Friday, 23 April 2010

All that glitters!

Good morning!
Today I thought I'd tell you a bit about how I work. Currently I'm based from home, so when my husband isn't getting under my feet, I'm normally at the table in the back room, with the sun shining (if I'm lucky) at cat at my side and a coffee in my hand. This is the perfect working scenario, as I can then spend my time twiddling and twirling bits of wire and buttons to create the perfect bouquet. Most of my bouquets are made up of vintage brooches, vintage buttons, glass beads, pearls, frosted flowers and the occasional antique lace flower. I love the fact that as each item is made to commission, I am at the whim of my brides imagination, and they always have such fabulous ideas and colour schemes.
I am trying to find a way of keeping everything organised, and since I discovered poundland were selling glass kilner jars at 2 for £1, everything is now in it's own jar, neatly lined up on my workbench!
Below is a picture of my current stock of brooches, I can't tell you how pretty they look sparkling in the sunshine, so this will have to do instead!!

Also, Button Moon Bouquet has been featured on another blog post, this time the lovely Viv at Poppy Sparkles has included my mini bridal bouquet in her pearl themed wedding moodboard!

Friday, 16 April 2010

Head on over to...

So I'm being a bit lazy today and sending you over to Boho Wedding & Events blog, as I have done a guest spot there on alternative wedding bouquets - go take a peek!

Monday, 12 April 2010

Blog swapping!

I've had 2 lovely blog mentions this week, so I thought it was only fair to return the favour!
The first is by a lovely lady who is one of my twitter followers, Carolines Cake Company - a local (as in just down the road!) bakery who's cakes look fabulous! Read what she's says about Button Moon here:

I love seeing what cake companies can create, as I think it is a secret dream of mine to run one myself. Along with a couple of friends, I run a monthly cake stall at a local vintage fair, where we sell cupcakes and other tasty treats, all served on vintage china cake stands! I love doing it - check us out in all our 50s housewife finery!

The other post is an interview I did for the amazing Rachel Simpson Shoes, who make incredible vintage style footwear, and are also locally based. It's so nice to discover local wedding suppliers as I can start to put faces to names!
Cheers ladies!!

Monday, 5 April 2010

Fairground Attraction

One area I have always taken inspiration from is films and live theatre. I'm not a huge film buff, but I love directors such as Tim Burton, Baz Luhrman and Terry Gilliam. There is also a theatre company called Kneehigh Theatre who I adore, and I've seen most of their work at least once.
I think it's the combination of amazing costumes, beautiful set designs with a real vintage feel, and also the sheer fantasy element that attracts me - they are as far from the mundane as you can get, and allow for complete escapism.

I watched the Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus this evening, and it reminded me of fairgrounds and carnivals, and the sheer escapism and magic they represent. As well as that, the riot of colour and sparkle is just fabulous, and it got me thinking that I'd like to recreate that somehow in a bouquet design.
I'm not yet sure how I can do this, but I think I'll need lots of single stone brooches and bright glass beads in the slightly muted clashing colours you can see above. I think this will be more of a personal project than a sellable one, but watch this space and I'll keep you update on it's progress!

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Show Off!

Today I just thought I'd show of some off my teardrop bouquets - these are my bestseller for brides, and despite traditional ivory always being popular, I have been asked to make a rainbow of colour schemes too! I'm currently working on a green one!

Tuesday, 30 March 2010


I've been testing the world of twitter out and must say, it's a great way to network and find other like minded people who you can bounce ideas off. One such contact I've made is the lovely Vicky from Fairy Tale Wedding Company, who brings a whole host of 'trusted suppliers' together under one website umbrella, and lets Brides and Grooms source companies who Vicky has personally researched to confirm their quality and customer service. And guess what, Button Moon Bouquet is one such trusted supplier - hooray! You can check out our page on the website here:

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Peacock Wedding

Some very lovely friends of mine are getting married later in the year, and they are having a peacock theme. They have asked me to do the bouquets and buttonholes, and I am so excited to be working with such an amazing colour scheme. Check out my mood board below - don't those colours just ooze glamour and richness? I love it and can't wait to get started!

I've also found some beauties on Etsy....

Peacock themed wedding invites by PeacockInvitations

Peacock display/cake topper by Ivyndell

Peacock feather hair accessory by bridalcouture

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Up to Date

Right, I thought it as time that I brought you up to date with my new venture.
After my wedding, I had lots of compliments on my bouquet, so my little business brain began to whirr. I'd discovered Etsy whilst planning my wedding, and loved the thought of being able to sell my own things on line. So after a bit of market research and doing a couple of bouquet commission for cost price to see if it was a viable business, I decided to try and sell a few bouquets at full price.
Lucky for me it has tuned out to be a good decision. The response to my bouquets has been brilliant, and I have been posting them to USA and Australia as well as UK.

Things have been going so well in fact, that I have decided to attempt to join the wedding industry full time! A bit of a scary leap I must admit, but for various reasons I decided that Costumia had had it's day, and it was time to move on. Continuing Button Moon Bouquet (as I decided to call it) seemed a natural progression.

So here it is - ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Button Moon Bouquet!!

Friday, 26 March 2010


So, a little bit about me!
I have a degree in Theatre Design, which has led to my career as a costume designer and maker. Having worked in a theatrical wardrobe for a few years, and also working freelance as a designer, I decided it was time for a change, so got myself a place on a Fashion MA course. At the same time, I took a part time job as a manager in a vintage clothes shop, which combined my 2 loves - vintage clothes and being in charge!!
However, events were conspiring, and whilst part way through my MA, the opportunity came up to open a costume hire business. Through my work as a wardrobe assistant at Birmingham Rep, it became apparent that their huge collection of costumes, which were housed in a cold and filthy warehouse, were in need of some TLC. It broke my heart to see them all go to waste as they sat unloved, so I proposed to The Rep that we set up a hire department. They decided it wasn't something they wanted to do, but were happy for me to write them a business plan and run it myself, with their involvement.
Skip forward a few months, and Costumia was born!

The MA course was put on hold, and my time at Retro Bizarre, the vintage clothes shop, was coming to an end. I continued to deal in vintage clothing on the side, at fairs up and down the country, but my new baby took precedence!
For the last 5 years I have lived and breathed costumes - making, cleaning, hiring, designing, organising, repairing - you get the idea!

Thursday, 25 March 2010

My bouquet

So, let me tell you about my bouquet - button moon bouquet's prototype if you like!
As I mentioned, it was made using lots of bits and pieces collected from my years of crafts/costume design/vintage dealing etc. I literally have boxes upon boxes of buttons and beads! To add to this, I had various donations from my lovely friends and family once they realised what I was up to.

The really special item however is the little opal and diamante brooch you can see in the top of this picture. My dear step-father Chris wanted me to have it, as he had picked it up in an antique shop and thought it would go well. The lovely part of it is that his Mum was one of twins, and had owned an almost exact copy of this one. Sadly she has now passed away, but Chris kept the brooch, and my mum wore it on her wedding day. When he saw the brooch 'twin' in that antique shop, he knew he just had to have it! It meant so much to me that he wanted to share it with me, and it becomes even more poignant now, as Chris himself passed away only a few months after our wedding. So now whenever I look at my bouquet, it is filled with wonderful memories, and also serves as a reminder of what a kind and generous man Chris was.