Wednesday, February 2, 2011

One World One Heart 2011

Welcome to "Full of Bolognie!" and 
"One World One Heart "..........

I'm Joan......... fondly known as Joanie or Joaniebolognie by my family! ...Get it, Full of Bolognie!!!Ahhhhhh!

I live in a small rural town in Illinois with my husband, Michael, our 3 kids (Justin 19, Connor 17, Lauren 14),  my 83 yr old mother-in-law Eunice, our sweet poochie Vinny and a smelly bunny, Star. 

 My dear mother, Rita, had also lived with us for the past 10 years, but passed away this Christmas Eve. She is dearly missed!

NOW...I bet you're asking yourself...   2 Moms? What is she crazy?
YEP!  We are!
But...they each have their own in-law apartment attached to our home! I'm their care-giver & chaffeur. They have both been a blessing & a burden throughout the past 10 years...yet we wouldn't have had it any other way!

I also spend my days as a Personal Home Aide for the sweetest 9 year old girl. Shayla was born with Mitochondrial is severe & fatal. I have been with Shay now for 5 years and I have fallen in love with her! 

I AM....
out-going, loyal, friendly, funny, caring, sensative, creative, strong-willed, talkative, bitchy, honest (honest enough to admit that I can be Bitchy!), grateful.

I LOVE....
my husband (most of the time), my kids, Scrapbooking,
reading romance & murder novels, gardening, shopping,
Reese's peanut butter cups, cheese popcorn, scrapping with friends, watching NCIS & Criminal Minds, volunteering.

my Mom, my son Justin who's away at the Univ of Louisville, warm weather (we are in the midst of Blizzard 2011), using the barbeque grill, monthly Scrapbooking Crops with friends. 

Now that you have gotten to know me a bit, I hope that you will hang out and join me on this final quest through One World One Heart!   I'd love to get to know please leave me a comment so that I can check out your blog as well!

As a "thank you" for stopping by...I have a "Door Prize" that I have created just for YOU

A Mini Embellished Album...just add your photos & journaling!

To be eligible to win you must:
  1. Have an established blog.
  2. Leave a comment on this post.
  3. Leave your email or link to your blog in the comment.
  4. Have FUN!
 I will announce the winner on February 17th! 
Good Luck and thanks for checkin out all my "Bolognie"!


Donna said...

Thank you for taking the time to offer this lovely gift and thank you for the opportunity to win!

Femmy said...

what a gorgeous giveaway!!

vintage wil said...

What a beautiful giveaway!!!!

Lisa aka Myran said...

Wow, this mini is amazing!
This is my first time doing OWOH and I'm having so much fun traveling around the world just by sitting in my livingroom here from Sweden :) //Lisa #151

Sam Bonney said...

Hi Joanie, what a lovely blog, I will deffinately become a follower. I would love to be in with a chance to win your amazing Album youve created. Looking at others work makes me feel so inspired.

Noemi said...

Hi Joan,
You have a beautiful family. What can be more important than that?
That scrapbook is amazing. Thank you for the opportunity of entering the draw.

A big hug from Spain, and I also wish I had a Margarita in my hand while watching the waves roll. It is freezing cold in here!!

Rein said...

Fantastic give away, I love it!

Jocelyn said...

Oh I loved this post!!!!! Loved reading all about you and the pics are just wonderful!!!

Wowza that mini is just awesome!!! I adore it!!!

Well I think you know is the email

LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Peggy said...


Nice to meet you and your blog.
I'm travelling around the world with the help from OWOH.
Thanks for the chance of winning your giveaway.

Lots of greetings from Belgium,

True :) said...

WoW! What a beautiful album!
Someone is going to win an awesome prize! :)
I am soooo crossing my fingers right now! LOL!
I am now one of your followers. I hope you will "Fly On The Wings of OWOH" over to MY BLOG, have a peek at my prize, and maybe even follow me too! :)
It's so nice to "meet" you!
True :D
My email:

Anonymous said...

what a gorgeous prize, please include me in the draw.
Baloney - as far as I know, is used in the US to refer to a sausage. The Arrogant Frog (my spouse) calls nonsense things "a load of balloonies" - he fabricated that expression (I guess) out of baloney+balloons. So it was nice to see your blog title. I thought it would be about cooking ;>) Nice to read your qualifying remark about your husband ( don't we all,) and what is it you are holding in the first photo and why?

I really like your work! Please drop by and visit our blog (#208)

Doreen G said...

Wow that is one awesome prize.If you can please drop by my blog and enter my giveaway.#573

Birgit said...

