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Hello!

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Hello! - Emma Lamb and Spanner photographed by Sussie Bell for the upcoming book 'Craft, Show & Sell' by Torie Jayne
Image credit: photography by Sussie Bell for the upcoming book 'Craft, Show & Sell' by Torie Jayne

Hello my lovelies, I'm back! How are you all!? I haven't been so well recently and have had a whole bunch of life stuff to sort out, to do that I needed to take some time for myself and be offline for a wee while. I know you know how it gets sometimes. Mostly stuff is sorted as I can see a glimmer of light at the end of this long dark tunnel and no matter what, I plan to have normality in it's rightful place by the time the festive break comes around in just a few short weeks! In the meantime though it's time to get back to work and blogging as usual, I have so missed it and you all! Speaking of which I shall be back soon with a lovely 'making everyday beautiful' post, see you then!

Emma, x

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colour crush : Rifle Paper Co's blooming marvellous lookbook!

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colour crush : Rifle Paper Co's blooming marvellous lookbook!, colour palette curated by Emma Lamb

Is it just me or does Anna Bond over at Rifle Paper Co. create absolute perfection with her paintbrushes!? Her hand painted blooms have become instantly recognisable and almost iconic over the last few years. I have always admired them, not just because of their lovely vintage vibe but because of Anna's amazing sense of colour. Just like her brush strokes her colours are playful yet bold with even her palest colours having that intense crayon quality about them. So beautiful!


The latest piece of magic to come out of the Rifle Paper Co. studios is their stunning new lookbook. I haven't been lucky enough to see it in full, like many I've only just seen the tantalising snippets they've shared on their website and Facebook pages, but oh my I could not resist sharing my two colourful favourites here. Anna teamed up with floral stylist Amy Merrick and photographer Alpha Smoot to create some of the most beautiful product styling I've seen in a wee while. They are the kind of images that render you almost speechless; inspire you in ways you can only hope to be inspired and gift you with an ache in the pit of your creative soul. Do you know what I mean!?

colour crush : Rifle Paper Co's blooming marvellous lookbook!, colour palette curated by Emma Lamb
All images: Rifle Paper Co. // Art direction by Anna Bond, floral styling by Amy Merrick and photography by Alpha Smoot.

As I said these two pages are my absolute favourites! I love how they've combined cut outs of Anna's painted motifs with Amy's real blooms, they sit beside each other so perfectly to create the prettiest 2d / 3d floral display ever! These images are pieces of art in themselves, as I am sure the rest of the lookbook will be too, and I would happily hang the 'stop and smell the roses' photograph above on my studio wall. But until these lovely ladies decide to release these images as prints (surely it is only a matter of time!?) I am contenting myself with their Secret Garden Calendar (bought in the UK from Papermash).

Emma, x

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the shock of the new... Flickr

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As you know I am a huge fan of Flickr and have been for years now, so I don't think it's possible for me to gloss over the dramatic changes they made to their site on Monday. If you use Flickr I am sure you have seen it already and are likely to have some strong opinions. Everyone seems to have an extremely strong opinion on the new look...

My new look Flickr photostream | Emma Lamb

I'll admit I was a little shocked at first since the changes are so visually dramatic and completely unexpected. I couldn't get into the site properly yesterday, but after playing around this morning to seek out all the functionality it doesn't seem so bad. Although I'm softening to the new look, I can't say I'm loving it. Here are a couple of key comments I left over on Flickr this morning...


"One of the reasons that I'm disappointed with the new look is that it's seems to have changed the perceived function of the site. Many photographers have used this site as a way to share their art in a beautiful way and stimulate intellectual discussion and interaction with each other. The old presentation allowed space for this, I mean visual space as well as titles, descriptions and comment forms. For me the new presentation undervalues all of this, it undervalues photography as an art form.

Images look cramped and cluttered in the justified format and portrait format images are almost lost entirely (although this format does make it quick and easy to flick through recent uploads to find certain images). Descriptions are hidden on the photo stream page and once on a photo's page the description text is smaller than that showing who has favourited the photo. These are quite simple changes on the face of it, but their impact feels very severe. Together they shift the focus away from admiring and respecting beautiful photography to turning Flickr into a photo dumping ground, so to speak.

My new look Flickr photo-page | Emma Lamb

I get what the new look Flickr is trying to do. They want to update their site to align themselves with other photo sharing sites and social media networks in a bid to stay competitive, but the beauty of Flickr was that it had more depth than those other sites. It respected and celebrated photography in a really beautiful way while still having a social networking structure through groups and whatnot.

