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Friday, September 17, 2010

Be Juel [interview, review, discount, giveaway]


Hello, everyone! Today I would like to introduce you to a shop called "Be Juel". Reagan Juel (with some help from her children and puppy-dog) is the creative mind behind this truly unique store. She comes up with one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces that all have personalities of their own. Let us find out some more...
 
Please tell us a little about yourself Reagan.
Techno nerd by day, mad beader by night?  No. I am a small town girl. Grew up and still live smack in the middle of cornfields in nowhere Iowa. It’s a good life though. I have three wicked awesome boys (Liam is 10, Aidan 8, Griffin 4), a big ol’ beautiful golden retriever Marley Doodle dog, and am lucky enough to live in a stunning totally true to design Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie Style house.
 
How did you get into creating jewelry?
My 8 year old is sadly just like me. Always has to be making something or have some sort of project going. So one day at SAMS when he saw a bead bracelet making kit and wanted to get it, I said sure.  I of course had to wear it to work because it was the most beaUtiFUL thing ever!  Funny thing though, other people thought so too. So E-Design began. We did that for a year or so, making colorful glass bead mixed bracelets on stretchy cord or wire. We did very well, and they were very pretty, but I did not love them. So as these things go I got really burned out and took a nice long break. But I apparently couldn’t quit it, and so I started thinking about what I really wanted to do this time around and what I really loved myself. And that was totally vintage, trinket, off the wall weird/twisted/naughty stuff and re-purposed anything.
But hey I have to give some love to Grandma E as well. Every summer when I would go stay with her she would have projects lined up for us to do. Stuffed animals, Barbie clothes, jewelry, painting, you name it. It never really mattered if we had exactly what the directions called for, we just made do. I really think that is why I have no fear and why my poor brain never shuts off. And being I have been a jewelry hoarder from way, way back with a keen attention to itty-bitty details it was sort of a natural fit.
 
What can we expect to find in "Be Juel"?
Yeah, that is the sort of funny thing with me. You never really know what is going to come out of my little noggin. So I guess I would have to say I hope what you find is something fabulous and for sure something that you will never find anywhere else. To me if I am going to take the time to pick out and wear a piece of jewelry it sure as heck better be something that means something to me or for whatever reason speaks to me. To me jewelry is about as much of a personal peek into someone’s soul as you can get. You just don’t really get that off the rack. 
 
Where do you get your inspiration for these unique pieces?
Oh they totally create themselves. Sure I may have an idea or two and look for the perfect starter piece but that starter piece always sets the direction for the rest of the bracelet. Sometimes it can be something stuck in my head. Be a song, an image, a feeling. But mostly it’s just the pieces. Those little trinkets and treasures people tuck away in junk drawers and boxes, those little bits of nothing that for whatever reason they can’t let go of… Those things have a soul all of their own. So I try to just let them tell their story.
 
What is a day in your life like?
I am a lets just get this thing over with kind of girl. So being I do sort of have to work and all I take the early shift and work 7-3:30. 3:30 on is insane kid zone. If they happen to go into self induced TV veg mode I either tidy up or sneak off into the studio for a bit but pretty much the Be Juel work doesn’t get going until after kid crash at 8:30. My coworkers laugh at me, the studio is in the sunroom in the front of the house and most typically the lights are on from 8:30 on. I try to get into bed by 11. Try. And on weekends I beg, borrow and plead for a good chunk of design time so I can really get caught back up but it doesn’t always happen.
 
When you aren't working on Be Juel, what activities do you fancy?
I am totally a guys girl. Always have been. So being I am blessed with a life full of them we do all manner of smelly boy stuffs. Fish, nature walks, video game smack downs, super secret surprise expeditions. And when I am lucky enough to get to, I so, SO love rock shows. Especially in small little venues. I have been very lucky the last few years to get to see some really amazingly talented on their way up people. Even got to meet a few of them ;)       
 
Do you have any advice for someone looking to start a craft business?
You know I am just now taking this really seriously. Having a hobby that sometimes brings in a bit of cash to help pay for itself is one thing. Trying to launch a real deal side business and brand quite the other. Some days I really feel I could take on the world. Other days I am not so sure I want to. And honestly I don’t know if Etsy can ever really be our home. I love Etsy but because what I do is so unique and are for sure statement pieces people really sort of want to look, touch and feel them before they buy them. So I am constantly racking my brain to think of ways I can make Etsy work to slowly lure them in. I guess number one advice is prepare to never sleep more than 6 hours straight. Ever again. Also treat it like a real business and yourself as a real craftsperson. That means know and admit what you don’t know. Then learn and or fix it. I am just getting ready to take an 8 week long metalsmithing class. Have I muddled along well enough so far on my own? Sure. But I also know I could do things better and to me quality is very important. I am also thanking that worthless Business Admin degree that I never really have used much until now. Marketing, accounting, customer relations oh my.
 

