Sunday, December 4, 2011

New Giveaway For December


I have chosen a new jewellery piece to offer in my latest giveaway. Here they are. Golden orchid earrings. They retail for $22.99 but you can enter the giveaway for a chance to win them. Vibrant Serenity has been generous enough to host this giveaway. You can enter the contest here. Good luck!

You can also purchase them from my shop, Joanniel Creations.

Monday, October 3, 2011

New Contest Hosted By Vibrant Serenity

I decided to let a fan of my jewellery host a contest and it led to Laina from Vibrant Serenity asking if she could do a feature on my jewellery as well. It's been a great experience and now I'm having my second contest hosted by Vibrant Serenity.

I don't know how many days are left to enter, but if you hurry you could still have a chance at winning a beautiful pair of clear drop hoop earrings. The winner picks between gold tone or silver tone metal hoops. Enter the giveaway here. Good luck!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Contest Winner

I'm a bit late in announcing this but the winner of the gift certificate to be redeemed in my shop is Chriss from British Columbia, Canada. Congrats Chriss!

I will announce a new contest in a few weeks so check back to see what lovely jewellery item will be up for grabs.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Joanniel Creations On The Front Page Of Etsy

Here they are. My Boho earrings(middle row, last image) on the front page of Etsy. What a pleasant surprise! It's so exciting for me that I had to take a screenshot. As a result, a lot of new people were introduced to my shop and my Boho earrings got over 120 hearts.

I don't always check the front page but when I sign out of Etsy I am automatically brought to the homepage. When I signed out yesterday, there they were. Right in my face. It was kind of a shock to me. It's been a long time since I've been featured on the front page. It was nice to see a beautiful treasury there, and even better that I was in it.

Friday, May 27, 2011

My Heartsy Feature

I submitted my shop to Heartsy in the hopes that a feature on their site would create some good promotion for me. I was selected and featured on May 12, 2011. Boy was it ever crazy. FUN, but crazy. I had over 100 sales during the feature and the days after it. There are still 20 vouchers that have not been redeemed at this point. I am working on rebuilding my inventory so that I can resubmit to Heartsy. Sure, it's a lot of work but it's so worth it. I received so many wonderful compliments on my jewellery, my shop, and my customer service that made me feel very appreciated. I was even reviewed by one of my customers on her blog.

A huge thank you to the Heartsy community and staff for a successful and pleasant experience. To all my wonderful new customers, I greatly appreciated all your patience when I had over 100 items to ship out in a short period of time. Thank you so very much.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

In the Springtime Contest

I've decided to offer a $10 gift certificate to be used in my jewellery shop for the new contest. I'm not sure what jewellery piece to make for the contest this time around and it's taking forever for me to decide, so I settled on a gift certificate. The gift certificate will be sent to you via email and you will have 6 months to use it.

The contest is open worldwide and I will accept only 1 entry per person. To enter your name for a chance to win just send an email to - Please include your first name, city/country, and contact email.

I have set up my account so that it sends an automated message, so you know your entry has been received.

Contest ends June 30th, 2011 at midnight Eastern Standard Time. The winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email. Good luck!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

My First Batch of Gluten Free Goodies

I recently found out I am gluten intolerant. I also have issues with lactose and probably even casein but that is still to be determined. I thought that meant the end of cookies, cakes, pancakes, and cupcakes. I've since done some online research and discovered that there are some wonderful cookbooks and dairy free/gluten free foods don't have to taste terrible. I have also received lots of helpful information from friends with similar food intolerances to mine and I thank them very much for sharing their knowledge with me.

Today I made my first batch of dairy free/gluten free baked goods and yes, they are as delicious as they look. I cooked them a bit too long and they crumbled when I took a bite but I can just shorten the baking time.

After buying a ready made gluten free apple pie that tasted like cement with apples in it I was really discouraged. I still decided to buy a cookie mix to try it out and added eggs and vegan Becel margarine. I made some with chocolate chips and some with sugar and cinnamon. They taste so good. The texture is a bit different but I can totally live with that. Now I can't wait to try cakes and other pastries. If only I could enjoy a glass of milk with these yummy treats but for now I'm going to have to settle for a glass of water.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Contest Winner: Purple Earrings

...and the winner is...Andalene from Ontario. Congratulations Andalene! Your earrings will be shipped out soon.

Thank you to everyone who participated. I will have another contest up in a few days. The contest will be open to worldwide participants as usual. Don't forget to drop by my shop to see what's new.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Cheese Tortellini Soup for the Soul

Cheese Tortellini Soup:  Makes 6-8 bowls of soup.

I had the pleasure of eating Cheese Tortellini Soup a few years ago at an Italian family dinner. I took a liking to it immediately. I didn't ask for the recipe because I thought I could figure it out for myself. It took a few tries but I finally got it just the way I like it.

