I'm talking about the feeling that hangs on for days, even weeks, and is just loud enough in your head to be annoying enough that you call all of your friends and family to make sure you haven't missed a birthday. The one that makes you check the oil in your car even though you *just* had the oil changed. The one that makes you start to think that 40 is actually the new 80 and you'd better go stock up on Geritol and Depends.
I had that feeling for almost 2 weeks this month, and I am not ashamed to tell you that I fell just a little more into the crazy. Then one day the nag crawled out of my ear, slapped me on the forehead and said "Duh".
This Julsbeads Blog thing? I wrote the first post 2 years ago today. On the one hand it seems like forever ago and in the other hand I have a celebratory chocolate covered donut which I am washing down with a Dr Pepper the size of my head.
There's actually a double cause for celebration (which is why I got the twin pack of donuts. Don't judge).
Two years ago today, after discovering that Feebay had moved beyond the smoking of price increase crack and was now injecting our cash straight into their money machine via a needle, I also re-opened an Etsy shop.
I recently poked around and discovered that this blog has 72k+ views (Y'all must be stupid bored. Or maybe being forced to read Julsbeads is the new Chinese Water Torture. likely.) I also have 770+ Etsy sales, which made me wonder if I might likewise have as many blog posts. Big fat fail on that last one, but donut #2 is preventing me from caring.
For those of you still reading, congratulations! You've arrived to the point where this post becomes meaningful~ because there is both a sale and a giveaway about to start up in here.
Sale: in honor of 2 years, 20% off ALL ETSY LISTINGS! And darlins, there are 174 different listings of gorgeous to pick from. A HUNDRED AND SEVENTY FOUR....that's a milestone for me on the number of listings at once.....but I don't mind saying I'd love nothing more than to have an empty store right about now.
Which means you should shop, and shop well.
And Why should you shop and shop well? BECAUSE OF THE GIVEAWAY!
Here's the deal. I am going to give away 2 Own My Skillz Days ~ half days each ~ in a drawing made up of the people who take advantage of the Etsy sale and write DONUT! in a note when checking out through Etsy. The 2 winners can select color preferences and focals or sets, but I get to play designer beyond that and send them each a package of surprise. That's a $75 value for free. TWICE.
And there's more! If you refer someone to my shop and they make a purchase, you BOTH get entered into another drawing from which I will be drawing 2 names to receive a FREE SET OF BEADS! Simply have that person enter YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS in the note section upon checkout, and you both go in the hat! And by the hat I mean that black one over there sitting on my head. It's my lucky Draw A Name from THIS HAT hat.
I'm also offering 20% off all listings at StudioJuls. And another drawing! Here's how it works~ spend a minimum of $20 (after the discount and before shipping), leave the comment DONUT! and you will be entered into the drawing to receive a $20 gift certificate that can be used either at StudioJuls OR at Julsbeads! Or if you prefer, you can opt to receive a $20 refund toward your purchase price. Which means you just got your stuff FOR FREE.
Side Note~ be sure to check out the Pandora necklace listing. They seriously rock.
The Coupon Code for both shops is DONUT.
So there ya go. In honor of 2 years there are 2 sales at 20% off. There are 3 ways to win though, because I'm just gonna go ahead and celebrate the birth of year 3. New beginnings kind of rock, dontchathink?
This is a FLASH SALE, which means I'm not going to tell you when it ends. Because I am a big meaniehead. Or because I have a certain goal and when that goal is reached the sale is over....whether that be tonight or September. Except I'm kidding about September because I'll forget about it way before then.
If you'd like to blog, tweet, or FB this post you'll automatically win my undying gratitude and maybe a bite of this donut.
And for those of you who maybe can't take advantage of the sale (and those of you who do!) but hung with this post all the way to the end? I'd like to hear from you, and please include your email address. I will draw 1 name from the comments in this post for another FREE SET OF BEADS! I get to pick which set though, because helloooo. MEANIEHEAD!