 
Reagan has sent in a lovely jewelry set to review. I had a very pleasant experience interacting with her. The bracelet and earrings arrived nicely packaged with a sweet note. Reagan created her version of going "down the rabbit hole", which of course applies to my blog name. There is even a charm with a bold "S" on it, for Samy. That made me smile and think of how terrific she must be at custom orders. A Be Juel piece is definitely one to treasure. Take a look!
The attention to detail is wonderful. With so many different components to this set, Reagan makes it seem easy to look so well put together while having that eclectic flair. These are statement pieces in every sense of the word. I love how sturdy the jewelry is- and of course you would want something like this to last you. I see these keeping up with me for a long time. I can tell that Be Juel sure has an eye for style and mixed media that works, mixing fabulously alongside one another. These earrings have the cutest steampunk and industrial feel (they'll go with anything!) while the bracelet meshes with that, also adding a whimsical vintage air. The sizing of the bracelet is perfect for my fairly little wrist (Reagan made sure to get measurements) and does not overpower me, but is sure to get noticed. How cool would an item like this be as a gift for someone special?


20% DISCOUNT to Be Juel!
Just mention "Samy" in the note-to-buyer during checkout 
and you will receive the appropriate refund through paypal.

(Hurry, this discount is valid until "10/09/10".



GIVEAWAY
*$25 Gift Certificate to Be Juel
 

TO ENTER: Make sure that you are a follower of "Samy in Wonderland" through google friend connect (top of left side-bar) and browse "Be Juel", then leave 1 comment stating :

- I follow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: _______.

- One of my favorite items from Be Juel is _______ because _______. 

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: _______.
 

EXTRA ENTRIES: After doing the mandatory entry above, you may complete any or all of these for additional entries. A random number generator picks my winners, so the more times you enter, the more chances you have of winning! For these to count as extras, please leave a separate comment for each additional entry.


My favorite parts of the interview were: _______; I enjoyed the review portion because: _______.
I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is _______ because _______.
I "favorite" Be Juel on Etsy! My etsy username is: _______.

I "favorite" Princess Samy on Etsy! My etsy username is: _______.

I "like" Be Juel on Facebook! My facebook username is _______. 


I "like" Princess Samy on Facebook! My facebook username is _______.
I "follow" PSVintage on twitter! My twitter username is @_______.

I "Don't Miss a Thing" because I subscribed to Samy in Wonderland and confirmed my subscription! The e-mail address used was: _______. (Subscription box can be found in my left side-bar)
I "Read You" because I subscribe to Samy in Wonderland feed via an RSS reader.
I shared this giveaway on my facebook wall! I included a link back to this page so that my friends can find it. Here is a link to the wall post: _______.
I tweeted about this giveaway on twitter. I included a link back to this page as well as "@PSVintage" somewhere in my tweet. Here is a link to the tweet: _______. 
I left a new and relevant comment on this non-giveaway post on the Samy in Wonderland blog: _______. (You may count up to 3 comments - use separate entries for each) 

OPEN: WORLDWIDE
ENDS: Oct. 9th @ 11:59 PM

Good luck, my dears!

88 comments:

xlacrimax said...

I follow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: xlacrimax.

- One of my favorite items from Be Juel is Mean Metals - Earrings because they are original and outstanding.

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: xlacrimax at gmail dot com

xlacrimax said...

I "Don't Miss a Thing" because I subscribed to Samy in Wonderland and confirmed my subscription! The e-mail address used was: xlacrimax at gmail dot com

Carmilla said...

- I follow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: Carmilla
- One of my favorite items from Be Juel is Time Stays, We Go - Industural Steampunk Bracelet Set- Be Juel by ReaganJuel because I love steampunk

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here:erica(dot)terranova(at)gmail(dot)com

They call me Cee. said...

- I follow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: They call me cee

- One of my favorite items from Be Juel is The lovely Bones because so unique

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here:cellaslineup@yahoo.com

They call me Cee. said...

I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is red pumps because so hot

They call me Cee. said...

