Thursday, December 20, 2012

And some more...

...little pincushions.  

Just need to go to the reptile pet shop and get some more spider bedding.  Yes, crushed walnut shells are ideal arachnid beddy-byes. It's ridiculous but I am so scared of spiders I had to repackage the last bag I bought into a plain plastic bag before I could store it in my sewing room.



FABULOUS FREE STUFF
Words can't describe how much I love this little fellow.  His pattern is very kindly shared at Lia's Craft Journey.  Here's the LINK.  Enormous thanks to Lia.
PS A couple of people have asked about sourcing the crushed walnuts.  Here's the packaging.  I paid about $22 for 2.2 kg (5 Pounds) so it is very good value as this fills lots of pincushions.  You will need to go to a specialist pet shop which sells snakes and lizards.  Luckily my local one didn't have any spiders for sale!

12 comments:

  1. When I rang around the local pet stores in my part of Adelaide they had never heard of crushed walnut shells so I thought it was a USA thing. I ended up having to get them from Hatched and Patched in Bathurst by mail order, but have used them all up now. Can you please tell me what the brand name is for the spider bedding (who would want to keep spiders as a pet, honestly!} and/or the store that you got them from. Cute pin cushions, but really in love with the sea horse!

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  2. thanks for the heads up on where to get crushed walnut shells..... I have only seen them at great expense in patchwork shops.....
    Hugz

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  3. ps... I'm also scared of spiders!!

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  4. I love your collection of woolly pincushions. Creepy fact about the walnut shells....I don't think I'll ever look at them the same way again.

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  5. Crushed walnut shells, I had heard of that, but spider bedding Interesting!, That is a real fear you have, So brave of you to go to a shop that potentially has them! Your pin cushions are so very very cute. Love the seahorse.

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  6. Lovely pincushions Melody and I heard that the walnut shells work well , must see if I can find those in our pet shop ,one without spiders , I don't like them either :-(

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  7. thankyou Mel i was just going to ask where do you get the walnut crushings and how much,enjoy your day my friend.xx

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  8. your woolly pincushions are so pretty!
    thanks for the heads up about where to get the crushed nuts from.

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  9. I have been reading all this wondering what on earth crushed walnuts have to do with anything here...then the penny dropped. Filling for pin cushions, right? I used a mixture of steel wool and cushion filling. The steel wool sharpens the pins every time you poke them into the pin cushion.
    There is some weird chemistry going on between your blog and me! You keep posting pics of things that I have patterns for and want to make! I've just made my version of the chewed gingerbread men (but I like yours better, so my next one will be a bit different to my first), and I was just looking at that sea horse pattern two days ago, thinking I'd like to make it for my niece's little girls...(or keep it for myself, lol)

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  10. I love your pincushions, very sweet. I am like Gina and use steelwool and polyfill as I know someone who is seriously allergic to nuts. I feel for you in your fraidyness- I had no real fear of spiders til I discovered they actually fall down off ceilings. Not impressed when a chunky spider landed inches from me, eek! Luckily here there are really only Daddylonglegs, I don't mind them, just the big chunky ones, yuk!

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  11. Er just thought, perhaps I shouldn't have said any of that about the arachnids. Feel free to delete it or not publish it, and wipe it from your mind, Melody!

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