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 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, October 24, 2016

~Floriade Canberra and Tuliptime Bowral~

We recently took JoJo to Florida to see Rick the Organ Man at Florida
Rick is the Proprietor of and operates the Australia Fair Organ 

JoJo is fascinated by this Organ and she talks about it every day even down to the drum on it

Here she is with Rick after she handed over a drawing of the Organ to him
He was tickled pink and is going to put it up in his Workshop
She has built up such a lovely relationship with him over the years

Helping Rick hold up one of the books for playing

Rick kindly gave JoJo a printed Tea Towel and she was just so stoked about this

Thank you so much Rick!!!
You are her Hero!!!

Watching the Organ in action with her Dad

Rick's little Tea Corner which JoJo had me asking him what he has in his Tea.....what he has for lunch etc.....

We took a trip up to the Southern Highlands and also saw Tulips in Corbett Gardens there

All so very, very pretty

down to the Tulips in the bricks!!!

Dzintra xo

Friday, September 30, 2016

~OPAM....One Project A Month, September 2016~

Time for another OPAM again, how fast is this year going!!!

A couple of small finishes this time

First one is a little 'Frozen' Book Bag complete with Nana made it for me on it for little Lidija

 And here she is just after she opened it.......very excited to receive this book

And for the boot scootin' Cowgirl in me a Book Bag for a dear friend

complete with the book of my favourite movie 'Dances With Wolves'

Thank you so much Sweet Peg and Kris for hosting OPAM again this year!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

~South Coast and Country Quilters Guild Inc Quilt Show 2016~

Last weekend I popped on along to the Bi-ennial exhibition of the 

I walked past the Trading Table and picked up these little items along with a few others

Now down to the serious business of checking out the quilts!!!
I took pics of some of the quilts as I was wandering around

This one is 'Friendship'
Hand and machine appliquéd, and quilted by Dorothy

I'm only a beginner Quilter but I just love doing it so much
I just can't keep up with making the tops lol
Plus I shop quicker than I sew......saw that line somewhere and oh so true

'Around the Garden'
A Wendy Williams design made and quilted by Lorraine
Wool Felt applique, hand embroidery

This fun quilt 'It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas'
an original design by Margaret with the exception of Flying Santa from
 Friends for Christmas by Lynette Anderson
Hand applique and embellished, machine pieced and quilted by Margaret

'A touch of Renaissance'
Designed by Michelle Hill
Made by Helen - Raw Edge Appliqué
Quilted by Christine

'Pemberley (sans bird)'
Designed by Katrina Hadjmichael
Made by Marietta - appliqué and machine piecing
Quilted by Maxine

'Birthday Wishes'
This quilt had its start at a Beth and Trevor Reed Workshop
Hand Drawn, Painted and dyed Iris
Made and Quilted by Beryl

'Andrew's Universe'
This quilt is reversible, has Glow in the Dark fabric included and has a map of the Constellation of Norma on the reverse
Designed and Machine Pieced by Norma
Quilted by Debbie

This fun quilt 'Bird Dance'
Designed by Sue Spargo
A Bird and Stitch Sampler in the American Folk Art style
Wool Felt Appliqué with stitched embellishment
Made and quilted by Margaret

A close up of the birdies

'Diminishing Circles'
Hand Applique
Made and Quilted by Robyn

'Framed Fassets'
Kaffe Fasset fabric
Quilt and Bind as you go
Made and Quilted by Daiva

'Callum's Dinosaurs'
Combining Painting and Quilting
With thanks to Helen Godden for technique 
Hand Painted and Pieced
Made and Quilted by Christine

'Celestial Dream'
A Susan Powell design
Hand applique and machine pieced
Made and quilted by Jennifer

 (I thought of you with this one Rachaeldaisy)
Bright and Happy

Oh my, I fell in love with this one
'Hocus Pocus Village'
Hand Embroidered
Made by Susana
Quilted by Narelle

 'My Garden in my Dreams'
McKenna Ryan Design
Raw Edge Applique
Made and Quilted by Lena

Oh dear I had to come back for a closer look at Hocus Pocus Village
Witches, Stitches, Quilting, Needlework
Fright Nite, Stitch and Witch, Sign up Now
Four floors of black fabric, Magic Beads
I want to go in lol

The Black Cauldron, Authentic Witch Cuisine
Spidey Soup 
Worms Alfredo

A little closer

 I can't keep away
Pumpkin Latte
 Anyone for Bat Wing Mocha
 Frog Leg Espresso

I went home for say, 5 minutes
I got Mr Armchair to take me back and the Ladies were packing up for the day with 20 minutes to go
The Quilt  kept calling me and I had to do it lol 
*S O L D *

 Now that it was mine I quickly lifted the Quilt up to see the underneath

 So so happy with this one!!!

Thank you South Coast and Country Quilters for another fantastic show

And Thank You made my day!!!

Dzintra xo

Monday, September 12, 2016

~Cover Reveal...Dzintra Sullivan~

Here's something new for me
I recently met my Name Twin Dzintra Sullivan who is Author of the 
Best Selling Series......Halfway House

Today is the Cover Reveal of her latest book, 'Immersion' and I thought I would show it here
How beautiful is this!!!

A little blurb on the book

Payton Hunter's choice to take a late night stroll by the cliffs will change her life forever. A freak gust of wind catches her off guard, and she falls into the ocean below. As the last breath of air leaks from her lungs, Payton surrenders to the cold black arms of death.

Prince Volos, the oldest son of the Water Dragon King, stands proudly with the human spy he’s captured. His father will surely renounce the crown to him as he proves himself worthy.

When this small, dark haired beauty causes his heart to start singing, Volos now wonders what’s more important. Being the next King? Or being immersed in the arms of true love?

Miles under the surface of the ocean a choice must be made.

And a little bit about Dzintra......

Author Bio:
Hello, I am BATMAN..... -laughing-... I just always wanted to say that.
I am happily married to an amazing Canadian man and a mother of four delightful children. I fell in love with books as a young girl, reading Judy Blume and Enid Blyton. I progressed onto loving the supernatural genre as a teenager and never left.
I live up in the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, where the weather is always warm and sunny.
It has always been a dream to write a book, but I have never had the self-belief that I could. Until I celebrated my 40th birthday. It hit me, "now or never" so I pulled on my big girl panties, picked up a pen and paper and didn't look back.
"The Halfway House Series" is my debut series.
Where family isn't always blood related, and the impossible love is possible if you believe.
Now I want to take you under the water, into the magical world of water dragons.
I hope you can swim, because these men like it wet.
The Apalala Clan series is about to take its first adventure with book one "Immersion".

Author Links:
Twitter: @DzintraSullivan

Title: Immersion
Author: Dzintra Sullivan - Author of the Bestselling Series, Halfway House
Genre: Paranormal/Romance/Comedy
Cover Designer: Desiree DeOrto
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Congratulations Dzintra from Dzintra on this Cover
I think it is just beautiful and I'm so pleased to have met you......

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 ...