So it’s been a crazy week.  Crazy.  Elaina was selected for Student of the Month for the entire 5th grade!!  We are so proud.  We went to the school board meeting Monday where she received an award.  Alyssa was so supportive.  I worried a little that it might be a little hard for her, but she congratulated her sister and was just as proud as we were.  I think it helped that when the principal talked about what Elaina’s interests were, Elaina said dancing and spending time with Alyssa. πŸ™‚

Kind of funny story…well now it is after the initial panic.  I tried to fry my iPhone this week.  Literally.  I put it on the cook top instead of a pan!!  I had a pink case on it, melted that.  Luckily, the iPhone is genius and goes into a mode where it recognizes the temp is too hot and temporarily shuts down.  My phone was like a hot potato!!  Too hot to even hold!  We put it in the fridge for a while, it was like new!!  I left in a little longer for safe measure!! LOL!  Moral of the story, I’m trying to do too many things at once and not paying attention.

I’m counting down the days until Spring.  I cannot wait for sunshine and warmer weather!!  Anyone who has been reading my blog for a while, knows I’m not a fan of snow, cold temps and gray cloudy days.  I decided to infuse the house with a little spring with finishing my “Daisy Table Mat” from Primitive Gatherings!!

 I actually have been working on this since last April.  I finished all the stitching last August while on vacation.  I just need to finish up the back. 

Here’s a close up of some of the detail, which makes all the difference.  This is what it looked like before.  What a difference!!

 I noticed while at Primitive Gatherings, how flat all the wool mats and penny rugs were.  Mine never lay flat like that.  During our time with Lisa Bongean, she really gave us a lot of pointers on how to achieve that.  Especially when applying the backing and stitching around the mat.  How you press makes a huge difference and use lots-o-steam!!

I am pleased to say my mat is flat as a pancake and perfect!

Looks good at night too!  I LOVE it!!!  I little spring is just what I need!

The mat finishes at about 18″.  The candle holder with glass chimney is also from Primitive Gatherings.  I ordered it a few years ago.  I love it too.  I change the candle and fixings based on the season.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.  I know some twin girls that have a birthday around the corner.  We are having a sleepover tonight.  Yikes!! LOL!! πŸ™‚


  • Darlene says:

    Love your sweet mat.

  • Linda says:

    Love the new mat!! I love Primitive Gatherings patterns…I have a ton and this year I am going to make more of them for my house! It seems like they always get made but then given away as gifts!! Yours turned out perfect and brings in a nice touch of Spring!!

  • Karen says:

    Your mat does look good. Nice and flat. I cut the backing about an inch bigger than the mat on one of my projects. By the time I was getting it all turned under and stitched, it was not large enough. And all I was turning under was about 1/4". Evidently the wool stretched.

  • Brandie says:

    Congratulations to Elaina! I know you are proud of both of them, I can hear it in your voice.
    Good luck on making spring come faster! I'll be wishing with you.

  • Joanne says:

    The candle mat is wonderful – and so cheery for this time of year – good idea.
    Congratulations to Elaina!
    The bond between twins is amazing and maybe something that "singlets" don't understand – we always want the best for our twin. It is a different relationship than to other siblings.
    Have fun with the sleepover!!

  • Sue says:

    Congratulations to your daughter πŸ™‚

    Sounds like you might be doing too much at one time. I am glad your phone is okay. I found mine one day in the pantry. Didn't even know it was in there and opened the door and there it was! The things we do….or forget πŸ˜€

    Love the candle mat and hope it helps with winter time blues.


  • Donna says:

    Congrats to Elaina!
    I love the candle mat and I am waiting for Spring myself and we don't have snow or very cold weather! I never get warm in the winter πŸ™
    So glad your phone is okay!
    Relax this weekend!!

  • West Michigan Quilter says:

    Your funny story makes me smile. You have too much to do! Love that candle mat. I don't work in wool but can see it in cotton too! Very cute!

  • Abby and Stephanie says:

    Very pretty and a reminder that Spring really is around the corner. :o)

  • Jocelyn says:

    Love your Daisy Table mat. So pretty. Very worth the finish.

  • Lynn says:

    Glad your phone survived! I put my empty yogurt container in the sink and my spoon in the trash this morning! Luckily I realized my mistake as soon as I let go of the spoon.

    Very cute table mat!

  • Terry says:

    I'm glad your phone is OK! And I love your daisy candle mat! Any sign of spring is a good thing! :0)

  • Mama Bell says:

    Nicely done, woman!

  • WoolenSails says:

    Beautiful piece, perfect for spring.
    Have fun tonight.


  • Candace says:

    Just adorable, Linda, and so spring like! Congratulations to Elaina and to Alyssa for being a fantastic, supportive sister! That's kinda funny about your iphone – how cool that it knows to shut itself off! I look forward to your wooly Fridays!

  • Lori says:

    The daisy mat is so adorable!!
    Congrats to Elaina for the achievement:) It is nice when our kids do well.

  • Mary @ Neat and Tidy says:

    What an honor for your daughter, and it reflects on your parenting skills as well! Congratulations to all of you. This world needs more people like you. And the fact that you're handy with a needle is even better!

  • Anonymous says:

    How cute! I have that pattern lurking in my stash somewhere :o)

  • Anonymous says:

    I love your Daisy Table Mat. It's a sign of whats around the corner.

  • Carrie P. says:

    congrats to Elaina. so good that her sister is so supportive.
    Love your wooly mat. Perfect to cheer during the winter months.

  • Yvette says:

    What a cute mat. Thanks for the ironing tip.

  • Archie the wonder dog says:

    Gorgeous mat, just the thing to brighten up a grey day! And congratulations to Elaina! And to Alyssa for being such a lovely sister!

  • Michele says:

    Congratulations to Elaina and the whole family on such a special award!! Woohoo πŸ™‚ Funny iPhone story. I didn't know it would do that! Great candle mat! I just got out my wool Valentine mat and I was thinking of making another.

  • Patti says:

    Yeah…I can read and make comments again. Love the mat. Just ordered fabric to make the spring valance, from our fav fabric store.

  • Donna says:

    I hope all is well … I have missed you!