Annette's Acre

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

November 12th, 2013 by Annette

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):


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!