Monday, November 7, 2016

juleemclark $100 Giveaway




So who wants to spend $100 at juleem.clark design?  

Well here's your chance! 

Win a $100 giftcard to use @ juleem.clark design Dec. 4

Buy something just for you or have fun holiday shopping all the sales:D

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{To Enter it is a two step process} 

1) Please share this Giveaway announcement on Facebook ~or~ tag post on Instagram or twitter and tag me (so I can verify the share ;)

2) Please email me @ juleemclark@gmail.com - in the subject header type GIVEAWAY and simply send my your name and your preferred email address.

{Bonus - ordering earns entries - order something from juleem.clark between now and the Giveaway you'll get another entry - one entry per order} 
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The Giveaway will take place Sunday, December 4 @ 7pm(est) 
Do be sure to check your time zone to see how this lines up with your day.

The name of the winner will be announced @ Blogger and everywhere the Giveaway is advertised.  I will also contact immediately with the contact info you have provided with your entry submission.


The prize being a eGiftCrad credit toward anything in stock @ juleemclark design is active immediately if you so choose to use it. 


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I'll be checking my email periodically and getting in touch with you just to verify and square stuff away.  I'll also try to update this journal if I find something I didn't cover that needs clarification.  So stay tuned.  I hope you're excited 'cause I am :D

xoxo

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(Update) In the running

Andrea Gonzalez
Ange Li
Applonia Vakarian
Aubrey Cuccia
Aygun Dadasheva
Charlotte Christine Wisbech Holm
Danielle Adorno
Elizabeth Shinpaugh
Flamiania Kennedy
Hannah Scotti 
Heather Connor
Jackie Woloshin
Janet Baxter
Jerrie Goto
Kayla Van Der Schuit
Karen Akkermans
Leslie Mendoza
Liying Yang
Lynda Clark
Maj Helene Emilsen
Maša Jug
Michelle Za
Natasha Lifa
Nerea Taracón Huarte
Prou-Laujac Sandy
Rani Baetens
Reka Vass
Sab D'Alviano
Sara Herreras
Teresa Wu
Tien Nguyen
Victoria Chan
Zantz Han

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Congratulations, Tien Nguyen!!
youre the winner of the $100 store credit giveaway!


Thank you to everyone who entered!
keep your eyes peeled for the next Giveaway^____^


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

halloween no1

handmade halloween thank you tags
  Halloween does something to me where I’m ready to drop any previous values or beliefs I held and just make a pile of cheap novelty jewelry.  Its a holiday about kitsch - about cheap (albeit, overpriced) costumes and having fun, and I want nothing more than to be all about that fun.  Every year I’m faced with the struggle of A) compromising the integrity of my jewelry to pump out cheap halloween goodies in droves or B) make one or two well designed (and probably pricy) pieces where I’m firmly satisfied with the piece, but am left hoping for the niche clientele that will actually buy it. 

  I should probably abandon the notion of festive jewelry altogether at this point. These two courses of action being farther apart than ever have moved into the realm of extreme and in the next day or so will have nullified themselves.  If I haven’t started anything by the end of the day I may as well just move on and plan for November.

favorite vampy cuff made in february 2012

  However, saying no to working halloween into my jewelry is another thing I grapple with.  It's so sad to do.  If I do say no all of that enthusiasm dies a hard death.  It’s the only holiday that moves me to the point where my work is fundamentally effected.  Then again, I am a fan of gothic and horror and it may very well be an underlying theme in my work at points all over the calendar and not just at Halloween, but the holiday gives me the excuse I need to go over board like those people who can never have enough decorations in their yards at Christmas.  Those people are my favorite, anyway, as they make up for my lack of Christmas decorating. 
  
  I do have jewelry laid out for early November to have my store fully stocked come the holiday season.  It’s an elegant winter pallet (elegant like Morticia): a lot of black and gold (yes lots of black, it's a rather witch-y collection) and another guest color that I’ll reveal when I’m closer to presenting the work.  It may be something where, at the beginning, I lightly blend in some Halloween themes.  

  Speaking of holiday jewelry, this much can be said I’m not kitsch about my work when attributing winter holiday themes.  Red and green aren't neutral and are a bit trickier when you're going for chic.  I usually whimp out and stick to wintery colors.

novemeber stash
  And then there’s Thanksgiving.  Does anyone really decorate for that holiday aside from hanging up your children's handprint turkeys? or plastic cornucopias here? or turkey fan for the table there? Brown and orange seem easier to deal with, but Christmas and Thanksgiving, while I love them being about family and food, aren’t inspiring to me stylistically.  This is why I'd never survive in a fashion challenge reality TV thing: can't think outside of the box enough to make the themes work for me.  I can't make them work, Tim!!!

