Creative Chaos

Creative Chaos

Wednesday, 2 September 2015


taken off a student yesterday - perfect timing for a visit from Kidscan (charity which donates shoes, clothing and food to selected schools to help students/families). They now have the shoes as a perfect example of why they are so hugely needed. We discussed cheap shoes, which families do buy, but they last 1-2 months. Please support this charity - they help so many students, who through no fault of their own, own shoes like these. Don't judge them or their families - they are doing the best they can, with multi needs a lot of the time. (these shoes had been worn for weeks like this...)

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

I didn't know I'd have a pumpkin tonight!

This pumpkin dishcloth pattern came up on my facebook feed after school.

A few hours later - ta-da! HA. I think this might be one of the most hilarious things I have ever knitted! I just might make a few more. I will use it as a mug rug I think.

Monday, 31 August 2015

a few books then...

I'm now on antibiotics and steroids. The child who has had nearly a week off school is back (and on antibiotics too) and I got home to find another child fast asleep at 4.30pm (and still sleeping at 7pm). I took myself off to do some retail therapy for 15 minutes before arriving home...

This is one day's worth of returns... this is why I am not keen on missing a day of school. I have student librarians, but if they are not chased up by anyone (or teacher has them doing research etc0, then it all piles up for me to attend to when I return....

This will be doubled in size tomorrow too. I issue around 1-2000 books a month. It IS fabulous!
Thankfully the BNZ bank is closing for the day on Wednesday and i get a few helpers... they will be shelving all afternoon :)

Sunday, 30 August 2015

slow day

Apparently New Zealand just stopped as they announced the All Blacks rugby team for the Rugby World Cup. Not in this house. We hate it. There. Don't care. I'd like Australia to win.
We have far more important things to worry about like low wages, 30% of children in poverty, 20%  being failed in the NZ school system. But I'll just keep on banging my head against a brick wall...

Slow day here - wet and cold. Essay slowly moving forward. More letters written (August/September might be the month where I break my own record for volumes written and posted!)

Knitting moving along slowly. Loving my new stitch markers.Scrumptious morning tea from Mustard Kitchen.

 Cleaning and clearing out a bedroom while child down at the snow. (he won't miss anything!)

And that was the excitement of the day. About as exciting as that rugby team announcement!

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Snail Mail love with Swap-bot

A month ago I joined up with Swap-bot.  It is basically swapping all manner of things all around the world. I have mainly joined with up the postcard and stationery/notecard swaps. A few touristy ones too. It has been fab getting little things in the post from all around the world.
The rating system can be a bit pedantic; lots of people seem to not trust "newbies", so it can be hard to find the first few swaps to join in to get your ratings to be able to be trusted... it can drive you a bit dippy and there are lots of bloody fussy people out there. Even for a postcard.
hey - you CAN trust me - i follow through on everything and everybody (particularly students at school - you promise anything to a kid - you follow through!)
It is fascinating reading profiles of likes/dislikes and what people want (many ask for everything! Like make up/ clothing/food stuff etc) - I kinds get the impression you can buy anything and everything especially in USA on whatever theme, whether bizarre or not! has been 20 years since I've been to USA (and since I never shopped until I had children basically), but I think I'd get an eye - opener going into the dollar stores over there (and probably even in England too! I never shopped there either when I lived there! Exception books! That is all we bought back on our trip 6 years ago too. Boy I'd be hitting up stationery and craft and op shops over there now!)
I've posted 16 letters/packages this week! (lots of penfriend letters in there too). Long may snail mail continue!  These are the things I have received in the past 2 or so weeks.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Seasons Swap partners

I'm still sick and will take another day off school - coughing with your ribs hurting is not fun! It twas another day of APA referencing a thesis... I am exhausted and will miss the school board meeting tonight which is not great...

Without much adieu - the seasons swap partners. Please do get in contact with me about anything around the swap - my brain is not functioning 100%! (odd number of partners, so I have two again :) - had better get cracking then!)

Kimberley and Melanie

Cat and Penny

Dotty's Daughter and Ellie Foster

Diane Crewe and Glenda (

Kaisievic and KnitBakeCultivate

KimM and Tracy

Deb Baker and kimberley

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Back soon with Swap Partners

I spent today at work, working on APA referencing for my deputy principal's thesis. Due in on Friday.
Not at all my favourite thing to do and I am certain tomorrow will be spent this way too.

I've my own essay to write, switching back to referencing using Chicago.

So at the moment I have no brain. I've had a day sick off school too, then (as I do not read my cell phone/take phone calls at school during the day), missed 2 phone calls from 2 different schools, telling me I had two sick children. Oh dear. Luckily the husband takes notice of his phone....

I sat by the fire last night and cast on another Ramona. Below is my first one.. next one I'm knitting a size up. Still pleased with my first one though.

I'll be back in the next couple of days with swap partners. School board meeting tomorrow night; packing for snow camp over weekend and boys have 15 minutes at home after school on Friday before they need to be at snow camp drop off.
I'm not surprised that I am sick... day off school makes for a massive backlog... still to catch up!