Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Gorjuss Exchange


Back in April, I'd organised an exchange for which you had to put together:
One Gorjuss cross stitch finish and
Two Gorjuss merchandising items

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We ended up with a very small cosy group of volunteers:
Justine, Heather and myself
 
I sent my goodies to Heather, Heather sent hers to Justine and Justine sent hers to me.

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First, here is what I have made for Heather.

I have opted for the "New Heights" Gorjuss kit from Bothy Threads,
as she was Heather's favourite girl.

The project was stitched on 14 ct parchment Zweigart aida fabric
and used Madeira threads


 Working on this piece was a long & slow process...
The background work
-  the pile of books and the wallpaper -
seemed to be never ending!!

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I tried to make something different and a bit more adventurous with my finish.
I went for a little fabric tray.


I followed the instructions provided on Marie Christine's blog
but altered them so that it could fit my Gorjuss girl :)


My initial plan was to use Gorjuss fabric from Quilting Treasures.
I soon had to give up on this idea as it appears to be hard to source here in UK
and as being so popular, seemed to be out of stock nearly everywhere :(


After much consideration,  I have opted to go with a mix of two lovely Tilda fabrics instead.
I had also found some Gorjuss tags and ribbon in my LNS to finish it off nicely
I also used buttons, pins, thick felt flower and stick on sparkly hearts.


What do you think??
I know it is far from being perfect but
I'm really pleased with it considering it was my first attempt.


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For the merchandising items, I have included:

Hush Litle Bunny - Postcard

A "Hush Little Bunny" card,
a "Ruby" folding shopper bag,
a "New Heights" drink coaster and
a "I Found My Family In A Book" mini memo pad

 

It's been a joy putting all this together.
I hope Heather was pleased with her goodies :)

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Next are the items I have received from Justine.

My favourite girl as you know is "Ladybird".




 Here she is beautifully finished off as an adorable little bag
I love it, it's perfect!
Look at the little details with the cute wooden buttons
The fabric is matching the design perfectly too ;)
Thank you Justine, you have made a beautiful piece!!


My merchandising items were fabulous.
A sweet postcard and a pen....


and a shopper bag!!!
Oh My God!!!
Justine you have been way over crazy generous!!
I love it :)
Like the bags I have had for my birthday, I've decided to use Santoro's pictures,
as they are showing off the item more beautifully..


I really wasn't expecting such wonderful gifts!!!
Thank you again so much Justine xxx

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Please hop over at Heather & Justine blogs to see more "Gorjuness"!

Happy Stitching!
Mii

80 comments:

  1. Wonderful stitching by you both. They way these pieces have been finished off is just stunning. Lovely exchanges for you.

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    1. Thank you so much! I had fun making the tray & will definitely make more of these in the future. The little bag from Justine is just so cute!!! I have put it on display & place some of my fabric stash in it :)

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  2. Wow, your tray looks amazing and what lovely gifts you were sent !!!

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  3. This is such a cute exchange! Your fabric tray is gorgeous - amazing job! :D

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    1. Thanks Sarah! I'm just so relieved Heather like it :)

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  4. Ohhhhh que hermosura d regalos por ambas partes!!!!!!! La idea de la bandeja me ha encantado!!!! Felicidades a las dos, habéis hecho unos trabajos estupendos. Feliz semana Mii.

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    1. Thank you! I am really happy with the tray finish, I think it fits the design perfectly :)

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  5. I love the whole idea!
    I love the finishing touches you made!
    I love the colours!
    All are indeed simply Gorjuss!

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    1. Plenty of Gorjuss-ness in this post :)

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  6. Wow, this was a wonderful exchange from all of you.
    You've seen a lot of effort to finish off your exchange. It is excellent!!!
    I like all the details and finishing fabrics that you have chosen and lovely extra gifts too
    You have received also lovely ladybird bags, enjoy those sweet little girls:).

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    1. Oh I will enjoy & treasure these gifts! So amazing!!

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  7. Lovely exchange items were sent and received. I really like the sewing tray that you made. I've put the idea on my 'to do' list :)

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    1. You are welcome! The tray finish is quite effective really, you can't go wrong :)

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  8. Mii, those are absolutely beautiful. Your tray is simply Gorjuss! Awesome job, I am in awe. I know that whoever receives it (Heather) will love it. Your fabric choices and details worked out lovely.

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    1. Awww thank you so much Louise. Believe me, the tray finish was easy... the hardest was stitching the Gorjuss girl with all these books & background :D

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  9. Aw...I can't say wich one is my favorite piece! Everything is gorgeous! eheheheheheh. I love those cute dolls but I only stitched one..I find them kinda difficult to stitch.

    Congrats for you all!

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    1. Thanks Isabella! It is now my third Gorjuss finish and each time the backstitch on her wild crazy hair drives me crazy :D Although this time it was more the wallpaper background.... never ending!

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  10. Omg omg omg omg what a beautifull post
    I love both Gorjuss
    I like the ladybug a bit more.. i love ladybugs...
    But both are so awesome
    aNd the finish off from both..
    Your small exchange is awesome succes...
    And it went good..
    Im going to hope over by the others

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    1. Thanks Annette! Yes, the exchange was a real success :) I'm so happy we all made beautiful finishes & offered each other some fabulous gifts ;)

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  11. This is a lovely exchange.
    The little Gorjuss is so cute.

    Greetings, Manuela

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    1. Thank you Manuela. Have a nice day!!

