Crafting in the new year.

This holiday has been great for getting back my crafting mojo. It went missing back in 2016 and I’ve finally found it hidden in my fabric draw.

I’ve been painting again and have really enjoyed being at peace with some canvas and my old brushes. And I’m chuffed to bits with my latest make! Remember that block printing I did on that old piece of linen? Well I knocked up a couple of envelope back cushions with it. I’ll pop some pics below for you to see.


I love making these, they are so easy! Simply cut a length of fabric the width of your cushion plus 2cm for seam allowance, make sure the length wraps around the cushion plus a half. Fold over the edges of the long lengths to make them tidy and sew. Then with the fabric facing inside, make an overlapping envelope to fit the width of the cushion. Pin the ends either side and sew each side shut using a 1cm seam allowance on each side. Pull the right way through and voila.

Happy crafting x

Block printing on linen

Hello, it’s been a while since I’ve done any crafting but since I’m now hibernating i thought it was about time to tackle some projects I’ve been meaning to do. Back in the summer I bought this beautiful Indian wooden block with the intention of printing some fabric, roll on a few months and I’ve finally got round to it. I love how simple the design is!

I mixed my favourite shade of grey with block printing medium and found a piece of natural linen out of my fabric cupboard. Happy days!

Once it’s dried I’ll iron over some grease proof paper to fix the paint, then I’m going to make some cushions out of it.

I’d forgotten how therapeutic I find printing fabric so I shall probably be doing loads more this winter. I’m also going to be reopening my store soon! I’ll keep you posted.

Emma x

Mindfulness & other stuff.

Hello,

We are hurtling towards Christmas at an astonishing rate which means a new year is upon us, which means I will soon be turning 40. Well, July actually, but somewhere in your late 30s you enter warp speed and it doesn’t matter what you do it just seems impossible to slow it down, believe me I’ve tried. Well I’ve come to the conclusion that maybe I can’t slow down time but I can slow down my life.

I’ve always been a bit of an eye roller when the words ‘mindful’ and ‘slow living’ are uttered or printed anywhere, but I bought a new mag the other day called Moment, just because I needed a break from all those perfect home mags and designer labels. I had been working stupidly long hours with my two businesses and had a stinking cold. My house was a complete mess and the children had decorated the tree (say no more). So the last thing I needed to see was how Mrs Smith an interior designer and Mr Smith a wanker, sorry did I say wanker? I meant banker, with their children Bloom aged 9 and Venus aged 3, and Binky the bloody pony celebrate CHRISTMAS. 

Anyway, so back to the mag. I sniffed my way through articles on Yin Yoga, staying calm and coping with social anxieties. And I have to say I could relate to so many of those women, strong lovely people that had just reached exhaustion and really did need to just slow it down and think.

I’ve always said it isn’t easy to have a calm life when you’re juggling all of the things that life seems to fling at you, but actually that’s not true. I’m about to let you in on a secret about me, I’m a recluse. I honestly couldn’t be more introvert if I tried. And because I know this about myself I’ve always made an effort to push myself out of my comfort zone. Being sociable, going to that social media do, throwing that workshop when all I wanted to do was curl up and hide until it’s all over. I thought I was being good to myself by pushing myself out there and conquering my fears, after all, that is what we’re told to do. I’ve only just realised how stupid I’ve been to make myself completely and utterly stressed out by putting myself in these situations. It’s me that’s done it, no one else has forced me. But I now get it.

It’s ok to be the way I am. I am an introvert. I’m a shy creative person who likes my own company. I’m not lonely and I do have a life. With a fabulous family and amazing friends. I don’t need to prove anything to myself anymore so I’m going to finally use that word ‘mindful’ and be mindful.

I’m going to listen to my inner voice and trust it, if it’s running screaming for the hills I’m going to follow it to the countryside and enjoy the little things. I shall not be dragging it back kicking and screaming to attend a product launch. I shall listen to my body and be kind to myself. Starting with what I eat. Giving myself more time to think about the meals I prepare. Don’t get me wrong I won’t be a saint, heavens I still need wine. But I am already mindful (there it is again) about the fuel my body needs to stay fit and energised.

