I’m Jodie Zollinger! I would like  to welcome you  to my blog:


Home Sweet Dreaming- Diary of a Country Girl.


I just wanted to share with you a little information about myself, so you can better understand a bit about:  why I blog and what this blog is about.

Now I don’t want to bore you with unnecessary details but a few main ones are needed, if you are going to understand who I am.

In a nutshell, I was born in Bermuda, an 80’s baby, where I was raised by my parents and my, relatively large, extended family.


Oh I would love to have a view like this out my window!



Diary of A Country Girl

I love languages and different cultures and this has developed a love for travel, which has taken me to some very interesting places. At the age of 18  I began my somewhat nomadic existence: studying in French speaking Canada, Germany, and Switzerland  until I settled here in Eastern Switzerland  in 2004.




Before I arrived in Switzerland to live, I had just graduated University in Boston, USA, where I studied  Communications and Journalism and majored in Advertising.

I  love writing and photography  and so I chose to set up this blog where I can share my experiences and interests with family and friends and other like minded people like you, who may be fellow bloggers, quilters, crafters or sewers.






I love how blogging has made the big world feel a little bit smaller and has allowed me to make and maintain friendships or relationships with family and friends from all over the world.


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I have developed a passion for all things alpine, especially my Swiss home where I spend my days, cooking, gardening, homemaking, writing, quilting and blogging about it. I love hand crafts and live life a bit old fashioned.


Diary of A Country Girl



See the neighbor's cat on walking over the pond.


And let’s not forget, although my tagline has over time disappeared from my Homepage… I am a country girl, I live in the Country and love it, but not only that, I am a ‘Countrygirl’ because I am passionate about country music; the culture around it, the songs and their singers. Country music and country living is simply a part of me and how I live my life.







For me the most important thing is my family and friends, both here in Switzerland and Bermuda and speckled all around the world. They give me so much love and support and together with my husband,  who is  a nice Swiss ‘Countryboy’ .  Both he and my family and friends, give me a lot of love and support for which I am deeply grateful.



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my niece



I have learned to love life, and live it in as much of a creative way as possible.




I hope if you share any of the same interests as I do that you will be inspired to contact me by touching base with me on Facebook, Pinterest or by reading and/or commenting on my blog.

I wish you all a little Home Sweet Dreaming!

Thanks for  stopping in!








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  1. Liebe Jodie,
    das war jetzt gar nicht so einfach. Ich wollte mich doch so gerne für deinen reizenden Kommentar bedankt haben! Uff, aber jetzt: Was freu ich mich über deinen Besuch. Ja, bergversessen bin ich auch – aber quilten kann ich gar nicht und finde deine Projekte wundervoll! Gratuliere!
    Hab auch du eine inspirierte Woche und eine wundervolle dazu


    1. Hi Kate, nice meeting you. Love the name of your blog…you will have to explain. Your face looked familiar, and now I realize it is because you are as frequent a reader of similar blogs as I read and that I know you that way, through bloggers like Tim I think. I enjoyed reading your about page. I don’t know why but I love the fact that Australians quilt so much. I mean I am from a Sub-tropical island and it does get cold in the winters, but hardly anyone quilts. I am sure I will be back!


      1. Hi Jodie,
        Chiconia is so-called because my last name is Chiconi! Where I am, is Chiconia, wherever that may be. I have a ceramic plaque outside my front door with ‘Chiconia’, a sun and a palm tree on it, a wedding gift from my oldest friend in Barbados, and it gets transported each time we move.
        You’re right, Australians love to quilt! But don’t be misled by northern Hemisphere ideas of the climate. Large parts of Australia get pretty cold in the winter, especially down south where there’s a lively skiing industry, but even here in the tropics, 200km inland it freezes at night in May – August. I have a quilt on my bed year round, with just a sheet in the summer and a duvet in the winter.
        Do you know Wombat Quilts? If not, do check her out, I think you’ll like her work.
        Hope to see you soon in Chiconia.
        K x


      2. Yes I know you have mountains and can even get snow I think. I am always amazed when I get caught on IG thinking a photo is England or Scotland and it’s NZ, Australia or Tazmania!! I will try to follow your tip! Thanks again.


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