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Friday, March 30, 2012

Sponsor Spotlight: BrideBlu

This giveaway is CLOSED! The winner is #39, Kaylie. Congrats!
Hi ya! My name is Cat (short for Catherine). I adore doing crafts, drinking coffee (with a splash of milk), watching documentaries, and playing Scrabble. Oh, and I also am a self-diagnosed thrift/antiquing-aholic. I run a little Etsy shop called BrideBlu which houses a collection of handmade and vintage jewelry (which I find during my many treasure hunts!). I also write a blog where I like to showcase Etsy finds, diy projects, BrideBlu updates, and the wayward outfit post (just for fun :). I live in Wisconsin with my hubby (aka: best friend) and our two retired racing greyhounds Gin and Juice (I am probably biased but they are the cutest dogs ever).

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Get 15% off your order from Cat's shop with the code JULIEANN15!

Cat is offering one lucky reader a $26 credit to her jewelry shop!

Visit Cat's shop and leave a comment with your favorite item. Please include your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win!

*you must follow my blog to participate in sponsor giveaways*

1.) Follow the BrideBlu Blog
2.) Like BrideBlu on Facebook
3.) Follow BrideBlu on Twitter
4.) Share this giveaway on Twitter. Be sure to tweet @julieannart!
5.) Share this giveaway on Facebook. Be sure to tag @julieannart!

Be sure to leave an additional comment for each extra credit option! That gives you a total of six chances to winI will announce the winner, chosen by random.org, here in one week! Good luck!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Zucchini Tomato + Ham Fritatta Recipe by TheLetter4

**Hi friends! I'm currently in Australia, swimming with sea turtles and singing at the Opera House. In the meantime, please show some love to this week's fun guest bloggers! I'll be home soon (hopefully with a kangaroo in my possession.)**

"Hi there Julie Ann Art readers! Although I'm always happy to be on one of my favorite blogs, I have to say that it's pretty unfair that Julie keep leaving us to these dream wedding destinations. Not cool. Just kidding! At least we'll get to watch an amazing wedding video and live vicariously right? :)

My name is Jamie and I am one of the sisters behind The Letter 4. Our blog is our little space where my sisters and I can share stuff with each other again. Between projects, recipes, outfits, art, and just plain life you can find pretty much anything at our blog!

I have the sweetest little daughter named Sabrina, but the girl is one picky eater. I've had to get creative and dig deep into old cookbooks to get her to eat anything. This Zucchini Tomato and Ham Fritatta luckily had the two things in it I know she won't turn down. Ham and eggs. Weird I know! The girl likes Chinese food! She has never turned down an egg roll or egg fried rice. But this recipe sneaks some other veggies in there and is amazingly good and almost impossible to mess up.
What you'll need:

2 tbsp veggie oil
1 onion , peeled and chopped
1 zucchini, sliced
1 tomato, chopped
4 eggs
1 tbsp of milk
Parmesan Cheese

Heat oil in frying pan. Add onion and zucchini, season lightly, and cook for 15 minutes. Add tomatoes and ham, cook for 3-4 minutes. Beat eggs with milk and pour over veggies & ham. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until the eggs are set. Sprinkle with parmesan.

Enjoy!  You can find more recipe and other projects over at our blog!

Can't wait to see your photos and videos from you excursions Julie! xoxo"

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring Outfit by Shannon Hearts

**Hi friends! I'm currently in Australia, swimming with sea turtles and singing at the Opera House. In the meantime, please show some love to this week's fun guest bloggers! I'll be home soon (hopefully with a kangaroo in my possession.)** 

"Hello Julie Ann Art readers!  My name is Shannon and I'm from Shannon Heart's.  I am so excited to be here with you today.  With the warm days of spring quickly approaching, I thought I'd share one of my favorite spring looks.  In this look I combined a silky maxi skirt with a layered sweater.  I love maxi skirts because they are wonderful transitional pieces between seasons.  You can wear them with boots and a warm sweater if it's chilly, or wear sandals and a tank top if it's warm.
Top: Free People, Skirt: Rebecca TaylorNecklace: Rumble and Spur
Bracelet: c/o JewelmintShoes: Seychelles

I think my favorite color is purple.  Then again, my favorite color changes everyday.  There are so many pretty colors it's hard to commit just one favorite.  In the springtime, I am much more adventurous with the colors in my wardrobe, and I love to wear brighter hues.  It's fun to mix and match bold shades together, like in this look I mixed purple and mustard.

