#Durathon giveaway and a little bit of Africa….
So today, I would like to share a little bit about the Durathon Iron that the great people at Hamilton Beach sent me to review back in February….I can’t believe it was that long ago already (although I still do have even OLDER things to share with you eventually!)
I didn’t really need a new iron, my old one was fine, but I did kind of like the idea of the retractable cord on the Durathon, so I said go ahead and send it.
I love the retractable cord on this iron just as much as I thought I would. So much tidier…..and you all know I could use all the help I can get in that area!! I also REALLY, REALLY like the way the settings light up with different colors from Blue to Red the hotter you go…..I know, I know….. simple little color things like that delight me even if they don’t have a lot of different “functionability” than my other iron. It is easy to see what setting it is on that way. I haven’t tried the steam function, but I rarely use steam. To be honest, I was also really impressed with how smoothly the ironing surface glides across the fabric. The coating on this one seems to be a couple of notches above my other other one.
Oh, and I photographed it with some fabrics that my friends at Clothworks sent to me awhile back from their African Savannah collection.
And of course I had to make some little bags designed by Monica (the Happiest Zombie on the planet) out of this line of fabric!
I love the “grasscloth” like “solids.” I think that it will go with many other prints and solids in the stash! I don’t normally go for the animal fur prints, but I think these will go great with the bright florals I normally work with.
And here’s the best part! The grand folks at Hamilton Beach not only sent me this iron, they want to send one of you a Durathon Iron as well! (Prize will go to US addresses only please)
All you have to do to win is comment on this post. I will pick a winner sometime on April 22, Earth Day! So comment away. Let’s make this entertaining for all of us by sharing your favorite Easter/Passover/Springtime/Earthday memory, okay?
Love the iron I always need to know of good ones cause when one goes you need a new one NOW my best Easter memory is my first year of college I knew my mother was making me a outfit so I came home with just personal items and wore my sisters cloths the rest of the weekend She still reminds me of how she hated that
Thanks for sharing the review of this iron! I’ve never heard of it before, but I love the idea of the retractable cord! They make everything with retractable cords in Japan and it’s the best!
I don’t know if I have just one favorite memory since I tend not to remember things that well, but I do have fond memories in general of celebrating “O-hanami”, which is basically “flower watching.” In Japan this typically occurs when the cherry blossoms bloom and it involves getting a tarp/blanket and having a big potluck picnic under the blossoms (it usually also involves a lot of heavy drinking …).
My favorite Earth Day memory was 25 years ago when my wonderful daughter was born. She was my first and only and has been a true blessing. We always kid about her Earth Day Birthday. I love hearing iron reviews. I had bought myself a “good” iron just before Christmas, but have since dropped it and it doesn’t seem to be working like it should anymore. Hmmmm. Don’t you hate it when things like that happen and there’s no one to blame but yourself?
Is the iron heavy….? Light…? It would be nice to know about the steam feature, even tho you don’t use it many of us do. Do you know how much water it holds, oh yea…you don’t use that feature. Nice to know about the retractable cord…thanks for that info.
Susan, I really can’t tell if it is heavy or light. That is probably all in the eyes of the beholder. To me it felt to be of “average” weight. I did add a link to the Hamilton Beach site in the post, so you could probably find out more about the water details there I am sure.
My favorite Easter memory is dying eggs with my brothers and sisters. My mom would set us up outside at the picnic table and leave us to it. We always ended up with blue or green hands, and that was ok.
I don’t think I will ever forget the Easter I spent with extended family when I was little…maybe 4? We went to this fantastic park for a picnic/BBQ and spent the entire day. Being around family was wonderful but of course I was most impressed with the playground. It had a storybook theme and I was in awe! Imagine getting to play in the Old Woman’s Shoe! It took years before I quit expecting to have Easter there again.
When I was young, my mother sewed me a new easter dress every year. I remember my favorite being a yellow shift dress with an awesome cape and yellow polka dot scarf. It sounds crazy, but oh my, I loved that outfit!
I can remember many, many years ago, getting a new fancy dress for Easter, along with a hat & shoes & even white gloves. I could use a new iron – thanks for the giveaway.
I always loved coloring eggs with my brother. It was our family tradition for many years.
