Etsy Interview & Giveaway with The Daily Pincushion

Thursday, February 11, 2010

(Psst... don't forget to enter the giveaway from Yalipaz, too!)

Since I've been sewing more lately, pincushions have become a little obsession of mine. There's just something about how you can use a beautiful little work of art for such a utilitarian purpose! I have been eyeing up the gorgeous felt ones at The Daily Pincushion for a while now. Let's learn more...


Etsy Shop: The Daily Pincushion
Other Etsy Shop: The Daily Vintage


Tell us a bit about yourself, Cathy.

I live in Florida now - my sister Jamie and I share a house in Lake Worth.
We are from New York. My dad's family came over from Germany in the 1860's before the Civil War. They settled on Manhattan Island. They once had a farm on the upper west side. My Mom is first generation Italian. The Greatest Generation. I grew up on Long Island. I was a Chef for 25 years. Now I’m an artist with a full time job at home on Etsy. I love what I do now, although I still work long hours. I have always been creative and am so happy to be able to do it for a living.



What 5 words would you use to describe yourself?
Creative
Insular
Pragmatic
Irreverent
Reliable





Tell us a bit about your Etsy shop.
My Etsy shop The Daily Pincushion came about after my last stint as an executive chef in a Boca country club. Enough was enough! I needed to earn a living and I was determined not to cook outside the house again. I thought I would open some kind of baking business – cookies or cupcakes. During an Internet hunt for inspiration I saw a cupcake that was made of felt. It was a pincushion. That person sold them on a site called Etsy. I knew I could do that and I wanted to do that. I looked at many things I could make but I kept coming back to pincushions. I have always sewn, and they
just clicked with me. I combined a style I had been doing with felt doll clothes and a simple shape of pincushion and I made my first one. When I got good at it (after about a hundred) I opened the Etsy shop The Daily Pincushion (because it took the entire day to make one)! Now I have some custom dies that help me do things quicker and more consistently, but a lot is still cut by hand. Everything is hand sewn and embroidered. My sister has quite a few popular designs too and she does the taxes bless her and most of the post office trips. She also has a 9- 5 job. Working with her helps me break out of my parameters. Whenever I start a big project or when I would write a new menu I built in the dogma. Rules to live by - limits with color or material and I work within that. It makes it easier for me at first to get comfortable and to stretch the limits of what I can do within those limits. Then I break them when I'm comfortable. And set new ones!


What 5 words would you use to describe your shop?
Colorful

Unique
Happy
Helpful
Tactile




Give your 5 favorite websites.
Nest Decorating: A Journal
Posie Gets Cozy
Cute Overload
Very Short List
wfuv.org radio



Give your 5 favorite Etsy shops.
Bossys Feltworks
Mincing Mockingbird
Two Kazoos
Gretchen Kramp
Linda Solovic
I wish I could name ten!



What advice would you give other Etsy sellers?
Be prepared to work hard, be consistent, limit you time on the computer and make things. Be nice.



Anything else you would like to share?
I love what I do. I love when people are happy with their pincushions. I wish I knew more about technology to have a website with a shopping cart. Then I would sell kits. Maybe after we move.


http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheDailyPincushion
GIVEAWAY!
Cathy is so kind to offer...
**Pincushion & Emery Set of Choice**
Thanks so much, Cathy!

Here's how to enter:

Visit The Daily Pincushion and leave a comment on this post
mentioning your favorite item.

For more chances to win, leave a separate post for each of the following:

*Become a Follower of EtsyInterviews.
*Subscribe to EtsyInterviews via RSS.
*Tweet about this giveaway (please leave link to tweet).
*Follow B.Inspired Mama on Twitter.
*Become a fan of B.Inspired Vintage on Facebook.
*Share the giveaway on Facebook.
*Blog about the giveaway (please leave the link)
*Add EtsyInterviews to your blogroll.
*Submit to be Featured on EtsyInterviews, too!


The winner will be chosen via Random.org on Wednesday, February 17th at 9PM EST. The winner will be emailed within 24 hours. Please make sure your email is in your profile or in the comment. GOOD LUCK!

161 comments:

Sara said...

Those are all so beautiful, but my favorite is the hydrangea pincushion.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pincushions of the the sweet rodeo.Thanks Helen

malfie@care2.com

peggyapl said...

wow, these are beautiful! my favorite is
Sweetheart of the Rodeo Pincushion. it's amazing!

