I found some great things at Joann's to add to my Mom's sewing stash: an irresistible pink tape measure, self-threading needles with a handy magnet, adorable leaf-tipped pins, a bundle of subtle, yet beautifully beach-y, fat quarters, and some small spools of coordinating grosgrain ribbon. I also managed to make a few things, too. First, I embroidered a bookmark. (the idea for that came from SouleMama, remember?)Yep, that's the one I made when I embroidered the girls' bookmarks. It was so fun I just couldn't resist drawing on fabric and making one for my mom. I was pretty pleased with the outcome, although, there's probably not a line of straight stitching to be seen. The second thing I made was a tea wallet. I saw one over at Creative Kismet. I thought it was such a great idea so I just had to try it. My mom drinks tea at work instead of coffee so I thought this would be a good idea. I used all of the coordinating fabrics that I used for the Summer Adventure Bag. I found a cute teacup graphic online, traced it onto the exterior fabric and embroidered it. I was quite amazed that I had the exact color of embroidery floss that I needed already in my stash. I didn't even realize I had a stash of embroidery floss. It's just the little box I've had since, ahem, middle school when I learned to make friendship bracelets. Sheesh! Do I save everything? Don't answer that! Again, the embroidery...not perfect, but I was pleased and I think my Mom was, too. The third thing I made was a huge pin cushion. I had to have a place to stick all of those cute leaf-tipped pins, right? Anyway, I found a great tutorial at Creative Kismet for the patchwork pincushion. However, I didn't read the directions right so my patchwork pincushion has 8 pieces instead of 6....oh well. I also made it bigger because I traced a small plate....8" diameter instead of 6". I love the way it turned out though. I may have to make one for myself!
Because there were so many pockets on the inside of the big bag I had to fill them. I found some great summery fingernail polish to match the tulips on the fabric, some yummy vanilla mint chapstick, and some delicious pink grapefruit tictacs. I threw in a few magazines for good measure and a great set of coupons for Joann's...if you're gonna buy fabric you may as well get a discount, right? So there you have it...a bountiful belated birthday! Mama, I had a great time visiting! Oh, and thanks for the goodies! (yes, my mom brought stuff for me and the girls...books, fabric, yarn, crochet hooks. I know, spoiled rotten!)
Next up....Mother's Day!