Blue Morning Expressions

American Made Since 2004

Julie Cleveland

Micco , Florida
Handmade polymer clay beads for jewelry and craft projects. I create all my flowers and leaves that I use in my beads, so each bead is unique.

Tell us about your business.

I started in polymer clay in 2004 after a series of hurricanes that hit my area in Florida. After a power outage, the only place with power was the library. I picked up a book on making polymer clay flowers, and I immediately saw the potential in the medium. After a lot of trial and error, I landed on millefiori cane creation in clay and bead making. I love beads, and I am a firm believer in never having enough beads. I create beads on a regular basis and have sold them online since 2005. I am always trying new things with the clay, new shapes and trying out different ways to create flowers. I have a small spot in Simply Montana LLC, which is in the Gallatin Valley Mall in Bozeman, MT where I sell finished jewelry and beads. I have a large website that is always changing, and I am an avid blogger. I am currently involved in a celebrity gifting group, The Artisan Group. I am always trying to expand my business and grow.

What makes your business stand out?

I make my own beads, which means that you will never find another set of beads like mine. Since I can customize the beads, I am very flexible towards sizes and shapes. I can create beads to match items such as clothing, which makes my beads the perfect choice for someone who is looking to create an entire outfit complete with jewelry.

What's the best business advice you've received?

The best business advice I have received involves setting prices for my work and not short-selling myself. It also involved marketing my brand and how to use social networking as a tool.

Comments (0)


Mark Your Calendar

    Aug. 31, 2015

    Final day for entering the Audience Choice Award competition.

    Oct. 19, 2015

    Final day to cast your vote for your favorite makers.

    Oct. 23, 2015

    2015 Editors' Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.

    See past Award Winners
    Nov. 7, 2015

    Don’t miss our networking event and maker lecture series in New York City. Tickets are available now.

    Discover the American Made Summit

More Finalists

  • 2015 Audience Choice Winner

    Baiser Beauty

    Erika Arguello & Claudia Llamosa & Maria Copello
    Baiser Beauty is a natural luxury skin care and beauty line handcrafted in Miami Beach with 100% certified organic ingredients.
    Style, Beauty
  • 2015 Style Finalist

    Hart's Handmade

    Katie Hart
    Handmade bath+body products using creative parings and local partnerships. Beer, Coffee + Oatmeal products made w/ all local goodies. 100% Vegan.
    Style, Beauty
  • 2015 Food Finalist
    Our small team of bakers are keeping the tradition of Southern biscuit making alive - no machinery, made-by-hand, heirloom recipes.
    Food, Sweets & Baked Goods
  • 2015 Food Finalist
    We are a family owned and operated raw milk, farmstead cheese operation located in Northern California. Our cows are 100% grass fed.
    Food, Agriculture & Sustainability