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 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!!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

~300 Post Giveaway...2 Wins...Kate Morton...and I'm on Crutches~

Wow, 300 posts and 4 years on this little ol' blog of mine
Whoever would've thought that I would come this far on my on-line Journal when I pressed that little button that said 'Create'
To celebrate I thought I would have a little giveaway of a Leanne's House pattern (above) with a little something else

To enter just leave a comment and I will draw the lucky winner's name in 1 weeks time

 Another celebration I am enjoying is this pattern by Yvonne that I won on her recent giveaway
Thank you so much Yvonne....I am so looking forward to starting this cushion especially as I have some fat 1/8ths of Lynette Anderson's Scandinavian Christmas fabrics here already

And another win I had this week was through Facebook at Book Publishers Allen & Unwin's site
They asked a simple question......are you a secret keeper
I replied yes but I won't be with Kate Morton's new book The Secret Keeper

 And blow me down I received an email saying I had won an uncorrected proof copy of the book

I remember when I read Kate's book The Forgotten Garden I actually emailed her to say how much I enjoyed it and she emailed me back to say thank you THEN I wrote back and said thank you for the thank you and she thanked me!!!!!!!!!!
You can read this post here

And here is my very own copy of 'The Secret Keeper'

Boy how excited am I

This book along with my stitching will keep my busy as I rest a swollen knee and strained muscle I have developed
see the stocking I have to wear on my right leg along with 1/2 a set of crutches
I am working with the physio to build it all up again for the opening of Pirates of Penzance at
 Bay Theatre Players which opens up in 2 weeks time..............yipes!!!!!!!!!!


Jo in TAS said...

Geez I know it's traditional to break a leg before the opening night but you didn't have to take it so literally and give it a try! I hope it feels better soon! Congrats on 300 posts and the wins too, i might just have to get myself a Kate Morton Novel and see if I enjoy it just as much too.
Rest up!

Kaisievic said...

Good luck Pirates and congrats on your 300th post. Please count me in the giveaway. Kate Morton is on my to read list - I just never seem to get around to her.

Sandi said...

Congrats on your 300th post, Dzintra!
Never a dull moment at your place. Always interesting to drop by your blog and see what you have been up to. That's a cute little gingerbread project - you will be able to do a little 'stitching therapy' while resting up that swollen knee....

Anonymous said...

congrats Dzintra on your wonderful wins,i too love Yvonne's gingerbread man cushion,hope your leg heals quickly so you will be alright in the play,take care.xx

Susan said...

Congratulations on your wins, and on your 300th post. Blogging opens up a whole new world of fun and friends, and I'm glad I found yours. Hope your knee heals in time for opening night.

Astrid said...

Congrats on your 300th post and on the wins! Wow! How great is that! Love that gingerbread cushion, very cute. Speedy recovery on your leg!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Happy 4 years dzintra and big 300 posts
Oh boy you are in the wars again
Take care of you missy
Ciao ciao xxx julie

Terry said...

Wow 3(00)posts 2 wins and 1 crutch. Well 2out of 3 ain't half bad. rest the knee and do as the physio says and you should be good to go for Pirates.
Seriously sorry about the knee.

Cathy said...

Great post...and lots of lucky things have happened, except your leg of course...hope you can build it up for the production...Cathyxx

Rachaeldaisy said...

Congratulations on 300 posts!! I've certainly enjoyed a lots of those posts! How wonderful that you won that book, it couldn't have gone to a better person. How crummy about your leg, I hope it gets better soon and in time for Pirates.

Suedio said...

I hope all goes well with your healing, Dzintra, in time for opening night. At least a half set of crutches is easier to manage than a full set!!

Hope you enjoy the reading and stitching . . not a bad way to have to rest up :)

Kath said...

I hope you mend soon, lovely girl. Pity that crutch is only loaned, you could jazz it up with glitter, pink ribbon and flowers :-D

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


WAIT....what happened that your knee swelled up???? My husband has the same problem, but not to the extent of using crutches...OH NO! Will you be able to perform? Congrates on your win my dear! And four years it has been for you on your blog? My FIFTH year is coming in, we have been "together" for a long time my friend. Oh, I wish you speedy recovery and I WILL WATCH that version of Pirates that you recommended! I would sure love to see you in action!

