April Showers – A Blog Hop

First, a tip of the hat to say thanks to Madame Samm and Erin at Sew At Home Mummy for starting all this wonderful inspiration! I am having a great time visiting new blogs (BlogLovin is straining under my continuous additions) and seeing how others have interpreted this theme.


It’s been raining here for what seemed like weeks non-stop so it’s actually appropriately named. The forecast says we’re in for a bit of drier, sunnier weather, and I think we can all do with that. My inspiration for my mug rug was actually a garden upcycle.

boot planters


I loved the idea of using outgrown boots for planters. Of course, it wouldn’t look like this in my garden. Unless the seeds dropped themselves into the boots & it continued to rain on them. Plants have to survive in spite of me if they hope to have a chance.  But I loved the idea. I wanted to try my hand at interpreting this image into fabric. Challenge accepted.


Rainy Day Mug Rug


I tried not to be too hard on myself and let things flow, not trying to correct every little thing. Doing raw edge appliqué as well as somewhat improv layering makes me nervous. In the end, I like my boot planters, though I think they look more like Christmas stockings. It’s ok. I love the colours. I wish I had a pair of wellies like the pink pattern. It was a good exercise to stretch my boundaries and a great opportunity to use some new Aurifil thread that I just got in stock.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ll have a look around, follow me on your favourite reader, and maybe find a bit of inspiration to challenge yourself. Now it’s time to head on to the other blogs for today and see what they’ve created. If you want to see the full schedule, click here.


Wednesday, April 17

Jen @ Quilter in the Closet

Marjorie @ Marjorie’s Busy Corner

Elita @ A Pieceful Perspective(YOU ARE HERE)

Green @ So Sew Green

Mara @ Greco Mara

Wendy @ Why Knot Kwilt?

Gmama Jane @ GrandMama’s Stories

Debby @ Debby Kratovil Quilts

Britt-Inger @ Hill Valley Quilter

Connie @ Freemotion by the River

Beth @ Words and Stitches

Kathy @ iHeartSquishy

64 thoughts on “April Showers – A Blog Hop

  1. Keitha says:

    Oh what a creative girly you are! I am MOST impressed to say the least! And yes, if I too could have a pair of those pink wellies I would be a happy little canuck!

  2. Gina says:

    It’s a great interpretation of the photo! i love it! It’s very fun, you did an awesome job! Thanks for participating and inspiring us!

  3. Lou says:

    Too cute!!!! There is not enough rain here in Texas to support those seeds and the sun would melt the boots in the summer:)

  4. LJ says:

    What an wonderful idea (both the real deal and the mug rug) for your mug rug! You executed it so well; they do not look like Christmas. Great sky and fence, too. Super!

  5. Cathi says:

    Your mug rug is fantastic! Congratulations on being a featured one today — not surprising, as this one really is fabulous!

  6. Carol says:

    You are so funny about seeds dropping themselves in the boots, etc…..love it! I don’t have much of a green thumb, so that would have to happen at my house, too. Your mug rug is just so adorable and is a great interpretation of the picture. I’m so glad you hopped with us!

  7. kathy h says:

    Your hanging boots are very cute. I would love to have them in my garden too but someone else would have to take care of them. My skills do not include gardening. Much rather have a mug rug of flowers.!

  8. Tammy says:

    Well i think it looks great. Very “Springish”. If you think it looks like Chrsitmas stockings. You might could do it in Christmas colors and add snow on the ground….just an idea…

  9. Joyce Carter says:

    Your mug rug is sooo cute. I really love it. You did a wonderful job with the boots and flowers. I wish I could grow flowers like that ! But I don’t have a green thumb. All I can do is plant them and hope for the best. Great job! Thank you for sharing today.

  10. Linda J says:

    Even if they looked like stockings instead of boots they would be cuter than the dickens! Well done for finding the image and making it into a fabric version.

    I’m with you on the lack of green thumb. The only thing I even try to grow is an aloe vera plant and it survives by benign neglect. Used to do grow lights when I lived in basement apartments and jade plants were a fairly good choice, LOL. Succulents—store water in those leaves.

  11. NanaSusan says:

    You did quite well, you deserve a pat on the back. I totally empathize with the plants growing in spite of me 🙂

  12. Vickie says:

    How cute is your mug rug ! I totally get your nervousness in improv sewing. I had to chuckle though, around here, it doesn’t rain all that much anymore and people don’t have rain boots unless you work in a dairy, use your imagination as to why.

  13. Mary says:

    What a wonderful inspiration and you did a great job redoing it in fabric. I would love to have some hanging plants that looked like that.

  14. Mara says:

    What a great mug rug, I don’t have a very good green thumb either, it’s why I like bulbs, roses and jasmine, just plant them and they grow, I do have to trim my roses but that’s about it.

  15. Pauline says:

    My jaw dropped when I saw your mug rug! I was admireing the phot of your little rain boots and then saw your mug rug, it’s so sweet and endearing! Yu made a great mug rug! Let things flow, Elita, you are doing great! Thanks for sharing.

  16. mdm samm says:

    Challenged accepted and you did good…I laughed about your gardening skills…lol
    your muse did you well..you will see why..

  17. Debby Kratovil says:

    Your interpretation of the hanging boots is marvelous! The colors are beautiful and I enjoyed seeing your creativity. A lot of work and so well done! But I have to say it’s nearly impossible for me to view anything on your blog because of the dark blue background. It seems to suck all the color away. Just my opinion.

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