Tag Archives: “pin cushion”

Bounty of the garden

The bounty of our garden never includes vegetables because we have too much shade — but oh! Everything else!

Rhodies bursting into color. Comfrey stretching up in regal glory. Ferns gone wild.

Tidying the front bed a little. Planted two creeping junipers.

Everything (almost) dies under the front black walnut, so this year I’m going to plant some tall grasses in containers for a little screening.

In between ruining my hands weeding and planting, work is getting finished.

Cupcake pin cushion construction learned years ago from artist whose name I’m sorry I can’t recall but does it matter when there are thousands of tutorials on it now and Pinterest pix in the millions?

I like this new one because the open frets of the vintage button offer an easily identifiable spot for needles.

Holiday sewing

Just listed these items in my Etsy shop — clothcompany.  I already have some wonderful balsam-filled sachets to list, so look for those – and there will be at least two Christmas Kitties next week, and — dare I say? — a batch of finished dolls.

We will be making these simple and yet charming tree ornaments in the December “Sewing for The Holidays” class at the New Art Center [Newton, Massachusetts].  Class meets for three successive Saturdays — Dec 1, 8, and 15 — from 12:30 until 2:30.  There’s still time to sign up!

Sachet happiness

Craft Show coming up! Saturday, November 20 at from 9 to 3 at the Dedham Middle School.

One of the best things about sewing for the holidays is the fragrance that fills the living room as I make sachets.  This little pin cushion is filled with lavender buds, which means that for a good long while, pin pricks will release the aromatic oils of the lavender.

I will be selling my usual variety of stuff — felt mice, sachets (I have some really to-die-for toiles this year), small wall quilts, cards, blank books, PILLOWS, dolls and fabric brooches.

Given my new 9 to 5 office schedule, this will be my only sale this year.