Speaking of Pincushions ;-)

Speaking of Pincushions . . . I realized that I had not shared this one with you.  I made it during my tenure on the Dirty Dozen and can share it on my blog now.  Just in case you didn’t know . . . I love to knit and do quite a bit of felting.  Once you are hit by the felting bug there’s little hope.  What happened for me is that I was doing small felting projects like purses then started looking for way to bring that wonderful texture over onto my cards.  Fast forward to the present time, about once a month I hit the Goodwill store and pick up sweaters that are 100% wool.  When I get them home, I put them in the washer and dryer (separately, and in a pillowcase) and felt them right up.  Oh my word, that felting cuts like butter under steel rule dies.  I pull out some of my old Sizzix Steel Rule Dies and go to town.

So my pincushion is made from old sweaters!   When I saw this cute cupcake made by Betz White, I knew I had to make one.  It was just the icing on the cupcake to cut flowers from the same felted fabric and make a matching card.

Project Supplies:
Stamps:  Inkadinado
Paper:  140lb Strathmore Watercolor Paper, Marcell Kay (Monkey Around), K & Co. (SeaGlass), Bazzill, The Paper Co (Solar White)
Ink:  Black Brilliance
Accessories: Spellbinders Standard Circle Small, Labels Four, Sizzix Flowers, Ribbon, Pearls, Tombow Markers, Copic ABS

Stay warm friends!  By the way, guess who’ll be celebrating 27 years of wedded bliss on December 4th?  Me!!  My sweetie pie is under the weather, but it won’t keep me from giving him a great big juicy smacker!

  • ShawnaDecember 4, 2009 - 9:44 am

    How cute! I just may have to try this felting thing. Thanks for sharing Becca.ReplyCancel

  • Ellen PDecember 4, 2009 - 9:57 am

    Oh no! Please don’t get me started on another habit!! This is sooooo adorable, I may just have to try this. *Ü*ReplyCancel

  • DianeDecember 4, 2009 - 10:11 am

    First of all Happy Anniversary!!!!

    Now as I much pick myself up off of the floor and gasp at your
    beautiful project, while clapping my hands. Take a bow Becca.
    That is sooo sweet. I love how you used those tiny pearls.
    Have a fabulous anniversary and a wonderful weekend.


  • RCDecember 4, 2009 - 10:34 am

    Happy Anniversary! My hat is off to you for 27 years in an era when that is almost unheard of anymore in folks as young as you. My husband and I are in our late 30s and have been married 18 years. We have had people shocked by that; I’m very proud of it, and you should be too!! Congratulations!

    I absolutely LOVE the cupcake pincushion! That is just tooooo cute! Thanks for sharing (again!) you awesome talent.ReplyCancel

  • Linda EDecember 4, 2009 - 10:45 am

    Happy Anniversary, Becca. May you havemany more years of happines together.ReplyCancel

  • SusanDecember 4, 2009 - 11:03 am

    What a wonderful project! Just adorable! Congrats on your anniversary!!!

    “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”- John 8:12ReplyCancel

  • Shelly SchmidtDecember 4, 2009 - 11:13 am

    Silent lurker- but ave to comment on this gorgeus project- how do you change a wool sweater into this??? I would love to know!!!
    Happy Happy Aniversary- and Congrats!!!ReplyCancel

  • DianeDecember 4, 2009 - 11:15 am

    Oh my, could this be any CUTER!!!ReplyCancel

  • broniDecember 4, 2009 - 11:23 am

    This is wonderful, Becca!! Happy anniversary!!ReplyCancel

  • barb schramDecember 4, 2009 - 11:34 am

    YOU are after my own heart! LOVE the felting…great idea to search for wool sweaters! This cupcake is the best, Becca! And to have a matching card, pure bliss in my world!!!ReplyCancel

  • Miss GDecember 4, 2009 - 12:19 pm

    that is the cutest little set Becca I love the felting effect (flowers on the card) Congrads to you and your sweetie pie and I hope he’ll feel better soon.ReplyCancel

  • ToshDecember 4, 2009 - 1:15 pm

    Felting and knitting too? Is there anything you can’t do Becca? What a gorgeous cupcake and card!! Simply adorable!!ReplyCancel

  • SandraDecember 4, 2009 - 2:09 pm

    oh… how cute!

  • SonjaDecember 4, 2009 - 2:19 pm

    Happy anniversary!
    The cupcake is… oh… so adorable!!ReplyCancel

  • Gloria WestermanDecember 4, 2009 - 2:29 pm

    Happy Anniversary!!!!!!!!! The card and cup cake are just adorable. You are a great knitter too.
    Now what else are you keeping from us on your talents.ReplyCancel

  • lois skiathitisDecember 4, 2009 - 2:45 pm

    Happy Anniversary Becca and I hope your honey feels better soon. This gift set is so cute. I love the colors you chose. Is there anything that you can’t do? TFS!!!ReplyCancel

  • Elaine AllenDecember 4, 2009 - 2:58 pm

    Congratulations Becca to you and your sweetie on celebrating 27 years of wedded bliss today. Wishing both of you many more happy years filled with Family and Love.

