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Welcome to the wonderful world of Jorpins! Here you will find note books, pin cushions, softies and more, all designed and hand made by me with love and care. Jorpins is inspired by my love of felt, fabric and embroidery (and my slight obsession with owls...). Thanks for stopping by, I do hope you find something you like!

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Jorpins 365 : July Favourites

Posted on August 31, 2015 | 1:13 am

So you may have noticed that after a pretty consistent first six months, things have come crashing to a halt lately. I have good, and exciting, and exhausting, reasons for that which will be explained if I ever find the time to write a longer blog post (which I will, hopefully, next week, maybe). I'm still posting pretty much everyday over at Instagram though, so feel free to

Three Etsy Things : Dog Art

Posted on July 29, 2015 | 12:07 am

Etsy is a great place to buy prints big and small. There's a whole world of amazingly talented artists and illustrators with Easy shops, just waiting for you to fall in love with their style. Plus they often offer a heap of options - from large originals to A4 prints to art cards - so you can normally find the right sized print to fit both your wall space and your...

Neighbourhood Eats : Cheekyburger

Posted on July 28, 2015 | 4:50 am

If you go to Cheekyburger, go hungry. Cheekyburger is all about calories - delicious, American-inspired calories - so you don't want to go there after a big...

Death by Doxie : Elfi Wants In

Posted on July 24, 2015 | 3:50 am

Oh what a life the dog with a snap happy owner leads! I was in the garage, doing some task or other. Elfi was not in the garage, but - because she is my shadow - she wanted to be in the garage. The sliding door was open a crack, the light was magnificent, and there was that gorgeous little head, looking longingly in. Do you think I let her in? ...

Renovating With Dogs : Things To Consider

Posted on July 22, 2015 | 3:58 am

Whilst most of our reno was completed without us and the dogs around (and what's left of our sanity will be forever grateful for that) for a good six months or more after move in day tradesmen were very much a regular part of our lives. The...

Jorpins 365 : June Favourites

Posted on July 10, 2015 | 11:10 pm

Grab every cliche you can and throw it at June. It came at us like a freight train; it was a roller coaster ride, too fast and full of ups and downs, twists and turns; it was a hard slog in the foothills. It was muddy and cold and sad, cut through with moments of absolute beauty (see: yellow tailed black cockatoos, heart stopping skies at dusk, soft morning light, all the leaf litter).We cancelled our trip to Europe and we learnt of...


Posted on June 30, 2015 | 4:28 am

Thinking about what to write for this post has made me realise I've been really quite lucky to have lived in some great neighbourhoods over the years. (It's also made me a bit nostalgic and wistful...damn those itchy feet of mine.) They've all been unique in some way, but there's also a few defining commonalities regardless of city or country - greenery,...

Typography Tuesday : Ann Patchett on Life

Posted on June 29, 2015 | 5:05 pm

I knew I wanted to highlight this quote which comes right at the end of Ann Patchett's essay Dog Without End (from her wonderful collection This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage) as soon as I read it a few weeks ago. And...

Death by Doxie : Extra Curricular

Posted on June 19, 2015 | 1:40 am

And this is why you won't see too many flat lays around these parts - the dogs think that if it's on the floor, it's theirs. These photos are from a month or so ago, when the lovely folks at Extra Curricular magazine sent me a few copies of their super cute and gorgeously...

15 Things in The Year of The Sheep : An Update

Posted on June 15, 2015 | 7:47 pm

Ahhhh yes. It's that time of year again, that glorious time when I publicly shame myself by revisiting all those things I said I'd do when I had a song in my heart and a skip in my step and a firm delusion belief that this year would be different.But guess what? With an average grade of B (-ish) things actually aren't looking too shabby so...