Saturday, January 19, 2013


Do you have one thing that
you love to do?  No other craft
calls your name, but that one?
If you do, I envy you....I envy
the free space you must have
in your home.  I like to do 
so many different things, 
sometimes all the stuff gets 
a little over whelming.
In an attempt to use what
I have and declutter my
life, I repurposed a few things.
 I made some fun pincushions
the first from a small vase.

 The next from a votive holder.
 And this one from a doll head.

 I love his sassy turned head!
 All three bring a smile to my face.

 Next I made some elegant pincushions.
This one is made using a vintage
German cup.  Yes, it is chipped but
the cup is so beautiful, I don't mind
that sign of age and use.  The "strawberry"
on the side is filled with emery.
Next, is another German cup.
 Oh, this cup is absolutely gorgeous!
I had to find just the right fabric
and this soft pink moire taffeta is
 Again the "strawberry" is filled
with emery to sharpen your needles.
Next is a sugar bowl that had lost
it's lid.  But, when you have a
burgundy velvet hat...who needs
a lid?
 Here are my 3 elegant pincushions.
I will be adding the pincushions to my etsy shop.

,All the pincushions have wool used as stuffing.
When you have a pincushion stuffed with wool
the pins slide right in and are oiled, so to speak
from the lanolin in the wool. 
The wool came from a new friend I met at the
fiber festival last spring.
In her booth she had wool balls that she
had made using the wool from her sheep.
Please visit her blog and read about
this sweet little orphan lamb she is 
raising.  Maisie....that little lamb
has stolen my heart!

 I made a special visit to her farm
one day last fall and took some photos
of her sheep.
I was surprised at how large they were:

And the best part....they love cookies!
If you are here visiting from 
Vicki's blog,
  I will be giving away
this pincushion redo.
Found at a tag sale
the existing pin cushion 
needed to be removed.
Out with the old,
in with the new
and improved.

Green velvet covers
the wool.   If you
would like to win
my pin cushion redo, 
please leave 
a comment below.
I will be drawing
a winner  on
February 1st!
Good Luck!  

Love to all,

P.S. Vicki
is hosting a blog party
with a long list of bloggers
I know you will want to visit.
Lots of them will be having
giveaways too!!!  


Iantha said...

Your pincushions are adorable and that baby lamb is so sweet.
I too love repurposing items and wool is one of my faves.
I can't go into a thrift store without buying at least one wool sweater or skirt to craft with.
Then home they go and into a hot wash to felt up, yum. Thanks for sharing your crafts with us. Iantha

margaret said...

what a lovely collection of pin cushions, a great idea using bits of china etc. Interesting stuffing them with wool, I have used sawdust in the past but having trouble getting hold of it now.
The sheep look adorable, they have such expressive faces.

Mimi Foxmorton said...

Just the one?
I can't imagine! lol

Love these! Elegant! And I do love a repurpose. The Old calls to me!
*Junque* was meant to be used! :)

Isn't Maisie WONDERFUL?
We've been following her at Facebook Sisterhood of the Goat. She is a miracle!

Have a lovely and repurposeful day!

The Goat Borrower

Gill said...

What fabulous pincushions! I love the idea of adding a pincushion to such varied items!

DeeDee said...

I so love your pincushion collection... and them cute little are such a lovely soul my friend... hugs

Lady Locust said...

i love the bunny pin cushion - would love to win. They are all beautiful. I have a thing for the old looking ones.

Artist Brian Haggard said...
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Hello Deb. All your redo Pincushions are very creative and beautiful. Love Maisie the lamb.So sweet she is. I am sure you had a grand time at her farm. Hugs Judy

Sandra Kaye said...

Very cool pin cushions. I am like you ...there are just to many things I want to make!!! I cant seem to stick to just one craft:):) Hugs

ShirleyC said...

How very cute! You always find the neatest things to repurpose! I love them all!

FredaB said...

Hi Deb

Love your pincushions. I like the way you have put the strawberry with them on your elegant ones.



EvalinaMaria said...

I would love to!
You have a lovely blog, thank you for sharing. I am a new follower and 'Grow Your Blog' participant. Have fun at the party!

Evalina, This and that...

Celestina Marie said...

What a wonderful blog you have and I loved seeing your gorgeous pin cushions. What a talent you are and the giveaway is darling. Love the green for the pin cushion.
The lambs are so sweet. So nice to meet you and visit your blog through GYB. Hope you can stop by too.
Have a great weekend, Hugs, Celestina Marie

Theresa said...

I LOVE pin cushions and have one that I have been using for YEARS! SO cute! Love all of them! Have a blessed weekend, HUGS!

kathyinozarks said...

your pincushions are too awesome-what a cool way to repurpose-I love that.
My craft room must look like yours, cause I have soooo many interests as well-but I love them all. nice to meet you. I am retired and now living in rural Missouri. Kathy

thecrazysheeplady said...

Those are really neat!

Createology said...

Your little pincushions are is the little lamb. Vicki's party is HUGE and how fun that you are participating. Being creative is the best...

Di said...

I would love to win this very sweet giveawy. Loving your blog, Di@Cottage-wishes

desertskyquilts said...

I love each and every one of your pincushions. There's not a one I wouldn't be excited to own myself. Thanks for the giveaway. That's a super one.

Lavender Cottage said...

You're a clever gal to repurpose things into pretty pincushions. I didn't know about the benefit of wool in one, nice to learn something new.
I'd love a chance to win the bunny you've redone.

Laurie said...

Wow, you really went to town and made a wide variety of pin cushions! Fun!

Cindy said...

Just stopping by on the Grow Your Blog party, I like your pincushions!

liniecat said...

