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Monday, October 31, 2011

Our Couples Halloween Costume

9.7.12 UPDATE - Per your requests we are currently working on a tutorial post for how this tooth costume was made! Please check back soon! Also, be sure to check out our Pacman and Ms. Pacman DIY costume tutorial! Thank you for your support! xo JA

9.10.12 UPDATE - Tutorial for making the tooth can now be found HERE! Enjoy!

10.7.12 UPDATE - If you replicate this costume I would LOVE to see photos! E-mail me!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

October Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to the seven lucky winners of the October Giveaways! And special thanks to my lovely sponsors for offering Julie Ann Art readers some amazing handmade goodies!
Please e-mail me at julie.astra AT yahoo.com to retrieve your prize!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Sponsor Spotlight: Marigold&Sage

Hello! I’m Clara, student, parent, sewist, French-speaker, and girl behind Marigold and Sage. My shop is filled with fun things for busy people. My blog is very new and will be an outlet of life, love, food, clothes, and other cool things. Come check it all out!
Clara's shop has the cutest purses and clutches. Be sure to take a looksie!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

My iPhone

So remember when I did that What's In My Bag post and I shamefully showed off the severely cracked screen of my Droid phone? Well. It has happened. I crossed over...into iPhone land. And yes it is just as heavenly of a place as everyone told me it would be.
So I've spent the last week or two setting up my necessities and getting acquainted with my new friend, Siri. I'm also very happy to finally have Instagram! (Find me: JulieAnnArt.) But now I turn to you. What are your favorite apps? I've looked at articles online, such as "The 10 Most Popular iPhone Apps" but...well, I'm not talking Angry Birds here. So I'm turning to my readers, fellow crafters, fellow bloggers, fellow independent business owners. What are your favorite iphone apps? What apps do you use to make running your business easier? What apps do you use for inspiration? What  photo-editing apps do you use? I'd love some recommendations! xo

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Learning Through Blogging

I have been a follower of my favorite blogs for years now, but it was not until March of this year that I threw myself into writing my own blog. One day I just had this sort of epiphany of "Why am I not blogging?" All of a sudden I was working on a blog design and brainstorming posts. I was glued to my computer and Jordan was like "What is going on?" I don't really know what made me go "I'm going to blog!", but I think part of me knew that I was capable of creating a blog that was enjoyable for others, just as the blogs I followed were enjoyable to me.

It's been eight months now. And although the on-going, never-ending need to post quality content daily can get a little overwhelming at times, this blog has become the most enjoyable project I've ever worked on. Not only do I simply like to write and photograph, but it has already taught me more about myself and what I'm capable of.
1.) I'm a perfectionist.
Ok, so I may have known this a little bit already. But seeing Jordan's exasperation as I have to perfect every little detail has made me realize that maybe I'm a little bit too picky about...well...everything that I post on my blog. But I mean, is that so bad? Besides the fact that it could drive me or my boyfriend crazy, it ensures that I am 100% happy with what I do. It means that I only post what I think are attractive, quality posts that my readers will enjoy. So what if I have to reshoot the same product shot 174 times?

2.) I think big.
Blogging has brought me into the biggest, best network I could've imagined. Before I started this blog, I had no idea how huge the blogging world was. It really blows my mind that every single day I find a new amazing blog written by a creative woman who has the same interests as me. It is so inspiring! I've been able to reach out to and keep in touch with these girls and it makes me think every day of what we could be capable of. My ideas and my dreams are starting to soar because I know that if we all worked together we could really DO something.