Hi Joanie,

How lovely to meet you -- I am another CRIMINAL MINDS fan. :) In fact, I nodded my head ever so often when I read your OWOH post. That's always a good sign!

Your door prize is stunning -- what a wonderful album. Thanks for the chance to win such a treasure.

My email is on my blog -- would be cool to hear from you. :)

Greetings from Germany,
# 66

Karen Taylor said...

Yea another papercrafter!! Greetings from Karen in Missouri..
I love your blog!
I love your giveaway and I really love new friends....come and check out my blog and follow if you would like.....I love new followers aka FRIENDS!! I am now following you!
Have a fantastic day!!

Jennifer Pearson Vanier said...

Fabulous journal. So pleased to meet you. Do drop by when you have time. #645

Jolette said...

What a beautiful book you have to win!
I like it very much.
Many greetings from the Netherlands!



Such a wonderful blog title and prize that you offer. I am enjoying viewing and meeting so many wonderful people and glad I met you! I will be sure to follow. #220 needlewings at

Arya said...

Thank you for being apart of the OWOH journey! I am meeting so many wonderful bloggers, including you!

Lemondrop Marie said...

What beautiful and intricate work, love the floral touches.
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
OWOH giveaway

Alice Stroppel said...

Wow, what fun stuff, I'd love any of it...and I'm first yay. Please enter my name.
Stop by my blog to win a crazy polymer clay face bracelet.
Thanks so much,

Hoopie said...

What a great give away You have !

Thanks for participating in
One World One Heart

check out my blog #635

Amy said...

Greetings from Virginia, US! Lovely papercrafting work! Thanks for your giveaway. Please feel free to enter my drawing at
avennett AT verizon DOT net

Anonymous said...

Oh my what a lovely piece you made to giveaway as your door prize! I couldn't help but see what your blog was all about given the name! :D It is nice to meet happy people and make new friends - I do hope you get the chance in your travels to get over to visit my blog and say HI!
I will be back...
Hugs from snowy New Hampshire,
Beth P #409 on the list

Bertie's said...

Hi Joan, I'm Bertie from the Netherlands. That's a wonderful give-away. I would love to win, so please count me in. And if you have time, come visit my Thank you

Anonymous said...

Great doorprize!! So nice to meet you, I sure am going to miss OWOH after this year.

Jennifer Hall

Erika said...

Oh, your album is gorgeous! I love it.

Please visit if you get a moment; I am also participating

Janine said...

Hallo, nice to meet you
Thank you for giving us the chance to win your great doorprice.
Your scrapbooking is really beautiful.
Please count me in.
Come visit me on my blog,I join the OWOH- event too.
Regards from Germany and happy OWOH

The Altered Paper said...

Hello from Ky!Oh I would love to win your Neat Journal!! Put me in the pot for your OWOH Door Prize Please! Thanks,Tee

cheekyradish said...

I LOVE IT. and I so should win it!!! I'm #521 on here!

Melissa said...

Joan, that is AWESOME, FANTASTIC!!! Love it girl, coffee soon!

BLISS angels said...

Hi from blissangels and my doggy friends Willow and Acorn...It is wonderful to met you and see the beautiful BLOG...well more OWOH posts to see. When you get time popped over to see me,#364 the kettle is on. Hugs Wendy

Palma said...

Love your blog name! Please,count m for this fantastic givaeaway.

come enter mine, if you like :)

toscania-art-life said...

It looks fab. How many work you did! Great. Would love to win. Thank you to give a chance to win. Please feel free to visit me.
Hugs Angelika

artworks_studio said...

YAY! I am first!Count me in please.

It is nice to meet you. I am enjoying this journey:)This is my first year with OWOH and it is amazing! If you get a chance wander over to my blog #476 on the list

Michaele said...

Joanie, the album is CHOCK FULL of sweetness! How fun for the winner!

I love the layouts- but as a teacher, they look like mini bulletin boards to me- just my point of reference!

If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll drop by both of my giveaways (at Twigs and Tulle and Kindergarten’s 3 R’s: I’m giving away a mini bunting and some pattern blocks) during this awesome blogging event! Happy OWOH!



Thespa said...

What a wonderful blog you have here. I'm glad I've come to visit. Your giveaway is the most awesome! I ADORE that book with all the layers and I would be happy to be entered to win. I'll be back for a visit again soon. Have fun on the OWOH!

Vintiquities Workshop

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Here I am...back again! I loved meeting had me at Reese's peanut butter fav! Would LOVE to win the sweet album! Thank you! Visit me soon! I'm # 389 ! ♥

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Greetings!...So pleased to visit your lovely blog. I am a Canadian Mixed Media and Digital Artist and look forward to meeting a new friend. I hope you will visit my blog as well. or #230 on the OWOH list.

