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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

My Day and a Giveaway! April Showers Blog Hop!

Several years ago, when April showers were falling at home, we went to Punta Cana and watched the humpback whales.  In fact, for several years we took a cruise or had a resort vacation in the spring. So...that comes to my mind when I think of April. Not a common thought, I'm sure, but an enjoyable one! 
Here in south Texas, this is a wonderful time of year to go fishing!
My little mug rugs come complete with a row boat (with removeable oars) to hold just the right amount of snacks! I kept it very simple because I wanted the novelty fabric to stand out.
At The Beach




This morning I'm sitting on my patio enjoying my morning coffee and the cool Spring weather! I'm watching the bees that are busy among my flowers and thanking God that I can enjoy such a sight!
So April also reminds me of bees! (We haven't had many April showers, unfortunately!) My little bee mug rugs are complete with antennae and wings! I even made a little table runner complete with bees to go along with them!
.....and this is their favorite spot! Except that Sugarplum gives them just a little of a scare! 

April is a pretty busy sewing time for me!! BUT, sometimes I need a little break and a cup of tea in one of my pink Depression glass cups. They remind me of spring, too! They are the color of pink sweetheart roses or the pink dogwoods that we used to have that bloomed in April. So, of course, my mug rug had to be from soft pink, but with chocolate touches - since tea is no fun without little chocolate heart cookies.



My giveaway today is a free e-pattern from my Craftsy shop. My winner can choose one from any of my patterns, including the At the Beach Snack Set shown on this post.  I will email the PDF form of your choice  to one lucky winner (drawn by random generator). Everyone who comments gets a chance to win. If you follow you get a second chance (just make a second comment saying you follow.) Thank you so much!
                                
I want to thank our sweet hostesses today -  Erin at Sew at home Mummy  and Mdm.Samm at Sew We Quilt!
Be sure to visit the other bloggers on the hop today too! 

                           Thursday, April 18
               
                    Merry Gay @ Merry Gay in Stitches
                               Mary @ Sew Maybe I Can
                                     Joanne @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt
                                  Linda @ Buzzing and Bumbling
                                Mary @ NeedledMom
                                  Sherry @ Peanuts Patchwork
                                   Fredrika @ Feltfree på Åsly 
                                   Shauna @ Welcome to Shauna's World
                                   Sharon @ Dancing thru Threads
                               Madame Samm @ !Sew WE Quilt!
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183 comments:

  1. Linda ... cute, cute, cute! Your creativity and sewing skills are always sew inspiring. The bees and the matching table runner are sew sweet. The beach mug rugs with the "snack boats" are adorable. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

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  2. Oh, such talent my lady! Each one I has it's charm - ohh's and aah's over them all - but I just adore the shabby chic!

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  3. Absolutely adorable mug rugs! The bees are fantastic. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. So creative, with the snack boats! Love those bee's!

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  5. These are just adorable and the snack boats are great! I can see my grandchildren loving them. Thanks for sharing your talents and creativity with us today.

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  6. They are all too cute! The bees are my favorite!

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  7. I love the bees -- and the gorgeous table runner!

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  8. I am a happy regular follower of your blog with Google Friend Connect!

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  9. You have some lovely projects there. The bees are just so cute.

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  10. The idea of little boats to hold snacks is so cute.

    I'm being inspired by bees, too, at the moment. I'm in the process of making my first quilt and, as it is a gift for a beekeeper, I have tried to make the top of the quilt look like a picture of a beehive frame sitting on top of a beehive box. The back of the quilt uses plenty of a bee pattern fabric that I love.

    I also love that bee container in the middle of your table runner. Is it a cookie jar?

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  11. Oh Linda. I just love your table runner with those little bees on it. As for those bee mug rugs, they are so cute. I love the fabrics you have used in your time for tea rug.

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  12. I'm a happy follower of your lovely blog. Thanks for the lovely giveaway Linda.

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  13. Wow I love them all but those little bees have to be my favourites! Thanks for sharing.

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  14. OMG I love that boat!! Whata clever clever clever mug rug!!!!

