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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Awesome Randomness

There's so much awesome randomness happening lately. I don't know how a week (or so?) went by without a blog post. Let's catch up with this post of randomness, shall we?

I did my first podcast with Fresh Rag last week. I was nervous, and may have had a strong rum and coke before-hand. But since I've met Dave multiple times in person it really wasn't bad once things got rolling! He was surprised I didn't swear (at all, I don't think?). I guess it's just the "interview setting"....I feel like I should be "professional" and "business-like." Not that I really know how to be business-like, but I try.

Last week I had a fun coffee date with Alissa from Diary of an Addict. We talked a lot about changing business names/branding because that is something she has recently gone through. It got my wheels turning.

I also recently got to catch up with Ashley from The Shine Project when she was in California. That girl is killing it. I don't remember how we met through the internet but I'm sure glad we did. It's been so inspiring watching her business explode over the last couple years.

I've been up to my ears in wedding details. DAMN there are a lot of little ridiculous details! We currently are trying to figure out our song selection, our specialty cocktails, and our parent's gifts...among 100 other things.

I have an interview coming up over at the Great Over Good, a local art business that hosted a blogger event I recently attended. Their interview questions were so fun, I hope I did them justice! I'll let you know when the post goes live.

Also, I have been trying to get into a routine with cardio barre. Have you ever done it? It's is kind of torture but I think I'm starting to like it at the same time? I used to dance so I really like how it incorporates ballet moves (makes me want to take a ballet class!). It has been challenging to get to class three times a week but it's starting to become "normal" to go. Can't help but feel a bit proud of myself since I never - ever - can hold on to work out routines. I'm hoping this one sticks (far beyond the wedding!)

And last but not least, I added some new Mother's Day cards to the shop yesterday (Although my stock is already super low on the wine card, I have more coming in soon!). I can't believe Mother's Day is quickly approaching, because my wedding is the week after. And thinking about how close it's getting gives me a minor heart attack. So.many.details.

What's new with you? Anything fun going on? Please share! xo JA

Monday, April 14, 2014

Strawberry Basil Mojito Recipe

You guys know I love my mojitos. This weekend I got inspired to make a strawberry basil version, thanks to the extra strawberries and basil I had hanging out in our kitchen. It was soooo tasty I knew I had to share it with you buys. Summer is right around the corner (all my friends and family back home made a point of letting me know it was 70 degrees in MI yesterday) so let's get ready for some fruity cocktails!

2 strawberries, sliced
3 basil leaves
1 shot rum
1 tbsp simple syrup
juice from 1/2 of a lime
club soda

Serves: 1

Muddle strawberries, basil and simple syrup in a glass. Fill the cup with ice (I like a lot!). Add the rum and lime juice, then top it off with club soda.

These are really customizable to your liking. If you like it a little sweeter, add a bit more simple syrup. Or maybe you like more lime....or more rum! I also ended up straining it to remove some of the strawberry chunks (that kept getting caught in my straw), but maybe a bit of fruit chunks is your thang. Make it however you want! Enjoy!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Pen Pals

Being the owner of a stationery business, it's kind of sad how seldom I send out good old snail mail. I recently found myself in the middle of a pen pal relationship with one of my interweb friends and realized how rare (and FUN!) it is to get something in the mail, just because.

I recently designed some personalized stationery for myself to use for this purpose, or even to include in orders from repeat customers (who I feel like have become my friends!). They are perfect for writing a quick note to say hello, or thank you. After posting them on Instagram I got some requests for custom orders so I added them in my shop as well!
I thought it would be fun to open up the pen pal game across the board. Anyone wanna join?

Julie Ann Art
P.O. Box 15501
Newport Beach, CA 92659

I'm off to finish up some Mother's Day cards that have been waiting to be done for weeks now. I don't know why but the last few weeks have been so weird, new, busy, exciting. My calendar has been pretty full (I rarely use my phone calendar so when I start "penciling things in" you know I'm having trouble keeping track). I'm lovin it. Not McDonalds. Although I do love that too. But I've been staying away since I'm trying to be on a health kick for operation wedding in 44 days.


I have to go.

Talk soon! xo JA


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