Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Pins & Needles


Hello, dear friends!

Another beautiful day…school’s almost over…life is good!

Just a few things to share with you today.  I’ve been so in love with vintage sewing notions lately, and have been lucky enough to find some lovely things while out at garage sales, etc…here are a few of my “new” favorites…


A Victorian-age sewing basket topped with the most beautiful glass handle, beads & tassels…and what treasures inside…!


…a beautiful old box filled with embroidery floss…


…lovely vintage cards covered with snaps, hooks, needles & pins…


…a wonderful wooden spool wrapped with soft, luscious old chenille… and the prettiest prize of all…


…this beautifully shabby, very old & much loved pincushion!


Just look at it’s sweetly crocheted base… beautiful, soft tufts of pink silk for it’s topping, all covered with old, tarnished pins…


This fabulous vintage pincushion is what inspired my project for today…


My very own vintage-style pincushion, made with elements from Vintage Street Market—especially their “Dimestore Vogue” Paper Sheets & Tags kit…

Dimestore Vogue

…one of my favorite things!


A perfectly sized box found at home, wrapped in the pattern-print paper found in the kit…a ruffled layer of the luscious, chocolaty-brown crepe paper, topped with lace & ribbon…


A large, multi-layered felt flower & heart button from Epiphany Crafts, available through Vintage Street Market, are the focal point of the pincushion…glittered up with Platinum Stickles, of course!


The box was filled to over-flowing with stuffing, topped with plain, unbleached muslin, and covered with my prettiest pins…


Gorgeous pearl & crystal bead-topped pins from the lovely ladies at Junkin’ Gypsies


…vintage pins topped with more heart-shapes from the Epiphany button punch and papers from the “Dimestore Vogue” kit…


…more vintage pins topped with simple bows made with various colors of Baker’s Twine, also available from Vintage Street Market…


Such a pretty little thing!   So covered with pretty baubles…just like a vintage jewelry box…it just sparkles in the sunlight & and makes me very happy!

What will inspire you today?

See you soon with something new…



  1. Julie,
    Weren't you the lucky girl to find all those vintage notions!!!! I love the vintage pin cushion with it's lovely faded colors! And your box that you created is adorable!

  2. Hi Julie,

    What wonders you brought home! Your pin cushion is lovely, too! Have a great week.


  3. Julie these are my favorite too. The love and work that went into these pieces are just so touching. Graphics on the cards and details on the pin cushions are divine. It is a wonder why it is so easy to fall in love. Your pin cushion is so sweet. Thanks for sharing...Renee

  4. Pin keeps are so cool! Love the old one you found and the new one you made!

  5. What lovely treasures. I love old pin cushions, too. Your handmade one is just so pretty!


  6. Aren't pin cushions just so lovely, I remember my grandmother used to have the prettiest ones, although not as pretty as the one you made - it's gorgeous, and the pins!! they are lovely.
    Have a great day
    Mary x

  7. Squeal....LOVE the basket. I have a few things just like yours myself - I picked them up in Savannah last year. But now you have me thinking I need to find a wonderful old basket to put it all in....
    And leave it to you to make a wonderful pin cushion!
    Hugs! Have a wonderful week! Karen

  8. Oh wow, Julie--how beautiful!! I hope you're having a wonderful day! Sending ((((hugs)))) from me,

  9. A.W.E.S.O.M.E. find :D
    B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. project!!!
    BEAR HUGS to you my friend :D

  10. What great treasures you found!!!! My inspiration will come from the blooming roses, a sweetly scented candle and the calming color of French Heather! Have a delightful week! Xoxoxo

  11. Oh your sweetness is just perfect to end my first day of the new week to, sweet friend. I have a thing for pins, they are on my moodboard in my kitchen. Enjoy all your treasures, Julie, and do enjoy the new week too o xx o

  12. Loving the vintage pin cushion!!
    I wish I had my Mom's, she had a beautiful collection!

  13. How sweet what you made and all the old things you found. Your new bloggy look is stunning too I adore it.

  14. Oh my friend..such joy over here today...I love all your sweet treasures...pure joy. And you new look...hugs for a great day. xoxoxo

  15. The vintage sewing basket is a treasure itself but the best part is all the notions found inside. What a gift! And your sweet pincushion looks like a prettily decorated cake. Hope you have a great rest of the week. Tammy

  16. I just love the vintage oldies like this..so reminds me of my grandma's house! :D

  17. Great job on your pin cushion! My Great Aunts would have LOVED it so. They had several of their own, all hand made which are now part of my little treasures! I love the J and P spool thread label you got! You're going to have so much fun with all those vintage sewing notions! Have a great day Julie!

  18. BIG Blogger problems
    this week, so happy
    that this post is still
    up! I left a long comment
    earlier in the week but
    it wouldn't "take." This
    post brought back such
    memories of cradling my
    mom's "tomato" pin cushion
    with the attached "strawberry"
    that she used for safety
    pins : ) I'd love to see
    more cute pin cushions in
    the big craft stores; mostly
    it's all utilitarian. Hope
    your week has gone well....
    Imagine you are getting close
    to school's end, as we are!
    xx Suzanne

  19. What a treasure Julie!! I love anything old like that. I am also a great lover of Pin Cushions and I think the vintage one is very pretty and I just adore the one you have made! How beautiful and how coloruful!! You are so talented in so very many ways! I love you loads and loads! But then, you already know that! xxoo

  20. I love vintage sewing notions too, Julie! You have found some wonderful items and the pincushion is very sweet. The one you created is so beautiful as well.