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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of three. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and will have been married for 57 years this February.

Thursday, March 16, 2023


 Hello everyone, 4 days to official spring and we still have lots of snow on the ground but I can feel the change of season in my body.

I finished my Madonna of the Street rug and have only a little bit left to whip. I kept it to work at the Evening Matters rug hooking meeting but it was canceled.

 I signed up for a rug hook-in in St John  New Brunswick with the Carnagie Rug Hooking group in April. I can't wait to see everyone again. I had a lot of fun at the  St Andrews N.B. rug hook-in and I'm sure it will be a lot of fun again.

I drew the pattern for my next rug on the same monk's cloth backing as for my previous rug because I plan to use a #3 cut again for the face. This one is called Our Lady of Good Counsel. I haven't dyed the wool yet or even looked at what I have to work with. Lately, I've been busy with what life has given me and I work around it. 

Our Lady of Good Counsel's halo and lettering need fixing. It is a free domain picture.

I printed the photo with my computer and used a sheet of mylar and trace the outline. I taped the mylar to a hole cut in a cardboard box and used my cell phone light to project the image to the wall but it was so close to the wall that it was a challenge to trace it to the bigger piece of paper on the wall.

My brother Gerard spent the weekend with us and we had a lovely visit. He arrived with a big bottle of wine. We chatted all evening until late. We took him to our favorite family restaurant on Sunday morning but he pulled a fast one on us and paid the bill before we even blinked.

Thanks for visiting and leaving comments. I really appreciate them.



  1. Make sure you dye more than enough wool for this one so you aren't stressed when it is near finished and wonder if there is enough.
    I'm not Catholic but there have been times when I could have used comfort by the Lady of Good Counsel.
    Wonderful you had a great visit with your brother.

  2. Another masterpiece by you my friend! Although I'm not CatholicI appreciate the art! In fact I'm heading to Chicago to help my sister with a St. Joseph's Day (Midge's bday too!) bake sale Acension Catholic church. Hopefully we'll have time to visit and have some fun too! I'm glad you had time with your brother. Siblings are the best! Have a good weekend!

  3. Our Lady of Good Counsel will be another masterpiece!
    How nice to spend time with your (generous) brother.

  4. Man you drew that on the material? And then you die your own wool - you are a master at this. Amazing. Glad you had a nice time with your brother.

  5. So glad you had a wonderful time with your brother. There are times we have my FIL steal the ill from us. Look forward to seeig your new rug. Janice

  6. What a treat! A visit from your brother! I’m always amazed at your work with rugs.

  7. A new project! That’s great Julia. I hear the hook-in has reached its number limit, so we were just in time. I’m glad you had a nice visit with your brother. And the current sounds of snow melt are music to my ears.

  8. I am excited to see your rugs. You are so talented Julia, I love each one you share.
    I am happy you had the chance to visit your brother. Family time is a treasure.
    Love, Carla

  9. Forgot to mention that I am so happy you are attending another hook in. It will help get your mojo back ;-)

  10. That was very nice of Gerald! I am glad you had a lovely time. I am looking forward to seeing your continuing work on this hook rug!x