Annette's Acre

Stitching, knitting, reading, life…whatever catches my eye
February 15th, 2015 by Annette

2015 Reading Challenge

Another one off the list:

14.  A Nonfiction book

Slow start, but a great finish.  Wonderful stories from many Whedonverse alums and insights into an unbelievably creative mind.

Next targets:

25: A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t

I horrified several friends this week by admitting I’ve never read this classic story.  While I don’t remember it technically being assigned in my high school days, it probably should have been:

32: A trilogy

Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series is one of my favorites and I love all things Egyptian, so this trilogy seems like a no-brainer for me to read.

 

February 15th, 2015 by Annette

Turtle Trot – February

Turtle Trot 2015

Travel mucks with the posting schedule…

Three of my ten pieces saw action this month.

Mill Hill Wanda’s Witchery has a little more progress.  I worked on the outside frame:

MH Wanda's Witchery

I finished Part 1 of Lizzie*Kate’s Unseen Things Mystery

Unseen Things

And finally… I finished January’s Chalk design from Hands on Design

January Let it Snow

On to next month! :)

February 6th, 2015 by Annette

Taking a Breath…

The last two weeks have been rather crazy and I don’t see that stopping at least until sometime in April. So, while I’ve been spending a lot of work hours, I have managed to do a tiny bit of reading and even put in a stitch or two :)

Reading Challenge:

29.  A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit

Ben Aaronovitch’s latest entry in the Peter Grant series is Foxglove Summer and it’s set in the English countryside.  Loved it!

Stitching:

Hotel lighting and late work hours doesn’t leave a lot of productive stitching time.  But I can manage something relatively simple now and then.

bbd_snowmen

 

This is a “blackwork” design by Bird Brain Designs done in blue.  The design is printed on on iron-on sheet and then ironed on the background fabric.  No tracing!  Perle cotton and a sharp needle is all you need to stitch away.  Very little brain power required.  Perfect for my travel project ;)

January 25th, 2015 by Annette

Sunday Stitches

I’m a homebody.  Of course, this may surprise you given the amount of travel I do for work, but I truly prefer to curl up on my own couch each and every night with needle in hand.  So far this year, it’s been one busy weekend after another and I finally got a quiet one!  Minimal errands. DVR full of good stuff and stitching galore (that’s never an issue).

I finished part one of Lizzie Kate’s Things Unseen Sampler:

Things Unseen Sampler

 

 

The fabric is 32-ct PTP Wren and Weeks flosses.  I’m *very* tempted to start part 3 (the bottom) and then do part 2.  I’m ornery that way, I suppose ;)  We’ll see what happens next weekend!

I also put in the first stitches on January’s Hands on Design “Year in Chalk”  this morning.

January Year in Chalk

 

 

This is 30-ct WDW Gunmetal linen.  January calls for Chalk and Tropical Ocean GAST.

You may have noticed the increased use of QSnaps lately (or you may not – no worries).  While I still consider myself an “in-hand” stitcher primarily, the ‘snaps are definitely handy for linens and opening up the holes.

Getting old sucks.

January 21st, 2015 by Annette

WIP Wednesday

I spent the weekend away with a few friends and found time to make more progress on Part 1 of the Lizzie Kate Things Unseen Sampler.  The final installment arrived in the mail while I was gone so now I know what I’m working toward :)

Things Unseen

 

As for the Reading Challenge, I finished off Raging Heat (not counting it as I started it last year) and started my book for #29 – A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit

I adore this series and excited to read Peter Grant’s latest adventure :)

January 11th, 2015 by Annette

Turtle Trot – January Update

Turtle Trot 2015

Yesterday was nonstop meetings and appointments, so no post.

However, no real stitching either, so even if I *had* posted, you’d see the same thing ;)

Only two pieces are seeing any action so far this month.

