Creative Chaos

Creative Chaos

Monday 27 March 2017

Easter Swap partners

Hello swappers. Please find below your partners. I've actually swapped with all of you :) in the past, so have paired myself up with the person who I swapped with the longest length of time ago.

Have fun; get in touch with your partner; chat about likes and dislikes; swap adddresses.
Any problems, please e-mail me or comment.

Kimberley and Glenda

Montse ( ) and Tanya


Linny (  and Pam (

Hoping I have not left anyone out! I've essay brain writing at the moment, so little else is on the radar!

Saturday 25 March 2017


- I wind myself up something chronic over little things - like maths entrance tests that I had 20 minutes to complete it in and I did it in 8 minutes and pretty much aced it....

- I panic whether someone will like me/ what i said/ how outspoken I am...

- I wonder if our decision to move a child from an awesome school to the local one was a good move (from all accounts, so far - yes - less pressure for a start and the kid getting merit/excellence in school work)

- i put far too much pressure on myself to do everything to perfection

- I wonder why I can be a tech KLUTZ and accidently delete entire essays 3 hours before the due time.... (saved by forensic computer whizzes...)

- I wonder why I make myself study alongside a job which mentally is h-a-r-d

- I shop too much... this week...

wool on sale - all for projects I actually have in mind or have started.
 new Pasifika books - these are amazing (for home, while still in print. These are like gold to me!)

 some cute Easter goodies from bed, bath and table
 one of my favourite author's new book -
and cute as winter flannelette sheets -

BUT as the husband says life is lived once, cute things help one get through essays and life; and we don't want boring days without any drama!

Monday 20 March 2017

2017 Easter Swap (this crept up on me!!)

This will be a super fast swap as Easter is only 4 weeks away (oh my - time is flying!)

What to do:

make something Easter orientated (ie dishcloth, bag, mug rug, mug cosie, bookmark, rabbits, chickens etc) (suggestion is to start now...)
buy something Easter orientated (ie fabric, egg cup, stationery, teacup, mug etc etc)
buy some Easter chocolate
contact your partner for address/find out their favourite Easter things
send off to your partner

Please leave a comment below if interested and state if you are willing to post within your own country/region or worldwide.

Sign ups close March 27
I'll post partners on the same day late at night NZ time (12 hours ahead of UK ; at least 18 hours ahead of USA)
last posting date is April 7

Wednesday 15 March 2017

so I did this last night...

on total IMPULSE! Applied to do the postgrad teaching diploma (primary school level) at the University of Auckland. 2018.

Who knows what will become of it... I've a massive advantage with years working in a school, at a Pasifika school, with huge education knowledge, qualified librarian...

I'm crap at maths.

We'll see.....

Sunday 12 March 2017


Oh boy have we had RAIN! A couple of hours ago it was so intense we just stood inside watching with our mouths open! Many, many suburbs have major flooding - we had flooding on our front yard, but as house is up a few steps, it was okay. We are also in a volcanic rock area, so the water went away as fast as it arrived.

It has stopped now and I believe the weather forecast will improve over the next few days - it will take weeks for many places to dry out - I know people whose houses/basements/garages have flooded. We've been told to stay at home if at all possible, so that's what I'm doing.

92% humidity too, which is hideous...

15 minutes from my home...

Saturday 11 March 2017

Hot off the needles today

Amid the HUGE amounts of rain that the top half of the North Island has seen (it has been incredible with major flooding all over the place and the most funniest thing? Auckland is now in the midst of a MAJOR water crisis! There is too much silt from too much rain and the water plants can not treat the water fast enough for our consumption! So we are all being urged to save huge amounts of water, even though we are drowning in it! if we don't we'll be getting UN-treated water through our taps and having to boil everything we use. We have a month of huge restrictions!) I have finished this today!

It is Beech Hill and was a very easy knit. I started it last August before the Knit August Nights wool retreat and it finally came off my needles this afternoon. I used a gorgeous Drops Lima mix of 65% wool and 35% alapca - it is divine. I used 6 x 50 gram balls, which makes it an incredibly cheap garment!! (so well under what pattern said of 928 metres - i used 600 metres! - might go back and look at stash).

My new gorgeous broach in the mail today - a surprise gift from my cousin Jackie - she also sent me this... s-w-o-o-n - my colours - LOVE! A lovely surprise!

(ps - not sure I like how grey my hair looks from the photos!)

Thursday 9 March 2017

last of the road trip

It's raining. Hallelujah. For days. Autumn certainly is coming in slowly.
I've started university - in a real lecture theatre - well there are only 10 of us in the class. let's rephrase that - there is me with 9 x 19 year olds!

It is hilarious! It really is a lot of fun. The lecturer told me I should cream them all. Well..uh... a pass is great to me!

They sit there, writing zero notes, tapping away on their cell phones under the desks... ha!

I spent today at work covering a ton of new books around students watching me all day long.
Now I just want to fall asleep but I've 2 essays to write...

These photos are from our Napier, Hastings and Taupo part of the January road trip. I'd love to be back on holiday again.... 6 or 7 more weeks I think....

This little shop in Napier was divine - loved their little seat outside where you could add to their knitting

lots and lots of great art deco around

views from the top of Napier Hill - that was a killer of a bike ride, but the best way to see a city going a lot further than walking!

cycled through the Botanical Gardens

down along the waterfront -

back into the city -

from above the Port of Napier -

Can't go to Napier without some wine tasting -

Then over to The Mission vineyard for a yummy light lunch

this platter was perfect!

I don't ever remember visiting Hastings before -

And from there a drive over to Taupo for a night. The De Bretts camp ground is fabulous with great hot pools.

Impressed with the camping cabin!

Over to Mangakino - not a lot there these days -

And a bit of New Zealand land war history to round a fabulous trip off.

Now when are the next school holidays?!

I'm not that in love with my job at the moment...