Thank you for including me in your wonderful gift draw.

Hugs, Gayle
my blog:

cheekyradish said...

I'm first!!! and I LOVE it. So pick me!!! I'm #521...

Homemaker Honey said...

G'Day from Brisbane! Poppin' in for OWOH event. Pleased to meet you!

Your album is just lovely!

homemakerhoney@ gmail .com

My OWOH giveaway:

Gloria said...

Hi, you have a great blog. I hope you are enjoying the OWOH blog event. Your giveaway is awesome and I hope you stop by my blog to enter as well. I'm number 96 on the list. Enjoy the fun, take care and I wish you well on your journey.

MOLLYE said...

Hi Joanie, It is so nice to meet you. Your blog is happy and fun and I think I've known you a long time:)
I have a passion for journaling and love your little tag book. Awesome. Please visit me when you have time. Peace, Mollye

Naked Heart Art said...

Adorable Journal and a wonderful Blog! Please enter me :)


Hope you'll stop by for a visit!
#217 Naked Heart Studio

Kim Mailhot said...

What a wonderful loving spirit you have, Joanie ! It has been a pleasure to find you on thie OWOH ride. Thanks so much for the chance to win your lovely album.
I hope you have a great flight !

Lisa said...

Hi Joanie! I live in Illinois too! I'm in the Chicago suburbs and my parents live in Oregon, IL. How about this snow huh? LOL. Your journal is super cool! I'm giving away a journal and some supplies to make it pretty inside. Nice to meet you!

Yukkie Jenny said...

Nice to meet you, Joani!
Your prize - is just my dream! I'm dreaming for a long time for such interesting album. :)

With hugs from Siberia,

Tumbleweed Trails said...

Great post and wonderful pictures you've shared. The detail to the album is wonderful. I love your creativity. Hope you have oodles of fun during OWOH. I've enjoyed it so much over the years seeing all of the wonderful blogs and meeting everyone. Thanks for your participation in the event.
visionquest2020 AT msn DOT com

Belinda said...

Hi Nice To meet you ! Love your blog ! I am also participating in owoh too!! hopefully you can visit my blog if you get the chance .My giveaway is a ooak polymer bunting baby.
Hugs Belinda

Sarah said...

Oh I'm so excited to have found One World One Heart. What a great idea! I'm having a grand time visiting blogs such as yours and hopefully it will help my blog to grow in the process! I'd love to be included in your drawing. Sarah

The McEwans said...

What a beautiful prize. I love, love, LOVE this album!

Sanja said...

Hi Joan,
You have a lovely family. Thank you for sharing .
Love your journal :-)

Greetings from Germany
Sanja xox

trisha too said...

Joaniebolognie, I want to come play at your house--I love your intro and your family, and we could scrapbook together!!

It's okay, we can be imaginary friends . . .

Happy OWOH to you, and thank you for sharing your talents and blog. I'm playing OWOH, too, so stop by and see me if you get the chance!

trishatoo at hotmail dot com

Mimi said...

I loved getting to know about your family.

Your journal is so gorgeous it made my jaw drop. I hope I'm your winner!

Come on by my blog & enter my OWOH giveaway also, I'm #590.

Enjoy your journey,

Hoerauf at comcast dot net

Christina said...

A wonderful giveaway.. I would love the chance to win...
OWOH #502

Sigrid said...

A wonderful Giveaway. And I like your Blog also very well.
I try sometimes my luck with you to win the Giveaway.
Visit me, nevertheless, also... OWOH #646

Jingle said...

It is a pleasure to get to know you. It sounds as if you have been blessed with some very special people in your life! Your album is absolutely gorgeous!!! I hope you get a chance to visit me at #357 jinglesells at gmail dot com

Artful Musings said...

Hailing you from sunny Arizona. I've enjoyed visiting your blog and learning about you and your art. I hope you’ll visit my blog and signup to win my prizes. Laura

jane p said...

I've never owned anything like this before. It's so arty and crafty!

Jodaeodesign said...

What a beautiful and thougthful giveaway prize. Please include me in your drawing.

random thoughts do or di said...

Sounds like we have a lot in common. I would be honored to win your gift.
ylmommyx4(at)gmail(dot)comI am so excited to participate in my first OWOH blog tour . Your creativity is lovely. I hope I am lucky enough to win.
please check out my blog

cottageprims said...

Love this! Count me in on the lovely giveaway.If I should be the lucky winner just email me through my blog.Warm Blessings!~Amy

Shirley said...

