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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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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...

The Search For The Perfect Winter Wedding Outfit

Posted on June 11, 2015 | 3:50 am

Weddings and spring and pretty floral frocks just all fit together, don't they? But what about winter weddings? What does one wear that's celebratory but warm? Cosy without being drab? I've got a wedding to go to in August, and when I spied these shoes a month or so ago I thought all my wedding outfit dilemmas were solved - a ...

Jorpins 365 : May Favourites

Posted on June 1, 2015 | 7:54 pm

Farewell May. You had some highs - seeing my photo in a gallery as part of the awesome Head On Photo Festival; all those gorgeous skies, blue and pink and golden; tasty food and autumn leaves.But my goodness you also had some lows. In all honesty it's been a pretty tough month for us health wise, and there's a lot of uncertainty loitering about too. Although I should have...


Posted on May 31, 2015 | 2:32 am

It is such an Australian thing, this overwhelming desire to travel. A cliche, but  a cliche because it's true. To be Australian is to travel, from city to city or country to country. We are born knowing we are isolated, knowing we are far far away - from the rest of Australia, from the rest of the world. We grow up accepting long distances, accepting the tedium ...

IGEC : Travel

Posted on May 23, 2015 | 3:43 am

Instagram isn't just a great place to get inspired for your next meal, craft project or photo walk - it's also a perfect cure (or trigger) for itchy feet. So many gorgeous photos of so many far flung destinations. I'm constantly drooling over all kinds of sights and cities in my feed, plotting and planning a dream trip that'll somehow include...

Three Etsy Things : Clutches

Posted on May 13, 2015 | 8:45 pm

I don't usually travel with a handbag - I prefer to take a backpack so I can carry my laptop, camera, chargers, hard drives and other fun stuff in there. But a backpack doesn't really cut it for a night on the town, so I always throw a clutch in my suitcase.Something not too big and not too small; something that sits flat so it doesn't take up too much valuable suitcase...

Two Weeks Away, One Cabin Bag : Summer in the City

Posted on May 12, 2015 | 2:36 am

A long time ago I shared some tips about packing, the most important being that you don't need to travel with as much stuff as you think you do. Trust me - there is absolutely nothing to love about hauling a large and unruly suitcase from place to place. All...