Thank you

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A huge thank you for all of your comments and likes to my post on Wednesday. I love you all more than custard creams (and that’s a lot) xxxx
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#thankyou #custardcream #thattakesthebiscuit #foodiefriday #nothspartner #AurifilArtisan #creativehappylife #creativitywithmeaning #calledtobecreative #designalifeyoulove #textileart #freehandmachineembroidery #freemotionembroidery #embroideryart #stitchersofinstagram #everystitchcounts
#stitchersofinstagram #molliemakers #ihavethisthingwithsewing #britishstitchers

not on the high street

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It’s felt as if I’ve not had a lot of new work/content to post on here lately… and there’s been a reason for that. I am super excited to be able to tell you that I am now a @notonthehighstreet partner 🎉🎉 This is has been my dream for such a long time, and I just wanted to thank everyone who has supported me and helped me to get here – I’m waving all of the flags today!! 🚩
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#notonthehighstreet #noths #nothspartner #handmadegifts #creativityfound #followyourdreams #youcandoit #creativitywithmeaning #threadcounts #stitchingsmiles #contemporaryembroidery #woop

Alright Treacle

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As today is world kindness day, a job for your to do list is to search out all of those opportunities to carry out small acts of kindness. I’m going to start by thanking you all for supporting me with your likes, comments and lovely orders, and then send some cards to people just because – what will you do today to be kind?
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(Alright treacle cards are available in my shop – link in bio)
#worldkindnessday #bekind #showpeopleyoucare #smallactsofkindness #positivegreetingscards #alrighttreacle #oneinamillion #worthyourweightingold #foodart #freehandmachineembroidery

Believe in yourself

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Did you know that the chance of you existing is pretty well non existent? The probability is 1 in 10 to the power of 2,695,000 (yes that’s right, a ten followed by 2,695,000 zeros) which means, by default, you really are pretty amazing. Now that we have established just how brilliant you are, I don’t think there’s much point in doubting yourself is there?
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I spent all day yesterday making flags, and this is my new favourite! The listings will be live later today, but just drop me a message if you’d like one x
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#believeinyourself #youareamazing #itmustbetrueitsmaths #creativepath #creativejourney #wordsofwisdom #creativitywithmeaning #drawinginthread #positivegifts #inspiringgifts #giftsformakers #pennantsofpositivity #banner #freehandmachineembroidery #freemotionembroidery #everystitchcounts #modernmakers #drawinginthread #ihavethisthingwithsewing #molliemakers #aurifilartisan #bristoletsyteam #smallandmightybusiness

Choose to shine

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Do not dim your light to fit in. Stand tall, take your place, share your light and be happy. Inspire others around you to do the same. Choose to shine.
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#choosetoshine #takeyourplace #standtall #behappy #AurifilArtisan #creativehappylife #creativitywithmeaning #calledtobecreative #designalifeyoulove #textileart #freehandmachineembroidery #freemotionembroidery #embroideryart #stitchersofinstagram #everystitchcounts #threadart
#threadpainting #stitchersofinstagram #makeitsewcial #molliemakers #ihavethisthingwithsewing #britishstitchers

The amazing journey of an order

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Since I made the new thank you order that I put in with all of my orders, I’ve had almost as many messages about the note as I have about the products I’ve sent out. Because of that, I thought the next thing I had to make was a similar picture for other small businesses – not a thank you note, but a picture showing the amazing journey of an order. And here it is! I hope you like it!
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This is hot off the sewing machine, but I’ll be making prints, so if you’d like to be the first to know when these come in to stock, please sign up to my newsletter (there’s a link in the bio 😊💌) .
Happy Tuesday xxx
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#maker #makerslife #shopsmall #shopsmallbusiness #campaignshopsmall
#freehandmachineembroidery #stitchingsmiles #drawinginthread #creativitywithmeaning #ihavethisthingwithsewing #smallandmightybusiness

How to feel happy

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How to feel happy…
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Words of advice from a seven year old this morning – I think she’s got it sussed!
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It’s not just my writing that lives on notepad pictures, they’re the perfect way to capture the writing ✍️of loved ones young and old. .
Have a happy Monday xx
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#motivationalmonday #mondaymotivation #mondaymantra #wordsofwisdom #howtobehapoy #creategood #creativitywithmeaning #drawinginthread #positivegifts #cottoncalligraphy #freehandmachinetembroidery #freemotionembroidery #everystitchcounts #modernmakers #drawinginthread #ihavethisthingwithsewing #molliemakers #aurifilartisan #bristoletsyteam

Courage is the key

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Courage has many different guises; it might mean standing up in a room full of people to talk, speaking out for something you believe in, or following your heart. It can be a large gesture or something seemingly small. It could mean getting out of bed in the morning.
If you’re facing a situation where you feel like you need a little bit more courage, this is the perfect reminder to pin on your coat. I’ve uploaded this and the believe key to my website. I also know that life can need many keys ( it’s been half term for my kids this week, and patience is the main one I have needed!) so do get in touch if you’d like a key with a different word.
Have a great weekend.
Emma x
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#havecourage #bebrave #believe #positivebadges #creativehappylife #creativitywithmeaning #freehandmachineembroidery #freemotionembroidery
#embroideryinstaguild #threadpainting #AurifilArtisan #drawinginthread #ihavethisthingwithsewing

Fly the flag for small business

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It’s reaching that time of year where we’re starting to think about Christmas – whether it’s frantically prepping for fairs, shop and online sales, starting to see flurries of orders coming in 🤞, or writing lists of things to gift. .
Whatever the reason, a shop small badge is the perfect addition to your cardie to wave the small (but mighty) flag for the small (but mighty) businesses. I have maker versions like this, which I splattered in paint or my regular blue, both of which are free motion embroidered with the teeny tiniest writing and available on my website. .
Fly the flag for small businesses 🚩
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#maker #makersbadge #makerslife #shopsmall #shopsmallbusiness #campaignshopsmall #handmadepennant
#handmadeflag #embroideredflag #freehandmachineembroidery #stitchingsmiles #drawinginthread #creativitywithmeaning #ihavethisthingwithsewing #smallandmightybusiness #positivepennant #pennantbanner #pennantbadge #justacard

Happy dance

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It’s been a while since I’ve shared a work in progress shot, so I thought I’d show you a little snippet of a new note picture that I’ve been working on. This one is called The amazing journey of an order. I decided to make it after all of the lovely comments and photo shares I get for my Thank you slip that I put in with my own orders
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I obviously couldn’t leave out that happy dance feeling, and because it really does make me feel very happy getting an order I added a sparkly disco ball! .
Wishing you a Wednesday filled with disco ball moments!! Emma xx
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#wip #wipwednesday #discoball #happydance #journeyofanorder #supportsmallbusiness #campaignshopsmall #doyourownthing #followyourownpath #creativepath #creativejourney #wordsofwisdom #creativitywithmeaning #drawinginthread #positivegifts #inspiringgifts #giftsformakers #freehandmachinetembroidery #freemotionembroidery #everystitchcounts #modernmakers #drawinginthread #ihavethisthingwithsewing #molliemakers #aurifilartisan #bristoletsyteam #smallandmightybusiness

The key is to believe

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The key is to believe
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#believeinyourself #believe #creativehappylife #creativitywithmeaning #freehandmachineembroidery #freemotionembroidery
#embroideryinstaguild #threadpainting #AurifilArtisan #mondaymotivation #mondaymantra #motivationalmonday #stitchingsmiles #drawinginthread #ihavethisthingwithsewing #newweek

You’re doing just fine card

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“I’ll never be like other people, but that’s okay because I’m a bear” some Paddington wisdom for your Saturday afternoon – i hope you’re doing just fine on this grey drizzly day! I’m just popping on to let you know that these marmalade cards have just been added to my website – there’s a link in my bio .
#youredoingjustfine #keepgoing #marmalade #finecutmarmalade #foodart #creativitywithmeaning #calledtobecreative #createeveryday #freehandmachineembroidery #freemotionembroidery #stitchersofinstagram #everystitchcounts #modernmakers #drawinginthread #ihavethisthingwithsewing #molliemakers #aurifilartisan #bristoletsyteam #smallandmightybusiness #coopersmarmalade

The journey of an idea

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Today is international artists day, so pick up your pens, paints or pins and needles and create! .

