Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Guess the Mystery Thing: Mich Learns To Sew?

Greetings and hooray!  It's time once again for that fun and silly giveaway game, Guess the Mystery Thing and Win And Be Cooler Than a Gallon of Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Wrapped Around a Frozen Mars Bar and Flash Cooled With One of Those Weird Devices on Top Chef That Look Like they Would Accidentally Freeze Off the Tip of Your Finger So They Make Me Nervous But Honestly That Vanilla Bean Mars Bar Recipe Does Sound Kind of Good Doesn't It?


Before we start, quick question.  Has anyone heard the current weather report for hell?  I think it may have frozen over - because today I actually picked up a needle and thread and sewed something.  I know!  Check these out:

The white one is a wrist corsage...

The black one is a hair accessory.

Made a burgundy one, too.

Okay, I didn't really learn to sew.  All I learned to do was make these cute little puckered round thingies.

So here's the mystery: from what strange item did I make these?  It's something very specific.  I am dying to see who is clever enough to deduce this one!

There will be two winners: first correct guess and one random winner.  If nobody gets it right, there will be two random winners.  So even if you're stumped, guess anyway, you could still win!  (And I hope there will be lots of goofy comments, as usual - the silliness of my readers is always more than half the fun!)

The rules:

1. Open to anyone, anywhere.  (You don't even have to be a follower of the blog, although I would lurve it if you were!)
2. If your email isn't available in one click from an online profile, be sure to include your email address with your guess.

Okay, my little Chickadees.  Ready?  Set!  Guess the Mystery Thing! 



  1. When I first saw the white one, I was sure you had taken apart a hacky sack to make your flowers. After carefully pondering the photo, I now say that you used scrunchies to make the yoyos for your flowers. That's quite a shortcut since there's already elastic in there....

  2. They look like hair scrunchies to me but that would seem too easy. I just can't come up with any other ideas.

  3. I'd say the black is made from a woman's shower cap, night cap thing. Like what my mother in law and grandma used to wear to bed so their hair wouldn't mess up. The white I'd say is from a dish scrubber/rag soap/sponge holder thingy!

  4. Though the white one looks like a dish cloth , I think all the three pieces came from one object which is a pouch (draw string)bag. I have seen bags like this where the top 2 layers are silk or polyester and the one near the base is a embroidered cotton. or it could be the other way round(you could have used the finished edge at the opening to get the neat finishing for ur corsage..)..ya I know because in the other 2 you have hidden your stitches with flowers ;)

  5. I think you've first deconstructed and then re-constructed a lined beret into your divine accessories... that's my guess!

    I am so glad to hear about hell freezing over too, because something HAD to be done to counter-act global warming, and this may just do the trick! Making pretty jewelry and saving the world. All in a day's work for Michelle L! :)

  6. Me Gotta Hands Up...yeeees..really i have NO know why i am lazy most this time..?bcoz last time i guess Totally WRONG(nobody guess right that mystery) but you sent me a gift randomly now i am lazy..hahaha
    Well the white one seems like a piece i saw in my Mom's cupboard once,which my mother crochet 20 years back for the glass covers..may be its something like that..well my hands are still UPPPP :)

  7. I say it's a drawstring jewelry string for the hair accessories and a baby knitted cap for the wrist corsage. I love the little yo yo's. You can even buy them pre made. :)

    Love your site I send everyone to it!

  8. Hi, you guys! Mich here! After reading the guesses so far, I just want to clarify: all three projects were created from variations of ONE specific object, even though the white one is made with a different material.

    So we're looking for one single Mystery Thing, not two. Hope that helps...

  9. Underwear?? (the white being the thermal kind, bien sûr !!)

  10. At first I thought you had used pan scrubbers and then I thought a piece of I don't have a clue. Look forward to hearing what the answer Annette x

  11. Recycled itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikinis. I bet you decided that all those old bikinis are only gathering dust, and with your new- found interesting in sewing, knitting and crocheting you made yourself a fancy new crochet bikini. Being a newbie crocheter, the first attempt didn't quite pan out, so it was turned into a wrist corsage, the obvious thing to do.
    And when the second bikini crocheting attempt was so incredibly stunning that your husband proposed to you again, you went ahead and made all the old bikinis into hair wear.
    I can't believe nobody else figured that one out yet.. tsk tsk

  12. I think it is the colours that are throwing me off. At first I thought teatowels because of the white one. Then I thought some pieces of underwear or t-shirts. To be honest I don't have a clue!!

