Monday, July 25, 2011

Interrogation::: Julie {Julie Ann Art} + GIVEAWAY!!!

Good Morning Everyone!

Today I'm so excited to intruduce to you a new friend of mine, Julie Astrauckas from Julie Ann Art! Julie is a super cool girl from Southern California and has a really awesome line of greeting cards which you can find here :) You should definitely check those out asap :) Welcome Julie!

1. Tell us a little bit about you as a person

   Hi there, I'm Julie! I live in California with my boyfriend and our little Terrier pup, Penny. When I am not working on my blog or Etsy shop I like to spend my free time bike riding around the neighborhood, going to the beach, and working on DIY projects.

2. Tell us how/why you started Julie Ann Art

   I just recently completely redesigned my blog. I started one as a promotional tool when I first started selling on Etsy but I never really enjoyed it. I recently realized it was because I didn't find my blog inspiring. I started spending LOTS of hours customizing my blog into a site I would visit myself. It has been an ongoing process for the past four months but I can honestly say that I've never been more proud of the design, or more importantly, the content, that I have created so far.

3. What are some of your favorite things about blogging and your blog in particular?

   My favorite thing about blogging is the ability to use it as a creative outlet. I love working on do-it-yourself projects and it's become really fun for me to share them on my blog. I also enjoying learning new tutorials on other craft blogs.

4. What networking do you to that you feel most helps your blogging business?

   Twitter has been very beneficial to me recently. I have had an account for a long time but I just recently started using it in a way that started to help my business. I think it's so great how easily you can connect and converse with other bloggers you enjoy or find inspiring. 

5. Who are some other bloggers that inspire you?

   The first blog I ever started following was Elsie Larson's of A Beautiful Mess. I have read her blog for years and it has been so amazing to watch her dream job come to life. Her blog is always filled with positivity and brilliant ideas, it's constantly inspiring.

6. Tell us about your craft and how you got started

   I have always been a creative person but it wasn't till I learned of Etsy that I thought selling my work was a possibility. I knew I wanted to open a shop immediately and locked myself in my room for days building up my inventory. I've now been selling a greeting card line on Etsy for three years and it has just recently spread to several brick and mortar stores across the U.S.

7. What has been your best experience through your Etsy shop?
   It's hard to pinpoint one thing. My entire experience on Etsy has been positive. I've learned a lot in the past three years and I'm appreciative because it all has gotten me to this point. I'm so thankful that my shop has continued to grow at a steady pace. I guess that means that so far my best experience is right now, and hopefully what's next to come will be even better!

8. What is your favorite item in your shop and why?

   My favorite item in my Etsy shop is my "Home Is Wherever I'm With You" card. It's simple, yet so sweet and it is honestly how I feel about my own relationship. 

9. What is your favorite item in someone else's shop and why?
   Oh gosh, so hard to pick! There are so many amazing shops on Etsy! I will say that right now I'm really into pretty packaging. Gift tags, pretty tape, brown kraft paper...I have a crush on cute packaging.
Thank you so much Julie for sharing with us! I love the new design of your blog, you really did do a fantastic job! And Penny is just so irresistible :) 
Don't forget to visit Julie at all her online locations!

What you will win: One month of free ad space on Julie Ann Art!

{{{for more information on advertising on Julie Ann Art see here}}}

How to enter: {{{MANDATORY}}} Be a follower of Yellow Bird, Yellow Beard as well as Julie Ann Art and leave me a comment telling me so.

Additional entry #1: Visit Julie's shop and leave a comment here telling me which of her beautiful cards is your favorite.

Additional entry #2: Blog, Tweet, Facebook, Etc. about this giveaway and leave a comment telling me you have done so. {You need to leave me a separate comment here for it to count as an entry!}

The giveaway will be running till midnight on Friday and I will announce the winner on Saturday! Good luck everyone!


  1. I am a follower of your blog as well as Julie Ann Art!

  2. My favorite card is the ipod that says 'i'd share with you'. so relevant!

  3. i follow you both (and i like that she's wearing the same hairstyles as me :P)

  4. What a cute pup!

    ♥ sécia

  5. Ohhh lookie! two of my favorite bloggers. of course I already followed both of you! :)

  6. I have always loved robot love!! Sooo cute

  7. annnnd, I tweetered as @goskandmaggles! Cheers and good luck to all!

  8. my favorite product? robot love, hands down.

  9. and tweeeeeeted!!!! :)


  10. oh cute! i am def following her blog now :]

  11. Hello Janee and Julie Ann! I was already big fan of your both of your blogs! (I have included "yellow bird-yellow berd at one of my posts)

    Thanks for the chance to win this amazing prize!


  12. I like her 'You and Me Lovebirds' card best.

  13. Yay! Following both of you. :) And Hugely digging on Julie's robot card from her shop. :)

  14. I follow both blogs. This would be sooo great to win! Thanks for the opportunity to do so.

  15. I adore the "Love" print. Super super super cute.

  16. I shared about this giveaway on my facebook page.

  17. Her blog is really cute. I love the design. Following both of your blogs.

  18. I really like her ipod greeting card. Very cute.

  19. And finally, I tweeted the giveaway. It's been "twittered."

  20. I am a follower of your blog and Julie Ann's! :) This is such a wonderful giveaway!!

  21. I'd have to say her "Kitty Cat Nap" greeting card is my favorite. Simple and cute.


  22. I shared this giveaway link on my tumblr!

  23. Thank you everyone for entering! The comments for this giveaway are now closed!



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