I used to be a total coffee addict. As a reporter at a daily newspaper, I arrived in the morning and prompty drank pretty much a whole pot in the first hour or two of work. Then I continued to drink several more cups throughout the day. The only problem was the massive headaches I got on the weekend. So about 15 years ago I went cold turkey. Now I have to be careful to avoid caffeine in anything or else I get the trembles and racing thoughts all night. But I'm still addicted to coffee, though now it's just one or two cups of decaf a day.
So ever since I saw Betz White's cute Cup O'Joe pincushions out of felted sweater scraps, I knew I wanted to make one. The pincushion swap organized by Tiff at Folded Ginham was the perfect excuse to try. About a month ago Betz was on Martha Stewart demonstrating how to make these, and while I watched it briefly, I didn't really pay attention. So by the time I sat down to make this, the clip was no longer on the website and I had to wing it.
It turned out pretty decent, although I should not be allowed around a glue gun. I glued on the brown I-cord piping handle and trim around the "saucer," but there were globs of glue showing. So then I had to handstitch the cording trim to tuck in the glue. I also think I didn't do the "whipped cream" right; I think Tiff's on her pincushion cake looks better than this.
Still, I'm pretty happy with it, and I even made a second one for myself, but I haven't finished it yet. I was part of a threesome for the swap, and I my "sending" swap partner has probably already sent mine but I haven't been home to receive it. Tiff was my "receiving" partner.
We're still in Philadelphia, enjoying my husband's family and the summer-like weather. However, we got news today of a potentially very serious adoption problem. I'll take any prayers that it's not as dire as it sounds.