Creative Chaos

Creative Chaos

Thursday, 19 January 2017

December/January little things


I thoroughly enjoyed my Opal sock wool advent calendar. Every day there was a new little delight to discover - all variegated and a few rather bizarre colour mixes in there...

 Took me about 6 weeks to find the limited edition Griffins Christmas biscuit tins. Not bought for the biscuits - bought for the tins, ' cause you know... tins! These represent corrugated iron, flax and a kiwi beach towel.
 New umbrella love - one can not sit out in the NZ sun for more than 5 minutes in the burning sun. Most of the country would say summer was still to arrive - the south has been hit by a massive storm today and temperatures are plummeting! It's summer in NZ!

 Now look at how lovely and lush and green my hedge is before Christmas. And the privacy...
 One of my dear aunts made this for me and sent me a surprise parcel. I adore it!
 New Year's Eve fireworks in Rotorua - they were incredible!


 Rotorua even had a Christmas tree made out of random bits of cycles!
  I found this road near some NZ town - can't remember exactly where I was now! Near Te Awamutu perhaps???
 Our beautiful front lawn with jacaranda flowers everywhere

 The reading pile... finished the Lake House last week - highly recommended!
 The year 8 pile - most of it gone into the recycling pile now. A few things were kept. You find exam results and all sorts of things in piles like this. Merits in Australian exams etc! Things you would never know about unless you'd gone through page after page. Man schools go through photocopying paper!
 Look! look at my lovely hedge last Friday at 9am...
 love this view...
 and this is so beautiful and green and relaxing and private...
 and what the?!?!
 That view has gone.

 NOT at all happy. Landlord next door is livid with us as we stopped her contractor. We wanted some privacy. So did the tenants. The tenants are livid with her, as they themselves didn't want OUR hedge that low either. The stupid woman is now getting a survey done to see boundaries, as she does not believe our boundary survey.  We now look into each other's windows. She has been informed she is never touching the hedge ever again or we will be issuing her with a trespass notice (we then found out she was 80....). I'm still looking at it and sighing! Grow little hedge, grow.
 Look how many balls of wool/cotton I knitted last year. Yikes! That basically is a ball of wool a week.
 A kind person bought back Builders' tea from Booths in Preston, UK for me. It is yummy. Builders' tea. Have you ever?! Hilarious. Biscuits are from a workmate from Christmas.
 I found these cute little clipboards in Kmart for $2 !! They are perfect for keeping one penfriend's letter on it (I write long letters usually!) - I am always writing more than one letter at a time. They are perfect for keeping pages together. I usually write on a mixture of pages too - I've so much lovely stationery - am trying so hard to not buy anything new.

And that's a few little things.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

My Own Send Us Christmas Swap

Goodness me - I took part in 4 or 5 swaps before Christmas and it takes a bit of time around everything else to get around to blog about them! I run an annual Send us Christmas swap. The aim is to fit Christmas into a one litre container or box. I partnered myself with the very lovely Stephanie. Stephanie runs an adorable mug and tea cup swap a couple of times a year. I've taken part in 3 of her swaps so far and they really are delightful!
Her (much bigger than the swap size ;) ) box arrived just before school ended and oh. my. It was stunning! Lots of photos as it was so divine, I took photos of every layer... so here goes....



 Stunningly presented and wrapped...
 a lovely heart which Stephanie made...
 little poinsettias - I'll use these on a few scrapbooking pages...
 a pocket card with tea, little bookmarks, a tiny envelope with hearts, which i also use for scrapbooking...
 a tissue pouch (I used to make these, but i've forgotten how!); a wooden happy sign...
 a large tin of peppermint tea...

 cute spotty socks and whitman's chocolate, a little mirror and photo frame too...



 notecards...
 and a recipe on the bottom of the box. Lots of gorgeous things, so beautifully presented!
 My little plastic sistema box looked like this....
 wooden pohutukawa decoration (New Zealand's Christmas flower), cupcake baking cups, fabric, candycanes...
 a notebook, pen, ribbon, a raindeer decoration...
 cookie cutters, an angel decoration from Trade Aid, key ring, wooden angel decoration...

 chocolate santas...
 And all together ...

I love this swap. it is always neat to see what people from around the world send. Thank you Stephanie for being such a wonderful and very generous swap partner!
I'll be hosting the swap again this year!

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Road Trip Rotorua to Napier Part Two

Time is flying. Hard to believe this little road trip was 2 weeks ago. I loved this sign on the foreshore of Lake Rotorua! From there it was a decent drive which took quite a few hours to get to Napier. We drove the Taupo to Napier Road which was a long 1.5 hours drive with forest and farmland and this gorgeous waterfall and more forest and farmland - not my favourite part of the trip really. It was msot certainly a lot colder up on this road!




 This is Napier! New Zealand's Art Deco city. Remember I went to Napier back in August for the Knit August Nights wool retreat? Well I promised the husband I'd take him back and that we would be staying at the Masonic Hotel, which I had wandered through back in August. This was the view from the hotel...




 The hotel room - oh my - it truly really was one of the most divine rooms I have ever stayed in! I made sure I spent some good time relaxing here!




 I can never tire walking around this city, taking too many photos of the divine buildings. The city was re-built after the devastating 1931 earthquake. I believe it is said to be one of the best art deco cities in the world. Very well kept and looked after and pleasant to walk for hours, which we did! We also did a lot of cycling all over the place and up some decent hills too.


 These Seven Sister Buildings are quite famous.,..

















Such a beautiful city with so much to do. It wasn't the best weather while we were there, but we managed! It is kinda off the beaten track to me and not hugely known for NZers to visit there (I don't know anyone who has taken family holidays there but I think there is loads of stuff to do with families - the foreshore area with the aquarium, parks, skateboard ramps etc looked fantastic). Napier and surrounds are also very well known for its wine! I think it is a very under-rated city, which becomes very busy around the annual Art Deco weekend in February. I certainly do recommend a visit here!