Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on September 20, 2010 by jillian416

So I’ve been missing…

I sometimes have a habit of going missing for no really good reason, however that is NOT the case this time.  Last Wednesday, my boyfriend of 3 yrs asked me to marry him.  And I said yes!  The last few days have been filled with bookstores (for bridal magazines), bridal shows, sharing with family, creating wedding websites and starting the planning process.

I am so beyond deliriously happy.  He’s the love of my life and he’s made my dreams come true!

Myself and my (now) fiance!

That picture was taken at my sister’s wedding which was back in August.  Now a month later, it is my turn to plan a wedding and this excites me to no end!

Here’s the ring he proposed with:

Gorgeous Engagement Ring!

I absolutely love and have yet to stop staring at it.  It puts a smile on my face constantly!

We’ve set a tentative date of October 15th, 2011 and our colors will be burnt orange and brick red.  We don’t have a venue yet but we’re working on it!

Well I’m off to have lovely sweet dreams of my love!


A Blog Award for Me!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 15, 2010 by jillian416

Thank you to both of my friends Adie from All of the Above & Kate from The Bumblings of KT Bee.  They have been kind enough to award me with a blog award!!!

So the rules are, you get tagged, you list 10 things about yourself (so your followers can get to know you) and then tag 10 of your favorite blogs.

Ten Things About Me!

  1. I just got engaged today – 9/15/10
  2. I’m hoping to get married next October 2011.
  3. I have 2 sisters and 1 brother
  4. I love making jewelry!!
  5. I am obsessed with peanut butter and chocolate.
  6. PopChips are my favorite potato chip.
  7. Clarks are THE most comfortable shoe and is pretty much all I wear.
  8. I work a day job as an auditor.
  9. I’m a bit of a shopoholic but I try and curb my spending.
  10. I adore camping and the outdoors, it makes me happy!

Now for 10 blogs I love!

  1. Curation Nation – A great group of Etsy creators and sellers that make gorgeous treasuries.
  2. Diana’s Daily Dish – A good friend who is getting her blog up and running!
  3. Meagan Likes It – Love reading about all of the things Meagan experiences and shares with her audience.
  4. Fit, Fun and Fabulous – A great blog, that touches on a little bit of everything.
  5. Full Time Etsy Crafters – Another Etsy treasury team blog.
  6. The Shenanigans of Megan and The Liz’s – A blog full of fun randomness!
  7. lifes little epiphanies – A motivational blog all about life.
  8. The Bumblings of KT Bee – I know she gave me the award but I adore her blog too!
  9. All of the Above  – Another shout out to a great friend!
  10. Keeping up with Goliath – Such a motivational blog about a girl’s struggle with life and running.  And her wonderful doggy!

Be sure to give all these blogs some serious love!!

Facebook Fan Page

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2010 by jillian416

So finally after being in business for almost 2 yrs I created a Facebook fanpage!  (Sound the trumpets)

Jewelry by Jillian <— (go ahead and click on the link, it will take you directly to my fan page)

Facebook Fan Page Profile Pic

I had been trying to decide if I wanted one or not because I was getting quite a bit of business by just posting new listings on my own personal Facebook page.  But after having it created for only about 3 days, I can see the value in having a fan page.   I’m currently up to 58 fans and I hope that number continues to grow.  I’m honored that people find my items nice, pretty, fancy enough to buy and wear.

I’m slowly but surely adding pictures of all the items in my shop, plus I plan on continuing to add to it as I add new items to my shop.

Right now I’ve been pretty busy with getting my wholesale order ready as well as a few different regular orders from Etsy.  I also will be starting on some wedding jewelry for a friend soon so lots of new items will be coming but slowly!

Here’s a little peak into my crazy world of supplies.  Underneath all those pieces is the table I work on…someday I’ll see it again.  😀

Till next time — happy beading!

So Fortunate!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2010 by jillian416

Hello readers,

I am so lucky to be featured in two GORGEOUS Etsy treasuries!

The first was created by sannipanni.

‘O’Sweet Maple Sugar’ by sannipanni

Thinking of the sweetness of autumn treats makes my mouth water…. Yay September!

Hand Painted Sugar Maple Lea…


Maple Brown Sugar – Lucite L…


Maple Brown Sugar Crunch Soa…


Sugar Maple Seeds Original P…


Japanese Maple Mame/Shohin


Maple Sugar Whipped Parfait …


Maple Sugar Sky – 12×12 Phot…


Conges Colores – Czech Glass…


SALE Sugar Bush Necklace


Natural Exfoliating Lip Scru…


Maple Sugar – sterling silve…




SALE – Ben Seibel for Iroquo…


Hand Dyed Ribbon Maple Sugar…


Pick 3 Marshmallow Sampler P…


Real Sugar Maple Leaf Pendan…


Generated using Treasury HTML code generator by Whale Shark Website

The second one was created by Your Memories Captured

‘All the Leaves are Brown…..’ by YourMemoriesCaptured

A celebration of the upcoming fall season with trees and leaves of all colors

Two Color 6 Foot Nursery Tre…


Spooky Forest – Photographic…


Autumnal Vintage Style Table…


Rhinestone and tulle leaf he…




Printable Invitation – Rusti…


Wooden Leaf Puzzle


Light in Leaves Original Oil…


Alix (in Gunmetal) – Leaf Ea…


Fall Foliage Custom Drilled …


cover WITH insert — custom …


Two New 20 inch Handmade Con…


Season of Changes – Handmade…


Autumn Leaves – 3 oz Soaps




Genuine Aspen Leaves Lariat …


Generated using Treasury HTML code generator by Whale Shark Websites.

You can go ahead and click on any of the pictures and it should direct you to the item on Etsy!  Thanks to Red Row Studio for creating such an awesome treasury tool.  Here’s the website where you can go check it out… Etsy Treasury HTML code generator.

Thank you to both Etsy sellers!  They are gorgeous and I am so grateful!

My Etsy Page

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on September 6, 2010 by jillian416

I suppose I should have shared this in yesterday’s post but I was just so excited about my wholesale experience that I forgot to give my Etsy website.  It is http://jillianmackowiak.etsy.com.  If you click right on that link it will take you directly to my shop!

I’m pretty happy with my work there so be sure to check it out, maybe just maybe you will fall in love with my designs.  😀

The Start of Something Beautiful!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2010 by jillian416

So I’ve read a million times over how important having a blog is, to those of the handmade community,  it is your means of sharing your journey through your work.  So much goes on in my day to day life, in regards to my art that I will have plenty to share with you.

This past Thursday I was contacted by VANITYLAB a gorgeous salon and store in the Westlake, Ohio Area.  They reached out to me through an Etsy ‘convo,’ these are connected to your personal email, so I was notified immediately.  As soon as I read the ‘convo’ I was nearly jumping out of my skin with excitement….  They had contacted me for a Wholesale order!!   Over the past 4 days we’ve corresponded back and forth over prices and wholesale terms and finally came to an agreement yesterday.  Towards the end of the day I received one more email from the owner with their total order included.  They ordered 36 items!!!  That is HUGE for a first order!  I was once again jumping out of my skin with excitement.

Here are a few of the items they ordered…

I’m pretty thrilled to be doing my first wholesale order.  I can only hope that my items do well in their store and they come back and order more!

Here’s to the future — more blog posts and more jewelry orders!

Hello world!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 25, 2010 by jillian416

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