Monday, 28 January 2013

The week of two halves......

The first half wasn't so good...... a bug caught me!


Must say the bug in the pic looks way more attractive than I did for the first four days of last week (must get myself a pair of those cute slippers).    It might have been the Winter Vomiting bug that is rife around here but it could just as easily have been a reaction to one of Mac's more inventive culinary creations.  I'm playing it safe from here on in.  Toast is going to be my meal of choice in future.  Can a woman live on toast alone.......

Once I beat the bug..... I set to work eating frogs (explanation later).....


Day 1 back on my feet and I was sewing.    My first 'frog' was basket liners and I set to work... no messing about.   It wasn't too long before I had a batch of baskets sporting a new look.   Here's some of them...


and another one...


there are more but I won't show more photos just in case you think I'm a basket case.

Another day.... another frog.


Frog #2 ... getting to work on the quilt that was to be mine but now is going to be my mums unless she changes her mind (fingers crossed).   

Saw a great idea on Raewyns blog and decided to give it a go too.  Pop over to her place (click on her name) to see for yourself what it's all about.  

You might remember (if you have elephant genes) that some time ages ago I decided to make an Irish Chain quilt.  Pieced 4 blocks before the project fell into the UFO box.    Well..... I had cut lots of 2" squares ready for that project and after seeing what Raewyn had done I figured if I pieced them at the beginning and end of each seam I sewed I could double productivity!      That's the equivalent of eating one frog while nibbling on another.  Cool eh!

How about this for progress....


it's officially a Flimsy!   Done and dusted and just waiting for me to decide what to do with the quilt back.  I've just enough fabric to piece squares for the backing and make it truly reversible but I've never tried that before and I'm a bit of a Wuss!   What do you think...... should I bite the bullet and give it a go or chicken out and buy more fabric for the backing?    All advice gratefully accepted.

Now... about the 'frog' thing (if you don't already know about it).   Sometimes... in the wee small hours when I can't get to sleep I pick up my Kindle and browse the store.   I download 'free' sample chapters of anything and everything that takes my fancy.   Last week I downloaded a sample of Brian Tracey's  'Eat That Frog'.... 21 ways to stop procrastinating and get more done in less time!   You can read about it here if you are curious.   Obviously my brain was in receptive mode.... because next day I started eating my frogs and believe me it feels great.    All that from a book sample...... I still haven't bought the actual book!  Call me mean.... but I'd rather have fabric!  

What else!    Oh yes.... it snowed.....


not as much as other parts of the country but some is better than none at all.   I love snow!

Perhaps it was good we didn't get too big a snowfall or the postman might not have delivered this.....


or this....


Lovely!


Well.... that's all folks!  Can't think of anything more to say... that you'd want to hear.  It's a windy wet night here at Chez Dimple    Licky is sprawled on my lap sleeping... snoring... and releasing the occasional gaseous emission!   Gotta love pets!!  

Have a great week everyone.    How about eating a few frogs......

See ya soon
Hugs
Josie

Note to self........ buy a gas mask!

13 comments:

Diane-crewe said...

hope you are feeling better this week and get to play with your new fabric xx

Kindred Quilts said...

Your basket liners are really cute, and your finished flimsy is so pretty... love the soft colors! Checked out the "frog" book on Amazon... may have to download it into my Kindle... who couldn't use a push to tackle projects or issues you've been avoiding?

Susan said...

Good to hear that your week ended better than it started. Love all your frogs. Live dangerously....go on.....piece the backing.

Wendy said...

So glad you are feeling better! I hate being sick...you have been a busy girl! Your baskets look wonderful. Congrats on your finish.

shez said...

lol i so love your posts,glad you are feeling better though as nothing worse than being sick,you have done heaps and love your new buys,have a great week my friend.xx

Darlene said...

Well, we already know you're definitely a 'basket case' - nice try. LOL The liners are adorable.

Need to take a look at the book about procrastinating but I'm not sure I can stop doing it. Afterall it's my middle name. LOL

I'm so sorry you've been ill bet if you had some cute slippers you'd feel much, much better. Looking down at your feet would make you LOL - ok maybe just smile.

Jeanette said...

Glad you are feeling better. Might have to look into that book But i'd much rather fabric than a book too. :) Hugs,xx.

Kaye R said...

We may be on opposite sides of the world but illness seems to span the distance. I have read that book ( I am ashamed to say I found a free PDF download ) it is great. In Australia our biggest ugliest frog is a Cain Toad and my life is full of them. I have just started a new business and have been away from sewing for along time. I have missed your posts and am glad to see your humour is alive and well. Well done on your basket liners.......

Janet said...

Glad you're feeling better! I think you should definitely piece those squares for the back of your quilt. I almost always piece my backs. Usually to help use up my larger scraps from the top. I feel bad buying more fabric for the back of a quilt when I have so much other fabric sitting in my closet. I even have two quilts that I like the back as much as the front (and sometimes even better than the front). Live dangerously :)

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

Oh yes, piece the back :) so glade that your week did end better than it started. hugs

Shirley said...

Hope you are feeling much better now. Can't go wrong with toast. My husband cooks it all the time, he presents it a la roasted bread on a bed of butter!! Reality- a hardened slice of dry toast with a glob of butter that nowhere meets the edges. Yum! I have lovely Trish's pattern shall we do it together? Those baskets are looking delightful does that mean you have a tidy room now with everything neatly stored? I may just download that book if just reading the sample is anything to go by and you have achieved that much and with feeling unwell. Phew! Stay safe in all that snow.

marina said...

glad to hear you are on the mend.
lots of lovely projects, being ill hasn't slowed you very much. busy busy,
Can we resign to 'eating' chocolate frogs?

Nicky said...

Well you certainly made up for a slow first half once you felt better! Glad to hear you're over the bug..... enjoy your frogs and keep warm.....