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, September 21, 2014

~A Respite Weekend For Us.......and Chooky's Christmas Swap~



This weekend we had organised a much looked forward to respite for JoJo
We thought we'd have a day trip down the coast
We started off at the Blue Earth Cafe for coffee/lemon myrtle tea and lunch


We ended up at the beautiful seaside port of Bermagui where Billy Connolly filmed part of the film The Man Who Sued God
We had Fish 'n Chips here and saw a fishing boat come in.


This morning I made (gluten free) Choc Chip Muffins with Choc Chips that were organic from 




This afternoon I did a little on my Tilda Club Pin Cushion


 and to finish off we went for a beach walk in the late afternoon and saw the sun catching the waves


 and on the beach grass




'round the corner this piece of gum!
A lovely relaxing weekend just being 'us' and tasting the 'normal' world
We could come and go as we please
Sit for as long as we wanted without having to jump up and down
We even walked together and held hands on the beach
Something we don't normally do as one of us has to be with JoJo!!!

All in all a lovely weekend........


I have joined Chookyblue's Secret Santa Christmas Swap this year and looking forward to receiving news of who my partner is!!!

Thank you to everyone who comes over and reads my humble little blog and comments on it
I truly do appreciate it and do try sincerely to get back to everybody

Hope your weekend was a good one
Here's to another week........Dzintra xo

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

~South Coast Country Quilters Quilt Show~


Last weekend I went to the South Coast & Country Quilters Biannual Quilt Show
I took some pics of a few of the quilts that caught my eye


Dragonfly Dance by Sheila Williams


The Golden Domes
The Golden Domes of Terem Palace, Moscow
Photos taken in 2008
Jenny Cantrill


My Favourite Things designed by Anni Downs
Needle Turn Applique and Hand Piecing
Margaret Herzog


Winter Wonderland
From a Crab-Apple design with some added Appliqué
Features Red Work Embroidery and some Embellishment
Pieced by Marilyn Gibson Redwork Embroidery, Machine Piecing
Quilted by Marilyn Gibson
Dalmeny Quilters


For Sam
Quick Irish Chain
Pieced by Barbara Steller
Quilting by Allison Willis
Barbara Steller, Tuesday Twitterers


I absolutely loved this one


Disappearing 9 Patch
Inhouse Workshop
Machine Pieced by Liz Perry
Quilting by Debbie Adam
Liz Perry
Night Owls


For Zach
Scrap 16 Patch Quilt
Machine Pieced by Margaret Browning
Quilting by Debbie Adam
Margaret Browning
Night Owls


And Autumnal Pinwheels
Scrappy Quilt
Machine Pieced and Quilted by Patricia Chanter
Red Berry Quilters

Another great Quilt Show SCCQ.........Looking forward to the next one!!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

~Canberra Craft & Quilt Show......and a handy little Quilt Chart


A couple of weeks ago I went up to the Canberra Craft and Quilt Show 
Here are 2 of the quilts that caught my eye

Through the Garden Gate, Rose Lewis
224 x 227.5cm

This quilt depicts Rose’s front garden, as it is in spring. She has heavily trapuntoed all the applique and most of the quilting; all sewing have been done on a domestic machine. Look for snails, wrens, ladybirds, spider webs…


They were just stunning!!!
For exhibition prizes and results go over here


And of course a little shopping
Above is a little round place mat


Bits and pieces including the quilt everything is sitting on.
Canberra Quilters always have a great Trading Table

Canberra Quilters Inc is the oldest patchwork group in Australia. Founded in 1976 by
Margaret Rolfe, it began life as ‘The Patchwork Group’. This fledgling group, which met in members’ homes, has grown steadily and now enjoys a membership of several hundred and its own premises at Cook Community Hub.


Here is the back of the quilt
Quite unusual fabric and colours so I just had to bring it home with me!!!
A great day especially since Mr Armchair had the day off to care for JoJo so I could have a day out!!!


I saw this little  Quilt Size Chart and thought how handy so had to blog it!!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

~OPAM (One Project A Month) August 2014~ My Sing Bag


My finished project for this month's OPAM is my Sing Bag
And I'm so happy with it


All the little squares coming together




And ta-da......
All done and hanging and waiting for the right time to wear it!!!


the back


And just one more time


I bought the Fabric Pack from Hatched and Patched
Pattern by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched from her booklet The Simple Life

Thank you Sweet Peg and Kris for hosting OPAM
It's wonderful to be able to finish a Project A Month


And a little funny I couldn't resist!!!
Happy Sewing everyone......Dzintra

Sunday, August 31, 2014

~Movie......The Hundred Foot Journey~


I have just seen the most Delicious movie (twice)
After the second time I straight away went and bought the book written by Richard C. Morais


There was a brochure available at the screening which had some recipes in it




including this one for Beef Bourgignon a las Hassan created by Chef Floyd Cardoz


The Hundred Foot Journey
Starring Helen Mirren as Madame Mallory
Om Puri as Papa
Manish Dayal as Hassan Haji
Charlotte Le Bon as Marguerite

Directed by Lasse Hallstrom
Produced by Steven Spielberg
Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake

Filmed in France in the village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val
and then The Netherlands and Paris

I just had to blog this movie as I know I will come back here and check out the links again
and don't be surprised if I see it again.

I guarantee you will walk away wanting a delicious meal after seeing it
I might have to go to our local Indian Restaurant one of these times!!!

Bon Appetit.......Dzintra



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 ...