Monday, 5 March 2012

pretty useful

You know how lovely it is when people go that extra mile to make you feel special? Over the last few months I've been on the receiving end of some seriously sweet and thoughtful gestures from people I have met through the blogging community (one involves an incredible parcel - but more on that another time).
When I won her giveaway before Christmas, Claire (of Polkadot-Pretties) not only sent me the materials needed to make her wreath, she also included a bunch of thoughtful little extras, things she knew I'd like: a little owl cross stitch, some cute fabric featuring woodland creatures (including owls!), and finally a scrap of lovely linen(?) material with sweet little cats prancing around Paris.
I finally got around to using the cats & Paris fabric at the end of last week. It was just the right size to make 2 pin-cushions, so I decided to use Claire's own pin-cushion tutorial for inspiration.
With some contrasting material on the back and a loop of vintage ribbon (polkadot, of course!) this was a simple little project that has already been incredibly useful! (I am keeping the second one as a gift for an as-yet-unknown recipient)
I am surprised to find how much I enjoy having a pretty pin-cushion beside me as I sew. My previous methods of sticking them into the sofa or keeping them in my mouth represented a serious safety hasard, especially with a toddler around the house!
Of course I'm linking up with Claire for this one :)
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p.s. I haven't made the wreath yet - I think it will be just lovely for Easter!
p.p.s. don't forget to enter this wonderful giveaway (running until midnight EST on 7th March) to win a one-of-a-kind, handmade owl by artist Ashlie Blake!

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