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colour palette : coastal jewels

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Happy Friday everyone! How are you all? I know for many of you this was the first week back to your usual routine after the long summer holidays. Did you survive or are you ready for another break!? It's been six weeks since my summer break, feels like so long ago now! And I'm definitely ready for a few days of downtime, so things might be a wee bit quieter around here than usual next week but I do have one or two lovely things lined up to share with you all. Anyhow before any of that I have these entirely self indulgent colour palettes to share, aren't these gorgeous!?

colour palette : coastal jewels // Vintage Rainbow Collection of small sea glass gems by 6d Designs on Etsy // all images Endlesshue for 6d Designs, palette curated by Emma Lamb

Of course you know how much I love my beach treasures, not only are they such an endless source of inspiration but it is the hunt that I love too. The wonderfully mind freeing process of scanning over the pebbled beach to find them while breathing in lung-fulls of fresh sea air and listening to the waves gently crashing on the sand. It's an entirely meditative experience.


These stunning coastal jewels are from 6d Designs, my Mam & Dad's sea glass supply shop, and every single piece was found on the beaches in the North East coast of England. The variety and vibrancy of the colours is just astonishing, especially when you consider that these pieces are over 100 years old! Glass manufacture was a huge business along this coastline in the early 1900s and the less 'touristy' beaches were used as dumping grounds for waste. So at the end of every working day all the waste and unused glass, colour tests and flawed pieces were dropped over the cliffs onto the beach for the sea to claim. Over the last 100 years the tide has naturally tumbled these lumps of waste and turned them into these fabulous jewels! Isn't that just amazing!?

colour palette : coastal jewels // all images Endlesshue for 6d Designs, palette curated by Emma Lamb
All images: Endlesshue for 6d Designs

As well as the Vintage Rainbow Collection pictures first I am completely smitten with these teal tinged grey glass pieces. Such a beautiful colour that looks great next to those rich orange tones and the more familiar sea greens and aqua blues. Not to mention that intense pop of cobalt, one of the rarer colours to find. Both of these vintage inspired palettes are perfect for the upcoming autumn and already I can feel myself honing in on small sections of each of them, this one in particular!

Oh, and I haven't even mentioned the multis! If you love these solid coloured glass pieces I know you will be head over heels for the multis! Stunning wee pieces of glass with bands and layers of secret colour, every way you turn them they look completely different and every single one is entirely unique. Take a peek at this pretty pastel collection for a closer look.

Emma, x

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colour palette : calm, cool and collected

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colour palette : cool, calm and collected, curated by Emma Lamb / photograph © emma lamb

Happy, happy Friday!

And what a wonderful first week back to work it has been! It has been such a treat to be blogging again, remembering one or two lovely things from my summer and such a joy to know how many of you love Whitby just as much as I do, yay!

Today's colour palette is another wee wistful look back to the odd sunny day we were treated to. Many of which I happily spent beach walking and as you know I never come away empty handed. This summer I seem to have had an eye for shades of white, soft glassy blues, powder pink, delicate grey tones and picked up lots of plain ceramic pieces, sparkling white quartz and wired sea glass. They just look so pretty together but while making up this palette I couldn't resist throwing in a wee snippet of mauve and that fabulous pop of bright ochre. Love!

Emma, x

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colour palette : beach debris

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colour palette : beach debris - curated by Emma Lamb / photograph © emma lamb

Ah it's almost the weekend, not long to go now! But first let's round off what has been a very 'beachy' themed week with a suitably 'beachy' themed colour palette, shall we!?

Anyone who loves to walk along the beach is almost definitely an avid collector of all the tiny treasures that can be found amongst the sand and stones. Of course I am no exception and regularly come home with pockets full of sea glass, pretty shells and beach pottery. There is just something so luring about the possibility of finding a piece of a pretty patterned tile or plate and wondering about it's 'story'. Where it could have come from, how old it could be and how it could have got there in the first place!?
These wee treasures also have the most tactile quality, I love to run my fingertips across a shell to feel it's soft ridged texture. But I do think the glass and pottery is the best, especially if it has been sitting under the warm sun just before you pick it up. I love that warmth combined with their smoothness and can't help but roll them over and over in my hands.
Of course there are all the beautiful and sometimes unexpected colours to drool over too. Amongst all the washed out and sun bleached shades you occasionally find bright olive greens, aqua, yellow and the most beautiful shades of peach and pink. So pretty! I found this wee collection on our walk last Sunday. A pretty nifty haul of mostly glass tile and glazed pottery with a typical clam shell and a beautiful grey stone filled with white quartz chips. As I was gathering them up I knew they were a very pretty colour palette just waiting to happen.

Oh, and if you too love all things inspired by beach treasures you should check out the work a very lovely lady and my virtual friend, Kirsty Elson. She makes the most beautiful driftwood sculptures that she sells in her lovely Folksy shop. If you picked up the latest issue of Making magazine you will be able to read a wee article with this lovely lady and find out how much she loves the beach too.

Now I am off to start my weekend, keeping my fingers firmly crossed in the hope that it will stay summery round these parts!
I do hope you all have a wonderful one,
Emma, x

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