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sponsor spotlight : paper play & fabric crafts

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Today I want to give a wee shout out to two of my lovely sponsors. If collaged art and all things papery get your creative juices flowing then you need to know more about Stephanie Levy's latest e-course and if your looking for some really cute diy projects then Lovelui has a few I think you will love!

sponsor spotlight : 30 Days of Collage with Stephanie Levy | Emma Lamb

Stephanie Levy's latest e-course is her very popular 30 Days of Collage which starts today and will be the only she will be teaching this year. The course includes twenty step-by-step tutorials showing you how to create your own unique pieces of collage art...

"We'll learn unique surface design techniques, how to make your own patterned papers by hand, and I include an array of prompts and ideas for collecting materials and how to incorporate them into your work." well as exclusive interviews from ten collage artists from around the world and access to the whole creative community in a "supportive and encouraging" private community forum. Hop on over to the 30 Days of Collage page for full details of the course and how to book your place.

sponsor spotlight : scrap-booking printables from Lovelui | Emma Lamb

Last time I talked about Lovelui I showed you Marthes fabulous mustachioed men but today I want to show you a few of her super cute diy projects (she also has a 'printables' section if you're looking for yet more papery goodness).

Pictured above are three of my favourites from the Patterns and Kits section - First is a really beautiful DIY Embroidered Button Project where you can buy variations of the kit (printed fabric panel alone or with buttons blanks) to create these gorgeous buttons yourself. Second is these super sweet thread organisers that comes in printable form for you to make as many as you need. Very handy-dandy! And last but not least are these gorgeous hand stitched Little Fabric Envelopes. It was love at first sight when I spotted these! The PDF pattern is perfect for beginners as it requires very basic stitching but the results are fabulous especially if you have a stash of Liberty fabrics waiting in the wings. A wee bit of Liberty fabric makes everything fabulous!

Happy crafting my blog buddies!
Emma, x

ps - I have some super exciting news and another giveaway lined up for you tomorrow, a wee bit of crochet goodness :)

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sponsor spotlight : Creative Courageous Year by Stephanie Levy + a giveaway

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sponsor spotlight : Creative Courageous Year by Stephanie Levy | Emma Lamb

Hello my blog buddies! Today I am so thrilled to introduce you to my newest sponsor Creative Courageous Year! A fabulous e-course from the incredibly talented Stephanie Levy designed to support and encourage you in every aspect of your creative journey - mind, body and spirit. Let me hand you over to lovely Stephanie herself to tell you more and how you can a win a place in her Winter Session...

Are you ready to create wintertime magic + handmade goodness together?

The beginning of a new year offers us a great opportunity to get cozy and make inspiring plans for the upcoming months.

Winter is also the perfect time to nurture our creative roots and prepare ourselves for new growth.

My new Creative Courageous Winter Session e-course starts this Monday, January 20th, 2014 and will feature:

Weekly DIY + mixed media art projects to make your surroundings more beautiful and inviting.
Delicious, healthy, warming foods for a more active body and spirit.
Visual journaling exercises to map your path for an exciting, productive year.
Refreshing nature walks to notice and collect the signs of the changing seasons.
Inspiring guest interviews with artists, writers, crafters, cooks, and lovers of the handmade.
Personal "sofa talk" videos to encourage you and set our theme for each week.
Special book selections to begin your year in our new virtual book club.
A creative, international community to connect with on our private course website, our private Facebook group, and our special course Pinterest board.
+ much more

sponsor spotlight : Creative Courageous Year by Stephanie Levy | Emma Lamb

Creative Courageous Winter is a unique online course that will help you discover and celebrate more beauty and joy in your daily life.

This course is designed to be a support system and a source of inspiration to balance and encourage you in all your many endeavours throughout the year.

We'll begin very soon, and I'd love to meet you in class!

Find out more details about my new Creative Courageous Winter Session here.

sponsor spotlight : Creative Courageous Year by Stephanie Levy

As a special bonus for all readers of Emma's delightful blog, I am offering a free spot in my Winter Session to one lucky giveaway winner. I would love for you to join us, and we'll be starting soon on January 20th.

The giveaway is open to everyone around the world and to enter please leave a comment telling us all about your creative plans for 2014 and why you'd like to join the course.

I look forward to reading your comments and I'd be very delighted to meet you on Monday!

Hugs from Berlin,


sponsor spotlight : Creative Courageous Year by Stephanie Levy | Emma Lamb

I'm really excited about this giveaway and am already feeling a teensy bit jealous of whoever wins, I know you have such an amazing time on this course and get so much from it! The giveaway will be open until Saturday morning (UK time) when a winner will be chosen and notified right away so you can be ready to start your creative nurturing on Monday. So be quick!

Emma, x

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good reads : UK Handmade magazine, Autumn 2013

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good reads : UK Handmade magazine, Autumn 2013 | Emma Lamb

Everything feels all higgledy-piggledy in my new crochet corner today! While I am having too much fun crocheting a pile of wee snowflakes, outside the sun is blazing across the hazy blue skies over Edinburgh and I've just taken a wee break from my crochet to flip through the autumn edition of UK Handmade magazine. Yep, it's one of those rare summery-autumnal-wintry kind of days, total seasonal confusion!

