The other night, as I was drifting off, I was struck with inspiration. See, I'd just earlier that evening knocked the box of pins off my desk again and spent some time digging around the carpet with a flashlight hoping to find them all then and not later with my foot. I know, a pincushion from the fabric store is darned cheap, but that's not what I wanted. I wanted something that was all me.
At first I thought I'd make a plush skull to put pins in, but then I thought "no wait, a skull base with a brain pincushion! Perfection!"
While at a halloween store, I spied this little plastic skull, and only a buck fifty with tax. Brought him home, cut the top of his head off and sanded the edges down so that they wouldn't be sharp.
Then I plugged some holes in the bottom with hot melt glue and filled him with sand. I topped the sand with a layer of glue so that I could work with the whole thing without worrying about spilling sand in the carpet. (Did I ever mention that I'm a complete klutz?)
Next I took a piece of pink terry cloth (I know brains are actually grey, but I like pink brains) and a scrap of another fabric and made a small pillow stuffed with a little fluff. I sewed crazy lines all over it and then attached the quilted fabric piece to one of those tomato pincushions. I may not be thrilled with the looks of them, but I do like the nice heavy consistency. Then I stuffed this down in the top of the skull.
This was a quick project - maybe 2 hours start to finish and that was because I was figuring it out at I went.