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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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designer maker : The Linen Garden by Vicky Trainor

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If you haven't yet heard about The Linen Garden and the creative delights of the lovely Vicky Trainor, then oh my goodness are you in for a treat!

Handmade haberdashery : The Linen Garden by Vicky Trainor | Emma Lamb

I first discovered Vicky's gorgeous handmade pieces last year, through the equally lovely Selina Lake. Using her extensive collection of vintage linens and lace Vicky hand stitches the most beautiful wee things, think brooches, bookmarks, pincushions, pillows, door signs and the most beautiful wedding accessories and stationery. Do take a peek at her Etsy shop, The Vintage Drawer.

However, this year Vicky has opened her fabulous new shop called 'The Linen Garden'...


"an online store decoratively stocked with a collection of 'antiqued & vintage' haberdashery and fabrics for crafters, makers, potterers and creative souls"

...where she is sharing some pieces from her vintage fabric, haberdashery, stationery and trinket collections. Alongside these she is also stocking her own handmade haberdashery pieces including the beautiful floral cut outs she uses in her own work, hand dyed vintage lace and crochet pieces, lavender filled pincushions as well as soon to arrive DIY love brooch kits!

Handmade haberdashery : The Linen Garden by Vicky Trainor | Emma Lamb
All images: Vicky Trainor + BLOG / FACEBOOK / THE LINEN GARDEN / THE VINTAGE DRAWER

Currently Vicky is building up a large range of new stock ready for a huge shop update this Monday (the 28th January) and is tantalising us all with sneaky peeks over on her Facebook page. She is also holding two lovely wee giveaways just now, see her lovely blog here for all the details. My purse is poised and ready...

Emma, x

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