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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Strawberry Pin Keep Make Do

Hello from the icy snowy beach! I hope you all have had a warm and cozy weekend.
It warmed up a bit here. The temps were up around 34* so I was able to get out and wash my windows this afternoon. I hate when the salt spray and snow and sand obscure my beach view and whatever sunshine manages to peek in.

Today I want to show my finished strawberry make do! This is not a selling blog, but sometimes it is a Making blog and I get to show off what I've made.

You saw this cutie in its beginning stages.

I make a few of these pincushions each year. What and how many I make is determined by the bases I've collected at the Fall fleas or while thrifting.
This is such a pretty small candlestick that I used for the base.

It is pre-1911, and the glass is turning a gorgeous clear lavender, as old glass sometimes does. The chemical that turns glass lavender as it oxidizes was not used after 1911. [manganese?]

For the berry I used antique milliners' velvet in a lovely strawberry rose-red.


Hand sewed leaves, made with  hand dyed sage linen.

Beaded with iridescent glass ''seeds''.

Tiny extra emery hangs from an old mother of pearl shirt button. The seeds are hand embroidered running stitch. The emery is filled with white sand from my beach.

I put my thimble on the top. A perfect fit, just for fun. The berry's future owner can put her own thimble there.  My pinkeeps are meant to be used, and loved!



It's so fun to make these pin keeps, also known as Make Do's. I make them one at a time. Each is different. This is my all time favorite [I say that about each and every one,lol]. I love it!

I hope you enjoyed seeing it too.



 gone to the beach

Below: Mo has a tantrum and destroys a case of Charmin. LOL!





  1. My Granddaughter would be perfect company for Mo. She unrolls mine, then tells me, 'finished' and asks for a new one. LOL!

  2. Oh my gosh, it's so cute! I can see why it's your favorite (for now) one.

    Never get tired of seeing the aftermath of Mo's shenanigans. The little monkey.

    Hope it warms up a little more for you this week :)


    1. HI Kel! Are you still having warm weather, I m so jealous. Today was warmer, we had torrential rain instaed of snow. Mo loves prancing thru the puddles! My friend bought Mo snow boots,lol. But they were too big..and Mo was outraged.

      have a great week.


    2. Hi! Well, not as warm as it had been (mid to high 70's) but not bad, more low to mid 60's. AND we had rain literally all day Saturday and Sunday, it was great! I've been keeping an eye on the weather your way, the rain doesn't seem as much fun as the snow, but at least it warmed up a little.

      Haha, Mo being outraged is fun to imagine. Maybe he'll grow into them?

      You have a good week too,


  3. Your make-do turned out so cute!
    What a mess Mo made! lol

  4. What a delightful strawberry pin keep! Do you have any hints to make attaching it to the candlestick easier? I have always struggled with that part on these kinds of projects....

    1. Hi Gayle. Hints: patience. gentle touch. lots of hot glue gun glue. I can email you more detailed indtructions if you d like?

  5. Fabulous Make Do, and really a sweet pup!

  6. Oh, Mo is a naughty boy! (I thought only cats did that...lol) love your strawberry pin keep! Gorgeous! You did an amazing job!

  7. I think the pin-keep is beautiful! A very pretty way to keep your sewing necessities handy.

    Oh, Mo is a bad boy! But better the TP than your shoes, right? Or the sofa? I suppose he did this because you were 'ignoring' him while sewing?

    Stay warm!


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