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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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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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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