Comfort Joy Designs said...

I found 3 favorites:

Vintage Hankie Inspired Pincushion
White Carnation on Baby Blue Pincushion
Big Yellow Flower and Friends Pincushion

Deborah
comfortjoydesigns AT gmail DOT com

Michigan Addy Ready

Mrs. Olsen said...

How do I choose??? One of my favorites is the pink hydrangea pincushion. rebolsen at gmail dot com

Mrs. Olsen said...

Blogged it: http://bestofgiveaways.blogspot.com/2010/02/handmade-felt-pincushion.html
rebolsen at gmail dot com

julia said...

Oh my god.. the more I look, the more I can't decide... I love the colour and pattern of Moss and Yellow, but I also love the 3 dimensional pinkness of Pink Hydrangea... and then there's Pink Pansy on Willow with the colour shaded petals.... I want them all.

sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

amii said...

the orange blossom pincushion is so lovely! it would really add a splash of color to my room, not to mention be useful for holding pins and whatnot :)

thanks for the chance to win!

amiichong at gmail dot com

amii said...

i follow etsy interviews with google friend connect. thanks!

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amii said...

i follow binspiredmama on twitter as SatinCorset. thanks!

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amii said...

i tweeted this giveaway!

http://twitter.com/satincorset/status/8999290461

thanks!

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amii said...

i subscribe to etsy interviews via RSS with my gmail account. thanks!

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Rebecca said...

I LOVE this Red Rodeo pincushion!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=40282100

Your pincushions are amazing! :)

Great shop, great giveaway! Thanks so much for the opportunity.

Sincerely,
Becca

Shelby said...

My favorite is the big strawberry blossom pincushion!

srobinson8561 at bryan.edu

Rebecca said...

Oops, forgot to leave my email address in my previous entry!

pennyroyaltea168@gmail.com

And my etsy shop is: www.FunktapusDesigns.etsy.com

Just added you to my blogroll, too!

http://funktapus.wordpress.com/

Thanks so much!

Sincerely,
Becca

TigerLily said...

Oh my, all of the pincushions are so pretty and chic! It's so hard to choose one!
One of my fave is the White Carnation on Baby Blue Pincushion, very lovely!


yuri.kristi at gmail dotcom

Sara said...

Very pretty! My favourite is the Pink Pansy on Pea Green Pincushion. Nice choice of colors!
saramstevens@gmail.com

Sara said...

I am following the blog
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Daya, muito prazer... said...

I really liked the http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=40084281

Daiane Negretti
follower: Daya, muito prazer...
daia171@hotmail.com

Daya, muito prazer... said...

I'm a follower

Daiane Negretti
follower: Daya, muito prazer...
daia171@hotmail.com

♥ meninheira said...

oH PLEASE! I can't choose only one!!
I love:
Baby Blue and Red on Bronze Pincushion
Sweetheart of the Rodeo Pincushion
Vintage Hankie Inspired Pincushion and...

Ok, ok, I love them all!! :D

Hugs from Spain
meninheira at gmail dot com

Robolegojupiter said...

Wow, they're so pretty that it was hard to choose! One of my favorites it the "Little Green Flowers on Lavender Pincushion."

Robolegojupiter said...

I am a follower! google id: robolegojupiter

Robolegojupiter said...

I am subscribed via RSS on Google Reader.

Robolegojupiter said...

I tweeted it here:

http://twitter.com/robolegojupiter

Robolegojupiter said...

I followed B.Inspired Mama on Twitter.

Robolegojupiter said...

I fanned B.Inspired Vintage on Facebook. user name: Stephanie Lo

Robolegojupiter said...

I blogged it here: http://robolegojupiter.blogspot.com/2010/02/pincushion-emery-set-of-choice.html

Bethany said...

SO hard to choose, but I think my fave is Dogwood on pink. LOVE IT!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=38829785

I love her work AND her workSPACE! Wow!

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Bethany said...

I follow Etsy Interviews!

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Angie said...

These are easily the ,most beautiful pin cushions I have ever seen in my life! I love them all...if you make me pick a favorite, I'd pick the Cherry Blossom one.

THanks
Angie
rennieangie at gmail dot com

Angie said...

Follower here!

