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Meet Up Monday : Abercrombie

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Today on Meet Up Monday, we meet the latest G&O Sock Elephant Abercrombie! Made from the sweetest mini diamond Happy Socks, Abercrombie is sure to melt some hearts.

I love the colours in these socks and the tiny diamond motif works perfectly with my original elephant pattern, don’t you think? Continue reading “Meet Up Monday : Abercrombie”

Hamburg · Handmade · Travel

A bit about Home…

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Well hello again!

It’s been such a long time hasn’t it. I thought I would just jump right back in – there’s no other way really. Just start.

Since last we met, there was the Christmas order rush, Christmas, New Year and another wonderful trip home, which inevitably lead to jet lag and the need to acclimatise back to winter in February. But there has also the feeling of getting back into the swing of things here at home in Hamburg and the studio, which makes me happy too. Continue reading “A bit about Home…”

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Studio Life : Meet Minky & Jed

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Hi there,

How are you all today? I thought I would let you all in a couple of customs orders I have been working on, because nothing is more rewarding than giving life to someone else’s vision and these were no exception.

These were two extremely different, but equally sweet monkey orders I received, that each had very unique requirements.  Continue reading “Studio Life : Meet Minky & Jed”

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Favourite Find : Mylys • my local yarn shop

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I think it’s wonderful when something serendipitous happens, don’t you? The chance decision to go and look for a coffee, down a street we don’t usually go, found us falling into the most delightful cafe, that just happens to be directly connected to a wool and yarn shop! Bingo!

The name of this gorgeous little wonderland is Mylys. From the street, you see Myly’s cafe on the left and Mylys yarn store on the right. They both have their own front doors – but once you’re inside, you see they are connected by a small opening in the adjoining wall – tempting coffee drinkers to take up knitting and knitters to buy a coffee. Win-win, I say!

I couldn’t let another moment pass, without sharing some of this special place with you.
Continue reading “Favourite Find : Mylys • my local yarn shop”

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Little Elliot, Big City.

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Hi there Friends!

Sometimes something special happens.

This is one of those times, I’d like to share with you.

A very special custom order came in from a friend of mine a few weeks ago, who teaches an amazing group of students at that Verney Road School in Shepparton, Victoria, Australia.

One of their favourite books written by Mike Curato (Hi Mike!) is Little Elliot, Big City –  about a little Elephant called Elliot, taking on Manhattan, with some of the most delightful illustrations I have seen in a long time. They instantly take me back to those streets, I very recently walked myself. Continue reading “Little Elliot, Big City.”

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Studio Life : New Monkies

Hi Friends 🙂

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted here – probably a combination of a few things really.

Summer in our house is valued a great deal, especially since we moved to Hamburg – where Summer can range from a few weeks – to a few days! This year, Summer was an interesting mix of humidity, sunshine and lots of rain – but it was on those sunny days I felt the need to be out and about! Gee it’s nice to leave the house in nothing more than a cardie and sandals!

I travelled this Summer more than I have any other Summer I think – 6 countries this year so far and counting. If you know me at all, that means lots and lots of clicks on my camera – which means lots and lots of downloading, sorting, editing, deleting and more sorting – which I am still getting through – so please stay tuned for some Look Back posts about moments in NYC & Rovinj, Croatia – two amazing cities!!

We also adopted a gorgeous little kitten – who of course has also taken up a lot of my time of late – of which, I am not complaining. She makes me laugh and smile everyday and I treasure her morning cuddles. We have managed to get into a pretty good routine together, which will me help this Autumn to get back into the studio a little more often.

Some how in between all these lovely happenings, some new Monkies and Monsters were made & photographed –  which I’d love to share with you.
Continue reading “Studio Life : New Monkies”

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Snapshot: New Kitty + New lens + Sunshine = Magic!

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Hi there. How has your week been?

I couldn’t let these pictures be saved to my hard drive without being shared. Aren’t they lush?

After my Canon DSLR decided to freeze up on me in New York, I finally collected it from the shop today, repaired and ready to go! Yay! I have been itching to try out the new lens I received for my Birthday last weekend. Isn’t it soft.

I’ve never had a macro lens before (55mm-250mm), so after adjusting to the feel and weight of my camera and having to move further back that I usually do, the smooth, soft click of the shutter felt like home in no time.

What better subject to shoot, than a brand new kitty cat? Our British Shorthair Minty was obligingly on hand, bathing herself in the afternoon sun. I laid on the floor a little further away than I normally would, zoomed in and enjoyed the show. The beautiful natural light streaming in the windows helped too. It’s so nice to have my camera back.

Have you ever had to live without your camera for a while? Tough isn’t it? Phones are just no substitutes.

There will be more New York Snapshots and Gus & Ollie updates shortly.

Have a lovely weekend,

jx