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  12. What a wonderful exchange. You did a BEAUTIFUL job!

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    1. Thank you Vickie. I'm so pleased it all went well & everyone like their goodies :)

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  13. So glad you like everything I sent. This was such a fun exchange, thank you for organising it. And wow...that tray is absolutely stunning!

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    1. Thank you again sooo much Justine!! I love your little handmade bag :) I can't put it away, so it's on display & I've put a bit of my latest fabric stash in it... it all looks really pretty! I'm really pleased with the tray & also relieved Heather likes it too :) xxx

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  14. What a great exchange! I love your fabric tray...it's amazing!

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    1. Oh my! Thank you so much Rhona :)

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  15. Une fois de plus un échange parfaitement réussi, cette petite fille est craquante ! j'imagine aisément le temps qu'il à fallu pour cette broderie, et tu as trouvé le montage idéal, c'est super mignon et quoique tu en dises très bien réalisé, le petit sac de Justine est également adorable et je ne parle pas des cadeaux bravo à toutes les deux !

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    1. Merci!! Oui, quelle belle surprise cela a été lorsque j'ai découvert toutes ces merveilles :)

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  16. What a happy exchange. The tray you stitched and finished is so very pretty and the bag you received is very cute.
    Margaret x

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    1. Thank you Margaret! I'm sooo happy with this exchange... and everything went well :D

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  17. Wow, this is a great exchange!
    You made a great tray and received lovely things!

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    1. Thank you Tania! I think I did well with the tray, considering it was a first :)

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  18. A very beautiful exchange!!!
    A hug
    Sonia

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  19. I love the tray - and what a fabulous exchange. Now I wish I had taken part…..maybe next time?
    hugs
    xxx

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    1. LOL!! It went well & we all love our gifts & creations :) That was really fun xx

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  20. Tout en Douceur1 July 2014 at 19:13

    j'aime beaucoup les finitions de ses jolies demoiselles
    Sophie

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    1. Merci beaucoup Sophie. Belle journée!

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  21. Mii, I think it's great, what you created!
    And it's super, what you got! :)

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    1. Thank you! I love what I've received & am so pleased Heather like my tray :)

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  22. Just Gorjuss indeed ;) Thank you so very much for my lovely exchange gifts xxxx I totally love my fabric tray :) Thank you for choosing my most favorite girl and working so hard on the background!! Wow is all I can say xxxxxxx Thank you Thank you Thank you xxxxx All the extras are just fab and just to nice to use lol xxxxx

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    1. Awww thank you sweetie!! I'm so so glad you like the fabric tray. I hope it comes in handy :) Your choice of girl wasn't the easiest to work on but I got there in the end :D xxx

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  23. Your tray turned out beautifully Mii. What fantastic gifts sent and received.

    Linda

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  24. Your work is wonderful! Very nice exchange :)

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    1. Thanks!! We had fun with these :)

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  26. Ce panier est parfaitement reussi,pas aussi haut,c'est mieux ainsi!
    Toujours de belles petites xxxxxx,bravo a vous toutes pour cet échange,un peu en cercle restreint
    c'est aussi bien sympa je trouve.
    Bisous

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    1. Merci! Ton tuto aura été bien utile :) Oui, j'ai déçidé de le faire un peu moins profond...faudrait pas cacher cette jolie petite fille :)
      Trop contente que tout ce soit bien passé cette fois-çi. Bises.

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  27. Cudowne hafty i wspaniałe sposoby ich wykorzystania :)

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  28. Wow! Wspaniała wymiana- piękne prace :D

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    1. Thank you very much for your lovely comment.

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  29. All of them are so cut and lovely !! Very beautifull ! I love them !

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    1. Thank you so much Anik! It was a beautiful exchange & it all went smoothly :)

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  30. You both did a wonderful job on the exchange! Those little girls are so sweet! And your work on the tray is just fabulous! :)

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    1. Thank you so much Penny :) It was a really nice exchange, goodies made & sent/received were fabulous!

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  31. These Gorjuss girls are all so sweet. I got to know them through Nia's blog but didn't know that there are merchandise articles as well. Both stitched exchange girls are wonderful. What a great exchange for all the three of you.

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    1. Thank you Brigitte. Yes, there is a very extensive & expensive choice of merchandising. The most difficult would be to make your mind up!! :D These little girls are all so so sweet!

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  32. You both made such pretty items with your stitched pieces... well done.

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    1. Thank you Julie. I love my little bag & really had fun putting the fabric tray together :)

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  33. Truly lovely. Such gorgeous design and finish.I hadn't seen these designs before and have fallen very much in love with them. Have contacted an embroidery shop who have sourced some. Fantastic.It is such a pleasure to read your blog. Shirley N.Z.

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    1. These little girls are so adorable, it's hard not to fall for them ;) I hope you enjoy stitching yours!

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  34. Oh my goodness! I think your fabric tray is beyond perfect! Wow! That is stunning! the fabric you used goes perfectly with Gorjuss. the treats you added are lovely. 'I found my family in a book' is one of my faves ^_^ Oh wow! And the goodies you received are amazing! What a lovely swap. xox

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    1. Thank you Steph. You always leave wonderful comments!!! Thank you so much xxx

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  35. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorjuss!!!! :D
    Beautiful exchange! I'm drooling on the pics :D hehehe

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    1. :D Glad you enjoyed this post! The Gorjuss goodies were fantastic, it has been a small but great exchange.

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