Monday, April 5, 2010

Thing No. 11: Something for Me!


Finally...a little project just for me! I've made several of these teacup pincushions (tutorial here at Gingham Cherry), but all of them left the premises in the possession of other friends. No more!

Since I started sewing three years ago, I've kept my pins all jumbled up in a small baby food bowl. It worked great - it was especially easy to pull pins out of my project while I sewed and just chuck them into the bowl. Getting them out..was not nearly as much fun. I guess that's why we all have pincushions...and not pin bowls.

Anyhow...I've seen the light. Here's my pincushion! I found this beautiful little cup, all lonely-like, on a shelf at Goodwill. The fabric is a fat quarter from my local quilt shop that I fell in love with. Look closely - it's cherry blossoms and little lucky red envelopes. How sweet is that?! I'd never seen Chinese New Year fabric before...
A little bit of sleuthing on ebay makes me think that this line of china, while not very valuable or rare, is approximately 50 years old. I'm happy to have such a pretty little piece of history sitting on my craft table!

4 comments:

Myrnie said...

I'm very embarrassed to say that my pincushion just came off the "display shelf" last week, and is now stuck FULL of pins. I love it. (This happened about the same time as I found the surface of my sewing desk again.)

LeeAnn said...

How pretty! That's great to make some thing for you. My pins always wind up in a plastic pin box and get all tangled when I want to get some out. Love the cup and saucer - great way to repurpose an item.

Catherine Hansen Peart said...

Yay! There it is! It looks lovely.

Jenny said...

Clever, thrifty AND beautiful.