Wednesday, April 10, 2013

April Showers Blog Hop!

Welcome to day 3 of the April Showers Blog Hop!

I'd like to thank Madam Samm of Sew we Quilt for all  she does
and our cheerleader Erin of Sew at Home Mummy!


We were challenged to make a mug rug that showcases
something that inspires us in April.
For me it was this adorable fabric I found
 that has these darling egg cups on it.
Eggs make me think of Spring and new beginnings.
It also reminds me of  breakfasts
of soft boiled eggs sitting in the most adorable egg cups.
Being from Holland,
egg cups are part of everyday life.
I've not noticed it as much here in America.
At least not with any of my friends growing up.
But we always had them in our house.
We had several different sets with matching spoons.
I have a cute set of 4 that I found on ebay 
with silly faces from Germany
that I just had to buy for my 4 grandsons :)
Each one is a different color
and each one has a different silly face.
I guess I'd better get some girly ones
now that the 2 little princesses have arrived.
My mother has the most beautiful
wooden egg cups with delicately carved 
and hand painted flowers that rise up
and hover over the egg.

For this mug rug
I fussy cut a small portion of the fabric
that had my favorite egg cups
and added co-ordinating fabrics
for the top of the mug rug.
I back-stitched the outlines
and drew some flowers and vines
for embroidering around the edges.


That little chicken and lamb just get me every time!
You can click on the photo to see more stitching details.


This little chickie didn't make it to the front
because there wasn't enough room
so I added her to the backside :)


Now I have a fun little mug rug to bring a smile to my face
when I enjoy an egg for breakfast !

Don't forget to check out all the other amazing crafters:

Hayley @ Mrs. Pickles
Karen @ Sew Much 2 Luv
Mélanie @ Les passions de Cliodana
Cindy @ Quilt Doodle Doodles
Jamie @ Busy Bee Quilts
Judy @ That Other Blog
Regena @ The Distracted Domestic
Amy @ Domesticity and other Ponderous Things
Denise @ My Whittle Adventures
Heather @ a Reformed Heath'n
Marica @ ~Englating~

124 comments:

  1. Those egg cups are really cute, love the way you put them together, thanks for sharing!

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  2. oh such a cute one. Just love it
    Thanks for sharing

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  3. Your mug rug is so sweet, I just love it!

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  4. I love your sunny mug rug, lovely fabric. We always had fun egg cups in England,my brother had a pelican, I had a chicken.

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  5. So absolutely adorable. Made me smile too.

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  6. Oh that is just adorable, what fun, I think you need to make an egg coszy to go with it.

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  7. Precious! Adorable! Cheerful! Pure Joy! The perfect way to start the day! Oh that everyone could start their morning with such a happy greeting! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  8. Ohhh it's gorgeous!!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Definetly cute and the story behind it is very interesting.

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  10. Very nice art rug and the fabric sings, spring...enjoy your day

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  11. Love your egg cups - thanks for sharing.

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  12. Oh I love, love your sweet mug rug. The sheep and birdie are so lovely! And it is so springy too!

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  13. Love the spring colors...thank you for sharing with us.

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  14. I love your egg cup mug rug. The colors are bright and happy for spring.

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  15. I love, love, love your mug rug. My absolute favorite of all I have seen so far. I married a man from Germany and his mother gave us egg cups every year at Easter. I have continued the tradition with my children and our collection is huge. Now I have 9 grandchildren that I buy egg cups for each year. And they love them, too! This mug rug spoke to my heart! Thank you for sharing.

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  16. Very cute! I can see that the mug rug would bring a smile every time it was used.

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  17. Cute as can be! I have one egg cup and have never used it....of course, mine is not as cute as any of these sweeties. Enjoy your darling mug rug!

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  18. Your little mug rug is just adorable! I love the chickie and the lamb! And your embroidery is beautiful and adds the perfect touch. It's also interesting to learn about traditions in other countries--I've never used an egg cup in my life, but they look like they'd be fun!

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  19. It is very lovely and bring a smile o my face too.

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  20. Egg cups are cute but maybe it is because we mostly have them scrambled or over easy??? The cups are for poached eggs, aren't they?

    But look at you! What a fun mug rug with that cute little lamb and chick. What a day brightener for you on both sides.

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  21. Eating eggs on the front porch in the Spring. That's not what you said, but it's what your cute mug rug makes me think. Love the hand work.Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Adorable! I remember my grandmother giving us egg cups and egg warmers when we were kids, but we hardly ever ate boiled eggs, so they didn't get much use! Your mug rug is really sweet.

