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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness Report for May

Two months since I last posted - and not  much stitching done in that time-frame. I did, however, have a lovely camping holiday that I enjoyed very much.  We traveled south, and camped by several rivers and lakes.  I saw many beautiful sunsets, and a few majestic sunrises (I'm sure there were more, but I slept through them), stunning night skies, and beautiful bird life.  This is a snap taken at Lake Cargelligo in western NSW, the last of our campsites.  From the camper van door I could touch these trees. The most amazing thing for me about Lake Cargelligo (apart from the most beautiful sunrises, which spanned 360 deg around the lake) was that when I stood on the edge of the lake and looked right around it, all i saw was natural vegetation - no development at all.  Of course, there was a small town just 3 km behind me, but I was able to block that from my thoughts!

So, my stitching, such as it is. No progress at all to report on Christmas Dreams - Santa is still resting. I did stitch five ornaments which I have not yet made up, and four more tiny  Christmas cross stitched designs which I have framed in tiny frames.

The teddy bear design is adapted from a chart in LA's Christmas Miniatures leaflet.

 These ornaments are for Kiwi sisters,grandchildren of an old friend.  I still have a little stitching to do on the back of Annabelle's ornament.

 Santa Alphabet from LA's Ultimate Alphabets book.

I stitched this for one of my nieces. I changed the colours, made a few adjustments to the design to define the areas more strongly, and to accommodate my finishing method, and added the beads.
Better Homes & Gardens on-line freebie from

This ornament is for my youngest sister.  It's a mix of designs from a variety of sources.  The Santa chart is in BH&G Treasury of Christmas Cross Stitch 2003; 'JOY' and the tree shapes are from the BH&G heart freebie (above); and the angels are from Pat Waters 'A Christmas Collection 1986.

This one is for another niece.  It's adapted from The Drawn Thread's on-line freebie First Snow.  I changed the birds to hearts, omitted the snow flakes and snow, and added the star button and the greeting.  And of course I chose my own fabric and floss (I was hundreds of km from the nearest needlework shop - I had to use what I had with me).

So, there it is. Not much to show for two months work, but  all I have.  I will be finishing these ornaments in the next week or so, and then I think I will stitch a few more of the ornaments on this year;s 'To Do' list.   I fear that there'll be no progress on Christmas Dreams at the June report.


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

Thanks for taking part in GG this month.

Your location looks wonderful, very relaxing.

Your ornies are lovely as usual and the Drawn Thread conversion is just wonderful. I stitched the original and now I want to do your version!

jocondine said...

Love how you mixed your patterns to create your own ornaments. Glad you enjoyed your holidays in this lovely place. Amitiés. xxx

Kaisievic said...

I think that you have stitched a lot, you should be proud of yourself. Lovely campsite, too.

Julie said...

Stunning view, what a tranquil place that must have been.
Love your version of the Drawn Thread. Lots of lovely gifts you have been creating.

Beth in IL said...

What fun! Christmas all year!

Mary said...

Gorgeous photo, I love places untouched by man. Great Christmas stitches!!! Mary@stitchignfriendsforever

RJ said...

Oh my what a great place to camp. It is gorgeous there. And to view the sunset must have been stunning!

There are lots of friends and family that are going to love your Christmas stitches. Thank you so much for coming by our new blog and come back often. Happy stitching. RJ@stitchingfriendsforever2

Mini said...

What a splendid picture of your vacation spot!
Wow that's a lot of Christmas stitching. I'm impressed how you adapt various designs to meet your needs.