Saturday, March 24, 2012

The pin pig

12Marchpig Many months ago someone posted a picture of the strangest thing they had in their sewing room. I don’t remember what it was now, but the idea stuck with me. You know how sticky some ideas are.  Well, here is what I think the strangest thing I have in my sewing corner is – the pin pig. I picked it up at a local thrift store many moons ago because I couldn’t resist these colours. To justify my $2 purchase, I kept a few pins in it. Now I keep my worn out machine needles in it (so I guess it’s a needle pig now). It takes some effort to toss out individual needles since we don’t recycle steel here, only tin, and I like to put a piece of tape over the point so it doesn’t slice through the garbage 12March23pins bag. So I just toss them in the pig. When it gets full, I’ll tape the whole lot and throw them out. 

I finally cleaned my work area the other day because I had to mend my jeans. It took me a whole 20 minutes to put all of those bags of scraps, unused fabric, etc. away where they were supposed to be. It might not look so clean in this picture, but it is. All of this paper on the table is me practicing drawing some Free Motion Quilting patterns. It was frustrating at the beginning, and it took me 12March23clean several days, but I think I’ve finally got my right hand connected to my brain and when I get home from work tonight, I’ll see how it looks with some thread added.

I’ve started my next project. This is all fabric I rescued from the local thrift store. The big blue/green polka dots were a St. Paddy's Day special - all fabric was on for 25 cents – and there was a four metre bundle of it. I think it’s going to make a very pretty bag. Yes, another practice bag. And after this it will be another bag. A co-worker is 12March23bag retiring at the end of April, and I want to make one for her. I was going to make her a bag as a Christmas present, but she moved up my completion date by announcing her retirement a couple of weeks ago! I bought some fusible fleece last weekend, which I’m using in this bag – the only thing that didn’t come from the thrift store. I attached it this morning, so we’re ready to start sewing.

There was a New Moon on Thursday at 2 Aries, with quite a boost from Mercury and Uranus. Aries is fire and fire is energy: Mercury and Uranus rule air signs and air does a lot of thinking, but it also fuels fire. These two planets passing through Aries will energize your creative activities. Aries is also a wee impulsive, though, so watch that tendency to start working on a billion great ideas that you can’t finish. Try to focus on one or two projects that have been challenging you for some time, instead. Aries colours – red for go!

Until next time,

1 comment:

  1. Your needle pig is very cool. I collect my used needles and pins in an empty vitamin bottle when the bottle is full it goes in the garbage. Looking forward to seeing the new retirement bag.