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Monday, 15 December 2014

Preparing for Gifted Gorgeousness

I have decided to host my first ever year-long SAL - the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL.  This is a nice open SAL, not too many rules.  There is a special page here for you to sign up on (if the Mr Linky works!) and link to on your own blogs if you like.

Basically we will post once a month, on the 15th of the month, because it is 2015 next year and there are enough SALs which post at the end already!  You can join in every month or just drop in when you want.  There will be a linky post here every 15th for you to check-in.  Here is a short list of things which you may consider including in your Gifted Gorgeousness post:
  • Any chart/kit which was given to you
  • Any chart/kit which you won in a giveaway
  • Any chart/kit which you bought using a voucher given to you/won by you
  • Anything stitched on fabric received in the above ways
  • Anything stitched with floss received in the above ways
  • Anything embellished or finished with items received in the above ways
  • Anything which is intended as a gift or prize for another person
  • Anything else you can somehow shoehorn with word "gift" into!
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I have been working on something this week that fits into the category so I thought it would be a good idea to introduce the SAL and show some of my choices for next year.

The piece I have been stitching is an Acorn House Design from JCS Christmas Ornie Special 2013.  In the magazine the finished piece is decorated with a lovely clay poinsettia.  Susan the designer sent one of these to Sharon Shebafudge and one to me to thank us for the skill and enthusiasm with which we tackled her Drac-in-a-Box!  How lovely is that?


I'm stitching it on 28count white evenweave with silver sparkles in it.  So it is coming up rather large for an ornie.  I may make a cube finish instead.  The red thread is a Weeks Dye Works which I won in a giveaway so this designs fits two categories!  The thread is an overdyed so there is a little variation in the shades, you can just see this in the photo.


Here are my collages for next year:

  1. JBW – Rocking Horse
  2. Teresa Wenztler – You were Hatched
  3. Kingfisher for school
  4. Dragon of the Winter Moon from Riona
  5. Joan Elliott – Believe for school
  6. Primitive Hare – Hallowe’en Blocks (Christmas present)
  7. Nutmeg Cottage from Susan


  1. L*K Friends from Sarah-Beth
  2. L*K Autumn from Cherise
  3. Beehive Needleworks Sunflowers & Acorns from Linda
  4. January Wordplay from Shirlee
  5. Brooke’s Books Witch (Birthday money)
  6. Nora Corbett Snowy Cottage from Nataly
  7. Custom Crafts Snapdragon from Lesley
  8. CCN Poinsettia Cottage from Stitcher Anon

  1. Marley was Dead from Stitcher Anon
  2. Strawberry Sampler from Lee
  3. Book of Spells from Carin
  4. Shepherds Bush She Tends from Kati
  5. Poinsettia from Susan Acorn House Designs (this will be replaced by something else, probably the Satsuma Street design I got for my Birthday!)
  6. Nora Corbett J from Justine
  7. Sweetheart Tree Tudor Rose from Vickie
  8. Shepherds Bush – Mini Samplers from Laura and Heather

When I add these to my 7 WIPS I get a grand total of 31 designs, one for every day in January.  Perfect for the DUCJC 2015 as organised by Linda Stitchin' with my Furbabies.

Finally, the Advent Calendar is going so well.  It's been lovely seeing all your stitching and reading all your stories about your favourite present.  I was relieved to discover that Susan's Dad did not hide her favourite present in the same place as Katie's!  Susan got a sister, while Katie got a puppy which was hidden in a cupboard!


16 comments:

  1. Oh wow! Next year's plan is making me dizzy.
    This piece you are working on is so neat!

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  2. Wow. Love your pieces that you have planned. Beautiful!!! I'm waiting until after Christmas to plan my DUCJC 2015. I figure I would get it all planned and then receive something to add to the list haha.

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  3. Great start to our Gifted Gorgeousness SAL, Jo. Love all of your choices for DUCJC 2015, too.

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  4. Oh No! I only have one project on my list. It was a 12 month BOM that I barely got started on in 2012?

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  5. OMG!!! OMG!! and OMG!!!
    How many designs to stitch!?! WOW!!!
    Erm.... good luck!! Your going to by VERY busy in 2015 ha ha
    I would be so useless at making a list... I may ask Jon to do it for me and I just stitch them! ha ha
    Love your stitching... very pretty :)
    Smiles :)

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  6. Wonderful charts Jo. Looking forward to seeing you start them in January.

    Linda

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  7. Are you going to find time to eat and sleep?! Poinsettia Cottage is adorable but I'm really looking forward to seeing a (or several) witches worked up. :D

    Also you've gotten the blogger bug (it's a known issue) -- the creepy house numbers verification is back. I think I recall seeing a fix for it somewhere but it's eluding my sleepy brain and awful Internet at the moment, maybe Aurelia's blog?

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  8. I'd love to join Gifted Gorgeousness as I have three special gifts to stitch for next year - wedding in Feb, graduation in the summer and another wedding in the autumn - can they be my pieces?

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  9. Good luck Jo, that is a huge list!

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  10. That's a lot of stitching for next year.... lots of lovely designs.

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  11. Fantabulous list!!! Love the Halloween blocks & the nutmeg cottage... Looks like you're going to have a fun stitching year xox

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  12. So many lovely designs...and you're going to start them all in January? Woah! Really looking forwards to your posts then :D

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  13. Gorgeous deisgns, I will enjoy watching this SAL x

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  14. WOW!!! That's an amazingly ambitious list LOL ;) I love the idea of your SAL - what a wonderful way to thank someone for a stitchy gift, and such a great incentive to use that Very Special Stash. Thank you so much for including a casual monthly drop-in option - I'm going to try to make a month or two ;)

    P.S. Rosey is absolutely right - I just wrote a post about the Blogger number verification glitch. The quick fix is to embed your comment form, as you've done, so you're okay now :)

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  15. Sounds like a fun SAL and I have SO many things that would fall in to those categories...LOL

    Perhaps that would explain why the other half has refused to buy me anything cross stitch related for Christmas or my Birthday... :(

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  16. I love the idea of this SAL...so many times we stitchers receive something and put it away "for later". How lovely to celebrate gifting. I have several pieces that would fit this category and would love to join in the fun!

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