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
August 20, 2014
This week I got landed with the best of both worlds, career-wise. I got offered a short-term promotion while another staff member takes six months off, which means new challenges and more complex work but without having to leave my workplace or learn a whole lot of new names.
I really like my work and our small team gets on really well. This will mean managing two staff members and taking on more responsibility, which we all know I like because I’m nerdtastic. I also like that the new job makes me feel excited but also nervous – a good sign that I’ll be tested.
My reign of terror starts on 8 September. I’m keen to be a really good manager – feel free to tell me what you like in a manager as I’m on a collecting mission of sorts.
August 11, 2014
At the end of this month I’m taking a short vacation in Christchurch. I’ve planned it around the Readers & Writers Festival and Mum is coming up too so it’ll be a good chance for family time mixed with inspiring ideas and outings.
The first day I arrive I thought it might be nice to invite you to lunch. I know I have lots of blog readers and Emma Makes fans in Christchurch and thought that meeting you was a good idea. You’re paying for your own lunch I’m afraid but if you RSVP I’ll bring you a goody bag.
If nobody turns up (I know my invite is on a week day) then I’m happy to eat alone. If not, see you there.
Lunch on Wednesday 27 August
Addington Coffee Co-op, 297 Lincoln Road, Christchurch
Addington Coffee Co-op
August 10, 2014
I’ve got two people visiting my studio shop today, which reminds me to tell you that you can visit too.
I’m here most weekends so you just need to make an appointment first (just to make sure I’m home).
Details about visiting and contact details are on my website. Here’s a little preview…