Fantastic Facebook Fans

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If you did any Black Friday or Small Business Saturday shopping this weekend, you’ll probably agree with me that it was a CRAZY couple of days.

For the first time ever, I offered a special coupon to our Facebook Fans only – 50% off any one item in the store. I sure hope you’re a fan already, but if not, go now and like our page. Then you’ll be sure to get the special coupon next time!

Over 70 new friends of the shoppe started following our page in the last week or so, and we’re SO glad you’re there. It’s on Facebook that we show new merchandise and give daily updates on what’s happening at Julieann’s.

If this is your first time visiting the blog, welcome! It’s here that I chat about decorating, home trends, holiday ideas and other things I want to share with you all. Please feel free to read through some of the old blog posts to get a feel for it, and then sign up to have the blogs sent right to your inbox every week. Also, we love to hear from our followers, so please comment as you feel inclined!

If you’ve been following Just Julie all along, thanks for your loyal support! And to our new fans, we look forward to having you hang out with us online. Ok, that’s just weird that I’m even saying that, I know, but I do really love the blog and our Facebook fans. Guess I have to keep up with the times!

-Julie

Party Recipes for Every Season

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It’s not very often that I promote something in the shoppe, but this new cookbook I have is worth promoting. It’s not actually super-new – it came out this past summer – but it’s in the store now, just in time for gift-giving!

Entertaining has become a lost art because of today’s busy lifestyles. I have to say, it’s just hard to make time. However, this cookbook helps you throw a party with minimal effort. It’s not only full of recipes, but also ideas for party themes, online invitation downloads, menus, shopping lists for your phone, music suggestions, and my favorite – table decorations!

The author, Debbie, is from Iowa, and the food is Iowa good! Of course I love distributing Iowa stuff in the store, but especially when I think my customers will really benefit from it. There are tons of photos and great recipes that I think you’ll like.

We took some photos for you to see what’s inside this awesome cookbook. We’ve got a stack of them, so feel free to come peruse it in the shoppe. I’m pretty sure you’ll want one for yourself too.

Happy Cooking! -Julie

Shoppe Surprises – Sparkle and Yarn Bows

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Christmas has arrived at the shoppe, and we had a wonderful holiday open house this past weekend. Thanks to all of you who came out and visited us on the grey winter day.

Some of my favorite things in the shoppe this season are the sparkly ‘bows’, for lack of a better word. The bows magically appeared via my right-hand woman, Gayle. She whipped them up just like you would a normal bow, but they just seem more festive than the traditional ribbon.Sparkly bow in silver

You could probably make these in a smaller format with sparkle stems, but we have rolls of sparkle wire in the store, if you’d like to try making a larger one for yourself. I think they have much more impact if they are a bit bigger.Sparkly bow in red

We also experimented with some yarn bows, and I love how they turned out – amazing! I always love trying old tricks with new materials. It’s pure Christmas joy! (Ok, that may be stretching it… but still, they are my favorites in the store right now.)Red yarn bow

Either of these bows would be a great addition to your holiday decor, a big gift or perhaps the top of your tree!

Welcome to the holidays! -Julie

Crafty Christmas Ornaments

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I’m feeling a little crafty today, and ran across some cute DIY Christmas ornament tutorials, so I thought I’d share them.

The first one is an Epsom salt glass ball. Clear glass ornament + glue + Epsom salt = gorgeous glass! Here’s the how to.

Thinking along those same lines, you can cover glass ornaments with fabric. Whatever fabric you want! Change them every year if you prefer! These ornaments are fun and easy to make. Best of all… who doesn’t have boxes of random colored Christmas bulbs left over from the year you thought you’d “change it up”?

Here’s the same idea, only in burlap. Cute!

Speaking of burlap, if you want to take a bit more time with your creations – burlap and rag-wrapped ornaments are all the rage this season. Stop by the shoppe to grab a roll of burlap and start cutting, wrapping and gluing! Snag some twine, and you’ll have a trendy tree this Christmas!

Now that it’s November, bring on Christmas! If you’re really in the spirit, come check out the store. Christmas is arriving every day!

– Julie