10 January 2012

julie ann art

Stylish Julie gets her brunch on!
The lovely and inspiring Julie Ann is another fellow resident of Los Angeles who rocks my Etsy socks off.  I *think* I first happened upon Julie Ann Art via Heartsy last year (that Heartsy has managed to introduce me to a LOT of my favorite shops!). 

I'll jump right into this interview without too much fanfare, though Julie certainly deserves all the fanfare I could possibly muster: her work is adorable, her blog is addictive, and I totally covet her delightful sense of style.  Which brings us to Julie's response to my first question...

What has been your biggest inspiration as an artist?
Other artist and crafters! There are so many amazing, creative people out there. I find a new shop or a new blog every day that I fall in love with. It constantly inspires me to try to become to others what they are to me.

A peek into Julie Ann's office & workspace!

Can you describe your work space and process?
One of the rooms in our house is used as the office/studio space for Julie Ann Art. I always start my work process there, working on my computer and printing out card.  Once I have my cards printed I tend to bring my supplies to the living room so I can package my orders next to my boyfriend on the couch.

Who would you say influences you the most?
Elsie Larson of A Beautiful Mess. I'm sure most of you know of her. I started following Elsie's blog a very long time ago. Watching her transition from quitting her job to pursuing her Red Velvet business full-time has been very inspiring.

How did you come up with the name of your business?
It was the first thing that came to mind and honestly, I'd like to change it. Unfortunately that comes with a large overhaul of "branding" and I'm not quite ready to take that step yet. I'm dealing for now.

Charming Valentine cards by Julie Ann Art

What is your favorite item in your shop?
My favorite card is probably the one that says "Home Is Wherever I'm With You." It's how I feel about my relationship.

What is your most cherished possession?
My first thought was my dog. As far as material things, I would probably have a heart attack if I lost my computer. It has all my artwork on it, and I'm not the *best* at staying on top of backing it all up. 

If Hollywood made a movie about you, who would you like to see in the lead role?
People have told me that I look like Rachel McAdams (I don't see it but I'm flattered) so I'll say her. She seems real, and I've watched The Notebook about 100 times.

"Hello" greeting card by Julie Ann Art (my personal favorite).

What's in your refrigerator right now?
Ha! Not much! It's hard to find time to grocery shop when I'm juggling my shop, my blog, and a full-time job. I actually am hoping to get to the grocery store by tomorrow. When we actually have ingredients for dinner some of our favorites are asparagus, artichokes, salmon, and tacos. (And I LOVE olives!)

Where would you like to be in five years? Ten years?
In five years I hope to be a full-time indie business owner. I am not quite there yet and I dream of the day that I can devote more time to what I want to do for Julie Ann Art. In ten years, same thing, but with a couple kids running around.

The lovely Julie!
Many thanks to Julie Ann Art for the guest appearance on Anna Delores!  Be sure to stop by Julie's shop for all your Valentines' Day card needs!

More places to find Julie Ann Art ::

* Blog :: www.julieannart.com
* Etsy :: www.etsy.com/shop/JulieAnnArt
* Facebook :: www.facebook.com/JulieAnnaEtsy
* Twitter :: http://twitter.com/julieannart
* Pinterest :: http://pinterest.com/julieannart

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