Friday, 20 August 2010

Playing with buttons

I've been playing about with buttons today and made myself two cute button rings, so simple but effective, I love them and can't wait for an excuse to wear them. I wish I was able to wear such delights at all times but for the moment my hands are either in dirty dishwater or changing dirty nappies.

I might make a few more of these  as little stocking fillers for Christmas, if I can bear to give them away. I do love my buttons and get a bit panicky if the button box gets a little empty, I won't let Dylan know though, as a few weeks ago he announced he had a gift for me... oh how sweet....he then proceeded to hand be a big handful of buttons, he had very kindly hacked them off his clothes from his cupboard, all his lovely summer shirts ruined.
He now has a limited summer wardrobe of just t-shirts.
These rings will be this weeks T52MMMC.

The children and I have managed to get out in between showers to go blackberry picking.

We had a lovely few hours picking, despite all of us getting stung by nettles, I had forgotten just how much they hurt and was still complaining that evening even though the children had long forgotten about their stings.

My freezer is now overflowing with blackberries as the children didn't want to stop picking until they had filled their Tupperware boxes.
We had a lovely apple and blackberry crumble with lashings of custard. Yum!

I fancy making some blackberry jam with the remaining berries, mainly because I want an excuse to buy some jars and make some pretty little covers to go over the lids and have them displayed in my kitchen.
I have never made jam before though and every recipe I look at is different, some surprisingly easy and others very complicated, I would be grateful for any EASY recipes or tips, but most importantly ideas for pretty jars and lids so that if it tastes awful at least it will look nice.


Scented Sweetpeas said...

oohh those rings are lovely and love the blackberry picking photos too :-)

::cupcakesandbiscuits:: said...

Love those rings! Button Love!
Delia does a quick bramble jelly online:

Hope that helps.
Ali x

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Aubrey said...

I love blackberries but any within our travelling would be sprayed so not a good idea! Look all you have picked, amazing! I just read your comment on 'bunnymummy' where you said your son would love a blanket. pop across to Kate at http:/ as she has recently fin ished a cover for one of her boys, you may be interested in what she crocheted, Aubrey
PS I think your blog is lovely

Kate said...

The rings are gorgeous. They would be great stocking fillers but it is so hard sometimes to give away the things we are most proud of. And that cutting buttons story is so sweet and so awful. Nice that he knows his mama so well though.

maria price said...

i love your rings and glad that i am your best friend so i can have one of the originals. please keep making them i want one to match every outfit xxdistes

Kandi said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog, I am so glad you left one as that is how I found your lovely blog! That crumble looks divine!
Kandi x

Anonymous said...

yum, that blackberry crumble looks delish...!!!
And the rings! So sweet! I love buttons too. In wellington, buttons are very hard to get second hand... they're like gold dust! the sell for about .50c each! Crazy!
I'll bookmark you immediately so I remember to come back! XXX

m.e (Cathie) said...

what a sweet button story!
love your blackberry pics too.
happy creating

Pink Feather Paradise said...

THose rings are fantastic...but I know how you feel about giving away the things you love... plus will the person you give them to love them as much as you? so tricky!
the blackberries look fantastic... I must get out and see what i can find... I have never made jam or preserves... but i hope to give it a go very soon..

and mmmm crumble with custard.. absolutely the best thing ever and yours looks mouthwatering! :D

x Alex

Dottie's Dolls said...

Hi there I make blackcurrant jam from my blackcurrant tree in my garden, I just use same weight of sugar as weight of blackcurrants and a squeeze of lemonjuice to give it pectin, and a little water and boil away, if you visit my blog you can see some being made there, give it a go! Cant get to my blogger acount from here for some reason its