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

Weekend list: 6 + 7 September

September 5, 2014

I drove to work today – this week I feel like I’ve done no real work but have just been in meetings or answering emails the whole time. On Monday I’m starting my new old job so my first weekend task is working late and sorting shit out.


  • Reading my book
  • Sewing for orders
  • Packing and posting
  • Napping
  • Buying a bike with Tom

Now we are (30) seven

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.