Monday, 14 December 2015

Lots of gifts and another finish

Dear friends

I will definitely be on Santa's Naughty List this year after receiving so many lovely gifts from friends and not sharing with you all!

Back in October I won a giveaway on Maggee's blog and she made this beautiful cube finish for me...


Isn't it gorgeous?  Maggee hand-dyed the lace to achieve the right colour.  Now that's attention to detail.  Thank you Maggee I absolutely love it.

Then I was the recipient of one of the many Christmas ornaments that Jacquie has been sending round the blogosphere...


Here it is already on our tree.  Thank you Jacquie, it looks so pretty and smells absolutely delicious too!

Then last week Sally had a clear out of some Halloween ornaments and fabric, and knowing that I didn't have much in the way of Halloween designs, sent them all to me!


Thank you Sally - I know you said I could pass them on but I really don't think I will!  The pumpkin face is already a favourite with my boys and I'm sure I can put the fabric to good use next year.

And then my dear friend Ingrid of Mii Stitch sent this beauty along with some Christmas gifts...



Thank you Ingrid - you know I love everything and am already planning to buy more of those cute Flip-It designs!

Ingrid also sent a gift to our friend Rachel the Ten Hour Stitcher.  Please do check out the photos on Ingrid's blog here as they are much better than mine, plus my gift looks great side-by-side with it's stitchy twin!

As promised, I also have a finish of my own to share, and here it is!  Started as one of my Crazy January Challenge pieces this year in memory of SoCal Debbie, this is Pretty Little Paris.

Pretty Little Paris by Satsuma Street
Started 7th January 2015, finished 2nd December 2015
Stitched on 16 count Rustico aida
with recommended DMC threads


I'm very happy with how it turned out, it's so bright and colourful!  I made a few adjustments to the bridge running along the bottom as it was charted unevenly and my tidy brain couldn't cope with that!  Apart from that it was stitched just as charted with the recommended colours.

This one is my 12th finish of the 15 new starts I had back in January and sadly I will have to carry the remaining 3 over into 2016.  I plan to finish at least 2 of them next year but more of that later!

I am busy stitching on Christmas goodies now which I will share on December 24th as part of Jo's Advent Blog Hop.  See you then!

Justine

44 comments:

  1. Lovely gifts Justine,each and every one
    I love your colourful Little Paris finish...congratulations.

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  2. Congrats on the awesome finish Justine. You have received some lovely gifts.

    Linda

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    1. Thank you Linda. I was sorry not to finish more of my 15 new starts this year but I think Debbie would have understood!

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  3. Wow! Fantastic gifts for you. :D
    I love the colors of your Pretty Little Paris piece so very much.

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  4. Wooo Beautiful gifts for you. Congrats on your finish. Pretty Little Paris is so beautiful and love the colors. love Annette

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  5. sweet gifts Justine...you will be all ready for next years themes..

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  6. Beautiful finish and what lovely gifts from your generous friends. :)

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  7. What beautiful gifts you have received. Well done on another finish - it really is very pretty.

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  8. Hi Justine - Some beautiful gifts you have received. I love the little Friends chart. Well done on your finish it looks lovely. Joan at www.aviewtothefells.com

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  9. Wonderful gifts that have dropped through your letterbox. The Paris stitch looks so bright and colourful.

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  10. Gorgeous gifts, and it's neat to see a Satsuma Street pattern stitched up - I've checked out their Etsy shop and been so tempted by the bright colors. Even more tempted after seeing your finished piece!

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  11. Fantastic gifts for a fantastic person. Wow on your adorable finish! Congrats!!

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  12. Wow, being showered with gorgeous gifts and it's still a week before Christmas, you've certainly not been naughty, lol. Congrats on the beautiful finish, will look forward to your Advent Hop post:)

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  13. Nice gifts and I like your finish good going.

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    1. Thank you! I really enjoyed the bright colours of this finish.

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  14. You do have some wonderful gifts! Your Paris design is so pretty and colorful! Great stitching.

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  15. My goodness! Have you ever been spoiled! What a great collection of Halloween ornaments. Your finished turned out very well. Love the color pallet.

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  16. so many gorgeous gifts there Justine... love the cube finish... & I all the Halloween items are so fun, enjoy! Lovely Satsuma finish there too, I love their use of colour

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  17. Wow, you have been spoiled with those beautiful gifts. The Halloween witches from Sally are adorable. Congrats on a lovely finish.

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    1. Thank you Mini - they're all so lovely aren't they? I really have been spoiled.

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  18. You got so many lovely gifts, Justine !! Enjoy:)
    Your finish is so cute and colorful !! Congrats on the great job!!

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  19. These gifts are all so nice and so beautifully made, each of them. That Halloween collection from Sally is so cool, no wonder that your boys like these pillows and ornaments, too, lol.
    Little Paris is a great finish. So good that you could finish so many of the starts that you had back in January.

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  20. So many lovely goodies! Love the Halloween collection. Sally has been so generous, they all are spooky-cute :)
    Love the Satsuma finish! Hope mine will be as pretty.

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  21. Congrats on the finish! 12 out of 15 is amazing. Enjoy your lovely goodies too!

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  22. Aww so many great gifts! I'm glad you fixed the bridge that would drive me nuts too!

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  23. So much awesome in one post. Congrats on your finish :)

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  24. Paris is beautiful! You have received so many pretties it is hard to pick my favorite! nly carrying over three starts into the new year is awesome!

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  25. wow quanti bei regali!! E meraviglioso il tuo ricamo

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  26. Justine, you received so many lovely treasures! And your finish is fabulous! Personally, I believe 12 out of 15 starts is pretty amazing. Great job! I look forward to seeing your Advent Blog Hop post.

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  27. Oh wow wee Justine! You did get totally spoilt! I love your finishes too :) I hope you have a great Christmas and New Year and with luck I shall have lots of lovely finishes to show off throughout 2016! I sure have missed my stitching and blogging! xoxox

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  28. Lovely gifts! and a beautiful finish!

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  29. What wonderful gifts, love the Halloween stitching and your little Paris is lovely.

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  30. I just love your finish, Justine--the colors look like they were wonderful to work with! And what great gifts--you are one lucky stitcher to have so many sweet and generous friends :)

    Enjoy this last week before Christmas--can hardly believe it is almost here!

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  31. Lovely gifts Justine - Merry Christmas to you and your Family xx

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  32. What beautiful gifts you received! Love your Pretty Little Paris piece too, so colourful and vibrant!

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  33. Your Paris finish is brilliant Justine.

    Lovely ornament from Jacquie and I love what Mii stitched for you. I have just seen it on her blog. So glad you liked the Halloween things I sent. They have gone to a good home :).

    I think you've done well with your crazy challenge. Only having 3 to carry over is really good.

    Have a wonderful Christmas.

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  34. Lovely gifts you've received. Pretty Little Paris is just amazing.

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  35. Wonderful gifts!
    Congrats on your finish, well done!

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  36. I have always said that the cross stitchers must be the most generous people in earth so much love and kindnes stitched to all your gifts... Enjoy them all!

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  37. Enjoy your lovely gifts.
    Merry Christmas !

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  38. Oh I love the Halloween ornaments! Lucky girl! The Paris design is so pretty-I love the colours. Good on you for completing that many finishes. Twelve is definitely something to celebrate!
    Merry Christmas,
    Jenn

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  39. I like your Little Paris. Very cute!

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