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, June 14, 2009

A Gift From Vicki...Dzintars, Songs Of Amber

Coming home last week from the Snowy Mountains I was greeted with a very special package from Vicki containing this gorgeous card and...



this CD...Dzintars...meaning Amber
of which Dzintra is the feminine form...
As you may have read in previous posts I have started to use my Latvian name Dzintra...after being known as Ingrid...
The Dzintars choir was founded in 1947 and has become a highly acclaimed professional artistic group. They are skilled professional singers, and include in their repertoire traditional and modern Latvian songs, and folk songs of other nations...
A very, very special CD...Many Thanks dear Vicki for this!!!
I will thoroughly enjoy the music...as my family will I'm sure♥

While here on the Latvian topic I thought I would post up a few more Latvian items of interest to follow on from a previous post...
Here a great book...Latvian Weaving Techniques by Anita Apinis-Herman...
Anita grew up steeped in the traditions of Latvian weaving, with the beat of her Mother's loom a familiar sound from her earliest years...
Taught the basic techniques by her Mother, and keen to master the art of weaving, Anita bought her first four-shaft loom and began weaving in earnest.
While doing the weaving course at the Melbourne College of Textiles, Anita recognized the need to document her Mother's many years of work and record part of her heritage...
(Text from the book)


Examples of weaving from the book...
I just adore this print from the book Riga...capital of Latvia...Celvedis Guide...
Janis Rozentals~A Princess and a Monkey, 1913~
Janis Rozentals~Princese un pertikis, 1913~

Leather bound wallet and note covers with Latvian designs...

Leather book-cover...


and open with book inside along with a built in bookmark.


Bookmarks...Smiltene is an area in Latvia...and the front one brought back to me from Latvia by my Sister...


and Dzintars/Amber...comes in a few colours, here in a lovely warm rusty colour.

Dzintars/Amber is considered very special among Latvians, worn in necklaces, bracelets, and rings. As a symbol of national identity, it stands for beauty, openness, and freedom (text from above CD booklet)...

Hope you have enjoyed a few more snippets on Latvia...and now it's off to put on that CD and make some Boeuf Bourguignon ...Cheers, Dzintra♥

21 comments:

Vicki said...

Oh Dzintra I had no idea that so much history was in that little CD! I just saw it a the flea market with your name on it, and knew I had to send it to you. LOL! Reading all the history about the word and your name was wonderful. I'm so glad you are enjoying it.

My mother would love to see the Latvian weaving, and I'm going to show her your blog. (She's very internet or cyber challenged... LOL.. but she loves when I can show her things on the blogs I read)She loves weaving and has several looms and a spinning wheel. Her grandmother was a full-blooded American Indian from the Shawnee tribe, located in the US state of West Virginia... so she will relate to this bit of story and history from your family.

Isn't family history amazing? Its so special and allows us to know where we came from ... and should always be appreciated, protected and passed on to the next generation. Thank you for this wonderful post! XOXO Vicki

Julia said...

Reading all the history about the word and your name was wonderful and so interesting.
I love Amber, I had a Amber ring but lost it...it was very upsetting...Lovely post
Julia ♥

Mildred said...

How very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Notjustnat said...

Thanks Dzintra to let me in on some history of Latvian weaving. My friend Zane is a Latvian who taught me how to spin and dyeing with Australian Eucalyptus leaves and she weaves too. Very talented woman from Latvia

Kath said...

What a fascinating post and I just adore that chunky jewellry. Amber is my favourite "stone" with it's glowing warmth, just like it's namesake XX

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hello sweet Dzintra!
I am glad that you were able to draw inspiration from my blog about your beloved papa...I do know that he is rejoicing in eternal music and song, for that was his world. I JUST LOVE the art you have displayed; that Book of Riga is particularly lovely. How are ya"? Anita

Fer said...

The book is beautiful! Thanks for sharing some of your heritage.

Notjustnat said...

Love your new face lift Dzintra. The crown for the Queen

bluebird-lyn said...

Hi Dzintra, thank you for sharing some of the Latvian History...I particularly liked the leather bound book cover....and your CD was a great find.....just your description of the CD wanted me to hear it...Warm Regards Lyn

Jeni said...

Dzintra
Reading all the history about the word and your name was so interesting.
the things you learn from blog friends is just great....i hope you made a coffee and sat in the sun and listern to the c.d.
thanks for sharing

a good yarn said...

What a wonderful gift and delightful blog. Simply wonderful! Ann :)

MichCherie said...

Dzintra! This is beautiful. I absolutely love the art of textiles, and I think we need to see more weaving like this in fashion/home decor. How inspired. I think you've got me feeling crafty today :)

xoxo
Michelle

Sea Angels said...

Stunned ....what wonderful history, and beautiful items, makes me wish I could weave..your beautiful amber pieces, make me think of Vannessa Bell (Stephens)
part of the Bloomsbury set who lived in (Charleston) Sussex between the wars, did you know amber is a magical stone of the Goddess.
I just love your posts.
Have a lovely week
Hugs Lynn xx

Simone de Klerk said...

Such a lovely post, Dzintra! Very inspiring. ANd how wonderful to have a name with so much meaning!
My favorite picture is the one by Janis Rozentals~A Princess and a Monkey.

vicki archer said...

What a thoughtful gift from Vicki, Dzintra - and I love your name because it is so unusual and has such meaning. xv

Bev C said...

Dzintra, what a lovely gift you have been given. It was very interesting reading about the history, very interesting. Thanks for the patterns they arrived safely this morning. Happy days.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hello Dzintra! My computer was out for two days but it was so nice to see your comment tonight! Funny how we get attached to our computers, but really, we get attached to our friends in blogland. Have a beautiful weekend! Anita

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Ooops, forgot! You are in Winter, where you live. So it is the Winter Solstice. Happy, happy to you.

Aunt Amelia

Carla said...

HI Dzintra, you must have been so thrilled to receive your package. I love finding treasures like you found your latvian weaving book, the world is fantastic and every corner has something new to teach us. Take care Carla x

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

I loved seeing these things from Latvia. I can see why you like stitching - it is in your blood! And the amber is just gorgeous.
Catherine

RitaGri said...

Dzintra, priecājos, ka apmeklējāt manu blogu. Saprotu, ka jums ir kāds sakars ar Latviju, bet vēl šeit neesmu visu apskatījusies, tāpēc īsti nezinu. Bet vārds gan jums ir latvisks!

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 ...