Squirrel, Pin Cushion and Hahai-i

11 Oct

A very fluffy tailed squirrel has found our bird feeder.

The other day I bought some new glass topped sewing pins and today I added them to my Mum’s collection in the beautiful patchwork pin cushion that she made. You can see her tiny hand sewn stitches

When we were in Arizona I was given the very special present of a Kachina. This one is called Hahai-i, the Grandmother Kachina, and was a precious present from one Grandmother to another. “The Hopi doll carvers make her effigy in the flat form to be the first present that a baby receives.” From Hopi Kachinas by Barton Wright, a complementary present given at the same time. “Kachinas are the spirit essence of everything in the real world,” and they have truly caught my imagination. My Hahai-I already has companions which we bought in Phoenix at the Heard museum shop. I’ll tell you about those two soon.


Posted by on October 11, 2016 in Arizona, art, Beauty


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9 responses to “Squirrel, Pin Cushion and Hahai-i

  1. commonprose

    October 17, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Sally, I loooooove your mother’s pincushion. What a treasure–the vibrant colors and the tiny stitches–enhanced by your shiny pins. Hope you find that just looking at the face on the Hahai’i causes you to smile. She’s such a happy spirit.

    • mybeautfulthings

      October 18, 2016 at 9:23 pm

      She does! She hangs on the wall in the sitting room where I can see her whenever I am in there.x

  2. Michelle Noël

    October 15, 2016 at 5:23 am

    I’d love to read more about the Kuchinas! That is fascinating. And the pincushion is stunning. I’m inspired to make one like that–much more special than that old tomato one I have! It is so sweet to have an heirloom like that to hang on to.

    • mybeautfulthings

      October 15, 2016 at 10:07 am

      The book I mention above is full of fascinating information. I think you would like it. 🙂

      • Michelle Noël

        October 15, 2016 at 7:18 pm

        Thank you! I think I will, too. 🙂

  3. calvin

    October 13, 2016 at 2:09 am

    I could use a Kachinas. The essence of everything is all encompassing isn’t it.

  4. Rosemary Howman

    October 11, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Hi Sally. I hope this reaches you. My technology skills are limited. Miss your lively chat on a Friday. So enjoy reading your blog. Just back from Isles of Scilly. Lovely weather. Wonderful to be so near the sea. As I write this I can hear Harold ….our adopted hedgehog…..enjoying his supper. Love light and blessings. Rosemary Howman. Xx

    Sent from my Windows Phone ________________________________

    • mybeautfulthings

      October 11, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      Rosemary, it is so good to hear from you! Pilates is not the same without you but I am very glad you have had a lovely time in the Scillies. So glad you found my somewhat cryptic message. I hoped you would read it. All the very best to you, hope to see you back next term perhaps. 🙂


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