Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Pin It Blog Hop

Welcome to Day One of the
A super big thanks to
Madame Samm of !SewWeQuilt!
and
Meadowbrooks' Kristen King
the "King Pin" in charge of
cheering this blog hop of
"Pinheads"
(I use that term endearingly!)

I'm sew excited to start out the hop
along with these other fun Pinheads today
September 10
Don't forget to visit them all! 

I was planning to make a little mouse pincushion
(imagine that)
when I stumbled upon a GIANT wooden mousetrap 
at our neighboring antique shop!
3-1/2" x 7"...okay...technically it's a
Rat Trap...
(semantics...)

Anyways...you know what happened next...
Idea time!

And then....
then I got sidetracked....
(remember...my attention span these days is that of a gnat)

.... instead I started playing with itty bitty scraps.
The little triangles are 'cut-aways' from scrappy spool blocks I'm making...
just perfect for teeny tiny foundation pieced geese...

The black and white strips were left overs from a quilt made over 5 years ago!
(yes...I know it...don't say it...I just can't throw good fabric away)

I made 4 little 1-1/2" finished blocks in all...
Sometimes I think I'm a little insane....
but I really find the itty bitty's relax me....

I sewed the blocks together...added another strip of black and white to frame it...
and then tried to make Piping....
Major Fail!
(I wish I had taken a picture...it was BAD! Really BAD!
I'm not embarrassed to share my faux pas...
I just didn't think to snap a lookie.)

So I ripped the piping off...
and still ended up with a cute little pincushion...
which you'll see in a minute...
because...

because then I got Another idea!

I came across some striped fat quarters....
Maybe I was still in "hexie mode" from the last hop...
but don't you think these would make the cutest pincushions?
(I really need to learn to F-O-C-U-S on one project at a time
of course then I wouldn't be ME now would I?)

Lookie Look!!!

And the backs...
Do I embarrass myself and tell you the "pieced" back 
was made from a clump of fabric scraps 
I found under my sewing table? 
Yes, really!

So....about that MOUSE pincushion...
you remember...
the original IDEA....
the first to be thought of...
the last to be done....

I came across one of Maggies old toys...
How perfect!
Gave it a good washing...
found some felt and made a hunk of
Cheddar Cheese...
C'est Bonne Bow-wow?

I really had loads of fun with all three....

Thanks for hopping by...don't forget..there's loads more to see!
Return to the top of the page...
follow the list...
So happy you'll be!

In the meantime...I'll be taking another little break
(ok...I really haven't come back from the last one come to think of it)...
The Spouse and I are getting ready for a HUGE quilt show here in Jacksonville, FL.
I'll post about that in the next week or so...
the show dates are Sept. 26-28th.

There is also another post I must write...
a rather difficult one at that...
I don't mean to tease...
but today is for smiles...
Just keep us in your prayers, please.

Lynn ~ The Thimblemouse >"<



122 comments:

  1. Great pincushions and you always make me smile with your posts! I'm glad you found a use for those found fabrics (wink)! I pray all is well!

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  2. You never fail to "wow" me with your creativity. I love the tiny geese pincushion and the hexie, but the cheese takes the prize ... :) Pat

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  3. you were very productive....great job

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  4. Great use of leftovers! Great job on the mouse and cheese. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. I like your pin cushion. The mouse and cheese is really cute!

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  6. Lynn, you are "SEW" entertaining ! Those flying geese must be little bitty bugars ! How cute are all three !!! May God Bless you and keep you.

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  7. Oh, just cute as a mouse hair. Hehehe! Love the cheese! You are in my prayers.

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  8. I love tiny and find it relaxing - large blocks make me nervous. Just think they are all a delight, but how clever to use a little stuffy to make a cute pincushion on a rat trap!I, too, pray all is well.

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  9. Love the cheese! I am Dutch, you see?
    Cheers,

    Jeanneke.