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  23. So adorable - who can resist chicks and a baby lamb:)

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  24. Love the chick and baby lamb - makes one a very happy camper.

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  25. Your mug rug is super cute. Thanks for sharing

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  26. Your mug rug put such a smile on my face. I love all the egg holders. When I was in Germany we ate lots of hard boil eggs in wonderful holders.

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  27. Thats a really cute mug rug!

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  28. I love your egg cups and that wonderful fabric. Thank you for sharing!!

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  29. Lovely! Such cute fabric that you found! My family didn't use egg cups but I inherited some from my husband's grandmother. They are very springlike with chickens and bunnies.

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  30. Your mug rug is so sweet and that chick on the back is just too cute. The lamb is adorable, too! My grandmother had egg cups, but we never used them and I never quite got how you eat out of them.

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  31. How adorable! Those cheerful colors and figures would be a welcome sight any time you wanted to use your mug rug!
    I have never even seen an egg cup except in photos. We've been missing out!

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  32. Karen, your mug rug is so cute. I really love it-The colors, the egg cups and all the stitching-just adorable. But the chicken in the egg cup made me laugh. Thank you so much for sharing. Great job.(New follower)

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  33. Adorable! Thanks for sharing your creation with us today.

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  34. That is super cute. I love the little lamb.

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  35. Oh My Karen...if I had some eggs this morning I would be serving me up a soft boiled and create a matching egg mug rug....now that is if I also had the fabric and that red tea container....and your fine embroidery lol
    take a peak over there wink

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  36. Adorable mug rug! I remember having egg cups when I was a child, but I have not seen any in years - what a bummer!

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  37. This is just the cutest mug rug ever! I love the little chickie on the back. Never seen an egg cup in person...

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  38. now I could of used that challenge, I've been wanting to make a mug rug forever lol!I'm going to have to keep a closer eye on you & what you're getting into lol!love your little mug rug!
    Helen

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  39. WOW!!! Simply perfect :-)! Just looking at it makes me smile and think of spring. Great job!

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  40. Fabulous Karen - I have eggs for breakfast most mornings!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  41. That is the cutest thing ever, you might have to make more if the grandkids come over to eat eggs, each one will want there very own egg rug.

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  42. Have never used an egg cup, but these are so sweetly filled!

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  43. What a great idea and love those eggs any day of the year!

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  44. Super cute way to make breakfast extra special. Love all the little details!

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  45. DARLING! This mug rug is WAY too special to "plunk" anything down on it! Super special! Thanks for sharing! Love your sense of humor!!

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  46. Those eggs are cute as can be. You made more of an "egg rug". It's eggstraordinary!

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  47. I love your breakfast egg rug, what a great idea! I love the fabric, it's bright and cheerful. Thanks for sharing!

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  48. What a cute "egg" rug! I love the little lamb! Great work! :)

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  49. very cute and very creative! congrats on top two!

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  50. Adorable! Love the egg cups...my husband, being from Norway, we use them frequently. Love that fabric!

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  51. Karen-I love your Easter inspired mug rug-so cute. I couldn't help but notice your field trip to Carlsbad. As a retired teacher from No CAL, I used to show California Gold to my students and the episode about this lovely spot is one of my favorites. If you haven't seen it, it might be available at a local library and I recommend it as a follow up to your visit because it shows an "fly-over" view of the fields that is a real treat! Some of my students even told me of their visit to this beautiful place on their way to visit family. My sister also stops there on the way to see her son in San Diego every Spring and frequently brings some roses. Thanks for sharing.

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  52. Karen! love the stitching. You are so very talented. Thanks for sharing.

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  53. What an adorable mug rug! Thank you for sharing.

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  54. beautiful work!! thanks so much for sharing!

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  55. Love the egg cup mug rug. Very pretty.

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  56. Thank you so much for sharing that mug rug. It is so cute. We have never used egg cups but I still think they are so cute. Your mug rug certainly made me smile today.

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  57. Absolutely adorable...love the little sheep!

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  58. That is a most egg-spectacular (new word) of a mug rug.

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  59. Your egg cup mug rugs are adorable! Thank you for sharing.

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  60. to stinkin' cute. You found the perfect fabric for your project. Thanks for sharing and for your story.

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  61. This is so cute! So much happy in that little rectangle.

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  62. Congrats on being a top 2 pick! Your mug rug is simply adorable.

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  63. Love, love your mug rug! Great job!

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  64. Lindos e pode ser usado dos dois lados...gênio!

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  65. You are right, we don't really use egg cups here. I bet your grandsons love them! Your mug rug is absolutely darling. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  66. Oh how darling! Such a happy mug rug. Love the stitching and the egg cups, too cute!

