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!!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

~Sunday......a sewing day~



Well I had a lovely Sunday yesterday
I spent a lot of it in my Sewing Room making headway on my Sing Bag
and sewing lots of 1 and a 1/2 "squares together LOL!!!
Pattern by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched

Just a lovely day
I hope I can get more of them like this!!!

Hope everyone had a lovely Sunday
and here's to a great week to follow!!!

Dzintra xo

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Fabric and a 6th birthday

Even though I didn't go to the Sydney Quilt Show this year I was there with all the gals in Spirit

I bought a little stash of fabric at half price at Hobbysew

And then for something completely different I joined a Tilda Club
Soooooo different from my usual rich, dark colours above but oh so pretty and I was oh so tempted so caved in

My little Grandie Lidija celebrating her 6th birthday last night

Along with JoJo.......see how they are both holding hands......very sweet

And this morning her Mum is making a beautiful mud cake for 6 little guests

While the Birthday Girl dries her hair......how ingenious is this!!!

Happy Birthday Princess Lidija xoxo

Sunday, July 6, 2014

~Melodrama at Mogo......I'm Dreamin' of a Lone Christmas~


Well haven't I been having a ball lately playing a Wench at the latest Melodrama at Mogo entitled 
I'm Dreaming of a Lone Christmas
Written by Joe Quigley
Directed by Barbara Gellatly
Musical Director Jimmy Roe


Held at the The Digger's Rest Hotel at the Original Gold Rush Colony at Mogo
I just love the setting here


one of the early Settler's Huts on the site


inside the Tavern where the Melodrama is set with Big Dan being Centre Stage


The multi talented Jimmy Roe being Felix Mendelsohn


Florrie.......er, Florence and Annabelle the Bar Girl


Hamming it up with Florence


and Annabelle


Introducing Hans (Walter) our Barman


James Walker (aka Whistler) and Mary-Anne


Big Dan Murphy (Brian aka Cowboy) and Smithy (Greg)


Last Rehearsal before showtime
Annabelle, Sebastian Bumstead (aka Foxlow, Devious Devil)
Molly (Mary'Anne's Mum.....Barbara)
Mary Anne (Janet)
Smithy and Hans


Posing in front of the roaring fire yesterday just before showtime


a moment with Jimmy


Gularbone (Colin) singing Holy Night


I even made some little wristy-cuffs


and a little choker round my neck topped off with an old ear ring
Wonder if these will qualify for OPAM (One Project A Month) Lol!!!!

To read about the previous Melodrama 'The Wake of Joe Flanagan' go over here

Next Matinee Show plus lunch Saturday 19th July 2014 at 
Tickets available at 4474 2123


Monday, June 30, 2014

OPAM (One Project A Month) May......Diamonds at LARGE



Boy how excited I am to have finished Diamonds at Large for this month's OPAM!!!!!!!
Just before Sunset on Saturday afternoon I thought let's go down the beach to see what colours were happening there for sundown and do a photoshoot of this very special Quilt!!!!!



And the big unroll............


had to get the photo on the side due to the wind flapping around


and then wrap around me


then off it's to around the corner to lay it upon some rocks there


and zoom in and all these birds are there going home for dinner


Mr Armchair trying to straighten it up



and success woo hooooo!!!!!!!!


But not for long as lucky there was a little branch nearby to hold it down........


the back


by this time JoJo (Yellow Wiggle today) was quite cold and she scored the quilt around her


A quick selfie


Back from around the corner and there's a lone fisherman casting his line


the light was just lovely





and just one more time


before we headed back home!!!!

Diamonds at Large is for my dear Brother who has very challenging health problems and I am just so excited to gift it to him especially as I bought this fabric for me as I loved it so much......
It just feels so right!!!!



Quilt Name:  Diamonds at Large      
  Designers:   Pam & Nicky Lintott
          Size:    45in x 60in
       Fabric:    Collections for a Cause.....
                          Hope by Howard Marcus
    Backing:    Vintage Rose by Nancy Odom for P & B Textiles

    Threads:     Scanfil 100% Organic cotton for Quilt Top
                       Mettler Quilting 100% cotton Col Nat 4 for backing
                       Stitch:     4.5 on Bernina Aurora 440
Quilted by Me......Dzintra, Queen of the Armchair
and thank you Rachaeldaisy for the suggestion of quilting about an inch out from the Diamond

And Thank You Sweet Peg and Kris for running OPAM for us to finish off One Project A Month!!!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Needleturn Appliqué

My first foray into Needleturn Appliqué and I discovered it wasn't as hard as I thought it might be!!!
I think the secret to it is using he correct needle which I didn't know about until I actually looked up how to Needleturn on the net..........it also helped using the tiny pins!!!

And the surprise discovery......I really loved the process!



My first project is a Needlecase which I'm trying to finish off for this month's OPAM (One Project A Month).  Pattern by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched and the kit I won from Deb at Frog Cottage!!!
I'll have to go to the computer later and put links in as I don't know how to on the iPad!!!


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 ...