Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sewing + Baking = Pretty + Yummy = Pretty Yummy!


Just when you thought you were finally free from mathematical equations and reducing equations to simplest form.....right? Well, throw everything you knew about math away because this is new math! It's easy, it's pretty and it's yummy!

It all started with two vintage lace placemats that I picked up in a bag of linens at a local antique shop.


They were not perfect but that is OK! (I will be stitching through the imperfections and the broken stitches will not show when they are done.)

 I took both of them and cut them the long way right down the middle. That's 2 pieces cut in half which gives me 4 pieces. (more math)


I then cut out 2 sets of rectangles from painter's dropcloth. You can choose the length and width of your choice or go with standard sizes. Because I was working around the length of the lace, I measured accordingly.

I then placed the lace on both sides of the front of my placemat and pinned in place.  I zig zagged the entire perimeter of the placemat because I wanted to prevent fraying. This type of fabric has a loose weave and can be a raveling nightmare so I always take the extra step and zig zag the edges.


Here you can see why I like to stitch around the edges.....BEFORE.....


And AFTER.........so much easier to work with.


I placed the back of the placemat on top, right sides together and stitched all the way around except I left an opening at the bottom for turning it right side out. I trimmed the corners.


Next, I turned it right side out and prepared to top-stitch it. This is where ironing is very important!


Here we have a pair of completed placemats.


Look how pretty they look with a vintage napkin.......


or on a linen tablecloth!


With a plate of cookies! 

I actually stitched up the first placemat a few days ago. I sat down to stitch up the second one yesterday but I was fighting a severe craving for peanut butter cookies. Earlier in the morning I had seen peanut butter recipes all over the internet.  There was a recipe for buckeyes, buckeye brownies and buckeye cheesecake, and a peanut butter dip, etc....So what was I to do?


.......bake a batch of peanut butter cookies, of course! I melted some Baker's chocolate with some butter and drizzled a nice, chocolate glaze on top. Boy, were they good!

Now that's math I can live with! ....and my final answer is: PRETTY YUMMY!

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35 comments:

  1. Hi Linda, oh my goodness, now I'm craving some PB cookies which are my favorite. Your look pretty yummy!!
    Love love love your gorgeous placemat and the steps to create and sew it. Such a gorgeous look and the dropcloth fabric is beautiful with the vintage piece. Love how the napkin looks with this setting too. What a beautiful duo for a tablescape.

    Your talents always inspire and encourage me.
    Have a blessed Sunday sweet friend.
    Hugs, cm

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    1. Thank you Celestina! So happy to hear from you! Your words are so kind but your support and encouragement inspires me! I can always count on you and my blogging friends to keep me motivated and I appreciate it very much! what would I do without you? Yes, I caved to my peanut butter cookie craving, they were delicious and I was able to I get that craving right out of my system! Hope you have a perfect week Celeste! I'll be by this week to see your fence post as always! I look forward to it!
      xo
      Linda

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  2. Linda,
    I like your Math and I'll sign up for your tutorial any day of the week! I love Peanut butter and chocolate together (but you knew that) one of my favorite flavors of ice cream is that very mixture. Your cookies turned out fabulous and they are so pretty on your beautiful placemat, and set off with your napkin!
    You are such a talented friend and I always feel happier after visiting you!
    xo
    Jemma

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    1. Jemma,
      Yes, that's my kind of math too! Yes, your photo of brownie/buckeyes did me in! I tried to fight it, lol, ok maybe I didn't fight it too, too hard. It really had been quite a while since I had baked anything sweet because of the heat and humidity so it was just about time. It's been a bit cooler, only 84 here today but I can still feel the humidity. But the cookies tasted good and baking didn't heat up the house too much. Thank you for the inspiration!

      It's been fun staying in touch on IG and FB. Love seeing your photos and posts! Keep sharing them my friend! I enjoy visiting you as well! Thanks so much Jemma! Have a wonderful week!
      xo
      Linda

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  3. OP Linda...Look at the gorgeous placemat! You have certainly come up with a great look, but of course anything with lace is great in my book. I think you need to sell those in your etsy shoppe.

    Peanut butter cookies...yum! My dad loved peanut butter cookies and I loved baking them for him. I would have never thought to add the chocolate, great idea.
    I like the way you just get the craving out of your system, in a hurry that is. :) Sounds like the best way to do it.

    I enjoyed having you come for a visit, as always you leave such sweet comments, thank you!

    Have a great week ~ Debbie

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    1. Hi Debbie, thank you for stopping by. I appreciate your visits and your kind words always!!

      I do plan to make some sets for my shop. At the moment a neck problem has made it difficult to sew but I'm hoping to be back in full swing. For now I am only doing a little at a time. :(

      My dad likes PB cookies too! I usually stick a Hershey kiss on them after baking but I figured drizzling a little chocolate would be less calories than a kiss and yes, the craving is gone and I still have a good sized plate of cookies left! Have a nice week Debbie!
      Xo
      Linda


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  4. That place at is soooooooo pretty Linda, and it's really motivated me to make something just like it.

    Now those cookies...well, how can I say no to those?! Peanut butter and chocolate?! Pass the milk Por favor ;).

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    1. Hi Doreen,
      Thank you very much! I hope you do make some placemats, please let me know if you do. I would love to see them!

      I know, .......I couldn't say no either. Especially because its been so long since I baked anything sweet. Jemma posted some brownie/ buckeyes and I just had to have something with peanut butter and chocolate. The power of suggestion! Thank you for stopping by! :)
      Linda

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  5. You are so amazing, my friend. I am in love with your place mats and the way you used such a pretty doily :) Will you be selling any in your Etsy shop?