My favorite Easter memory is the year we put bunny footprints all through the house. Our kids went crazy following them all over the house trying to find their baskets.
I love your little bags! I have been looking for a new iron and wouldn’t mind trying out this one. I think my favorite Easter pass time was decorating the eggs — I used to draw mini designs on individual eggs for each family member and used them as place settings. That was long ago!
One year when I was about 7 or 8 (early 60’s) we spent Easter with our grandparents in a small northern MN town. There was a party at the movie theatre with a free movie and egg hunt. I was lucky to find one of the two golden eggs and won a big basket and stuffed bunny and had my picture in the newspaper. Great memory.
As kids we always dyed eggs. Sometimes there was more dye on all of us than the eggs. Mom was a great sport.
I love the idea of a retractable cord!! I need a new iron as my iron just stopped working the other day. Absolutely no warning no leaking etc..just stopped working:-(
My favorite memory was always getting a new purse, gloves and hat for Easter (now that is probably dating myself) and as long as my dress was not a polka dot dress I was happy!
Those are cute little bags!! Perfect Easter Baskets for my grandchildren.. That iron looks really nice also. Happy Easter to you and your family.
I always loved waking up and finding our Easter baskets and then hunting for eggs in the back yard. Thanks for a chance to win a new iron!
My favorite Easter memory is one year when I dyed eggs with my brother. The best part is when we carried our dyeing momentum and tie dyed a whole roll of paper towels with the left over dye. My grandmas garage was covered with colorful paper towels. She was such a good sport.
I have not found an iron that I love. I get the most frustrated with them turning off about the time I am ready to use it. What kind of time in the automatic off does this one do? I like a cordless one for my piecing iron but I have yet to find one that I like for my bigger ironing projects, borders and whole quilts. I would love to give this one a try. Hope you pick me!!
I think my Easter memory is when I lived up north and my children had to hunt eggs in the snow. They had such fun playing in the snow and hunting eggs at the same time.
Nice iron! My fave Easter memory was when my son wasn’t quite 2 and he had his first egg hunt. He collected all the eggs in his basket, promptly dumped them by a tree, and started jumping on them. Instant egg salad!
Love the iron! My favorite Easter memory is about the “lost” eggs found weeks later. We were led to them by the unforgettable sulfur smell.
My favorite Easter memory is coloring eggs with my first child. He probably wasn’t as excited as I was. Being a new grandma was so much fun,
One Easter, the bunny decided to hide the eggs outside for the kids. They got up and went out to find them, and we saw that our dog discovered them first. 🙂 He had eaten all the ones he could reach! Needless to say, the bunny hid them inside after that.
Exciting Giveaway! Hiding eggs in the thickly wooded trails (for teenagers!) comes to mind – so much fun to really challenge teens!
Favorite Easter memories would be all the fun we had when Kiddo’s were little, coloring eggs together….& of couse, finding their Easter Baskets! 🙂
Love your Bags…and KNOW the Iron would love living at my house..would be a busy one too! lol
Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite Easter memory is of going into active labor with our first child Easter Sunday evening, but insisting to my husband that No, I didn’t need to go to the hospital because I had to finish hand quilting the baby quilt first (I was only about 2/3 of the way done). 🙂 Well, he won THAT argument!
laura west kong
When my daughter was little we would spend the entire day hiding and rehiding the eggs. She never grew tired of it.
One of my favorite Easter memories was during my first year of college, when I was away from home for the first time. I flew from my school in Idaho into San Francisco Intl airport, where my sister picked me up. (I was VERY glad that I was flying with a friend from school who told me ahead of time that it would seem like we were landing in the water!) Then my sister, my niece & nephew & I drove her “automatic shift” VW bug down to SoCal, racing along up & over the ‘Grapevine’ at a top speed floored, of about 30 mph!
Love your new animal print bags – they look great! And I could do with a new iron – especially since it’s blue!!
Susan the farm quilter
My favorite Easter memory is getting my girls all dressed up in their new Easter dresses and going to church with my parents, then going to their house for Easter dinner and an Easter Egg Hunt. I miss those days…even with having to curl the long, long hair my 3 girls had! Now they curl their own long hair! Your bags are adorable!!
And that iron looks fabulous!!