I think I'm mostly disappointed because in this revamp they had the opportunity to do something really amazing and make Flickr the next big thing in photo sharing. I mean, how beautiful is Pinterest for image sharing!? They have totally hit the nail on the head with that one, it is so visually appealing! Instead it feels like Flickr are playing catch up to a bunch of social networking sites that I personally don't think do photo sharing very well at all.

Plus I really hate the 'black' look! I know I've flirted with a dark grey background here on my blog, but you have to try things before you can know for sure if you like them or not. I know for sure I love white space, fact!

So those are my thoughts, what are yours?

Emma, x

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colour stories : Claudia Casal

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Oh, I am so happy today to be able to bring you another fabulous 'Colour Story' from yet another wonderful creative soul. Today is the turn of the wonderful Claudia Casal, as we all affectionately know as 'Miss Twiggs' from Hello Twiggs. As you know I am a huge fan of Claudia's gorgeous photography so today is a real treat for me too! Let me hand you over to lovely Claudia herself...

colour stories : Claudia Casal | Emma Lamb

“Hello Emma Lamb’s lovely readers! I hope you’re having a great day! First of all I want to thank Emma for this invitation, as it’s such a pleasure to come here to her online home! When Emma invited me for this new feature I immediately thought about going out for a long walk in my city (Lisbon!) and focus on a colour and take a few pictures! It seemed perfect and the perfect excuse to go out for pictures. Though I’m a photographer sometimes I really miss those week days in which I would do that just for the pleasure of it, but now with all the work… weekends are all I’ve got!


colour stories : Claudia Casal | Emma Lamb

But these last few weeks, rain has been a constant here in Lisbon and I’m not used to it at all, so going out for pretty pictures was kind of postponed. But the interesting was that I wasn’t out of colour for my story here, because with all this rain and wind, I keep going back to my summer pictures and enjoy them all over again. So my colour is blue. Blue for great and deep oceans, blue for summer skies… the perfect summer mood!

colour stories : Claudia Casal | Emma Lamb

We travel every year to an island in Portugal which is known for its raw beauty and simplicity. There’s almost no phone connection and no luxuries, just nature and silence. It feels so good to stay here for a few days, enjoying what nature has to offer, enjoying the silence, enjoying your friends, the sun, the ocean… oh it’s perfect! To be even more perfect, we would be allowed to take our dog, that would be heaven on earth! But so far, that is not possible, so he gets to take a few days off of us too! So here’s my praise to summer… or at least sunny and relaxed days!”

colour stories : Claudia Casal | Emma Lamb
All images: Hello Twiggs * by Claudia Casal // website - blog - facebook - twitter

I love it! Blissful summer blues, clear skies and beautiful ocean views. Escaping from busy days to appreciate the simplicity of a warm summer's day without interruption. Thank you so much dearest Claudia, for transporting us from these dull winter days to a place of serene beauty.

Emma, x

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sublime photography : Twiggs Photography, the 'charming light'

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etsy favourites : Twiggs Photography... the 'charming light' | Emma Lamb

Oh, I am so thrilled to be sharing today's post! A wee bit of fabulous summer magic on this grey and chilly autumn day, care of a sweet virtual friend Claudia of Twiggs Photography whose work I have admired for such a long time.


Lovely Claudia, a self taught photographer also known as Twiggs, lives in the stunning city of Lisbon, Portugal, and loves to wander the city streets capturing beautiful moments and wonderful details with her trusty collection of cameras. Think retro VW Camper vans and Vespa bikes, decayed details of peeling paint and plasterwork of old doorways and traditional tiles, not to mention her gorgeous floral images from the gardens and parks of Lisbon. In her own words...

"I'm truly inspired by the amazing and charming light in Lisbon, and I can never get enough of wandering through this city with my cameras!"

The 'charming light' is incredible and Miss Twiggs seems to capture it so perfectly every time, as well as the most wonderful rainbow of candy colours. Every shade from deep cobalt blue, violet and olive green to ethereal yellows, pinks and lilacs. I am truly inspired by her eye for colour! Just browsing through her shop I feel transported to this beautiful city. Lisbon is not a place I've had the pleasure of visiting yet but it's definitely on the list! I'll certainly be browsing Miss Twiggs beautiful city guide for a few ideas on the best places to visit in and around Lisbon before planning my trip.

etsy favourites : Twiggs Photography... the 'charming light' | Emma Lamb
All images: Twiggs Photography

Miss Twiggs is also a lifestyle photographer, graphic designer and web designer, follow the links to find out more: website / blog / facebook

Emma, x

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