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  15. Such lovely creations. Thank you for sharing them with us!

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  16. What a lovely mug rugs. The pink one is my favorite.

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  17. What great mug rugs Linda! and I love the little boats too!
    It's still cold and very windy here (England) today so the thought of a Spring holiday is lovely!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Your mug rugs are sew beautiful. And what could I say about your bee mug rugs. They are sew cute and adorable.
    Thanks for sharing

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  19. Wow! Those little row boats!!! Love the fabric on the mug rugs too. And those fat little bees? So cute.

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  20. For #1 chance... I am a follower... WooHoo :)

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  21. What adorable mug rugs. Love the little boats and those bees are so cute.

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  22. For #2 chance... I love the bees and runner and I can understand why you would have a coffee out there on the patio. :)

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  23. All really cute, they are lovely, thanks for sharing!

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  24. Great mugrugs! I love the bees matching your table runner. The last one is lovely too!

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  25. Your mug rugs are adorable and I so love your presentation

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  26. Love the mug rugs. There really has been some cute ones during this hop.

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  27. Great job on all of them! I really love the bees!

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  28. I am not sure I could pick a favorite - those boats are great and the bee's would be so fun for the grands. Thank you for sharing.

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  29. Everything is just adorable Linda!! But the fish take the cake for me....way too cute!!

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  30. Your quilted pieces are wonderful! Love the bees.

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  31. Sew creative.....as always! I love those little row boats for snacks and the bees, well....they are just the bees knees! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway!

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  32. Love your mug rugs - thanks for sharing.

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  33. I'm a follower - thanks again.

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  34. And I'm an inspired follower!

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  35. Lovely and fun, Linda. I don't know what is cuter---the beach with the row boats (variation of your snack tray?), the bees or the sweet girlie break time mug rug! Well done.

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  36. I am a follower from a previous hop. Your plantings looks great, BTW. THX for the opportunity to win one of your clever patterns!

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  37. What great mug rugs..I am definitely wowed by them. They are very cute and whimsical. Thank you for the chance to enter your giveaway also.

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  38. :) Your bees are precious! I've a friend who runs Camp Honeybee...I may be making something very similar in the days to come...Your bees are so cute!

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  39. beautiful mug rugs! love the bee so perfect for spring and summer! thank's for the chance to win and have a very nice day

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  40. Great mug rugs! When we sit outside, the carpenter bees buzz us quite often. Your bees remind me of them.

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  41. Oh Heavens...what a delightful morning with you....each one is gorgeous and your photos are delicious...

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  42. Beautiful scenery for your morning view! Love all of your designs!- but the bee is my favorite so far!

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  43. Outstanding job Linda ! The bees are just the cutest !

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  44. You bet I follow you, but I signed up with BL today "sew" I'll never miss a post.

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  45. Your bees are sew cute! Thanks for sharing.

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  46. Oh you are so creative! I love your creations and those boats are just too cute! And the bees have stolen my heart! Sweet!

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  47. What wonderfully clever mug rugs. I can't believe the little rowboat!

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  48. Oh Linda those little bee mug rugs are just too cute---I LOVE them!!

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  49. Linda you are just so CREATIVE and never disappoint! Love the rugs!

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  50. What wonderful mug rugs. I can't pick a favorite, although I like the bees.

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  51. I love your bees and their table runner!!! That is just sooo adorable, great job.

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  52. Oh! These are too cute. My grandson would love the boat, but I really love the bee. These would be so adorable to use on my deck. You did a wonderful job. Thank you for sharing.

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  53. Oh, I love all your mug rugs...summer beach ones, the spring with bee and the chocolate one....love love love nice work

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  54. That little beach scene you set up with your first mug rugs is SO COOL!! And the bees are really cute. My favorite is the chocolate one--I think I may have something similar in my stash--time to go looking and planning!

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  55. They are all cute, the bees are adoreable.

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  56. Linda, you are so creative! Love those little rowboats and mug rugs and the bees are adorable (from the wife of a beekeeper.) Thanks for sharing!

