'Likes' 

Random Button Facebook Giveaway!

Good Luck!


Wednesday, 21 March 2012

WOW Thank You!

Have you seen the WOW Thank You site recently? It's a great site that proudly promotes home grown craft and design talent from around the UK - with over 750 designer makers you're sure to find a gift for every occasion whether it be for friends, family or just a little treat for yourself! ...go on take a look...

Here's a little collection of my favourite pieces currently listed on the site...


Saturday, 10 March 2012

Mrs Moon's Delicious Delight's

Here's quick little saturday treat for you to make and enjoy!

Mrs Moon's Rocky Road

250g Dark Chocolate
150g Butter
4 tbsp Golden Sryup
200g Digestive Biscuits
150g Brazil Nuts
150g Glacier Cherries
125g Mini Marshmallows


Melt the chocolate, butter and golden sryup in a pan over a low heat.

Crush the biscuits and nuts.

Take pan off the heat when melted and add all ingredients.

Mix together until all is covered in chocolate mix.

Pour into foil lined tray and put to set in the fridge.

Leave to set until hardend.

Add some icing sugar for decoration.

And last but no means least ...EAT IT... mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm delicious!


Tuesday, 28 February 2012

A little side project!

Zoe's Blog...

People would think that doing a creative job would mean that you probably lived in a handmade filled house when in reality you're so busy making things for other people you neglect your own home, so here is something I've been working on for myself!

There's a multitude of free knitting and crochet patterns online just waiting to be made up by creative hands so I thought I would try and inspire some of you to get making by showing you one of the cushions I've whipped up for my own sofa basing my design on a pattern I found online!

The Slip Stitch Cushion pattern comes from the Blacker Yarns website (An a amazing website selling wonderful yarns, patterns,  kits and much more!

I chose a simple pattern that didn't require too much concentration (perfect for knitting in front of the T.V!) but something that was still a bit special! I adapted the design (by choice and by getting a little bit carried away!) by including a rib with button holes for the closing and doing the stripes every four rows so I always changed yarn at the same side - enabling me to twist the yarns at the end of the row to avoid sewing a hole heap of ends in! (Even though the yarn twisting caused a few tangles!)

Here's a quick snap of the work in progress...

And the finished product...



Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Work, Home, Work

This week at Random Button we have been glued to the computer and dedicated out precious crafting time to paper work , paper work and yet more paper work! We’ve been writing press releases, chasing up orders and the printer has been working in overdrive printing out our newly designed trade catalogues (we’re giving him a rest today to get his breath back!)
If you work from home you’ll know how difficult it is to keep focused and dedicated to the task in hand rather than getting distracted by day to day life (this morning’s washing up, laundry, twitter etc. the list really is endless!) But wouldn’t working from home be so much easier if your office space/craft room looked like one of these room ideas from ‘House toHome’
House to Home

House to Home

We’ve found these other great home office ideas from UK sellers on Etsy…

This would make an ideal desk to work on from 'Henley and Co'

These sticky note pads from 'Vivid' would be great for those scribbled notes!

Or even this distressed chalk board from 'Utopia Home and Garden'

How about this stitched desk clock from 'LAMDesigns'

Thanks for looking and don't forget to check out