jewellery box : Lobster and Swan

Have you seen Jeska's latest edition to her gorgeous Etsy shop, Lobster and Swan... !? If you haven't then you are missing a truly delicious feast for your eyes...

Bon Voyage lucky amulet pendants by lobster and swan
Bon Voyage lucky amulet pendants by lobster and swan
All images: Jeska Hearne for Lobster and Swan

I know, I know... they are gorgeous!

In everything I have ever seen Jeska create, in the few years I have been following her lovely blog, she always seems to find the perfect balance between the bold, the delicate and the colourful. She never puts a stitch wrong and always creates such harmony. These beautifully bejewelled Bon Voyage charms are no exception and are entirely created in her sumptuous shabby chic style. If you have already discovered Jeska's work, as I am sure many of you have, then I know you will be nodding your heads furiously in agreement... :)

If not and you would like to know more about this incredibly talented lady then please do visit her beautiful blog and Etsy shop. Oh, and you can also find a lovely wee interview and home tour with her in the brand new British online magazine Heart Home... I suggest brewing up a cuppa before you visit any of these wondrous places because I am sure you will lose hours there just as I do.

Emma, x

colour your monday happy...

a perfect sunny day by erica hogenbirk knitwear etsy sneak pee 2. by {brooke} april two eighty little joy by knitalatte11 the bench by rainingsheep 等待月亮 by 甜心莎莉 (Waiting for the moon by Sweet Sally)

Image credits: 1. erica hogenbirk knitwear, 2. {brooke} april two eighty, 3. knitalatte11, 4. rainingsheep, 5. 甜心莎莉 (Sweet Sally)

Good morning... !

Today when I hopped on over to our fabulous 'all colours in' Flickr pool I found this perfect combination of black and grey inspired images just waiting for me on the front page... I do love it when that happens! They do have a lovely autumnal vibe too but without being full of traditional motifs and colours such as orange pumpkins and whatnot. Yes there is one lovely autumn leaf, captured so perfectly by knitalatte11, that she has paired with delicate white flowers and those black berries. But this hint of traditional mixed with lots of neutral black and grey makes for a more 'grown up' approach to autumn colour and beauty... at least I think so!

Oh, and I do love Sweet Sally's Waiting for the moon as it captures something about the autumn that I have a love hate relationship with. Yep those miserable dark nights when the rain is pouring which I hate but they do provide such perfect opportunities for such beautiful night bokeh shots as this... I am sure I have said this before but I do love a wee bit of bokeh!

Wishing you all a fabulous Monday,
Emma, x

colour palette : rose gold

colour palette : rose gold, curated by Emma Lamb / photograph © emma lamb

I've had a bunch of these dried yellow roses hanging in my studio for months now, they were a wee gift from my Man when he came home from work one day. They were really pretty buds when he gave them to me, but within a day or so they began to droop and dry out. I'm the kind of girl that like to see a bunch of flowers fade and die. I am always fascinated with the way the petals and leaves twist and contort into new shapes; the way the colours change and become more muted while also taking on more depth; and the way they take on a whole new sense of fragility as they become brittle.

But it wasn't until the start of the autumn that I really noticed the colour in these delicate blooms... the papery shades of gold, mustard and burnt orange. I love them against these muted greys and greens along with that gorgeous pop of bright pink (from one of my Cath Kidston bags). I think they make for a very pretty autumn palette, don't you?

Happy Saturday and I hope you all have a fabulous weekend,
Emma, x

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and the winners are...

Pretty Peggy Garland by Emma Lamb

Good morning my lovelies... :)

Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to delve into their fabulous button stash to share a few delicious pictures as part on my wee Pretty Peggy Garland pdf giveaway! All your collections are quite fabulous indeed and I have been perusing them with much jealousy and even a tiny bit of drooling... ;)
So without further ado and in no particular order, here are the three winners and my reasons for choosing them...

Laura of nimble fingers and steady eyebrows (I so love her blog title, don't you... !?) ~ Laura shared a picture of a very special tin of buttons on her blog and wrote... "As you know, I love buttons and I have quite a number of receptacles full of them in my craft space. These are my most precious buttons though. My Granny doesn't sew but she is a thrifty Yorkshirewoman and has saved spare buttons over the years. She kept them in an old tobacco tin of my Grandad's. When she moved house, she gave them to me and I love them for the tiny pieces of family history that they are. My favourite is the yellow sunshine button- I'm waiting for just the right project to use it..." I smiled a huge happy smile for Laura when I read this... :)

