Friday, May 11, 2012

Garden Party Of My Dreams

Garden Party Of My Dreams

Garden Party Of My Dreams by joanniel featuring strappy heels

I'm not the party throwing type, but I'd like to have a gathering of some sort this Summer. If I could throw a garden party for close family and friends, this would be the theme. I love these colors. Enjoying some great food and drinks outside at Sunset, with candles all around the yard would surely make an impression. Me in that dress, of course. I better keep up my exercise routine. Especially if I want to have some of those cupcakes.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

From The Archives

I was looking through some images of my past work and found a few of my all time favorite creations. I just wanted to share a few of them here. The most unique item I ever came up with was the ring on the top left. It is an actual dried blue rose with some multi-colored glitter. It turned out amazingly well. It is set under a glass dome and a vintage gold ring setting. The veins in the petals almost look like a scenery of tree branches in a night sky. Gorgeous! I only made two of them and I think I will make more. I have some pink petals currently drying but I really love the look of the blue petals. The turquoise hand painted wing earrings with Swarovski crystals are also a favorite. They are totally my style. The blue Swarovski necklace also turned out great, but then again you just can't go wrong with Swarovski crystals. They are such great quality and the shimmer is exquisite. Last but not least. My bird locket. This was my first attempt at image art and it was a bit of a challenge. Even so, I was happy with the result and the image looked wonderful in the vintage locket I chose for it.

Style, Glam, and Comfort.

Style, Glam, and Comfort.

Style, Glam, and Comfort. by joanniel featuring a MAC Cosmetics face powder

You shouldn't have to sacrifice comfort for style, and yes, you can have it all. Flats are a great way to stay comfortable while looking your best. Crystals add a touch of glam and elegance. This day look is just right. Casual yet chic. Replace the jeans with a white pair of pants, add a vest or bolero and you can take this look to work or an evening out.

Friday, May 4, 2012

New contest - Pick your prize

My new contest has begun. It is being hosted by Vibrant Serenity. As usual the contest is open to Worldwide participants. The winner will get to choose ANY item from my shop. The contest ends on May 18th. Good luck! Go here or click on the image above to submit your entry. Vibrant Serenity is using Raffelcopter for the contest so you have to be signed in to Raffelcopter.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Summer Closeout Sale

I have decided to close up shop for a part of the Summer and am having a last minute closeout sale. You can save up to 50% and more, so come on over at Joanniel Creations and check it out. Happy Shopping!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Trend Schmend! Be You.

Trend Schmend! Be You.

Trend Schmend! Be You. by joanniel featuring peeptoe shoes

Okay, so the new Spring Fashion colors are in and I have to say that I like them a lot. BUT, I don't follow fashion trends. Never have and probably never will. I understand the idea of having set colors to work with. However, at the same time, I find it kind of pretentious to think of a panel of people deciding what colors the rest of us are going to wear. So, yes, I wear coral lipstick in Winter, I have had the same navy sweater vest for over 10 years, and I wear what I want without asking myself, "Is this trendy?" I buy clothes because I like the way it looks and because it makes me feel good. Whether it's 'in' right now isn't really a concern. I create my own look.

Who says you can't wear emerald green shoes with a purple dress? Certainly not me. Whatever YOU like, just go for it. Create yourself and don't worry what everyone else thinks. Choose a style that makes YOU happy.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Food Series - What's for Breakfast

Food Series - What's for Breakfast

Food Series - What's for Breakfast by joanniel on

Pictured here: Mushroom and tomato omelet, fruit smoothie, coffee, almonds, bananas.

Many times throughout my life I have decided to go on a 'diet'. Miserable failure! At this point in my life I want to be healthier and happier without feeling like I'm cheating myself out of a good thing. I want to be in good shape so that I can keep up with my child and just feel better all around.

I have ordered a fitness dvd. The Tracy Anderson Method. I have tried some of the exercises for a few days a few months back and really enjoyed it. I should be receiving it soon. I ordered the post pregnancy dvd because I haven't really worked out since having my child almost 4 years ago. It's time to get back into shape.

I'm creating these food charts for myself to remind me that healthy food can taste good too. I need to reorganize my daily eating habits to meet my new goals. The meals I make for myself and my family are great tasting, healthy meals, but it's in the late hours of the night that I snack on not so healthy foods.

I think eggs are a great source of protein and I really love how versatile they are. I also enjoy a fruit smoothie for breakfast as well. I replace my milk with coconut milk because I am intolerant to dairy but it tastes just as good. A handful of almonds are also a good choice but I don't have nuts all that much. I like a piece of banana on toast or by itself. Sometimes I will have a bowl of frosted flakes. It feels so good to have a sweet treat sometimes. Even for breakfast.

