Wednesday, 30 July 2014

A Bit More Bliss

To add to my post yesterday. I finished a cute wee hat for bubs and a Knit Along group. It only took a couple of days and I think it is adorable!! 

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

A Cuppa Tea & Some Knitting Needles = Bliss

I've been trying to do a few things over the past year and a half while getting used to being Mum. I have also been fostering my unhealthy addiction to beautiful wool... It's getting a bit ridiculous, so I have to start knitting faster!

I am particularly proud of a few bits I've made:

A beautiful, squishy scarf made for my friend's belated birthday present. I LOVED the wool I used, unfortunately, the company doesn't make it any more.

It took ages for me to actually finish these socks. I had second sockitis. They are made with a gorgeous merino silk blend and are now my favourite socks.

Hands down, my favourite soft toy I've made. I heart this elephant... for my darling new niece.

Stocking cap made for a friend's photography business (for newborn photo shoots). Was quick and easy to knit - quite a lot of fun really.
Matching pants - They were a bit challenging at first, but turned out really well. Super cute.

The Legoman. He made me crazy. He made me cry. He turned out pretty well... and the arms move, which is kind of cool.

Jacket I knitted for bubs for day care. It turned out well... I feel like it's kind of boring, but people seem to like it. I may make another with a variegated (multi-coloured) wool, just for a bit of interest.

I've managed to do a few projects, so I'm happy - so many things to knit and so much squishy wool to use and so little time! (All projects are listed on Ravelry.)

Friday, 25 July 2014

Ten Years At Our Montessori Unit

Tomorrow, it will be eleven years since I arrived in New Zealand; Monday will mark my tenth year teaching at the Montessori Unit at our school. A decade! At the same school! I have seen families come and go; I have taught all the children in some families (so I have known some for almost that entire time), and right now there are students in my class that I remember as toddlers or preschoolers who insisted on wearing the same dress every day (and this child's mother despairing over it!)

Today, my ten year anniversary was celebrated with some of my friends from school and with our Montessori family.

I have to say it...

I am one lucky girl.

After listening to a song written and composed by a student (who sang SO sweetly); watching one of my students dance (I wish I was that graceful); receiving thoughtfully handmade gifts/poems from the children, as well as beautiful flowers and gifts from the Montessori Board of Trustees, then listening to very kind words about me (and taking note of the stories that were kindly left out), I blubbed my way through thanking everyone there.

My co-workers, families at school and the Montessori Trust have not only been my friends over the past years, but have been my support system and been part of my New Zealand family.

I am so thankful - my heart is very full... and I know, I am loved.

(I actually have cake, not chocolate, but the thought is much the same!)  via

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Finally Complete - The Letter "Z"

My lovely Phillipa reminded me that I hadn't finished my alphabet yet, and I asked on Facebook ages ago for suggestions of what I could do for the letter "Z."

The suggestions included: zoos, zebras, Zahrina, 'za and zzzzzzzzzzz's...

The winner is: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


Yes... that sweet, sweet sound of sleep. Since becoming a mum, I have realised why sleep deprivation is used as a torture device. I love my baby more than I ever could have believed possible, but the lack of sleep is brutal. Every once in a while, she sleeps through the night, and I do a little happy dance in the morning.

Sometimes, I even get a mid-day nap... and it is sweeeeeeeeeet.

So there we have it. I am grateful for zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz's... (uninterrupted ones, please!)

Wednesday, 20 November 2013


Beauty can be found in the ugliest of places... roses have bloomed all through our compost heap and by the bin. It made me so happy.


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