Keep on keeping on

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Keep on keeping on
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Throwback Thursday – family tree

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Today’s post is a throwback and work in progress post all at once, as I’m currently making a family tree picture, and realised I hadn’t posted a photo of one for ages! .
Each leaf of the tree is individually stitched from my collection of Liberty scraps, the tiniest of tiny tiny buttons are hand stitched to the piece, and because there are a family of blue tits living in the trees in my garden, I always hide a little birds amongst the branches too.
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Because I don’t make these pictures very often (I always get a flurry around Christmas!) I end up stitching little practice birds, so writing this post also reminded me to cut them up and list them on the website, which I’ve done this morning (link in bio) there are only four available so be quick!
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Butterfly decals

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Do you ever make something to sell which you then can’t part with? A couple of years ago I made a number of these little butterfly decals that I just couldn’t bring myself to list anywhere! But I came across a pile of them in a cupboard yesterday – some loose, some mounted on vintage papers and postcards – which seemed like a bit of a sad place for them to be, so I have popped them in to the sale section on my website. If you fancy your own kaleidoscope of butterflies, there’s a link in the bio 🦋
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Enjoy the process

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Do you love the creative process. Or do you hate it? I think it’s pretty normal to feel both ways; a relationship of highs and lows (and highs again). For it is quite inevitable that it will not all be smooth sailing. At some point along the way we will start to doubt ourselves, hit a stumbling block, think it’s all bit shit, we will find ourselves wanting to give it up and move on to something else. .
I often find myself in this loop and wishing that it wouldn’t happen. But as nice as it would be to bypass this part of the process, when we understand that it is perfectly normal, and coming out the other side can in fact mean that eureka moment when a good idea turns in to a great one, then we can start to … perhaps not quite enjoy it, but at least resign ourselves that it’s something that will probably happen. Once we accept it for what it is, it never feels quite so bad. .
Hope you have a great week x
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up, up and away

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Up, up and away
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To celebrate 40 years of the Bristol Balloon fiesta, there is a flash sale for today only on my A4 prints – link in bio
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#3000chairsproject

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Lucian Ercolani moved from Italy to London in 1898. After struggling to learn English at school he left to become a Salvation Army messenger boy. While on errands, he saw a poster for a furniture design course at the shoreditch institute. In 1920 he set up his own factory and the Ercol that we know today was born.
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The stacking chair is one of the most recognisable Ercol chairs from the 1950s. As well as being manufactured for household use, they were also produced for children. With a coloured dot on the back of the chair denoting it’s size – from a tiny white dot all the way through to adult sized green dots – they were a common sight in British schools.
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This is my empty chair for the #3000chairs project, based on the book ‘The day War Came’ by @nicolakidsbooks which asks people to donate illustrations of chairs to @bigpicturebooks @thebooksniffer for an exhibition and auction to raise money for @helpeefugeesuk you can find a link in my bio to read more about the project, as well as read the poem in my artwork.The chair pictures will be available to view at the Charring Cross branch of @foylesforbooks on Monday 3rd September .
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Gold cards

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A foodie Friday update… A5 Golden syrup cards – along with a selection of other food pictures – are now available on my website (link in bio) Happy Friday
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Measure twice, cut once

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✂️ One of the reasons I love free motion embroidery (the thing that drew me to it in the first place in fact) is the fact that I rarely have to measure anything, so I definitely wouldn’t call myself a curious cutter! Which pair are you?
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Happy Thursday ✂️
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Make it happen

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Don’t wait for it to happen, make it happen.
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This is a reminder for myself from my little summer project (I can’t wait to show you what it is!!) i definitely need it today!! … if you need a small nudge too, then here you go 😊
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Colour outside the lines

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Once you’ve ignited your creative spark, don’t be afraid to let it go. Bend the rules… try something different.. step outside of your comfort zone.. create something extraordinary… do something crazy like start a sentence with an And (sorry to everyone I offended by doing that yesterday 😂) …colour outside the lines
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