UPDATE – I completely forgot to tell you … I’ve listed journey of an idea greetings cards in my shop – there’s a link in my bio
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#internationalartistsday #create #journeyofanidea #doyourownthing #followyourownpath #creativepath #creativejourney #wordsofwisdom #creativitywithmeaning #drawinginthread #positivegifts #inspiringgifts #giftsformakers #banner #freehandmachinetembroidery #freemotionembroidery #everystitchcounts #modernmakers #drawinginthread #ihavethisthingwithsewing #molliemakers #aurifilartisan #bristoletsyteam #smallandmightybusiness

Playing with paint

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I had great fun splattering fabric paint 🎨 over material, my workshop and all over myself yesterday (sadly it was only once I got home from the school run that I realised I had been sporting a yellow eyebrow 🤪) I wanted to make some maker badges that looked like they were cut from a painters apron – like a maker had made them 😊. There are a few different wording options, which I’ve listed over on my website now.
Have a great day xxx
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#maker #makersbadge #makersmarks sendingapositivemessage #handmadepennant
#handmadeflag #embroideredflag #freemotionembroidery #freehandmachineembroidery #stitchingsmiles #drawinginthread #creativitywithmeaning #joyspotting #ihavethisthingwithsewing #molliemakers #britishstitchers #smallandmightybusiness #positivepennant #pennantflag #pennantbanner #positivepennants #pennantbadge

Makers banner

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I’m so pleased that my makers banners are getting lots of love, because I really love them too! My main criteria for printing on to fabric was that I really wanted the option of being able to personalise/embellish the final piece, and I’m just loving all the words of wisdom that you’re asking me to sew!
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There is still another week until half term here, but I’ve already got my next design planned out, so that I can grab any quiet moments to bring it to life 🗺
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#makersmanifesto #creativepath #creativejourney #wordsofwisdom #creativitywithmeaning #drawinginthread #positivegifts #inspiringgifts #giftsformakers #pennantsofpositivity #banner #freehandmachineembroidery #freemotionembroidery #everystitchcounts #modernmakers #drawinginthread #ihavethisthingwithsewing #molliemakers #aurifilartisan #bristoletsyteam #smallandmightybusiness

Celebrate every tiny victory

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How often do you whizz through life without stepping back to take stock of what you’ve accomplished? How often do you use the word ‘just’ when describing your efforts?
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My homework for you this week is to celebrate all of the little victories… I’ll start you off, I’m celebrating that I’ve been to the post office every day for the past fortnight (and sending a massive thank you for keeping me busy while I’m at it!) what are you celebrating? Comment below and I’ll give you a big cheer!!
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Have a great week xxx
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Ps sorry for the very annoying dog hair on this flag … I’m just calling it Molly’s contribution to the task .. maybe she barked at a cat or something!
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#celebratethesmallthings #youdidit #thesmallthingsmatter #thesmallthingsarethebigthings #goforit #mondaymotivation #mondaymantra #motivationalmonday #pennantflag #handmadeflag #embroideredflag #freemotionembroidery #freehandmachineembroidery #stitchingsmiles #drawinginthread #creativitywithmeaning #joyspotting #ihavethisthingwithsewing #craftsposure #britishstitchers #newweek #youcandoitdecor #positivepennants

Brilliant

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It’s the weekend, time to sparkle and shine
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Apparently cleaning is where it’s at these days, so I‘ve ventured to the next aisle in the supermarket – the packaging is fab there!
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Have a great weekend xxx
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#brilliant #keepyourshine #timetoshine #fullofsparkle #goodlife #wordsofwisdom #creativitywithmeaning #drawinginthread #freehandmachinetembroidery #freemotionembroidery #everystitchcounts #modernmakers #drawinginthread #libertyprintloveliness #ihavethisthingwithsewing #aurifilartisan #craftsposure #textileoftheday #bristoletsyteam #libertyprintloveliness #libertyopencall

You got this

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Nobody told this daisy that it got things wrong, that really a lawn was where it ought to be, for daisies don’t grow on walls… if they had, it’d have taken no notice and carried on looking bright and cheery there anyway. It just found it’s spot and did it’s own thing. And that’s what you should do too.
You’ve got this xxx
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#yougotthis #keepgoing #creativitywithmeaning #rosette #rosettebadge #positivemessage #threadcounts #calledtobecreative #createeveryday #freehandmachinetembroidery #freemotionembroidery #stitchersofinstagram #everystitchcounts #modernmakers #drawinginthread #ihavethisthingwithsewing #molliemakers #aurifilartisan #bristoletsyteam #smallandmightybusiness

You are awesome

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Thanks for all of the amazing messages and comments yesterday – I’m sending you all a medal for being awesome 🌟🎖
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My son Oscar was quite taken by the brave medal from my greatest showman set, and asked for one that said awesome with a star on it … he very rarely asks for anything (other than money for computer games😒) and I’m pretty sure that he wasn’t actually expecting me to make it, as it’s now taken pride of place buried under a pile of stuff on his desk (I think perhaps it needs an extra stripe that reads messy 😆) .
if you’re interested in your own bespoke badge, just drop me a line. Have a great Wednesday xx . . .
#youdeserveamedal #youreawesome #handmadebadge #badgeofhonor #creativejourney #wordsofwisdom #creativitywithmeaning #drawinginthread #positivegifts #freehandmachinetembroidery #freemotionembroidery #everystitchcounts #modernmakers #drawinginthread #ihavethisthingwithsewing #molliemakers #aurifilartisan #bristoletsyteam #smallandmightybusiness #congregationofinspiration #craftexposure

Hendricks card

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I realised yesterday that it’s a year since I made the Hendricks bottle – my very first food – well, drink – picture … this mightn’t seem like a big milestone, but to me it’s a significant one. It marked a change of focus in my work, a tentative step to do my own thing and start making what really interested me. I had a bit of a wobble recently, when I tried (and failed!) to join an embroidery art group … and was made to feel that my work wasn’t good enough. I tell you this not for sympathy (luckily for me I have the most amazing team of cheerleaders, who help me to brush experiences like this away – thanks everyone 😊) but because my takeaway from the experience was an important one; do what you do and keep on doing it – people who criticise, judge, or try to change your path really aren’t your people.
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I also realised that I hadn’t listed these cards on my website – there’s a link in my bio
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#greetingscards #gin #gingreetingscard #Hendricks #doyourownthing #followyourownpath #creativepath #creativejourney #wordsofwisdom #creativitywithmeaning #drawinginthread #positivegifts #inspiringgifts #freehandmachinetembroidery #freemotionembroidery #everystitchcounts #modernmakers #drawinginthread #ihavethisthingwithsewing #molliemakers #aurifilartisan #bristoletsyteam #smallandmightybusiness

