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, January 9, 2012

First Day of 2012...a surprise gift...and some new fabric and projects!!!

Welcome 2012...let's hope it's a good year for everyone...

On the first day we thought we would have fish'nchips by the beach for dinner...
no stress...no cooking...all FUN, FUN, FUN!!!


We saw this amazing sandcastle...




And here are Ryan and Lidija standing next to it...


Ryan with his name...and a train next to it...He is a huge Thomas The Tank Engine fan!!!


How cute is this...he is drawing a line from his house to ours'...


I put the zoomer on the camera as there was a boat in the background...we rarely see boats this size here...


No zoom...


I received a surprise gift from Vicki wrapped in gorgeous paper and a gold ribbon...


Envelope...


and card...


And wrapped up in the paper was this Snowman pattern....
I hope to make it for Christmas in July this year...


and buttons also were included...
Thank you so much dear Vicki...it was just such a surprise to receive this!!!


Some new fat quarter fabric in my Christmas Stocking...
It's called Etchings by 3 Sisters for Moda...
old fashioned writing on one...map of Parisian streets...just gorgeous...thank you Santa!!!
And then I had to go and get a metre of the paisley as well...


Check this one out...the Eiffel Tower, and all in soft chocolatey colours...sigh,



Then I thought I would write down my 'must-do's' for this year...
well, 3 pages later I was still writing LOL!!!


A panel I bought a few years ago...it's a Christmas one that JoJo will just love!!!  When we went to the Quilt Airing in Mendinee she said she would like a Christmas quilt on the wall...so let's see how I go...


Around Christmas time I saw this free pattern on the net by Anni Downes from Hatched and Patched and that made the list as well...
Now I think I'll have to rethink it all, and I better get a move on!!!

21 comments:

Simone de Klerk said...

No zoomer, no boat ;o)
Lovely pictures you made at the beach and what an amazing castle.
Lovely gifts from Vickie!
That's right, don't make the list too long!

Colleen said...

I love the sandcastle. Super pictures at the beach. Wow...great adds to your stash and more to add to your list...lol, how long is it now? Have a super day!

Rachaeldaisy said...

I feel as though I've had a trip to the beach! Beautiful photos! I love that Moda fabric and the Annie Downs wall hanging is so pretty! If I wrote a list of the things I wanted to do it would probably be 3 pages long too. I look forward to seeing you make the things on your list.

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

You tease us so with those beautiful beach photos.There's plenty of white on our beaches too... in the form of snowflakes.
Can't wait to see what that fabric turns into.
Susan x

rosie said...

You are so lucky Miss Dzintra, to live at the beach.....That sandcastle is incredible, as are those little people..
Happy New Year, may it be the best one for you..

Kath said...

Can't beat fish and chips by the sea! looks like you had more sunshine than we did tho.
Happy new year dear Dzintra, may 2012 bring all good things to you and your family.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

GOOD EVENING MY FRIEND! A busy weekend kept me from many things, and from blogging! Oh, it felt strange to not be connected. What a magnificent castle!!! You must be enjoying such lovely weather; we too in fact, are enjoying warmer than normal temps here. We went for a walk outside today!!! STRANGE!

Enjoy every bit of that beach...Anita

aussiequilter said...

happy new year to you ! Beautiful beach photos.Good luck with your list too ! cheers Teri

Notjustnat said...

Great collection of beach photos Dzintra. Love the fat 1/4 Christmas bundle you got too. Your list for 2012 is very impressive - good luck with it I will cheer from the sideline - Love Nat

Palomasea said...

Hello, dear, sweet Dzintra!
I was so happy to see your message, and yes, that is Tasha Tudor indeed...wasn't she just incredible? I think she had one of the largest private collections of historic dresses in the world!
Anyway, these are beautiful photos, and the sweet kiddos just make them perfect!
What a wonderful surprise gift to have received...it's exciting to have so many projects to look forward to.
And I LOVE the Parisian fabric...
Oh, and I saw the Anniversary edition of Donna Hay at the bookshop the other day and thought of you! Have you purchased that copy??
Can't wait to see what lovely dish you'll share next!
Love and light your way,
xoxo,
- Irina

Astrid said...

Love the beach/sea photos and that beautiful sand castle. Indeed, Santa brought you some gorgeous fabrics! Lovely gifts and it looks like you won't be out of work this year either! :)

Fer said...

Looks like you're off to a good start for 2012!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good evening beautiful friend from BLOGLAND! Thank you for your kind words. I send you Fairy Dust from the North, in PINK...to mix with pink bubbles. Cheers my sweet friend, Anita

Terry said...

The pleasures of summer. The beach with grandchildren and an extended gifting season. All with the promise of a new year. We are all so lucky.

Gillie said...

Lovely gifts snd fabric. I wish I was at the beach too! Impressed by the list!

Nezzy said...

The sandcastle is amazin' and so are the littles 'round it!

Your pictures are just wonderful...I can almost hear the rush of the waves and and spray on my face.

God bless ya and have a stupendous day sweetie!!!

Kimonos and Sushi(OLD BLOG) said...

Fish N Chips nom nom and what a find at the beach with the sandcastle.... your gifts are just beautiful..I see you have started a bucket list for 2012
(((HUGS)) Andrea

a good yarn said...

Lots of terrific projects to keep you entertained! Etchings is a lovely fabric range. ann :-)

Palomasea said...

Good Morning Dear Dzintra!
So wonderful to "see" you today :))
I'm so glad you liked the owl..I was just enchanted by her (him)!
I hope you are having a lovely, creative weekend..
Many blessings and love,
- Irina

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest, it is SO GOOD TO SEE YOU! Yes, I have had Valentine's Day on the brain! But I am taking a rest from creating for now, until the next holiday! I happen to be off from work today and it was so helpful, but tomorrow is another busy day!

HUGS TO YOU ! Anita

Pooch Purple Reign said...

YAY happy 2012 dzintra !
im back to the island again for the winter. SO chilly tonight -15 C brrr
i love your new paris fabric and im thinking from your list that you will be busy !
cheers
~laura xx

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