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Joanie Gorman
No Cal native living in the UK who loves learning and pursuing creative ideas.
Interests: My work has evolved organically. Changing with technology and more significantly, the needs of my family and clients. From art director to corporate design and marketing, to mother, teacher and project designer. Currently I'm mother and part-time design and media consultant, working with a growing list of inspiring artists and business owners. Change is constant. Best to roll with it and enjoy the ride. Here on my blog I share patterns and project tutorials and small glimpses at other interests, mainly about family and nature. Blogging has changed a lot since I began in 2006, but this space has brought me many great friends and opportunities I'd never imagined. I'll try to always return to it.
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It's not every day you're asked to contribute to one of your favourite magazines. So when Polly Leonard emailed requesting my moth mending pattern, how could I say no? Already in the midst of work deadlines, it ended up being... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at Nini Makes
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I was surprised to find a picture from this project I sent off for the Whip Up Action Pack back in 2013 in my Inbox this morning. Anyone familiar with Whip Up will know that the publisher, Kathreen Ricketson and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2015 at Nini Makes
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Newlywed birds made for a sweet couple of friends who recently married. After a long hiatus, I'm back with a few blog design changes and that overdue pattern recommendation. Typepad are very slowly coming around to responsive themes. This one... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at Nini Makes
Joanie Gorman has shared their blog Nini Makes
Mar 15, 2015
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Hedgerow grasses Our house is like many others, children going here, going there. Me taxi, boot polisher, roadie, and a few other titles too. School holidays officially started today, sadly we have only six short weeks of a loose schedule... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Nini Makes
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I love morning. I go to bed at night excited to get up in the morning. As soon as it becomes the slightest bit light out I'm up, in winter I get up in the dark. I begin to make... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2014 at Nini Makes
Have a wonderful getaway, sounds blissful (getting away). Spring is starting to smile on us too and I'm ready. xoxo
Toggle Commented Mar 4, 2014 on bye February, hello March ! at Cozy Homemaking
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It's February 1st, and I'm getting around to reflecting on 2013. I don't want to forget because it was mostly a really big year for us. Gracie left primary school and began secondary school. Her team won their regional rounders... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2014 at Nini Makes
these are my favourite, I made need to treat myself - late Christmas gift to me :)
Toggle Commented Jan 11, 2014 on all pouches at Cozy Homemaking
Everything is go for you! Love your healthy outlook. Keeping fingers crossed for finding your mom a perfect place. x
It will be a special Christmas, the first in your new home - exciting. Congratulations, best of luck for finding the perfect place for mama too. We moved one year at Christmas so I decorated twigs in a big pot, I liked it, my children were less impressed. We're getting the cold too, can't believe snow possible this week!
I'm so happy you liked it. I hope it all works out well, sounds like its meant to be. If not another will come along. Thanks for the update, been thinking about you. x
Toggle Commented Nov 9, 2013 on it may be *the one* ... at Cozy Homemaking
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Fabric box/bag with unfinished edges I made a necklace for a friend recently and had no spare box or bag to package it in so I thought it was a good time to try out making a gift box I'd... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2013 at Nini Makes
I think I can smell their goodness from here! You've inspired me to get the muffin pans out this weekend too, we'll have to stock up to get us through the big storm expected - that will be my excuse anyway ;) x
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So many pretty views right now, looking up or looking down. This Picasa collage is not great but I'm being lazy at the end of a long week. Naomi and I are back at Moorish for another felt workshop soon.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2013 at Nini Makes
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Seed pods with an Easy-Macro Lens I've coveted a nice macro lens for my DSLR for years but I haven't been able to splurge. When I read about the Easy-Macro lens for camera phones I thought at $15 that's an... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2013 at Nini Makes
I really hope the day went well for you all! xo
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Gracie has lost her last primary tooth (wisdom teeth aside). She may not be so sorry to see them go as they were enamel deficient and her adult teeth are not, but it can make a mother a bit sad... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2013 at Nini Makes
You have a very healthy approach to staying fit and healthy, the kind of good habits that last. I love a DVD by a ballerina too, maybe I've said before but I use Darcey Bussell's pilates DVD. I've done it so often that I now do the moves I like best without the DVD. Even though I only get to do 20 or 30 mins a day (usually only 20) it keeps me flexible. I'm hoping it will help keep arthritis at bay, it runs rife in our family. This is a fun video link. I wish I could say I "moved" to it but instead I had seconds of dinner while I watched :) x PS, the children aren't home so I can eat and watch ;)
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Nursery web spider, Pisaura mirabilis We've just returned from three glorious weeks with family and friends in California. Whenever we visit I get the usual question regarding where is home now for me. After being in the UK for 16... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2013 at Nini Makes
Those are the most amazing reflections, well captured. I hope you're enjoying your time away and feel really energised by your surroundings! J xo
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When I saw the Rolling Stones twenty years ago on their Voodoo Lounge tour I thought maybe it would be the last chance to see them live. I thought they're all at least 50 now, how much longer can they... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2013 at Nini Makes
Your fresh design is very summery indeed. Love the look and your pinks are sublime! x
Meant to say convo, not combo. That's what I get for typing on the go ;)
Those buckets are gorgeous, I want them. Sorry I missed yesterday's post so I'll have to catch up. The French maid outfit combo has me giggling - so funny! Hope all is well. xo