Small and mighty

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When @samburgessuk got in touch and asked if I’d be interested in appearing on her Small and podcast, my exact words were I’m honoured, but I don’t think I’d be very interesting to listen to (I told you I needed to work on the imposter syndrome thing)
Well hopefully I AM interesting to listen to, because you can listen to the episode where we had a chat about me, my business and Instagram today!
Which is fortunate as I was quite stumped as to what to write for today’s prompt for #marchmeetthemaker, which is about collaboration.
Happy listening! Emma xxx
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#smallandmightystories #smallandmightybusiness #hopeidontsoundtoobristolian

New mistakes

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Dear mistakes,
Over the years, I feel like we’ve come to know one another quite well, and although it might not seem like it in the heat of the moment, you’ve taught me a lot. So from one friend to another, I hope you won’t mind me suggesting that it might be time for a bit of an image overhaul? i don’t know how to break this to you, so let me be honest, people often seem to see you as being a bit …erm, negative. I don’t know, perhaps they feel like a bit of a failure when you’re around? And maybe they feel like if other people see you hanging around them, they might be a bit judgy.
I think we both know that this isn’t the case, and that you have a lot to teach us when we have a really good think about what you’re trying to say, so can I suggest it’s maybe time for a bit of a rebrand? Perhaps you might consider a new name even – happy accident would be my suggestion – let me know what you think next time I see you, I don’t suppose it’ll be long
Your friend
Emma
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#marchmeetthrmaker is a photo challenge to showcase where why and how makers make. The prompt for today is mistake/lesson. .
#motivationalmonday #embracemistakes #learnfromyourmistakes #freehandmachineembroidery #creativitywithmeaning #stitchingsmiles

5S

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5s is a Japanese system for organising and managing workspaces..a bit of a Marie Kondo for workplaces if you will – although dreamt up long before Marie got in on the action. .
Based on the principles of seiri (sort) seiton (set in order) seiso (shine) seiketsu (standardise) and shitsuke (sustain), it was created by Toyota to improve efficiency and eliminate waste in production. A random fact you may not know about me is that I am a lean six sigma Green belt. This isn’t anything to do with martial arts, but is a methodology for process improvement .. this is why I can’t quite bring myself to work in a mess! I like a tidy space. I spent years working in a clean desk, 5S environment, and also had to lock everything away at the end of each day due to the nature of the documents I was working on.
Are you a tidy worker, or do you enjoy a bit of creative mess? .
#marchmeetthrmaker is a photo challenge to showcase where why and how makers make. The prompt for today is workspace
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#workspace #calledtobecreative #seekinspirecreate #workspaceinspo

Goals and motivation

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A little while ago I posted and picture of the care instructions label I had made. I talked a little about what had inspired it, but I didn’t really talk about why I’d made it.
In thinking about my goals and motivation … my mission for what I do… I started to see all of my work as little care instructions. Small reminders stitched from and in to the cloth of my work. My goal is to make my thread count 🧵 and keep creating care instructions .
And just because I don’t think I could get a lot more motivation in one picture, here’s the original embroidery of my makers manifesto banner.
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#marchmeetthemaker Day 14: motivation/goals
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#freehandmachineembroidery #ihavethisthingwithsewing #freehandmachineembroidery #creativitywithmeaning #threadcounts #careinstructions

Cup of ambition

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I suspect that most of us are working much more than 9 to 5 at the moment, but a cup of ambitions is still just what you need on a Monday morning(and a new song stuck in your head – you’re welcome 😉😘) .
#mondaymotivation #motivationalmonday #pourmyselfacupofambition #youvegotdreamstheyllnevertakeaway #stitchingsmiles #creativitywithmeaning #calledtobecreative #designalifeyoulove #textileart #freehandmachineembroidery #freemotionembroidery #embroideryart #stitchersofinstagram #everystitchcounts #threadart
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You are gold