3.) I'm modest.
I guess I have been modest my whole life. I am my biggest critic and I never think what I'm doing is good enough. I really never could've imaged that I would be this successful at blogging. It's still amazes me to see my follower counts rising because I still have that "Really? You like little old me?" attitude. Of course I have dreams of blogging with growth and success but I've always been so humble about my talents that it's hard to accept that my dream is actually happening. I need to start accepting that maybe I am sort of cool, at least to my readers. ;]

4.) I'm still learning.
I am really happy with my blogging journey so far, but I do find myself occasionally struggling with where I want to go with this blog. I see so many bloggers really getting personal with their readers. There was a point when I felt that I should too. Then I realized that I shouldn't be blogging like other bloggers. I should be blogging like myself. And well, I'm a shy girl. There are very few people in the world that know me really well, so to air out everything to people I have never met would be sort of impossible for me. I don't look at this blog as a place to "vent" but as a place to inspire. As I continue to learn what works for me and who I am as a blogger, I'm also learning who I am as a person.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Candy Corn Nail Tutorial

Last week I mentioned a few nail art tutorials and this weekend I finally got around to trying out some nail art on my own nails. I wanted to make them Halloween-themed, probably orange and black, but while looking at all my nail polishes I stumbled upon the yellow shade I had. Then it hit me, candy corn nails! Maybe I would hate them, but maybe I would like them, so I knew I had to try it out. I got a little experimental and I'm not sure if this is the easiest way to paint your nails this way, but this is how I did it.
What you'll need:
Orange polish
Yellow polish
White nail pen
Tape
Start out by painting your nails orange. Let your nails completely dry (I waited most of the day before moving to the next step). Then, wrap a piece of tape around your finger so that it is covering all of your nail except the base. Make sure you have a good seal between your nail and the tape.
Then paint over the area with your yellow nail polish. Wait until your nails are dry once again (I only waited about an hour this time) and peel off the tape. You should have a nice straight line of yellow on top of the orange.
Next I just took my white nail pen and carefully painted my nail tips white. Clean up around the edges a bit with some nail polish remover and a q-tip and you're all set! You've got yourself some super festive nails for the Halloween holiday!

Linked up here!
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Monday, October 24, 2011

October Giveaway #7: Julie Ann Art Ad Space

**CLOSED**
All October giveaways will be posted TODAY! Every hour a new giveaway from one of my lovely sponsors will be posted. All winners will be chosen at random and announced here in one week. Good luck!

I'm very thankful for the support of my readers and sponsors so I wanted to offer the chance to win a free ad spot on my blog for the month of November as part of the October Giveaway Party!


1,) Follow this blog using Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin!


1.) Share this giveaway on Twitter using the share button below.
2.) Like this giveaway on Facebook using the share button below.
3.) Visit my shop and leave a comment with your favorite item.
4.) Become a fan of Julie Ann Art on Facebook.
5.) Follow Julie Ann Art on Twitter.
6.) Comment for every other October giveaway you enter (posted below).

Be sure to leave an additional comment for each extra credit option! I will announce the winner, chosen by random.org, here in one week! Good luck! (If the winner has already purchased ad space on Julie Ann Art for November, the winner will get reimbursed.)

October Giveaway #6: 8x10 Abstract Giclee Print

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All October giveaways will be posted TODAY! Every hour a new giveaway from one of my lovely sponsors will be posted. All winners will be chosen at random and announced here in one week. Good luck!
LC, of LittleShopOfElleSee, is offering one lucking reader an 8x10 Abstract Cat giclee print!


1,) You must follow this blog using Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin!
2.) Visit the shop and comment here with your favorite item and e-mail address.


1.) Share this giveaway on Twitter using the share button below.
2.) Like this giveaway on Facebook using the share button below.
3.) Become a fan of LC's on Facebook.
4.) Follow LC on Twitter.
5.) Follow LC's  blog.

Be sure to leave an additional comment for each extra credit option! That gives you a total of six chances to win!

I will announce the winner, chosen by random.org, here in one week! Good luck!

October Giveaway #5: Morning Coffee Print

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All October giveaways will be posted TODAY! Every hour a new giveaway from one of my lovely sponsors will be posted. All winners will be chosen at random and announced here in one week. Good luck!
Violet, of MorningVioleta, is offering one lucking reader a 6x9 print of her Morning Coffee photograph!


1.) You must follow this blog using Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin!
2.) Visit the shop and comment here with your favorite item and e-mail address.