Step 1. Replace soft drinks with water or natural fruit juice.
Step 2. Always have some protein for breakfast.
Step 3. Order take-out only once per week.

I'm starting small this time around and replacing my habits with better, healthier ones. Although I am very busy being a mom and taking care of my jewellery business, it's not an excuse to stop taking care of myself. I will make the time to improve my health and my life. This new lifestyle is also coinciding with an uncluttering of my home and a reorganization of my space. It's time for everything to change. Everything that's been bothering me but never had time to do. Well, now, I'm making time to do it all.

Monday, March 19, 2012

My Style - The Perfect Look

My Style

My Style by joanniel featuring panel leggings

This is totally my style. I love grey! But since having my son a few years ago I've gotten into a bit of a rut. When people start telling you to dye your hair there's a problem. LOL. I'm not really comfortable in my body right now and I have quite a bit of weight to lose. But in a perfect world this would be my look. A simple yet elegant outfit and a bit of makeup. Minus the purse. I really don't like carrying a purse but this one just looked so neat I had to include it. Oh, and I have to have flat booties. I can never go back to heels.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Spring Sale - 20% off

Joanniel Creations is having a Spring Sale. All items are reduced by 20%. Sale runs from March18 to March 25.

I also want to take the time to give a huge thank you to Vibrant Serenity for hosting my most recent giveaway. Congratulations to the winner, Maegen M. for winning my art photo key chain.

Have a great week!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Tutorial: Paypal Shipping For Etsy Orders

Here is a tutorial for printing a shipping label for Etsy orders from Canada.

Step 1 - Prepare your order. Make sure to weigh individual items and make note of the weight as you will need to indicate the weight of each item on the Paypal label. Place all your items in the envelope and weigh it, but do not seal it. Or you can put the contents on top of the envelope on the scale. I find it easier to apply the label while the envelope is empty.

*As a jewellery seller I always ship using envelopes that are approximately 15cm x 24.5cm x 1.9 cm and Paypal remembers my dimensions. I just click on the empty box and the number appears in a drop box. The same thing happens with the weight, description, etc.

*If you are using an envelope and will be taping your label over it, make sure it does NOT bend around the sides and is on the front only. I apply glue on my envelope with a glue stick first and then apply my label to the envelope. I put all the necessary items into my envelope and seal it. Then I tape 1 long strip around the longest side of the envelope and 3 strips around the width. If you don't want to use paper envelopes you can use poly mailers. You can also use clear plastic sleeves that you can get for free from CP instead of packing tape.

Step 2 - Log into your Paypal account. Find the transaction and click on 'Print Shipping Label'.

Step 3 - Make sure YOUR phone number is indicated beneath your address in the top left. It is required by customs. Select your method of shipping in the 'Shipment Information' portion. Enter your parcel/envelope dimensions, and the weight of your parcel. In 'Shipment Options' enter the date you plan to drop off your parcel. Click 'Continue'.

Step 4 - Enter customs details. In the 'Item Information' portion you will enter the description, quantity, item value, item weight, and country of origin. I always leave the HS tariff code blank as it is optional and I don't have one anyway. Don't forget to check the box at the beginning of each line. If you have 1 item you check box #1. If you have 2 items you check box #1 and #2. I didn't check them in my tutorial but they should be checked. In the 'Package Information' portion you enter your category of item. You can choose from Commercial Sample, Gifts, Documents, Other. If you select other you must describe the contents of the package. I always write 'Retail Purchase'. I guess you could elaborate but since I indicate 'jewellery item' in my item description I just leave it at that. I don't fill in the other section for Tax ID, reference number, etc. Click 'Continue'.

Step 5 - Confirm and pay for your label. Review all your info. Make sure that you have been charged the appropriate amount. You may notice that Paypal has rounded up the size of your parcel. For example, I entered 24.5cm and Paypal has rounded it up to 25cm. That is normal. Click on 'Pay and Continue'.

Step 6 - Print your shipping label. Make sure you have your pop-ups enabled or the window for the label will not open. This is what your label should look like. I found this one online so you'll notice the info doesn't match but it's just to give you an idea. The top portion is your label and the bottom is for your records. I just discard them as I have this information in my Paypal account, but you can keep them if you prefer.

You can drop off your package at the postal counter or into a mailbox.

Make sure Light Packet and Small Packet Air parcels have the airmail stickers on them.

I hope this information has been helpful. Feel free to write any questions in the comments section.

Should you need to print a shipping label and do not have a Paypal transaction, you can use this link: