Saturday, July 4, 2015

All American Heroes and Dr. Who!

I am thrilled to share these latest pictures I received.  

The first is from a client who wanted Captain America costumes for her kiddos.  The boys costumes I have made before but the girl's costume is my latest success.  It is made from a blue satin and red cotton dress adorned with a white star and a separate red tulle skirt attached to a red and white felt belt.  Then I gave her the same mask, cuffs, and shield as her brothers.  I love how they all turned out and am always happy to see smiling faces.  Thank you heroes for all your hard work at saving the planet.




Next, I was asked by a different client to make a couple of characters from Dr. Who.  First, let me say I am not familiar with Dr. Who so I was a bit apprehensive, but thanks to the wonderful Internet I was able to find some excellent pictures for reference.  So here is what I created....Cyber Man and Judoon.  I am really looking forward to creating
gladiator type costumes inspired by Judoon (the Rhino).


Thanks to all the wonderful kids for inspiring my work, and thank you parents for allowing me the opportunity to bring a smile to their faces.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

New Costume Collections!

Let yours kids imagination run wild with the new collection at Julie Marie Kids.  
Now your little ones can run around pretending to be a brave king, beautiful fairy, or a majestic bird.  

The Royal Collection:

Every King, Queen, Prince, and Princess need their very own royal robe and crown.  Each robe is made from crushed panne and is adorned with a trim fit for royalty.  This particular robe was done in a rich deep purple crushed panne with gold trim accents and ribbon.  
No royal is complete without their very own crown.  Crowns are made from either a shiny gold or sliver material and lined in felt.  Jewels are hand sewn on to add that extra touch and they Velcro in the back for easy on/off.




The Fairy Collection:

Beautiful fairies flutter around while wearing these delicate chiffon wings and custom made floral felt crowns.  The wings come in a variety of colors from pastel pink to deep fuchsia or light blue to aqua.  The crowns are made from various colors of felt coordinated to the wings or a particular theme.  For example a crown of leaves for an autumn party.


Bird Wings:

The birdies gather in these majestic eco-friendly felt wings.  Wings come in various colors and you can add a one of kind mask to complete the look.  


These particular wings were made to resemble a peacock.  A royal blue and aqua were used for the main feathers and a deeper teal was used for accent feathers throughout.







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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Artist Spotlight - Locke Photography

Awhile ago I was contacted by a wonderful photographer, Traci Locke to create a fabric banner for her son's birthday. She asked other talented etsy artists if they would be interested in creating decorations and favors for the big event. She then photographed the day and shared the wonderful pictures with all of us.



Recently she contacted me again regarding a photo shoot she was planning on doing centered around the theme of a lemonade stand. I gladly accepted the invitation and sent a custom made lemonade inspired banner. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Traci and look forward to other projects in the future. So, now as a way of saying thank you I would love to share her story with all of you and the wonderful pictures from the shoot.


Meet Traci Locke of Locke Photography:

"I'm a natural light photographer who grew up in Wisconsin. I was into Art from a very young age. I would spend hours drawing and painting any and everything. But, that all changed when I picked up my Dad's manual 35mm camera at the age of 10. I figured out how to use it, and would set up "photo shoots" for my pets, cabbage patch dolls and friends. I created make shift backdrops to feel like a real photographer. In high school I took just one photography class, back in the days of film and loved it! But I never thought I would be able to make a living at it. It was always just a hobby.


My life dramatically changed when I became very ill my Senior year. This massive event shook my confidence and changed my path. Being faced with a life threatening disease changed the way I see the world, it makes me want to capture every beautiful moment! So I began expressing my passion for life through the lens.

It wasn't until my wonderful husband saw my passion for photography and encouraged me to pursue a career. This was 7 years ago. I eventually started my business in Arizona, then decided to move to Naples, FL where I started completely over which has been challenging, but worth every minute. I am now very proud to say that I am a successful mother and photographer. My children and family are my inspiration and source of encouragement and couldn't be happier with where my life has taken me."

Follow Traci on facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Locke-Photography


Lemonade Stand Photo Shoot





All photography is done by Traci Lock Photography
The Fabric Banner is by Julie Marie Kids: www.juliemariekids.com
Bee's Beautiful Dress and Apron are by: www-dot-etsy.com/shop/7PineDesign
Annabelle is wearing an adorable Lemon tee and matching skirt by: https://www.etsy.com/listing/198937854/whimsical-girls-skirt-with-trim









Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Super Heroes Unite

The newest super heroes added to the Julie Marie Kids collection!


This fierce looking crowd of super heroes are sporting the felt super heroes party pack from Julie Marie Kids.  Each hero is wearing a felt cape complete with super hero logo and a matching felt mask to resemble their favorite hero.

This was such a fun order to complete because I wasn't just creating costumes for the kids but for the adults as well.  I love seeing kids young and old enjoying my creations.  This is why I do what I do!  
Thank you!


More fabulous pictures of this party can be found on facebook and at www.juliemariekids.com

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Super Kids!

Each week I am going to share adorable photos of the 
super amazing kids wearing a
Julie Marie Kids original costume.



This little guy is fighting crime with his 4 legged sidekick.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Mayfel's, Asheville's Downtown Dining Delight





The other day my husband and I were once again debating where to eat lunch while walking downtown Asheville, NC when we spotted Mayfel's.  Mayfel's is a cozy little restaurant sandwiched between Tupolo Honey and Spiritex clothing store.  It specializes in southern style home cooking with a New Orleans flair.  There is a front patio along College Street perfect for people watching and four legged friends, along with a courtyard patio, and ample indoor seating with a wonderful bar.  We sat out front where we enjoyed the hustle and bustle of downtown Asheville along with some amazing food.  


