Thursday, 15 February 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness February Link-Up Post

Welcome to the February Gifted Gorgeousness link-up.  The link-up date will continue to be the 15th and I will keep the link-up open until the end of each month so you have plenty of time if you are late posting.

The format remains exactly the same, there is a list of rules on the main sign-up page if you want to check what is required but basically anything connected to the word "gift" is allowed, whether it was a gift TO you or is a gift FROM you.

I have stitched on quite a few Gifted pieces over the last month and received a Gorgeous Gift too!

The main focus for January was the Discworld Mappe by Lyndisfarne Designs - chart was a gift and this will be a gift for my older son:

stitched on 32 count Murano custom dyed by Sparklies

12 Days of Christmas by Just Nan - chart was a Christmas present:

Stitched on 32 count Vintage Grain linen

Diamond Bouquet by Just Nan - chart was a gift:

stitched on 28 count lilac evenweave

My Chatelaine was a gift for my special Birthday in 2016 and will be my focus piece for the rest of this month. Here is two day's progress:

stitched on 32 count Cotton Clouds Belfast from Crafty Kitten

I am focusing on the plain x stitching for now. When I finish the green area I will go back and fill in the speciality stitches and metallics for the centre.

I was lucky enough to receive two gifts myself this month. The first was the lovely hearts from Wee Witchy Steph I showed in my Valentine Secret Stitching Sweetheart post:

The second was this amazing book pouch the incredible Christine from The Alchymyst's Study made especially for me. I won her annual competition to guess the number of finishes, books and shoes she has in each year and my prize arrived this week.

Smaug and the Lonely Mountain!

The cutest tag: 

The reverse of the bag, in Middle Earth map parchment:

I love my bag, I don't know who the designer is or if Christine charted it herself, she is a very talented person!

Now it is your turn to show us your Gifted Gorgeousness for the month. Please use your name or your blog name in the field and NOT the words "February Update" so I can easily see who has linked up this month. And link to the actual post, not just your blog.  It is easier if you copy and paste the link, rather than typing freehand.



Make sure you go and visit the other participants and leave comments.  The lovely Katie Jeremiah's Mom is hosting another giveaway this month so watch out for her post for a chance to win something gorgeous.

Finally, don't forget my Five Hops Challenge.  The first Hop this year was the Secret Stitching Sweetheart previously mentioned.  If you leave a comment on that post letting me know you've been visiting the Sweethearts then you get an entry into the Five Hops Challenge.  Participants are automatically entered.


Mary said...

Such lovely gifts you received, the bag is fantastic!! I've said it before but I am always impressed at how much you accomplish and your organizational skills.

Shami Immanuel said...

All your projects are lovely and so as the gifts.

gracie said...

Lots of great projects.

rosey175 said...

Steph's projects are always such fun! And the bag from Christine is great too; anything Tolkien is a win. :D

I'm glad Chatelaine is getting a focus month. You'll (we'll) see all sorts of progress! Are there beads as well on these? I can't remember and Google is sooo faaar away.

Katie said...

Great gifts stitched on and received. I love the bag of course. It has a dragon on it. Beautiful! Thanks for the plug. The giveaways have been posted.

DJ said... always, your projects are all lovely. I think I could stare at the map for ages, it looks like there is a lot going on in it! What fun! It's amazing all the stitching you are able to accomplish! Can't wait to see progress on your Chatelaine too, what a lovely piece so far! Congratulations on the bag, that is so much fun!

Clare-Aimetu said...

Lovely gifts Jo

I'll be blogging mine GG tomorrow as some is our daughter's birthday gift that we will give her tonight, I hope that's ok

Christine said...

Great progress on all your GG pieces Jo - I do love the Discworld Mappe.
I'm so glad you like your Prize

Linda said...

Lovely projects and progress Jo. Love the map.


Elfie said...

Beautiful projects, beautiful stitching. I did enjoy reading your blog today.

Carol said...

Beautiful stitching, Jo! I love that bag from the always creative Christine :)

Julie said...

Fabulous and stunning prize from Christine.
Discowrld is coming along nicely.

RJ said...

Amazing projects Jo. I love your prize from Christine. The Valentine hop was fantastic too. RJ@stitchingfriendsforever

Bethan said...

Oh wow! I love your book pouch!! x

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

A varied selection of projects. Your Chatelaine work has given me the nudge I need to get back to my Alpine Seasons Garden. What a terrific gift from Christine. She is so creative.

Kerryp77 said...

Lovely to see your Chatelaine again. Fabulous gifts from Steph and amazing pouch from Christine. Off to visit the valentine hoppers now.

jocondine said...

GG post on line. The bag from Christine is amazing, so nice finish! And the Discoworld stitching looks impossible to me, how can you count the stitches on the fabric, I would feel lost in space. xxx

Mini said...

You received lovely gifts from Christine and Steph. The bag sia mazing. Good progress on other gifts.

Leonore Winterer said...

Lovely stitching again this month :) Thanks for the reminder, I'm a bit behind on reading and linking but here we go :D

The Crafty Princess said...

Love love loving your Discworld mappe. I'm really looking forward to seeing this one develop. My second favourite will have to be your gifted book pouch from Christine! Wow it's brilliant and yes the tag is as awesome. I'm in awe of your specialty stitches on Diamond and the Chatelaine. You're amazeballs Jo!
xo Alicia
P.S. Would you be so kind as to add my link - I use to be able to do it from my phone but now that's not even working. :< Thank you

Mia said...

I LOVE the beautiful gifts your received, Jo. Oh, you are so lucky! Kisses, my friend.

Tiffstitch said...

Great crowd this month and love your progress on Discworld, plus that is an amazing bag, wow!!

Kaisievic said...

oops, sorry, only just squeezed in before Mr Linky expired! Phew!

Kaisievic said...

P.S. I love how Discworld is coming along!