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Monday, May 01, 2006

{who are you?!} psst...a contest

self portrait challenge
this is my introduction to self portrait challenge. for those visiting for the first time- i'm joleen, age 23, married two years to my hubby, alex. we're located in southern california and share a home with our turtle, dude. i spend my weekdays working full time as a nanny + creating whenever possible. my favorite pastime is reading. i do self portraits because it greatly challenges me and will help me to document my personal history.

so now i'd like to meet you! tell me your name and where you're from.. and whatever else you'd like to share by wed. at noon. your comment will enter you in to my next contest to win this birdy woodblock painting (approx. 2.5" x 5") made by moi. the sides are painted too. i look forward to getting to know you + good luck! xo

note- even if you've commented a million times, please speak up! :) i'd like to get an idea of the demographics of who reads. thanks!


Anonymous justine said...

your turtle's name is Dude!! that's funny I love it!!
My name is Justine, I'm 33 and have been maried to my husband for 5 years and we have a 17 month old daughter. We live in Melbourne, Australia.
Check out my blog to get the low down

1:12 AM  
Blogger eva said...


i am eva, and yesterday i turned 22. on 14.1. this year i married my love, and on 5.3. our son was born. we live ljubljana, slovenia, which is in central europe, bordering on italy and austria. we are waiting for a kitten to get big enough to join us here.

1:59 AM  
Anonymous Rosie said...

Hello! My name is Rosie and I'm 26. I live with my boyfriend in Bristol, England. I'd love to have a kitten or a baby (I'm not fussy!) but I'm allergic to cats so it looks like I'll have to wait for a baby!

3:13 AM  
Blogger cara winsor hehir said...

im cara, and im lucky enough to live in st john's, newfoundland, with kevin a very long and thoughtful poet, and llewellyn a stunning and sweet 1 yr old.
we make art watch the fog and eat well. we also have a grand spot to hang your painting. im 355 day from 30 and don't mind a bit and right now, out my window, there are two goldfinches feasting from the spruce tree in my backyard.

4:28 AM  
Blogger Hagit said...

I'm Hagit from Tel Aviv, Israel, I lurn around your Flickr sometimes, and enjoy them! I'm 33, a full-time self-employed translator, and have just gotten into crafting (mainly card making) recently. Nice to meet you! :-))

5:25 AM  
Blogger purplecupcake said...

Wow, it's great to see that you got readers from so many different and wonderful countries. It's amazing!
I don't know if I can qualify for your contest since I'm not a first time visitor but it's okay, I'll still introduce myself.
My name is Jeanette. I've been married for 10 years an have 4 children. I live in Guam, a US territory.

5:33 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Hi! I am Amanda from good ole Georgia. I am married to Lynn for almost 11 years. He is truly the love of my life :) We have one beautiful daughter named Amber, she is almost 9. I work full time at a hospital in Health Information.

5:53 AM  
Blogger Funky Finds said...

Wonderful painting! My name is Jessica Hood. I am a graphic designer in Texas (hint: I'm near the home of the Tx Rangers). I love to scrapbook & alter things in my spare time, as well as spending time with my chihuahua, Abigail Raine. She is a spoiled baby girl, but that was my intention all along! LOL

6:06 AM  
Anonymous C said...

I'm C, I'm 27 - for some reason I was going to type 23, living in the past maybe?

I'm married to someone who I fall in love with again and again all the time.

I'm a self-professed music junkie and I love words.

I also very much love that photo of you!

6:20 AM  
Anonymous isabel said...

Hello, Jolene!
My name is Isabel and I am originally from Northern California. I currently reside in Baltimore, Maryland. I'm 26 (27 in August) years old and have been married for almost 8 years in July. I am a computer geek by day, and my husband is a teacher. I have a cat named Mia, and we're hoping to adopt a dog this summer.

I create stuff with tangible materials as well as digital. I love all things colorful, and really enjoy looking at all of your photos on flickr. :)

7:11 AM  
Blogger Teresa said...


My name is Teresa, I am a 41 year old Mom, Wife, Gramma. I love the Gramma part a Lot! I grew up in Southern California, but have been in Oregon for 12+ years. I just got my real estate license and am starting a new career at 40+ lol, must be my 2nd mid life crisis! First one was when my son moved out. I was a teen mom, so I felt like I had been a mom my whole life and was a little lost when he grew up. But now he has blessed me with Lilee Mae (3) and I just adore her and being her Gramma.