1.) Share this giveaway on Twitter using the share button below.
2.) Like this giveaway on Facebook using the share button below.
3.) Become a fan of Violet's on Facebook.
4.) Follow Violet on Twitter.
5.) Follow Violet's blog.

Be sure to leave an additional comment for each extra credit option! That gives you a total of six chances to win!

I will announce the winner, chosen by random.org, here in one week! Good luck!

October Giveaway #4: Chain Necklace

**CLOSED**
All October giveaways will be posted TODAY! Every hour a new giveaway from one of my lovely sponsors will be posted. All winners will be chosen at random and announced here in one week. Good luck!
Elizabeth, of OiaJules, is offering one lucking reader this awesome chain necklace! And don't forget, you can also get 10% off everything in Elizabeth's shop with the coupon code JULIEREADER!


1.) You must follow this blog using Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin
!2.) Visit the shop and comment here with your favorite item and e-mail address.


1.) Share this giveaway on Twitter using the share button below.
2.) Like this giveaway on Facebook using the share button below.
3.) Become a fan of OiaJules on Facebook.

Be sure to leave an additional comment for each extra credit option! That gives you a total of four chances to win!

I will announce the winner, chosen by random.org, here in one week! Good luck!

October Giveaway #3: 8x10 Italy Print

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All October giveaways will be posted TODAY! Every hour a new giveaway from one of my lovely sponsors will be posted. All winners will be chosen at random and announced here in one week. Good luck!
Mable of HappeeMonkee, is offering one lucking reader an 8x10 of this gorgeous photo! And don't forget, you can get 15% off your entire order from Mable's shop with the code JULIE15!


1.) You must follow this blog using Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin!
2.) Visit the shop and comment here with your favorite item and e-mail address.


1.) Share this giveaway on Twitter using the share button below.
2.) Like this giveaway on Facebook using the share button below.
3.) Become a fan of Mable's on Facebook.
4.) Follow Mable on Twitter.

Be sure to leave an additional comment for each extra credit option! That gives you a total of five chances to win!

I will announce the winner, chosen by random.org, here in one week! Good luck!

October Giveaway #2: Fleur Bloom Headband

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All October giveaways will be posted TODAY! Every hour a new giveaway from one of my lovely sponsors will be posted. All winners will be chosen at random and announced here in one week. Good luck!
The lovely ladies of FleurBloom, are offering one lucking reader this adorable headband!


1.) You must follow this blog using Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin!
2.) Visit the shop and comment here with your favorite item and e-mail address.


1.) Share this giveaway on Twitter using the share button below.
2.) Like this giveaway on Facebook using the share button below.
3.) Follow FleurBloom on Twitter.
4.) Follow FleurBloom's Blog.

Be sure to leave an additional comment for each extra credit option! That gives you a total of five chances to win!

I will announce the winner, chosen by random.org, here in one week! Good luck!

October Giveaway #1: Necklace from TwillyPop

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All October giveaways will be posted TODAY! Every hour a new giveaway from one of my lovely sponsors will be posted. All winners will be chosen at random and announced here in one week. Good luck!
Sara, of TwillyPop, is offering one lucking reader this gorgeous Peacock Ribbon Necklace!


1.) You must follow this blog using Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin!
2.) Visit the shop and comment here with your favorite item and e-mail address.


1.) Share this giveaway on Twitter using the share button below.
2.) Like this giveaway on Facebook using the share button below.
3.) Like TwillyPop on Facebook
4.) Follow TwillyPop on Twitter

Be sure to leave an additional comment for each extra credit option! That gives you a total of five chances to win!

I will announce the winner, chosen by random.org, here in one week! Good luck!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sponsor Spotlight: Fleur Bloom

Hello there sweet friend! We are a Mother {Lisa} and Daughter {Heather} handmade accessory online beautique shop. We love designing for weddings, special occasions, and everyday wear. Our once hobby, inspired by designing one of a kind pieces to wear has blossomed into a shared passion. We adore family, little fabric shops, antique shopping, anything shabby chic, and custom designs made just for you!

