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March Just Nan SAL winner

EERRR MAAAAH GAARDDD!!!

Zeb is finally posting the winner of the March Just Nan cross stitch SAL!

I know, I’m just as shocked as you are. :)

Thanks for the patience. I’m back on a roll, and I know April will not be a repeat of March!

We had 20 entries for March, and while it is down from previous months I blame that partly on myself for not helping motivate SAL members.

Our winner is…

Congratulations Brenda Wilson!

She wins herself an out of print kit called “Curious Cats” from the Filagree Fancies range of kits.

Please check our Brenda’s gorgeous work this month, including her “Winter Violets” finish and her start on the super rare design “Queen of the Needle Sewing Sampler Case.” Brenda also shared work she has done on “Sweet Remembrance” and her gorgeously framed “True Friends.” Truly a very Nan post! :D

Filagree Fancies kit Curious Cats by Just Nan

Filagree Fancies kit Curious Cats by Just Nan

Apologies for the shocking photo. I broke a cardinal rule about taking photos at night… but I wanted to get this drawing done and dusted before April was over! :)

Brenda please can you email me your postal address. p.s. Martha and Sarah your prizes have not been mailed yet, but will be when I post Brenda’s prize. Sorry! The last two months have been a mess for me, but hopefully things start to get more “together.”

In the mean time, I’m gonna go stash diving to decide what to stitch for April. :)

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French Country Umbrella by JBW Designs

Woke up with a nasty migraine this morning, so spent most of the day sleeping. After a light meal early this afternoon, I put the final stitches onto a cross stitch design called “French Country Umbrella” by JBW Designs.

I haven’t really had my stitching mojo these last two months. Combination of health and stress has meant that all the things I wanted to do, just didn’t happen.

So when this design arrived in a parcel from 123 Stitch, I was pleased to find my interest peaked. It called for Crescent Colours Caribbean Waters thread… but like most model photos, the reality was nothing like how it looked in the photo.

So instead I stitched this design in Weeks Dye Works 2135 Turquoise on 28 count Lugana; and I am very pleased with the final result. :)

French Country Umbrella by JBW Designs

French Country Umbrella by JBW Designs

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Cross stitch stash goodness

When life gives you lemons, you go cross stitch stash shopping… and in the last few months I’ve been doing a fair bit of shopping. ^_^;

All the parcels have finally arrived, so time to share some stash photos!

Note: Click each thumbnail to see a larger version of the photo. Then press the ‘back’ button on your browser window to return to this page. :)

First off… loads of new Just Nan cross stitch charts to add to my collection.

Just Nan Charts. Batty Hatty & Boo, Tinsel Tapestry, 12 Days of Christmas Whimzi, Christmas Wallet, Grace

Just Nan Charts. Batty Hatty & Boo, Tinsel Tapestry, 12 Days of Christmas Whimzi, Christmas Wallet, Grace

Just Nan charts. Summer in the Square, Bellemeade, Winterhaven, Ice Garden, Christmas Biscornu, Counting Bats

Just Nan charts. Summer in the Square, Bellemeade, Winterhaven, Ice Garden, Christmas Biscornu, Counting Bats

Just Nan charts. Class Project Series. Once in a Blue Moon, Angel Flowers, Schoolgirl Basics, Snowflower Lace, Seeds of Friendship, Satin Blossoms, Diamond Bouquet

Just Nan charts. Class Project Series. Once in a Blue Moon, Angel Flowers, Schoolgirl Basics, Snowflower Lace, Seeds of Friendship, Satin Blossoms, Diamond Bouquet

Just Nan charts. Christmas Collaboration, With My Needle, Serena, Victorian Violets, Be Merry, Collaboration Sampler

Just Nan charts. Christmas Collaboration, With My Needle, Serena, Victorian Violets, Be Merry, Collaboration Sampler

Just Nan charts. Emma & Eliza Christmas Hat, Needle Flutters Lady, Rudy Reindeer, Snow Bonnets, Frost on the Pumpkin, Have a Heart, Butterfly Rose, Snowberries.

Just Nan charts. Emma & Eliza Christmas Hat, Needle Flutters Lady, Rudy Reindeer, Snow Bonnets, Frost on the Pumpkin, Have a Heart, Butterfly Rose, Snowberries.

Just Nan charts. Needle Tweets Lila, Turkey Lurking, Harmony Monogram Tin, Tricky Tweets, Needle Flutters Angel, Needle Flutters Princess, Snow Forest, Maple Ravens, Charm Garden Pins.

