Friday, October 24, 2014

Fall Stitching Update

We're nearing the end of October so it's time for a Fall Stitching Update from the Chicken Ottoman Empire!

I have one finish to report...
Welcome Knocker
by Bent Creek

This came in a kit with the fabric and fibers and some wonderful instructions to make a "door knocker". I suspect the dogs would try to eat it if I actually hung it on a door knob so I'll find someplace safer once I have it all neatly put together!

I didn't take a picture (because me, my laptop, and camera are upstairs and my stitching is downstairs...) but I am soooo close to finishing Acorn Hill! I thought I was done until I noticed I never stitched the fence in front of the house. It's roughly the same color as the linen so my eyes tricked me into believing it was done. It's just a matter of sitting down and gettin' 'er done now.

Still in the Q-snaps is Autumn from Blackbird Designs...
I love working on this project but for some reason it seems to go super slow. And I'm doing what I would consider the easy part! There's a couple of pumpkins and a little house to the left of the bird that I dearly want to work my way over to so I will keep plugging along on this one!

Another thing I would love to find some time for is finishing!
I pulled out a stack of fall finishes from years past and need to get to work making them into something to display. Preferably before the end of next month!

Another busy weekend is upon us but hopefully I will return on Monday with another finish to report!




Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ready for Fall!

Presenting the 2014 Fall Stitching Basket Lineup from the Chicken Ottoman Empire...

1) Autumn - Blackbird Designs
I messed up the spacing of the letters at the top so I will have a bit of frogging to do.

2) Acorn Hill - Little House Needleworks
I'm further along on this one than I thought!

3) Welcome Knocker - Bent Creek
I started this while watching Monday Night Football (Go Bears!) but discovered I'm off by one thread on the house. More frogging...

4) Autumn Leaves -
I ordered this back in 2006 from Shakespeare's Peddler as a kit, complete with thread conversion chart and fabric. I managed to keep the threads together all these years but forgot the fabric was spoken for and chopped part of it off for another project. Never fear! I'm sure I can find a substitute!

5) Pumpkin Farm - Blackbird Designs
I just need to pull the threads for this one and I'll be good to go!

6 & 7) Boris and Olga - Plum Street Samplers
I love these guys! Fabric and threads have been ordered! Woohoo!

8) Spot the Cat - La-D-Da
Fabric and threads have been ordered for this critter as well!

9) October Woolly Tyme Club - Homespun Elegance
Charlotte has requested a new blanket for Fall!

10) Village of Hawk Run Hollow - Carriage House Samplings

No picture... but I promise there has been some progress on Block 12!

This list could have easily been twice as long! I will be thrilled if I can get at least half of these finished and some sort of start on the rest!

Yay! Fall is here!


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Over the Hill

It's hard to feel like I'm making any progress on Block 12 these days. It's just A LOT OF STITCHIN'! I finished the giant yellow hill Tuesday so I did a little jig in my stitching chair to celebrate!

I am hoping to get my fall stitching basket put together by tomorrow. I've already been working on Autumn from the series Blackbird Designs did a few years ago. Then there's Acorn Hill from Little House Needleworks that was put on the back burner last year after one of the dogs chewed the tags off my threads. I can't tell one brown from the other now so I may need to do some mixing and matching on that one. I also have Autumn Leaves from Prairie Schooler sitting here on the Chicken Ottoman with a pile of overdyed thread substitutions that I luuuurve! With a few smaller projects thrown in and a sewing project or two, I'll have plenty to keep me busy!


Friday, September 05, 2014

Yellow Bird... or Not!


Yellow Bird
La-D-Da
28-ct. Lambswool linen (I think!)
Arabian Nights Waterlilies

I decided to have a little fun with this one and used some Waterlilies I had lying around since the kids were in diapers. (My youngest is 24 so that gives you an idea of how old it might be!) I didn't try to over-think it or plan where the different colors ended up and, goodness gracious, it shows! It's very... uh... random! But it was super fun to stitch and I love the end result! Hopefully I will be inspired to make it into a little something or other instead of tossing it in the ole Fuppie box!



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Me So Happy!

Birds of a Feather
With Thy Needle and Thread
stitched on 32-ct natural linen with WDW fibers

This was a mystery sampler I started stitching last year after all three parts had been released. I had messed up my counting on the border despite the instructions telling me very plainly to count twice and stitch once! (Let's face it, the robot from Lost In Space could have been standing in front of me waving his robot arms and yelling "Warning! Warning!" and I still would have messed this up!)

Long story short, it got tossed in the "I'll think about that tomorrow" pile so I wouldn't have to face the fact that I was going to have to frog a good portion of my stitching.

Fast forward to today and voila! Eet ees feeneeshed! Woohoo!

We have been having a busy summer, hence the scarcity of my posts of late. My son came to visit for a week and spoiled us rotten with his fancy cooking. We've also been to county fairs, amusement parks, arcades, breweries, wineries, kayaking, rafting, you name it! This is on top of a trip to Florida and another to New York. As Phil is fond of saying, we don't let the grass grow under our feet!

