November 6, 2011

Did I do anything at all last week?

It was one of those weeks!  I look back and think "Whatever did I accomplish in all those daylight hours I had?"  I had a 'To Do' list as long as my arm (and I have long arms!) and how many things did I cross off as done?

I paid a few bills, did the shopping, washing, ironing and gave the house 'a lick and a promise'. I did make a batch of sweet orange marmalade (yum!) and replaced the zip in a pair of my husband's trousers. The rest of the jobs were transferred to next week's list!  I have to admit that some of them like, "Apply Killrust to the Laundry Trolley and repaint it" have been transferred for a few months.  I have an idea that in the back of my mind I'm thinking I'm just going to go out and buy a new one!!!

I could blame spending time looking at this Tawny Frogmouth that we have been watching on a nest for a while.

That little fluff-ball on the left is a baby.  We could only see one on Friday when I took the photo, but there were definitely two little fluff-balls earlier in the week.

Or maybe I was too distracted watching the spectacular aerial pursuits of the Dollar Birds which have arrived in our district for Summer.

Or maybe it was the time I spent online looking at fabric!!!  I saw a delightful new range called 'Butterscotch and Roses' and couldn't resist!  To justify my purchase, I decided I better have something designed ready to make when the fabric arrives and that would give me something to show for my week's work.   So, it was out with the pencil and I am very happy to say I have a new design sitting waiting for the postman's knock. 

Seeing I don't have much else to show, I'll share my Lily Pond Needlecase, which appeared in Patchwork & Stitching Vol 12 Issue 7 last month.  If you haven't worked it out already, I love making stitching accessories.  (Check the link out on the web.)  This is the front:

The inside:

and the back with the heart which is a little scissor's pocket:

It's one of my favourite designs from this year.

With Christmas coming ever so closer so quickly, I hope to be more productive this coming week! Hope you have a good one too! 

Happy stitching!


KaHolly said...

Oh, Val, I just love your lily pond needlecase!! It is right up my alley, is it not? Tawny Frogmouth? I'm going to have to look that one up!! Dollar Birds? My, oh, my, but you have some very different birds there.

Solstitches said...

The needlecase is so pretty. I love the shape and the stitchery design is sweet.

manda said...

Do you know how jealous I am of your having a tawny frogmouth nearby, and with a nest?!???!?! I'm sure we've got them around here too, but I've only ever found one live one and that was almost 10kms from here. Although we do have heaps of dollarbirds, and they're around for most of the year. I'll swap them any day for tawnys though!!
Love the needle case!

LesQuilts said...

I also love that little needlecase!
So feminine!
Unfortunately, we don't get the Australian magazines in Canada until they are 2-3 mths old! And then I forget which one I am watching for!
Take care, Leslie

Vesuviusmama said...

I've been woefully unproductive, too, choosing instead to curl up with a book and a quilt than to create or clean. Here's hoping we both have more productive days ahead. But also yay to us for taking time to enjoy quiet moments!

Christine M said...

Hi Val. Your Lily Pond needlecase is beautiful. I love it!

Sue from Cyprus said...

Oh Val, your Lily Pond needlecase is gorgeous! So cute.... I want one :)!
Hugs, Sue from Cyprus x x x

Marsha said...

Val, I love the Lily Pond Needlecase, it is just gorgeous! I have a special love of dragonflies so it really catches my eye! Sounds like you have been really busy to me. Have fun with your new fabric and design!

Gayle said...

I love your site, everything is so beautiful, especially the cupcakes. I am your newest member.