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Sunday, March 26, 2006


Yay for having my computer (and photoshop!) back! Yay for Spring! Yay for contests! ♥

up for grabs:
foam brush
specialty paper bits (4" x 4")
two acrylic paints
mini canvas
chocolate in the cutest tin!
bag 'o bits

To be entered in the valentine giveaway you had to tell me two things you love. For this contest you have to leave a comment- recommending two tangible things to me (book, movie, item to purchase, etc.). ALSO, you can't put the same answer as anyone else or it doesn't count. Be creative and have fun! Contest ends at 12 noon Tuesday, March 28th.


Blogger daru said...

hey joleen! i always enjoy your lovely blog :) so many pretty things to see! i can recommend to you two amazing albums to buy for your contest: prairie wind by neil young and BMFA by martha wainwright. one is soothing and the other is definitely bittersweet...but both very passionate. enjoy!

9:57 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

spinning fibers from your class. PRETTY!

CUTE handmade hand bags...


10:06 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

A book: A fun memoir of sorts of a novice gardener in San Francisco...
From The Ground Up

An idea book for scrapbooking/paper crafting coming soon! I've had a sneak preview and it's FAB-u-LUSSSSS!!
FREESTYLE by Autumn Leaves

10:44 PM  
Blogger joy madison said...

the movie: Murderball:


the canadian singer: danny michel


he has a new cd coming out this summer. I just discovered him, and I think he's pretty bomb!

12:30 AM  
Blogger khya said...


Bird cage

Hand bag

Nice prizes, your gonna have a ton of responses! Hope you haven't seen any of these before ;-)

12:59 AM  
Anonymous eliza said...

oooh! Now, recommendations are something I can do! :)

Two books:
Colorful Stitchery by Kristin Nicholas
Even if you don't do much embroidery (or ANY, as the case may be...), this is one of those books that will have you perusing the floss aisles at the local stitching shop. Just the -colors- will make you swoon, and the paris cafe towels are divine. Trust me here.

Denyse Schmidt's "Quilts"
I can't sew. I mean it. I try, and the sewing machine /injures/ me. (I have the scar from the stitches. I'm really not kidding. I wish I was, but I'm not.) Despite that, I saw this book ONCE, and started collecting fabric to make things with. And I've even MADE A FEW....WITHOUT INCIDENT. (That's big. Seriously big.) It's swoony. The stuffed quilted cat pattern alone is worth the cost of the book.

Books aside, you should check out an old-ish movie called "The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit". You may have to get it from amazon, since it's too old for many of the short-attention-span movie rental businesses to still have. It's an urban fairy tale about five guys who pool their money for a magical white suit that makes all their deepest dreams come true. You'd love it.

And for products (yes, I know I'm past the two mark, but there are a lot.), I'm inordinately fond of the journal I got from amano.com. Bri makes the original art for each of the coptic-bound journals by hand, and mine never leaves my bag. I've already got another one picked out.

If you haven't heard about Amy (angry chicken)'s Mail Order club, you should. Check out kingpod.com, under the paper goods section. You have to be quick, though -- she only makes 200 of them each time, and they are SOOO worth it. I've got the birthday calendar project hanging over my computer as I type this, and it's so cute and inspiring...and my husband is inordinately pleased with the apple crisp I made from her last mailing.

http://www.moonlightchronicles.com = best. zine. ever. for draw-ers and artists and free spirits. I'm collecting them all, slowly, now that price has the whole archives available again. Mrrrowr. He is /so/ my Imaginary Boyfriend.

You already know about paperbella.com and mantofev.com, don't you?

There's more where this came from. Tell me if you want 'em. :)

2:26 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Ooo a contest again :) I really love:

etsy.com where I can find all the most awesome artists who make some crafty things.

Ali Edwards site
She is such a wonderful scrapbooker and a great Mom. I love her site!

3:53 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

okay, here goes. this is my first blog contest. love your site. have just discovered scrapbooking blogs and can't get enough.

here are my suggestions...

wonderful blues singer Keb Mo..here is his site http://www.kebmo.com
his latest album is Peace

my movie suggestion is memoirs of a geisha. if you are into photography you will love this movie...it is so visually beautiful..oh and the story isn't half bad... here is the site...http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/memoirsofageisha/
it comes out on dvd tomorrow.

hope you enjoy at least one of these

4:20 AM  
Blogger gkgirl said...

all time favorite silly laugh out loud
movie: drop dead fred

music i have just started listening to
and found that i adore it: azure ray

hope you like 'em

5:48 AM  
Blogger Tatterededge said...

Two things that rock my art world right now:

1. German Glass Glitter found here:

(Look under the glass heading)

Comes in silver, pale blue, orange, black, chartreuse, clear, red and pink!! I love it-it's the perfect little touch to add to vintage work!

2. James BLunt's new CD "Back to Bedlam". Great to listen to while creating! Love him!!

6:22 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Joleen ~

I'm a lurker on your site.. and feel inspired by your craftiness & the beauty of your work.

First contest for me too ...

While I love being creative ~ Life contains so many other wonders... here are a few of my recommendations:

1) Any delicous ice cream concoction from Cold Stone Creamery.
2) Real Simple magazine... it's just simply fabulous. Clean cut lines, color, and organization.
3) An evening with friends. Grab your friends (they are tangible) and have an evening of fun (spontaneous or planned). It's so important to be joyfully surrounded by friends... we don't do it enough.

7:13 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Ok Joleen if you don't run out to your nearest store and buy these 2 things you will be seirously missing out
#1 Carob covered malt balls (don't run because I said carob, give em a try they are soooooo good)

#2 Whole Foods Market's chocolate truffles (can you tell I have a huge sweet tooth, these are crazy addictive and good, they melt in your mouth)

7:54 AM  
Blogger mrsskeels said...

