Close-up

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I am 1000% a details person. Whether that’s in trying to sew things as small ( but neat) as my eyesight will allow, in my eternal quest for the smoothest, most unwrinkled backing fabric that your eye ever did see (which is no mean feat with heavily worked embroidery, but let me tell you wrinkled fabric is my visual equivalent of nails on a chalkboard) or in adding little unexpected touches – In short, I am ever the Amélie Poulain; looking for things that no one else catches.… Read More

Totally tearrific

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You might remember back in the summer last year I was asked to make a picture of a crisp packet as a wedding gift. Which got we wondering what else I could tweak to fit such an occasion and become a bit more personal.… Read More

Another magic Monday

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A new day, a new week. That’s 168 hours (which doesn’t actually sound like that many to me!) or 10080 minutes of exciting possibilities – magic✨

I hope this little blue flag is the blue-est thing about your day today.

I don’t much care for the whole notion of blue Monday – bad days are not determined by a formula or the date or the weather. Actually it’s looking like it’s going to be a beautiful clear day and I hope that’s making you feel really cheery!

If that’s not where you are at the moment though; if you don’t feel excitement, don’t see all those possibilities, if you’re finding things hard – I’m sending lots of love and a massive hug in your direction. And please know that I’m very gently cheering you on with my little flag xxx… Read More

Pigeons

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Although there are lots of theories about how they manage it, the way pigeons are able to navigate is a bit of a mystery.

Of course it’s quite unlikely that pigeons themselves dedicate too much time wondering whether they’re able to find their way home due to the earths’ magnetic field, the suns’ arc, or due to infra-sounds. They trust their instincts, keep going* and end up where they’re meant to be. Which seems like a pretty good philosophy to me.
I have to admit, I hadn’t anticipated I would be able to put a motivational spin on pigeons, I just really wanted to show you this one I made before Christmas!

Happy Friday 🐦 xx *As an aside, I read that one breed of pigeon called the Birmingham roller is known for doing backwards somersaults while flying. Scientists can’t explain that either, and have come to the conclusion that they probably do it for the simple reason that it’s fun… I told you, they’ve got it sussed!… Read More

Everything is figureoutable

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Keep going! Everything is figureoutable. You’ve done hard things before and you can do them again 🚩

Some Marie Forleo shaped motivation for your Monday (if you don’t know who/what I’m talking about or haven’t read the book, then her talk on the Oprah Super soul sessions is a good place to start) Wishing you a strong, kind and relentlessly optimistic start to the week … I know it’s Monday and it’s January, but dig deep, it’s there – I promise!… Read More

Focus

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Moving house last year really made me think a lot about Minimalism. Its something I think lots of is are considering – particularly at this time of year. It’s easy to see and think about the physical clutter. Of having too much ‘stuff’, and I think lots of us are trying to adopt a more considered approach to this; Of objects ‘sparking joy’, of the footprint we leave behind us, of buying once and buying well.
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Your own lane

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We are all on our own journeys, doing what we are meant to do, when we are meant to do it. Comparison leads us to insecurity and insecurity really does lead us nowhere.

So try your hardest to ignore the splash of other people, because really all you need to focus on is breathing and not sinking. Keep swimming and stay in your own lane, because what is meant for you will not pass you by.

#stainyourownlane #travelyourownjourney #ignorethesplash #freehandmachinebroidery #youdoyou #threadcounts #creativitywithmeaning #ihavethisthingwithsewing #makersmovement… Read More

A packet of crisps

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As I’m sure know, food pictures are one of my absolute favourites to make, and I’m lucky enough to have been working on a flurry of food-based commissions this past few weeks. A packet of crisps has been on my to-make list for a while. In fact the only reason I haven’t already made any, is that I love them all and didn’t know which to choose first, so I was delighted to be asked to make some hula hoops! Personalised doesn’t always have to be about adding names to things, and I love the gorgeous story!that this thoughtful gift tells.
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Believe in yourself

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Believe in yourself … it’s simple really; you’re brilliant!

This was not the post I’d planned for this #threewordthursday phrase, but time has not been my friend this week. As I sat at my machine wondering how on earth I was going to get everything done, I realised that the scene that was facing straight back at me would do the job nicely. Believing in yourself sounds simple, but sometimes it’s really quite difficult; planning, positivity and persistence all help, but so does reflecting on all of the things you’ve already accomplished – which is why it’s so important to have a tin of brilliant in the cupboard (or in your wall 😉)

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