Blankets Tossed!

At Christmas, Sandy and I discovered the cutest pin cushion ever under our trees!


Santa (a.k.a. sister Sue) gave us each a Blanket Toss Pin Cushion from Alaska.

What is a blanket toss you might ask?  The Travel Alaska site describes it best.  A native Inupiaq hunter was tossed in the air from the hides of  walrus or seal in hopes of spotting game on the horizon.  The blanket toss is now used for celebration purposes…yikes!  Maybe it was the inspiration for bungee jumping?!

I like the fluffy white against the dark blue velveteen fabric.


Here’s a side view — check out those cute, fuzzy, little bright blue legs holding up the cushion!


What’s the story behind your favorite pin cushion?  We’d love to hear about it!

Misc. Monday Bunny Pin Cushion

It’s been a crazy busy week. You see, I have a full time job.  I run a real estate company. I’m raising a 15-year-old. I keep watch for my elderly parents. I’m trying to log my 12,000 steps per day. And it’s cold outside. I know we all are wearing multiple hats and truth be told all of those “things” I have to do bring my joy in many, many ways.

But sometimes, my energy stores are low and whipping up a leftover or two gives me a little breather. Tonight I transformed frozen Christmas ham into potato ham and cheese soup for dinner. I also transformed a mini ceramic bunny into a pin cushion. I bought the bunny last summer at a garage sale after I saw this idea all over Pinterest. A snowy evening, a scrap of fabric and some stuffing transform this 25 cent find into an adorable sewing companion.

Homemade pin cushion

This little guy was freed during a garage sale raid in the heat of the summer. Who knows how long he had been in storage? He seems content to hang around my sewing room.

The soup was awesome too!