Thanks
Angie
rennieangie at gmail dot com

Angie said...

Subscriber now!

rennieangie at gmail dot com

Perfect Blue Moon said...

I love the violet Blue pincushion!

Anna
perfectbluemoon@gmail[dot]com

Perfect Blue Moon said...

I'm a public follower of Etsy Interviews!

Anna
perfectbluemoon@gmail[dot]com

Perfect Blue Moon said...

I follow B Inspired Mama on twitter!

Anna
perfectbluemoon@gmail[dot]com

Perfect Blue Moon said...

I'm a facebook fan of Inspired Vintage!

Anna
perfectbluemoon@gmail[dot]com

Perfect Blue Moon said...

I tweeted about this giveaway!
http://twitter.com/perfectbluemoon/status/9009411213

Anna
perfectbluemoon@gmail[dot]com

Perfect Blue Moon said...

I changed my facebook status to let my friends know about this giveaway!

Anna
perfectbluemoon@gmail[dot]com

Perfect Blue Moon said...

I blogged about this giveaway!
http://perfectbluemoon.blogspot.com/

Anna
perfectbluemoon@gmail[dot]com

Brooke said...

Beautiful colors and designs. But I like the Sweetheart of the Rodeo design best.
shutterboo@gmail.com

Cindy said...

How do I pick just one!?!? They are all so beautiful. Hmm... I guess if I have to choose just one favorite then it would be "Apricot and Lemon Hydrangea"

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13753287

clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

Cindy said...

I follow your blog

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Cindy said...

I subscribe via Yahoo reader

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Cindy said...

I'm following B.Inspired Mama on Twitter via @hellcatvintage

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Lisa said...

love the mini cherry blossom pin cushion! almost too pretty to put a pin in! very cute. very detailed and beautiful work!

lmm_lisa@hotmail.com

Dovile said...

My favorite item is the Pink Hydrangea Pincushion - lovely colors!

spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

clenna said...

My favorite is the Little Green Flowers on Lavender Pincushion.

clenna at aol dot com

clenna said...

I subscribe via RSS

clenna at aol dot com

clenna said...

I follow

clenna at aol dot com

clenna said...

I'm a fan of B.Inspired Vintage on FB

clenna at aol dot com

Dovile said...

I'm a follower of Etsyinterviews

spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

Dovile said...

I subscribed to Etsyinterviews posts RSS in my Google Reader

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Maryanne said...

I love the colors in the Red Rodeo Pincushion! What a lovely shop! Thanks for the chance!

bagelcreations@sbcglobal.net

Maryanne said...

Now following Etsy Interviews!

Maryanne said...

Also following on twitter!

Lady V dZine said...

My favorite item would be the packs of felt, because I envision myself using them to make play food. But my favorite pin cushion would be the red zinnia.
ladyvdzine[at]yahoo[dot]com

Lady V dZine said...

I follow as Lady V dZine. ladyvdzine[at]yahoo[dot]com

Lady V dZine said...

I subscribe as ladyvdzine[at]yahoo[dot]com

Maryanne said...

Just tweeted about the giveaway!
http://twitter.com/bagelcreations/status/9013298399

Beth Stone said...

They're all beautiful, but my favorites are the Orange Blossom Pincushion and the Pumpkin Spice Pincushion. Lovely! Thanks for the giveaway!

Beth Stone said...

http://twitter.com/bethstonestudio I tweeted!

Beth Stone said...

I posted on facebook!

Beth Stone said...

I followed via RSS

Beth Stone said...

I followed via Google Friend Connect!

ROSA said...

WOW!!! This is really some wonderful candy.. Thanks for a chance to win..
saluti dall'italia

my favorites is Orange Blossom Pincushion (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=40089063)

Beth Stone said...

I followed Binspired on Twitter! @bethstonestudio

ROSA said...

public the post on http://blogcandymania.blogspot.com/2010/02/blog-candy-di-etsyinterviews.html
Hugs, rosa

Judy said...

Your work is amazing! My favorite is the Pink Pansy on Willow pincushion.

judyweicker(at)gmail(dot)com

ROSA said...

i am new follower ;-)

Beth Stone said...

Added to my blogroll - http://bethstonestudio.blogspot.com

Cabootique said...

I love the Vintage Hankie Inspired Pincushion.

carethediva[at]hotmail[dot]com

RR said...

