About Me

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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.

Saturday, January 19, 2013


I've resisted long enough and I've decided that it's time to take the plunge into Grow Your Blog Party.

My blog Of Petals and Wool  reflect my  many interests, family life and my work and sometimes my faith. Beside my family, I love gardening, hooking wool rugs, hand quilting, knitting, cooking, blogging,  cross stitching, crocheting, singing, photography and so many other hobbies.  

I started blogging on August 2, 2010 as a challenge. I was not familiar with blogging other than I read my daughter's blog. On the advice of a rug hooking friend that I met on Rug Hooking Daily ( a forum for  those interested in fibre Art  ) she encouraged me to JUST DO IT. That became my Motto.

Just like most beginners, I was very timid at first but as soon as I sat at the computer, the words just flowed and it seemed so effortless and the best thing, I was gathering some followers and meeting some new interesting people. I now have 130 followers.

My life is so very busy and that's why I haven't tried to grow my blog. By the time I read my followers' comments, there's no time left to do a blog post of my own, lol...

We have a dairy farm and I'm in charge of taking care of all the calves. I usually have around 25 to take care of from the moment they are born to the time that they are old enough to be put in the shelter with the young heifers.

I also am in charge of the office work for the company, and the yard maintenance, feeding the hired hands and everything in between.

Life can get pretty interesting on the farm sometimes, it's a lot of hard work but never boring.

I hope that you'll enjoy reading my blog. Your comments are very much appreciated.


  1. Well I for one and very glad you started blogging and I am very glad that I get to read about your life. You inspire me and encourage me on a daily basis. I think of how thankful I have been to share our hopes and dreams and our goals. I am also thankful to see your hooking and how gifted you are at every single thing you undertake.
    I am blessed at every turn that you decided to blog. I am also very thankful to call you my friend.
    I love your blog too.

  2. I for two am very glad you started blogging~ I agree with every word Farm Girl said and can't think of a thing to add to her comment! just your comments on my blog have meant a great deal to me ... and I thank you ;)

  3. Hey Julia! Lovely to meet you off the GYB list. I'm crazy about knitting and crocheting. I hope to learn more from you about rug hooking!

    -Jade @ www.muffinteahouse.com

  4. It would have been a shame for the blog world to have missed out on you as you are a girlfriend in the best way....you share your life with us, you encourage us, and you are always there with wonderful stories to keep us entertained.....I am very glad to know you and I always look forward to hearing what's happening in your world and seeing the beautiful results of your time and energy.....

  5. Julia, I too look forward to reading your blog. I enjoy your cow stories, reading about little James and his soon to be born sibling, your flower gardens and most especially your talent for rug hooking. I so enjoy seeing the progress on your latest hooked "story" rug, it is amazing! Greetings from Maine, Julie.

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  7. Well done Julia.
    You are one busy lady

  8. I'm also thankful you started blogging you've been such an encouragement to me, one of my first followers. DH and I loved your runaway cow story. Keep em coming.

  9. Good grief! You're in charge of more Thani even realized!! You're a Wonder Woman!!!!

  10. I love your blog! Just reading about your farm and all the work you do makes me in awe of you...hope you find many fun bloggers to join your blog. I enjoy it! Have a good weekend!

  11. I love your blog. And I can say you are just as sweet in person. Our accidental meeting at Deanne's was a great moment!

  12. Hi Julia...I always enjoy visiting you...you are a wonder! Love hearing about your busy, busy days on the farm, your wonderful memory rug, and your wonderful family. So happy to have met you!
    Have a great Sunday,

  13. Julia ~
    I, too, am glad to have met you through this wonderful world called blogland! I do enjoy your farm stories. I wish I had half your energy!
    Stay warm!
    Hugs :)

  14. This is a wonderful post, as are you wonderful. Your blog is one of my favourites. You are genuine. Your stories are golden. Thank you.

  15. Hi Julia, I love your cow stories. What can I say you are a delight the way you bring us all into your world. Your rugs are so pretty and your one talented lady, Hugs Cheri

  16. If you are new to Julia's blog you are in for a treat. This is a strong and busy woman. She is amazing. I love reading her posts. They are like sitting down at her kitchen table chatting with a cup of coffee.

  17. julia, i love having you as a blogging friend! i love visiting your blog and love having you visit me, your comments always make me smile! you have a wonderful home and beautiful family!! enjoy your day julia!!

  18. I love your blog! I think I found you during a post you were feeding the calves or something. Having had a dairy farm before many years ago, I felt a connection. I know how hard you work!

    I love everything about your blog.
    Thanks for sharing so much of yourself.

  19. Wow, it sounds like you are very busy, Julia! And with so many interesting hobbies and activities. I came by from Kim's Farm Girl blog, by the way. It's good to meet you :).

  20. Hello Julia, Carolyn wanted me to check out your blog as she said we have things in common. I crochet, love to garden, love photography, and I have lived on a farm most of my life. I started a blog this past summer as started camp hosting. My husband retired in July and of April of this year we will be full timers. We are so excited. Our youngest daughter Hannah will be married in June and I am working on all the wedding flowers. Maybe you can check mine out sometime....thefletcherstravels@blogspot.com
    We have a hummingbird ornament like yours, love hummingbirds too.

  21. hi julia, i saw your note/post to ronda's blog and thought i would check out your blog, i am so glad i did, you are amazing! you are right though with your busy life, i don't know how you would find time to blog, i am new at this and love the connections but it takes alot of time and dedication! i am amazed by your farm life, we live in a very rural area on maui, hawaii and raise just a few cows, we were excited at the birth of one calf today, just one! hope i will get to talk to you now and then! aloha, angi in hana

  22. I do enjoy reading your blog. We live on a small farm too, but all we have these days are dogs and chickens :)
    Good luck with your blog party.

  23. i find your blog and your life
    wonderfully rich and fascinating
    and so appreciate the time you invest
    in sharing it with us!

  24. Your granddaughter has started her own blog. It's here: http://mouseborgdesigns.blogspot.ca/

    1. Sorry, tired adult but I think it's my turn to correct you this time. I think that you meant to type .com/ instead of .ca/ Just saying, lol'

      Hugs, JB

  25. Hello Julia

    How lovely to meet you via our dear friend Vicki's Grow Your Blog Party!

    It's so interesting to know that you're a dairyfarmer.
    I worked in that industry for 25 years and loved it especially my dairyfarmer customers - salt of the earth and I just love that.
    For a while I made calf covers, but being in New Zealand with a temperate climate that didn't really take off...
    Most farmers felt "if a calf doesn't survive without a coat it's not worth keeping' - harsh but true.

    I’m your newest follower!
    I do hope you'll pop over and see me too and enter my GYB Giveaway!
    Enjoy the party
    Shane ♥

  26. Hi Julia -- Did you send me an email that you wished to enter? If so, somehow I missed it - so very sorry. No matter - I have just added you to the party list! Have a wonderful time - I hope you make lots of new friends!!


  27. I love your blog and find it very interesting. I am in awe at all you do and still find time to blog about your adventures on the farm and what you love doing. I am happy that we have connected and I look forward to reading all your very interesting blogs in the future. I really enjoy all the pictures you post too. You are an amazing lady sweet Julia and I am most happy you are a blogging friend. Hugs

  28. Hi Julia - so glad I came here to visit and meet you. I know a bit about farming as we live on a small one here in australia but only have a small herd of Angora goats whose wool I am able to dye and use in my creations.
    You have many skills and it is great that you have a nice balance with these in your life.
    Come and visit and put yourself in my Giveawa!
    All the best with your blog too!