This blog is all about me......I come here for respite in between caring for JoJo (our Daughter who has Special Needs)......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 to have coffee...sip a glass of a book......I am Queen of the Armchair and am inspired by all the wonderful blogs out there!!!

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 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


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!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

~A New Quilt......Fourty Years of Light~

 I have one very special quilt in the making right now which I think is going to be called
 'Fourty Years of Light'
I had quite a bit of help with this one from my Mr Armchair and my Very Dear Friend Geo (no blog)
We went to Geo's place one weekend to work on it
I drew up what I had an idea of in my head
Between Mr Armchair and Geo they did all the maths and measurements for me

 Fabrics set to go

The 'rainbow' is stitched together

The triangle is measured out

Looking familiar now?
We are huge Pink Floyd fans here and this is my interpretation of 'Dark Side of the Moon'

Borders starting to happen

All stitched

and finally pinned
Looking sooooo good!!!

Geo shared a bit on White Light with me and the physics of it all
Now to work out how to quilt it!!!

For a similar quilt have a look over here

Shine On.......
Happy Quilting, Dzintra xo

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Can't Hold It In...I'm going to PARIS and Latvija (Latvia)

I have the most exciting news!!!

I've got a few 'Paris' things around the house thinking one day it would be nice to go there but never really expecting to.....
As we care for JoJo it would just be too hard to organise let alone find Care for her
It's hard enough to organise a night out without booking respite in advance
No spontaneous Dinner Dates for us here

This just has to be the next best thing

Last July my Beloved Son rang me and said

Mum, get your Passport......I'm taking you to Paris............eeeeekkkkk, whaaaaaaat
I walked around in a Dream
and then
Tickets were booked

I've got an assortment of books to look through

I'll especially have to study this one

I'm using this as my Planning Book

I even bought an Ink Stamp ages ago
Just part of the fun collecting Paris stuff

This is my Pinning Table which Mr Armchair brings in for me when I am pinning a quilt
and I stuck this stamp on it

I wrote my first letter with this stamp on the envelope to my good Friend Geo (no blog)

This bag is at the end of the table housing a Special Project (next post)

A bucket bought a long time ago now houses Paris stuff for Our Trip

The first thing I bought specifically for the trip......will come in handy as I have no French language

Little Affirmation Cards received at Christmas

The quote today is
The Sea is Everything
Its Breath is Pure and Healthy
It is an Immense Desert
Where One is Never Lonely
For you can Feel Life stirring on all sides

Jules Vern

Even had me an Award Winning Pear Cider

And today courtesy of Allen & Unwin and Goodreads I won this copy of Josephine Moon's 
'The Chocolate Promise'.  All very timely as this book is set in Evandale, Tasmania then goes over to Paris and Provence.......This is my absolute next read!!!

Thank you so much Allen & Unwin and Goodreads........can't wait to get into this book!!!!!

The Biggest Thank You and Love to my Mr Armchair who is going to stay home and care for JoJo whilst I go off to Paris and Latvia
and not to forget my Prince of a Son.....

Thank You So Very Very Much
Words cannot express what I feel for you both

does it get any better than this

Love, Dzintra

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

~Update on Faerie Kisses Quilt~

Popping in for a quick post and update on my Faerie Kisses Quilt.....(designed by Helen Stubbings of Hugs n Kisses) happy now that it is ready for the backing but won't be able to get to this for a while now as a very busy time coming up.......I'm going to try and do a pieced back so will have to spend some time looking through my stash!!!

Until next time.......Happy Stitching, Dzintra

Sunday, March 1, 2015

~OPAM (One Project A Month) February~

One small item this month for OPAM
'Some Kind of Wonderful' Needle book (a giveaway win from Deb at Frog Cottage Designs) by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched

Inside the case

The thread specified was Weeks Dye Works Stone Floss which I didn't have
so I looked up the Conversion Chart and used DMC 840 and 3740 which gave a lovely stone/mauve effect.  

And the back.
Thank you again Sweet Peg and Partner in Crime Kris for hosting OPAM once again this year!!!

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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 ...)

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 ...