I "like" Be Juel on Facebook! My facebook username is Marcellina F

They call me Cee. said...

I "like" Princess Samy on Facebook! My facebook username is Marcellina F

They call me Cee. said...

I "follow" PSVintage on twitter! My twitter username is @CellaMarcellina

They call me Cee. said...

I shared this giveaway on my facebook wall! I included a link back to this page so that my friends can find it. Here is a link to the wall post: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1232887033

They call me Cee. said...

I tweeted about this giveaway on twitter. I included a link back to this page as well as "@PSVintage" somewhere in my tweet. Here is a link to the tweet: http://twitter.com/CellaMarcellina/status/24860488085

The Angry Jackalope said...

- I follow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: the angry jackalope.

- One of my favorite items from Be Juel is But what if I'm a mermaid... - Tori Inspired Vintage Finds Bracelet Set because I love mermaids.

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: justaduck at gmail.com.

The Angry Jackalope said...

My favorite parts of the interview were: learnign how she gets her inspiration (I love th vintage pieces!); I enjoyed the review portion because: I learned that items can be custom sized.
justaduck at gmail.com

The Angry Jackalope said...

I "favorite" Be Juel on Etsy! My etsy username is: justaduck.
justaduck at gmail.com

The Angry Jackalope said...

I "favorite" Princess Samy on Etsy! My etsy username is: justaduck.
justaduck at gmail.com

The Angry Jackalope said...

I "like" Princess Samy on Facebook! My facebook username is justaduck.
justaduck at gmail.com

The Angry Jackalope said...

I "Don't Miss a Thing" because I subscribed to Samy in Wonderland and confirmed my subscription! The e-mail address used was: justaduck at gmail.com

The Angry Jackalope said...

I "Read You" because I subscribe to Samy in Wonderland feed via an RSS reader. (google reader)
justaduck at gmail.com

susie said...

ollow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: Susie.

- One of my favorite items from Be Juel is the charm bracelet because it's so pretty.

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: swiener1[at]tampabay.rr.com.

susie said...

My favorite parts of the interview were:her advice to others starting a crafting business and what her life was like; I enjoyed the review portion because: It was very informative.

swiener1[at]tampabay.rr.com

PoppyLand said...

- I follow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: PoppyLand

- One of my favorite items from Be Juel is Wildflowers - Etched Copper, Bone, Stones - Bracelet Set - Be Juel by ReaganJuel
because I love the design!

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: landofpoppies at gmail dot com

PoppyLand said...

I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is
Black Stone Silver Wrap Around Wire Vintage Steampunk Pendant
because it's so simple and unique:)

PoppyLand said...

I "favorite" Be Juel on Etsy! My etsy username is: PoppyLand

PoppyLand said...

I "favorite" Princess Samy on Etsy! My etsy username is: PoppyLand

PoppyLand said...

I "follow" PSVintage on twitter! My twitter username is @landofpoppies

Jinx said...

- I follow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: ShopJinx

- One of my favorite items from Be Juel is http://www.etsy.com/listing/54643058/angry-abi-vintage-finds-and-industrial because I love how unique it is. I love random finds for charms and how she found a way to incorporate it all into one piece of jewelry. I would be honored to wear something so different than something everyone has! I love this shop!

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here:

sympathetic_kitty@yahoo.com

Jinx said...

My favorite parts of the interview were: learning her kid's name(love them!!) and how it started.; I enjoyed the review portion because: it was something that kept me reading until the end.

Ashley
sympathetic_kitty@yahoo.com

Jinx said...

I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is http://www.etsy.com/listing/55230469/childrens-video-playground-film-alice-in because im addicted to anything alice in wonderland! (not the new movie stuff though) Every time I go to a thrift store or garage sale and see an Alice book, I have to buy it. Ive never saw this video tape before!
Neat!


sympathetic_kitty@yahoo.com

Jinx said...

I "like" Princess Samy on Facebook! My facebook username is facebook.com/ashleybwomble

Ashley
sympathetic_kitty@yahoo.com

Jinx said...

I "like" Be Juel by ReaganJuel! My facebook username is facebook.com/ashleybwomble

Ashley
sympathetic_kitty@yahoo.com

jhitomi said...

- I follow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: jhb.

- One of my favorite items from Be Juel is Diminish to Delhi necklace because it is colorful and fun.

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: jhbalvin at gmail dot com.

mamipdx said...

- I follow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: _____shenais__.

