Ryan’s Words of Wisdom

Ryan Reynolds with text that says Hey girl, don't stress...everyone will still love your handmade gifts in January.

So, remember back before Christmas, when I gave you a little teaser photo of a secret project I was working on?

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Well, it all started like this…

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I decided that this year I would make handmade gifts for some of my friends. I’d fallen in love with Tula Pink’s fabrics and decided her Prince Charming line would be perfect to use. So, I got started making hexagons. And I made hexagons, and more hexagons. And eventually I had a ton of hexagons that I eventually turned into this…

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Unfortunately, I didn’t get them done in time for Christmas. And, in fact, remember I mentioned that I got together with some friends a couple of weeks ago to do our Christmas exchange? Well, I did my best to get these hexies made into the pincushions I’d envisioned. But, I didn’t quite get them finished. I got them sewn together and was ready to put the finishing touches on them, but I ran out of time. In fact, I was running so close that I completely forgot to even wrap them. Yes, I’m an idiot.The other thing that came into play was that I wasn’t sure that I wanted to put the finishing touches on them (wrap them with thread and put a button in the middle of the top). Reason being? I really wanted to be able to see those center hexies, and I kind of liked them without the dividing thread wraps. So, I presented them to my friends, who were very very sweet and completely understood that with all the stuff I’ve had going on lately, I just didn’t get them done. So, here they are…

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I did offer to do the finishing on these for everyone, if they wanted me to. But gave them the option to leave them as is. So, fast forward a couple of weeks, and I was going to be getting together with some other girlfriends for a fun stitching day. I’d planned to also give them hexie pincushions as well. So, I decided to give the thread and button finishing a try to see how I liked it. On this one, in particular, I used a small enough button that you could still see the girl on the swing in the center hexie. So – the best of both worlds.

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And after finishing all three of them, I was sold. I love the way they look “finished”.

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I definitely am anxious to “finish” the other three, if the recipients like the look.

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And I love the navy fabric on the bottoms of the pincushions.

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I’m really pleased with how they turned out, even if it is almost February. And I’m so appreciative that I have friends that understand when I show up with unwrapped unfinished gifts, but good intentions. And one of these days, I hope to make one of these pincushions for myself.

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So, here’s hoping Ryan’s right. And if you need a good laugh, go check out the site I found that photo on – Handmade Ryan Gosling.

I am grateful for fun days with friends.

54 thoughts on “Ryan’s Words of Wisdom”

  1. I love your post. Those Ryan pieces on Pinterest really crack me up. Like a man would really be like that.

    Love your hexie pincushions. I had great thoughts of making a few more of them, and didn’t get around to it. I love those fabrics that you usd!!

  2. I love your post. Those Ryan pieces on Pinterest really crack me up. Like a man would really be like that.

    Love your hexie pincushions. I had great thoughts of making a few more of them, and didn’t get around to it. I love those fabrics that you usd!!

  3. Your hexie pincushions look fabulous. I like them ‘finished’ too… but hey, if you want to send me an unfinished/unwrapped pincushion I’d give it a good home too!

  4. Your hexie pincushions look fabulous. I like them ‘finished’ too… but hey, if you want to send me an unfinished/unwrapped pincushion I’d give it a good home too!

  5. They are amazing! Just wonderful, Michelle! I bet the recipients were thrilled! Both ways! I like the finished ones, but I like the ones that are plain too! Great job!

  6. They are amazing! Just wonderful, Michelle! I bet the recipients were thrilled! Both ways! I like the finished ones, but I like the ones that are plain too! Great job!

  7. Anna van Schurman

    Ryan’s so very right…if only I did get late Christmas gifts finished in January! LOL. Great pincushions.

  8. Anna van Schurman

    Ryan’s so very right…if only I did get late Christmas gifts finished in January! LOL. Great pincushions.

  9. OH MY GOSH!!! I love your pincushions! Michelle, they turned out so nice. I love that Tula Pink fabric, too.

    ROFLOL at the Ryan Gosling stuff. I love me some Baby Goose! My daughter did one of those hand made RG thingies for law students–it was pretty funny.

  10. OH MY GOSH!!! I love your pincushions! Michelle, they turned out so nice. I love that Tula Pink fabric, too.

    ROFLOL at the Ryan Gosling stuff. I love me some Baby Goose! My daughter did one of those hand made RG thingies for law students–it was pretty funny.

  11. Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog)

    Oh, Michelle! The hexi pincushions are wonderful. I thought they were cute without the threadwork on the outside but I really LOVE them with that added bit of design.

    I’m sure your friends were thrilled!

  12. Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog)

    Oh, Michelle! The hexi pincushions are wonderful. I thought they were cute without the threadwork on the outside but I really LOVE them with that added bit of design.

    I’m sure your friends were thrilled!

  13. These are so totally adorable, Michelle !!! I love how you finished them and your choice of fabric. Whoever you gift them to will love them, no matter when you send them

  14. These are so totally adorable, Michelle !!! I love how you finished them and your choice of fabric. Whoever you gift them to will love them, no matter when you send them

  15. OMG, Ryan makes my heart race…why can’t I find an awesome lookalike here?! Love the site…never heard of it before! The pincushions are awesome and I am sure your friends loved them. Great job!

  16. OMG, Ryan makes my heart race…why can’t I find an awesome lookalike here?! Love the site…never heard of it before! The pincushions are awesome and I am sure your friends loved them. Great job!

  17. Total crack-up Michelle!! Gotta love Ryan and his unwavering support. I believe he is right, though. I love my pin cushion, and will attempt to finish it with button and string. I bet the girls really liked theirs.

  18. Total crack-up Michelle!! Gotta love Ryan and his unwavering support. I believe he is right, though. I love my pin cushion, and will attempt to finish it with button and string. I bet the girls really liked theirs.

  19. Beautiful pincushions, Michelle!! They turned out so pretty and I’m sure no one will mind if they’re a little late.

    I was cracking up reading the Ryan blog – too funny!

  20. Beautiful pincushions, Michelle!! They turned out so pretty and I’m sure no one will mind if they’re a little late.

    I was cracking up reading the Ryan blog – too funny!

  21. Michelle, they are great! I love the colors you chose and I know your friends will love them too! The colors pop and you put your handwork into the hexies! Hope you have time to make yourself one and a few more … pj in iowa

  22. Michelle, they are great! I love the colors you chose and I know your friends will love them too! The colors pop and you put your handwork into the hexies! Hope you have time to make yourself one and a few more … pj in iowa

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