Annette's Acre

Stitching, knitting, reading, life…whatever catches my eye
January 1st, 2015

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!

November 25th, 2009

A Tour

Whew… most of the day yesterday was devoted to moving the blog!  I knew I had a lot of files on my web host, but yikes…..

Most of the recent post pictures are showing now, but it will be a labor to go back and fix links, and categorize and tag posts (that hasn’t worked since my last upgrade).  Thankfully, I can do that over time 🙂

The header graphic has a story…

Since I started this blog six years ago, I’ve always searched for a flower field header.  Simple and colorful.  It dawned on me a couple weeks ago that I could commission one from my colored-pencil-wielding daughter.  So I did.  She drew the header and the flower used in the background.  I have a couple other small graphic bits to use here and there as well.

I did add a bit of texture in PaintShop Pro, but otherwise, no changes were made to her original drawing.

I rather like it 🙂

I would appreciate any help in letting folks know about the new link.  I do have a placeholder if someone uses the previous blog address (http://www.annettesacre.com/stitchblog ) but I don’t think that will feed into any of the RSS feeders to let folks know there’s been a move.  So, any help getting the word out will be very appreciated 🙂

Here’s my to do list status…

  • Visit the Apple Store to have them fix my iPod  – DONE!  Unfortunately, short of replacing it with a new one (for $75), there’s not much they can do.  Mine is engraved and was a gift from DH, so I’ll just keep it and nurse it along….
  • Visit a local quilt shop to see about fabric for the reindeer runner I bought in Houston – DONE! Took two shops + Joann’s, but I’ve got what I need.
  • Clear out my stitching corner – DONE!
  • See New Moon (on Friday)
  • Put up Christmas tree (on Friday)
  • Finish Echo in the Bone – DONE!  {sniff} I love love love this series.  When is the next one due out??
  • Finish baby afghan (it’s about halfway)
  • Finish Rachel’s Mirabilia RR (and mail) – Progressing
  • Finish L*K’s Halloween Flip-Its.  – Progressing
  • Move blog/website to new hosting company – 75% DONE!  Still have remaining files to sort thru and shut down old account.
  • Work up Christmas lists and get shopping started
  • Celebrate my anniversary (12 years on Friday) – Ok, this was a mis-type.  Our anniversary is Saturday (though the state of Tennessee thinks it’s Sunday, but that’s another story) and our big plans consist of dinner out sans children.
  • Mail off the BDB Bookmark winner…. Tracy!! – DONE!

My Thanksgiving cooking is underway.  Only have four dishes this year to contribute to dinner at Mom’s 🙂  Green beans (yuck – but currently simmering on the stove), corn casserole (in oven), fruit salad (K’s to make) and candied sweet potatoes (the only dish I can eat of the four)

If I don’t post tomorrow…. I hope all my US friends have a marvelous and relaxing Thanksgiving!

November 23rd, 2009

Vacation Plans

I’m on vacation this week! w00t!!

Not going anywhere beyond the Phoenix city limits… just not working 🙂

Here’s my to-do list for the week:

  • Visit the Apple Store to have them fix my iPod (battery life is horrible – I suspect a new battery will be involved).  That’s scheduled for this morning.
  • Visit a local quilt shop to see about fabric for the reindeer runner I bought in Houston
  • Clear out my stitching corner
  • See New Moon (on Friday)
  • Put up Christmas tree (on Friday)
  • Finish Echo in the Bone – I’ve got about 200 pages left.  I’ve been reading very sloowly on purpose.  It’ll be forever until the next book!
  • Finish baby afghan (it’s about halfway)
  • Finish Rachel’s Mirabilia RR (and mail) – Queen Mermaid.  Pic below
  • Finish L*K’s Halloween Flip-Its.  Just two more words and border to finish! Pic below
  • Move blog/website to new hosting company (Note: blog will be at http://www.annettesacre.com directly)
  • Work up Christmas lists and get shopping started
  • Celebrate my anniversary (12 years on Friday)
  • Mail off the BDB Bookmark winner…. Tracy!!

Rachel’s Queen Mermaid start:

The fabric is a beautiful blue/purple evenweave.  Not the grey muddy mess seen here.

Halloween Flip-it Piece:

On platinum Belfast.  I’ve learned one important thing on this piece.  I’ll be doing the Christmas version in all DMC.  I have a growing dislike for Weeks floss.  It’s been nothing but trouble here… breaking, knotting, tangling.  Ugh.  Thankfully I’m using black & white Anchor for the border or you’d hear me cursing across the world.