Thursday, 15 October 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness October Link-Up Post

  Gifted Gorgeousness

For newbies, this is my first year long SAL.  Click on the picture above for the full details.

We will be posting and linking up on the 15th of each month, because it is 2015.  Should be easy to remember.

Elizabeth Shephard by Scarlet Letter - a gift from Nicola:

stitched on 30 count linen

Mail Art piece I can't show yet!

stitched over 1 on 32 count Cognac linen

Book of Spells by The Goode Huswif - stitched on gifted fabric:

stitched on 40 count Jewel Butterbeer linen.

I have made huge amounts of progress on this one, mostly due to the Small Boy deciding he likes baths again!  I stitch on this one while he is in the bath and all Summer he has decided he does not like baths because they make his fingers go wrinkly.  So he refused to sit down or get his hands wet!  Careful building up using wet wipes and damp towels got us to the point where I could pour water over his body and suddenly one evening he sat down!  Totally out of the blue!  And now he likes a long bath so I get lots of stitching done again.  I love that tree, the effect of the paler grey is gorgeous in real life.  Now I'm adding lots of splashes of orange and there is another gravestone and a spooky house to do.

I also received some lovely gifts this month.  First of all, I won a runner-up prize in Wee Stitchy Steph's Giveaway and here is what she sent me:

That's a super fragranced candle on the left!  Lots of buttons and charms.

Close-up of the jingly piggy scissor fob: 

Snowflower Diaries pillow, stitched over 1: 

With a beaded edge: 

I know what you are thinking - if that was the runner-up prize, whatever did the winner get?  Someone was a lucky stitcher!

I have also received my part of the Hallowe'en Mail Art Exchange.  Once again I struck lucky and got Mii herself as my sender!  Here's the awesome Faby Reilly purse full of goodies she sent me:

Isn't that clever?  The flap lifts up and a mouse appears!

The reverse of the purse: 

Footprints all over the purse including the bottom: 

And here is one of the culprits, on the gusset: 

And here's his partner-in-crime on the other side! 

And the contents; beads and threads in Hallowe'en colours (glow-in-the-dark white), chocolate discs, pumpkin eraser and a Lego Mini-Figure, one we didn't already have!  Plus a great Lizzie*Kate chart.

Thanks Mii, it was a wonderful exchange and I can't wait to send mine off to my partner and see what she thinks of it.

And now over to you - Here is the place for you to link up so we can see what Gifted Gorgeousness you have been stitching so far this year.  Please use your name or your blog name in the field NOT the words "October Update" so I can easily see who has linked up this month.  
And link to the actual post, not just your blog.  People are still getting this wrong!  It is easier if you copy and paste the link, rather than typing freehand.
Thank you.  I can amend links if you make a boo-boo though.



Finally, I had two charts up for grabs last month, the Tea Cozys and Sampler plus the Ribbon Alphabet.  These were won by Elfie and Stitching Noni.  Congratulations to you both and please drop me an email with your addresses so I can get them out in the post to you.  No giveaway this month, but there will be a small prize offered for the Hallowe'en Trick or Treat Blog Hop on the 31st so make sure you all sign up for that one soon.


Marie said...

Wonderful GG progress.
I enjoyed toured wrinkled finger story! Haha As the mom to 2 boys (not so young boys 26/28) I truly appreciate hearing that. So cute! Glad that his bath situation has given you more time to stitch.
Congrats on your giveaway win, very nice.
Love the Mail Art. Wow, that is so nice and beautifully finished.

Vickie said...

I love the stamp you stitched on your mailart piece!
What neat gifts you were given. :)

Jacquie Morris said...

Oh dear... I did not link it to my page :( sorry....
I will put my post up now so that when you go to my page it will be the right post!
I am useless :(

Bea said...

You got lovely goodies for the win and the exchange. Wonderful progress on your GG pieces.

Mini said...

You have made good progress on Book of spells. The small pillow ornament from Steph is so cute.
Wow ...the Halloween mail art piece is gorgeous. Would have taken a lot of effort to assemble the piece.

Christine said...

Lovely stitching Jo, and fabulous gifts

Kerryp77 said...

Wonderful stitching Jo. Book of spells looks so different now the colours are going into it. The mail art is stunning from Mii, as is the cushion from Steph.

Tiffstitch said...

Great progress and what a cool gift!

Kaisievic said...

Oh my goodness, such wonderful gifts. Mii's halloween Fabby Reilly purse is truly amazing - she is so clever and such a lot of work.

Sarah in Stitches said...

Great stitching! Love your progress on Book of Spells. Enjoy your new goodies! :D

diamondc said...

Jo: That little package you won looks sweet.
Great stitching progress.
Congratulations to the winners.


Linda said...

Gorgeous gift exchange Jo. Your stitching is awesome.


Shelly said...

Cute story of your Small Boy! Book of Spells looks better and better every time. What wonderful gifts you received.

Elfie said...

Wow - you are one lucky lady. Your pics are lovely - so many nice things. I'm glad the Small Boy has taken to baths - so relaxing for all involved!

stitchersanon said...

Great projects. I'm a day late but had a week like no other...this sal made me do some stitchng though so thank you xx

Susan said...

Great progress. That mail art piece is too cute. Congratulations on getting Small Boy into the water again, I'm sure that was a huge relief.

Clare - Aimetu said...

Great gifts - I haven't stitched a Mail Art piece in ages. I love your stamp and gorgeous buttons.

Sorry I'm a little late with my blog

jocondine said...

GG post done! This Mail Art is gorgeous, so clever, designs, colors, great gift! A "stamped" post for me (means familiar "crazy" here). xxx

gominam said...

Great progress on Book of Spells, thanks to Small Boy, lol. Awesome presents, love the cute piggy scissors fob and that beautiful purse from Mii.

Steph said...

Fabulous stitching. Glad you like the goodies. Oh I saw that Halloween purse on Mii's blog just now! It is AMAZING! XOX

Deborah Richardson said...

Love the secret mouse house purse. I would be delighted to participate in the Halloween blog hop again this year. I have a halloween cross-stitch ready if I am not to late signing up.

Stitching Noni said...

Thank you for drawing my name for the giveaway.... Lovely surprise for a Monday morning :)
I am absolutely drooling over the beautiful Halloween envelope/pouch you received from Mii. It is just so stunning. :)
Can't wait to see more of your mail art soon....
Hugs xx

Brigitte said...

So much Gifted Gorgeousness again on your blog.
I will not link up this time as I have mainly stitched on some big projects and none of them is gifted nor will be given away as a gift - at least as far as I know now. :)

Brigitte said...

... I forgot - this pouch you received from Ingrid in the envelope exchange is just a dream. Her finishing skills are extraordinary.

Sheryl S. said...

The book of spells is looking great, lovely stitching and what a wonderful gift from Mii.

Katie said...

Beautiful progress on your pieces! Just LOVE all the goodies you got in the mail. Love the mail art from Mii!! Congrats to the two chart winners.

Gwen said...

Haven't done mail art in a long time. yours is wonderful. I'm loving The Book of Spells.

Julie said...

Book of Spells is looking fabulous.
A stunning envelope that Mii sent to you, that must have taken some stitching time to do and make. She filled it with such wonderful goodies too.

Maggee said...

Hi Jo! I just posted my first GG post! As you will read, I was sick and not up to much of anything, so kinda late... You have been really busy, and have some great projects going! Plus lovely gifts received--what fun! Hugs!

Rose said...

tu as des doigts de fée !!!

Leonore Winterer said...

Super late but I finally linked up mine :D

Gillie said...

Congratulations to the prizewinners! Very late but made it!