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!!!

Monday, June 1, 2009

My Space...My World!!!

Recently my Friend Natima invited me along with other Bloggers to show their workspace...so here 'tis Nat... Folk Art Heart on the door to my world...but first...
come up the stairs with me...this Quilt recently was in my workspace room...done on a Workshop with Yan Pring back in Bathurst...I call it my Tulip Quilt...
I had only done 1 other quilt before...this took a record time (oops, 20 years) to complete which is under Labels further down my blog if you want to take a look...So I am very pleased how this Quilt turned out!!!
See to the back of my head Nat...the little Angel Quilt you gave to me when we moved away from Bathurst...



through the door...


Natima asked if I had a favourite spot in my workspace...
this would have to be it...I spent a lot of time here being Queen of the Armchair re-cuperating...this couch catches a lot of sun so is perfect in the Winter for stitching, reading, contemplating, dreaming!!!

To the right of the couch is a Blanket Box...I love to have soft music on when stitching...and I have a candle also...I love candlelight, I light a candle every night which creates a lovely atmosphere...I always celebrate everything with candle...no matter how small...even cooking dinner often I will light a candle...

This treasure we brought back from Tasmania...it is some sort of sewing cabinet...a good chance for me to pop this in...someone might know something more about it...

Opened...spools for thread on the left...
to me it looks like it might be a 1920's piece...

Couldn't resist putting these threads in...they look so colourful...often I will buy one along the way...

Bookcase holding some fabrics, magazines...
to the right is a table where I do cutting...

One of my favourites...John Wayne!!! He is to the right of my sewing machine...

This is how it looks all together...
The Tulip Quilt was hanging where the calendar is...my Hubby is making me some shelves to put where the Quilt was...

Looking in from the doorway...


JoJo will bring you down the stairs now to...

My Stitching Chair where I currently watch Master Chef and other favourite shows/movies...and stitch!!! See the 3 bags with current projects in them to the left of the chair...Do I really need 3 separate bags...of course I do!!!
And a word on one of my favourite things...Handbags...after all...a gal can never have too many!!!
I find it is vital to have one handbag for each of the ten types of social occasions:
Very Formal; Not So Formal;
Just a Teensy Bit Formal; Informal But Not That Informal;
Every Day; Every Other Day;
Day Travel; Night Travel;
Theatre; and Fling...
~Miss Piggy from the Muppets~
Thank You Natima for inviting me to share my workspace with you...It was fun!!!
And just to finish off...my Sister gave me this orchid at Christmas time...
It is an off shoot off one of my Grandmother's/Vecmamin's orchids...
My Grandmother passed away 20 years ago...and to our surprise it flowered last week...how beautiful is this...it brought back wonderful memories of her tending the orchids!!!
I wish you were here to see it♥
Have a lovely week everybody...Dzintra♥

21 comments:

Mildred said...

What a lovely quilt the tulip quilt is. Those colors are so pretty. I like to see where my blog friends spend much of their time; you have such a nice space to create all your treasures. JoJo looks very cute leading us to your armchair. 3 bags of projects!!! And lastly, what memories your grandma's orchid must bring. It's beautiful.

Notjustnat said...

Finally I am here! Thanks Dzintra for showing off your work space to me and all of us. I love the way you taking us on the tour. I saw that little Angel quilt I gave you. It is nice to see where you hang it. I love the antique sewing cabinet from Tassie. It has a good home with you. I love your work space. Good job my friend.

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

What a beautiful thing to have a living, breathing plant from your Grandmother! That orchid is magnificient. Everything is so cozy, so comforting - exactly the sort of space needed to create. And you've chosen such soothing colors. (The green is one of my favorites.) I'm sure that sewing cabinet will be the envy of stitchers everywhere. I have never seen one before! You and my Mom have John Wayne in common - she adores him. So nice to see where you wile away the hours, Dzintra. And of course you have that gorgeous beach.
Hello to JoJo too!
Catherine

Serena said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful work space!! I love that cabinet! Hope you learn more about it. It's fantastic.

Cattinka said...

What a nice place to sew. You have a beautiful work space I would love to come visit and sew with you.
KATRIN W.

Fer said...

Love the sewing cabinet! I've never seen one quite like that before.

a good yarn said...

You have such a wonderful craft space, Dzintra and the quilt is just charming. How wonderful to have your grandmother's orchid and it is such a beautiful one too. ...Ann :)

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

So many goodies I don't know where to begin... your creative space is lovely and the results such as the tulip quilt show it is also conductive of creating beauty.
The orchid is divine and the fact that has bloomed now shows your grandmother's spirit lives on...
Now to the sewing cabinet. In my line of work I have seen one before and the story behind it was a thrilling as seeing the piece itself. The one I cataloged for an auction belonged to a seamstress that worked for a theatre company and she would set it up along with the machine in a small room offstage to be able to make alterations and repairs during the production and showing of the plays.
It dated from around 1910-30 and would have been used when every little town and big city produced plays constantly as a source of entertainment.
Just imagine the history of the theatre your lovely cabinet may have witnessed!
xo Susan

Cindy F. said...

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here!
What a relaxing place to visit:)
Your quilt is absolutley gorgeous!! and you have a wonderful workspace:) What an incredible sewing cabinet! That truly is a treasure! I've never seen anything like it.
Your orchid is beautiful and conjures up happy, peaceful memories for me as well:) Thanks for sharing Dzintra!

Carla said...

HI Dzintra, thanks for the tour. YOu are a busy girl, all that work. What a wonderful quilt, the tulip quilt. How many hours did that take. I feel guilty. Carla x

Micki said...

What a lovely tour of your workspace. That old cabinet is wonderful! Tell Jo Jo, she looked lovely in the pic, as you did.
Enjoyed it all!
Micki

Sea Angels said...

You have a fabulous home full of art and projects and colour and curiosity..and love, looks pretty good to me, no wonder that orchid is flowering.
HUgs Lynn xx

Vicki's Bit-o-earth said...

That orchid from your grandmother all these years later touched my heart so much Dzintra. That is something very special. I love your work space! The tulip quilt is to die for! Oh to have one of those hanging on my wall... but judging by the speed at which I'm going on the starter quilt you sent me, I'm likely to be my own grandmother's age before I'd get a big one completed. /o:` Thank you for sharing your space. Its looks so peaceful and inviting. Also, I've not seen a cabinet like that one, but I sure could see lots of uses for it! (:

Kath said...

OH MY WORD! Its so tidy, I am ashamed, terribly ashamed..I might have to have a HUGE clear-up of my own space now.....Kath in England x

vicki archer said...

Thank you for the wonderful peak into your world Dzintra...xv

Simone de Klerk said...

Such a lovely place, Dzintra. So good to know where you work and how you live.
Have a lovely weekend.

Natalija said...

Dzintra, what a lovely workspace you have!!! There are 2 videos about Latvia on Youtube:
1) Welcome to my country - "Brainstorm"
2) Sounds Like Latvia

They are quite nice :) You should take a look ;)

Bev C said...

I enjoyed your little tour. The orchid is just beautiful. Happy days.

Karen said...

Don't know anything about that antique piece, but it is beautiful.

MichCherie said...

Ahhhh that John Wayne plate is so rockin!! You have such a lovely home! Orchids are my favourite flower and yours is so stunning and thriving.

Tres belle
xoxo
Mich

marian said...

oooooooh i do LOVE that antique sewing cabinet..and what a great crafting room you've got, i'm green with envy lol!..btw i LOVE your new GORGEOUSLY WHIMSICAL banner!! xx

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