Does it Spark Joy? Decluttering the Marie Kondo Way

Does it Spark Joy? Decluttering the Marie Kondo Way

Have you spent the first few weeks of the year asking if your possessions spark joy? Have you been refolding all your clothes, and organising all of your drawers? Since watching Marie Kondo, Tidying on Netflix, I’ve been spending my January doing just that. I first discovered Marie a few years ago, when I read her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying and was first introduced to the KonMari method. I had mixed views about it; I loved the principle of only keeping items which you truly loved, but struggled with some of her other views on things like not relegating old t-shirts to wear as nightwear! Reading her book did give me an urge to tidy, and that I did, however I never really committed to it. Continue reading “Does it Spark Joy? Decluttering the Marie Kondo Way”

Looking Back at 2018

49319516_2039053276178084_273294060444188672_n2018 feels like it’s gone by in a flash, but as I think back to everything that has happened this year, there has been a lot going on.

The year started with some big decisions about returning to my day job; although I knew that I’d always return, and the rough timescales, submitting my formal confirmation on 1 January felt like a huge deal at the time. There were a lot of tears over the following days as I wondered if it was all going to be ok. My first blog post of the year was sharing Harper’s birth story, and the reaction was so positive. I wasn’t sure that it’s something you would all be interested in, but I was genuinely touched by all of the people who took the time not only to read it, but also to send such lovely messages. Continue reading “Looking Back at 2018”

The Big Indie Christmas Gift Guide 2018

47682106_326597871527224_1802051591730102272_nI can’t quite believe it’s December 1st, where did the year go? With the year flashing by so quickly, I’m definitely lagging behind on the Christmas shopping. Amazingly, even with a new born last year I seemed to be more on top of my gift buying than I am now, ( I did most of it online during the night feeds!).

Having tackled a large, busy shopping centre only today, I get why people choose to shop online. Before you go filling your cart on Amazon though, why not spend some time looking at all the things indie sellers have to offer? If you’re finding yourself stretched for time, below I’m sharing a snippet of some of my favourite items (including a few from my own Etsy store). I’ve also pulled together a Pinterest board of over 50 gift ideas for your nearest and dearest featuring these gifts and more. Continue reading “The Big Indie Christmas Gift Guide 2018”

Sewing the Perfect Work Dress: Tilly and the Buttons Stevie Dress

ACS_0174I’ve now been back at work for five whole months, and whilst there are many positives to being back, one thing that I’ve not loved so much is my work wardrobe. I’ve got a rail full of clothes, but there is little that brings me true joy. Add into the mix a super hot summer, and I have been struggling with what to wear. I’m definitely a dress for cold weather kind of girl; warm jumpers and thick socks are my friends.

My heart almost burst with happiness when I saw the Stevie dress launch, it was the answer to all my summer work-wear woes. Good neckline (I don’t do low cut), decent length (I’m tall), and not too tight around the middle (post-baby tummy). On paper, it truly is my dream dress. Needless to say, I ordered it straight away! Continue reading “Sewing the Perfect Work Dress: Tilly and the Buttons Stevie Dress”

Brush Lettering with The Lovely Drawer

brush lettering workshop recommendationI’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love letters. Typography, handwriting, calligraphy, I adore them all. I’ve given modern calligraphy a go and spent a whole 100 days practicing my hand lettering on-screen. However, when it comes to brush lettering, it’s something I’ve tried many a time but I’ve never quite nailed it. Continue reading “Brush Lettering with The Lovely Drawer”

The All-important 100th Post: The Story Behind Em Makes and Bakes

IMG_1443I can’t quite believe I’m typing this, but this will be my HUNDREDTH post. It may have taken over three years to get here, but it feels like a huge achievement.

It’s taken a while to find my flow, and really find my blogging voice. But three years on, I’m here, I actually have readers, and it’s something that I’m really enjoying. I had a number of ideas for this special post; a round-up of my favourites, a lessons learned, and a few others. However, there was one idea that I couldn’t quite shake. My story, and how I came to start Em Makes and Bakes. Continue reading “The All-important 100th Post: The Story Behind Em Makes and Bakes”

5 Ways to Spark Creativity

ACS_0144Ever buy a really nice notebook, and it’s so beautiful that you don’t want to waste the first page on something rubbish? You want to create something wonderful but your mind goes blank and suddenly all that’s there is a thought that you forgot to buy milk, and a big question mark over what you will actually watch in the evenings now that Love Island has finished (FYI, the new season of Orange is the New Black).

Sometimes it’s not just a new notebook when you get that dry spell. It can hit you unexpectedly, and suddenly you’re wondering why you just can’t think of any ideas. For me, it always seems to come when I’m particularly busy; my brain seems to disengage the creative part to focus on whatever else I need to do. So, just how do you spark creativity? I’ve come up with some ideas below, based on what I like to do when I find myself starting at a blank page. Continue reading “5 Ways to Spark Creativity”