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!!!

Friday, March 31, 2017

~OPAM...One Project A Month



OPAM here once again
This time I have a little Pin Cushion
Stitchery designed by Bonnie Sullivan for Girls Day In The Country 
We were each given a pattern and could make anything we like out of it for a Swap and this was my contribution



My poor old Heat Bag had developed a hole so a new Parisian inspired cover was made for it



3 little handy bags


One of which came in handy for the Pin Cushion


And finally a little Needlebook which was part of a Kit for GDITC


I decided to put a cross on the thread part of the bobbin


page in 'Needlebook'


and a little signature and date on the back of the Needlebook

Thank to Sweet Peg and Kris for hosting OPAM again this month!!!


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

`OPAM (One Project A Month) 2017.......I have joined again



After a bit of pondering I have joined OPAM again hosted by the lovely
Sweet Peg and her Partner-in-Crime Kris
Thanks so much Gals for running this again!!!


For February I made a new Heat Bag Cover for JoJo
As you can see above this was sorely needed


When I am out and about and JoJo happens to be with me I ask her to select some Fat 1/4's that she likes and she chose this music one so I thought it would make a perfect cover for her



For the second time since I received them I sewed one of my name labels on to it and I thought it looked pretty cool!!!

Hope I can keep up this year as I have a couple of big projects to do!!!

Happy Sewing......love Dzintra

Monday, February 20, 2017

~A Meeting with SSCS Partner Dagmar~



This is the little gift I received from Dagmar as she made her way down the Coast a couple of weeks ago.  Dagmar was my Secret Santa Christmas Swap Partner a few years ago.  SSCS is hosted by Chookyblue.  To read the post go over here


Dagmar and me together



Dagmar and Husband Werner


Together with Mr Armchair


We had a look at a map of Germany and Dagmar's area whilst she was here 



This is the Mini Quilt I made for Dagmar.........an Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched pattern.

We had the best time meeting each other.......so much fun!!!
Thank you Dagmar and Werner for coming to see us..........Wunderbar

Sunday, January 29, 2017

2016......the ones that got away

Welcome 2017......let's hope this year doesn't fly by like the last one!!!
I like to do a catch up post in January of the previous years' photos that just didn't make it on to the blog for one reason or another.....


To kick off January I had a go a making some Mozarella Cheese and it turned out really well
We were all really happy with it!
Just need more practice at making smooth round balls!


February sees me going up the Hill to the National Gallery Canberra 
to view Australian Artist Tom Robert's Exhibition

Oh my how stunning it was!
Artwork is 'The Golden Fleece' painted at Newstead North Station, near Inverell, New South Wales and Sydney 1894
Oil on Canvas......purchased 1894
My Friend has a Tapestry of this and it is just beautiful
The further away you stand from it the further into the Shed you go!


I made this little cushion 10 years ago for my Sister and finally took a photo of it
It's being used as a little brooch holder
Original design by Cathy Penton


April sees me off to a Book Signing with Fleur McDonald and Josephine Moon
Fleur writes about Rural Fiction and Jo writes Foodie Fiction
Pic here with Fleur but the one with Josephine has vanished and luckily it did make it to Instagram at the time.
 Im having Lots of trouble here with the photos......
Blogger won't talk to my Photo Library here and I think the Photo Library keeps changing the photos around!


In May we were still getting Cherry Tomaotes from our garden


In June I was lucky enough to win this Book hosted by Gail Pan Designs
Thank You Gail!


In July I was the first to finish a Book Challenge hosted by our local Bookshop


August sees JoJo's Birthday......the day she waits all year for
Here she is with a John Farnham cake


In September I was reminiscing about my Paris trip and how I scored a visit into the Kitchen of 
Oh my....................


In October I went to Manu Fieldel's Book Signing
Here I am with him......sigh


November saw Mr Armchair cook a meal from a recipe
Beef Sirloin Steak with Rocket Salad and Balsamic Onions
Very delicious too!


And Christmas December 2016 saw a Spit in the Backyard
Here we have JoJo's Sister Jacqueline and her little one Lidija

So ends a quick trip through 2016
Wishing everyone a Happy, Content and Peaceful 2017

Dzintra xo

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 ...