My husband ate the biscuits and gravy with sausage and a side of the most delicious mac & cheese.  He loved both.  As for me and I enjoyed the B.L.F.G.T, Bacon, Lettuce, and Fried Green Tomato on a Telera Roll with Remoulade sauce and a side of sweet potato fries.   And, all I can say is YUM!  It was the most amazing sandwich.  We had such a wonderful lunch and will definitely return for dinner and drinks another day.  They have a wonderful selection of delicious sounding cocktails I cannot wait to savor.

So, if you are visiting Asheville for the first time or a long time resident and haven't yet enjoyed Mayfel's then add it to your list of amazing Asheville restaurants to try.

www.mayfels.org
https://www.facebook.com/Mayfels

Monday, March 30, 2015

Limited Edition Cape Set!




Be one of ten people to receive this limited edition cape set.  Made from a pop culture inspired 100% cotton print and red eco-friendly felt this cape set is designed to withstand the toughest of super hero play.  Purchase your set today from Julie Marie Kids

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Asheville's Hidden Gem

Lake Powhatan

A beautiful hidden gem in Asheville, NC.  Perfect for a hike, fishing, camping, and an afternoon swim.  On Saturday my husband, kids, and I had planned on driving up the parkway when we were disappointed to find it was closed, so we headed down Brevard Road and found the signs for Lake Powhatan.  We followed the signs and were surprised to find this hidden gem located behind the Arboretum.  Granted it was a chilly day and still much too early in spring for all the beautiful green trees but we still enjoyed a very peaceful hike around the lake.  There are multiple trails for hiking, a pier for fishing, and numerous campsites.  We are looking forward to returning this summer.  There is a charge for swimming and of course camping but well worth it for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.


Here are some candid moments from our hike
    

Friday, March 20, 2015

New to Julie Marie Kids

Animal Mask of the Month Club


https://www.etsy.com/listing/126809101/animal-mask-of-the-month-club?ref=shop_home_feat_3

Surprise your little one each month with a new handmade animal mask.  Every month a new mask will be shipped to you all wrapped up with a bow and tag made out to your child.  He/she will feel so special receiving a one of kind gift each month.
Join the club today and give your little one the gift of pretend play!
Currently available at Julie Marie Kids on Etsy





Wednesday, March 11, 2015

DIY Bath Recipe

New Bath Recipe!
Homemade all natural shaving cream.

This fantastic shaving cream is perfect for dry irritated skin.  It is ideal for men and women.  I love using it on my legs and my husband uses for shaving his face.  The rosemary peppermint combination is perfect for skin irritation.  The peppermint acts as a soothing agent due to the menthol and the rosemary helps to improve your skin tone.  This is an oil base recipe so test on skin first and use a small amount when shaving, a little goes a long way.
To get the recipe and find which products I used to create my shaving cream click on DIY Projects here or at the top of the page. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

New Motivation!

On Tuesday I met with Jill Sparks the Executive Director of the Small Business Center here in Asheville to discuss my business.  She is amazing at her job.  She really inspired and motivated me to get my butt in gear.  We first discussed my business as a whole, then made a plan of where my business should be.  She stressed the importance of setting small attainable goals and focusing on one thing at a time.   So over the next month I have a list of tasks to accomplish before our next meeting.

Administration Duties:

  • Register your business with the state
  • Get an EIN number
  • Open a Business Checking Account
Social Media:
  • Monitor Pinterest - check out similar businesses to see how they are using Pinterest
  • Blog - set up an automatic calendar to distribute my blog posts.  That way I can spend a few hours once a week to write all my weekly posts then have them set up to post on set days during the week.
Build Clientele:
  • Organize Client list - track repeat buyers
  • Track Locations - see where most of buyers are coming from
  • Offer specials - Offer limited edition products or special sales to repeat buyers
Organize Thoughts:
  • Put my ideas on paper - it is amazing how many times I think of a new product or idea but never write it down.  Now I have a designated spot where I keep track of all my new ideas (a giant piece of paper hanging on the bulletin board above my desk)
Attend SBA meetings:
  • Take advantage of all the free seminars the SBA offers.  Just this month I can attend several different meetings from starting a business to marketing to buying and selling.
  • Watch the Webinars sponsored by the SBA
This may seem like a long list but really they are all quite simple.  As long as I plan my time efficiently I should be able to get these items checked off the list relatively quickly.  I am so happy I finally took the first step of meeting with the SBA because now I feel ready to tackle my business head on.


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Holy cow!  It has been over a year since I last posted anything on my blog, so I figured since its a new year it is the perfect time to get my life in order.  I have decided to really focus on the business this year and get it to where I want it to be.  

My Goals:
1. Business Plan - actually write one
2. Finances - figure out what I actually make
3. Advertising - Do It!
4. Hire Help - get an assistant that can help me with everything.
5. New Products - Design new costumes, party favors, and anything else my creative brain throws into the pot.
6. Ask for help - I have to quit being afraid.
7. Hit the pavement - Get out there and get my products into the hands of local people and businesses.
8. Legalize - Get my business legalized into a legitimate  recognizable business.
9. Revamp my website and blog
10. Enjoy the year! - quit stressing and actually enjoy what I do.

Step 9 is getting some attention right now.  This year I want to focus on creating a blog that shares my experiences running a business, creating, and living life.  I want to focus on my inspirations.  My kids are a huge source of my inspiration along with follow crafters and nature.  So this year I will be sharing stories, products, and personal pictures of everything that motivates and inspires my work.  I now this year is going to be a success and can't wait to take this journey.  Please join me by sharing your inspirations and any little tid bits that may help me on mine.