Go at your own tempo

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A piacere – tempo is at the discretion or pleasure of the performer
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How often do you look around, notice what everyone else is doing and realise how much better they’re doing and quicker they’re getting there than you? Its far too easy to get so caught up with what other people are doing that we forget to live our own lives and work towards our own goals at our own speed.
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Life is not a race; embrace the pace of your own journey. Enjoy your week playing a piacere
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Ps if you’ve spent any period of time in the company of a metronome, you’ll know why the sounds off for this one 😉 .
#comparisonfree #goatyourowntempo #goatyourownpace #youdoyou #metronome #mondaymotivation #mondaymantra #thehappynow #creativeprocess
#freemotionembroidery #freehandmachineembroidery #stitchingsmiles #drawinginthread #creativitywithmeaning #joyspotting #ihavethisthingwithsewing #molliemakers #britishstitchers #molliemakersspotlight #craftexposure

Jam today or jam tomorrow

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I’ve been stitching my way through orders and new ideas this week so I’m cheating and posting an oldie today. .
I’ll be expanding the selection of cards I have next week with more food pictures, so if there is a card or print that you’ve been waiting for (ketchup is one I get a lot of requests for) please shout! meanwhile, I asked over on stories if there were any other foods I should make and the resounding response was tea, crisps and curly whirlies so I’ll be getting to them as soon as a can! .
Happy Friday everyone x
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#aurifilthread #aurifilartisan #jam #jamtomorrow #bonnemaman #creativelife #creativitywithmeaning #calledtobecreative #freehandmachineembroidery #threadart
#threadpainting #modernmakers #ihavethisthingwithsewing
#foodiefriday #foodart #bristoletsyteam #molliemakersspotlight #craftexposure #libertyopencall

The magic is in you

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I made a load of sparkly rosettes and put them in my shop (there’s a link in the bio)… happy Thursday!!
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#rosette #rosettebadge #shopupdate #shopsmallthischristmas #positivevibes #youarewhoyouareemeanttobe #sendingapositivemessage #handmadepennant #medal
#handmadeflag #embroideredflag #freemotionembroidery #freehandmachineembroidery #stitchingsmiles #drawinginthread #creativitywithmeaning #joyspotting #ihavethisthingwithsewing #molliemakers #britishstitchers #molliemakersspotlight #craftexposure #positivepennant

This is me

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We are glorious
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#thisisme #thegreatestestshowman #medalforbravery #youarebrave #youarewhoyouareemeanttobe #sendingapositivemessage #handmadepennant #medal #rosette
#handmadeflag #embroideredflag #freemotionembroidery #freehandmachineembroidery #stitchingsmiles #drawinginthread #creativitywithmeaning #joyspotting #ihavethisthingwithsewing #molliemakers #britishstitchers ##molliemakersspotlight #craftexposure #mentalhealthawarenessday #positivepennant #wegotthiswednesday

Embrace your mistakes

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Is failure evidence that you will never be talented … or a sign of how much you have grown? .
We tend to focus on celebrating our successes and hide away the failed attempts that have brought us there, so it’s pretty easy for the critic within to assume that nobody else makes mistakes. .
At school we take tests and from an early age we start to become entrenched in this absolute mindset; right/wrong, success/fail. Really though, we need to cast our minds back a little further. Human babies arrive to the world pretty unskilled compared to most animals. Some animals clamber up and walk about within a few hours of being born, when it takes us months to even be able to hold our heads up. We arrive with very few innate skills and have to learn everything. We learn to walk by trying and falling over and trying again. We need to remember that it’s ok to try and fall and try again.
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I heard the words on my ketchup bottle in a video I watched on this subject when I attended the congregation of inspiration. I hope you’ll remember them the next time you get annoyed at yourself when things don’t work out right first time.
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#motivationalmonday #mondaymotivation #mondaymantra #creativepath #creativejourney #wordsofwisdom #creativitywithmeaning #drawinginthread #positivegifts #foodart #ketchup #freehandmachinetembroidery #freemotionembroidery #everystitchcounts #modernmakers #drawinginthread #ihavethisthingwithsewing #molliemakers #aurifilartisan #bristoletsyteam #smallandmightybusiness #congregationofinspiration #molliemakersspotlight #craftexposure #libertyopencall

Hooray – positive pennant

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Hooray, it’s the weekend!
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#hooray #sendingapositivemessage #handmadepennant
#handmadeflag #embroideredflag #freemotionembroidery #freehandmachineembroidery #stitchingsmiles #drawinginthread #creativitywithmeaning #joyspotting #ihavethisthingwithsewing #molliemakers #britishstitchers #smallandmightybusiness #nationalthinkingofyouweek #positivepennant #pennantflag #pennantbanner #positivepennants #pennantbadge

You can’t pour from an empty cup

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I gave myself an unplanned day away from the sewing machine yesterday … a spell of insomnia was really starting to take its toll 😬and I suddenly realised it was completely crazy to just keep on keeping on. .
Of course I spent a lot of the day thinking about the fact that I hadn’t sewn a stitch or been active on my social media account, and I was really thinking I wouldn’t post today either … but then I remembered this picture and thought it seemed fitting.
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So I met my mum for a cup of tea. I didnt do any close work, I did no housework, I took my son Oscar out after school to have a catch up, I drank about 400% more water than I have done in weeks (and didn’t have a headache for the first time in days either) I made sure I fed myself properly. And as well as feeling an awful lot better for it, the world didn’t stop because I did (even Instagram took a pause yesterday, so it must have been the day for it).
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Have a good day x . . .
#youcantpourfromanemptycup #lookafteryourself #learntorest #positivevibes #simpleselfcare #creativitywithmeaning #freehandmachinetembroidery #freemotionembroidery #everystitchcounts #modernmakers #drawinginthread #ihavethisthingwithsewing #molliemakers #aurifilartisan #bristoletsyteam #smallandmightybusiness

You are enough

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In case you were wondering
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#youareenough #positiveposts #rosette #libertyprintloveliness #libertybetsy #creativepath #creativejourney #wordsofwisdom #creativitywithmeaning #drawinginthread #positivegifts #inspiringgifts #giftsformakers #pennantsofpositivity #banner #freehandmachinetembroidery #freemotionembroidery #everystitchcounts #modernmakers #drawinginthread #ihavethisthingwithsewing #molliemakers #aurifilartisan #bristoletsyteam #smallandmightybusiness

Makers manifesto

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An extra special motivational Monday post, of a new product that I’m so very excited to share with you. .
Throughout August, I drip fed you with little snippets of what I was working on, and I can finally show you the finished piece. This banner is a collection of words of wisdom that I thought would be super-inspiring to keep in a workspace – a manifesto for makers if you will – to help keep us all on our creative paths. .
I’ve had the original artwork printed on to cotton, so that it doesn’t take too long or cost too much for me to make them, but, to keep them personal and extra special, I’ve also left a space in the centre of the banner that I can embellish with your own words to make it extra special and meaningful to you. (That being said, if you do feel like treating yourself, I also have four originals… I’m still deciding how best to frame them, but if you’re interested, drop me a message)
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This is my workshop banner, and the words I’ve chosen to add are taken from a few of the very many words that I took away from the congregation of inspiration on Friday – I’ll be sure to post more on that throughout the week, but it really was a day like no other. .
Happy Monday – hope you have a great week x
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#motivationalmonday #mondaymotivation #mondaymantra #makersmanifesto #creativepath #creativejourney #wordsofwisdom #creativitywithmeaning #drawinginthread #positivegifts #inspiringgifts #giftsformakers #pennantsofpositivity #banner #freehandmachinetembroidery #freemotionembroidery #everystitchcounts #modernmakers #drawinginthread #ihavethisthingwithsewing #molliemakers #aurifilartisan #bristoletsyteam #smallandmightybusiness #congregationofinspiration

