I have a new project chart to release, yes on Christmas week (when ISN'T a good time for a new chart?) It's called "Passport Pincushion" and the packet takes you through the process of making your very own Passport Pincushion. The instructions come with full-color pictures of steps of the process as well as a page full of sampler motifs to use to create a pincushion like mine.
The beauty of the project is that you can use bits and pieces of a lot of your charts that you may already have. You can create themed pincushions (think holidays, samplers, letters & numbers, seasons, colors, primitive, French...whatever strikes your fancy.) The instructions include how to make the little "Stamps" to decorate your pincushion and how to affix them. I also tips and ideas for other additions...you can see on mine that I like to include various embellishments, scraps of fabric, and even specialty stitches sewn right onto the pincushion.
You can make these pincushions any shape or size, and they can not only be used as pincushions -- make ornaments, pinkeeps, box tops, framed pieces...your project is sure to be as individual as you are. I have taught this project as a class in the past, and creative types found this to be extremely fun...and people who are more "Type A" found it challenging, but rewarding. You have to get over the idea that it will be perfect...make it messy, make it yours. I just hope you have fun with it. You can purchase the chart on my Etsy site "Letters Great and Small." I will be shipping charts to the distributors the first of the week.
Just when I thought kitten season was over, here came three more little dearhearts. A litter of six came to the shelter the day before Christmas eve, and they saved the three in the toughest shape for me. Little Half Pint here only weighs 8 ounces, and our vet tech did not expect me to take him, as she said he was probably near death. He was lethargic and weak (and is half the size of the others.) I said it wasn't fair for any creature that small to be in a cage alone at the shelter on Christmas Day, especially knowing he would probably not make it. She was really happy that I took him home.
The good news is, that several days later (after spending a few days in my warm robe pocket), he is eating well, using the litter box, and scampering around the house. He is not gaining weight yet, but isn't losing any, either. While I was doing photography this morning, he found a bit of lace on the couch that he made use of as a pillow, so I couldn't resist taking a few snapshots of him. We will have him a few months -- it will take him probably eight weeks or more to come up to weight, and I do realize that as the runt of the litter, he still is not out of the woods.
We had a nice Christmas with my mom and dad who drove from South Carolina to spend a few days with us. Christmas eve was time for homemade gumbo, and we had a big turkey dinner on Christmas. I made cranberry bread, too, and peanut butter kiss cookies, as well as my grandma's crescent cookies (made with a cream cheese dough, shaped like croissants, and filled with sugar, cinnamon and chopped walnuts.)
The cats all loved playing with the leftover ribbons and boxes, and the afternoon was spent cooking and playing cards. Time with family is what is best for Christmas.
I am ready to face 2014 with a thankful heart and a busy needle. This year was full of changes for me, and I am ready to tackle my new challenges while devoting more time to my family and my craft. I wish you nothing but the best for 2014.