Hello The Makers and Shakers : Emma + Lee

 
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I am super duper excited to be part of The Makers and Shakers Canberra this June. It is a one day art and design market, so, if you're in town, pop in to say hello. 

The Makers and Shakers Canberra
Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla, ACT 2601
23rd June 2018

Here, I'm excited to share an interview of Emma Morris + Lee Glezos. How it all happened. What inspired them most. Their cute dog with a super cute name. These guys are so funny together. I always tell Emma she should do a talk show or a podcast (anything, so I can tune in hehe)

Read all about it below!

x

m

1. Tell us a little bit of yourself. And how did you meet Lee? 

Emma: It was in 2005 so before dating apps and social media. That means we met the old school way - at Bar Open on Brunswick St in Fitzroy (in Melbourne). But I approached Lee because I had seen him at the State Library for months (and we both used it as our office and I learnt that we were both studying for our Honours). 

Lee: I agree with that story. I’d also add that 2005 really was a unique time to start a relationship. Melbourne was changing rapidly with things like the start of speciality coffee and small bar scene, there was tonnes of exciting energy coming from new-beginnings and change when we first got together.

 

 Meet the founders. Image via themakersandshakers.com

Meet the founders. Image via themakersandshakers.com

2. We know you have cute dog named McNulty. 

Emma: McNulty - he is very cute but he's a Jack Russell so very opinionated about how the world works (and at 13, very set in his ways). His latest obsession is carrots. He can't get enough of carrots. 

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Lee: I love that dog. When we adopted him, we did a six week 'basic manners course', where he learned things like how to sit on command, come when called, and not bark at people that came to the front door. Each week he was top of the class, but at home he flatly refused to do anything he'd leaned in class. He was making conscious choices to disobey all of our commands! In the end we just let him be free range. He sometimes likes to cuddle up on the couch, but often he's off doing his own thing.

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 Emma Morris in super cute vintage outfit at Round She Goes. Image via Round She Goes.

Emma Morris in super cute vintage outfit at Round She Goes. Image via Round She Goes.

3. How did the Makers and Shakers all started?

Emma: For ten years I have run a market for women's preloved fashion called Round She Goes. Around three years ago, I noticed I was often approached by makers of things other than fashion and I realised there was a need to innovate another market just for independent makers. I enlisted Lee as my sidekick to create The Makers and Shakers Market.

Our goal was to create a mid-sized event, curating Australia's best upcoming and established makers of homewares and food, but offering participation at a fair price point.

Lee: We love to create events that we ourselves would like to attend. We had met a bunch of indie makers through Round She Goes, and developed the idea that there was a need for a market that held concepts like ‘meet the maker’ and ‘locally-made’ as its core principle. We wanted the event to be more than just exchanging money for goods. We wanted the public to feel they had licence to connect with makers, and come away from the event with a general appreciation for handmade goods.

 

 The Makers and Shakers always draw a huge crowd. Image via themakersandshakers.com

The Makers and Shakers always draw a huge crowd. Image via themakersandshakers.com

3. The funniest thing that ever happened at the market

Emma: I'm a CRAZY Real Housewives fan (of all the cities) and probably the funnest rather than funniest is that Athena X from the Sydney franchise was a regular at our Sydney Round She Goes market and I had no idea. I loved her on the show. I Insta messaged her to tell her that I think she'd like this event as she is a fan of vintage clothing. She said, "I know darling, I already attend!" I've since met her there a couple of times (photo op!) and she is a regular shopper. She has excellent taste! 

 Stalls at Makers and Shakers. Image via themakersandshakers.com

Stalls at Makers and Shakers. Image via themakersandshakers.com

 

4. Advice for makers out there. 

Emma: Excellent photography is a game-changer for attracting the right customers and getting accepted to markets. It's worth the investment to get professional shots taken. 

