Saturday, July 15, 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness July and Giveaway winner!

Well, here we are in July.  Where has the time gone?  I can't believe 2017 is half gone already!  Well....only a few more weeks and time will slow down I hope.  

It's time for Gifted Gorgeousness again!  Thanks to Jo over at Serentipitious Stitching, we have a little challenge going on.  If you would like to join in, you can register at any time over on her  If you would like to see what others are doing for the challenge, you can check us out here.  I'll be leaving for NY today, so I scheduled this to post on the 15th.  That's the day we show what we have stitched from patterns that were given to us, or with fabric or floss that was given to us, or things we are stitching for others.  I don't have much stitching but here is what I have been doing.

My friend, the lovely Ms. D, came to visit for a couple of weeks.  She brought with her a kit that she had bid for in an auction.  She asked me to stitch it for her ( *GASP* She is not a stitcher....and didn't even want to learn with this kit...oh the horrors!!!) so I gladly answered her request.  It only took a few hours and was so easy to assemble.  I hope she enjoys it this Christmas!

I've not had much time, but did devote yesterday (one of my free days this week....alas, there won't be another for at least another week) to getting started on the July intallment of the Linens and Threads Mystery SAL.  This is being stitched on 28 count black over one linen thread using some floss I bought a while back at a flea market.  It is vintage Bucilla floss, and I really wish they hadn't gone out of business.  This floss is the best I've ever stitched with.  Hopefully I'll find time some time this month to finish up July, I hate to get behind in a SAL, I can never seem to catch up!  Wish me luck!!  Someone asked for close up pictures, I think if you click on the picture it will enlarge, then you can use adjustments on your computer to enlarge it even more.  I just don't have time right now, but maybe in a future post.

Oh, and I almost forgot!  My partner for the ornament exchange "Christmas in July" has received her now I'm able to show you pictures of the ornament I stitched and finished for her.  This is one of the four Christmas Baskets designed by Drawn Thread.  It was so much fun to stitch, and thanks to some help from a friend, I think the finishing turned out quite nice.  Through texts she offered a few little finishing touches that made it look quite nice.  Here are a few pictures of the finished product!  So glad Julie liked it....I'm thinking I might like one myself!  

Oh, and before I forget, Linda is the only one who indicated they would like the chart from the giveaway, Linda, it's yours!  Please send me an email with your address and as soon as the dust settles, I'll get it right in the mail!  I'll try to have another giveaway soon.  So....keep checking back!

Katie is still in the hospital, so if you are so inclined, would you please offer a prayer for her.  They originally thought she would be home on Friday, but that doesn't seem likely to happen now.  On the other hand, when I called to check on my Mom, she neither had an appointment nor had surgery.  She has insisted for weeks now that "something" was happening on Thursday, but nothing did.  Strange how the mind works.  However her foot is still in considerable pain.  I will find out for sure when I see her (I'm traveling to see her today).

And that is all that's fit to print.  I hope you are having a lovely day!  I'll check back to see how the other Gifted Gorgeousness Stitchers are doing soon.  Till then, happy stitching!


Vickie said...

What a sweet little Christmas piece your friend now has. Your SAL is so fabulous on black linen! Such a pretty Christmas ornament you have made. Beautiful finishing.

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

Thanks for taking part in GG this month. Cute little Christmas ornie for your friend and a stunning one for the exchange!
I love the way you have finished this one. I am getting more adventurous with my finishing this year.
Your Linens and Threads sampler is just wonderful in those colours too.
Best wishes to both patients, they are get well soon.

LeShawn said...

Love the finishing on the ornament. I have been seeing this SAL and all of them look different. Yours pop on the black fabric. I will be saying a prayer for both of your loved ones. Happy stitching!

Justine said...

Beautiful stitching and finishing on those two sweet smalls. I can't believe your friend didn't want to try cross stitch!
The Linen and Threads sampler is just stunning.
I will keep your mum and Katie in my prayers.

Mouse said...

lovely stitching as always ... hope all goes well for both patients .. all fingers & paws crossed and prayers being sent
hopefully your ornie will be in the post by next weekend ... time is not helpful atm in getting it finished .. love mouse xxxxx

Elfie said...

You have such interesting projects, and I ave enjoyed my visit. Good luck with catching up on your SAL - you'll get there!

Christine said...

Lovely ornaments and the SAL is gorgeous

Julie said...

Your SAL is stunning and I love the sweet ornament you stitched and made up.
Happy travels!

Linda said...

Congrats on the cute finishes and nice progress DJ. Thank you for picking me as the winner of the chart. I have sent you an email with my address.


cheryl said...

Lovely stitching! Your SAL sampler is wonderful!

Kerryp77 said...

Lovely Christmas stitches. Linen & Threads is looking beautiful

Astrids dragon said...

As always, your finishes look fantastic!
Still loving the progress on your SAL, it must be huge by now!

Unknown said...

Beautiful stitching and finishing on those two sweet smalls. I can't believe your friend didn't want to try cross stitch!
The Linen and Threads sampler is just stunning.