Im here as GYB and am coming back lol and following along.
What an interesting blog you have!

Michelle May said...

You know I love that bunny pincushion! I also adore those precious sheep! I would love to pet them!

nelda said...

Oooohhh. I looove your bunny pincushion. Super cute, like your others. Thanks for a chance to win!

hueisei said...

I am your newest follower :D
You have a beautiful blog and I love your pincushion giveaway...

Bernadett Rauski said...


Nice to meet you in this party.:)

There is a giveaway on my blog,too.

All the best.:)

Judy said...

Hi Deb; Always excited to see you posting on your your writings!
Sweet pincushions! Your creative mind comes up with the most unusual projects. Love the lambies too!! What fun you must have had on your is full of surprises, eh?

Nook and Cranny said...

Let me just say, your pin cushions are so great, fantastic ideas.
Thanks so much for sharing.
I am inspired to make a few for myself.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Love all your pincushions Deb. Every time I visit your blog I realize how much I'm not getting done ~ lol.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hi dear Deb
Nice to see an old friend on Vicki's GYB party too.

Your pin cushions are so lovely and would make beautiful gifts for friends too!
I still remember the wonderful buttons you stitched at Karens class - still on my bucket you say on your intro so many things on the go - me too!!

Do pop over and enter my giveaway too!
Enjoy the party
Shane ♥

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Your pincushions are ALL so special, but I have to admit that I love the ones done in the cups the best (especially the beautiful blue one!!). I, like an idiot, had every intention of joining in the blog party and then managed to miss the sign up...oops.

Sherry said...

I love the pincushions. I was just cleaning my "studio" and found some things I had set aside to create pincushions with. I am now inspired. It has been a while since I visited your blog, I have missed the blogging world and I am so glad I stopped by today.

pippirose said...

Your pincushions are lovely. I think I'd better have a second look at my "donate to Sally Ann" box. There might just be a few knick knacks that can be converted. I'd never even thought of pincushions!
Thanks for the wonderful giveaway! (And ideas...)
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

Maggie said...

Oh gosh, that rabbit pincushion ...just darling! I love what you said about envying the free space in a one-craft crafter's home!! Free space??--I sure don't have any. Like you, I have my hands in too many things. And now that I've learned that wool is perfect in a pincushion because of the lanolin, I'll probably have to try making one myself!! Please enter me in your drawing, and stop by my blog and giveaway, too!


lynda said...

I've made my way to the last of the blog list and what a delight your blog is! I love all your pincushions and would love a chance in your giveaway. i'm off to visit your etsy shop now!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

your re-do's are so cute! visiting via Vicki's GYB Party and enjoying your blog. your necklace for your friend's 60th birthday is very creative...she'll be thrilled.

nonniescedarchest said...

Very creative! Love your pincushions.

It is nice to meet you through Vicki's GYB. If you have a chance stop by and visit me at

nonniescedarchest said...

Very creative! Love your pincushions.

It is nice to meet you through Vicki's GYB. If you have a chance stop by and visit me at

suziqu's thread works said...

Hi Deb - I'm so happy that Vicki has bought us together again through this GYB party - what a sweetheart she is!
I do love those dear little pincushions - especially the one made from the pink moire taffeta! so very pretty!
That is such a sweet crazy patchwork pouch you made too. Love it!
So hope you'll pop across for a visit and put your name in the hat for my Giveaway too!

vicki said...

Sweet Deb - oh my gosh - look at all the friends you are making! I love this post - seeing all of your beautiful pin cushions -- they are amazing! Such a great talent you have girlfriend!

Love the little lambs!!! so cute!

Thinking of you always --

sending love and hugs~

Marrianna said...

I adore your pincushions. They are sweet and beautiful. I am visiting via Vicki's Grow Your Blog Party. If you have time, please visit my blog, also.


Cache-Mire said...

Hi Deb, Thanks for visiting me! This has been soooo... much fun! I love seeing what everyone does. Your pincushions are adorable! I'll be following to see what's next.


kareninkenai said...

Your pincushions are absolutely gorgeous; how sweet of you. And, such a beautiful blog, too. Please stop by if you haven't already and sign up for my giveaway. (I'm tardy because my motherboard died and went to the grave!) But, I have a replacement now! Hugs from Alaska. Karen

Lorraine said...

What a fantastic collection!

mitz said...

..the lil pin cushion is so cute.. great idea for blog candy.. and had fun touring your blog too.. ty

Bead and Needle said...

Slowly working my way through Vicki's GYB Party...almost done! Happy Tuesday - I envy those people with one hobby, too, though I know I keep many irons in the fire to keep it interesting and switch it up. It would be nice to have extra space, free of supplies, though! Love the've given me some inspiration for a teacup collection I have. Hope your week is a creative one - Tanya

mybearsnme said...

love the pincushions! I found you through the blog party - if you need a giggle - come and visit me at

Denise Bryant said...

Happy to have found your blog on the GYB hop! Love your sweet pincushions!

Maureen said...

Oh Deb, your pincushions are brilliant! I adore them! And lucky you - you got to visit Blossom??? I love Maisie too; that blog is wonderful. I am very jealous you got to visit in person ;) I guess her photos will have to do for me for now ;)

So glad to have found you via Vicki's blog party! I will be sure to Follow you right now!

Sherrie {Bird Lady} said...

Stopping by from the GYB party. Who knew pin cushions could be so cute? All I remember is the famous 'tomato' ones of yesteryear! LOL! I'd much rather have a cute lil' bunny to keep those pins handy!

~ Sherrie (Bird Lady)

Carissa said...

Hey lady, I didn't know you had an etsy shop!! Wonderful job as usual!!

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