An Open Book


I have seen this on a few blogs and I thought it would be fun.

If you have questions….I have answers.

I am pretty much an open book anyways.

Do you have a question about starting a business, decorating, fashion, creating, homeschooling????

Ask whatever you want.

I will answer the questions on Monday, January 18.

I can't wait to hear what you have been wondering.

At least you have figured out that I am younger than you might have thought…and my name is NOT Jeanneoli:-)

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  1. lissa

    can I come over?
    will you please give us a really good crock pot recipe to try.

  2. Janet

    Just saw your blog in Tara Frey’s book when I was at a bookstore browsing last week! So cool! What is your background? I mean, have you always been so artistic and crafty? Did you go to art school or have special training?

  3. Becky @ Farmgirl Paints

    How do you find time to homeschool, craft and keep your house clean?? You are like a superhero to me.
    What was your very favorite memory from Brave Girl Camp??
    Can you share a healthy recipe? I just have a feeling you are also a great cook. It’s just a hunch;)

  4. alee

    Hmm. Love peeking at your blog πŸ™‚ We are contemplating homeschooling our 4yr. old {this fall} & just curious what curriculum you use? I have a little occasional shop & apparently we have a little of the same taste because the lovely Sara Duckett did some design work for me too πŸ™‚
    Looking forward to reading all the ques./answers!

  5. Rachel from A Cupcake for Moose

    What inspires you? What do you do when you feel a dry spell creatively? How do you incorporate your faith into your art or creative works? What do you like best about blogging?
    Sorry for the slew of questions. πŸ™‚ Happy Tuesday!

  6. Flower Patch Farmgirl

    1. If you could only eat one snack for the rest of our life, what would it be?
    2. Can I steal your entire wardrobe?
    3. What is your best advice for overcoming a fear of the bobbin?

  7. Jill

    I hated living in Colorado Springs. πŸ™‚
    What is it about your area that you love?

  8. LeeAnn

    My question: What were 2-3 of the most important things you believe you did to get your creative business started in the beginning?
    Action is my word for 2010. So asking this will help me as I feel I am to do something more with my art and creative desires. Did you start an Etsy store first etc..?
    Thanks for being so open and real.
    Lee Ann

  9. Beki - TheRustedChain

    How do you like Colorado?
    Why did you end up there?
    Can we try harder to get together in the summer when I’m out there? Last summer I lost your phone number, I think.
    When are you coming to Kansas?
    How many kids do you have and how old are they?
    Are they blonde?
    Do you like cheesecake?

  10. SEO Los Angeles

    Hmm.. Lately, I am planning to have a business but I don’t have any background of it. Could you give me some tips on how to start a good business?

  11. dianereeves

    What is your week like with homeschooling and running a business? Do you stick to a schedule to make sure everything gets done? Also, were you scared at all to open an etsy shop? How did you get most of your customers at first? I have so many more I would love to ask if only we could go grab a cup of coffee and chat.

  12. Kristin

    when did you begin your creative journey? did you start out with altered art? i would love to try my hand at it and would love some tips and advice about where/how to start!!

  13. The Little Red Shop

    1. Other than Mrs. Ingalls, what did you want be when you grew up?
    2. If you could rid the world of your greatest pet peeve, what would it be?
    3. What is your favorite character name from a movie, book, or play? (“A Room With a View” is on and “Mr. Beebe” has always been a favorite of mine : )

  14. Destiny (The Ruffled Nest)

    1. Can you remind me who it was that took your recent family photographs?
    2. Who is your favorite vintage Hollywood actress?
    3. What’s your favorite line in “It’s a Wonderful Life?”
    4. Would you be interested in helping me put together a local crafting group?
    “Coffee and Crafts” is what I want to call it.
    Don’t feel the need to answer ALL of my questions…I’m just nosey! : )

  15. Stephanie Gimlin

    Following in suite with the last question- what advice would you give to someone who has a blog but would like to gain followers, or attract more people?

  16. Melissa Gruber

    this is great, i can’t wait to come back on monday for the answers.
    wondering what tips you have to take my etsy shop to the next level? i have really enjoyed it, but want a little more, so i would love to hear your ideas.
    thanks for sharing!

  17. Christine

    I have always wondered what your creative “space” looks like. Do you have a craft room or studio where you create? Would you be willing to share photos? πŸ™‚
    I would also love some words of wisdom for someone interested in starting a creative business- think- business license, copyright stuff, etc.

  18. Suzen

    Hi Jeanne! Do you have any resources for a novice blogger? Fr’example, my photos are not punchy enough and I fixed them on Picasa, but can’t seem to get them someplace I can retrieve them and put on my blog. Maybe you just think I should switch to Typepad? Patience, patience….

  19. Sherry Williams

    One thing I wonder about, is how creative women…who run businesses balance the financial part of it all. In order to start up something, you need supplies. Did you collect things over the years and then just start using those to get yourself out there? Do you think most women use family money/extra/fun money to start and then go from there and then try to stick with using the profits of what you sell? I don’t have a lot to start up with and I find myself dipping in my family fun money more then I’d like. and then paying us back…and then borrowing again for more supplies. The goal is to exist on my own. πŸ™‚ I’m just curious how you started out. There is so much to be tempted by. So much that one could think they need in order to make their creative stuff even better.
    Maybe I know my own answers–use what you have, do your best, get yourself out there. πŸ™‚ I’d just love to know how you keep it all balanced, once you start.
    thanks for answering questions. what a great idea. πŸ™‚

  20. the wild raspberry

    what is your favorite camera lens?
    what is your favorite subject to teach?
    what did you do with your straw hat?
    will you come to kansas city for a weekend of fun and shopping?
    ~maybe meg and beki and other local friends could come….wouldn’t that be fun?!
    lookin forward to your answers

  21. koralee

    What a great idea…No questions for you but just wanted to tell you I sooooo adore your blog! You inspire my friend.