Lee: In terms of applying to The Makers & Shakers, being descriptive about how and why you make is really important to us. We receive such a large number of applications and we read all of them carefully. We preference locally-made and small-scale, so it's important to highlight these things, or list the sustainable/ethical dimensions of your product (e.g using local printers for stationary, using organic or fair trade ingredients in beauty products, etc.)  

 Flowers at the Makers and Shakers. Image via themakersandshakers.com

Flowers at the Makers and Shakers. Image via themakersandshakers.com

 

5. My dream job when I was a kid…

Emma: I think I wanted to be a writer. English was my favourite subject and I was the BIGGEST book worm growing up. I ended up working in book publishing for most of my pre-market career, so I came pretty close. 

Lee: When I was 3 or 4 I wanted to be a waiter. Around that time I went to a relatives wedding and my mum bought me a black suit with a peacock green silk Pierre Cardin shirt. In the months following the wedding, I'd put the suit on around dinnertime and take drink orders from my family at the dinner table. Over the years, other interests took over and my dream of being a waiter went unfulfilled.    

 

6. If you + lee were superheroes, what would you guys be?

Emma: She-Ra Princess of Power. She had excellent 80s leotards/fashion sense and is The Most Powerful Woman In the Universe. Sounds pretty good to me! 

Lee: Monkey Magic was my favorite TV show growing up. Monkey was such a cheeky and lovable character. I was forever being told off by my grandmother as a kid, because I’d detach the sweeper bit from her broom, and spend hours in the backyard twirling the pole around and doing kung fu moves. I'd stand in the same spot for hours pretending to be riding the magic cloud.

 Flatlay days of my favourite things. Image via May Leong.

Flatlay days of my favourite things. Image via May Leong.

 

Meeting Cristiano in Madrid with American Tourister

 
 Selfie with the Cristiano.

Selfie with the Cristiano.

How crazy the year 2018 has been for me. I was invited by American Tourister Australia to meet Cristiano Ronaldo in Madrid, Spain, along with 18 other bloggers and Youtubers from around the world.

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This year, I was given a wonderful opportunity to meet Cristiano and to gift him something quintessentially Australian. As part of the #bringbackmore campaign by American Toursiter...

It was a challenge to choose something that is uniquely Aussie. I had an American Tourister competition on Instagram to ask my followers what they think is Aussie. I had hundreds of comments, from Tim Tams to Golden Gay Time. The standard boomerang, koala bear and kangaroo souvenir. And even something a little bit crazy, a koala onesie. However, the verdict is hands down Vegemite!

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 Happy days at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Photo by Leon Korobacz.

Happy days at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Photo by Leon Korobacz.

 I grew up watching football (or how Aussies would say it, "soccer") with my dad, and we used to stay up late just to catch the live matches on FIFA. I guess that would be our father and daughter bonding time.

To be able to walk and explore Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, where Cristiano's team, Real Madrid played and won many championships is an amazing experience. The stadium itself is massive, seats 81K people! There is a line of hardcore fans, queuing up to get into Santiago Bernabéu Museum. 

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We were  all caught by surprise when we were taken to the locker room and given customised Real Madrid jerserys. We were all given this once in a lifetime chance to play on the football field! UNREAL!

Our group was given one chance to score a goal and the best price was a Real Madrid football. Well, my ball didn't make it to the goal post (about 1 meter away). At least, I gave my very best!

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American Tourister x Cristiano Ronaldo_Madrid Spain.jpg

We stayed in this beautiful hotel in the city of Madrid. It was art deco inspired with funky furnishings. It was a perfect setup for American Tourister's colourful suitcases!

I had an amazing time connecting with like-minded people. So, thank you once again, American Tourister for bringing us together!

 Group photo with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Group photo with Cristiano Ronaldo.

 

Miss May's Etsy Mother's Day Gift Guide

 

Welcome to Miss May's Mother's Day edition. I have selected all my favourite things from Etsy makers.