Mill Hill Wanda’s Witchery traveled to CA with me and lo and behold – had some progress!  Amazing how that happens.  I added the hat on the left:

Wanda's Witchery
Lizzie*Kate’s Mystery Sampler is staying home (linen + hotel lighting <> progress) but it’s moving along thanks to playoff football ;)
Lizzie*Kate Mystery
Off to add a bit more.  Enjoy your day!

 

January 9th, 2015 by Annette

Reading Challenge – Update!

Knocked off two items so far:

The Doorbell Rang was first published in 1965 (meeting #30 on the list).

Naked in Death by JD Robb – this satisfies #10 – A mystery or thriller

I read the first dozen or so books in the this series several years ago so it was nice to revisit Roarke and Eve when they first met ;)  I listened to the audiobook and the narrator does an excellent job with the various accents and voices.  Amazon currently has the audiobooks of the first few books for $1.99, so now would be a good time to add them to the library!

In Progress:

#12 – A book of short stories:

This is my choice:

Several familiar authors and a few new ones to try.  I’ve listened to the first two stories so far.  I’ll probably alternate the stories with other full length books.

Tomorrow is my first Turkey Trot update and I’ve worked on two (!) projects so far!  Woot!

January 3rd, 2015 by Annette

2015 Reading Challenge

To kick off the 2015 Reading Challenge, I’m starting with:

The Doorbell Rang was first published in 1965 (meeting #30 on the list).  I’ll be listening to the audiobook version (thank you, Audible!).  I love Nero Wolfe and this was one of my favorite episodes from the short-lived A&E series.

I’m still in the midst of Raging Heat on my Kindle and once I finish that I’ll figure out the next book for the challenge… though picking up Joss’s biography again would satisfy #49 ;)

January 2nd, 2015 by Annette

Turtle Trot 2015

Turtle Trot 2015

One of the benefits of paying more attention to my blog is that I can participate in the fun little plans and challenges found on friend’s blogs :)

This one comes from my buddy, Suz and originates on BAP Attack.

Here are the 10 WIPs I would like to finish this year:

1 – Lizzie*Kate Mystery Sampler (Things Unseen) (New Year’s Day Start)

2 – Mirabilia New Year’s Fairy

3 – Mill Hill Wanda’s Witchery

4 – Ink Circles Round Mandala

5 – Hinzeit Dark Shadows

6 – Scarlett House Christmas at Holly House

7 – Hands On Designs Chalkboard Series (new start)

8 – Mill Hill Jim Shore Santa (new start)

9 – Little House Needlework Brave Hearts

10 – Glendon Place Plum Pudding

 

Not a bad list…. let’s see how it goes!

 

January 1st, 2015 by Annette

2015 – The Year Ahead

As a point of reference, here are just a few of the happenings from 2014:

  • Laid off (again)
  • Kitchen remodeled (yay!)
  • Hosted a get-together in AZ for a dozen friends
  • Landed permanent job as a consultant in July (requires weekly travel)
  • New car (VW Tiguan – cherry red!)
  • Phoenix Comicon and Fan Fest volunteer (awesome)

You are now caught up.   As you can imagine my “creating” time (stitching, quilting and knitting) was a bit more limited.  I did manage to finish off a few of each type of projects and I’m sure I’ll show them off in the coming months.

This year, I’m hoping for a little more consistency?  balance? predictability?  I’m not sure.  I do know that it would be lovely to have a year a little less stressful and full of change.  My schedule is busy, but not unmanageable.

That being said, the blog is part of my mitigation strategy.  A little planning, a little more focus and hopefully a lot less stress and an increase in positive results.

Here’s what is in store for the year:

2015 Reading Challenge – not that I need more reasons to read, but something fun to provide post fodder ;)

The WIP List – I will be updating the WIP List as I may have started a few things last year ;)  I’ll also be adding in quilting and knitting projects.

FMSPhotoADay – I’ve added my Instagram feed (azannette414) on the left which will show the photos based on the daily prompts provided.

I appreciate all that have found me again after my year+ break.  I wish you all a wondrous 2015!