Free! Iron Giveaway and Product Review: Hamilton Beach Durathon iron

I just found a new favorite iron for sewing and crafting projects.  It’s called the Durathon iron from Hamilton Beach.  See how happy it looks in my studio:

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  • It’s very comfortable to use, just glides along.  Nice, non-stick bottom.
  • The steam feature works well.  No drips yet after 2 months.
  • You set the temperature with an electronic button, no imprecise slide.  There’s a light for each setting, making it easy to see what the setting is.
  • The BEST part is how the auto-off function works.  The Durathon iron will stay hot when sitting up for 15 minutes before turning off.  AND, it has a little beeper to tell you it’s about to auto shut off.  So, if you’re at the sewing machine and just about to iron, you can go lift the iron to reset it for another 15 minutes.  Quilters and sewing crafters will appreciate that little improvement.

I suppose if you iron clothes (I rarely do!), the Durathon iron would be great for that, too. However,  I’m a quilter, I iron in my studio all the time, but rarely do my clothes get ironed.  I have no problem ironing the creases out of vintage fabric, or pressing seams on 100 quilt blocks.  But…I’ll probably snarl at you if you ask me to iron your clothes.  Like I said – I’m a quilter. icon smile Free! Iron Giveaway and Product Review: Hamilton Beach Durathon iron

The MSRP for the Durathon iron is about $45, which I believe is very reasonable for an iron that is meant to last (I’ve gone through several cheap irons).

I liked the iron so much that I arranged with Hamilton Beach to give one away here on the blog.   Enter below using Rafflecopter form.  Deadline for entry is midnight on Sunday, 4/27/14.
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Disclosure:  I received an iron from Hamilton Beach in order to conduct this product review.  However, the opinion expressed above is my true and honest feeling about the iron.

Rustic Chic Wedding Book Review

Rustic Weddings with burlap, farmhouse settings and of course, mason jars, continue to be very popular.  Just wish they were around when I was a bride.  Although we did make many of the elements of my wedding, including the dress.  That’s a story for another post…

I recently reviewed a copy of Rustic Chic Wedding by Morgan Hill    She’s an Etsy seller (Bragging Bags) who’s turned her passion into a career – I so respect that!  She and her husband run a crafty business from their home in California.   The book is published by Running Press / Perseus Books.

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Rustic Chic Wedding features 55 projects that are great for weddings and more.  It’s divided into sections, with projects that fit your chosen wedding theme:

Shabby Vintage Couture Wedding

Rustic, Recycled & Repurposed Wedding

Country Farmhouse Wedding

There also ideas for bouquets and tablescapes.  I love ALL of them!

I think many of the ideas can be adapted for home decor use in addition to wedding decor. Plus, the ideas  can be used for non-wedding parties, too.  For example, you can learn how to make Smores Sticks for a Smores bar – what kid wouldn’t like that?

One of my favorites is the Chip Wood Flower Girl Basket.  The handle’s made from twig garland. So sweet!

I also love the hat box that she uses as a cake stand – each section has a cake stand, and who doesn’t want their cake to stand out?

I’m going to try the rag balls demonstrated in the book, but use Dollar Store plastic softballs as the base instead (much less expensive than Styrofoam).

So, if you’re looking for rustic, shabby chic style wedding or home decor ideas, Rustic Chic Wedding is the book for you.  I highly recommend it – I found it to be very inspiring.


Disclosure:  I received a review copy of this book for evaluation.  However, the opinions expressed in this post are all mine!  Just ask anyone – I’m not shy about telling you what I think icon smile Rustic Chic Wedding Book Review