Vivienne of Green Rabbit Designs ~ Lovely Vivienne has inherited a gorgeous collection of her mother's buttons including one from her wedding dress (dating back to 1944!) and a very yummy flowery teal one that instantly caught my eye! She has also arranged them so beautifully in her Flickr picture here... :)

HoffiCoffi ~ Really I think the winner here should be Mr HoffiCoffi, for making a very special cycle trip just to buy this huge stash of buttons for his lovely lady... but I am sure that if I sent the prize to him he would then gift it to his lovely lady anyway... :) Thank you to Mrs HoffiCoffi for sharing such a fabulous find, I dream of the day I will happen across a Quality Street (or maybe even a Roses) tin that is full to bursting of fabulous buttons and rummaging through them to see what treasures lie within. Although there would be no pondering from this button hoarder, I would grab that tin with both hands and not let go... ;)

Congratulations lovely ladies... I have left you all a wee note, please do get in touch with me and I will send your wee prize right away... :)

Wishing you all a fabulous button filled day,
Emma, x

studio details: yesterday and today

Yesterday I tidied my wee studio. I always let it get in such a mess as I am completely terrible at putting things away properly. Usually that results in organised chaos but if I don't keep an eye on things it turns into pure, unadulterated chaos and I can't find anything I'm looking for. The worst thing is when I lose my crochet hooks, sewing needles or embroidery scissors. I know they will be in one of the many boxes, baskets or tins that hold all my projects, but which one!?

I do love a tidy studio! by © emma lamb
Everything in it's place! by © emma lamb
It's nice to see the top of my desk again! by © emma lamb
It's nice to see the top of my desk again! by © emma lamb

Do not fret, I have found them all! My hooks are safely in a wee jar on my desk, all the pins are back in my fabby Japanese pincushion and I think the scissors are in the drawer. At least I hope so because if they're not I have no idea where they are and will have to go buy yet another pair! So today I am ready to make a wee bit more chaos... :)

Btw, today is the last chance for you to enter my wee giveaway. I'll be closing the comments first thing tomorrow morning and will be choosing the winners soon after.

Until then have a fabulous day,
Emma, x

colour your monday happy...


Juliette Heart Necklace- Red Handmade Lace Pendant with Garnets, Pyrite and Pearls by Edera Jewelry Let's go! by Three Red Apples Hello Spring by One Flew Over... Fields of gold by endlesshue down our back lane by freefallingletty

Image credits: 1. Edera Jewelry, 2. Three Red Apples, 3. One Flew Over..., 4. endlesshue, 5. freefallingletty

Happy Monday to all you lovely folk... :)

Today I am loving lots of warm gold, autumnal yellows and yummy mustard from our 'all colours in' Flickr pool, I hope you are loving them too... !?

Talking of things autumnal... As part of the Celebrate Color festivities the lovely Kate Dixon, of One Flew Over, has put together a wee tutorial for a lovely crochet scarf / shawl (third picutre). The design is perfect for beginners and is really quick to make so if you are looking for a wee project to enter into the Celebrate Color September prize draw then this would be perfect for the yarn category! There are some very delicious yarn prizes on offer (so delicious that I am wishing I could enter too!), so why not get your hooks out, get crocheting and Celebrate Color... !?

Wishing you all a fabulous day,
Emma, x

colour palette : button stash

colour palette : button stash, curated by Emma Lamb / photograph © emma lamb
Happy, happy Friday my everyone! I hope all of you have had a fabulous week!?

I feel like I have been super busy catching up with everything after having a few days off last week but it has been great, kinda hectic but in a good way. Oh, and I am so thrilled you all love my Pretty Peggy Garland pattern. Thank you so much for all your kind words of support they really do mean so much to me, you guys are fab!

As you are all rummaging through your gorgeous button stashes as part of my wee giveaway I thought I would have a wee rummage through mine and see what inspiration I could find for today's colour palette. This wee collection features some of my favourite vintage plastic buttons. See those two large floral moulded blue ones and the the two white carved flower ones? I adore them! Those I know will be in my collection forever because it will have to be a cold day in hell before I even consider parting with them. Hehe, so don't expect to see them on a cushion any time soon!

I particularly love the contrast of muted blues and greys with the bright red and green in these vintage buttons, At first I wasn't sure these colours would hold together well in a palette but after a lot of fiddling and twiddling with the arrangement everything seemed to fall into place and hey presto! I love it just as much as those delicious buttons.

Oh, warning! I am about to toot my own trumpet again... This morning I was so excited to see a few of my lovely ladies featured over on the UK Handmade website in a wee craft profile article dedicated to crochet. Yay!

Well my lovelies, I am off to finish up a few more bits 'n' pieces before signing off for the evening. So I shall wish you all a wonderful weekend!
Emma, x

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Pretty Peggy Garland...

