~ A wise man once said: I don't know, go ask a Woman!! ~

Friday, September 26, 2008

Thistle House Primitives: October Give Away!!

Lookie at this great penny rug!! I found this on Tomatoe Creek Prims blog. I love that blog!!! Anyway Terri is giving this away on Oct !, so hurry over and post a comment and she will enter you up.. find out who to get more entries by looking on her blog:
Thistle House Primitives: October Give Away!!
Some day I'll give something away too, but for now I have fun finding great giveaways and hope that my name will be picked out of one of them!!
Cool morning here in Colorado, but suppose to be in the 80's this afternoon. Ash has to go for a check up, to get her incision looked at. She doesn't want anyone to see it. She barely lets me look but it is healing fine and she is almost back to 100%. She didn't want to go to school this week, but that is okay by me. It will be there next week. She was still a little sore and had a bad rash from what they used to prep her tummy for surgery. That didn't show up for two days, so we were a little puzzled as to why she had a rash. It was all over her little tummy and really red and bumpy!! She was really good about not itching it, but it looked uncomfortable!! She has been so good through this whole thing and we are glad she is on the mend and acting like her self again!!
Have a blessed day!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Eeekk I've been tagged!!!

Oh my I've been TAGGED!!! Tammy from The Olde Hollow Crow

honored upon me this YOUR BLOG ROCKS award!! I'm new at this
blogging thing so it is truly an honor to me that I have received any awards at all!! Thanks Tammy. Now I have to tell you 6 things about myself and then tag 6 mores blogs!!! So watch out you may be on my list!!!

  • I am a stay at home mom
  • I have two wonderful kids and a great husband
  • I am the middle kid of 5. Two older sisters and two younger brothers
  • I have been selling my primitive creations on ebay for about 2 yrs.
  • I have lived in Colorado most of my life, had a short stay in AZ!!
  • I love the primitive look and am working to transform my home!!
Here are the 6 blogs I have tagged!!!

I hope none of these blogs have been picked but if they have they must really ROCK!!!
Blessings and thanks again Tammy!!!

Ashley is My HERO!!

I have a new Hero!! It is Ashley!! She had her surgery on Friday and did wonderfully. She was so brave and hardly cried at all, I think Mom and Dad did more than her this time!! She had an umbilical remnant removed from her abdominal area and they also took out her appendix while they were there!
She was brave and made us proud. Thanks to all

of you that prayed for her or sent an email wishing her well, she is a very healthy happy girl now and we are so blessed to have her in our lives. We realize that our victory with her is great but seeing some the the children at Children's Hospital we realize that we are lucky that we got to bring home a happy, healthy girl, some people won't get to have that joy or have a very long road a head of them. I pray for them now that they too can see the smile in on their child's face again very soon!!
God Bless,

Thursday, September 18, 2008

2009 Farmers Almanac is out today!!!

In honor of the 2009 Farmers Almanac being release today I thought I'd hit you with some Almanac Trivia I found on their website.

Farmers’ Almanac Trivia
Why are barns painted red?

Ever wonder why old barns are usually red in color? Red is (or, perhaps, was) a popular color for barns due not to its color shade but for its usefulness. Many years ago, choices for paints, sealers and other building materials did not exist. Farmers had to be resourceful in finding or making a paint that would protect and seal the wood on their barns. Hundreds of years ago, many farmers would seal their barns with linseed oil, which is an orange-colored oil derived from the seeds of the flax plant. To this oil, they would add a variety of things, most often milk and lime, but also ferrous oxide, or rust. Rust was plentiful on farms and because it killed fungi and mosses that might grow on barns, was very effective as a sealant. It turned the mixture red in color. When paint became more available, many people chose red paint for their barns in honor of tradition.