Just Nan charts. Needle Tweets Lila, Turkey Lurking, Harmony Monogram Tin, Tricky Tweets, Needle Flutters Angel, Needle Flutters Princess, Snow Forest, Maple Ravens, Charm Garden Pins.

Just Nan charts. From the Heart, Roses for Anne, Heart Butterfly 2008, Glorious Wings Glory and Gypsy Rose, Christmas Eve Whimzi and photo of Nan from a Silver Needle retreat.

Just Nan charts. From the Heart, Roses for Anne, Heart Butterfly 2008, Glorious Wings Glory and Gypsy Rose, Christmas Eve Whimzi and photo of Nan from a Silver Needle retreat.

And then we have a delicious selection of charts, fabrics and materials :)

Teresa Wentzler charts. Carousel Horses Summer, Spring, Fall and Winter, and Nativity.

Teresa Wentzler charts. Carousel Horses Summer, Spring, Fall and Winter, and Nativity.

Elizabeth Designs, Blackbird Designs and Cross n Patch hardanger booklet.

Elizabeth Designs, Blackbird Designs and Cross n Patch hardanger booklet.

Mirabilia & Nora Corbett charts, Victoria Sampler Hardanger teach classes and Silver Moon Tea beads.

Mirabilia & Nora Corbett charts, Victoria Sampler Hardanger teach classes and Silver Moon Tea beads.

JBW Designs charts, fabric from Country Stitch, Just Cross Stitch dvd Collection 1991-2000, Lizzie Kate charts, kit for Nora Corbett's Tigerlily, Hardanger Pumpkin by The Sunflower Seed, Permin fabric for Just Nan's Sirens by the Sea and a kit called Lemons by Dimensions.

JBW Designs charts, fabric from Country Stitch, Just Cross Stitch dvd Collection 1991-2000, Lizzie Kate charts, kit for Nora Corbett’s Tigerlily, Hardanger Pumpkin by The Sunflower Seed, Permin fabric for Just Nan’s Sirens by the Sea and a kit called Lemons by Dimensions.

There is also a pile of FoTM fabrics from Hand Dyed by Stephs but I couldn’t be bothered taking a photo of those. :P

So there we have it! Now I really need to start stitching. XD

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March Just Nan SAL check in

Better late than never :)

This was meant to have been posted yesterday, but as some of you may now know, I’ve been having some rather serious health issues. After a frantic day trying to get last minute stuff done at work, I came home exhausted. So forgive me please!

We’ll get straight into the Just Nan SAL March updates.

Doris’ update

I stitched up Christmas Hearts for March. I used 14 ct ‘Gold Dusted’ Stardust Aida, DMC threads and Mill Hill beads. Although I like my finished piece, I’ve decided that I will only use evenweave from now on. Just Nan designs are so pretty and delicate and I found that the 14 ct Aida isn’t quite fine enough. I may stitch another on 28 ct evenweave at a later date, because I also didn’t have any green Kreinik on hand and thought I’d try without. Nah, I like sparkle! Now I can go and kit up another Just Nan for April. Just don’t know which one yet!

Christmas Hearts, stitched by Doris, designed by Just Nan

Christmas Hearts, stitched by Doris, designed by Just Nan

Hannah’s update

It’s been a busy few months. Unfortunately my husband’s grandfather died in late January and work has been extremely busy of late. So to try to keep up a bit of stitching, I turned my attention to a fun little project, Barnabee’s Bride. Here’s two pictures an early and a late one, you can just see my cat Astro in the first picture.

I’m using the recommended DMC, but I have substituted the white number 12 perl thread for two strands of white DMC as I have none of the perl in my stash.

My objective for the coming weekend is to finish this and then start on Lady Scarlet’s Secret Garden! My objective as for every month is to finally finish something… one day!

Stitching on Barnabee's Bride, with feline friend checking for quality control

Stitching on Barnabee’s Bride, with feline friend checking for quality control

Barnabee's Bride, stitched by Hannah, designed by Just Nan

Barnabee’s Bride, stitched by Hannah, designed by Just Nan

Martha’s update

I’m still on target with finishing at least 2 of these small kits a month.

This is FF7 Ivy Heart on 28 ct Mulberry. I really like this color if linen.

FF8 is Forget Me Not on 28 ct Lavender Mist. I like the cameo coin in the middle. It had small white beads plus a bigger round pearl like bead.

