Weekend list: 2 and 3 August

August 1, 2014

This weekend could go one of two ways but whatever happens it’s going to be relaxing and fun and have these things in it…

  • Head to Petone Winter Carnival – I’ve been working on this and am volunteering. Fingers crossed for good weather otherwise I’ll be rolling out the postponement notice at 6am
  • Heading to Wellington
  • Seeing some Film Festival films
  • Getting some washing on tonight so our weekend of larking about doesn’t mean we’re smelly, dirty hobos next week
  • Working on some kiwi toys for a stockist
  • Working on ukulele covers for an order
  • Reading
  • Napping
  • Eating nice food.

A great travel tip

July 31, 2014

I realised yesterday morning that I had a great travel trip I hadn’t shared, which is this…

When you travel buy a perfume that you’ve never worn before. When you come home every time you wear your perfume it will remind you of your trip. In Japan I bought a bottle of Guerlain Vetiver from a huge department store in Osaka. I tried it on and wandered around the store to give it some time to settle in before deciding it was right for me.

Now every morning when it’s cold and dark and I smell like Vetiver I return to Japan.

Made.it – a must-stop shop in Wellington

July 30, 2014

Made.it in Wellington is a great shop stocking New Zealand handmade products – and on Friday they’re getting bigger. They’re building out into the shop next door and are having a grand opening party this Friday.

You’ve probably seen them on Victoria Street looking something like this:


They’ve stocked Emma Makes for about the last 2.5 years and are super popular. Seeing them grow is really exciting.

This Friday will be regular trading hours with a twist – if you take in the voucher below they’ll give $10 off when you spend $50. A good time for a winter treat or a chance to fill your present drawer.

Just like a pro

July 29, 2014

On Saturday I had my photoshoot with local photographer extraordinaire Jake. It was 2.5 hours long and I really enjoyed it – it was relaxed and fun.

I thought you’d like to see a few photos because everyone likes pictures. Clearly there were some pretty funny jokes being told in this session too.

All the images are MASSIVE so here’s three sneak peeks…




Weekend list: 26 + 27 July

July 25, 2014
  •  Cardigan audit – I have so many cardigans and some are ripped or sloppy so they can get outta here
  • Photo time of me and my studio on Sat
  • Tidy house
  • Make up spare room – I like to always have it ready
  • Fix a hole in my favourite cardigan
  • Go for a walk
  • Relax

On Sunday Tom and I have been together 14 years so we might take ourselves out for lunch I imagine.


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.







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