Tuesday 15 December 2020

Gifted Gorgeousness December


It's the final Gifted Gorgeousness of 2020, a super idea hosted by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching that I have enjoyed all year - Merry Christmas to all the GG bloggers and especially to Jo

It's a tricky post this month as I have quite a few gifts I cannot share as they are Christmas gifts - my January post will be full!!

These cute frames were a gift to me many years ago, I spotted them in my stash and decided to stitch them for our daughter and her partner. They live in Wales, about two and a half hour drive away, and will be here for Christmas but I sent these at the end of November with their chocolate advent calenders, they've put them on their tree so have had time to enjoy them.

Every year we have a Christmas Ornament Exchange at Needlecraft Haven. Postie has been very busy this year so our opening day was delayed as it took a while for some parcels to arrive. However last Friday was our Opening Day, looking at the photos on NH there were some lovely ornaments and gifts. 

I stitched this tree for my partner (it hasn't been revealed yet who sent to who so I'm keeping quiet) It is a design by Lisa LeAnn Designs in this year's JCS Christmas Ornament magazine. I read the magazines using Press Reader and signing in with my library card - so many magazines and newspapers all free. 

This design uses speciality stitches which I have done before, all but one. The design has beads on which I did try, and I also tried as French knots but both obscured the stitching so I left it plain. I included a box of Gingerbread Matchmakers, a new flavour I hadn't seen before.

I received this super parcel, what a lovely ornament. It is now hanging on our tree. I've put the socks away for now but will probably wear them on Saturday with my Christmas Jumper (trousers too of course) for our festive video quiz night with our friends. I'm going to stitch the mini bead kit soon, hopefully in time to put it on our tree this year.

Thank you to my secret partner for my beautiful ornament and exchange gifts - wishing you a Merry Christmas 

We had a lovely surprise the other evening, the young girls from across the road knocked the door and gave us a knitted snowman and Christmas message. They have been full of fun and laughter through this year, decorating their windows with rainbows, clapping with us on a Thursday and leading our 'three cheers for the NHS'. What a lovely gesture at this festive time, the snowman looks lovely on our tree.

On Durene Jones' Facebook page I saw a multicoloured Merry Christmas chart so I've stitched it for the girls. We haven't given out or neighbours cards yet but it's wrapped up ready.

Hubby surprised me the other day with this cute robin, I'd seen them in the Lidl magazine. He's got such a cheeky expression, it's funny to see him looking at the real robin's who feed at our window feeder.

Just as I was writing this the Postie delivered a collection of cards and amongst them one from my friend Deb in the USA. I side was this beautiful quilted ornament, thank you Deb it's lovely - Merry Christmas 

Finally here's a gift we received last year that I have used throughout the year and redone for this Christmas. Our lovely daughter made this super cork wreath for us for last Christmas. This is Hubby and I saying cheers in 2019.

Over the year I have decorated it with Easter eggs and chicks, this coming year I'll be using it much more for other celebrations. For this Christmas I dried some oranges and used cinnamon sticks and fir cones to decorate it. It does smell lovely as we walk by and the lights look great when lit up. 

I have a few final gifts to finish and some Christmas stitching to kit up. Tomorrow is present wrapping day as the forecast is rain, we're virtually ready with all the food shopping done apart from the last fresh bits. It's Hubby's birthday on 21st so our celebrating starts then and I'm so looking forward to us all being together on 23rd. 

Wishing you all festive fun, it will be a different time for us all but Christmas love is all around - Merry Christmas 🎄🎄


Carol said...

So many pretty gifts both given and received, Clare. The specialty stitched tree is especially pretty. And I love the wreath you finished with the orange slices, pinecones, and cinnamon sticks! Think I may try that idea myself one of these years! Merry Christmas to you ♥

Maggie said...

Lots of lovely stitching, sent and received. I love that cheeky robin planter and what you did with the cork wreath, I love the smell of dried oranges and cinnamon. I haven't heard of Press Reader, I have to have a look at that.
I have a box of those gingerbread sticks stashed away for over Christmas, hope they are as good as they sound ;-)

Elfie said...

Clare, all your stitching is beaitiful. I particularly love the specialty stitch tree. I think your decision re beads and french knots was the appropriate one. I do hope you have a happy Christmas

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

A great selection of gifts sent and received, Clare. I love the rainbow Christmas trees and I've now downloaded the chart from Facebook.

Christine said...

My stitched tree is gorgeous Clare.
How sweet of your neighbours children to bring you that snowman

Faith... said...

I think the tree you stitched is so pretty! I am sure it will be well received! You received some very nice things as well and the snowman from your neighbors is adorable. Have a Merry Christmas! Stay safe!

Cathy said...

Both of the stitched gifts are lovely and so is the Merry Christmas sign.

jocondine said...

What a great GG post, love all you shared with us, thank you! Santa looks lovely great pattern, nice tree too and cheers to the perfect wreath! Joyeux Noël ! Bisous. xxx

Sheryl said...

Lovely gifts given and received, I especially like your little stiched tree (will have to track that down) and the gorgeous Santa ornament. Beautiful work on the Merry Christmas chart. Happy Christmas to you and yours,

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

Thanks for taking part in GG this month. The exchange ornaments are lovely. The speciality stitch tree is one of our choices in the FB group this year but your version looks much nicer than the one in the magazine! Actually the Autumn Lane one is a choice too!
It's nice how some areas have become more of a community this year too.
Your cork wreath looks great all lit up.

FlashinScissors said...

Gorgeous gifts given and received! I love them all but especially the speciality Christmas tree! Ooooh, and the rainbow trees!
Your wreath looks fabulous! I added some orange slices to ours this year, not sure they will last very well, might try again next year!
The Robin is a proper cheeky chappie, great fun!
Adorable snowman from your neighbours children too!
Barbara xx