This blog is all about me......I come here for respite in between caring for JoJo (our daughter who has a disability)......I am addicted to starting new projects......I am becoming a fabric-a-holic... I love to try out recipes... take a beach walk and breathe in that salty blue air......love to have coffee...sip a glass of champagne......read a book......I am Queen of the Armchair and am inspired by all the wonderful blogs out there!!!

Friday, September 30, 2016

~OPAM....One Project A Month, September 2016~


Time for another OPAM again, how fast is this year going!!!


A couple of small finishes this time


First one is a little 'Frozen' Book Bag complete with Nana made it for me on it for little Lidija


 And here she is just after she opened it.......very excited to receive this book


And for the boot scootin' Cowgirl in me a Book Bag for a dear friend



complete with the book of my favourite movie 'Dances With Wolves'


Thank you so much Sweet Peg and Kris for hosting OPAM again this year!!!


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

~South Coast and Country Quilters Guild Inc Quilt Show 2016~


Last weekend I popped on along to the Bi-ennial exhibition of the 


I walked past the Trading Table and picked up these little items along with a few others


Now down to the serious business of checking out the quilts!!!
I took pics of some of the quilts as I was wandering around

This one is 'Friendship'
Hand and machine appliquéd, and quilted by Dorothy

I'm only a beginner Quilter but I just love doing it so much
I just can't keep up with making the tops lol
Plus I shop quicker than I sew......saw that line somewhere and oh so true


'Around the Garden'
A Wendy Williams design made and quilted by Lorraine
Wool Felt applique, hand embroidery



This fun quilt 'It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas'
an original design by Margaret with the exception of Flying Santa from
 Friends for Christmas by Lynette Anderson
Hand applique and embellished, machine pieced and quilted by Margaret



'A touch of Renaissance'
Designed by Michelle Hill
Made by Helen - Raw Edge Appliqué
Quilted by Christine



'Pemberley (sans bird)'
Designed by Katrina Hadjmichael
Made by Marietta - appliqué and machine piecing
Quilted by Maxine



'Birthday Wishes'
This quilt had its start at a Beth and Trevor Reed Workshop
Hand Drawn, Painted and dyed Iris
Made and Quilted by Beryl



'Andrew's Universe'
This quilt is reversible, has Glow in the Dark fabric included and has a map of the Constellation of Norma on the reverse
Designed and Machine Pieced by Norma
Quilted by Debbie


This fun quilt 'Bird Dance'
Designed by Sue Spargo
A Bird and Stitch Sampler in the American Folk Art style
Wool Felt Appliqué with stitched embellishment
Made and quilted by Margaret


A close up of the birdies



'Diminishing Circles'
Hand Applique
Made and Quilted by Robyn


'Framed Fassets'
Kaffe Fasset fabric
Quilt and Bind as you go
Made and Quilted by Daiva



'Callum's Dinosaurs'
Combining Painting and Quilting
With thanks to Helen Godden for technique 
Hand Painted and Pieced
Made and Quilted by Christine


'Celestial Dream'
A Susan Powell design
Hand applique and machine pieced
Made and quilted by Jennifer

 (I thought of you with this one Rachaeldaisy)
Bright and Happy


Oh my, I fell in love with this one
'Hocus Pocus Village'
Hand Embroidered
Made by Susana
Quilted by Narelle





 'My Garden in my Dreams'
McKenna Ryan Design
Raw Edge Applique
Made and Quilted by Lena


Oh dear I had to come back for a closer look at Hocus Pocus Village
Witches, Stitches, Quilting, Needlework
Fright Nite, Stitch and Witch, Sign up Now
Four floors of black fabric, Magic Beads
I want to go in lol


The Black Cauldron, Authentic Witch Cuisine
Spidey Soup 
Worms Alfredo


A little closer


 I can't keep away
Pumpkin Latte
 Anyone for Bat Wing Mocha
 Frog Leg Espresso



I went home for say, 5 minutes
I got Mr Armchair to take me back and the Ladies were packing up for the day with 20 minutes to go
The Quilt  kept calling me and I had to do it lol 
*S O L D *



 Now that it was mine I quickly lifted the Quilt up to see the underneath


 So so happy with this one!!!

Thank you South Coast and Country Quilters for another fantastic show

And Thank You Susana.....you made my day!!!

Dzintra xo


Monday, September 12, 2016

~Cover Reveal...Dzintra Sullivan~

Here's something new for me
I recently met my Name Twin Dzintra Sullivan who is Author of the 
Best Selling Series......Halfway House


Today is the Cover Reveal of her latest book, 'Immersion' and I thought I would show it here
How beautiful is this!!!





