jewellery box : Lobster and Swan

Bon Voyage lucky amulet pendants by lobster and swan | Emma Lamb

Have you seen Jeska's latest edition to her gorgeous Etsy shop, Lobster and Swan!? If you haven't then you are missing a truly delicious feast for your eyes...

colour your monday happy...

a perfect sunny day by erica hogenbirk knitwear etsy sneak pee 2. by {brooke} april two eighty little joy by knitalatte11 the bench by rainingsheep 等待月亮 by 甜心莎莉 (Waiting for the moon by Sweet Sally)

Image credits: 1. erica hogenbirk knitwear, 2. {brooke} april two eighty, 3. knitalatte11, 4. rainingsheep, 5. 甜心莎莉 (Sweet Sally)

Good morning... !

Today when I hopped on over to our fabulous 'all colours in' Flickr pool I found this perfect combination of black and grey inspired images just waiting for me on the front page... I do love it when that happens! They do have a lovely autumnal vibe too but without being full of traditional motifs and colours such as orange pumpkins and whatnot. Yes there is one lovely autumn leaf, captured so perfectly by knitalatte11, that she has paired with delicate white flowers and those black berries. But this hint of traditional mixed with lots of neutral black and grey makes for a more 'grown up' approach to autumn colour and beauty... at least I think so!

Oh, and I do love Sweet Sally's Waiting for the moon as it captures something about the autumn that I have a love hate relationship with. Yep those miserable dark nights when the rain is pouring which I hate but they do provide such perfect opportunities for such beautiful night bokeh shots as this... I am sure I have said this before but I do love a wee bit of bokeh!

Wishing you all a fabulous Monday,
Emma, x

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colour palette : rose gold

colour palette : rose gold, curated by Emma Lamb / photograph © emma lamb

I've had a bunch of these dried yellow roses hanging in my studio for months now, they were a wee gift from my Man when he came home from work one day. They were really pretty buds when he gave them to me, but within a day or so they began to droop and dry out. I'm the kind of girl that like to see a bunch of flowers fade and die. I am always fascinated with the way the petals and leaves twist and contort into new shapes; the way the colours change and become more muted while also taking on more depth; and the way they take on a whole new sense of fragility as they become brittle.

But it wasn't until the start of the autumn that I really noticed the colour in these delicate blooms... the papery shades of gold, mustard and burnt orange. I love them against these muted greys and greens along with that gorgeous pop of bright pink (from one of my Cath Kidston bags). I think they make for a very pretty autumn palette, don't you?

Happy Saturday and I hope you all have a fabulous weekend,
Emma, x

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and the winners are...

Pretty Peggy Garland by Emma Lamb

Good morning my lovelies! Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to delve into their fabulous button stash to share a few delicious pictures as part on my wee Pretty Peggy Garland pdf giveaway! All your collections are quite fabulous indeed and I have been perusing them with much jealousy and even a tiny bit of drooling! So without further ado and in no particular order, here are the three winners and my reasons for choosing them...

Laura of nimble fingers and steady eyebrows (I so love her blog title, don't you... !?) ~ Laura shared a picture of a very special tin of buttons on her blog and wrote... "As you know, I love buttons and I have quite a number of receptacles full of them in my craft space. These are my most precious buttons though. My Granny doesn't sew but she is a thrifty Yorkshirewoman and has saved spare buttons over the years. She kept them in an old tobacco tin of my Grandad's. When she moved house, she gave them to me and I love them for the tiny pieces of family history that they are. My favourite is the yellow sunshine button- I'm waiting for just the right project to use it..." I smiled a huge happy smile for Laura when I read this... :)

Vivienne of Green Rabbit Designs ~ Lovely Vivienne has inherited a gorgeous collection of her mother's buttons including one from her wedding dress (dating back to 1944!) and a very yummy flowery teal one that instantly caught my eye! She has also arranged them so beautifully in her Flickr picture here.

