Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Pin It!

Well, it is my day to share my pincushions with you! Another great hop brought to you by Madame Samm, Sew We Quilt and Kristen from Meadowbrook
Thank you for all your hard work!

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you may know that I took a position to start the new school year off teaching First Grade. It has been very hectic (I learned about this less than 2 weeks before school started). Fortunately, I had already started on my pincushions so I could keep my obligation to the hop. The unfortunate side is that I had several more ideas that didn't get done.
 They will have to wait. 
I will do my best in cheering everyone on and responding to your comments. Thank you for your understanding, if it takes me awhile.

I do love pincushions and have a good collection of them. I'm always willing to add to my collection so when I saw the Pin It Blog Hop, I signed up. 

In deciding what new ideas to make, I thought I would concentrate on egg cups. I found this pretty egg cup and thought it would make a pretty pincushion. Love the plaid and the flower!
Next up, I thought about the little chicks that hatch from eggs and found this cute egg cup that looks like a cracked egg. So why not put in the chick?
I made the chick from a soft yellow fleece from my stash. Added a felt beak and some little black beads for eyes. 
From the side you can see that my chick has wings and a cute little tail. I used this pattern but adapted it fit in the egg cup.
Another egg cup I found had its own little dish for your spoon. 
It makes for a handy place to keep your supplies while stitching!

In searching my Pinterest boards for inspiration, I came across this pattern for a stuffed animal. It was not intended to be a pincushion but I thought why not? Who doesn't love a penguin? He's too cute! So I reduced the pattern and changed a few things and here is the results. To help him balance, after adding the stuffing, I added a smooth round stone to the bottom. He is made from a gray recycled sweater that I felted and some striped knit fabric from my stash.

And who doesn't love owls? I search the web for some cute owls and found this pattern. However, in order to get the 'free' pattern you needed to find an copy of this old magazine. I couldn't get it of my mind because of how cute this owl is so I made my own. 
He is pretty little...about 2" tall. I used a white and black button for each eye and a tiny bit of white roving for the feathers around the eyes. He is adorable!

Here are a few of my old favorites. This is a wee 1" pinwheel pincushion that I made to attach to the side of my machine. 
I love the pun of this one I made last year.
And these too!
Hope you had fun seeing my pincushions! 
Now go and visit the rest of the talented ladies sharing on the Hop today! 

For a complete list of participants, you can go to Kristen's blog, Meadowbrook.

82 comments:

  1. Love how you used egg cups for your pin cushion holders! Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Super cute all of them are ! Lots of owls today, each one as cute as the last !

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  3. I love the egg cup pincushions - that little peep is so cute - very clever and thank you for sharing.

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  4. Great find of yours, the egg cup for cushion holders!
    Love your pincushions.
    Cheers,

    Jeanneke.

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  5. I loved your pincushions! Especially the chick-in-the-egg one! I laughed (out loud) at the Enter your pin here. Very funny. Thank you and don't get to busy!

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  6. Love the little bird in the eggcup, great projects, thanks for sharing!

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  7. Wonderful projects! Great idea to use egg cups as a base. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. What wonderful pin cushions, loved them all, especially the penguin.

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  9. Great pincushions - I love the owl!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Nice projects! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Oh my goodness, each one was cuter than the last! Fantastic job on all of them!

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  12. Enjoyed seeing your menagerie of critters for pincushions. Lots of variety and inspiration. Just about anything can be used for one. Now why are mine so boring? Have to get going with such good ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Your pincushions are all adorable!

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  14. Dawn, I like to compliment you about the super sweet pin cushions you made, thanks for sharing!

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  15. They're all so wonderful, especially the penguin!

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  16. What cute pin cushions! I love the idea of the egg cups! :)

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  17. what a nice surprise to see you in the hop...such cute additions too, egg cups make perfect models for pin cushions..you proved it with your wee chick

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  18. love the pinterest fabric, did you make that? I mean print it out as fabric?? love the mini one too

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  19. They are all so cute, but I LOVE the play on words ones.

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  20. The egg cup idea is great. The little chick is cute. The owl turned out great too even without a pattern. Enjoy first grade!

