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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of one. I have many hobbies and interests but gardening and rug hooking are my main interest at the moment. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and have been married for 51years.

Sunday, April 10, 2011


Do you remember a while back when my granddaughter M was rummaging through my waste basket saving all my wool snippets. She had a project in mind and needed wool snippets to incorporate into it. Well today she came by for a little visit to work in their vegetable garden out back and she brought me her felt hat to show me.

It's not quite finished and she wants to add a couple of pheasant feathers and also a couple of peacock feathers. I think that she is doing a fantastic job. It has three sides although my photograph doesn't show it,

Here is a close up of her ribbon flowers and fancy stitches to reinforce seams in her felt hat.

More fancy ribbons and stitches.

Here you can get a better view of the shape as M is wearing her colorful felt hat. Notice the thumb'sup in approval in the background. Someone wants to be included in the pictures

N is giving her two thumbs up this time as she sporting the hat.
Even big brother L wants to try on the hat while snacking on a gingersnap cookie. Growing boys are always hungry aren't they.

Here my boy George was enjoying all the goings on and agreed to just smile for the camera.

Today was amazingly warm and sunny. It was a beautiful day to work outdoors and I got on my knees and weeded three of my flower beds.  I'm so grateful that I could pull some chickweeds and creeping Charlies before the tulips grows taller. I just wish that I would have had a whole week to do the rest but it's supposed to rain tomorrow and Tuesday. I was so focused in my job that I didn't take any pictures and then it got too dark.

I did a load of laundry which I was going to hang on the line because it was so nice outside but I stayed outdoors and pull weeds until my neck was paining too much. Now since it's supposed to rain tomorrow I just threw the clothes in the dryer. Oh well, pulling weeds was a first priority.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment.  JB


  1. That is one awesome hat! It was beautiful here today as well....spring has finally sprung!

  2. That is a very cool hat! She is very talented to make that out of snippets. Is that a "cookie-cutter" ginger snap?? I love those dunked in my coffee.

  3. That is a wonderful hat! You have such a talented family. I can't wait to work in the flowerbeds some more too.
    Have a wonderful week.
    My computer is acting up so I will stop.

  4. Hi Julia, What a cute hat. You must be so proud of your grandkids.You are all so talented. Isn't it fun to be out in the garden! Cheri

  5. Those hats are adorable, THEY are adorable!! I think I know who they must take after....! :-)
    Julia, you are one of a kind and it's marvelous that your talents are going to the next generations!!!

  6. That hat is amazing! I think you should do a post on how she made it. I have soooo many snippets that I can't bear to throw away but don't know what to do with!!

  7. Please tell M that an Ohio rug hooker ABSOLUTELY LOVES her hat!!!! How creative she is! She did a fabulous job with all her stitches and ribbon flowers ~ she's been absorbing her Grandma's creativity ~ don't you just love it?!

  8. what a great hat!! she takes after her gram in her talents.
    It was nice here yesterday and going to be nice today but we still have snow to melt.

  9. What a great hat, I think you have a designer on your hands. Great job Miss M.
    Loving the spring weather here also.

  10. That is a fantastic hat! I, too, would love a little tutorial on how she made it! She is a creative and talented young lady. I think the little embellishments and stitching just makes it!

  11. Love to see the creativity just waiting to get out in younger ones! Great job and love everyone wearing the hat. But have to say, if George (handsome fella that he is) would have wore the hat for the picture, it would have made my day :) !!

  12. Julia, how adorable! What a great idea she had! It's so good that she has that creativity!
    You've just got to be so proud of all your grandbabies!


  13. What a wonderfully talented granddaughter you have Julia. Nice to see young people trying out crafts instead of spending all their time on computers. My congrats to her on a lovely job.

  14. I'm totally amazed that a girl that age made that magnificant hat! Please tell her that we ALL would love one just like it! CUTE!

  15. I am L and I LOVE to eat constantly, 24 7,365 days a year!!!!!!


  16. I am glad that so many people like my crazy hat. Since two people have asked for a tutorial on how I made it, I think I will make another one and take pictures of the whole process. I got some new snippets when I came to visit the other day. When I started the hat I wasn't planning to do any embroidery on it but something went wrong with the felting and the top was too big and full of holes and thin spots. I sewed up the holes with embroidery floss and then did some ribbon embroidery on top of that because it didn't look right. It isn't quite finished yet, it still needs a lining, the feathers need to be added (3 pheasant and 3 peacock) and the sides and the cockade need to be sewn on because right now they are just pinned. By the way, I made the hat to go with a jacket I am working on, the jacket used to be a lab coat but now it looks more like a crazy quilt. It isn't quite finished but I will take pictures of it when I am done.

  17. Thanks everyone for your comments, the gingersnap that L is eating was store bought by my poor neglected husband because I don't bake often enough.

    Thanks M for planning a tutorial on how you fashioned your nice colorful hat. I hope that it doesn't interferes with your school work. Mamoo

  18. I can verify that L eats constantly. Maybe not when he's in class at school, but at all other times when he's awake. I only hear two things from his mouth these days: "I'm hungry." or "I can't, I'm eating." It's frightening to see him with a fork in his hand. In fact, it's like this. If you feel a bit warm in our house and you need to be fanned to get cool, just stand in front of the refrigerator door and it opens and closes so often that you get cooled off.

    M is not only good at hats (and other art), but she is the queen of Brussel's sprouts. Last year she sprouted and tended 25 plants to maturity and we had a HUGE crop. She has sprouted 50 plants this year, and we'll have enough to possibly feed L's appetite, at least for a week or so.

  19. That is SO COOL!!!!
    LOVE the creativity pouring into
    and out of that hat:)
    Happy seeds sprouting everywhere
    at your house!