Hello my lovelies... :)

I have been busy pottering away this morning, twiddling and fiddling with loose ends here and there and finally everything is in place for my Pretty Peggy Garland. As well as the wee pattern in Issue 5 of Spoonful I now have a more comprehensive version available as a pdf download in my wee Etsy shop and on my Ravelry pages... yay!

Pretty Peggy Garland

"Let me introduce you to Miss Peggy, possibly the loveliest garland to ever come from my wee hook… ! At least if you are anything like me you will think so, because if you are anything like me then you will obviously love all things crochet, have a huge stash of pretty vintage buttons stashed away somewhere and will adore anything that uses such kitschy granny chic colours… !

This pattern is great for beginners who want to try crocheting flowers for the first time, as it is a simple pattern using the basic crochet stitches. A basic diagram is included with a chart for both UK and US terms."

Oh, and you don't need an account with either of these sites to get your hands on a copy of my Pretty Peggy Garland pdf as this handy dandy wee button here will allow you to buy a copy directly from my Ravelry pages without being a member... :)

Pretty Peggy Garland

Oh, and better still... why don't we have a wee giveaway!?

Now I know each and every one of you out there will have your very own button stash... be it large or small, vintage or not... organised by colour, size, material or age... or like mine, just randomly jumbled together in several different pots all around my wee studio! Thing is you get to see my buttons quite regularly on my lovely ladies, so now it's your turn to show me... !

Over the next week I would love it if you guys could take a wee snap of your button stash and either blog it or post it on your Flickr pages for example... basically post it somewhere we can all see it then pop back here and leave a wee comment with the link, easy peasy!

And the giveaway... this time next week I shall figure some way of choosing three of the most fabulous button collections and the owners of said collections will receive a free copy of my Pretty Peggy Garland pdf... :)

Nitty gritty...
- Please only post your entries / links in the comment thread of this post, entries / links posted elsewhere will not be eligible.
- Please ensure that you leave a way for me to contact you directly in the event you are chosen as a winner, preferably a current and valid e-mail address. If there is no way to contact you, you will not be eligible to win.
- I will contact the winners directly and place an announcement on this blog. If I do not hear back from the winner within three days I will choose an alternative winner for this giveaway.
- This giveaway is open to everyone worldwide.
- I will choose the winners myself (in some way) and all decisions are final.

I hope you all have a fabulous day and have fun with your buttons... !

Emma, x

a Spoonful of happiness...

Hello, hello... I do hope everyone in the UK is safe and well after the wild winds yesterday!? I know the forecast is still 'breezy' for today as Hurricane Katia passes us by... stay safe you guys!

Now then, lets get on with some of that exciting news I've been promising you. Have you seen the latest issue of Spoonful yet... !?


Spoonful has to be one of the loveliest wee indie zines I have ever had the pleasure of reading and delivers just as it promises on the cover, to be a wee happiness companion... :) This wonderful publication is the vision of the fabulous, passionate and creative woman Anthea Krook who has made it her mission to spread a wee bit of happiness one spoonful at a time...

"Spoonful is a short and inspiring little publication which, in light of our insanely busy lives and increasing ‘oh no, I must find time to read x’ can be finished by the end of a train ride. It’s quick to consume, beautifully soft, & after reading will genuinely make you smile."

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As soon as Issue 5 dropped through my wee letterbox I carefully opened the envelope, popped the kettle on, grabbed a few squares of yummy dark chocolate and read it from cover to cover in a jiffy... Then I stroked the cover a few times and smiled to myself (Anthea was right, it genuinely makes you smile, you just can't help yourself!)... After a few more moments I re-read it, this time taking more care over the beautiful pages and thoughtful words. Christine Laennec's short story on page 6 struck a particular chord and immediately made me think of the discussions I have with my Man to pass the time on long car journeys to visit our families... really touching... :)

Of course there is another reason I am particularly loving this issue and that is because the fabulous Anthea invited me to write the Craft Therapy article for it... yay! I can't tell you how thrilled I was to be asked, especially as it includes a wee project tutorial... double yay!

