The America's Cup has been a most amazing regatta. I pondered about the early days of sailing for the Oracle and Team New Zealand yachtsmen, and I figure it was in a little boat, far removed from the technological marvels we have watched over the past couple of weeks. So here's a little boat to celebrate some wonderful things from the America's Cup. Sportsmanship, tenacity, innovation, technology and dreams. The dedication of both teams to an incredibly physically and mentally taxing regatta has been amazing to witness.
And the winner is... ... Vintage Haze by Kate. Congratulations Kate. Thank you so much to everyone who entered already. I thoroughly enjoyed envisaging your creations. Kate's design 'Vintage Haze' will be available on Buttons by Benji within a few days. In the meantime, we have a yacht race to win... To purchase buttons please check out Ready Right Now designs.
Coming soon, exciting new designs and something fun is planned for October, so watch this space.
STOP PRESS - In true 'distracted by America's Cup' style, I have just realized that my original competition closing date is 29th, not 23rd (as intended). That's easily fixed, we'll have a winner for each week. Kate's entry 'Vintage Haze' is the week one winner, and the same prize for week two (finishing 29th September) is still up for grabs. Current entries will be eligible for week 2 prize, as well as all entries received in the next week. So get your thinking caps on, it's not too late to see your design on a garment.
When life gives you lemons... ... make lemonade. Here is a picture of some 'lemonade' I made earlier.
Before I tell you about my lemonade making, just a quick reminder that there is 3.5 hours left until the 'design your own buttons' competition deadline, so get your entries in quick if you haven't already!
Mix: Thoroughly under the table where no-one notices because they are all to busy chatting
Result: One unrecognizable squirrel and a tattered and torn dress with a side order of wailing and crying.
This morning, we brought our ideas and boundless enthusiasm (and a well stocked stash) to the table and we've comprehensively solved the tatty dress problem (online shopping will replace Mrs Squirrel, whom we have decided is 'on a business trip abroad'). Given how much fun we had I foresee further wardrobe additions in the future.
It's competition time and you get to be the creator. Choose the colours and a name for a new Buttons by Benji design. Using any of the following designs (or a combination - say butterflies and flowers) nominate three colours that will look awesome together and name your creation.
The winning combination will be sold on Buttons by Benji website and the winner will receive a set of 10 buttons in the winning design as well as a $20 voucher to choose any other buttons from current stockings. Competition entries must be in by 9pm (NZ time) on Sunday 29th September and the winner will be announced soon after. See below for details. Check out the Ready Right Now section for current stockings and remember free post on some orders until the end of September (see post below for details).
So have fun, I can't wait to hear your ideas.
How to enter: Email me on email@example.com with the following details:
Email reference - Create your own buttons competition entry
Name your design - give your buttons a name that goes with the design. Colours - List three colours for your set. Please be as clear as possible and unless it is a really specific colour (like navy blue or white) send me a picture of your colour/s or a sketch of your buttons. Make it easy for me to envisage your buttons. Design - Choose from butterflies, flowers, spots or stripes, or a combination.
The final design may not be identical in style to those shown above. Competition is open to all. One entry per person please. My decision is final, and only the winning entry is guaranteed to be made, however I may use your colour suggestions at any time. By entering you agree to these rules.
As a child I spent hours creating Fimo pieces, most of which were heavily dusted with gold powder 'for extra beauty'. Now I'm rekindling my love affair with polymer clay and creating buttons galore. What fun!
If you would like to buy buttons, you can pay by bank deposit (NZ) or PayPal (International) and I can post anywhere that has a postal service.
Enjoy. Nicci (Benji on Rav'). firstname.lastname@example.org