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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.

Thursday, October 25, 2012


 I've been on my knees every chance I got in between rain drops last week and this week we had beautiful sunshine and I finally finished digging the weeds in my vegetable garden and planted the whole thing with daylilies.
I've planted  rows on rows and planted them very close together between rows just so I wouldn't loose them. I plan to give some away next year and they will be much easier to dig up since they will not be big.

Not a very good picture but you can see the little stubs in the distance.  If I remember correctly, I have about 22 rows of lilies and around 10 lilies each row. I'm glad that job is done.

 As of now I no longer have a vegetable garden and will have to plant my veggies at the farm if I want some.

This is where I'm at on my rug. I have a loaf of homemade bread with a big bag of Robin Hood flour  but somehow I don't think that it fits there very well and  when I was putting my memories down I thought of home made bread but I should have drew my mom making bread. She made big batches of bread every day when I was young and I learned young to make bread.

Do you think that I should draw this scene with mom making bread. I could pull all those loops out and put another scene there. I'm not sure what to do. Help...

My misplaced bread and Robin Hood flour.  My dad bought Robin Hood flour by the 100 pound bag. An outdoor well with crank and bucket and some chickens and a rooster in our yard.

Monday was laundry day on the washboard and tub. There was always baby cloths on the line. We played Ally Hoop over the roof top with a rubber ball and I love to pick apples.

Me looking at the clouds and seeing all kind of amazing shapes, my one room school complete with sheep that would stray in the yard once in a while.

More scenes from my childhood.

My husband was going to the lighting store and bought me this energy efficient light  that shows the true colors of my wool when I hook at night. It takes 75 % less energy than the tri-light  bulb at the right. It works nicely for me.
Have a great weekend and stay safe and warm. I enjoy reading  your comments.   JB


  1. I can't even fathom the hours of work that has gone into that beautiful piece of art. Please tell me that it really isn't a rug. You do not put it on the floor do you?

    The flowers are beautiful, yard work is exhausting but so satisfying.

  2. Thanks, but it's just an unfinished rug. I don't have any plans to where it will go. Maybe on the wall somewhere. JB

  3. I like it how it is, my goodness your rug is pretty. I really like it and I really like you describing your childhood. That is a ton of bulbs that you have planted.
    You have been so busy.I always enjoy what seeing what you have been doing

  4. I love this rug, Julia... the whole concept. and, yes... that memory of your Mom baking bread is so special. The smells alone!

    So, since you don't have much to do ... teaer it out and add that.

    You wear me out ... I always need a nap after reading your blog! love Lillies!

    I don't know what time it is there ... it's almost 10pm here... and I'm about to head to the cot! hahaa...

    Sweet dreams! for whenever you sleep!

  5. *****what a very, very charming rug! truly an heirloom
    and full of fun stories that the family will love to share for future generations! congratulations and keep
    up the great hooking/story telling!

  6. Julia! I love you rug! Such detail and the stories that go with it are ever so interesting !mi love the flour sack and bread loaf just as they are! What cut do you use ~ must be mall. Just read your calf story ~ you are a gem of a woman! Such a hard worker and you do it so cheerfully! No wonder you weigh so little ~ you have worn yourself down to a nub!! You're my hero!

    1. Alice, in my rug I use from a #3 cut for tiny details and #4, #5, and #6.
      I know that it sounds very narrow for Primitive rug hookers but I love working with # 5 the best. I guess it's because I learned on a #5 cut. Thanks I appreciate your sweet comment and everyone else's. JB

  7. Your cut must be small ~ not mall! The letters are so tiny on this iPad that I can hardly see what I write!!

  8. Julia, your rug is so wonderful just as it is! Looking at it is like playing "I Spy" seeing lots of new things every time I look at it. Keep up the good work...this beauty is a treasure.
    Have a great weekend,

  9. I love the sack of flour and the bread this makes it more of a collage . It is gorgeous don't change a thing

  10. This blog is a true summary of Petals & Wool. I love the rug & everything in it & your garden work will show your labours after the snow leaves us next year! The smell of bread is one that cannot be hooked & you've shown the flour as a visual memory. Oh our childhood senses, what we saw, heard, felt, tasted, smelt, & your rug comes to life. Wonderful work Julia!
    Enjoy your rug in the 'new light' your husband has shone on you. I look forward to seeing the colours come to life & the stories behind it. Thank you again for sharing & caring.
    Have a restful weekend-you deserve it!