Your life seems so busy. What an awesome album!

Kathryn Lantz said...

I'm so happy to have found your blog! You sound like such a fun person, and are quite the inspiration!
I love your giveaway, it's beautiful!!

Kat @ #714

Deana said...

beautiful album and great post!!

be sure to stop by my blog for the OWOH giveaway!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Wonderful giveaway and so nice to meet you. I am looking forward to being a new follower too.
My number on here is 745. Would love for you to come by if you get a chance

Nanbon44 said...

So very nice to meet you, I love visiting all these wonderful blogs and seeing what everyone is working on, there are so many talented people here..

Please enter my name in your lovely drawing
Bonnie in Florida

Visit my blogs
# 566 and # 567

Brandy said...

WOW your mini album is beautiful and would love to win it! I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My grandmother past away in May of 2010 and she lived with us since I was born and I helped my mom take care of her the past year (she had colon cancer) which was very tough so I can relate but like you said I wouldn't have had it any other way!

Robin said...

Hi Joanie, so nice to meet you during OWOH. Your giveaway album is just precious and you do an awesome job of creating scrapbook pages. Please enter me in your giveaway drawing and thanks for stopping by and entering my giveaway.


Jennifer Pride said...

Poppin in to say hi! Love your title banner ;)

Stop in at my blog if you will.


Astrid Maclean said...

What a fantastic giveaway, would love to have a chance to win so please put me in your drawing!

Greetings from bonny Scotland.
PS if you have a moment, and have not yet done so, please feel free to visit my blog also.

arttage said...

Hi nice to meet you Joannie! I have a friend who collects I love Lucy's and this is a bright humdinger!
Loved seeing your family and the little girl you help with. She's adoreable. Sad though. I'll have to look up mitocondrial desease now God bless you for being so special to such a special little girl. I draw stuff is she might like something let me know and I'll just send it to her anoymously. Hugs, Sanna

Teresa Carns said...

love your blog name! not a day went by that my grandfather didnt use that expression to one of us grandkids :) thanks for the reminder xo

Greetings from Pleasanton, California
Please enter me in your lovely giveaway
If you have time to visit me

I am giving away 7 different things
& if you want, please join my blog too!
Thanks for the entry & consideration.

Blessings ♥ tere

"Kung Hei Fat Choi!"

Janet Bocciardi said...

I love your spirit! You are an inspiration. Thank you for posting.

Thank you, too, for stopping by my OWOH post earlier.

Janet, Honey from the Bee #64

Stay warm!

Francine Cronos said...

Hello from Northern California. I've really enjoyed visiting your blog and getting to know you. You little album is positively awesome. Thank you so much for the chance to enter your wonderful giveaway.

Susan said...

so very awesome Joanie!! I am a new follower, we have a lot in common, and probably would be great friends if we lived near each other. My MIL lived with us for ten years, she also put an addition on the house for herself. I was a CNA and a CHHA for 11 years...and so on ad so on...
please include me, and come visit#209.
Thanks, Susan
(pieces of Fate)

Healing Woman said...

You are my hero. What a wonderful, caring person you are..a great daughter and daughter-in-law. A treasure for sure. It has been a pleasure meeting you. Thanks so much. As you might guess, I also took care of my own mother and would not have had it any other way either. I'm at number 92 if you have time to fly on over.

BabesbyBarb said...

Hi, I loved reading about you and your family, I can tell you have a very warm heart. It makes me sad that your little girl you are caring for has a fatal disease, she looks like she is such a sweet little girl. I loved the photos of your family, the one of you all in the barn door was my favorite. Your goody bag sounds lovely. I hope that you will stop by and see my blog

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

I love this little scrap book. So great. I was touched by your blog. Thank you for sharing. Drop by to put your name in for my draw if you get a moment. *hugs* Norma (95)

Kristin said...

I am in love with this! I used to scrap all the time and I'm sorry I have gotten away from it - I would so love to be inspired again and your book would do it ;) Thank you for the chance.
BTW, I love your blog (a new follower here) and I'm sorry to hear about your Mom. Kristin (#73) xo

sasa said...

Wonderful giveaway - that book is amazing. Count me in with the draw and do visit me too please!

Sarah 662

Gabriela said...

Hello from Ohio....great getting to know you!
I would love to win your giveaway!
Gabriela #439

AlwaysInspired said...

Love the book! I'd love to fill that book with photos.
Please stop by and enter my OWOH! I'm #50!

Cheryl said...

