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Thursday, March 13, 2014

A Ruffled Kind of Day

When Madame Samm first mentioned this Ruffles Blog Hop I thought I'd just skip this one.  But it nagged at me.  You know what I mean - when something just keeps saying "you ought to do this"?  So I thought to myself, "self...you can surely think of something to do!"  A pep talk - do you ever do that?  Anyway I started in my kitchen and got kind of carried away.  First I remembered the rubber gloves Madame Samm showed on her blog and knew my sister, the rubber glove queen of America (she never, never, never washes a dish without them) would love them so that's what I did first.



Well, I thought, if you can do that you can surely do one more thing.  I didn't need gloves because, honestly, I mostly use the dishwasher.  But sometimes I do wash things by hand, like maybe a wine glass...or two.  And when I do I like to let them air dry in my drainer.  So I made a pretty dish drainer cloth (what a wonderfully creative name) which also doubles as a toaster cover when it's not being drained on!



And since I had a little fabric left I ruffled up my healthy snack jars.  Yes they are healthy - walnuts and sunflower seeds.  Protein.  I think.


Do self ruffled things count in this hop?  I feel sure they do.  :)  I love embroidery and wanted some new pillowcases for a couple of pillows in my bedroom.  Thank goodness I finished them just in time!

 Can you see my Southern Belle peeking out on both sides of the floral shams?  Here's a close up of her.
 And a side view so you can see how she looks when I enter the room.

Whew!  Who knew I could do so many ruffled things?  But I really, really needed to make a baby gift so here's my last ruffle for a while....a sweet little burp pad.



 The pattern called for button eyes but I just couldn't bring myself to do that - I remember my babies chewing on their burp pads!


I only had flat lace in my stash so I just ruffled it myself!

And my goal is accomplished - I made something ruffled.  Or a few somethings.  I hope you enjoyed them!  Please check out the rest of our bloggers today because you're sure to see some wonderful things:
March 13th

Stitchin' By The Lake  (you are here)


Thanks to Madame Samm and to Amy who ruffled our feathers in the most fun way!

73 comments:

Judy B said...

Lots of ruffled goodness for your kitchen! The burp pat is sew cute. Thank you for sharing.

Marian said...

I don't even think I can find one project here that isn't sew darn cute.. Great Job on all of them.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I think you just did a beautiful job with all your ruffles. Oh your sweet lady, too sweet.

Suze said...

I adore the dish drainer cloth. I just grab some sort of towel. This is much, much prettier. Your sis is going to be thrilled with her rubber gloves. I see the snack covers match the dish drainer cloth/toaster cover. Great job! The pillow cases are adorable. I think we are all salivating over them. And, some parents are going to be thrilled with the burp pad. My daughter's middle name is Alison and her brother thought it was Elephant. So, for some reason she had lots of elephants in her life. Thanks for participating.

Sarah @ mila+cuatro said...

You had a ruffling good time by the looks of it! The gloves are my favourite, and I have a friend I could see in those!

Anita said...

Love your projects!

Shari said...

Love your ruffly gloves...I keep meaning to make some for myself...I'll just have to get out there and do it. Oh, and what a creative cover for your toaster. I see all the ones that "fit" it, but we use our toaster many times throughout the day, and I just couldn't see us using a fitted cover easily, but a draped cover, now why didn't I think of that! Your stitcheries are beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

Vickie said...

You did do some pretty ruffling ! Your sister will adore those fancy rubber gloves ! Everybody grab your drawers before Marlene puts a ruffle on it ! LOL

Lesley said...

You definitely embraced ruffles! You have some great ideas here and made some terrific projects!

charlotte said...

Nice job! You really got into this one. Love all your ruffly goodness.

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Wow, each project is special and so pretty! Your bed pillows are really beautiful.

Dorian said...

Lovely projects Marlene! I love your southern bell pillow cases! So frilly and pretty :) Great job.

Peggy Lee said...

WOW! I am seriously impressed! Each ruffle is so nicely done, and you even ruffled your own lace. The burp cloth is adorable. Good thought about the eyes. That stuff worries me.

* By the way, I have the same food scale and same color Artisan mixer * : )

Mdm Samm said...

welllll you will be pleased to hear I don't like any of your ruffles….I LOVE THEM …especially that gorgeous lady pillowcase…really you were going to hop over this one…so glad you didn;t love the ruffled gloves, the ruffled welllll everything lol

Thearica said...

Loving all of your contributions to the hop! Love that embroidered pillowcase! and that bed! wow!

