1.07.2008

Look What I Can Do!

Have you ever made anything of which you are so proud you could sit and stare at it for hours? Or walk door to door to show all of your neighbors? Well, I don't have hours to sit and stare and I don't need to give my neighbors any more reason to think I'm strange, so instead I'll show you my latest creations:




Meet Favorite Thing 1 and Favorite Thing 2. My new pincushions (just in case you were wondering what they were). I love them so much that Aidan asked me if I wanted to marry them. I declined, however, because Mr. Bailey freaks the kids out. I made these one evening in less than one hour. Which is amazing, because they have been in the works for months.

Last summer I realized my need for a new pincushion. I had something muffin shaped in mind, so I searched Flickr and Etsy for inspiration. Boy oh boy was I inspired when I saw Betz White's cupcakes. I watched her tutorial from the Martha Stewart show twice, printed out the directions, and set about acquiring a Hefty bag full of wool sweaters from thrift stores and rummage sales. Yes, I got some strange looks buying wool in July. I cut and felted the sweaters, and then put them in the top of my closet because it really was too warm to play with wool.

Then it got cold, and I once again remembered how much I needed a pincushion when I saw how many pins were protruding from the end of my ironing board. I also remembered the cute Mr. Bailey cup, which was stashed in a box in the top of another closet, and was thrilled to find his friend Nestle in the same box. It was kismet. I made these two pincushions in less than one hour. My ironing board is no longer on pins and needles. Betz is a genius and a girl after my own heart - repurposing and wool are two of my other favorite things. Her book, Warm Fuzzies, is definitely on my wish list. After all, these pincushions made only a small dent in my stash of felted wool. I have a few projects up my sleeve, but more on that later.


Oh, and just in case you don't like whipping cream,



You may also notice that I now have three columns on my blog, thanks to this tutorial. I still have some tweaking to do, but an extra column gives me some extra options. I must say, however, that I would much rather make coffee cup pincushions than edit HTML. Any day.

Update: I just realized I made all those changes to my blog within the WRONG template. Argh. Back to the drawing board. Fortunately, the second time is always easier. I might need another Irish Coffee to complete the job *wink, wink* Jerry and Marjorie.

Another Update: Down to two columns until further notice. And for George, the title of this post was inspired by Stuart, who is always good for a laugh.

22 comments:

  1. those are so darling, Molly! I love them. What a great idea.

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  2. They are even cuter in person! It made me want to drink coffee... ;)

    And I love your three columns on your blog. I know it was a lot of work.

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  3. Once again you amaze me! Now cut it out!!!!!!! How can a father live up to such creativness without bragging??????
    P.S. I don't really want to go head to head with you when we both have our new digital slr's.
    (But let's have some fun with pictures!)
    Love
    Dad

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  4. Oh my goodness! They are so stinking cute, Molly! I can't wait to see what you do with the rest of the felted wool!!!

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  5. oooh, those are awesome!! i'd want to walk those around the neighbourhood too! and maybe marry them ;) you rock.

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  6. super cute! I do have those moments of "look what I did!" strangely my so does my three year old..but that usually involves wiping his bottom.

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  7. Utterly adorable! :O)

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  8. So cute! So adorable! And I love your new banner. (Not enough to marry it, mind you, but still really a lot!)

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  9. sooo cute.

    was it hard to go through the steps to get the three columns?

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  10. Those are so cute. Did I happen to mention I love Baileys?

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  11. LOVE your new banner, miss!! And I think I can duplicate the Irish Coffee - even though Jerry is at work. I was paying attention.
    OR there is always that peanut butter mocha....

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  12. OH, and I love the picture of you and Aidan that was added. That is such an "Aidan look." hee, hee.

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  13. Oh, SO CUTE, Molly! I love the combination of the sweater and the real teacup. Good for you for knocking those out!

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  14. They are adorable!I think I'll have to come up and watch you make one!

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  15. oooooooooo and aaaaaaaaaaaaah

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  16. Thank you for walking them over to my house. I think they're fantastic! And if you're strange, so am I . . . so be it.

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  17. Very cute Molly! I'm curious what three column format you've found. Please share when you get all the kinks worked out. I've been trying to go to three columns forever!

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  18. these are so good! i love the swirls. I don't see why you couldn't marry them...


    your new banner is awesome, by the way! (that is my three year olds favorite new word).

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  19. This post just sent me on a 20-minute journey to the Martha Stewart website, Betz White website, printing things, planning things. Awesome! Plus, I already have a wool sweater that I shrank and couldn't part with!

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  20. Wooh-oh! I check-out for just one week and miss all the fun! I love seeing what you-guys are doing (although I was sorry to see that you made Aiden cry last week)! Your Gnitting Gnome is the cutest...well not quite as cute as the little guy hanging out in my kitchen...well, okay, as cute.
    Down here in sac-town, we just got our electricity back after four days...cooking on the camp stove and heating with wood! Noah kept saying "turn on the light grammaV." But we took Noah for a walk last night and saw a whole block of dark houses...still!
    Your new banner is soooo cool! Lovely, lovely, lovely! as always!

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