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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: The Perfect Pear Pincushion on: March 06, 2007 12:29:41 PM
Hi Sarantha -- Yep, I designed the pattern and I'll have it all published pretty soon.  Till then, check out this simple round pincushin tutorial:


The pins are some fun leafy ones from JoAnns.  I did a post about them here, if you'd like to see a clearer photo of them:


There are some fun ways to modify pins, though.  Have you ever seen shrinky-dink pins?  Check out my family of shrinky dink pins here:


Ok, enough links, for now.  Have fun making your pincushion!

2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: A Tutorial for My Favorite Knot on: August 24, 2006 12:27:52 AM
Hahaha, I didn't know that people tied knots differently than this!  I guess it's a trade secret or something and I'm lucky that I have a mom and grandma that know the secret info  =D

Sounds like you had a privileged youth!
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: *Little Breads* - Recipe with PHOTOS! on: August 24, 2006 12:22:27 AM
Ya, feta is my favorite. You know, once in college, I had this random craving for feta and black olives as a snack.  Same night, no kidding, I drove a few friends to the grocery store and one of them came home having only purchased feta and black olives -- and we hadn't discussed it whatsoever!  Boy, did we gobble them up -- I wonder what was in water...
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Everyone Deserves SOME Sort of Award! - Make your own odd 'First Place' ribb on: August 24, 2006 12:15:44 AM
Favors are a great idea.  I also think they'd make a good 'thank you' gift, like "#1 Dog-sitter" or "First Place in my Heart."
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: The Perfect Pear Pincushion on: August 24, 2006 12:12:40 AM
Heather-first-love your site-you rock:) Next I was looking at your yoyo tute and I wondered if you had any handy hints about a quick and precise way to cut out multiple circles if you are making lot's of yoyo's? I normally use a rotary cutter for everything else but wondered if that's what you use?

Hey, thanks everyone!  And 'retro-redux' one idea might be to take a CD you care nothing about and use it as your pattern -- you could take a rotary cutter with a smaller blade (so it turns more easily) and carefully cut your fabric circles, using the CD as your guide.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Everyone Deserves SOME Sort of Award! - Make your own odd 'First Place' ribbons! on: August 15, 2006 11:29:34 AM
Eeg - fun photo - I loved Fraggle Rock as a girl!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Everyone Deserves SOME Sort of Award! - Make your own odd 'First Place' ribbons! on: August 15, 2006 10:13:06 AM
Oh! I love that trophy idea -- I'll have to do that sometime for sure!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Everyone Deserves SOME Sort of Award! - Make your own odd 'First Place' ribbons! on: August 15, 2006 12:57:58 AM

I recently held a dumb joke contest for my birthday.  Here is the award I made for the Biggest Birthday Laugh, fully customized to the occasion, and a real treat to make!  Now I have visions of 'First Place' ribbons for 'Lord of the Late Fees,' 'Most Afraid of Dogs,' and a personal favorite, ''My Strangest Friend."

What ribbons would you make?  Post your ideas - or - better yet, make some of your own 'First Place' ribbons, snap a photo, and brag about them right here! 
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: DROOL! Deliscious Embroidery Thread Organization! on: August 14, 2006 04:32:25 PM
I used the plastic ones.  I've seen them in a set with a ring, both at Walmart and at Michael's, so I don't think they're too rare. You can write the color # down on the end of the card in case you might need to match the color later on. 

Someone mentioned that wrapping embroidery thread in this way can kink your thread, which is true, but they're not permanent kinks and the wavy thread has never bothered me when sewing.  So, wrap at your own risk, I guess!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: The Perfect Pear Pincushion on: August 12, 2006 01:21:19 AM
I love your stuff!! And your pics are really great too...are you into photography [so random....]

I'm just learning. It helps that my husband is a professional photographer -- I get to use his fancy cameras and ask him questions. Wink

Abrupt subject change:  I made some more pear pincushions this week.  I experimented a bit with stitching around the leaves and I added an underleaf for holding needles. 


The last two photos are of the same pincushion.  The final shot just shows the new 'needlebook' leaves in action!
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