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colour palette : thrifted threads

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Hip, hip hooray it's Friday!

Have you all had a great week!? I am so happy to be moving again and not feeling the need to take painkillers anymore, such a relief! There's definitely going to be a large glass of red wine with my name on it tonight, oh yeah! Anyhow, before that I've got this lovely 'thrifted threads' colour palette to share with you...

colour palette : thrifted threads - curated by Emma Lamb / image © emma lamb

Earlier this week I was sorting through some old boxes and found this wee collection all bundled together, aren't they lovely? They had been wrapped up in some tissue and earmarked for an embroidery project a long time ago, I'm talking years as in back when I was designing children's wear! I know I've had these for at least ten years and I can still remember the day I found them and a whole bunch of others in a Cadbury's Roses tin (that lovely round one in the last picture from yesterday). It's not really the kind of thing you forget, is it!? It's like finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!

Even then these threads were old, maybe another twenty or thirty years? Maybe more? Thing is, these colours look so fresh together and so very now! They could easily be the inspiration behind next season's fashion or home wares collections. Those almost neon tones of lime, pink and orange next to the cool blues and grey with just a hint of warm ochre and rich berry purple to make them feel autumnal. I love this balance of the cool and warm, very inspiring!

Wishing you all fabulous weekend!
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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colour palette : a vintage rainbow

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colour palette : a vintage rainbow, curated by Emma Lamb / photograph © emma lamb

I think these wee shot glasses have been one of my most favourite thrifty, vintage finds so far. Aren't they adorable!? I found them locally too, which is always especially satisfying. I've got no idea how old they are since there's no makers mark that I can see. Not that it really matters, they've got such a lovely mid-century vibe with the fine gold bands and the wee pop of colour is right up my street! I especially adore the colour of the orange and jade ones but I'm trying not to show favouritism when plucking them from the cupboard. I'd love to find something similar in a tall drinking glass too, but maybe with a few wee painted flowers for extra pretty. I don't know if such a glass has ever existed but I am eternally hopeful that I will stumble across a set of six one day...


'O' by © emma lamb
'a vintage rainbow' by © emma lamb
'a vintage rainbow' by © emma lamb
'oooo' by © emma lamb
'a vintage rainbow' by © emma lamb

Happy Friday and I hope you all have a great weekend!

Emma, x

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studio details : things that are just peachy

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A perfect peachy pink Gladioli stem which sprouted up in our garden this November. | Emma Lamb

One: the last of a delicious homemade bread and butter pudding (made with sultana scones instead of bread) that I have just scoffed for my lunch.

Two: all you fabulous advice about dear old Bertha, you guys have so many great ideas that I shall definitely be filing away for any future furniture refurbishment projects too. As for Bertha, I'm thinking there may be some glossy cream paint involved and a wee bit of wax... oh, and I'm thinking of these knobs as suggested by dear Miss Tif.

Three: This perfect peachy pink Gladioli stem which sprouted up in our garden this November... I then took upon myself to rescue from said garden after the wind damaged it's delicate stem, leaving it's pretty blooms teetering dangerously above the muddy ground...


A perfect peachy pink Gladioli stem which sprouted up in our garden this November. | Emma Lamb
A perfect peachy pink Gladioli stem which sprouted up in our garden this November. | Emma Lamb

Four: another fabulous thrifty find that had me giddy and almost breathless at the mere sight of them... I can only compare the moment to something like finding myself in a chocolate shop on a day of free tasting and being told there was an infinite supply of fresh mint tea! Thankfully I was able to keep control of myself long enough to grab them, gesture manically at my Man through the shop window and rush to the till to pay for the two most beautiful Arcopal bowls I have ever seen... ! Yes, I have seen many a pretty Arcopal bowl online but they were not nearly as lovely as these two, simply because I knew these two would be coming home with me... :)

Five: Last but not least and maybe not quite so peachy as Arcopal but still very peachy indeed... We have five lovely ladies in line for five complimentary tickets for the Selvedge Christmas Fair (all the fives, very peachy indeed how that one turned out!). Diana, Francesca, Dawn, Emma and Concetta, my Mam and I have a lovely ticket for the each of you, yay! If you lovely ladies could email me at 'emmalamb[at]easy[dot]com' with your addresses that would help me out hugely (I'm so very busy crocheting as you know) and I shall pop your tickets in the post asap!

Wising you all the most peachy day!
Emma, x

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studio details : a cosy nook

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I have shuffled my wee desk over into a cosy nook for winter working... :) | Emma Lamb
Delicate snippets, the start of my new moodboard space. | Emma Lamb

During my impromptu break last weekend I took it upon myself to shuffle a few things around my wee studio to create a cosy wee nook for lots of winter crafting. As well as wanting to move my desk away from the cold window (I love our old wooden sash and case windows but the can be a wee bit draughty at times) I also wanted a change from my mood board shelves as lovely as they are... so I trundled my desk (dragged more like, that thing is heavy!) into the perfect position with a lovely blank wall / brand new mood board to play with... my meagre washi tape collection is giddy at the prospect of lots of sticking!


I also decided to take the casters off my low shelves to upend them for some neater storage, you wouldn't believe how much more shelving space this seemed to create! They now work so much better for holding all my files, my most favourite books and lots of my pretty clutter that was residing on my desk. Now as well as having more space to work it feels like I have more space to breathe... it's very invigorating and the only place I want to be at the moment is there working, hence the late in the day post but kinda useful with Christmas Fairs looming... :)

Getting to work in my new cosy nook... I love it! | Emma Lamb
Details from my new cosy working nook. | Emma Lamb
Bertha has found the perfect spot under my wall shelves to show off her granny chic goodness | Emma Lamb

Oh, and now the lovely Bertha here (my fabby dresser rescued from the street back in the spring) is living quite contently and patiently under my wall shelves while I try to decide what to do with her. She is destined to be honoured with storing my yarn but it is her outer that I can't decide how to finish.
After stripping back her nasty varnish to reveal the beauty in her wood veneer (I love her flames!) I just can't decide what to do with her... a glossy coat of creamy white is one possibility but that would mean hiding that gorgeous wood. I'm not sure if a clear coat of varnish would work, oil is definitely not an option as it soaks into everything else too, but maybe a wax seal is the way to go...
Any suggestions would be most welcome... !?

Emma, x

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