I hope you are all enjoying the change in seasons!  Thank you so much for having me on Julie Ann Art today.  It's been a pleasure.  Feel free to pop by my blog anytime and say hi."

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

How to Do a Manicure at Home - by Rouge&Whimsy

**Hi friends! I'm currently in Australia, swimming with sea turtles and singing at the Opera House. In the meantime, please show some love to this week's fun guest bloggers! I'll be home soon (hopefully with a kangaroo in my possession.)**

"Hi Julie Ann Art readers! I'm thrilled to be here today while Julie is hanging out down under! (so jealous). I blog over at rouge & whimsy and sell color-blocked totes. And I love pretty nails but my wallet doesn't always appreciate a professional mani or pedi.
I'm sure some of you are the same way. And I'm sure some of you, like me, have get to make do at home.

I have a few tips though that will help you achieve a nearly perfect salon manicure (with practice) right from your kitchen table or bathroom counter.
- moisturize + remove  Want to get that salon experience? Remove your nail polish and then soak your digits in a bowl of warm (not hot) water with oil. I drop some almond oil into my h20, but you could do olive oil if you'd like or another essential oil. Soak your fingers for a minute or two just to make the nails and cuticles softer.

- clip + file Thoroughly, thoroughly dry your nails with a towel and push back your cuticles. I actually just use the towel to push my cuticles back as I dry em. You can trim a few if they're gnarly-- otherwise, clip and file your nails into a nice, short square-oval shape.

- basecoat + topcoat I can not emphasize this enough! It's an added step, but it's a necessary added step. And while you may be tempted to buy the "all-in-one" nailpolish, I'd urge you to still add the base coat and topcoat each time.

- thin coats Rather than glop it on, do thin coats of your polish. Do even strokes vertically toward your fingertips. Practice makes perfect.

- patience this is also something I'm working on. I have a hard time sitting still and waiting for my nails to try but honestly this is something that will make or break your manicure. Just waiting those few extra minutes inbetween coats and before you go do anything is important!

- mess up? If you paint your nails at night, chances are the nail polish on your skin around your nail will wear off. I usually wash my hands and scrub around the nail too. And if that fails, a q-tip and remover does wonders to clean up the edges.

Thanks for having me Julie! I hope you have so much fun in Australia! Hug a kangaroo for me ;)"

Monday, March 26, 2012

Kombucha Wine Spritzer Recipe by The Skinny Confidential

**Hi friends! I'm currently in Australia, swimming with sea turtles and singing at the Opera House. In the meantime, please show some love to this week's fun guest bloggers! I'll be home soon (hopefully with a kangaroo in my possession.)**

"Hi pretties! Not going to lie, I am pretty excited to be a guest blogger on Julie Ann's fabulous, crafty blog. First, let me introduce myself, I'm Lauryn Evarts, creator of The Skinny Confidential. It's a blog that is all about diet modifications, healthy food substitutions, and easy, quick workout tips. The site is all about having your cake, and eating it too! I also have a store with tons of girly, fun trinkets. Check it out here!
Let's be clear: I love to cook, I love to eat, and I love to drink. I just do a delicious, healthy way. Since the weekend is around the corner, I figured these Kombucha Wine Spritzers would be a perfect cocktail to share. It's low on sugar, calories, and totally yummy. I just recently made this drink recipe for friends and they fell in love immediately. My favorite Kombucha is the guava flavor [ the pink one ; ) ].

