Charity · Handmade · Taking Stock

Taking Stock for June

IMG_1996_Can you believe it’s already the last Thursday in June? I feel like I wrote my Taking Stock for May only a week or so ago and yet, here we are. How can a Summer month fly by, while some of the Winter months drag along so slowly?

The weather here is finally heating up and looking spectacular. Hamburg is such a different city in the sunshine and feels like the population doubled overnight!

It seems everyone feels as I do during Winter. I like to be home where it’s warm and cosy. But as soon as that sun comes out – so does everyone else! Hamburgers are like moths to a flame and I am no different. Worshipping the sun in all it’s glory, every chance we get. There’s nothing like moving to Europe to appreciate sunshine.

Well, without further ado…. Continue reading “Taking Stock for June”

Handmade · Meet Up Mondays

Meet Up Monday : Gideon

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Happy happy Monday Friends!

Today is another edition of Meet Up Monday and sock elephant Gideon is hot off the press and looking forward to meeting you. This yellow elephant makes me happy. Don’t you just love his colouring?

With my trademark; one small eye, one big eye and long hot pink lashes, one can see Gideon’s friendly persona shining through. I love how expressive their eyes can be.

And yes – he’s covered, head to toe in candies! Or as they like to say here in Germany – SWEETIES!

 

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In Australia we like to call them lollies – which covers a wide range of candy, including the chewy ones, the one’s that nearly break your teeth, the ones on a stick and the ones covered in chocolate. We don’t discriminate when it comes to lollies back home and as a self proclaimed sweet tooth, I pretty much love them all.

 

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Gideon’s arms, legs and ears are all covered in lolly pops, gummies, gum balls and liquorice sticks. I can almost smell the lollies from here. You can see from the back, there is a sweetie smorgasbord as well.

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And just like all my other Gus and Ollie toys, his butt adorns the handmade stamp of approval – so you know it was me, myself and I who created this little guy just for you!

IMG_2274You can find Gideon in my Etsy shop right now. Simply click here and please feel free to share the link with someone you think just might need a lolly-covered-sock-elephant in their life 😉

Doesn’t everyone?

Enjoy the beginning of your week and I’ll see you tomorrow for my June Taking Stock!

Love Jess

 

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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…”

Handmade · Instagram

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”

Charity · Handmade

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.”