Friday, July 31, 2015

July's Gifted Gorgeousness, well, it's still July here!

Well, according to Jo's Widgety thingy I am just squeaking in.........must get better, must get better, the 15th is a perfectly respectable date, why can't I remember it, lol?

Okay, so what do we have........well, first of all I offer for your viewing pleasure....Cottage Garden Samplings July, a delightful chart as they all are, but oh my, such stupid mistakes were made by the you can see the left hand row of little bees are too far in....was going to ignore it but excuse the pun, it bugs the socks off me and there's a little fudge at the bottom, no, don't go rushing to look, there's a good thing......oh, too late, you did?  Well, don't think it's going to be finished in July seeing as how there are only just over 14 hours left of the month.  B- minus because of the daft mistakes. Oops, almost forgot to mention why it's a GG piece.......gifted to me by Miss Joyce down in hot Texas in a Secret Santa exchange.  Thank you, Joyce!

oh, and the chart is going to be sent to Jo, in a serendipitous attempt to get her to stitch more series!

Next up is this sweet one, stitched by my lovely friend, Melissa (who needs to update her blog?) in Ontario and our hostess when Frances and I visited her in May.  A similar ornament now resides in Last of the Summer Wine country in Yorkshire.  Thank you, Melissa, it was lovely to meet you and Miss S and an A-plus,definitely!

This lovely chart was gift lent to me by Miss Lynda.  I had admired it as it made its way along our international Round Robin route and she kindly sent it back to me so I could stitch it too.  This will be my first Carriage House Samplings design but not my last, I feel.  Thank you, Lynda, and remember......the original is in the pine chest of drawers, lol! Grade to come!

On to my last offering.......this beauty of a chart was kindly offered to Friendly Stitchers by Miss Mouse oh, a long time ago, lol, I have a feeling I was still living back in the UK.  A start was made with great enthusiasm........well, you know what when the infamous July list was made........this was the large WiP (a UFO? Nonsense!) chosen.  I'm using one strand of Gloriana's Bellagio, not terribly spring-like it has to be said, but quite lovely.  The first picture is where I left it, who knows when.......though the Y and Z were added this month......

and this is what I stitched during July.  I did a little playing around with stitches, not quite as much four-sided stitch as Mouse designed and put in Algerian eyes instead of the satin stitch on the flowers.

This one is definitely moving into August with me, must get on with the list for that.  I must say it does help to keep this poor brain a little bit on track!  Definitely an A-plus for the pleasure of stitching it!

There are a couple of biscornus to show you but they have to wait until next month, since the one I sent to France didn't get its picture taken beforehand and I forgot to ask Miss Mary to take one for me!

Better get on, the WT is arriving home late tonight and there might be a bit to do before then!  August is going to be busy, pleasurably so, family coming from the UK and then a trip to Maryland, stopping to see the Pittsburgh gang on the way and then the Baltimore Babe!  Can you believe Big Cousin, our eldest grandson, will have left for, how can that be?  Oh, and I'll be staying at a resort there.......well, I know, but that's where the WT's meeting is.......!

Lots of love......


  1. You squeaked in just in time! You've certainly been busy with the GG anyway so A+ for effort!
    Love the honeysuckle on the July chart too.

  2. Great stitching & lovely projects :)

  3. Lots of lovely things to see in this post Gillie, well done.
    Have a wonderful August with your family.

  4. wonderful stitching and I love the colours you've chosen for your FS design.

  5. Wow, what a lot of Gifted Gorgeousness just in one post. Awesome.


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