good reads : My Rag Doll + book giveaway

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

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

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

colour pinning : egg-ceptional hues!

colour pinning : egg-ceptional hues! | Emma Lamb

I know. I know. Terrible pun! But it was just too perfect for today's post! Lately I've been gathering a wee bit of eggy inspiration over on my Pinterest pages and I'm amazed at the creativity and resourcefulness of folk when it comes to decorating humble little eggs. I think my favourite methods are those that make the most of the natural brown colour of regular eggs or the subtle tones from naturally dyeing white eggs. So pretty! I'll certainly be rummaging through my kitchen cupboards for some interesting colours this weekend. Do you have any recommendations for good colours? I know I have a red cabbage to try and maybe something in the way of spices? What have you tried before that you know makes for pretty colours?

1. Easter Egg Photography : Carolyn Cochrane {pin}

2. DIY: Dying Eggs Naturally : Lovely Clusters {pin}

3. It’s DIY Time {Easter Egg Mania} : Miss Renaissance {pin}

4. Make This: Fresh Flower Polka Dot Easter Eggs : Paper&Stitch {pin}

5. Natural Brown Easter Eggs : Kaley Ann {pin}

6. Easter Prep: Day 1 - Egg Dude Hats : The Yvestown Blog {pin}

7. Brown Eggs Still Life : Amy Roth Photography {pin}

Wishing you all an egg-ceptional Easter weekend and I shall see you back here later next week,
Emma, x

handmade things I'm loving right now

Hello my lovely blog buddies! Today I want to share with you a few handmade favourites that I've got my eye on at the moment. Lots of useful and beautiful things that I'd would happily fill up my little world with!

handmade things I'm loving right now (Ceramic serving bowl Marina Marinski Ceramics) | Emma Lamb

Ceramic serving bowl by Marina Marinski Ceramics - I love all of Marina's adorable face plates but this peachy sweet lady is top of my list at the moment closely followed by this lilac lovely. A whole collection of these would make a fabulous plate wall, especially for a nursery since the colours Marina uses are so pretty!

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"To The Stillness" and "Grace In the Winds" by Emily Jeffords - I only just discovered Emily's gorgeous cloudscapes a few days ago but I was completely smitten at first sight. I love her expressive brush marks and use of fresh and pretty colours. Instead of moody cloudscapes they're light and uplifting, very spring-like. Lovely!

handmade things I'm loving right now (The 'wool' yarn bowl by Little Wren Pottery) | Emma Lamb

The 'wool' yarn bowl by Little Wren Pottery - There are many yarn bowls out there but I have to say that this discovery from Little Wren Pottery is by far and away my favourite. Simple and understated with the cutest 'wool' lettering detail. Plus this 'vanilla cream' version is the perfect colour for showing off any pretty yarn!

handmade things I'm loving right now (Tree Peony and Botanicals No.2 by United Thread) | Emma Lamb

Tree Peony and Botanicals No.2 by United Thread - Michelle's water colour paintings are always mesmerisingly beautiful and I can't stop admiring these two right now. Tree peony on the left especially, how gorgeous is this painting!?

handmade things I'm loving right now (Zipped Pouch and Mini Pincushion by Cozy Memories) | Emma Lamb

Zipped Pouch and Mini Pincushion by Cozy Memories - My lovely friend Sonia has been adding lots of gorgeous new wares to her shop recently and these are just two of my favourites. This simple zipped pouch would be perfect for holding my crochet hooks or interchangeable knitting needles. It is from her new line around the theme of 'pure'. A collection of simple, elegant designs created with organic linens making the most of this beautiful fabric in it's natural state. And her adorable mini black cat pincushion is along the same lines but has been hand stamped with a cute design she carved herself. How sweet is this!?

handmade things I'm loving right now (Weavings by Maryanne Moodie) | Emma Lamb

Weavings by Maryanne Moodie - I know I'm not the only one who marvels over each and every weaving created by the fabulously talented Maryanne Moodie. Her eye for pattern, colour and texture is entirely enviable so when she posted this pic of her most recent pieces on Instagram and Pinterest a couple of days ago I could not tear myself away from it's loveliness. Pure eye candy for me! Oh how I would love one of these for my studio, I'm thinking the pretty pink and blue one with brown tassells in the top right corner would be my first choice. So beautiful!

Emma, x