Saturday, 7 December 2013

Happy Craftmas Review & Giveaway

Firstly, I know you want to hear about the fab giveaway by, we have a £30 voucher for one lucky winner up for grabs. They have loads of craft things to choose from not just beads and buttons, fabric, haberdashery items, paper craft - you could certainly happily spend your winning voucher.

Obviously we all know I have issues with hoarding buttons, so asking me to do a product review on buttons is a dangerous game. OH MY! A HORSE ON A BUTTON. Can’t get much better than that, Obviously, I imagine tiny cowboys with each of those horses but maybe that’s just me, they look rather marvellous on a woolly cardigan. The buttons themselves are perfect sturdy antiqued bronze, 15mm, with a shank. Pack of 20 £4.99.

This is a lovely large bird decorative button - can you see the little fish? 30mm dia about 5mm deep, the colours are bright and it is a really sweet print. The wooden buttons are a nice smooth quality on all sides would be great for all crafting/sewing projects, I imagine them on some feature cushions. Pack of 10 £1.75

These Rainbow Dress It Up novelty buttons are so super cute, moulded from retro style designs they are rather fab. Some of the backs have mould press markings on them, so these are more of your craft/paper craft projects if you prefer your buttons to be ultra-smooth-backed for sewing. You get 2 of each colour way the full colours and patterns are in the top photo, pack of 20 £2.45.

Now let’s talk about scissors, I use embroidery scissors a lot day to day and my staple is the stork style scissors. I’ve tried many a brand, been fooled by fat over fed storks, too chunky, really I have no idea what happened but it was a sad sorry experience that still haunts me. So Prym, I swiftly add, is so far a top contender for best quality low price stork scissors that I've found. I really like that the blades are a smooth and cone-like as opposed to flat, they slip under stitches nicely. The blades are sharp and close together, a slim light pair of 9cm scissors that stay shut. (And it’s a bird)£7.99 

Fiskars classic quick clip, now I’ve wanted to try such a contraption for a long time and it’s true you do feel like Edward Scissorhands and I was quite satisfied. Really comfy ergonomic handle and easy to use despite its unfriendly looking appearance. As well as cutting threads it also cuts fabric smoothly, I found in a making session *shock horror* I was using it more than Mr Stork. Now was that sheer novelty? It just felt comfy to use and I didn’t have to slip my fingers into the scissor hole to open them – lazy? Ease? One thing I do know where it does fall short is that I can’t take it out with me as the blades always stay slightly open (unless I made a bag), this is where my good old trusty stork style wins on travel factor and size, these are much bulkier. Fiskars Classic Quick clip

Hmmm, if I could only take one pair on a desert island it would be a trusty pair of Prym stork scissors, but I’d dream of Edward ‘quick clip’ Scissorhands.

  • ·         Giveaway time!!! A £30 voucher could be yours to spend at the voucher will be emailed to the lucky winner.
  • ·         The competition is open to UK and international.
  • ·         Closing date for the competition is 23rd December 12am.
  • ·         Winner will be announced on the blog and via email on the 24th December.
  • ·         You must enter via the Rafflecopter link below for your entry to be valid (helps me count), but within Rafflecopter you can choose which way you’d like to enter, comment on the blog, follow on FB, Twitter, or do a few and gain more chances of winning it’s completely up to you.
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  1. Buttons - yay! :) One of my favorite item is: Pack of 10 Crystlal Look Silver Plated Acrylic 25mm Buttons. Would be great for a craft project I'm working on now.

    One entry for me, thanks.

  2. I love those fancy bird scissors, they would be perfect for cross stitch projects. I've always wanted to try and make my own jewellery too but never known where to start. There's so many things to choose from, I'd love to have a mini spree!

  3. can I throw my name in the hat too? Love all the stuff shown, especially the vintage-y buttons and the good stork scissors (because they *do* come in different qualities, beware of the really cheap ones!) are a must-have :)

  4. I love the Mother of Pearl buttons - I think they'd be lovely on a quilt!

    P.S. Sorry if this is a duplicate comment, my first one disappeared!

  5. I am a sucker for beautiful, colorful buttons!

  6. It would be pawsome to win this for my human for Catmas! Buttons are fun to bat around the house, but they are not very cooperative about coming out from under the fridge!

  7. The stork scissors are great. I always wanted a pair.

  8. Favourite item? I do have a thing for needlework tools, so I'd have to say the scissors. But I love the buttons, too.

    Thanks for the giveaway,

    Heather M.

  9. I would like to have those stork scissors too.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

  10. Buttons just love them. Loved my name button box as a child played with it for hours. I am collecting my own now

  11. I love the rainbow buttons, the would be fantastic to use with some of the crafts that we do with our little ones at the Creation Station!

  12. I love my stork scissors too. I am always on the hunt for nice buttons as my favourite knitting and crochet is cardigans.