Wednesday, December 30, 2009

End of the year SUPER SALE!!!!!!

It is the end of the year and time to move out with the old an in with the new…
so we are having a HUGE sale!

Now through 4 January 2010, buy 1 or 2 items and receive 25% off your total order.

Buy 3 or more items and receive 35% off your total order.

Refunds will be made via PayPal.

(Please note that this offer excluded custom stamped necklaces.)

Monday, December 28, 2009

Very busy...

Wow, the holidays have sure been busy leaving this blog VERY neglected! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and is gearing up for a terrific New Year's celebration. Personally, I am looking forward to staying home in my new pjs and cuddling up with my hubby. Next year is going start with a bang so I am going to snag as much downtime as possible.

Please take some time to look at my shop as I am about to announce a HUGE sale in the next few days.

Over the past 6 months I have had the opportunity to get to know some wonderful Etsy craftsman. Here are a few of the shops that I can not get enough of:

Trulybella (love her baby washies)
Basketrybotanica (handcrafted baskets)
Muffintopdesigns (gorgeous stackable rings)
Missyandme (the cutest felted creations)
rkdsign88 (Adorable prints)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Trade Frenzy part deux!

The trade-a-holic team struck again last weekend and I tried to control myself. Key word here is "tried." I should get a little pat on the back b/c I did not trade as much as I did in October ;)
Take a look at my loot and the wonderful new shops I met!
1. Felt play food from theLittleLoveBug
2. Handmade envelopes from PAPERJoy
3. The cutest pom pom wands!!!! rainbowstardesigns
4. Pomegranite soap by YourTimeBodyTreats
5. Cupcake shaped soap by SudsNSuch
6. Pizza shaped fun soap by SudsNSuch
7. Little girl jumper by starrclothing
8. Cupcake youth sized apron by susanstreasures
9. Photograph by applelovesorange
10. Polymer clay miniatur bear handmade by Natbears
11. Floral wristlet by NiteLily3
12. apple cozies (so cute!) by PanAsh
13. Dish cloths by jdfootloose
14. Custom Lovable Letters by celizabethdesigns
15. Custom made twirly skirt by ReadingBunky

Please visit all of these shops as I am sure that you will find wonderful presents for family and friends for the holiday season...just try not to buy everything ;)

Happy shopping!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Celebrate! Free Shipping!

It's my bday!!! All orders placed on Thursday will receive FREE SHIPPING!!!!!

Get your Christmas shopping done now! Here is my new favorite.
Happy Shopping!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Saving to say "I DO"

It is Cyber Monday and I hope all of you are enjoying the terrific sales! I wanted to share a wonderful sale for a terrific cause...fellow Trade-a-holic Nitelily3 is offering a 20% discount in all of her shops today. Her main goal is to raise $1,100 so that she can travel to marry her fiance who is currently on active duty. HOW ROMANTIC!!! Please check out her shops and help her raise her plane fare!!!!
Nitelily3 - hand sewn purses, arm warmers, etc.
Nitelilykids - hand sewn children items
Nitelilyglamour - special occassion accessories

Lets help Nitelily3 marry her heroic sweetheart and start a beautiful life together!!!

OH, and I forgot to mention that I will be donating a pair of 10mm pearl earrings in honor of Nitelily3's sale. Receive one entry for every item you purchase from her shop! Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Raspberry and Chocolate

Mmmmm....raspberry and chocolate is a winning combination! And it looks stellar in this beautifully embroidered Christmas stocking by Maddiebee123!
Or if you are a purest with your chocolate, be sure to visit Lisa's Hillside Bakery and drool over her amazing fudge, candy, and chocolate bark options. Yummmmmm...
Happy Shopping!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Glassredefined...and gorgeous!

It was hard to pick my favorite piece from Glassredefined's shop! I was torn between the Twin Tiny Toadstools Painted Seaglass in 14k Gold Filled and the Beachy Butterflies in Solid Sterling Silver (pictured). In the end, the intricate wire work of the earrings won out for me :). I can not wait to give these earrings from Glassredefined to my SIL (she is going to love them!).Happy Shopping!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

My Personal Favorites...

People love to give me a hard time because you will sooner catch me without jewelry or just wearing simple studs than wearing my gemstone designs. It is not that I do not LOVE gems...I am just a simple kind of girl. No fuss, no muss. My little princess checks my outfit out every morning and will send me back up stairs with a "Oh! Poor Mommy! You are not wearing a necklace!"

