Sunday, April 14, 2013

Tomato Time

Well it is not time for tomatoes from the garden, but it is always time for tomato pincushions. 

I’ve been picking these up for years, long before it was popular to collect them. 
I’m really glad I did. 
Have you seen the prices some of these are bringing on sites such as EBay?
 I watched an auction recently that was a lot of 14 strawberry emeries
 that brought over 140 dollars!! 

I’ve collected some and placed them in old jars; but my favorites are the ones in old sewing machine drawers that Pog connected together
 and hung with my old money drawer in our stairwell. 

These three are so tiny. The red one on the left is my favorite.

I am also lucky to have my mother’s, my grandmother’s 
and my original one from over twenty years ago.
 See how the pins are arranged on it? 

 I came home from work one day to find my son, when he was around five or six had taken all the pins and arranged them into patterns and even left me a smiley face.

 I never had the heart to take them out or use it after that, so I kept it as I found it. 

I came up with my own version of stacked tomatoes for the top of my
 firkins next to the drawers. 

I really like how this turned out with the wool, leaves 
and a little bird that’s found a strawberry. 

 This one is a keeper, so I will have to make another for sale in the studio. 


  1. another collection right up my alley :) i love the one your son did it made me smile because it is totally something mine would do too. little boys never have idle fingers or minds :)

  2. I have one of those tomatoes that is 45 to 46 years ago and I still use it. I never thought that they would become collector's item.
    Nice collection.

  3. Wow that's a lot of tomatoes! Mine are all in a big glass jar but now I think I should display them like yours! Can you show us more of your yellow ware bowls?

    1. Yes. I will show you my bowls in the next post!

  4. What a great collection. My favorite is the one your son arranged the pins on. That is just too precious!

  5. It's a great collection and I really like your creation!

  6. Hi Louise,
    Yes, I too collect those sweet orbs!! Don't know why, but I just LOVE them!!
    I am always on the lookout and my secret dream is to find an old sewing basket FILLED with them that is REALLY CHEAP!! Anyone else have that dream??
    I also spotted those yellow ware bowls!!
    Thanks for sharing all your pincushions and just love how you have them displayed!!
    Warm Hugs~~

  7. Love this collection and it so reminds me of my grandmother and mother and I actually had a tomato one when I was first married...seemed they were the only ones you could buy 50 years ago.

  8. Wonderful collection...and all the all things red!!! Isn't fun that we find such joy in these simple little tomatoes!