    December 30th my sweetie and I will celebrate 37 years of marriage. I was 18 and he was 19, so many years ago and I still love him dearly.

    Thanks for all your great postings.

    Elaine AllenReplyCancel

  • Grace NyweningDecember 4, 2009 - 2:59 pm

    First off… Happy Anniversary Becca!!! There’s lots of wishes for you on bc! Secondly… this is fabulous and I’m not sure I know exactly how you felt a sweater… but I love the look!!! Such a great project!!! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Elaine MooreDecember 4, 2009 - 3:11 pm

    OK – you put the 100% wool sweater into a pillowcase – wash and dry – and then felt them right up. How do you “felt them right up”???

    Elaine Moore mtn.moven.faith@comcast.netReplyCancel

  • PeggyDecember 4, 2009 - 3:42 pm

    Have a super Anniversary! I love the pincushion ideas. You are so clever. Thank you so much for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Linda C.December 4, 2009 - 3:51 pm

    Your crafting talent knows no bounds! Super creative work! Today is my anniversary also!!! Ours is 18 years!! Happy Anniversary to both of us!!ReplyCancel

  • Linda BDecember 4, 2009 - 4:38 pm

    Happy Anniversary to you & Sweetie! That is an accomplishment as we all know…no one is 100% loveable and pleasant every day, so it is sometimes difficult. The rewards are tremendous, however, as you grow together. Love your felting idea! You ARE the recycle Queen.ReplyCancel

  • Sylvia/GeorgiaDecember 4, 2009 - 7:53 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Dec 4 is also my son and daughter-in-love’s anniversary. They celebrate 16 years today. Thank you so much for sharing your many talents with us!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie MillerDecember 4, 2009 - 9:06 pm

    This is just as cute as it can be, Becca! Happy anniversary to you and your sweetie!ReplyCancel

  • JudyDecember 4, 2009 - 9:53 pm

    Congratulations on your anniversary! You continue to be a real inspiration. The cupcake looks good enough to eat!ReplyCancel

  • RufusDecember 4, 2009 - 10:00 pm

    Congratulations on 27 years, Becca. It was 28 for me this year. Love your cupcake project! I’ve also been known to felt. I spin and weave and have occasionally felted the resulting fabric. On one occasion totally by accident! That was NOT a happy felting moment. Your creations are always inspirational! Thanks for sharing them with us.

  • AndreaADecember 5, 2009 - 12:40 am

    Happy Anniversary Becca,
    I Love that cupcake, it is too cute.

    PS I would have been maried 40 years this year.

    I wish you Many, Many, Many moe.ReplyCancel

  • Patty WDecember 5, 2009 - 1:02 am

    Becca. How clever you are. The cupcake and card are so cute. Thanks for the inspiration and sharing your talents with us again. Congratulations on this special anniversary. How blessed you are to have each other! Keep sharing the joy! I hope your Honey is better soon too.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy H.December 5, 2009 - 7:26 am

    Happy Anniversary!! Sorry your “sweetie pie” is under the weather.

    I love your charming felted cupcake and beautiful card! tfsReplyCancel

  • carol b.December 5, 2009 - 9:25 am

    I love to felt also and have made the cupcake pincushions. They are just so cute. Do you felt from scratch using wool roving? I love doing this rather than knitting first then felting. For me that takes too long since I’m a slow knitter. I scour the 2nd hand shops for wool sweaters also. I also beg everyone for their “holey” and spotted sweaters. People are amazed that you can do such beautiful projects with them. I haven’t used the dies yet. Thanks for the tip.
    carol bReplyCancel

  • MeredithDecember 5, 2009 - 1:21 pm

    You just have the cutest! projects ever! I love this pin cushion and the jar ones also!ReplyCancel

  • Christy HawkinsDecember 5, 2009 - 2:57 pm

    I love both the pincushion projects.
    Also, congratulations on your anniversary. My sweet man and I are sneaking up on our 37th shortly into the new year. Long marriages are a blessing!ReplyCancel

  • PatiDecember 5, 2009 - 11:09 pm

    Cool! Well, cozy warm! Cute creativeness! Happy Anniversary! Dec 4 is a good day, it’s my Birthday too : )ReplyCancel

  • Lisa D. Atha (inspired by purple)December 5, 2009 - 11:32 pm


    Very cute, I love the colors that you used. The card and box to go with it are simply adorable.


    Lisa AthaReplyCancel

  • HeatherDecember 6, 2009 - 5:15 am

    Gosh Becca – is there no end to your talent!?!
    This is gorgeous – who would have thought the items used started life as a jumper!! Well done you.

  • Beth NormanDecember 8, 2009 - 5:11 am

    Happy Anniversary!! Your project is sooooooo cute. You are talented in so many ways.ReplyCancel