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  67. Yes. I think egg cups are more European. Anyway, your mug rug is adorable. I like the one chick on the back--that makes it reversible. And your photo with the beautiful lines is lovely

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  68. Those egg cup rugs are sew sweet. Your story is wonderful. Silly face egg cups will guarantee a giggle and I am sure they will make the egg taste better to a little one.

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  69. Love your sweet story. Loving your sweet mug rugs and feels like spring. Thanks for sharing Karen...Judith, Texas

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  70. HAHA love your mug rug, and love the story behind it! I made a set of egg cozies (from chicken fabric, certainly not as cute as yours!) a few yaers ago as a gift for a niece - they were, IIDSSM, adorable :D

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  71. That is adorable fabric! I can see how it would inspire you.

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  72. Absolutely adorable as always! (Hey every word in that sentence has an "a" in it. ha!)
    This is the sweetest ever mug rug! My mother collected egg cups for years and has several hundred! She use to fix us eggs in them for breakfast too. It was always a fun way to eat!

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  73. absoutely cute, cute cute!!!!
    Thanks for sharing ☺
    Liebeb Grüße
    Bente in Germany

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  74. Your mug rug is super cute.

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  75. These are adorable and my favorite of the day. When my daughter was young she had her own little egg cup which she saw somewhere and bought for herself which she loved to use. My baby girl is all grown up and getting married this summer and you have given me a wonderful idea for little shower gift for her. Now ... to find that cute egg cup fabric! Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

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  76. I've never known anyone who used an egg cup. Creativie take on the challenge and one adorable mug rug from cute fabric. Thanks for sharing.

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  77. Oh my goodness this is adorable. I remember using egg cups as a kids. I can't remember if we had soft boiled eggs at my grandparents or at our house. Now I am not so fond of them.

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  78. What a great tutorial. I love the fabric. Eggs remind me of the Easter Egg hunts we use to have back in the 60's.

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  79. What a beautiful mug rug. Love the fabric.

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  80. Eggcellent! Congrats on a top spot too.

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  81. I love your mug rug. The bright colors and your stitching are fabulous.

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  82. Lovely and very creative. Your stitching is great. Thanks for sharing.

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  83. Too sweet! Love the lamb - adorable!!

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  84. Your mug rug is wonderful! Love the egg cups! Your colour choices and stitching are fabulous!

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  85. cute! love the chick and lamb in the cups. thanx for a great piece of work.

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  86. amazing! love it
    perfect for easter... and after

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  87. What a lovely, lovely mug rug you made. The fabric choice was perfect and all your patchwork and stitching was great. Two favorites - the scrolling and flowers you stitched by hand and the chickie on the back. I know I'd spill on the front and have to use the back and what a sweet looking back to use, too.

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  88. It is adorable. love the little chick on the back. Thanks for sharing. Janita

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  89. Beautiful! I love the little sheep and chicks too. Thanks for sharing.

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  90. So super cute and just love your mug rug very creative.

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  91. Your mug rug is darling! I love the fabric it is very fun! The stitching adds fantastic detail! Thanks for participating and inspiring us today!

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  92. Lovely mug rug...the colors and design! Thanks for sharing.

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  93. How cute, love the little animals.

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  94. Adorable, bright and cheery! Wonderful stitching! You will have to pass down the egg cup tradition to your grand children - I am sure you will! Thanks for sharing!

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  95. Very nice sunny mug rugs, makes me happy to look at them

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  96. Karen, that is ADORABLE! You did a wonderful job and the colours are fabulous. Well done!

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  97. I love your mug rug, I like the fabric, I like the colors, I like everything! It is inspiring!!! You did a beautiful job !
    I just discovered your blog through this blog hop and now I'm a new follower here via GFC, my day to participate in this blog hop is on April 15, hope that you will visite me1
    Marisa from
    http://passionetcouture.blogspot.ca/

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  98. That is a wonderful mug rug. Love the colors and the animals in the cups. I haven't seen egg cups much in the states, but my grandmother had a few but they are long gone now.

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  99. Cute mug rug! My daughter-in-law spent some time in England as a child and has added egg cups to her kitchen. I like the concept. You do lovely work.

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  100. Absolutely fantastic... that's really, well, beyond cute.

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  101. Adorable. Thank you for sharing!

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  102. The eggcup fabric is darling and your stitching adds the perfect finishing touch!

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  103. Beautiful - I love your little Chickies! Thank you for participating with us!

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  104. Oh this is so lovely - we like our egg cups here in England too! Thanks for sharing.

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  105. So cute! Thanks for sharing. vickise at gmail dot com

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