Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Time Out

Life is pretty crazy at the moment so yesterday I had time out.

I turned the music up, pulled out some fabric I've been wanting to use, had a fight with the interfacing and these flowers are the end result.

I made 3 sets and it took me 2 hours.

They are for sale here

Saturday, December 3, 2011

10% OFF and a Giveaway!!!

When I reached 1000 fans on my facebook page I promised a giveaway.

Because it's taken me so long I'm offering 10% off my store today to say thankyou to all my lovely customers and supporters

I love a good giveaway and wish I could give something to everyone so I'm giving away 4 prizes to 4 different people.

All you have to do to enter is comment on this post telling me which item from my store you would like to win (I won't accept "I would be happy with anything") and the winners will get the item they picked.


1 entry per person

Open Australia wide only

I will on Thursday 8th to draw 4 winners

Please leave your email or some way to contact you

Thankyou and good luck!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011


I love to recycle!

It's lots of fun to create using something that would otherwise have ended up in landfill.

A few weeks ago I purchased some scraps from an online seller. I asked about fabric sizes and paid good money. What I got from the seller was disappointing to say the least. I sent her an email and never got a response. I wasn't asking for my money back or to return the fabric.

I sat and looked at the scraps for a really long time. The sizes and fabric weren't even suitable for a fabric covered button.

When I had my handmade store open I loved making rosettes. So with a little tweaking and hard work I was able to turn some unusable fabric into some gorgeous rosettes (most of the rosettes in this post are made with fabric from my stash)

The Postie

Why is it that the Postie never delivers on days when I'm organised.

By organised I mean showered and out of my pjs.

Most mornings I get so caught up with packing orders, photographing stock, avoiding any cleaning that before I know it the buzzer is going crazy and the postie is here.

I do the mad rush to find something to wear, brush my hair, grab some shoes and get down to the internal door as soon as possible.

There are some days where I will wear my pjs down to meet him.... these are the days when there are workman doing something to the apartments (ah sprung)

Then I have days like today. I'm up and organised but I know nothing will be delivered today.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Neglected Blog

My little blog has been neglected.

I'm back and hopefully regular blogging will return.

I thought I would start by sharing a photo of Brissy. This was taken a few weeks back on a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon (before the heat set in).

My camera spends most of it's time in Macro mode so it was great to change the lense and use landscape.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Latest Handmade Purchase

Last night Scott and I drove to Wynnum for "Wynnum up late"

We shopped, had coffee, listened to music and I bought this lovely brooch from "Off the Hook" (of course it's red!!)

I visited the collective store and saw some gorgeous handmade items. Will have to go back when it isn't so busy and have a good look.

What's your latest handmade purchase?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Scrap Happy

There's nothing I love more than when the courier rings the door bell.

Waiting for me today was fabric. Lots of scraps from lovely handmade sellers.

I love working with scraps. We've become very good at using every little piece.

The best part is we are saving it from the rubbish bin!

So if you ever have fabric scraps please let me.

What am I going to create!!!
Friday, September 9, 2011


I never planned to collect badges. It was something that just happened.

It started when I was in high school and slowly grew as I attended music festivals.

It started with a hat (gift from my parents) and my first ebay purchase (Ben Harper badges)

Some badges have been bought, others were gifts and a few were found.

When I look at them I remember the memories.

What do you collect?

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Super Saturday

I love shopping for bargains!

So I've decided to have a Super Saturday Special.

This special is valid for today only and stocks are limited.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


I'm waiting for a delivery of some gorgeous Elk necklaces.

Come on Mr Courier!!

I have the red necklace above and it's on SALE on their website!!
Saturday, July 30, 2011

New From GemmaJoy

Things have been busy at GemmaJoy. We've been experimenting with new designs, sourcing new wholesalers, buying lots of new items and having a lot of fun. Tomorrow my mum comes home from her month long holiday in America. Her bags are full to the brim and she's told me that she's bought buttons, felt and a few more goodies to share.

If your in the market for craft supplies please look at my store. It's growing. It currently has over 200 items!!
Shop GemmaJoy

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Monday, July 4, 2011

New Zealand

Before the ash cloud struck again we made our way to Wellington. We were very lucky if we left the morning we did, it was worth the 5am flight.
I loved Wellington. I had an expectation that it was going to be very cold. The weather was beautiful most days, the sun shined but when the wind started it was cold!! I love wearing coats, scarfs and beanies (something I don't do much in Brisbane).

Wellington is a small city that has a lot of coffee shops. We spent most of our time discovering new cafes and eating food.

I don't know what's going on with my hair in this photo. This was taken on the day we arrived.

Our flight home was delayed because of the ash cloud. This meant there was more time to squeeze in more coffee, food and sitting by the water.

I love going away but it's so nice to come home.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Busy Busy Busy

I've just gotten back from holidays (posts and photos coming).

I was amazed at how much stock my mum has made while I was away. It took a few trips to the car and up the stairs to get it into my house.