BE WELL and thank you for stopping by! Anita

Michelle Ridgway said...

Oh I have just found your blog through another blog and I was so excited to read that one of my favorite authors Kate Morton has a new book....thank you for this exciting piece of news....loved all her books....lovely post.

RitaGri said...

Tavas bloga ziņas vienmēr ir interesanti lasīt un skatīties! Ar prieku piedalos izlozē!
Zeltainā, šobrīd arī lietainā rudenī Latvijā

Maree: said...

I hope your Knee Heals before Opening Night...Congrats on your 300th posts..Great Wins! well done.
Take Care

Michele said...

WOW all our lovely chats this week and I had no idea you were injured :( I guess on a bright side, there are lots of stitcheries in your stash that I am sure may get some loving attention.
Take Care, Rest Up,

Bev C said...

Hello Dzintra,

Oh my goodness girl, what have you done now??? Hope it all heals up so quickly, I see you have stairs to climb too. Congrats on your book and pattern wins and most importantly on your blog postings. Hope there are many more to come.

Happy days.

Simone de Klerk said...

Wow, Dzintra, that is so special, winning that copy!!!
So, when will you ever start hurting yourself? You better get it healed very fast. We wouldn't want an injured pirate to show up. But then, it would be quite funny ...

Tatkis said...

Wow, congrats on your 300 post and thank you for the giveaway!

Yvonne is very generous, I received her pattern too :)
And it's so great to receive a reply from the author (I enjoy reading Australian designers blogs - they are so sweet and answer personally!)


Nat Palaskas said...

Congratulations on your 300 posts, woo hoo! Congrats on your wins too. Cheee, you are a lucky woman. Sorry to see you still on the crutches, poor you! Rest up and get better soon - Hugs Nat

De said...

Congrats on 300 posts. Not so good about the crutches hope you can rest it as much as you need!

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

Congrats D on your 300th post... it seems like only yesterday when I discovered your blog far across the ocean blue...
Take it easy on the leg so you'll be ready for opening night.
Say hello to JoJo too.
Susan x

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning beautiful friend!

I see, you have that condition of the knee....oh dear, physio is a good thing to target those specific areas. It is always encouraging to me that EXERCISE in the proper doses and with proper execution is GOOD for us all!

You ask about my husband. Well, the doctor said that his knees are actually in very good shape and that the cause (after some extensive xrays) is an old injury to the knee cap. Even though the tissue around the knee cap is in excellent shape, he had developed some wear and tear on the patella, so moderate walking is good for him. He has to avoid sharp stairs but we have been walking daily here in our neighborhood where there are hills. He has been feeling fantastic. 90 degree angles on steep steps are not good for him, but we do run into some wider steps at the park and he is able to do those just fine.

You are SO fortunate that your husband can work from home to tend to your needs! I AGREE, how about some pink bubbles my dear? We both need them!!!!!!!!
Much love my friend! Anita

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Oh poor thing, take care, congrats on your 300 posts, I love visiting your blog...

Palomasea said...

Dear friend, I posted your comment, but waited until I had a proper moment to visit you, did not want to rush. Dzintra, how is your knee feeling, my friend? This sounds very similar to something I experienced while playing a tennis game in heels a couple of years ago...crazy, I know. But my knee does flare up every now and then...I remember ice brought me great relief, and yes phys. therapy. Oh, I am praying for a quick recovery for you, and a smashing opening night!!!
Take care...what a blessing that your hubby is able to work from home...he sounds like such a sweetheart. JoJo is providing lots of hugs for you, I'm sure. And Congratulations on 4 years of blogging!! And for your wins! How FUN! I am so grateful to dear Anita that she has connected me with beautiful souls like you, dear Dzintra...thank you for sharing your heart with us :)
Blessings and be well, dear friend!
Much love,
- Irina

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