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Thursday, September 20, 2018

An New Pocket Watch Pincushion ...

Hello my dear friends,

so it was a very early Saturday morning for me to set up our garage sale this last weekend.
At 5.30 am I was wide awake and ready to work. There were vintage books, tarnished treasure and even some of my antique pieces but 3 hours later and most of it was still there.

A dealer that visits my sales told me that right now antiques are something many people don't want anymore, at least it seems so in our city. So 11 am came and so did the packing up of everything. Next was a trip to a second hand store and donating everything that was left over. I was a little sad not to have sold more items but happy that in the end everything was gone and my decluttering at least was a full success. One out of two is a really good result, don't you agree?

 Today I am sharing something little I make early this summer before I went absent in blog land.
 You will find that there are a few of these "something little's" that I will be finally with all of you. They were mostly made months and months ago, I just never got around to sharing them.

So ... where was I?! Oh, yes ...

... I  have tendencies to save all sorts of bits and pieces including things like short pieces of wire and string, tiny pieces of fabric, ribbon and lace. Why not throw it way? ... Because you never know! I am sure many of you do the same too. On more than one occasions I was very close to getting rid of my "snippet" boxes but in the end I don't and that was and is a good thing. More than once I have found that little piece of fabric or tiny snippet of lace, that I needed for a creation that I was working on and was so happy that I hadn't thrown it away after all. I also have a box filled with vintage and antique pocket watch casings and a few of them are gold colored. One early summer morning when it was already hot outside and I was sitting at our dining table drinking a cup of tea, I was thinking of what I could maybe create that day. Then suddenly it just popped into my head. I am not sure why but I thought of pumpkins. Maybe it was because my daughters and I were talking about what we were planning to do this coming Fall a few days earlier. One of those things was going to pick apples and pumpkins again at Apple Land Station, just like we did last year. It was such a great day and we are so looking forward to doing it again this year.

I started to think of Fall colors like deep oranges and rusts, subtle greens and bold golds and that was it! I had to try and make this piece. I could see my newest pincushion creation in my mind very clearly and I was so buzzed to start working on it right away. I picked a lovely old pocket watch and my snippet box was pulled out in which I found exactly what I was looking for! I was happy that I spotted the leftovers of some cotton velvet in the perfect color for my little pumpkin. Of course this pumpkin needed leaves just like my other ones in the past. So the first thing I made was a few little velvet leaves for my pocket watch pumpkin. They actually turned better then I thought they would and I didn't mind my poor fingers getting slightly singed again whilst making them. And yes, seam binding as always was a must for this creation as well as a small piece of sparkle.

Slowly but surely this creation came together with each part of it complementing the others. It is almost like they were meant to be together in my eyes. But enough of me rambling on now. Here is my newest pocket watch pincushion. I called it ...

... "Pumpkin Harvest Time".
Kinda fitting, don't you think?

It did turn out neat ... didn't! What do you think?

Last but not least ...

... I would like to thank all of you for all your sweet, kind and thoughtful comments that you leave on my posts. It really means so much me and each and every one of them touches my heart!

And finally ...

... I have just listed some three of my pumpkins and also today's creation in my Etsy shop in case any of you might be interested.

I hope you are well my dear friends and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.


  1. Hi Karen,
    Oh my goodness this piece is stunning! What a gorgeous creation; and using a pocket watch is soooo clever and beautiful. Truly lovely and what a treasure. You are an inspiration! <3 Love & hugs, karen o

  2. Oh what a beauty. Really really wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Hugs from Lina

  3. Karen!!! How do you come up with all your amazing ideas!? I never would have thought of this, and it turned out beautiful!!

  4. I'm sorry to hear that your yard sale wasn't as successful as you had hoped, but happy to see that you consoled yourself by making another of your beautiful little creations.

  5. I LOVE it! You have inspired me to start looking for old pocket watches.