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  10. Lovely pincushions, great mouse with cheese!

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  11. I love your pincushions! And your stories, great! I think of scraps just like you. And I could have done, and do, like you, look under my table and sew something nice of what I find there. Have a nice blog hop. Happy to be here on your blog.

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  12. Lovelywork, thanks for sharing!

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  13. I love love your pincushions and the mouse with the trap is awesome and sew much you.
    Your posts give me always big smiles and enjoyments for the days.
    Thanks for sharing and being part of this hop-

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  14. Your mouse is the best! Love it! And hey, I had similar scraps used. ;)

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  15. Ik love your pincushion and te picture with the mouse and the cheese is genius!

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  16. They are all great - love the chunk of cheese! Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Wonderful pin cushions. Love the cheese!

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  18. Cute as can be...what a lovely slice of cheese, do you think the mouse would share? Can we use the pins the same as we would toothpicks for serving?

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  19. Excellent pin cushions. Love the tiny flying geese. My old, fat fingers would have a hard time with those.

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  20. Excellent pin cushions. Love the tiny flying geese. My old, fat fingers would have a hard time with those.

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  21. Excellent pin cushions. Love the tiny flying geese. My old, fat fingers would have a hard time with those.

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  22. So lovely. I love the cheese pincushion.

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  23. Clever, clever! Your patience in piecing those tiny scraps is to be commended - you have a cute cushion to show for it! And the mouse trap - yikes! I hope you disinfected it first! But what a cute finish! Perfect with that mouse toy. Thanks for sharing today!

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  24. Your pincushions are adorable and I enjoyed reading your post and seeing your creativity , wonderful! Take care and my prayers are with you.

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  25. You always make us smile - you are so clever! love Mousey!!

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  26. Oh my gosh -- adorable! Love them all. :)

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  27. Love them all, but especially the mouse and cheese!

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  28. Too cute!! love the cheese and mouse, but all are adorable!

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  29. Fantastic pincushions! I adore the hexi one, but they're all great.

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  30. The pincushions are soooo cute, Lynn. I just may have to try one after the quilt show. My prayers to you and Spouse always.
    Cheryl M.

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  31. I love the flying geese on your pincushion, so cute! Thank you for sharing today :)

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  32. The cheese is so much fun and I love the others very much too. Especially the flying geese.

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  33. Great job on all three pincushions! I love them all, especially the hexie one. Thanks for sharing.

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  34. YOU are the cheese on my cracker sweetie...and yes prayers you have them all...
    thanks for playing and still coming to the plate with some rich pieces..x

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  35. Love the teeny tiny flying geese! Great ideas, to use up the scraps.

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  36. Great pc's and I'll bet your failed attempts were great too. Love the cheese!...makes me smile and I hope you are getting lots of smiles from the comments today too!

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  37. Just love the fronts and backs of your pin cushions, but the mouse and chunk of cheese are to die for tee, hee. Great job and wonderful imagination.

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  38. I love the cushions and the story. It made me smile. :-)
    Thank you.
    All 3 was very cute....

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  39. Smiles indeed this morning!!! Your pincushions are darling. I will be keeping you in my prayers.

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  40. Fabulous! I especially like the hexie pincushion!

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  41. I have the attention span of a gnat sometimes, too, but it looks like you focused long enough to whip up some cute pincushions. I love the tiny pieces...too tiny for me to work with! Great job! Whatever the prayers are needed for, I'll send some your way.

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  42. Cute way to be inspired by the trap! Love them all :)

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  43. Cute, cute!! What neat pincushions and that cheese is adorable!!

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  44. Adorable and fun pin cushions! Great idea with that mouse with the cheese too. Super cool. Jane

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  45. I am still giggling at your mouse and cheese pincushion! All of your pinnies are delightful!

