Sunday, July 28, 2013

Scraping the bottom of the barrell

Before I get the to title of the post, I do want to share a lovely basket that I won from Ann of  It is just perfect to store hooking and stitching supplies, and she also gifted me the the darling beeswax sheep hanging from the box.  Thank you, Ann, I love it!!

And, last weekend, Lauren from and her good friend, Mary, were here for a visit.  We had a great time antiqueing and visiting, and Lauren gifted me with several lovely gifts...thank you, Lauren!  Since she was kind enough to share a picture of me with you all on her blog, I thought I'd return the favor! hehehe Lauren is on the right.

Now, to the scraping the bottom of the barrel part.  Since I haven't managed to finish anything new, the only thing I can come up with for a blog post is to show you some of my older hooked rugs.  The first is from Kari of Log Cabin Rugs.  It is a very large rug, and I made a big dent in my worms on this!

I love this one, too.

This is a copy of an antique rug.  Once again, in trying to keep with the spirit of old rugs, I just use what I have.

This one is probably my favorite of all I have hooked so far.  It is a pattern by Woolley Fox that was published in Rug Hooking Magazine a couple of years back, Westmoreland Ponies.

This one is actually a rug based on an early quilt.  Several companies publish pattern variations of it.  I believe it is called Lucinda's quilt.

Gee, I think I might be noticing a trend in what I hook ...horses!!  Ya think???

And finally, here is how my garden grows at the end of July.

I hope you enjoyed looking...leave me a comment, I'd love to hear from you!


  1. So fun that you got to meet up with Lauren! Blogging friends are so nice! Love all your rug pictures - you've done so MANY!

  2. Geez, thanks for!
    Where were some of those rugs??? I don't recall seeing several of them. I guess that's because there is so much eye candy in your house it's hard to take it all in. I guess I will just have to visit again!
    Do you recall what issue of RHM Westmoreland Ponies was in?
    Great basket from Ann.
    Hugs to ya' :)

  3. You call this scraping the bottom of the barrel? Wow! Your rugs are gorgeous! I so wish I knew how to hook rugs. Maybe someday. Thanks for sharing them! Congrats on winning that basket too. Glad you had fun with Lauren and friend!

  4. Evening Melinda, oh my, your rugs are so beautiful, if that's scraping the bottom, well...that's a great bottom I think......Love the basket from Ann, so very talented....and the gardens are so pretty....Blessings Francine.

  5. Your rugs are wonderful and your garden beautiful!

  6. I love seeing your rugs. Definitely horses :)

  7. Morning Melinda,
    I always enjoy looking at your posts.
    Your gardens look lush and full.
    Sad to see July almost over.
    Enjoy your day Melinda.

  8. What a sweet garden. Your rugs are lovely; you aren't horsing around! :) thank you for sharing. Glad you had a good visit with Lauren. That is too cool.

  9. You have the most beautiful rugs, Melinda. Isn't it fun to meet blogging friends? You show have an immediate feeling of a longtime friend. Enjoyed the visit.

  10. I really enjoyed seeing your rugs. I'm slowly getting my binding of Westmoreland Ponies done. The cotton binding still isn't fully attached but getting there.

    Your garden is really lovely and shows you put a lot of effort in tending it.


  11. Love the bottom of the barrel rugs They are so gorgeous and not the bottom of the barrel. Congratulations on the basket it is a beauty.

    Such lovely gardens, that takes a lot of work!


  12. I'm so glad you found a use for the basket - storage of hooking "stuff" is perfect! The rugs you share in this post are beautiful.

    What a fun get together, Of the 3 of you, I only know Lauren and she is a wonderful, generous, kind friend. I hope to be lucky enough to meet you and Mary in the future. ~Ann


  13. Beautiful rugs and lovely gardens!! Congrats on winning the great basket from Ann... it looks like it will work out perfectly as a storage place for your hooking.... How nice that you were able to meet up with blogging friends! Sounds like such fun!

  14. Beautiful rugs! Do you have horses?

    Your garden is awesome--mine is full of weeds

  15. Hi Melinda- love your blog - the rugs are great. Your garden is also beautiful. How are the kitties?

  16. All of your rugs in this post are absolutely beautiful. I am anxious to see what you do with the blocks that you were lucky to find!!! And , before, I forget, your garden is lovely...nice and full, gorgeous and healthy!

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  17. Your rugs were a pleasure to look at, GorGeous ! You call that "scraping the bottom of the barrel" Your "backyarden" is beautiful too, not a weed in sight. Enjoy your week-end. I really enjoy your blog...Marg

  18. Wow...if thats scraping the bottom of the barrel on rugs lets see what you think are the best ones !!! Those rugs, along with your samplers, garden, home, new dry sink, everything is lovely and when I think in my mind "primitive homestead" your house is exactly what I see. The fact is everything is just lovely Melinda. Sorry I haven't been over to read up what's been going on in your world for awhile....Hugs to you my friend.