Thursday, June 18, 2009

This Post Is Full Of Chicken Scratch

Hey, that title says chicken scratch, potty mouth! :P

I simply adore anything and everything gingham so imagine my delight when I discovered gingham embroidery, also known as "chicken scratch". I found it while visiting this fun homemaking site. Trying to save a little money, I somehow kept myself from running out and buying fabric, which was hard after seeing these aprons and then remembered I had a piece of gingham cardstock so I decided to practice a little and this is my result:

And here's a close up of the stitches:

After this taste of success, I of course ran out and bought some pink gingham. Since I'm afraid of my sewing machine after it eviscerated my layout last time I tried to use it, I decided to "hem" the fabric using the stitches, which hasn't been easy since I only have 2 straight pins so I've had to move them every few stitches. lol Anyhoo, here's what I've got so far:

I figure I'll just keep scratching till it becomes something. lol I'm telling you right now, this is the easiest thing to do ever! And relatively cheap since all you need is a needle, thread and some gingham so give it a try!

The other thing I wanted to share is my outright theft of an idea/project I saw on Frieda's blog a while back. Hi Frieda! *waving* First of all, have you been to her blog?! I stalk her blog continually because I am in love with 1. her art and 2. her garden. She shares many pictures of both which are so worth a visit! Now what was I talking about? Oh yes, well she has started a generosity project where every month she mails one of her fabulous ATCs to someone in thanks to regular visitors/commentors on her blog. I thought that was such a fun idea that I've decided to blatantly copy her and do the same thing for my fabulous friends (that's you) who come and read my blog and take time to leave your wonderful comments that make my day.

So basically if you would like a little surprise in the mail now and then, please e-mail me your name and mailing address to katamommy at gmail dot com. Now, what you get will be totally random and you won't know when it's coming. (Muwahahahahaha) For the most part it will be something I made but there may be times that I'm lazy and will send you something out of my stash or some other kind of fun trinket. (And I make no guarantees you'll like what I send! lol) :) Please understand that I do not expect anything in return! This is just to spread some fun mail around and to thank you for visiting me. (The only thing I ask is that you let me know when you get it please!) Oh and by the fabulous friends from Canada and anywhere outside of the United States, please feel free to send me your address too! You are most certainly welcome to join in!

This just in! Melissa has the sweetest little Disney blog candy up for grabs! Check it out here!

All right, I'm outta here but first is there anyone else that is as in love with this song as I am?!?!


Moonspinner said...

Well done honey on that stitching, I'm hopless at it, so I admire anyone who can sew.

Way to go on spreading the fun in your mail out. Totally sweet idea.

That song is familiar, not sure if it was in a movie or

Jamie the Smarty Pants said...

Oh i love that stitching YUM!!! I so enjoy your blog, it is always fun and entertaining. and thank you for your generous comments you leave on mine. Have a wonderful rest of the week......jamie

Jocelyn said...

I love that stitching and have never heard of it, but I would love to try it out!!!!!! What a great idea to do with the Happy Mail!!!! It is always so nice to receive something from a special friend in the mail!!! Wishing you a great day Maggi...I just adore your Blog!!!! :)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh that stitching is YUMMY!!!!!!!!! Never heard that song....but it is BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeee reading your blog....U are soooooooooooooo funny and sweet! :):):):):):):):):):):):)

Ann said...

Well done on the stitching! I'm hopeless with a needle and thread.

Anonymous said...

OMgoodness, love that stitching, it's gorgeous. I, too, am hopeless with a needle and thread and don't do well, so this is awe inspiring to me. Love it!

Thx for spreading the Disney Love :D

Darla: Retro Ways said...

Gorgeous I love the way that stich looks. ♥

Nora Johnson said...

Just came across yr blog via Karyn-French Charming‘s wonderful site and had to comment after reading a few previous posts! Love its title and images.

Hope to be back again soon to take a closer look at earlier posts!

PS Lovely stitching!

Take care,


Anonymous said...

way to go on the chicken scratch... I totally forgotten about that stitch. It's been forever since I have seen it.
Cute idea on the mailing... once I recover I may have to steal it too!

Beth Perry said...

Girl, that is awesome 'scratching'! lol So very very cute!!
Thank you so much for the congrats! :D

That's Who I Am said...

I love that stitching. You HAVE to share with us what you create:) I sure hope you didn't miss the Bach. this past Monday and did you see the drama for Next Monday. I knew that guy as only on there to play his guitar GRHHHHHHH:/

Karyn - (French Charming) said...


I love Chicken Scratch...thanks for know I have ADD right? I need to stay focused on my other project and now all I want to do is give this a try!

Please email me your address so I can send you some strait pins, two is definitely not enough!

Can't listen to your song, the bosses here at work don't like the employees messing around on the computer...hee...hee!

Well, I'm off now to check out Frieda's blog and see what I can steal!

Lisa T. Howard said...

Ohhhh! I love that stitch! I've seen it but didn't know what it was called. I can see some adorable little kitchen towels with matching aprons in your future. And I love the idea of the happy mail...good idea to steal!

Alicia said...

I love the pink gingham and the stitching! too cute! and i'm gonna get you my contact info soon!

Jackie said...

Gorgeous there anything you can't do!!!! I just love your blog :) I left something for you on my blog!

sPaRkLiNg sCrApBoOkS said...

Wow is all I can say.
I love it when someone has unique creations like this! You must have patience!!
And you're a generous soul for mailing out goodies! xOxO

Jessica Cangiano said...

That is too adorable a handicraft for words! Love it :) Thank you for introducing me to Chicken Scratch, hopefully I'll get a chance to try my hand at it one day.

Big hugs & happy Friday wishes,
♥ Jessica

Sarah said...

Your stitching is so pretty! And chicken scratch - what a funny name!

Chrispea said...

I think I've seen stitching like that... way back in the day at grandma's house! ;) Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a sweet comment. Thought I'd pop on over and visit yours. What a treat for the eyes! Such fun stuff, I'll be coming back for more!


This is fabulous and tedious all in one! holy cow

nscropper said...

awesome ... you've made me want to learn some fancy stitching. :)