Have a Happy Handmade Christmas!

I’ve been seeing  #ShopHandmade and #HandmadeChristmas on my social media sites lately. Naturally, since I sell handmade items, I heartily endorse the idea.  It’s even nicer when you can #ShopHandmadeOnlineFromTheComfortOfYourOwnHome.

I have a whole flock of birds in my GloryQuilts Etsy shop!

GloryQuilts Folk Art Birds on Etsy The mug rugs my sister had at the fall sales at Pearson Family Farm were very popular, and she asked me to send her some more because she was participating in a local craft show. It takes longer than you might think to make those little quilts, though, and I missed Tuesday’s mail. I got up bright and early on Wednesday and walked to the post office only to remember that it was Veteran’s Day! The post office was closed and I had missed my chance to get them there by Friday.

PLEASE NOTE – I didn’t really miss Veteran’s Day. My husband and two of my sons are vets. We even put up a green light bulb. I just forgot about the mail.

 

GloryQuilts Folk Art Birds on EtsySo I am listing a lot of mug rugs for sale in my GloryQuilts Etsy shop. Mug Rugs are a nice, affordable gift for almost anyone on your list. If you want a “bigger” gift, you can make make one or two mug rugs the focal point of a gift basket, with some mugs and coffee or tea, cookies, chocolates or special creamers.

 

 

GloryQuilts Folk Art Birds on EtsyEvery mug rug comes with a gift tag featuring this original poem:

This useful little mug rug
for your table or your desk,
is a safe and pretty coaster
where your coffee mug can rest.

It makes a handy mouse pad
and a crumb catcher, too,
so enjoy your morning coffee
with a muffin and the news.

 

And mug rugs are lightweight, so I have a special shipping bargain: If you buy any item from my GloryQuilts Etsy shop and pay for shipping on that item, you can add as many mugs or doll quilts to that order with NO ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COSTS.

GloryQuilts Folk Art Birds on EtsySo come by and see my aviary. I have non-bird mug rugs, table runners, wall quilts, doll quilts, and baby quilts, too, but I’m specializing in birds right now! Thanks!

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What is a Mug Rug?

This useful little mug rug
for your table or your desk,
is a safe and pretty coaster
where your coffee mug can rest.

It makes a handy mouse pad
and a crumb catcher, too,
so enjoy your morning coffee
with a muffin and the news.

Mug rugs make excellent Christmas gifts, alone or as the focal point for a gift basket, with some coffee and a nice mug. Mug rugs are the perfect size for daily use, at home or even at work, for coffee at your desk. There’s room on each quilt for your cup, a computer mouse and some special treats! They have thin cotton batting and quilted densely enough to create a mat that will lie nice and flat on the table, protecting it from heat and moisture. Your rug mug is washable, just in case you splash a little coffee!

An Apple for the Teacher Mug Rug from GloryQuilts on Etsy

Check out the mug rugs and other one-of-a-kind gift items I have listed in the GloryQuilts etsy shop right now. This one would be a great Christmas gift for a favorite teacher.

I have a shipping special deal right now – an unlimited number of doll quilts and mug rugs can be added to any order with no additional shipping charges! You only pay for shipping the first item. Do your Christmas shopping early. (Does this still count as “early” for Christmas shopping?)

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I have some mug rugs available for sale at Pearson Family Farm in Ramsey, MN during their fall harvest events. It’s a great place. Their barn is full of pumpkins, squashes, broom corn, corn stalks, gourds, and all kind of fall decor. Enjoy their homegrown popcorn, browse their collection of vintage cars and farm equipment and enjoy the corn maze. Hay rides on the weekends!

GloryQuilts Mug Rugs

 

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Do you have mug rugs? Do you use them?

Mug Rug Poem (c)2015 Catherine Timmons for GloryQuilts

Nine-Patch with Shadows

This warm and snuggly quilt – 53″ X 53″ – is available for sale on etsy! Treat yourself or start your Christmas shopping now!

The air is getting chilly here in Wisconsin. Cuddle under a quilt!

 

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I have a naked wall!

At Christmas, my husband made a fireplace for me.  In addition to giving me another opportunity for decorating (and hanging the stockings I may eventually finish), I now a big space over a fireplace mantel, perfect for displaying seasonal quilts. I’ve always rotated seasonal quilts throughout the house, but with this new wall, I need to make some more!

I want an Americana quilt that uses softer, more rustic reds, whites/beiges, and blues.  Not primaries, not cutesy, not primitive.  I will probably piece it instead of doing as much applique as I did for the last two quilts.

I made this one for Christmas. I used a sort of vintage/folksy/rustic/elegant theme for Christmas last year, but I wanted a quilt that would be versatile enough to accommodate different styles of Christmas decor.

Christmas Quilt over the fireplace 2014 http://www.gloryquilts.com

I left the Christmas quilt up until I finished the Valentines Day quilt. This quilt was a little more challenging because I knew it would probably stay up longer – I didn’t want it to be too specifically Valentine-y.  But here it is, after Memorial Day, after Flag Day, and getting close to Independence Day! So I took it down today, and that wall looks embarrassed without any clothes quilts on. If I wait much longer, I could just segue into autumn, right?

Valentines Day quilt over the fireplace mantel 2015 http://www.gloryquilts.com

Do you have seasonal quilts? How often do you change them? Where do you display them?