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I am currently a part time stay at home mum to Abby (7), Oliver(6) and Jamie (4) and part time business owner. I have fallen in love with jewellery making which led me to starting a business doing something I enjoyed instead of a job I did to pay the bills. I'm hoping this way I can do something that I'm happy to wake up to on a Monday morning.


Growing up I was always surrounded by things my Nan made whether it be something knitted or something she ran up on her sewing machine. Not having much money as a family meant activities were off the table as were the chances to go places and learn about crafts so I never really had many opportunities to grow that part of me. Although there were art projects in school they were always restrictive and I struggled to find the outlet I so desperately craved.

Reaching adulthood I…

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  • Female
  • Born on February 17
  • Joined July 1, 2011

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Gemstones, crystal, glass, wood, silver, brass, metal, ribbon

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I am currently a part time stay at home mum to Abby (7), Oliver(6) and Jamie (4) and part time business owner. I have fallen in love with jewellery making which led me to starting a business doing something I enjoyed instead of a job I did to pay the bills. I'm hoping this way I can do something that I'm happy to wake up to on a Monday morning.


Growing up I was always surrounded by things my Nan made whether it be something knitted or something she ran up on her sewing machine. Not having much money as a family meant activities were off the table as were the chances to go places and learn about crafts so I never really had many opportunities to grow that part of me. Although there were art projects in school they were always restrictive and I struggled to find the outlet I so desperately craved.

Reaching adulthood I have taken every chance I've had to try something that interested me from making clothes to sewing to cardmaking and scrapbooking to knitting and finally into jewellery making. What started as a way to make something special for my friends celebrating the friendship through fandom that we had founded quickly grew into something I took great enjoyment in doing. This fit me better than any of the other things I have tried ( though I do still love to do them ) and I soon found myself making and making and finding the tiny bit of free time I had disappearing into learning and trying new things. I am thoroughly enjoying making and learning.

I was a friend who told me I should try to sell what I was making. They all seemed to love what I had made so I decided to take a leap, hoping that in a market so full of people creating jewellery themselves that someone would love what I create and appreciate it the same way I do.

Learning to make jewellery has not only extensively added to my own collection of jewellery but also introduced me to the wonderful world of gemstones. I love them. I am addicted to shopping for them almost as much as trying to create beautiful things with them. I love the variations in colour and pattern and that no two are ever the same and for me gemstones say more and are worth more than diamonds.

Finding Etsy was a godsend. Here are a bunch of like minded individuals who make and create and put something of themselves out into a world that's filled up with the same. It's something I can appreciate. I see more value in someone having something created by someone sitting in their spare room next to a sewing machine/easel/tool box than I ever could in something pulled from a chain store. Hopefully in a world where make do and mend is becoming the norm again the true appreciation of having something made by hand rather than a factory will take precedence.

I try to keep my prices as low as possible as I'm not interested in making huge amounts of money merely funding my hobby although I'm sure my husband would say differently. I am trying to create a business from this but I know it's all baby steps. I would rather have someone buy a piece and love it than become a millionaire!

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