Thursday, May 27, 2010

My Creative Space

For my creative space this week I'm sharing a few photos of my weekend craft session with my mum!
Mum and I had a great weekend. It started on Friday afternoon making necklaces and putting flowers together. On Saturday we went to Spotlight and bought more felt, fabric and buttons. Stopped in at "Sweet Pea" for chai tea and pumpkin and miso rolls (I think this may be my favourite cafe in Lismore (everything is vego and mostly if not all organic. It was also were I first discovered the magazine Frankie (and they still have the same copy on display))

I discovered that I'm in love with polka buttons and a new range of big buttons I found at Spotlight. My mum got over her dislike of doilies and used a couple of new brooches. My cat loves chasing after beads as they tap along the tiles (I think he may have eaten some too...silly cat).My mum is left handed and she uses her scissors upside down. I came very close to sewing a straight line on the sewing machine... but the bobbin had run out so my straight line was all in my head.
I woke on Sunday to find all my craft supplies organised. Buttons separated into colours, fabric neatly folded, cotton together in my new vintage sewing basket (thanks mum). I can happily say that it's still all organised.

The result of the weekend was lots of new designs and items made. Just need to take some better photos of them. Some items are up on Madeit if you would like to have a closer look.

Thanks for reading all the way to the bottom. Pop over to Kristys to see who's got their craft going on this week.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010


GemmaJoy has gone into the world of necklaces!!
This was my mums idea and after 3 days of crafting here are some of the end results.
Over the weekend we made 30 new items!!!
Lots of time was spent battling with extension chain and findings.
Lots of new brooches were made as well.
Click on the picture for more details!
If you love them but don't see a colour you like email me ( because I have more items available.
Felt and Crochet on Brown Velvet Necklace

Orange Felt Flower with Black Seed Beads on Braided Necklace

Grey Felt Flower with Black Seed Beads on Braided Necklace

Green Felt Flower with Black Seed Beads on Braided Necklace

Red Felt Flower with Polka Dot Buttons on a Red Ribbon and Black Braided Necklace

Retro Felt Necklace on Velvet Necklace

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

New Photos

New photos of items on Madeit.
Taking the perfect photo can be frustrating. I often give up and post whatever I have snapped... but in the world of online selling I don't think this attitude is the right one!
Today I snapped some new pictures and posted them. Hopefully they will get more views and sell.
Someday I will organise a model to wear my items (but because I sell mainly one offs this could become time consuming).
Let me know what you think!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Retro Necklace and Brooch - by GemmaJoy on madeit

Retro Necklace and Brooch - by GemmaJoy on madeit
Saturday, May 22, 2010

Giveaway Winner

Thank you to everyone for entering. I hope my new followers stick around!! The winner of my giveaway was Challen Charms.
Thursday, May 20, 2010

My Creative Space

This is my creative space. I've been working on new headbands (which I have on sale here 50% off). I have new brooches on the way. And for some exciting news I have a few surprise projects, I'm going home this weekend to experiment with my mum!

I'm still drawing. My Dallas picture is finished and I've been working on NYC.

I'm having a giveaway... so please go here and enter. 2 brooches and a surprise gift are up for grabs! It's open to everyone.

Click here for more creative spaces
Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Have you entered my giveaway? If not click here there's only 16 entries so far so the chances of winning are pretty high!!
Sunday, May 16, 2010

It's Giveaway Time!!

Monday 17th May is the Sew, Mama, Sew! big Giveaway Day.

There's going to be lots of giveaways (250 +) to enter so please pop over to the Sew, Mama, Sew! blog for a full list of participants.

I'm joining in on the fun and having my 2nd giveaway!!!

The winner will get a pack of handmade goodies made by me.

Item 1: A purple velvet rosette brooch

Item 2: Polka dot button brooch

Item 3: Is a surprise

To enter
Become a follower of my blog and leave a comment telling me the last time you were surprised

Winners will be drawn the old fashioned way (names on paper) hopefully with help from my neighbours cat.

I'm happy to post the giveaway worldwide.

The winner will be announced on my blog on Friday 21st May. Fingers crossed!!!
Friday, May 14, 2010

The Contemporary Handmade Alliance

A great new facebook page called The Contemporary Handmade Alliance has been launched.

Their mission: To provide the Australian contemporary crafting community a space through which is shared high quality information, to assist and support members in their crafting endeavours; including the design, development, manufacturing, marketing, packaging and selling of their products, as well as networking opportunities.

There's a place to promote sales, link your facebook page/blog and show pictures of your market stall.

So if this sounds like something you would like to know more about visit here
Thursday, May 13, 2010

My Creative Space

My creative space this week is full of pens, paper and new ideas.
I'm working on a series of drawings for a friend. I had to restart because I wasn't happy with them. Above is my drawing of Dallas.
I received a custom order to create a Poppy for a 40th birthday. This is attempt 1, if anyone has any ideas I would love to hear them! Do you think it looks like a Poppy?

I'm a bit obsessed with my hot glue gun (even though I keep burning my fingers). I made myself a lady bug pin cushion last night (it was late and I don't know what possessed me to do it). I started out stitching it together but then went for the quicker option and glued it.
Thanks for stopping by
More creative spaces here

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Hidden in Boxes

I found this bedspread downstairs in a box yesterday. I gave it a wash and now I'm wondering what to do with it... any ideas?

Monday, May 10, 2010

I heart second hand

This is my new table. An ebay bargain. The chairs were thrown in for free because 2 need work. It's solid teak and they were only being sold because the couple were afraid of the teak getting marked with young kids around. The table only just fits into the worlds smallest dining/lounge room! But I love it!
I have a growing collection of small bowls! I parked outside Vinnies today and wandered in for a look. I came across some cool little glass bowls (top and right. The one of the left is already mine) on the $1 table. When I went to pay I told the lady the price and where I picked them up from... her response "oh no too expensive, how about both for $1". I've read about this happening to others bloggers and now I believe it does happen!

What I've been up to

I've been busy adding new items to madeit. I'm trying to add new items every couple of days.
Here are some newbies. Click on the picture for more details!
Eames Chair Brooch
Puff the Poodle Brooch

Pale blue felt flower brooch

A scottie dog brooch

Hair snaps. I bought supplies to make hair clips when I lived in Dallas, Texas... over 12 months later I finally turn them into something pretty.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

My Creative Space

I thought I would share some of the things I made today -
  • 6 new flower headbands
  • Button hair slides
  • New smaller felt flowers brooches in the works

It must be time to clean up my mess.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I love....

After a terrible day I escaped with some etsy window shopping - here are just a few things that made me have a second look.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A beautiful sight

There's a big flock of white cockatoos in my street. They are noisy buggers but they are very beautiful and I don't think I've ever seen so many of them together in the wild... I counted about 20.
Monday, May 3, 2010

Some Newish Items

I thought I would update you all with some new items on madeit. I'm working on getting more drawings up as well as some more cute brooches, hairclips and some new projects. Please let me know what you think!!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Made it Forum

I've been on Madeit for over six months and today I stumble across their forum site. I was thinking last week how madeit needs a chat room or forum page just like etsy so sellers can interact.
Well Madeit has one - I just haven't looked. I think if you haven't already you should go and check it out. There's a link at the bottom of any madeit page.

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