Labor Day is just around the corner and the weather has finally turned hot and humid here in Michiana. I'm looking forward to some time on the lake this weekend as we usher out the summer and then I do believe it might be time to put together a fall stitching basket.

Stay tuned!


Tuesday, August 05, 2014

A July Finish In August


July
Prairie Schooler
stitched on 28-ct. antique white linen with DMC

I even remembered to stitch the fish eyes!


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Water Water Everywhere


I didn't realize just how much water there was until I started stitching it! I guess my first clue should have been all those sailboats and fish!

Phil and I went out to celebrate my Blogoversary last night! Hot dogs, Paw Paw Punch, and good times down at the Gazebo next to the golf course! We try to make it over there at least once while they are open during the summer so maybe this will be the start of a new tradition for us!

Time to stitch!

 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Eight Years!

TO ME!

What a long, strange trip it's been!

Thank you to everyone who has come along for the ride!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Two Seagulls, a Flag, Some Water and Grass

That's about all I have left to stitch on Prairie Schooler's July sampler!


My needle is threaded, the Pepsi is poured, and I'm off to get this one finished!

Have a great day!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ye Olde BAP

Here is the latest progress pic of Block 12. I had to take a break from filling in the black background and mix it up a bit with some grey headstones. I know it's a cemetery and it's not supposed to be warm and inviting, but it sure could use some cheerful yellows! Maybe a splash of red or blue?

I've also been working on Prairie Schooler's July sampler but I don't have a picture of it because it's downstairs and I'm upstairs. 'Nuff said.

Laziness your name is Paisley!

Thank you for the comments on the "frame work" in my last post! I can't tell you how thrilled I am to have finally branched out into actually finishing some of my unfinished projects!



Monday, July 21, 2014

The FOCOESI Report

I held the closing ceremonies for the First Official Chicken Ottoman Empire Stitch-In Saturday evening, declaring it a smashing success. Not only did I finish two small projects, but I also framed the last two of my Lizzie Kate Coffee Crazy pieces. 

Coffee Crazy
and

Love My Coffee

Here's a group shoot of all three...

I'm so pleased with how these turned out! I have overcome my fear of framing!

I worked on two other projects during the FOCOESI and will share pictures of my progress on those later this week.

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, July 18, 2014

Stitch-In 2014 Continues

It is Day 2 of the First Official Chicken Ottoman Empire Stitch-In and I have another finish to share!


Charlotte is modeling her July Woolly Tyme blanket, designed by Sandra Sullivan of Homespun Elegance and stitched by yours truly! Way to rock that fringe, Charlotte!

The sunflower centers were supposed to be filled in with Colonial Knots but seeing as how I find it challenging to make even one remotely well formed knot, I opted to use little black beads instead. Apparently I also find it challenging to find the center of stitched flowers because my beads are... well... less than centered.

You may notice Charlotte's "deer-in-the-headlights" stare. That's because only a few feet away from where she had her photo shoot was this scene of carnage...


Pinky... may he rest...

Housework is done (except for the above mess which will have to wait until the drool has dried before I touch it) and the laundry is underway so it's time to plop down in the stitching chair and continue with my FOCOESI!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Stitch-In 2014

Liberty Zipper
Bent Creek
stitched on 28-ct. Raw Linen
with DMC & WDW threads

I am having myself a Stitch-In while Phil is off on a solo adventure! Three days of nuthin' but stitchy related fun!

This is my first official Stitch-In finish, a Bent Creek Zipper kit I started last month before our trip to New York. It came with a piece of 18-ct. linen that you were supposed to use all six strands of thread on. I never have much luck getting that many strands to lay nicely so I swapped it out for a comparable piece of linen from my stash and used the usual two strands. No muss, no fuss! My little star charms are doing all sorts of weird calisthenics since I sewed them on so I'm hoping they learn to relax soon and just dangle like they're supposed to.

Next I'm hoping to finish up my little Woolly Tyme sheep blanket for July. That way Charlotte (my stuffed sheep) will get to display it for a couple of weeks before she's totally out of style and then stares blankly at her closet for several minutes before declaring she has nothing to wear. Which she doesn't because I haven't stitched the August blanket yet. 

So right! The freezer is stocked with Lean Cuisines, there's Pepsi chillin' in the fridge, I have plenty of chick flicks queued up to watch, and a gazillion stitchy projects calling my name! Woohoo!


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Upstairs, Downstairs

I have two spots where I like to stitch at home.

The first is upstairs...


This is where I am working on my VoHRH. I can set up my floor stand here and not have to worry about it being too much in the way. This is also home to the Chicken Ottoman Empire where I do all my sewing and store my stitchy stash!

My other spot is downstairs...


I work on smaller projects here where I can watch TV and be close to the kitchen when I have something cooking. It's very cozy in the evenings with a fire in the fireplace (yes, even in summer!) and my sweetheart sitting next to me!