An Emma Makes giveaway

April 23, 2014

I’ve having a little giveaway on my Facebook page that I thought you’d like to know about.

If you’re using that old devil Facebook then head on over to my Emma Makes page to enter to win a nice little stash of pencils that are mainly rarities now.

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Getting my make on

April 22, 2014

In my imagination Easter weekend is this mythical time where days are slow and I spend heaps of time in the studio making amazing new creations.

In reality I did spend heaps of time in my making cave but it was more along the lines of getting finished on half-done projects and catching up with stockists orders. Here’s what I did…

Finally finished this limited edition of two vintage wool pixie bags. They have red leather handles that I bought in Japan.

See more photos of this bag. They also have an inside band of strawberry-print cotton (also bought in Japan), which I’m rather fond of.

I unwittingly became a crazy cat lady when I finished up a whole stack of these toy cats. They’re for a Christchurch stockist but some will ultimately end up other places.

If you look closely at the back of this bunch you’ll spot my new Kiwi toy – that took a few hours of conceptualising on Monday afternoon and I’m really happy with it.

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This is stage one of the Kiwi toy – I was pleased with the beak but the body was waaaay too round. Kind of crazy.

In between all the sewing Tom and I went on a picnic where we ate bacon and egg pie and drank miso soup while contemplating the giant brown puddle that is Lake Wairarapa. On the way home we decided what all the icons for groups would be in Game of Featherston (snort).

We also saw the LEGO movie in Martinborough – it was fantastic and really funny and recommended.

Oh and since I was in a mode of relaxed efficiency I tried to do my tax return and was genuinely shocked to learn I was too early. I’m usually in a fit doing it the night before it’s due.


Weekend list: Easter

April 17, 2014

I’ll use weekend in the loosest sense today since this time it’s a four day holiday. Woot! Woot! We’re staying home and here’s what I’m doing:

  • Still finishing off those vintage blanket bags for stockists
  • Sewing up some stuffed kitten toys
  • Working on a new stuff kiwi toy because a stockist has requested them three times
  • Thinking up new pencil ideas
  • Going for a picnic with Tom to Lake Ferry
  • Seeing the Lego movie
  • Reading – I’m onto The Apprentices by Maile Meloy
  • Relaxing near the fire
  • Some general Emma Makes administration


Hey you, buy this t-shirt

April 16, 2014

Last week I saw a link to this t-shirt on Twitter – it’s designed by someone in Wellington and you can buy it online. Do that here.

It’s from one of those sites where you need x number of people to sign up to buy before the shirt gets printed. It’s past that point now (so will definitely be printed) but I thought I’d mention it here because there’s only a couple of days left to get in on the action.

Buy the Make Things t-shirt.


Emma’s super great muesli recipe

April 15, 2014

Pretty much every morning for breakfast I eat a heaped 1/3 cup of muesli with banana and yoghurt. I stopped for a while and when I started again I noticed that the store-bought stuff is super sweet. So I made my own.

The first time I just worked with stuff in the cupboard and it was great – so this takes a similar approach. Just use what you’ve got (but buy the right oats). I usually make this up around doing other tasks – there’s no need to spend time and do it all at once since the cooking time is quite long and then there’s cooling down time too.

Ingredients - for about 1.8kg muesli

  • 1.5kg wholegrain oats (I got mine at Moore Wilsons but I imagine supermarkets or Bin Inn have them)
  • 3 T honey
  • 1/2 T tasteless oil
  • 2 t lemon essence
  • 1 t orange essence
  • 3 cups of nuts of your choice
  • 3/4 cup of crystallised ginger
  • 1 1/4 cups dried fruit
  • 1 t rose essence

Method

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Pre-heat the oven to about 180 degrees centigrade. Put all the oats on a tray or into a large, shallow dish.

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In a pot (or metal measuring cup) melt the honey and oil together. Take off the heat and add the lemon and orange essence – I had these left over from the Christmas cake and they add a fresh taste to the muesli. It probably doesn’t matter at all if you don’t add them – or you could substitute a squirt of lemon.

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Poor the honey mixture over the oats and put into the oven. Cook for 1.5 hours, stirred gently every 30 minutes or so. Keep an eye on the oats so they don’t burn – although that will take ages to happen.

Once you’re happy with how brown the oats are take them out of the oven and leave them to cool on the tray.

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When the oats are stone cold put them in a big bowl. To make life easy you probably want a bit more room at the top of your bowl than I have here.

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Time to add nuts and seeds (if you like them). This time round I used walnuts, hazelnuts and pistachios as well as sesame seeds and sunflower seeds. Chop them up then toast them on a tray under the grill (without oil) for about five minutes. Watch them or they’ll burn – you’ll also need to shake them around every 30 seconds or so.

Once the nuts are toasted put them to the side.

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Chop up whatever dried fruit you have – adding crystallised ginger is my magic ingredient because it gives the muesli a fresh taste when you eat it. Last time I used old raisins, leftover Christmas cake fruit – whatever I had lying about. This time it was dates and nectarines. Add a teaspoon of rose essence over the top and stir in well.

Rose is a bit of an acquired taste so if you have kids you might like to leave this out. Put the nuts and fruit into the bowl of oats and stir until combined.

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Transfer your muesli to an airtight container and you’re done.

This recipe is for home, not commercial, use.


A bit poked

April 14, 2014

Today my workplace finished moving to our new offices across town. They’re warm and light but also further away from public transport options so I’ve decided to bike to and from the train each today.

Now I’m a bit poked but that also means that over time I’ll get fitter and faster.

It makes a change from my quiet weekend at home.

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This is a wool bag I’m working on – the detail is a cloth dyed by my friend Lynn.

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I made this polar pixie bag which is now open for pre-order.

And I made muesli too – I’ve written up the recipe for tomorrow’s post.

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Weekend list 12 + 13 April

April 11, 2014

Some things this weekend are things I didn’t do last Sunday because I was sick.

All better now and back into it:

  • make muesli
  • sew some notebooks for Thrive in Martinborough
  • sew a couple of big bags from fabric I printed last Saturday
  • finish sewing some wool pixie bags
  • make another, slightly bigger, compendium
  • make a parcel to send to Mum
  • maybe do some baking for Monday
  • put my piles of folded washing away

Tonight I’m having a massage after work then going to my friends Becca and Richard’s house for fish and chips and record listening.

Tom is staying at work to build a fort of boxes.

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Last Saturday I printed this blanket with retro Polaroid cameras.


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