Creative Juice

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A throwback foodie Friday today, shot on location at the congregation of inspiration … because really there was only one option for foodie Friday today!
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Have a great day xx
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Cards and prints available on my website – link in bio
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@congregationofinspiration #creativejuice #foodiefriday #foodart #creativitywithmeaning #calledtobecreative #createeveryday #freehandmachineembroidery #freemotionembroidery #stitchersofinstagram #everystitchcounts #modernmakers #drawinginthread #ihavethisthingwithsewing #molliemakers #aurifilartisan #bristoletsyteam #smallandmightybusiness

You can – positive pennants

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I was stitching flags a few weeks ago, when I dreamt that I had also stitched some really tiny flag badges. This seemed like quite a good idea (which just goes to show that time resting is never wasted!) so I got sewing!
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I decided to wear one for a few days to see how they stood up to wear and tear, so put one on my coat and promptly forgot it was there. .
The findings of the wear and tear test resulted in a tweak to construction, but to my delight, also led to the observation that wearing a ‘you can’ badge can significantly improve the your quality of interaction with strangers!
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I’ve attached them to cards, so they can be gifted (but to my mind there’s really nothing wrong with treating your favourite coat 😉) link in bio
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#youcan #sendingapositivemessage #handmadepennant
#handmadeflag #embroideredflag #freemotionembroidery #freehandmachineembroidery #stitchingsmiles #drawinginthread #creativitywithmeaning #joyspotting #ihavethisthingwithsewing #molliemakers #britishstitchers #smallandmightybusiness #nationalthinkingofyouweek #positivepennant #pennantflag #pennantbanner #positivepennants

Work in progress

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It’s always time for tea
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#wipwwednesday #watchmemakeitwednesday #haveacupoftea #stitchednotes #stitchedwriting #freemotionembroidery #freehandmachineembroidery #stitchingsmiles #drawinginthread #creativitywithmeaning #joyspotting #ihavethisthingwithsewing #heytheremaker #molliemakers #britishstitchers #smallandmightybusiness

Free motion embroidery tips

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I often forget to mention that my work is free motion embroidered – everything you see is ‘drawn’ on my machine (A Janome SMD3000) As a thank you for all of the support, here are some free motion embroidery tips for anyone who would like to give it a try;

1. Take it steady – especially when you’re starting, it’s not a race, take things slowly and concentrate on watching what you’re doing rather than hitting your foot hard on the pedal!
2. Find the best way of stabilising fabric that works for you – you don’t necessarily need a hoop; a stabilising fabric, or even plain old paper (which is what I always use) behind your material can work just as well.
3. Approach iron-away pens with caution! It can be really handy using a frixon pen as a guide, but please don’t scribble all over your work thinking it’ll be gone once you’ve ironed it – you can usually see a ghost line where the pen once was, and on some fabrics, I’ve found it completely re-appears – I would say only use one if you’re sure you’re going to stitch very close to your pen mark, or trust your artistic flair, and go without.
4. Don’t be afraid to experiment – i don’t use a hoop or an embroidery foot, but it’s what works for me. Play until you find what works for you.
5. Practice makes perfect – my work is pretty neat now, and that’s because I practice every day. My work is always improving, and yours will too – there really isn’t a trick to it, other than to keep going.
6. There are no mistakes – the very thing that attracted me to free motion embroidery is that it isn’t precise; any slips or wiggly lines can usually be incorporated in to your design – embrace the wiggles!
7. The final and most important tip is to have fun 😊
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I hope that’s useful or if interest to some of you! Have a great Tuesday x. . . .
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Your worth is not measured in likes

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Your worth is not measured in likes. .
Happy Monday, have a great week.
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Happy Birthday

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I realised it was probably about time to add some birthday cards to my card/food collection, so here’s the first. It had (in my head at least!) to be a tin of tomatoes. 🍅 Squashed tomatoes… peeled plum tomatoes … it’s not far off 🤷‍♀️
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Have a great day (let me know if it’s your birthday – I did try googling what the chances were that it’d be one of my followers’, and my head exploded 🤯!) … and sorry if you’re humming happy birthday to yourself for the rest of the day 🎶
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A tiny bit ok

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A tiny ok. Because sometimes you only feel a tiny bit ok
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And that’s okay.
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It’s okay to have a wobble, to need a pause, to take a few steps backwards. .
Because that’s how we move forwards.
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#positivelyinspiring15 day 8 relax
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Totally champion maker

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Creativity, imagination, passion, obsession, vision, expression, daydreams, emotions, inspiration, compulsion, and lots and lots of tea. All in the recipe for a totally champion maker – do you have any other secret ingredients?
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This card is a reproduction of one of my original food pictures, and is available on my website and Etsy store .
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Just keep going

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Your Monday morning to do list – make sure you tick them all off. Have a great day x
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Finding inspiration

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Day 4 of #positivelyinspiring15 is inspiration – here’s how I find mine.
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A funny story (although perhaps only because the ending wasn’t too disaterous) when I was working at the make space in Bristol museum in July, I thought it would be nice to take some unframed pieces so that people could have a good look and see the back of pieces, which often seems to be quite interesting … anyway, a lady walked in to the room and plonked her red handbag and water bottle right on top of the original of this picture 😱😱…she clearly didn’t find it very inspiring 🤣
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If you find it more inspiring than the bag lady (as we’ll now call her … serves her right for being rude 😂) , cards are available on my website, etsy shop and from @hollyandcoworkshop and A4 prints are also available in my shop .
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You’re doing just fine

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Do you ever feel like you don’t have a clue what you’re doing? Everyone else seems to have it figured out, have it all together, while you… you don’t.
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Nobody – seriously, no one – knows what they’re doing all of the time. Thinking ‘I have no idea what I’m doing’ is rarely true, and actually, it’s not what matters anyway. It’s ok not to have it all figured out, because nobody has all of the answers. What everyone else might think or say doesn’t matter either. Give it your best shot (you can always have a marmalade sandwich or two under your hat in case of emergencies) learn from what happens and keep going, because you’re doing just fine
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The prompt for day 2 of the #positivelyinspiring15 is ‘be kind’ and that starts with being kind to yourself.
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World positivity day – Positive pennants

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It’s World Positivity Day – Yay!
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To celebrate, @wearescamp have created a #positivelyinspiring15 insta challenge. I’m not amazing at photo challenges, but as I love the idea of posting thoughtful and inspiring words or pictures anyway, I’m going to try my hardest to join in!
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When I was making bigger (but small!) flags the other day, I kept thinking how cute it’d be to make really tiny ones as badges. I’ve been road testing them this week, as I’ve made some with and some without the little flag sticks – my fear is that the sticks will be super annoying and catch on everything … that doesn’t seem to be the case for me, but I haven’t done the kid test yet (dog tests went well, although the subject was not very Co-operative to photograph) if you have any better ideas of what I could use instead – please do say. I love the idea of meeting a friend or passing someone in the street and giving them a little cheer without even realising you’re doing it! What do you think?
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Hoping you all have a happy, positive World Positivity day xx
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To do list

