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Friday, April 1, 2011

A Bit About Me

I am very happy to be participating in a the Ultimate Blog Party 2011, a FUN way of networking your blog and business with 1,000s of people! In order to participate, I need to tell you guys a bit about myself! This is actually perfect timing because I've gotten a lot of new followers recently and it's important to me that you guys get an idea of who I am as a person.

Well, I'm Julie. I was born and raised in southeast Michigan. When I was 24, I found myself at a stand still with the desire for a change. That's when I decided to move to California. I mean, the palm trees, the beaches, why not? (Plus I knew this cute boy there so maybe we could go on a date or something?) I knew that if I didn't move somewhere at that point in my life then I probably never would. I packed everything I could in my car and made the drive across the country.


I've been living in California for two years now. I am a product photographer by day, but my real passion has become my work on the side. Designing greeting cards, promoting my Etsy shop, making my blog an inpirational place, they are all things I really take great pride in.


That being said, blogging, promoting, and researching have become a huge part of my life, and we all know it can be super time consuming! Fortunately, the cute boy turned out to be a very supportive boyfriend who shares my creative passion. He is my photographer when I need pictures for a DIY tutorial, and my assistant when I get extra busy at Valentine's Day.


We live in a little house with our little Terrier, Penny. My favorite times are on sunny weekends when we bike ride to the beach, or around our neighborhood hunting for garage sale treasures.


I've recently renovated my entire blog on my own (it's been a challenge, I'm not exactly html savvy) and have really started to put my heart into it. I blog about things I love, enjoy, and find inspiring. I have a weekly "Etsy love" post every Tuesday. I also try to throw in a DIY tutorial once a week. The in-between ranges from vintage home decor to favorite fashion trends.

So, welcome to my blog! I hope you'll stick around. :]

26 comments:

  1. HI!! So nice to meet you! i have always wanted to go to Cali - looks so beautiful - im in Toronto, Ontario in Canada & one day hope to go visit Cali!

    Your blog is beautiful - good job! I look forward to learning more about you & im now following xxo

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  2. I loved reading about you. Now I want to write mine over. I left out my dogs and the business I started. I can't wait to see you art! Have fun @ the party.

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  3. love the post! so glad you linked up!

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  4. Saying hi from the UBP11. Your blog is totally cute, and I'm looking forward to being a follower!

    My friends and I are new to blogging. Check us out: www.outbackgang.blogspot.com

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  5. I am so glad that I found you through UBP11! I'm an artist, too (currently in school to receive my degree in Fine Ats) and I love finding other arty blogs. I also live in California, I was borned and raised here. I can't imagine living anywhere else. I'm also working on opening my own etsy shop, so it seems like we have a lot in common! Greet to meet you and I'm now following your beautiful blog!

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  6. Nice to meet ya! Welcome to the party: )

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  7. hi, dropping by through UBP11 :) Great photographs!

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  8. Thank you for stopping by my site!

    Your photography is beautiful and I am excited to see more! I am now following your blog. :)

    Have a great rest of the weekend!!

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  9. Happy blog party!

    I always love to see what people are making so I'll be sticking around!

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  10. Stopping by from the UBP!! My husband dreams of Cali....might make it there someday!

    http://nomorerecess.blogspot.com/

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  11. Stopping by from UBP...am excited to start exploring your blog. Can't wait to get inspired!

    Please check me out at www.decoratingdiy.blogspot.com

    Kristen
    Turning a House into a Home

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  12. Very nice to "meet" you. I am stopping by from the UBP11 hop. I love your sun kissed photo of walking the dog. Very nice. I live in Washington state but travel a lot. I love photography and crafting. I just recently got PSE8 and love it. Still learning how to use it. I like to play around with my blog design and html too. Stop by and say hi anytime at my blog. I love new visitors!
    Long Wait For Isabella

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  13. Hi. I'm stopping from the blog party. It's nice to meet you! Hope you'll have time to check out my blog!

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  14. Hi! Thanks for the follow and visiting my blog...www.bittyblueberry.blogspot.com. I'm happy we connected with UBP11. Your blog is very well done! Sounds like we both picked up and moved out of the northern cold and into the sunshine. Thanks for the sweet comment about my daughter Cora...we also think she's pretty cute! :-)

    Let's stay connected!

    Kendra

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  15. I'm stopping by from the UBP 11. What a cute blog and a great story! I'm your newest follower and hope you'll stop by my blog.
    luvlaughterhappilyeverafter.blogspot.com

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  16. stopping by for upb. nice to meet you!! so talented!!

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  17. So glad you stopped by Twenty 6!! Can't wait to explore your blog more!! Hope you have a great rest of your party week!! :)

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  18. Hi! Glad to meet you via UBP11 - thanks for following me on Twitter! I see in the previous post that you were featured on the Etsy FP - I remember seeing your card there! Congratulations! Look forward to hearing more from you in the future-
    Amy from hoop-dee-doo.blogspot.com

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  19. Hello there! Boppin' over from UBP11! I'm always on the lookout for fabulous places to feature on my party blog, and I love your cards. I would love to share.

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  20. I love creativity and love your blog and just hit "Follow" button. Find me at www.way2goodlife.com
    P.S. Also if you can find a minute today and vote for me as elenka29 here http://www.mamavation.com/2011/03/vote-for-mamavation-mom-3.html
    (it's a competition that ends 04/04 at 8 pm CT to get into fitness bootcamp for moms. There is no registration - just click and submit). Looking forward to reading more of your posts

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  21. It is really great to meet you! Here from UBP11

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  22. hi julie love ur blog!

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  23. Hi! I'm a new follower through UBP2011! I am excited I found you! You seem very down to earth and I can't wait to see the DIY posts!

    You can check out my blog here: http://infertilenanny.blogspot.com/2011/04/5-minutes-to-mom-ultimate-blog-party.html

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  24. So impressed that you are renovating your blog on your own! Not an easy task, but it looks great. I'm your newest follower!

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  25. Checkin in from the UBP! I'm so glad to have found your blog! We've got to chat! I'm a fellow SE Michigander--well no longer your fellow, since you've deserted us! LOL J/K Can't wait to check out your Etsy shop, and I'm also your newest follower!

    http://www.lisavsfitness.blogspot.com

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  26. love the look of your blog! i've recently decided i need a career change and so i'm diving in head first into building up my own business.

    it's been a hard road so far, but i tell myself to persevere.

    your story is encouraging and motivating!

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Thanks for the comment! I read them all and reply when I can. Please be sure your blogger account is linked to your e-mail so I can do so! (Tutorial on how to do that here: http://tinyurl.com/c6gh9fk) xo JA

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