Author Archives: 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 :)

Virtual Quilting Retreat

One weekend a month, my dear friend Terri hosts a Virtual Quilting Retreat.  The goal is to spend two full days working on any project you like and leave your family to fend for themselves just as though you were out of town at a regular retreat.

This past weekend I managed to “attend” the retreat on Sunday.

First, I finished a second zip mesh bag – a smaller version (approx 10″ square).

Next, I pieced and fused the first two blocks of the Critter Christmas Block of the Month quilt (the penguins got me, what can I say?)


This is my first fusible applique quilt and it is incredibly simple to do when the pieces are already cut and prepped for you.  All I had to do was peel off the paper and iron away.  Figuring out the order to do them was the hardest part and for someone that likes puzzles, like me, it was fun.

Once all the bits are stuck together, it’s time to blanket stitch around the edge and add some other small surface embroidery.  I finished the mitten square on Sunday.

We shall see what next month’s retreat brings :)

I will say, having a copious stash of DMC made the choosing of floss colors a quick process :)  I started the duck/penguin block on Sunday eve and finished it off last night (as shown by this really lousy picture….welcome fall in AZ):


A Full Rich Day

Busy day…

Started with my biweekly nail appointment….

OPI Embarcadare-yaOPI Embarcadare-ya from the 2013 San Francisco collection

Visit to Costco (Starbucks Hot Cocoa mix is back!  Woohoo!)

Weekly groceries

And then…. something unusual.  A class at my local quilt store to make a large Zip It Project Bag:

zipbagThis is approximately 17″ wide by 18″ tall.  Yes, I was the only one in class using Halloween fabric ;)  It seemed the obvious choice with the black mesh.  That and I have a goodly amount of it in my stash to pick from.   The pattern has multiple sizes and I bought a fairly large roll of the mesh used, so I foresee many more bags in my future.

Tonight is equally exciting – catching up on Once Upon a Time and stitching.  Such a life!

November, already?

Welcome to all the new readers from yesterday’s Blog Hop :)  I’ll try to keep the content at a sufficient level of interest LOL

I cannot believe it’s already November.  Such a year of change….if you’d told me a year ago (or even at the beginning of 2013) that on Nov 1 I would be six months gone in a new job and DH would once again be searching I would have expressed disbelief.

Such is life.

No stitching or other crafty updates from last night.  I took a few hours to dive into Lego Marvel Heroes to “Hulk Smash” a few bits and pieces :)

This weekend will include sewing pursuits as I’ve a class on Saturday at my local quilt shop to sew up a set of zippered bags.  Given the size of roll of plastic mesh I bought for the bags, I’ll have supplies for quite a while!

Three for three…

When we last left our intrepid stitcher she was in the midst of a stressful week and found solace in a bit of needle and thread and three new starts…..

Hey, it’s cheaper than therapy.

Happily, the three starts have become three finishes.

Lizzie*Kate Holly and Hearts Mystery – Part 2

DMC on PTP 32-ct Belfast Doubloon

Only one part left….

The next is more in keeping with the current season:

Primitive Hare’s Witch’s Kitchen – freebie found here
40-ct WDW linen (mystery color)
WDW Purple Majesty and Carrot  to add a bit of color

And the third….. will be revealed tomorrow!

Sunday Sunday…

I’m very very glad this week is over.

Since last Sunday I’ve spent more time in a dental chair than I care to acknowledge.  And I’ve got at least two more visits next week.  The good news is that the current pain level has decreased and at the end of it all, should be eliminated.

But it’s a painful journey to get there.

Other than a few more hexes, not much more on the stitching front.  Trying to do too much while knocking back the odd pain killer is just an open frog invitation.

I picked out the next Sulky project:

It’ll get started sometime soon :)

The next part of the Lizzie*Kate Hearts and Holly 2013 Mystery has come out…

I’ve made a start today. I very much like the Dickens feel.

That’s it for me. Anything interesting for your Sunday stitching?

Sunday Swap – 10/6/2013

Good news:

I finished my Sulky experiment:

Attractive Opposites



Ink Circles Attractive Opposites (one of them)
32-ct Sage Jobelan
One strand Sulky 12-wt Blendables Merlot Blush


The verdict? I was thisclose to pulling out some 32 or 35 ct linen for Rosetta or Cirque de Cercles.  The thread was very easy to work with and has great coverage on the 32-ct fabric.  I love being able to simply cut off a length off the spool, thread a needle and be ready to go.  It’s also washable and colorfast which is a great thing when you’ve invested that much time and money into a project.

