Saturday, January 28, 2012

Put a pin in it!

One cute little project I've been meaning to make for ages.  A pin cushion!  Now I realize that I need at least a couple more.

Nothing like a little instant gratification, right?  Whoop Whoop!

I've been busy getting life back in order after being sick so much in the past 3 months - work, home, husband, kids - every piece of my life has been pretty neglected. I have a long list of home and craft projects - but some have to take priority. Like making these heart shaped crayons for Wild Thing's class valentine. We need 26 of them, so our thumbs are sore from peeling paper off broken crayons.  

There are several tutorials on the web of how to melt pieces of crayon in a mold to get multi-colored crayons in fun shapes.  The one we used is on

We'll need to smooth the back edges by rubbing on paper, then pick a valentine message to put on card stock, and stick the hearts on. But we'll do that another day.

I found the molds at IKEA yesterday. I also bought some stuff to help organize my craft space - it is a complete mess!  And while I was browsing through the fun fabrics they have (I was good and didn't buy any this time!) I found some curtains for Teen Wonder's room.  I don't have a before picture, but it would have just been darkness anyway. The heavy denim curtains were still there from when it was Wild Thing's nursery, and when we replaced all our windows with new energy efficient ones that matched the style of the house better than '70s single pane aluminum sliders, the awesome (and expensive) custom shade for that window wouldn't fit.  Teen Wonder kept the dark curtains shut ALL THE TIME and that bedroom gets the best light of the 3 we have. She said she didn't like the "no privacy" feeling when they were open.  Well, I cut them to length and hemmed them and pressed them and hung them up before she got home as a surprise.  She loves them, and even closed completely, some light comes through. They are double layer, so she can put back only the print panels and have night filtered light.  So today, what do I see?  They are totally open!

Teen Wonder - a wonderful mystery to us all!

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  1. Oh, Janet, I love your pincushion!! So cute! And what a great idea - heart shaped crayons....I've made the broken crayon melts before, but never in shapes - how smart! And your daughter's new curtains are perfect....... Whoop whoop!!

  2. Teenagers! Aren't they fun! The curtains are perfect for her! Love the crayons! What a clever valentine "treat". Hope your days ahead you can take good care of yourself!

  3. I love the crayon hearts. My granddaughter would really enjoy making these. Maybe next year when she is a little older. The pin cushion is perfect. Did you create the pattern yourself, or did you find it somewhere. It is just what I have been looking for.

  4. Such cute pincushions! Great crayons, too! Don't worry, no one understands teenage girls.

  5. Oh, you're so clever with the colors! I'm glad you're doing such cheerful things. Love the crayon hearts; I'll bet that was fun.

  6. Hi Janet, what an adorable pincushion, and the heart-shaped crayons are so cute. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris