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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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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