and Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt is helping to shake things up a lot.
Aren't they just the best cheerleaders!
I started playing with these little mini charms a few months ago, but then set them aside for other little projects that were keeping me, uh....hopping.
Once the Shake Your Pom Poms hop came up, I pulled it from beneath the stacks of stuff
and decided to make it an Easter (or Spring) quilt with a pom pom tailed bunny.
The bunny and insects are from the Bunnies & More book by Darcy Ashton.
I appliqued the bunny on the bottom of the quilt and hand embroidered the little insects plus
some details on the bunny. For some weird reason, no matter how beautifully ironed this quilt
was when I brought it outside to take photos, it wrinkled up like a wadded up tissue.
I was elbow deep in pom poms when my back took a dive which made it a little harder to
complete this next project the way I envisioned it in my head. It's a sturdy little
diaper changing mat for Monkey Baby to use with a pom pom pillow to
catch his attention while laying on it.
Really...it looked different and was much more elaborate in my head
while laying there staring at the ceiling fan (that Leslie has me thinking should
be covered in some pretty fancy fabric instead of just plain wood.)
I layered the mat with rug stuff and batting--it's a little stiff and perfect for throwing on the floor.
I was lucky to get a decent photo of this, because Bella and Bruster
thought the mat was really meant for them and refused to back away from the pom poms.
It's perfect for Monkey Baby to lay on and entertain us all with his cuteness.
I have a BIG birthday coming up pretty soon and Madame Samm got wind of it (she's
pretty clever, you know) and sent me this Barbie as an early birthday gift.
She's no ordinary Barbie...she has a
"C" (for Carol, of course)
on her jacket and she's seems to be quite the Coca Cola fan, which
is so perfect because we collect Coca Cola stuff and she fits right in!
The only negative thing about her was her pom pom was pretty wimpy so that HAD
to be fixed by making her TWO new red and white pom poms (that coincidentally
were my school colors from high school) that look so much better with that
sweater, skirt, jacket, saddle shoes, and megaphone.
I just LOVE her!
Oh, and by the way...
I was visiting Quilted Works (love that store!) on Saturday
and as usual their wonderful staff (Lori this time) helped me pick out some amazing
fat quarters to share with you for my giveaway. Want to know the best part?
They offered to GIVE me the fat quarters to give to one of YOU...is that cool or what! P.S. My little Trickster by Robert Shields isn't included...he's mine, all mine!
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Look who else is shaking and showing off their pom poms today:
(her recipe is here) and she shows all the steps to making them.
As for me an my non-traditional Pom Pom Pie, I used Cheddar &
Sour Cream chips as the coating for the potato pom poms.
Shepherd Pie Meat Sauce Mix:
2 ½ lbs. ground lean beef or ground turkey
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cups celery, chopped
1 cup carrots,
2 cloves garlic,
2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1½ tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
3/4 cup regular
3/4 cup hot
ketchup *or mix 3/4 cup ketchup with 3 drops Tabasco
2 cups frozen
or fresh green beans, chopped
8 ounces cheddar
cheese, shredded (optional)
Cook ground beef (or ground turkey) and onions until browned. Add celery, carrots, garlic, salt, pepper,
Worcestershire, ketchup, hot ketchup, and green beans. Cover and simmer 20 minutes. Drain. Put the
mixture in a casserole dish, cover with cheese if desired, and top with pom pom
Pom Pom Potatoes from Laura at Laura Loving Life
peeled and chopped in cubes, boiled until tender
2 tbls. onion salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 cup flour
3 eggs, beaten
2 cups potato chips (your choice),
I varied the potato chip type, used an electric mixer to mash the boiled
potatoes and mix in the onion salt and pepper. I used a small ice cream scoop to make balls, rolled them in the flour, dipped in the eggs, and rolled them in
the crushed chips. I set them on my meat sauce mix (which was covered with cheese) and baked it all at 400 degrees for
about 15 minutes until those cute little pom poms were crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside.
Very hearty, not healthy, just comfort food....yum!
Thanks Madame Samm and Erin for all this mug rug heaven!
They are two amazing ladies!
I'd never made a mug rug (gasp) and didn't think I needed one.
Early each morning while I'm still in my pajamas reading blogs, blogs,
and more blogs (and answering a few emails),
my purple polka dot mug holds my tea (with a little cream)
and sits there looking perfectly content on my nightstand (with no mug rug.) .
Not having a mug rug was fine for me and my purple polka dot mug UNTIL
Madame Samm had an idea to have a April Shower's Mug Rug Hop that
let us make whatever inspires us. Now my little purple polka dot mug
looks a little, uh...naked...and a bit lonely without a mug rug.
So...mug rugs had to be made, of course. It took me forever to think
of what to make, but after a couplefew several lots of mug purchases
I finally felt a little more inspired, plus I have some new mugs to drink tea from.
A little applique to match a mug using Comma fabric (I love that fabric!)
Paper piecing and a store-bought crocheted flower was fun, too
Embroidery of the Dowager Countess from Downton Abbey
using brown metallic thread (remind me never to use metallic thread again...ugh)
and some sparkly jewels in her hat (the pattern is from April Heather Art)
Ruffles and high heels to match a fancy mug because "EVERY GIRL CAN HAVE GLAMOUR" ...thanks to my hubby for sketching up the shoe.
After making only rectangle mug rugs, I felt compelled to make a different
shaped one...actually someone goaded/challenged me just a little bit to do so.
Dresden and a donut anyone?
This birdhouse came from Regina Grewe'sSpring Awakenings
paper piecing collection. The other patterns in the set are really nice, too.
Thimblemouse and Spouse said a button on a mug rug holds up a cookie.
It works for me on this mug rug...but, where's the cookie?
Finally, my purple polka dot mug needed something to sit on...purple, of course,
so when I saw Duck Tape in purple my brain went into overdrive just thinking of the
fun possibilities of using it. I used fabric on the back and for the bindings,
but the front is made from two different designs of Duck Tape sheets...totally duct tape.
Just a mug with no rug, but I love the attitude!
Thanks for scrolling all the way to here and for visiting my blog today.
But, wait! There's more!
A little giveaway just for stopping by to visit.
Three Indigo Crossing mini charm packs
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There are other mug ruggers showing off their masterpieces, too.