The California Crafters Club of Etsy (CCCOE) is a group of independent artists, crafters, & artisans from California who sell their wares on

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Spotlight on....

Welcome to our 5th installment of the Spotlight series from Sophie n Me.
Today we are spotlighting....
1.Your name and name of your shop(s)? My name is Julee Ahlman and my shop name is “Surf and Sand
2. Day or night job if you have one. I have a full-time job at Kaiser Permanente as an optician, which means I try to create and take photos in the evenings. 3. Where do you get the inspiration for your designs/shop? I lived in Hawaii for almost 20 years and I love the ocean and bright tropical flowers. I’m obsessed with bright colors!
Turquoise Blue Chalcedony & Labradorite Earrings
4. What was your favorite book as a child? “The Island of the Blue Dolphins” by Scott O’Dell. Hmmm....I may want to read it again. I haven't thought about that book for a long time!
5. What did you have for breakfast today? Cottage cheese, ½ of a bagel and 2 clementines. But that's only because it's Saturday. I usually have string cheese, while I'm driving to work. Stormy Seas Necklace 6. Finish this sentence "Once upon a time...." There was a woman named Julee, that won the lottery and moved with all her family and friends to French Polynesia. She lived happily ever after. Glass and Seashell Bracelet

Amethyst Onyx and Apatite Earrings - The Proud Peacock

7. Friends or Seinfeld? Seinfeld! T.V. just isn’t the same! 8. What makes you giggle like a child? Spending time with my friend of 40 years (Yikes! I’m getting old) As soon as we’re together, I’m suddenly an adolescent. Her husband just shakes his head, when he watches us together. Pink Chalcedony Earrings 9. What don't people know about you? I took accordion lessons as a child. But please don’t ask me to play now. 10. How many hours do you spend a day searching for stuff on Etsy? More then I’m willing to admit!


  1. Lovely to meet you Julie! Your work is simply beautiful!

  2. Great article, It's so fun getting to know a little bit about team members.
    Oh and I really like your jewelry Julee :)

  3. Sign me up for French Polynesia please and I love that book, totally forgot about it until right now! Love, love, love your jewelry.

  4. What a fun interview. Love the fact that you lived in Hawaii (me too!) and I can see it in your designs.

  5. I am enjoying these spotlights so much! Well done! Thanks both to the interviewer and the interviewee!

  6. Thanks SO much for featuring me! It was fun thinking about the questions. In fact, I'm reading the book I mentioned again right now (in between making jewelry, and surfing Etsy)

  7. Great Spotlight! It was nice getting to know you better Julee =D

  8. Julee does gorgeous work, I love her color combinations. Nice feature!


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