26 October 2013

Checked in Today! Guild Weekly Update 10-19-13

Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of October 19, 2013?

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



Coral Beaded Triple Leather Wrap Bracelet, Bohemian, Country bracelet


Delphine: original framed watercolor painting of wisteria fairy


Wired Swirls Pendant with Paua, Citrine, Sunstone, Peridot and Labradorite


Beaded Ring Red and Clear Dimensional Wave Pattern Size 6



Soft Pink Rose Flower Wire Wrapped Fairy necklace with Silky Cord Scented with Essential oils


Lily the Unicorn, Mythical, Fantasy, Horse, Plush, Girl, Boy,


Custom Corset Invitations

- The Checked In Today! Guild is 202 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.


Spring Into Fall Collection One by Covergirl Beads Christmas Fun by WireCrafters Spring into Fall by Covergirl Beads Spring into Fall by Covergirl Beads Spring Into Fall Collection Four by Covergirl Beads Spring Into Fall Collection Five by Covergirl Beads Spring Into Fall Collection Six by Covergirl Beads Spring Into Fall Collection Seven by Covergirl Beads Spring Into Fall Collection Eight by Covergirl Beads Spring Into Fall Collection Nine by Covergirl Beads Spring Into Fall Collection Ten by Covergirl Beads Spring Into Fall Collection Eleven by Covergirl Beads Spring Into Fall Collection Twelve by Covergirl Beads Spring Into Fall Collection Thirteen by Covergirl Beads Spring Into Fall Collection Fourteen by Covergirl Beads Spring Into Fall Collection Fifteen by Covergirl Beads

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 the October Guild Members Collections on


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

> Walnut by Pebbles at My Feet – non-guild

~ Artfire Daily Email

> Walnut by Pebbles at My Feet – non-guild

--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

> Plethora of Jewelry posted a new necklace set.

Teal and Pearl Choker Set

> Susan of My Fathers Gifts shared these new listings with us.

10 pcs Silver Star Snowflake Charms 24x28mm

> Nancy of Jazz it up with Designs by Nancy added new items to her studio this week.

Hunter Green Brass Embellished Top Handmade Beaded bangle bracelet

Green Agate Swarovski Crystals Metallic Seed Beads Woven Bracelet

Breast Cancer Pink Scarf or Boa - Ribbon Yarn Scarf

> Connie of The Singing Beader shared her latest creations.

Little girls beaded stretch bracelet white pink flower glass crystals

Copper charm bracelet with clock linked beads steampunk medium wrist

> Kandy of c0nfus3dgurl added a lot of new color to her studio.

Christmas Puppy Holiday Button Korker Hair Bow Clip

Christmas Kitty Button Holiday Korker Hair Bow Clip

Live Laugh Love Black and White Glass Tile Pendant Necklace

> Nikki of My Mountain Studio is all into fall these days.

Marble Berries Hand Crocheted Ladies Neckwarmer Scarf Handmade

> Cathy of Crafting Memories added new pieces to her studio.

Hand Crocheted Pink Baby Blanket

Knitted Autumn Red Infinity Scarf or Hooded Cowl


> Connie of Grapevine Glass Art has added new pieces.

Handmade copper, brown, grey, white oval glass art pendant

Silver oval with aqua, turquoise, cobalt dichroic glass cabochon

Handmade sparkly pale blue crinkle dichroic glass dangle earrings

> Sue of Quilt Tops is ready for the holidays.

Vintage Postcard Fabric Pillow Angel Lighting a Christmas Tree


> Brenda of Brendas Craft Store knows how to stay warm.

Adirondack Hand Crocheted Scarf

> Pam of Pebbles at My Feet has new beauties in her windows.

Faded Denim Color Natural Gemstone Choker Necklace Sterling Silver

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions shared her latest creation that is going to the stylist on The Voice for consideration for use on the show. This bracelet will be in the studio soon.

WOW! Everyone is really gearing up for the holiday shopping. Look at all these new items in their studios. This is only a SMALL part of what everyone has added.

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

> Wanna have some fun?? Jump over to Rosemari’s Walk in the Woods LLC studio – she is having an AWESOME TREASURE HUNT! Just like when we were kids. :)

Walk in the Woods LLC Treasure Hunt

> Elaine of Zoomgraphiks has a spooktacular new Glossi!

> Nat of Adored by Nat added a new blog post. http://adorebynat.blogspot.com/2013/10/collections-of-week-friday-oct-11th-to.html

> Ruth of RSS Designs in Fiber has shared a post about marketing. http://blog.shop.org/2013/10/17/shop-orgs-eholiday-results-top-takeaways-in-2013/

> Photography article from Art Jewelry http://cs.jewelrymakingmagazines.com/art/bonus/m/bad-photos/93714.aspx

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions posted a blog post on Christmas Around the World – Taco Viva


------- 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 …


Countdown to Christmas Week 6 is in full swing. We are halfway through!


We have been hitting over 100 items, so it is only going to get better from here. Invite your friends no matter where they sell.

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.

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

NEW THIS WEEK > Artfire has announced the upcoming holiday shopping marketing opportunities that we only have to use tags to participate in.


NEW THIS WEEK > Anna of Crafts from the Past has opened up her blog for linky promotions. http://stoneandmetalarts.blogspot.com/2013/10/shaping-stone-and-metal-amulets.html PS: This is also a new post from Anna for the week too.

NEW THIS WEEK > Nancy of Jazz it up with Designs by Nancy has also opened up her blog for linky promotions. http://jazzitupwithdesignsbynancy.blogspot.com/2013/10/share-you-website-or-store.html

NEW THIS WEEK > Handmade Community on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/handmadecommunity/

> Rebelmouse has some information on Shout Outs that they are doing.http://blog.rebelmouse.com/new_for_powered_sites_twitter_-226595534-s0.html

> 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

> October 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=66723

> October 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=66725

> 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 October guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/3081

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