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  57. Linda, even on the last day of the bloghop you know how to surprise us, twice! I love your mug rugs and tablerunner, my! are you creative, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Oh, my, I mean three times! You have me all confused with your stunning ideas!

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  58. What fun mug rugs!!! I love the wee boats and the bees are just fabulous. They do make wonderful mug rugs with that great runner. I want to come sit for coffee there!

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  59. Linda you made such a darling little beach scene with your mug rugs, fabric and those adorable boats. The bees and the pink mug rug are so sweet too.

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  60. Love your creations. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  61. Love the mug rugs. They are great. Thanks for sharing.
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  62. I am an email follower at louster388@.....

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  63. Am loving the bees!!!!!
    Here in Central Texas we have rain today but also the temps are dropping ... again!
    Saw my first hummingbird yesterday adn teh bluebonnets are all blooming:) Life is good!

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  64. I love how beautifully you staged each of your mug rugs. I have a collection of Depression glass that belonged to my mother's family. She and her sisters collected them as free incentives when they went to the movies in the 30s.

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  65. I love your pieces and the summer pieces are perfect for summer entertaining.

    Debbie

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  66. They are ALL so beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

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  67. I am a follower!!!! Love your wonderful creations!!!

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  68. I love your bees, they are the greatest.

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  69. I love all of your mug rugs, loved the displays too! That bee was just the cutest one.

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  70. I am a follower and love your blog.

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  71. Your mug rugs are so darn cute. I love how you displayed them. I like anything with bees on it too. You captured 'April' with your rugs.

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  72. Love, love receiving your blog in my e-mail. Will we be able to purchase the cheerful bee table runner pattern after the contest?
    thanks so much

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  73. Fabulous mug rugs! I especially like the bees.

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  74. Your mug rugs are so cute and thank you for a chance at the giveaway!!
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  75. I follow you on bloglovin!
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  76. I LOVE the bees!!!!!!!!!! And the little boats!

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  77. great! I love your blog. I may make some table runners, Mama

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  78. The second I saw your mug rugs I smiled! The one with the whales is just so cute.

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  79. ok the bee mug rug is one of my favorites from all the mug rugs i have seen in this blog hop! i loved the summer images as well, they remind me that summer is a couple of months away, so it brought a happy thought as well, but the bee, oh the bee...im definately making bee mug rugs for home, for gifts for friends!!! great work!! loved the view of your table and the garden! have a great day, thanks for sharing and for the giveaway, i follow you today and from now on!!thanks dear!

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  80. Your mug rugs are all so wonderful! I fell in love with the bees - so original! And the at the beach, complete with little boat, is just fantastic!

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  81. Love that little bee! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  82. I would love to be sitting at your table amongst such loveliness. You are so creative. I am going to be a follower from now on.

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  83. Love all your Mug rugs...but the Runner & Rugs set is AWESOME ...Adorable Bees!!! Your soooo talented & creative!!!

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  84. I'm already a Follower too...thru GFC

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  85. What a great offer! Hope I win. :) Beautiful mug rugs

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  86. Ok, those little bees are just too cute for words.

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  87. I stalk your blog... I'm kind a weird that way :)

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  88. Hi love your mug rug. You always do such nice work and have great ideas. Love your patio too looks very cozy!!

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  89. I love the zebra bees! They are the bees knees!!!!

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  90. OH yes, and I already subscribe and am a follower.

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  91. Such fun mug rugs! They are awesome! The bees are just too cute! Thanks for participating and inspiring us! You are very talented! Your patio is lovely!

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  92. I'm a follower and always enjoy your blog post! Thanks for the giveaway offer!

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  93. So fun! Love the take a break mug!

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  94. Wow Linda, all of your mug rugs are gorgeous! The little bee is so, so cute and unique.

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  95. I follow you via GFC. Couldn't miss any of your blogs.

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  96. Love your mug rugs. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  97. I love your Bees and your Time for a Break rugs best. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

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  98. I follow you via GFC and email. Thanks. vickise at gmail dot com

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  99. Those are very cute. Thanks for sharing.

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  100. Wow, this is just the best. The Bees are magnificent! Great job! The Best!