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A massive thank you everyone for all of the support over this weekend. Also a quick reminder that there are just a few hours left to buy food pictures, or use the FRIYAY discount code for 20% off prints (link in bio)xx
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#gold #goldensyrup #foodart #blackfriday #supportthemakers #supportsmallbusiness #campaignshopindependent #AurifilArtisan #creativehappylife #creativitywithmeaning #calledtobecreative #designalifeyoulove #textileart #freehandmachineembroidery #freemotionembroidery #embroideryart #stitchersofinstagram #everystitchcounts
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Jam tomorrow

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Just a reminder that my the originals of some of my food pictures are currently available on my website – there were a few that were accidentally hidden away yesterday -including this Alice in wonderland jam- so so hop over and have a look if you like them (there’s a link in the bio), as the listings will be coming down again on Sunday
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Have a lovely weekend xx
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#foodart #supportthemakers #supportsmallbusiness #campaignshopindependent #AurifilArtisan #creativehappylife #creativitywithmeaning #calledtobecreative #designalifeyoulove #textileart #freehandmachineembroidery #freemotionembroidery #embroideryart #stitchersofinstagram #everystitchcounts
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Black Friday

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Whether you like or loathe the idea, Black Friday seems like it’s here to stay. It’s set up shop, and has not only very determinedly permeated itself into our consciousness, but has also quickly spilt itself out to be a week-long affair. After all, we all love a bargain.
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But lots of small businesses really feel the pinch and the pressure to compete. We put a lot of work in to maintaining competitive and realistic prices the whole year through. Whatever route they’ve decided to take today, you can bet they’ve put a lot of thought in to it.
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So now it’s time for me to tell you what I’ll be doing! Firstly, for this weekend, when you enter the code FRIYAY at checkout you can get 20% off all printed items 🎉
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And why all the food pictures today? Well I’m not discounting them I’m afraid. But actually, I’ve also never offered them for sale, so just for this weekend, each of the original artworks is available to buy. They’re all one offs (although as I’ve already had a lot of enquiries about some certain syrup tins, which ive allowed a limited number of back-orders, which can be delivered in time for Christmas… actually I hate to disappoint anyone, so if you miss something you’d really like, drop me a line) They are priced fairly to reflect the work that’s gone in to designing them – where I’ve tweaked them 😉 – and the skill that’s gone in to making them. They are on sale in as much as I don’t normally sell them! ( and actually I feel a bit like I’ve listed my children right now 😣😂) you can find a link in my bio for the food pictures category I’ve added to my website. .
I hope you’ll be okay with my little Foodie Black Friday xx
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#foodiefriday #foodart #blackfriday #supportthemakers #supportsmallbusiness #campaignshopindependent #AurifilArtisan #creativehappylife #creativitywithmeaning #calledtobecreative #designalifeyoulove #textileart #freehandmachineembroidery #freemotionembroidery #embroideryart #stitchersofinstagram #everystitchcounts
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Disco balls

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Today is all about the disco balls! I’m embellishing Journey of an order prints (there’s a link to the listing in my bio if you’d like one) and I’m covered in glitter.
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I hope you’re having a happy dance filled Thursday!
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Emma xx
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Ps, just so you know, I’ve posted an update about Black Friday on my stories 😉😘
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#watchmemakeit #supportsmallbusiness #journeyofanorder #campaignshopindependent #freehandmachineembroidery #alltheglitter #makerslife

Be somebody

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One of the most unexpectedly inspiring things I have watched, was a documentary on bbc 4 about Daft Punk. I stumbled upon it quite by accident when I paused the programme I’d been watching to put the kettle on. It told a story of two artists having a vision, staying on their own path, knowing their worth, pushing the boundaries of their art and of staying humble. I don’t think you need to be particularly interested in their music to be able to take something away from that ( it’s now on Netflix if you decide you want to watch it)
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You may be wondering what on Earth this has to do with the picture … one of the anecdotes I loved was the story behind their name, which came from a scathing review in Melody Maker of an early gig, referring to the ‘daft punky music’ they played.
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Be somebody nobody thought you could be (especially the critics)
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#provethemwrong #besomebodynobodythoughtyoucouldbe #itsnotthecriticwhocounts #creativitywithmeaning #freemotionembroidery #minibanner #stitchingsmiles

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