JN Originals


by Judy Nolan


jnoriginals.Raspberry Floral Brooch 2012

                                                           jnoriginals – Floral Brooch (2012)

This Article was originally written in 2012 – thought it would be interesting to see how much Judy has evolved in the past five years!!!

jnoriginals.Crocheted Sentimental Flower Brooch 2017

          jnoriginals – Felted Sentimental Floral Brooch (2017)

Using the words of Carl Sandberg, “Nothing happens unless first we dream”, Judy enhances his words with her own “Dreams are also realized when we ask ‘What if…?’ and ‘Why not…?’” These two thoughts are the basis of Judy’s OOAK creations in her shop, http: //jnoriginals.etsy.com, opened in 2007.

Round Felted Needlebook

Felted Needlebook by jnoriginals

When I envision one of Judy’s creations, the first thing that comes to mind are her unique and colorful “Felted Needle Books.” I purchased one a few years ago, and can never go anywhere without it when working on a project! Also, one cannot miss her colorful felted bowls with their flower appliques.

 *** Many years later I still use my “Needle Book” everything – although a little worn as the corners, with the help of my dog, Piper, who redecorated one of the corners!!!

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My Felted Needlebook (2012)


Judy’s talent is also showcased in her beautifully crocheted scarfs, hats, and wide headbands, all of which come in various colors. I especially love her “Ruffled Scarflettes” with their flower appliques. Not only perfect for those cold winter days, but a fashion statement of their own. My favorite is the “Raspberry Ruffled Scarflette” (shown below) which also comes in a variety of other colors. 

JnOriginals.OffWhite WideHeadband      jnoriginals.Crocheted Raspberry Scarflette

Crocheted Wide Headband w Flower                      Crocheted Raspberry Scarflette

It is no wonder that Judy’s work looks so professional, as she has won various awards in the Fabric & Threads Division at the Iowa State Fair, which she now shares with her many followers.

Flash forward from 2012 to 2017:  Judy’s main featured Shop on Etsy is now MrPenQuin.etsy.com, which she opened in 2009.


MisterPenQuin features carefully handcrafted photo books, gratitude journals, blank books, gratitude journals, date books, Graduation Gifts, and other items. All items are ready to ship; custom orders welcomed!

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MrPenQuin Floral Gratitude Book

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Birds in Paris Gratitude Book


Looking for Vintage Patterns?  Welcome to Judy’s 3rd Shop:                                     2nd ChanceTreasures.

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According to Judy – I don’t believe in tossing what someone else can use. Give these treasures a second chance! 

2ndChance.LauraAshley Business Bag Pattern

Laura Ashley Business Bag Pattern

2nChance.Butterick Womens Fashion Pattern

Butterick Women’s Fashion Patterns


A woman of many talents, visit Judy at her many Shops:

– Mister PenQuin Too, http://MisterPenQuinToo.etsy.com (coming soon!)
– JN Originals, http://JNoriginals.etsy.com
– 2nd Chance Treasures, http://2ndChanceTreasures.etsy.com

or her Social Media sites:

Web Site: http://www.judy-nolan.com
Facebook: ThisCreativeJourney
Twitter: ThisCreativJrny
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Judy-nolan/posts




About Pamela Baker

For as long as I can remember, I have always been interested in various crafts. After crocheting for many years, recently I started designing OOAK jewelry pieces, always learning new techniques as I continued. I also have always loved to write, so I look forward to being a part of this Blog as one it's contributors. As a lifelong resident of NY, I am busy with my two shops on Etsy: MagdaleneJewels (OOAK designed jewelry items: Necklace,Bracelets, Earrings,rings): also, MagdaleneKnits (Crocheted & Knitted items for Newborns to Adults) I can also be found on FB, Twitter, Pinterest, Word Press, YouTube. My Blogs are: http://pamelabaker.wordpress.com I also intend to bring tutorials to help you develop your Shops more effectively to increase your Views and Sales on the various mediums you may be selling your work on. I am always a convo or email away if you have any specific questions I can help you with.
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