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  21. fun - thanks for sharing. I love the Pinterest one!

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  22. That chick looks adorable sitting in the egg cup...love it! You've got so many cute pincushions!

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  23. Nothing better than some pincushions with a sense of humor! You have such a great selection.

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  24. I wonder what you would have gotten done if you had more time! ;) That chick is just too adorable and I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to make one myself. :)

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  25. Darling pincushions! I have a friend who loves and collects egg cups, so now I need to keep an eye out for some and make her a pincushion too.

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  26. no pin cushions is to big or to small .... we just love them all.
    thanks sew much for sharing.
    in stitches

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  27. They are all so beautiful! What a great idea to use the egg cups as a base. The penguin is super cute... but I love the idea of the tiny one on the machine.

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  28. Great job on all of your pincushions. I love the chick in the egg cup! So sweet.

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  29. Oh, so cute. You had a great idea by using egg cups.

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  30. Love all of them, the little chick and the pincushion in the dish, I would love that for my sewing table.

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  31. You are truly creative, I love the penguin.

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  32. You penguin is adorable. I like you idea of using egg cups.

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  33. Enjoyed the visit to your site...lovely pincushion...

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  34. What a great bunch of pin cushions! Wow!

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  35. lol love all of your pincushions! Thanks for sharing them. vickise at gmail dot com

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  36. I have made this little owl pincushion more than once. I really need to make one for myself. I gave the others away.

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  37. Oh, this little chick, lovely!!

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  38. Love the penguin!! They are all great, though!

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  39. Great job. Love all of the pincushions. Thanks for all of the inspiration. Never thought of using the 3M strips for a pin cushion. I use them for tons of stuff.
    Happy quilting,
    Shelia

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  40. Pincushions are such a comfort item...especially to needles and pins. Your chick in the egg cup is uber cute. Great hop...

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  41. Such cute pincushions.. I love the little owl, and your sayings on the cushion...clever!

    Susie

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  42. Hahaha! Enter your pin here! It really made me lol!

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  43. Made me smile to see all of your pin cushions. I love to see them made from other cups,plates etc.

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  44. Very creative pin cushions. The eg is especially cute.

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  45. Very cute pin cushions , especially the egg cup ones.

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  46. What wonderful egg cup pin cushions. Your pun pin cushions are precious. As a retired Grade One/Two teacher of over 30 years I know how hectic your life is right now. I miss my little ones so much I substitute teach whenever I can. Keeps me in touch and gives me the "kid time" I miss. Good luck with your year. Thank you for taking the time to share with us.

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  47. I love the Enter Pin here pincushion. I do love puns!

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  48. Oh dear, that little chick is just too cute for words. Can you tell which one is my favorite? Thanks for sharing!

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  49. I loved all your pincushions and especially love the idea of the small one on your machine. I believe I'll do that! blessings, marlene

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  50. I guess I'll have to keep an eye out for an egg cup or 2. They make some really cute pin cushions. I probably need to make a tiny one for my machine as well. I'm always knocking stuff off reaching for the one sitting on the side. Thanks for sharing and good luck with those first graders!

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  51. All very cute. I loved seeing your pin cushions.

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  52. I love all your pincushions - I want the chick and the penguin to become my friends - they are so cute!

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  53. Your pin cushions with the captions are great! They make me smile.

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  54. The egg cups made great pin cushions! Great idea!

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  55. You made LOTS of adorable pincushions. I need a small one on my machine, too. The owl is so cute - one of my favorites.

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  56. I loved seeing your pincushions very cute Thanks for sharing

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  57. Cute egg cups and cute pinnies. :)

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  58. What adorable pincushions...love the chick!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  59. Oh I just love that little chick - it is so adorable. I love it!
    Thank you for sharing with us. xo jan@sewandsowfarm

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  60. Love the little chick. wonderful collection of pincushions, thanks for sharing them with us. Best of luck with the 1st grade, it will be great.

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  61. Adorable pincushions. I love the little chick.

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  62. Great idea using the egg cups. I like the small one on your sewing machine too!

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  63. Someone has been having way too much fun with their pin cushions. I remember egg cups. We ate soft boiled eggs when I was growing up all the time!

