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Monday, 17 April 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness - April

15th Day

Just in case you don't know what Gifted Gorgeousness is all about -

It is a chance for us bloggers to show off gifts we have received.  It could be yarn, a thread, a piece of fabric or something that's not for crafting but was sent/given to brighten your day.  Have you made or given a gift, that counts too as does a free chart you have found and have used, given by the designer.  Did you previously receive stash that you have finally got round to using? 

You can read more about 'GG'
here.  It's the brainchild of Jo at Serendipitous Stitching

Clare the owner of the Needlecraft Haven forum was running a little competition for the first 3 months of the year.  It was a bit complicated and involved a lot of maths (not for me) but for Clare to work out.  It did look impressive though when she showed us her workings out - definitely a 'A' grade maths pupil! 

It reminded me a bit of Jo and the pie chart she shows each month of her stitching - she has so many WIP's this month, the pie chart is going to be interesting to look at? 

Enough waffling..... back to the story... I won one of the gifts and here is my prize.  Thank you Clare and sending {hugs} - Clare recently had a nasty accident.

My handmade entry for Easters GG and finished during April is a knitted cardigan gift for a little one with some Easter choccie bunnies.
I also stitched and finished a Prairie Schooler little Easter bunny pillow, a gifted free design from PS back in 2012, but you all saw that in my previous post, or perhaps you haven't yet?
I belong to a weekly craft group and last Thursday we were given a 'Do It Yourself' Easter gift of the following items :-
An ordinary new flannel, 2 pieces of ribbon, double sided sticky fixer, 2 googly eyes and a Cadbury's crème egg....
Instructions followed ....
Fold the flannel in half diagonally

Roll up all the way from the thin end

Place the egg in the centre and fold the ends in.  Tie on one of the ribbons with a bow facing frontwards
(It's a good idea to get someone to hold this for you so you get it nice and tight otherwise the little egg is liable to drop out)

Add the second ribbon halfway between the first ribbon and top (making a knot at the back)

Cut the sticker fixer in half and attach one then add a googly eye
Add the second fixer/eye and fluff the ears up 
Voila.... you have a lovely little Easter bunny treat
DH gifted me these cute Lindt kissing Easter bunnies.  Shoehorned into the GG post as I will add the ribbons and jingly bells to my stash when I have eaten the chocolate.
Special embroidery machine threads were a lovely gift from an 85 year old local resident. 

The outer covering still on two of them are lovely ...

She brought them all the way from Bombay many years ago and has used them for crafting purposes in the past.    Unfortunately, she is struggling now with health issues and thought I might be able to put these to good use.

I've used them in a little project to see how they stitched up, i'll show you what I did with them when I have made up the little item.
Bit of a long GG post this time, hope you enjoyed seeing something a little different.

I'm looking forward to seeing what GG goodies you will be telling us all about this month in your blog posts.

Love and blessings



  1. Oh Julie I enjoyed this post! The threads from your 85 year old friend are quite special.

  2. aww such a sweet post my dear..the threads are very special from your friend,.
    sending you love and smiles x

  3. love the bunnies with their creme eggs Julie, the kissing bunnies from your other half so cute. I am sure the cardigan will be a hit , and yes I have started socks. Must pick up stitching tonight though. Your gifts have been special and I look forward to seeing how you use your gifted threads. Love to both xx

  4. Lots of lovely things in your post this month. How special to be gifted that beautiful thread and the creme egg bunny is so cute.

  5. Thanks for taking part in GG this month. Congratulations on the NH prize, most chatterbox person, wasn't it?
    Love the Creme Egg Bunny, that's so clever!
    The Lindt bunnies are lovely and of course you must save and use the trimmings!

  6. love the wee gifts ... how cute are they and those threads what a wonderful gift :) love mouse xxxxx

  7. What a pretty cardi and yummy choc treats. Lovely gifts all round.

  8. Lots of fun stuff going on in your GG post. I love the adorable craft you made with the bunny. Too cute! Enjoy your chocolates and your beautiful new threads.

  9. Great GG post, Julie, I love the nappy bunnies. Cute but practical and I cannot wait to see what you stitched up with the silk threads that you were gifted.

  10. Oh Julie loved your post.
    Those sweet rabbits so cute I will have to make them next year .
    Lovely gifts , hope you had a fab Easter.

  11. Such a wonderful array of gifts both received and made by yourself. Love the flannel Easter bunny, what a fabulous idea. Have a great week x

  12. What a special gift your threads are.I am looking forward to seeing what you have made.

  13. Love those egg bunnies

    Julie xxxxxxx

  14. Love the little cardi Julie, and those rayon threads are lovely

  15. What a lovely update Julie. The fabric and threads from Clare are lovely, have you any plans for them yet? I love your sweet cardigan and those threads from your friend are precious.

  16. Congrats on winning the prize. The cardigan is so beautiful. How special to recieve threads from your friend . I could guess from the label that it has something to do with India. By the way they changed the name to Mumbai from Bombay in 1995.

  17. Oh, the cardigan is so very special, Julie--just love those bright, cheery colors :) Had to laugh when I saw your comment about saving the bells from the Lindt bunnies... I do the same with every scrap of ribbon, button, bow, or bell that comes into the house via a gift. Must save each one and add it to my box of finishing supplies :)

    Hope your weekend is a lovely one!

  18. You are not the only one that saves trimmings from chocolate for stitching stash. =) When the hubby gives me Godiva, I always save those beautiful bows. Love the Cadbury bunnies; so clever. What a wonderful gift that old thread is!

  19. Your craft club bunny is a good idea. I must remember it for next year.
    A lovely selection of gifts, both made and received.

  20. Lovely post Julie, pretty cardigan, fabrics, threads and chocs. Great bunny gift idea.


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