I was matched up with Sulieen, a lovely lady in Florida, USA. Sulieen told me that she liked blues and pinks so I had a rummage through my stash and found a few fabric options.
I used this Offset Square Pincushion tutorial from Planet June to make my pin cushion part. However, I combined it with the concept of having an adjustable strap inspired by the wrist pincushions Sunni used to sell in her shop. (see the D ring here?).
I liked the idea of the D-ring and velcro adjustable wrist strap, but the problem with making something for someone that you have never met is that I wouldn’t know where would be the best place to put the velcro. I had a brain fart and though – of course 2 D-Rings! Just like they use on motorbike helmets. So I had to make a change to the pincushion.
I’ll publish a post of how I put the pincushion together another day. But here are a couple of pictures.
|Here are a couple of close-ups the pin cushion top and the strap setup|
With my pincushion I sent a box of snack Tim Tam. Tim Tams are famously used by Australians for Tim Tam Slams. Sooo yum! And I also sent her a mug rug so she can place her mug there between Tim Tam Slams 🙂
On the 20th of June I had a day of training at work, but when I ducked back to my desk during lunch a saw a package there. Upon closer inspection I saw it was from the US. Eeek. How exciting. I decided to open it when I got home so I had something to look forward to. After a very long woeful day I got home and this is some the amazingness that I found inside…
|An awesome crocheted owl
pincushion – with pins too!
Sulieen mentioned in the lead-up to the swap that she was keen on crochet so I’m really glad she was able to incorporate it into her pincushion.
|All the amazing goodies I got in my package!|
And here is everything that was packed into the package Sulieen sent me. WOWZER!!! She asked me if I liked a particular candy; I said that I liked Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and boy o boy did she deliver-she sent me 3 types! I also received a card, a mug, 2 really cute crocheted doilies, 2 bundles of ribbon, a postcard from Miami and a length of stretch fabric.
So I totally got the better end of the stick in this swap and I feel a bit guilty that I didn’t send her stuff that was as awesome. So I’m going to have to make it up to Sulieen (and her kiddlings) with some other goodies.
That’s the story of how I participated in the Pin Cushion Swap of 2012.
I hope you have been doing something new and exciting lately,