  All of that being said, I have been working at it and will be introducing a few Halloween pieces that are juleemclark approved.  They’ll be arriving to juleemclark later this week in all of their ghoulish glory.  The idea is to run with what I mentioned above and transiton the theme into the Novemeber jewelry.  I'll start out heavy-handed with the spooky and ease up over the next couple weeks. 

  This actually seems perfect to me.  I feel the older beliefs and practices that the new tradition of Halloween is based upon only supports this timeline.  And maybe while I won't be contirbuting to someones halloween costume, come a certain point, everything will still be relevant and a lot of people will still appreciate the style.  

so pretty. so shiny. so sinister
  So this week will be the only overtly Halloween themed week at my store this season.  That isn’t to say, though, that the black and skulls and witches will come to a stop after October.  To me the spooky season rides along side the days leading into and out of winter when nights are long and even day are dark and overcast.  


xoxo~~








Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Emerald



I'm so excited to begin listing the emerald pieces I've been working on all month.

basilisk
To anyone who is not me, it's true that these pieces have seemed more talk than action as I'm the only one who knows what is going on behind the scenes, and what's been going on? I kind of have this thing where I'll make one central piece and then several satellite pieces. The Basilisk collar is that central piece and every time I would get hung up on an area in the collar and not know how to proceed I would focus on a smaller pieces (or draw). However, I was somehow finding ways to be just as stumped with the smaller pieces. This "way" of mine isn't something that's out of the ordinary, but it is pretty much the case with me every single time, this grouping was just particularly difficult and frustrating, and far more slow going. So, not to sound like a broken record, but I'm now super excited to begin the listing process. Here's what should be arriving @ juleemclark over the next 48 hours:

... in the beginning...
cairn
flora and fauna no5
valkyrje

... stay tuned!

xoxo


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Versus MMXV

I realized only earlier today that if I want to keep up with last fall I have my work cut out for me.  I revisited my designs from last year earlier today - consider me daunted.
Don't get me wrong, I'm happy to look back on that jewelry.  For it to appeare better than I had remembered it, that's a thing with me: I can think more fondly of my work in hindsight, but it arouses insecurity in me, as well.  Because of that I could be setting myself up for disappointment in what I make in the coming weeks - expecting it to be as good as the magic memory I'm reflecting on...  I guess the good news is that I do enjoy a challenge.
Even better, is that I'm working out all the core/foundational areas of my store: updating policy, cleaning up descriptions, re-evaluating products, dealing with new shipping rates.  The store is being all around gutted and de-cluttered of dated info.  So that where as selling was a bumpy ride last year things are being re-worked to operate smoothly this year -- so that's a breath of fresh air.  I think - I hope - this will encourage my creativity the way a clean studio can.

In any case, humor me! let's take a walk down memory lane.  Fall two-thousand fifteen @ JuleeM.Clark design was a lot of purple and neutral -- this year will be more emerald and neutral.  Hopefully posting this blog with a gallery of old work will be the magic recipe to inspire new ideas in me:)









Well, I'm not gonna lie, the album I had these pics in there was also a pic of a giant, gooey cinnamon roll... I need to go eat something awful for me now.  I hope you understand.  




xoxo










Tuesday, September 6, 2016

September

Favorite month. 
Last lingering days of Summer. 
The cool down into fall. 
Light layers of clothes (bc we can comfortably wear clothes again).
And fashion bc everyone's preparing to pile on heavier layers.
The leaves.
My birthday .   ___.
And the line up of holidays on the distant horizon.
... and I love you pumpkin, but stay out my coffee, but do smother yourself in whipped cream -- you're gorgeous that way.


ehh... where was I?
I'm actually excited about work! I'm pretty sure this is a universal feeling and something that's hardwired into us so as to prepare for the harder months ahead.  Still, this is the time of year I feel great, I have a million ideas, I execute them the way I hope to - one after the other, and all things work related just bring me great satisfaction.

So I've been away and had to put off listing some pieces I wanted to list a few weeks ago.  So today I will be listing those pieces of jewelry @ juleemclark ^____^






... and this lil preview for jewelry coming (hopefully) later this week...




I'm very much into emerald right now if you were having a hard time telling ;)

That's all for now.
And can't believe I'm posting this just now...