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My Rag Doll giveaway winner!

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My Rag Doll giveaway winner! | Emma Lamb

Yes indeed, we have a winner! Thank you so much to everyone for entering the giveaway and sharing your wonderful stories of your favourite childhood dolls. I am super impressed that some of you still have your little friends today and are sharing them with your own children and grandchildren. That is just the sweetest! So onto the lucky winner...


Because it is so, so difficult to choose a winner when there are so many worthy and deserving stories I used random.org which picked out this perfectly perfect entry from Mhairi...

My Rag Doll giveaway winner! | Emma Lamb

Huge congratulations Mhairi! I know you and your lovely daughter will utterly love this book and will have lots of fun creating many beautiful rag dolls together as she grows up.

Again, thank you to everyone who entered this giveaway and remember you can pre-order your own copy of My Rag Doll from Stitch Craft Create here or through my Amazon book shop here.

Emma, x

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good reads : my Spring Fling Flower Mandala for Crochet Gifts + a giveaway

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good reads : my Spring Fling Flower Mandala for Crochet Gifts + a giveaway | Emma Lamb

Hello my lovelies! Yes indeed, I have some very exciting news for you today about a gorgeous new crochet design - my Spring Fling Flower Mandala! You can find it in the current issue of Crochet Gifts along with a wee interview from me too. Double yay!



Do you remember back in February when I was playing around with some lovely linen yarn from Yarn Stories but being super secretive about what I was working on!? Well this was that project. I was in utter mandala heaven making my own spring loveliness and now that the pattern is finally here you guys can have a go too. Triple yay!

good reads : my Spring Fling Flower Mandala for Crochet Gifts + a giveaway | Emma Lamb
good reads : my Spring Fling Flower Mandala for Crochet Gifts + a giveaway | Emma Lamb

Crochet Gifts is a relatively new quarterly bookazine from Practical Publishing, this is only the third issue. And as they are fairly new it may be a little tricky to track down a copy locally but if you hop on over to their online shop you can find a few copies here, they do ship internationally and at a very reasonable price too! Of course if you would like to chance your luck I do have a spare copy to giveaway ;)

All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning a copy of Crochet Gifts is to share the image below then come back here and leave a wee note in the comments telling me about your favourite spring crochet projects and patterns or your favourite mandala projects and why you love crocheting them so much! This was my first foray into mandala crocheting and now I know why people love making them so much. So addictively therapeutic!

good reads : my Spring Fling Flower Mandala for Crochet Gifts + a giveaway | Emma Lamb

As ever this giveaway will be open for a week, until May 9th and I am happy to ship internationally so it is open to everyone, just be sure to leave a way for me to contact you - preferably by email and again, no twitter handles this time either. Good luck everyone!

Emma, x

ps - Don't forget, you still have until Sunday to enter the My Rag Doll book giveaway.

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good reads : My Rag Doll + book giveaway

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Hello my lovely blog buddies! How was you Easter break? Mine was filled with sunshine, good company and lots and lots of chocolate of course! The last of the sugary bunny was devoured yesterday and now I'm back to savouring little squares of delicious darkness and walking a little further than usual to combat said sugaryness!

good reads : My Rag Doll + book giveaway | Emma Lamb

Anyhow, today I am super excited to be rounding off a wonderful blog hop celebrating the launch of this adorable new craft book...


My Rag Doll is the second book by author Corinne Crasbercu and is currently a #1 bestseller in Amazon UK's soft toy section even though the official release date isn't until next month, May 14th! And there's a mighty fine reason why this book is already doing so well - it is absolutely beautiful! Although I haven't got my hands on an actual copy yet the ebook has me completely smitten. I know. I know. Ebooks aren't my favourite but I'm thinking of it as a preview to the actual copy I can hold in my own two hands. And when the preview is this good you can't help but fall in love with it!

good reads : My Rag Doll + book giveaway | Emma Lamb

My Rag Doll is a beautifully presented craft book celebrating Corinne's childhood passion of creating her own dolls and stitching entire wardrobes for them, something that inspired her career in dressmaking for film and TV. Although the idea isn't new Corinne takes the basic rag doll concept and updates it so beautifully in this book. It is divided into three main sections - the first guides you through creating the basic rag doll, with six different ideas for hair colours and faces, the second consists of thirteen different outfits with full written instructions and all the templates you will need can be found in the last section.

The presentation throughout it's pages is fresh, light and airy and the doll designs are pretty but not too girly - alongside the bride and ballerina is the doll in dungarees (pictured on the cover) and the doll in a raincoat. The beautiful photography, styling and page layout match this not to girly approach and are what grabbed my attention most of all. It is simple and unfussy with great attention to detail, I mean how gorgeous is that tall skinny font!? I love it! Below is a peek of a few pages from one of my favourite doll designs, the doll in a raincoat. Each design includes a title page with hand drawn pencil sketch and cute illustrations (see those tiny clouds below!) as well as a mood board of materials - I totally swooned over that one too!

good reads : My Rag Doll + book giveaway | Emma Lamb

And the colours? Well all that white space totally gets my vote and while there is a lot of pink in there it is perfectly balanced with denim blues, orange and red. Corinne's fabric choices throughout the doll designs are spot on too - stars and stripes with tiny florals and a sprinkling of Liberty loveliness. All in all an absolutely perfect combination making a very beautiful book. This is exactly the kind of book I wish I had had when I was a wee girl. Although I wasn't a huge fan of dolls and never really played with them I did love to knit and crochet clothes for them and I think I would have loved this book and spent many happy hours stitching. And now as an adult I so can't wait to have an actual copy in my hands!