Jeanie said...

For someone that wasn't sure what to make, you certainly came up with some wonderful ruffled goodies! Love them all and thanks for sharing all of them today!

Adrienne said...

I love your 'kitchen ruffles'! What fun! And your pillowcases are beautiful. I'd love to see that throw pillow with the words (on your bed) up close! Your work - and your home - are always a delight to see!
~Adrienne~

Leah said...

Wow, lots of ruffled goodness. Love that elephant and your lovely antebellum lady. Beautiful work on everything!!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Oh Marlene!!!! I can't pick a favorite now....when I saw those gloves; I thought ok they are the cutest things ever! Then I scrolled down more....lol. adorable ruffles on everything. The white pillow cases are gorgeous..and the burp pad; well!!!!! Wonderful job

toniaconner said...

I'm with Marjorie, each one got a little cuter. I quess that means that the baby pad is my favorite. It would be hard for me to use it, only when out for special occasions. Very nice work, you can tell they are a labor of love.

toniaconner said...

I also copied your christian image. I been looking for something for my sidebar to reflect my witness for the Lord. This is perfect for me, saying it all with out yelling at any one. I won't post it till you let me know it is ok for me taking it. Thanks

Doris Rice said...

You DID make a few RUFFLED things! They are all just perfect but my favorite is the southern bell ladies. A very nice addition to your bedding.

Mary said...

You did a fabulous job on all your ruffle creations. The redwork ladies and their ruffles are beautiful. Congratulations on being in the top two today. Great job.

Carol said...

Oh my goodness, you definitely managed to come up with some amazing ruffle projects. I love them all!

Sheila said...

Just beautiful , loved each of your ruffled projects but those pillow cases are incredible !

Needled Mom said...

Your ruffles are so pretty. I LOVE those embroidered pillowcases in the red. I'd want to spend too much time in that bedroom!!!!! The burp cloths are super cute too.

MooseStashQuilting said...

Wow, once you got into your ruffles groove, you ran! What wonderful projects, and that pillowcase takes the cake! Unbelievablely gorgeous!

Linda said...

Oh, my! Your projects are ALL wonderful! WOW!

jan said...

I love your ruffled projects. My granny used to make pillow cases like that. I have one left that I treasure. I LOVE the burp cloth. Very adorable! Thank you for sharing your creativity with us.
xo jan

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

So many ruffly-good projects!!

Carolyn said...

Marlene! You did fabulous projects...and I am totally in love with your pillowcase. I need that for my bed! Thank you for sharing your wonderful projects. I love them all. :)

JanesQuilting said...

Oh what great ruffled projects you have made. They are all so pretty! I also enjoyed seeing your Southern Bell. So dainty she is.

sunny said...

I can honestly say I've never seen rubber gloves with ruffles. What a great idea! You have a lovely selection of ruffles.

Janarama said...

For not knowing what you were going to make with ruffles, you sure came up with great ruffled projects. Love all of them.

LittleHouseontheDairy said...

Maybe if I ruffled my healthy snack containers I would be more likely to go for the healthy snacks!

Theresa said...

Love all of your projects. Those ruffled gloves remind me of that BBC show 'How Clean Is Your House'. lol I do love embroidered pillow cases and yours is really pretty.

madebymeinred said...

Oh my gosh those gloves are amazing. Fashionable cleaning at its utmost. All projects sweet and ruffly.

Purl Buttons said...

ALL of your projects are lovely but the Belle is a real WOW.

LJ said...

As always, I did enjoy myself; thank you. The burp cloth is toooo cute for burps!! All your kitchen ruffles were sweet and so ruffley. I love your southern belle pillowcases. I remember my mother-in-law having a set of cases with that full-skirted belle on them; I wonder what happened to them. They are perfect on your bed with the ruffled edge.

Brenda said...

I can't believe it. Who'd have ever thunk of rufflin' rubber gloves. Once you give them to your sister, she's gonna be hooked and you'll be makin' them for her for the rest of your natural lifetime. Wow, truly. Once you started ruffling you didn't quit. Is there anything in your kitchen left to ruffle? Maybe your dishrags?

But your pillowcases really are the ultra best. Who wouldn't love to come and crawl into that bed? I know that I would, and I'm sure that you love it, too, especially since it is all your lovely effort that created the effect. The ruffled belle is really impressive!

OhioLori said...