- One of my favorite items from Be Juel is ____creepy clown___ because i like carnival gear_______.

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: ____divertidaATfastmailDOTfm___.

mamipdx said...

I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is _3d mushroom______ because ____i love mushrooms___.

divertidaATfastmailDOTfm

mamipdx said...

I "favorite" Be Juel on Etsy! My etsy username is: ____maestramami

divertidaATfastmailDOTfm

mamipdx said...

I "favorite" Princess Samy on Etsy! My etsy username is: ____maestramami___.

divertidaATfastmailDOTfm

mamipdx said...

I "like" Be Juel on Facebook! My facebook username is ___maestramai____.

divertidaATfastmailDOTfm

mamipdx said...

I "like" Princess Samy on Facebook! My facebook username is ____wren nelson___.

divertidaATfastmailDOTfm

mamipdx said...

I "follow" PSVintage on twitter! My twitter username is @_____mamipdx__.

divertidaATfastmailDOTfm

jhitomi said...

I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is

http://www.etsy.com/listing/38066358/classic-fire-engine-red-hot-slingback because they are sexy and I have been looking for red shoes.
jhbalvin at gmail dot com

jhitomi said...

I "favorite" Princess Samy on Etsy! My etsy username is: jhbalvin.
jhbalvin at gmail dot com

jhitomi said...

I "Don't Miss a Thing" because I subscribed to Samy in Wonderland and confirmed my subscription! The e-mail address used was:jhbalvin at gmail dot com

jhitomi said...

My favorite parts of the interview were: how she credited her grandmother for starting her on projects, how she took a break to find out what she wanted to do; I enjoyed the review portion because: it makes me admire people who can turn odd trinkets into beautiful pieces of jewelry.
jhbalvin at gmail dot com

Mari said...

- I follow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: marilavado.

- One of my favorite items from Be Juel is the bracelet on the giveaway because it's a fashion statement.

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: marilavado (at) gmail.com

Mari said...

I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is the black stone silver wrap around wire vintage pendant because it's simple but so beautiful.

Mari said...

I "favorite" Be Juel on Etsy! My etsy username is: marilavado.

Mari said...

I "favorite" Princess Samy on Etsy! My etsy username is: marilavado.

Mari said...

I "like" Be Juel on Facebook! My facebook username is marilavado.

Mari said...

I "like" Princess Samy on Facebook! My facebook username is marilavado.

Mari said...

I "Don't Miss a Thing" because I subscribed to Samy in Wonderland and confirmed my subscription! The e-mail address used was: marilavado (at) gmail.com

mframe said...

- I follow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: mframe00.

- One of my favorite items from Be Juel is
Its' just a green thing. - Earrings - Be Juel by ReaganJuel because I have green eyes and they would look great on me.

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: mframe00@gmail.com

mframe said...

I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is
Black Stone Silver Wrap Around Wire Vintage Steampunk Pendant because I have lots of things that would match that.

mframe said...

I "favorite" Be Juel on Etsy! My etsy username is: mframe00.

mframe said...

I "favorite" Princess Samy on Etsy! My etsy username is: mframe00

mframe said...

I "like" Be Juel on Facebook! My facebook username is Michelle Frame

mframe said...

I "like" Princess Samy on Facebook! My facebook username is Michelle Frame

mframe said...

I "follow" PSVintage on twitter! My twitter username is @mframe00

Sam said...

- I follow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: Sam Lev.

- One of my favorite items from Be Juel is Mean Metals - Earrings because I love the steampunk feel to them.

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: oceanic.wonder@gmail.com

Sam said...

My favorite parts of the interview were: the activity portion; I enjoyed the review portion because: I share the same interests as far as activities go (especially fish!).
- Oceanic.Wonder@gmail.com

Sam said...

I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is Shiny Blue Black Spaghetti Strap Vintage All That Jazz Dress because I love the colors and the look of the dress.
- oceanic.wonder@gmail.com

Sam said...

I "like" Be Juel on Facebook! My facebook username is Sam L..
- oceanic.wonder@gmail.com

Sam said...

I "like" Princess Samy on Facebook! My facebook username is Sam L.
- oceanic.wonder@gmail.com

kiddo said...

- I follow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: kiddo.

- One of my favorite items from Be Juel is It's Just a Green Thing Earrings because green is one of my favorite colors and I love the earring hooks they hang from.

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: kiddomsg at gmail dot com.

kiddo said...

