Annette's Acre

Stitching, knitting, reading, life…whatever catches my eye
October 3rd, 2013

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 19th, 2013

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.

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