Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A little bit about me!

 Hi, I'm Gem, I'm the person behind Musings of a crafty mind & Eastside Crafters.

I'm 30 (turning the big 31 on our first crafty catch up ;)). I have an adorable 4 year old son and a gorgeous partner who I adore. I am currently a SAHM but am just finishing off cert 3 in child studies (to become a child care worker) but in previous life was a Vet nurse. I live in the beautiful Yarra Valley which I wouldn't change for the world!

I left vet nursing to become a mum over 5 years ago but unfortunatly we lost our first child after she was 3 days old due to complications with her birth. Her name was Lily and she is my beautiful angel. She is actually the reason I got into craft as an adult.

I had always been a crafty/creative child but as time went on I forgot about that part of me but when I was organising my daughters funeral I really wanted to make something for her, so I decided to make a guest book for people to sign at her funeral. It wasn't perfect but I was happy with how it turned out, it was pink, yellow and white pastels, I used some very cute baby related scrap booking papers on in the front left hand side near the bottom I used some cute pink letter tiles to spell out her name, LILY, lined the pages inside to make it look professional and worthy of being such an important memory from such a sad day.

I don't have any pics of it unfortunately and it's currently in storage with all her other items but I promise when I get it out I'll show you all.

So from there and as a sort of therapy (and to indulge my stationary addiction) I decided to learn to scrap book, I collected many themed papers, got obsessed with card stock and embellishments etc. I've made about 3 pages to date....LOL. It was fun while it lasted but just wasn't for me. I realised I liked to make things that serve a purpose, that can be used over and over again, so after trying card making, invitation making etc, as well as graphic design, I went to the other side, fabrics and sewing! This is where I am today with my craft.

I ♥ fabric, it makes me happy, I have make clothing, toys, aprons, bedding, room decoration etc and I love it all! I currently have two machines which are like my third and forth children LOL. One is a Brother BC 2500 sewing machine and the other is a Elna 344 overlocker, basic but what I need right now. My dream would be to get an embroidery machine but that's a while away!

Not my actual machine taken from google images, too lazy to take a photo of mine LOL.  

Again not my machine, too lazy to take pic myself!
Back to reality I have a wee dog who's name is Daisy, she's a funny little thing she is but she was my saviour in very dark times, she gave me something to love when I should have been loving my newborn daughter. I also have 3 cats, Molly, Scout, and Moushka, three ratbags of cats but would be lost without them! 

I'm obsessed with the internet and having access to it, I couldn't live with out my internet, facebook, google, it connects me to a world I need to be a part of! I also love reality TV, I know not the most stimulating of activities but I ♥ it. My latest fav was The block, I even stood in line (FOR 4 HOURS!) to see inside the houses, am a little lost now it's over, although I'm glad to have found Katrina's blog, as well as Josh and Jenna's website so can get a fix in a round about way LOL.
I'm now watching the Renovators which is good but isn't the block!

I promise I'm not a crazy stalker fan, in fact I can't stand when people get obsessed with celebrity, while I was waiting at the block to take a peek inside I stood there waiting to get things signed by the contestants and thought, wait a minute this isn't me, I felt strange asking for a signature from someone who was not 8 weeks a go just like me, don't get me wrong I loved watching the show but that whole celebrity thing just doesn't sit right with me, asking for autographs should be for 15 year olds with braces and acne, not 30+ y/o women. I admire the peeps from the show because they are just like us who have a talent for design and renovation, I love all things creative so to me it's a good fit. I did however get the promotional hat signed by a few of the contestants for my son as he loved watching the show and when I brought it home got a kick out of the autographs but never again will I ask a stranger for a signature, no matter how famous, they're just people!

So yeah, that's me in a nut shell, there isn't much to me really, I'm a Wife, Mum, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Crafter, Internet and Reality Show Junkie, Coke Zero Lover.


  1. Hi Gem, Thanks for sharing a little peek into your life.

    I have the same Brother sewing machine and like you, would love to one day own an embroidery machine!

    I'm also a bit of a reality TV junkie, love The Block (all of them, going right back to the first series!), although I'm not sure if I'm as keen as you are...I don't think I would've had the patience to wait for four hours to see the houses!
    Amy :)

  2. Hi Amy, thanks for stopping by! I was a little obsessed, I must admit but not sure I will be waiting in line like that again! Although I can't wait till next season!


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