    Susie

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  46. Giggling again at your post, I love the cheese, the pic is soooo nice! You are my favourite of today! And I hope it is Swiss Cheese, LOL

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  47. I had to laugh at your post. I love it. That mouse on the mouse trap is adorable. Love all your ideas. Thanks for sharing

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  48. Loved this post... you made me laugh and your projects are adorable..I love the cheese!

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  49. I loved reading about your adventures while sewing the (incredible) pincushions! That is what people fail to understand. The enormous amount of things that happen WHILE making something! It made me laugh out loud. I loved the itty bitty pincushion the most. I am making 1,5" hexies now (direct result of the last hop) and I must say....1,5" flying geese.........Sjeeeeezzzz. I will light a candle for you and your family, just in case!

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  50. I like your square pincushion with mini flying geese.

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  51. As always a great job, on your pincushions. You have such fun adventures. Thank you for sharing.

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  52. Your story makes me smile, starting with a rat trap and ending up with cheese and other lovely pincushions. Thanks for sharing!

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  53. Great pincushions. Love the little pieces. I usually don't like working with those small pieces. Saying prayers for you for whatever is coming your way.

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  54. Adorable! You are so clever! I love what you've done with your scraps.
    I'm saying prayers for you for whatever you will be sharing.

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  55. Darling pincushions. I like that you use tiny scraps...hey you paid for it all right, so why not use it all.

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  56. Haha! Love the cheese. Your flying geese are lovely too. I love tiny little blocks.

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  57. Your pincushions are truly sweet! Love them all, especially the flying geese one, with the amusing tale! Holding you in my prayers.

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  58. Great pincushions..love your cute flying geese!!

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  59. All are adorable!!!
    I always love to read your blog... you make me smile everytime!

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  60. Love, love your pin cushions,,,,so cute..Take care and you are in my thoughts..

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  61. So cute. Love how your ideas just evolve. I love scraps too. Take care.

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  62. Very cute. I love your stories.

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  63. Super sweet! Both this post and your pin cushions!

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  64. Your posts are always such fun. Thanks for sharing your creations. Smiles today and I'll keep you in my thoughts.

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  65. The mouse takes the cheese, the mouse takes the cheese, hi ho---.Simple but oh so great! Love the striped hexies too. Have a great show.

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  66. Oh, how delightful!! Full of smiles. Loved all three.

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  67. So cute pincushions, great work!
    Best wishes to you!
    Bente

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  68. Wow! Love the fabric scraps you choose. Turned into wonderful pin cushions! Thanks for sharing.
    Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

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  69. Holy moly, I really can't pick a favorite. They are all so cool! Fantastic job!

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  70. I was wondering what you'd do with that rat trap that wouldn't look icky! :-)

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  71. You are a crazy woman & I LOVE it!

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  72. Lynn,
    How precious. I just loved all of your pin cushions and of course your story behind each one. Thanks for participating in the blog hop. I can't wait until Friday for my day.
    Happy Quilting,
    Shelia

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  73. Beautiful pin cushions. I love the little mouse better in your pin cushion than running through my house. It is the time of the year that they try and find their way in. Haven't seen them yet this year. Maybe they went to Flordia for the winter.

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  74. Great pincushions! They are so cute.

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  75. They are beautiful! And you are... too funny!

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  76. Those are so cute, I just love the mouse with the cheese.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  77. Your pin cushions are adorable. The piece of cheese cracked me up as did your post.

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  78. I love your adorable SMALL pin cushions. I cannot imagine 1.5" finished flying geese. I think that might send me into a flying rage. Of course, I know we all have our preferences. I keep just about all my tiny pieces of fabric. I love exactly how all three of your projects evolved and the conclusion of each. I was saddened when I saw that you have what appears a difficult post to make. But life isn't always easy, either. Then I saw that you and the spouse are planning for a great quilt show in Jacksonville. I remember hearing Mom talk about Dad being in the service there back during WWII. Now for me to get a tad braver and try to make some small pin cushions for the guild's boutique for our quilt show in June 2014. Thanks for participating and sharing your amazing creativity.

