Annette's Acre

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

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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 13th, 2013 by Annette

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?

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…

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 29th, 2013 by Annette

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!

September 24th, 2013 by Annette

Sunday-ish Swap 9/24/2013

Yes, it’s Tuesday.

But I was soclose to finishing the first part of the new Lizzie*Kate 2013 Mystery Sampler “Holly and Hearts” that I had to delay.  Here’s the completed Part 1:

Fabric: Picture this Plus Doubloon (32-ct Belfast)

Fibers: DMC

Started: 9/15/2013

Part 1 Complete: 9/23/2013

Weeks and I have a rough history, so I chose to use DMC for this sampler and it made me much happier 🙂

 

Last year’s L*K Halloween Mystery included a handful of beads in each part.  None were charted for this one, but I’m going to add a few anyway.  In the tree band, there are a few individual stitches charted that I’ll bead instead and in the bottom snowflake band, I will add beads to the centers.

Speaking of that band… there’s a small error in the chart:

 

In the far right snowflake, the center line should have an extra stitch to make him match his brethren in the row.  I didn’t notice until after I had finished the band, so mine will continue to be unique, but thought I would bring it to your attention if you prefer symmetry.

For the remainder of this week, I’m picking up my hexes:

 

Tula Pink’s Hex on the Beach 😉

 

September 21st, 2013 by Annette

Shopping and Hopping – Day 2

Saturday was Part II of the Phoenix Quilt Shop Hop “Rally in the Valley”. Only two shops on the list (the two closest to my house – I had other errands on the agenda for the day) and again… two more stamps and two more bags. This time, though, I went in with a very specific goal in mind. I had picked three small quilts out of one of my pattern books and I bought fabric for them. Ok, I may have gotten a couple other things too, but at least I had purpose.

ETC – The first of my three quilts from 101 Fabulous Small Quilts.  As these are for me, I had no reservation in choosing colors *I* liked.

A couple other “also rans…”  Look!  A pair of coordinating fat quarters in colors I wouldn’t pick for myself!  lol

Quilter’s Oasis – easily my favorite shop with great great staff.  First, fabric for the second small quilt – quite patriotic

 

And for the third… the snowflake print on the bottom will be the center square and four triangles.  The medium snowflake print on the top is for backing.  Can I get it done for Christmas?  We shall see….

Of course, I couldn’t ignore everything else in the shop…. the flag is a kit (model in the shop was very cool).  The Hex N More ruler was the shop demo.

It was very interesting to see all the different variations of the Rally Quilt on display.  The one at Quilters’ Oasis was by far my favorite.  I’ll be keeping an eye out for the pattern to be available as I can see it as my first bed-sized quilt.  Someday.  Maybe when I have an actual sewing room…. ahh… one can dream.

Overall, we had a good time. There were some great shops that I will happily visit again and a couple that won’t see me until next year’s Hop thankyouverymuch. I did have a budget (which I thought was very generous) and stayed within it (barely). Next year, I’ll definitely try to increase it even if it means I’m not buying fabric for the rest of the year. LOL

September 21st, 2013 by Annette

Hopping and Shopping – Day 1

This weekend marks the beginning of a Quilt Shop Hop here in Phoenix.  The Hop runs from Sept 20 thru the 28th and includes 14 area independent quilt shops.  Essentially, you pay a $5 fee to receive a “passport” (and small charm).  The goal is to visit each shop, watch a short demonstration (tool, pattern, etc) to receive a piece of specially designed quilt pattern and a stamp on your passport.  If you collect stamps from all 14 shops, you are entered into a drawing for several prizes (sewing machine, gift certificates, etc).  You’ll also have the complete pattern for the “Rally Quilt.”  Each shop has a version of the quilt on display, so you can see it in various fabrics, sizes, etc.

This is the first time I’ve ever participated in such an event.  While I knew I wasn’t going to hit all 14 shops (the furthest ones are well over an hour drive for me) given I am pretty limited on how much time I can invest during the Shop Hop time.

The plan was simple.  Friday (the 20th), I took the day off work and I mapped out half the stores to visit along with my MIL (visiting for a few months and recently rediscovering her quilting hobby) and local buddy, Terri.  Everything was looking good until Terri had some last minute health issues (she’s fine after having an offending bit removed) so MIL and I set off alone.

I had a hint of a plan.  I was looking for two things:  at least 4-5 “pairs” of coordinating fat quarters in colors that aren’t my usual style and a particular thread (Sulky 12wt Blendables).

Seven hours and seven shops later we made it back home.  We had six passport stamps (one of the shops wasn’t participating) and I had six bags of varying sizes of….stuff.  MIL made a clean sweep with seven bags 😉

Click the pics to biggify:

Quiltz – My Halloween tendencies are strong in this one (hey, all fabric with “black” was 20% off!).  I also failed the “not my style” part of the fat quarter purchase.


The Bernina Connection – A little better on the “not my style” goal (the brights on the left and the yellow and gold prints). Also found some excellent “sale” fabrics (the castle and Halloween heads)

Three Dudes Quilting – The two fat quarter packs are borderline “me”. Couldn’t resist the map fabric and the three small patterns are for paper piecing.

Quilters’ Ranch – My first jellyroll purchase…ever! Sweet Serenade. The ship fabric simply whispered to me, it refused to stay behind. The model for the tree pattern was on display in the shop and was pretty darned amazing (thus the purchase)

Connecting Threads – This ruler was the demo in the shop. It makes these two patterns ridiculously easy (and has tons of other options)

Zoe’s Trunk – Last and actually least 🙂 Just a couple fat quarters and a Halloween-y charm pack I’ve been eyeing online for awhile (sorry for the blurry pic…)

So that’s the Day 1 haul. I’ll save the Day 2 stuff for a second post…be right back!

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!