Creative Chaos

Creative Chaos

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Scholastic Books Warehouse sale - Aucklanders - Public Notice Announcement

Scholastic Books warehouse sale
Lady Ruby Drive, East Tamaki
Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday this week
Usually AMAZING.....
mornings usually have prams and toddlers (which drive me nuts...). go later in afternoon when little kids have gone home! :)

Monday, 21 April 2014

Dishcloth swap

I have been knitting, knitting, knitting these past few days. Dishcloths, a Lady Kina for me, a pair of cable fingerless gloves, socks. Loving it. (Poor essay is being neglected and I am kinda a few weeks behind with uni study....BUT need a holiday!) I loved the dishcloth swap last year hosted by Leonie And OH MY - when my swap package arrived from Cat - huge swoon from me! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. And the dishwashing liquid really tickled me pink! Loved it!!!!! (finally discovered the maycee lollies at Pak'n'Save the other day too - yay! Good kiwi made lollies.)I discovered the amazing Sugar'n'creme cotton then too and have only used this gorgeous cotton since.
So I thought I'd host a dishcloth swap since I have a growing pile here....
Details: knit or crochet 2 dishcloths to exchange. Add another kitchen item (ie dish brush, tea towel, utensils, tea cosie, coasters etc etc).
Leave a comment below, plus send an e-mail to by May 11 if interested in taking part (2 weeks from now.)
please state whether you would like New Zealand only or are willing to post internationally.
open worldwide.
I will post the swap details by Friday May 14.
Dishcloths to be in the post by June 15. >br> Any questions/comments, please let me know. happy knitting/crocheting!
Swoon- dishcloth swap.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Easter at our house

Quiet. Virtually no family in town do anything with. We did have Stephen's brother and family and mum here yesterday, but otherwise, nobody else lives near us. (Argentina/England/Switzerland and no chance of anyone ever coming back to live in New Zealand. If my kids were younger I'd be leaving too.......)
We did a gorgeous Jamie Oliver pulled lamb yesterday. Great left overs today, as well as salmon and cream cheese on bagels.
Easter decorations out and about. A bunny each and egg each. Rain all day - I do have eggs for a hunt, but that can wait till another finer day. Great rain. No chocolate for me - new clogs ordered on -line instead (
) - thanks to Zara mentioning on her blog!
Games of lego chess. (not me - I do not have a brain for chess - it makes no sense at all to me.
Various knitting projects. A few going on at once and another pattern and wool ready to be started too.

Friday, 18 April 2014

A Good Friday

School holidays! And, as is usual for me, I have spent it walking around in circles around the house. I always find it hard to relax on the first day/few days. I have dragged the scrapbooking out and knitted here and there and baked!
chocolate muffins (with Whitakers 72% Ghana chocolate) - the boys have declared these to be the best muffins ever.
Hot cross buns made by the husband - he makes them every Good Friday. They are soooo good and superior to supermarket ones!
And most weekends you will find home made bread rolls in the house too - these are snapped up very fast by the boys and it can be a case of "oi - put that back; that is my one." The mother needs at least one.
Have a good safe Easter weekend everyone. We have the remnants of a cyclone hit us yesterday - boy was the flooding spectacular in parts of Auckland. And the wind. Today it has been summer again - well, the temperatures are still around 24 degrees during the day. Humid today too. Down south it is a lot colder!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Bunny love

I bought these gorgeous recycled blanket bunnies at a school gala a few weeks ago - love them! I am sure I could make some myself - have never made pompoms and have plenty of wool, so maybe it is something I should try these school holidays... They are for a niece and nephew, but might not make it as I think they are adorable...
one more sleep and it is the holidays. Quite, quite happy to have 2 weeks off work. very little planned apart from weeks of study to catch up on and write another essay due in a month...
These are the lovely retro icecream sundae glasses (I know there is another word for them - someone tell me. I am brain dead...), hundreds and thousands (sent as Taz
who organised the swap has a cool magazine called "Hundreds and Thousands") and yummy organic chocolate sauce that I received from Monique as part of the Vintage recipe swap. What a great gift! Fabulous idea. We now need to buy icecream - perfect treat for hols! The littlest has been putting chocolate sauce on his apple pieces - ha!
Any Easter traditions in your house?

Monday, 14 April 2014

Vintage Recipe Swap

I joined in with a very cool vintage kitchen swap over at I swapped with the lovely Monique (who has no blog.)My divine goodies arrived today. I will show you what she sent tomorrow as just realised that my camera battery needs to be recharged. But this is what I sent her -
I found the sweet plate at Crafternoon Tea in Kingsland - I don't frequent there too often as I find too many things I have to have and I really don't have to have them.... :).
A dishcloth (started knitting more this past week and have also found 2 new patterns - yay. Perfect timing for school hols). A favourite recipe using kumara and courgettes/zucchini. Tea and chocolate from New Zealand seem to be well appreciated overseas always. Love swaps - if anyone knows of any current ones happening - please let me know!

Saturday, 12 April 2014


in shorts and tee still | gorgeous summer weather still | lots of laundry done | tomatoes and beans pulled out and pots ready for more winter veges | Autumn leaves raked up | big spring clean in lounge areas and furniture moved around and de-cluttering | New bookcase ordered and looking at a Scandinavian style hallway table to buy | essay writing - deadline Monday. YIKES> Who knew you could write 2000 words on a picture book. Pedantic style of an academic essay and a new reference style to me (APA) doing my head in - once again. |