Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Hi, y'all! I am way behind in taking part in 
Vicki's amazing blog party and I apologize. 
Life has been full.

But, I'm here now, with my giveaway and ready to tell you about me and blogging.

Jan Vermillion Thomason of
the Polka Dot Barn
and the blog, polkadotbarn.blogspot.com.

I started blogging several years ago thinking that I would use it as my personal diary. 
And, I have used it that way.
I don't get every event covered
(I've been known to go weeks.......   without hittin' the blog)
but when something funny, fabulous or rusty passes by me
I have to blog about it.

I let you see me at my worst,
I will entertain you with humorous stories,
I will show you amazing junk and antiques
(some I buy, some I simply photograph).

All the while hoping that you accept me,
and that you come to love me as I share my life with you.

I love Jesus Christ.
I adore my husband and three grown boys;
hoping that my sweet boys will always need
their mom.
I adore my brothers and sister.
Nieces, nephews, sister in laws, cousins, 
my dad and Ursula, 
all very important to me.

I try to find joy in every situation,
sometimes after I throw a fit or cry in despair.

I love spending time in my studio, The Crack House.
(I'll be doing a blog post about it in the near future.
If you want to make sure you don't miss it, 
sign up to receive my posts via email at the top of 
the right hand column)

Creating and spending time with 
my friends that create,
reading every single page of my art zines,
and being an mixed media hoarder
make me who I am.

Okay, that's enough, let's talk about THE GIVEAWAY!!
I am parting with two of my favorite vintage hats that I've been saving,
waiting for those perfect projects that will show off those beautiful 
flowers and leaves!


To enter, simply leave a comment.
And if you want to have a second entry,
let me know if you're following me on Pinterest,
Twitter or my blog emails.

I'm supposed to close out my contest and draw for
winners on February 1st, but I'm extending my giveaway
to February 2nd and I'll draw for the winners
that following week.
I'm right in the middle of getting my house in order
and planning supper for fifty
as I get ready for my mom's memorial that will be held here.
After that I'll be able to get back to my blog. *happy feet*

I sincerely thank you for reading this post
and for entering the giveaway.

I hope that you come back often to see what I'm up to.
And, if you do, remember that leaving a comment
makes me do the happy dance!

If, for whatever reason, you don't know how to get to the other (over 400) blogs participating
in the Grow Your Blog party, leave me a note in your comment and I'll get you there. :)


vicki said...

Wow-- what a gorgeous post-- and you nailed YOU-- right to a T!!! I can't wait till all these folks find their way to your blog-- I want them all to meet you and love you as I do!!

Your giveaway is amazing-- somebody is going to cry tears of joy over this one---(too bad it can't be me- lol!)

Love you--

alteredstatesstudio said...

hi Jan- the hats look simply lovely!! i love that you are coming back- you have the best stories and junk!! i still want to come to texas and go shopping!

alteredstatesstudio said...

ps- i am now following you on pinterest! love that spot! :)

Robin said...

Oh sweetie, you KNOW I follow you everywhere you go (except Twitter, haven't gone there yet)! And those hats, they take my breath away, swooning :) So glad to see you blogging again!


Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

THE POLKA DOT BARN – JOINED - http://polkadotbarn.blogspot.co.nz/
Hello dear Jan
How lovely to meet you at Vicki's party!

I love all things creative too!

OMG your hats are GORJUS!!!!!
I never see anything like that in our Opshops….
I'll keep my fingers crossed!

Jan dear, I do hope you'll pop over and see me too and enter my GYB Giveaway!

Enjoy the party
Shane ♥

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Me again!

I'm following your blog too!

Shane ♥

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Me again!

I'm following you on PINTEREST too!
OMG your boards are soooooooooo yummy!

Shane ♥

Gabriela said...

Hi!Nice to meet you!I hope you will make your way to my blog also!i will follow here and pinterest!Look forward to getting to know you!

Maggie said...

uh oh, from one "mixed media hoarder" to another....LOVE those hats! Throw my name into one of them and please pull it out as the winner!

i'm having a giveaway too, and hope you can stop by!


Maggie said...

uh oh...following you on Pinterest now, too. So many distractions, so little time.....


decorator to the stars said...


sandy said...

What a fun post about you and your blog! I love vintage "stuff" also! I'm here from the GYB party! What a fun give-away! The hats look wonderful!
sandy @ Hob Nobbers

Cache-Mire said...

What an amazing giveaway! OMG! I want to win this one! Your blog is just lovely and I'll be following!


So Shabby Pink said...

Oh! Just love vintage hats. I have a few but not as colorful as yours! Please enter me to win one. :-) Thanks!

just me said...

So happy to see you blogging again! Will be thinking of you on the day of your mom's memorial. Hugs!

hueisei said...

Beautiful giveaway!
Thanks for the chance to win.

hueisei said...

I follow your blog.