  11. Love your rug, Julia! You have put such thought and love into it. I just love reading your blog, and wish I had half of your ambition! You work so hard, and are so busy all the time!
    Enjoy the weekend!

  12. Your rug is absolutely beautiful just as it is. I wouldn't change anything. How large will it be when totally finished. I surely wouln't put it on the floor, the place for it is definitely the wall. I don't suppose it will be too large.

    I can't imagine all that planting. I can't do that sort of thing any more. But then, I don't remember doing much of it in my life. With all my allergies, I had to be so careful. I couldn't dig in the dirt, so would be terrible at planting. About all I ever did was water whatever was growing. I can tell you though, that I would give anything if I could have just one fourth of your energy. I just don't see how you do all that you do. Of course you must be very organized. That is part of it, but it still seems like you are working from dawn 'til dark. Will you ever be able to retire?

  13. I forgot to mention that we do have two air filters, one for our living room and one for our bedroom. They help somewhat but certainly not enough for true comfort.

    1. Darlene, to answer your question, my rug will be approximately 43"x 24" because of the irregular border. JB

  14. What a great rug! I always love the rugs that mean something to people....this one will be an heirloom for sure. Have you thought of writing down your memories and then somehow attaching them to the back of your rug, when it's finished? Lovely!

  15. Julia, I Love your rug too~Obviously!!! What a great collage of your life! I like the flour sack and bread too. Maybe you could add another small area of your mom baking it somewhere else. Of course you would have to "cull" something else!
    I envy your planting! I just last week got some hostas in the ground that have been in pots all summer. Have a Huge bag of tulip bulbs in the kitchen I'm going to try to get in the ground this week. It did get down to freezing over the weekend, but it's supposed to be near 70 this week! Oh, how I love the Ozarks and the beautiful fall weather. Wish everyone could see it sometime. The most beautiful place on God's green earth!
    ps. did you put a mention of your cancer survival in the rug? A VERY important part of your life!!!
    xo, Sheri

  16. Julia honey I am sitting here in complete awe of this rug. I have never ever seen anything quite like it and I think it is lovely. Honestly I wouldn't change anything about it but if you think it would make you happier then by all means do it.
    I am in such envy of your gift for creating. This is just so neat. I actually can't find the right words to describe how much I love it. lol
    Your bed of lillies is going to be beautiful. Can't wait to see them when their blooming.
    Once again my friend I leave here in awe of you and what you accomplish. I would give anything if we were neighbors.
    Thanks for the prayers you have been sending me for they mean the world to me. I do hope someone buys it at what I want. I am only asking 110,000 which for the size of the house and a lot and half I think that is reasonable but houses aren't selling very well here.
    My teacher turned out to be not very nice but could not say that in my post in fear she might google my name. lol
    Running into her like that has completely blown my mind whats left of it.
    Love ya

  17. Julia! That rug is AMAZING!!!
    I love reminds me,
    of clever grandma moses
    and her brilliant art.
    Do you remember her? I used to
    sit and pour over my dad's books
    of her artwork for hours.
    My whole family loved her.
    your imaginative pictures
    evoke such vivid pictures of
    your life and childhood.
    what a gift.
    i love coming around here
    to visit.
    thanks for sharing,

  18. Hi Julia, Happy Halloween. I am so in awe of your memory rug. It truly is a labor of love and a work of art. So many wonderful memories, and yes I would hook your mother into this family keepsake. I do hope you had a grandchild or two knocking on the door this evening. Little Travis came dressed as a cow, too precious! Greetings, Julie.

  19. I love being able to catch up with you and all your 'animals' and baking and what a beautiful rug... are you 'the happy hooker'??? Hope you have hours of calm in your garden!