Saturday, December 09, 2006

I couldn't resist buying this Christmas decoration for my mantelpiece when I saw it yesterday. It has tealights behind the houses to give out a glow - you can see the back of the house reflected in the mirror that's above the mantelpiece. Sorry about the blurry picture quality but I had to take it without a flash and I don't have a tripod (I did try balancing the camera on the end of a broomhandle but let me tell you it doesn't work).

Nothing even vaguely quilty to show. Today I did stitch in the ditch (which in certain areas turned into 'stitch somewhere near the ditch') on Antique Cutie and now and then I have been cutting out pieces for the green and lavender quilt, which is taking me a surprisingly long time.


I am feeling guilty as I haven't commented on posts as much as I usually do - my only excuse is that I am still really busy at work - despite the fact that I leave in two weeks. I keep reminding them, but it doesn't seem to have sunk in as I still keep having to answer technical queries, get invited to meetings and work out processes. As I said to my boss, it's a good job I've got integrity because most people would have taken their foot off the gas by now whereas I'm still going at full speed.


12 comments:

Judy said...

I really like it! I usually try to brace my arms against my body and push up with one hand while pushing down the shutter and well...you know that doesn't always work either!

I think the picture is fine, it looks lovely!

Shelina said...

I think I tend to work harder too as the end draws nearer - to a vacation, or to quitting entirely. I just hate to leave things unfinished. My reputation is at stake!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

I hope you get the chance to have a good rest soon. I love the Christmas decorations and quilts.

Libby said...

I bet the village has a beautiful glow in person -- I wouldn't have wanted to pass it up either.

Clare said...

Who made it? It reminds me of some china cottages that my mother collects. Talking of which, we arrive on 23rd so don't forget to post the quilt!

Best of luck with the next 2 weeks.

McIrish Annie said...

I can only picture you with the camera and a broomstick LOL!! What lengths we will go to so we can share with our friends. It is a lovely piece.

Judy said...

That's beautiful! I'd have a hard time putting that away after Christmas.

Judy L.

Ali Honey said...

That's really different, I've never seen a decoration like that before. Do take care with the tea lights. ( they make a lovely glow )
Sending you Season's Greetings from NZ.

Linda_J said...

How pretty and I like how the whole picture seems to glow!

Don't worry about not commenting--all of us have been busy, busy. I am just happy to finally be able to read and catch up with all of you in bloggerland now that my obligation work is done.

anne bebbington said...

Hi Fiona - you asked about the quilting thread - no it isn't metallic, never had much luck with those, they always seem to shred for me despite using metallica needles - this was done with a Madeira Rayon in a golden colour and the sheen gives it a metallicky look. Use this type of thread often the sheen looks good in all colours

Screen Door said...

Love the decoration--- hang in there... you are at the end of the tunnel.

Finn said...

Hi Fiona, the new mantle village is just lovely! I think I'd have bought it also, if I had a mantle..*VBS*
Not to worry about comments, we know you will when you are able to. Big hugs for a wonderful Christmas holiday, Finn