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 March 26, 2015 | 6:21 pm
Our hounds are, of course, hounds of taste and distinction. As such they know good textile design when they see it, so this bench seat - featuring Florence Broadhurst's Japanese Bamboo print - has fast become one of their...
Posted on March 24, 2015 | 2:15 am
There's a lot of Etsy angst going around right now (see here, for example). People are talking about how this once idyllic haven for artists and crafters seems to have become a mega site full of cheap mass produced crap. They're talking about whether it's still 'the world's most...
Posted on March 17, 2015 | 6:30 pm
One of my 15 things to get done in the Year of the Sheep is to complete three walking events. My first one is coming up in April. It's the Jabulani Challenge - I'm doing the 22km trail run walk. It's only ...
Posted on March 12, 2015 | 8:51 pm
Yesterday was a really hot day; the kind of day where you sweat buckets just thinking about walking down the street. It was hot, and humid. So - how many Sydneysiders did I see dressed in ankle boots, black jeans and long sleeve tops? Too many to count. Yes, technically it's autumn but it was super light sundress weather, not jeans and boots weather. And this is...
Posted on March 6, 2015 | 1:10 am
February, what a cloudy, rainy, sticky month you were. And a fabulous one too, actually. I'm a bit sad to see you go. Trips to the beach, birthday lunches, neighbourhood wanderings, soft morning light, afternoons in the pool - yep, you were alright. Come back soon, okay?Find all my daily
Posted on February 27, 2015 | 12:22 am
Up at the very top of our house is a little room where most of these blog posts are written. Actually, it's not that little; it's our attic space and it's awesome. I've got my desk up there, along with all my various craft supplies - stamps and wool and paper scraps. It's where I keep all the
Posted on February 26, 2015 | 1:20 am
My childhood was full of dogs. And cats. And goldfish. And one very unfortunate guinea pig. I feel so blessed to have had that experience, of growing up with animals. Yes, if you think about it (and if you do the environmental maths), pets are a horribly selfish middle class extravagance. But they can also be the best teachers, counsellors and friends. They can...
Posted on February 23, 2015 | 6:10 pm
There are so many talented illustrators and artists on Instagram, it was a near impossible task for me to pick just three. This will be a theme that I'll revisit, for sure. I've followed Chantal Vincent (@chantal__) on the internets in some form or other for many years now and I've had the privilege of watching from the sidelines as she's discovered the joys of sketching. Her landscape and...
Posted on February 18, 2015 | 11:01 pm
It's a brilliant tradition I've started here, isn't it? Writing a list of stuff that I want to do each year, and then not quite doing it. But I really love it. Because a) lists and b) life.Lists because I'm an organiser and a writer and it just makes things feel better when it's all written down. And life because when I don't quite get things done it's normally...
Posted on February 15, 2015 | 6:35 pm