6 ounces of Pinot Grigio [ I like this one ]
3 ounces of a Kombucha tea [ Trilogy is my favorite ]
3 large ice cubes
1 squeeze of lemon

Pour white wine over ice. Add Synergy Kombucha of your choice. Squeeze lemon. Throw in a few berries for an added pop of color. Paper pixy stick straws are found here. Cheers!
Side note: everyone will want a taste; my chihuahua, Pixy, is always trying to get a lick of whatever I am drinking & this happens to be her choice cocktail too.

This weekend you'll find me sweating it out, relaxing, and enjoying one of these bad boys. I mean who doesn't love drinking extra nutritional benefits with their wine?!"

Friday, March 23, 2012

Sponsor Spotlight: Blue Room Gems

Today I'm so happy to introduce you to Jen, of Blue Room Gems! She sells some gorgeous jewelry on Etsy. It's so hard for me to find jewelry that suits me, but I just love the delicate look of Jen's work!
It all began at a small table in my blue dining room. I spent hours wire wrapping beautiful gemstones into jewelry to share with friends and family. What began as a hobby quickly bloomed into full-fledged passion. All of this creative energy actually came as a surprise to me, you see, I have always been more of a jock than an artist. I spent my childhood playing sports and went on to study, then practice, physical therapy. But once the artist flame was lit, there was no extinguishing it.
Blue Room Gems is my humble attempt to create something delicate and pretty in an environment completely dominated by boys. I am married to a military man and have 3 young sons, so to say my life can get hectic is an understatement! It is my therapy, my creative outlet, and my way of sharing a piece of myself with the world.
In my studio, I surround myself with beautiful gemstones, gold, and silver to create elegant, sophisticated jewelry. I love the versatility of simple designs that can be worn everyday or for a special occasion. It is my hope that each piece will be worn for years to come.

Be sure to pay her links a visit!
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P.S. The winner to the Faville Photo 11x14 Canvas Print was announced here and the winner to the March Double giveaway was announced here! Congratulations to the winners!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Chalkboard Necklace Tutorial by BrideBlu

**Hi friends! I'm currently in Australia, swimming with sea turtles and singing at the Opera House. In the meantime, please show some love to this week's fun guest bloggers! I'll be home soon (hopefully with a kangaroo in my possession.)**

"Hello, howdy, g'day mates!  While Julie is away on her "down under" vacay (so jealous and, at the same time, so exicted for her ... she promised to take lots of pictures ... kangaroos, koolas, hooray!), she invite me to invade her lovely blog and share with you a diy!
chalkboard necklace diy - finished!
Today, I am going to show you how you can make a sweet, miniature chalkboard necklace. This necklace would make for a super fun (any occasion) gift, as you can include just about any message your heart desires on the chalkboard. Some ideas to get the brain cells moving...get well, bff, love, a special date, initials, a sweet simple "hi"!...you get the drift!

Without further ado...let's get crafting!

What you'll need:
  • Rust-oleum specialty Chalk Board spray
  • a bezel pendant (you could find one at your local bead store or even purchase one through Etsy...this or this would do nicely)
  • finished chain
  • a scrap of satin ribbon
  • glue (I highly recommend a tube of E6000, it is inexpensive, amazingly strong and long lasting!)
  • painter's tape
  • newspaper
  • basic white chalk
chalkboard necklace diy - supply roundup
STEP 1: Using the painter's tape, tape your pendant down onto your newspaper being careful to cover any areas you don't want "chalk boarded" with the tape.

