This blog is all about me......I come here for respite in between caring for JoJo (our Daughter who has Special Needs)......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!!!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

2016......the ones that got away

Welcome 2017......let's hope this year doesn't fly by like the last one!!!
I like to do a catch up post in January of the previous years' photos that just didn't make it on to the blog for one reason or another.....


To kick off January I had a go a making some Mozarella Cheese and it turned out really well
We were all really happy with it!
Just need more practice at making smooth round balls!


February sees me going up the Hill to the National Gallery Canberra 
to view Australian Artist Tom Robert's Exhibition

Oh my how stunning it was!
Artwork is 'The Golden Fleece' painted at Newstead North Station, near Inverell, New South Wales and Sydney 1894
Oil on Canvas......purchased 1894
My Friend has a Tapestry of this and it is just beautiful
The further away you stand from it the further into the Shed you go!


I made this little cushion 10 years ago for my Sister and finally took a photo of it
It's being used as a little brooch holder
Original design by Cathy Penton


April sees me off to a Book Signing with Fleur McDonald and Josephine Moon
Fleur writes about Rural Fiction and Jo writes Foodie Fiction
Pic here with Fleur but the one with Josephine has vanished and luckily it did make it to Instagram at the time.
 Im having Lots of trouble here with the photos......
Blogger won't talk to my Photo Library here and I think the Photo Library keeps changing the photos around!


In May we were still getting Cherry Tomaotes from our garden


In June I was lucky enough to win this Book hosted by Gail Pan Designs
Thank You Gail!


In July I was the first to finish a Book Challenge hosted by our local Bookshop


August sees JoJo's Birthday......the day she waits all year for
Here she is with a John Farnham cake


In September I was reminiscing about my Paris trip and how I scored a visit into the Kitchen of 
Oh my....................


In October I went to Manu Fieldel's Book Signing
Here I am with him......sigh


November saw Mr Armchair cook a meal from a recipe
Beef Sirloin Steak with Rocket Salad and Balsamic Onions
Very delicious too!


And Christmas December 2016 saw a Spit in the Backyard
Here we have JoJo's Sister Jacqueline and her little one Lidija

So ends a quick trip through 2016
Wishing everyone a Happy, Content and Peaceful 2017

Dzintra xo

Saturday, December 31, 2016

~OPAM~ One Project A Month, December 2016



My final OPAM for 2016 is one I really enjoyed as it was using quite different colours for me
I enjoyed it so much so I made 3 little Mug Rugs


Gorgeous little snowmen on the back
at least it makes me think its a little cooler!!!

Thank You to Sweet Peg and Kris for hosting OPAM again for another year
So many gorgeous finished projects out there due to this!!!

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And on my final post for the year I'd like to thank all my Readers out there for popping in throughout the year and leaving your lovely comments........they are all so much appreciated so 
Thank You All 

So while we here get used to the National Disability Insurance Scheme and make sense of it all and its' impact on our lives I'd like to wish everyone a Happy Healthy and Prosperous 2017.  

May it be one of Peace and Joy around the World

love Dzintra xo



Tuesday, December 27, 2016

~Bah Humbug Swap~




I recently joined in The No Fuss Swappers 'Bah Humbug' Swap
This entailed sending a Mug Rug, a Mug to match,  and a treat all wrapped in a Christmasey Fat 1/4


The Mug Rug


I had recently ordered and received cloth labels with my name on it and thought Susan's Mug Rug would be the first item to receive one!!!


Mug chosen by JoJo at Rick Rutherford's country shoppe in the Blue Mountains


A treat was added


 and it's all ready to go!!!
Opening day was 13 December......


Meanwhile my Swap Gift was from Helen all safely arrived above


The little card


Fat 1/4 off


and all is revealed!!!
Thank You Helen.......lovely gifts and my Mug certainly has been given a work out over the last few days!!!

And Thank You Girls over at No Fuss Swappers for running these delightful Swaps!!!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

A Surprise Gift



Last week I received a very unexpected surprise from Kim
Kim has undertaken a world-wide venture to celebrate her 60th birthday this year
She sent out 60 gifts to 60 people and I was included
Above is a card of an oil on porcelain entitled 'Ziva' painted by Kim (McCool) herself


The back of the card


The gifts......a cushion, card, beading kit, fabric and thread


A little cross-stitch cushion


Fabric and threads

Thank you Kim for these absolutely delightful unexpected gifts......they made my day!!!

I hope you had the Best Birthday with many, many more to come!!!

Happy Birthday.......love Dzintra xo


Saturday, December 3, 2016

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





Two tea towels for OPAM this month which is all I managed!!!

Thank you to Sweet Peg and Kris for hosting OPAM again
I know that sometimes I wouldn't even finish one item without it!!!

A Happy Weekend to you all dear Readers......Dzintra xo

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 ...