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!!!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

'Le Tour De a France......With A Twist' and a Postcard from PARIS





Recently at The Batemans Bay Writers Festival I came across the above little brochure for 
'Le Tour with a twist'
and all without a bicycle in sight

I hung onto this gem for a couple of weeks and thought on the morning of 27th June I'll go to that
So organised Mr Armchair to watch JoJo (after he dropped me off at the venue of course) so I could partake in the Wine Tastings

We don't often attend events together spontaneously due to caring issues etc so a lot of the time one of us only get to go








On arrival on every table was a map of Le Tour
and I thought this is going to be so good
and it didn't let me down.......it was such a lovely couple of hours there
talking........tasting........eating........talking.........tasting


A little plate and French Flag on the table


Not long into the slides it was time for our first refreshments hence Drinks Station 1



I didn't partake in the Beer Tasting as I was not sure if the Beer had gluten in it as it often contains Barley/Malt but I did try the Cider

I did think of you here Fiona at Bubz Rugz lol


These little sweets were apparently made by accident back in the day and turned out to be very popular hence they are still made today




Oh time for Drinks Station 2


The next Taster......very nice too




All wine served in petite glasses, of course




This Malbec was particularly delicious


I don't have the paperwork for the next Drink Station but it too was very nice
mmmmm the whole night just flowed so smoothly and I'm so pleased I decided to go even if it was by myself


 The following week my Sister-in-Law made a day trip down to visit and brought a bottle of French wine and cheese to share

I'm looking through Shannon Bennett's Paris book as well at the moment


Meanwhile a postcard arrived for me all the way from Paris from my Friend Lindee
Thank You so much Lindee........I was so excited to receive this

I'm spending less and less time here in Bogland due to my upcoming *Paris* holiday with my Son
I'm still reading everyone's blogs but just a tad pushed for time to comment on all of them
JoJo's had some health issues........I've got stuff happening but that's typical isn't it when something big is happening
But I will get there!!!!!

4 weeks and 4 days to go........

Love Dzintra xo 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Sylvia's Bridal Sampler



From my Sonoma Rose Pin



To my Sonoma Rose book



autographed by Jennifer Chiaverini of The Elm Creek book series




of which I have all so far (I think)








Plus Sylvia's Bridal Sampler

I was reading at Fiona's Blog BubzRugz that she had started Sylvia's Bridal Sampler Quilt and thought 'I think I've got that book too'
so ferreted around late one night, found it and got all excited to use my collection of 
Civil War and Reproduction Fabrics


Within a few days I had made up Chimneys & Cornerstones using mainly the Fabric Collections for a Cause - Hope, and Love along with the bottom centrepiece which (I think) is Mountain Creek Quilt Museum 1850 for Blue Hill Fabrics






I'm also lucky to have these two fabrics, Elm Creek Quilts - Gerda's Collection
 by Jennifer Chiaverini for Red Rooster Fabrics
These were bought a few years ago in Numeralla whereby a lady was selling her Mother's Collection of fabrics which filled a 2 or 3 bedroom house!!!



Maybe this was all meant to be
But I had no idea it would be now
6 and a half weeks before my Paris/Latvia trip
Phew........talk about a distraction!!!!!!!

Never mind, my plan is 1 block a week and at this rate it will take me 2 years and 8 months but I reckon it will be closer to 3............

So let the sewing begin
To see updates of the other gals' blocks visit Fiona

Happy Sewing and in my case add Happy Packing and Getting Ready for my Trip

Dzintra xo

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

~OPAM (One Project A Month) June 2015~


For this month's OPAM from this fabric by Robert Kaufman that I have had sitting around for a while 



I made up 3 handy little bags
One  I have given as part of a gift and now I think I will keep the other 2 for myself for my trip
Not long now......8 weeks and 5 days

Thank You Sweet Peg and her Partner in Crime Kris for hosting OPAM
I'm so pleased that I can get something done every month

Much Thanks to all my Fellow Bloggers out there for reading my little blog and commenting
I'll be a bit slow getting back as I'm getting over root canal therapy (ouch)

Happy Stitching.......Love Dzintra xo


Sunday, June 28, 2015

~Cook Up with Donna hay and Irina~


Phew, it's taken sooo long for me to get this post up
A cook up with donna hay magazine Issue 77 Oct/Nov 2014
As seems to be the case recently I couldn't decide which Dessert to make so of course I made both and we had them over the next few nights


The Menu ~all adapted for Gluten Free

Parmesan-Crusted Fish with Zucchini Salad
Lemon, Honey and Almond Cake
Peach and Vanilla Sorbet



First things first........prepare Dessert
Soaked Lemon Peel in base of cake pan for the Cake.


and ta da after not long at all the meal is all ready
nice and easy especially since it was a very warm night at the time
The fish was nice and light and the salad was lovely and tasty with no need for any starch
The salad was comprised basically of Zucchini and Baby Spinach leaves with a Zesty Dressing


The Sorbet hit the spot for the evening








The cake was excellent the next day and perfect with coffee
Here 'tis sitting atop JoJo's Wiggles Tray





And unbeknownst to me Mr Armchair took a snap whilst cooking one evening lol

Bon Appetit......Dzintra 




Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Carer's Break Away!



A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to participate with other Carers a trip to the 
Snowy Mountains of New South Wales 
A pic of sunset at arrival


DS trying out a tandem bicycle he has purchased to take JoJo for rides with Mr Armchair assisting


The welcoming fireside at our venue Rydges Snowy Mountains


A cushion I purchased........as if I need a new cushion but this was TOO hard to resist


the back


The Sun coming up over my view at Lake Jindabyne




On the last evening there was a Masquerade Ball and I wore an authentic mask and cape purchased in Venice by DS


The Menu for Dinner but of course I had the gluten free version


A most interesting dessert


One of the beautiful prints on display


The next morning we were in for a treat
I knew we were going to Thredbo but I didn't know this included going on the chair lift
A W E S O M E


Going up

On the way up some parked machinery


A quick selfie......and I was loving the cold
whoever thought I would miss it lol
1 deg celsius up top




Up the top


and coming back down

Thank You Carers ACT
I had the best time

Now back to the business of caring and working out this new NDIS scheme
(National Disability Insurance Scheme)

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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 ...)

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