Morning coffee

I love my nespresso machine! I’m always a bit miffed that Mr Clooney isn’t standing by it whenever I enter my kitchen but whatcha gonna do… At least I get to sit and enjoy my coffee in peace, with my latest country homes mag sprawled out in front of me.

Have a great Thursday everyone.


Swallows screen print.

Whilst we’re easing into a winters spring, I can’t help but look forwards to the delights that the warmth brings!

I love screen printing in the warm weather as I like to wander around with bare feet and wash my screens outside in the sunshine. I remember capturing the beauty of these sweeping swallows last year, and rushing home to transform them into a simple yet striking print onto natural linen.

I love not having any set rules or particular style, and just printing what has inspired me however I see fit to interpret it, that may be a sleek black screen or a pastel bright block!

My work at the minute is full of pastel brights, but I just thought this deserved a share.

Hope you are all having a good week!


Calming February hues.

My china blue roses linen is the perfect soft delicate background for a February flat lay.

I love to take a minute, with a cup of chamomile tea, my wild flowers book for new inspiration, a fresh bloom and a scrap of one of my fabrics. It helps me creatively- to calm my mind, see where I’ve been and make plans for where I’m going.

It’s also a pleasing composition of textures for flat lay photography. The fragile paper thin bloom, the texture of the linen, the cover of the book and the cup of tea all work in harmony to create a calming February hue with a pleasing form.

My designs reflect the seasons and my mood of that moment, I remember painting this one  one whimsical evening when the light was hazy and the roses had wilted slightly on their branches. At the moment my designs are very bold and full of the joys of Spring, my colour palette at the moment is pastel bright, and my prints are bolder as I’m really loving designing blocks! However this digitally printed linen is still one of my favourites, and is always a beautiful inspiration on its own!


My Instagram tea problem.

So I have this tea/Instagram problem, my two addictions seem to have found each other. It was brought to light by a fellow blogger the other week, the crazy things we do for our Instagram galleries! Some of us buy things to photograph, and now have a collection of insta props that come out to snap relevant stuff, the scissors always seem a firm favourite with a lot of you as do observers books. But my Instagram favourite is the cup of tea!

Whenever I have tea I think oooh I’ll share that ha, maybe it’s because it then feels like having tea with friends, but I knew my problem had become a problem when I had my daughter photograph me holding tea….. Oh dear. 

So here are some of my fave Instagram cuppa’s….   

That’s only the tip of it. Happy Monday everyone!


Parrot tulip still life.


I just love how soft and dreamy this shot came out! It was taken in my garden room in this cool light we’re getting now. I think my depth of field must of been about f3 and my ISO was 400 with a really slow shutter.

I can’t wait for the tulips to make an appearance in the garden, it looks full of promise at the moment!


Emma Connolly Designs, fabric collection 1

Stars linen and chunky natural linen.   

Black roses cotton.

Tatty pink roses linen.

Stars cotton.

China blue roses linen.

A selection of my watercolour for fabric design work, digitally printed onto soft cotton drill and fine linens. Cotton from £38.00 pm, linen from £55.00 pm, please see my store for further info, shop link top of page.

Vintage books still life

Love the texture of these old books wrapped in the softness of the ribbon.

Vintage Nikon 50mm lens, bright day, available light-warm, ISO 400, F5, shutter 120.

Textile design, my inspiration.

I’m often inspired by nature and what I see around me at the time. Flowers and birds seem to be the main ones, I’m always looking and marvelling at the blooms that come up and the swallows that sweep the sky. I like to study the texture, form and colour and where possible bring it home, but that’s where my camera comes in handy! It’s great these days to be able to instantly capture beauty, either on my phone or with my DSLR. Bellow are two of my favourites that inspired me to design the linen shown. 
My China Blue Roses linen is a slightly oriental chintz, extremely delicate and subtle with a pretty blue hue. It’s an original watercolour of mine which I have digitaly printed. The reason for my watercolour designs being printed digitaly is because they are tonal. It is great what they can do today, and this probably has to be my favourite fabric, I’ve designed  eight for digital print, although I love them, I much prefer to handprint either by silk screens or blocks as I love how instant and unique the process is.

I still draw from the same inspirations whatever method I chose to print in, but I’d have decided in my head first which tool I will be creating with. The initial process starts by studying the object and taking photos, then I draw it and sometimes paint it before tweaking it to be made into screen or block.

This year I’m looking at producing some more structured stuff in blocks and screens, I’m taking inspiration from tall plants and will be visiting lots of gardens, I’m looking forward to it!


Colours of Cambridge 

I’m in love with Cambridge! I feel so lucky to live so near this amazing town, steeped in history you can almost smell the academia, what I wouldn’t give to study here.

Last wkend the Mr & I treated ourselves to a mini break and dinner at Midsummer House. Here are some of my shots I shared over on my Instagram 


Needless to say I came away totally inspired! Well worth a trip! The colours and architecture were mind blowing, and I just loved walking around some of the university gardens. The Fitzwilliam museum showcased the most beautiful works and findings.

Oh, and I almost forgot… There was a man playing his guitar in a bin! I know- random!

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