    Thanks for the lovely comments on my blog the other day - it's always a JOY to hear from you. Love and hugs!

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    1. Thank you Stephanie, Yes they will be in my shop but I am trying to find some more rectangular shaped lace doilies or placemats to use on the sides. My favorite shop has gone dry on me, lol. You're welcome, I had missed so many posts, it was kind of nice reading one after another.
      I enjoyed visiting you to catch up. You have been making so many lovely things. Will have to get back over to see your newest items in your shop. So glad you stopped by!
      Xo
      Linda

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  6. I give you an A+ on your math and your incredible placemats and a A- on your cookies, simply for the reason that I can't bite into one!

    What would life be without a homemade cookie every once in a while?

    Dewena

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    1. Well Dewena, thank you so much for that big fat A+. I am even content with the A- although there were days where I probably would have hand delivered the cookies to you just to get the A+. So glad I have evolved, lol!!! I got a chuckle out of your comment!! Thanks Dewena. So happy to hear from you. Hope your week is off to a great start!
      Linda

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  7. Hi Linda, your recipe looks delicious, you make them look great with the drizzle of frosting.
    Thank you for visiting Friday Features to share your blog, so happy that you did, I am now following you on all your social meida and found you on Instagram as well.
    Hope to connect again soon, you have some beautiful things here!!
    Have a beautiful week!
    Karren

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    1. Hi Karren,
      Yes, i see that we are following each other on Instagram. I can't remember if I found you on twitter but I will doublecheck. Thank you for following me and for your lovely comments. It's nice to visit with you as I think of you often while using the teacup you gave me. I see you have another party as well so I will check that one out as well. So happy to connect with you on social media! Enjoy your week!
      Linda

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  8. mouth watering cookies! You made really lovely placemats!
    Have a lovely week!

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    1. Hi Christine,
      Thank you so much. I was just visiting your blog and looking at all of your beautiful fall projects! I appreciate you stopping by, Have a lovely week too!
      Linda

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  9. Your placemats are gprgeous and very creative. The cookies look amazing also.
    Visiting from Roses of Inspiration. Pam

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    1. Hi Pam,
      Thanks for stopping by from Roses of Inspiration and for your very nice comment. There are so many great links to check out. Glad you checked out mine! Enjoy the rest of the week!
      Linda

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  10. Wow Linda, I am very impressed. Those placemats are gorgeous. You are very resourceful and talented. I often come across pieces like that at thrift shops and flea markets and never know what to do with them but you have given me a great idea. I can't wait to share this post with my sister-in-law who loves to sew also.

    Thank you for the visit and the tutorial. I am truly inspired.

    Janet

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    1. Hi Janet,
      I appreciate your very kind comment, thank you for stopping by to see my placemats. They are very easy to make and the best part is that you can often make at least two from one vintage lace doily or placemat. Vintage napkins work as well and those often can be purchased in sets. I'm glad you feel inspired to sew some. I hope you will share them when you complete them! Many thanks!
      Linda

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  11. Yummy cookies AND such gorgeous vintage placemats! Love it, Linda. These placemats are so lovely and will add a special touch whenever or wherever you use them!

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    1. Good evening Robyn,
      Thank you so much! Right now they are on my dining room table! I really appreciate your kind words Robyn. Thanks for dropping by!
      Linda

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  12. Your place mats are very pretty and your cookies look amazing. Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

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    1. Thank you so much! I am happy to join in the fun!
      Linda

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  13. Wow these are just gorgeous place mats, love how you have used the lace to dress them up, beautiful place setting!

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    1. Hi Connie,
      Thank you! My husband asked me if they were placemats that we are allowed to use, or placemats just for looks!! LOL! They were fun to make! I'll have to stop by and see if you have some new cards this week! See you soon, and thanks for stopping by!
      Linda

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  14. Hi lovely lady! Just dropping in to let you now that this beautiful post will be featured at Roses of Inspiration later today. I can't help but feature your amazing placemats :) Hugs!

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    1. Hi Stephanie,
      I could have sworn that I replied to your comment once before! Thank you once again for featuring me this week. It is so appreciated! Spent some time looking at some lovely posts at your party! Lots of goodies for sure!
      xo
      Linda

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  15. Now if only your kind of Maths was as easy when I was at school. I love your pretty lace placemats. It seems to me that bag of linens you stumbled upon was filled with gorgeous treasures. Oh....and those peanut butter cookies look rather delish.

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    1. I know.....have you taken a peek at the new math they are doing now! It's crazy! I'll stick to this kind of math! Thanks for visiting and for leaving your kind remarks! I appreciate it very much!
      Linda

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  16. Congratulations on being featured at Stephanie's party! She certainly picked this one right!! :)

    Bless you ~ Debbie

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    1. Hi Debbie,
      Thanks! I am honored to be featured at Stephanie's! I also appreciate the congrats! :)
      Haven't forgotten your placemats, still looking for the right vintage piece. Enjoy the rest of the week.
      xo
      LInda

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  17. Your lace placemats are just lovely! I found you via Roses of Inspiration :) Thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. Thank you very much! I think I may have just visited you via Roses of Inspiration! I quickly looked around and saw so many wonderful ideas and uses of essential oils. Can't wait to visit again!
      Linda

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  18. Thank you for your visit over Linda :) I am now following along too! I also wanted to extend an invite to our weekly link up, The Art of Home-Making Mondays if you would like to join us. Have a lovely week!

    http://strangersandpilgrimsonearth.blogspot.com/search/label/Link%20Ups

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