Wednesday, August 15, 2018

August Gifted Gorgeousness and more!

Hi!  Thanks for stopping by!  I know I say this every month but, whew....it's been so crazy here at DJ's digs!!  Thankfully, I'm beginning to catch up on a few things!

It's the 15th so that means I'll be sharing all things gifted.  If you haven't heard of Gifted Gorgeousness, please head on over to Jo's blog, Serendipitous Stitching, and see what all the hub bub is about!  It's never to late to join in the fun.  You can read the rules and sign up here, or head on over to her homepage and see what everyone else is up to!

You'll probably think I'm a little on the crazy side...ok maybe a lot on the crazy side...but in November of last year I posted on Facebook that I was going to make and give Christmas ornaments to the first 5 people that signed up.  Well, that turned into many, many more...haha.  I just can't say no!  Anyway, I've been busy stitching and finishing, and sending things in the mail....and now I can show you some of the stuff I've been up to.  So...here goes!  And if you haven't received your gift from me yet, be patient, I'm nearly done!

These ornaments are for folks who signed up, folks I'll be attending a retreat with in September, and some are going to Pat Carson who collects them throughout the year and sends them to folks who have been through a tragedy, flood, fire or other.  It's been fun pouring over patterns I had on hand, searching for ribbon and finishing touches, and trying to suit people's characters.  My brain is pretty much fried though...haha.  










Once I finished up all these, I started working on catching up on some SAL's my husband bought for me.  First off is Through the Window by Ship's Manor.

This is the Blue Poppy Learning Sampler by Tempting Tangles.  It's such a challenge with all these new stitches, but I love how it's turning out.

This is one offered on Atelier Soed Idea blog, and I am waaaay behind!  haha  I'm stitching it on 32 ct black over one, so I have to rest my eyes sometimes.  I think I'm on part 4 but part 7 has already been released.  Since I had all the materials, and the pattern was free on this blog, I consider it a gifted gorgeousness item.

I've been working slowly on Winter's Majesty.  It's slow going because I only work on her on Wednesdays.  Fortunately I've had a couple of free Wednesdays as the folks I tutor have been cancelling due to certain circumstances, and I will get to work on her today too!  There is so much left to do, but hopefully I'll have a little more time now that those ornaments are finished! 

A friend of mine found this pattern and brought it back to me after a retreat she had attended.  It's a nativity, though you can't see it just yet.  I couldn't resist and had to start it....it was a kit but I exchanged the fabric.  It's called Holy Nativity.

And last is a gift I made for my friend, Ms. D.  She and I have been friends since we were 7.  She and I were looking through a craft store while I was back in NY and she happened upon these beads.  I told her I would make her a bracelet and I finally got around to it.  The smaller items at the top are going to be earrings to match, as soon as I find the findings for them.

So....I guess that's all the news that's fit to print.  I hope you are enjoying your summer.  Happy Stitching!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Gifted, Christmas in July, and other news...

Well....here it is July already.  Good heavens this year is just flying by!  News, news and more news, so let's get started with Gifted Gorgeousness for July.

So, if this is the first time visiting my blog, thanks for stopping by!  On the 15 of the month we showcase our gifts.  They might be a pattern, fabric of floss that has been  given to us, or something we made to give to someone else.  If you want to see the "official rules", you can visit Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching or sign up  you can click here.  If you want to see what everyone else has been stitching, you can click here.

If you have been following my blog for a while you'll know that my husband gave me a set of the Mill Hills Nativity.  There were 9 all together, with the angels, wise men, shepherds and the Holy Family.  It took me a few years, but I finally got them all stitched on 28 count Sage Lugana fabric rather than the perforated paper that came with the kits.  I was going to make them into cubes, but some of my savvy, crafty friends suggested I have them made into stand ups.  That was a lightbulb moment!  Aren't we glad we have those friends to bounce ideas off of?  So....I sent the first three off to have made into stand ups...and here they are!










Didn't the finisher do a lovely job?  I collect nativities so I'm really thrilled with the results and am so thankful for creative friends!!  

I've been stitching some of Sue Hillis little designs for ornaments.  I'm still frantically trying to stitch ornaments for other people I promised to them, and for the retreat in the fall for Pat Carson.  So here are a couple from Sue Hillis' patterns.  these are stitched on 32 ct. white over two.  Sorry for the off color pictures.




I've done a couple of exchanges for Christmas in July.  Here are two that I have stitched and fully finished.  I sent a long a few goodies with them too!  The first is from a JCS ornament issue.  I found it in a 10th anniversary book, so I'm not completely sure which year it was originally published.  This is stitched on 28 ct. Blueberry lugana....it calls for 25 ct but I couldn't find any.




The second I found in an ornament book.  My partner likes trains, and I thought this was perfect.  She has received it along with her scissor fob.  I hope she enjoys them as much as I did making them for her!  This was stitched on 36 ct. natural linen over 1.







This is called Stitcher's House by Sub Rosa.  I made this as a gift for someone, I just need to get it finally finished.  I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do with it, so stay tuned!  If you have any ideas, I'd be happy to hear them!  This is stitched on 40 ct over two using the recommended threads.



