I am so excited to welcome you to my blog today as a stop on the I Love the USA Blog Hop tour! I am thrilled you are here and I hope you enjoy my “summer picnic style” theme. So grab a spot on that blanket or at that picnic table, pour yourself a mason jar cup of ice tea and get ready for a piece of cake!
I was so thrilled when I got an invite to this blog hop. I might have screamed so loud for excitement that I woke the neighbors up from their slumber! I counted down the days until I got my box of goodies and I might have stalked the mailman. Might have. Okay, so I did. I was so happy when this box of pretties showed up:
Whoa Nelly!!! I couldn’t wait to get started!
So many great things from sponsors were sent to all the designers. My box was stuffed full of goodies (including a bag of candy!)
Sponsors in my box included:
The main fabric–so cute and adorable! It is Designed by the talented Laura Kelly and available in Joann Stores. It can be found here for purchase:
Plaid, Fiskars, Coats and Clark, Buttons Galore and More, Joann Stores, Cre8Time, and Expressionery!
Love those little peeps! And the bottom hem helps anchor the print.
Another simple button allows for the back closure.
So once the dress was done I thought how cute it would be for a 4th of July picnic and that led me to my next project: The I Love the USA Placemat.
Of course I couldn’t resist using the Ball canning jars in the limited edition blue. So perfect for an outside patriotic picnic!
The design for these are so easy. I simply took a regular placemat pattern and cut it off about 4-5 inches. I replaced the cut off fabric with white fabric, adding a quarter inch seam into calculations for each fabric piece. After sewing that, I took a pretty ribbon, butted it up to the seam, and secured it using a decorative stitch. I then fussy cut some of the little “peeps” and stars and adhered them to the white fabric with heat and bond. The letters were cut out using my cricut and a sparkly iron on material. It was my first time using it, and I give it a “thumbs up” rating!
How perfect did these plates/bowls match? I bought them years ago from Longaberger and they have lasted the test of time. My kids use them all the time, because they are unbreakable!
I love the statement the flags make, with a few tulips in the background, along with the upside down patriotic Longaberger basket. It had a reason for being upside down—It held the cake! Because what kind of picnic would it be without a cake?
How fun is this! Little peeps on cake!
So easy to do. Using the Pomph materials I received, I attached the fabric. I fussy cut around the shapes and stuck a bamboo skewer through the layers. I secured with a zigzag stitch and hot glued buttons on. I love the thought of fabric cake skewers matching party themes! Think of the possibilities. The stars are merely star buttons hot glued to toothpicks. Easy peasy.
The cake itself was not easy peasy. I might have made the icing 4 times. And spent 4 hours scrubbing a burnt pan. Next time I might just buy a store-bought cake. Ahh, life is never perfect is it?
I hope you have enjoyed my Patriotic Picnic.
Please let me know if you have any suggestions, or ideas for the materials. I can’t thank Jenn Goode and Laura Kelly enough, they both did a fabulous job hosting the blog hop!
And just as an added bonus, be sure and get it on the goodies that the sponsors have offered up for grabs for some lucky winners!
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Thanks again for stopping by! Be sure to catch other bloggers patriotic projects today!
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