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  101. Great pics! I love the mug rug...so girly girl! Thanks for sharing.

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  102. I'm a follower. Thanks for the great giveaway chance.

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  103. Such cute little mug rugs, and sew original. Love that boat and oars and the bees are sew cute. Wish it was spring here. Great job!

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  104. The Bees are really creative. I love the boats too. Your design is wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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  105. Love your designs, both the bees & the boats are great.
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  106. I'm a follower by email.
    lyn.robyn.smith@gmail.com

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  107. Saw your link on Pinterest -- those rowboats are just too, too cute! I thought you were using toys as props for the photo, then saw that they're snack holders. What a great idea!

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  108. Linda, just wonderful. Love everything. The boats are a terrific idea and the bees are beyond words. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  109. I love your Bumble pincushion.

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  110. I follow you by email

    gigisusan at gmail dot com

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  111. Linda love all of them could not pick a favorite.....and you know I follow you....Have a wonderful spring.

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  112. You have been busy! I love your bees! So deserving of that top spot! And I get the beach theme. Here in Southern California I love walking along the beach in spring. And whale watching. I've seen grays and humpbacks but long to see a blue whale. We never go on the right day. Your little chocolate cookies look yummy!

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  113. What a nice group of designs. I love the bees. Thanks for sharing.

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  114. Yes I am a follower. Thanks

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  115. Linda, you are always so clever. Your mug rug are so neat, great ideas.

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  116. I have Ben a follower for along time, love your work!!

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  117. Love your mug rugs esp. the bees. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  118. I am a follower. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  119. I love your them all! Rowboats for snacks are fun. Your yard looks so nice with the pretty blooms. Mine has patches of snow still. sigh....

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  120. Thanks for the chance to win one of your patterns!

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  121. You always make the cutest things for these hops and today is no different. Love each of the rugs. Those are handmade canoes, too, aren't they? Outstanding! I love the "Time for a Break" and the lovely antique tea cup. Thanks for the exquisite mug rugs.

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  122. I am a follower. Buzz, buzz;I love that you did bees!

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  123. I love your bees. Have seen quite a few unique shapes and designs on this hop. Love this hop.

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  124. Sew creative! They are all wonderful, but I like your pink and chocolate one the best. Can I join you for tea?

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  125. Up here in Canada it snows one day and rains the next i would love to see the sun.I absolutely love all your mug rugs especially the Bee's Thanks for sharing.

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  126. Wow are you creative! I love your Bees.
    They are cuter than cute! The Time For A Break is precious. The sea and beach are just the thing for a hot summer day when you wish you could be at both places.

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  127. I love the Bee Mug Rug!!! So creative, thanks for sharing..

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  128. Your bees are adorable!!! Sew creative :)

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  129. I have happily been following you for a while now, and you never disappoint!!! Thank you!!!!

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  130. Loving the buzzing bees and what fun to think of spring as a time to go on vacation!

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  131. Love the darling bee mug rugs.....what a great idea...and such a nice giveaway....thanks.

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  132. Great work Linda!! As always very inspiring!!

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  133. Wow! Those are wonderful! Thank you for sharing them. pbstrand@msn.com

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  136. Oh my goodness - could you somehow transplant me from where I am now (it's SNOWING) into that first picture?? Please?? tee hee
    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful rugs! They are gorgeous - and I hope you had a fun time with the hop!

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  137. Seriously cute stuff going on here, I LOVE those little row boats! Genius! The bee...oh my!

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  139. I just love the bee mug rugs!!!!

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  140. Beautiful work as usual Linda and love your view!

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  141. I really enjoyed your beautiful mug rugs and table runner. The little boats are bees are adorable.

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  142. Love your mug rugs they all make me smile. I especially love the bees they are so cute! Thanks for sharing.

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  143. What fun projects! Love the whole bee idea ... I think I have an idea to use that as a theme for an activity. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  144. I've been enjoying your blog for several years, put a couple of your cute ideas into reality. Thanks.

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  145. Hiya!!! Love the mug rugs, especially the bee, he's so cute! Thanks for having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!!

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