Here are the buttons I've made so far. I've divided them up for the shop by color and shape, so a person could buy the six round lavender ones as a set. I was online looking at polymer clay sites and found this, which has a lot of ideas for polymer clay in general.
One of their most fantabulous ideas was to use a corn cob holder to poke button holes in the uncured clay. Brilliant! I was using a small drill bit, which works, but I have to place each hole separately and get a few off center ones that don't make the final cut.
I have found that I enjoy the process of making the buttons a lot. There's something almost meditative about going through the steps. And I'm a sucker for color, so I do enjoy mixing the colors as well. Last week, I had a little bit of time to kill before picking up Mr W, so I went to the craft store, and thought I'd just see if they had any accessories I couldn't live without. I know darn well that what they charge for a 2 oz. block of polymer clay is more expensive than I can find online. It's not like this store is local, so I don't mind looking for the good deal.
As an aside, I was poked with a little guilt when I bought a book on Amazon to make it to the $25 threshold for free shipping on some craft supplies. I had planned to buy the book for a book club at a book store downtown, but it was the only thing I could think of that I actually sort of needed.
Anyway, I make my way back to where they have the clay and, hey! it's half off. Blink. Blink. I select 25 blocks and make my purchase. I felt like I had this treasure; it was funny. I'm still working my way through a couple more purples so I can make pinky purpley all-clay bracelets, and then will get to dive into the new clay.
I then need to come up with I think one more thing to get on the shop and then need to advertise somehow to get more people to the shop. Only so many hours in the day. I've been busy (still) at work, and for the last week and a half have been analyzing data and working on a PowerPoint presentation. I got a first draft done yesterday and sent it to my boss. I think it's close. I've not quite switched to "hey, I'm going out of town" mode yet. Sally gets to stay with my friend from the dog park, and I think she finds that preferable to being in the kennel. I would! I'm happy to give B the money I'd otherwise give the kennel, too.