One of my favorite Easter memories is coloring eggs with my children.
Looks like a great iron! My favorite Easter memory was when my two oldest kids were about 2 and 4. They were so excited for Easter that they couldn’t hardly stand it. They decided to leave a carrot out for the Easter Bunny in the hopes that it would lure him into arriving very early for Easter.:)
Easter Memories always involve Sunrise service in the cold and snow, then hot chocolate and breakfast. This year my children are grown and gone but I will still be there, long johns and all, cold, shivering and thinking about the meaning of Easter. I love your little bags.
I love hosting Easter dinner. The Easter Bunny knows to hide LOTS of eggs in my yard for the grands to find and we always have a great day!! Hope you have a wonderful Easter and/or Passover – whichever applies.
Thanks for the giveaway. I really could use a new iron.
My favorite Easter memory is taking my grandson to an Easter Egg Hunt. As he found the eggs, he would put them in a basket that he had with him. But,as he was putting them in, a little girl was behind him taking them out of his basket to put into hers. We all had a great laugh, then shared the eggs.
I have great memories of going to visit the feed store with my parents to see all the baby chicks and bunnies! Thanks for the chance. I could use a new iron.
Great giveaway! Just in time for spring blouses! My favorite Easter memory is just a few years old. Watching my kids (ages 4, 3 and 1) hunting for Easter eggs! Then having to rehide them over and over again! Pure joy!
I really need a new iron. Mine is bottom of the line generic and probably 30 something years old.
There are so many Easter memories. Being married to a Pastor, it’s the highlight of the year. Easter Sunrise service, Easter brunch (so many wonderful cooks), Late Service, then home for Easter baskets and the whole Easter ham dinner etc. I have a new granddaughter so it will be so much fun to start the traditions through anew.
We buried my Father the day before Easter so that year was memorable for completely different reasons.
Kim of Persimon Dreams
I would love to win an iron! My favorite memories are of waking up early and hunting for the easter basket the bunny hid from me!
When I was about 5 my grandfather gave my brothers and I all little chicks on Easter! We loved those chicks! thanks!
My favorite memory is a well-intentioned (but in retrospect, unkind to chicks) gift of dyed baby chicks from my grandmother. They were delightful at the time, but I’m glad that this doesn’t happen anymore.
My favorite part of Easter was getting a new Easter dress and the gloves and hat. Then we went to church and had A big meal with extended family . Most of these family members are gone now and I cherish the memories when I was with them. Love the looks of the iron and the retractable cord is a very smart idea. Thanks and Happy Easter!
Oh, I need a new iron so badly! Mine is about 40 years old and it doesn’t get as hot.
We spent my favorite Easter at the Beach in Ocean Shores, WA with our adult daughters. Lots of quiet time, walking on the beach, doing crafts and conversation. My husband and I enjoyed our daughters as adults on this rare occasion.
HELLO, such a nice giveaway!
One sweet Spring-time memory is finding wild lavender crocuses in the mountains here in Montana when we moved here>so lovely!
This will probably be the most remembered Easter since living on HWY 530 1 mile from the slide.
No Easter egg hunt for the little ones and no hunt for the adults. One family lives in Yakima and the other in Poulsbo and its just to far for the drive around for everyone. Next year we will make up for
Loved the looks of the iron and the retractable cord is a plus. I have 2 irons that are on their last leg so a new one would be great.
I really like the look of this iron. Not just because it’s blue (and I really like blue), but the retractable cord sounds like such a cool function. So glad you took the time to give this iron a “test drive”. Maybe I’ll get a turn.
I like the way you described how it readily glides! Thanks for the chance to win!
My favorite memory was from when I was really little. All the older siblings hid baskets and had fun when the others couldn’t find theirs. I was too little but I came down to see whatever the others were doing in the morning. To my delight there was a giant blow up bunny sitting around the corner. It was just about the same size as I was.
A family favorite Easter memory is when the kids entered the living room to see their baskets on Easter morning…they saw rabbit tracks and carrot and celery bits…leading out the front door…they were squealing with delight….and wanted to follow the tracks out the front porch and into the yard….almost forgetting about their baskets filled with goodies.
