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Date Joined: July 18, 2009
Last Online: October 28, 2011
Birthday: February 6, 1976
Country: Korea, Republic of
Good Things* (my blog)
Jorpins on Etsy
Jorpins Cards on Etsy

About Me

Australian currently living in Seoul (recently moved from Hong Kong) with my hard-working husband, 2 dogs, and occasionally 2 step-sons...

The 2 step-sons are aged 9 and 11, and if you're looking at sending something they'd like, the youngest is an origami genius, also loves mazes, magic tricks, science and word play (ambigrams and such). The eldest loves Calvin & Hobbes (as do I!), Peanuts, The Far Side - comics in general really. Also Monty Python and anything to do with natural or ancient history (I think we have just about every BBC/Nat GEO documentary there is).

The 2 dogs are both mini dachshunds - one short hair (Elfi), one long hair (Ferdi - there's a billion photos of them on Flickr...). My husband wants to get a wire hair to 'complete the set'. I have long been obsessed with dachshunds so actually owning two of them is awesome. They are consistently amusing.

I love to travel; ski; get packages in the post; collect things (especially tea-related goodies & mid-century modern anything - see below for a postage wish list); sew; hang out with my two mutts; do the New York Times crossword; play around with cameras (see the link to my Flickr page above); eat delicious-ness; read and collect pretty books; sleep...oh yes, and I'm a little bit addicted to Twitter at the moment...

I like bright colours, my favourite is probably green, but it's all about the clashing combinations - purple and yellow, orange and blue...At the moment I am especially in to a jewel palette, especially for fabric - deep purples, royal blues, glossy blacks, luscious magentas - you get the drift...

Fabric wise I tend to go for small prints (I love a liberty print and pretty much anything made in Japan), and I also love stripes and gingham. This doesn't mean you shouldn't send me big bold prints, in fact, you probably should as I won't buy them for myself and I'd probably love them anyway...

Posting ideas

A wish list of things I'd love to get in the post:

  • anything (and I mean anything) hand made...softies, pencil cases, postcards, scrap book pages, stencils, photographs (especially polaroids), zines

  • craft supplies (ribbons, rick rack, buttons - especially BIG ones and vintage ones, rubber stamps, stencils,...)

  • any kind of stationary (cards, envelopes, notepads, writing paper, stickers...the Japanese stuff is always especially good!)

  • postcards of where you live, esp. vintage ones and super-tacky ones and 'Greetings From...' ones

  • books...old fashioned and vintage children's books (I collect the 'let's read and find out' series), design books, cartoon books, dog books, old Michelin red guides (the restaurant & hotel ones), anything with a mid-century modern style jacket design...but most of all any Penguin paperback

  • magazines unique to your country; especially related to craft, design, fashion; graphics, photography, art; and especially if they are beautiful (I don't even mind if they're not in English)

  • anything with a dachshund or an owl on it!

Favorite Crafts

Craft-wise I love to try sewing and crocheting on occasion and admire people who are actually seriously crafty. I'm just building up my crafting stash, so any bits and pieces help! STOP PRESS!!! Just opened my Etsy store - check it out on the link above. Jorpins in 2010 is going to be even bigger and better, I have grand (ie. insane) plans! ps. My always amusing husband calls it the 'owl sweatshop'!

I've started making some little softies - owls mainly, and have a number of projects marked in the 'softies' book. Everything I do is hand sewn, I don't own a sewing machine yet, so it's all small scale stuff. Regardless, I very much enjoy hand sewing. STOP PRESS!!! I just bought a sewing machine! Yay!

I love playing around with naive-looking embroidery, I make it up as I go. I absolutely love Sublime Stitching (http://www.sublimestitching.com/)

Crochet wise I am an absolute beginner, just trying to get my head around the basics and get some decent looking granny squares happening. Basically I am useless!

Favorite Television

TV shows past and present that I love include (in no particular order): Black Books, Boston Legal, Scrubs, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Fawlty Towers, Life on Mars, Underbelly, Iron Chef, Spicks and Specks, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report

Favorite Movies

Always tricky to remember my favourite movies on the spot like this, but here are some that come to mind: Talk to Her, Finding Nemo, Tell No One, Best in Show, O Brother, Where Art Thou, Code 46, Gattaga, Donnie Darko, Lost in Translation, Memento, Secretary, Thank You For Smoking, This is England, the Bourne trilogy, Love Actually, Gone Baby Gone

Favourite Magazines

Did I mention I am an absolute magazine junkie? I am surrounded by piles of them that I gradually rip bits out of and stick 'em in my recipe, fashion, decor or Hong Kong scrap book.

My two monthly must-haves are Australian magazine Frankie and Australian Gourmet Traveller; but really I like anything to do with food, fashion, travel and design. Some of my other regular favourites are Russh (I'd very much like to get a copy of Japanese Russh), Vanity Fair, Empire, Purple journal, Adam & Eve, Inside Out, Vogue Living, Marie Claire Idees.

