Embrace your mistakes

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Is failure evidence that you will never be talented … or a sign of how much you have grown? .
We tend to focus on celebrating our successes and hide away the failed attempts that have brought us there, so it’s pretty easy for the critic within to assume that nobody else makes mistakes. .
At school we take tests and from an early age we start to become entrenched in this absolute mindset; right/wrong, success/fail. Really though, we need to cast our minds back a little further. Human babies arrive to the world pretty unskilled compared to most animals. Some animals clamber up and walk about within a few hours of being born, when it takes us months to even be able to hold our heads up. We arrive with very few innate skills and have to learn everything. We learn to walk by trying and falling over and trying again. We need to remember that it’s ok to try and fall and try again.
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I heard the words on my ketchup bottle in a video I watched on this subject when I attended the congregation of inspiration. I hope you’ll remember them the next time you get annoyed at yourself when things don’t work out right first time.
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You can’t pour from an empty cup

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I gave myself an unplanned day away from the sewing machine yesterday … a spell of insomnia was really starting to take its toll 😬and I suddenly realised it was completely crazy to just keep on keeping on. .
Of course I spent a lot of the day thinking about the fact that I hadn’t sewn a stitch or been active on my social media account, and I was really thinking I wouldn’t post today either … but then I remembered this picture and thought it seemed fitting.
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So I met my mum for a cup of tea. I didnt do any close work, I did no housework, I took my son Oscar out after school to have a catch up, I drank about 400% more water than I have done in weeks (and didn’t have a headache for the first time in days either) I made sure I fed myself properly. And as well as feeling an awful lot better for it, the world didn’t stop because I did (even Instagram took a pause yesterday, so it must have been the day for it).
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Have a good day x . . .
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You are enough

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In case you were wondering
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Makers manifesto

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An extra special motivational Monday post, of a new product that I’m so very excited to share with you. .
Throughout August, I drip fed you with little snippets of what I was working on, and I can finally show you the finished piece. This banner is a collection of words of wisdom that I thought would be super-inspiring to keep in a workspace – a manifesto for makers if you will – to help keep us all on our creative paths. .
I’ve had the original artwork printed on to cotton, so that it doesn’t take too long or cost too much for me to make them, but, to keep them personal and extra special, I’ve also left a space in the centre of the banner that I can embellish with your own words to make it extra special and meaningful to you. (That being said, if you do feel like treating yourself, I also have four originals… I’m still deciding how best to frame them, but if you’re interested, drop me a message)
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This is my workshop banner, and the words I’ve chosen to add are taken from a few of the very many words that I took away from the congregation of inspiration on Friday – I’ll be sure to post more on that throughout the week, but it really was a day like no other. .
Happy Monday – hope you have a great week x
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Creative Juice

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A throwback foodie Friday today, shot on location at the congregation of inspiration … because really there was only one option for foodie Friday today!
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Have a great day xx
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Cards and prints available on my website – link in bio
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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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Happy Birthday

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I realised it was probably about time to add some birthday cards to my card/food collection, so here’s the first. It had (in my head at least!) to be a tin of tomatoes. 🍅 Squashed tomatoes… peeled plum tomatoes … it’s not far off 🤷‍♀️
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Have a great day (let me know if it’s your birthday – I did try googling what the chances were that it’d be one of my followers’, and my head exploded 🤯!) … and sorry if you’re humming happy birthday to yourself for the rest of the day 🎶
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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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#positivelyinspiring15 day 8 relax
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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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You’re doing just fine

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Do you ever feel like you don’t have a clue what you’re doing? Everyone else seems to have it figured out, have it all together, while you… you don’t.
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Nobody – seriously, no one – knows what they’re doing all of the time. Thinking ‘I have no idea what I’m doing’ is rarely true, and actually, it’s not what matters anyway. It’s ok not to have it all figured out, because nobody has all of the answers. What everyone else might think or say doesn’t matter either. Give it your best shot (you can always have a marmalade sandwich or two under your hat in case of emergencies) learn from what happens and keep going, because you’re doing just fine
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The prompt for day 2 of the #positivelyinspiring15 is ‘be kind’ and that starts with being kind to yourself.
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