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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World positivity day – Positive pennants

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It’s World Positivity Day – Yay!
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To celebrate, @wearescamp have created a #positivelyinspiring15 insta challenge. I’m not amazing at photo challenges, but as I love the idea of posting thoughtful and inspiring words or pictures anyway, I’m going to try my hardest to join in!
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When I was making bigger (but small!) flags the other day, I kept thinking how cute it’d be to make really tiny ones as badges. I’ve been road testing them this week, as I’ve made some with and some without the little flag sticks – my fear is that the sticks will be super annoying and catch on everything … that doesn’t seem to be the case for me, but I haven’t done the kid test yet (dog tests went well, although the subject was not very Co-operative to photograph) if you have any better ideas of what I could use instead – please do say. I love the idea of meeting a friend or passing someone in the street and giving them a little cheer without even realising you’re doing it! What do you think?
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Hoping you all have a happy, positive World Positivity day xx
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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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Totally capable

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Do you know someone starting university in September? or embarking on another new chapter? Perhaps you have a loved one who needs a bit of a confidence boost or cheering on? Or maybe you just really like tunnocks caramel bars… whatever the reason, these A5 cards of my original artwork are available on my website -link in bio – or in my Etsy shop .
Why not tag someone who you think has what it takes?! Have a totally capable Tuesday 🍫
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Look harder

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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

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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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… to let you know that I’ve added a newsletter ✉️ sign up to my website. If you would like to keep up to date with news, events and tutorials, be the first to hear about sales and offers… as well as (and here’s the best bit!) have the opportunity to be entered each and every in to a prize 🏆draw to win a motivational Monday picture, please pop over to my website – link in bio – and complete the sign up in the footer .
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

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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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