Friday, November 20, 2015

pincushion upcycle + art history lesson

In our new house, I have a new nest. A spot. A space. It is were I have most of what I need to get me through the day: my checklist, my coaster, my chargers of all kinds, my laptop, etc. Also within reach of my spot are always many useful things such as scissors, tape, and a needle and thread. My spot looks like this.

In our old house, I kept a pincushion on my ironing board and another on my bedside table. It didn't take me long to realize that my nest was sorely lacking in this department. After a wee bit of pin-spiration, I remembered a picture my Grandmother gave me for no particular reason other than to be rid of it. At least if there is a special story about it, she didn't tell me! And then bam - the idea was there and the timing was right.

And there you have it. A peachy perfect pincushion. That fabric doesn't match one single thing in this room but it makes me happy - c'est la vie.

And now for the art history lesson.

I was kind of amused to dismantle the picture frame to find that the original framed work was a little print of The Herring Net by Winslow Homer, a self-taught American painter whose works I rather enjoy. What a treat. I think I'll keep it.


  1. This project is amazing. You are amazing! I love the fabric on it, too. And Amanda: there is a Winslow Homer at Randolph College's art museum here in Lynchburg: Let's go next time you come. It's a wonderful spot.

    1. Thank you thank you thank you - and just you wait till you see what I have up my sleeve!

  2. I love this idea and you executed it flawlessly! I love your little corner of "you".