Sunday, September 15, 2013

Pin It Hop!



I have always wondered why was the first pincushions
were made into the shape of tomatoes? 
Maybe I am the only one?
So I thought I would share a little bit of why.....


Why the tomato?
 According to folklore, placing a tomato on the mantle of a new home
 guaranteed prosperity and repelled evil spirits.
If tomatoes were out of season, families improvised by using
a round ball of red fabric filled with sand or sawdust.
The good-luck symbol also served a practical purpose—a place to store pins. 
Well, my little tomato sits upon my shelf
and is not getting much use since I worked up this.....

What could it be? No, it's not a furry green tomato. 
HaHa!!
This is my very first pincushion that I have made for myself.
I started crocheting and came up with
a giant fuzzy cactus.
 I crocheted it using Fun Fur Yarn. 
It has made a home in a giant coffee cup pot. 
It makes me happy just seeing resting on my sewing table.
Usually, if I make one, I might have to make another. So here's it's twin.

I also whipped this up a cup of joe. 
It is filled with walnut shells
and is the perfect hand held size.
I hope you enjoyed your stop here.
I'm so glad you came to visit. 
;)
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83 comments:

  1. Amy ... you are so very creative! Cactus pincushions! What an inspired idea and they worked up adorably. The cup of joe looks like a cup of joy to me ... :) Pat

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  2. What a great idea, the cactus pincushions! Hilarious.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Cheers,

    Jeanneke.

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  3. Those pincushions are too cute and brought a smile to my heart. Thank you for sharing!!

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  4. Love your pin cushions! Thank you for sharing the story of why they were shaped like a tomato and red.

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  5. lol, that little green face just makes me smile

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  6. lol - these are sew very cute! i love fun fur yarn. Great job - even though I don't drink coffe I'd love your cup of joe!
    xo jan@sewandsowfarm

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  7. Your cup of joe is really cute and I do drink coffee (and lots of it)! Thanks for sharing the story about how the tomato pin cushion came about!

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  8. love all your pin cushions you are on very creative woman

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  9. I was not expecting that! Hahaha. It looks amazing. What a smart idea. A cactus. I am still grinning about it. Thanks for that!

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  10. Your cactus pincushions are way too cute. Thanks for sharing

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  11. They are adorable.

    Warm regards from Holland,
    Marga♥

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  12. I think your fuzzy green cactus is just so clever. Thank you for sharing your talent with us today.

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  13. Don't those pins look perfect in your cactus!? Love the wild green yarn. And the coffee cup is darling..... just the right size!

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  14. Love them all. It makes me laugh that they all have eyes too. Very sweet.

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  15. I LOVE, no really.... I LOVE your cactus! Sew incredibly KEE-UTE ! and your little cup o' "Joe" has eyes and pink cheeks ! How smart you are Amy ! No really, really...I L-OV-E your CACTUS !!!

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  16. How interesting; I never knew that about tomatoes. Your pincushions are all great!

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  17. I love that cactus even more than Vickie! :)

    I have to show this to my friend marie! She crochets and has a southwestern theme in her home. She is also a quilter so she needs one of these!

    Congrats on making the cut today! You deserved it!

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  18. Wow Amy. I'm just floored with how cool and cute your pin cushions are. And congrats on a Top pick today.

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  19. In love with the cacti. :) blessings, marlene

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  20. So cute!! Unbelievable! I think I have to make a cactus too.. ;)

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  21. Your cactus pincushions are so very cute! I am going to have to make some too since I have way to much of that furry yarn around my house. :) Also love the little cup of coffee cushion. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Amazing pin cushions by you, so pleased you were among us pin enthusiasts..you made our hop extra special. What a delightful surprise too...

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    1. Ohhh and the clarification re tomato Priceless t.y.

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  23. That cactus is sooo cute! I love that it is also blooming! Great job.

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  24. So fun! Congratulations on being the most crative today!

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  25. Amy you are always such fun to visit and your delightful cactus and little cup have really cheered my day.

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  26. I saw your face on all the blogs and now I get to follow you. The pins with the red bead makes the pin cushion burst with color. I have lots of walnut shells and now this is the year I need to use them up.

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  27. cactus one and two are both beauties!

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  28. What a cute cactus! Your cup of joe looks good aswell! Thanks for sharing.

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  29. Awe...very cute cactus! Great job on all of them. Thanks for sharing.

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  30. You are just so clever...I love those cactus pincushions! That cup is too amazing and your photos are all perfect. Great job at wowing us!

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  31. The cactus are so cute and clever! And who doesn't love a cuppa joe! Thanks for sharing today!

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  32. I just love the cactus! Great job on these little cuties!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  33. OMG....so cute, I love how you made them fuzzy. Adorable!

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  34. LOL...you have made my day! Those fuzzy cactus's are just the cutest.

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  35. Your have some fun pin cushions! great job!

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  36. Amy that was your first pincushion you made, really? You made a wonderful cactus pincushion, well 2 cactus pincushions! So darling. Those colorful pins heads add to the look too. The cup of coffee one is cute too.

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  37. I'm really smiling at your cute cacti pin cushions! So cute!

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  38. Its really lovely - well done on being voted most creative! I bet it looks lovely on your sewing table - thanks for sharing.

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  39. LOve them all but the cup of joe is my favorite, so cute

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  40. I knew you would come up with something unusual! What fun cacti you made. The cup of joe is cute too!

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  41. Amy. That is awesome! I see you won the place of honor on Madame Samm's page as most creative. I think - hands down! And your crocheted little cup makes me want to go find my yarn and hook. I enjoy crochet and may just peruse my magazines and patterns for something so cute. Thanks for sharing something so creative (I think I already said that, didn't I?)

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  42. So very cute and unique. Congrats on being chosen as most creative today. You deserve it. Thanks for sharing.

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  43. Wow Amy, those are the cutest little pincushions!! Thanks for sharing!

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  44. Your giant fuzzy cactus (or are they cacti since there are two? lol) are just so cute and very creative!!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  45. Absolutely delightful! Your fuzzy neon lime cacti are just so cute!

    Susie

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  46. I absolutely love your fur balls. They are sew cute. Just wish I could crochet. I'd be trying to make that cup pincushion--like I need more.....

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  47. The cactus are so cute, but love your coffee cup!

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  48. Eeek girlfriend! I am in love! These are awesome!

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  49. Amy, I cannot say that I have ever seen a blue tomato and I am in love. Blue has always been my favorite color and now pink is a close second now that I'm a breast cancer survivor and it's so cheery. I love it. I had no idea why the tomato is so popular as a pin cushion - ty, ty, ty for the info. I learn so much - I learn lots from these hops. Congrats on creativity of the day - very well deserved. I have no idea how you crocheted one let alone two cacti - I tried to knit with that blankety blank yarn once and gave up. I couldn't find my stitches. So, I'm in awe of your accomplishments. I know how difficult it is. And your cup of job is awesome. You have wowed we once again. Thanks for participating and sharing your creativity and being a great source of inspiration. I hope to see you again in more hops very soon.

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  50. Oh what fun and who ever thought fun fur could be so cute! The cactus are my favorite but that cup is super cute too. Thanks for sharing and congrats!

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  51. Now that is the cutest cactus I have ever seen and that cuppa is adorable too , thanks for sharing your great creations !

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  52. You made such clever pincushions. Love the cup!
    cheers
    maggie

    maggimien42@gmail.com

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  53. what fun and fuzzy little pin cushions you have shared with us today .... thank you for making me smile at them....
    in stitches
    Annette institchesandseams@hotmail.ca

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  54. that little fuzzy pincushion is so cute. Thanks for sharing

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  55. Hi!!! Too fun!!! Love your cactus pinnies!!! That would really cheer me up to see everyday!!!! Thank You

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  56. Thank you for sharing the history of the tomato pincushion. Very interesting. I adore your fuzzy green cactus/cacti. They are uber cute and clever. Creative Bliss and Fabulous Hop...

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  57. OMG your cactus pincushions are beautiful! Very creative and fun idea. Your cup of joe pincushion is too cute.

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  58. I'm jealous of your blue tomato... Hahaha! And the cactus is darling, I love it, and I know a lot of people would love to share that cup-of-joe with you. :) Thank you for sharing with us!
    ~Brandy
    brandizzle7133 at yahoo dot com

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  59. I love your cactus pincushion...so very, very creative! :)

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  60. Blue tomatoes, whatever next, oooh I have purple ones in my greenhouse, all lumpy and bulbous perhaps I could copy one of those. Just love the cacti, I have some orange fake fur somewhere.............. Many thanks for a great post.

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  61. Very nice. I love the furry cactus.

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  62. Ha, ha, ha. Those fuzzy cushions are wonderful. Using that yarn was perfect for a cactus and how nice that you made friends!!

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  63. Such cute crocheted pincushions....thanks for sharing with us.

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  64. Aren't those the cutest pincushions?? Love your cactus fuzzy. So cute, and thanks for the little tidbit about the tomatoes!

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