• Sarah Campbell

Button police!


The button police

The button police


OH DEAR. I’m feeling rather guilty and a bit forlorn. I’ve just been contacted by a certain on line shop as to whether my Hamish, Clarris’s and Lobelias are approved by the… (regulators of such things) as child’s toys. I had a sneaky suspicion this issue was lurking in some back alley waiting to pounce. The aspects, I suspect, which might be highlighted as desperately dangerous for child health will be button eyes and apparently lanolin content in wool, but my button eyes are quirky and lovely and unusual and very thoroughly sewn on. I don’t want to attach some tepid fluff version for babies. Anyhow, I ate a 2 pence piece when I was a baby and Ruben ate a pin and they passed right through! And lanolin? What’s that about? Can someone please clarify? Human beings have been wearing wool since before they were upright, is it an eczema thing?

OK (she says with a resigned sigh) I’m going to have to consult with the powers that be. I suspect they may have to be labelled not for under 3’s as I am not prepared to sanitize and dilute interesting and quirky art/craft for bureaucratic pacification. I suppose I could always adapt the toys for baby munchers if need be.

Anyone else got any experience on this matter. Advice please?

On to a brighter note…my Eco motives order is now finished. Hurray! So I’m going to give you a wee exhibition of all items including the dreadfully dangerous, buttonoxious, lanoliscious soft toys. Aaaaaagh


Leaf Coffee cosy

Leaf Coffee cosy



Grass Coffee cosy

Grass Coffee cosy



Berry Coffee cosy

Berry Coffee cosy



and the back (of the grass one)

and the back (of the grass one)



Berry cushions

Berry cushions



Grass cushions

Grass cushions



Leaf cushions

Leaf cushions



Clarris (Beware the eyes!)

Clarris (Beware the eyes!)



Diedre (Beware the brush of a wool crest!)

Diedre (Beware the brush of a wool crest!)



Hamish (beware the point of a woollen ear!)

Hamish (beware the point of a woollen ear!)



Lobelia (beware pink!)

Lobelia (beware pink!)



Seamus (beware lanolin!)

Seamus (beware lanolin!)



Berry tea cosy

Berry tea cosy



Grass tea cosy

Grass tea cosy



Leaf tea cosy

Leaf tea cosy



Wrap, table runner or bed runner. Versatility rules OK.

Wrap, table runner or bed runner. Versatility rules OK.



and another one.

and another one.


So, if any of you just can’t resist then all will be available at an online store called Eco motives which should be up and running shortly. I’ll keep you posted on that one or give me a ring/ send me an email and I’ll make something up for you.

Oh, and forgive my sarcasm, I know, ‘It’s the lowest form of humour’.

x Sarah

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