Annette's Acre

Stitching, knitting, reading, life…whatever catches my eye
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!

December 30th, 2014 by Annette

The Last Big Finish for 2014

Sam Sarah’s Halloween Mystery (2014).  Finished on 12/29 at 11:30pm:


Something Wicked This Way Comes
Stitched with called for threads and fabric.


December 29th, 2014 by Annette

Blowing out the dust…

Over a year!  Wow!  Time flies when life gets demanding.

I’m in the process of updating and tweaking and resetting and just preparing for a new year which hopefully will include a blog post or two :)

See you soon!

November 29th, 2013 by Annette

Vacation Finishes

It’s vacation time!  I have been off work this week and simply enjoying the time at home to catch up on some tv shows, stitch and sew a bit and just take each day without a lot of structure and “must do” items (well, other than lunch with a friend on Wednesday and the standard Thanksgiving cooking extravaganza).

Finished the 2013 Lizzie Kate Hearts and Holly mystery:


This is on 32-ct Belfast Doubloon (PTP) using DMC threads.  The only small change was adding a few petite white pearl beads in the snowflake centers and around the trees on the left.

Worked up a felt needlebook:

This is from a Lumenaris kit.  I’m down to my last two!  I will need to restock in January at the annual quilt/craft fair.

In addition to Thanksgiving, Thursday was also my 16th wedding anniversary.  DH gave a lovely gift, as usual:

He’s a keeper :)