The first Crafty Individuals Challenge for 2016 is now underway!
The theme for the month of January is Lace, Buttons, Bits ‘n’ Bobs, a theme set by the lovely Gio.
We would love you to join the fun for this challenge theme.
To enter this month’s Crafty Individuals Challenge please put together your chosen project, which must include at least one Crafty Individuals product please.
At the end of the month Gio will set about choosing five lucky participants, each of whom will win a CI rubber stamp of their choice, and don’t forget that as per usual, once you have linked in your creation, you can also claim a lovely 25% discount code to use on anything you purchase from the CI Website, which will be valid to use until the 10th of February.
Further details of the challenge can be viewed HERE.
Crafty Individuals have some beautiful vintage inspired stamps fitting perfectly to this theme, especially for artwork with a vintage dressmaking theme to it but I had a story in my head and decided to go with it.She has reached a particular stage in her life where she notices that every now and then, her mind will stop to remember moments from the past, those moments almost catching her unaware as she goes about her day, a hand reaching out to her memories, trying to grasp a hold of them before they fade beyond re-call.This time in her life, where a button box is no longer a storage container to help carry out an essential repair, overnight it seems to have become a place where memories are stored. She gathers a handful of buttons, allowing them to flow through her fingers. A small, ironic laugh emits from her as she realises that the buttons could be representing time, slipping from her grasp. When did she become this woman, where the past sneaks up on her as she goes about her daily life, when memories can make her laugh like she has not laughed in the longest time but also exposes her to a wave of sadness, enveloping her with no given notice as though it were a cloak.
Each button now seems to contain a memory at its heart:- a button from a favourite dress, the dress she wore on her first date with her future husband, or buttons from her wedding gown, or one from her daughter’s Prom gown…With memories firmly taking hold she remembers friends gathering in the dance hall, whispers to each other of who had caught their eye and dreams of a new dance partner. A sense of festivity bursting forth, with bunting which seems to dance along to the music every time the dancers whish past, laughter spinning around the room along with the floral dresses and high shine shoes of the dancers. A memory.
Sifting through her jewellery box she mocks herself as to why she kept a piece of jewellery which has been broken for the longest time, the self-mockery turning to a moment of deep melancholy as she re-calls his shy smile as he presented the dazzling bracelet to her, which now rests amongst a dried rosebud and his letters, of which she has too few.
So there we have it Lace, Buttons and Bits and Bobs! We certainly look forward to seeing your themed artwork.
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