Saturday, April 26, 2014


Hello all, I'm just letting you know that I'm having an extended break from blogging, as I have too much on my plate to keep up with everything at the moment.

As you know I am no longer a frequent blogger, and I prefer to keep the subject matter shoe related, but the honest truth is that I am not doing much making right now, and probably won't be till Hazel is at school, which is hopefully next year.

We are planning some home renovations, so I'm working at my desk job late into the night when the kids are asleep, to earn some extra coin.

My daily exploits are still visible on Instagram @emblueski, so do come over and say hi.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

This recent addition to our book collection has Sam and I in a custody battle, it is absolutely brilliant and so inspiring. Makes me very teary that Mr McQueen is no longer with us. 

I'm going to let the (somewhat crappy iphone) images do all the talking.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Handmade Magazine

The new issue of Handmade Magazine hit my mailbox this week, with a couple of pages devoted to me and my crazy shenanigans!

Elizabeth organised this piece late last year, and in the intervening months it had slipped my mind, so it was a lovely surprise to see it all put together. I'm super-happy with the way it turned out, but just wanted to clarify that I am not, in fact, a part-time musician, I'm not sure where that obscure piece of info came from!?

Anyhow, you can click on these images to make them big enough to read, I hope that you enjoy it and gain some insight into my pedantic technique-driven world.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Happy Place = Happy Valley Shop

My current happy place is Happy Valley Shop on Smith St. I love it not just because they are my most recent stockist, and not just because a dear friend works there, but because it is so darn deluxe!

A lot of stores these days are too pretty, too visually busy, too colourful (never thought I would say that!), too girly, but Happy Valley Shop is the antidote to all of that. Best book selection, great mags, well considered gifts for guys and gals, it's a beautiful big space which is peaceful and airy, and always makes my savings card a little less full!

Happy Valley Shop are stocking my leather cases and luggage tags.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Fun times

 Went to the beach and pretended to be Old Gregg

 Rearranged my colour-coded books

 Did some mending

 My kids both made art with their Dad, this is Leo's...

...and this is Hazel's
 Scored some Villeroy&Boch at Savers

 Ate Bento Box 4 at Ito

 Went to the NGV

 Made festive beverages in glass jugs, this one is a strawberry basil margarita

Turned 40 and had a huge party!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Just keep making

I was showing this book to a friend the other day, and I realised that a number of the makers profiled in Handmade in Melbourne Volume 2 aren't making any more. This book was published in 2009, but already so many of the creatives have had a career change, sold all their tools and equipment, or put things on hold, for whatever reason.

It made me feel sad that these makers had gone to the lengths of presenting their work for inclusion in this book, had written profiles about their passion for their chosen craft, the desire to keep their skills up, to grow their practice or their business, but now only 4 years later they are no longer pursuing that dream.

There are also a few inclusions in this book who have gone on to great things, their business has expanded, product range is new and exciting, they have gone from little local markets to massive stockist lists, and huge fancy markets, Angus and Celeste I'm looking at you!

Over the years I've had some ups and downs grappling with what it means to be a maker, and recently had some fantastic conversations/peptalks with Esteemed People Who Know Important Things, who assured me that I just need to keep making, but to be honest there's no way I could stop tinkering.

So in between Christmas and New Years' festivities, endless bickering of my children, an Instagram feed full of peeps on holidays, and both of my neighbours renovating, I have somehow found the time to begin a new pair of shoes.

It took me a while to decide on which leather to use

It has been far too long since I made a pair of sneaks, I mean a proper adult sized, fully lasted and constructed pair of custom kicks. It feels amazing to flex these muscles again.

Coco helped me cut the pieces while I listened to Ashes cricket - clean sweep!

They are almost stitched up and ready to be lasted, more pics coming soon.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Edition X

I'm very excited to have my work included in the amazing collection at Edition X. Housed at Pieces of Eight, at 28 Russell Place, Melbourne, Edition X focuses on presenting the 'affordable collectable'.

'Edition X is unique, bringing you completely exclusive commissioned works from a variety of artists and makers from around the globe with all collections made in very limited set editions.
The works range from jewellery, textiles and books to sculpture and works on paper.'

The Pinwheel earrings are available in three colourways, pictured above, and are a limited edition of three in each colour. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Deck the Halls

Without filling this already image-heavy post with too many words, let me finally introduce my Christmas goodies for 2013. As many of you on Instagram will know, I have been cutting, stitching, attaching, painting and crocheting these beauties for a little while now, and I think that finally people are ready to hear about them!

I've taken many studio shots on the iphone, but also got some great photos taken by Natalie Jeffcott, and you can tell she is super talented and knows her schizz. Thanks Nat!

I have both an Etsy store, and one over at Bigcartel, possibly confusing but best to spread the eggs into many baskets. The entire range is also available at Craft Victoria, they have the wreaths, as do Klopper in South Melbourne Market. I am not selling wreaths online as the postage is a bit crazy, plus they are rather fragile.

 Christmas Bunting is my version of tinsel, a generous 3metres of red satin bias binding, with either gold or silver leather flags. Drape it around your Christmas tree, or pin to a mantelpiece or wall, to bring instant joy to your home.

 The Gift Cards feature festive postage stamps from all over the world, and are a gorgeous decorative touch to add to any gift. They are sold in packs of 10. I have been making these since January!


The wreaths are 30mtrs of rope, crocheted around a polystyrene core. They measure approx 45cm across, so are rather large, and have been a lot of fun to make! Instore at Craft and Klopper.

Finally the decorations, in four designs: bird, snowflake, present and Christmas stocking. These are made from robust kid leather, in the traditional colours of red and white, and feature a silver charm on satin ribbon. These decorations are set to become modern heirlooms, to be cherished by generations and remembered fondly each festive season.

I'm also doing the next Craft Hatch market from 11-4 this Saturday 30th November, at 1000 Pound Bend, 361 Little Lonsdale St in the city, all these goodies will be there, and a whole lot more!

And if that wasn't enough, Craft Vic will be selling this range at their stall at the Big Design Market Dec 6, 7 and 8, at the REB in Carlton.

Go forth!