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June 1st, 2011 by Annette

June Already?! (TUSAL)

This month’s TUSAL pic:

Yeah, yeah, crappy pic on my laptop.  I know.  And working tiny little kits and stuffing the leftover floss in the jar is a great way to fill it up.

The kit in question:

Say hello to Ms. Greta…. this month’s pillow model.

I finished this over the long weekend 🙂

Of course, this puts a crimp in this month’s goal plans…..bother!

May 17th, 2011 by Annette

May!

One goal done for the month…

April 24th, 2011 by Annette

An Easter Finish

Happy Easter to all 🙂

I spent today finishing up Susan’s Mirabilia RR piece:

This is a section of Crescent Dreams.  A Mira I’ve wanted to stitch for awhile…. I was glad it fit so nicely in the box!

You can see the entire piece (so far) here:  Susan’s RR.

March 13th, 2011 by Annette

Pillows, Projects and Plasmas

Here is the March pillow from Pine Mountain, modeled by our Ms. Duchess:

I received two lovely project bags from Susan this week.  The blue and white one will house Chatelaine’s Swan Lake.  I’ll be organizing the kit and putting in first stitches…. today!!

Thank you for the condolences on the untimely loss of our beloved plasma TV.  We spent hours last weekend researching and shopping for a replacement.  The original store we bought from (and were quite happy with the service) is now going out of business, so we had to find an alternative….

Sunday, DH and Z were off to the local Sears and Best Buy.  We learned that this is an interesting time of year for a major electronics purchase.  The 2010 models are being cleared out to make way for the new 2011 models announced earlier this year at CES. 

We knew we wanted another TV at least the size we had just lost (50″).  I was also hoping to get something internet-ready given our love of Netflix and Hulu 🙂  3D was also of interest given we are HUGE baseball fans and ESPN has a 3D channel on DirecTV. 

Finding those three in a set that we liked proved to be a challenge.  Budget was not too much of a factor (I am amazed at how the prices have dropped on plasma TVs!!)

After DH’s initial outing on Sunday, it was time for research.  And more research.  We considered buying online (too scary to buy something this big sight-unseen).  We considered switching to LCD/LED (viewing angles and lighting in our living room are more conducive to plasma). 

The problem was that we were limited on where to shop.  DH and I went out Monday evening, visiting *two* Sears locations and Best Buys.  We found a couple serious contenders at Sears, but couldn’t find a salesperson to save our lives.  We had questions but no one was around to answer them, let alone take our money.

The one common theme…. “new models will be here in a month.”  At this point, I was almost resigned to having to go that long.  Surely, I could handle being a few weeks behind on Glee and Bones? (K works on those nights and we usually watch after she gets home and dinner/chores are done)  The DVR will hold out, right? 

Tuesday, while having lunch with a friend, she mentioned a audio/video place near my office that designed home theatre systems.  This was in Scottsdale, a notably more affluent area of town than my little Mesa.  Perhaps the concept of customer service won’t be quite as foreign….?  I’d certainly pay a little more for that.

I called DH and suggested he pick me up from work and we take a chance.

As soon as we walked in to StarPower, we knew we had a winner.  No empty spots on the wall.  More brands than any other place we had visited and we were greeted as we came in.  We discussed our requirements with Ron, who was very knowledgeable of all the brands and options.  We looked at several models, asked the questions that we couldn’t find answers to in our research and finally found the one for us.  A Samsung 63″ plasma.  While it was last year’s model, it met all of our wishes and then some at a price well within our budget.

We also elected to upgrade our sound system with a new soundbar and receiver.  Overall, not a bad hour for Ron 😉  But then, that is what happens with good customer service and knowledgeable salespeople.  Once that relationship is established, it’s easy to keep it going.  DH and I had planned to do the upgrade soon, but this made it much simpler for all.  DH also got a new pair of headphones thrown in to the deal 😉

All was right in my world…..

Until Friday.

The plan was to have everything installed this coming week.  However, there was a small problem….

The lovely new TV?  Last year’s model?  They couldn’t find one anywhere available….

Drat.

But, their suggested solution has won my business forever.

They will give us the next model that is coming out “in about a month” (which happens to be 64″) but rather than make us simply wait, they will provide a “loaner” TV this week and install the other components.

At no additional charge.

Granted, I don’t know the size or type of TV we’ll be getting as our loaner and won’t until *this* Friday.  I can’t imagine it’ll be a 19″ CRT, though…. and right now anything is better than what we have.

 So that’s been my week…… more as the saga continues!

March 7th, 2011 by Annette

Weekend Successes…and Not

I spent Sunday afternoon at Downton Abbey (thank you, Netflix), finishing up this lovely Faerie:

Mirabilia RR – 2011

Kathy’s RR – Faerie Treasures

This was the best part of the weekend…. the worst part happened on Saturday night.  Kids and I watched Sorceror’s Apprentice (not bad…we liked it) and after the coda finished we heard snap and crackle from our 50″ plasma TV.

Not a good sound.

The TV is about seven years old and we’ve had a couple issues with it previously (under warranty….though it was a struggle and took months to get it fixed) so we weren’t too horribly surprised with the latest. 

Our lovely TV now has a 1″ x 15″ black line down the center of the picture.  It’s like watching a move from a seat with a pole in front of it.  Well, one that doesn’t reach the ground…..

TV shopping and evaluation has begun.  DH went out Sunday for some initial scouting and we’ll be headed out with an Intent To Purchase here shortly.

February 26th, 2011 by Annette

Is this thing on?

Yes, I made it safely home from NYC.

Took me a few days to thaw out, though.  Hopefully the next trip will be made during warmer weather.

Valentine’s Day was a wonderful success:

On the left: Pine Mountain February pillow (stitched for DH).
On the right: Diamond and amethyst earrings (for me).

Since that finish, I’ve made a good start on the first round of the latest Mirabilia RR.  This is Kathy’s piece:

The design is Faerie Treasures, if you don’t recognize it 🙂

I have made progress on my latest pair of socks as well:

I’m moderately concerned with the amount of remaining yarn and the knitting left to do.  I guess the only way to know for sure is to keep going (in absence of a scale or other logical validation methods).

Mom gave me a lovely new pair of Dinky Dyes scissors and a fob as a congratulatory gift on my recent promotion:

And then we hit Market Day at the LNS….. I brought home a few things:

  • Blackbird Designs – A Stitcher’s Journey
  • Shakespeare’s Peddler – Jenny Bean’s Creation Sampler (and fabric and floss)
  • Praiseworthy Stitches – Wonderfully Wicked Whimsies

  • Ink Circles – Fireweed kit
  • Ink Circles – Just Rosy
  • Lizzie Kate – Flora McSample Stitch Lesson Sampler
  • Shepherd’s Bush – Hold Hope (box on order)
  • Mill Hill – Tuscan Cottage (didn’t come out at market, it just jumped in the pile.  Really.)

That should keep me busy for awhile, eh?

January 8th, 2011 by Annette

Mirabilia’s Summer Queen

Finished Friday 1/7/2011:

Fabric: 32-ct white jobelan

Started: Jan 2009

Took her to the LNS for framing today and this was the result:

The dark peacock blue mat is almost an exact match for the dark blue in her dress.  Love the swirls on the frame… they compare nicely to the beaded swirls on her ermine wrap.

And as promised…. Spring was started last night (while finishing off the first season of Mad Men):

2011 Stitching plans in the next post…. 🙂