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!!!

Friday, April 29, 2016

OPAM (One Project A Month....April 2016)


Gosh this year is just flying by but luckily enough I was able to score two OPAMs this month
Fabric used was a panel and fabric from Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched 
The fabric is her latest.....All in a Day


This month's project is a Sewing Machine cover


Complete with a pocket on each side




As I needed the cover NOW I hunted around for some fabric for the lining and came up with one of JoJo's old blue and white checked sheets
It worked a treat and I'm very happy with it!!!

Tutorial for Sewing Machine cover found over here


Litte Lidija was here over the holidays and she inspected the cover,
took it off


and had a chuckle about it all and put it on


 and showed off her 'new hat' lol


While she was here she wanted a quick little something made so after she chose fabric, ribbon and button (had to be pink) I made up a little bag for her and now she puts her Mum's old phone into it!!!
Fabric received in a Swap on my recent Hobart trip
Ribbon from an Antique Stationer in Hobart
and I think the button came from Queensland!!!

Thank you so much Peg and Kris for hosting OPAM again this month
I love trying to get something made each month!!!


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Blog posts are few and far between lately as I'm still suffering from headaches and migraine when I spend too much time on the computer but learning to restrict myself.  This unfortunately means I can't get around and comment all the time but I do try and get to read my favourite blogs.......

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Happy Sewing and Happy Weekend, Dzintra 


Monday, April 11, 2016

Let's Get Stitched...Hobart....2016



Twelve months ago I thought it might be a nice idea to attend Let's Get Stitched in Hobart, Tasmania and Mr Armchair said why not!!!
Very exciting as it was to be my first time to this Event

The time finally arrived
My plane above before boarding


My room in Hobart


Even though I hadn't met some of these gals in person it felt like I knew most of them.......the amazing world of the 'net!!!
Narelle, Helen/Heather (? sorry but I've forgotten), Wendy, Heather, Dawn and Joy


After ordering something to eat I realized I had no cutlery and said so and all these offers came in lol


Group shot...Vicki, Helen/Heather (?) me, Wendy and Dawn again


The next day saw us heading off to our first stop of the day to Helen Stubbings's new Patchwork Shop..... Quarter Inch



Happy shopping here with Wendy


Next stop was New Norfolk........and our second Patchwork Shop for the day


Some old car relics here


After that it was off to the Salmon Ponds where I spotted this cute little hut


and Albino Salmon!!!


Lovely English style gardens were here


Off to Hat Creek Quilts, run by Deirdre Bond Abel, one of the most interesting and lovely Patchwork Shops I have seen 
Deirdre's passions are traditional quilts, reproduction cotton prints from the 19th and early 20th Centuries and washed woven wool.  
Her shop is actually her home and there are quilts scattered throughout the house.  You will see these passions reflected in the goods that she has to offer. 


I couldn't resist purchasing the kit for the above quilt although the colours are a little different

My Kit above........instead of the 'pinky' background for the flowers I think mine will be more 'greeny'
Shez also purchased one so it will be fun to see hers when she has finished and no I haven't started Shez lol






Packed to the Rafters





Quilts scattered throughout the home.......check out that cupboard full


A roll of rich dark felt came home with me


along with 2 fat quarters........one Christmas one and one with my favourite at the moment, fabric with deer on it
I thought that's it until I spotted this lovely bundle of Fat 1/4's




On to Richmond then where I spotted Lavender Ice Cream
Oh my, I have only seen this in Provence, France and had to have some lol
$5 for 1 scoop or $6 for 2......
Not much decision making there!!!
Oh dear, not as intense Lavender flavour but pretty good and the colours fine too


Then a little Challenge for us all
We had to make a Name Badge for Friday night's activities
and holy dooley I'd never made one before
I thought I would sketch one out (I am not a Sketcher) so what made me think of that who knows!!!

I used this little book I purchased at The National Art Gallery 
at the Masterpieces from Paris Exhibition
 Cover is of Vincent Van Gogh's Bedroom at Arles
(Le Chambre de van Gogh a Arles) 1889


My Badge was to be made for 'Val' who I didn't know
Brief was to use Black and White and Val's favourite colour......Lime Green


Front of Badge


and the back
I also whipped up a little lime green bag for her to put it in


and here I am with Val


My badge made by the lovely Michelle
My favourite colour upon asking was maroon.
I just love it
Thank you so much Michelle


That evening we were asked to wear a Mask and of course I forgot mine
but lucky the girls had spares!!!

That sums up my first full day in Hobart at Let's Get Stitched
A free day the next day and then the Stitching Day
I'll be back with more next post

Till then........Dzintra xo

Thursday, March 31, 2016

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


March OPAM already and one small item to add





First of all JoJo spotted some 'Hoot' fabric at 'Cottage on the Hill' at Nundle



I thought I would make her a pillowcase for the upcoming Winter, something quick and easy


I thought I was being very resourceful here as I cut up an old linen sheet for backing for the quilting!!!



And tada.....here 'tis.....first the front and the back or any way you like it


 Dear JoJo was soon happy to see this made up for her
and so quickly too.....within a week of purchase.....pretty good for me!!!

Thank you Sweet Peg and Kris for hosting OPAM again!!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

~Let's Get Stitched, Hobart - 2016~


 Woo hoo I'm off to my first Let's Get Stitched Hobart 2016 hosted by the lovely Fee
Hobart is Australia's second oldest capital city after Sydney

Above and below are some of the many boats moored at Constitution Dock on the Derwent River at Hobart







We were there last in 2008
Above is a pic of JoJo and me (with brown hair)


The famous Seafarers Restaurant the Drunken Admiral


Wonder if they still have that famous Stew!!!


JoJo and Mr Armchair strolling along


Looking out to sea


The delightful Arthur Circus (I think this is the name) at Battery Point......
If not please correct me Tassie girls


A few of the houses at Battery Point




I'll be there to wander the well known Salamanca Markets
There will be a visit to the Salmon Ponds

There will be a visit to 4 Patchwork Shops
and I'm sooooooo looking forward to this

Mr Armchair booked the flight for me last April after saying Go with your Friends
Now he is retired he will be caring for JoJo while I have a mini break and meet some bloggy friends in person and catch up with others
WoooooHoooooo

Lookout Hobart!!!!!!!


And a more recent pic of me after stopping colouring my air and going au natural
My hair has never been is such good condition!!!

Pic taken by DS in Paris 
Hairdresser hair......its not like this now......back to my wavy self!!!

See you soon Gals!!!

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 ...