Wow, nothing like shuffling your entire life over to a new computer, finally getting a nerve-wracking project done, taking to bed with a migraine, then completely losing internet access for a full day to throw a hiccup into your blog posting patterns, hm?
Ok, but this little project was not so nerve-wracking:
The theme for this round of the pincushion challenge was Winter Wonderland, &, as it turns out, when I think "winter wonderland pincushion," the one thing I think is "snow globe."
After a couple of doomed attempts at constructing the base out of cute cotton prints, using proper geometry & my sewing machine, I gave it up & hand-stitched it together out of wool felt. The biggest challenge was coming up with the right sort of "globe" for the top, but luckily I am the mother of two tiny little pack rats, so after deciding that the top part of one of those junky little prize-filled capsules would be the right thing, I actually managed to find one kicking around in the bottom of the toybox. Though I would have dearly loved to have figured out something along the lines of Martha's snow jars, with actual swirling glitter, I settled for a few decoupaged tissue paper snowflakes.
Making the pins is always my favorite part, even though I can't manage to keep my clay from getting be-glittered. Also, please excuse the fact that, if you use the trees for scale, my snowman is approximately the size of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.