Greetings from Fresno, California :-)What a gift "you" are to those you care for :-)
Please enter me in your drawing for your lovely give-away gift.
~Cheryl over @ Artsy Fartsy

Antonella said...

Ciao! I am so happy to meet you today on the wings of OWOH! Thanks for a chance to win your wonderful giveaway! Your lovely album is enchanting!
Hugs, ♥ ♥ ♥ Antonella ♥ ♥ ♥
wing stop #153, snowy New Jersey
Please stop by #153 for a chance to win my giveaway!

Aimee Jeffries said...

Such a great prize and a big heart :) Happy OWOH, nice to meet you :)

Lynn Stevens said...

What agreat altered book, Please sign me up and what a wonderful person you are to have so many loved ones living with you!

If you havent yet I'm Lynn (#65) on the list!

Micki Wilde said...

Hi Joanie, thank for taking the time and stopping by my blog :)
Your giveaway is fabulous, please enter me.

Micki x
#207 OWOH

Keisha said...

Hello from Navada! I love your giveaway! Please count me in! Thank you!!

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(¸.•´ (¸.•´Keisha

Micki said...

I love scrap booking and journal making, so this is perfect.
Your work is stunning!Thanks for a wonderful prize and so nice meeting you. Please visit Irish Muses at #678.

Que Bella said...

Hey Joanie, It's so lovely to meet you and to discover your blog. What a fantastic giveaway. Please count me in. ~Michelle, OWOH participant 598

Craftymoose Crafts said...

You have a beautiful family, a full life & a kind heart. You are definitely NOT full of bolognie! LOL!I hope you can stop by my blog at #331 and enter my giveaway, too!

Atypical Girl said...

I love seeing all the neat things that people create!

Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

Amy from Pennsylvania (OWOH #520)
artsyrockerchick at aim dot com

Debra said...

Wow what a lovely giveaway! Please add me to the list !Thank you for the opportunity to win!

Teri said...

Your a fantastic scrapbooker. I read your blog and was so inspired by your goodness and welfare of other human beings. You are a special person.
Have fun blogging. Visit me at

Thanks Teri

Kelly_Deal said...

Hi Joanie! Your and awesome chick and thanks for coming over to say hi to a fellow Illinoisian! (I think that's how you would spell that???) ;) My mom passed away a week before Thanksgiving (2010) unexpectedly, so I know how you feel. Your album is awesome and I would be proud to win that!
Kelly said...

What a lovely giveaway! So much color!

Please check mine out for my OWOH giveaway!

Seattle WA

Donna said...

Hello from Iowa, it's nice to meet you! I enjoyed stopping by your blog and would love to be entered in your giveaway.

Donna #792

carylsrealm said...

I see you are in Illinois, too!
Good -21 windchill morning!
Love your giveaway, and would love to be entered!
Caryl OWOH #270

PEA said...

Hi Joanie, so lovely to meet you! First of all, my sympathies on losing your mom Christmas Eve, I can well imagine how much you're missing her. Bless your heart for having taken care of her as well as your MIL for all these years.

Please add my name for your giveaway, I would so love to win your your gorgeous mini album:-)

Make sure you come by and enter my own giveaway if you haven’t done so already!!

Hugs, PEA from Canada xox

just me said...

wonderful love the scrapbook. you put alot of time into it, please throw my name in the hat!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I AM having FUN...and this is fabulous! Just what I LOVE! Thank you and visit me....I'm #389! ♥

Lovey said...

Joanie...such a beautiful giveaway! Lovely reading about you too! Please stop by #131 for my giveaway too. Lovey

ziggy stardust said...

thanks for a lovely giveaway!
hope you can stop and visit too, #437!


Ksenia said...

Wow! Your door prize is wonderful!

Oxana from Moldova
fancyscrap at

Mervi said...

Beautiful, lovely giveaway!

Nice to meet you via OWOH, I'm number *451*
Greetings from Finland;-))m

leikkaan at

SLucy said...

look awesome Sweet Giveaway~Hi from Ontario Canada


Wonderful prize, so generous of you .
Please enter me for a chance to win.
Maya #723

maya dot matthew at gmail dot com

Flowermouse Design said...

Hi Joanie
So nice to meet you. You must have the biggest warm heart in blogland!! I love your album!!!

Please enter me (my email is in my profile) and stop by my giveaway if you like.

Greetings from Norway

Kim Dellow said...

Stunning album. So nice to see you and your blog on my journey around OWOH 2011. Enjoy the rest of OWOH. Kim (No. 724)

Carolyn or Connee said...