STEP 2: In a well ventilated area (i.e. outside) apply 2-3 light coats of "Chalk Board" spray to the exposed surface of the pendant (wait approximately 3-4 minuets between coats). Let dry.
chalkboard necklace diy - taping & chalk spray application
STEP 3: Once the "Chalk Board" finish has had time to thoroughly dry (a couple of hours or so should be suffice), carefully remove the protective painter's tape from the pendant.
chalkboard necklace diy - removing the painters tape
chalkboard necklace diy - fchalkboard application applied and dried!
STEP 4: Tie a bow with your ribbon. Trim ends to desired length.
chalkboard necklace diy - making the ribbon bow
chalkboard necklace diy - trimming the bow
STEP 5: Using your glue, secure bow to top of pendant.
chalkboard necklace diy - attaching the bow
STEP 6: Attached pendant to chain.
chalkboard necklace diy - pre message (a blank slate)
STEP 7: Using your chalk write the message of your choice onto the pendant (using the edge of a brand new piece of chalk will help you write small and clearly).
chalkboard necklace diy - finished!
STEP 8: If you are giving as a gift, place pendant and a piece of chalk into a gift bag (I chose an organza gift bag with a bit of a shimmer in a fun, bright color).
chalkboard necklace diy - finished!
Voila, a sweet chalkboard necklace!
chalkboard necklace diy - finished & modeled
What do you think friends, will you try this? Warning, you may very well become addicted to adding chalkboard finishes to just about anything (that chalkboard spray is really slick and it works on a multitude of surfaces!).

xx Cat"

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Australia Bound

Well friends, tomorrow is the day. I can't believe it's here already, I feel like I just shared how this trip came about! I have a ton of packing to do before our red-eye flight tomorrow evening. 15 hours. But I'm not focusing on that. I'm focusing on "Holy crap I'm going to be in Australia and seeing the amazing Opera House and quite possibly stealing a kangaroo to take home!!" This trip will add a check mark on my bucket list.

The only thing about this trip that has me feeling uneasy is our lack of phones and internet. Is that lame? Like, you're on vacation Julie. Take a break. While I fully intend to be in break-mode the entire time, I know it's going to feel weird. It's not "Oh I just can't put my phone down because I'm a work-aholic," it's just.....habit. I'm used to pulling up Google Maps on my phone to find out how to get some where. And we are road tripping up the coast of the country....we need maps. So this week I've been printing out maps and putting them in my "Australia folder." I picked up a travel book and map from Barnes and Noble as well. We're doing this "old school" (sorry Mom).

I bought a hard-cover journal so that I can document our trip daily (And keep better track of our adventures for my future blog posts). I plan to use my Instax Camera for the first time and use some pretty washi tape to secure the photos to my journal's pages! I'm excited, can you tell?

Anyways, the next week is going to be full of some really great guest posts. It's important to me to have quality, daily content and I'm very happy with the posts these girls came up with! Be sure to show them some love, they really helped me out! I will be back home April 2nd! See you then!

P.S. Last chance to enter this giveaway and this giveaway! DO  it! ;]

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

March Double Giveaway

This giveaway is CLOSED. The winner is #82, Lucie Q Ewen!

Hi there! I have a cute little giveaway for you guys today from two of my lovely March sponsors! Shannon and Utary have both been such a pleasure to work with. Go show them some link love!
Julie Ann Art readers can get 25% off with the coupon code JULIEANN.

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"Like" or follow both of these lovelies on Facebook. Leave a comment below letting me know you've done so. Please include your e-mail address.

*you must follow my blog to participate in sponsor giveaways*

1.) Follow Shannon's blog
2.) Leave a comment with your favorite item from Oyeta Bags
3.) Share this giveaway on Twitter. Be sure to tweet @julieannart!
4.) Share this giveaway on Facebook. Be sure to tag @julieannart!
5.) Pin this on Pinterest using the Pin It button below this post.

Be sure to leave an additional comment for each extra credit option! This gives you six chances to win! One winner will be chosen using random.org and announced here in this post on Friday. Good luck! 

Monday, March 19, 2012

How to Make Foam in a Mason Jar

In this homemade latte recipe post, I made my latte foamy with the use of a blender. Well this weekend I learned an easy way to make foam with no blender necessary! We enjoyed some delicious foamy lattes yesterday in the comfort of our own home.
Fill your mason jar half way with milk. Put the lid on and shake for 30 seconds. Remove the lid and microwave the jar for another 30 seconds. That's it! One minute and you have thick foam to add to your coffee! Yum! :]

Friday, March 16, 2012

Sponsor Spotlight + Giveaway: FavillePhoto

This giveaway is CLOSED! The winner is #11, Debbie!

