|This month's give-away gift. An acorn pincushion by Jane McMillen|
It seemed that an acorn was a good choice for this give-away! My readers wrote wonderful things from Acorn being a favorite name of a horse, to my pincushions inspiring someone to make their own pincushion and is now into quilting like myself. A newly retired nurse of 46 years wrote that she needed it to hang above her mantle to bring health and wealth to her household. Another wrote that she has an acorn collection consisting of jewelry and a trivet and still another wrote that her mother had an acorn pincushion which she wasn't allowed to play with, despite being tempted. Some wrote how they would share it with a sewing friend, and still another suggested I use a similar pattern to create a mouse, chipmunk or a vole. Great idea to be sure!
One woman commented that she would like it as acorns and squirrels make her think of her little brother that she lost a couple of years ago. He and her father had loved to feed squirrels and where there are squirrels there are often acorns. I was particularly touched by this entry as I lost my younger brother at age thirty-three and I too have associated various symbols to him as well as to other relatives that have passed.
She didn't know but actually the making of this acorn is closely related to squirrels. In my blog in June 2014, Beautiful and Delicious, I received word from Emmett McCarthy, that one of my tomato pincushions that he had given to his good friend and children's illustrator, Lisa Zador, had just been eaten by a squirrel in her NYC apartment courtyard. She had it sitting on the windowsill with her window open and a courageous squirrel tore through the screen to get to the pincushion. She caught him sitting in a tree outside of her window eating it. She hadn't known that it was filled with crushed walnut shell filling.
|Lisa Zador's squirrel portrait. check her Etsy Shop, Curious Portraits.|
|Another Squirrel Portrait by Lisa Zador.|
Emmett was laughing as he wrote, "your pincushion isn't just beautiful, it is delicious too!". Lisa sent me the picture of this bold squirrel munching down the pincushion. I replaced her pincushion and another besides, and she in turn sent me two squirrel portrait prints that she had done, that are now hanging on my family portrait wall. (Do check out her Etsy Shop, Curious Portraits). An acorn pincushion was then ordered by Emmett as a birthday gift for her. This is how my first acorn pincushion was created.
|These larger acorns are for sale. Please contact me if interested.|
|These are the smaller acorns and are for sale. Contact me if interested.|
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