For this recipe you will need:

Half of 1 medium to large white onion
3/4 of a small bag of baby carrots, sliced
3/4 of a head of celery(6-7 stalks), sliced - I cut each stalk in half to get smaller slices
3-5 heaping tablespoons of chicken broth, powdered - I use Loney's chicken broth in powder form
2 cups of frozen cheese tortellini
2 tablespoons of canola or another type of oil
1 large soup pot - I use a stainless steel one but you can use non-sick as well

Cooking directions.

It is best if you chop and slice all of your vegetables in advance. I find that frying your vegetables in the soup pot on the stove top gives the soup more flavor than just boiling them in the soup.

Chop up 1/2 of the onion and cook at medium low to medium in your soup pot with some oil for a few minutes while stirring to prevent onions from turning brown. Cook until onions have softened and are slightly yellow. About 2 minutes. Add sliced celery to onions and keep at same temperature. Stir occasionally. After a 2-3 minutes and the carrots. Keep cooking for 1 -2 minutes and then add your water. I fill up the pot to about 2 inches from the top. Add about 3 heaping tablespoons of powdered chicken broth and some pepper. Bring to a boil on high and then reduce heat slightly. Boil for 15 minutes. Add cheese tortellini. I add a bit more than 2 cups because I like a hearty soup. Boil for another 12-15 minutes. Adjust seasoning.

Serve parmesan cheese with this soup. I sprinkle a bit in my bowl and it is delicious. DO NOT ADD PARMESAN CHEESE DIRECTLY TO MAIN SOUP POT.

*NOTE: Keep in mind that frozen cheese tortellini is salted so it is best to under season with the quantity of broth and adjust it when the soup is done.

Feel free to adjust quantities depending on the size of your pot and how many portions you wish to have. You can also add leftover cooked chicken at the same time as the broth/stock. Don't want to add meat? No problem. You can even replace the chicken stock with vegetable stock. Someone even told me she added garlic and beans to the soup so you see it's pretty versatile.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Contest: Purple Earrings

Here is the new joanniel creations contest. These are simple and beautiful in a lilac/lavender color. Made with large faceted Czech glass, real silver plated bead caps, and real silver plated ear wires. They measure almost 1 1/2 inches in length and the beads are 11mm x 12mm. There are some minor imperfections on the beads. One tiny spot on each bead but it is barely noticeable. Sort of like a dent. I felt it was a shame to throw them out so I made these earrings with them for the contest. I doubt you may have even noticed but I wanted to be honest about it.

The contest is open worldwide and I will accept only 1 entry per person. To enter your name for a chance to win just send an email to - Please include your first name, city/country, and contact email.

I have set up my account so that it sends an automated message, so you know your entry has been received. If this is your first time entering in one of my contests, please let me know if you would like to be added to the mailing list. This way you can stay up to date on sales, contests, and more. You do not need to request to be added every time you enter in my contests. If you have asked to be informed of future contests and/or sales previously, you can be certain that you are already on the mailing list.

Contest ends March 25th, 2011 at midnight Eastern Standard Time. The winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email. Good luck!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My Sweet Valentine

My new Sweetheart earrings. $13.99 US

As Valentine's Day approaches I still have no idea what to get my boyfriend. Every time I ask him  what he wants for any occasion he always says the same thing, " I already have everything I need." Aww! How sweet, right? That still doesn't help me. I'd really like to get him something special that isn't too sappy but lets him know how important and appreciated he is. I guess I'll go browse Etsy although at this point I don't know if anything I buy would get here in time. Maybe I'll find something that will inspire me to make my own little gift.

I will most likely have a sale at joanniel creations on the weekend of Valentine's Day to celebrate all you lovers out there. I'm undecided what type of sale I'm having at this point but I still have time to think about it.

Off to create more jewellery as my goal for 2011 is to have more inventory in my shop for you all to browse when you're there.

© Copyright joanniel creations 2011

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Christmas Contest Winner

The winner of the Christmas contest is Patricia from Argentina. Congratulations to Patricia and thanks to all of you who participated. I will announce my new contest shortly.

I am going to take this opportunity to inform you all that I am working on adding new stock to my shop. My goal for 2011 is to have 200 items in my shop for people to chose from. I want to give you all a better shopping experience by including more variety, which means adding more necklaces to my inventory. I have just received a shipment of supplies and will also search through my huge stash of inventory to create elegant, simple, and feminine jewellery designs for all women to wear proudly.

I always receive such wonderful feedback about my products and my customer service. I am pleased to be able to offer great customer service as my customers are very important to me. I am happy that my creations are so well received and I welcome any feedback you want to give me. If there is an area where you feel I am lacking I will gladly accept any criticism and will use it to improve on whatever it is that needs improving.

Have a wonderful weekend and check back shortly for my next contest.