Lately; however, I have been wearing my new designs religiously and I wanted to share them with you. First is the Birthstone Necklace. Of course I am wearing the Blue Zircon (my bday is right around the corner). So sweet and simple, this delicate piece goes with EVERYTHING!My other go to piece are the chain earrings. I wear these when I am feeling a little funky and want to draw some attention. They add just enough drama with their unique sparkle.Finally, is the Date Necklace. The Satellite Bead Chain is just dainty elegance.These are just a few of my current favorites. Please check out my shops to see if something catches your eye!

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle...

There are so many ways to be environmentally conscience (recycle cans, compost instead of throwing out old food, etc.) and now there is a way to do it in style! Take a look at Nitelilykids Large Reusable Burp Cloths/Unpaper Towels. I know that this would be great for my family of little mess makers!

Nitelilykids also has two other wonderful shops: NiteLilyDesigns (handbags and accessories) and the new NiteLilyGlamour.

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

On the 5th Day of Christmas...

My true love gave to me! 5 Golden rings!!! While Muffintopdesigns does have this exact item (Simply Stacked Golden Brass Rings $18), I am totally in love with her One Simply Stacked Sterling Silver Ring - Beaded ($11). In fact, I will be getting my own shortly! Take a look at her wonderful selection and unbeatable prices, you will not be disappointed!Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Blooming Beauty!!!

Ok, we are on a roll b/c yesterday's posted Peppermint Tutu has here is Tuesday's selection: Cherry Blossom Ring. How gorgeous is this?!?

So creative to decorate your hand with a lovely flower that we usually see in your hair. Added bonus is that MrsSMeow is only charging $4! What a steal!

Happy Shopping!

Monday, November 16, 2009

'Tis the Season

To start SHOPPING!!!! The race is on and I know everyone is searching for the best presents for little ones and big kids alike. To get in the holiday mood I wanted to share this adorable peppermint tutu from thegirlyplace.

Peppermint Kisses - Red and white Christmas or Winter tutu perfect for your little snow queen.

This is putting me in the holiday spirit already! Happy shopping everyone!


Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday Favorites 11/13

Fun and plush is my Friday theme, considering how gray and rainy it is today. Take a look at these cute snugglies!!!Puppy suited lovie by loviesformybabies can be customized! My daughter LOVES dolls much to my chagrin. Personally, I am a fan of stuffed animals ;)
How amazing is this felted wool vase?? I honestly have no idea how this is created so I am in awe of valeriesgallery.
Ok, this is more my cute!!! Pudgy Grape Jelly Plush Bird is made by bubbletime. If this little guy tickles your fancy you must check out the other adorable plushies.
And last, but not least, Petunia the Pig by MiChiMa. Now don't you just want to take her home!
Hugs and snugglies!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Vote for Me Please!

Vote for my Breeze earrings on Studio Haus blogspot!
Thank you!

See Mommy Sew Tutorial Contest

See Mommy Sew blog is hold a Tutorial Contest and giving away great prizes to those you participate (a pair of my pearl drop earrings are one of the prizes!)

The contest rules are:
-must be a new tutorial, created in November (can be sewing, knitting, embroidery, a technique, anything as long as it is crafty).
-you can enter as many as you like.
-leave a comment on this post with a link to your tutorial and permission to post pics of it here.

Here is a link to the contest: See Mommy Sew Blog

I can not wait to see everyone's great ideas!

- Julie

Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday Favorites 10/30

I am on the prowl again for more cute gifts and fun stuff! Take a look at the fun Etsy treats that I have come across this week. One of my favorite Tradeaholics has a new design out...Polaroid 2010 Calendar - The Year in Polaroids. Too gorgeous to pass up! Jerseymaids - let me know if you want to trade!!! ;)
Cold weather has snuck up on me so I need to get my little ones prepared to bundle up. What do you think of this adorable elf hat from karleyskloset? Super cute right?! Not into stripes, there are a ton of others to choose from!
How sweet is this little minky dot and print elephant! My little one asked for a pink elephant for her bday and I could not find one anywhere...until now! Thank you LittleSideKick. Be sure to check out her cute hats and other toys.
On my quest to find fun felt play food I found this terrific learning toy by Heartfelt3, the cooking counting set! What a wonderful idea! Each cookie is embroidered with a number and it comes in a monogramed bad (with a cookie cutter!). I have already purchased this lovely so you will have to ask Heartfelt3 to make another one for you! :) Btw...she has them in fish for little boys (I bought that one too!)
Happy Etsy shopping everyone!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Trading Frenzy Loot!!!!

Hello, my name is Julie and I am a Tradeaholic. There, I said it. Now I get to show you all of the wonderful loot I aquired during Sunday's Trading Frenzy! Thank you to all of the Etsians who participated! It was a blast. If you are new to Etsy, I HIGHLY recommend that you join the trading team or just ask other shops if they would be interested in trading wares. It never hurts to ask!
MaddieBee123 is making the cutest ruffle bottom pants and Fleur de lis top for my little one. How precious are her outfits!!!!