Now you know!!!! Blessings,

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

It's almost time for Ash to go to Children's

OH my sweet Ash !!!
No wonder everyone thinks she is a boy!!! She loves to wear Daddy's hat!! We are headed to Denver tomorrow for her surgery. She has a very rare condition... I guess you call it, she has an umbilical remnant just below her belly button inside her tummy. usually found in children much younger than 4 years old!! It got infected in July, otherwise the Doctors say we would more than likely NEVER have known she had it. Anyway we had to get rid of the infection and now they are going to remove it so that is doesn't have a chance of ever getting infected or worse again!!! It is a minor surgery, to them, but for me it is major!!! She is so healthy and happy and I just want everything to be okay!! There was such a beautiful harvest moon out tonight and I see that there are so many beautiful things I want to share with my daughter, and not seeing her sick again is one of them. Her big brother Brandon is having a hard time too, he doesn't want to be apart from her for 5 days again, but we should only be gone a couple of days, he gets to go hang out with Grandma and PaPa on the farm!! Ashley wants to go too!! Send good luck, prayers, hugs and kisses her way on Fri. She keeps saying she doesn't want to go back where they 'put her out' at!! I have had such good support from my family and all my girlfriends in my ebay groups, I really don't know what I'd do with out them. Thanks girls.... YOU ROCK!!!
Joleen, Joe, Brandon and Ash !!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

So many giveaways....so little time!!!

There are soooo many fun giveaways on the blogs I look at it is so hard not to share them all and not to enter them all. Maybe on one of them I'll get my name drawn out of the old dough bowl. Go take a peek at My Yellow Farmhouses blog, she is giving away this beautiful table runner and beaded pumpkins.

And for a great SECOND drawing she is giving away all this great Halloween Stuff!!! Isn't it all great!!!??? I want it all!!!

And then over at Coops Corner go take a gander there she is having her first giveaway and these great things are what you may win!!! Oh what fun!!!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Another Great Giveaway!!!

Another day of looking at such neat blog finds me just amazed at all the beautiful home and families that you all have and while blogging, I keep finding these awesome giveaways on the neatest blogs. This one if for all the neat stuff in this picture!!!Jo-Ann is celebrating the opening of her esty shop : http://www.gingersnapshollow.etsy.com/ If you link her giveaway to on your blog she will enter you once, if you go to her blog and leave a comment she will enter you again and if you go to her esty shop and purchase an item she will enter you another 10 times!! Oh what fur!! Go take a look at her blog and shop they are both great and what a beautiful family she has and wonderful things to offer... I found this giveaway on one of my favorite prim blogs, ~Tomatoe Creek Prims~ go take a peek there too!! What a beautiful blog she has. Now go do all the things Jo-Ann wants you to and you may be the WINNER!!! But I hope these pretties show up in my mail box.. But good luck to all of you too!!! Blessings, Joleen
Have a great weekend!!!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Stuffing pillows made easier!!!

Okay all of my new prim friends, maybe you already do this, but I JUST thought of it so either I'm slow or had a great idea!!! lol

I was stuffing a prim pillow to list today and I have been using the 'cluster stuff' to make them feel more 'feather pillow like' and if you have used it before it is a pain in your behind!!! It gets all over and is hard to hang onto. Unless you leave a very big fill hole in the end of what ever you are stuffing, it seems to take FOREVER!!
Do you have an old jar filler hanging around. You know what you use to fill jars when canning!!
Why not use it to fill up your pillows?? I have a very old glass one my Grandma King used may years ago. It works like a dream!!!. I just put the funnel opening in the fill hole and started stuffing!! I filled that pillow in about 1/3 of the time is usually takes.!!!! Yippee!!!

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Maybe you have a trick too, it but this did work great and I wanted to share it with you!!! I know that if you spritz your fabric with just a little water that things stuff nicer also!!

Here is my finished product!!
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But it wasn't grubby enough for us prim lovers, so I coffee/cinnamon/vanilla stained it and baked it. It is or will be soon on my eBay site. *theprimitvebucket*. Thanks for looking and I hope this was a helpful hint!!!

Blessings, Joleen

It goes without saying!!!

Today was a tragic day for America!!! But we are a strong, united country and we have gotten each other through it horrible event!! I will never forget it I thank God everyday for my family, friends and freedom!!!Photobucket
Thanks to all of those who gave of themselves to make our country strong and FREE!!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


Wherever you go
No matter the weather
Always bring your own


Monday, September 8, 2008

Souffle Anyone??... Rusting Recipe

I want to share a rusting recipe on found on line that ISN'T toxic like the old standard one used with bleach.
This one is very easy to use and will is not dangerous to use, unless you spill it on your carpet.. it will be rust colored..

