Sunday, 15 January 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness January 2017

Hello everyone

Can you believe it's already time for the first Gifted Gorgeousness post of 2017?  The year is flying by already.

If you don't know about Gifted Gorgeousness please click here to go to Jo's blog and read all about it.  The idea is that participants show off anything and everything to do with gifting!


I have three projects that qualify to show you today.  The first was a gift I received almost a year ago from my birthday twin, Maggee. We discovered that we shared a birthday and exchanged gifts last year. I'm sorry it has taken me so long to start this Maggee but I really love it! I am going to stitch this one in the parlour on a Wednesday with the girls over at Needlecraft Haven.

A Stitcher's Blessing by Erica Michaels
Stitched on 32 count Wolf evenweave by Sew it All
with WDW Eggplant
Started 11 January 2017

Next up is a project you may already have seen on my friend Ingrid's blog here.  This was a gift from Rachel last year and when I saw Ingrid's finish at the start of the month I had to shamelessly copy it, down to the fabric choice! I hope you don't mind Ingrid but they do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

January Fairy by Lili of the Valley
Stitched on 16 count Fairy Dust Cloud Blue aida from Sew it All
Started 3 January 2017, finished 6 January 2017

And finally here's my progress on the huge Santa's Midnight Ride which was a Christmas gift from my husband and sons. I've made a start on Santa's face and beard in the centre.

Santa's Midnight Ride by Dimensions
Stitched on 18 count dark blue aida with included threads
Started 27 December 2016

Here's a reminder of how it will look when finished...


If you hop over to Jo's blog you can see links to all the Gifted Gorgeousness stitchers this month!

See you soon

Justine

Sunday, 1 January 2017

First post of 2017

Hello and a very happy new year to everyone reading this! I hope 2017 brings everything you hope and wish for.

How did it get to be January again so quickly? Here's a little January stitch for you...

A Bit of January by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 16 count Stormy Sea aida from Sew it All
with DMC threads
Started and finished on 28 December 2016

Julie very kindly offered me the whole set of these twelve charts and I plan to stitch them throughout 2017. I have plans to turn them into a perpetual calendar but as regular readers will know I am not very good at motivating myself to finish things so don't hold your breath!

I stitched a few Christmas ornaments in December but haven't yet finished them so I am going to save them until they are actually finished and ready to go on next year's tree before I show them here.

This year marked a first in my ten-year marriage - my husband bought me something stitching-related for Christmas!  Well it was actually from our sons but the idea and money came from hubby so I'm counting it as his first.  I must encourage him so you will be seeing a lot of this one this year...

Santa's Midnight Ride by Dimensions

Luckily I love it as there is a lot of stitching involved!

As for 2017, I haven't made any definite stitching plans. I reduced my WIP list from 11 at the start of the year to 7 by the end though one of these (Sheltered) was a new start so I actually finished 5 WIPs. These are the two I am most proud of...

Cut Thru Rocket by Bothy Threads
Started 2 January 2015, finished 5 June 2016

Cut Thru Pirate Ship by Bothy Threads
Started 6 January 2014, finished 14 July 2016

I would like to finish another two of my WIPs at least, to work on my new Santa stitch, and I am hoping to stitch some smaller things from my ever-increasing stash. I am also planning to join in with Jo's Gifted Gorgeousness SAL again this year.  This really is my favourite SAL as it means I use all the beautiful things I have been lucky to be gifted with.

I wish you all a very happy stitching year!

Justine