Tuesday, February 24, 2009

teaching to sew

Well, I got through my first session of teacher aiding quite well. The children are a delight and the felted pencil cases they are creating are coming on well. All I needed to do here was help with the odd tangled thread and show how the zip went in. I could get to like this teaching lark.

For what its worth, these are a very clued up bunch of 7 to 9 year olds - boys and girls. The next session is on Thursday. Most should have their cases finished by then as they have been making them for several days now. Then I get to teach them how to knit. They get to call me Aunty Vivien because I probably won't answer to Mrs or Ms (insert surname). Just not me.

viv in nz

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Arty Stuff

Spent the whole day doing creative patchwork. Lots of new stuff to learn and lots of fun too. This new group we have made looks like it might become a really good thing for us. It definitely gets us out of the traditional patchwork which most of us have got a bit tired of as it doesn't allow us much leeway to create really off the wall stuff.

I made a hen out of my first creation as it was really just an exercise rather than an art work. The second piece has more potential and I may do a bit more with it yet.

We're going messy next time with plaster and dyes and paper and stuff. Should be fun!

viv in nz

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Hot Heat Fire Haze

Its hot here today. We're melted! The trouble is that it isn't hot here much so we aren't used to it. It was also oppressive humid cloud with a very orange glow from the Australian bush fires. It was dark enough to put lights on inside at one point. Phew - it is set to get cooler though. Probably too cool again. The bedclothes don't know if they are summer or winter or any time inbetween.

The moon tonight is also orange with the smoke haze. I feel really sorry for those caught up in the fires. It must be awful.

viv in nz

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


We did our final performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as the opening of the new school year and it was good. I got hubby to take a few photos and here they are.

I can't believe it's February already!

viv in nz