Thursday, January 3, 2013

January is Here

Can you believe it is January already. My Mom used to tell me that the older you get the faster time goes.
I believe it. It was only yesterday I was complaining about the heat.

 New Years Day is a day of back to back football around here. I'm not a great lover of watching football, but I love to sit and sew next to Mr. SS as he is consummed with 1st downs, tackles and touchdowns.
(see I know a little about the game. My three sons played youth football from the age of 8.  Mr. SS and all three sons played HS football. Mr. SS and one son played college football and I never missed a game when they were playing.)

I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I wanted to make a mug rug for each month this year.  So while watching the Rose Parade, I got started on my

January Mug Rug
 I machine appliqued the Snowman but
the rest was hand work. So, I was able to sit with Mr. SS and "watch" football with him
while I made cute little black and white Hexies and hand appliqued them to my rug.
I also had the face to embroider by hand.
I love his little crooked smile.
This is the same snow man I used on Emmy's snowman Santa bib.
I added a piece of ric rac to the seam and hand sewed little glass beads. Kinda like snow, don't you think?
 This is my new label. I actually remembered to sew it on the back before putting the little rug together.
The binding was hand stitched and finished before the last play of the Rose Bowl.
Even though I pinned many mug rugs and used them for inspiration, this is my own design. I couldn't find  anything that suited my fancy. I have been wanting to do some hexies and thought about doing this in blues, but since the RV small cottage we live in is Black and tan I decided to do black and white. That way it doesn't look Christmasy either.

It will be time to decorate for Valentines Day soon, but I will enjoy this little guy for a little while before I design my February Mug Rug.

I'm off to the grocery store. My Tehachapi kids will be here for a couple of days and tomorrow night we will have all 10 for dinner and a sleep over...can you hear me say "CRAZY FUN"

God is Good!!
Life is Good!!


Michelle said...

Your sleep over does sound like some crazy fun! I like the black/white on the mug rug. Stylish.

Suzanne said...

I really love the black and tan combo - it's so unlike the colors you normally do and very elegant I might add. I especially love that great black and white mug! So pretty. Have fun with all the kids!

Annelies said...

To adorable...and I SOOOOO need to write you a real letter. I hope I find some quiet time SOONEST, but til then, know I am thinking of you and treasure you SEW much!!! XXX

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

You are so talented! Love your mug rug. Thanks for your sweet comments too :)
Blessings to you and your family in 2013!

Nancy B said...

That little mug rug is adorable! I like your idea of one a month. Since I'm almost finished with my Count On It little quilts, maybe I'll try some more mug rugs. I did three for Christmas. Of course I really need to get after my Row-a-Long quilt. Sometimes I bite off more than I can chew. Hope to see you soon.

Happy Sewing

Linda said...

What a great mug rug...I love the black and white! This one I think you could use for quite a while. Have fun with the sleep over!!

Dogmom Diva said...

Hi Beverly! I am a little behind as you can tell, but I love your mug rug! I have never made one, I'll have to give it a try one day. I love the black and white snowman, adorable..