About me

I live in Rangiora, New Zealand where we have been ravaged by strong and continuous earthquakes for five years. This has good and bad repercussions. The bad is many destroyed homes, businesses, livelihoods and some tragic deaths. The good is that it has really brought communities together. People are thinking about others, considering and helping others in the way they used to in my Parents era. It also helps to keep us with the reality that your family, your friends and your faith are the most important things.

I love crafting, gardening and cooking. I really enjoy making something from nothing. Getting a great find at an Op Shop and turning into a Gem.
I think fruit and veges picked from the garden and eaten within the hour is a great pleasure.

A lot of my craft items and ideas come from the ethos that I don't like the waste that seems to be becoming more and more rampant. So I try to reinvent uses for items and make something old and thrown out have anew life as something that is desirable for my home or wardrobe. I was lucky to have a mother with lots of amazing skills (developed out of necessity). Why have we lost  that need to use everything and not waste?

I am a wife to Aaron. He is so cute and lovely and a real family man. We met on a tramping track and never looked back. Married just over a year later.

My work varies depending on what is happening in our lives. Sometimes I have had to work full time, sometimes part time, sometimes on contracts. I do Human Resources, Health and Safety. At the moment I work as a Human Resource Business Partner for a large NZ company.

We have two gorgeous boys. Eli - 11 and Jakob - 14
We love camping, tramping and days out.

The boys are into drumming, swimming, camping, church, soccer and rugby

To contact me either leave a comment or email me on : karen.schulz.nz@gmail.com


  1. Hi Karen. I just found your blog and I love it. I have found out more about you in 5 minutes than in all the time I have known you. Bless you heaps you are an inspiration. Dian Armstrong

    1. Hi Dian, Was thrilled to get your request to friend on facebook. It is taking me ages to find people. Aren't blogs and facebook amazing. I love being in the same church as you, you are an inspiration. Cheers Karen

  2. Hi There - lovely to discover another CHCH blogger! I will add you to the CHCH bloggers page on my blog. If you want to be kept in the loop with our semi-regular catch-ups please flick me an email. We are very inclusive :o)

  3. Hello,just wanted to say thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting on my row quilt! I would have replied sooner,but your comment went to my spam box,as you are a no reply blogger.

  4. Thank you for visiting my blog, and leaving such kind comments! Like to see your projects, I'll stop by more often for sure!

  5. Hi Karen! I wanted to say thank you for stopping by my blog Hug-a-Bit Quilts and leaving a comment to my post "Stepping out of my comfort zone". It is great to see quilters and bloggers living nearby- I call NZ near by ( I am based in downunder) :) I have a linky party too called Monday Makers. Every Monday, you show your Monday project to us, something you start on that Monday, and also show us your finished products from the previous Monday. Would love to see your link up as well! Cheers, Nurdan


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