Filagree Fancies Ivy Heart, stitched by Martha, designed by Just Nan

Filagree Fancies Ivy Heart, stitched by Martha, designed by Just Nan

Filagree Fancies Forget Me Not, stitched by Martha, designed by Just Nan

Filagree Fancies Forget Me Not, stitched by Martha, designed by Just Nan

Pamela’s update

I had hoped to have this finished but it turned out to be a crazy busy month. In fact I wasn’t even able to iron this as I need to buy a new iron. My iron decided to announce it’s retirement by sticking to a fresh piece of linen I was cutting. Thanks goodness it didn’t happen when ironing a stitched piece.

Anyways Just Nan “Dream Garden” stitched on 32 count Rue Green, which on this cloudy day looks very grey but it is in fact a dusty blue (used in the model). I have subbed out the #8 perle cotton 927 called for with #8 perle cotton 503 for the leaf band and the eyelets. This due to me having that color in the stash and not the blue. I have also completed the hearts in Silk Mori 1105 and 1092. I used this thread in Peacock Majesty and thought the leftovers would match well in this and they do. I plan to stitch the rose band in these threads as well.

I look forward to completing this in the next few weeks.

Dream Garden, stitched by Pamela, designed by Just Nan

Dream Garden, stitched by Pamela, designed by Just Nan

Tedra’s update

This is “Hop!” from her 2008 Over the Top tin series. It’s really quite cute and was fun to do – I have the pieces for the 4th and 5th tins done, so will send them to you for the April show and tell!

Over the Top tin "Hop", stitched by Tedra, designed by Just Nan

Over the Top tin “Hop”, stitched by Tedra, designed by Just Nan

Over the Top tin "Hop" scissor fob accessory, stitched by Tedra, designed by Just Nan

Over the Top tin “Hop” scissor fob accessory, stitched by Tedra, designed by Just Nan

Over the Top tin "Hop" tin and scissor fob accessory, stitched by Tedra, designed by Just Nan

Over the Top tin “Hop” tin and scissor fob accessory, stitched by Tedra, designed by Just Nan

A beautiful selection of stitching this month, thanks to everyone who has submitted. :)

Please don’t forget to check back on this post over the next several days and check the comments section. Members who will be posting on their blogs will be sharing their work in the comments section. :)

Note: As this was posted a day late, and I am going in for surgery on Monday 31st, the drawing of the winner will be a few days later than normal. Sorry! :(

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Crafty time management and organisation

Last year I decided I needed to get a little bit more organised with how I managed my time. This came about from having to keep track of all the cross stitch stitch alongs I had signed up to for 2014. And so, I embarked on a journey to find a way to help me get more organised, and productive.

I initially thought I’d make my own project book, but then a conversation with my friend Jennie came into my mind, and I started investigating Filofax style organisers. A whole new world opened up to me, and since then I’ve learned a lot about time management, and my own habits. I’ve explored different ways of recording time and trying to organise my life and I think I’ve finally found what will work for me.

Turns out not many cross stitchers track their projects using a planner/binder/organiser like this. Melissa of Measi’s Musings being one I do know does this. :)

Alas there isn’t much out there for cross stitchers who want to track their work like this. A friend found these printables from Pixels to Patchwork, which are great after being tweaked for cross stitch and not quilting. That’s it really. It’s a bit odd considering us cross stitchers are a crafty bunch, so you’d think we’d gravitate towards stationery, organisers, binders etc! Yes there are digital tools you can use, but I know I’m not the only one whose realised those just don’t work for everyone.

I intend to:

  1. Start rotating what I am stitching, so will have a rotation system running
  2. Track all my stitch alongs, when they are due and what I’ve decided to stitch for them… and materials I still need
  3. Any exchanges I am doing, due dates, themes and possible designs to stitch
  4. Wishlists of friends… I’ve been RAKed by some lovely people, and want to do the same
  5. Keep a checklist of all the DMC threads I own cause it’s nice to have on hand when I need to do orders
  6. Keep a list of my stash… yes, all of it. The number of times I’ve bought doubles is ridiculous, and I don’t always have access to the internet to check my site.

Just the beginning stages, I’m sure it’ll be added to and refined over time. :)

Do you have a method on how you keep track of all of the above? If so, please share!

I also received my first A5 sized organiser from a company called Van der Spek. They do beautiful hand made leather goods, organisers included. I ended up ordering two. A model called the TouchMe which has all the pockets I could ever need and gorgeous gorgeous buffalo leather, and a custom, which is winging it’s way to me. I did a video review of the TouchMe a few days ago, and thought I’d share it here for anyone interested. :)

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