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!!!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

~My Birthday and * P A R I S * Update~



This is what I woke to yesterday on my phone
17th April......My Birthday
which co-incidentally happens to be the same as Monica McInerney's so I found out just a little while ago......how cool is that!!!


A new little sparkly phone cover.......in gold of course


Even the bed is getting into the swing of my upcoming PARIS trip
(You might recall that my Son is taking me over later this year while Mr Armchair cares for JoJo)


We had a Paris clock on the wall which recently broke and after looking around in my small coastal town I couldn't find another
Then my Cousin Katy sent me this clock........and she had no idea about my clock!!!
Thank you so much Katy......it's perfect!!!


After JoJo left for her programme Mr Armchair and I thought we would go out for a Birthday Breakfast at the newest and hippest place in town 'Against The Grain'......an all Paleo Cafe/Restaurant
Paleo suits me down to the ground being gluten free which means I can have anything on the menu......no compromises at this Cafe for me

This Cafe has all organic and free-range food


I ordered a Cappuccino with Coconut milk which came with a small glass of sparkling mineral water
How perfect is that as I always have water after coffee anyway




Mr Armchair had Scrambled Egg, Paleo Toast, Sauteed Kale, Bacon and a Sweet Potato Rosti


The Birthday Girl Omelette with Pulled Pork, Avocado, Cress and Apple Coleslaw and 
Sweet Potato Rosti

JoJo will also be able to order freely here as she is Lactose Intolerant so it's win/win for us
I know she is looking forward to Pancakes here.......and Coconut Cream
Sounds delicious


On Thursday afternoon I caught up with Asta for a Hot Chocolate
and she gave me these very lovely fabrics and threads
Thank You so much Asta......they're gorgeous


I joined a Fat Quarter Birthday Swap hosted by the lovely Chez
These are the little packages so far with 2 more to come


this is the little stack so far
I'll be back when the other 2 come in


Friday afternoon when JoJo came home we had some Persian Love Cake and Coffee


Before heading out for dinner (yes it seems like we ate all day)
I had some Cuttlefish to start with and Mr Armchair had Scallops


 JoJo had some Pasta and Prawns


One of the Desserts here is Popcorn Custard and Banana.......very interesting!!!



And just to finish off I scored a Gold *grin* Travel Wallet at a super duper price!!!

In between dreaming of PARIS I've been quilting Forty Years of Light and getting there!!!

Happy Weekend everyone......love Dzintra xo

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

~GDITC~ Saturday

On entering the Hall at Girls Day in the Country on Saturday we were greeted with a
Cottage on the Hill mug and a lovely centre piece of pink flowers in a vase





Our kit for the day


comprised of a Lynette Anderson Easter Table Topper



Here's Lynette showing off the Sampler piece



A few Hexagons made


I caught up with Suzie


It was a windy day and chairs were required to hold the doors open


Dear Shez came around to the tables
Hello Girls would anyone like some fruit........being banana sweets lol


Our table


Kate received my Swap Gift
We were each given a stitchery by Lynette to use and make something out of it
I made a Stitching Towel to use as a protector for the table to lay one's sewing work on



Dawnie was prepared to fight for it lol


A copy of the Stitchery available over here
Thank You Lynette


I received my Swap Gift from Shez
a little bag which is  holding my Hexagons
Thank You Shez......I love it and my Hexies are still sitting there


During the day I caught up with Lynette


Kate proudly showing her cushion


And group Bloggers pic to finish off the day


There was more Show-and-tell that evening
Here is Susan with her gorgeous quilt


JoJo even became involved and showed us her new poster
And more Show-and-tell

I'll be back with more pics of Sunday

Happy Stitching......Dzintra

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

OPAM (One Project A Month).....March 2015


One small item for OPAM this month for the Girls Day in the Country (GDIC) Swap
A little stitchery was provided for us, by Lynette Anderson,  to stitch up and turn into something 




I used a tea towel......added a piece of linen and put the stitchery on to it and added some ric rac.

Tutorial for the towel can be found
at Jenni at Elefantz

Thank you Jenni!!!









Only thing is I called it a Stitching Towel.......
a towel one can take with them to lay on the table to protect their work from any sticky marks etc that may be on the table
The back


Kate was the one who received this Swap gift........so pleased it went to a fellow Blogger!!!

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

Thursday, March 26, 2015

~Friday at Nundle (Girls Day in the Country)~

This is the view outside our cabin
Lovely rolling hills with a creek out the front




JoJo on the verandah


Of course we had to go shopping
My purchases were beaded wooden bracelet and hat from Sac's on Jenkins
Thank you Teresa.......you make us feel very welcome!!!


And next was a wicker basket........'real' shoe brushes and not plastic
some bouquet garni bags and even a little cotton bag to put leftover soap into and use again
Some enamel plates........and the most divine smelling Lavender soap
All from Odgers & McCLelland Exchange Stores



JoJo's choice......a tea towel.....we pay her to wipe the dishes from the dishwasher lol
she then puts it in a purse and saves up for a big shopping trip
some little Cup Cake bases and soap


We went up to The Cottage on the Hill and were greeted by these brightly coloured table and chairs
The Cottage on the Hill is a Patchwork Shop at Nundle which Kerry runs
Kerry also hosts GDITC every year and does an amazing job
Thank you so much Kerry!!!


Every year the gorgeous Chooky aka Donna organizes a Swap with Drinks and Nibbles on the lawn
Chooky and JoJo have a little private swap going on between them
which JoJo just loves being a part of
Thank You Donna for doing this with JoJo!!!
(Love this pic)



JoJo's swap gift from Chooky
 JoJo gave Chooky a jar of her favourite Strawberry Jam which I didn't take a picture of


All Swap gifts together


complete with Shez checking them out lol


I received this Primitive Pear pin cushion from Jan along with a pear fat 1/4......a pattern and a little peg holder 


JoJo was double lucky along with Chooky as they both received 2 gifts
JoJo's gift here
mmmmm might have to snaffle that fat 1/4


Peg and Dale posing away


The papparazzi were out in full force lol


Now they're checking it all!!!


The food at Mt Misery for dinner that evening
Sea Scallops Mornay (unfortunately I couldn't eat them but they looked good)


A Salad


Prawns


A Tomato and Olive Salad


As part of the dinner we were able to go down into the Gold Mine Museum
This has been build over the years but there were some double metal heavy duty doors inside that blocked off the original gold mine which has caved in
Totally awesome


I'm a bit of a sucker for a bit of gold and fell in love with the Golden Horse Shoes so I purchased the bottom ones!!!
So sparkly!!!

I'll be back with Saturday's pics and our day with Lynette Anderson!!!

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 ...