A little blurb on the book

Payton Hunter's choice to take a late night stroll by the cliffs will change her life forever. A freak gust of wind catches her off guard, and she falls into the ocean below. As the last breath of air leaks from her lungs, Payton surrenders to the cold black arms of death.

Prince Volos, the oldest son of the Water Dragon King, stands proudly with the human spy he’s captured. His father will surely renounce the crown to him as he proves himself worthy.

When this small, dark haired beauty causes his heart to start singing, Volos now wonders what’s more important. Being the next King? Or being immersed in the arms of true love?

Miles under the surface of the ocean a choice must be made.



And a little bit about Dzintra......

Author Bio:
Hello, I am BATMAN..... -laughing-... I just always wanted to say that.
I am happily married to an amazing Canadian man and a mother of four delightful children. I fell in love with books as a young girl, reading Judy Blume and Enid Blyton. I progressed onto loving the supernatural genre as a teenager and never left.
I live up in the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, where the weather is always warm and sunny.
It has always been a dream to write a book, but I have never had the self-belief that I could. Until I celebrated my 40th birthday. It hit me, "now or never" so I pulled on my big girl panties, picked up a pen and paper and didn't look back.
"The Halfway House Series" is my debut series.
Where family isn't always blood related, and the impossible love is possible if you believe.
Now I want to take you under the water, into the magical world of water dragons.
I hope you can swim, because these men like it wet.
The Apalala Clan series is about to take its first adventure with book one "Immersion".

Author Links:
Website: https://www.authordzintrasullivan.simplesite.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Dzintra-Sullivan/1510553862490487
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2cR0lE2
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8425947.Dzintra_Sullivan
Twitter: @DzintraSullivan

Title: Immersion
Author: Dzintra Sullivan - Author of the Bestselling Series, Halfway House
Genre: Paranormal/Romance/Comedy
Cover Designer: Desiree DeOrto
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Congratulations Dzintra from Dzintra on this Cover
I think it is just beautiful and I'm so pleased to have met you......


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

~OPAM...(One Project A Month) - August


Phew, not only is August flying by this whole year is flying by with Spring here tomorrow!!!

5 Book Bags this month along with 3 Mug Rugs


This Book Bag has been gifted


Along with this one


This one I have kept and put into it a book I read for a Book Challenge
The Challenge was to read a book with an Author the same name as mine and I found
 Dzintra Sullivan


Another bag and this time I put some Harry Potter ribbon on


Perfect for this book!!!


And from this bundle of Fat 1/4's (Notting Hill by Robyn Randolph) I made some Mug Rugs
I've taken to lately Make 1 Make 2 when I can and this totally works


It worked so well I made 3


Front


This one was a special one and was gifted to my friend Asta for her birthday
Asta is currently exploring her homeland Estonia in Europe

Thank You Sweet Peg and Kris for hosting OPAM again this year!!!

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We've been away for the last few weeks up in Queensland hence no blogging and no comments made but will get back into it soon!!!

Happy Stitching......Dzintra xo


Monday, August 1, 2016

~OPAM...One Project A Month, July 2016



Some small items for OPAM this month
First up a little pouch to match the little bag behind
I needed one to put my threads in for an upcoming project and saw I had the same fabric in a small piece of the bag so thought I would use that


Attach a little ribbon and I'm away



After waiting 3 months (sheeeeesh why does it take so long!!!) I attached ribbon and buttons to these two little pouches made in April!!!  These were pouches made of fabric chosen by my GD along with ribbon and buttons and choice of stitching and colour!!! 


Another two little Book Bags
I find the more I have the more I use them
So handy for Books and even Stitching and Patterns!!!


The little label says Au Petit Paris


And the last one a little Fat 1/4 headband for a Friend
Fabric is Everything Autumn by Sweetwater for Clothworks

Thank you so much Sweet Peg and Kris for hosting OPAM this year
I know I wouldn't finish as much without it!!!

Welcome To My World

Hello, my name is Dzintra Ingrid ... have been known as Ingrid and since our Sea Change I have started to use Dzintra ... pronounced without the D ... (but still known as Ingrid, I know, it's confusing ...)

Welcome to my world ... a journal of our Sea Change ... Mum to three wonderful children ... bringing up a daughter with a disability and seeing life through her eyes ... being a new Nanna ... photos ... inspiring quotes ... taking on a cookery course ... the odd recipe ... and trying to get some stitching done amongst all this ...