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.


Getting my make on

April 22, 2014

In my imagination Easter weekend is this mythical time where days are slow and I spend heaps of time in the studio making amazing new creations.

In reality I did spend heaps of time in my making cave but it was more along the lines of getting finished on half-done projects and catching up with stockists orders. Here’s what I did…

Finally finished this limited edition of two vintage wool pixie bags. They have red leather handles that I bought in Japan.

See more photos of this bag. They also have an inside band of strawberry-print cotton (also bought in Japan), which I’m rather fond of.

I unwittingly became a crazy cat lady when I finished up a whole stack of these toy cats. They’re for a Christchurch stockist but some will ultimately end up other places.

If you look closely at the back of this bunch you’ll spot my new Kiwi toy – that took a few hours of conceptualising on Monday afternoon and I’m really happy with it.


This is stage one of the Kiwi toy – I was pleased with the beak but the body was waaaay too round. Kind of crazy.

In between all the sewing Tom and I went on a picnic where we ate bacon and egg pie and drank miso soup while contemplating the giant brown puddle that is Lake Wairarapa. On the way home we decided what all the icons for groups would be in Game of Featherston (snort).

We also saw the LEGO movie in Martinborough – it was fantastic and really funny and recommended.

Oh and since I was in a mode of relaxed efficiency I tried to do my tax return and was genuinely shocked to learn I was too early. I’m usually in a fit doing it the night before it’s due.

First Flutter Fine Art Print

December 14, 2013

Did you know that here at Emma Makes you can purchase original art?

This is just one of the limited edition fine art prints available. 300 x 300m paper, woodcut, acrylic paint and pencil.

The prints are entirely handmade – from initial sketches, to cutting the print blocks, to printing. There is no machinery involved. These are only limited editions with nine of each print being available. Grab one today from the Emma Makes store.

New at Emma Makes – last update before Christmas

December 8, 2013

Today I did a bit of stocking up my online shop. Here’s what’s new:


Cotton and muslin doggy bag


Chevron and gold purse


Chocolate brown wooden heart pegs


Mama Tried lyric notebook


Strawberry gift bags – 10 packs


Rose wash bag

Orange doily wash bag


Red spot wash bag


Vintage green flora + mint stripe vintage wood handled bag


Small vintage peach wood handled bag


Purple floral and cotton check wood handled bag


Blue and white stripe and vintage rose bag


Sailing bag


Green tourist big bag

My online shop is open right until Christmas – last orders will be couriered on Monday, 23 December – that means you can shop right up until Sunday, 22 December.

Pastel stuffed kittens – limited online sale

December 3, 2013

I have a very small range of my stuffed kitten toys for sale – just in pastel colours and just until Friday 5pm. These are always super popular with kids and make great baby presents. They seem to be equally popular with adult women.









Each kitten is $25 + $5 courier (for one) or $7 for two. To buy, email me at and let me know which ‘letter’ you’d like then we can sort out payment and address details.



Pre-order your Christmas pencil packs now!

November 22, 2013

Emma Makes pencil packs are great for hard to buy for people, workmates, Secret Santas or just to have on hand so you avoid the awkward, “oh I didn’t get you a present.”

I’ll deliver these to you early December.

Pencil packs are $12 each.

Order yours here.


New BRIGHT big bags

November 20, 2013




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All online here. All cotton. All super limited – one or two of each design in a mixture of new and vintage fabrics.