Posts Tagged ‘etsy’

Countdown ’til shop reopening: 3 days!

Before I opened up shop, I wanted to share my products here for you to see! A little preview never hurt anyone, did it? Plus, it’s been forever since I’ve posted and I couldn’t stay away any longer. These are the things that I’ve been working super hard on lately, and I’ll be carrying in my shop for sirs! Ladies, I’ll share what I’ve got in store for you either tomorrow or Wednesday. Try not to get your knickers in a twist until then – ha!

The stock shelf in my studio space is full of accessories just waiting for new homes. As you know, if you’re in Portland, Maine, you can purchase some of my ties at Find or the Merchant Company, but I’ll have an even greater selection available in my Etsy shop on Thursday! I can’t wait to show you some of the beautiful vintage fabrics I’ve been working with!

See you for more details tomorrow :)


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On Saturday night, right before I went to bed, I shut down my shop.

It’s sort of a scary thing to do, when one is used to having an Etsy shop. I opened my little corner of the internet four years ago when I first graduated from college. I was a fresh face to the broad world, and I knew that no matter what I got out of life, I wanted part of it to be something that I had created for myself. However, in the years since opening, I have struggled for a unifying vision for my dream shop. I’ve made everything from sewn bags to paintings, and I’ve also sold vintage. Everything that I listed had a place in my heart, but thinking back on it I can’t believe how humble my beginnings were {not that I’m super successful now, just that I’ve honed a few of my skills since then}.

However, over the past year my inspiration has become more focused. I know my tastes better, and what I want to offer to the world. I’ve figured out what I enjoy making, and what others are interested in buying, and with all of this knowledge I aim to reopen shop in May with all of my Is dotted and my Ts crossed. I’m even going so deep as to study the details of my shop very carefully and work at pulling everything from my for-sale items to my packaging together. I’m offering freebies with each purchase that reflect my shop’s aesthetic, and I’m even soliciting help from a couple of my expert friends in the design and visual set up of the shop!

One thing that won’t change: my commitment to the environment. Nearly all of my paper products {business cards, packing materials} will be made from 100% recycled material. My fabrics are all either reclaimed or organic from WorthyGoodsTextile, and my threads for sewing and the baking twine I use for packaging, are biodegradable cotton. I also try to purchase things as locally as possible. I’ll go into more specific details just before the shop opens back up, but I couldn’t wait to share a little bit with you {-ahem- like the stamp above}!

I’m already excited for the re-opening!


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Quick post: I’m only 3 “likes” away from 100 right now on my facebook page! The 100th person to click the thumbs up will win a free heart pillow from my Etsy shop. Spread the word, or like me if you want to keep up with my Etsy shop happenings!


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Yesterday I did something bold.

I made nearly every single item in my shop half-price. I’ve never really put my pieces on sale before because in the past I was just making things because I enjoy making them. However, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the future of my shop, and I’ve decided that on April 1st I’m going to close up for a little while. I’ve been open since the spring of 2008, and it’s about time to make some serious changes. Here are a few of the sale pieces waiting for you right now:

If my closing makes you sad, never fear! I’ll be back after making some changes {I’ll keep blogging regularly – phew!} and the shop will be better than ever! But things will look a little bit different. While my shop is closed up I’ll be working hard behind the scenes to breathe new life into the Jeeze, Julia! brand, and to bring forth a crisper, clearer vision of my work. So, until April 1st, my shop will be experiencing major mark-downs. If there’s anything you’ve been fawning over, now is certainly the time to purchase since it may not be back…ever. Help me make a little room for some brand new listings by purchasing that piece you’ve had on your favourites list for months!

Get it while it’s hot!


Remember – most of my shop is now half off, but on April 1st it’ll be gone for good!

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It’s been awhile since I’ve had anything new to share!

But I’m pleased to announce that this week I added several new listings to my shop. With holiday shopping well under way, I thought I’d better replace what I’ve been selling lately. A couple of these things have been hanging around my little workshop, just waiting to be listed, and the holiday rush was apparently all it took.

| Here’s what I’ve added |

Well, I certainly don’t need any more bunting around my apartment, so I’ve decided to part with this {golden brown bunting}. You may recognize it as the piece I made for a DIY How-To for the Goodwill Industries International blog. There’s just no place for it in my home with all of the other handmade decor that I have, so maybe it could find a place in yours?

Isn’t this {silk scarf} a dream? In my wildest fancies, I pictured this scarf  tied daintily under my chin keeping my hair set in place while my Mr. took me for a drive through the countryside in his convertible. Of course, we don’t have a convertible, my hair is pretty much always a mess anyways, and we don’t live in a classic movie. So, it’s up for grabs.

I can’t imagine how long it must have taken to make this gorgeous {embroidered floral display}! Really, the details are everything in this piece. Those colours, and the precise little stitches — amazing. I can see this so lovingly displayed in someone’s vintage-inspired ranch. Or perhaps a little country cottage? I know it will find a wonderful home somewhere. Will it be with you?

These two little pillows make a perfect pair, but are listed separately in my shop just in case you fall in love with one more than the other (just don’t let the other one know). They are a {periwinkle houndstooth} and a {gray/blue fleece} pair. Both looking for good homes. I’ve been selling these heart pillows a lot, actually, and most people order them in twos, threes, or even fours! They’re being used a lot as props for photo booths — how fun!

I’ll have even more newly listed items soon!


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Today has been surprisingly warm for mid-September! A definite reminder that it is still very much summer.

On our days off, we often roam around town, dropping into shops we love, and usually picking up a treat or two while we’re out. Here we are just before heading to the library to drop off Wuthering Heights which I finally finished (I am such a slow reader).

I’m documenting today with a photo every hour, and I’ll post the pictures tomorrow. Here’s what you have to look forward to: thrift shops, ice cream, and glimpses of my city.

Have a lovely evening!

xx. Julia

On the Ms. | I’m Your Present crop top, Fables By Barrie high waisted jeans, Jeeze, Julia turban, thrifted cross-body bag, H&M flats — almost entirely Etsy!

On the Mr. | American Eagle button up, H&M pants, Rockport shoes, vintage hat from Mum, Pilot V5 writer’s pen.

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I mentioned quite some time ago, that my friend Erin opened her own Etsy shop, but I don’t believe I ever went into any details about it.

But, a few weeks ago, she oh-so-generously mailed me a big box of fabrics that she wasn’t going to use! I simply had to say something more about her truly friendly threads in response. I’ve already listed an apron that was in the box, and used some of the gold fabric above to make this heart pillow!

I really still can’t believe how generous this was of her. Please make sure you check out her shop and her blog. She’s a real sewing wizard, and deserves some faithful followers. Feel free to tell her I sent you!

Oh, also! She does tutorials on her blog for beginning sewers. So helpful.

She really is a wealth of knowledge.

xx. Julia

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