Thursday, July 16, 2009
One word comes to mind when browsing through JuliesJems; Fun.
Pictured above is the shop's representative image, as it will be one of Julie's main shop staples, and she enjoys the earthy tones (my favorite! ;) and it's "nature" feel.
From the pastel, truly fitting banner above her shop to the props and backgrounds in her photographs, it was really cool to look through each one. The handmade cards are so eloquently made with such care that is clearly apparent for all items. I also sincerely appreciate the tiny details on the carefully crafted almost-too-perfect boxes. With each item's image, the same thing is clearly captured; that she absolutely loves what she does.
The shop owner, Julie, has been a graphic designer for 10 years, and has done art on the side ranging from crafts to professionally handpainting Christmas ornaments. She's currently attending college to pursue art therapy; although she points out her graphic design capabilities from custom logos to avatars. Many of her items reflect her love of recycling, and plans on adding painted items to her shop eventually.
Although still fairly new to etsy and still figuring out the site, Julie says that her greatest strengths as an artist are all of her ideas, which she has "had forever!" Her favorite shop on etsy is the one that she helped start with her girlfriend, Uniquenest.etsy.com, which has original inspired wall artwork, bark/wood frames, and cards.
Julie also has a few words for new artisans, "Don't give up. Start small then grow. Don't take on everythnig at once or you'll get overwhelmed. Do what comes from your heart."
Additionally, Julie wishes to offer a 50% OFF DISCOUNT to anyone who tells her that they found her site from AshTreeCreations' blog! (Wow, what a deal!!)
"I just wanted to say thank you for taking time out of your day to visit my shop. I do custom orders!" - Julie
My favorite item, below, the Bird Flower Notepad, $3.00 - It's a great price, and I particularly love journals and notepads, even if I never quite get around to writing in them :)
(They just look so pretty, I don't want to ruin them with my writing!!)
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