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!


  1. Brenda, congratulations on your JN finish! It is lovely! And when talking stitching, just ramble away. I enjoy hearing the "whys" behind chosen projects, chosen designers/fabrics, etc. Have a wonderful weekend!

    Robin in Virginia

  2. Love that biscornu! Nicely done! The beads sure make it pop! Once I tried linen, I gave away MY first project also! I think my friend still has it... :)

  3. Gorgeous biscornu. I thnk giving gifts to your mum is not really the same as giving them away! I do like the Advent Calendar, it's on my wish list. I did consider stitching it for my godmother because she admired the one I posted last year which wasn't a Nan.