  13. I have a vision of someone holding a water bottle ice bag thingie on top of their head because they had too much to drink the night before. I think they are covers for those ice bag things. Yours are made from "three of the hundreds of designer colors to choose from."

  14. I have no idea, but they do remind me of hair scrunchies. Either way, I just wanted to say that I really like the white wrist corsage. It has definitely inspired me to try and make one of my own. Plus it gives me an excuse to dig through some of my old materials and beads. Thanks for the inspiration! Love your blog :)

    - Eli (

  15. I think you went into the children's section, picked up some little shorts/pants of different colors and made these BEAUTIFUL items. Where will you put the matching top? Will you be making a necklace or earring to match??? Can't wait to see it....

  16. you made yo-yos...i love making those things...but since you didnt sew them id say there already scrunched together...soo you used left over fabric with elastic in them.

  17. I gotta tell ya, those have to be the big-est, fat-est. most gathered-est Yo-Yo's I have ever seen in my entire life.

    I started a quilt out of them the 2nd year of college, each little finished one was 2 inches in diameter and by the time I'd made about 8 of them, I'd gone absolutely Stir-crazy. SO I decided NEVER AGAIN will I ever try to make ANYTHING out of those annoying little suckers! EVEN if someone offers to pay me for them.

    Thank heaven I'm not the 1st 2 people to figure out what they were, so I don't have to worry about losing my last marble. (lost the next to last marble, when I saw what they were).

    You know those things look so cute, but that's how they suck you in... You pick up a needle & thread and baste that little running stitch all around the edge, pull tight, but not too much, knot & clip. That's it, you're a goner.

    Good luck to everyone, but keep those things away from me!!!

    Good luck,

  18. It was a fancy water bottle holder. Lol

  19. Hi, it's Mich again! Isn't this fun? I am going to clarify again: for people who are guessing yo-yos as the answer, that's not quite what we're looking for. Yes, these are yo-yos (my first ever!), but that is just the sewing technique.

    From what goofy Mystery Thing did I make these yo-yos???

    So far, no correct guesses, although ONE person has gotten in the ballpark. I will reveal the answer sometime this weekend, so please keep those guesses coming, eh?

  20. Funeral/casket clothing? The colors remind me of something like that.

  21. Sleeves of shirt/sweater or pant legs of clothing. You are making the most of them because a]sadly, a clumsy waiter spilled something butter-soaked on the rest of the garment OR b] a vindictive cat layed a loose contribution across the collar OR c] a creative child got scissor-happy across the bodice OR d]all or none of the above. Now that I think on it sleeves might be usefule in all sorts of ways... fancy schmancy jar covers, or plant pot covers, well, small pots. I feel another started but not finished project coming on, great, thanks a lot eh.

  22. I have no idea what the prize is here, I just wanna know what that is. My guess is fabric cut from sleeves or maybe scarves.

  23. At first I thought shower caps, but now I'm thinking maybe a slip or girdle.

    ohgeewhiz1968 at yahoo dot com

  24. They are made from the inner lining of bra cups?

    clangerfan1 at gmail dot com

  25. Or maybe they are yamakas? ;)

    Clangerfan1 at gmail dot com

  26. White, black, and "burgundy"... My god, woman, you've killed an old priest and stolen his Lenten vestments!

    (Like an idiot who thinks that this is the winning entry.)

  27. I think the fabric is from the little dollar store caps they sell to cover open cans of food and stick in the fridge. Anyway, that's my guess.

    But what really fascinated me was what you used to attach the white one to your wrist. It looks like a strap from a luggage tag. Even if it's not, that's a great idea. I always wanted to do something with broken luggage tags besides throw them away. :-)

    My first visit to your blog. I love it. Thanks for the creativity!

  28. I guess bloomers! Or possibly a beret...

  29. Looks like scrunchies with a twist.

  30. Shoe/slipper, parachute, swimsuit, pillow cover, bag, jacket, tea cosy

  31. HI, EVERYBODY! THAT'S IT, I'm closing down the guesses here. Reveal coming soon!

  32. I know I'm nearly 2 years late for this but I just HAD to post this comment:

    I wish my salt 'n pepper hair was as beautiful, thick and curly as yours! I'm so jealous!!! LOL