I sat and wallowed in them, listening to chiffchaffs and my first cuckoo. The video clip below has the cuckoo singing (although if you're reading this on an iPad you sadly won't be able to see it).
Today though I've been creating with buttons. Ever since I saw this button clock on pinterest I've wanted to make one. Initially I planned to go and buy a rainbow assortment of buttons to make one like that one but I changed my mind, deciding that a: I'm not really a plastic button, rainbow type of girl, and b: I have hundreds of buttons here!
So after some sorting, some careful measuring and some sewing I made this more muted one.
I had some problems stopping the mechanism from pulling the fabric back which made the hands catch the buttons, but a bit of ribbon and some drawing pins did the trick!
I'm really pleased I opted for the more muted colours, using a mixture of old and new buttons, as it looks just perfect on my dining room mantlepiece.
(Although I have just realised that one of the buttons I've used is the spare one from the coat I bought last November so I'll just have to hope I don't lose one from it!)