ButtonChopsShop is now open with a reduced service on Etsy. At the moment we will be delivering only to UK buyers – this is temporary situation and we will be open to international sales once the risk from COVID-19 has significantly reduced.
Everyone at ButtonChops will be adhering to strict social distancing guidelines.
We thank you for you patience in these awful times.
We have decided to close our shop on Etsy during the Covid-19 outbreak. We agreed that as our products were non-essential items, we should do all we can to reduce the risk of spreading the virus (by ourselves and others) as well as alleviate pressure on the postal services who are doing an amazing job during this awful time.
We will be back and we hope you understand our decision for closing.
Every 31st December we usher in the New Year – full of hope, wishful thinking, a change (always for the better), a fresh start and all that. And this year will be no different; we will welcome in 2020 with a bottle of fizz, party poppers, Auld lang syne and a fervent hope that fate will be appeased and do the rest.
For like every year, I want to be fitter, thinner, more at peace with myself, to get my finances in order, to start a new business venture, to finish writing that book (finally). And then I mentally add another load of goals: give up smoking, chocolate and alcohol, eat more vegetables, eat less meat, get more sleep, dust off the bike in the garage, paint the living room, mend the guttering.
All the things.
All this year.
So, now I’m thinking perhaps no more New Year resolutions for me – they only get broken anyway.
Of course, a lot of it is in my own hands – and I’ve come to realise that every year I expect my hands to hold too much. I have ‘over-expectations’ – and quite obviously tiny hands. Therefore, 2020 will be pared down on the expectations front, I am going to try to focus on being more at peace with myself (yeah, I know – probably the biggest one on the list) – because I figure if I can move towards that, then the others will probably start to fall into place.
Motivation will certainly be required, but yep, I think this year will definitely be better.
We hope you are all having a great time this holiday. It’s been a bit different for us at ButtonChops Towers this year: the number of guests around the table have been down because of work commitments, but I guess that is inevitable as the children grow up. I do miss them being kids though. No more toys wrapped up in giant boxes (which they often preferred to play with anyway). Now the presents are much more smaller and much, much more expensive!
Although the dynamics were different, we tried to do all the things we would normally do. Catch fire to the Christmas Pudding, pull crackers, toast marshmallows, wear paper hats during Christmas dinner, read out and groan at the Christmas jokes. We have a lot of rituals in our house at Christmas – I used to worry that people would get bored of everything being the same, but they seem to like the familiarity of it. It gives a sense of security in a strange way. In addition, my youngest daughter is autistic and Christmastime can be very stressful for her – new foods, surprises, lots of lights, busy times, visitors, change in routine etc. But we found that creating our own Christmas routine (and soft twinkle lights) has actually helped her to enjoy Christmas instead of dreading it.
Now, we are concentrating on taking a little time out, to try and take a pause, reflect on the year and maybe even do a little bit of planning for the next one!
It really is the most wonderful time of the year for everyone here at ButtonChopsShop. We absolutely LOVE Christmas and all things Christmassy. Greenery and fairy lights always seem to make things a little less stressful. Yes, yes, I know, there’s the planning, the present buying, the cooking and the finding enough money to pay for it all, but a single verse of Kermit doing “One more sleep till Christmas” and I’m right up there with Buddy the Elf. Bring it on Santa: I like to smile, smiling is my favourite.
And we are smiling, because….. well, because if we don’t smile, what else is there?
So whoever, wherever you are, if you celebrate Christmas or not: everyone at ButtonChopsShop would like to wish you peace and love, smiles and the very best of holidays!
p.s. Even if you hate the whole Christmas thing – we have a badge for that….
So, the chaos that is UK politics continues. Since 2016 we’ve been all over the place: leaving the EU, not leaving, leaving again, not quite leaving yet.. again. Electing a new PM, then another one, now a new government. Deal, no deal. Bad deal, wrong deal, this deal, that deal, a-thrown-together-with-a-bit-of-string-and-a-dose-of-wishful-thinking deal. No wonder people are getting Brexit fatigue!
If all this is getting you down (and you are not alone) take some time out to reflect on putting yourself back together again.
To help me cope with Brexit fatigue I found I had to reduce my time on social media for my own sanity. I also started making things: meals from scratch, enormous flower arrangements from my garden, I even tried knitting (something I hadn’t done in 20 years!) Doing, rather than thinking, was my way forward. Anything to clear my mind of all the disorder and the sad thought of a country I was once proud to call my home being used as a political football.
I really can’t say what will happen over the next few months. I truly hope I’m wrong, but I’m not sure how we will ever come to heal our differences well, certainly not in my lifetime anyway. In the meantime, we all just have to hold on and try to be kind to each other. It’s as easy and as difficult as that.
Autumn is here again – and that can only mean 1 thing…
Hot Soup? Woolly socks? Kicking dry leaves into the air?
Well yes, yes, it’s all those things…. and….
Time to pick your pumpkins, charge up your cauldrons and brush down the witches brooms.
Here at ButtonChopsShop we have lots of lovely, lovely Hallowe’en badges and pins. Cute ones, funny ones, scary ones, some as big as your head – all perfect for favors, prizes or just pimping your gear.
Sometimes, I think the world is a little short of this right now. We have a selection of badges and magnets to help spread the word. So maybe it’s time to remind the Universe we haven’t forgot what love is..