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Friday, October 15, 2021

Gifted Gorgeousness report for October

October already - this year has just flown by for me, which is very odd considering that COVID restrictions have kept me in the house most of the year.  Activity restrictions have loosened up a little recently, and there is some hope for more freedom in December, so I'm hanging out for that.  So, here we are once again at the 15th of the month, which means it's time for the monthly Gifted Gorgeousness report. GG is hosted by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching.  Anything stitched with gifted supplies, or stitched to be gifted  qualifies for inclusion on the GG report.

I have a few things to show today.  I thought I had finished my Christmas ornaments for this year, but I managed to find another 4 people - well, 3 people and a dog - who needed ornaments. And I was able to finish up one of the First Christmas ornaments I had stitched earlier, because a new baby cousin arrived in late September. These are the five finished ornaments for October:

I stitched and framed name samplers for 3 gorgeous young brothers aged 6, 3, and 1, to be Christmas gifts. I used Claire Crompton's Dinosaur Alphabet. The first pic is closer to the actual colours. I framed them in purchased 20 cm x 25 cm (8" x 10") frames that came with the 12.5 cm x 17.5 cm (5" x  7") mounts.

I made three batches of beaded angels this month, totalling 55 in all. I found everything I needed in my stash, and though I hate to admit it I still have enough supplies to keep making angels for many years. I really like the angels made with the red heartshaped beads (pic 3), and I wish I could remember where they came from so I could get some more.  

Before I sorted out all my Christmas ornaments (the ones going overseas need to be posted very soon) I took this photo.  These are all the ornaments I made this year, except for my own 12 Day set, and one Baby's First Christmas waiting for baby's name.

After I took that photo I got a special request for a Christmas ornament, which I have now stitched. This one brings the total number of ornaments I've made this year to 95. I decided to make another 5, so that I can bring the total to 100 Christmas ornaments. I've stitched four more ornaments but not yet finished them up. Just one more to go and I'll meet my target, which will also be a 'pb'.

I have edited out the bottom of this ornament so as not to show the personal message on this special request ornament. The red cardinal is not a bird we see here, so I was very pleased to stitch one. 

 I am stitching a little birth sampler for my great niece born in April this year. I used Lesley Teare's ballet alphabet, but omitted some of the ballerinas and and swapped some around, changed some colours, and changed the backstitching. I'm waiting for the rest of Bronte's birth details to finish it off.  It's the first time I have used Aida 18 count in many years, and I now recall why I had a huge piece sitting in my fabric drawer. I really prefer stitching on evenweave, but I am grateful that I had it available. 

 And that is all that I have to show today. 

Edited to add a pic of my final 2021 ornament - not yet finished up, but stitched. That makes 5 ornaments stitched and ready to finish - 6 if I count the Baby's First Christmas ornament for my niece's baby expected to arrive in mid December.


diamondc said...

Elfie: Oh my gosh what a great post, so many lovely things to see, the dinosaur's are so sweet. love the crystal angels, so pretty.


Rachel said...

Love the beaded angels, and seeing most of your 100 ornies together... wow! Just think, only a couple of months and you'll be starting from zero all over again! :)

jocondine said...

Well done, thanks for sharing so many lovely Christmas ornaments. All the trees will be so great with all those gifts. Cute little ballerinas too. Amicalement. xxx

Clare-Aimetu said...

I love it ... all of it. Your ornaments are amazing, huge well done on making 100! I love the dinosaur names and your Angel's are just perfect. You are such a talented and generous lady.

RONI said...

100 ornaments!! That's an amazing achievement even without any more work over the year!! Wow!!

DJ said...

My goodness you are a busy lady! What wonderful stitching, I'm sure the recipients will love them!

Faith... said...

My goodness Lynne you have been very busy with your ornaments this year. I am sure that all who receive them treasure them for many years to come. I couldn't pick a set of angels I liked the best, they are all gorgeous. Congrats on reaching your goal of 100!

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

Thanks for taking part in GG this month. I'm glad I don't keep a running total of all the gifts! You must stitch more than the rest of us out together! They are all so beautiful too, I am sure the families treasure them.
Love the dinosaur name pieces, who doesn't love a dinosaur?