Thursday, February 26, 2015

We Pause Now for Some Hyperventilating

I decided to change things up a bit for the bottom part of my Sweetheart Sampler. I've substituted "sweetheart" and Phil's initials instead of stitching "Valentine's Day". I'm fine with how the "sweetheart" part turned out but the line with Phil's initials ended up running into the left side. I didn't like the funky hearts that were there so I decided to substitute some more of the flowers and I really was flying by the seat of my pants here and GAH! I want to rip it all out but I'm down to the last of my Chamomile thread and I'm sitting here wringing my hands because I really wanted to finish this by the end of the month!
Okay... breathe...

There... that's better!
I will work on the rest of the red hearts in the border today and maybe that will help to balance out the flowers. 

Monday, February 16, 2015


I've used a needlework light with a magnifier for as long as I can remember. Over the years it has come in handy for more than just counting threads on linen. I've used it to remove splinters from fingers. I've used it to read dosage instructions on medicine bottles (two every six hours, not to exceed six in a 24 hour period) and nutrition facts on packages (so I know exactly how much sodium is in that soy sauce). Recently I've been using it to check my Everything Pretzel Crisps for caraway seeds. (Because I really really  hate the taste of caraway seeds!)

You see him there? Hiding amongst the sesame seeds? Trying to blend in with the poppy seeds? He thinks he's fooling me but no! I see that little rascal!

Anyone else out there using their magnifier for tasks unrelated to needlework?

Friday, February 13, 2015

A to Z

418 rice stitches later and I am done with the second alphabet! Woohoo! I have a lot of the heart border to finish, and I do mean A LOT, but I have a feeling it will go pretty fast.

We are heading up to Gainesville tomorrow to visit Phil's son for Friends & Family Day at the Medical School. I promise not to take any selfies in the cadaver lab!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A Day's Work

O, Q, S, & U are now finished!
Time to switch from Holly Berry to Chamomile for P, R, & T!

Monday, February 09, 2015

Sweet Progress

Six days and two skeins of thread later and I'm now halfway through the rice stitched alphabet on my Sweetheart Sampler! I'm really pleased with how it looks so far! We have two more weeks down here in Florida before heading back home to Michigan for a week so I'm kinda sorta hoping to have it finished by then. We'll see how that goes!

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Gimme an F!

And half of a D!

I didn't have much time for stitching over the weekend but I did get a start on the rice stitched alphabet. So far so good!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Sampler Love

I'm super pleased with how quickly Sweetheart Sampler is stitching up! I've finished the first alphabet and my initials and now it's on to the second alphabet which is done in rice stitches. Should be fun! I'm playing it safe and leaving the year off until I'm done! I don't want to jinx myself!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sweetheart Sampler Start

I fully intended to make my next project stitching the first over one verse on The Riddle by the Drawn Thread. After a half hour of trying to get my eyes to focus on the teeny tiny holes I decided it was best to leave it for another day.

So out came Sweetheart Sampler by Blackbird Designs...

Tres seasonally appropriate, don't you think?

Thank you all for your comments on my Seasonal Sampler finish! I love sharing what I'm working on, and to have someone say, "Hey! That looks great!" always makes me smile!

Friday, January 23, 2015

A Finish!

Seasonal Sampler
Bent Creek
Stitched on 18-ct. natural linen with perle cotton

Woohoo! My first finish of the new year! I've had this zipper kit floating around in my "I really should stitch this some day" basket for a good long while. It was a super quick stitch, even for a slow poke like myself. I had my usual angst over the french knots but I think they turned out fairly decent for the most part. The snowman looks a little cockeyed but we'll just say it gives him personality!

We have shut down the Chicken Ottoman Empire for the winter and headed south for warmer climates. I will be "sans ottoman" for the next few months as we wait for the sprunging of spring up north. I made sure to bring along plenty of stitching options for the length of our stay! 