I love reading your contests. They give us so much ammunition. Thanks for hosting them!

Tangible things, huh???

I love the stress relief soak salts from Bath and Body works. They have sage and lavender in them and are WONDERFUL after a long day. They even help my sore muscles when my fibro is acting up like now.

I also love a comfortable pair of slippers. Dearfoam usually has the best ones. Ballerina style works the best, 'cause they hug your tired feet.

Theme???? pamper thy self. It's in the Bible. Check it out!

8:38 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Hey Joleen,

Still working on a surprise for you but until you get that in the mail you should buy:

1) The movie Amelie, because it is an absolutely stunning story.

2) Caramellows (Chocolate, handmade caramel and handmade marshmallow) from Byrne and Carlson in Portsmouth New Hampshire. It's a little tiny chocolatier in my hometown that is world renown - and their confections are so droolworthy I'm making puddles on myself just thinking about it!

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Toryssa said...

I won last time, so I don't think it's fair to win again - but, I'm always willing to recomend great books!

1.) The Hotel New Hampshire - John Irving.

2.) The Catalpa Tree - Denyse Devlin (Her name makes it sound like a trashy romance, but it's not at all, it's brilliant.)

10:55 AM  
Blogger African Kelli said...

Just two things to love eh? I love my mama -- for her crafty, witty ways. www.karelsquilts.com.

And I love bagels with peanut butter. Double toasted. With a large hot tea. Yum!

11:22 AM  
Blogger Laurie Star said...

Hi Joleen,

Just want to say I check your blog every day to be inspired simply by the colors and the ideas. Thank you for that!

Two things I recommend:

"Somewhere In Time" with Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymour. Still my favorite movie and haunting in its romance and timelessness.

And: "A Woman's Place" - a novel by Anne Eliot Crompton. Might be hard to find - I think it's out of print, but it really is a terrific book. It's all about an old house and the women who inhabit it over time.

Thanks for the fun!


11:57 AM  
Anonymous cathygaubert said...

anything by ben harper...words really can't describe his music,
and another favorite harper: harper lee's 'to kill a mockingbird' (and i know that it should be underlined, as it is a novel, but i don't know how to do that here!)...my absolute favorite book of all time (and the movie with gregory peck as atticus finch is pretty incredible, too), http://www.amazon.com

12:14 PM  
Blogger Sandrine (alias Didine ♥ ) said...

Hello my dear ! I hope you're fine ! The two things I love are : my favourite movie "Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain" with Audrey Tautou ! The best ever ever ever ever movie of my life and last but not least : all the CAMPER shoes !!! (I wish one day I could be able to buy them because they're a quiet expensive for me !! but they're tooooooo cute ) Big smooches from Belgium

12:30 PM  
Blogger nienke said...

Just TWO things? oh boy, first will have to be all the works of writer Paulo Coelho, but the alchemist to start with, a must read!

second will be the site of the Fullmoon Graphics (http://www.fullmoongraphics.com/) and specially owner Kitty Mead (her blog is here: http://dotcomkitty.com/) she really inspired me with her art and webdesign and trough her i found so many interesting websites!

~x nienke

2:02 PM  
Blogger altermyworld said...

I love my husband's warm chocolate eyelashes. I like to try and touch them without him blinking. We laugh and giggle together.

And i love crockpot sparerubs (the aroma is filling the house as i type)


2:35 PM  
Blogger altermyworld said...

I mean spareribs...LOL

2:36 PM  
Blogger michelle said...

ok I love japanese craft magazines-although I cannot read japanese and I have not been able to buy any yet-but these are the ones I have to have:




http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/books/4579110617/249-8940665-6352313 okay ok that is four but I also love http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0761139850/sr=8-1/qid=1143413574/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-8146749-7806421?%5Fencoding=UTF8 this book is in english and it has a pattern by camilla ...so it looks like i like to read...the things i love, along with reading your blog!

2:38 PM  
Blogger Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

Two more things to love that aren't listed here:

and Baby powder

Soft and sweet!

9:55 PM  
Blogger Sofia Barao said...

Hi Joleen,
Here I am participating at this contest for the first time.

a book - I recommend you my favorite book "Of love and other demons" Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a very powerful book an enchanting story from the 17th century, full of love, hate, madness a magical tale.

a movie - "A very long engagement" the last movie from Jean-Pierre Jeunet (the Amelie movie director)If you like to see how love was like during the 1st world war in France, it's an enchanting movie, full of poetry that will take back in time and space to France and live the story of Mathilde's , in her search for the truth about what happenned to the man she loves .

Hope you'll like my suggestions .

10:09 AM  
Blogger claudia said...

REal simple magazine

The Notebook either the book or the movie.

11:35 AM  
Blogger Funky Finds said...

Great blog Joleen. I always look forward to seeing the beautiful goodies you post. I have to say that I love the movie Bringing Up Baby. Cary Grant & Katherine Hepburn are a fantastic duo in this hilarious movie. If you've never seen it, rent (or buy) it TODAY. You won't be disappointed.

Also, I would recommend reading The Lovely Bones if you have not. This book moved me to tears. Such a wonderful story.

Thanks for doing another contest! So generous.

6:57 PM  
Anonymous jenny vorwaller said...

oh dang. im too late!!

but i was going to recommend the Art Spirit by robert henri, my fav book ever!

and chocolate POCKY! :) (japanese yumminess Mmmm, you;ll love 'em)

:) k, bye!

1:16 PM  

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