I love your site because you are so creative and open with your feelings and in my mind that makes you really really Brave! Life is hard and being able to talk about it makes our lives better and knowing you are not alone is good too. Life is good too and you share that also and I am sure you give others hope.

I wish you all the best and keep up the good work!

7:40 AM  
Blogger Deb R said...

Hi Joleen!

I'm Deb, from Kentucky. I followed some links to your blog when I started seeing some of my daily reads getting gorgeous new looks designed by you and I thought "I want to see more of this artist!"

Your self-portrait is lovely.

8:04 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

It's me Heather from Sacramento. I'm mom to 2 soon to be 3. I'm 33 love reading, movies, watching tv with my hubby. I'm a vegetarian, but I cheat and eat bacon becuase it's just to good to give up.

8:21 AM  
Blogger maggiegracecreates said...

joleen, i'm teresa 40 years old. creative soul, but not ready to use the phrase artist. I live abouth 60 miles north of your grandmother in comer ga.
two girls 15 and 12 - who are learning to be creative as well.
i am a daily reader and lover your posts. you are an inspiration to me and many .

8:32 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

I'm Laurie. I'm 38 and live in Iowa. I mostly make cards, but do love to sew. I read your blog everyday :)

9:18 AM  
Blogger Server Girl said...

Hi Joleen!
You know me...you did Heather and my banner for our blogs. Thank u.
I am 30.
No man, Just a cute 10 month old kitty
named Cricket.
I live in Sacramento
where it gets a little too hot.
Green is my thing.
I like to think I am crafty,
but am not very confident in it.
I live in a big old house,
with 2 life long friends.
...and I love your painting! :)

9:52 AM  
Anonymous tammie said...

i'm tammie - 31 year-old, married mother of 2 (hopefully 4 someday). i spend my days trying to cram in so many passions and never finding enough time. i go to sleep everynight by saying silent thank yous for the many many blessings in my life.

lovely self portrait joleen!

9:54 AM  
Blogger gkgirl said...

i'm a geeky girl living in canada...
married with 2 kids...
(somewhat)unwilling owner of a dog...
beginner knitter...
happy recipient of new beautiful new blog banner...
avid reader...
diet coke addict...

should i continue?

10:23 AM  
Blogger maria said...

I'm Maria, I'm 26 (within a few days, at least ;) ) and I live in Uppsala, Sweden with my fiancé and dogs. I'm busy finishing my studies (only one month left!), working (in Stockholm) and - when I have some free time - crafting, meeting my friends, being with my little family :-)

10:31 AM  
Blogger African Kelli said...

Wow -- you have some impressive world diversity here!
My name is Kelli. I'm 26. I live in Arizona and love all things African. I work in public health and just finished writing my first novel. I love to read, run, knit, sew and bake.
I also love the positive vibe of this site. I regularly visit to get more "pink" in my life!

11:09 AM  
Blogger Tenika said...

i'm Tenika from Puyallup, WA. 30 years old married almost 10 years and i think YOU ARE GROOVY!!! :)

11:26 AM  
Blogger la vie en rose said...

michelle, an on the verge of 33 woman from texas with one 3 year old son and no pets but a house full of books.

11:48 AM  
Blogger Lora said...

Hey there! I'm Lora, age 34, wife of one hottie for 10 years and mother of 2 rockin' cute boys!! I live in Louisville, KY
I'm a SAHM and I just signed up to be a Stampin' Up demonstrator but have been stampin for 7+ years.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Simply Me said...

Hi Sweetie, I see the majority of your followers gave their age. How great it is to be able to express yourself AND tell your age. I of course would be the oldest chronologically and that is because I am the proud grandma of Joleen. I am close to six decades of age and I still have many more decade to live. Enjoy life, all of you!!!

1:38 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Hi, I'm Emily in Altoona, PA. I moved here three years ago from Southern California...was born/raised in California.

I'm an artist, 33, mom of two great gals and have a dh who keeps me balanced.

2:27 PM  
Blogger melba said...

I am Melba.
I am a stay at home Mama of 2 toddlers.

I live in Cape Cod, MA

I love to create and I love blogging and

I love how colorful your blog is!

