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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! 🙂

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 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 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!

November 1st, 2013 by Annette

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!

October 3rd, 2013 by Annette

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)

September 19th, 2013 by Annette

Thursday Thirteen – What I’m Watching This Fall

Welcome to this week’s Thursday Thirteen 🙂

I love Fall.  Cooler weather, school starting, Halloween and the holidays fast approaching …. and new TV shows to be discovered.

I vividly recall waiting anxiously for each network’s special programs teasing new Saturday morning offerings when I was a kid.  I remember begging to watch them on the Thursday and Friday nights before the debut on Saturday.  And gleefully marking up the Saturday page in the TV Guide to plan my precious morning hours of cartoon watching.  Oh, the agony when things were scheduled at the same time!

Thankfully, the invention of the DVR, streaming services and all the other technological wonders of our time make it possible to keep up with three (or four) shows on at the same time 😉  Woot!

Here’s what we (kids and I primarily) will be watching this fall… both old favorites and new discoveries (hopefully worth the time) in no particular order:

1 – Sleepy Hollow  We watched the first episode already this week.  I rather like the twists and turns and incorporating a few unexpected elements (Four Horsemen, anyone?).  Of course, I also have an overwhelming desire to start Glendon Place’s Sleepy Hollow design for stitching while watching… think the show will be on long enough to finish it if I work on it an hour at a time?

2 – Haven  One word: Duke.  Yum.

3 – Castle Two words: Nathan Fillion Oh, yeah.

4 – Arrow We tried the first couple episodes when the series started last year.  It kept falling down the priority list and we abandoned the show.  But then they added John Barrowman and, by all accounts, it found its stride and got much better.  This will need a catch up and we should be up to date by the end of the year.

5 – Dracula I can’t resist a sexy vampire and Jonathan Rhys Myers should make a good one.

6 – Once Upon a Time Last year, we were in catch up mode ahead of the start of season two.  We are now fully invested and ready for the return!

7 – Once Upon a Time Wonderland Seems like a no-brainer to give this a try.

8 – Grimm Part of the reason we didn’t start Once Upon a Time from the beginning was the similarity to Grimm (yes, I know, they aren’t alike at all….mea culpa).  The cries of “Oh no! Monroe!” will be heard again at the Acre this fall.

9 – Supernatural One of our “catch up” shows from a couple years ago.  I just want to bake Dean a pie and give Sam a hug.  Oh, and I miss Bobby 🙁

10 – Dancing with the Stars Still undecided on the changes made for this season… but the cast is pretty entertaining!

11 – Almost Human Another show that captured my attention due to its star… hello Karl Urban!

12 – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Coulson Lives!!

13 – Ironside I watched the original Ironside, so I have to check out the reboot 🙂

I foresee quite a bit of stitching time in the coming weeks….we’ll see how many are still around at the end of the year.

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others’ comments. It’s easy, and fun!

September 17th, 2013 by Annette


Weekend before last (the 8th) we had quite the rain here in the desert.

The plan for the day was a movie in the morning (Riddick!).  I usually buy tickets online before heading to the theatre, but for some reason the site wasn’t cooperating.  Off we went to the theatre and I went ahead to get the tickets.

Walking fast.  Rainy day.  Wet concrete.  Flipflops (standard AZ summer shoes)

I’m sure you can see where this is going.

Yup, slipped and twisted my right foot and fell.  Twice.  In about 5 feet.

I didn’t think much of it, honestly.  I have good bones 😉  Nothing broken, just a little soreness on the right side of my foot.

Today, I realized it was hurting *worse* than the day I fell.  So off to the doctor for exam and xrays.

Good news:

I timed the x-rays well.  Doc said that it would be much easier to evaluate a few days later than if I’d come in right away.  There was no swelling or bruises, so it really wasn’t as though I was ignoring a serious injury.  Just annoying.  And as I expected, nothing broken.

Bad news:

Definitely a sprained tendon.  The Peroneus brevis, to be exact.


Worse news:

I have to wear shoes.  All. The. Time.  Until it’s better, at least.  I wear shoes when I leave the house…that’s it.  The reason it hurt worse today is two days of walking barefoot in the house (tile floors = no support, no cushion).  I have avoided sandals/flip flops this week (and honestly, may avoid them until next summer at the earliest) which was a good decision.

But, really.  Shoes.  In the house.  The *first* thing that comes off when I get home are my shoes (bra is second…hey, it’s my house).  It’s like the day isn’t over.  It’s a ritual!

Two weeks of shoe torture.  Ugh.

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 🙂

March 14th, 2013 by Annette

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With Google Reader going away, I’ve moved on to Bloglovin.  So far so good!