Feeling fearful

July 24, 2014

I’m pretty good at forcing myself to do things I don’t want to do. It’s a handy skill and one that becomes really useful, for example, when I need to plough through some boring stuff at work.

However, I recently had to admit to myself that there were two things I wasn’t doing – and the reason I wasn’t was because I was afraid.

The first, which I’ve already blogged about, was doing swim training for Hutt City Tri. I signed up about a year ago and just put it off thinking “oh its ages away” or “I was a great swimmer at high school so I’ll be right.” I work with heaps of sporty people and their advice has been great for making a start.

The other thing I’ve been putting off was calling a photographer to take some photos of me in my studio. My friend Katrina is going to do some PR for Emma Makes and has been asking me to do the photos for ages.

Last weekend I spent ALL Saturday organising and tidying my studio and this Saturday the photos are finally happening. I’m trying not to freak out.

Five new winter bags

July 20, 2014

Today it rained. And then it rained some more. Lucky for me I have a long-suffering friend in Ellen who thankfully was still keen to help me take photos of my new winter bags.

Here’s five of them… with another three to come later. These are all super limited editions of two and linked to my online store (see the whole lot here). If you’re a fan of my big bags then these are slightly shorter in body and handles than the other ones I’ve made so they sit higher. They’re also longer so have greater capacity.

Shop Emma Makes online.






Weekend list: 18 and 19 July

July 18, 2014
  • Clean blue blazers out of the shower
  • Take photos of my new winter bags with Ellen
  • Start to tidy my studio for a photoshoot
  • Deal to the recycling
  • Clean out the car which is filled with craft stuff
  • Deal to all the paper Recycling in my studio
  • Make a box of surplus art supplies and materials in studio
  • Get out my flouro vest for biking
  • Look at the Frankie Spaces book I’ve been lent
  • Clean out the fire


Pretty pretty revolution

July 15, 2014

I watched this over breakfast this morning – it’s mesmerising and I particularly love how the irises struggle then burst open.

A woman being tattooed early 1900s…

A woman being tattooed early 1900s

A woman’s place is in the revolution…

Three NEW Emma Makes pencils

July 13, 2014

We all like new things so here’s a reason to celebrate – three new Emma Makes pencils.

  • I’m a Fabricaholic
  • I’d rather be op-shopping
  • I read dead people

Find them all in my online shop now.

Use the discount code BLOG and you’ll get free shipping in New Zealand until the end of Monday 14 July.




Weekend list: 12 + 13 July

July 11, 2014
  • Get my haircut (hooray!)
  • Buy flowers at Moore Wilsons
  • Hit up Spotlight for some supplies
  • Head to my optometrists and scope out some new glasses frames – my lenses are super scratched
  • Fix my back bike tyre (I have a slow leaking puncture)
  • Sewing
  • General chores


Other people’s blogs

July 10, 2014

I recently went out on a Friday night – that’s pretty unusual for me. I went to the opening of Wunderrama at The Dowse and have finally got around to writing up the experience for The Wellingtonista blog.

Read my blog post here – and go along to the show.


My Instagram shot of The Randell Collection.

I recently revisited Courtney’s great blog post Dear Competent… I suggest you do too because it’s a great read and particularly relevant if you’re in performance management season like we are at work.

And finally, just to prove not everything on the Internet is good – here’s a recipe for a donut cake. The comments are the best. Hattip to Helen for this link.


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