Friday, 26 November 2010

Feature Friday, Special Offer and Giveaway - Julie's Jewels

This week's featured artist is a special lady who is the "team boss" of the Etsy Down Under Street Team, the very first team I joined on Etsy when I was new to the world of online selling.  So let me welcome Julie-Ann, of Julie's Jewels, the creator of beautiful jewellery pieces.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I live in a little town called Nhill (pronounced nil), we are the midway point on the highway between Melbourne and Adelaide. I don’t have a 9 to 5 job, but with 4 children, even though one has moved out, we have busy lives. The three children who are still at home all have special needs so we are always dealing with something or the other. I do sell Avon and have for the last 20 years or so and am now a team leader…
I also teach recorder at a local primary school and that has me doing two classes a week and assembly on Monday mornings to play Advance Australia Fair, amongst other school commitments. We also have a small school band that plays at the opening chapel of each term, there I use my Clarinet. It’s a lot of fun.
I am on several committees in town including Church, School, Chaplaincy and Business. I am also an Admin on the DUST team, a wonderful team of Australian Etsy sellers.

Describe yourself in five words.
Generous, Happy, Musical, Creative, Patient, Friendly… it’s hard to find positive words about yourself, this took some thinking. 

When and how did you first start crafting/creating?
I started beading quite a few years ago by going to a craft class that was making Christmas decorations out of simple plastic beads. I had never beaded before but found I could follow the instructions and make up the decorations with no trouble at all, so I started to play around with a little jewellery for myself and it just exploded from there. I am now a member of my town's local business group - Business Nhill - and have registered my Julie's Jewels as a business name. 

What do you create and what are your favourite materials with which to work?
Artisan Beaded Jewellery and Accessories using almost anything with holes. A few personal favourites – Lampwork, Gemstones, Czech Glass, Swarovski Crystals, Pearls, Sterling Silver, Brass, Copper and many many more.

 When and how did you start selling online?
I started to sell on Etsy because I became very disappointed with eBay, with their fees, with the way that the eBay company was dealing with their sellers and the way that eBay buyers only want a bargain for the lowest possible price. Etsy suits me much better as it is for handcrafted products, and  I have now included stores on MadeIt and ArtFire. 

Describe your store in five words.
Romantic, Feminine, Elegant, Colourful, Quirky

Who or what are the influences behind your creations?
I have no idea, I do like to use images and themes to create from, but mostly work work just pops out of my head – that could be quiet scary I suppose.

Where can we find you online?

Special Offer: Julie-Ann is offering 10% OFF your purchase in any of her stores for those who mention "Deb’s Review 10% off" at checkout.  This discount is valid until Christmas 2010.

Giveaway:  Julie-Ann is also offering one lucky reader a $20 item of their choice from her store.  Simply leave a comment on this post to be in the running to own a gorgeous Julie's Jewels piece!  Giveaway is open worldwide and will run until midnight, December 2nd 2010 (AEDST).  The winner will be chosen via


  1. Julie Anne's creativeness is a joy to behold!

  2. These are beautiful pieces :) very talented lady and am loving the shell necklace

  3. Beautiful work. Love stories like yours!

    Would love to win this!
    Thanks so much.

  4. Thanks for an awesome giveaway!!

  5. Love the Navy Blue and Silver Phone Charm-so pretty!

    Elaine R

  6. Thank for opportunity:I like:Paua shell necklace

  7. I'd love to win the Smokey Grey Lucite Sterling Silver Earrings, these are simple yet so elegant. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

  8. lovely things; I love the Blue silk Bead and silver earrings, pretty color.
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

  9. Very pretty jewelry! Thank you for this great giveaway!

    my email addy is

  10. What beautiful pieces! I would love to win something from her.

  11. Very pretty jewelry. It's hard to pick a favorite.


  12. Everything is very pretty! I love all the earrings and the Sterling Silver, Swarovski Crystal Rainbow Pendant necklace a lot.

    cyclona66 at aol dot com

  13. Great story! the Paua shell necklace is lovely

  14. What an awesome giveaway. :) Going to go browse now.

    truthbetold004 at gmail dot com
    hope I win !!!

  15. beautiful! thank you!


  16. Beautiful. That happyness just exudes from your work and your picture...

  17. Lovely jewelry items.

  18. I love the blue silk beaded earrings from her Etsy shop!!
    cheatingpiggies at hotmail dot com

  19. beautiful jewelry....gonna go browse some more!

  20. I love your items and it would be hard to pick one. Thanks!

  21. I love the Earrings, Jewelry, Sterling Silver, Pearls, Pink Floral Lucite, Hooks!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  22. i adore the Bracelet, Chalcedony, Pearl, Swarovski Crystals, Sterling Silver

    flowergirl557 at gmail dot com

  23. The Ruby Red Lucite sterling silver earrings are my fave! Thanks!

  24. What gorgeous pieces, I especially love the Paua shell necklace :)

    Kate1485 at

  25. WOW thanks ladies - this is wonderful feedback. Can't wait to work with one of you on the giveaway.


  26. These items are so very lovely and delicate! The Paua shell necklace is stunning.

    so.kitsch at gmail dot com

  27. Thanks Deb, it is great to learn a little more about Julie-Ann and to be able to put a face now to the online personality.
    Than you Julie-Ann, for All the Work you do for the DUST team !!!!! ....Megg

  28. I'd love ot be entered. thank you so much.

    boswife @ gmail . com


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