Rubber glove idea was soooooo cool!!! Love the Embroidered pillow cases too.. But think favorite..but not ruffled lol...item is your Teapot with Ric-Rac edge in your window!! Beautiful!!!

gpc said...

What cute ideas! :)

maggie said...

I am so impressed with all of your wonderful projects. I couldn't begin to say which one is my favorite as I love them equally..well maybe the teapot with the ric-rac edge. (I'm a fool for ric-rac, as I love the vintage look it gives to projects).
Thanks for sharing it all.
Cheers
maggie

maggiemine42@gmail.com

Carrie P. said...

I did enjoy seeing your ruffly projects. Those gloves are great!

Sherry said...

So many great projects! I do love the embroidered pillow cases with the sweet little ruffle. I love to do embroidery and your work is lovely.

Linda J said...

What sweet projects. Boy, when you give yourself a pep talk it really takes! Your burp cloth had be going awwww and that bed certainly looks inviting with all the plump pillows and gorgeous embroidery. Well done!

MoeWest said...

You were really on a roll with ruffled projects! Your projects are all inspiring me to add ruffles to something. Those pleated rubber gloves are the classiest I've ever seen. Where did you find them with pleats? The southern belle embroidery is lovely!

Amy said...

Well, everything you made is simply lovely. The pillowcases are gorgeous. All those ruffle are ohh la la. For someone who was unsure what to make, you definitely out did yourself. Beautiful work!!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Your projects turned out lovely. Love the pillowcases.

Margaret said...

You are very creative and have been busy. I love all your projects. Thanks for sharing with us

Terri Ann said...

You my dear have just the most ruffletastic post! Beautiful projects that all make your living spaces feel so much like home!

Terri Ann said...

You my dear have just the most ruffletastic post! Beautiful projects that all make your living spaces feel so much like home!

Carla said...

Marlene, you really sewed with lots of love. Every project is top notch for me. Those pillow cases are gorgeous and the stitching, incredible. So pretty and feminine, I am truly in awe.

Lindah said...

Bravo! What a lovely and inspiring display of ruffles. I'm itching to do some re-dec things (spring must be coming) so I will keep your gorgeous ruffles in mind.

Vicky Myers said...

What a great selection of ruffles:)

Lana said...

Your projects are AMAZING!!!! I DO agree! Your projects have that WOW! feature...GREAT JOB!

Gmama Jane said...

I Love love love all your ruffles! But I especially love your southern belles embroidered on the pillow cases!! You do such lovely work!!
Blessings
Gmama Jane

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

Love your projects…especially your embroidered pillows…beautiful!! Thanks for sharing :)

Createology said...

Ruffles are Fabric Smiling and your projects are certainly smiling. I love your elephant appliqued burp cloth. Sew sweet. Thank you sew very much for Hopping...

Nancy said...

You made some wonderful ruffled items for your post. Thank you for sharing them.

Britt-Inger said...

So wonderful projects you have made. I love them. Thanks for sharing your creativity and being part of this hop

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I'm totally in love with that little elephant....:)

Kristen King said...

Love all your ruffled items, but the embroidery stole the show!!! :)

sandra said...

All of your ruffled projects are totally adorable especially the elephant burp clothe. Sorry I am late commenting but my iPad was down three days but now back up. Blessings Sandra

Pat - Arkansas said...

Such a cheery, color-full and ruffly post. I enjoyed seeing everything. Just wonderful!

Missy Shay said...

I loved all of your ruffled projects!

Grammy Staffy said...

I love all of your ruffles. I am a ruffle person at heart. I would love to join this blog hop if I were up to it. It is good to be home from the hospital were I can blog again. The internet was bad in the hospital and i was too sick to blog anyway. I am thankful to be home and feeling better. Thank you for your support and prayers. Your facebook comments uplifted me.
I published pictures of my hospital adventure on my blog today. I hope you will drop by. I love hearing from you.
Have a great week. Hugs, Lura

Denise :) said...

Marlene, all of your ruffles are SUCH fun!! My favorites are your Southern Belle and the ruffles on the gloves ... that might make scrubbing toilets a little more enjoyable! HAHA!! Great job -- terrific hop contribution!! :)

Val said...

Wow. I agree. You should have joined in on this one! You inspire me!

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

I love your southern belle! Really lovely work

Michele said...

That "self" will convince you every time. You have great ruffled projects there. Nicely done.

Purple Pam said...

It appears you had quite a good time with your ruffles adventure! Too cute!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Perfectly ruffled, each and every item... glad you're not ruffling any feathers! ;)