30 March 2013

Checked in Today! Guild Weekly Update 3-23-13

Your Guild at Work for You What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of March 23, 2013?

-- New Members - We want to welcome the following new members to the Checked In Today! Guild:






- The Checked In Today! Guild is 185 strong.- Please remember to check in daily using the Check in button on the My Artfire page. It is on the left hand side and is blue until you click it, then it turns orange. It is good for 24 hours and is part of this guild's membership requirements.

If you wonder why our numbers seem to never move, it is because we will have 10 new members and then seven who never check back in again and disappear. I remove them after they have been a week or so.

-- New Collections-

Here are the latest collections from your fellow guild members. Take a few moments to rate, comment and share these great collections. Making collections is time consuming and the more views these artists get, the more exposure your guild and your studio gets.

Shades of Blue by Luvncrafts

  Peace by The Beaded Hound


Black and White by The Beaded Hound 


Colors of Springtime by CardsbyLibe


Mother’s Day Gifts Something Other Than Jewelry by The Beaded Hound

Mother’s Day Gifts – Rustic by The Beaded Hound


Random Rainbows by The Beaded Hound


Gifts for Mom by The Beaded Hound

More Gifts for Mom for Mother’s Day Countdown Week 6 by The Singing Beader


Mother’s Day Gifts – Bling by The Beaded Hound

Mother’s Day Gifts – Flowers by The Beaded Hound

Spring is in the Air by Desert Creations


Mint & Chocolate for Mom from Forever’s Memories

Shades of Pink by The Beaded Hound

Time for Spring by The Beaded Hound


Purple by The Beaded Hound


Yellow by The Beaded Hound


Love is the Flower by Shadow Dog Designs


If you have NOT made a collection for the guild lately, it would be very much appreciated if you would create one or two that only have Checked in Today! Guild  members in it. Also, if you ARE making collections, PLEASE post them in the forum thread, so I can share them for you.

-Reminder: Please post your collections on the Guild Forum so we can see them and make sure they get promoted. Here is the thread to post on -

Please NOTE: We are posting under a thread for the month, so we can find the new collections easier. Also, there is now a NON-Guild thread for all your other collections. Please ONLY post the guild collections with only guild members under the monthly thread. Confused? Just yell and we will help.

Need help posting a collection to the guild forum? Here is a How To thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/1661

Please feel free to post your NON-Guild collections to this thread, so we can stop by and help you promote. http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/1877

Post your March guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/2690

Post your April guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/2768

Stop by and see some really great non-guild collections that are deserving of 5 Stars.

What is a collection and how do I make one?

If you need a comprehensive guide to making a collection, posting a collection and sharing a collection, I have written a tutorial blog post with pictures to help you. http://bmebluprint.blogspot.com/2012/05/so-you-want-to-make-collection.html

- Success Stories – send us yours, both big and small, and we will feature it on the Checked In Today! Blog – we want to hear from you. Success stories always encourage everyone around them.

~ On the Front Page of Artfire

> Yellow by the Beaded Hound – Guild

> Handmade is Always Better by BeadszAndWire – Guild

> Countdown to Mother’s Day by Umeboshi – Guild

> Going Round in Circles by Shadow Dog Designs – Non-Guild

> Spring is Today by Zoomgraphiks – Guild

> Clocks by Arlesart – Non-Guild

~ Artfire Daily Email

> Colors of Springtime by CardsbyLibe – Non-Guild

> Gone Berry Pickin’ by Umeboshi – Non-Guild

> Mmmmm – Mint by Jewelry Art by Dawn – Non-Guild


-- New Blog Posts
- Stop by the Checked In Today! Blog and read the latest posts. You will find these new posts on the blog this week.

> Weekly Guild Update for 3-16-13 is the only post from last week.

> Reminder – we welcome posts from current members of Checked in Today! guild – please let me know if you are not an author and would like to be listed as one on the blog. If you have a how to article or anything of interest, please share! We love to see what everyone is up to.

-- Facebook Hilights

- Facebook Checked In Today! page is filled with activity and you might find these outstanding posts worth reading.
- Meet new members, see the latest collections, discuss the advantages of marketing and learn about Chatterbox forum posts by staff.