Magazines I've found on my travels and would love to see more of include Little Thing (from China I think), GUP - Guide to Unique Photography (Europe/UK), Riot and Swindle (both USA I think), and any Japanese crafting magazine (I have this amazing one all about things to do with ribbons and buttons, it's so soft and pretty)

About swaps

Just wanted to say I will never sign up to a swap unless I am absolutely certain I can fulfill the swap requirements...so, if you haven't got something from me, please send me a message first so I can investigate. As always, please be patient with international postage, I try and send my swaps early to make up for the delay.

I will always take the time to read my swap partners profile to get an idea of what you like so I can make the swap experience as great as possible!

Thanks :)

Some of my favourite blogs

Some links to some blogs that I quite like:

  • Mid-century design goodness at grainedit.com I pretty much love everything posted on this site

  • Chock full of delicious design and beautiful photos, plus she's my sister so I kind of had to include this one www.beciorpin.com/blog

  • For sheer prettiness, crafting tips and general inspiration: creaturecomforts.typepad.com/my_weblog




I could go on, there are so many more, but I don't want to bore you!

ps. I tried using the Markdown codes to embed the links but I can't make it work! If you have any tips please message me!!!


tenblackr0ses rated for International Tourism Swap on Sep 30, 2011
Comment: Thank you for the package of Korean goodies that you sent me! I love the little Korean teddybear and the bag of charms (what are their meanings?) and it was so thoughtful of you to add in some postcards and letter sets! I love everything :) Thanks for joining my swap and I hope you had fun!
Comment: What a wonderful package! The kids have asked if they can snag bits and pieces from it too... Thank you Emily!
Comment: SO Lovely!!! loved it ((hugs)))
Comment: Thank you so much for the extra special little treats in you card, Emily :-)
artisan rated for Calico & Co Quick Stationery Swap on Jan 1, 2011
Comment: Super love the package you sent me... =)
Comment: Thank you for the card and the little extras :)
renees rated for Crafty Doxie on Jun 16, 2010
Comment: Thank you so much for my package! I love all the fun little things you put it!! Thank you!!
amymc rated for Quick Ad Card Swap on May 3, 2010
Comment: Sorry, I never received a card from you. I will happily re-rate if one arrives. Thank you for resending!
Response: oh dear! will send card #3 and cross my fingers!!!
Comment: Thank you for the card and the ornament. Unfortunately it arrived in pieces, still it was thoughtful of you to include it. Happy New Year.
Comment: Thanks for the great card and postcards! Happy new year!
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful card. Happy holidays!!
Comment: Thank you for the very funny card.
Comment: Oh thank you, the card was beautiful and ornament is adorable. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Comment: Thanks for the great package! I appreciate you reading my profile and sending things that were on it, especially the gum ♥
Comment: Thank you soo much for the package you sent! Just love the Owl bag and puffy woodland stickers!!!
candigirl rated for I can't get that here! on Dec 22, 2009
Comment: Hi, Emily... I received your lovely package, thank you SO much for all of the wonderful things!! And thank you for the "musical" themed items...you are so sweet to notice that in my profile!! I loved everything..my daughter and I enjoyed opening the package and being surprised... You are awesome...have a great Christmas!! --Sandi--
Comment: I love it all thank you, especially the motion stickers :)))) I am being good and not opening the present :)))
Comment: Holy smokes! Thank you so much for another wonderful package! :) We, again, loved every bit of it! My favorite part was the awesome deco tape and the cool envelopes!
Comment: my kids absolutely loved the chopsticks~many thanks~
nlgrudis rated for SECRET SANTA GIFT EXCHANGE on Dec 15, 2009
Comment: Wow what a great collection of things and papers! I love it all, thanks!!! Merry Christmas :)

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bluewhale on Oct 11, 2009:

Hi, please come and take a look on my new swap; maybe you'll like it~

Advertising postcard give out

ZehavitS on Oct 6, 2009:

thank u for lovely swap


renees on Sep 30, 2009:

Seriously thank you so much for my cute dachsund postcard! You should join our group Dachshund Lovers
if you ever want to do a private dachshund swap, I'm totally game!!

niecedenise on Sep 20, 2009:

Welcome to The Nuts for Sewing Group!

cleopatra on Sep 19, 2009:

Hi !

The next of the Handmade Postcard Series is here . The theme is Your Choice of Colour. I hope you'll join that one:)

Ari on Sep 11, 2009:

Hello! I just wanted to let you know that I mailed off your envelope for the Tea for Three swap on Wednesday afternoon. Hope you like it! :)

purplestar on Sep 1, 2009:

Hi, I sent off newbie friendly& easy sticker swap today, oops forgot to put my swapcard in....I did manage to write it on back of envelope. Take Care purplestar

amymc on Aug 20, 2009:

Awesome Ad Postcards #3 is up! Please join!

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