Creative Chaos

Creative Chaos

Monday, 11 December 2017

summer heat slump

Oh my gosh people! The summer heat (which we've been told is February heat in the beginning of December!) is not fun for me. I've just been bra shopping as I'm icky and sticky each and every day at the moment! The washing (laundry) gets dry dead fast outside, especially when I put it out at 10pm at night and dry by mid morning the next day!

* NEWSFLASH * - look at THIS A+ for my recent university paper (Educational Psychology). I stayed the top in the class! I tell you people - leaving my job *was* a good thing! See what I can do when I don't have the stress of a job to deal with too. Actually the A and A- grades were also from this year too. I can finally graduate with my first degree! The 19 year old called me totally irresponsible when I took a trip to Australia 2 weeks before my exam too - ha! I actually did study at night and 5.30am (3 hours behind NZ, hence waking up then, with my body thinking it is 8.30am!)

I finished my Gingerbread! I am so thrilled with it. I love the cuffs and body border! It wasn't hard at all. I tell you it was getting to be quite a trial knitting in this heat! The cousin and I finished our 3 month craft finish challenge last night - I'll have to do a round up. I'm thrilled at the pile of things I finished - some had been sitting around for over a year!

This is the view from my bed.... it's a fulltime job keeping everything hydrated outside in this heat!

Off to do some stitching. I've actually done some Christmas shopping too - hallelujah!

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Winter Link up Party

I'll tell you, summer has come and gone WHAM! it is day after day of high temperatures over much of the country and so hot so early in summer! Even my sister said she can take 40 degrees in Argentina over 24 degrees here in New Zealand. The New Zealand and Australian sun is A LOT hotter and you can get sunburnt seriously in 4 or so minutes.

I'm hibernating inside with windows wide open and sometimes the aircon on with high humidity. I still prefer windows and doors wide open even in high humidty!
If I get the dishes done every day or a load of laundry folded up, I think I've done well for the day! Ha! I've the best husband who does not mind at all, and if i want to knit and sew all day long, it's fine with him - after all this is my time off after years of mentally and physically draining myself. Five more staff from school leave next week - I've lost count of how many of us have left this year!

Anyway - linking up to the lovely Thistlebear and her "winter" (ooh I'd LOVE some real winter right now!) craft party.

I've been slowly knitting away at my Gingerbread - it was started in April and I am determined to finish it by the end of this weekend hopefully. I've learnt A LOT! Wrap and turns; cap sleeves (so very, very clever with me, at the start, muttering going what on earth is she doing here? But it worked!), tubular cast off (wow!) and the fanciest wrist and bottom of the jersey pattern I've ever seen and knitted! Libby, the pattern designer, is ever so helpful and we had a long conversation yesterday over how i was reading the pattern (wrongly!). She got me back on track - yippee.
Such a delight this pattern is - I had put it down for months, as it wasn't study knitting material with it's fancy (to me!) work. Highly recommended!

I've a new bench seat in my bedroom and love looking over at my finished quilt and sock wool blanket, as well as a wee mug rug (the first one I've ever made!). I've plenty to keep me crafting this summer too. Anyone else crafting?

Monday, 4 December 2017

Birthday celebrations

It was my birthday on Saturday. A pretty quiet day spent doing a bit of shopping and hanging out at home reading and stitching and knitting.
The husband made me a delicious sponge cake. I had peonies delivered - they are just divine. A friend visited. Self bought gifts - as the 14 year old said "just buy your own mum and you get what you want" ! Husband totally agrees and was kind enough to go shopping with me - he hates shopping, so this was quite lovely! He drew the line at going wool shopping though! Ha.

 All New Zealand goodies - why yes a 48 year old woman can wear Little Red Riding Hood hairbands! Adore the ear rings (NZ Pohutukawa flower) and the brooch. We live near Mixt - an amazing shop that only sells NZ made items.

 From my cousin - the gingernut biscuits are a giggle - a reward for me finally picking up my Gingerbread jersey again on the knitting needles. More on that tomorrow :) The calendar is awesome.
 Divine new wool - yes more new wool! Knitnstitch is a local wool shop which is lovely. I bought the wool and pattern to make this
 Excited about this!

 The husband and I had a picnic dinner at the Parnell Rose Gardens - no teenage boys wanted to sit at rose gardens and have a picnic, so they stayed home! I'm not bothered by this at all. I took as many photos of the roses until my camera battery died! A lovely end to a low key birthday.