Have a fabulous weekend everyone, and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 20, 2014


This is what happens when I'm stitching upside down from a pattern that's right side up...
I considered having a little fun and leaving it in to see if anyone noticed but figured most folks would be too polite to point out what a dingbat I am!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

State of the Empire

When I last posted I had promised to share another new start with you. Unfortunately I woke up with a massive migraine the next morning and spent the day in bed. The next two days were spent rushing around getting ready for our annual trip to Texas. We left early early Friday morning for the Planes, Trains, Automobiles, Buses, and Boats Week Long Tour of Texas. We had a great trip and returned home late Sunday evening. There's no rest for the weary, however, as we're leaving Saturday for a week in Florida. We couldn't have picked a better time because the weather in Michigan is... how should I put it... rather unpleasant!

Anyhoosie, I wanted to get a quick post in before we left and update everyone on what's been happening in the Chicken Ottoman Empire.

The second new start I wanted to share with you is Autumn Leaves by Prairie Schooler.
I am stitching it on 32-ct. Dirty linen with Crescent Colors instead of DMC. I love the colors and I'm hoping to get a little bit more done on it before I put away my fall projects for the year.

Next is my progress on Spot the Cat from La-D-Da.
 Spot has grown a tail and acquired few more spots. This is my downstairs project and I will probably keep working on it until it's finished since it's not quite definitively fall-ish. Not to mention I really like it and would love to get it done soon!

I haven't completely abandoned Block 12!
It's mostly the black filling in I have left to do, though, and every time I think about working on it I end up grabbing another project. I will take this one down to Florida in January when we go to spend the winter there. That way I know I'll get it done!

Did I mention the weather here? Did I say it was unpleasant? I was a actually surprised when we came back from Texas to find all the vibrant rusts and golds of autumn had faded to the washed out browns and greys of winter. There was snow on the ground and it hasn't stopped falling since we got back. It's all a bit bleak but Phil ran out to the store for a loaf of bread so I could have one of my favorite comfort foods... peanut butter toast. It just makes me feel all warm and cozy inside. I returned the favor by making him an extra large pot of chicken and dumplings. Just the thing to have in front of the fire when he gets home from work!

I was glad I had the foresight to move my herbs inside before we went away.
I have thyme, rosemary, and sage growing upstairs in the loft where they can get some sunlight in case it happens to shine. I don't ever use them in my cooking but I do like having some green things around and every once in a while I will break a bit off and rub it in my hands to release the fresh aromas. I reckon it will be a nice pick-me-up this winter!

That's all I have for now. I will have my laptop with me on this trip to Florida so I will be able to keep up with everyone!

Monday, November 03, 2014

New Start #1

When we last visited I was on my way to the Chicken Ottoman Empire to play with some fall goodies. After dithering around for an hour trying to make up my mind which project to start next I decided, what the heck, I'd just start two new projects!

Spot the Cat by La-D-Da is the first of these. I'm stitching him on 40-ct. Confederate Grey linen with NPI silks and absolutely loving it so far! It's practically stitching itself!

I will share my second start tomorrow! 

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween! My daughter had texted to tell me it was snowing up where she lives in Grand Rapids. My response was "Seriously?!?!" Ten minutes later I looked out the window to see it was snowing here as well. Not just little flurries but honest to goodness snow! We weren't expecting many trick-or-treaters as we typically only get a handful here at the lake, but this year? Zilch! Someone else is going to have to eat all those Butterfingers now!

That's about it for me today! Have a great Monday!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Acorn Hill

Acorn Hill
Little House Needleworks
stitched on 28-ct. Vintage Lentil linen
with Crescent Colours (Classic Colorworks)

I had to look back in my blog to see when I started this project and was a shocked to see it was waaaaay back in November 2010! One might say I pace myself! (If one is being kind!)

Really itching to dip into my Fall Stitching Basket and pull out something fresh to work on next! I've had two finishes and I'm making steady progress on Autumn, so I think it's time to reward myself with a new start!

The vacuuming is done and the laundry is sloshing around in the washer so I'm off to the Chicken Ottoman Empire to run my fingers through some silk and caress some linen! Sounds positively decadent!

How's your Monday going?

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!