Weekend list: 25, 26, 27 October

October 24, 2014
  • Monster tidy of the messy house
  • Getting my hair cut: it was formally cute and is now just boofy
  • Hunting for peonies
  • Eating brunch in town
  • Buying up stuffing at Spotlight
  • Making and photographing kittens for orders
  • Photographing and listing new pencils in my shop
  • Sorting through my wardrobe and getting out summer clothes
  • Sewing
  • Making new pencil packs for teachers for my shop
  • Reading
  • Going to The Rocky Horror Picture Show drive-in movie
  • Seeing a woman about her boxes of vintage fabric.

Weekend list: 18 + 19 October

October 17, 2014
  • Tonight Tom is at his Mum’s house so I’m having a craft party by myself (fist pump)
  • Administration for Emma Makes
  • Filling orders for Emma Makes
  • Making pencil packs
  • Dealing to the clean and dirty washing that is mounding up everywhere
  • On Sunday I’m going to a glorious Twig & Arrow flower arranging class, which is a birthday present from Tom
  • Eat lunch at a nice Wellington café
  • Hunting for peonies

Image from Twig & Arrow website

Here’s what I did this time in 2013 and 2012 and 2011 even.

Weekend list: 11 + 12 October

October 10, 2014

I’m REALLY looking forward to a quiet weekend at home – big surprise! Here’s what I’m doing:

  • Picnic on the beach with Tom tonight YAY
  • Filling orders for stockists
  • Sewing kiwi and kitten toys
  • Swimming at the pool while Tom shops
  • Finishing my new Laurence Fearnley book
  • Maybe making a dress
  • Lighting up the new fire pit.

Weekend list: 4 + 5 October

October 3, 2014
  • Dinner in town with Mum and Tom
  • Emma Makes orders
  • Weed and feed the apple trees (not super excited with this cold weather)
  • Cut out some kiwi toy bodies
  • Put Mum to work as a craft slave
  • See a movie
  • Visit the usual Greytown shops
  • Relaxy times.

Good afternoon new notebooks

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.

A brief hiatus

September 10, 2014

Hello all,

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.


Looking at things in Christchurch

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


The Catherdral


Art in The Square


Buckets of daffodils – cheap and plentiful


Retro shopping


The Tannery – a beautiful place where you could spend a lot of money


Particularly good camellia


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