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colour palette : before they fade + haiku #2

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colour palette : before they fade | Emma Lamb

Hello lovelies! Today I so need some pretty floral colour in my life how about you!? If you're in Edinburgh of in fact much of Scotland I am sure you're desperate for something other than the dreary grey that has been outside our windows for the last four days now! Even the swathes of daffodils in our local park were looking a little beaten down by today's relentless rain, poor things! Me and the Spanner knew just how they felt when we trudged back home, dripping wet after our walk earlier today. Neither of us really wanted to go but I know a certain little furry someone would have been climbing the walls later today if he hadn't gone!


colour palette : before they fade | Emma Lamb

Anyhow, at least today I can look back on the beauty of these carnations I've had around the house recently. These humble little blooms are my newest favourite! They are such great value for money too, easy to pick up in most florists and shops (especially supermarkets) for a few pounds and if you pick right you can get a bunch to last around three weeks to a month. That's even with me being completely rubbish at changing the water regularly too!

These purple and frilly pink ones were at three weeks and just starting to wilt beyond rescue when I snapped these pictures this weekend. I love these two colours together and kept them in one big blooming bunch until they started to go, that's when I rescued a few of the best that were left and had a little fun with some of my vintage vases.

colour palette : before they fade | Emma Lamb
colour palette : before they fade | Emma Lamb
colour palette : before they fade | Emma Lamb

Oh yes, and these humble little blooms also inspired me to write my second ever haiku poem...

colour palette : before they fade | Emma Lamb

If you missed my first ever haiku, inspired by a Quince & Co. crochet shawl pattern I'm working on just now, you can read it here. While I'm not following all the haiku rules (read a good 'how to' on those here) I'm enjoying playing with the seventeen syllable construction. It makes them so addictive to write! I love that they are little pieces of art in themselves as well as being a beautiful way to encapsulate my sentiments and inspirations. If you've never tried it I definitely recommend giving it a whirl! Let me know in the comments if you do so I can come over and read them too :)

Emma, x

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colour palette : spring blossom

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Hello friends and happy Friday! This week I've been out and about making the most of the gorgeous spring sunshine and taking lots of pics of the beach, blue skies and pretty blossom. Today I wanted to share my favourite blossom snaps with you since these are the ones inspiring me the most today...

colour palette : spring blossom | Emma Lamb


It's still a little too early for the cherry blossom here but this lone Blackthorn is in full glory with it's delicate white petals. Don't they look amazing against the backdrop of the pastel blue sky!? From a distance all I could see was dark branches sprinkled with tiny white blooms but when I got up close I saw this whole range of gentle earthy pinks, orange, yellow and olive greens. Such beautiful little pops of colour! So inspiring and so wonderful to see more signs of nature coming to life again. The other thing that always comes with sunny days and spring blossom is the choir of birdsong, have you heard it to!? It always makes me smile and happy to imagine that the lone little winter Robins aren't quite so lonely anymore!

colour palette : spring blossom | Emma Lamb
colour palette : spring blossom | Emma Lamb
colour palette : spring blossom | Emma Lamb

This weekend I'm hoping for more sunshine and maybe another overly optimistic picnic or two, it's still a wee bit nippy out! Something lovely to break up the big studio shuffle I have planned, a whole bunch of Ikea boxes arrived this week as I'll be replacing some of the old low shelving units with a huge 5x5 Expedit - that should be a fun bit of diy, right!? I'm figuring it will give me tonnes more floor space and a good excuse for a ruthless clear out in preparation for new... stuff.

What do you guys have planned this weekend? Anything exciting!?

Emma, x

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colour palette : tulips are better when they're dead

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tulips are better when they're dead | Emma Lamb

For me enjoying a vase of flowers isn't just about watching them go from bud to beautiful bloom, it's more about watching their full life cycle and the transformation they undergo from bud to wilted death. I suppose it's the same as people who appreciate the beauty in dead butterflies or birds... *shudder* ...but maybe a little less morbid!