Bogomilla Hopp said...

Hi, I like your blog and I'm a new follower even on FB. I'm so sorry for your dog...I know what it is means. I come from Vicki's event and I invite you on my blog http://bogomillahoppkids.blogspot.it
xoxo Bogomilla

Dagmar said...

Hi Jan,
Lovely blog, being joyful is the only way to live..love your attitude..
Thanks for stopping in over at my blog..I am working thru the list of such creative women..what fun this is

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Jan
Nice to meet you through the GYB party, which is going to take quite some time to visit everyone!
The vintage hats are a unique giveaway, and it's nice of you to offer two.
I have not got into Pinterest or Facebook (yet) but you never know, so I've book marked your blog so I can visit again.

Linda Carole Bloom said...

Hi Jan,
How nice to meet you, thanks for the kind comments you made on my blog! I love your banner and side thingys - so cheerful. I also went on and read about the guestroom. I'll sign up to follow you as soon as I get home to my computer, (we have Windows 2 at work, lol)
Love, Linda

Derrith said...

Jan: I absolutely love your blog and you seem like the funnest person! I also love the name of your blog. Thanks for sharing your talents. I am a new follower. -Derrith S.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Dear Jan, I'm sorry to hear of your mother's passing. A good friend just lost her mother in December. She also had dementia. Good luck getting the guest room together. Hope you are having a lovely day. Tammy

Something Special said...

Oh Me Me Me! Hope that doesn't sound to selfish, but I would absolutely love to win one of the vintage hats. I am a new follower here, and also a new follower on Pinterest. I think you would also love my pinterest boards. We seem to have lots in common. Thanks for your visit and entry into my giveaway!

Sandra Kaye said...

Jan ...Thanks for stopping into my blog..I came over after reading your comment. I like you!!! Your attitude is just great!!! I became a follower:):) I look forward to many more posts :):) Hugs- Sandie

Thistle Cove Farm said...

visiting via Vicki's GYB Party and enjoying your blog. the hats are fabulous and I'm a hat wearer fro decades. heck, I still wear gloves too. I'm having some giveaways as well; come by if you have time.

Marrianna said...

Okay, Jan, I just need to win one of those vintage hats. I have a need for those flowers. If you visit my blog and see the apron I just completed, you'll know why. Anyway, I'm going to enter twice. This is the first entry.

email: marrianna65@gmail.com

Marrianna said...

It's me again, and I wanted to let you know that I just became a follower via email. So this is my second entry for one of those fantastic vintage hats.

email: marrianna65@gmail.com

sharon said...

Thanks for your sweet words and visit Jan! You sound like you like everything I do....family, vintage, and love, what could be better!

kareninkenai said...

Jan, what a beautiful blog and giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity. Please stop by if you haven't already and sign up for my giveaway. (I'm tardy because my motherboard died and went to the grave!) But, I have a replacement now! Hugs from Alaska. Karen


mybearsnme said...

what a fun blog - love reading your posts :) I found you through the blog party - if you need a giggle - come and visit me at

mybearsnme said...

Looks like a beautiful hat!~
I nominated you for the Liebster Award - see my blog for Jan 29 at http://leftoverchocolatestitches.blogspot.ca/2013/01/i-am-liebstered-and-how-to-spend-day.html

mitz said...

..hee comes another ** happy dance** lol thanks for letting me tour your blog.. mitz_zee@yahoodotcom

Di Lewis said...

Hi! You have a wonderful, creative talent! You made me laugh too! I m your newest follower. and pinterest too! Great giveaway! Please stop by to view mine! Dianna

Denise said...

Hello from a fellow Texan! I live in far, far west Texas - El Paso. I have enjoyed reading your blog posts. My mother also suffered the terrible effects of Alzheimer's. I have become a follower of your blog and look forward to visiting often.

Thank you the chance to win one of your gorgeous vintage hats.

blessings, denise :D

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

They really are beautiful hats and it's fun to get to know you! Sweet hugs!

Lululiz said...

Wow, those hats are quite something. Absolutely gorgeous and I could easily be tempted to wear one. Seriously, lol. Glad to have found your blog via Vicki.

Jamie Leigh Martin said...

Thanks for the chance!

Jamie Leigh Martin said...

I'm already following you on Pinterest - JamieLoveSweeps.

LesleyAnn said...

What a fantastic giveaway. The hats are simply stunning. Your blog is beautiful.


Anne said...

Hello, my Dear! I've come to you from The "Grow Your Blog" party...it was over before I knew about it, but it was so nice of Vicki to leave the list up! Anyway, I always welcome new blogs to enjoy, and yours is delightful! I am now following you ~ please come and visit me if you get a chance!
So nice to "meet" you!

NicNacManiac said...

Hey Miss Jan,
Just popped in to say hello, I hope you are well and 2013 has started off with happy happy days!!
{{Hugs}} Nerina xOxO


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