14 September 2013

Checked in Today! Guild Weekly Update 9-07-13

Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of September 7, 2013?

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





- The Checked In Today! Guild is 200 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 gone a week or so. I recently needed to remove a few members who have not checked back in since they joined. I am not sending warnings to folks. Those who have not come back into their studios over 1 week without a vacation notice are being removed from the guild. They may rejoin when they are able to commit to checking in.


~ Are You New to Artfire? ~

If so, we have compiled a list of helpful threads, posts and other things to help you be successful on Artfire.

How to Succeed on Artfire


-- 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.

Have you checked in today? by My Mountain Studio Colorful Gifts Make Cheerful Friends by Crafts of the Past Tribal Style Beauties by Pretty Gonzo Welcome Fall by Quilt Tops Plentiful Pumpkins by Tidbits and Trinkets Mystic Garden by Readesigns A Few of My Favorite Things by Cats Bead Kits and More Power Colors - Red and Black by Walk in the Woods LLC

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 in the current month on the Guild Forum so we can see them and make sure they get promoted.

Here is the thread to post on – September Guild Members Collections


If you do not post your guild collections on the guild forum, I do not always see them and cannot give you recognition for your collection.

Need help posting a collection to the guild forum? Here is a How To thread


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

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

~ On the Front Page of Artfire

> So Blue by Luvncrafts – non-guild

> Its Chilly Out by Beaded Necklace Shoppe – non-guild

~ Artfire Daily Email – suspended until Artfire returns to the daily collection

-- 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.
> The Checked in Today! newsletter for last week.

> Posting an Image to the Guild forum

--New Studio Items by Checked in Today! guild members

Here are some of the latest and greatest new additions to the studios in your guild. The items you see posted here have been found on both the guild Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/groups/CheckedInToday/ and the Guild Forum New Items posting page. http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/3058  - Thank you Ruth of RSS Designs in Fiber for starting this.

Please Note: We are promoting any of your new items if you post them in either the Facebook page or the Guild Forum. Please link the item to your page, so I can post it to the blog. If it is not linked, I cannot post it.

If you need help posting to the guild forum, here is a link to a tutorial that will help you. Posting an Image to the Guild forum

> Ruth of RSS Designs in Fiber shared some of her latest works of art.

> HollysHobbiesnCrafts shared a new listing.

> Christie of Luvncrafts has added new holiday theme notecards.

> Handmade by Rusa_Lena shows off her cute little puppy and artwork.


> Bronze Age Jewelry shared a new bracelet.

> Dawn of Cats Bead Kits and More shared a couple of her bead kits.

> Taos Southwest shared her creations.

> Dewlampwork showed off her torch talent.

>Brenda of Brenda’s Craft Store shared a new scarf.

>Godiva Jewels has new items in her studio.

> Linda of Steider Studios has new items in her studio that she shared.

> Jacki of Christie Cottage shared her newest offerings.

> Rose of Thaddeus Rose shared a new beaded necklace.

> Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs shared these beauties.

> Anna of Crafts of the Past is enjoying her latest creations.

> Nancy of Jazz it Up With Nancy shows us what she just listed.

> Nikki of My Mountain Studio has been really busy getting ready for winter.

> Barb of SolanaKai Designs has been busy creating new jewelry.

> Pam of Pebbles at My Feet shared her latest design.


> Connie of The Singing Beader is selling and creating.

> Lisa of CardsbyLibe is getting us all ready for the holidays.

>Linda of JNL Designs has been keeping busy with her popular jewelry.

> Jennifer of Desert Creations shared her latest designs.


------ Great Autumn Reads -----------

> 10 PARADOXICAL TRAITS OF CREATIVE PEOPLE – creative people share a lot of the same traits.

> Shared from the main Artfire forum

> New Facebook rules – a tongue in cheek essay http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/208676/exclusive-facebooks-new-privacy-policy.html#axzz2ePSWusl3

> Bonnie of SoapSmith has a great blog post on marketing – she is a very successful soap seller although she is not a member of Checked in Today! Guild http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/blog_post/Soapsmith/14013/marketing_advice_for_internet_artisan_businesses

----------- Members Moving Forward ----------------

> Pam of Klassy Joolz shared her challenge piece.