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So I put on my very bestest granny chic thinking cap (metaphorically speaking that is as I am not really the hat wearing type!) and gathered together lots of yummy bits 'n' pieces and deliciously coloured threads to whip up a wee 'Pretty Peggy Garland'... which I shall tell you more about tomorrow... :)

Until then if you would like to have your own gorgeous copy of Issue 5 of Spoonful you can find it here or here... or checkout the stockists page on the Spoonful website. Of course a bunch of the back issues are also available and I can't recommend them highly enough, I just know they will make you smile... :)

Emma, x

colour your monday happy...

naturally dyed by Miss. 5 Oh corner squares you kill me with your sweetness by carriestrine Estate Sale, Vintage Fabric by All Things Bright Summer Garden Crochet Cushion - Side 2 by Little Tin Bird Ginger by hollybairy
Image credits: 1. Miss.5, 2. carriestrine, 3. All Things Bright, 4. Little Tin Bird, 5. hollybairy

Hello and happy Monday everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend... !?

I am fresh back from a wee break visiting my parents which was so lovely I almost didn't want to come home, at least not yet anyway! Before I left last week I had grand plans for a few wee pretty blog posts during the week as I have more exciting things I wanted to share with you... But of course the moment I arrived at my Mam's house any silly ideas of work or blogging vanished completely! Which was great in the end as I really needed the break... :)

Anyhoo, I do hope you enjoy today's wee selection of beautiful images from our 'all colours in' Flickr pool, I am quite in love with all this autumnal colour and beautiful pattern... so pretty!

Wishing you all a wonderful day,
Emma, x

Celebrate Color : delicious yarn

Good morning! Are you all ready for some squishy deliciousness of the yummy yarn variety!?

As part of the Celebrate Colour festivities I foolishly appointed myself the arduous task of trawling the isles of Etsy and the internet to find a collection of stunning yarns from some great independent dyers and spinners. I say foolishly because I have some serious yarn envy going on now, seeing all those sumptuously coloured skeins of wool, silk, alpaca and bamboo made me realise how un-colourful and puny my own stash actually is. Although I am pretty sure there would be some disagreements if I mentioned that wee fact to the man in my life! Anyhoo, of all the yarns and stores I looked I have picked out a few favourites to show you today. I am sure you will have already discovered some of them yourself, I know they have been in my favourites for as long as I can remember, but hopefully there are a couple of new ones too...

I'm guessing a lot of folk will have already heard of Fyberspates, but there is no way I could do a yarn post such as this and not include their Scrumptious collection. I am a huge fan of solid colours in particular and this range is full to bursting with rich saturated tones, even the pastel shades like 'baby pink' seem to ooze colour. It is a blend of 45% silk and 55% merino which makes it a really soft yarn but with a gentle sheen. - (Find them on Ravelry here).

hand dyed Scrumptious yarn range from Fyberspates

On the Round...
On the Round is a new wee Etsy shop to me but as soon as I saw the muted pastels of Rachel's hand spun merino yarns I loved them. I think the colours are perfect for late autumn / early winter and think a chunky cowl would look perfect in any of her yarns. Lovely! - (Find them on Ravelry here).

handspun yarns from On the Round

Wild Fire Fibres...
Oh Wild Fire Fibres, such a great Etsy shop for semi solid hand dyed yarns. I am particularly coveting these four colours currently available -Silverdale, Harvest Gold (Light), Redwood and India. Apart from the alpaca and silk blend Redwood that is a lace weight, they are all 4ply merino and silk blends making them perfect for cosy socks. I just wish I was better at working with dpn's! Hmmm, maybe a wee shawl scarf instead then? - (Find them on Ravelry here).

hand dyed yarns from Wild Fire Fibres

Kitty Grrlz...
As we are celebrating all things to do with autumn and autumnal colours I just had to include Kitty Grrlz hand spun bamboo and Falkland wool yarns. The rich yellow, orange and olive immediately made me think of fields of pumpkins and woodland walks with colourful crunchy leaves underfoot. Oh, and I just adore the colours in Woodland Holiday. I think I would happily have that one just so I could admire it! - (Find them on Ravelry here).

hand spun and hand dyed yarns from Kitty Grrlz

Juno Fibre Arts...
Juno Fibre Arts is another Etsy shop that has been in my favourites since the moment I discovered them. At the moment the shop is full of delicious superwash merino sock yarns in those most lovely earthy colours including lots of peachy pinks, browns, olive, grey, plum and taupe. Absolutely perfect for a wee spot of autumnal knitting and crochet! - (Find them on Ravelry here).

hand dyed yarns from Juno Fibre Arts

Of course I am barely scraping the surface here when is comes to all the fabulous indie yarn brands that are out there so it is impossible to include them all here today. So I have started yet another new Pinterest board, one that is dedicated entirely to 'delicious yarns'. I did have a similar one in the past but kinda lost my way with it, but now I seem to have a new found enthusiasm for searching out yarny goodness. Oh, and if there are any other indie brands you think we should all know about please do a leave a wee link in the comments so we can check them out too.

Emma, x