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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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colour palette : button bowl

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Happy, happy Friday! How are you all? I hope you've had a great week? Apart from catching up with a few things I've mostly been procrastinating around doing my accounts. I did start out enthusiastically but then was shot down when I accidentally deleted a years worth of one spreadsheet. Ugh! The only backup I have are the monthly printouts so I've been faced with the mind-numbing manual task of re-writing it. Double UGH!

colour palette : button bowl - curated by Emma Lamb / image © emma lamb

Anyhow, instead of miserable numbers lets focus on something much more lovely to take us into the weekend - vintage buttons! Ah, I feel better already. So you might of noticed the lovely 'diagonal' button picture at the bottom of this post earlier in the week? Well, I just couldn't let a gorgeous collection of buttons like that go 'un-colour-paletted' now could I!?


It's been a while since I stocked up my button stash and I think last time I made a colour palette too. I just can't help myself! So yes, this lovely lot arrived in the post this week and I got totally snap happy with my camera. I love these colours (a bit jadey-peachy aren't they!?) and textures, they're vintage plastic from the 1930s and 1940s. My faves are the carved sky blue ones and I've already used some on a custom garland that will be heading off to it's new home today (pics next week). Until then let's just appreciate some colourful vintage button goodness...

stash building | Emma Lamb
stash building | Emma Lamb
stash building | Emma Lamb

Emma, x

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colour palette : antique sunburst

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colour palette : antique sunburst - image via The Apartment, palette curated by Emma Lamb
Image credit: The Apartment

Every now and then, either from a pin or blog link, I find myself over at The Apartment 'ooohing' and 'aahing' over the gorgeous vintage finds and inevitably falling in love with a few things. This week just such a thing happened and I found myself mesmerised but this amazing American sunburst quilt. Isn't it just gorgeous!? Of course the pattern is incredible and the mere thought of all the hours that went into creating this quilt is utterly mind boggling! But you know what I'm going to say next, right? Oh yeah, those colours! Whenever I think of the ideal vintage colour palette this is almost exactly what I picture in my mind's eye. I could say it is missing the tiniest snippet of mustard but this combination works so perfectly without it. I love the repeated rows of soft brown, warm orange, blushing pink, cool lavender, soft sage green, teal and nude tones with that hot pop of red in the center. So inspiring!

Emma, x

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colour crush : vintage Kantha quilts at Niki Jones

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colour crush : vintage Kantha quilts at Niki Jones | Emma Lamb

Hello, I'm still working through my photos from the Yarn Fest this weekend... it's taking forever! So, I've decided to swap them with tomorrow's post because I don't want to ditch tomorrow's post altogether. It's far too pretty!

So today (not tomorrow!) I'm loving a wee bit of colour inspiration from a collection of gorgeous vintage Kantha quilts over at Niki Jones. These Kantha quilts can be found everywhere at the moment, especially on Etsy and Fab. But it's almost impossible to find two alike since they're pieced and patched together from a vast array of vintage sari fabrics in the most gorgeous patterns and colours. Just look at 'orange & lemongrass' here, how gorgeous is that lilac and orange leafy print!?


colour crush : vintage Kantha quilts at Niki Jones | Emma Lamb
colour crush : vintage Kantha quilts at Niki Jones | Emma Lamb
colour crush : vintage Kantha quilts at Niki Jones | Emma Lamb
All images: Niki Jones

I would love to have one or two of these for myself, but every time I think I've spotted my favourite colour and pattern combo I'll flip through a few more pages and stumble over something just as yummy! These four are at the top of my wish list from Niki Jones because of their muted palettes. Looking at them just now I'm really torn between 'orange & lemongrass' and 'vintage pastels'... which one would you choose?

Emma, x

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colour palette : dazzle

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colour palette : dazzle | Emma Lamb

As you can see, talking about the latest edition of Oh Marie! yesterday has inspired today's colour palette theme. I love the concept of 'Dazzle Painting' (a method of camouflaging ships using complex geometric patterns, mostly used during WWI) and the diy tutorial to up-cycle a vintage painting in Oh Marie! has really stuck a creative chord with me. Thank you Marlous and Wendel for the inspiration!

colour palette : dazzle | Emma Lamb

The images I've used are my photographs of one of my current favourite books and thrifty finds - Porcelain by Hugh Tait, printed in 1962. You can read about why I love it so much in my 'Meet the Maker' interview over on Folksy. These images have been hanging around since then waiting for me to turn them into a palette. I've tried once or twice but every time the results just seemed to lack a certain something, you know!? On looking at them again this morning I just new I wanted to draw over them and make them dazzle!


I am completely in love with how they turned out. This kind of geometric overlay just seems to work so perfectly on top of vintage imagery. Kinda like 18th century decadence meets eighties pop and somehow they are the best of friends - oh yeah, that was what the eighties was all about wasn't it!? There is such harmony in the colour palettes too. The candy brights of hot pink, cherry red and sunny yellow don't compete with the more muted vintage tones like you might expect, they compliment and enhance each other instead. I feel so inspired by these combinations.

colour palette : dazzle | Emma Lamb

Oh, and the creative process of dazzle painting is so satisfyingly addictive, so no doubt you'll be seeing a few more dazzled images on this blog in the future.

Emma, x

ps - who is reminiscing about Blockbusters right now!?

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