Let's start with the prettiest floral cards out there on Etsy. I stumble upon The Paper Bird Cage online store. Pastel wreathes, for me, this is the perfect Mother's Day card I'm going to get for my mom! Can't wait to send her one.

 Greeting cards and photo by The Paper Bird Cage.

Greeting cards and photo by The Paper Bird Cage.

I'm currently head over heels in love with the embroidery wall hoop from Thimble & Bobbin. Lauren, the maker, stitches really fun (and inspiring) quotes of her hoops on Etsy. "You got this mama" is too cute to resist!

 By Thimble and Bobbin

By Thimble and Bobbin

Now, I've been obsessing with handmade looms on Etsy. These modern woven wall hangings are made of various fibre of different colours and textures. When I saw Clare of Jade and Frankie's beautiful handmade tapestry, I had to get one for my mother. 

 Beautiful Jade and Frankie loom. Photo by May Leong.

Beautiful Jade and Frankie loom. Photo by May Leong.

 

For something more a little bit more on the dreamy side, I found this gorgeous set of prints by Little Cat Draw. These luna phases, printed on beautiful archival paper, would be perfect for anyone's room. Literally.

 Luna prints and photo by Little Cat Draw. 

Luna prints and photo by Little Cat Draw. 

And for those looking for beautiful handmade ceramic pieces, I've found the loveliest pieces from SIND Ceramics. I'm loving the blush pink ones with gold rims. The ceramic wares are perfect for any occasions, from on the go-go breakfast to dinner party. Love it!

 Beautiful homeware and image by SIND Ceramics

Beautiful homeware and image by SIND Ceramics

You can find more pretty gifts through the Etsy Editors' Pick's page. Have loads of fun shopping on Etsy for Mother's Day, all!

xm

 

My Packing Tips With American Tourister

 
 My favourite travel luggages, American Tourister

My favourite travel luggages, American Tourister

I travel quite a bit, at least a 10 times a year. Whether it's interstate, between cities in Australia for meetings, shoots and design markets or flying into a new country.

Here's a couple of tips for packing:

1. Travel light 

2. Be organised (e.g. packing pouches) 

3. Place larger clothing at the bottom of suitcase (e.g. jacket and throw)

 

Travel light 

I generally pack a number of outfits based on per week not on a number of days you're away (I usually do my laundry every week)

Be organised 

I used to have random tote bags and plastic bags to separate smaller clothing items from cables and toiletries. 

I used to roll my clothes up and pack them into the suitcase. Until one of my photographer friends introduced me to packing pouches. That's when I discovered this 5-in-1 Travel Pouch by American Tourister.

These travel pouches are the best things I ever had! Life saver in every way.

It comes in a set of 5 travel pouches to organised all your essentials. My favourite has got to be the Garment and Undergarment Bag and Shoe Bag where I can separate my clothings and footwear. My husband, Leon, loves the Cable Pouch as we could get all our tech gadget's chargers and cables all into one bag.

How to pack

In this flatlay, I'm using the new Curio collection by American Tourister. Yellow and bright. I love this colour as it is almost impossible for me not to miss my suitcase at the luggage pickup area.

Hope that helps :)

Have a fab week all.

xo

m

 My flatlay on how to pack smart with American Tourister.

My flatlay on how to pack smart with American Tourister.

 

Cutest Christmas Labels

 
 Cute printable Avery labels, by Hello Miss May

Cute printable Avery labels, by Hello Miss May

It's that time of the year again. I'm loving Christmas and everytime I get the chance to design some cute printable tags, I always get super excited to see it on my Hello Miss May packaging. 

This year, I've collaborated with Avery Australia to create cute, yet simple printable tags. I had so much fun creating the printable tags with my marker pen. It's all about love, joy and loads of hearts. It's available as a printable PDF file, free for all.

Hope you guys like the printable tags I've created. Link here. Head over to Avery to purchase the printable tags. It's so easy to use, and it comes in an A4 sheet of 10.

Happy making and creating folks!

x

m