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A little list of things for you to do this morning – it’s small but important! .
I don’t know about you, but I’m still catching up from the school holidays – I’m almost there now, but I often underestimate how long everything will take me … and how many hours I have in the day. It can be a bit disheartening looking at an ever-growing list of things to do, especially if you feel like you’re not reaching the things you really want to get to (which is usually when our good old friend comparison steps in to notice that everyone else seems to be managing it, and you’re getting left behind) but what’s a list without a few fun things added in? A few things that you can cross off straight away (because I know I can’t be the only one who does that!) some really important things, like remembering how amazing you are.
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Happy Wednesday everyone xxx
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Yes you can

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In case you were wondering… you completely can! Keep saying yes to opportunities, and keep telling yourself that you can do it. Have a great week – you’ve got this.
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I love making flags, and that’s exactly what I’ve done this week! I’ve listed on my website, but I’m working on clever thing on my website (when I say me, it’s the royal me, because it’s obvs Mr G and not me at all 😂) so that you can choose different colour options and also ..maybe .. add your own words. I’m having a think on that one 🤔 there’s a link in the bio anyway x
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Alright Treacle

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Alright Treacle!
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I’m working on some new food pictures (for some more seasonal cards) so while I’m catching up from the school holidays, here’s an old make- thanks to all of my lovely followers for the amazing support – you’re proper sweethearts 💕
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Cards are available in my shop
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Happy Friday everyone – have a great weekend xx
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Keep on keeping on

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Keep on keeping on
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Overcoming self doubt

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September feels like a time of new beginnings – almost as much as January. There is an autumnal feeling in the air (and the promise of snuggly knits and scarves – yippee!) Most of us are back to school and work, and university will start soon. I don’t know about you, but I always find that after I’ve had a bit of a break from making, I start to worry whether I’ll be able to think of any new ideas, whether my skills will be what they were, whether I can still do it.
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Of course, once I get started it’s always fine, but isn’t it strange how we have these conversations with ourselves. So if you’re having a bit of a wobble at the moment – whatever your age – this is for you!
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Have a great day. Emma x
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(Ps, I’ve been wondering over the summer if you guys would like any more note pictures? I have plenty of ideas – although I’m always happy for suggestions – but I don’t know if you’ve had enough of these already 🤔 as always, there’s a link in my bio if you want to have a look at products available in my shop 😉😘)
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Breton bear banner

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A bear in a Breton on a banner
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I love detailed work, but quick little pieces like this can be so satisfying! This is a personal make for a gift (theres a name under the star) but I definitely plan to make a few more banners – if you’d like one, drop me a line!
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Happy Tuesday everyone x
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Dance on the grass

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Make your own path. Break the rules they they make no sense. Ignore the signs telling you to keep off the grass.
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Goodbye August

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Hands up if you can’t wait for a bit of routine again 🙋🏼‍♀️
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August was simultaneously the fastest and slowest month that ever there was. Work-wise, i had grand plans, and while I wasn’t able to check everything off my list, I achieved more than I was expecting – including this little project I was working on. I’m going to keep you guessing for a little while longer yet, as I want to wait until there are products available to buy, but I can tell you that these will be a limited number of originals (5 to be exact!) prints and cards … and something else! Be sure to sign up to my newsletter if you want to be the first to see what I’ve been up to!
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Happy weekend. And happy September xxx
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More from the biscuit tin

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I wouldn’t want you to think that i have any favourites … because actually I love all the biscuits, especially the pretty ones! .
I’d like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for the suggestions for new food packaging pictures; I’ve got quite the list to work through, so there will be lots of new packaging pictures coming soon yay! (And if you’re not a stories viewer, but there’s a packaging picture you think I should make, feel free to leave a comment below 😊)
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Meanwhile these pin cushions, and as well as custard cream ones – are now available on my website, and the amazing creative fuel plate is from @hollyandcoworkshop .
Happy Friday everyone xx
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From the biscuit tin

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I was doing some website tweaks yesterday (read: looking at all of the things I had had grand plans to update during the school holidays … well, I do still have 5 days 🤷🏼‍♀️) and found this picture, which somehow had become hidden. .
It came to me at quite an opportune moment, because I was having a bit of a wobble at the time (perhaps linked my unrealistic holiday work plans, although in truth it just happens sometimes, doesn’t it?!) it seemed like a sign to be a bit easier on myself. So if you need it today – or even if you don’t particularly – I’m sending your a virtual cuppa and biscuit or two xx
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Original pictures, including this one, are available to purchase on my website – link in bio
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Live colourfully

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What qualities do you associate with a colourful life and colourful people? When we say that someone is ‘colourful’, we often associate it with being a bit shocking , but why is it that being colourful is considered to be a negative thing? .
Living colourfully to me is about living an interesting life .. about curiosity … Being expressive or inventive… having confidence the confidence to try (and make mistakes) … about being our best creative selves. .
what does being colourful mean to you? I’d love to know .
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Stay true to yourself – notepad artwork

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A pad of positivity for your Monday motivation this week
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I always find commission work provides a real dose of faith in people’s generosity and humanity. This picture was made for a secondary school starter. Her mum wanted some inspirational reminders to encourage her to believe in herself – isn’t that amazing?! I hope they’ll encourage you too. Happy Monday xx
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Ps, personalised notepad pictures are available to buy on my website (link in bio)
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Create August – work in progress

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Not the best of camera angles (sorry!) but here’s a bit of free motion embroidery for your Friday afternoon. On Wednesday I asked what colour everyone associated with the word amazing over on stories ….I had replies for every colour of the rainbow, but golden was most popular, so that’s what I’ve done – thank you! I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been working on… hopefully it won’t be too long now. .
Have an amazing weekend x
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Congratulations cards

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Congratulations to everyone who collected their GCSE results today. Whatever the numbers on your paper, it’s just a tiny measure of the person you are and of everything you can achieve.
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I’ve only got a few smarties cards in stock, so if you’d like to let someone know how smart(ie) you think they are, clink the link x
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Throwback Thursday – family tree

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Today’s post is a throwback and work in progress post all at once, as I’m currently making a family tree picture, and realised I hadn’t posted a photo of one for ages! .
Each leaf of the tree is individually stitched from my collection of Liberty scraps, the tiniest of tiny tiny buttons are hand stitched to the piece, and because there are a family of blue tits living in the trees in my garden, I always hide a little birds amongst the branches too.
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Because I don’t make these pictures very often (I always get a flurry around Christmas!) I end up stitching little practice birds, so writing this post also reminded me to cut them up and list them on the website, which I’ve done this morning (link in bio) there are only four available so be quick!
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Butterfly decals

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Do you ever make something to sell which you then can’t part with? A couple of years ago I made a number of these little butterfly decals that I just couldn’t bring myself to list anywhere! But I came across a pile of them in a cupboard yesterday – some loose, some mounted on vintage papers and postcards – which seemed like a bit of a sad place for them to be, so I have popped them in to the sale section on my website. If you fancy your own kaleidoscope of butterflies, there’s a link in the bio 🦋
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Enjoy the process

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Do you love the creative process. Or do you hate it? I think it’s pretty normal to feel both ways; a relationship of highs and lows (and highs again). For it is quite inevitable that it will not all be smooth sailing. At some point along the way we will start to doubt ourselves, hit a stumbling block, think it’s all bit shit, we will find ourselves wanting to give it up and move on to something else. .
I often find myself in this loop and wishing that it wouldn’t happen. But as nice as it would be to bypass this part of the process, when we understand that it is perfectly normal, and coming out the other side can in fact mean that eureka moment when a good idea turns in to a great one, then we can start to … perhaps not quite enjoy it, but at least resign ourselves that it’s something that will probably happen. Once we accept it for what it is, it never feels quite so bad. .
Hope you have a great week x
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Congratulations cards