Ive also started yin yoga which I flipping love! It’s a cross between meditation and yoga and focuses on your joints. And now I’ve stopped saying yes to everything I’m enjoying long walks again with my dog, something I’d been struggling to find time for as I was so busy making myself do other stuff.

I can’t tell you how excited I am now about a new year. One where I’m not making any silly resolutions or forcing myself to do or be. But just to be me. To grow my flowers for my lovely customers and paint my watercolours for my Etsy store. I’m staying in my comfort zone because it’s lovely there and there’s always a nice cup of tea and a comfy seat in the garden.

I guess what I’m trying to say is it’s ok to be you! You don’t have to prove anything to anyone. Treat yourself, take back time.

I wish you all a calm and beautiful Christmas whatever you are doing.

Emma x

Festive floral flat lay 

Hello, We awoke this morning to heavy snow. I’m not one for the cold or wet so I decided to spend my snow day Sunday drinking lots of tea and styling a little festive flat lay.

I made a moody backboard using a canvas board and acrylic paints. It works really well against wire fairy lights and really makes things pop!

It’s been a good couple of months since I’ve been able to spend an afternoon styling a little flat lay. I really enjoy doing them, it’s relaxing and fuels creativity giving me inspiration for other projects. What’s your favourite way to inspire your creativity?

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April showers.

  
I’ve been painting a lot of landscapes just lately which is very unlike me. I’m seeing a very strong shift in style that seems to of come upon me, and I’m embracing it with open arms and water laden brushes. 

It’s quite something for an artist when ones style changes on its own, without searching it out, and I think this is maybe because I wasn’t trying to change the way I paint, or change my subject (usually roses), I simply woke up the other morning with the desire to paint the seasons, in a free yet contrasting way.

I hope to produce enough work good enough to exhibit by the end of this year.

Let’s hope those seasons keep on inspiring!

Walking in the fields.

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Since getting Purdey, our new puppy two weeks ago I have not stopped, there has not been much time for photography I can tell you. I can’t wait until she’s old enough to take over the fields.

I love this shot of my daughter walking through the corn fields last year! I can’t get enough of natural light, and just love evening flare. As you can see, this shot was taken with the sun in front and to the left of my daughter, giving a flare of light and highlighting her face and the colours in her hair.

I’m still on the edge of my seat waiting to purchase my new camera, and I’m still convinced it’s going to be the new Olympus pen f! Fuji have just brought out their latest mirrorless, and I am a fuji girl, but the pen is still winning for me at the moment.

Im slightly miffed I can’t get to the camera show in Birmingham next w/end, but I know there will be others.If anyone else is going I’d love to hear how it went.

Have a great w/end!

Our puppy Perdey.

Meet the newest addition to our family…

  
Say hello to Purdey, our little beagle pup.

It’s been 15 years since I last had a puppy, and nearly 12 yrs since my last baby, I’d completely forgotten how they take over. She’s into everything and is howling the night away bless her, hope that one stops soon.

More importantly she is a bundle of love, and has brought a warmth of happiness to our family, I’m looking forward to every day spent with her, and can’t wait to go out for walks!

My blog posts mag be a bit lapse for a while, sorry!

Wish me luck..

Winter berries.

  
A pop of red against a winters light always makes for a striking photo. Im not usually a fan of red, but in the depths of winter, when these berries hang like ruby jewels I’m greatful for their statement.

Cold natural light, Fuji DSLR, vintage 100mm Nikon lens, ISO 400, shutter 125, f4.

Still life, Spring tea

  
I just love these little grape hyacinths, they cover my garden in late winter/early spring, and I love digging them up and putting them in vintage teacups and pots.

I’ve got a stall on a handmade and vintage market this Mother’s Day so will be potting up these little treasures to sell, I know I’d be chuffed to receive this gift.

Image shot in my garden room, cool daylight, ISO 400, shutter 90, F4 on my old Fuji DSLR with 100mm vintage Nikon lens.