Monday, April 22, 2013

Leslierahye's 2nd Annual Earth Day BLOG HOP

Hello everyone, and Happy Earth Day!  I'm so glad you stopped by today.  If you arrived here from Leslerahye's blog, then you are on track.  Otherwise, you might want to backtrack and start at her blog to follow along.  In any case, a complete list of blog participants is listed at the end of this post, so you won't miss a creative thing.  There are lots of giveaways, too, so be sure to leave your comments on each blog.

I am very happy to be able to be a part of Leslierayhe's 2nd Annual Earth Day blog hop.  The theme for this blog hop is upcycled crafts.  It can be anything we want to make, just so long as we renew, reuse, and recycle.

So, in keeping with the theme, I first had lunch.  I made some tuna salad, then I washed the tuna can.  Okay, just kidding. We are not going to go back that far.  I did have a clean tuna can that I thought would make a wonderful vintage looking pin cushion.  Here is a picture of my finished piece.  I think it is pretty vintage looking, don't you?

I covered the can with a pretty piece of scrapbook paper.  I found a pretty font on my computer and printed the word "Pincushion" onto a piece of Rub-Onz paper by Grafix.  Following the manufacturer's directions, I placed the rub-on in the center of the copper label.   Next, I lightly bent the label to fit around the can, attaching it at each end with brads.

 I balled up a piece of fiberfill to fit inside the can and covered it with a pretty pink satin fabric circle.

I did this my hand sewing a running stitch around the outer circle edge and pulling the thread to tighten the fabric around the fiberfill.  Adjust to fit inside the can opening and tie off the thread.  Glue the pincushion inside the can.

I found some large pearl ended hat pins at my local craft store, so I added more beads before inserting them into the pincushion.  These are merely decorative.  More beaded pins were either inserted through sew-in type snaps, or alone, for more decoration.  German scrap, flowers, and buttons were added, as desired.

Isn't this pretty?  I really do love how this turned out.  I  hope I have been able to inspire you to look around you and find something you can re-purpose to make a thing of beauty, or simply something you like and that makes you happy.  After all, isn't that what art is all about?

Please be sure to visit each of the blogs and leave a comment on each in order to be entered to win some blog candy.  Leslierahye has a nice giveaway, as do some of the other blog participants.  Your next stop is  You can click on the link below.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful time hopping!



  1. Adorable pin cushion very sweet ! x Fab

  2. It looks great (my son said he wanted the cupcake) :)

  3. Barbara your pincushion is amazing-your work always blows me away! Love it x

  4. Barbara you out did yourself on this one! Love It!

  5. Great Job On Your Pincushion. I love to recycle also and im excited about trying something like that

  6. So pretty. I love the addition of decorative pins. I would say it looks very vintage indeed.

  7. The lowly tuna can became a work of art. Great job.

  8. I love this. I have a soft spot for pincushion and two cans set aside to make myself another one.

    Great job!

  9. Love it... great colors, very vintage!!!!!!

  10. Great earth day project! Who cannot use a pin cushion? ? And...most people have enjoyed canned tuna now and then. Great colors, love the brass. Thank you so sharing your creation!

  11. This pincushion is terrific I plan on trying to make a "boy" one for my son loves to sew! Thanks for the inspiration! Thank you for being apart of my Earth Pay Blog Hop!

  12. Oh wow, going to go throw some tuna away and try my hand at making myself one, not unless you want to send this one to my house. :) It is beautiful. TFS

  13. love how you made a throwaway soooo beautiful! what is the copper "crown like" material?

    1. Thanks, Chark. The "crown like" material is actually embossed paper. It is usually called German scrap borders, Dresden foil trim, etc. You should be able to find it online.