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, January 31, 2016

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


After umming and wondering if I would join OPAM again for another year I finally decided yes I will
I still have a few projects left that have been stitched and need finishing
Why oh why does it take so long to get 'round to it
I think I know the answer to that
In my case I love to start projects


We had our little Grandie here along with her brother for a week
She is keen on being a Designer of Fashion for Pop.........and she has been backstage she tells me!!!
I bought her some fabric pens and she chose the colours above for a pouch for her Pens
While she was here she designed a bag and a skirt!!!


Finished little case with her name on it


Here she is getting out a tape measure and chalk that her Mum popped into my Christmas stocking
So nice that these were used on a project for her


Looking at felts......her favourite colour is pink
Next up she chose a Pin Cushion for me to make
Here we drew out the flower so I could see what colours she wanted to use
Yep, you guessed it......pink had to be in it


And here is Lidija presenting her little Pin Cushion
Pattern by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched


Ane here they are together


While I was at it I thought I would make up another 3 in her chosen colours
I call them Lidi's Pin Cushions



A litte Needlecase here and another Pin Cushion
This pattern by Marg Low purchase in Sydney and started back in 2012 at my First Blog Meet
It's only been sitting there for about 3 years waiting for a finish



And while the going was good I added 3 little bags
Fabric by Anni Downs

So total for the month is 5 Pin Cushions
        1 Needlebook and 1 Pen Pouch
3 Little Bags making a total of 10
Boy, that's a record for me!!!

Thank you so much Sweet Peg and Kris for hosting OPAM again for another year
Lets see what I can do next month!!!

Have a great week......Dzintra

Thursday, January 28, 2016

~January~



Phew here I am back on the blog and January is nearly over
New Year's Day I like to start a new project so why not make it a big one lol
I thought I would do Anni Downs' My Favourite Things Quilt
The Fat 1/8th bundle is the actual My Favourite Things Fabric and the others are the beiges I will be using

I made a simple Quiche and we thought we would open some Christmas Wine.....French of course


I admired my Bookmark brought home from Riga, Latvia 
The little brooch is the colours of the Latvian Flag......maroon and white
Such a history with this Flag


I made a start on the quilt


I opened up a gift to myself of an apron that I bought in Roussillon on Provence, France


I received this beautiful Tagine at Christmas time
Thank You Danelle


I made a Pear and Almond Tart.......recipe from Manu Feildel's book, Manu's French Kitchen
Mmmmm delicious


My Sister came to visit


and we drove around River Cottage country at Tilba


We checked out a new Cafe/Restaurant at the Mariner, all with a boat view


Took a beach walk


Started some colouring in

Did some quick pickling of cucumbers


And took them to my mate Asta's, a fellow Baltic and enjoyed them with some good ol' Black Rye Bread


Had the little Grandies here for a week


and took another beach walk.
Normally one can get around this corner but not with the tide last weekend....

Hope your January was a good one

Till next time.....Dzintra

Thursday, December 31, 2015

~OPAM December~ One Project A Month


My last 2 OPAM's for the year


Connor's Storybook Quilt......front


and back.


Some owl fabric with markings on for an apron that JoJo saw last year and loved


Nice'n easy........just cut out and follow instructions


I added some bias binding to top, bottom and sides and did a fancy stitch along the bib and the hem


And here's the model herself showing off her apron!!!


And loving it!!!

Thank you Sweet Peg and Kris for hosting OPAM for another year
It's been great and still motivates me!!!



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It's been a wonderful year for me with my unforgettable trip to Paris and Latvija
Thank you so much to my very generous Son for this
I have loved every minute of it!!!

I'm thinking I might start up another blog solely for the trip as there are so many fabulous photos.
I just didn't get to blogging this trip much at all.......only twice

And so to 2016
how quickly are the years flying by!!!
I wish you all a very Happy and Safe New Year
with Good Health, lots of laughter and Happy Times!!!

Thank you for all your visits and comments throughout the year
It's been such a joy receiving them and makes blogging a really lovely experience
To you all I say

HAPPY NEW YEAR

love Dzintra xo


Thursday, December 24, 2015

~Christmas 2015~



Thought I would open up this post with a pic of JoJo's cakes that Mr Armchair helped her make last week
Top left (the green one) is a Christmas Tree
Under that (the red one) is a Christmas stocking
and bottom right one of my Instagram friends spotted a blue sewing machine!!!!
In the centre I can see a red coffee percolator.

Here it is Christmas Eve 2015
Wherever did 2015 go........the years just seem to be flying by
We have just had an overnight visit from our Son
Our 2nd Daughter is here at the moment with her 2 children/our grandchildren
Spirits are high and all is well in our World


JoJo decorated the tree and this is the result
She spent such a long time at it and I just filled in the gaps
Well done JoJo


My Fruit and Nut Cake ready to go in to the oven


And my latest favourite collector item.........little reindeer, how cute are they!!!

(My internet/computer time is getting less and less as I am still plagued with these headaches.  Thank you everyone for your visits and lovely comments throughout the year.....You are all the best!)

If I don't get around to seeing everybody I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Joyous and Prosperous New Year
Have a beautiful Christmas Day with your Loved Ones

Dzintra xo

Sunday, December 20, 2015

~Connor's Storybook for Dad~



A little Quilt all rolled up and made for one special little boy


My Great Nephew Connor James who lost his Dad tragically last month


I had a Charm Pack........fabric.......Fat 1/4's of the fabric Storybook which I absolutely love



Even had a Jelly Roll which I used for Sashing and Binding

Part of what drew me to this fabric was the Castle and the colour



I even had a Pattern by paula storm designs all ready to go



This little quilt came together quickly
In all 12 days.......an all time record for me



Quilt top


Binding



and ta da modelled the Quilt in our front garden before driving 5 hours to hand it over to Connor


Front


Back

I used the pic of Scott and Connor and Mr Armchair photocopied it on to the special fabric for me and then stitched it on to the back of the quilt
I wasn't sure about this pic to start with but then thought it's for Connor and he might just like to snuggle up with it.
 I'm still modelling




Well blow me down I don't see Connor regularly but when we unravelled the quilt he reached out for it.......he was even reaching out for it when it was all tied up
Seem just like he knew it was for him
Just beautiful to see



Here I am with my Niece Elise and Connor



Connor goes all shy but he was happy to have a pic with me on this occasion



Elise was so happy and she straight away shared it on Facebook.
I loved making this for you Connor and Elise
 A special quilt to remember Daddy by.

Fabric..........Storybook by Kate and Birdie for Moda
Jelly Roll Basics
Size.......approximately 44" square
Thread.......Gutterman for piecing
Mettler Quilting thread Natural 4 for In The Ditch and Cross Hatch
Aurifil 1148 for Aqua bits


Since this quilt I have barely touched needle and thread
Christmas preparations with JoJo  are keeping us busy
plus I haven't been able to spend too much time at the computer due to 'fuzzy eyes' and headaches/migraine from it but I do get around to most blogs to see what they've been up to.
Unfortunately though I haven't been commenting too much either.

Wishing everyone a lovely week prior to Christmas though I know it can get a bit hectic!

Love, Dzintra 

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