HoffiCoffi ~ Really I think the winner here should be Mr HoffiCoffi, for making a very special cycle trip just to buy this huge stash of buttons for his lovely lady, but I am sure that if I sent the prize to him he would then gift it to his lovely lady anyway! Thank you to Mrs HoffiCoffi for sharing such a fabulous find, I dream of the day I will happen across a Quality Street (or maybe even a Roses) tin that is full to bursting of fabulous buttons and rummaging through them to see what treasures lie within. Although there would be no pondering from this button hoarder, I would grab that tin with both hands and not let go!

Congratulations lovely ladies! I have left you all a wee note, please do get in touch with me and I will send your wee prize right away!

Wishing you all a fabulous button filled day,
Emma, x

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studio details: yesterday and today

I do love a tidy studio! | Emma Lamb

Yesterday I tidied my wee studio. I always let it get in such a mess as I am completely terrible at putting things away properly. Usually that results in organised chaos but if I don't keep an eye on things it turns into pure, unadulterated chaos and I can't find anything I'm looking for. The worst thing is when I lose my crochet hooks, sewing needles or embroidery scissors. I know they will be in one of the many boxes, baskets or tins that hold all my projects, but which one!?

colour your monday happy...


Juliette Heart Necklace- Red Handmade Lace Pendant with Garnets, Pyrite and Pearls by Edera Jewelry Let's go! by Three Red Apples Hello Spring by One Flew Over... Fields of gold by endlesshue down our back lane by freefallingletty

Image credits: 1. Edera Jewelry, 2. Three Red Apples, 3. One Flew Over..., 4. endlesshue, 5. freefallingletty

Happy Monday to all you lovely folk... :)

Today I am loving lots of warm gold, autumnal yellows and yummy mustard from our 'all colours in' Flickr pool, I hope you are loving them too... !?

Talking of things autumnal... As part of the Celebrate Color festivities the lovely Kate Dixon, of One Flew Over, has put together a wee tutorial for a lovely crochet scarf / shawl (third picutre). The design is perfect for beginners and is really quick to make so if you are looking for a wee project to enter into the Celebrate Color September prize draw then this would be perfect for the yarn category! There are some very delicious yarn prizes on offer (so delicious that I am wishing I could enter too!), so why not get your hooks out, get crocheting and Celebrate Color... !?

Wishing you all a fabulous day,
Emma, x

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colour palette : button stash

colour palette : button stash, curated by Emma Lamb / photograph © emma lamb
Happy, happy Friday my everyone! I hope all of you have had a fabulous week!?

I feel like I have been super busy catching up with everything after having a few days off last week but it has been great, kinda hectic but in a good way. Oh, and I am so thrilled you all love my Pretty Peggy Garland pattern. Thank you so much for all your kind words of support they really do mean so much to me, you guys are fab!

As you are all rummaging through your gorgeous button stashes as part of my wee giveaway I thought I would have a wee rummage through mine and see what inspiration I could find for today's colour palette. This wee collection features some of my favourite vintage plastic buttons. See those two large floral moulded blue ones and the the two white carved flower ones? I adore them! Those I know will be in my collection forever because it will have to be a cold day in hell before I even consider parting with them. Hehe, so don't expect to see them on a cushion any time soon!

I particularly love the contrast of muted blues and greys with the bright red and green in these vintage buttons, At first I wasn't sure these colours would hold together well in a palette but after a lot of fiddling and twiddling with the arrangement everything seemed to fall into place and hey presto! I love it just as much as those delicious buttons.

Oh, warning! I am about to toot my own trumpet again... This morning I was so excited to see a few of my lovely ladies featured over on the UK Handmade website in a wee craft profile article dedicated to crochet. Yay!

Well my lovelies, I am off to finish up a few more bits 'n' pieces before signing off for the evening. So I shall wish you all a wonderful weekend!
Emma, x

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