Chat over Chai #1

Hi Everyone

The idea to start the Chat over Chai series, has been on my mind for a while now. In spite of sharing a lot on the blog, I felt a certain disconnect, so I’m going to try a bit of blogging like old times.

This is basically simply a catch up series ; to connect a little bit more, by offering a sneak peak into things happening in my life , to chat about things I’m really enjoying ; on the crafty side , slow living , cooking , current favourites – different things , I can share to make note of, look back on , enjoy and be inspired to grow and thrive.

You might want to grab a cup of chai (tea or coffee – whatever you prefer) for this one

This year, Autumn and Winter went by really fast and we are into Spring which is really like being in a whole new world.

It’s just so lovely seeing the world come alive with birds chirping , flowers blooming , there seems to be an aura of gaiety in the air.

While I have struggled a lot with the colder months, I have learnt that slowing down and doing a few extra things, that I normally never did otherwise during these months, helped me a lot to keep up my good spirits.

How did my version of Slowing down look like?

Slowing Down

This was pretty much my every day routine during the cold months. I’m sharing it on my blog hoping that it will help someone feeling down as the temperatures, daylight and sunshine go down

  • Making my cup of tea, taking time to sit down and enjoy drinking it , feeling the warmth of my tea , warm up my body
  • Look out my door , make note of the sunlight flooding the mountains with its golden glow or the clouds completely cover up the mountains
  • Send Steve off to school,
  • Snuggle with my baby Amber, listening to my favourite gospel music, reading the Bible and praying
  • Taking time to shower and get dressed in presentable clothes in the morning with care, put on my favourite perfume,
  • Go for a walk once in a while with Amber
  • Do a bit of skin care once a week
  • Gratitude Journal every week
  • Use Bargain box for dinner ( this way, I did not have to do much meal planning but still had the recipes and the ingredients ,had a chance to try something new and different.
  • In the evenings, I often lighted up some lovely scented candles, put on some dreamy jazz music , kept the heat pump on and cooked dinner.
  • I added fairy lights where every I could, added cushions and throws to create cozy and warm around me.
  • Once a week I went out for brunch with my friends, or invited them over to just chat over home made ginger chai, it felt good to have those little moments of just sharing and enjoying the friendships
  • I joined a low impact exercise class which helped immensely as well.
  • Some days when I just did not feel up to it, I just let go, ordered food from Uber Eats and spent time with my kids watching re runs of Castle lounging on the sofa.

Weekends were a little bit different. We slept in , cooked some delicious meals to last at least a couple of days so that when I felt uninspired to cook, there was something to heat up and eat ready at hand.

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I’m sharing these here in the hope that it will help someone who needs it. However these are not set in stone things to do, do what soothes your soul the most .

How do you cope with the Colder Months?

If you also do some of these things please share them with me.

Or if you have some other things that helped you cope through the colder months, please share them as well.

Talk later

lots of love

Pearlin

My own sunshine

Hi Everyone

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. The highlight of our weekend was  going out together as a family to a sweet engagement party. 

In other weekend news,  all the agonising about the border for this poncho,  came to a satisfying end.It lays flat and adds a bit of interest, I cannot be more pleased . I’m also happy that the two very different colour ways somehow work together.

I have a WIP that I have no idea what I’m going to use it for. For now, I’m just happy to see how the colours work up. 


There is a small mushroom patch  in my backyard.Could  fairies have come  by for a visit ? On cloudy dull days these sweet flowers in our front yard just make me smile .

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DSC_0314Hi everyone,

I did not know  foggy winter mornings could be so beautiful! The entire landscape appears softened .Intriguing light behind the silhoutte of trees far away adding to the mystery. I had never seen that building before yet it adds charm to the panaroma. It seemed like a watercolour painted scenery to me.

I wonder if the  Master Painter sits there  tapping his brush on his chin musing what colours to paint that day . Each morning so grand yet so different than the day before .Never ever the same yet always a treat.

I feel completely blessed  to be able to just stay in the coziness of my home and enjoy the view through my window .

I would go out more if I did not always end up with a headache and ear ache   in spite of being wrapped under layers of  Merino and Down on cold cold days. That’s why  I prefer my little bubble, warm and cozy.DSC_0101camping on the couch, with my knitting and crochet, basking in the sunshine that makes its way to the couch through my large glass windows listening to podcasts or breakfast shows.

The shortest day of Winter just went past us  . Now Spring  must be just around the corner , no? School is out in two weeks and I can’t wait. Nothing  beats  lazy sleeping in days during Winter. I know the boys will drive me batty with loud music and non stop bickering during the  day.Still knowing they are  under the same roof as me, leaves me at peace.

A cowl scarf  got done and dusted at the said camping .Inspired by the Kuwaiti head dress .  Made of 100% NZ Organic Merino with 4.5 Addi hook,its very soft and warm.

It is going into a raffle package for a very worthy cause. DSC_0104

That and trying out a few middle eastern dishes have  kept me  distracted from getting overly  cranky over  J’s crazy work hours throwing off our routine and all. Oh  and laughing over showing up a week earlier for Big B’s troublesome wisdom tooth extraction appointment.

Until Later

Much Love

Pearlin

Calm after a Storm

Hi Everyone,

Saturday started out as a gorgeous gorgeous day not only because it was a sunshiny and balmy winter day, but a day filled with snippets of little things which when  stringed together at the end of the day ,leaves a smile on your face as you lay your head down on the pillow to  sleep.

