Friday, October 31, 2014

Just Nan SAL post.....picture heavy

YEAHH!!!!  Today we get to post our JN projects for our SAL!!!  Zeb of Keep Calm and Cross Stitch was the one who came up with our SAL group.  I'm so glad as it has REALLY gotten me to finishing a lot of  my little JN charts/kits that I have collected over the years.  Yes.....I still buy her new things too!! 

I have a great LOVE of Just Nan charts and kits.  Why?  Because it was 19years ago when we were stationed at Scott AFB in Belleville, IL that my small shop in Lebanon, IL called Mom & Me was where I bought my first JN kit.  My shop owner had tried for several months to get me to try stitching on linen.  I looked at it and thought to myself "I'll never get the hang of stitching on linen."  Famous last words for me.  So I purchased a small JN Filigree Fancies Forget Me Not kit.  I took it home and stitched it up and mounted it into a small square wooden box and gave it to my mom for Mother's Day.  She has it displayed on her dresser in her bedroom. 

What I did was GIVE AWAY my first stitched linen project!!!!  WHAT????  I have a rule of thumb for myself when I learn a new technique, whether it is for cross stitching or sewing projects, is that I keep the first finished piece of the "new technique".  Well, I do get to see it when I go home to visit my parents which being a military wife is not all that often.  But my mom just LOVES that little treasure box with the Just Nan displayed on top. on to today's JN finish posting!  I took some pictures of my little biscornu yesterday evening just in case we didn't have any sun today.  Well, they turned out ok but I also took some more pictures of my little biscornu again this morning to share with you. 

I stitched JN Anniversary Biscornu.  I just LOVE getting the "special kits" that some shops commission Nan to do for their store. 

Here are several shots of the front of the biscornu.

Here are the back pictures of the biscornu.

I tried to get better lighting by photographing them outside on top of my bushes but I guess I should have done that earlier in the day yesterday.  Oh well.  I hope they turned out well enough for you to see them. 

Now.....what to start for November's JN project????  I already have an idea.  I will be starting the JN Ornamental Advent.  If you don't know what it looks like, you can click on this link Just Nan Ornamental Advent.  I have the fabrics all cut, thread all wound and in a special thread box of their own.  So I'm ready to get started right away.   I hope to do one (or two possibly) each month and then will do the finishing at the end.  That way I will hopefully have all of them completed by next November just in time to start using next December!

I hope I haven't rambled on and on too much for you today.  I just get excited about cross stitching and being able to share my finishes with you.  Thank you for taking the time to read all this today!!!

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Smalls SAL.....

Heather of Stitching Lotus is the host of the 2014 Smalls SAL.  You can click on the link above or on her blog link to find out more about our Smalls SAL this year.  I'm THRILLED to be a part of this SAL this year and I plan on signing up for next year too!!  It gets me to finishing all those little ornaments throughout this year that will be presents this Christmas......or for presents for upcoming birthdays!

This month I stitched a freebie chart from iStitch Designs called SNOW.  You can find it her on Carol's blog, iStitch, and then go under her Freebies link to get the chart.  And if you haven't checked out iStitch's blog fully, be sure to go back and see what wonderful projects that Carol designs up.  I also heard that she is doing another Advent SAL this year so I will definitely be signing up for that once again.

Snow was such a fun stitch and I just chose my own colors from my stash.  It is stitched on Sassy's Fabrics 32ct English Ivy, and I just used the same fabric for the backing material.  The threads are Hand Dyed Fibers (HDF) B5200 white regular silk and the red is Perfect Red 6207 premium.  I used 2 strands of the white regular silk and 1 strand of red premium.  I LOVE this red silk!!!

Since all my Christmas decorations are still packed away, I did manage to find this adorable Christmas box that I received one year and photographed the ornament on top of it.  Seeeee......that's why I need to keep SOME Christmas decorations out all year long.......for photographing new Christmas projects!!! hehe my husband and family probably wouldn't understand that reasoning but works for now! 

Thank you for stopping by to read and see what stitching projects I've been up to.  Now I need to get back to some more stitching on another ornament!  Some people have asked me if I ever get tired of stitching the ornaments.  I reply and smile and say, "Never!"  I just love to stitch up ornaments for my family and close friends!!! 

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe new contest!!!

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is having a contest to win one of her Christmas charts Jingle As Ye Enter.  To find out more about this contest, please visit her blog HERE to win this adorable little chart.  And to get more entries to try and win, you can also post on your blog or Facebook to get 25more entries!!!

So head on over there to try and win this Christmas chart to have well in advance and have a new chart to stitch this Christmas season!

