Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Kicking Off Gifted Gorgeousness for 2019

New year, new Gifted Gorgeousness, same format - a forum to show of our crafting gifts and gifted crafting - for full details see Jo's Blog here.
First of all some gifts I received for Christmas
This beautiful little stitched stocking from Clare

and these lovely fabrics from Karan

And here are some things I made as gifts:-

I made Eloise and Naomi a snappy pouch each. These have strips cut from a retractable metal tape measure in the top so that they snap closed. They get double GG points because I originally received my own snappy pouch and instructions on how to make them as a gift from Julie
And here is a jumper I knitted for Naomi (Pattern and Paintbox Metallic DK yarn used available here)

This is the front - nice, but not earth shattering, however take a look at the back!

I'm really pleased with how this came out.
And finally, as she was packing to go back to University, Naomi complained that she needed something to brighten up the front room of her rented house and "make it look like adults live there", so I knocked up a little runner to go on their coffee table.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Rounding Up 2018, A Winner, and a Tree Explained

Happy New Year!

Here is my annual round-up post. The official total for 2018 stands at:-

Finishes - 78
Including these two last minute ones.

The tattoo heart brooch cover kit from the January 2019 issue of Cross Stitcher, which I couldn't resist starting when the magazine popped through my door 3 or 4 days ago. It is now gracing Naomi's new laptop bag
And this little chap.

I bought a whole book to get this pattern (It was only a small book, but still)
As you can imagine the really tough part was eating the two choc-ices to get the sticks for his skis. I am a martyr to my crafting.

Books read - 46
A bit down on previous years, but in my defence some of them were pretty long books

Shoes bought - 8
Yes, I was very restrained this year wasn't I?

So, that makes a total of 132, and the closest with a guess of 73, 54 and 12, was, for the 2nd year running


Well done Jo, a prize will be on it's way. 
Please comment  on this post with your guesses for 2019 if you want to be in the competition next year.

Finally a tree explained. In my last post I showed you my Geekmas Tree - I've got so many geeky decorations that we decided they merited a tree of their own and so the concept of the Geekmas Tree was born. (we also have a much more traditional tree in the living room). I challenged you to spot the fandoms and other geekiness represented. It would have been hard to get them all as they aren't all clearly visible in the photo, but here goes.
The angel on the top is Castiel from Supernatural and then reading from the top of the tree down we have:-
An ornament made from Scrabble tiles
A Golden Snitch (Harry Potter)
An ornament made from Lego bricks
A stitched penguin wearing a Jayne Cobb hat (Firefly)
Winnie the Pooh
Iron Man 
A Chemistry bauble with an organic molecule on it (the one that gives Christmas trees their smell)
Donald Duck
A bauble that says "Shiny" (Serenity/Firefly quote)
A glass Dalek (Doctor Who)
A stitched Hello Kitty
A Winchester Brothers bauble (Supernatural)
Captain America
A stitched Lieutenant Worf (Star Trek TNG)
A glass TARDIS (Doctor Who) also a gingerbread TARDIS and a stitched TARDIS
A stitched Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek TNG)
The Incredible Hulk
and an undead fairy

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Online Advent Calendar - 22nd

Welcome to day 22 of the on-line advent calendar, as organised by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching
For your advent picture I'm sharing this lino-printed poinsettia card I made

Also a picture of my "Geek-mas" tree. Extra brownie points for anyone who can identify all the fandoms. 

Jo also asked us to share our favourite Christmas song. Lots of my favourite songs have already been chosen, but I thougfht you might enjoy this - the Sans Day Carol, a traditional Cornish Christmas Carol.
Happy Christmas to you all

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

The Last Gifted Gorgeousness of 2018

Running a little late this month, but I do have some things to show for December's Gifted Gorgeousness (for an explanation of Gifted Gorgeousness please see Jo's blog here)
First we have the Annual Needlecraft Haven Christmas Ornament Exchange. Here is the ornament I made and sent to Angi

And here is the gorgeous one I received from Julie

Not the best picture as I'd already hung it and had to climb on a chair to get the photo
Next a Secret Santa Exchange through the Craft, Craft and More Craft Group on Facebook - this is what I sent

And I received these fabulous personalised baubles for all the family

Even the cats were included
And finally a huge thank you for the Birthday gifts I received from lovely stitchy friends. A book token from Barb, and this amazing Marvel tote bag from Julie

Sunday, 9 December 2018

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

At least around the front door.
I've decorated my wreath and hung it - white hydrangeas and silvered cones this year

And we've put out the pallet tree David made a couple of years ago, together with a new addition - a 3' willow Angel.

The tree is up in the house, but not decorated as the girls like to do that when they come home

Friday, 16 November 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness for November

Gifted Gorgousness time has rolled around again (See Jo's blog for a full explanation, but basically it is a monthly blog hop showcasing gift-related crafting/craft-related gifting).
I've got a couple of things I can show this month. The first is this skirt I made Naomi for her birthday, using a chiffon panel printed with Boticelli's Primavera, which just happens to be one of her favourite Italian Renaissance paintings.

And the second is this Christmas card hanger I made for Eloise. There is actually a full metre drop of the hanging strip, I just zoomed in to show the cross-stitch part.

The cross stitch design is by Whispered by the Wind, stitched in various orphan threads on Crafty Kitten's Belfast linen in Moondust. The finishing is done as you would for any hanging ornament, except that the top edge of a roll of sequin waste is sandwiched between the front and back of the bottom edge as it is sewn up.  (The sparkly "button" was part of the packaging on a fancy bar of soap from a couple of Christmases ago. Sequin waste and teeny clothes pegs from EvilBay)

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Hallowe'en Exchange

I took part in the Hallowe'en ornament Exchange at Needlecraft Haven.
Here is the sugar skull ornament I made for Justine (Justine's phot as I forgot to take one before I sent it off)

And here is the gorgeous black cat ornament I received from Clare