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I’ve quite a growing selection of cards to congratulations and well wishing/encouragement cards, including the smartie card which has just arrived today – they’re all listed in the print section on my website (link in bio)
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Happy Friday everyone
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make a list

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I wish my to do list really was this small (i don’t have giant hands, I’ve enlisted the help of some sylvanian family stationery!) are you a list lover or a list loather?
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Get started

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Today’s Monday motivation, is a gentle nudge to get started. It sounds simple, but it’s not always something that’s easy to do … there are always so many reasons (or excuses) why we put off doing things. But one thing is certain; you’ll never finish if you don’t start.
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up, up and away

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Up, up and away
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To celebrate 40 years of the Bristol Balloon fiesta, there is a flash sale for today only on my A4 prints – link in bio
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#3000chairsproject

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Lucian Ercolani moved from Italy to London in 1898. After struggling to learn English at school he left to become a Salvation Army messenger boy. While on errands, he saw a poster for a furniture design course at the shoreditch institute. In 1920 he set up his own factory and the Ercol that we know today was born.
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The stacking chair is one of the most recognisable Ercol chairs from the 1950s. As well as being manufactured for household use, they were also produced for children. With a coloured dot on the back of the chair denoting it’s size – from a tiny white dot all the way through to adult sized green dots – they were a common sight in British schools.
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This is my empty chair for the #3000chairs project, based on the book ‘The day War Came’ by @nicolakidsbooks which asks people to donate illustrations of chairs to @bigpicturebooks @thebooksniffer for an exhibition and auction to raise money for @helpeefugeesuk you can find a link in my bio to read more about the project, as well as read the poem in my artwork.The chair pictures will be available to view at the Charring Cross branch of @foylesforbooks on Monday 3rd September .
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Gold cards

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A foodie Friday update… A5 Golden syrup cards – along with a selection of other food pictures – are now available on my website (link in bio) Happy Friday
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Measure twice, cut once

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✂️ One of the reasons I love free motion embroidery (the thing that drew me to it in the first place in fact) is the fact that I rarely have to measure anything, so I definitely wouldn’t call myself a curious cutter! Which pair are you?
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Happy Thursday ✂️
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Make it happen

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Don’t wait for it to happen, make it happen.
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This is a reminder for myself from my little summer project (I can’t wait to show you what it is!!) i definitely need it today!! … if you need a small nudge too, then here you go 😊
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Colour outside the lines

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Once you’ve ignited your creative spark, don’t be afraid to let it go. Bend the rules… try something different.. step outside of your comfort zone.. create something extraordinary… do something crazy like start a sentence with an And (sorry to everyone I offended by doing that yesterday 😂) …colour outside the lines
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Look for things no one else catches

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Yesterday, whilst playing a game of Articulate, my 6 year old described a comma as “something you need for an expanded noun phrase” Undoubtedly excellent grammatical knowledge, but a slightly telling sign too, of an education system that churns out little exam machines. .
As a child of the 80s, when learning such things wasn’t part of the pedagogy, my knowledge of grammar is limited to the very basics. And so I would probably have described a comma as a full stop with a tail, or something that looks a bit like a tadpole. (But then again, I start sentences with and, so what do I know?)
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Keep looking. Keep thinking differently. Keeping watching for the things that no one else catches x
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You are amazing

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You are amazing ⭐️
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Smartie

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Happy Friday you sweeties!
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Join the dots

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Join the dots for bright ideas
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It’s not my life’s mission to stitch things as small as possible, although sometimes it does seem that way doesn’t it?! I really wanted to use this image in my project, and I only had a small gap, so thought I’d give it a try … I’ve included a pin for a bit of context, and my beloved @Aurifil 80wt, which I how I manage this tiny feat .
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Ignite your spark

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Synonyms for august; majestic, magnificent, great, awesome, magnificent, excellent. .
A few weeks ago I decided that I needed a project that I could dip in and out of over the summer holidays. I even went as far writing up a list of photo prompts, and then I remembered that I find photo challenges super stressful (i have however popped the list on my stories in case you are not of a similar disposition and you’d like to use them) instead, I’ve made myself a word challenge .. the kind thing that completely ignites my spark … all based around the theme august – I hope you’ll enjoy watching as I make!
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Totally capable

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Do you know someone starting university in September? or embarking on another new chapter? Perhaps you have a loved one who needs a bit of a confidence boost or cheering on? Or maybe you just really like tunnocks caramel bars… whatever the reason, these A5 cards of my original artwork are available on my website -link in bio – or in my Etsy shop .
Why not tag someone who you think has what it takes?! Have a totally capable Tuesday 🍫
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Look harder

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The answer is always there. Keep going … believe … there’s always a way. .
I know that lots of you like these posts on a Monday , so I’ve decided to pay it forward and hold a prize draw each month to give away a motivational Monday picture. If this sounds like your kinda thing, pop over to my website – link in bio – and subscribe to my newsletter (there’s a link on the footer of each page).
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Nice muscles

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I’m off to the seaside this afternoon, and decided to use that as inspiration for my food picture this Friday which , for once, comes with packaging of the natural variety (not forgetting some handy hints on how to enjoy your moules c/o Rick Stein’s book, English Seafood Cookery!) .
The original, made from beautifully soft blue linens and Liberty print is available on my website – link in bio – there’s just one available, so snap it up quickly!
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A note

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… to let you know that I’ve added a newsletter ✉️ sign up to my website. If you would like to keep up to date with news, events and tutorials, be the first to hear about sales and offers… as well as (and here’s the best bit!) have the opportunity to be entered each and every in to a prize 🏆draw to win a motivational Monday picture, please pop over to my website – link in bio – and complete the sign up in the footer .
Hope you’re having a great week, and if you’ve started school holidays, everything is going ok so far? Good weather sis definitely helping here as there have been picnics, park visits and play dates galore. And lots of planning too – I think now is the perfect opportunity to take stock of where you are and make plans for the coming months. Emma x
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Custard cream

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One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just doesn’t belong …
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I was prepping a custard cream picture a little while ago and realised after sketching out the details that I’d used the wrong fabric. I couldn’t quite bring myself to throw them away as I’d drawn quite a few, so decided I’d make them in to something else. Someone suggested they make might make good pincushions … and they were right! I have 7 available which I’ll be listing in my shop today.
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Ps. I’m sorry if you have that tune stuck in your head all day. My personal favourite was the pinball number song … of course if you didn’t grow up with Sesame Street you won’t know what I’m talking about 😉
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Remember to breathe

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While I was working in the MakeSpace at Bristol Museum last week, I was struck by quite how many people commented on how slowly I stitch – almost everyone who stopped to watch in fact. As I’m self taught and it’s just me in my workshop, I’ve never had a bench mark or given any thought to the matter. Being described as slow is not something that we generally aspire to is it? In school, in sport, in anything – who wants to be slow?! Yet the more people said it, the more I realised that it wasn’t being said in a bad way. A lady sat and watched me work for ages and remarked ‘how wonderfully mindful’ and just like that, slow didn’t seem all that bad.
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There are so many benefits to simply slowing down … most crucially remembering to breathe. Sounds like a pretty obvious – not to mention innate -thing to do, and yet how often do we find ourselves feeling frazzled, with our shoulders near our ears, barely breathing at all? The benefits of breathing deeply to our psychological and physiological well being are overwhelming. It may seem a little unnecessary to remind ourselves to breathe, but I’ll bet you notice a difference when you do.
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Have a lovely week (full of deep breaths!) Emma xx
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Think outside the box

