Sunday, December 27, 2009

What I Created Over Christmas

My "thing" this year has been to create pincushions out of frivolous planters.
The ugly poodle planter above became a pincushion for my mother-in-law Christmas Eve
(a very last minute gift!)
and my mother (currently visiting with me from New Jersey)
liked the results so much that she asked if I could make a pincushion for her too.

So we had some mother/ daughter crafting time until almost 1am Christmas morning,
transforming this vintage/ antique hair keeper (the lid was cracked so I tossed it)
into a boudoir-worthy pincushion.
My mother loves it!
Merry Christmas, Mom!
Now we are eyeing small teapots, teacups without saucers, widowed sugar bowls
and silly planters as candidates for pincushions.
We are on a mission to equip all of our friends with upcycled pin keepers!
The first one I ever made is for sale in my etsy.


ooglebloops said...

I have been doing this for years!! I love yours!!! That poodle has personality!!!!! I have never tried to sell them - just keep 'em or give for gifts!!! Right now I am turning an old rusty Tonka horse trailer into a rolling pin cushion!! LOL
This would make a great swap idea!!!!

Margaret said...

Cool idea Nathalie! the poodle has a new spring in his step! The hair keeper has such a beautiful base, you really are very inovative! AND over Christmas!

La Dolce Vita said...


Malisa said...

What an imaginative idea! You are one creative woman!

Marlynn said...

So love the poodle! YOu are a creative genius.... just got my purchase today from you, my bff! Love it all, as always. Enjoy your visit with your mom! Love my word (dapting - sounds like the poodle - LOL) hugs, Marlynn

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

ooo you ARE a clever gull! Love em!!!

was my precious swan altered by vous, or did it come pin cushion ready!!!
It is under the Christmas tree in the vicinity of the priceless ALEX star ornament you made for me ... you sure know how to touch a heart!

Happy New Year to you and yours dear one!

Linda said...

Ohhhhh... 5 is a big girl age!

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Lovely my dear! You have a gift for turning the ordinary into treasures!
Did you get much snow?
We got a small amount ~ still, I will always take a white Christmas anyway I can get one! Love you bunches and wishes for a spectacular NY!!!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I had to go back and see the rest of the Matchbox Advent Calendar I missed. I can't believe it's been several days since I made it to your blog.

These pincushions are adorable and the idea of upcycling them makes them even more special. I can see why your mom loved hers.

Jeanie said...

I saw charlotte Lyons do some of these but this is the cutest yet!

Happy New Year!

daysease said...

What a GREAT idea!! and love that you and your mom could make such a creative memory together. :-)