These ladies have such a lovely blog, be sure to visit!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

November Sponsor Call

Looking to advertise your shop or blog? I'm happy to offer affordable advertising to fellow bloggers, Etsy sellers and small-business owners! In the month of October, Julie Ann Art has been averaging 6,000+ views a day and our subscriber count continues to grow at a rapid pace (I hit 1,000 GFC followers last weekend!).

I currently have medium and small ad space available for November, or plan ahead and book a large spot for December (only two spots left)! For more details on readership stats and pricing information, click here. If you have any questions, e-mail me at julie.astra at yahoo dot com. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Simple Nail Art Tutorials

Guess what I'm doing this weekend! Making my nails all pretty. :] Thanks to Refinery29, I got inspired by their simple, yet unique, nail art tutorials. I've seen some really crazy (too over-the-top for me) nail art online but I would totally rock each of these nail looks.
I would've loved to try one of these tutorials out so I could show you my own personal outcome. But by the time I get home from work, package Etsy orders, cook dinner...I'm painting my nails at 10 p.m. and I will inevitably end up with sheet imprints on my nails in the morning! Maybe I should get one of those quick dry sprays. Anyone use those before? Anyways, so I'm waiting until this weekend to "make" my nail art but I'll be sure to share when it's done. I'm thinking polka dots. Or chevron? Tough decision. ;]

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

October Sponsor Love

I'm so thankful to have a wonderful group of October sponsors to share with you today! Please stop by and say hello to these lovely ladies, they make this blog possible! xo
Hello, my name is Alessandra Tecla Gerevini. I'm italian and I'm 28. I'm a photographer and a blogger. I work on intimacy, trying to express my feelings, my states of mind, using reality. My pictures are moments lived in this world. You can buy some of them in my brand new etsy shop, or you can just take a look in my website: www.alessandragerevini.com I hope to inspire you, in same way, and make you feel like I fell, just for a moment.

Etsy  // Shop

I am Violet. I take photos of everything that inspires me- nature, people, little every day things and edit them in a way that conveys my perception of them; experimenting with natural light, colors and texture to express different emotions. That also goes for conceptual, surreal self-portraits and travel photography. Another love of mine is concert photography.


Hello! I'm Amy, owner of Folding Chair Designs. My goal is to create unique and beautiful accessories that don't involve doilies or rhinestones. I offer affordable accessories that add a simple, lovely touch to your everyday wardrobe.


My name is Georgia and I am a photographer. I live in the beautiful South West of France so am never short of inspiration. I love to travel though so in my shop you will find photos from all over the world.


My name is Lauren Anslee and my husband and I are just two young lovers whose souls belong in the country. Come join me as I share random pieces of our lives full of entertainment and unedited, candid moments.


Hi there! I'm Laura (LC) of The Little Shop of ElleSee. I am currently a stay-at-home mom to a beautiful baby boy. Both of us are big fans of Winnie the Pooh, and having a good laugh. I have always loved to draw and paint, and started dabbling in photography several years ago. I opened up shop in March to share my passion for the simple and the vibrant.

Blog // Shop // Facebook // Twitter

Close friends Elizabeth Schricker and Courtney Alexander first met in Brooklyn, NY while attending art school at Pratt Institute. After both landing in Los Angeles, they decided to pool their talents and design a line of jewelry. Their design aims to combine the vibrant colors of the ocean, the skies, and the rich landscapes into a unique piece of modern, elegant jewelry. Oia launched its first collection featuring the stunning vibrant colors of Agate. All of the necklaces are hand crafted using unique and one of a kind stones.

Shop // Facebook


Hullo! I'm Mable and I'm usually behind a camera, snapping photos you'd see on Happee Monkee. I'm a bit of an adventurer and have travelled from Japan to Norway, London to Cambodia, Hong Kong to Paris. My favourite places in the world is Sweden and Melbourne, where I live with the most wonderful person in the world - my husband. I'm also a writer, food blogger and an occasional designer. There's a few ways to live life and one, is to surround myself with beauty and positive people. In fact, that's what I hope to convey through my photos - happiness and beauty <3

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