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celebrate color : all good things

emma lamb

Yes indeed, as the saying goes 'all good things must come to an end', and so it is true of Celebrate Color... *sigh*

Celebrate colour: making the most of autumn inspiration | Emma Lamb

I can't tell you how much I have loved taking part in this wonderful blogging event with dear Rachel, of Stitched in Color, sweet Shannon, of LuvintheMommyhood, and lovely Mollie, of Wild Olive. Not only has it been the most wonderful way to celebrate all things autumnal, it has also been a joy to see a whole crafting community come together to do just that. Every one's enthusiasm and eagerness to participate has been so inspiring and it has been a joy to welcome so many new faces to my wee blog to share in my colour inspiration posts. Hello every one!

This is the first time I have taken part in such a blogging event and to tell you the truth I can't wait for the next one! But I am getting ahead of myself just a wee bit here, first lets have a wee re-cap...


Inspiration...

Let's start with a few of my particular favourites from the Inspiration collection including this great interview with Lotta Jandsotta by dear Rachel; these wonderful embroidery floss inspiration palettes put together by lovely Mollie; some great autumn / fall decorating ideas curated by Rachel and another great interview, this time with fabric designer Joel Dewberry, thank you again Rachel!

Fabulous inspiration over at Celebrate Colour | Emma Lamb
Image credits: Lotta Jandsotta, Wild Olive, Goodknits, Jackie Rueda


Tutorials...

Alongside all this wonderful inspiration some wonderful ladies have spent many hour dreaming up and creating a collection of inspiring tutorials, thank you so much for all your hard work ladies! My favourites include these pretty and practical insulated crochet hot pads by the talented Penny of Sew Take a Hike; this super quick and easy fabric cardigan tutorial for the wee ones in your life by Anna of Noodlehead, which she temptingly tells us that could easily be up scaled to an adult size; this lovely 'Simple Gathered Stockinette' scarf by Jacey of Jaceycraft and this adorable embroidered table set by lovely Mollie of Wild Olive.

Some of my favourite tutorials from Celebrate Color | Emma Lamb
Image credits: Sew Take a Hike, Noodlehead, Jaceycraft, Wild Olive


Your projects...

Oh, and what about all your fabulous projects!? You guys have made it so tough to be a judge in the monthly competitions, your are an incredibly talented and prolific group of crafters. Such an inspiration! Here is the smallest handful from all your lovely entries in the different pools, which include Fabric {Home Decor}, Fabric {Wearables}, Yarn and Needlepoint.

Some of my favourite projects from Celebrate Color | Emma Lamb
Image credits: Maureen Cracknell, Greenleaf Goods, krista stitched, crafting..., Maureen Cracknell, My Sewical Hour, Maureen Cracknell, imagine gnats, knitterlydesigns, unmashin, Ikomi, OCD: obsessive crafting disorder, the knottygnome knits, jenn of all trades, Sunshine, Handmade, The crafting Fiend

Oh, and there are still November's prizes up for grabs and if would like to be in with a chance of winning something you still have today to get your submissions in. Remember that your projects must be new, that is they must have been completed during the Celebrate Color event which is anytime during September, October and November. See all the details here and good luck... :)


Oh my, I think I'm feeling a wee bit of creative inspiration overload here, how about you guys!? I know I desperately want to rush off and make a few insulated hot pads, raid my stash of delicious yarns for a cosy new scarf and my urge to learn to quilt is getting fierce now! I am planning a long holiday break once the Christmas fairs are over but somehow I think I might just be as busy as ever with all these projects I keep adding to my 'Oh, that will be great to do over Christmas!' list. It might even be June before I finish half of them, hehe!

Have a fantastic day everyone,
Emma, x

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etsy favourites : Celebrate Color special

emma lamb

Happy, happy Thursday everyone!

Today I have a lovely home decor inspired collection to share with as part of the Celebrate Color festivities, which are all quite exciting btw! The main Celebrate Color page is filling up nicely with tons of inspiration and projects, have you stopped by recently?
For today's post I have been collecting some fabulous Etsy finds for a few weeks now (enough in fact to make a bunch of these posts!) but after narrowing them down by thinking of the home decor themes I like to live with I have settled on a light and airy but warm theme, with a mix of traditional and quirky details. That wonderful eclectic mix that Etsy can so perfectly provide every time. Enjoy!

A special collection fabulous Etsy finds and home decor pieces as part of the Celbrate Color festivities! | Emma Lamb
Links: 1. AMradio, 2. bylina studio, 3. Mexchic, 4. Mondaland, 5. hogenbirk knitwear



Here I love layers of white, cream and grey, they feel so warm and inviting. They perfectly highlight all the beautiful details of these finds such as bylina's upcycled textile wall hoops and Erica hogenbirk's bottle cover. I can just imagine a whole grouping of these grey Bloom designs in all different sizes, holding cream branches with a careful sprinkling of decorations. That would make such a lovely alternative to this years Christmas tree, don't you think? Oh, and I adore Monda's new 'I heart acorns' print, it has such a beautiful Scandinavian vibe that I love!