Here it is:
One pint hydrogen peroxide
1/4 C Vinegar ( I use white)
2 TBLS. salt (table salt it fine)

Mix these three ingredients in a plastic bowl you don't use again, it will be rusted too!!! Stir with a plastic spoon until the salt is dissolved. Add your items to rust, bells, pins etc,.. They will start turning your solution brown in an hour or so, but you can leave them overnight or for several hours, which is what I do, you will get better results. When done drain, but DO NOT RINSE THE ITEMS OFF, then lay them out on a thick layer of paper towels or newspaper on an old cookie sheet, and let dry in the sun or air dry. If you need them like, NOW, I did put a batch in the oven for a quick dry at about 200* with the door ajar, but lay them on parchment paper not paper towels or newspaper in the oven. We don't want a fire!!! And be careful, them suckers get hot!!! NOTE!! And very important!!! They didn't tell me this, had to find out the hard way!!! See pictures below!!! Make sure you put your plastic container with the solution in it on an old cookie sheet with sides. This gets a good head of foam on the top and does overflow and will make a mess on your counter. It may not overflow in a larger container, but the foam gets pretty big!!! Also, I use an old whipped cream container to do my rusting, SAVE THE LID and punch some holes in the top, and use it to drain the items you have rusted, this will save your strainer or anything else you may use to drain them. I then clean them out and save it for the next batch. I have added pictures from when the foam forms to my end result. It is quick easy and non toxic, I'm sure you wouldn't want to drink it so keep it away from anyone that may do that!! But the bleach recipe if very toxic and can be very harmful to those that have respiratory issues. Have fun and good luck!!

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See what I mean by Souffle???


This is what they look like coming out of the solution. Keep them close together, don't know why, but they 'rust' better.


All dry and ready to use!!!
Now add them to your prim creations!!!
Have fun!!!


Adds just the right touch to anything PRIM!!!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Where do you belong!!??

You Belong in Fall

Intelligent, introspective, and quite expressive at times...

You appreciate the changes in color, climate, and mood that fall brings

Whether you're carving wacky pumpkins or taking long drives, autumn is a favorite time of year for you

I love the cool air and crisp nights, the colors of fall and the smells. Leaving them windows open all day to let the house air out and the fresh smells in!! Football!! I do love Fall!!

Fall is around the corner!!

It is truly becoming fall here in NE Colorado. The nights are cool & the days crisp!! And my kids are already sick!! Sure sign of school starting and germs being shared!!
It's time for me to start thinking of Christmas items for my eBay listings, but I will linger in the cool days of Fall before we have to start shoveling snow!!!
We did yard work, sticker plants have invaded our back lot and I think I pulled for two hours and didn't get them all, do you ever get them all???

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Ashley drove the go cart all by her self yesterday and was so proud of herself and I think Joe and I were as happy as she was. She is doing so much better since being sick and really a healthy little girl.. Brandon has been my sick one this week, but a trip to the Dr has him back on the mend. He missed all but one day of school this week!!
Well I have dinner cooking....


Blessings, Joleen

Thursday, September 4, 2008


This should probably be taped to your bathroom mirror
where one could read it every day.
You may not realize it, but it's 100% true.

1. There are at least two people in this world
that you would die for.

2. At least 15 people in this world
love you in some way.

3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you
is because they want to be just like you.

4. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone,
even if they don't like you.

5. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you
before they go to sleep.

6. You mean the world to some one.

7. You are special and unique.!

8. Someone that you don't even know exists loves you.

9. When you make the biggest mistake ever,
something good comes from it.

10. When you think the world has turned its back on you
take another look.

11. Always remember the compliments you received.
Forget about the rude remarks.

And always remember....
when life hands you Lemons,
ask for Sugar and call me over!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Pet the kitty!!! Meow!!!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Yet another great giveaway!! Yippee

This blogging thing is becoming so fun. I get to see so many new ideas and beautiful artists and I come across some of the best giveaways for really cool stuff, I was on Tomatoe Creek Prims great blog and I saw a post of yet another great giveaway. Pam at Antique or Not is giving away a $25 gift certificate to her online shoppe just for posting on her blog, Of course she has to pick out your name for the many, but give it a try, you may be the lucky winner and she has awesome stuff in her shoppe. Good luck, but I hope I win...tee hee.. I could use some new pretties in my house!!! She has REALLY neat stuff!!!


Is this fun or what!!????