Wow, I can't wait to start...I just have to add my photos and journaling? I can't believe it and I can't wait to start....hope I win. Please visit my blog and see my giveaways.
Carolyn Kight from Michigan, USA


Another email: (I like this one the best.)

Cameron said...

Oh my goodness, Joanie!!! That album is pretty times 100! Please count me in!

Cameron #83

Karoda said...

Well I have to leave a comment just to say hello from Louisville. Also, I was very touched by yours mother's living with you. My great grand, and grand mother passed away when I was in my 20s and I love my father last year and know the the tremendous impact of having multi-generational relationships brings upon a sense of family. I blog at
Peace to you and yours.

sassypackrat said...

Hi from Northern Illinois! My mom lives with me too. This mini album is so sweet!
OWOH #488

Thistle Cove Farm said...

You sound normal to me -smile-. Enjoying my visit to your blog; when you've time, please visit me at Thistle Cove Farm.

Annie said...

Hi Joanie, Your album is delightful!!!! It was so nice to stay awhile and enjoy a coffee with you. If you get the chance I would love you to visit me downunder (Australia) so I can return the favour. #819 said...

hi from perth western australia
wow another great blog. thanks for sharing with me your wonderful art. just love it and your wonderful blog. thanks please also viste me at

s hyler said...

I would love to be included in your wonderful drawing. If you get the chance to stop by, my blog is #809

Mallory said...

I'd love this. I've never tried it before. Count me in :)

Gracie "Neky White" said...

I would love to win something so wonderful! I loved your post =D Thanks for the chance to win.

Come to enter my giveaway if you haven't already ! I'm # 516

Hugs :D

Sherry Edwards said...

Hi Joanie it's lovely to meet you. I'm so sorry to read about your Mum and my heart goes out to that beautiful little girl you look after xx
You sound like one very caring and busy lady.

I love the little album you've made, so detailed.

Thanks for the chance of winning it and I hope you'll stop by and see my giveaways too on my blog.

Sherry from England, UK

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

Hey Joanie!! I'm finally here! I'm sorry it's taken me sooooo long to get her. I'm apparently a very long winded blogger (I've discovered this as I've read the short but sweet posts so far) Whew!! the OWOH has been a lot of reading... fun, but a whole lot and it has taken over every free moment of my life! Sheeesh. My husband thinks I've lost it. Maybe I have, but I'm having a blast!

I just loved your post for the OWOH. It is great to learn more about somebody, especially if you think you'd get along great with that somebody! I think it's great that you are open hearted. It truly shows through you taking in your MIL and your dear mother (God rest her soul) and taking care of little Shay. Your family looks so happy, I'm sure it's because of the "hub" of the home... You!

I am so sorry that you've lost your mother, on Christmas Eve no less. I often wonder if my mom is missing me as much as I miss her, too.

Thank you for visiting my little corner of the blogging world, for your sweet comment and for joining me! I want to see what's going on to you too, so I'm your newest follower! Let's click our margarita and pina colada glasses! *clink* ;)

Happy Creating!
Indiana, USA

sasa said...

Wowzer - that is one serious book and creation. A fab giveaway and story...
count me in 662


Wendy said...

Hello. It is so wonderful to meet you and visit your lovely blog. That mini album is absolutely devine. I would love to be entered into your great OWOH giveaway. Please do come and visit me during your journey.
Wishes and Whimsy
WenDy from WonDErlanD

Rusted Wings said...

you are an amazing big-hearted woman, full of inspiration and love! what a wonderful offering you've created!!
please drop by my blog #30,
warm hugs & blessings from Montana,

Melanie said...

Joannie - you are a very interesting person that I would really like to get to know better. I know about mitochondrial disease... and I greatly admire your statment of "2 Moms" having lived with you the past 10 years "both a burden and a blessing - and we wouldn't have it any other way". Wow... I'm marking your blog to come back to... to read and explore and get to know you better! Thank you for sharing yourself with OWOH!

thecreatorspalette at gmail dot com
#14 "Melanie's Journey"

missy k said...

I really enjoyed reading your post.

I love your mini album.... its gorgeous, please include me in your draw


Dianne said...

It was nice to get to know you and God Bless you for having your moms at your place. Mine is still in her house at 80, but my one brother lives with her who keeps her on her toys. And your relationship with Shay is so sweet.
Love your scrapbook-it shows lots of love!
Please put my name in your draw and come to my blog-#348 and put your name in the hat there if you wish. Thanks and Good Luck!

Brigitte said...

hi Joan, love the journal!!! it's so cute - I started to play with scrapbooking stuff bt can't imagine to do such a fabolous book.
Please put my name into the virtual hat. greetings from Germany

Dajon said...