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  79. Wonderful pincushions. I LOVE the hexagon so much, but OH!! that MOUSE!! Wonderful.
    Thanks for sharing.
    cheers
    maggie

    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  80. Some sweet pin cushions! And the cheese, how funny.

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  81. OMGoodness 1 1/2" blocks - little blocks drive me crazy - I just can't see them that well. Anyway - I love ALL your creations. The block of cheese is my favorite!
    xo jan@sewandsowfarm

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    1. Also, i hope all is well and will be praying for you and your family.
      xo jan

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  82. Some sweet pin cushions! And the cheese, how funny.

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  83. Cute cheddar cheese and mouse pincushion. Too cute! Nicely done!

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  84. I love how creative you are and how sweet each of your cushions turned out. Prayers, yes.

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  85. I like that you made the pieced back for the square pincushion from scraps you found under your sewing machine! But the one I like the best is the chunk of cheese! That's so cute! Sending out my prayers to you and Bob.

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  86. very very creative. What charming pin cushions!!!!

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  87. Adorable Pin-It's! Everyone is so creative when it comes to pincushions. I plan to make some for Christmas presents.
    Pinning Blessings
    Gmama Jane

    Say Cheese!!

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  88. Oh my gracious. Your pincushions are sew uber cute and that mouse and cheese is priceless. Thank you for a very fun hop...

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  89. You are so creative. I love the colors of your pin cushions!

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  90. Cute pinnies! I love how you created mouse/cheese pinnie....clever!

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  91. I love your pincushions!!! Now, I'm going to use some leftover hexies to make a couple (more) pincushions too! Thanks for sharing!

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  92. So cute... That pieced one is just so precise and adorable!

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  93. You let us see that every tiny little scrap can be made in to something beautiful.

    Warm regards from Holland,
    Marga

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  94. I knew there was a reason that I save almost every little scrap! lol. Beautiful work on the hexie and flying geese cushions, and the cheese and mouse on the trap is adorable!

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  95. Too cute! I especially love the one with the Flying Geese front and Crazy Patch back. I'm a crazy quilt addict, so I can see that one sitting by my side at all times. I know exactly what you mean when you say the itty bittys relax you, for I'm a kindred spirit. I'd rather do small any day over large. Give me 3" and 6" blocks and I'm happy. 10", 12", or larger...forget it.

    Good luck at the quilt show and will be praying for your needs whatever they may be.

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  96. Your pin cushions are great. Love the cheese!

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  97. Hi Lynn I love your pincushions but the mouse is just so cute and like my cake piece your cheese slice has no calories!!! Susie x

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  98. Those are all sew sweet! I love reading your posts, prayers coming your way!

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  99. Lovely pincushions. Very nice. I hope your days improve.

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  100. I really like your hunk of cheese! And sending happy thoughts from Walla Walla :)
    ~Brandy
    brandizzle7133 at yahoo dot com

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  101. love your ideas and that trap with the mouse and chesse.... cute
    thanks for sharing
    in stitches

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  102. I just adore your cute pincushions and your writing about them. You will be in my prayers.

    senstrings (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  103. ADORABLE! What else can I say? Love your flying geese and hexies too!

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  104. Your post is very entertaining even if you got sidetracked a tad bit. The tiny geese has to be my favorite of the 3.

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  105. Well done, Lynn and you HAD to do something "mouse". I think that itty bitty flying geese one is my favorite but so is the cheddar hunk with the cat's toy.

    Take care in your journey's.

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  106. So Cute! The mouse and cheese just made me smile. Love the mini block ones too!

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  107. Really loved the little cushions and the Cheese! Prayers!

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  108. Hi!!!! Great ideas and cute pincushions!!!! Love the cheese!!!! And on a trap!!!! Too cute!!!! Sending hugs and prayers...

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