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A year (or two) in craft

It’s been over a year since we last posted on this site, as much of our energy is now going into our farm project – see for more on that. We also have a busy nearly 2 year old son so much of our creativity is now funnelled into finger painting, play dough sculpture, cubby making, and cardboard kitchen construction!

However my fingers have not been idle on the sewing front, here’s a few projects I’ve made over the last little while:


Embroidery of a Stubble Quail (a bird we just discovered lives on our farm!) for Joel’s birthday


A pig and a goat knitted for Asher


A wedding “coat-of-arms” for friends Renee and Ben, featuring their daughter, dog, and other family interests


A “message in a bottle”, left on a seat in the neighbourhood


A wedding embroidery for sister and brother-in-law Abi and Shane, the house image is a replica of the one they share together (this embroidery inspired by Stitched Gifts by Jessica Marquez)


I ran a workshop as part of Adult Learners Week on “Repurposed planter pots” – the community brought in various secondhand vessels to become pot plants which they took home or gave as Christmas gifts


Little shoes made for Arlo and Asher


Knitted booties made for Arlo – an antique pattern that I’m never making again!


A bath mat made from a recycled towel

I’ve also been working on and off on a rag rug, I’m at the stage of stitching together the plaited part into a big coil, but just can’t summon the motivation to finish that job!



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The start

Hey hey! You’ve stumbled on the Little House on the Plains blog! Welcome!


Over the next year our household on the Kaurna plains, Adelaide, South Australia, will be documenting our attempts and adventures in slow and old-made-new living via this medium, among other media!


You can read more about us here


You can check out Joel’s regularly-updated photos here


A bit about our site. The plains are nestled against the foothills, bounded in by suburbs all the way to the sea. It’s a dry kind of plain, creeks long since dried up and paved over into drains. But if you wander these old water courses they throw up a wilderness the suburbs have long since chased away – escaped fig and mulberry trees, lost toys, riverine grasses and umbrellas blown from patios. The Little House is near a school wetlands project, where stormwater miraculously turns into water birds and boardwalks. The Little House is also near a huge old arboretum, where fine genetic stock from around the world grows in an organised fashion, and you can go and picnic and sketch trees and birds to your heart’s content. Mainly big white chattering corellas you will find here, magpies too, and eastern rosellas and galahs and slightly disoriented banded lapwings. This is our neighbourhood.      

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