Mug Rug Happiness and The Christmas Giveaway Winner

Happy day, lovely friends!

If you would like to see who won the Christmas giveaway 
please scroll down to the end of the post where I announce the blessed winner.

Today I have a tutorial and a sweet gift from a delightful blogging friend.

I had the privilege of participating in Kimberly's Mug Rug Swap
while on my blogging break and now that I'm back 
I'm so excited to share the goodies I received from my partner.
It was truly an honor to be partnered with Jann from
Jann is a very special lady and blogging friend. . .
you see, her blog was one of the first blogs I followed 
when I started blogging 3 1/2 years ago.
She also introduced me to what a linky party was 
by inviting me to share a post or two at her weekly party
So I was tickled pink when Kimberly paired the two of us together.
And speaking of pink,
let me show you my pink goodness from  the lovely Jann.

Everything was wrapped so prettily in pink.
Don't you just love the roses?!

This delightful mitten mug rug greeted my eyes
when the tissue paper fell away.
The lace and sweet pinkness is so me.
I'd say Jann knows me pretty well {{smiles}}

A gorgeous vintage pink apron was also tucked into the box.
I have a small collection of vintage aprons 
and this one was lovingly added to the others.

Dear Jann didn't stop there. . .
she sent two beautiful tea cups and they are both PINK!
This lovely lady had tea bags in her.

And the other lovely tea cup has a matching saucer
which is perfect for holding the homemade cookies Jann sent along.

My. . .my. . .my,
I'd say I was quite spoiled, wouldn't you?
My heartfelt thanks to Jann for everything!
I was richly blessed by such kindness and generosity.

And many thanks to Kimberly for hosting this wonderful swap.
I greatly appreciate her effort and hard work in organizing this event.

I made a lace and burlap mug rug for Jann
along with a matching hanging pillow. 
Here is a photo collage of the goodies I sent her. . .

I also have a tutorial for the little shabby beauty.
Shall we get started, sweet friends. . .

I know most mug rugs tend to be quilted and made with cotton fabric,
but I decided to put a twist on this one and since I love lace and shabby things
I thought I would make a mug rug that is one-of-a-kind and unique.

Supplies Needed:
lace burlap {found at craft stores or Wal-Mart}
cotton fabric
fusible fleece
scrap pieces of lace
pretty buttons
rubber stamp and ink

This project is great for using up small pieces of lace.
I always hate to throw any lace away even if it's only a small piece
so I keep them in a glass jar for future projects.

Let's start with the tree. . .
begin by layering your lace
and placing each piece where you would like it to be on your tree.

Then, sew each strip of lace together starting at the bottom 
and working your way to the top.
You can sew the lace onto a piece of fabric,
but for this project I didn't 
simply because I didn't want the fabric to show through the lace.

As you can see I just sewed the lace together and it made a square shape.
Next, you will cut the lace into a tree.

Once your tree is sewn and cut you will want to sew a trunk
{just a rectangular piece of lace}
onto the lace burlap fabric.
Once the trunk is sewn on you will need to sew your tree onto the burlap.

On the corner of the burlap I sewed on part of a doily.
You could use lace in place of the doily.

I used a stamp with the word "Joy" and brown ink.
I stamped it onto a piece of cotton fabric
and then sewed the fabric onto the burlap.
The edges of the fabric are meant to fray as you can see in the photo.

Once everything is sewn onto the burlap the mug rug can be put together.
Cut out two pieces of cotton fabric 
that are 9-inches across and 7-inches down.
You will also need to cut a piece of fusible fleece that is the same size.
Iron on the fleece to the backside of one piece of fabric.
Sew your strip of lace burlap onto the front piece of cotton fabric.

Place the two pieces of fabric right sides together
and sew along the edges leaving a small gap at the bottom
{ all seams were sewn with a 1/4-inches seam allowance }.
Pull the mug rug through the small opening, press with an iron,
and sew along the edges to finish the mug rug.

Now you can embellish to your heart's desire.
I added pearl trim, sparkly buttons, and pearls on a stem.

I also cut up an old doily and used the flowers for accents.

Now you're ready to brew yourself some coffee. . .

Oh look, 
it's coffee o'clock!

Make yourself a cup of tea. . .

Tea makes everything better!

Or enjoy a mug of hot cocoa. . .

Today is a hot chocolate 
kind of day!

After all, you now have a pretty little mug rug 
to put your hot drink on :)

The giveaway winner is. . .

Thank you, sweet friends, for sharing your precious memories with me;
your comments were truly a joy to read.
I wish I could give something to each and every one of you :)

Blessings and love to you, dear friends!

Linking up with:

Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth


mamasmercantile said...

What a great mug rug, so pretty. Congratulations to the winner.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Your new mitten mug rug is adorable! What a sweet package to receive and I love the tutorial today. I didn't know there was lace burlap. I'll have to look for it. And congrats to your lucky winner! Holiday hugs, Diane

Mrs. W. said...

Good morning Stephanie,

How nice - my congratulations to Karen!