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A special collection fabulous Etsy finds and home decor pieces as part of the Celbrate Color festivities! | Emma Lamb
Links: 1. Kari Herer Photography, 2. Studio Snowpuppe, 3. Sandra Dieckmann Illustration, 4. Stepanka Ceramics, 5. little miss loolies

Again I am quite smitten with the layers of cream here but it is made even warmer with wee details of autumnal mustard and orange. I love the light play in this amazing origami light pendant and in Stepanka's translucent porcelain cups, which I think would be ideal for holding wee tea lights. A great way to update you home for the autumn (or any season in fact) is to have a wall of picture frames where you can swap prints in and out very easily. It doesn't have to be an expensive way of decorating either, you can easily find great frames to upcycle at your local charity shop / thrift store and build a collection of prints over the years. Maybe treat yourself to a new one each season, I would happily treat myself to both Kari Herer's rabbit print of Sandra Dieckmann's Magic Breeze, both are so beautiful! If you're low on prints (or the funds to splash out on them) there's no reason why you can't fill frames with seasonal finds, a whole bunch of them filled with different coloured autumn leaves and shapes would look amazing, wouldn't they!?

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A special collection fabulous Etsy finds and home decor pieces as part of the Celbrate Color festivities! | Emma Lamb
Links: 1. Atelier Yumi, 2. Geninne, 3. Niniainvorm, 4. pretty dreamer, 5. Oh this nose!, 6. Country Fences

Oh, I do like this take on traditional meets quirky - kilim rugs with traditional floral needlepoint designs and stunning crazy quilt work offset by Geninne's Bouquet illustration and Ninainvroms Spirograph plate (one of my absolute favourites of her work!). Let's not forget these inspired acorn cap candles, how cute are they!? I know I have a whole bunch of vintage glass bowls that would look absolutely perfect filled with water and a wee collection of these floating in the top. That would make such a great table centre piece, either on your coffee table for a cosy evening or on your dining table for Christmas or Thanksgiving, that is if there's any room with all the food that will be spread out!

You can also see all these lovely finds in this special Etsy treasury I put together to help spread the word of Celebrate Color. Oh, and I would love to know which would be your top pick from this collection for a spot of autumnal home decorating?

Emma, x

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colour palette : Celebrate Color special

emma lamb

Good morning!

Today I have not one but three yummy autumn/fall inspired colour palettes to share with you as part of the 'Celebrate Color' festivities. As you know I've been gathering lots of inspiring seasonal pins over on my Pinterest boards and have noticed three disctinct trends forming - 'Earthy neutrals', 'Seasonal brights' and 'Dark & cosy nights'...

colour palette : earthy neutrals, curated by Emma Lamb as part of Celebrate Color
Image credits, clockwise from top left: 1. Cath Kidston, 2. Liberty, 3. Cox & Cox, 4. Jane B*, 5. Doug McMillen Photography, 6. The House of Oliver

I'm having a real love affair with all shades of grey at the moment and am drawn to it's variety, whether it is tinged with mauve, slate, sage or taupe. I'm loving the earthy-ness of it. Although it can often be a colour associated with austere concrete environments for example, here it doesn't feel cold to me. By picking out the warm putty pinks from the Cath Kidston photo shoot, the ochre petals of Jane B*'s delicate photography and adding the pop of citrine and teal from Cox & Cox's pumpkin baubles it makes they grey feel warmer and more inviting just like those traditional tweedy fabrics.

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colour palette : seasonal brights, curated by Emma Lamb as part of Celebrate Color
Image credits, clockwise from top left: 1. Joules, 2. Zee❀Longenecker, 3. roseflower48, 4. Joules, 5. ForestDaydream

Of course I will always love these traditional autumn shades too, they are some of my all time favourites after all! Have I ever mentioned that I love teal and mustard together? Okay, that will be the zillionth time then? I guess the trick with this palette is to find a new angle, whether it is the combination or proportion of colours you work with or challenging yourself to introduce a shade that you wouldn't normally consider. The top row in this palette really appeals to me, as does the second and last coloumns, but they are kind of predictable and feel 'safe' to me. However the last row looks a wee bit more challenging. At first glance I wouldn't think of using such a buttey yellow with navy, it's just not me. But when mixed with that lovely warm pink, the dark taupe and ochre it brings them together. Hmmm, now I'm wondering if I have these colours in my yarn stash for a wee bit of experimenting?

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colour palette : dark & cosy nights, curated by Emma Lamb as part of Celebrate Color
Image credits, clockwise from top left: 1. Sweet Nellie, 2. Branch, 3. Stephanie Levy, 4. Amy Merrick

Oh yes, more deep dark shades of delicious greys! This time with sunset reds, russet, pinks and peach with a gorgeous pop of bright turquoise to lift this whole palette out of the duldrums. There's something quite indulgent about this palette and these beautiful images. I can't help but think of those dark autumn nights when all you want to do is wrap yourself up in a cosy blanket. Maybe with a spot of knitting or crochet or other wee crafting project, maybe with a (large) glass of red wine and a bar of your favourite chocolate or whatever your preferred tasty treat might be? All the while sat by by an open fire (Amy Merrick's floral arrangement reminds me of just that!). Haha, yes! Entirely self indulgent and probably something most of us don't have the time for but seriously need to make time for!

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So which one is your favourite? Which palette are you drawn to most and why? Out of the three which one is the most inspiring and has you itching to start a new crafty project, if any? I would love to know!

Oh, and remember there are a whole new bunch of fabulous prizes up for grabs at the end of October as part of Celebrate Color. Head on over to the main Celebrate Color page to find out more and to submit your crafty projects to be in with a chance of winning. There's also lots of inspiration and new tutorials being added regularly, such as this cute wee Felt Leaf Garland by Maureen Cracknell, definitely well worth a visit if you are in need of a wee bit of crafty inspiration!

Emma, x

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colour your monday happy...

emma lamb

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

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Celebrate Color : delicious yarn

emma lamb

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...


Fyberspates...
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 | Emma Lamb


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 | Emma Lamb


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 | Emma Lamb


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 | Emma Lamb


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 | Emma Lamb

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

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