Here is a small hooked rug piece I did last year - before establishing Five Blue Buttons. I suppose doing this piece is what ultimately led me to choosing the name.
I know - the circles look more like hexagons. Circles are hard to make on burlap!
Title of Piece: Five Blue Buttons.
Wool yarn on burlap.
(Wool yarn from PEI's MacAusland's Woolen Milsl)
Five Blue Buttons.
Not four. Not six. Five. Blue. Buttons.
How did this all come about? Well, that’s why I decided to start a blog to accompany my website.
Returning from Japan in the fall of 1999, I landed a contract to write a history of my hometown on Prince Edward Island. In doing so, I accumulated many photographs from community members that were included in the book. This is the first time that I recall looking at vintage images and thinking it would be a good idea to make them into greeting cards.
I didn’t have the money or the confidence for such an undertaking at that time. Fast forward fifteen years and I decided to give it a go. Now settled into my professional career, I have the money and time needed to devote to a small business. I put the wheels in motion during my Easter vacation on PEI earlier this year. A small business advisor at Scotiabank was my first stop and she proved helpful. Her first question was “Do you have a business plan?. Me: “Ah, nope”. Step No. 1 = a business plan and I was pleasantly surprised that it proved to be a helpful exercise.
I will admit that manuvering my way through the registration of the business, setting up the wesbite, and all the varyiing licenses was all completely foreign territory for me – and I enjoyed every minute. It was a challenge I obviously needed. To do all this and find the first thirty images to be used with the cards took me approximately six months. It could have done more quickly if I didn’t have a 9 to 5er day job getting in the way.
For now I am focusing on greeting cards, but have some ideas about other things I’d let to try and encompass in FBB.