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My name is Kaye and I am 58 years old. Unbelievably to me, at my age, I have now just embarked upon my third career - as a History Education Consultant! I love to cross stitch and quilt, especially with my kittens, Furio and Milo "helping" me. I also love to read, I have a passion for history and I have been cooking since I was about 12 - move over Junior Masterchef! So, this blog, which started out as a cross stitch blog sometimes morphs into a reading journal or a history lesson (sorry, I used to be a secondary teacher before I became a publisher and now a consultant) or a post about my cooking mojo. Whatever it is, this blog is alway about me, my family and my life here in Eaglemont, Victoria. I have been happily married for over 30 years to the most wonderful man and we are blessed with three beautiful grown up children.

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Friday, 16 December 2016

Last Gifted Gorgeousness post for 2016...

December Update....

But first, in case you do not know what I am talking about ...

Gifted Gorgeousness (or GG) is a SAL run by the wonderful SAL Mama, Jo from Serendipitous Stitching.  Basically, on the 15th of each month, we post anything which is stitchy gift-related.


I haven't done many exchanges this year (as I find them a bit too stressful - I always have grand plans for getting everything done early and then LIFE gets in the way and, well, you know the story!)

Anyway, the few I have done have been run by the Tuesday Girls on the No Fuss Swappers blog.  There are two things I like about these swaps:

1. Plenty of time before the deadline.

2. Absolutely straightforward, no sending of extra gifts.

So, I took part in the Bah Humbug Mug Rug exchange and I was lucky enough to have the gorgeous Teresa send me a few gifts.

A mug rug, a Christmas mug and a delicious gift, all wrapped in a Christmas fat quarter.




Isn't it all so very gorgeous and Christmassy?  Thank you, so very, very much, dear Teresa.  I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas. 

I, in turn, sent my mug rug, mug, delicious gift of a mini panettone and Christmas fat quarter to Nor.



I hope you like your Chrissy gift, Nor.

This next gift you have seen before, it is Baby Joe's first Christmas, which you can see in more detail in this post.


Next up is Oh Holy Night, which I made up into a little felt bag, which I filled with Christmas goodies to give to my best friend, Kim.







... and, of course, we have more progress on Amy's London blanket. I am on the last colourway but alas, it will not be done in time for Christmas!


A bit hard to knit with Furio around!



 ... and last up, a girlfriend was having a clean up and gave me all of these lovely Jill Oxton cross stitch magazines and a Cross stitch Samplers book.


If you want to check out what everyone else does for GG, please head over to dear Jo's blog.

Well, time to sign off now, 

hugs, 


12 comments:

Christine said...

All the gifts are lovely.
Cats do like knitting don't they?

Melinda Forbes said...

Great gifts to and from you. I have decided Mug Rugs are a must, they are so much cuter than regular old coasters and Saucers don't really work with Mugs. It's new to me. Thank You

Justine said...

A lovely GG post. I like the sound of mug rugs too though they look tricky to make. Happy Christmas!

Karyn said...

Oh wow, Kaye, your gifts are wonderful both given and received...Kim is going to flip over her gift!
Your mug rug is fantastic too :)
The blanket is gorgeous, and looks like a lot of hard work and time, a true labor of love...and thanks to Furio you have a bit if help ;)
The mags are awesome...what a great buy!
Enjoy all of your sweet goodies
Hugs

Linda said...

All lovely gifts Kaye. Happy Holidays.

Linda

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for taking part in GG this year. Wonderful exchanges, I'd be afraid to use the mug rugs in case they got dirty!
Love Kim's little bag and the gorgeous blanket with added Furio fibres!

Bea said...

Love the mug rugs and the mugs that go with them. Your friend is going to love her gifts! Furio is just making sure the softness quality is not deteriorating. And what a score with those magazines! I'm sure you'll find a couple of patterns you want to stitch.

Barb said...

This post is just full of lovely gifts!!!!O Holy Night is such a pretty design. I'm sure all the people who get your wonderful work will love it.

Julie said...

Gorgeous gifts, the mug/rug/goody swap is fabulous and I love the little bag you made to fill with treats.

Brigitte said...

You just say it, Kaye. Don't we all have the best laid plans to start making gifts early? And then we get distracted by other sweet things, or life gets in the way. Seems to be the story of my life, lol. But next year I'll try it again ... haha.

Wonderful exchange that you were part of. And a great gift that you made for Kim.

Sarah in Stitches said...

Lovely exchanges! They all look like so much fun. Great stitching too, Kaye! Your daughter's blanket is almost done and looks gorgeous :D

Heather said...

Lots of great goodies all around! I'm loving the blanket so far!

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