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  64. Such cute pincushions...I love the chick in the eggcup! Thanks for sharing the links also.

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  65. They are all lovely - I like the Keep Calm one! Thanks for sharing and sorry I am late visiting.

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  66. The chick and tiny pinwheel are my favorites, and I think it's so clever to use the egg cups as vessels for the cushions! Thank you for sharing your projects, nice job on the owl as well!
    ~Brandy
    brandizzle7133 at yahoo dot com

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  67. You looked like you were having a lot of fun with the cushions. My fav is the the little chick in the egg cup though I doubt I would want to stab him, LOL. Glad you were able to participate!

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  68. First, let me say congratulations on your job as a first grade teacher. I know you are a fantastic teacher just from your blog. I knew when I went to college that I wanted to be a high school math teacher. But since my brother who was three years older was a math major and an ed major, I decided that if he could do it, I could, too. I ended up with double majors and double minors. I took the first computer science class that the university offered and I minored in Latin. I applied to industry and was offered a job before schools wanted us to apply for the fall term. So, I started in industry. But I still loved education and got my masters in education - it took me lots of years and I did it. I started taking classes in gifted ed to try to understand my son. One of the advisors talked me into applying to the program and I was accepted. I got breast cancer and was diagnosed six weeks later with fibromyalgia. I wasn't able to work but I kept going to school. I remarried and I kept going to school and was a TA online. My advisor became less and less helpful and the TA pushed me over the limit between an incomplete from the summer before where I was told to give a student a D so he could graduate and the hoops the department went through with a foreign student to keep her from being deported and all the proof I had to show I had tried to contact her to get her to log on to do her work. They let her do one semester's work during dead week and it was less than 5th grade work for a jr/sr college class. They had to let all the students do any work and all the TA's had to regrade all of that was posted and we didn't have that time to finish our work. It was a mess. My fibromyalgia went amok. So, I quit 2 classes and my dissertation shy of my PhD.
    Now, I quilt when I'm able.
    I love your pin cushions and they are adorable. Your creativity amazes me. I was able to download the pattern for the owl and someone had posted ideas for how to sew it together and even said she glued it to a washer for stability. What a great idea! That was at the sight you gave in your link. I had no trouble downloading the pattern. The penguin is adorable, too. I love the spoon holder as there is a place for the other things you need, too - like thimble, scissors, and thread. I'm always losing those things - I always blame it on the cats - lol.
    I wish you the best of luck in your career. I'm visiting my daughter for a couple of weeks to help them with their two boys while her FIL recuperates from surgery (he's the usual sitter). She's a math teacher, as was my mother and one of my brothers. There's other teachers in the family as well. I think a love of learning runs deep and it shows in your posts. Thanks for participating and being a great inspiration on many levels. I've enjoyed your post and I hope you can squeeze in some time to participate in some more.

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  69. Yes I did have fun seeing your pincushions, gorgeous!
    Thanks for sharing ☺
    Bente

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  70. Hi!!! I love the little chick!!! It is very sweet!!!! Love all you other pinnies also!!!! I did have fun seeing them all!!! Thank You

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  71. Dawn your pincushions are just delightful! Love the egg cups, oh, and your punny pinnies are great. But I think I need a teensy pinwheel around here too - thanks for the great ideas!

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  72. Dawn, very cute and creative pin cushions. Hope everything goes smoothly with the responsibilities of teaching everyday.

    I am taking some time today to catch up with a few blogs.
    We just returned from our vacation to Washington state yesterday. It was challenging but came home feeling good that I tried and conquered most of the hills of the islands. There were a few hills that I just could not bike up and had to walk the bike. All were very patient with my slowness while they rested at the top of each hill. I think we were all challenged by some of the grades of the hills. There were many good things about the trip but now glad to be home again. Hope to keep getting stronger and keep up with the exercise. Though sewing will always be much more my speed and what I would rather occupy my time with I know I need to keep going to the Y. Hoping to find some sort of balance in my aversion to be hot and sweaty and yet be healthy. Hope you will be able to work some exercise into the business of your new teaching schedule. I will be thinking of you. Take care. Janita

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Sweet sentiments