 (birthdays are low key in this household - the children have never bought gifts for us; nor do they give each other gifts for birthdays or Christmas. They only get birthday gifts from grandparents too (and us!)..And for Christmas they will only get gifts from grandparents and possibly 1-2 sets of uncles or aunties if we see them on Christmas Day. If we don't see them, we don't exchange gifts. We don't post gifts at all anymore to family in NZ (out of town) or overseas. So it's very low key! And the list of who to buy for gets smaller every year! This year I have 8 gifts in total to buy for Christmas and will knock it off in half an hour or so :) - see - low key and virtually little stress! )

Friday, 1 December 2017

The Tea Cosy, The Rocks, Sydney

A couple of days before I went to Sydney, I had a letter from an Australian penfriend telling me about The Tea Cosy in The Rocks area of Sydney. I hadn't set my phone to roaming and free wifi is stupidly hard to find in Sydney, so Kristy and I just started roaming around The Rocks until we found the place quite accidently!
It was truly divine and the perfect place for a meal - we both chose the ploughman's lunch, which was just up my alley.
I loved that every table had a communal knitting basket, so i, of course, did the obligatory few rows on a wee scarf.
It was a nooks and cranny place, on two levels, with a sweet courtyard out the back too. Lots of vintage tea  cups etc and plenty of tea cosies to buy, as well as tea.
I'd go back again! 
The Rocks is a great place to wander around - a very cool market and lovely old buildings. Very touristy, but lots to see and hours of walking down by the lovely harbour front.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Two Months in....

I finished work two months ago - boy has that time gone fast.

It's 8.45 am and already 90% humidity - I might be buying a paddling pool for my birthday in 2 days! We have had stunning weather for days and days - summer has arrived with a bang!

I'm stoked this morning - Massey University e-mailed asking permission to use my Educational Psychology essays and other work as exemplars in their 2018 classes - isn't that an awesome validation of my writing skills? I'm waiting for my final grade, so I can get the graduation process underway and Massey credentials over to the University of Auckland for my teaching study in 2018.
The lecturer e-mailed me again and said "I hope you are intending to go the ed psych route" - that made me giggle! Let's just get the teaching thing out of the way first....

And at 2.21pm - one of my final grades has been changed to an A- for Issues in Maori Education. My other paper - Family, Intimacy and Domestic Life is an A grade, so I'm doing fab so far!

I think Christmas might be a right off this year - the eldest has a second job, and is scheduled to work Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Eve, New Years Day, day after New Years day (still a public holiday here) - 4 days a week for the next two months. Working all these days is good money plus a day in lieu for most of those days being public holidays.
And the twin brother has broken his leg playing hockey, so he won't be driving anywhere (lives 3 hours away) and since we won't be either... oh well. I'd run away every year if I had my way with just the 5 of us.... And I'm not sure what the rest of the family is doing - doesn't it make it so hard with multiple families to fit in? (found out my parents will be down south, so it won't be happening as we won't be travelling) -  I'm not really that into it at the moment! Hate the spending of money on stuff that nobody needs, currently going through a "don't do religion" stage... i need to find some spirit somewhere !!!! THIS really appeals to me......

I spent the day with an aunt on Monday and came home with this gorgeous bag which she had stitched -

 New purchases - top one in Sydney - bottom two from "wool on wheels" two weekends ago -

 And this is today's project - a rather slow process project! I'm not 100% so have spent a couple of days at home in bed coughing my lungs out!

Friday, 24 November 2017

State Library of New South Wales

It's my life mission to one day make it to every state library in Australia.... I really had no idea of what a state library even was until I saw the South Australian one in Adelaide (and even then I only saw part of it, as discovered it too late and we were leaving early the next day). I've been to Brisbane, Queensland twice, but still never been to the state library. And i visited the Stae Library of Victoria in Melbourne last October - i think this is my favourite so far! I still can't believe we lived in Melbourne and I had never visited it until last year (maybe having toddlers back then had something to do with

So it was on my list to visit during my recent Sydney visit. The official website it here.

I've lost count of how many trips to Sydney that I've had over the years, but this was the first time I'd even walked through this side of the city and up this road to see and visit the NSW State Library. We were here not long after it had opened on a Saturday morning. It has an old and a modern part to the library which interconnect. This is the oldest library in all of Australia being first established in 1826.
A lovely little stop, with a small, perfect gift shop and adjoining cafe. And so very, very quiet (my school library was anything but! ;) ).
We were here at 11 am for the minutes silence for Armistice Day - pretty perfect location - it already was pretty silent before then!

(the first 3 pics are just before the library).

Oh how I love libraries. i was back in my old school library today, looking at some not so pretty data. It's not pretty as no-one has done anything about overdue books... 2000 of them. I might be marking 2000 missing in 2-3 weeks time before the end of the year....