Annette's Acre

Stitching, knitting, reading, life…whatever catches my eye
October 23rd, 2011

Another Mirabilia RR Complete

Just a quick post with completed Bluebell square on this year’s Mira RR.


And the full piece with only one empty spot left….


Almost done. This year has flown by.

July 31st, 2011


Two posts in one day… wow.

Don’t look for this to happen again any time soon!

Catching up on my blog reading, I realized it’s time for a TUSAL post.  But first, I must share the Mirabilia Round Robin I finished about an hour ago…

This is Mirabilia’s Christmas Elegance in a shadowbox style.  I filled in the lower left corner.  She is gorgeous!

Ok, time for the TUSAL jar….

Yes, this is a multi-purpose picture.

You see my TUSAL jar there.  Well, there’s a lot of green on the top from Christmas Elegance, but I won’t be detailing the other colors quite yet 😉

In the foreground, you see what I was hoping to be one of my next two starts (yes Kelly, Venice will get some stitches this week).  However, I’m not loving the floss on the fabric….

How about a closer look?

Yeah… just not liking that combination.  I was going for something similar to PS Christmas Eve I did a couple years ago:

The colors for Santa’s Night look a bit washed out compared to these.  Hmmm.

I’m seeing two options here:

  • Change floss colors to “cooler” versions to match the grey/purple/blue Thunderstorm linen better.
  • Go for darker fabric that works better with called for floss colors (white/355/646/830/841/3362).





January 18th, 2011

Weekend Stitching

Finished stitching boxes for the upcoming Mirabilia RR:

  • Fabric: 32-ct Star Sapphire Jobelan
  • Thread: Silk N Color’s Warlock Road

I’ve dictated the boxes this time….

I’ll be sending chart bits along…

I also worked on Mill Hill Winter Wonderland kit (started in Dec 2010)

I did add a few more x’s before the weekend was done, so it’s coming along.

All accomplished with IronMan 2, A-Team (original series and last year’s movie) and a half dozen episodes of Mad Men Season 2.

Gotta love long weekends!

January 8th, 2011

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…. 🙂

January 6th, 2011

She’s Done!!

Finishing touches tomorrow (bath, press and bead ropes added) and then a picture!


December 22nd, 2010

And We’re Back….

Sorry about the longer-than-planned break there! 

December has been as busy, if not busier than November.  On Dec 6, I started in a new role at work and spent the last two work weeks of the new year supporting my new team as well as my old one.  While there wasn’t a whole lot going on in my old role as most projects were sailing along toward a 2011 delivery, several new projects were starting up, claiming huge chunks of my calendar for my *new* role.  And of course, there were now multiple holiday lunches to attend, claiming even more time. 

At the same time, my brother, his wife and my year old niece were visiting for the week of the 13th.  The castle quilt was finished and delivered to rave reviews:

Gee, you can’t tell I finished the binding at 11pm the night before, eh? The other animal quilt was also delivered a few days before… I just didn’t capture a pic beforehand.

I also did a little shopping on the day I picked them up from the quilter:

The Rest Ye Pins and Pine Mountain kit came from the LNS, not the quilt shop.  The Halloween fabric was on sale… how could I pass it up??  The fabric in the plastic bag on the left is for a pillowcase.  I’ll sew it up and send to Reagan sometime in the spring 🙂

Work finished on Friday the 17th.  And a wonderful new cold started the next day.

Zachary had some cough/cold thing going on the end of November. DH picked it up about a week later, but I was banking on the standard “Mom Immunity” to keep it at bay.  No such luck.  I’ve been coughing since Saturday.  Ugh.  I did manage to get out on Saturday and finish the majority of my Christmas shopping.  A couple more online items and after the postman comes today, I’ll be done! 

I’ll be breaking out the wrapping paper later today.  My closet is overrun with boxes and such right now.

I also finished up a couple small projects…..

Mill Hill Give Thanks.  This is the kit I started in Houston.  Destined for a pillow finish… at some point when the sewing machine comes back out.

Pine Mountain’s Spots of Christmas.  Yep, the kit from the picture up above.  It’s done and sitting on DH’s dresser (he has quite a collection of PM pillows…)

I’m hoping my next finish will be a little bigger….