I like the Orange Blossom Pincushion. Beautiful!

Beth Stone said...

Submitted an interview about my Etsy shop!

Steph said...

I love Cathy! Her pincushions are the best and she is such a hoot. My favorite pincushion is the one with the dogwood flower. I love them all really.

Lyuda said...

I like the Big Strawberry Blossom Pincushion. Beautiful!

Lyuda said...

Tweet http://twitter.com/Ludmilochka/status/9021644934

Nanbon44 said...

I can't just choose one, My favorites are Golden Harvest, Sunflower, Dogwood and the Pink Hydrangea, I collect PC and I just love them all....

M said...

I love the dogwood blossom pincushion! Thanks for making this problem!

mDOTkurokoATgmailDOTcom

Melody said...

I like Dogwood Blossom Pink Pincushion. They are native to my state.

melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

Steph said...

I've posted this giveaway on facebook. I am now a fan of B. Inspired on facebook. I am now following Etsy Interviews blog.
:-D

Badger Momma said...

I have to choose just one?? Oh my!.

The Pink and Green Valentine Pincushion, the Sunflower Pincushion, and the Blue and Violet Tulips Pincushion are among my favorites.

They're all so very lovely!

badgermomma at gmail dot com

Badger Momma said...

I follow EtsyInterviews.

Badger Momma said...

I've subscribed.

Elena (Tickled Pink Knits) said...

These are some of the prettiest pincushions I've seen. From the shop, my fave is "White Carnation on Baby Blue Pincushion". Thank you!

Badger Momma said...

I've tweeted.

http://twitter.com/badgermomma/statuses/9032188518

Badger Momma said...

I follow binspiredmama on Twitter.

Badger Momma said...

I'm a fan of yours on Facebook as Jenine Herrell.

Badger Momma said...

I've shared your giveaway on Facebook as Jenine Herrell. Here's a link to my profile.

http://profile.to/jenine

Badger Momma said...

I've blogged.

http://badgermomma.blogspot.com/2010/02/daily-pincushion-giveaway-ends-217.html

Badger Momma said...

I've added EtsyInterviews to my blogroll.

http://badgermomma.blogspot.com

4smartmonkeys said...

There are so many that I like, hard to pick just one. This one really speaks to me- Violet Blue Pincushion.
Great giveaway!

4smartmonkeys said...

I follow!

Debbie Jackson said...

my fave is the sweetheart of the rodeo.. jacksond@nhr3.net

Debbie Jackson said...

I follow

bison61 said...

I like the Red Rodeo Pincushion

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lil misses' mama said...

so intricate and beautiful! i like the White Carnation on Baby Blue Pincushion very much!
email in profile

lil misses' mama said...

i follow your blog.
email in profile

Amy said...

The pincushions are all SO cute, but I think my favorite is the White Carnation on Baby Blue Pincushion.



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Amy said...

Following via Google Friend Connect.

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Amy said...

I subscribe to the blog's feed via Google Reader.

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Amy said...

tweet - http://twitter.com/neverdene/status/9040953884

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Amy said...

I'm following BInspiredMama on Twitter (http://twitter.com/neverdene).

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Amy said...

I became a fan of B.Inspired Vintage on Facebook (Amy M.).

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rose said...

I had a really hard time just chooseing one the I liked, so I've got it down to two of them. The Cherry Blossom and the Moss and Yellow Pincushion. All of your work is beautiful! ambrerose(!at)aol.com

rose said...

Tweeted about it! http://twitter.com/ambrerose1

elaine said...

Your pincushions are all so pretty! I especially like the Bronze and Yellow Forsythia Pincushion.

Elaine R
emrosser@shaw.ca

avalonne83 said...

Great giveaway!
I like the Folk Art Pincushion in Red.

Please count me in! Thanks.

avalonne83 [at] yahoo [dot] it

Marci said...

I love the red rodeo pincushion--so nice!
june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

momtoem said...

I like the Pink Pansy on Pea Green Pincushion

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momtoem said...

Follower of EtsyInterviews.

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momtoem said...

I subscribe to EtsyInterviews via RSS.

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momtoem said...

fan of B.Inspired Vintage on Facebook (lena naef)

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Whimsical Creations said...

