Annette's Acre

Stitching, knitting, reading, life…whatever catches my eye
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 15th, 2013 by Annette

Sunday Swap – 9/15/2013

Welcome to this week’s Sunday Swap 🙂

For reference – here’s last week’s starting point.

I completed Ava Gardner this week along with the overdye portion of the outer border:

Stars for a New Millennium

(click to biggify)  Given I was gone for 48 hours on a business trip, I wasn’t sure if I was going to get the square completed this week let alone any border!  Ava moved along pretty quickly.

And a closeup for Ms. Gardner…

This square included jessica stitches – a first in the piece. I like this one.

I also like the use of the overdye in this square.  I was initially concerned with the greens in the corners, but it all balances out with the overdye.

I just need to trust Tony (Minieri – the designer).  😉

This week’s piece is a late entrant to the stash.  I picked it up yesterday at Attic 🙂

Lizzie Kate 2013 Mystery

This is the new Holly & Hearts Mystery Sampler from Lizzie*Kate.

Fabric is Picture this Plus Doubloon. Fibers are DMC (I avoid Weeks Dye Works if at all possible – hate stitching with it).

I started this last night.  I’d finished Ava’s square and some border and rather than start something else, I went ahead and started.  I shouldn’t have.  All of this will be ripped out and restitched today… about 3/4″ to the left.  I debated last night whether to cut for 2″ or 3″ margins.  I settled on 2.5″.  Or thought I did.  I actually cut the piece for 2.5″ on the vertical and 2″ on the horizontal but started 2.5″ in….which leaves a bit too little on the right.

Luckily, this was only a couple hours work and thanks to a full slate of baseball and football today I’ll be able to restitch this bit and then some 🙂

If I finish this first part of the mystery before the end of the week, I’ll have an early Sunday.  Next week is quilting week!

September 8th, 2013 by Annette

Sunday Swap

With work and other family obligations, my stitching time has been a bit erratic the last few months.  My buddy Terri instituted a “Sunday Rotation” earlier this year and I’ve managed to incorporate it completely without intention.

Essentially, every Sunday I swap to another project.  I don’t sweat how much time I managed to work (or didn’t) on the previous week’s project, I just pick something new for Sunday and beyond.  Given the bulk of my stitching time is Friday thru Sunday (thanks to baseball/football) I usually manage a few hours on at least two projects over the weekend 🙂

Last Sunday I threw caution to the wind and gave in to my extreme love of Halloween and started a project that I had purchased the day before at Attic’s Market Day.  It’s Praiseworthy Stitches Widow Black’s B&B

Widow Black's B&B

The fabric is Colorscapes Mirage, 32-ct.  The model was done on Picture this Plus Murky, but the cuts that were in the shop were either 40-ct (too small given the number of JABCO buttons used) or the color was just….odd.  Seriously, it looked like the waste water after a particularly colorful watercolor painting.  I’m sure there are folks that would like it, just not me.

I chose to stitch the piece in DMC.  The chart lists 50+ overdyed cottons, but I wasn’t ready to put down another $125 (approximately) for floss after buying chart, buttons and a large cut of fabric (larger than a FQ).

Of course, I am now on the hunt for the rest of the haunted houses in the series 😉

This Sunday I’m picking up Stars for a New Millennium.  Here’s where I’m at:

Stars for a New Millennium

I’ll be working the next square: Ava Gardner.  If I complete the square and still have time this week I will work on sashing and borders, as usual.

I love how this piece is coming together.  Part of me wants to simply push on and finish the final three squares and borders and the other part will be very sad when it’s done 🙂

Of course, I always want to do more than one square when I get started but soon realize that my fingers just aren’t tough enough for that much canvaswork at once.  LOL  All those layered stitches make for some tough pushing/pulling of a needle!

See you at next week’s Swap!

September 7th, 2013 by Annette


If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. – Oscar Wilde

In the last four months, I’ve been driving myself to work most days.  Rather than listen to the radio every day, I’ve been making good use of my Audible membership and revisiting some favorite books.

I like listening to books I’ve already read and enjoyed rather than try to pay attention to a new story.  My attention tends to wander a bit when I listen and this way it’s less likely to miss important parts of the story.

I’m currently listening to The Dresden Files, one of my all time favorite book series.  It is definitely my #1 favorite audiobook series.  It’s read by James Marsters, more commonly known as Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

I’m on Book #7 – Dead Beat.  Single best ending of any book in the series…

I’m also reading The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg.  It’s an international version of Stephanie Plum… snappy dialog, laugh-out-loud moments and a fast-paced plot make it a quick, fun read.  So far. 🙂

Slowly but surely making my way thru Game of Thrones.  The books have been on the radar for years but they didn’t float to the top of the pile until after getting completely sucked in by the HBO Series.  I’m torn between wanting to catch up and read past the series so I kinda know what’s going to happen, or just letting it unfold and read it afterward.  Not sure my heart can take another Red Wedding….but if I knew it was going to happen, it would have lessened the impact.  Or maybe not.

My to-read pile is towering and varied.  Some things never change 🙂


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 24th, 2013 by Annette

More Stars

One would think that having a month long work “hiatus” would have resulted in loads of stitching and blogging, eh?

Evidently that is not the case.  LOL

I have managed another square on my Stars for the New Millennium.  May I present Cary Grant….

And the entire piece:

I have a few more days to go before starting my new job (May 1, woohoo!) and I’m hoping to put a few more x’s in on some other WIPs.  I have found a new framer after “auditioning” a few this month and now I’m itching to get more finishes on the wall!  The problem is that I went thru most of my finishes from last year in the audition process so now I’ve got to rebuild the pile 🙂

April 8th, 2013 by Annette

Stars for a New Millennium – Eva Marie Saint

This week I added a new square to my Stars by Tony Minieri

That’s Eva Marie Saint, bottom center.  Here’s a closeup:

The result is lovely but the process to get there is long!

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 5th, 2013 by Annette


Picked up two newly framed pieces this week.  Both were finished in 2012:

Country Cottage Needleworks Liberty Lane:

Lizzie Kate’s Halloween Mystery:

Very glad to have these hanging on the wall!