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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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Bella Italia : A Favourite

Posted on August 24, 2014 | 12:50 pm

Right now I'm travelling with my favourite person (my husband) through one of our favourite countries (Italy). My husband fell in love with the place many years ago, when he lived and worked here for a few years with his first wife. He learnt the language, the customs, the history, the food...the driving. And he adored it all. So now when we...


Posted on August 12, 2014 | 11:13 pm

By now we should have landed safely in Rome, picked up our car and started heading south for Matera, Fasano and Lecce. We will be well on our way on what may be called a trip of a lifetime. My husband has finally taken some well deserved long service leave, and we are spending five weeks or so driving through the south-east of Italy and the south of France,...

Typography Tuesday : Worry is Creative Kryptonite (Part Three)

Posted on August 5, 2014 | 2:19 am

So simple, so true...or is it? Sometimes thinking about making stuff IS fun. The buzz of a new idea or project. The brainstorming and honing, and thinking that you just can't wait to find the time to get started on...

Donuts and Gratitude. And Feeling Inadequate. But Mainly Donuts.

Posted on July 31, 2014 | 9:33 pm

The expat life is generally awesome and exciting, and often somewhat perk-filled. As an ex-expat I do sometimes miss that awesome, exciting, perk-filled life (I especially miss the someone-else-paying-our-electricity-bill perk...). However, there is one big thing about being an ex-expat that I am very grateful for. And it's such a big thing that I think...

Photography + Memory (Part 3) : Making A Great Photo Book

Posted on July 27, 2014 | 3:20 am

As mentioned in my last post I've made a

Photography + Memory (Part 2) : Print, Share, Publish!

Posted on July 18, 2014 | 11:01 pm

A few days ago I wrote a post about the important role that photos can play in our memories and our sense of self. I wrote about how they...

Photography + Memory (Part 1) : Some Thoughts

Posted on July 15, 2014 | 11:02 pm

I've just got back from five chilly but beautiful nights in Tasmania with my good friend Shannon and my loan Olympus OM-D...

IGEC : Hong Kong

Posted on July 8, 2014 | 9:07 pm

Hong Kong is a ridiculously photogenic city. Yes, there's the neon and that iconic skyline and those incredible views. But there's also the clash of old and new, and the rush of such a densely populated place - it's a street photographers dream, really. And then there's the surprisingly beautiful spots far from the skyscrapers; lakes and waterfalls ...

Typography Tuesday : Worry is Creative Kryptonite (Part Two)

Posted on July 8, 2014 | 12:30 am

More words of wisdom from the Instagram account of @joshjohnson, under a 'Josh's Journal' post titled Worry is Camera Kryptonite. Says it all...

TICOW* : The Food Edition

Posted on July 2, 2014 | 10:25 pm

Do you ever get overwhelmed by a craving for a particular food or ingredient? When the desire, the need, for that particular thing is so strong that you have no choice but to go out and procure it, and possibly waste a day googling related recipes? This happens to me on a fairly regular basis. So here's some *Things I'm Currently Obsessed With, the food...