Sunday, 15 November 2020

Gifted Gorgeousness November


It's the 15th of each month which means it's Gifted Gorgeousness time, the time each month when we share our latest gifts. These can be gifts given or received, or any item made using fabric, threads, buttons, ribbon, chart, backing fabric that has been gifted.

This great idea is hosted each month by the lovely Jo at Serendipitous Stitching,  if you visit her blog you'll find the links to everyone's Gifted Gorgeousness posts. 

This month my stitching is mainly gifts I have given to others. During the last year my friends at Needlecraft Haven have been so supportive, as has a lovely lady I worked with over 15 years ago and my very good friend who lives in America. 

My USA friend Cathy has sent a get well card every 6 weeks, they have been real 'cheer me up' cards, she is so thoughtful and kind. I wanted to stitch something for her and during one of our video chats (something we began this year despite being friends since the mid 1990s) she mentioned she liked roses. This Durene Jones design was perfect, it was lovely to stitch, I also included a rose scented candle in my gift parcel. 

Thank you Cathy, you have been such a help, you're so kind. 

Durene Jones was also the designer of the gift I stitched for Ann, a lovely lady who I worked with when I taught at college. Although her health has also not been good, she has messaged me every time I have had a treatment or an appointment. I know Ann loves foxes so this design was an obvious choice. I was a bit sneaky and managed to find out her favourite fragrance was vanilla so I popped a vanilla candle in her gift. 

Thank you Ann, it means so much to know you care, thank you for being there.

Our son had a special birthday at the end of October, I like to stitch him a gift for special occasions but it is hard to find ones he'd like. He plays Dungeons and Dragons and is  often the Dungeon Master so I stitched these dice for him. I can't believe he turned 30!

At the end of October I did a Halloween Exchange with Christine and Mary. We were stitching scissor fobs and I had to stitch for Christine but as there was only three of us I also stitched for Mary. I stitched their initials on either side to make personal spooky scissor fobs. You can read more about our exchange on my Happy Halloween post. 

As I said before the ladies at Needlecraft Haven have been so supportive during a very difficult year. We are a very small group now with Christine, Mary, Julie, Gill and myself being the main posters. Life has not been easy for any of us this year and of course Covid has caused additional problems. I wanted to stitch something for Julie and Gill as well, keeping the initials theme I made these autumnal scissor fobs. 

Thank you ladies, NH is such a special caring place thanks to you all.

Due to Covid and the first lockdown we could not send our Easter Exchange parcels. We did put photos on the forum but did not say who we had stitched them for. As restrictions eased we sent our parcels out to arrive for Halloween. I had a lovely spring ornament from Mary, I did hang it up with my Halloween decorations but it is safely away now for next spring.

This is the ornament I stitched for Julie, as soon as I saw the design it made me think of her and her lovely Hubby.

My final gift this month is a late birthday present from Dusty, it took quite a while for Postie to bring it over the ocean but it's always nice to extend a birthday. I love the Paris chart and beautiful scissors, the little kit will be another one I can do for scouts, thank you Dusty.

Dusty also sent some flowers for my church tree, unfortunately I didn't have time to finish them for this year but they will be used. I cannot say much just yet but due to restrictions the Tree Festival will be different this year. I have finished all those sent to me earlier and I have emailed everyone a photo of their finished flower. 

I'll be able to reveal what has happened to our Bouquet of Flowers later this month, it's very exciting. 


  1. What a sweet, dear friend you have in Cathy. I love the gift you made her.
    I am interested to see what your Tree Festival will be like this year. I had been wondering about it. I am sorry to say I never did make you a flower my friend.

  2. Wow! So many lovely personalised gifts. I enjoyedcmy visit, as usual.

  3. wishing you all well at your club ,
    I love the gifts you make for each other .
    It so warms your heart to see such kindness .
    Love your blog .
    Enjoy a lovely week.

  4. These are all beautiful gifts, made and received. I love my scissor fob which is my first piece with my initials on it.
    It's often said that what goes around comes around and that is true for you, as you are a good and supportive friend.

  5. So many gorgeous gifts, Clare! The scissors fobs especially look fabulous.
    Love the flower for Cathy too!
    Barbara xx

  6. So many wonderful gifts Clare. I love my fob, it's on my sewing shears

  7. Such beautiful stitching Clare!

  8. Thanks for taking part in GG this month with so much gorgeousness! I love that Rose you sent and all the scissor fobs too. It's so nice to have a community of friends around, this year more than ever.
    I am really looking forward to seeing how the Tree Festival will be organised this year. You certainly have some beautiful ornaments to decorate your tree.

  9. Wow, such lovely stitching gifts both sent and received!


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