> Aya is on TV! At least her beautiful necklace is!

Aya said: I just took a picture of the TV - Christine Pullara from ATL & Co is wearing my turquoise and quartz necklace! SO awesome!

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions has a bracelet in a giveaway from the New York Fashion Week celebrity gift bags. Enter to win a huge bag filled with handmade items. http://www.madgirlsinc.com/giveaway---win-the-artisan-groups-celebrity-gift-bag-from-gbks-new-york-fashion-week-gift-lounge.html


Got bragging rights? Then send them to me, and I will make sure that the whole Internet knows about it.


------ Marketing Opportunity ---------

> Generate your own press release! Here is an online press release website that allows you to send out one a day for free. http://www.onlineprnews.com/

> Facebook giveaways and contests. Facebook changed their minds about how you could do a give away. If you need more information, here is their link.https://www.facebook.com/facebookforbusiness/news/page-promotions-terms

> Facebook Group SRAJD (Self-Representing Artists in Jewelry Design) This is a closed group for SRAJD members with limited promotional activity, but a lot of discussions that are pertinent to jewelry designers.https://www.facebook.com/groups/SRAJD/

> Facebook Group Beads, Beads and More Beads https://www.facebook.com/groups/237101492987313/

> Facebook Group Support Handmade Home Businesses in the USA https://www.facebook.com/groups/486111751428429/

> Facebook Group On Fire for Handmade https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_114453101935100&ap=1  Here is their website:http://onfireforhandmade.com/  (Thanks, Ruth, for the reminder about this excellent group!)

> Facebook Group Handmade Saturday https://www.facebook.com/groups/HandmadeHoliday/

> Facebook Group It’s Better Handmade https://www.facebook.com/groups/its.better.handmade.link/

> Artfire Bloggers Guild – Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/196774027147201/

------ Know any Facebook or guild group that we should list here? Let me know and I will add it to the list.

> AFPouncers are a group of dedicated artists who take a day to tweet and share items from the daily pouncee. Here is the forum link to get more information. http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=forums&op=view_topic&tid=27528

> September What Have You Sold – this encouraging thread in the main forums was started in order to share some of the items that have been sold this month.  Look in the Business section.http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=forums&op=view_topic&tid=66198

> September Waneloo Saves – this fun thread is for everyone to help one another by sharing one item a day after they have saved and shared the items before them. This is a great way to generate some extra eyeballs on your studio.  Look in the Promotions section. http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=forums&op=view_topic&tid=66218

> 2013 Promo Thread for Shops With Zero Sales – this thread is run by Christie of Luvncrafts in order to draw attention to our fellow sellers who have no sales. If you are looking for something to do, go and help them by promoting an item or six.http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=forums&op=view_topic&tid=62140

>Twitter Tree – this is a promotional group that meets three times a week to promote each other. Contact Jacki of Christie Cottage for more information.

Guess What is Around the Corner?


Get your new items ready – we are going to start on September 20, 2013

Post your September guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/3038

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. Awesome post. Love seeing ArtFire items on TV!

    Thanks for sharing my Christmas tote sack :-)

    Love the "You are my Sunshine" piece

    The Sales Fairy is on the clock today! She just stopped by my AF shop and picked up 4 items! Woohoo!!!

    Have a wonderful weekend!


  2. Incredible items Jule, great picks.

  3. thank you as always for the update! very much appreciated! 5 stars and commented on all the collections!

  4. Thanks for the rundown! You did a beautiful job Julie! Welcome newbies! Pinned to my http://www.pinterest.com/evezbeadz/welcome-2-artfire/

  5. Welcome newbies! This blog is always fun to read, Julie! Thanks for all the work you put into it. - Connie -

  6. The “Checked in Today! Guild Weekly Update” is a pleasant surprise for me. I am certainly looking forward to more of them in the weeks to come.

  7. Great Blog as always. Thanks for the updates!

  8. Lots of work went into this post filled with fabulous info! Thanks, Julie and Blu!

  9. Aya that is amazing!!! Congrats!! Wonderful collection of our guilds work in one place as always!!


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