This blog is all about me......I come here for respite in between caring for JoJo (our daughter who has a disability)......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!!!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

~OPAM (One Project A Month) February~



One small item this month for OPAM
'Some Kind of Wonderful' Needle book (a giveaway win from Deb at Frog Cottage Designs) by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched


Inside the case


The thread specified was Weeks Dye Works Stone Floss which I didn't have
so I looked up the Conversion Chart and used DMC 840 and 3740 which gave a lovely stone/mauve effect.  


And the back.
Thank you again Sweet Peg and Partner in Crime Kris for hosting OPAM once again this year!!!

Monday, February 16, 2015

A Catch Up Post

Mr Armchair is having a few issues with his leg at the moment
Blood tests are clear as is an x-Ray so it's off for an MRI to see what is going on
This means double-duty caring for me along with JoJo
But nevertheless we had some respite care booked for night out at our local Indian Restaurant so he hobbled along to that

I couldn't have the Nan Bread as it isn't gluten free but was very happy with my Pappadums......so crisp and crunchy

Only 2 gluten free Entrees so I chose this Lamb Mince Roll with A Mint Sauce......very, very tasty!
Beef Rogan Josh for him......Chicken for me and Sultana and Saffron Rice
No Dessert for me......they seem to put Wheat Flour into everything......this time in the Mango Purée which is behind the Cream and Wafer.  
We thoroughly enjoyed a few hours off and was inspired to go here after seeing The Hundred Foot Journey.


Couldn't resist this little pic of my gorgeous Great Nephew Connor


And in my sewing world I am working on my Faerie Quilt and enjoying collecting my Aurifil Thread Collection from Sarah

I'm having a bit of trouble keeping up with commenting on everyone's blogs but I do read them all......it's how I start my day before JoJo's up and when she is it's Game On along with Mr A as well.

Have a great week Dear Readers......Dzintra

Sunday, February 8, 2015

A Beach Walk and after the Storm

This is the pathway I follow to get down to the beach
It was just magic this morning......all sparkling and glistening


There were 4 board riders with paddles and one couldv'e sworn that they were Protectors of the Swimmers......if you look closely you can spot the people's heads there......almost like a Guard of Honour
A few weeks ago after one of our regular nightly storms Mr Armchair called me out to the balcony to look at the colours of the sky......I quickly grabbed the  phone as it was handy and snapped these!!!!!!

Ain't Nature just Grand with all Her colours!!!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

~OPAM (One Project A Month) January~


I've signed up for OPAM again for this year with Sweet Peg and Gorgeous Kris again hosting for this year
2 Items completed this month
The first is a Kit for an Armchair Caddy above with some of the fabrics required......tape.......buttons and a couple of other little goodies


Coming together

All done and looking good next to some flavoured coffee I received for Christmas off my Mum



And the other one is my  little Parisian Purse I showed off over here


So pleased I have 2 items this month
Now I better get cracking on my next Tilda project

Thank you Peg and Kris for encouraging us in completing projects once again

Happy Stitching......Dzintra

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

~Cook Up With donna hay and Irina~


Just before Christmas saw me do another Cook Up with donna hay and Irina


from donna hay magazine Issue 76 Aug/Sep 2014
Menu for the evening was

Chicken in White Wine with Lemon Potatoes (recipe over here)
Rose and Raspberry Trifles (recipe over here)
and I couldn't resist trying the
Cherry and Cardamom Pound Cake



Instead of Dry White Wine in the Chicken I used Dry Cider


The Chicken just about ready


Instead of Artichoke I used Snow Peas from our garden and some Sweet Potato


All dressed with Parmesan Cheese
and very tasty indeed!!!


The Trifle in an Eiffel Tower glass


Looking down into it


The Cake in the background
I couldn't stop at 1 Dessert to make I had to try out the Cherry and Cardamom Cake
After all it would be good for the next day's Morning Coffee, right?!




Well we couldn't resist just a little piece lol

Better get cracking as another Cook Up is waaaay overdue!!!

Bon Appetit........Dzintra

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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 ...