PeculiarParchment is my go to shop when I need note cards. My staple order is always the 2x2 thank you note cards. Tons of designs! Check them out!

Beautiful and functional wristlet key fobs from TracyDesigns. Some will be gifts...but I am definitely keeping one for myself!

I have been eyeing vinyl decal shops since I joined Etsy b/c what a perfect way to add a little character to your home without spending an arm and a leg. I just hope my husband likes this monogram from HouseHoldWords as much as me ;)

My very first trade was with Skadoodles. Too cute!!!! Please check out her shop and all of the wonderful personalized t-shirts she can create.
I do not have pics of them yet, but will be sure to post the personalized ornaments that CrayonPrincess is handpainting for my girls. Please check out her shop and amazing skills
OH! !And I also traded for the gorgeous earrings from Leeya and the hilarious t-shirt from notyourmomsvinyl (list in Friday Favorites post). How lucky am I? I just hope everyone likes their jewelry as much as I like my goodies!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday Favorites 10/23

Currently on my wish list...gorgeous and unique earrings by Leeya, funny shirt (for my husband) from notyourmomsvinyl, and adorable felt food from onenonly88.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Featured Etsy Seller 10/22 - Breast Cancer Awareness

The Ruffle Me Ribbon! The original ruffled ribbon in support of the Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation by alwaysinspire! 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Featured Etsy Seller 10/21 - Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Etsy's shop CraftsforaCure donates all proceeds of sales to the 2010 Susan G. Komen 3-Day for a Cure. Free shipping on all items, all the time!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Featured Etsy Seller 10/20 - Breast Cancer Awareness Month

GraceDesignCo's entire shop is dedicated to helping women who are suffering from breast cancer. Take a look at this pillow made to be used under the arm to help relieve some of the pressure that comes with surgeries such as masectomies and lymph node removal. Please check them all out!!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Featured Etsy Seller 10/19 - Breast Cancer Awareness Month

All proceeds of cancer awareness items are donated to breast cancer research from ForrestConcepts shop. Please support by buying a personalized hand stamped pendant.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Yikes! Forgot to mention my Giveaway!

Hey! If anyone reads my blog I forgot to direct you to a giveaway of my Katie Necklace in Smokey Quartz! Only one more day to sign up on A little Etsy Love's blog so this is late notice!
Hope you make it in time!


Monday, October 12, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Please Support

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To show support, many Etsy sellers are donating some (or all) of their proceeds from sales to supporting the fight against breast cancer. Please check out shops that are supporting the cause. Pictured above: HowardAvenue (Custom Breast Cancer Awareness Camera Strap - Free Shippng! 100% of profits donated to S.G. Komen) and HeadFullofFeathers ($10 donation from the sale of this fascinator goes to Breakthrough - breast cancer charity - ).
My shop is supporting a cause near and dear to our heart. My husband's college friend Kristi lost her life to breast cancer this summer mere months after being diagnosed. She leaves behind three very young little girls (6, 3, and 11 months). Nothing will replace the loss of their mother, but we hope to help them carry on with positive memories and a successful future. ALL proceeds for earring sales go to college funds for Kristi's three young daughters. Julie Ellyn Designs and family will cover all costs of materials and shipping.
Please show your support.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Check out these Giveaways!

I have come across a few fun giveaways and wanted to share them with you. I have already entered myself in the drawings!

1. Crafted by Lindy on Akane Designs Blog - offering 2 sets of polaroid cards (my personal favorite is Olive the Owl)

2. Andrea Gerig Designs- Giveaway on a little etsy love - 3 winners will receive their choice of one design
3. Sugarhouse Ink Giveaway on Domestically Sassy's blog - free print yourself design

4. Beautiful Kate Designs purse giveaway at

Sign up! I hope one of you wins!

Monday, October 5, 2009

New blog to visit

Please take a moment and visit fellow D-Lister's Ocasiocasa's new blog.
They were sweet enough to feature my Kelly Earrings long with beautiful work by Kangarooknits, Carasan, and bayatinge.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Friday Favorites

I am starting my shopping list early this year and here are a few of my current favs by Etsy sellers: Ipod cozy and Apple Cozy by onaroll, Cookbook Bookmark Set by CozInk, and Ballerina Angel by AmandasAngels. The cozies are going to be for my SIL, the ballerina for my little one, and the bookmarks...well those of for me ;P

Monday, September 28, 2009

FEATURING: MiMi's Babies (Fellow Etsy D-Lister)

To honor the newly inaugurated Etsy D-List Team, I thought it would be fun to have a weekly showcase of one team member. This week, let’s learn a little bit about MiMi’s Babies!

