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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 🙂

November 2nd, 2013 by Annette

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!

October 31st, 2013 by Annette

Hallowe’en Blog Hop 2013

Happy Hallowe’en!

Welcome to my Acre!

Kit & Bixby’s Happy Halloween 2012
Freebie found here
28-ct white Monaco with DMC*

Blog Hop Letter


Thanks for stopping by for Jo’s Blog Hop!  Carry my regards to Kaye at Kitten Stitching, your next stop! 😀

*Chart calls for DMC 3652 which doesn’t exist as far as I can tell… I subbed 722 🙂

October 30th, 2013 by Annette

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!

October 6th, 2013 by Annette

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…

September 5th, 2013 by Annette

Thursday Thirteen: Surprise!

Yes, it’s a new post.

I know, surprising given it’s been four months since the last one.

But, as I was perusing the blogs, I follow, I found a Thursday Thirteen on Measi’s blog and it seemed like the perfect way to catch up and kick start the blog again.

Assuming there’s anyone left reading…. for anyone still here, thank you, and if not, that’s ok.

Onward and upward.. here we go:

Thursday Thirteen: The Last Four Months

1 – New job is going well.  It’s different, but I’m adapting.  Well, working on adapting.

2 – Have I mentioned how much I hate starting a new job?  Yeah, I still do.

3 – K graduated from ASU in May with a Bachelor of Science in Biology (Cell, Developmental and Genetics).  Next step: lab certification to work in Arizona (yeah, she got that a touch backwards, but we love her anyway)

4 – Two trips to Virginia to meet my team.  The very best part of my new job – the team, not the travel.

5 – Also one trip to Tennessee for an amazingly, awesome, low-key, relaxing weekend.  Fabric and other stash was acquired.

6 – Enablement opportunities abounded.  I use my powers for good hexes. 🙂

7 – My mother-in-law is visiting (she came home with me from Tennessee) and I’m thinking we’ll have a new Arizona resident sometime next year.  Yay!

8 – The new banner (and new Facebook icon) is the latest K creation

9 – I had to beg.  She has a new beau who has been taking a lot of her time.  But, we like him, so I try not to complain.  Much.

10 – Attended my first Comic-con.  Memorial Day weekend here in Phoenix.  Oh. My. Gosh.  Spent four days at the Phoenix convention center.  A mere 4 hours on Thursday and 12-14 hours Friday thru Sunday (each day).  As a volunteer, I counted people, answered questions, fixed YouTube links in presentations and organized prizes.  I’ve never had more fun working so hard as I did that weekend.  I *cannot* wait until next year!!

11 – John Barrowman?  Best.  Hugger.  Ever. (Picture of a picture…that is now framed on my desk at home.  I hope he’s there next year so I can get it signed!)

12 – A wool applique finish – a little candlemat from Lumenaris

13- A stitching finish – Cackle by Raise the Roof Designs (along with new scissors and fob from my stitching weekend)

That’s the highlights for the last four months.  Hopefully it won’t be another four months before the next post 🙂

May 1st, 2013 by Annette

Rosemarkie Complete!

Another project off the WIPocalypse list!

Rosemarkie by Long Dog Designs

32-ct Cream Linen

Needle Necessities MacAulvey Manor

This is a phenomenally bad picture, I must say.   I started this design years ago as a SAL after it was gifted to me.  I’m so very happy to have it done!  I still love the colors chosen 🙂

April 7th, 2013 by Annette

Lanarte Tuscany… done!

My first official WIPocalypse finish for 2013!

Lanarte’s Tuscany (kit) – I started in 2006, not long before I left my last company.  Given I’m leaving my current company in about two weeks, it seemed a good time to get this one finished up 🙂

April 2nd, 2013 by Annette

The Boys are Back

JABCo The Boys are Back in Town

30-ct Graphite Linen; GAST/WDW

Started 3/29/2013; Finished 4/2/2013  (23 hours)

April 1st, 2013 by Annette

March Madness Results

I created my own “sweet 16” list for March and I planned to spend two days on each or at least 5 hours, whatever worked out.

This was definitely the most ambitious plan I’d ever come up with for Heather’s annual March Madness.

I did manage to stitch every day.  I only left one piece with less than five hours added.  I also netted to the same number of WIPs I started with…  I had three new starts and three finishes (two of the new starts were completed).

Here’s what I worked on… (* new starts, # finishes)

For April we have

Amazon April

Dip your needle into the vast swath of fabric dedicated to your BIGGEST projects!

I’ve got a few options here…  Sometime this month I plan to pick up:

  • Mirabilia Spring Queen
  • Chatelaine Egyptian Garden (on 28-ct it is definitely the largest WIP!)
  • Stars for a New Millennium