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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Salt Cellar Pin Cushion

I brought home a few vintage crystal salt cellars from the
auction trash recently and thought it might be fun to upscale
them to pin cushions.  It literally took me 2 minutes to make
this cute little thing!  And I think the little cellar is happy to
be rescued and given a new life. ha.



To make one, you need a scrap of batting, a scrap of fabric,
a rubber band and some glue.  I wrapped the fabric around the
ball of batting and held it in place with a rubber band.  Then I
trimmed off the excess fabric and glued it into the cellar.
I used hot glue, just so I wouldn't have to wait for drying time.


Lauren and Taylor had chosen gold and grey for their bathroom colors
 and I recently saw this little sewing basket that would match.  
I thought it would be nice to provide Lauren with a few supplies so she 
could sew on a button and make other little repairs.  
I didn't want it to look too granny-ish....she's more contemporary
 in her style than the vintage and the antique. :)  
I filled it with thread spools in a rainbow
of colors, safety pins, straight pins, needles, a measuring tape,
some spools of ribbon and scissors.  
And, of course, the little salt cellar pin cushion!


It's just too fun giving little gifts for their first little home!

58 comments:

  1. Darling, Darling, Darling...You are going to be the best Mother in Law ever!!! What fun for both you and Lauren. Could I really have been first this time?

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  2. Awww, that is very cute! You are such a sweet mother-in-love to be. :)

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    1. Isn't that a cute little thing? So easy, too!
      How are you feeling???

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  3. It is, isn't it?
    Everything you see...you want to get for them...
    When do the Showers start???
    That will be sooo much fun...can't believe you will be a MIL!! HAHAHA!
    That sewing basket is to-die-for...and not inexpensive to fill either!
    Great present...I am sure she will love it!

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. We had a shower here on their graduation day since her mom and nana were here in town. So much fun and she got a boat load of nice, nice gifts!!! I have a few photos that I should post.

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    2. and..she goes home to Pennsylvania this week and has another shower over the weekend..fun times!

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    3. Pennsylvania is just around the Lake from our cottage!!!
      Will the wedding be in PA??
      My boyfriend does business with a small town there...Muncy...very quaint!

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    4. Just looked up Muncy. We'll be quite a ways south in Lancaster!

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  4. what a sweet little upcycle and a great idea for a gift. I like the colors!

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    1. I like the colors, too...same as our bedroom. And you know I like grey! ha.

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  5. Look at you go
    Sure you will be a great mother in law at your show
    That is a given though
    Just some more things to make you go go go haha

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    1. well you know I'll try...
      wouldn't want to be a bad one and cause a sigh.
      hahaha.

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    2. haha oh those I have seen
      So not serene

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    3. Me,too! Oh my word!
      The things they do are so absurd!
      I'm sure some could write a book...
      would be entertaining to take a look!

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    1. thanks, dear. :) It was so easy to make!

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    2. Betsy how is Alex about his foot?

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    3. He's ok...he put him on an antibiotic. It seems better today, too...I almost didn't take him but I'm glad I did, just to be sure. :)

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    4. Betsy Im glad he is better yes always I prefer be sure too!

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  7. That is so cute and hopefully with time she will learn to love all the cute little antiques that you will find for them. Think of all the serving dishes, the pictures and knick knacks that they will need and I am sure those auction treasures will hold some nice finds for her. Eclectic is one of the best styles to have and make for a most interesting house decorating style. She already has a lot of style because look at who she picked to spend her future with and I am talking about her future in-laws. Okay, just kidding I was talking about Taylor. You are all blessed to have found each other. I know she will love every gift you give her, I know I would.

    God bless.

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    1. haha...yeah, I totally agree that Taylor is a great find. :) You can find anything at an auction eventually....and it will be fun to find things that they love! The nice things about phones now is that I can send them a picture and ask if they want it!

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  8. Very cute. I am hoping to release my inner crafty person through that pottery class... if they ever send me a brochure. If they don't I will have to take a little drive and pick one up myself. :)

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    1. PS. Daughters in law are fun. :)

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    2. Your pottery class sounds like so much fun!
      Wish I was close enough to take it, too!
      I worked on my summer list today... will post soon!

