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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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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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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