These tulips are the ones from last week just as they were beginning to die. Tulips are one of my favourites because as they begin to go the petals thin and become translucent, they twist and contort into the most amazing shapes as they take on a whole new beauty. I love how the veins remain and you get to see their skeletal structure. If you're very lucky you can get them to dry out leaving incredibly delicate but perfectly papery petals... I wasn't so lucky with these ones, but they were gorgeous nonetheless!

tulips are better when they're dead | Emma Lamb
tulips are better when they're dead | Emma Lamb
tulips are better when they're dead | Emma Lamb
tulips are better when they're dead | Emma Lamb
tulips are better when they're dead | Emma Lamb
tulips are better when they're dead | Emma Lamb

Emma, x

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colour palette : unexpected buds

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Hi everyone! Remember last week when I talked about Creative Courageous Year, Stephanie Levy's creative inspiration e-course, and how we're being encouraged to really observe the seasonal colours around us? Well one of our projects was to take a nature walk and see what we could find. I chose to take my camera to our local park one day while walking Spanner with the intent to look further than the boggy muddy field and dreary grey skies that I see every day. (Still no snow as yet in Edinburgh this winter, but I'm feeling hopeful as it gets colder!) I have to admit I wasn't too hopeful when first I set out but as I forced myself to really look around me I found some utterly beautiful details...

budding winter colour | Emma Lamb

Even though it's been a very wet and mild winter here it was still a surprise to find these budding branches. Those tiny bright green clusters of buds were like tiny glittering jewels of colour set against their purple tinged branches and the grey wall behind. In fact the green looked almost neon and instantly made me think of this crochet blanket. When you see colours like those in this blanket it's hard to imagine that you could find them in nature, never mind in your local park, but here they are!


I'm still on my grey kick right now so I'm loving the depth and variety of grey shades here, especially with this bluish purple tinge which makes them feel very wintry yet fresh. They're vibrant and energised instead of dull and lifeless. Uplifting and inspiring which is just what I need right now!

budding winter colour | Emma Lamb
budding winter colour | Emma Lamb
budding winter colour | Emma Lamb

I'll be sharing more found winter colour as I get time to sort through my photos, but until then keep your fingers crossed for a dusting of snow or even some frost in these parts. I wouldn't mind snapping a few 'real' winter pics too!

Emma, x

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colour palette : broken Berggren

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colour palette : broken Berggren | Emma Lamb

There's that saying that when life hands you lemons you should make lemonade, but sometimes you get a bitter taste of lemon peel in your mouth and it can take a while to shift it! That's kinda how I felt when I noticed the hairline cracks in my lovely Berggren rooster tile. He was mounted in a gorgeous octagonal wood frame and spent most of it's life living in my kitchen looking fabulously vintage, occasionally a resting place for my teapot and the odd warm pan. Big mistake! As it turns out this lovely rooster wasn't up to such tasks and just couldn't handle the responsibility. Poor thing. So yes, when I notice the hairline cracks and realised that this little fella was completely shattered I was gutted - I love this little rooster!


Anyhow, that was months ago now and the bitter taste of those lemons has gone. As you can see I have freed him from his shabby wood frame, which is in line for a glossy white makeover, and have at last found a way to make my lemonade. My little rooster is doing a mighty fine job as today's colour palette inspiration! I've always loved that European folk vibe of Berggren designs and their bold colour combinations - strong primary and secondary colours with black outlines. This rooster weather vane has always been my favourite since the black outlines aren't so dominant in this design, just enough to define that signature folk style. Doesn't he look fabulous combined with one of Brie Harrison's florals!? Perfectly cheery and happy despite his misfortune.

broken Berggren | Emma Lamb

I haven't yet given up on my little rooster as now that I've gotten over his misfortune I can see potential in his broken pieces. Once his wee frame has had it's makeover I shall attempt to re-set him in his home and find a quiet space on my wall for him to live out the rest of his days looking eternally cheerful :)

Happy Friday everyone!
Emma, x

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