Monday, 22 August 2016

Being Unique

The world today is full of advice and support for being yourself and staying unique. It’s what makes us, us. If we were all the same the world would be a very boring and bland place, and nothing new would come.

Artists, creators, designers and makers are responsible for almost everything we have in this world. From giant skyscrapers to the tiniest circuit boards, everything that’s made has been designed. And everything that’s been designed started out as an idea. No matter how big or how small your idea is, it’s still your idea – Right?

It was recently brought to my attention that one of my ideas (well actually two) were being used by someone else, and that that someone else was claiming them as their own. Now, in the grand scheme of things these ideas are tiny but it was still a shock to find it out.

Being a maker is something I’ve always been so it seems right in my world to constantly want to create. I recently took the plunge and turned this want and passion into my full time job. So when I realised that one of my best sellers was now being sold by someone else, using very similar packaging, I was pretty upset. 

All design processes take time and don’t always go as planned in the beginning. So when someone takes a fully formed idea to use as their own, with no though of the process involved for the actual designer and no skill on their part, it’s frustrating to say the least.

I am very lucky to have great family and friends around me though, and as one of them said, it must have been a great idea if they wanted to copy it! So for now I’ll take it as flattery while I work on my new ideas. And I guess I can stay safe in the knowledge that I’m actually a designer with a creative mind, and I don’t cut corners.


Dee

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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Butterfly Collection

Summers here and that means so are our butterflies!! 
As you can tell they are one of my absolute favourite creations of the natural world. So many colours and patterns in such a delicate and fluttery creature! Just perfect!
Our Butterfly Collection gathers everything I love about butterflies and merges them into a rather pretty collection of our most favourite gifts and accessories. It includes our ever popular recycled paper earrings and badges, our mini wooden badges, vintage ribbon bracelets, wooden butterfly rings and truly unique one off necklaces. All items have been inspired by nature and have all been handmade by myself (hello! I’m Dee!) 


Items can be bought through our Etsy shop and we are always adding photos of new designs on Facebook, so if there is something you see that you just love, then please don’t hesitate to message me! We ship worldwide and each and every package is gift wrapped with love so it arrives pretty and perfect for that special gift!

We are very pleased with this collection and hope you are too!
Thanks for flying by!


Dee

Friday, 12 August 2016

New Website!

We have our very own website!

Another big thing that happened earlier this year was that we finally got around to launching our new Website! 
Mr. B&T spent a lot of long hours getting it all put together, edited and arranged into something we are both very proud of. It’s one of those things that is never going to be ‘finished’ as we are always adding, changing or adapting it with what goes on here at B&T. I really love the thought of this as it will always grow with us and always bring you the very best of The Butterfly and Toadstool.

Right now on our website you can find links to all of our social media pages, our online Etsy Shop, info on the products and services we offer including our custom gifts and events décor, a list of all the lovely shops we stock and a look into our story. There really is so much that we can offer so why not check it out for yourself! Find us here at www.thebutterflyandtoadstool.co.uk and don’t forget to let us know what you think or what else you might like to see!


Dee

Saturday, 6 August 2016

We're in Print!


Ok it might not be Vogue, but we were still pretty excited to stumble across a little photograph printed in the Our Wigtownshire magazine of Dee and one of her dress designs! It was taken at the Creative Whithorn event in July and the piece, written by Sid Ambrose, has a lot of lovely history about the culture and beauty of Whithorn and the surrounding areas. Such a lovely surprise to see our stock and name in print! Fingers crossed that one day it will be a full page B&T spread!




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Saturday, 30 July 2016

Catch Up!


Ok, Ok I admit it! I have definitely not managed to stick with my new year’s blogging resolution! It’s been ages and for that I apologies. But just because I’ve not managed to type doesn’t mean I’ve not been busy. In fact, it’s been the complete opposite!!
I thought I best break back into blogging by sumarising all that’s been happening here at B&T HQ and to try and get you up to speed with everything that’s been going on.

So let’s go back to May this year and start from there.

May 1st was my second day at the Spring Kist market in Wigtown, Scotland. It was my first time at any of the Kist events and by gosh was it fabulous! Held in the beautifully refurbished county buildings, it was a fantastic weekend where I met a whole bunch of lovely new people. I saw this event as a big step up for B&T as it is held by a very prestige’s company with great history and links to other events in this wonderful area. I really enjoyed this weekend and it was a great start to what was my busiest business month yet!
May also held dates for markets in Castle Douglas, Montrose and Newton Stewart! I felt like we were on tour! It was great to get back up to Montrose for their Makers Market and I had a great time catching up with my Northern Crafty friends!

June also started with a market at the stunning Threave Gardens in Castle Douglas. It turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year and the gardens were looking spectacular.
Threave Gardens Market
Father’s Day was on June 19th so we took time to design some of our unique door plaques suited to dad’s and their hobbies. We also launched our fully customizable name plaques on our Etsy shop so it’s now easier than ever to order that special gift.

Other mega things that happened in June were: We joined Shop Scotland and now have a beautiful page designed just for us! We stocked our lovely shops full of gorgeous new baby card designs including our truly unique and extra special baby bootie cards! We took part in a major charity auction by donating a few B&T goodies and we got a new stockist!! The fabulous Curly Tale Books in Wigtown now stock a selection of our jewellery, accessories and book inspired name plaques! It was quite a month!
July came round quicker than quick and now even that is coming to an end. We launched our new ButterflyCollection on Facebook and in our Etsy shop and we’ve had such a great response to it! We also took part in the amazing Creative Whithorn event which saw us in print for the first time! With everything that was going on even I was amazed that I found time to sew again, and sew I did! Today I held a mini photo shoot for my newest collection of girls dresses so watch this space as I will be releasing them shortly!
Creative Whithorn
So in short, you are now caught up! Lots and lots of things have been happening here at B&T and although I’ve outlined them here, I plan to expand on some of the main points of the last few months with blog posts of their own. There’s just too much excitement to cram into one wee post! So do pop back when you can so you can read more into the makings and workings of my little business The Butterfly andToadstool.

Thanks for stopping by!

Dee

Monday, 13 June 2016

Father' Day Offer

Father’s Day 19/6/16


With Father’s Day just around the corner I wanted to share our great gift offer with you! We have FREE UK postage on a combo name plaque and shirt card offer where you also save £5! Order one of our ready made gift plaques or have a custom one designed and choose one of our ever popular shirt cards to go with it, all for just £24! Name plaques can be designed with any name or saying and to any colour scheme or theme in mind. Our only rule is that no two plaques are made the same as we love having each one unique! Please visit our Etsy shop for more information and to place orders. But be quick as the offer ends 16/6/16!



One of our ready made plaques, great for a fishing mad dad!
Has your dad got green fingers? This plaque would be perfect!
Boat themed shirt card
Bike themed shirt card
Lighthouse themed shirt card 

Monday, 21 March 2016

Easter Goodies!


Easter is coming!!

We have a gorgeous selection of little rabbit accessories, all perfect for Easter gifts, available from our Etsy Shop now! Shop in our Forest Collection to view our little bunny rings, badges and earrings all in gorgeous Spring colours and patterns. Great all year round but extra special at Easter!
*****To ensure your goodies arrive in time for Easter, the last order date for UK shoppers is Wednesday 23rd of March, so get your orders in quick!*****

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