1. What is the name of your business and how did the name come about?
The name of our business is MiMi’s Babies. My mother in law is known as MiMi to all of her grandchildren. We began discussing opening an Etsy shop to showcase our talents and have a creative outlet for our baby gift ideas. Since MiMi has always made such beautiful gifts for all her babies, we decided MiMi’s Babies was appropriate.

2. Tell us a little about your business - what is it that you make and sell and where are you based?
We are a family team. Our goal is to provide our customers with unique gifts and apparel. MiMi sews and monograms baby to toddler holiday and birthday shirts, tote bags, diaper and wipe cases, and buggy buddies. I knit and crochet dishcloths, double sided flannel blankets with a crochet edge, hats, and boo boo bunnies.

3. What inspired you to start your business?
Over the years, we have given many special baby gifts. Friends and family have even asked us to make for them to give as gifts. We heard about Etsy and decided to give it a try.

4. How long does it usually take for you to complete a piece?
It depends on what we are making. A set of dishcloths or a hat takes a couple of hours. A buggy buddy takes about three hours to make.

5. What is the most challenging piece you’ve ever made?
MMi is currently working on a Civil War blouse for a customer who participates in Civil War reenactments. The styles have changed a lot from then to now!

6. What is your favorite thing to do when you are not crafting/working?
There is not much time left after crafting and working, but we love to spend time together as a family. I enjoy learning more about blogging and the technical side of running an online shop.

7. Who are some of your favorite crafters/artists/designers on Etsy?
I love your jewelry! Some of my other favorites include kangarooknits, pinkbubbleboutique, and HandKnitbyCara. I currently have a custom order for a stocking cap from HandknitbyCara’s shop.

8. What are your favorite blogs and what online site do you visit a lot?
My favorite blogs include the Etsy D List Blog and the Happy Housewife blog ( I am interested in finding more blogs to read as well.

9. How do you balance your day job [if you have one] and your crafting enterprise?
Balancing is key when running an online shop and working full time. MiMi and I both try to use our spare time to the fullest. I find that if I stay organized I am more productive.

10. What is the last book that you read and enjoyed?
With three young boys and a full time student teacher position, the last book I read was to my kids titled The Crayon Box that Talked. I did really enjoy it and they did too. I think that it is soon to become their favorite story.

11. What is the last film you watched and enjoyed?
The last film that I watched was on Family Friday Movie Night. We watched The Veggie Tales: The Wizard of Has. It was a hilarious movie!

12. Where can we find your products for sale or see you products online?
Our products are currently online in our Etsy shop at

13. What are you wearing right now to answer these interview questions (It is completely ok to say pajamas :) )?
Right now, I am still wearing my church clothes. After church today, we went to a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese and I haven’t had time to change yet!

14. Who should we interview next on Julie Ellyn Designs blog?
Because I love her scarves with pockets, I would have to go with KangarooKnits.

Thank you to MiMi's Babies for answering all of my questions. Please take a moment and visit their terrific shop! My current favorite is the Frankenstein Onsie.

Friday, September 25, 2009

And the Giveaway Winner is...

Jeanette of BoutiqueStitches!!!!! Thank you to everyone who entered. I will have another giveaway next month as well...just because I love to give things away :).

(Note: Winner was selected using true random number generator)

Did you have your heart set on this necklace? I am offering 20% the design if you purchase it over the weekend! Just add HEARTBROKEN in the message to seller and I will provide the discount.


Thank you to IngaStitch and mimisbabies for including me in their Treasuries. Make sure you check out their shops and look at their gorgeous selections!

IngaStitch Treasury: Click here

mimisbabies Treasury: Click here

(Frankenstein Onsie by mimisbabies)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

My first Treasury on Etsy!

I did it!!!! I finally caught the Treasury the second it opened! Yes, I sat in front of my computer for at least 10 minutes ready to pounce (sad, but true). I hope you like it!

Here is Stop and Smell the Flowers. :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Our life on the D-List

Several Etsians have created a terrific new group for those sellers that have yet to be discovered. We (as I am a part of the team) like to refer to ourselves as the Etsy D-Listers.

Please welcome the new team and take a moment (and be one of the firsts) to visit the wonderful shops.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Everyday Pearls

Does anyone not look good in pearls??? The answer to that silly question is a definitive no! They come in so many shapes, sizes, and colors that you are sure to find the perfect look. For this reason, I just posted several new designs in my shops. Staying true to my overall classic esthetic, I whipped up a few elegant yet simple pieces. Which one would fit well in your wardrobe? I am partial to the Susan Necklace. Yet the Sarah Necklace has always been my number one seller.

Hope you are having a terrific weekend!