Not-so-Good News:

I did manage a bit more on Sleepy Hollow and added a few dozen stitches to Widow Black’s B&B.  Neither could hold my attention, though, as I was working on the Ink Circles piece.  It’s been a bit of a stressful week, so the simplicity of one color and a repetitive design was quite soothing.

I’ve no idea what I’m going to pick up this week.  Knit?  More x’s?  Back to Stars?  Don’t make me decide right now…

Thursday Thirteen – Polish

I may not have mentioned this previously, but I have a deep and abiding love for nail polish.

I’ve worn acrylic nails for years.  My own nails are extremely thin and soft so I happily spend an hour every two weeks on probably the lone “girly” activity I indulge in.

Over the years, I’ve amassed a nice collection of polish (I’ve always preferred to bring my own rather than trust the salon of the time to have something suitable).  Granted, it numbered in the dozens (and I thought that was a good amount) up until a year or so ago when I joined a few like-minded friends on Facebook and now well…..let’s just say I could polish my nails every day for the next 16 months and not duplicate a color.

It’s cheaper than therapy and color makes me happy.

In no particular order – here are 13 of the colors I’ve worn this year:

1 – butterLondon Pitter Patter (with Digital Nails Spectraflair topcoat)  - bL put out this color in honor of the new little Prince.  The Spectraflair adds the touch of holographic sparkle.

2 – Color Club Miss Bliss – gorgeous holographic sparkle

3 – China Glaze Exceptionally Gifted with butterLondon Tart with a Heart tips

4 – Sephora by OPI What Film Noir You In? – pictures don’t do this one justice!

5 – OPI Danke-Shiny Red with Out the Door Northern Lights topcoat – can you tell I like a little sparkle on my fingers?

6 – Cult Nails Time Traveler with Digital Nails my other car is a TARDIS accent – this was my Comicon look and admittedly one of my favorites on the list.

7 – Zoya Sooki with Digital Nails Fibonacci Sequins accent

8 – OPI Pussy Galore – a textured finish.  Fun and nowhere near as annoying as I expected

9 – Picture Polish O’Hara

10 – Orly Sugar Plum with Cult Nails Charlatan topcoat

11 – Sally Hanson Cherry Red (stripes are Sinful Colors Tokyo Pearl and Midnight Blue)

12 – Morgan Taylor Wonder Woman with HITS Hermes tips (worn for the premier of Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters)

13 – Jade Deja Vu – on my nails right now.  Stunning holographic polish!

With the exception of #12 (Morgan Taylor) all polish is available online (Cult Nails, Llarowe, Zoya, Digital Nails, butterLondon) or at a local shop (Ulta, Sephora, Sally Beauty Supply, Walgreen’s)

Sunday Swap – 9/29/2013

Even with the late start this week, I did manage to finish a few more hexes (Row 5 and beginning of Row 6)


Row 6 introduces a new fabric (thank heaven) and there will be much rejoicing when we move on to a new color….. here’s the finished pic

I was struck with an idea last week when I posted the Thursday Thirteen.  Thanks to some DVR/Schedule craziness, we missed the regular showing of Sleepy Hollow on Monday night.  Thankfully, Fox reran the episode on Friday.  It seemed a perfect opportunity to follow thru with my idea, so I quickly pulled out design, fabric and as much of the floss as I could (easily 3/4 of the DMC in the stash).  I spent time measuring and cutting fabric and tagging a few of the flosses, but I managed a respectable hour or so of stitching on the horse’s flank area.


I’ll pick it up again when we watch this week’s episode.  It will be slow going but progress is progress.

The other idea lurking in the back of my head was based on a recent post by Tracy at Ink Circles.  She shared a critique of a new thread – new to her, not new to the world (Sulking or Sulky-ing).  I had hoped to find a color or two on the quilt shop hop, but sadly, none of the shops I visited carried this particular type of Sulky.  A quick online search and I found a source: Red Rock Threads.  A few days and a few dollars later, I had several colors to try.

This is Merlot Blush on 32-ct Sage Jobelan (Ink Circles Attractive Opposites design):


For any future monochromatic designs, I will *definitely* consider this thread.  Per Tracy, a 300m spool will do one of her Circes de… designs (equivalent of 12-13 skeins of DMC using 2-strands).   I may have bought a couple colors with those in mind ;)

This week I’m headed back to Widow Black’s B&B (with a side trip to Sleepy Hollow one night).  See you next Sunday!