Teacup Pincushion

Anyone who knows me well, knows I love a bargain and can’t resist a snoop around a charity/junk shop.  I have been on the look out for a china tea cup to make into a pin cushion – I know its quirky, but hey!  Anyway, guess what I found this morning, a Royal Albert Bone China teacup dated 1934 …. its perfect.

It caught my eye as the decoration on the teacup looked like cross-stitch and you know what, I was right as the design is printed on the bottom – Petit Point China?  It was an absolute bargain and not only that, there were two of them!

Now I just have to find the time to make them into pin cushions and ditch the ugly plastic and foam one that I am currently using.

Teaching an old dog new tricks!

I realised the other day that I had done nothing for myself, as in ’me time’ in seven years, yes you read that correctly, seven years – shocking isn’t it!!  Basically pre marriage and kids.  So this obviously required immediate correction.

I had spotted a sewing course for free machine embroidery on another blog and decided this would be just the thing to get the ‘Me Time’ ball rolling.  So my husband was informed that he would looking after his kids for two days and a night (for the first time ever!) and I arranged to attend the course with my Auntie.

It was fantastic, a full day of sewing, learning a great new craft (which I will continue), eating lovely home made cake and generally relaxing.  I did manage to produce a finished article of my own design no less – a family tree cushion – see pics!  And would highly recommend the course if you fancy a great day of sewing – get in touch with Lara Sparks.

Everything is a potential junk model

It is time to start sowing the seeds for our vegetable garden.  I have purchased the seeds, trays and compost, but was waiting till I had collected enough toilet roll tubes to sow my runner beans.

As I have two small children, it is clear to me now that any attempts to start a creative hobby, such as gardening, knitting, crochet or sewing (in my case), descend into some form of children’s activity!  Sewing seeds to start the vegetables off seems to be no exception.

Having spent a few weeks carefully collecting said toilet roll tubes, I put them with the seeds by the back door yesterday morning, ready to start sowing once the kids had gone to school.

I came back 30 minutes later and was greeted by two small children proudly displaying a variety of highly decorative binoculars and telescopes - small selection as shown in my photo!!!

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