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 to have coffee...sip a glass of a book......I am Queen of the Armchair and am inspired by all the wonderful blogs out there!!!

Monday, January 26, 2015

~The Swap Pledge of Integrity~

I'm taking part in a Birthday Club Swap hosted by Dory this year and as requested have undertaken the Swap Pledge of Integrity......

This entails


I (Dzintra) will try my utmost...
·        To always swap on time.
·        To always email a THANK YOU to my partner.
·        To be considerate and thoughtful when choosing a gift.
·        To give my partner the quality of gift that I would like to receive.
·        To communicate when it’s required.
·        To NEVER over commit and let a partner down.
·        To advise the swap mama when I receive my gift.

This I sewomly pledge....

And Thank You so much Dory......what a great idea

I'm sure we all appreciate it!!!

Looking forward to the Swap this year Girls......Dzintra 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

My New Parisian Purse

On New Years Day every year I decide on a new project to start making
This is the little kit I bought last year at the Craft and Quilt Fair

Pattern from Studio Mio

Little purse all finished and waiting for handles to be attached
Only thing is I needed a Cobbler to put the rivets in for me as I had no Awl

 Here the pretty rivets are all in

and bag complete!!!
So happy with this one!!!
Perfect when you just need to take a purse, phone, glasses and keys!!!

Happy Weekend to all my Visitors.........Dzintra

Thursday, January 15, 2015

~2014~The Ones That Got Away

 Boy 2014 certainly whizzed by in a flash
Welcome 2015 and let's hope it's a peaceful year all round the world especially in light of what has been going on

I thought I would do my annual post on pics that were going to be made into blog posts but  just didn't make it

First pic is of lucerne bales for a small vegetable garden that I thought we would start up

Mr Armchair built the garden 4 storeys high out of railway sleepers
One reason is I'm tall and don't bend so well and the other is our Labrador Mimi who loves to 'garden'
Not long into it and this is what it looked like

And to keep Mr Armchair busy in February I needed a new bookcase and thought this corner was perfect
And it is........only trouble is the books keep 'growing'

In March JoJo was out with her group and she bought Mimi a collar
Only thing is it's for a puppy and Mimi is a big, boofy Labrador 
Such a sweet thought on JoJo's part

At Easter time in April I coloured some eggs in vine leaves and onion skins..........a Latvian tradition

this being the result
The egg can then be polished up with some bacon rind

In May we went to see a Miss Fisher exhibition
Miss Fisher......played by Essie Davis........ is a glamorous Lady Detective and the series is set in the 1920's in Melbourne
Read more about the series here
One of my favourite TV shows

In June I entered a giveaway by Jennifer Chiaverini and won this book The Master Quilter
One of her best I think

It was even autographed for me
To win I had to enter a question asking which character I would most like to meet out of the Elm Creek Series
My answer was Anna (the cook) so that I could cook with her for the patchworkers and then sit down and do some sewing with everybody later
I think there were about 800 entries so not bad

 In July at around 5pm there was a massive storm and I took some quick pics coming home

The colours were just stunning

In August we went out for JoJo's birthday breakfast and this is the view 

In September I bought an apron off my Friend Miss Vicki and decided to wear it whilst sewing as I get a heap of threads all over my clothes.......especially the black ones

In October I got to meet Monica McInerney who recognised my name from comments I had made to her Face book page
Such a lovely lady

 In November one evening I spilled frozen peas all over the floor (not very exciting I know)
but the next night the garlic I had fell down and landed looking like a triangle so I just had to photo it
And of course Mimi came in and cleaned up the peas
She didn't even know they were frozen as she doesn't eat she vacuums lol

Before we knew it it was Christmas again

 JoJo's programme had a Christmas get together and she was so proud that she cut the sausage and spiked it together with a tomato and a toothpick

And oh my goodness was this ever good
I even made my own Nut Butter (cashews) and Paleo Chocolate
Recipe found at The Merry Maker Sisters

And to cap off New Year's Eve a pic taken off the television of the Fireworks on Sydney Harbour 

Happy 2015 everyone.........let's make it a good one

Love Dzintra

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

~OPAM~ (One Project A Month) December 2014 and Happy New Year


'Wrapped in Paisley' by Kansas Troubles Quilters
a little Lap Quilt that I unexpectedly started when I saw a Tutorial at Moda Bake Shop
And only using 1 Jelly Roll for front, back and binding
Tutorial over here called Jelly Roll Jam

The front

The back

And in the Tree Fern

 Loving these rich, dark colours!!!

Thank you so much Sweet Peg and Kris for running OPAM again this year
Who would've thought I would make 2 quilts in one year!!!

And to all my lovely Readers and Commenters out there
Thank You so much for being a part of my Blog
I appreciate all your visits and comments and love the interaction with you all
So much appreciated

A rose from our garden for you
Happy New Year everyone
May 2015 be good to you all and bring much Peace, Joy and Contentment
and Many Happy Hours of Stitching

and of course Bon Appetit

Love Dzintra

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

~SSCS (Secret Santa Christmas Swap) 2014 Sent~

 I can now finally show my SSCS gift that I sent to Dagmar 

Designed by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched, one of my favourite Designers
This is one I have been wanting to make since I saw it at The Craft Fair a couple of years ago and I decided now is the time 

The little label at the back

And to re-cap this is the little Christmas Ornament I made for her

 Dagmar sent me this lovely, lovely photo showing off the little quilt and I just had to share it
Hope it's okay Dagmar
This just makes me smile!!!

Thank you so much dear Chookyblue for once again running this Swap
It was a pleasure to be involved in it once again!!!

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 ...