I’d love to win this iron. The retractable cord feature is great! And, I really do need a new iron. Keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be a lucky girl and win the Hamilton Beach Durathon Iron. Thanks for this opportunity Blue Nickel. 🙂
I would love to win this great iron. I am needing to replace mine as the cord is getting hot everytime I turn it on and I worry everytime I need to use is. Thank you and Durathon for the chance to win. Take care and God bless, Cory
I soooo need a new iron…I have a concrete floor in my studio and I keep knocking mine off my ironing board…and my current one is a little dented and iffy of temperature control….you definitely wouldn’t want to try to use the steam feature…
Anyway one of my favorite Easter memories is that for some reason every easter my little brother had a scrape on his chin and face. he could be perfectly incident free right up unitl the day before and then whammo! some sort of scrap on the face and chin just in time for church on Easter….
Mary Ann Hymel
I really, really, really need a new iron!
My favorite Easter memory was 1960…that year my parent’s 25th wedding anniversary and Easter were on the same day. I was also “in love” for the first time. All these years later I can still recall how thrilling that special day was.
Most Easter’s, mom would buy me a special outfit. I remember my first..a pastel dress with that scratchy tulle underskirt…it was so fluffy…I LOVED that dress and thought I was ‘da bomb!” 🙂 I was 6ish.
I remember getting all dressed up in our dresses, coats and of course, hats to go to church. Brought up Catholic. Then Easter baskets.
I’ve also helped with Easter party at the local fire hall. The funniest thing was to see my sons best friend dressed up as the Easter bunny. 6’2″ and thin at 150 pounds soaking wet!
Memories of dying eggs with the Paas easter egg dying kit. I never was a fan of the jelly beans always in my Easter basket but I did like the marshmallow eggs and robin eggs. Always bummed when the chocolate rabbit was hollow. PS — I would really love to have an iron that doesn’t leak!
I’m so ready to break up with my leaky iron. I do enjoy using some steam but could scream when the iron leaks yucky crud on my fabric.
With the kids all grown I miss dyeing eggs, and hiding plastic ones for them to find, and shopping for a Spring dress.
I am in desperate need of an iron for quilting. It is so hard to find a good one that has what I need for quilting. Most irons do not even last a year. And my newest one leaks from the top. Who knew that would happen?
My favorite Easter Memory is dying Easter eggs with my brother and then waking up on Easter morning to find them hidden all over the yard. This was before plastic Easter Eggs and we probably did not get unlimited numbers of eggs for dying.
Looking for an iron with NO auto shut-off. Seems like every time I need to use it, it’s off. This one sounds really nice and would love to try it out.
(oops, sorry Sue, I forgot to mention it DOES have auto shut-off …. And I like that feature too. The good thing is that it doesn’t take long to heat back up at that point though!)
Some of my favorite memories are of making my kids Easter clothes. I had never sewn growing up, but realized that we were too far away from department stores where my husband’s job took us, besides, being too expensive to purchase mail order. So I decided to try making them myself. For many years I would try something different as each child was born, like the one piece toddler boys romper with piping at the bottom of the yoke, with a shirt and bow tie, so cute! My daughter was never tired of the colorful outfits I made for her, because I could adjust them to fit her exactly and we could buy whatever material we liked best, especially bunny or cat patterns. Then we started making 18” doll clothes to match the holiday dresses. Good memories.
Hey Scott . . . pick me, I think my iron is dying.
Great give away!! I’ve used their irons before. They work great.
Linda E in AZ
Sounds like a great iron (love that color!). I also love those wild prints fabrics.
I love Hamilton Beach products. Also, getting close to having to replace my current iron. Wanting to designate the next one I get for my sewing and quilting projects only. Thanks for sharing the opportunity.
would love to win, thanks
My favorite holiday is Easter! I’m the Easter Bunny! Seriously I dress up in this fabulous bunny costume made by some of the most talented artisan from Peru! It’s such a delight to see little children’s faces light up when they see me as the Easter bunny.
I could use a new iron. I’m using a cheap one and it has started leaking. This one looks great.
Thanks for your review of the Durathon Iron. I haven’t heard of that brand but will consider it when I need a new iron. Favorite memory = One year, my son insisted he saw that Easter Bunny come into his room during the night. We could only surmise it was my husband who checked in on him at night while wearing a white t-shirt. I guess you see what you want to see.
