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The Juggle is Real: 12 Months as a Working Mum

The Juggle is Real: 12 Months as a Working Mum

This month marks a full year since I returned to work after my Maternity Leave. I don’t know what’s scarier, how quickly that year has gone, or the realization that I’ve been back for twice as long as I was actually off work? I returned to my day job when H was six months old. Looking back, I don’t know if I was ready to leave her, but right from the moment I discovered I was pregnant, the plan was always to do Shared Parental Leave with Mr Makes. However hard it would be, I consoled myself with the fact...

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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...

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

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

I’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...

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Brush Lettering with The Lovely Drawer

Brush Lettering with The Lovely Drawer

I’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. I’ve wanted to attend a workshop to brush up(!) on my skills for a while and The Lovely Drawer workshop has been at the top of my wish list. When Teri ran a recent giveaway on Instagram, I entered without hesitation, although expected to...

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

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

I 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...

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