October 1, 2014
Over the wet weekend I made some new notebooks and *finally* remembered to take photos of new pencils for my website too. Sometimes I wish these things would magically photograph and list themselves… I’ve linked each photo to my online store so you can read all about it.
I was inspired to make new notebooks because I go through them at speed at work – and wanted something new to use. They’re each $13.
Popular Plans & Schemes pencils in a new design
You’re at work getting things done, chugging through your list, solving problems like Trixie Belden, girl detective.
“If there was a problem, Yo, I’ll solve it Check out the hook while my DJ revolves it”
I read heaps of Encyclopedia Brown as a kid and found it infuriating that I could never solve the mysteries. I desperately wanted to be as smart and clever as Encyclopedia… You’ve got it easy – you can just buy the journal.
You know those meetings you go to occasionally that make you resent the five years you spent at university? Yeah you do.
September 10, 2014
Just a quick note to say my new job is BIG and Emma Makes is busy so I need some time to sort those out. While I do I’m going to take a short blog break – until the end of September.
September 8, 2014
Last Monday I got up at 4.45am (Mum threw a pillow at me because I was sleeping through my alarm) and flew from Christchurch into a finance course. Then the week was a whirlwind of work and birthday and baking and work and drowning in email and some more work.
And here we are, Monday again. Here are my photos from Christchurch – I love going to other places and looking properly. It’s something you rarely do in your own home town.
Lyttelton pennants at Henry Trading. I wish we had these in Featherston.
The Shroom Room cafe, we had a great vege breakfast despite all hankering for bacon.
Painted signage on a brick wall.
Beatrix Potter at The Eco Store (dump shop)
Art at the end of New Regent Street
Art in The Square
Buckets of daffodils – cheap and plentiful
The Tannery – a beautiful place where you could spend a lot of money
Particularly good camellia
September 5, 2014
I drove to work today – this week I feel like I’ve done no real work but have just been in meetings or answering emails the whole time. On Monday I’m starting my new old job so my first weekend task is working late and sorting shit out.
- Reading my book
- Sewing for orders
- Packing and posting
- Buying a bike with Tom
September 3, 2014
Today is my birthday (yay) and I’ve got enough leave to take a day off work, which I highly recommend to one and all. I think every birthday I’ve ever had started with presents in bed – Tom gave me a bunch of great things from his Paris trip, a wonderful ship picture from a Luxembourg market, some iTunes vouchers and a place in a Twig and Arrow flower course.
I’m really excited about them all and love the idea of buying new music so will happily take recommendations.
I’ve just returned from Ellen’s house where we started the day with ginger muffins, coffee and 1960s records. And she gave me a daphne bush so next winter that’s one less thing she needs to listen to me rant about wanting to find. I think I’ll plant it near the back door.
Next I’ll do a spot of baking – a birthday cake for myself to take to work tomorrow and two kinds of biscuits for a farewell on Friday. Then it’s solid pottering – probably in the studio, or watching a touch of The Good Wife or just staring aimlessly into space wondering if I’ll make it to 73.
We are Seven by William Wordsworth.
August 27, 2014
Mum and I are taking a break in sunny Christchurch. I came down for the Readers & Writers Festival and she’s driving up to join me.
I’ve just returned from a super nice lunch meeting friends and thought I’d post my list of things to go in between Festival sessions and family time.
Feel free to add to this too:
– Make cafe
– Pay it forward
– Addington Coffee Co-op (tick)
– The dump shop
– Cotton On Kids (one of the few stores with the great bedding range)
– The Tannery
– Cafe Valentine
– The Botanical Gardens
August 22, 2014
Usually at the start of the week I can’t imagine having anything to write on my list. But throughout the week a ton of chores accumulate…
- Sew a custom shoulder bag for someone who needs a replacement of their (very old) one
- Sew kitten faces, cut kitten bodies – there’s a kitten explosion happening out there
- Make goody bags for next week’s Christchurch lunch
- Sew a cocktail dress – as you do – Mum emailed to say we need to wear a cocktail dress to dinner with Ruth Reichl at the Christchurch Readers & Writers Festival
- Post off an order
- Add ink to the printer
- Watch The Good Wife