Hopefully by now you are excited as I am about owning your own copy too? Well here's the really great bit - a giveaway! As part of this blog hop I have one copy of the book to give away to one of my very lucky readers, yay! This giveaway is open internationally and all you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is share the picture below then come back here and leave a wee note in the comments telling me about your favourite doll as a child. You'll also need to include a way for me to contact you, by email preferably but no Twitter handles since I'm not on there yet, and that's it! I shall close the giveaway on May 3rd 2014 and will announce a winner soon after. Good luck everyone!

good reads : My Rag Doll + book giveaway | Emma Lamb

For more reviews and giveaways of this beautiful craft book check out the previous blog hop participants - Kestrel Makes, Dolls and Daydreams, Follow the White Bunny, Whipstitch, A Spoonful of Sugar, Feeling Stitchy, House of Pinheiro, A Stitching Odyssey, iCandy Handmade, Shimelle, Heather Bailey.

My Rag Doll is available for pre-order at Stitch Craft Create here or through my Amazon book shop here.

Emma, x

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good reads : spring Gatherings, inspired by artists + artisans

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The new issue of Gatherings Magazine is out this week and it is truly a spring feast for the eyes! As ever there's lots of inspiration for craft, colour, food and family for the coming season but this issue is specially dedicated to 'artists + artisans' with each contributor sharing a few words honouring the artist who inspired their article.

Gatherings Magazine, Spring 2014 inspired by artists + artisans | Emma Lamb

Of course the first thing I know you'll be wondering about (because it was the first thing I was wondering about too!) is the stunning cover shoot by Christina Colli in all of it's magenta and radiant orchid beauty! The first craft feature in this issue tells you how to make those gorgeous little faux ceramic butterflies and flowers and it is so simple, inexpensive and effective you wouldn't believe it! I can tell you that it would make the best Easter holiday project for the kids and offers endless possibilities for boys and girls, even us grown ups too - I so want to try this!


My most favourite article from this issue has to be the mother and daughter feature 'A Beloved Tradition' on page 38 featuring Eve Peach and her two daughters taking afternoon tea. The gorgeous styling is by Gatherings founder Heather Spriggs Thompson and photography by Amber Beckham. I adore the colour palette she picked out for it - from mint and delicate pinks to intense chartreuse, emerald and those radiant orchid tones again. You can see a wee snippet top and bottom right in the pic below, bottom left too. So pretty!

Gatherings Magazine, Spring 2014 inspired by artists + artisans | Emma Lamb

Of course there's so much more to see too, above is just a snippet of the loveliness within the covers of this issue which includes - book reviews of Decorate With Flowers and Selina Lake's Outdoor Living, 'Inspired by Color' recipes, home tours, floral styling and mood board ideas, a touch of romance with a Paris inspired fashion shoot and a local business feature with Crepes Paulette, not to mention neon pastel Easter egg decorating and up-cycled handmade envelope inspiration. Phew, so much eye candy!

And as a special spring treat Gatherings is offering 10% off all orders in their shop including print and digital issues as well as year long subscriptions! Just enter the code BLOGFRIEND at checkout. Happy spring reading!

Emma, x

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sneak peek : Craft, Show & Sell by Torie Jayne

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sneak peek : Craft, Show & Sell by Torie Jayne | Emma Lamb

Hi guys! Today has been a wee bit of a crazy, manic, busy kinda day but I just couldn't wait any longer to share a sneak peek of this gorgeous book with you! I am sure many of you will have already seen Craft, Show & Sell popping up around all sorts of lovely websites lately and I know one or two of you already have your copies in hand (just a teensy bit jealous here!), but if you haven't seen it yet I hope you are loving these snippets just as much as I am!?


I can't wait to get my hands on my own copy, to flip through it's pages and swoon over all of Torie Jayne's beautiful projects and inspiration as photographed by the fabulous Sussie Bell. The reason I am super excited about this book is because I'm featured in it too - YAY! Last summer Torie and Sussie came to photograph my wee studio and I can't wait to see how all their beautiful images have been used. So, so exciting!

sneak peek : Craft, Show & Sell by Torie Jayne | Emma Lamb

I'll be sure to give it a full review just as soon as I have my own copy in hand but until then you can see more snippets of Craft, Show & Sell over at Torie's beautiful blog or the official Facebook page. If you're in the UK and can't wait to get your hands on a copy either you can find it in my Amazon shop here.

Oh yes, I should mention that this lovely book is going by a slightly different name in the US - How to Show & Sell Your Crafts - just in case you thought I was going a wee bit loopy and getting it wrong ;)

Emma, x

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