Thanks for taking part in OWOH
and for sharing so much about
you amd your family - Lovley giveaway too.

JBlanton said...

Greetings from western North Carolina.
You have an awesome blog and giveaway- thanks for the chance to win!

Electra said...

Hello from Canada Joanie! I think this album is wonderful and I know how much time and love and heart you've put into it. What a generous spirit you are! I enjoyed the pictures of your loved ones too-haven't seen a lot of that in my OWOH travels, so thank you!
I hope if you have time, you'll stop by and say Hi, that is of course, if you haven't already!
Thanks for the opportunity to win!

stampgram said...

Hello from Cody, Wyoming, USA. Joanie, I enjoyed visiting your blog and getting to know a bit about you. How wonderful of you to be such a caring person. I lost my mom a few years ago and I still miss her too.
Thanks for participating in OWOH. Please enter me in your drawing for the wonderful little journal/scrapbook.
If you haven't done so yet, please stop by and enter these giveaways too.
# 385
# 132

For My Sweet Daughter said...

Hello from NY. What an amazing giveaway. I don't know how you do what you do especially for Shay. I will say a prayer for her and her family tonight. Thank you for all that you do, I will also say prayers for you and your family. Thank you for adding my name to your giveaway.

CathyH said...

Hi Joan! That is a fun and wonderful album! You have a beautiful loving family.
cathyguitarteacher-77 at

Everyday Kathy said...

What a nice introduction! So nice to meet you! You are amazing!

I'd love to win your lovely giveaway!
Outrageous joy,
Kathy #655

Leslie H. said...

WOW you are amazing. Love the blog title. Loving this OWOH meet and greet. Come for a visit. Leslie

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You have a very warm and inviting blog. I really enjoyed getting to know a bit about you and your family. Please enter me in your AWESOME giveaway and visit me, if you haven't already. I'm number 11 and my information is on my profile page.

danit said...

I have to take my hat to you. Living with your mums, is not something everyone would be able to do. Especially when your day work is also about taking care of others.
I think it is so important for your children to see you taking care of their grandmothers, their presence must be enriching for their lives.

Beckie Holso said...

Isn’t this fun? I just love OWOH! Thank you for participating… please count me in for your terrific giveaway. If you get a chance, I hope you’ll visit me too (if you haven’t already).

Beckie =)
artbeckons at hotmail dot com
San Diego, California, USA

OWOH #119
OWOH #132

artangel said...

What a fabulous little book - I'd treasure it if I were lucky enough to win! Lovely to meet you and read about you and your family :)

Tahnya Marie said...

Hello! I am just flying in from OWOH. Please enter my name in your wonderful prize and pop on by my blog if you would like to enter my OWOH giveaway (if you haven't already). You are most welcome to visit my blog any time. :) I love visitors. :)


TuscanRoad said...

Greetings from Clovis, California
I’ve enjoyed looking through your blog and your work is wonderful! Stop by and visit mine, if you haven’t already, for a chance to win my door prize. In the meantime, I hope this journey is as fun for you as it is for me.
Best, Holly
My blog:

ANGIE said...

Hi Joanie. Thank you for that sweet and funny welcome to your blog. I really got a hoot out of your photos....and the intro by Lucy herself! You made a beautiful album. What a treasure to win!

Please feel free to visit me and enter my giveaway also. Just click on my blog link, or I'm #625. Happy OWOH to you!

Gale Varland said...

Hello from Oregon! Thanks for letting me peek around in your blog and enter your giveaway. Beautiful album! The embellishments really make it!
Thanks for the chance to win!
Please feel free to come to my blog and enter for my doorprize as well!
:) Gale OWOH #473

Deborah said...

Two moms!! Yeah wow!! But I can tell you guys are having fun. Please add me to the giveaway list for your adorable embellished album (which by the way does not look small at all) and come over and visit me too. I am #229 on the list.

Leslie said...

I love making these adorable books and really enjoy seeing other people's ideas. Thnks for the chance to win your wonderful creation.

Lorri said...

Wow, what a gorgeous stash of goodies for your giveaway!
Lovely blog, I hope to visit again soon :)
Please enter me too!
Visit mine too if you get the chance.. time is running out!

What's up Duck? said...

Greetings from Canada! Lovely blog you have here.

That is a beautiful and creative door prize!

Please include me in your draw.

Ducky Doo
(just replace AT with @ and DOT with . I do this to dodge email grabbing internet bots)

HippieDog said...

