Let’s be clear. We don’t own a sewing kit. The last time we put a button on anything was in Ms. Weaver’s home-ec class in seventh grade. (We got an S for … satisfactory.)
Sew what, you ask? Well, it turns out having crayons and glue sticks around the house has put a bee in our creative bonnet.
Which is why we’re buzzing about Pincushion, an online purveyor of premium heirloom craft kits that require little to no talent but will convince even your mom you have oodles.
Choose from growth charts (animals, butterflies, a selection by Alexander Girard), wall art (birth announcements, graphic family trees), and pillows (a lion, butterfly, or hedgehog). Each project starts with a personalization pack of cutouts, embroidery floss, a needle, and detailed instructions to help you turn an already adorable piece into something truly treasured.
In fact, we think slight imperfections give the items a memorable backstory. And that’s not just a notion.
Available online at pincushiononline.com, $25-$135.
Marine Mammal Mania
What: Get the scoop on seals and other creatures through hands-on activities and demos.
Why: Catch a glimpse of playful otters.
When: Fri.-Sun., 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (Also Apr. 15-17 & 22-24.)
Where: Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way (206-386-4300). Adults and teens, $19; children, $12; under 4, free.
Skagit Tulip Festival
What: Take a trip to see fields blanketed in millions of flowers.
Why: The Technicolor blooms make a prime photo op.
When: Thru Apr. 30. Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Locations online at tulipfestival.org. Info at 360-428-5959. Most events are free; some are $5.
Saturday Family Concert
What: Wiggle to the rhythms of Eckaman & Super Mokako’s Congolese dance music.
Why: No one can resist the hip-shaking beats.
When: Sat., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Where: Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave. (206-652-4255). Tickets at 800-838-3006 or online at brownpapertickets.com. Adults and teens, $5; under 13, free.
Photo: Courtesy of Pincushion