Sunday 15 January 2023

Gifted Gorgeousness in January

The 15th of each month 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. Thank you Jo for hosting another year of GG, it's great fun posting and reading. 

Oh yes I know you've seen these but they haven't been in a GG posts so here's my puddings, reindeer and angel ... all for Christmas 

Just into the new year two special lady's had birthdays. My future in-law (our daughter's fiance's mum) had a milestone birthday and a  very good friend from Needlecraft Haven also had a birthday on the same day. The Januaryndesign is by Faby Reilly, I have bought the full calendar as they are just lovely.

This was a gift to me, our lovely daughter gave me a John Lewis sewing box for Christmas.  The design is so me and it's perfect for my little sewing box, thread box and current project ... I absolutely love it.

I received two lovely ornaments for Christmas, a snowman from Deb and a Santa from Julie. Both ladies are members of Needlecraft Haven.

Gill, the January birthday lady very kindly gifted me some very special threads. Last year Gill's close friend Angi past away, both Gill and Angi are members of Needlecraft Haven and we've met up many times. Angi had many threads in her stash and Gill sent some to all the other NH members. Thank you Gill I will remember Angi with every stitch.

I received this embroidery kit from Christine, another NH member. I have been doing a bit of embroidery but time seems to be taken with my cross stitch. Hopefully there will be time later this year as it looks like it will be fun to do. 

Yesterday I received a lovely parcel from my friend in Canada. Considering our postal service has very sporadic lately I was surprised it only took a week to arrive.

My final GG is not a gift of thread, fabric or chart but of my time. A lady at church has been saying for years she must finish the angel for her daughter but was concerned about the beads. Every year I said I would show her but another year passed by. This year she brought the angel to the tree festival and I have completed the beading and a few stitches for her. I gave it to her yesterday and she was delighted. Her daughter came over especially and to my surprise we worked out it had been a UFO for nearly 20 years.

My first photos show the top and bottom halves, it was on a square wooden frame that rolled up and down. At Maureen's we cut it off the frame and I managed to get a photo of her 8n full.

Maureen is getting it framed so hopefully I'll have a photo to share then. 

Thanks Jo for hosting another GG, always fun to see how our craft is being shared. 


DJ said...

Such beautiful stitching! You give such lovely gifts! The two ornaments you received are lovely too. How kind of you to finish off the angel...thanks for sharing the photos with us!

butterfly said...

Wow lovely gifted gifts , always lovely to see .
Wow love the lady with the beads you stitched her.
Have a great week , hugs June.

Maggie said...

That angle is lovely, the beads have really bought it too life.

Cathy said...

Beautiful stitching and lovely gifts!

Rachel said...

What a lot of gifts, but the gift of time on the 20 year old UFO has to be the most precious. Such a lovely gesture and one which was obviously truly appreciated given that it's already being framed!

diamondc said...

Hi Clare: Nice gifts from your friends, how lovely you were able to help with the beading, it is a stunning design, I love the peachy colors in the fabric of the gown.
Those threads are beautiful, your ornaments are so adorable.
Nice sewing box.


Carol said...

So many lovely gifts both given and received, Clare! And I adore that sewing box you got from your daughter--it looks like such a perfect size for toting around the house. And how special that you are helping your friend complete the beautiful angel after all these years. Enjoy your day!

jocondine said...

All the ornaments are so cute, love that funny reindeer and the January snowdrop design is lovely. So great to begin the year with this fully finish angel, it gives a lot of hope for our old UFO. Bonne Année 2023 ! Bisous.

Faith... said...

Love the gifts you made and received! The sewing box looks great and I am sure it will come in very handy. I really love that cute little snowman!

What a kind person you are to help the lady from your church finish the UFO. It is beautiful and I am sure it will always be treasured. I can just imagine how grateful she and her daughter were for that.

Astrids dragon said...

So many great gifts you received, such pretty colours of thread.
It was really sweet of you to finish the Angel's beading, she's gorgeous!