I'm so happy to introduce you to John, of Faville Photo! I love the look of photos on canvas and he is even offering Julie Ann Art readers the chance to win one of their own! Be sure to show him some link love!
Faville Photo is a fine art Giclee print shop located in Mesa, Arizona run by husband and wife, John and Jessica Gilman. We offer printing at any custom size from 3"x4" all the way to 40"x60" on stretched canvas or our wide variety of photo papers and textured fine art papers. We use only the highest quality materials and top of the line Giclee printer. As a result, our products are rated to last over 100 years in normal conditions. Our products are also 100% handmade by us in our studio. Faville Photo has been in business for 4 years, and also operates a few smaller side businesses including The One Stop Button Shop and Faville Photo Photography.

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Mention Julie Ann Art at checkout and receive 20% off your purchase!

John is offering  an 11x14 custom stretched canvas print!

Tweet: "Enter to win an 11x14 custom canvas print from @FavillePhoto on @julieannart blog! http://tinyurl.com/7t7ygwm"
 Then leave a comment below with your e-mail address.

*you must follow my blog to participate in sponsor giveaways*

1.) Leave a comment with your favorite item from the Faville Photo shop
2.) Like Faville Photo on Facebook
3.) Follow Faville Photo on Twitter
4.) Follow Julie Ann Art on Twitter
5.) Like Julie Ann Art on Facebook
6.) Share this giveaway on Facebook.

Be sure to leave an additional comment for each extra credit option! That gives you a total of seven chances to winI will announce the winner, chosen by random.org, here in on March 22nd! Good luck!

**The winner of last week's giveaway was announced here.**

Thursday, March 15, 2012

My Style: Mustard Crush

I've done a lot of shopping lately! If you follow Illy's blog, you may have seen this post about all of our thrifting adventures (there were a lot of them).  I scored all kinds of goodies, including this super sweet spice organizer! We also enjoyed the clothing boutique's downtown and that's where I picked up this mustard print dress! (I'm totally drawn to mustard.)
Outfit details: Dress: Funky Shoe Boutique, Cardigan: Target, Tights: Express, Necklaces: Craft Show (Can't remember the seller!!)

Also, today's the last day to enter this week's sponsor giveaway! The Skinny Confidential is offering $30 towards some adorable packaging and party supplies (that I'd love to get my hands on if I could!) so don't miss out! Winner is announced tomorrow!

This post was linked up with TheLetter4 and The Pleated Poppy.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Product Review: Soapdeli Soap

I have struggled with skin issues my entire life. At a young age I was diagnosed with eczema. As an adult, I still suffer from eczema, especially when I am stressed.

Because of this, I have to be very cautious of what I put on my skin.  I carry a thick hand cream and a medicated cream in my purse at all times in preparation for a potential eczema outbreak. My skin dries out extremely easily. Soaps, especially, can be very drying. That's why I'm happy I was introduced to soap from Rebecca's Soap Delicatessen
Rebecca sent me a sample of her Exfoliating Lettuce Gardener's Soap. While bar soaps can often leave a dry residue, this soap left my skin feeling great! It is made with moisturizing ingredients, containing rich, wholesome goat's milk, shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil, rice bran oil and even colloidal oatmeal. So it didn't leave my skin feeling tight and dry like other bar soaps do. Plus, the ground calendula petals serve as a bonus exfoliator! 

The soap has a refreshing scent, created with a blend of spearmint, lettuce and rain. Perfect for the start of spring! And I love how the scent stayed on my skin even after my shower was over.
SoapDeli also offers a wide variety of goat milk lotions, sugar scrub cubes, lip balms and more! Julie Ann Art readers can get 15% off the SoapDeli shop with the coupon code JAA. This offer is valid through 5/31/12. Enjoy!
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