On the brighter side, I now have three of the four capes done, the three that Kathryn is giving to her niece and nephews. I can delay the one for her son a bit if need be, since he's not even walking yet so he can't wear it. And since I noticed my mom had a pincushion on her stocking stuffer list, I made one of those tonight too.
I couldn't justify paying $10 for a stuffed tomato or whatever, so I decided while I was at Joann's to make one. I had some time to kill between finishing up there and starting my music lessons for the day, so I went to the Salvation Army near the campus of the university that I teach at with a vague thought of maybe I could find something to base a pincushion on. My mom loves tea, as do I, and so when I found this teacup I knew it was perfect. Fifty cents for the teacup, the fabric came from an old patchwork hippie skirt of mine that I couldn't bear to get rid of because it had such great fabric in the blocks, and used the polyester stuffing we already had. I think she'll enjoy this much more than a tomato.