MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Fiddling about

Hope everyone had a very happy Christmas!  I certainly did...my family was all home and a few friends thrown in for good measure and a grand time was had by all.  We're still eating leftovers, but that is fine by me!

You will notice yet another change with my blog - it's a work in progress.  I'm not at all sure that I'm liking the current change, but we'll see.  My favourite flower is the poppy so I thought it would be a good background - just not so sure about the colours I've put with it.  Any ideas?    EDITED TO ADD:  Well, the poppies didn't last long and now I'm trying this one instead. 

The picture today is of the gift I gave to a friend who loves to knit.  She has a gorgeous shawl she wears over her winter coat and was lamenting one day that she didn't have a shawl pin to hold it in place.  'Aha', said I, and began a search for one.  Well, this town didn't haven't a CLUE what I was talking about.  I was met with total blank stares.  Obviously my quest was going to be a fruitless one.  Hmmm.  So to the internet I went, hoping that I could order one for delivery in time for Christmas.  Nope.

SO.....


I made her one!

My stash yielded up some copper wire which I bent somewhat into the shape I wanted.  Then I hammered it flat (making my husband come running wondering what on earth I was doing).  A quick dip in a warm water/lemon juice/salt bath made it all shiny again, and voila - a one-of-a-kind shawl pin.  The colour in this picture just doesn't do it justice.

Do you think I should take up business??

10 comments:

Carol said...

The shawl pin is a great gift! Very thoughtful and very lovely design. Bet she loves it.

fabriquefantastique said...

Well, why not? you obviously have a talent.
ps...I find the background a little too pink for you...I see you as a more 'down to earth' person...maybe wrong

agypsyangel said...

I love it! Great job and idea. Like the poppies...very cheerful :)
Hugs, Kim

kaite said...

it's nice, your shawl pin. I made a few one year and sold them, they are very useful. k.

Whytefeather said...

What a lovely shawl pin! I think you did fantastic with it and yes, you should open up shop :)
Glad you had a good Christmas... best wishes for the New Year!!

arlee said...

great pin!!! and hand crafted is always better :)

Leone said...

Beautiful! Amazing what our creative minds can come up with. Your friend will treasure it more because it is one of a kind and made by you.

Yvonne said...

The shawl pin is lovely MA. You did a great job! Add some beads to some, for variety, and you are in business. :) Been lurking some, while being mostly unplugged. Have been enjoying your posts as usual. Hope you have a blessed New Year.

MosaicMagpie said...

This is great and I am sure very much appreciated. This would also make a lovely bookmark!
Debbie

Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales said...

I bet your friend LOVED the shawl pin! It's gorgeous and much more perfect since it was made by you and not bought from a store.