Oh I do like to be beside the sea

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Oh I do like to be beside the sea
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Except I’m not at the seaside, I’m at home trying to do everything and not getting very far with anything!

If you’re currently trying to juggle your way through the holidays too, I hope you’re surviving. It’s easy to talk to other people, to look on social media and compare all the amazing, involved, expensive things that other people are doing to make their kids summer holidays amazing and feel a bit lacking. And then that 18 f***ing summers post does the rounds and kicks you while you’re down. So I just want to say that if you’re struggling to sort out childcare and just get to the end of the day, there are other people doing that too. It might not make for such glorious photos, but we’re out there too. We’re all just doing our best, and if you care enough to worry about it, the chances are you’re probably doing okay. We’ve got this!

#wednesdaywisdom #wednesdaywords #strugglewiththejuggle #spinningplates #youvegotthis #dontcompare #youvegotthis #freehandmachineembroidery #creativitywithmeaning #stitchingsmiles #westonsupermare #westonpier #grandpier

Give a girl the right shoes

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Walking in to Monday with passion, purpose, and the right shoes! Have a great week – you’ve got this!
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I’ve found this holiday that hand sewing is allowing work to be a bit more portable, which means that I’ve been able to list some shoes that I’ve been working on – there’s a link in my bio
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#giveagirltherightshoes #giveagirltherightshoesandshecanconquertheworld #marilynmonroe #handembroidery #stitchingsmiles #threadcounts #careinstructions

Bestest Nanny

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I was recently asked if it would be possible to make a rosette with a custom message in a different colour. The answer was … of course! My rosettes are completely handmade, so they can say whatever you like and look however you like… so they’re the perfect way to celebrate just about anything!! I’ve popped a link in my bio for the listing. –
Happy Sunday! –
#rosette #youdeserveamedal #freehandmachineembroidery #stitchingsmiles #careinstructions

Children’s pictures

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I just love making children’s pictures, as there’s always a tale behind them. This drawing is of a happy little person who appeared an my kitchen table one day .. apparently left by ‘The Person of Shadows’ (shudders; don’t kids say the creepiest things?!) who went on a sharpie rampage in my kitchen 😱 I knew – hoped – that one day I might see the funny side, so made a little fabric reminder for my wall.

Hi 👋 to everyone who has joined me from @mutha.hood after seeing Little Red’s amazing portrait of her Daddy! There’s a link in my bio if you’d like to capture your own fabric story xx
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#freehandmachineembroidery #childrenspicture #stitchingsmiles

New mistakes

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Dear mistakes,
Over the years, I feel like we’ve come to know one another quite well, and although it might not seem like it in the heat of the moment, you’ve taught me a lot. So from one friend to another, I hope you won’t mind me suggesting that it might be time for a bit of an image overhaul? i don’t know how to break this to you, so let me be honest, people often seem to see you as being a bit …erm, negative. I don’t know, perhaps they feel like a bit of a failure when you’re around? And maybe they feel like if other people see you hanging around them, they might be a bit judgy.
I think we both know that this isn’t the case, and that you have a lot to teach us when we have a really good think about what you’re trying to say, so can I suggest it’s maybe time for a bit of a rebrand? Perhaps you might consider a new name even – happy accident would be my suggestion – let me know what you think next time I see you, I don’t suppose it’ll be long
Your friend
Emma
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#marchmeetthrmaker is a photo challenge to showcase where why and how makers make. The prompt for today is mistake/lesson. .
#motivationalmonday #embracemistakes #learnfromyourmistakes #freehandmachineembroidery #creativitywithmeaning #stitchingsmiles

Cup of ambition

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I suspect that most of us are working much more than 9 to 5 at the moment, but a cup of ambitions is still just what you need on a Monday morning(and a new song stuck in your head – you’re welcome 😉😘) .
#mondaymotivation #motivationalmonday #pourmyselfacupofambition #youvegotdreamstheyllnevertakeaway #stitchingsmiles #creativitywithmeaning #calledtobecreative #designalifeyoulove #textileart #freehandmachineembroidery #freemotionembroidery #embroideryart #stitchersofinstagram #everystitchcounts #threadart
#stitchersofinstagram #molliemakers #ihavethisthingwithsewing #britishstitchers

Be somebody

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One of the most unexpectedly inspiring things I have watched, was a documentary on bbc 4 about Daft Punk. I stumbled upon it quite by accident when I paused the programme I’d been watching to put the kettle on. It told a story of two artists having a vision, staying on their own path, knowing their worth, pushing the boundaries of their art and of staying humble. I don’t think you need to be particularly interested in their music to be able to take something away from that ( it’s now on Netflix if you decide you want to watch it)
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You may be wondering what on Earth this has to do with the picture … one of the anecdotes I loved was the story behind their name, which came from a scathing review in Melody Maker of an early gig, referring to the ‘daft punky music’ they played.
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Be somebody nobody thought you could be (especially the critics)
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#provethemwrong #besomebodynobodythoughtyoucouldbe #itsnotthecriticwhocounts #creativitywithmeaning #freemotionembroidery #minibanner #stitchingsmiles

Shop independent

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A bloody big rosette, because I’m proudly shopping small this Christmas, and proudly supporting @hollytucker and @hollyandcoworkshop in #campaignshopindependent .
#votewithyourmoney #supportsmallbusiness #supporttheindependents #shopsmall #freemotionbroidery #rosette #youdeserveamedal #creativitywithmeaning #stitchingsmiles

Shop small

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S H O P S M A L L
A little message with a big difference. While you’re doing your Christmas shopping this year, please consider supporting the small and independent businesses who so appreciate your custom.
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Each one of my tiny flag badges (all of my work in fact) is freehand embroidered just like this. Which means that each one is made with my own handwriting. Each one is ever so slightly different, because a real person made it. And each piece is unique and special. That’s what you buy when you shop small.
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If you have any fairs coming up and would like to wave the flag to shop small, badges are available on my website – link in bio – and at @hollyandcoworkshop .
#campaignshopindependent #buysomethingspecial #supportsmall #pennantflag #handmadeflag #embroideredflag #freemotionembroidery #freehandmachineembroidery #stitchingsmiles #drawinginthread #creativitywithmeaning #joyspotting #ihavethisthingwithsewing #craftsposure #britishstitchers #newweek #youcandoitdecor #positivepennants #shopsmall #stitchingsupport

not on the high street

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It’s felt as if I’ve not had a lot of new work/content to post on here lately… and there’s been a reason for that. I am super excited to be able to tell you that I am now a @notonthehighstreet partner 🎉🎉 This is has been my dream for such a long time, and I just wanted to thank everyone who has supported me and helped me to get here – I’m waving all of the flags today!! 🚩
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#notonthehighstreet #noths #nothspartner #handmadegifts #creativityfound #followyourdreams #youcandoit #creativitywithmeaning #threadcounts #stitchingsmiles #contemporaryembroidery #woop

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