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Showing posts from August, 2018

Teapot Pincushion Free Pattern and Tutorial

This teapot pincushion is the perfect afternoon project or handmade gift for any tea lover! This tea pot is made with wool felt, meaning lots of cute blanket stitches and a decorative felt flower to finish.

Inspiration for this design came from my own love of teapots. I'm a collector of as many as will fit in my china cabinet, haha! Not someone who focuses on one designer or set, my collection ranges from boxy beauties stamped with "Occupied Japan" on the bottom, to unknown origins with the most perfect pouring spout you've ever used, to Disney's live-action Cinderella's Limited Edition Collector's tea set.

My love affair with tea began in college, when I started studying herbal teas and their benefits. Peppermint was my preferred choice back then. The spritely menthol stirring my groggy brain without caffeine appealed to the highly-health conscientiousness that youth and lack of children allowed me.

That love affair was greatly broadened while living in Nor…

DIY Hamster Bed Pouch

This hamster pouch makes the perfect burrow bedding for any rodent friend! It is a wonderful DIY pet project that can be made by hand-sewing stitches, or with a sewing machine, and your fur baby will much appreciate the love.

When I was a kid, my sister and I went through a hamster stage. We saved up money from birthdays and chores and bake sales, and bought ourselves a pair of baby dwarf hamsters.

They were adorable and fun for about a week--then horrible.

They were difficult to catch, bit us all the time, and smelled GAWD-awful.

After a while, they escaped their (very nice) cage we made for them, and either perished or made their way outside our house and got lost in the woods. Now, before you think this is a sad story--my love has been utterly renewed for the hamster species.

A few months ago, my mother--who is a real estate agent--went to help another agent clear out a rental house that had been vacated after some unsavory tenants left in the middle of the night.

Suffice to say, the sit…