She’s coming along.  I do plan on starting Spring on January 1st, whether Summer is done or not…

Other plans will hold for a new post 🙂

July 18th, 2010


Another week gone without a post.

It’s almost too hot to think here in Arizona.  We’re in our annual monsoon season and after living in the southwest, more or less, for the past almost-30 years, any increase in humidity is very noticeable to me.  Here in Phoenix, we suffer through July and August to fully appreciate and enjoy the rest of the year 🙂

A couple of inquiries regarding the new scissor holder from my last post.  Here are a few more details:

  • I found it at a small antique shop in Prescott. 
  • It is ceramic.  Two pieces – the top is circular with 13 holes (12 around the outside and one in the center).  The bottom is simply a large “cup” with a lip around the inside for the top to settle in.
  • There is a maker’s mark on the bottom but I’ve not been able to find any info.  It says “JL Collection”

In between bouts of PuzzleQuest 2, I have managed a few x’s here and there.  Here’s my Mirabilia Summer Queen:

Click to biggify….

This is essentially everything on the “back” of the chart.  I’d estimate she’s about 60% complete.  Here’s the full pic from the Mirabilia site: Summer Queen

May 10th, 2010

Monday Already??

I hate when time flies by and you’ve nothing to show for it….

Almost nothing.  I did finish my last Mirabilia RR piece over the weekend.  This is a section of Mira’s Morning Glory pixie:

If you want to see the full thing (it’s a very wide picture) click here: Sophia’s RR

Mine came home already and is off to the framer.  I’ll post when it comes home 🙂

Next up is a piece for the Chatelaine Exchange and an upcoming ABC Exchange 🙂  Someday soon I’ll stitch for me again!

April 7th, 2010

Our Story So Far….

I think we can safely say 2010 will not be a big blogging year.

Anywho… I did finish off the next Mirabilia Round Robin.  Well, mostly… but that story can wait until after the picture:

Click here for full picture.  But be warned… it’s pretty awesome.  Might make you want to stitch a dozen Mirabilia bits.

I started this while I was sick.  My first mistake, apparently. 

The goal was to finish before the end of March, but it took me until April 4th.  My first attempt at pulling all the floss failed miserably (fever,  you know).  I missed five colors and of course, I was missing two of those from the stash (and didn’t want to dig thru other WIPs).  Now, there are two colors of beads required as well.  Somehow my fevered brain decided I had them.  So I didn’t bother getting any more at the LNS.

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

On Sunday, after finishing all the backstitching, I hit the bead boxes for the beads.  I had neither.  No problem, I’ll just sub some Delicas.   Yeah.  Not so much.  Now, the colors aren’t too crazy… a pale blue and a blue-green.  But what looked close on the monitor looked like crap on the fabric, so rather than use the questionable substitutions, I decided to go ahead and mail the piece off to its next destination (Australia) and send the real beads on to the owner separately.

I’ve never sent off an incomplete RR piece.  I’m not happy.  Definitely won’t be doing it again. (Sending incomplete… someday I’ll do another RR, I’m sure).

Something to note:  Wednesday, the 14th is my 45th birthday.  I’m celebrating with a bit of stash….for me and for you 🙂  Yup, a giveaway is in the planning stages!

February 23rd, 2010


Just some odds and ends to share….

First, I snapped this (with my Blackberry) yesterday as I was leaving work:

I was sitting in the vanpool van, this isn’t thru my windshield.  The rainbow was so bright!  It was lovely.

Here’s my Olympic knitting progress:

Sadly, my Olympic goal is not looking good.  This is a two-skein project and I’ve yet to finish the first one (seen on the left).  We shall see.

I did manage to finish the latest in the Mirabilia RR – this is a portion of Violet.

I also finished a couple books… and have to recommend one of them to any fan of good old fashioned sword/sorcery/epic fantasy.

The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks

This is the first in a trilogy and by all that’s holy, do *not* read the blurb for the second book before you finish the first one.  MAJOR spoiler right there!!  It’s got magic, politics, fighting, assassins, heroes and a nice twisty plot 😀