Saturday 28 August 2010

Tea and a Chat: Beth from Magpie and Button

Howdy folks, welcome to another issue of 'Tea and a Chat With' .  This Saturday we will be catching up with Beth from Magpie and Button who has taken the role of  Cork representative, keeping all the team members straight down there in the People's Republic.   Beth is double jobbing as she also picks the Top Five on Friday for the blog!  Good job!  

Tell us a bit about what you do?
I've been creating unique bead and button jewellery for a number of years now.  I started my Etsy shop in 2009 as a bit of an experiment, but it's been going so well I've kept it up and it's still growing today :)  I teach art at a Youthreach centre in Cork, and I love it, though I'm happiest when collecting beads and buttons! I always like putting interesting little bits and pieces together to create something new.  Ever since playing happily with the contents of Granny's button box as a little girl, I've loved and collected all kinds of buttons.  So now it's time to share some of them by making them into pretty little pieces of jewellery.  I tend to make jewellery one or two evenings a week and then photograph and list it at the weekends. 

If you weren’t a crafty type, what would you be doing?
I would probably still have the day job I have now - teaching at a Youthreach centre in Cork.  I am lucky enough to love my job :)

Give us some of your favourite designers/fashion peeps:
Fashion:  If I won the lotto I'd invest in some vintage Balenciaga.  Also, I'm obsessed with costumes so I love the work of film costume designer Colleen Atwood
Design:  I really like Australian company Rinzen
Interiors:  Cutie Cath Kidston!
Accessories:  Anything from Miu Miu to Penneys

Any amazing blogs that you’d like to share?
I love

What are your top 5 films of all time?
The Lord of the Rings trilogy
The Phantom of the Opera
Napoleon Dynamite

What was your mother always right about?

Lastly some linky goodness, where can we find you?

Thanks Beth, love the photo!  Talk to you all next time, bye for now,

Angela (a.k.a. artysmarty)


  1. Such a great photo, did you make the apple yourself? :)

    Vests? any other hint?

  2. Yay, what a great photo!

    What kind of vests? My mum was a great believer in vests, too. And woollen bloomers which you wore over your undies to keep the kidneys warm. Eeeep!

    After a big tantrum, I never went near bloomers again, but I still like my cotton vests :)

  3. Great to put a face to the name.
    You are very lucky to have such a great job that you love - it sounds like it is challenging but fun. Yes, vests !!!!!!!!! enough said.

  4. Letizia, I didn't make the apple myself - it was the only part of the costume I just bought (cheat!) It was actually a Christmas decoration ;)

    Brigitte, they were very sensible thermal vests (or "terminal" vests as my Mom called them) we were made wear under everything!