Love the Lime and Yellow Mini Pincushion.

melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Whimsical Creations said...

following b inspired mama on twitter-melaniescrafts

Whimsical Creations said...

fan on facebook-melanie adey

Whimsical Creations said...

rss subscriber

danikjohnson said...

Next to impossible to decide, but I will have to go with Moss and Yellow!

jakiesmom said...

amazing work! ilike either the red rodeo or the red zinnia cushions
nannypanpan@sbcglobal.net

Deb - Two Cheeky Monkeys said...

Oh wow, I have loved this shop for some time now!!!

My favourite (so hard to choose) is the Cherry Blossom Pincushion. It's so cute. :)

Deb - Two Cheeky Monkeys said...

I follow Etsy Interviews via Google now.

puffpastryshop said...

It's so hard to choose! I think I love the orange blossom pincushion the best. The cherry blossom is lovely as well.

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puffpastryshop said...

I follow you through google

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The Curious Pug said...

oh i love your work! i've been a fan of your pincushions for a while now and my favorite item is the Pink and Green Pincushion: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=36616653

curiouspug at hotmail.com

The Curious Pug said...

i am also following you on twitter. i'm http://twitter.com/thecuriouspug :)

The Curious Pug said...

i tweeted too!
http://twitter.com/thecuriouspug/status/9112334269

The Curious Pug said...

and i'm follower of the etsyinterview blog now too :)

CathyH said...

All so beautiful, I like the red rodeo pincushion
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CathyH said...

i follow
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CathyH said...

facebook fan of b inspired vintage
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jennifer57 said...

I love the White Carnation on Baby Blue Pincushion

Melissa said...

Hi, love her pink pansy pincushion
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=37899375
www.lissylee77.etsy.com

International Giveaways said...

I love them all! They are such great and well made pin cushions. My fave is this cute Orange Blossom Pincushion:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=40089063

Love the colors and design!

Ronit
internationalgiveaways[at]gmail[dot]com
http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com

International Giveaways said...

I follow EtsyInterviews!

Ronit
internationalgiveaways[at]gmail[dot]com
http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com

International Giveaways said...

I follow B.Inspired Mama on twitter!
@intlgiveaways

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internationalgiveaways[at]gmail[dot]com
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International Giveaways said...

I blogged about this giveaway! Here's the link:

http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com/2010/02/pincushion-emery-set-from-daily.html

Ronit
internationalgiveaways[at]gmail[dot]com
http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com

fashionfrugality said...

I am loving the White Carnation on Baby Blue Pincushion!
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fashionfrugality said...

New follower
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fashionfrugality said...

Subscribed via google reader
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fashionfrugality said...

Tweet! http://twitter.com/ktkatherine/status/9165721965
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International Giveaways said...

I subscribed to your blog via email!

Ronit
internationalgiveaways[at]gmail[dot]com
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International Giveaways said...

I follow Snow White's Blog Shop publicly with Google Friend Connect!

Ronit
internationalgiveaways[at]gmail[dot]com
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International Giveaways said...

I blogged about this giveaway!
Here's the link:

http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com/2010/02/cream-body-wash-from-snow-whites-blog.html

Ronit
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Katie said...

I love the Orange Blossom Pincushion!

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Mariel said...

I love the orange blossom pin cushion with the little bee. Adorable! I have been admiring her pin cushions on Etsy for a while...

Debbie said...

My absolute favorite is the Apricot and Lemon Hydrangea Pincushion. Thanks for counting me in.

Debbie said...

I have become a follower of etsyinterviews.

Debbie said...

I have put etsyinterviews in my google reader.

little bird said...

i love the strawberry one and the
Pink Pansy on Pea Green

little bird said...

follower

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follow on twitter

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fb fan

أم عماري ورشودي said...

i like Pink and Green Pincushion

i hope i win

Michelle said...

My favorite is the Red Zinnia pin cushion! Love these!!

mandm_2002 at hotmail dot com

JenniferB said...

wow so beautiful its hard to choose one- I will pick the pink pansy on pea green pincushion

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JenniferB said...

follower of estyinterviews

JenniferB said...

subscribed to etsyinterviews with google reader

JenniferB said...

following b inspired mama on twitter-jblanton41

Lazy Apples said...

I like the sweetheart of the rodeo pin cushion, but really they are all adorable

SheilaC said...

Gorgeous!!

I love this!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=38848070

and this!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22420526

SheilaC