Sunday, June 9, 2013

FNWF & a Catchup

On Saturday I finished off my Red Home pincushion. (it's the SAL project for June.)
It's so cute.  I used crushed walnut shells and silicone beads to fill it.  It's heavy so I think it will work well and not get knocked off the table too often.




 Sunday:  I used my pin cushion a bit today - I'm not sure I like having walnut shells in it - It is quite difficult to push the pins in.  Has anyone else used crushed walnut shells before??  How do you find it?

Also on Friday I received a lovely gift from Cath - see here where I won the giveaway for May.
She included a lovely note - saying that a birdie has told her I like Purple - I wonder how the birdie knew that??

and here are my goodies - a fat quarter - very yummy, a variegated thread (LUV variegated threads) & some buttons - all lovely - thanks again Cath.


And - only a short time ago I received the book I had won from Aunt Marti in March - there was a good reason for the delay - so don't blame her or the US Postal Service.  It's got some great projects in it - and some recipes - some of them look very tempting - I just have to convert some of the "American" products  (like Monterey Jack Cheddar).  And the book has been autographed.





I have been so lucky with Giveaways!!




25 comments:

  1. love your pin cushion and congrats on your win.xx

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  2. Gorgeous pin cushion. Big congrats on your lovely win.

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  3. I love your sweet pin cushion, Susan :-)

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  4. Love the pincushion. I've never used walnut shells. I use sand in mine, keeps my pins nice and sharp so they say. xxx

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  5. Well done with the giveaway wins that have now arrived. Your pin cushion looks great. I havent used the walnut shells so cant help there.

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  6. What a fabulous pincushion Susan. No have never used walnut shells as I don't know where to buy them here.
    Lucky you to have won those great giveaways... Enjoy.

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  7. Love that little pincushion.

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  8. Your pincushion looks great!

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  9. I love that pin cushion. The shape is a bit different . I have never tried walnut shells because they were not easy to find . These days if my pins are not sharp I throw them away and get new ones.

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  10. My comment disappeared so if this is duplicate I am sorry..... lovely wins... always so nice to get parcels in the post.... I have a pincushion that was given to me with walnut shells... no problems with it but it is loosely packed. I use the silicone beads for a bit of weight but only under the poly stuffing....
    I love your pincushion... so cheerful ...

    Hugz

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  11. It's lovely when you win a giveaway. You have received two lovely gifts. Congratulations Susan. Haven't used walnut shells before so can't help you there but that pin cushion looks so darn cute. Hugs....

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  12. Lucky win....and I do love your pin cushion

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  13. Love the colours used on your pin cushion. Lucky you with the win, looks like a great book.

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  14. your pincushion looks great......got one side of mine done........

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  15. Your pincushion is beautiful, purple is my favourite colour as well. Congratulations on the win as well.

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  16. Your pincushion is fabulous Susan and a great win azd pretty fabric

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  17. You have been very lucky, the book looks really interesting , I love your pincushion it s so cute . . . .i have nt used wall nut shells yet, but I do have a bag ready for a pincushion that is on my to do list

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  18. I love the pincushion, I have the book so must give that a go myself but where do you find the crushed walnut shells? So pleased you like the parcel I sent you. It took no time at all to get there either. Top marks to Australia Post!
    Cathxx

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  19. You've finished it - it's just purply perfect! :)
    Congrats with the wins!

    Hugs,
    Tatyana

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  20. Love your pincushion Susan. You have been a lucky girl, terrific pressies.

    Helen

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  22. love that pincushion, so cute! I've never had walnut shells. my fave one is filled with sand (stays right where I put it). I do have a couple with fluff but I tend to knock them off the table.
    I can help you translate the "American" in that book if you like..
    xx debbie

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  23. Great job on the pincushion Susan - the purple is a real winner!
    About the walnut shell, I have not used it, but it's claimed to help the pins/needles stay sharp and not rust. Modern metals used to make needles and pins take a very long time to deteriorate, and they are probably blunt long before they rust anyway, so lots of sites are now saying that a fibre fill of some type is fine, with some type of weighting like Fiona's silicone beads is fine.
    That said, recently out of interest, I located a seller of walnut shell - a reptile specialist store - $35 for a 5 kilo bag of it!! It's used for the aquariums of reptiles/spiders/lizards apparently...
    Hope all that is helpful info!!

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  24. Beautiful pin cushion - I would never have thought of crushed walnut shells.

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  25. Congratulations on your win
    and another beautiful pin cushion
    made. They're cute.
    Cheers, Anita.

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