3:08 PM  
Blogger holly_44109 said...

i am 28 years old, live in cleveland, oh and am a librarian. i've been married to my husband, who's an architect, for almost 2 years. we have 4 goldfish :)

5:21 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

My name is Rachel. I live near the beach in New Jersey but I never do more than get my feet wet in the ocean. I swear I can't swim. I work as a photo editor for a newspaper. I'm also a blogger, writer, photographer, gardener, crafter, cook and aunt. I live with my fiancee and my two chihuahuas. Your painting is lovely. It would look smashing in my kitchen which has a bird theme.

5:33 PM  
Blogger joy madison said...

I'm joy madison
age 30
sahm to 3 crazies

I live outside of Seattle, WA

I love reading, blogging, phototaking and scrapbooking!!!

I can't wait to see everyones month of SPC's!

6:00 PM  
Anonymous Toryssa said...

I am Tory, I have one son - Duncan who is amazing and so much fun. I live outside of Olympia, Washington.

I garden, and knit, and work at an art store and get a discount on all kinds of great stuff!

7:20 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Hi Joleen....compared to some of the other locations, Madison Wisconsin sounds rather dull.
I'm 41, married to my high school sweetie for almost 22 years. 2 children, 18 and 14 and a 9 year old pooch. I've been a SAHM forever, and I create all the time. (On a good day, I call myself an artist)

7:51 PM  
Blogger erin_elizabeth_ said...

Hi Joleen,

I'm Erin, I'm 29 (29!) and live just outside Washington DC with my boyfriend of 5 years. I grew up on Cape Cod and I miss the ocean so much it hurts. I love the Red Sox and am so glad it's baseball season. I have a day job in editing. I love to create - my first love is making jewelry, but you've inspired me to get back into collage and mixed media art!

8:23 PM  
Blogger mrsskeels said...

OMG! I wanna go to personally visit everyone who has commented on this blog today! You have quite a following, Joleenm. For all you who don't know me, but care to know me, I'm Lisa. I'm the proud mom of Joleen. I, too have been a mom my entire adult life, but wouldn't have had it any other way. I am also mom to Aimee, Sarah and Deana, stepmom to Michelle and Sherry, mom to Buster (my chihuatsu), wife to Brad almost 10 years now, grandma to 7 and great grandma to 1. BTW, I just turned 42 years old! I love to craft, sew, play the piano, worship, serve God, stamp (I'm also a Stampin Up demonstrator), crochet, dabble in whatever Joleen inspires me to do, and read this blog! I love that you all love my kid! If you're ever really bored, read mine! sundaisies and doodlebugs@blogspot.com. Blessings!!!!

9:07 PM  
Blogger mrsskeels said...

BTW, I forgot to tell you that this photo of you is one of my favorites. BEAUTIFUL!!!

9:08 PM  
Blogger shash said...

you look beautiful. lovely photo. i like the pink flowers on it too.

10:12 PM  
Anonymous moki said...

wow! Look at all the posts! I am moki :) in New Mexico, and something you don't know about me: I can make my eyeballs wiggle back and forth when I cross my eyes! ewww!

10:42 PM  
Blogger liz elayne said...

i keep checking in on your blog but forget to leave a comment. so here i am! all these comments are such fun.

i am in tacoma, washington living in a little white house with yellow shutters with my dear husband and our golden pooch millie. i work from home as an editor and i teach yoga. i love living in the pacific northwest (especially when the sun is out!)

loving your self-portraits my dear!

11:26 PM  
Blogger Sofia Barao said...

Hi Joleen, lovely idea :)
So here goes : My name's Sofia, I'm 30 years old and I'm a portuguese living in a very beautiful small town 45 minutes away from Paris. I've lived before in Switzerland. I'm now a at home translator and I also work part time with kids at an elementary school but really hoping to change very soon to a part time nanny as well :)
I live with my french husband and his 16 year old boy.
All my free time I do mixed media art or try to change and give a personal touch to my clothes (yes I do :) )
Guess this is all for now :)

12:42 AM  
Blogger zarah said...

Hi Joleen:) Always looking for new projects, right?
I'm Sara, 23 from Portugal. I'm a christian, an unemployed primary teacher and always looking for ways to have my hands busy. I love creating and putting a bit of myself in every piece. I've been feeling a bit down and frustraded lately... still living with my parents, when what I'd like was to be married with my honey and have my own home. I dream of embracing a project that has impact in society...

4:14 AM  
Blogger Tatterededge said...

