Thursday, September 15, 2016

Just a quickie...Gifted Gorgeousness

Well I surprised myself by all the stuff I was able to accomplish!!  Not only did I get all the errands done I had to do...like renewing my license, and getting to Johns Hopkins for a fitting for a night garment, and having a dinner date with my son and his adorable girlfriend, and meeting up with a couple of friends and catching up on a couple of movies I really wanted to see (Star Trek, Sully, The Light Between Oceans) but I was able to get my Needlework Casket assembled, finish up a Halloween Ornament for an exchange, crochet TWO scarves and frame a piece I finished recently.  I'm impressed with my bad self!!  LOL  So without further ado...let me show you what I've got for Gifted Gorgeousness.

Jo has been hosting this, and I feel awful that I missed a couple of months, but hopefully I'm back on track now!  If you would like to participate you can read about the rules here.  And if you'd like to see what everyone else is up to, you can check on their progress here.  Thank you again, Jo, for being hostess and keeping us all in line!

Here is my Needlework Casket finished.  The pattern can be found in Sampler And Antique Needlework Vol. 1 which was gifted to me by my friend, Pat.  I have looked through the book so many times, and have found many other things I would love to stitch in it, so I'm pretty sure I will be posting other things in the future.  Thank you again, Pat, I can't believe I actually finished it in 9 months...it's my baby, and a labor of love!!  It was stitched on 40 ct over two on cream linen.









I was asked to make something for a Halloween exchange, and someone gifted this pattern to me when they found out how much I love owls.  I guess this makes it a double gift!  It's stitched over one on 32 ct. Dirty Linen fabric with hand dyed threads.  The pattern is Spell of the Moon by Blackbird Designs.




I was able to pop this in a frame, something I stitched from a freebie I found online which is still available here.  It's stitched on 40 ct. cream over two using DMC floss.



I'm not sure if these scarves count but I thought I'd throw them in.....these were made with Lion Yarn Brand Scarfie yarn and one ball of yarn will make an entire scarf.  They were varigated yarn, and looked so pretty sitting on the shelf, and on sale...so I asked my friend who was with me to pick a color and I made one for her and one for myself.  These are so incredibly soft, I'm ALMOST anxious for cooler weather so I can wear mine!!  




 I just thought I'd repost these two teacup pincushions I finished.  One was for an exchange I did, the other was for a friend of mine who sadly told me she didn't have anything I had stitched.  I'm glad she liked this one and that I had it with me to give her.  Shame on me for not thinking of giving them to her sooner!  These are both the same pattern, Mother's Day 2003 offered as freebies on Ellen Maurer-Stroh's EMS board.  You can find the link for her board here.  The teacups were a challenge to find, and I tripped through many a store looking for just the right color and pattern.  I found two pieces that I will use later in one of the shops that was hit by flooding in Ellicott City.  I found them just a few weeks before the flood....and am so glad I now have them as fond memories.  Astrid and I frequented the shop looking for little goodies.  




If you look back at the previous post you will see other gifted gorgeousness candidates, I'm just running out of time to post these.  I hope you are all enjoying your stitching and the challenge!  I know I have been!!

 I will be returning to NY for a few weeks now, but I feel a wee bit better about running off now that I've got these things done that were hanging over my head.  From the sounds of things I will be working on a quilt my Mom wants to make for my nephew.  We will see how she feels when I get there.  If so I'll post progress pictures.  I'm kind of excited to be working on sewing projects with her again.  We did this a lot when I was younger.  She made a lot of my school clothes, and we made the bridesmaids dresses for my sisters wedding.  We also made my best friends Wedding dress and my Maid of Honor dress for her wedding.  Good memories, I'm thankful to be stitching with her again!

8 comments:

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Beautiful stitching and knitting. Your casket is beautiful and a definite heirloom.

KimM said...

Oh my goodness! What gorgeous finishes! Love them all. The casket is priceless.
xxx

Astrids dragon said...

And I got to see the casket in person, it's awesome!!!

Mouse said...

that casket is gorgeous ... and well done in getting caught up with everything and having fun too... life has slowed down here to soo hopefully I will get caught up too .lol love mouse xxxx

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Welcome back and thanks for taking part in GG this month with so many lovely presents. I also stitched the Blackbird Designs Owl as a gift for a friend, I should do one for myself, it's a lovely design.
The teacups are so sweet, I can just imagine your friend's sad eyes "you never stitched me anything" LOL
But the highlight of the post is your gorgeous casket! Such a beautiful work of art, you should be very proud of yourself.
Enjoy your time working with your Mum too, that will bring back memories I'm sure.

Desiree Ehleiter said...

Loved all of your finishes. The casket is just beyond words! I think I have to find Spell of the Moon for myself! Keep making those memories with your Mom! You can never have enough. And enjoy NY, it's a crazy place sometimes, but I love it!

Kaisievic said...

Your casket is absolutely stunning - I just love it and it is certainly a treasure to keep forever. Lots of lovely GG stitching, this month so very well done!

Meari said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your casket. It turned out great! I've been wanting to do one of those teacup pincushions... I have several cups. Thanks for the link to the floral design. All your other finishes are wonderful, too!