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, November 28, 2012

~Airing of the Quilts at Braidwood~

Last weekend Mr Armchair and JoJo and I went up to the historic village of Braidwood for their annual Quilt Event incorporating Airing of the Quilts

We parked outside this little place around the corner from the main road

Quilts in various windows on the street

I just had to have one of the Eiffel Tower olive oils from Laurel Brae

Quilts airing on the verandahs

This one was used as a tablecloth for Christmas goodies

A lovely little shop 'Little Finch' selling handmade goods

Check out the Christmas bunting here hanging in the window
looks suspiciously like Anni Downs fabric!!!
(please correct me if I am wrong as I have not seen this before)
And yes of course we had to buy some bunting

A lovely day out
and all too soon we ended up back at our starting point

Back home and here is the bunting all together in it's little box
The one that caught JoJo's eye is the one with the candy canes and yes Jennifer (at Little Finch) went through the boxes to find that specific one for her......
Thanks so much Jennifer!!!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

~Needlework Group Projects~

Here are a couple of projects from my Needlework Group run by Fiona and assisted by Shirley
The first is a Baskets of Flowers zippered pouch in beige/red 

and another in green and brown
For a tutorial very similar to these go over here

An appliqued tea towel

Scissor Keep

and finally this bag with stitchery
I swear I have enough projects to last me forever but I can't help collecting them
And yes, I will get around to doing them!!!

This weekend there is an Airing of the Quilts up in historic Braidwood, the first town to be listed on the New South Wales Register 
And have fun gals to the ones going to Hatched and Patched at Bathurst for a blog of these days I will hopefully get there....

Happy Weekend....Dzintra xo

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

~Water Spout in Batemans Bay~

Here's a pretty spectacular sight that occured not too far from us on Sunday afternoon......a water spout
Unfortunately we didn't get to down to see it as we had started some champagne to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary
~Photo by Double Exposure Photography Batemans Bay~
For more pics and news on this go over here

Saturday, November 17, 2012

~Finishing School~Gardeners Journal and *PARIS* Quilt~

Last week I went to Finishing School at Steph's
Right next to our table was this gorgeous quilt designed by Sarah Fielke
There was a workshop on this recently but I didn't get to go

I took along my Gardener's Journal quilt top and the plan was to get advice from Jan (our teacher) on how to start to make a pieced top
Lots of ideas but I didn't quite know how to get it together
Jan said to measure the quilt......then I squared off some fabric to 38" x 38"
Then make up fabric 10 1/2" wide to fit each side
Easy Peasy...........

And this is how far I got.....YAY

Whilst at Steph's I was admiring this quilt 'Just Can't Cut It'
Truth is I've been admiring it all year

the back
And because I was feeling sad about our little Paris who was killed the day before I just had to have this quilt to snuggle up with and remember her by
And to think this quilt waited all year for me ha ha!!!!!
I bought the 'special fabric' that you can photocopy a photo onto and then I will put it on the back of the quilt with a pic of Paris on it
And the best part......we have had quite a cool snap here and this *Paris* quilt keeps my knee warm which is still a little inflammed and sore

Check out this cute little skirt hanging in the window......just gorgeous
I wouldn't mind one myself

Life's been full on here since May rehearsing every weekend for Pirates of Penzance and then once or twice a week
Then 17 shows over 3 weeks
I'm running way behind in catching up here and in stitching but aim to fix that soon
Thank you everyone for visting and leaving your lovely comments......I appreciate it so much xo

There's a wrap-up party for Pirates coming up tonight and it's also our wedding anniversary as 2 celebrations today!!!!!!!!

Happy Weekend......Dzintra xo

Friday, November 9, 2012

~Vale...P A R I S~

This is one post I never dreamed of making...
Yesterday our sweet little Terrier * P A R I S * was run over and didn't survive...
She used to sit at the top of the stairs and be 'on guard' while I was in my sewing room

We're pretty certain that she got out through the back fence as our new neighbour on the weekend was there pulling down lattice and plants and didn't realize that a paling was made loose as he ripped it all down...

I mentioned to my Friend Tracey through Facebook that she was missing and if she saw her could she let us know...
As soon as I sent the message she rang and said she had heard off a friend that there was a Terrier who had not survived a four wheel/drive towing a caravan running into her and that the local Vet had such a doggie there...

Mr Armchair quickly zipped up to the Vet as I prepared to get ready to go to the Theatre and yes....he came home with her....we were all very very sad...

She was at a local cafe/bakery that morning and they gave her a pie (she would've loved that) and locked her up but unfortunately she escpaed........

At least she is back home here and we know what happened to her
I have heard of stories where people never find out what happens to their beloved Pets

We'll miss you   * P A R I S *
Thank you for a wonderful 9 years and 10 months xoxoxoxoxo
I still can't believe it......

Sunday, November 4, 2012

~OPAM (One Project A Month)...October~

Good Morning on this beautiful Sunday!!!
I have a couple of little items for OPAM here
We were at Bargain Box Fabrics one Saturday morning when JoJo spotted some Christmas Fat 1/4's and ribbon and of course she had to have them

We came home and made up 2 little bags and she was absolutely thrilled with them

And another little finish is this gorgeous Travel Wallet worked with linen

Pattern by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched from her Some Kind of Wonderful book

The inside......a place for a pen and 2 large pockets and 2 smaller ones

perfect for tickets......notebook etc

Magnetic clips from Sarah's Patchworks Plus

and the back of the wallet
I think this will come in very handy
especially as JoJo and I are off to see The Wiggles farewell concert in December and they will be the first tickets to go in there

Thank you so much for hosting OPAM Peg and Kris!!!

I've barely got a lot of time at the moment for much sewing at all due to being in Pirates of Penzance this month
4 shows over the last 2 weekends and next weekend plus a mid week show

I am so loving being part of this wonderful cast with The Bay Theatre Players
On Friday night I was told by Jeremy who plays Frederic that I can sing and hold a tune
WOW WOW WOW this is huge for me seeing I wasn't even going to be in this production at all and I don't normally sing

Now I better hoof it as I've got to get in to the theatre early to sell programmes today

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