These two photos are the side view and the view from above of a little pincushion I made for my Secret Sister on one of the quilting groups. This particular group focuses on "sane" quilting (as opposed to crazy quilting) on a budget. The budget for the secret sister gifts are $10 for the whole year so a little ingenuity is called for. The little crystal dessert dish I picked up at the thrift store for about a quarter and the embroidery itself from the same store. It was framed in an embroidery hoop (remember when everyone was doing that?) so I took it out and constructed a giant yoyo out of the cross stitch and some fabric from a remnant and then stuffed it. The beaded trim and rose trim both came out of my stash so I don't count them. So, all in all, I figure it cost about fifty cents to make. I hope she likes it!
So, why get involved in Secret Sister Swaps? Just for the fun of it! It is fun to pick and choose and try to make or find little gifts to please someone else and hopefully brighten their day. It is also fun to receive little thoughtful packages in the mail from someone else. It makes a nice change from the bills that usually land in our mail boxes. It is another way to meet other people and get to know them a bit better. Often these swaps result in lasting friendships and that is always worthwhile!