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And just like that, it’s Friday!
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I’m completely pooped after an amazingly busy and amazing day yesterday – thank you to everyone who visited and sent luck – so here’s a late (and quick) foodie Friday. I’ve run out of words, so no caption to go with it, but I think it does ok by itself anyway! Have a great weekend. Emma xx
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Noteworthy prints

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So today is the day of my residency at Bristol Museum and Art gallery. I will be stitching in the Make Space as well as bringing along lots of examples of my work to view (and buy if you like!)
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Amongst everything I have available, will be my latest A4 prints of my Noteworthy pictures – which I know lots of you have been waiting for (why’re also listed in my shop now – Link in bio)
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Have a great day and do call and say hi if you’re nearby! Emma x
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Don’t let your ice cream melt

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I heard this quote on the workshop I did last week and thought it was worth a share (and I had an ice cream picture!)
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Have a great day xx
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You can do anything

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The school holidays are almost upon us. If you’re a working parent it can be a particularly tricky time, especially when you are trying to run a small business. You’re pulled in so many directions – having worked so hard throughout the year you have to slow down or stop for at least six weeks … or try to keep things running and feel increasingly frazzled. Each summer my over-riding feeling is that of guilt; guilt that I’m not doing enough fun things, guilt that I’m having to think of ways to snatch an hour or two here and there rather than enjoy the time I have with my kids, guilt that there is too much time being spent looking at screens, guilt that I’m not doing anything well enough. .
We’ve probably all seen *that* reminder doing the rounds too, you only have 18 summers … just to compound that guilt a little further. And of course it’s true, we must enjoy time with our children while they are small. But I also think that showing children that money comes from somewhere is a pretty important life lesson. It probably won’t kill my kids to have some screen time while I sew (who am I kidding, they will love it) and actually they usually love ‘helping’ too. It also won’t be the end of the world If I don’t post quite so often. The only thing that is unwise is beating myself up for not being able to do everything. Nobody can do everything. So I’m approaching this week, and this holiday, trying to keep this at the front of my mind. And I hope that if any of this sounds familiar, then that’s what you’ll try to do too. .
Have a lovely week. Emma xx
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Quote by David Allen.
Stitched by Emma Giacalone.
Written by Amélie Giacalone (see, I’m setting her to work already)
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Cock a hoop

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Cock-a-hoop: adjective extremely and triumphantly pleased, especially about an achievement: happily exulting “Emma was cock-a-hoop to have such a lovely group of people cheering her on”
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Curious expression, isn’t it?! Thanks for all of the support yesterday. Happy Friday xx
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Hang in there

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I’m being super-brave today (if I do say so myself) and driving to a workshop ..Which might not sound that big of a deal, but I get ocular migraines and always panic about getting one while I’m driving …that and I also just don’t like driving that much. But I’ve decided to be brave and do it anyway! I’m not exactly looking forward to it, but living in a semi-rural town I realised how small life could become if I’m not able to hop in the car and go somewhere more exciting (and I’m feeling the need to do a bit more of that!) What do you do to push yourself out of your comfort zone? .
This is also a #tbt to my very first motivational Monday post .. can you believe it’s nearly been a year I’ve been making them now?! Have great day, and hang in there – it’s almost Friday. Emma xx
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There and back again lane

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There and back again Lane
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I was determined to include There and back again lane on to this map (When I was a child, whenever we went out in the car and my brother or I asked where we were going, my Dad always used to say that’s where we were going!) and as I was passing yesterday and had it to hand, I decided to take a photo … at which point I realised I’d forgotten to stitch it on 😂 (the actual location on the map is the little side road just off of Reward Road – see if you can spot it! ) I’ll have to go back for another picture once I’ve stitched it on! (It would seem I have become that crazy lady that stands around in a street full of bins trying to get a photo)
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Just another little reminder that I will be stitching another map at Bristol Museum next Thursday (19th) in the #MakeSpace attached to the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize exhibit
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Don’t measure your progress using someone else’s ruler

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Don’t measure your progress using some else’s ruler
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We are all aware of the perils of flicking through these little squares of other people’s lives and businesses on social media; we know it’s not altogether real, and that we shouldn’t compare our daily lives to the perfectly edited snapshots that other people present . Yet it’s still so easy to do
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Other people have better ideas, are making more, getting out there more, selling more, doing more. It can be easy to feel like everyone else is just …more. But when we compare, we don’t see all the edited bits. We have no idea which side of the tape measure someone else is using. We put all of our focus in the wrong place and on the wrong person, and spend all of our precious energy on someone else. Nobody has that much time in their day
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So I now have a handy reminder on my desk not to use my own ruler … or inch tape (also serving as a reminder that stitching on to tape measures are a once tried, not to be repeated experience!)
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Have a happy – comparison free – week. Emma xx
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Store cupboard

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I’ve never thought to put all of my food pictures together before, but I’ve got quite the collection building up now!
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Earlier in the year I asked you lovely lot for some advice on how to exhibit my work .. the resounding feedback was that I needed to build up a bit more of a body of work, and also that I needed to choose a few themes or collections of work to build up (all great advice!) which is what I went away and did!
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So now I’ve ended up with nearly 20 food pictures (some literal and some tweaked) and the next thing I need to do is get them somewhere other than my workshop (which is starting to resemble a mini market) .
So I’m looking for more advice, and this time it’s where. Can you think of the perfect place to display these? Do you have the perfect space to show them? I’d really appreciate any ideas!
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Hope you’re having a lovely weekend. Emma xx
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PS a lot of these are available as prints and cards on my website and more will be coming soon #justacard .
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Red or brown

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Red or brown – Which do you prefer on your bacon sandwich?
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Ps, hop over to my stories if you’d like to see a close up – I loved making the HP label, which my wonderful @aurifilthread 80wt was just perfect for.
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Fresh Seafood

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I’m back and ready to start stitching! There will be a new foodie picture tomorrow, but meanwhile here’s a #tbt of a beach slightly closer to home
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I made my seaside series of pictures last summer and this one is quite special to me as it was one of the first pictures I had made where I attempted stitchy calligraphy (the fresh seafood bit) but this planted a seed of interest and started me thinking about making my hendricks picture (although it would be a few months before I was brave enough to attempt it!) which set me off on a new and exciting path
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That, and I love that little hut! .
Happy Thursday 🦐🦐🦐🦀🦀🦀
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Bristol Balloons

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Pretty Bristol houses, beautiful Liberty print, hot air balloons … so many lovely things all in one picture, and a little reminder for me that heading home isn’t so bad!
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This is available to buy as cards, A4 prints, embellished prints (with an extra hot air balloon embroidered on to the print) … and actually, I also since I’ve moved my workshop back to my house, i have the original that’s looking for a good home (drop me a DM if you’re interested if you’d like to save it from a life of being shut away in a cupboard – it’s about A0 size… I can measure if you’re interested!)
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Cut the mustard

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Be it a graduate, A level, gcse student or anyone else who needs reminding how brilliant they are , congratulate the clever person in your life with a cut the mustard card!
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Don’t quit

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Don’t quit – do it!!
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Marmite