Love the idea of a retractable cord on an iron…..and this one is BLUE! My favorite color. Nice to see pix of you on FB – hope to see you at BZB quilt show next week. Happy Easter, Scott!
I miss the days when my kids were young and we had so much fun coloring eggs. I was also saddened the day I was told they were too old to hunt for eggs. An iron with a retractable cord would be great to have!
I always enjoyed the easter egg hunts and my grandparents farm.
Favorite Easter when my son woke up and by passed what the bunny left him! Ha That year he received a cowboy hat and spurs. I filled the hat full of goodies. I had to take him back in to see his loot. He is now 25 and I will always remember that Easter. Thank you for discussing the iron, and the giveaway. Happy Easter!
In years past I always hosted the Easter family gathering. We no longer do this as the kids are grown and all have families of their own. I miss those Easter egg hunts and kite flying contests (if we had the right wind).
I love the idea of a retractable cord.
My favorite Easter memory was the first year my two children were altar servers at the Easter Vigil Mass in our church. I was so proud to see them together in their white robes carrying the special candles and assisting at the altar.
I have many memories of Easter growing up and with my own family. One that is most fond is that I made my niece an Easter dress patterned with jeweled toned eggs. My niece and her mom loved that dress so much that she wore it all the time. And I mean all the time. It was her most favorite dress. This was heartwarming.
I am always on the hunt for a great iron that works well with the fabrics. And one with a retractable cord, oh my!!
BTW, I really love that fabric.
It is hard to pick a favorite. Probably the last Easter my Grandma was with us, she was such a special women and such an example as a Christ Follower. I miss her dearly and I love looking back at my time with her. Now that I have kids, I enjoy making fun memories with them.
Thanks for the giveaway oppty.
I love the African print fabric. That iron looks very interesting, I’m a UK resident but have a sister in Chicago who will hold it for me if I win!
Love this iron and the new everyday useful features. Hope to find in a store soon.
Springtime memory – preparing the gardens with my parents and seeing all the beautiful flowers.
My favorite Easter memory is when my 2 year old daughter discovered that the colored balls she was looking for really had hard boiled eggs in them, when she dropped one. Her expression was priceless.
I really need a dedicated quilting iron. This would be perfect! Nice color also!
Unlike you, I could actually use a new iron these days. Thanks for sharing this review. I’m glad I came across your blog. I think it will be a new favorite!
I love the idea of a retractable cord as well.
My funniest Easter memory shows my stubbornness. I was about 8 or 9 and had gotten a, I thought, pretty dress with little tiny strawberries on it. The dress was springy and had no sleeves, I thought it was the most beautiful dress, particularly when paired with my perfect white sandals, also new. I awoke on Easter morning to find knee high snow covering the ground, I refused to alter my Easter wardrobe and as a result was unable to join in the egg hunt and ended up freezing the whole day. But hey, I looked good.
Oh, I love the color of the iron and to hear that it’s a good one too is a bonus! My favorite Easter memory is always having Easter dinner with my cousins and getting to sit at the kids table where we would laugh and joke and generally get it trouble for being too loud. Good times and great memories.
I absolutely loved egg hunts as a child. Now I try to make them special for my grandchildren.
Woah! this is a great Iron I have been searching on the market for irons, since I do need a new one, the one I have it cost me $10 on sale, so of course is not a great Iron you get what you pay for right?. Well this one looks really nicely with that retractable cord! lol 🙂
Oh, I would so love to have an iron like this. The one I have is heavy and getting harder to use as my arthritis gets worse!
I’ve heard good things about this iron. My iron is on its last leg, so for my next iron I’m going to try this one.
Great iron! Great fabrics too! Nothing really stands out in my mind about Easter other than the traditional Easter egg hunt inside the house. My parents made it real easy since they really didn’t like the idea of hiding eggs – my Mom was afraid of them being out of the frig… LOL
Thanks for the giveaway.
I absolutely love Easter and I always have & I have dyed eggs every year for darn near 60 years!! One of my favorite memories is that of my dad & I making an Easter egg tree out of a root section of a tree at our cabin. Dad helped me varnish it & I still get it out every year to decorate. This beauty is 47 years old. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway.