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Hi guys, I’m back from the UK – did you miss me? If you want to keep up with more of my day-to-day life (both crafty and more personal), you can follow me on Twitter. Send me a direct message if you do, so I know who you are and can follow you back!

Now I’m back home, I can show you the little presents I made for my parents. For Mum (a pianist) a music-inspired needlebook with blue (her favourite colour) felt pages:


And for Dad (always hard to buy for), a set of marble magnets featuring pics of his dog (they look better in person; the glass was tricky to photograph without reflections):

doggy marble magnets

While I was sorting through all my old stuff at my Dad’s house, I found a bag containing 4 skeins of beautifully soft kid mohair yarn, in this pretty purple shade. I’m absolutely at a loss as to how I acquired this – I didn’t even crochet while I lived in the UK! Anyway, I’m not complaining – free yarn is always a good thing, especially when it’s quality yarn like this:

purple kid mohair yarn

I whiled away my hours on the plane by crocheting fuzzy orange tubes to be the legs for my orang utan. Just the body and feet to go now…

I managed to bring back my mammoth Animal reference book in my carry-on backpack (and I have a bruise on my tailbone to prove it – the book is seriously large and weighs over 5kg!) – no worries that I will run out of animal inspiration now I have over 600 beautifully-photographed pages to pore through!

Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide to the World's Wildlife
Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide to the World's Wildlife

I also brought back some gardening books, as inspiration for some new plant designs. I have a lovely idea for a new plant-themed series of patterns, but I don’t want to jinx it by revealing it just yet…

And I’m expecting to see the initial layouts for my papercraft book this week – so exciting! I’ll post some pics when it’s all been finalised.

Now, time to get back to work! I’ll post again when I have something new to show you, and in the meantime you can see me on Twitter, or check out my latest tweets in the little widget in the right sidebar –>


  1. Blue said

    Good to have you “back”, June, though you were closer to me when you were “away” 😉

    Your mom’s needlebook may be an inspiration for something I “need” to make.


  2. Brooke said

    That is the favorite book in my 4th grade classroom. The kids fight over it. I have to remind them that it is special and very expensive so they have to take care of it.

  3. becky said

    Oh my that looks like a lot of patterns and loads of fun. I wish I had that kind of time on my hands.
    BTW I started following you on Twitter.
    I can wait to see the finished book.


  4. futuregirl said

    I missed you! Glad you enjoyed your trip. That book looks awesome! Can’t wait to see your plant-inspired designs, too. Those violets are awesome. 🙂

  5. Glad that you are back after a wonderful trip. Can’t wait to see your Orang Utan!!!

  6. Mia said

    Hey June! Glad you had a good trip. Don’t you love that animal book! DK always publishes such great reference books with excellent photography, and of all of his animal encyclopedias & books, that one is my little boy’s favorite right now. I make him carry it though 🙂

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