Creative Juice

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

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

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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#foodiefriday #foodart

A tiny bit ok

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

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

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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#youredoingjustfine #keepgoing #marmalade #finecutmarmalade #foodiefriday #foodart #creativitywithmeaning #calledtobecreative #createeveryday #freehandmachineembroidery #freemotionembroidery #stitchersofinstagram #everystitchcounts #modernmakers #drawinginthread #ihavethisthingwithsewing #molliemakers #aurifilartisan #bristoletsyteam #smallandmightybusiness #coopersmarmalade

World positivity day – Positive pennants

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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Alright Treacle

Alright Treacle!
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I’m working on some new food pictures (for some more seasonal cards) so while I’m catching up from the school holidays, here’s an old make- thanks to all of my lovely followers for the amazing support – you’re proper sweethearts 💕
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Cards are available in my shop
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Happy Friday everyone – have a great weekend xx
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Keep on keeping on

Keep on keeping on
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Overcoming self doubt

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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