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As I’m currently scouring spanish supermarkets for culinary inspiration, today is a Foodie Friday throwback … every time I post this picture it makes me want to eat marmite on toast (I quite firmly fall in to the love camp!!) Happy Friday xx
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You can do it

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A special sports day pennant!
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keep on going – you can do it!
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See the good

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We are becoming increasingly familiar with the concept of brain plasticity; that learning something new creates connections in our brain and that when practiced regularly, these connections become stronger and easier to activate. Typically we associate these changes with learning a tangible skill, whether that’s practising an instrument, learning a language, or playing a sport.
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But in the same way that we can train our brains to learn a new skill, we can also train ourselves to see things more positively. Interventions that over time can re-wire our brains to see things more positively include practising mindfulness, doing something nice (acts of kindness boost happiness levels) consciously recognising 3 positives from our day … what do you do to see the good?
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The sea

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Do you need some vitamin sea?
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I’m escaping for some tomorrow, so any orders received after midday today will be shipped on the 4th July xx
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Yes you can

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I’m not sure I’d advocate kicking off your week with a fizzy drink, but a can of positivity I can definitely get behind! (I also couldn’t have a three word quote involving the word can without having a can of something, could I?!)
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Did you know that the Coca Cola logo is based on a font called Spencerian script, which was popular in America between 1850 and 1925? I just love playing with and stitching different fonts! .
Have a great Monday xx
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Pilchards

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Pilchard: A small, edible, commercially valuable marine fish of the herring family (Oxford English Dictionary
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Pilchard : A dumbass with redeeming qualities (Urban dictionary)
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My daughter was talking to me recently about my job… because she couldn’t really understand it; she knew I liked sewing, but what did that have to do with text messages? who do I text all day? How many texts do I send? Eventually the penny dropped, and I explained what the word textile means 😂 Oh Amélie, you lovely, funny little pilchard
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Happy Friday everyone xx
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Finding motivation

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Do you struggle to get started? Or maybe find it difficult to stay on track and keep motivated? Are you in more of a positivity place/keep going crescent mood or are you sitting in daydream drive? Either way, here’s just the map for you!
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As this is my third A to Z picture, I decided to use a different layout this time – since starting to make these pictures, I’ve discovered there are a surprising number of layout variations on – who knew?! .
The next picture I make for this series (once I finish this one off of course!) will be on a larger scale, as this time I’ll be making one of the street maps inside the street atlas. And if you are local (or maybe even if you aren’t, but fancy a visit) you can watch me make it; Bristol Museum is hosting a stage of the V&A Woman’s hour craft prize touring exhibition, and I am very exited to have been selected to work in the make space attached to the show on the 19th July – which is my news for just a card week day 4!
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Made using a selection of my beloved @aurifilthread and @libertylondon Lawns on my @janomeuk SMD3000
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Thank you

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New thank you cards to accompany the lovely orders I receive, have long been on my to do – and to make – list. I was doing some admin last week, and, like the procrastination queen that I am, managed to make a sketch for this picture instead of writing a bio about myself (aka the worlds worst job known to introverts). I’d say that this sums up perfectly what the @justacard campaign means to me.
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Also, a reminder that to celebrate just a card week there is 10% off all of the printed items in my shop (link in bio) including the fab new greetings cards I’ve just added
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Choose to shine

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Some motivation for your Monday morning, as well as today’s #minortismay3wordsquotes, complete with it’s own shining little light stitched into the embroidery (of course!)
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Happy Monday everyone, have a great week and always choose to shine xx
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Jam tomorrow

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Jam today, or jam tomorrow?
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Catching ideas

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How do you catch an idea? .
I’ve been busy working on lots of projects in the background this week nothing secret or exciting, quite the opposite in fact, just things I’ve needed to get my head down and get on with. .
The procrastinator and the creative mind inside me are very good friends. I often find that when one comes out to play, so does the other.
Usually when inspiration strikes, and that new idea excitement kicks in, I feel like I have to down tools and make whatever I’ve thought of immediately. It’s a really great feeling when that happens, but it’s not so great for the to do list (I don’t always do that by the way… actually, who am I trying to kid, I always do that😂) but this week I caught the idea, I noted it down and contained the excitement. I finished what I was meant to be doing and working on it was the carrot encouraging me to finish. I’m not sure I’m going to fully commit to this change (because actually, I don’t think there’s anything quite like that lightbulb moment feeling) but I’ve also proven to myself that it didn’t go away either. .
What do you do to keep hold of new ideas? I’d love to know
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Liberty flowers

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I’ve been having a sort through my work this week and have a pile of original work that I just don’t have room to keep now that I have a smaller work space. I’ll be adding them to my website later today. This Liberty Flowers picture is part of the cull – I’m not entirely certain I want to see it go, but I’d much rather it lived on someone else’s wall than my cupboard! It’s funny how attached you can get to some scraps of fabric isn’t it?!
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I’ll keep any updates on listings on my stories, and if you’re interested in this piece let me know!
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EDIT: this has now sold, and the other listings are live
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Believe in yourself

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Believe in yourself (be you)
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We all know the importance of self belief. The power of positivity. And yet it can be so easy to let negative self talk creep in. It’s a tough cycle to break; we really are our own worst critics.
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I find that working alone, it’s really easy for this to happen. I’m not sure if you have to be extremely resilient or extremely thick skinned to have completely unwavering belief in what you do, but either way, I’m not naturally wired like that! And while generally, I don’t think a bit of self questioning is a bad thing necessarily, it’s all about keeping those thought processes helpful and rational. Because it’s so easy for ideas – bad or good- to build momentum and snowball. Before we know it, a tiny seed of doubt that is planted in our minds can become quite ingrained in our thought processes. And when we tell ourselves something over and over again, almost without us noticing, it becomes a habit .
Steering ourselves away from this cycle therefore has to be a conscious decision. A process; to Catch ourselves in the act and recognise negative thoughts are creeping (or have crept)in- to Challenge what it is that we’re telling ourselves, and to Change what it is that we tell ourselves … sounds simple doesn’t it?! But next time you find those familiar feelings of doubt creeping in, why not give it a try
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PS, this is another three word quote for my challenge. I wasn’t very happy with how the lettering worked out, but I felt that wasn’t very fitting given the subject of the post, so I’ve gone with it anyway 😉😂
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Enjoy every moment

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Today’s 3 word quote and also pretty great motivation for a Monday morning (just!) I’d say.
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Have a great week … enjoy every moment xx
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Ps, this flag is a one-off for the project. It’s for sale for £10 (including postage) if anyone would like it?
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World Gin Day

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To celebrate world gin day yesterday my Hendricks prints are on sale over on my website until Tuesday!
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You can do it

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  For some time now I’ve been thinking that I really ought to show this long-neglected little corner of my website a bit of love; I enjoy writing, I used to blog regularly (I can’t quite believe that I’m sending … Read More

Work in progress – weekly musings

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My main focus this past week has been getting another me-make finished. I have been putting a lot of thought in to where my stitching is going as a business, and how to move things forward, and have realised that … Read More

Work in progress Wednesday

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This week has passed in a flurry of commissions, as well as working through a backlog of jobs that didn’t get done during the school holidays.  I’ve had a big tidy up in my workshop, and feel like I’m starting … Read More

Welcome

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Hello!  If you have found my site, then the chances are you are already familiar with my pictures or perhaps  just this style of work.  Either way, I hope you will enjoy keeping updated with the work I am doing.  I … Read More