I've finished packing all the paid orders from when I was away and I had just enough time this afternoon to snap a few new photos. I'm gradually adding these new items to my store and would love for you to take a look HERE

Friday, June 17, 2011


At GJ we've been busy sewing up embellishments.

These have been very popular and our stock levels were low.

Armed with new fabrics we were motivated (mum more so than me).
So many new embellishments were designed and created. Some have been added to my craftumi store for sale.

I've been spending a lot of time improving my product photos. Can you tell?

And I'm so excited to show you the new colours our doilies come in. So pretty, I think the teal oines are my favourite!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Giveaway Winner

I picked a winner for my giveaway. I love it makes it so much easier!

I loved reading everyones comments and finding out what they would create using these buttons.

Thankyou to everyone that entered (over 300!!).

The winner is AJ.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Giveaway Day - Win Buttons!!!


One lucky person will win 30 mixed buttons from my collection.

To enter simply follow my blog and comment on this post (I would love to hear what you would create with these buttons)

For an extra entry like my GemmaJoy facebook page

Open to everyone (will ship internationally).

Entries close Friday 27th (Australia).


For the past 2 weeks we've been buying our fruit and veggies from the markets.

Not only is it cheaper but we've been eating better and feeling better.
These are some pictures of the weekends purchase.
$22 got our fruit and veg for the week.

I also bought my mum some chai tea. It smells so good, I better post it to her today or I might end up drinking it all.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Still Life Drawing

I love to draw but I've never been good at drawing still life. At school I used to pass these drawing assignments to my mum to draw because I just can't shade and get the 3D look.

Last month I handed in my first attempt at drawing. My feedback was "the cup looks flat", "you need to work on the tone and texture to give a more 3D look". A normal person would give it another go, not me! I shut my books and the stubborn side of me came out.

Today I'm giving it another go.
Saturday, May 14, 2011

Red Shoes

The weather has been perfect for my red TOMS.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

My Creative Space

My Creative Space is early this week because I keep forgetting to post.

This week I've been revamping some of my embellishments. Changing buttons, adding felt, fabric and lace.
I've also been sorting out my craft space. Well not so much cleaning as making a bigger mess.
I had a spare bed in the room. We decided this week to remove the bed and give me more space. Photos coming next week.
So more cleaning, sorting and organising for me.
More spaces here

Happy Customers

"I bought this poppy from you last year. We are currently living in Munich and we were lucky enough to go over to France for the Anzac Day Dawn Service in Villers Bretonneux. I wore my poppy with pride. I'm a little late in posting this pic for you, but better late than never, as they say, and I promised you when I bought it that I would send you a pic! Thank you for making it for me"

It's photos and comments like this that make my day. It's great to see some of my handmade items living overseas.
Saturday, April 30, 2011


Today the exercise started again. I felt a bit like the picture above. I got dressed, woke Scott up and off we went. It was just a short walk. Around the block then down to the shops to post orders and get the paper. We avoided donut king and the bakery.
I can't imagine me ever saying that running is me time. I can't even remember the last time I ran.

This is what I feel like.

Must be time for a coffee and breakfast.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Mum's Button Stash

Over Easter I also raided my mums button stash and wow did she have some buttons.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Was spent looking after 2 naughty cats

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

New Supplies

Remember how I said I was going to stop making things. Well this is proving harder than I thought. Especially when these super cute owls arrived. I had to turn them into earrings and maybe even some necklaces tomorrow.

I also spent a lot of time today photographing and listing items on craftumi.

Yesterday was a day of cleaning and sorting my craft room. It feels a LOT nicer and calmer in there.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Comfort Food

The weather in Brisbane today is perfect for comfort food.

This post is for Scott. He just called wanting lamb shank pie. We had a long conversation about food, what we wanted for dinner and food memories.

The above photo is a very happy Scott with lamb shank pie in Queens town (sorry about the blur). Below was my Pork Belly - so yummy. The food was so good we went back for breakfast and dinner!

This is what I want for dinner. Shame I'm in the wrong country!!


Sometimes people amaze me by there complete stupidity. Yesterday, after avoiding the petrol station for a few days it was time to go. It was busy, we waited and waited. When it was our turn a van pulled into the pump next to me. His tank was on the wrong side and when he realised that the hose wouldn't reach, the guy and his passengers decided to pass the hose through the cab of the van. Seriously, when did they ever think it was a good idea.
Sunday, April 17, 2011


Most of the furniture we own is second hand. We live in a mix of ebay and Ikea purchases. Which suits us. We seem to move a lot and with every move things get damaged.

Our lounge has definitely seen better days. I've started patching holes with felt. As much as we need a new one, I would prefer to spend my money on a holiday.

This doesn't stop me from looking. I found the above picture on pinterest this morning.

I like lounges that have a dual purpose (storage, bed etc). But I've never seen one turn into bunks.
Saturday, April 16, 2011


I've been studying typography this week, so today I've been looking through the Internet to find examples of art with text.

I found this print and thought I would share.


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