Hello! I’m Nim.

This is me hiding behind a baby. Except for my nose, which apparently likes the limelight.

I’m a mother of two, no, wait, three little boys; a compulsive maker-of-stuff, a word nerd; an aspirant to Jill-of-all-Crafts status; and possibly a Luddite at heart. Making things makes me happy. As does living simply. We’ve recently stepped out of the rat race and are making small forays into self sufficiency, so I’m exploring getting back to basics and enjoying having less.

I’ve been pottering around in the arts and crafts world for 15 years or so, doing everything from works on paper, silk, and ceramics, to fibre arts, clothing, and toys, as the mood takes me. I’ve studied here and there, worked in the textiles industry for 10 years, and later as a freelance artist.

Currently I am immersed in parenting and the only things that get made with any regularity are meals and messes, but the creative urge is irrepressible, and I’m continually amazed at what can be achieved in stolen moments!

This blog is my attempt to make something cohesive out of chaos, and maybe pass on what I learn along the way.

We are currently on a madcap journey travelling around Europe and the UK for a year. With three young kids. On a shoestring. In a camper van. To read more about our adventures and misadventures, see here.


6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Alexis Grinsteinner  |  December 11, 2007 at 6:46 am

    I love your sock monkeys! Can we buy them some how?

  • 2. Becks  |  March 13, 2008 at 9:17 am

    Love your blog Nim – great photos and love your bag and sock monkeys! Also.. I had no idea you did henna? Must talk to you about this.. I have a kit at home I’ve not yet been brave enough to experiment with – your work is gorgeous. Becks from SIC

  • 3. Leslie  |  July 14, 2014 at 12:31 am

    I love your blog and sock monkey. One of my sons received one (similar to yours) when he was born and he loves it, almost 5yrs on. Thanks for the pattern on making the fleece pants. I’ve always wanted to make some for my three boys who love wearing cosy pants when they get a chance to keep their legs warm.

    • 4. littlehouseonthehill  |  July 14, 2014 at 11:02 pm

      Thank you! I’m tempted to make some fleece pants for myself at the moment! It might fix my perpetually cold feet!

  • 5. Carol Fitzhugh  |  March 3, 2017 at 1:46 am

    Love your shawl designs. How can I become a test knitter for you. I’ve done several test knits for Francoise Danoy of Aroha Knits, so am familiar with what’s needed. I have been knitting for about 66 years.


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