Christchurch · Lifestyle · Nature · New Zealand · South Island · Winter

The First fall of snow

It seemed like Spring was just round the corner, the plum tree in our garden was slowly bursting forth buds and purple green leaves 

…”oops said Winter, I’m not finished yet” and it snowed!

 Witnessing our first ever snowfall was magical!!

Little fluffy cotton falling down so quietly , covering everything in sight with a fuzzy white carpet !

 while winter and Spring are  trying to make up their minds, some birds seem angry…..

while others seem to wait patiently….

Christchurch · In and around Christchurch · Lifestyle · New Zealand · Seasons · Winter

Embracing Winter

Winter has been my least favourite season always.

As the weather started slowly turning colder, I started getting cold feet ( punny I know :p) .

 If you didn’t know, old homes in New Zealand do not have proper insulation and heating and therefore makes you feel like you are living in a freezer box. We learnt that the home we live in is one such home as well;with no insulation at all ,but a couple of boards to shield us from the blistering winds that make you shiver to the very bones.

The grey skies, bare trees ,the definite chill in the air made me grumpy and panicky…. even before we got into the real cold rainy miserable winter days….

However, while enjoying the company of kind friends, bundled up in layers and layers of merinos , fleece clothes and down jackets,fortified with  copious amounts of Red Label Nature Care Tea, that my mom so lovingly sent me in the packages earlier,  I have come to realise that a slight change in attitude is all it takes to embrace winter , admire the beauty of Winter 

and smile despite  those chapped lips and chattering teeth.

Oh and one of the best things we have discovered this winter is the Aveeno moisturiser to deal with itchy scratchy dry skin. Being extremely prone to dry and itchy skin in cold weather and sensitive to  scents, its a blessing to find something non greasy, fragrance free and light on the skin to help with the dryness and itchiness.

I have found that when we use it right after a shower, the skin remains moisturised  and soft throughout the day, the product gets absorbed immediately and is not greasy at all. Its my favourite for this winter.

cowl · Crafts · Handknit · Knitting · Life · make-up wipes · Winter

Cowl and make -up wipes

Encouraged by the fact that some people I met here, really liked the cowls I made before, I added a couple of them to my felt store.

The idea for these  eco friendly face pads to remove makeup or apply cleanser took shape as I was trying to teach myself to knit ergonomically. I may not have succeeded with that, but I’m very pleased with how these face pads turned out.

cellphone cover · Crafts · Crochet · Family · Handmade · Kuwait · Life style · purses · Winter

Change Purses

Change purse Made this with the thread I got from our own Mimi .I used two threads,SCO26 size8 Cannon thread and size 10 Anchor Lifestyle Metallic thread Mx001.I love how the metallic thread jazzes up the purse……see the twinkle?

This cellphone cover is a take off from the above change purse pattern,made with the Cannon size 8 SCO26. The cover turned out slightly bigger for the cellphone but this is my first .I hope to improvise on it to fit my cellphone more perfectly.

I love this colour and its also very easy to work with this thread.Just a tad bit bigger than size 10. I used a 21/2mm Pony hook. I made about four small stuff with one ball of thread.


    1. a change purse (picture above)


  1. a bridal pouch,(the picture of the one I made was lost when my computer crashed earlier) so here’s a bad picture I swiped off Jaishree’s blog and cropped.

and two cell phone covers-one plain picture on flicker widget and one shells. I still have a little thread left perhaps to make a small flower or something.
Friday ,we decided to drive around the city,listening to music in the climate controlled car 🙂 Outside it was about 10 degree Celsius.
While the children occupied themselves with their Hot-Wheels cars,we just enjoyed each other’s company and the view that greeted us on the cold grey foggy morning .

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