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

TUSAL time again.....'s TUSAL time again!!!  Yes it's that time again for us to share our ORTs with you.  Daffycat is the one who hosts this SAL and you can find more about the TUSAL that she is hosting by clicking on the link above or here at her blog of It's Daffycat.   I have quite a few to show you in my little ORT tin this time.  I will show you the full jar in next month's post.

That's not too bad considering a lot of it was for stitching some gifts that I was giving away just recently.

Now back to my regular stitching for today. 


Sunday, September 28, 2014

JN SAL post......

Today is the day we post our JN stitched projects for our JN SAL.  You can read more about Zeb hosting this monthly JN SAL at the link above or here on Keep Calm & Cross Stitch.

I am trying to stitch up some UFOs myself, and I happened to find this JN Horrified that I had started a while ago. add to my progress of getting my UFOs down to a manageable stack and projects that I still want to complete, I finished stitching this cute little whimzi.  I don't normally get into Halloween.  In fact, it has to be a "fun type project" to stitch for Halloween if I am going to stitch something Halloween at all.  I DON'T DO SCARY HALLOWEEN PROJECTS.   Nope.....not gonna stitch it if it's scary looking.  So I will only fun projects.

This little whimzi will add to my stash of finished whimzi's.  I present.....JN Horrified.

I do apologize for the dim looking photo.  I took it in my sewing room with the light on and the window blinds open.  Nothing helped with making it look lighter in the picture.  I hope you can see it just fine. 

Now ..... back to my normal stitching this afternoon!!!  I am trying to play catch up in another SAL that I'm doing.  I hope to share pictures of that SAL later on this week. 

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

TUSAL repost.....a day late.... I'm a day late.  But better late than no report at all.  I looked wrong on my calendar yesterday and just didn't remember to post my ORTs for this month. You can find out about our TUSAL by clicking the link above or on It's Daffycat blog.  It's not hard to do.  Just keep all those little orts that you know you will accumulate every time you sit down to stitch.

I have been working on many different and little things, getting presents ready for Christmas, some birthdays, some exchanges at an upcoming retreat among our group going, and then lots of STITCHING FOR SANITY!!!  haha

Here is where I store all my little ORTs each month.

Here is how my BIGGER ORT jar is looking.  It's really getting filled up.  I did push some of the ORTs down in it after taking the picture. 

I just got home from spending the last 4 hours at the Chevrolet dealership getting my van repaired of a transmission fluid lead and a couple of other smaller problems.  I am just THANKFUL to have xstitching projects to take with me, otherwise I would have been BORED OUT OF MY MIND sitting there waiting and doing nothing productive.  I did stitch an old UFO that needed to be finished.  Now I can take it to be framed!!!  YEAHH ME!!! 

Happy Stitching everyone!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

September Smalls Post.....

Heather of Stitching Lotus hosts the monthly Smalls SAL!!!  You can click on her link there or up above to go to see what the Smalls SAL is all about. 

I had stitched up the latest SB My Home scissor fob last of August, but I just didn't have time to get it finished into the fob to post.  So as to not stress myself out over it, I saved it to share this month for the Smalls SAL.  I will admit I did the finishing though yesterday.  lol  Nothing like stitching something but then I tend to wait do the "finishing" all on a particular Friday Finishes.  However, yesterday wasn't Friday and last Friday when I planned to do it, something came up that I didn't get to do the finishing on it.

I have done the ribbon finishing on other SB fobs but for some reason, I didn't make the loops very loopy yesterday.  Not too sure why.  I look at it and I swear it reminds me of when my husband goes in for his haircuts and gets a military "buzz cut".  I feel like I gave my ribbon edging a "buzz looping" yesterday!   ROFL

I had bought the little purple heart scissors from Kelmscott when I paid for my SB My Home fob kit.  I might check and see what SB has when I go to their shop before retreat next month.  Hmmmm I might have to have a new pair of scissors.  I'm sure SB has some to choose from.  I am thinking a darker purple for scissors to match the fob more.  Nothing is wrong with these scissors except that I think I want a darker purple color to match the fob.  Which means......I will have to stitch ANOTHER FOB in a lighter purple to match the purple heart scissors.

I also had some beads left over so you will notice the tiny beads at the bottom of each ribbon tassel to just add some fun and flair to my fob. are your Christmas Ornaments coming along???  Me.....I made my list the other day and I have 4 left to stitch but I know exactly which ones those have to be.  Yes....I will use the stash I have here now especially after having to move and remind myself HOW MUCH STASH I have in my sewing room.   But I have many left to do the FINISHING WORK on so that will be another Friday of finishing!!!!  Maybe this Friday!!!!????

Happy Stitching!!!