Your gifts from Kimberly are indeed sweet and generous! And yes, roses are always lovely - I so love them.

Your lace mug rug is very pretty. Thank you for sharing how to make it.

Hugs to you!

Denise said...

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to You and Your Family Dear Stephanie.I had never heard of mug rugs,how darling they are.The whole idea is just precious,esp. if they are as pretty as both Your's and Jann's. I LOVE both.Enjoy the blessings of the the Season-Denise

Jill said...

Beautiful gifts! Congratulations Karen!! Have a lovely day.


AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

You both are blessed for what you received from each other. So pretty! And hand made is always the best.

Debbie Harris said...

Congratulations to Karen! You certainly graced her with an array of beauty.
That mug rug exchange sounds like a lot of fun, sure wished the sewing machine and I got along better, I would consider doing something like that. :-)
The gift package you received was darling! So you!
I, of course love the lace one that you created, so very pretty Stephanie. My tea cup needs one for my tea time in the afternoon. "wink wink"
You sure do know how to give a great tutorial.

Have a beautiful day!

Love you~ Mom

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

Hi dear Stephanie,
So enjoyed reading about the swap and seeing all the pretty, dainty things that were exchanged.
Still xoxo, m & jb

Chris Lally said...

A beautiful blog post about sensitivity and generosity. Thank you, Stephanie!!

Christine said...

How absolutely lovely! All your swap goodies are so lovingly & thoughtfully made & the teacups in pink! Oh what a delight!
Thank you so much for sharing your shabby chic masterclass with us too! Simply gorgeous!
Blessings to you!

Debby Ray said...

What wonderful goodies you exchanged with Jann! I love it all...from the pink loveliness she sent to you to the adorable lace & burlap that you graced her with! Also, congrats to the lucky winner of your giveaway!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Mug rugs were a great invention and I love the tea themed ones I have been gifted. Your mittens from Jann are adorable and the lacy mug rug you made is lovely.
Congrats to Karen, your giveaway winner!

Vee said...

Jann's gift is beautiful and your mug rug is a delightful twist on the typical. Marvelous!

Linda said...

First, congratulations Karen!! I am so happy for you....smiles

AND, second, Stephanie...your new blog header is just beautiful...not to mention all the pretty things in pink. Thank you for the smiles sweet friend. Blessings

Kim said...

Love your Festive Banner, 'tis filled with Christmas loveliness. Jann's gifts to you are very pretty, love all that 'pinkness'. Your burlap mug rug is lovely. The lace, of course is gorgeous and the Christmas tree...just divine! Can a gal ever have too much lace....me thinks not!!

magnoliasntea said...

Lovely pinkness! Congrats to Karen.
Have a lovely weekend!

Amy at love made my home said...

The mug rugs that you both made are adorable!!! So lovely to be able to send such nice things to someone else. Congratulations to Karen too! xx

Daniela said...

Congrats to Karen and let me say, my dearie, that your friend Jann has sent you really a wonderful, marvellous gift, and what she's going to receive from you is not of lower importance, indeed, it's such a gorgeous, inspiring work of art !
Thank you for sharing this enchanting work of yours with its tutorial.
sending blessings on the rest of your week,
my precious, lovable friend

Denise said...

congrats to Karen. sweet gifts from your friend.

Julie said...

What a generous and beautiful gift! That little glass teacup is to die for! Congratulations to your winner and thank you for the lovely tutorial. x Julie

Celestina Marie said...

Congrats to Karen on being the winner Stephanie. She is such a dear heart and I am so happy she won.
Love your mug rug swap. My mother used to make them in needlepoint and I love them. Such treasured gifts between friends.
Your blog look for the season is gorgeous and I love your new header too. Have a wonderful day and weekend ahead. Blessings to you, cm

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

Jann is indeed a dear heart, Stephanie - and her goodies to you are precious!

Your lovely mug rug and sweet pillow to her are lovely, too - your tutorial is awesome. Thank you for sharing your talents with us!

Congrats to the winner.

Big hugs, ♥

Mimi said...

What a beautiful tutorial Stephanie. And how dedicated and patient you are to share it with us. The parcels are too whimsical and sweet for words too! Love, Mimi xxx

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I'd say that you and Jann were both blessed with the lovely gifts. You're both so talented, creative and love vintage. You were a wonderful match! Your tutorial was excellent, sweet friend, and the mug rug is soooo you! What a darling swap that was.
Congratulations to Karen!
Love and hugs!

annie said...

Congrats Karen!

I think that tree looks like an angel with her head down, the pearls look like arms.

Joy Junktion said...

Congratulations to your winner!! I can't even imagine making such a beautiful piece! So talented you are, as are so many sweet bloggers! Love swaps!!! Many blessings to you, Cindy xo

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Stephanie! WOW, what joyful colors and textures I find here this morning! First of all, your new header is GORGEOUS! Did you make that wreath with what, peppermint candies? Is that your tree?

Your world is gentle, and I love it. Beautiful handmade loveliness here! I am looking at the calendar and we have 21 days left? YIKES! I am never ready. Never!

