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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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On A Year And A Bit of Saying Sure, Why Not?

Posted on April 26, 2015 | 1:14 am

When we first moved back to Australia eighteen or so months ago I was feeling a bit lost. It was partly the standard dislocation and general weirdness that is a normal part of the repatriation process. But is was also partly something more.Living in Seoul I legally wasn't allowed to work. So I dabbled in things here and there. I explored on foot and...

Three Etsy Things : Soup Bowls

Posted on April 24, 2015 | 3:19 am

As much as I love the long sunny days of summer (and living in the sparkling harbour city of Sydney how could I not?), I do get a bit excited when the nights cool and the light softens. I adore autumn. Partly because of the gorgeously coloured leaves and that misty, filtered sunshine. And partly because it means a chance to wear boots and scarves and jackets, long socks...

Done! : Jabulani Challenge

Posted on April 20, 2015 | 2:55 am

On the Saturday just gone I participated in the Jabulani Challenge by walking 22 kilometres through Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Part of me wants to say it doesn't really mean anything because the 'real' participants ran the whole course, or because the 'real' participants did 45 kilometres, or because my...

Death by Doxie : Ferdi's Birthday

Posted on April 16, 2015 | 7:10 pm

It was Ferdi's birthday last month. He turned eight, which is younger than I thought he was so yay! We are may be crazy dog people but we don't go over the top for the dogs birthdays. There's no cake or party or singing. They do normally get a treat - a raw egg, some roast chook, a bit of bacon - but, let's be honest, they get treats most days... I...

Jorpins365 : March Favourites

Posted on April 6, 2015 | 4:30 am

March. You started in Melbourne and finished in Hong Kong (hurrah!). You were a mixed bag of complete and utter exhaustion and really exciting fun times; lots of opportunities and things to say yes please! too (more on all that in another post, when I'm not tired and snotty and facing the post-holiday unpacking / washing blues). We said happy birthday to Ferdi, and Elfi, and congratulations to Chris and Karli. And I said hello to loads ...

My...Morning Routine

Posted on March 30, 2015 | 4:06 am

The post is a bit tricky for me to write, because the honest truth is I don't have a morning routine. I, we, don't have a routine at all. There's no alarm set at the same time every morning, because every morning is different. Some mornings we have a full house, some mornings it's just me and the dogs. Some mornings everyone is up before ungodly...

Death by Doxie : Dogs On FloBro*

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...

Three Etsy Things : Baskets

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...

In Training : Jabulani Challenge (Why Training Plans Are Ace)

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 ...

SYD V MEL : Weather Awareness

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...