To have such a day following a Friday evening of ugly tears, flared tempers and tantrums ,makes it all the more special. Because it gives you hope ,that  not everything  is lost after all and lifts  your heart from the depths of desperation , that one tends to get into during those not so lovely moments .

The day started out with J and I going to the Airport to meet some people who were coming to NZ for the very first time.After coffee and some  time alone with J, We went together as a family to Kawa Cafe for lunch.

It was Big B’s treat for us with his first ever earning .It was a delicious lunch . It felt surreal, filled with mixed emotions, pride at my son’s milestone, sadness at how time just flies and  excited for all the new things and experiences that await my kids as they move from one stage to another.

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Then,  when we came back, there was a package waiting for me at the doorstep, for which I was waiting too! Sometime during last week, there was a call out for Test knitters on The Woven page on Facebook. The willing test knitters had to finish a haiku that started with

Knitting is awesome. Now I’ve never attempted a haiku before, but I did try

Knitting is awesome
With two sticks and some soft string
Creates a spl’ thing.

( initially I had written’ Creates a special thing’, which someone pointed out as having more syllables and so I changed it to Spl’ so as to cut down the syllable .)

I got selected to Test knit.Yay!!I  kind of like that I wrote my first ever haiku and got to try  some new yarn and a yet to be published pattern in return. Yay!)

The Woven sent the yarn , needles and the pattern. Isn’t it wonderful!DSC_0205I cast on right away and its coming along swimmingly.

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We also saw a  movie called Inkheart together as a family. Its the story of a guy who has a special gift of making the characters in the book he reads out loud , come to life. It was not a wow movie, but was interesting in its craziness.

Sunday was a quiet rainy day. I realised that when the sky looks like this at sunrise,it turns out to be a wet cold day .PicMonkey Collage

That colour inspired me to start a new crochet project as well. Its a pattern I have made several times before.Although I’m not entirely in love with the way the colours look worked up in the  pattern as opposed to the way it looked as a skein, I will continue to work on this , because it feels so soft and warm against my skin.I’m really loving that it takes less than 30 mins to make a motif and I enjoy seeing the project grow one little flower motif at a time.

So that was pretty much my weekend, how was yours? Do tell

Much Love

Pearlin

 

 

Friday Favourites

Hi Everyone,

I’ve been feeling under the weather lately . So I thought it would lift up my spirits to make note of the lovely little things in my life on this day. Things that may seem so insignificant to others but makes a whole world of difference to me.

Yarn

It is no secret that I love Yarn. All my resolve to keep check on my budget, usually gets thrown out the window when I see new hand dyed yarn  online.Specially after coming here to NZ, there are so many natural fibres that I’m spoilt for choice really!

Can we just take a moment and admire how gorgeous this yarn looks?And is oh so soft . Go read about this hand dyed yarn  at Nunnaba Artisan Yarngum

Sunrises

Ever since we moved into this home, we have been treated to some gorgeous sunrises .Somedays I miss it in the busyness of the early morning rush. Isn’t it amazing how regardless of  who stops and stares, the sunrise continues to remain magnificent in its glory? On this particular day, the sky looked like it had been set fire on.

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Once you have tasted the taste of the sky, you will forever look up-Leonardo Da Vinci

Gifts.

From friends and from nature.

The pillow like I said earlier is a handmade gift from a friend here.I’m a big fan of handmade creations .Not only does the handmade item  carry the unique imprint of its creator .It also offers the  privilege , to  have a peek into the beauty of the creator’s heart, their dream,and creativity  through the making and giving of the said gift. And that little piece of the giver remains with you to hold and cherish. Isn’t that a wonderful thing?!

Same goes with the bounties of nature. The Creator created all these amazing charming creations with such precision and attention to detail , just for us to find and admire. To be able to look around and take in the beauty that surrounds us is a wonderful gift I believe.

These  pinecones ,are ones we gathered from our very first family camping trip in Kaiteriteri, near Nelson.

Both of these gifts make my heart swell with happiness for the very reason I mentioned.

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So tell me what makes your heart swell with happiness?

 

Pactise makes Perfect

It was lunch time, and I had to get lunch ready or it would get late when the man comes to pick up dh’s lunch.

M was quietly ‘cooking’ in his favourite corner.I really didn’t mind all the vessels strewn around in the drawing room, or the noise of ‘cooking ‘as long as he kept out of my stuff and interupting my own cooking.

My stuff was in the bedroom so there was no way he would go there , I thought.I should have known better.

It was all so quiet_ too quiet so I peeked in to check on him.

I had to pick up my jaw that had  touched the floor by now.

“M,What do you think you are doing?” I asked  , my voice almost  a feverish high pitch by the end of the sentence .

“Pactising (Practising )to go to your school mumma” (meaning my quilt class ),came the calm, collected reply with look that said, ‘whats the fuss about?, you should really be happy!’

Do I laugh or cry or bang my head against the wall and scream ” Lord ,I need a break”?!

Mommies are not allowed tantrums ,you know, so I just thanked the lucky stars , he didn’t cut his fingers and went on to think about the best solution to redeem the situation.

Two completed quilt blocks slashed in  random places with the rotary cutter.

Well,  I didn’t have too much work to do all over again like I thought first .All is well that ends well I guess 🙂