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Two little pin cushion mice … so cute… so innocent … so …..

Greedy!!

Well .. that’s not entirely true – there was certainly a lot of greediness surrounding Carolyn’s birthday cake, but it was all of us and our friends, not the Pin Cushion Mice.  Our  Pin Cushion Mouse cake was a really fun thing to do – so if like me you enjoy sewing, but don’t enjoy spending a lot of time decorating a cake then why try this idea instead?

  • You’ll need:  Two little Pin Cushion Mice (Carolyn loved hers and is taking them all the way home to Dubai with her).  If you don’t have the pattern already you’ll find it on my free patterns page here.
  • One silver covered cardboard cake board
  • Two bamboo skewers
  • Washi tape
  • Fabric scraps
  • Bakers twine or string
  • Glue stick
  • Birthday cake

Wrap washi tape around your bamboo skewers to within 1/4″ of the pointy end.  Push the points into the cardboard cake board making sure you leave enough room for your cake to fit between them.

Cut small diamond shapes approx 3″ long and 1″ wide – I needed six for my bunting string and my cake was 10″ wide.  Fold in half widthways and press.  Fold the diamonds over the string and secure the two sides together with a dab of glue.  Knot the ends of the string around the bamboo skewers.  Position cake and add mice at the sides.  Candles are a nice touch, but be sure to position them so you don’t set fire to your bunting!  Perfect!

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I think everybody loves a pretty pin cushion, and I’m no exception to that rule!

Sometimes it’s nice to use an item that you haven’t made yourself  - there are so many talented makers out there – and as I’ve been hunting for that perfect new addition to my workroom supplies I thought you might like to see some of the delicious designs I’ve discovered online …..

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One: Teacup Pincushion by Coco Rose Textiles (www.cocorosetextiles.blogspot.com)  Two: Cupcake Pin Cushion by CrystalCreates2001, Etsy (www.Etsy.com) Three: Personalised Sewing Machine Pin Cushion by RosieBull Designs, Not on the High Street (www.notonthehighstreet.com)  Four: Jammy Dodger Biscuit Pin Cushion by feltsofancy, Etsy (www.Etsy.comLittle Hedgehog Pin Cushion by the imagination of ladysnail, Not on the Highstreet (www.notonthehighstreet.com

Of course over the years I’ve made many of my own pin cushions, and I think the most popular design ever must be my version of a classic make – the Pin Cushion Mice……

They’re just so cute – and a perfect make to keep kids busy on a rainy afternoon in the summer holidays!  If you haven’t downloaded your free Pin Cushion Mice pattern yet, you’ll find it over on my free patterns page along with lots of other goodies too.

If you do decide to download the Pin Cushion Mice, then you’ll be amongst the first to see my new logo and style – I’m so excited about it!  I’ve just begun the process of updating and revising my patterns ready for my new website coming in September, and thought the Pin Cushion Mice was the perfect pattern to start with.  I do hope you like Bustle & Sew’s new look – I’d love to hear what you think!

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Pride goes before a fall

by Helen on April 13, 2014

It’s true to say I was feeling very proud.  At the age of – no, some things are best not mentioned – let’s just say at a slightly more mature age than one might expect – I had become a cover girl!  That is to say, my little mice had been chosen for the cover of a new British bookazine “Handmade Gifts.”

“Look it’s us – we’re famous!”

When my copy arrived I couldn’t wait to open it.  Yes, there were my mice, beautifully photographed and the pattern looked wonderful too I thought, though I did wonder why I can’t make my template lines as neat and straight as theirs.  But then …. my eye strayed to the credit box and my heart sank through my boots ….

“That’s not our mum!”

It’s not me!  My mice have been credited to another person (who may or may not be called Helen Dickson) entirely.  Now, I am sure that whoever this lady is she’s a very lovely lady, but the fact remains – she isn’t me!  I am notoriously camera-shy as you know, but I feel I need to set the record straight – this is me….

Back and front view just to be sure!  The magazine editor apologised profusely, but of course it’s too late for any change to be made.  Still, it’s hard to be downcast for long when there are bluebells in the hedgerows and hexies in the sewing tin….

Yes, watch out for some English paper piecing and lots of little hexies in the May issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine – perfect handstitching to take out and about with you now the warmer weather’s here. (or on its way at least!) 

 

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Lots of hand stitching

by Helen on January 13, 2014

I am still taking it easy, though my knee feels so much better already.  Ben and Daisy are home now, and doing their best to persuade me to venture into the great outdoors.  We did manage a short walk together, just along the road  this morning, but friends are coming to give them “proper” walks for the rest of this week until I have my stitches out.  It’s so grey and muddy outside, it’s no hardship to cosy up on the sofa in my workroom and bask in the very pink glow of my new rug from IKEA (a treat to myself last time I visited Rosie in Bristol)…..

And enjoy some hand stitching – I have plenty of wedding projects to be getting on with!  I think I’ve made enough little mice now ….

(from my Pincushion Mouse pattern on the free patterns page) They are a very mischievous collection who are partying among the jars Rosie’s collected for her sweet table.  I’m also busy embroidering guest names for the place settings – to be matched with lovely pastel floral fabrics and mounted in small hoops …

Only 60 more to go!!  But luckily I have a new little friend to keep me company – look who’s perching on my sewing machine …

A little lovebird – I think he’s looking for his sweetheart – another handstitching project for me!  

The lovebird pattern will be in the February issue of the Bustle & Sew e-Magazine.  There’s beginning to be a bit of a romantic theme developing – but then it is Valentine’s Day next month. 

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