Friday, May 29, 2009

Finished For Friday -- Pincushion

Guess what? I plugged my computer back in just to see if the mouse and keyboard would still work -- I had given them both up for dead since they acted like they had drowned after I spilled iced tea on them the other day -- but they've both recovered and are working just fine right now. Maybe all they needed was some time to dry out. And, let me add that iced tea is perfect for removing the layers of dust off your desk and the dirt off your floor.

I'm excited to share a finish for Friday FINALLY. Last weekend, I made a pincushion based on the tutorial on Creative Breathing. The fabric and rick rack came from a place mat that I had in my craft cupboard. (Some people have a craft room; I have a cupboard.) The puppy dog came from a website a few years back -- I bought it because it was cute -- and for now, he will just sit atop the pincushion.

Earlier in the day, I had attempted the Bitty Bug pincushion but I had problems sewing it all together -- the fabric was puckered in some places and the felt I used for the head was so thick, it made it very bulky. Plus hand sewing a seam in the shape of a circle and having it actually look like a circle instead of a roundish blob is way out of my league so I scrapped that project and decided to give the Creative Breathing pincushion a shot. One thing that made a huge difference was sewing along the circle I had drawn on the wrong side of the material per Elizabeth's instructions. I actually had a circle seam when I was done. (I'm going to try making the Bitty Bug pincushion again because it is the cutest thing -- I love how the wings are folded back.)

I like how Elizabeth uses beads to add words to her pincushion. I have an idea for doing something like that the next time I make one of these. However, I don't have any beads with letters on them so I may have to improvise. But making more pincushions will have to wait for now because I think I just discovered my next project: check out this adorable reindeer from Creative Breathing. The owl and the bluebird are also on my to-do list. Oh, wow! While going back through her blog to find the post with the bluebird pattern, I found the Airedale pattern. Adding that to my list too.

To see who else is participating in Finished for Friday, check out Lit and Laundry.

15 comments:

Julie said...

How adorable! It is so pretty and I love the fabric and trim! Have a wonderful weekend...Julie

Threeundertwo said...

I love that little dog on there. I think reviving the computer counts as a finish too, as does cleaning the dust off the desk.

Thanks for joining in!

creative breathing said...

Hello! I always like to pop over to people who read my stories and see what they are about. What a happy suprise to see that someone actually was able to make something from my attempt at a tutorial, and such a cute something at that! I am so excited! Thank you so much for your kind comments! Elizabeth

Loralynn said...

Your pincushion turned out so cute! The puppy on top is just the right touch!

Miss 376 said...

What a gorgeous, plump pincushion. No wonder he is happy to sit on it

Roslyn said...

I love your pincushion & the puppy makes it-you have to leave him there enthroned upon his cushion!

Busym1 said...

That is the sweetest pincushion! Hugs, michelle

Bea said...

Darling pin cushion and pooch. I can see why you are determined to make that Bitty Bug pincushion. I might have to try it myself with bee material.

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

I've been wanting to make a few pincushions! Yours is so cute! I'll check out the links...

Mary said...

Very cute pincushion. What a great job. The puppy is really cute too. I have had things spill on the keyboards in work. Usually juice. The keyboards don't usually like that...lol. I spilled milk on my mom's keyboard last week but it seems to have weathered that storm well enough...lol.
Congrats that your keyboard and mouse survived.

Miri said...

Adorable! Love the puppy sitting on top...will make it hard to put pins in though!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Your pin cushion turned out great! Don't you just love Elizabeth's blog? She tells the most wonderful stories. I've been with her since she began her blog a year ago when I was the only one who ever commented. Have a nice day! Twyla

Jenny S said...

Your pincushion is so sweet with the tiny dog perched on top, I think I would keep him there always :)
xo

barncat said...

I love how your pincushion turned out, Elizabeth has the greatest ideas, doesn't she?

marybt said...

AWwwww. Your pincushion is super-cute! :)

And how awesome is that owl over at Creative Breathing? I think I might have to get some felt and make that.