  22. deborah

    what camera do you use for pics on your blog?
    best advice for GORGEOUS photos?
    what are you most grateful for today?
    thanks for taking the time to respond πŸ™‚

  23. shawn

    I am VERY excited to read all of the answers. You are so inspiring, Jeanne. I look forward to each of your post. Have a blessed day!

  24. julie

    What are the names of the paint colors you have on the walls of your home? Ooooh, and I also want to know what homeschool curriculum(s) you use.

  25. karlene

    I think I already used my question up last week. THANK YOU SO MUCH for the advice!!!! Again, we loved experiencing a new city and on somebody’s(whom I adore their taste) recommendation, super adverturesome funness!! (i know, good english) Hey, I also wanted to mention that I LOVE that you take the time out to just be friendly (one of my local besties, Maretta enjoys you and your blog too!) small world!!! Can’t wait to see all of your answers. happy day!

  26. LuLu

    Home school is something I always think about and admire all who do it… do you have a teaching background. Math and Science are my childrens favorite subjects and that alone has me terrified… i’m terrible in those subjects.
    do you ever make lampshades? I can see your ruffles and rosettes on a lampshade.
    Does your family live near you to help out when you are working on your business?
    Are you going to Farm Chicks in June?
    Can’t wait to read all the great questions?

  27. Pony Girl

    I am still in the middle of answering all the questions readers posed on my blog! πŸ˜‰
    I haven’t read your blog very long so I’m not sure if you’ve ever addressed this….but this one won’t surprise you coming from someone named Pony Girl, hee hee! πŸ™‚
    ….have you ever ridden a horse? Where, when, why…..and if not, do you have any interest in horseback riding?

  28. Lori

    What did you do with your straw hat? For the record I did not think you were a grandmother. Looking forward to Monday.

  29. Michelle

    I absolutely love your blog! How do you come up with so many wonderful topics? By the way, I love your new pictures, you are beautiful!!!! Many blessings to you in 2010.
    xxx, Michelle

  30. Kerri

    I am a stay at home mom of two little girls who just opened a vintage shop on Etsy. How do you balance everything? What is your day like?
    And how do you take such great photos for your shop?
    Looking forward reading all the answers on Monday!
    Have a great day!
    πŸ™‚ Kerri
    P.S. I love the music on your blog!

  31. katie

    i, too, would love to hear about how you balance your business and family. i often feel guilty when i devote time to my creative passion. family and art are both very demanding of time and energy. do you have any advice about balancing a full life? what works for you?
    i’d also love to hear where you get some of your inspiration.
    thanks, and i love your blog.

  32. Crystal

    Wow, I can’t believe I just found your blog. I am becoming a follower. So I will remember ato absolutely return on Monday.
    All the questions I am interested in are growing my blog, starting an Etsy and possible a “business”?
    How did you figure out your niche for your blog?
    Did you ever have any fear of being liked, or the things you blog, not being liked?
    I have so many ideas swirling around in my head. How do you settle on what you want/can do?
    Looking forward to all the answers πŸ™‚
    Have a blessed day!

  33. Becky G.

    When did you feel confident enough in your creative/artistic abilities to start calling your space your ‘studio’? I call my space that to myself, but feel weird calling it that to other people.

  34. Lana Dunkerley

    ~my mom’s name was Chloe (long O and no “e”) Jeanne (like Jean)
    Ppl always said her name wrong…poor sweetheart…
    Ok, I digress…my question would be…
    are all the ppl that comment on your blog your friends? strangers like me? how did you get so much blog traffic…
    and if you could re-name yourself…
    what name would you choose and why…
    Love the blog! It’s a true FAV!

  35. Christi

    Wow! What a fun idea! I have a million questions, but I’ll narrow it down..
    ~ Would you recommend typepad or blogger for someone wanting to start a blog and an etsy shop?
    ~Any tips for saving photos on your computer for your blog?
    ~What would be your biggest piece of advise for selling on etsy?
    ~Where did you get that cute striped sweater you wore to Brave Girl Camp? So cute!
    ~What is the color on your dining room walls? Lovely! and where did you find that beautiful chandelier?
    Thanks for sharing with us! I can hardly wait to read all the answers!

  36. anniejo

    How is a weblog different from a website? I never thought you were a granny. Ever.

  37. Nancy

    I want to know if you earn enough money doing a home business to sustain yourself, or are you able to do this line of work because of your husbands income? I SOOOOO want to be home, doing something creative, instead of a reluctant government employee. We have been work on paying off all debt, but want to have some hope that it could be possible for me to be at home!

  38. DreamGirlLisa

    Two questions:
    1. How did you get the “word out”, so to speak about your business without having a store front?
    2. How do you get the music player on your blog? I LOVE the music selection you have playing, it just really adds to the experience when I’m reading your blog. πŸ™‚

  39. Amy

    I know my question is a little late but that is just me…Anyways, I would love to know how you balance it all. Kids, creating, blogging, housework… I am trying to find that balance right now without staying up into the wee hours of the night trying to get it all done & happy for all to be around! Thanks for opening up. I have come to realize there are so many of us going through the type of emotions right now. Thank you for opening up your world to us.

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