Hello.....cute blog! Love it :) Lovely paper art album and I adore Lucy! Take care and nice to meet you! Michelle, of HippieDog #15

joe said...

a big howdy from montana! thank you for letting me mosey around your blog. you are very talented and i have enjoyed my stay and will return again soon!

what a wonderful journal! i love it! please add me to your drawing.

stop by my blog and drop your name in my hat, too!


Digital Misfit said...

My oldest sister was nicknamed JoniBolognie when she was little!
That is a beautiful album.
Thank you for participating in OWOH 2011. I hope you get a chance to pop by my blog, #51, on your journey.
Hugs from ON, Canada

Lezlei Ann Young said...

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peggy aplSEEDS said...

hello, Joaniebolognie, you forgot to put "generous" in your description of yourself! this is such an amazing giveaway. it is so generous of you to give away an album like this! it obviously took so much time to make. thanks so much for the chance to win your giveaway! if you haven't yet, i hope you can come and visit me at and join my OWOH giveaway.
hugs from peggyapl(at)!

Wanda AKA "Craftymule" said...

Hello from beautiful NW Arkansas! It's nice meeting you! Please enter me in your fantastic giveaway and be sure to enter mine, too (if you haven't already.) #215 on the list.

Warmest Regards,

Wanda Eash
Two Crafty Mules

Halle said...

The world needs more people like you! Such a beautiful mini album/journal!
Thanks for the chance at your doorprize!
Stop by my giveaway as well.

M. Estes Zywar said...

Hello Joanie!
What a lovely blog you have here!
Glad to have found you via OWOH.
Please enter my name in your giveaway!! The album is unbelievable!!
Thank so much!
By the way...Im pretty full of bolognie too!:O)
Mary #787

LamoreAllure said...

Hi Anna...Greetings Ipswich, MA.
It's a pleasure to meet you. I can tell you are a very special person be be such a loving care giver!

I'm a jewelry artist of sorts, a watercolor painter, an upcycler, and an over all creative adventurer!

And...I'd be honored to have you follow my blog. I'm #509

Love the mini album! Please enter me into the OWOH give away.
I hope you can visit my blog, too. I'm giving away a shabby chic denim necklace. Come any time to chat.

Hugs¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*´¨)
(¸.•´ (¸.•´Linda L *

WW said...

Hello from Iowa,
Please enter me in your drawing.
Come visit me, I'm #417.

Chelle said...

Hi, it's wonderful to meet you through this lovely event. I'd love for my name to be entered into your giveaway. Thank you in advance and have a wonderful day. :-) I'm off now to look at more of your blog!


Sean said...

From the Florida Gulf Coast
I am entering for my daughter Melanie, she had wanted to participate in this year's event, but a fire changed her plans... I thought I would surprise her and do this for her..
Visit the site I set up for her on my blog #579.. and enter her name in the contest, thank You


Paula said...

Joanie, what a wonderful giveaway and an adorable blog! The book is just beautiful! You'll make someone very happy tomorrow, and I certainly hope it's me! Thank you so much for the chance to win! Hope you'll stop by and visit with me at my blog if you have a few moments.

All good wishes!

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Thank you for the chance to enter your lovely giveaway!

Laurie said...

Oh, what a great album! Thank you for the chance to win it! If you have time, enter mine, too!

mitz said...

..joanie.. that is so wonderful.. you are quite the talent.. thanks for the opportunity mitz_zee@yahoodotcom

Barbara Olivo Cagle said...

Hi Joanie, I would love to win your beautiful scrap booking goodies. How sweet! Please visit my blog, too. I am the author of "16 x MOM: A Mastery of Motherhood." I am giving away my book and a couple of laminated 4 leaf clovers.

Emily R. said...

So cute!

martha brown said...

This album is fabulous!!! Please enter me into your draw-- thank you so much!
~martha (#384)
(from Toronto :)

Downunderdale said...

thanks for visiting my blog - what a beautiful album

Just Jenn Designz said...

Greetings from Virginia!
Your album is absolutely beautiful. I would love to be entered into your fabulous drawing for a chance to win it.

I would also love for you to hop on over to my blog for a visit. I am #78 on the OWOH participant list.

CreativSpirit said...

Hi Joanie, greetings from Australia.
What a wonderful and rewarding life you have, I'm not sure how you find time for yourself. It was very interesting to read all about you and check out your blog. I would love to be the lucky winner of your gorgeous little Album. Please come by #9 and say hello.

Kells said...

Great Album! Thanks for such a generous giveaway!

And Greetings from the Northwest where I am sliding in at the last moment to say yes, please include me as well!

I'm a writer who blogs at Book of Kells:

thanks so much for offering this! I'd love to win!

all best and wishing you all good things,