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    3. It would be so fun to take a class together!

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    4. yes, it would! I wonder what I would make. ha. Bet it would be lopsided. lol....

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    5. I have a lopsided one that I made several years back. It got "tired" and flopped over on one side. I thought it made a good cat dish, so I kept it.

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  9. Who knew mere scraps could be so 'trendy.' You are definitely on to something here .... where were you (or someone just like you) when I needed a mother-in-law who cared about me.

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    1. haha it's never too late....I'll be one now...if you'll be a grandma to my boys :) Deal? Maybe we could get in the Guiness Book of Records or something. hahaha.

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    2. .. it would be my privilege. Please tell them they have a "Woonie" on the other side of the USA!

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    3. I think Spencer could actually say that! ha. :)

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  10. i think the sewing kit is a very cute idea...and practical as well...i remember getting a few things we did not know we would use as much as we did...and i dont think it looks too grandmotherly...smiles.

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    1. Oh good...because every modern day bride needs a hip looking sewing box! hahaha! :) Maybe we should get Taylor a few tools? :)

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  11. That is such a clever and useful idea. I'm sure Lauren will love it. My sewing kit is a plastic bag with a couple spools of thread and a few needles. I've had it for years and probably only used it five times. That tells you how much I sew : )

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    1. haha...well, it sounds like it's all you needed! Seems like Taylor was always loosing buttons off his shirts. I bet I've sewn on a dozen over the years. :)

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  12. I might actually sew if I had something as sweet as this! I love it - and the salt cellar cushion is a great idea. She's lucky to have you... and I know you will say you are lucky to have her :-)Hope you pin it.

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    1. Of course I would say that. ha.

      I did pin it! :)

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  13. Hi Betsy .. love the colours they've gone for - Lauren will be so delighted with her sewing basket .. while the salt cellar cushion idea is just great .. you'll have fun sharing ideas and thoughts with your new D-i-L .. it's going to be a fun time .. so happy for you all - cheers Hilary

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    1. I love the colors, too....such a pretty combination!

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  14. Thanks for this guide Betsy, actually such a brilliant idea, Lauren will think it's awesome!

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  15. The basket is a wonderful idea, shopping for girls is so much fun. I was wondering if you were going to do a family cookbook for her also? I made one for our D-I-L as a sort of scrapbook, cookbook. She does appreciate having the family recipes.

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    1. I hadn't thought of that....a cookbook!

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  16. Your salt cellar gave me a sweet memory. My mom had a set of them and on one of my grandparents visits, our grandma had a little tea party for us in the backyard. One of the treats was jello in little salt cellars. One of my brothers came too, not because he liked tea parties, but he just liked food.

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    1. I bet jello looked really pretty on those tiny dishes! What a cute idea. I love that your brother came. Who could resist a pretty table of treats? ha. Glad to see you hear...was getting worried about you!

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    2. Betsy, our home and town are pretty much OK. Just wind damage.
      Seems everyone is a bit shell-shocked though. We are used to tornadoes, but these recent ones are just hard to even comprehend. Okies are tough, we will come out of it even better but for now, it is hard.
      We are hoping to have a safe room built soon, and are on a waiting list. It should be ready at least for next spring.

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  17. What a thoughtful and pretty gift! You really are going to be the best MIL! I don't think I've ever seen a salt cellar before and I don't remember even hearing the term. Thanks for the antiques lesson.

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    1. Salt cellars are tiny little bowls that you put at each place setting. You could pinch the salt to ad to your food or some times they came with little spoons!

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    2. Thanks for the details Betsy. I'm really surprised that this is the first time I've heard of them. Now when I see them in an antiques shop I'll know exactly what they are!

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    1. I thought so...I might have to make a few more!

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  19. Darling! Even if you don't EVER sew you still need those items!

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    1. yep...just a few things, but really nice to have in an emergency!

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  20. What a delightful gift. I am sure she will treasure it.

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