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!!!

Monday, December 31, 2018

Completed Projects June-December 2018

I thought I would put the rest of my completed projects for this year in one post seeing the year is over tonight!!!

In June I completed a little Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched Needlecase


and the back
Very cute even if I say so myself

In August I made a Book Cushion cover for JoJo for her Birthday with a Christmas theme
You can tuck a book in the front part

For December I trimmed some tea towels for gifts

 And here they are all rolled up
Tutorial for tea towels at Elefantz
Thank You Jenny for this excellent Tutorial
I find I have made quite a few of these!!!

One more Shepherds Bush stocking

to hang with all the others!!!

And to finish off this year I came across a lovely idea at Made in the Monaro which is a little hand made shop in Cooma
Simply get 2 pages from a magazine
Stitch them together and leave an opening at the top
and voila there you have a little gift bag to pop your gift in
Sure uses up some of those magazines!!!

On that note I would like to wish my readers a very Happy New Year
All the best in Health and Happiness and World Peace for 2019

Dzintra xo

Sunday, December 30, 2018

April Showers Quilt and April 2018

Back in April I finished this Quilt named April Showers for my DD

the back, all umbrellas

I had some blocks leftover so I made a little bag to put it in
This Quilt was such a joy to make!!!

I obtained permission from birdsnest which is a clothing store in the Alpine Village of Cooma in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales to photograph the Quilt on the red bike out the front

I had a Birthday and JoJo make a beaded Eiffel Tower for me on a white tile

Good Job JoJo

I even get to make my own cake on my Birthday lol

This little chook was part of a Quilt for Chookyblue
My Chooky is on the second row number 6

Whilst I was working on the Quilt on a Saturday evening My Armchair brought in a glass of red wine for me

And check this out
I saw this on the net
a perfect drink holder on the sewing table lol!!!

Whilst driving around in the Mountains I saw this Pie Shop at Nimmitabel

Mountain scenery on the way  home

and back at the beach
Its going to be a challenge to leave here if we do but hey maybe we are ready for a new adventure!!!

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Finished projects FEBRUARY 2018 and Goings On

Here we are 29 December and I feel quite the stranger here on my Blog

I've had a few things happening with allergies here namely coughing when I eat plus feelings of heaviness and other issues
This all appears to be due to the environment,  and living at sea level
These all but disappear when I go up to higher ground/altitude

Consequently we are looking at moving up to higher ground but its all such a big deal as we have to take JoJo into account and look into new disability services 
In this case we can see where Health becomes No 1 as it would be hard being how I feel as we are getting older
Thank goodness I have spoken with other people and quite a few have similar issues and have moved for similar reasons

And I thought I was a Beach Chick but looks like I could be a Mountain Girl as per my maiden name!!!

First one is a block for Chookyblue for a Quilt that was being organized for her
Seeing she is into chooks and her favourite colour is blue this was my contribution

Next a little pouch using Japanese fabrics and 3 headbands using fat quarters

I also got around to pinning 2 Quilts
The top one is Past Times using from my fat 1/4 stash

and this one is one of Thimbleblossoms patterns

Next up is a block from York Plains by Hat Creek Quilts which I think will go into being a Table Runner

JoJo brought home a little Valentine's gift that she made for us 

A lovely set of Coasters

And of course she requested a special dinner for Valentine's Day

Chicken, Bacon, Tomato, Sweet Potato, Snow Peas all together

And a Dessert to top it off......Apple Snow

And I made Manu Fieldel's Pear and Almond Tart......mmmm, so delicious

I thought I would work on this Stitcher's Roll which is from a Girls Day in the Country Day
Pattern by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched

February also took me up to the High Country for an experiment to see how I fared up there
These comings and goings went on for the whole year and the results are very encouraging!!!
I set myself up with my sewing machine and relished the time alone during the day at a relative's place

I talked with a real estate agent in the area and he said he had moved about 15 people who had moved to the coast back to this small Alpine town due to asthma, allergies, humidity etc
So far so good for me
We will see what Fate has in store for us!!!

So my Friends I'll see if I can catch up with Goings On for this year.......see how I go lol

Sunday, May 6, 2018

January 2018 finished items

Phew......what a year I am having....
A few health issues have cropped up which have really knocked me around so this is the first time in 9 years I haven't joined OPAM 

I thought I would just cruise along at my own pace sewing wise while we sort ourselves out
Looks like allergy problems are going to take us up to higher ground away from our Sea Change which I thought would last forever......
Some things are just not meant to be............sigh!!!

Plus this means having to sort JoJo out as well for disability programmes........double sigh!!!

Yipppeeeee I did manage to make a couple of small items!!!
Lovely linen with an Eiffel Tower tape (of course) 
Two little soft sunglass cases for the handbag
One for me and one for the gift box (if I don't end up keeping it lol)

along with my cloth tape name......I call it my brand lol!!!

I needed a red headband one day so I went to my Fat 1/4 stash and found this lovely French General one and found a Tutorial and made one........and it was perfect!!!

I'll be back soon........everyone have a beautiful Sunday......Dzintra xo

Monday, January 22, 2018

OPAM (One Project A Month) December 2017

Phew, finally been able to post my OPAM for December
Lots of reasons why I didn't but here goes 

Above is a little Christmas decoration I made for me and below one for Mr Armchair

And all together on our Christmas tree along with JoJo's

Pattern by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched
As always Anni's patterns are just fun to make!!!

Thank you Sweet Peg and her Partner in Crime Kris for hosting OPAM again this year
So much appreciated!!!

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 ...