Welcome to day four and my day to show my project on the Winter Blues Blog Hop hosted by the very talented Carla of Creatin’ in the Sticks! I hope you’ve been following along on this bluesy hop and have enjoyed seeing the great projects everyone has created. There are some very creative designers participating. Thank you for hosting, Carla!

I can’t believe this month has almost passed us by! I had the flu during the holidays and on top of that, my website was down for a few weeks and I had to rebuild it (thankfully everything was saved except for adding and customizing my new theme!) After getting everything up and running, I was short on time so I had to go with a different project than originally planned.

I received an email from one of the companies from which I purchase art work and they offer a free set of designs just about weekly. These “Button Head Winter Girls” were so cute and I thought would lend themselves well to this little project. I love mug rugs, so decided that is what I would make. Honestly, I have to say that my stash has very little blue in it. It’s not that I dislike blue, but rather like a lot of other colors more! But I did have this lovely blue fabric with snowflakes and thought it would be perfect for my mug rug. It’s been in my stash for a while, and I still have a lot left. I’m not sure what I was thinking when I purchased it!! But, it was shiny, and I do love shiny!! I think I was actually going to make a Christmas stocking with it, but, seeing as I’ve slept since I got it, I’m not really sure!

Since we don’t get a lot of snow in Alabama, and I love snowmen, I thought this would be perfect with the pretty swirly snow flakes in shades of blue and white. The inspiration for the Buttonhead Mug Rug was the free Button Head Winter Girls from Clipartopolis.com.

Fabric + HeatnBond + button + ribbon + sewing machine = Mug Rug!!

After placing it on the oval, I decided I really didn’t like the shape, so I would definitely change this to a rectangle instead of the oval next time. I searched high and low for my mini pom poms and could not find them anywhere. I’m sure I put them in a “safe place” so I could easily get to them! HA At any rate, it needs a pom pom on the end of her hat, or at least I would have liked one!! Her little skinny arms, body and legs are simply triple stitched with my machine and black Aurifil thread (no affiliation.) The eyes, nose and snowman buttons are satin stitches from my machine. And finally, I decided to add some snowfall using one of my built in decorative stitches. I also used a small piece of ribbon for her scarf and the white band on her hat. Now it’s time for a coffee break….and chocolate!! What could be better, right?!

My favorite – and what great affirmations on the chocolate!!

I hope you like my little mug rug. If you’d like to make yourself one, you may click here for the free pattern! HeatnBond EZ Print Inkjet Transfer Sheets make easy work of applique projects! (*Affiliate Link-see disclaimer below)

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you will visit my fellow bloggers today and be inspired! Here is the schedule for today and tomorrow.

Thursday, January 23rd

Songbird Designs (you’re here!!)
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Storied Quilts
Patchwork Breeze
Seams To Be Sew
Becky’s quilts and adventures
DesertSky Quilting

Friday, January 24th

Selina Quilts
LimeLeaves Design
Karrin’s Crazy World
Sew Many Yarns
Domestic Felicity
DayBrook Designs
Creatin’ in the Sticks

Have a great rest of the week and weekend! Until next time…

Have a day blessed with perfect stitches!

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