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”

Keeping it Cosy: Sewing Stella Joggers

ACS_0139Here’s some things you should know about me. I feel the cold a lot. I love wearing skinny jeans, but at home I’m most happy in a pair of cosy joggers or pjs, curled up with a huge mug of tea. When my copy of ‘Stretch’ by Tilly and the Buttons popped through the letterbox, the Stella hoody and joggers were one of the first items added to my make list. Continue reading “Keeping it Cosy: Sewing Stella Joggers”

Nine Months of Motherhood: The Story Behind the Mama Patch

ACS_0125This week marks a whole nine months since I became a mother. 39 weeks of having a beautiful daughter in our lives, filling each day with sunshine. When I look back over those 273 days, it’s easy to just remember the good bits. The sofa snuggles, the smiles first thing in the morning, that little giggle that never fails to lift even the worst of moods. Motherhood is wonderful, but admittedly it can be tough.

As well as the nine-month milestone, this week also marked a significant milestone for my business; the patches from my first Kickstarter were delivered. This post is a little insight into the story behind the patch, and why I’m so proud of them. Continue reading “Nine Months of Motherhood: The Story Behind the Mama Patch”