– a must-stop shop in Wellington

July 30, 2014 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.

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.




Just like Brownies, but better

June 19, 2014

A friend recently called me from a vintage sale to say she’d found some blankets and did I want her to buy them. This isn’t unusual – yesterday one of the librarians at work did the same.

The first blankets included a grey one with a handful of Brownie badges on them, which was instant nostalgia of the highest order.

The brooch below is kind of like a Brownie badge but you need no special skills to earn it.

The Friends of the Dowse (which I recently joined) have commissioned artist Lynn Kelly to create a limited run of 100 brooches that are only for sale to friends.

You can see a larger version of the brooch and read details here. It’s $100 for the brooch and if you’re not already a Friend then an extra $30 to join. I love that you can only buy this by being in the club – I kind of feel I might be one more step closer to Freemasonary without the hassle of finding an apron.

Join the Friends of The Dowse.

Read more about artist Lynn Kelly.


The greatest gift of all

May 22, 2014

Last week I had a lunch date with Katrina from The Dowse but my face felt like a lizard so we stopped by her house so I could get some moisturiser.

She told me she was having a clean out and did I want this chest covered in beautiful old rose fabric? Is the Pope catholic?

It has little old castor feet and a great shape and inside it’s hot pink silk – beautiful. I’ve got it in my room now with shoes in it. I think it goes really well with my Queen tins on the wall too. Wonderful!

I still can’t quite believe my luck.





Wellington’s newest destination boutique

May 8, 2014

One of the things I most loved about Tokyo was finding tiny independent stores in out of the way places. Now Wellington has another such place in Indie Design.

If you’ve ever been to a craft market with owner Nini Mulyani you’ll know how popular her jewellery range is by the three-deep crowd that’s usually around her stall.

That craftsmanship and eye for olde-world aesthetic has been brought over into her store too with a huge range of one-off pieces arranged on wooden furniture, vintage suitcases and other great pieces.


Magpies like me will be instantly drawn to Nini’s printers drawers filled with glass and ceramic beads and metal findings – both vintage and new.

You can rummage the drawers then have Nini create a bespoke piece for you. Nini’s jewellery is all handmade and wired and soldered, which means no cheap, tacky glue.



She seems to be open a lot but the best idea would be to follow her Facebook page to keep up to date with her hours.

Oh, and she stocks a small range of Emma Makes notebooks and pencils too (hooray!)


The gift wrapping is right on theme too. (I appropriated this image from the Indie Design Facebook page).

Getting there
Indie Design is in the Lychgate Centre, 100 Riddiford Street, Newtown.
>>Follow their Facebook page for opening hours and beautiful images.