Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Pincushions and Garden Art

Lately, I've been fascinated with pin cushions, so when I found this Victorian shoe in an antique store, I knew just what to do with it!

After I made this, I started to do a little research on antique pin cushions. Little did I realize that this pin cushion idea is as old as the hills! I found a lot of pictures of antique pincushions with porcelain figurines incorporated into the design. My favorite are the fancy ladies. Just another example that sometimes "new" ideas aren't really new.

A little extra bling for the pin keeper.

Sweet baby shoes pincushion picture is taken in front of a mirror.

A picture for my real life friend, farm chick, a yo yo pin cushion!

I have been making altered art journals for my shop for a few years now. I just had to include this photo, as I think they look yummy.

The flower gardens are looking great this year.

These metal sphere thingies were originally a metalic gold color AND were $70.00
Enter: a 90% off sale price (SCORE $7.00) + a can of purple spray paint= garden art


Kai said...

Oooooooh! Ele, you ALWAYS have the most charming and elegant things to show & tell! The pincushions are beautiful. So is the journal! (Do I mean 'journal'? I've been up for over 30 hours straight so forgive me if I sound demented.) And your garden art is PERFECT! You are just classiness and serenity personified!

Connie said...

Oh, Ele, everything and I mean EVERYTHING is just soooo pretty, sweet farm chick! Oh my, especially those purple "thingies"/garden art!! :-)

Farmchick said...

Dear Yo Yo Mama~

Thanks for the pin cushion just in my honor!! It is just too yummy! ha ha ha

Your real life friend

Nancy at ManicForMosaics said...

Oh, those baby shoe pin cushions are darling! I have the standard "red tomato" pin cushion but I think it's time to trade up to something nicer!

Thanks for showing us these treasures!

Unknown said...

Ele, I LOVE the garden art! And the pincushions are adorable. Love your pictures.

Lori said...

Ele, your pincushions are gorgeous...i really love the yo yo one, it is really sweet!!!

Unknown said...

Ele, the pincushions are darling! I love the shoe one you made! So pretty!

The garden art is fabulous!!! What a score and I LOVE the color you chose!!

Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog, you made my night!

Love ya,

Farmchick said...

oh and I forgot..thanks for playing pay it forward!!!

Sugar Bear said...

They are so very cute! The journals are super pretty as well.

Jessi Nagy said...

hey doll,
love all your pin cushions. darling.
and your lavendar garden stakes fabulous!

Diane Mars said...

The pin cushions you are making are darling with a touch of elegance. The garden looks great.
Hugs, Diane

HippieDog said...

Dear Ele,

I love your garden :) So very are so creative! I sure hope to see lots of pincushions in your shop soon :) i hope i hope i hope. Have a lovely week!

Unknown said...

Oh La La all this eye candy! Lovely!

Dapoppins said...

I LOVE IT when you post pictures!

Jennifer Hayslip said...

The pin cushions are SO PRETTY! Love the gorgeous shoe and bling! Oh my! Your garden is BEAUTIFUL!!! Looks like it's straight out of a magazine!!! XO

CatieAn said...

your pin cushions are so 'posh' and would cause any victorian gal's heart to be all 'aflutter' over them.
Your garden art is great....isn't fun to find such great sales and objects to turn them into something else?

Natasha Burns said...

Ele those pin cushions are so sweet! I love how you photographed the little shoes in front of a mirror!

Lee Weber said...

loving the pincushions!

vivian said...

Hi Ele
love your garden and your pinkeeps! I've been a bit obsessed by pinkeeps lately myself! Have your recieved your package yet? cant wait to see if you like it!

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Love the high heel pin all the other pretty things you have shown us!



Michele said...

Ele...those pin cushions are to die for...I absolutely love them. That garden art is awesome...and cheap too, which is even better!!!


Anonymous said...

Beautiful pics! I love those vintage lady pin cushions too...I have a lovely book on Half Dolls, think it's available from Amazon....very inspirational.

Gina said...

I love your pin cushion - you make it seem like a brand new idea. All of your creative outputs are breath taking.

Unknown said...

Hi Ele! Thank you so much for your sweet comment :) I love my bike!!! I like your basket better though :)

Big Hugs,

Lola Enchanted said...

Amazing!!! I love the purple painted garden items!

Cathy said...

Ele, Love those pincushions. OMG!!!!!!!!! That shoe and the baby shoes are absolutely adorable.

I absolutely love the purple spheres that Sweet Farm Chick painted. They look amazing in her garden.

Thanks for a great post.

xo Cath

Miss Rhea said...

Love the baby shoes !! Way too sweet !! Your garden is beautiful. And I see your sweet church in the background. Sigh... :)

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

I have a small collection of porcelain shoes, so I especially enjoyed seeing your lovely shoe pincushions. Great idea on your garden art too!

Secondhandrose said...

Wow, they really are so cute in purple!! Thanks for all the pretty pincushion pics. I like the shoe that you made the best.

Farmchick said...

Hi-me again
Stop by my blog...I have something for you~!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi Ele! What pretty pics today as always! I love that shoe pincushion ~ & you just KNOW the bling is doing it for me!! Love the fabric you chose for it, too! Is it for sale?!?!?

Cute yoyo pincushion, how "Ele" is that?! And those little baby shoe pincushions are awesome!

Love your yard art!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Linda said...

Hi Ele,
Looove the pin cushion, and your garden is looking lovely.
Cheers Linda

One Shabby Old House said...

Hi Ele,
My grandmother use to have a big collection of shoes. Oh how I wish I had one now. I know what I would do with it. Yours are so pretty and a wonderful idea. You are a talented lady. An old church for a studio. How wonderful is that!
Thanks for visiting me.

Betty said...

Ele, I love your pincushions! The yo-yo pincushion is so unique. Your garden looks so pretty too!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

You do such gorgeous work!!! Now your garden is just splendid as can be!!! Isn't it fun adding little bits of whimsy here and there? You do awesome work!!!


Lori said...

Hi Ele! wow how cute what you've done to the baby shoes and high heels! betcha didn't even know of the big collection of both kinds of shoes I have! Hopefully I'll be posting more often as I begin to finally get well! later,Love, Lori

Mary said...

I love your garden art... hope you don't mind if I feature the post in my I Love These Ideas! Sunday column (with a link back to you of course).


Unknown said...

Love the pin cushions and the garden art!
How creative!
Found you on the At Home Redesigns site.

Mary said...

I've featured your idea in my I Love These Ideas! column today.

Hop by and grab a badge if you'd like.


Eileen said...

Very beautiful pincushions. I also love the ones in the baby shoes you just showed.

Unknown said...

I've had a lot of catching up to do here. A feast for the eyes and such imagination!

I saw an Orange County front yard yesterday that had incorporated old bikes, a baker's rack, rocking chairs,etc., into a whimsical garden. My brother thought it was overkill. Although there were many, many items, the owner balanced it beautifully with 3 levels of foliage.

Good to see ideas are flowing here.