Friday, August 13, 2010


Is it really true? That this month marks ONE YEAR that Jillry has been a full time business for me? *squeal* Yes, yes its true...

As most of you know I've been addicted to beads and creating jewelry for close to 15 years now but it wasn't until this time last year that I decided to make it a dream come true, a real live CAREER for myself. You can read about the beginning of my journey here.

I have lots in store to celebrate with you but unfortunately we will have to postpone the festivities until Baby Beau makes his big debut. But fear not! He will be here before you know it and Jillry will be in full swing again.

When will Beau arrive? Well, my due date is August 28th so hopefully any day now. (Eek! Right around the corner!)

When will Jillry reopen? If everything goes as planned, Jillry will reopen in late September. Who knows, I just may be back before. As you've seen I can't even make myself stop with these sore swollen fingers and a concerned hubby pointing his stop-working-now finger at me. I LOVE what I do and I love sharing my days with you, my amazing fans and customers online each day. Staying away is taking not only my job away from me but my friends, fun and social life away as well! (You forget - I have only walls and the Mini Monster to talk to all day...)

Without further adieu, here are some fun things to expect from Jillry at my return in celebration of my ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

I love nothing more than seeing the photos you post of yourselves on my walls daily, sporting my newest Jillry creations and treasures. I know, vain, right? So why not make it less about me and more about YOU?

Starting NOW I will be accepting photo entries for this contest. Take a photo of yourself in your favorite piece(s) of Jillry and submit them either by wall post, personal message to or by email:

What for? For FREE JILLRY of course! The winner wins $50 in FREE JILLRY and FREE SHIPPING for the remainder of the year. (Up to six orders starting September through December.)

Your photos will be posted on the blog no later than September 6th so we can begin the judging process. The judges will be YOU and YOUR FRIENDS so winning can be easy and totally up to you! I will have a poll set up for you on my blog and you can send your friends the link to vote. There are other ways to win, of course:

*Suggest Jillry to your friends on Facebook! Make sure they post your name to my wall in order for you to get an extra entry. You get an extra entry for each new fan that posts their name to my wall.

**Email your friends about Jillry and the photo contest. Simply copy me: and you win an extra entry.

PHOTO EXAMPLES: Check out my wall photos to see some of the current fan photos posted.

I think I saw some of your ears perk up. Its no secret you guys like FDF - who wouldn't love a chance to snag a variety of handmade beaded and metal earrings at just FIVE DOLLARS EACH?? This will be a pretty big FDF since its in celebration of my one year anniversary. And what great timing - you can stock up early on Christmas gifts! Think stocking stuffers, teacher gifts and affordable gifts for your co-workers.
This Five Dollar Friday is set up tentatively for September 10th so mark your calendars!

My most favorite event EVER to share with you. I usually hold my trunk shows once a month but by the time this show comes around two months will have gone by without one. *sob* So yeah, its gonna be a big one ladies...

What to expect: TONS of brand new pieces. My fingers will be back to normal and beading away so you will see LOTS of one of a kind handmade beaded jewelry: sets, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Fleur de lis jewelry, metal jewelry, Saints & LSU jewelry. Cuffs and bangles. Keychains: fleur de lis, religious, teacher and pink ribbon themed. Lots of affordable pieces perfect for teacher and Christmas gifts.

This show is scheduled for the week of October 4th-8th. Again, mark your calendars!


Here's a recap:

Fan Photo Contest - Going on NOW! Judging begins September 6th and will last two weeks. Date of winner annoucement TBD.
Five Dollar Friday - September 10th (tentative)
Trunk Show - October 4th - 8th

That's all for now. I know its a lot of information to take in but I will be posting reminders on my Facebook Fan Page along the way so you don't miss out on these celebrations!

I will also be posting the dates and locations of the local shows I'll be shortly.

Thanks, as always, for your love & support!

xo Jill

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