About me

Hello, and welcome to my blog.

In 2007 I married a New Zealander, and we moved from central London to a tiny little town about 100 miles from Auckland, New Zealand.  We live in a little wooden house over-looking the sea with our two cats and two dogs.  The cats and dogs hate each other.

This blog is about the things I make, the things I want to make, and life in general.

You can email me at thelittlehousebythesea at hotmail dot com, or leave a comment.  I LOVE getting comments – please leave one!


15 Responses to “About me”

  1. Jacoline Says:

    Love your blog. Like to pop in more often.

  2. hanna Says:

    Hi there
    just responding to your comment on my blog.
    Hi! How did you find my blog, it’s curious because I’m sure i found you (don’t remember how) about 6 months ago but my computer was being slow and nasty so I didn’t stay long and then forgot to come back. And now you’ve found me. Funny.

  3. Toriejayne Says:


    Thanks for the great mushroom pattern, I have posted the pics in your “the little house by the sea group” in Flickr.

    Best Regards

  4. knowledgetoday Says:

    I love your site. Keep it up !

  5. billie Says:

    what a beautiful place to live! Looking forward to reading more.

  6. Laurie Says:

    This is my first visit to your blog – I found my way here by way of Swap-bot and Flickr – Sunnysidey posted a photo of the sweet embroidered toadstool she made using your tutorial.

    Reading your blog put a smile on my face – an ever better start to the day than a cup of coffee. I really enjoy the little snippets stories you’ve written. What a happy, humorous place to visit! I’ll be back.

  7. Rachael Says:

    Fabulous blog! I found it by searching for soft toy mushrooms as I am looking for a special little gift for my god daughter. I am sadly devoid of artistic talent so was wondering if you sold completed mushrooms?

  8. Deborah Says:

    What beautiful craft.

  9. Shelley Says:

    I made one of your fairy toadstool houses and would love to send you some pics. I’m not a member over on Flickr so I can’t just post them there. Can’t find a contact email anywhere on your blog. If you’d like to email me, I’d be happy to share them.

    Thanks for sharing your pattern!

  10. Shelley Says:

    Now I feel stupid. I scrolled to the top and noticed your email at the top of this. Duh! I’ll send you pics shortly . . .

  11. KSidor Says:

    I love your Blog! Thank you so much for the step by step instructions with your crochet projects. I have found them very helpful (as a beginner self taught crochet student).

  12. Nicole Says:

    i really like the 2 color beanie. do you have a pattern using this same technique, but to make a scarf? Thanks so much!

  13. Sharon Says:

    Hello….It seems your living the life I’ve wanted to live when I retired. My dream was a cozie house by the lake with my husband and 2 cats being able to work on my crocheting and crafts at leisure. Well I’ve retired with my husband and 2 cats, but I’m still living in my house of 10 years with 4 years left until it’s paid off. I have lots of patterns and idea’s for crafts but as yet have not found the ambition to get started with anything. I like reading your blog hopeing it will give me some sort of insporation to get on with my dream. I’M STUCK 😦

  14. Paula Says:

    Hi, I just popped by and read some of your blog, why don’t you write anymore? It looks like a lovely place to live. One of your best photos on the blog is of you walking along the Thames with your niece in your wedding dress.

  15. Haly elmore Says:

    I am in love with your cable hat! I cannot make the sides of my cable that clean, how’d you do it?!

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