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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The key is to believe

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The key is to believe
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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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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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You are amazing

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You are amazing ⭐️
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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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