Just recently a friend found this kit, and gifted it to me.  Do you see the Nativity?  I just couldn't wait to start it, so I found some 36 count linen I had stashed and started this right away.  I can't wait to get past the blended threads in the snow!! 



Last, but certaninly not least, is my Winter's Majesty.  This was a gift from my husband several years ago.  I usually only work on her on Wednesdays...but have missed a couple as you can see.  I will be happy to have her finished, but she is big and difficult with all the specialty threads and backstitching.  Anyway, here is where she is at present.  I won't be able to stitch on her for a while.



The retreat that I have signed up for in the fall has asked for donations for an auction they are doing to help a wounded military member and his family.  My friend and I decided to put together a basket of patriotic goodies.  I stitched a little Barbara Anna pattern that will be made into a pillow, and made a few patriotic doo dads to go along with it.  Here they are!




We are adding a pattern with the fabric and floss, and a pair of scissors.  My friend's husband is making the basket.  I'm not sure what else we are putting in there, but I'm half tempted to bid on the basket myself!  haha

I've been in NY for a couple of weeks.  My Mother was recently in the hospital so I came back to help out for a little while.  I just got home last night and this was waiting for me!  I think someone missed me!! 




I hope everyone is well and happy and getting lots of stitching done!  Take Care!






Friday, June 15, 2018

June Gifted Gorgeousness and then some!

It's June!  We have a lot to catch up on!  I'll start with Gifted Gorgeousness because that's probably why you are here.  So....if you are new to this challenge, we post on the 15th of the month the things we've been stitching that pertain to gifts.  They could be gifted patterns, fabric, or floss, or they could be things we are gifting to others.  If you want to see the "official" rules, you can visit Jo over on Serendipitious Stitching and sign up here...or you can   go to this page and see what everyone else is stitching for Gifted Gorgeousness.  It's never to late to join in the fun!  I showed you the back of several things last time, so I'll start with the front of those!

As many of you know, I attend a retreat in May each year in St. Michaels, Maryland.  It's just a group of friends who like to get away for a long weekend, hang out in our PJs and stitch the weekend away.  We usually have a gift game we play, and lately we have been stitching something on a theme and exchange them that way.  This year our theme was patriotic.  Our fearless leader usually gets a gift from me, and this year I gave her a couple of ornaments.


I made and gave scissor fobs to everyone this year, one that was patriotic, and another that was specific to them.  I had fun gathering supplies throughout the year and making them for these ladies.  Here are a few....








Here are the two exchange pieces I made.  One was for the game and the other was our exchange.  I have to say, I couldn't decide what to make and looked through patterns for ages before I finally stitched these two....and then I had to put them together.  UGH!!  I'm not good with pillows...but here is how they turned out.  The first is Land of Liberty Flag Pillow from Homespun Elegance.  I stitched the individual pieces then sewed the whole thing together by hand.  Quite the challenge for this "finally finished challenged" person!  LOL


The second is Patriotic Biscornu by TA Designs.  This is a discontinued item.  I have been asked repeatedly where to find it but the Etsy page has been closed for 2 years.  I'm not ready to give up my pattern so please don't ask.  I've agonized over this because I hate to disappoint people but I've decided I don't want to get into a debate about copyright etc.  I'm just not ready to part with the pattern.  




I've stitched a little on Winter's Majesty.  I know it doesn't look like much but it's mostly background stitching, and it kind of blends in the background.  This was a Christmas gift from my husband several years ago.

I've stitched on Through the Window, the SAL through Ship's Manor.  I've actually caught up on May and June, so as of right now, I'm all caught up!  Another gift from my husband.

I've finished the wedding sampler and it's at the framers right now.  Here is the piece before framing.  I found it in a Cross Stitch Gold magazine....I think?  The wedding for our nephew is in October, but I like to be ahead of the game.

I've framed the piece for my Mom, Sweet Nectar.  Whew....and her birthday is next week...just in the nick of time!

I've been working on The Blue Poppy Learning Sampler SAL by Tempting Tangles.  As you can see I'm in the middle of the June installment.  The pattern was a gift from my husband.

I finished Wildflower Woodland Quaker SAL by Tempting Tangles!!  I am going to miss stitching on this one.  The pattern was a gift from my husband.

I've been working on Christmas ornaments that I promised to folks...here are a few.  I need to get busy finishing them!!

These two are from a Gloria and Pat book...


This train is from a book of Christmas ornaments.  I made this fob to go along with it!

These two Mill Hill kits are stitched on fabric instead of perforated paper...this is Proud Penguin and Snow Fun.





I finally finished this angel from JBW Designs.  I'm still on the fence about the finishing, but I think I'll stop second guessing myself and just give it away to the person it was intended for.  I hope she likes it!

And that....is that!  I'll leave you with a few pictures of our exchange pieces from St. Michaels and our game gifts.  I received the patriotic flag mason jars that light up.   I also received the little stand up in the back of the lady holding the flag....I love them both and have them sitting on my  mantle.




Since it was the weekend of the Preakness and the Royal Wedding, we all had fascinators....here is mine that I made.  What fun!

Thanks for visiting!  Happy Stitching!