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.