Thursday, March 31, 2011

Most Successful

I don't make multiple items of the same design. I tend to make only one of each item. So when this Easter brooch was created I thought it would be the only one. It wasn't, 11 brooches have been made and today I sold the last one.

When I think about it, this brooch has been my most successful item. I'm still surprised by this.

It got me thinking. When you make something... do you know when it will be a success?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Last week I announced I was closing my online handmade store. I've been thinking about closing the store down for a while and I finally did it.

I reduced my prices, promoted I was closing and I got lots of orders from people saying they've been admiring my items for ages (which made my day).

So why am I closing? Because I've been looking at my store and not feeling inspired. I feel like the passion is gone and it's time for a break!

If GemmaJoy comes back I will be taking my store in a new direction.

I've decided that I'm discontinuing my girls accessories, clips, bobby pins and will focus on gorgeous accessories for women.

So if you want a piece of GemmaJoy you better be quick as items are selling fast!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011


Don't cry over spilt coffee.
Today can only get better right? I don't even know how this happened... somewhere between the sugar and the milk. This was the last of the good coffee and it was Scott's. I was torn. Should I give him mine or should I make another (using new coffee that isn't as nice).
I made him a new one and kept the last of the good coffee for myself.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011


There's a few sneaky specials at my Craftumi store this week. I've put some embellishments on sale.
I have a lot of fun making these embellishments, maybe too much fun as I have so many.
I've seen people make them into hair clips, headbands and even sew onto plain shirts.
So many possibilities....


I listed new items today and changed the photo 4 times!

I like the frame but the image is washed out .
I thought the cream would be ok. But it looked bland against my other items

I ended up using the picture below. Good old trusty blue!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


These two are my new friends (I live an exciting life).
I've been taking product shots for the longest time on paper. BORING. I don't have any friends who are eager to have their face plastered over the Madeit store (if I do please speak up now).
I know I've needed to display my products so customers can see proportion. So it's a start.
Expect to see more of these two. Now it's time to name them!!
Monday, March 14, 2011

Flowers and Kitties

When I was visiting home last week I spent some time playing with some camera settings.

I also spent some time harassing the cats which inspired the embellishment above. He's such a cute cat. Dash hiding in the garden.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

My Mother... Part 3

Is the best sewer. Look what she made me today.
A New Zealand Souvenir Tea Towel Cushion.
Just call her Martha Stewart
Saturday, March 12, 2011

Man Flu

Scott has a case of Man Flu.
We had made plans and bought tickets to go the football and I can't say I'm disappointed that we're not going.
I've quarantined him in the bedroom with the latest season of Jersey Shore. GTL. What a stupid show!
I bought him cold and flu tablets, food, lemonade and paddle pops for his sore throat. I've made him lunch and dinner. I also threatened to send him home so his mother could look after him.
This blog post is for next time I'm sick. It's evidence that I went to Woolworths on a Saturday where there were huge lines at the checkout, slow people and about 1000 children.
Friday, March 11, 2011

My Mother....Part 2

On Wednesday mum gave me these stickers. With a serious look on her face she told me to stick one on my phone. I thought this was interesting then came her explanation. "They stop the magnetic radiation".

Sometimes mum goes a little crazy. Like when there was bird flu she stocked up on food (she still has tubs of food in her wardrobe).

I couldn't help but laugh. How on earth can this pack of stickers (which were for the bargain price of $1 each but that was a 50% discount) stop radiation.

We went out for dinner and there was a joke about how I should change the room I sleep in when I visit my parents because of the power box outside the window. When I refused she quickly came up with a solution. See photo below

When I went to bed, I saw her solution. A sticker on the wall! This from the woman who wouldn't let us blu tak posters to the walls as kids. I wondered why she didn't just stick them to the bed... but she did that too!!

PS. mum has just seen the photo and is a bit upset that her sticker isn't centred and level. God love her

Thursday, March 10, 2011

My Mother....

This post is the start of a small series about my crazy mother. Sometimes I think she's losing her marbles, sometimes she makes me laugh so much I cry and other times well.... here's what happened today.

I've left Brisbane for a few days to catch up with friends and get some things from home. So today I spent the day catching up and having lunch with a friend. I knew my mum was listing new items on my craftumi store (she's in this venture with me... as you can tell not the technical/computer side). I've shown her how to add items, she's watched me add items, she's even added items herself.

Tonight when I get home I've noticed about 5 new listings and a huge increase in my bill! Firstly I thought she had advertised the items on the front page... then I checked out my bill. She'd gotten confused about quantity listings. Basically there was a $10, $6 and $4 fee for 3 new listings. These 3 listings should have costs $1.05 to list not $20.

When I asked her what she'd done her response was 'but I fixed it up". When she'd realised what she'd done wrong she'd removed the extra quantity listings. She was proud that she had edited her mistake.

God bless her.... now to change my passwords.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011

MPAY: One Thing

I haven't played along with "My Place and Yours" for ages! Today I'm back and the theme is... One thing you would take if your place was burning down (apart from the usual photos etc).

I looked around at what I own and thought and thought some more. Most things I own are replaceable.
I would take would be my drawings (all of them!!)

What's your one thing?

Play along at Hello Owl
Monday, March 7, 2011


Goodbye Summer and hello Autumn.
New embellishments I've been working on.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Some Fun This Saturday

I'm feeling generous this Saturday evening so I thought I would offer some bargains.
I've reduced 5 items in my Madeit Store
Item 1 $1
Items 2 $2
Items 3 $3
Item 4 $4
Item 5 $5
Be quick items will return to their normal prices tomorrow morning!!
Have fun finding the items!!!
Click here
Friday, March 4, 2011

Rainy Days

Rainy Lime Day on Madeit by Totally Innocent
It must be the weather because today I'm feeling very unmotivated!! I'm very thankful that the heat has gone and the rain is here.
I need to motivate myself so I can
1. go to the post office
2. complete assignments
3. clean
I would prefer to go to bed with a good book.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Madeit Finds

Today I had my head in the books. I studied for a really long time. Finished 2 assignments, fixed up another and started reading for the next one.
So as a distracted I had a look on Madeit for some funky items.

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