Sunday, 20 December 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL December update

Hello Friends,
Welcome to the year's last post for GG SAL hosted by Jo. I'm not sad when I say last as Jo is going to continue this next year.. isn't that wonderful.

I'm late this month for good reasons. I wanted to end the year with some substantial stitching.

One of my craft group friend mentioned that she is going to travel to the States on new year day and asked me if I wanted to get some stitchy stuff from there . For those of you who don't know , this is the way most of Asian cross stitchers buy stuff . We have kind friends who bring us stuff from USA/UK, which we buy online and get shipped at their addresses. Most of the stash I have acquired is this way because the post here in Kuwait is unreliable and the shipping costs are huge.Blessed to have such helping friends.

So, I decided to stitch a gift for my niece and my friend will post it from the States. I'm sure my cousin doesn't know that I craft and blog so its ok to show what I made for her baby girl.

I'm really happy how the finished piece turned out. At first , I was skeptical about the fabric choice , but I think its looks pretty. This is my first attempt at sewing a cushion with lots of help from DH. The pattern is from Cross Stitcher Mag, Issue 201 .Please see my finishes page for other details.

I also stitched small hanger ornaments in spare time in office for gifts.

I have developed a liking for small kits/cover kits as with these how to finish the stitching is never a worry .

Yesterday was our craft meetup and I tried my hands at crocheting again with help from my friends. I'm so proud to tell I got success in third attempt.

I'm going to practice the stitches I have learnt before I start making something.

I'm thinking of writing a post for my craft achievements for 2015 and qualitative goals for 2016. I know many of you will be joining SALs and monthly challenges, however I'm only joining GG SAL as of now so I think writing down goals would be a good idea.Would you be interested in reading about my goals?

Wishing all my friends a Merry Christmas. Hope you have a good time with family and friends during holiday season.

I'll be back on the last day of the year for my FOTM SAL update and may be a list of stitching goals.


  1. That cushion is adorable! I'm sure your niece will love it :) you're lucky to have friends who kindly offer to carry things for you :)

    The smaller finishes are also really cute! And great progress on the crochet. You'll have to teach me someday ;)

    P.S. I'd love to see your goals for next year. It's always inspiring to see others' plans.

  2. I would love to hear your goals for next year! And great job on the crochet!! I absolutely love the pink fabric on the cushion, it looks so sweet! And your butterfly and kitty finishes look great :)

  3. I love reading about other stitchers' goals! It's really inspiring. Please share with us

    Beautiful cushion you made and I love those cute hangers too.

  4. Lovely cushion !! I know that satin like cloth is not easy to sew. Your hanger stitching is cute :)
    I started writing goals since last year again. Few years back I had given up as many do but I feel writing goals give you a path to look forward. It is not that you have to struggle hard to achieve all of them, but seeing at the list, you can see some changes/learning in your life. I like reading goals as some goals of yours might inspire me to add to my list.

  5. that cushion is indeed lovely Mini. good to see all your cross stitch finishes

  6. The cushion is lovely, I'm sure your cousin will love it. I notice that you use pounds and ounces to weigh babies too! I don't like the metric measurements, I can't tell if it's a big baby or not!
    Looking forward to seeing what your 2016 goals are. I've written my list already and will be doing a post soon.

  7. I love your cushion! What a beautiful gift for your niece!
    I understand about shipping costs - our postage rates are going up again next year and the exchange rate is horrible when I buy overseas these days so I have to be very careful when I hit the online stores!
    I would love to read what you're planning for next year. Every time I set goals I seem to lose my way... maybe I am just too ambitious!!
    Hugs xx

  8. So beautiful, this cushion. It's such a wonderful gift.
    Postage rates are sometimes a problem, that is true. The problem for me is our customs office. They are the reason why I have stopped doing exchanges because nearly all the bulky envelopes from overseas don't land in my mailbox but at their office. And it's a long way to drive and get them there.
    I'm very curious to know what you are planning for the next year.


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