For the moment though let's focus on autumn and this fab issue of UK Handmade, have you had chance to flip though it's pages yet? It's a good one so if you haven't yet it's definitely worth a peek. As ever it's brimming with great features, insightful articles and handmade finds from the British creative community. There are way too many to list here, however some of my favourites are the business related articles that are choc full of great advice and ideas. On page twelve there is a great article about the FIG Co-operative in Bristol, a group of talented designer makers who have banded together to open a thriving bricks and mortar shop to showcase their creative process and sell their handmade wares. It's a very inspiring and encouraging story! Also 'The Tipping Point' on page sixty four and 'The Value of Handmade' on page seventy eight are worth brewing a cuppa for.

Alongside lots of yummy looking recipes (I really want to try this almond and pear tart as well as the courgette pickle, I do love courgettes!) there are a couple of great book reviews too. The Belle & Boo Book of Craft for children is reviewed on page fifty and later on there's another review of Craftydermy (if you missed my review a few weeks ago you can read it here). Oh and last but not least there's a really sweet leafy crown tutorial from Larissa Joice on page fifty four.

Did I not say it was brimming!? Definitely worth bookmarking for a few tea breaks over the coming weeks and do let me know which were are favourite articles.


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the flow of inspiration and the Jade Princess

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Remember a couple of months ago now when I wrote this 'colour pinning' post about my love for a new favourite colour combination, jade & peach? Well, these colours are still on my mind and as it happens on the minds of other crafty creative types too. On seeing my post the fabulous Rachel over at Stitched In Color couldn't get them off her mind either!

the flow of inspiration and the Jade Princess | Emma Lamb

With her thoughts full of jadey-peachy inspiration she rushed off to her fabric cupboard to search out the perfect jadey-peachy combination for a new quilt project she had in mind. But alas when she got there the cupboard was bare! Well, I'm guessing not bare just bereft of the perfect jadey-peachy combination she was looking for. So along with her lovely friend Alice, of Fresh Modern Fabric, they got their heads together and compiled the most perfect collection of jadey-peachy fabrics for Rachel to work with.

Alice did add a few fat quarter bundles of these fabrics to her Etsy shop but they sold out so quickly! If you are interested in knowing more about the fabrics they chose you can see all the details on Etsy here, you'll need to scroll down a wee bit to see the full list.

And here it is, the stunning dogwood blossom quilt Rachel created...

Jade Princess, dogwood blossom quilt by Rachel Hauser at Stitched In Color | Emma Lamb
All images: Rachel Hauser / Stitched In Color

Isn't it beautiful!? I love this simple and bold dogwood blossom pattern and I love that Rachel called it the 'Jade Princess'! A suitably girly name for a beautiful quilt that would be perfect for a wee girls bedroom, right? Oh how I would love one of these dogwood blossom quilts for my own bed too, but maybe with the delicious jade fabric 'Pearl Bracelet in Swiss Chard' in the background. Or maybe 'Snaps in Cream Black' for an even more grown up look! I wonder what it would take for Rachel to whip up just such a quilt for me!? Rachel?

What's most exciting though is seeing the flow of inspiration in action, seeing Rachel take a wee idea that had been floating around my head and create something tangible and so beautiful with it. Totally inspiring, thank you Rachel!

Emma, x

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a crafty weekend in the woods : Folksy Summer School

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The Folksy Summer School, 10th & 11th August 2013, Sheffield, UK. | Emma Lamb

Have you heard about the fabulous Folksy Summer School? It sounds amazing!

In August the lovely folks at Folksy are putting on a two day event of talks, workshops and demonstrations centered around the theme of improving your handmade business. Whether it's learning a new craft, honing your photography or blogging skills, or getting some fantastic tips and advice from some seasoned pros...

"The Folksy Summer School is two days of learning for designers and makers. It's in the woods, in the height of summer, in a little corner of Sheffield where we can't be disturbed.

We're bringing together experts in branding, marketing, social media, photography, selling, making and creating, all with the aim of helping designers and makers get better at what they do.

As well as lessons from all the clever clogs you'll also have the opportunity to see demonstrations from skilled makers in screen printing, lino cutting and sewing skills, learn how to take killer product shots in our photography workshops and grab some one to one mentoring on the StartUp Britain Bus.

With a picnic lunch and local ice cream available, what's not to like?"

The Folksy Summer School, 10th & 11th August 2013, Sheffield, UK. | Emma Lamb

The event will run on Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th August 2013 and will be hosted at the idyllic looking Woodland Discovery Centre, Sheffield (UK). Tickets are available through the Folksy Summer School page, but be quick as the early bird discounts are going fast! Currently the following speakers, demonstrations and workshops have been confirmed, but to stay up to date with the latest confirmations and ideas on where to stay check the Folksy blog.

Speakers include: John V. Willshire, Smithery; Patricia van den Akker, The Design Trust; Chloë Haywood, Hatastic; Emma Jones, Enterprise Nation; Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire, Mini Moderns; Andy Poplar, Vinegar and Brown Paper; Polly Dugdale, Handmade Horizons; Victoria Woodcock, State of Craft; Tilly Walnes, tilly & the buttons.
Demonstrations: Screen printing, Lino cutting, Sewing Skills.
Workshops: Photography Workshop.

So how about it, who's up for a fabulous crafty weekend in the woods!?

Emma, x

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