by Cindy Knight of cksilver

Introducing: Julie Riisnaes
(aka julieriis)

Julie is hosting a giveaway!

The lucky winner of Julie's giveaway will get this beautiful Singapore mini scarf. To be entered to win, please comment on this blog posting with your favorite item in her shop, and include your email so we can contact you in the event you are the winner. The winner will be announced on next Wednesday's Featured Artist post.

I’m married to Pete with 4 children (2 boys, 2 girls) and a fosterson. Steve 27, Dave 26, Rachel 23, Naomi 18 and Nic 17. In 2000 Rachel became ill with cancer and I spent a lot of time at home and hospital with her. We painted together sometimes which was therapeutic. Happily, and against all expectation, Rachel recovered sufficiently to be more independent and I started to sell silk ties on eBay.

How did you get your start on Etsy?
I sold silk ties and scarves on eBay for 5 years then a friend (Bina Geyer also in CAST) introduced me to Etsy. I’ve loved selling on Etsy and made many good friends.

What does a typical day look like for you?
Typical doesn’t happen that often (!) but loosely speaking I have a quiet time with the Lord, my Bible and a cup of tea before I get up. After that I catch up with emails, convos, twitter, CAST thread etc. With being in the UK there’s usually plenty happened on Etsy while I’ve been asleep! Then I list new stuff on eBay and relist any that didn’t sell in the auctions. I usually paint at least 3 weekdays. After lunch I outline more ties ready for painting the following day and then heatfix things I’ve painted. I renew or list my Etsy stuff in the afternoon or evening so US people get to see it as well. If there’s time I design new ties, update my Facebook page, promote etc.

If you could be anywhere in the world for one day, where would it be?
Singapore! My son Dave lives there near his fiancĂ© Xinyi. They’re getting married here next year.

What is your favorite Bible verse?
I have many favourites but one I keep falling back on is 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” – Amazing!

What is your favorite Etsy item listing to feature?
Singapore Orchid Scarf (from the giveaway, shown at top of this post) – I’m thinking of wearing one for my son’s wedding!

URLs to where else we can find you on the internet:

And the winner of Joelyn's giveaway by way of is... Drumroll please... Penny! Congratulations! Look for the convo I'm sending you both.

Comments (11)

On October 21, 2010 at 5:35 AM , Deb (Two Cheeky Monkeys) said...

I love reading about fellow team members! Julie has been such a supportive and sweet online friend to me - it has been a blessing to know you sweetie. :)

I have lots of pieces in Julie's stores which I like, but the colours in this one really stand out: BLUE and GOLD Hand Painted Pure Silk Chiffon Scarf

God bless, Deb

twocheekymonkeys at live dot com

On October 21, 2010 at 7:23 AM , Christie Cottage said...

Love to read about other shop owners and teammates!

Thsi is my favorite item right now :-)

I can be reached thru

Thanks you for the chance to win!

Have a wonderful day!


On October 21, 2010 at 9:02 AM , ZudaGay said...

Julie's shop is a delight to my eyes! I love the colors and I can just imagine the feel of the silk. I think my favorite is her Warm Glow scarf.

On October 21, 2010 at 9:10 AM , watercolors said...

How can you pick a favorite from ALL of these gorgeous pieces??? The work is awesome!

Always great to hear of others and what their life travels are.


On October 21, 2010 at 9:33 AM , Imaginuity said...

What an amazing artist -- and how wonderful to know her story. I love the drama in this scarf...

And would love to win her mini scarf!

coachjudib at yahoo dot com

On October 21, 2010 at 11:33 AM , Sue Runyon said...

I love looking at Julie's items!

On October 21, 2010 at 12:37 PM , Stephanie said...

Hurray! Julie! So SO SO sweet! Love her!
And loving the Purple Iris Scarf!

On October 21, 2010 at 2:49 PM , Julie Riisnaes said...

Thank you Cindy for such a lovely feature - and thank you all for your encouraging comments which made me smile today :)

On October 21, 2010 at 4:01 PM , MYSAVIOR said...

Julie, how do I love thee!! I love your scarfs and ties and your daughter's artistic jewelry.

Don't ask me to pick a favorite because everything in your shop is so pleasing to the eye!


On October 21, 2010 at 5:18 PM , Peace 2 U Designs By Syds said...

Those are some of my favorite items in your shop.
Praying for Rachel!She is a beautiful young lady.

On October 21, 2010 at 5:22 PM , Lizzi said...

I love all of your stuff Julie!