There were a lot of new posts this week.

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions announced the opening of Mother’s Day Countdown Week 7  

Mother's Day Countdown Week 7

> Ruth from RSS Designs in Fiber provided a perfect example of how collections, social networking and guild networking works. Christie from Luvncrafts created a collection of guild members Shades of Blue and included Ruth’s beautiful lace bowl. The collection was shared on Facebook where a college friend of Ruth’s saw it. She bought it and Ruth shared the whole process. This is why we do what we do! Congrats to Christie and Ruth for the collection and the sale!

> Linda Landig shared an important link from the Artfire Nosh Blog. 8 Steps to a Killer Listing. Well worth the read and bookmark. Artfire really does try to help us to be successful!

> Linda Steider of Steider Studios shared two big shows she is in. She is moderating the Facebook page for a couple events https://www.facebook.com/Oregon.Glass.Guild.Glass.Gallery

> Jennifer of Forevers Memories is having a Spring Cleaning Sale in her studio. http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/foreversmemories/1/1/313482//

> Pamela of Pamela Beads has started to like to work with nuggets.

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions shared three blog posts this week.

Lions and Tigers and No Bears – Springtime in Yellowstone

Healthy, Wealthy and Wise – Green in Design

Guns and Roses – Sarah Winchester’s Sad Story

> Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs shared her latest Blog post – Countdown to Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Week 6

> Eve of EvezBeads shared several of her gemstones beads that she has on sale. She also shared a post to a Kaleidoscope Contest she is running. She has taken a photo of a number of gemstones as a kaleidoscope photo. You name the beads. Contest is open until April 19th and looks like a lot of fun.   http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/blog_post/evezbeadz/12362/kaleidoscope_contest_by_evezbeadz

Her rules and more information is posted here http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/blog_post/evezbeadz/12360/name_that_bead_contest_runs_until_april_19_2013

> Connie from The Singing Beader is sitting at 99 sales – Connie has a lot of lovely jewelry for the musician – anyone have someone that is graduating from high school or college that is in the band? Anyone need a karaoke mic for a singing mom to send Connie over 100? http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/Thesingingbeader

BTW – You can hear Connie sing on her profile page at Singer’s Showcase http://karaokescene.com/ss/profile.php?id=5131

> Celebrating Women – The Mother’s Day eZine by the Mother’s Day Countdown participants, which includes many, many guild members has been recognized by Glossi as a featured weekly ezine, a holiday featured ezine and a facebook promotion. You guys rock with awesome photos, gift ideas and your blurbs about your influential women. Thank you for making this a success.


Post your March guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/2690

Post your April guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/2768

Post your non-guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/1877

Please take a few minutes to click on the collections and tweet the sale items for your fellow guild members.
They will return the favor, which will increase sales for everyone.

-Your membership in this guild is greatly appreciated and it will help all of us be successful at something we love.

Disclaimer: This bulletin is compiled from things posted by members around the guild forum, Facebook and blog, so if you do not see something you feel I
missed, just let me know and I will update the post. I try and keep up with everyone, but I do miss things.
Julie and Blu


  1. Great update! It's always a pleasure to visit here to catch up on our guild activities, check out and connect with our new members, and see all the gorgeous collections that have been created by our most-excellent guild members.

    And, the reminders are awesome too! The heavens' know I need them! :)

  2. so many great collections this week! Thanks for the reminder about doing one of my own. Just did it and posted! Happy Spring!

  3. wow, what great collections. I hope to get back to making collections - been so busy that fell to the side.
    Happy Spring.

  4. LOTS of collections this week! Great job everyone! That's too bad you missed the bear Julie...you could always go to Chicago! ;-)

  5. Wonderful update as always. Thank you for doing this for us :)

  6. Thank you for adding the link to my shop to get my 100th sale and also the link to hear me sing. If anyone has a song request just let me know. I sing a lot of rock and pop from the 60's and 80's.

  7. Wow! Lots of great collections this week. Thank you for taking the time out do post a weekly update, Julie. You are greatly appreciated!


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