“The main difference between envy and jealousy is that envy is an emotion related to coveting what someone else has, while jealousy is the emotion related to fear that something you have will be taken away by someone else.”
Neither envy nor jealousy are attractive emotions and I must admit I wasn’t too clear on the difference between them until I found the definition above. Then I realised that jealousy is most frequently exhibited by my rather greedy Newfies. Ben in particular will stare very hard indeed when treats are being given out to make sure he, rather than Miss Daisy, has received the largest, tastiest portion of whatever’s on offer.
But I have not been suffering from jealousy, but rather have been the victim of a nasty case of sewing envy. Let me explain ….
Earlier in the year I watched, and very much enjoyed, the Great British Sewing Bee. Above is the winner, Heather, with the object of my sewing envy – her pincushion dog!! Oooooh, how I envied that dog. Every episode she would retrieve it from her bag and place it firmly on her work table knowing she’d have everything she needed readily to hand. I, on the other hand, am always losing my tape measure, finding my needle book is elsewhere and scissors, well let’s not even think about the places they need to be retrieved from.
Over time though, I came to realise that it wasn’t so much Heather’s dog itself I was envious of, rather than the idea that all those essential bits and pieces could be instantly to hand in a practical and easily portable form. Then, one afternoon, as I was sitting in the summer house drinking (probably about my third cup!) tea, inspiration came to me …..
My September House pin cushion. It’s more than just a pin cushion though. Firmly stuffed with a few beach pebbles weighting the base (Heather’s dog always went down with a satisfying thud), it has a needlebook hidden in its roof as well as pockets for scissors and tape …
And then some room for pins of course ….
And my case of sewing envy is cured!
The pattern for my September House pin cushion will be in the September issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine published on Thursday 28th August.