Posted on January 7, 2011

New Year, New Changes


This is the post I have been reluctant to write for ages, but I cannot put off any longer.

I have made the decision to offer Handmade Kids the chance to have a new owner.  Yes HMK is for sale.

Eeek, even writing those words publicly gives me heart palpitations.  I have grown Handmade Kids over the past couple of years from scratch, from a tiny blog I thought no one would read, to what it is today.   The decision has not been easy by any means, as it is my other baby, and it has taken me months to reach this point.

Over the past year I have lead a life I don’t particularly like.   My catch phrase to my children is always “hang on a minute, just let me finish this” whilst I am madly typing.   My children, my partner, my family, my friends and myself, always seem to come last.  So the past few months have been about re-assessing my life, do I really want another year the same as last year?  Will my relationships survive, will I survive?

After chatting with Caz, she also feels the same way.  With a busy toddler, working part time and both of us having our close friend very sick, it is time to slow down and smell the roses.   With our lovely friend Sandy requiring a transplant and having to move to the City, it has made me realise, that every week I say, I am going to cook some meals and drop over to her. I have not made it yet.  I always have an excuse, I am busy, I am tired, I haven’t cooked for my own kids – the list goes on.  Next year I want to be able to head to the big smoke at the drop of a hat, just to spend time with her, without worrying about how I am going to do that.

There has been no real culmination of things that have made this decision aside from  personal life changes.  It is time to dedicate to other tasks and projects, whether they be family, or they be something new.

So if you have an interest in handcrafted items, love supporting and helping new stores, love writing, then you may just be interested in owning Handmade Kids.

The business would ideally suit someone who is passionate about Australian handcrafting, has writing skills, has blog/wordpress knowledge and who has the time to commit to the blog to grow and nurture it further into the years.  The blog requires a daily commitment of writing, answering queries, researching and more.

We are really committed to making sure that the blog goes to someone who is dedicated and can grow it more.  So we are not heading anywhere soon, and are on board to make sure this happens.  As so much time and passion has been put into HMK to get it to this stage, it is really important to us that the right person takes over.

If this sounds like you, and you would like to own the fabulous Handmade Kids, then feel free to drop us a line to enquire more.   Genuine enquiries only please.

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  • Bec January 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Wow you guys, sorry to hear you’ll no longer run HMK, you’ve done such a fantastic job! Brave decision and your reasons are first.

    Hope you find someone as wonderful as you both to run HMK.

    Bec & Matilda

  • MJ January 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    All the best, Jemma! The new owner will have big shoes to fill!

  • Steph Bond @ Bondville January 7, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Jemma it will be sad to see you go, but hopefully you will find a lovely passionate replacement. Good luck xxx

  • samia January 7, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Well done and congratulations Jemma, and of course you too Caz….I’ve seen your “little blog” blossom over the past 2 years and every so often when i come back for a visit it looks fresh and inspiring…I really do commend your decision…and imagine it to feel both heartbreaking and fulfilling….your little ones can be very proud….you’ve both done a fabulous job….
    and to the new owner….we know you’ll do well….!!!!
    three cheers to HMK …Hip Hip Hooray

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