Enjoy another day I pray, of pure, sweet bliss. XOXOX

Aida said...

What a lovely idea to swap little mementos. Jann is such a sweet lady, love the pink mugs too.
I know I said this before but I am going to say it again, you are so creative Steph.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.


Feral Turtle said...

Congratulations Karen! A fantastic gift!. Love all of your beautiful goodies you received too. Way to go Jann. A great tutorial today Stephanie. Have a lovely weekend!

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

What sweet cups and I love the apron! You deserved to be spoiled... You have some serious craft skills Stephanie! I love the lacy tree with all the embellishments! This makes me want to plunder through my craft cabinet :)
Have a good weekend friend!

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

I love the pink ridged mug! Congratulations to Karen! Lucky gal!

Conniecrafter said...

Looks like you both made out very nicely with your swap. Love those mittens on the mug rug and even homemade cookies, something your whole family enjoyed I am sure :) The lace mug rug you made her is just gorgeous, I had to pin that idea, I just love it, the pillow is a lovely compliment to it also. Have a wonderful weekend!

Red Rose Alley said...

What a sweet gift from your blog friend, Stephanie. I love the PINK tea cup! This mug rug is so creative. I am always needing something to put my hot tea or coffee on. You know, I've been using the lovely tags that you made on my Christmas gifts for a couple special people in my life. I wanted to thank you, again, for all the wonderful little goodies you sent me in the mail.

Enjoy this amazing Christmas season, dear Stephanie.

love, ~Sheri

coffee o'clock - how funny. :)

Miss Val's Creations said...

What beautiful gifts to receive. I'm sure you get a lot of new use out of your sweet new mug rug! I adore the elegant rug you made too. :)

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Stephanie, thank you sweet friend for the lovely shout out! I adore my gifts and placed them on the coffee table in the living room. I smile every time I glance at them. Almost too pretty to use, but I will force myself. lol! Thank you once again!

Anonymous said...

Congrats to the winner! And love the mug rug. And the idea of mug rugs in general. I need more mug rugs :D

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Stephanie,
Lovely gifts you received and it is so much also labor of love!
Amongst bloggers there are so many sweet people and again this past week I've learned about that.
Also on FB where so many were praying for my Dad and for the toxic family members.
I must say that those worldwide prayers did get answered. One toxic brother did finally arrange the TV, Radio and Telephone connection so yesterday we could finally, after 7 days, talk to Dad over the phone.
Today my youngest sister did bring him home; no surgery needed - almost like a miracle.
Blessings to you.

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Lovely little treasures you both have shared, my dear Stephanie! They make an ordinary cup of tea quite special! The mug mats are just adorable and thank you for sharing your tutorial. I hope you find time to enjoy a relaxing cup or two this weekend! Hugs and blessings xo Karen

Barbara Neubeck said...

... Hello Stephanie.... I like your mug rug... so pretty..
I'm happy your exchange gifts went well.....
Have a great day..
Hugs... Barb xxx

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Everything is so pretty!! Thanks so much for sharing this great tutorial, Stephanie!! I love all the lace you used!!
Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to leave such sweet comments to let me know that you visited!!
Have a wonderful weekend!!


A Joyful Heart said...

So pretty! I love vintage things as well.

A Joyful Heart said...

So pretty! I love vintage things as well.

Margie said...

What a wonderful package from Jann! I had also admired the pretty mug rug that you sent on Jann's blog.

living from glory to glory said...

Hello, What a pretty gift! Jann is a very special lady!
Hugs, have a blessed Lord's Day
xo Roxy

Debbie said...

You make this look so easy, the rug (is it really a rug) is gorgeous!! Your gift is so very thoughtful and congrats to your winner!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

I love your mug run & tea cups you received from Jann! The mug rug is beautiful and a nice tutorial to make your own too!
Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J&J. Enjoy the week Stephanie!

Kelly-Anne said...

Oh how delightful to have particpated in a mug rug swap...I wish I had seen Kimberley's post...but perhaps there will be a bext time...exchanging goodies is oh so lovely! I am so very excited to find my ornament nestled in my post box soon...I joined Vicky in her sweet exchange for the first time this year! {{Smiles}}
The mug rug you created for Jann is so very prety, dear friend...just dainty and lovely gorgeously creative! And how lovely your parcel of sweet things from Jann is...so many wonderful treats which you definitely deserve, dear Stephanie! Thank you for sharing your tutorial with us...:-)
And congratualtions to the dear winner...I know she will be oh so blessed by your kindness...blessings to you and lots of love! How I am enjoying catching up in the blog world...yours particularly!
Hugs always!

Jess said...

This is so pretty!

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

My thrift store addiction said...

Stephanie, such a beautiful gift! I just love this idea ~ thank you so much for sharing @A Very Thrifty Christmas! Blessings to you and your family during this special season!

My thrift store addiction said...

Hello Stephanie, just wanted to let you know that you will be featured tomorrow in a special New Year's Eve edition! Thanks so much for sharing your charming creation @ A Very Thrifty Christmas! Hugs, Cecilia

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