Thursday, July 1, 2010

Interrupting the Country Life

Country Life was put aside for a few days to work on Seek Joy in All Things from Stacy Nash Primitives. I wanted a pin keep to place in a Shaker tray that sits next to my stitching chair, and this was a quick and easy project. There were a couple of firsts involved. It was the first time I have used walnut crystals for aging the linen, and it was a first in using crushed walnut shells for the filling. I love both. The shells really give the keep a nice solid weight. I bought a bag of the stuff at PETCO, and when the cashier rang me up, he wanted to know what kind of reptile I had. Eeeeuuuwwww... I found that funny since I have such a strong aversion to anything that has a darting forked tongue and slithers. Since I now have a huge container of the stuff, I need to stitch up the other SN designs waiting in the wings

Isn't the sampler fabric wonderful? I have to say thank you again to two friends for sharing it with me. I think it matches perfectly.
Now back to life in the country...

26 comments:

Katrina said...

Cute, cute, cute!!!! Love the fabric too. Congrats on the finish :-).

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Awesome finish, Tanya! I got a pin cushion from Faye that was filled with the crushed walnut shells and I just love it! The weight is perfect! Yours turned out great.

Jeanny said...

Very, very nice and the sampler fabric is wonderful !

Margaret said...

Love it! Very worthwhile interrupting the Country Life for. Love that sampler fabbie! lol on the reptile question -- I totally agree. Ewwww!

Michelle said...

Love it! And the fabric is perfect. Don't you love the crushed walnut shells? I wanted to see your new pincushion IN that Shaker tray though. Do you do photos on demand???

Isadarena said...

Hello Tanya, I love your last finish and the fabric you choose for it is just perfect !

Deb said...

I just love your finish Tanya! I received a pincushion too filled with the crushed walnut shells and I'm really sold on them now. They give such a nice weight to the piece. Can't wait to see more of Country Life!

Missy aka Birdy said...

Fabulous finish!!!! I have a trip planned to my pet store as well for some walnut shells. We stitchers will go anywhere for the right stash~~ LOL

hugs
-missy-

Anonymous said...

your finish is so cute and you did such a nice job finishing. I have two questions
who is that fabric buy and where was it bought?
and where do you buy the walnut shells?
Thanks have a good one
Darlene
mlndkn@comcast.net

Loraine said...

So cute Tanya! Love that sampler fabric. I've been making ironing board covers out of it. It's perfect.

Love to see your finishes!

Deborah said...

love the finish. I also use walnut shells to stuff my small things. They are great!

Sampler Lover said...

Lovely Stacy Nash pin cushion. Love her designs. I also use the crushed walnut shells and find that things with them in are very tactile.
I also share your thoughts on things with forked tongues along with little things with long tails that scamper about. yuk. - Sandra.

Karoline said...

Gorgeous little pincushion, congratulations

staci said...

Wonderful finish, love the added touches! I've had this kitted up for quite a while, I really should get it started :)

I had bought a bag of the crushed walnut shells and left it on the kitchen table...when my kids got home from school they thought we were getting a bird (because there's a big bird on the front of the bag and it's called "walnut litter".) They really thought I'd lost it when I told them it was for my cross stitch, LOL ;)

Sandy said...

VERY cute, Tanya! That fabric turned out to be just perfect for your little pincushion. I'm glad you didn't let the guy's comment at Petco blow the whole deal. I mean every time you pick up your pincushion to admire it and feel those walnut shells, you're not going to think about creepy reptiles are you?? (I was going to tease you, but I better stop or I won't be able to use any walnut shells myself .... ewwwww!!) LOL

Siobhan said...

Fantastic finish, Tanya! It looks great. LOL at the reptile comment. I was looking for some walnut litter in pet shops around the area and it totally skeeved me to go anywhere near the tanks with lizards and snakes. I prefer my reptiles only in sampler form.

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Glenna said...

Very cute! I didn't know that's where the Walnut shells came from!

woolwoman said...

what a nice diversion from the "country" - love it ! Mel

Sherry said...

As I was reading, I was wondering where you get the crushed walnut shells - as I have a couple scissor fobs to finish finish, now that they are stitching finished...I will have to check out the local pet stores. My son probably even knows as he has a gecko and worked cleaning fish tanks a year or so ago at one of the local pet stores. Love the pin cushion - sweet finish. I am sure you will enjoy using it!

Suzanne said...

Lovely finish! I am working on an antique feel pincushion as well, but not much to show yet. Love the walnut shell filling as well. It feels really nice in the hand.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Lovely pincushion! I love crushed walnut shells too!

MyLifesAStitch said...

Love your pinkeep, Tanya! I still haven't managed to find any walnut shells, but I'm on the prowl.

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