YOu know me, sorta! *grins* Umm...let's see...I turned 35 in March, I live on the west coast of Canada but hail from the Canadian Prairies-Winnipeg to be exact. I have been very happily married to a prince among men for almost 16 years and we have a soon to be 15 year old son. I teach mixed media art, do design work for a couple of art related companies and have been on a crisis line for over 8 years. I love people and live my life with a spirit of adventure.

6:03 AM  
Blogger nienke said...

Hi Joleen, I'm Nienke, 22, from Amsterdam in The Netherlands. I am just a month away of finishing my study to become a 'real' teacher on an elementary school. eek! I already teach two classes of 31 kids each (about 10/11 years old). eek again! But it's a lot of fun :) I'm now working on my final essay, which today i did on my laptop in the backyard, because the weather is finally nice here! yeah! I still live at home with my parents, brother (19) and three cats. I recently started taking yoga class. I really want to visit Japan and Australia one day. I crochet since last year and do al sorts of other crafts. I'm totally into swapping lately, you might now me from the coloriffic-group.
I bought your portals zine and really looking forward to receiving! Take care and keep on making and writing about pretty things!


6:43 AM  
Blogger kelly said...

greetings joleen!
kelly from middle indiana - land of corn and lots of hoosiers!

i get to walk down my bedroom steps into my studio everyday and i love it! i especially get happy when i read you blog because it is so brite and cheery. i also dig your contests.

i am a mama, creative and some days a recluse!

happy wednesday

8:29 AM  
Blogger mcaplan said...

This is such a great idea!
Hi! I am Michelle. I am 29, married 9 months, and have 2 cats. I am a mixed media collage portrait artist in So Cal. I have my studio at home so I am always working in something. I also love to knit, read, garden and cook. Lately the knitting and reading have fallen by the way side! I love my blogs, and have met amazing people through them. They inspire me and help keep my brain social when I am immersed in my own work.

I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog! I will be back!

9:15 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

Hi Joleen, Im Julie, 35, mother of 2, wife of Rami and live in Israel. I am an artist. Its not what you do that defines you its how you feel. Anyway, I love painting, sculpting, sewing, and making things with my hands.
I think the photos you posted today are beautiful. Very true and you look like a lovely person. (I dont have the guts to put my pictures on my blog!)
Nice meeting you!

9:43 AM  
Anonymous Hanna said...

Hi Joleen,
I'm joingin SELF PORTRAIT CHALLANGE this week too, so you can read more about me there. I'm from Sweden and I've thought to ask you - did you send a Portal mag for me? I payed for it and never got it, thought I'd ask...

Take care!

10:28 AM  
Anonymous sassybead said...

Hey Joleen! This is Sharon, hailing you from Seattle. I'm not as far away as some people her are, but still, it's a nice place to be! I am kind of new to mixed media and blogging, having been introduced to them by Heather. I'll get my blog started soon, I promise (hear that, Heather?) I have also been passionately beading for...oh...years and years now...I tell ya - I'd bead and make art all day long if I could get away with it!

11:32 AM  
Blogger jenny vorwaller said...

joleen!! look at all these inroductions! :) wonderful.

i just asked a similair thing on my blog, its funny, how you put yourself out there so much, everyone "knows" you and you dont always knwo who they are!

so im curious to see who eveyrone is ;)

1:24 PM  
Blogger Lu said...

I love your introduction pic. very nice.

5:37 PM  
Blogger Ketutar said...

Hi, Joleen :-)

I'm Ketutar, age 37, married since 1999 with the only guy in the world who is sweeter than my dad.
I'm Finnish, he's Danish and we live in Sweden.
We have a dog, a black-and-white Springer Spaniel, called Boris. His "real" name is MacKinley, so we call him sometimes "Boris MacKinley Jensen!" ;-)
I don't have kids, but I would very much like to have.
I don't have cats, but I would very much like to have.
I write, draw, do crafts and potter with witchery, I read and bake.
I think I'm going to have a self-portrait week on my blog... inspired by you. I'm sure my net friends would appreciate it a lot. I know I appreciate it a lot, when I see photos of my net friends - which doesn't happen often. :-( Maybe they'll get inspired too :-)
I think you are pretty :-) and I love your blog too :-)

1:02 AM  
Blogger Ketutar said...

Ok - I have started a self portrait week, inspired by you LOL

1:24 AM  

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