Look for things no one else catches

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

You are amazing ⭐️
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Smartie

Happy Friday you sweeties!
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Join the dots

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

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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Look harder

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

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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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

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

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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