21 September 2013

Checked in Today! Guild Weekly Update 9-14-13

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT – Please welcome Kathy of Kathy Watne Enamels back after her horrific motorcycle accident. We are so glad that you are back.

Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of September 14, 2013?

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




- The Checked In Today! Guild is 193 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.

Melange by Shadow Dog Designs

Summers Fading Greens by Pebbles at My Feet Circles, Coins, and Shields Collection by Wire Crafters Fall Finds by Godiva Jewels Orange and Green from Checked in Today by The Singing Beader Fall Colors by Zoomgraphik

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

> Creativity Starts Here by Beaded Necklace Shoppe –non-guild

> Better Your Own Copper than Another Man’s Gold by Pebbles at My Feet – non-guild

> Apple Season by Beaded Necklace Shoppe – non-guild

~ Artfire Daily Email

> Blue and Green by Luvncrafts – 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.
> The Checked in Today! newsletter for last week.

--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

> Linda of JNLDesigns posted new items from her studio.

> Ruth of RSS Designs in Fiber posted her latest.


> April777 shared new items from her studio.

> Nancy of Jazz it Up with Designs by Nancy shared her latest wares.

> Nikki of My Mountain Studio is getting ready for winter.

> Eve of EvezBeadz is sharing holiday jewelry.

> Melissa of Smokey Mountain Accessories is showing off her latest creations.

> Jennifer of Desert Creations has been making bows.

> Anna of Crafts of the Past has been busy creating.

> Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs has new designs in her studio.

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

> Brenda of Crafts by Brenda is ready for Halloween


> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions has new beads in her studio.

> Connie of The Singing Beader is busy creating new items for her studio.

> Linda of Steider Studios has gone squirrely! Check out her photos that she will be adding to cards.


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

> Michelle of Polka Dot Orchid shared two new blog posts for us. These posts will help us get our studios into shape for the holiday season.



> Nat of Adore by Nat shared a photo one of her customers sent her.

------- Getting Ready for the Holidays ---------------

It is NOT too soon to start getting our studios ready for the holiday shopping season.

> Nikki of My Mountain Studio challenges us all to spiff up some of our old photos. http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=forums&op=view_topic&tid=66527

Speaking of holiday shopping …


has begun!

Here is the link to Week 1


Those who did not participate last year will be excited to hear that we are still getting hits on our studio from last years’ Pinterest links.

> Elaine of Zoomgraphiks is getting ready to put together two new holiday Glossi magazines. If you have fall or Halloween items, she would love to talk to you. Contact Elaine here: https://www.facebook.com/designbyzoomgraphik

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

> 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.

> 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.


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. Another great update, Julie!... thanks so much!! :)

  2. So rich in formation, Julie. How you keep up with all this information, create wonderful jewelry and jewelry elements and do all the blogging and page managing that you do is really beyond belief! I work at least 10 hours every day and never get this much done.

  3. Great update as always, Julie! Thank you!

  4. Welcome new members and welcome back to Kathy! Thank you Julie for your continued dedication to promoting our items. Thanks for showing my glass butterfly necklace. - Connie -

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  6. Thanks for the warm welcome, Julie! I'm looking forward to many informative discussions, and supporting and promoting so many talented members of the Guild!

  7. Thank you for the weekly update, and for posting my collection.

    Grady at WireCrafters

  8. Thanks for posting all the new items and Collections - great update, as usual. Getting ready for the Countdown to Christmas (or winter as I think of it)!

  9. Wonderful items shared here

    Thanks Julie & Blu


  10. Gorgeous items Julie! Thanks so much! Off to share.

  11. Nice As Always Julie! I personally would like to say WELCOME the new members. They have been pinned to my Pinterest boards. Happy Sales Everyone! Eve

  12. Very awesome as always Julie. I am not sure how you do it all. Thank you so much for all you do :)


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