Friday, April 27, 2012

A Petite Pink Pincushion

I had some fabric scraps and decided to make my first pincushion.
It's not perfect, but I still think it is cute.

It certainly was fun to make and now that I have given it a try,
expect to see more pincushion creations from me.

Does anyone have any ideas about how to coax my miniature 
African violet to produce blooms?  I feed it once a week with food
especially for African violets.  I water from the bottom.  I put it near a
window to give it plenty of light.  I turn it a quarter turn each day.
I talk to it and give it lots of encouragement ... but no blooms yet.
It's so adorable and it was full of blooms when I bought it, but none

Have a fun weekend everyone and be sure to stop by to visit
Beverly for ~

Bentley ~ I just received a text message from Tina.  If
she can make it she will stop by and give you a haircut today.
Try very hard to be a good boy when she comes over!

Susan and Bentley


  1. Hi Susan! Oh, I love your little pin cushion. I've never made one but I do think yours looks perfect.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. The pincushion looks really cute. i haven't made one yet either, but i've been meaning to. time to try i guess:)

  3. Your pincushion is adorable. I have never made one, but I think you have inspired me. What did you stuff it with?
    Your african violet may just be resting. Mine don't bloom all the time and in between blooms, they rest.
    Have a wonderful day my friend ;-)

  4. I think your pin cushion is adorable!

  5. Your pincushion is so sweet! Love the African violet in a teacup. As far as getting them to bloom, what works for me is totally ignoring them. Seriously, I water only once a week (from the bottom), haven't fed them in as long as I can remember, and yet they flourish. It takes time though. They bloom when they want to.

  6. Oh what a lovely pin cushion Susan! I hope you will make many more. I wish I had not thrown in the towel when I was younger and that my fingers were more nimble today. (we never think we will really get old and our bodies will fall apart) My darling Grandmother helped me make a quilt. I wish I'd paid more attention to her instructions and also to my Home Economics teacher. I long to sew, to make something beautiful and to be creative. If only... -Susan, you are inspiring! Maybe one day a needle will find its way back into these wrinkled hands again.

    I hope Bently will enjoy his new do.I bet he will be a super good boy. Toby gets car sick. So his groomer visits him in her traveling salon-van. A gyspy groomer on wheels. Toby adores her.

    Keep the "preties" coming. They lift my heart. :)

  7. I am convinced that African Violets are a lot like people. Some are stubborn and will do what they want, no matter how much nurturing you try to give or how well you tend to them. I've never had any luck with them. I hope you do.

  8. Hi Susan, I just love your pin cushion! Your fabric choices are wonderful Happy Pink Saturday. ~Marti

  9. Oh how cute! And won't that make your sewing and crafting even more fun! It reminds me a bit of a lovely one a friend made for me - she took a china cup that was my grandmother's and made the pincushion in the top of the cup. So pretty AND full of sweet family memories. Thanks for the lovely reminder on this Pink Saturday.

  10. Far a first time, you did an excellent job on the pin cushion. I used to have violets, but they are hard to take care, and gave them up. It will bloom when it gets ready.

  11. Enjoyed reading your blog today.Such pretty photos.Love your pin cushion!

  12. Such an adorable pin-cushion! I love the lovely family memories, specially, that is my favorite thing in life! Happy Pink Sat.

  13. Happy Pink Saturday!
    Your pincushion is so cute! You did a fabulous job and in my favorite colors!

    As to your African Violets....just be patient. They will bloom as you are doing all the right things. Mine go through spells of not blooming and just when I think they never will, I will see a little curved bud starting under the leaves...
    ♥ Jil

  14. Your pincushion is very pretty and you did a great job. I'm sitting next to my African Violet while I'm writing this and it's blooming but I just bought it. I hope it continues to. Happy Pink Saturday.

  15. Cute pin cushion, Susan. No help for you with the blooms. ;-(

  16. I think your pin cushion is darling. It certainly does not look like a first time try. Ask Bently, he'll tell you!! :)

  17. So beautiful! Come and join my Color Connection meme too. The linky is at my Pink Dinosaurs entry. Have a lovely weekend!

  18. Love the pin cushion, it's pretty, good luck with your violets.... :)

  19. Wonderful! I want that! Happy Pink Saturday greetings from Holland,
    with love,

  20. Lovely pincushion, you would think you had made loads before. xx

  21. Great pin cushion..never know it was a first!

  22. If this darling piece was made from fabric scraps, I would love to see the other projects - what beautiful colors and patterns! My mother-in-law used to grow African Violets with great success and I think it is the light. At one time, she had tons of them growing under a fluorescent light. I kept one alive and blooming for a very long time, but it was mere luck!! Happy Pink Saturday!

  23. I don't know - it looks pretty perfect to me - it's darling. And Bently - what a doll! Happy Pink Saturday to you, Dru

  24. Lovely pink this week!

    My PINK please come and see when you have time. Have a safe and happy weekend!

  25. Your pin cushion is delightful! I love the colors. I've never made one either. I hope you post a tutorial for us.

  26. Lovely! I love the colors! Also would love to know what font you used in your header! Happy Pink Saturday!

  27. Oh my this is just darling! Happy Pinky day!

  28. I love your pin cushion, it's gorgeous. I wish I could help you with your plant, but I am not good with house plants.


  29. What a pretty pincushion, loving it! How neat that you are planning on making more! I use to grow African violets and I wish I could tell you the problem! Sounds to me like you are doing the right things! Who knows, hope you get your answer soon!

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  31. Hi Susan,
    Happy Pink Saturday! I love your pin's so cute! And your plant in the teacup is beautiful. Have a wonderful weekend.


  32. Hi great pink post!
    Happy Pink Saturday!
    I love your pin cushion.

    it's so cute!


  33. Good Morning Susan and Bentley Sweeties...
    What a wonderful share. I love, LOVE your beautiful pincushion that you made. It is priceless. I love the button heart that you added to the center, the element of surprise. Color choices of course were perfect. I have always wanted to try to make one, but have never took on the challenge. You are a very brave gal, and did an absolutely awesome job.

    I had a violet that I always kept at work. It bloomed beautifully off and on, and one day I decided to bring it home. (BIG mistake.) Sadly it died and I have never replaced it, but it sounds like to me you are doing all the right things sweet friend. Just be patient. She will show soon.

    Bentley sweetie, sounds like you are in for a bath and trim, what fun for you. I know, I know it is not your happy time, but be good for Momma. She might even have a treat for you.

    Have a glorious Sunday sweet friend. Many hugs and much love, Sherry


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