As I understood it, I was challenged with creating a mug rug, with anything that "April" brought to mind. While yes, April showers bring May flowers. April in general, makes me think of spring and spring flowers.
I should explain first....I grew up in South Florida, which didn't really have seasons (unless you count "snowbird season"). Also, despite its name meaning land of flowers, Florida didn't really have the kind of flowers that I wanted to see in springtime. I loved the flowers that sprouted from bulbs in particular. Tulips, lilies, iris (technically a rhizome), and especially daffodils. Oh, how I yearned to have daffodils cheerfully showing their faces in our yard. But Florida is too hot, too many bugs, too hungry squirrels....you get the point. Luckily, my grandparents lived in Connecticut in an adorable little woodsy cottage. The perfect place to have all these beautiful spring flowers nestled around the stone foundation. I was still in school in the spring, so there is no way I could actually be there to see all these glorious flowers, but I could live vicariously through my grandparents. And being the economical child that I was, it only made sense to get as many beautiful bulbs as I could for my $money. I only realized once I got a little
Well Gram, here is a daffodil that doesn't have to be planted and can still herald the coming of spring! I made it using a FREE pattern at Craftsy made by Beth at Piece By Number. Yes, I did say "Free", it is one of my favorite words in the English language!
My second favorite words are "on sale", and for my next few mug rugs, I used a pattern that I got on sale at Connecting Threads called "Let it Rain" by Jo-Lydia's Attic from The Joy of Sewing.
I decided to make these "mood mug rugs", because while I find little umbrellas cute and spring-like, every storm runs out of rain. I am usually in a much sunnier mood after finishing my morning cup of coffee. So, I made these reversible with suns on the back. You get to choose which mood you are in - drizzly or sunny!
Wake up in a funk? Need a little brightness in your morning? Flip it over for a little sunshine. Way too perky barista a little too bright for your morning? Making you feel like you need a parasol? - flip it back to the umbrella side and breathe a little.
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