W.I.P. Wednesday : Pin Cushions, Notebooks & Gifts


How is your March Stitch-Along progressing? I can’t wait to see what you’ve all come up with. I’ll be featuring pictures and links to finished (or mostly finished!) projects in next week’s post, so if you’d like to be included, please send me an email with a picture by Monday, March 30th and I’ll get you in!

My Little Bear and Bunny have been pushed temporarily aside by a landslide of pin cushion madness :


Side A


Side B


Side A


Side A


Side A

The B Sides are on the W.I.P. Wednesday Flickr Pool if you’d like to get your fill of pin cushion love. I used a sweet stamp I ordered from Japan (more on that soon) to stamp some of the fabric. I just love that little mushroom, and think it really works with the brown corduroy.

I don’t know why, I was just thinking I might need a supply of little gift. Always good to have on hand.

I’ve also tried playing with something new in the bookmaking/embellishing department :



I should have taken more time with these pictures because they don’t do justice at all to the adorability of these notebooks. I applied some vegan felt to these faux-moleskines before adding embroidery and other appliqé. I’m in love with them, and forced myself to show them to you all because otherwise I’d have kept them for myself! Ha! Now I know I’ll send them off to good homes.

And this little bundle of goodness (finished off this weekend) is finally on its way to a Lovelie home in Ireland.


A little felty-love pouch, felt heart, and some gourmet vegan chocolate handmade here in town. My sewing skills keep improving, so the longer it takes me to get something out, the better it ends up looking! Also included in the little package is this (feeble) attempt at a handmade card:


The pattern (the second time I’ve stitched it, I really like it!) is from the great book that Natalia sent me for my birthday, as is the idea to use fusible interfacing to adhere it to the card. I really liked the way this looked plan to do more. I also sent her a Sweet Little Pin Cushion, because they are just too cute!

Next Wednesday we’ll have a new featured Wipster for the month of April and a little March Stitch-Along round-up so don’t forget to stop by. I bet you can’t wait, I know I can’t! And I just know that April will be the month of the “Super Easy Child’s Pants Tutorial”. I can feel it in my bones people! Have a crafty week, and don’t forget to see what the other Wipsters are up to, and to check out our W.I.P. Wednesday Flickr Pool, too.

24 thoughts on “W.I.P. Wednesday : Pin Cushions, Notebooks & Gifts

  1. The little mushrooms are just darling! I love corduroy, my favorite pants used to be a pair of brown corduroy ones that no longer fit. I think it might be time to get me a bigger pair – screw the fashion police! 😀

    The notebooks are too cute! It’s easy to see why you would have a hard time parting with them.

    The little bundle of goodness are so adorable, Shelly!! I love the card, you are so crafty and talented! YAY for freakin’ cute handmade goodies!!

  2. I love how the red crewel work turned out! The mushrooms look just like the pattern from a set of curtains my parents had when I was little. They are awesomely 70’s, earthy chic!

  3. Look at YOU. So crafty and productive!

    Are you back to yoga and running now? I hope your body feels all back to normal recently.

    Have you considered making the little mushroom front on the journal a pocket (for library cards for example)? I love those precious little mushrooms.

  4. Oh Lady! Those are so cute! I absolutely love brown corduroy.. I have several pairs of scummy pants that I just can’t bear to throw away… they feel like home and woodstock and comfort and dirty hippies and sunshine to me! 🙂 I think I fail at the Stitch-A-Long this month as I’ve been too busy crocheting but it’s definitely gotten the cross stitching wheels turning in my head! And what are those cute little tags I see peeking out??? Did you have ribbon made?? Those are super cute!

  5. i also super love that little mushroom! it’s so cute! never knew about fabric stamps; i learn something new every day! ahahaha! yay!

    hooray for your sewing skillz get’n more & more awesome! i must say that i thought they were already pretty darn rock’n, Shelly! w00t! the little bundle of goodness = the best! i’m really dig’n the felt heart! and local vegan chocolate?!? mmmmmm! i’d like to say that your handmade card is glorious! the pattern is so cool – and i really like the red stitching against the pink paper!

    a “Super Easy Child’s Pants Tutorial” sounds stellar! if you get that going i’m going to have to tell my neighbor – she has a wee one and is learning to sew! huzzah!

    i keep forgetting to check out other WIPsters – off to do that now! thanks, Shelly! craft on!

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