I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item was the Black Olive Green Brown Patchwork Vintage Cat's Paw Leather Womens Boots because I love how these boots slouch.

kiddomsg at gmail dot com

kiddo said...

I "favorite" Be Juel on Etsy! My etsy username is houseofplush.

kiddomsg at gmail dot com

kiddo said...

I "favorite" Princess Samy on Etsy! My etsy username is houseofplush.

kiddomsg at gmail dot com

kiddo said...

I "like" Be Juel on Facebook! My facebook username is Suzanne Gregg.

kiddomsg at gmail dot com

kiddo said...

I "like" Princess Samy on Facebook! My facebook username is Suzanne Gregg.

kiddomsg at gmail dot com

kiddo said...

I "follow" PSVintage on twitter! My twitter username is @kiddo47.

kiddomsg at gmail dot com

kiddo said...

I "Read You" because I subscribe to Samy in Wonderland feed via an RSS reader. (bloglines)

kiddomsg at gmail dot com

kiddo said...

I "Don't Miss a Thing" because I subscribed to Samy in Wonderland and confirmed my subscription! The e-mail address used was: kiddomsg at gmail dot com.

kiddo said...

I shared this giveaway on my facebook wall! I included a link back to this page so that my friends can find it. Here is a link to the wall post: http://www.facebook.com/#!/kiddo47?v=wall&story_fbid=152932151414311.

kiddomsg at gmail dot com

kiddo said...

I tweeted about this giveaway on twitter. I included a link back to this page as well as "@PSVintage" somewhere in my tweet. Here is a link to my tweet: http://twitter.com/kiddo47/status/26350146457.

kiddomsg at gmail dot com

Fellow Rover said...

- I follow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: khrista porcadilla

- One of my favorite items from Be Juel is Violet M Necklace because I love vintage pieces.

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: khrisocubillo at yahoo dot com

Fellow Rover said...

I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is the complete poems of robert frost because we read him in college and i liked him.

Fellow Rover said...

I "favorite" Princess Samy on Etsy! My etsy username is: bellekhris

Fellow Rover said...

I "follow" PSVintage on twitter! My twitter username is @bellekhris.

Fellow Rover said...

I "Don't Miss a Thing" because I subscribed to Samy in Wonderland and confirmed my subscription! The e-mail address used was: khrisocubillo at yahoo dot com

calej said...

I follow your blog Samy! The username that I used to follow you is calej.

One of my favorite items from Be Juel is the vintage m bracelet because it is just so romantic! That tied with the mermaid one! So wonderful!

If I'm the winner you can contact me here:

Christina
http://calej.blogspot.com
http://twitter.com/calej
calejbitsvyk at gmail dot com

calej said...

I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is Black Stone Silver Wrap Steampunk Pendant because it is vintage with a touch of modern.

Christina
http://calej.blogspot.com
http://twitter.com/calej
calejbitsvyk at gmail dot com

calej said...

I favorite Be Juel on Etsy. My username is calej :)

Christina
http://calej.blogspot.com
http://twitter.com/calej
calejbitsvyk at gmail dot com

calej said...

I follow psvintage on Twitter. My twitter name is calej :)

Christina
http://calej.blogspot.com
http://twitter.com/calej
calejbitsvyk at gmail dot com

susie said...

I follow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is:Susan.

- One of my favorite items from Be Juel is Flowers for Fall bracelet because it's so pretty.

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: swiener1[at]tampabay.rr.com

susie said...

I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is the fancy frame because it's so pretty.

swiener1[at]tampabay.rr.com

misscaseylee said...

im a Google Friends follower as:
missCaseyLee

i love the Vivacious Vida - Girlie Vintage Finds and Beautiful Baubles - Bracelet Set. SO Beautiful!

misscasey(at)woh(dot)rr(dot)com

misscaseylee said...

I "favorite" Be Juel on Etsy! My etsy username is: missCaseyLee


misscasey(at)woh(dot)rr(dot)com

misscaseylee said...

I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is the Gold Tone Sarah Coventry Design Vintage Sunburst Starburst Statement Necklace! I love iT!

misscasey(at)woh(dot)rr(dot)com

misscaseylee said...

I "favorite" Princess Samy on Etsy! My etsy username is: missCaseyLee

misscasey(at)woh(dot)rr(dot)com

misscaseylee said...

I "follow" PSVintage on twitter! My twitter username is @MissLeeThatsME

misscasey(at)woh(dot)rr(dot)com

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