Thursday, April 8, 2010

my creative space :: a pin cushion for ….

… well you’ll just have to wait to see who it is for!

Like many folk I’m participating in the delightful Kate’s mammoth pin cushion swap. This is the first swap that I have participated in that actually involves me making something – and only my second swap ever (the first being a vintage sheet swap). I gotta tell you the longer I have been putting it off the more nervous and anxious I get. Today I have taken the plunge and started stitching.a pin cushion for...???This project has been much more difficult than I had anticipated. So many tutorials and inspiration out there is the big wide world of blog land that it was difficult just making the decision to commit a design. Then last week there were so many beautiful, gorgeous, stunning, creative pin cushions on display that I started to suffer a bit of stage fright. There was a chorus of the negative self talk going on in my mind… what if she doesn’t like it? what if it falls apart? what if….???  … but that has been silenced, or maybe muffled, for the most part and today I am stitching  a pin cushion.

Head on over to Kirsty’s place to bask in the glory of creativity.

18 comments:

  1. I know what you mean about being overwhelmed by it all - I ended up just making something I would like to receive and figured that was my best shot at someone else liking it.

    Good luck x

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  2. I am sure that whatever you make will be perfect. I would be excited if you were my partner so just listen to the inner creative you and ignore the other voices

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  3. Yup...just go with it. Your pincushion will be wonderful I'm sure.

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  4. It’s my first swap, I can so relate to the stage fright – and the panic because so many are finished already! Mine is underway, fingers crossed it’s up to scratch. I hadn’t even considered the possibility that it might fall apart!

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  5. yeah, its all about your care and intention and you dont need to worry about that cos you obviously have the right stuff in spades..

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  6. You can't go wrong with those colours and a bit of stitchery!

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  7. Look, let's just boil it down - you need something cushiony to stick pins into. These online swap things can get hard because there are so many brilliant designs and creations floating around. Shoot for mediocrity I say! Grasp it with both hands! It feels wonderful to be smack-bang-average.

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  8. I know exactly what you mean. I got overwhelmed by all the possibilities, and ended up making something completely different to what i had planned! Whatever you make will be wonderful, of that I am positive xx

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  9. I know! So many designs to choose from. Can't wait to see how yours turns out! :)

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  10. I know exactly how you feel Sally - I was the same for the tea towel swap and I think it'll be a while before I do one again, if only to avoid a nervous breakdown! Good luck with yours - I'm sure it is gorgeous. K

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  11. I have complete faith in your talents Sally, all those wonderful things you have made and shown on your blog are a testament to your skills. Your swap partner will love it. Although, I do know exactly how you feel, this is my first crafting-involved swap and while I think I've decided on the basics I've been putting off starting as well!

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  12. HAH! me too! I was doing nicely experiementing for a while then I looked online...uh ohhhh - suddenly feeling overwhelmed and under pressure! But I am sure that is not the point of the swap. so yes, we should just put our silly thoughts aside and get on with the making! good luck to you sally!

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  13. are you writing what I am thinking?
    at least you know how to sew and it's looking like a good start.
    ohh noo, now I'm off to go & start the negative self-talk over here.
    good luck Sal

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  14. yes * nodding* overwelmed, anxious about if she will like it or not, but all finsihed now...

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  15. Good for you Sally. Give yourself a pat on the back for coming through the other side and just getting on with it. Your pincushion will be lovely and your recipient will accept it and love it in the spirit that all these wonderful swaps are all about! x

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  16. I am more than sure your pincushion will be great - would love to see the finished product!

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  17. You've summed up exactly how I'm feeling about my pin cushion. Glad I'm not the only one! I have to keep telling myself that the idea of this swap is not to overwhelm or make me feel inadequate, it's supposed to be fun. If only it was a cupcake swap....

    I'm sure with your fabulous talents your pin cushion will be gorgeous - can't wait to see it!

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  18. Your pin cushion is lovely! And thank you for your generous nice linky - I feel rather chuffed to be in such impressive company! We've recently returned from a much needed week away (which was great) but I'm only catching up with bloggy things now. Only about 300 posts to read still...!

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