12 October 2013

Checked in Today! Guild Weekly Update 10-05-13

Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of October 05, 2013?

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


- The Checked In Today! Guild is 197 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.

Autumn Checked in Style by Blue Morning Expressions

Wire Wrapped by The Beaded Hound Checked In Today Goes Pink by The Witch and Mule Warm Browns by Crafting Memories Enjoying a Colorful Fall by Catherine's Jewelry October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month by Pebbles at My Feet Entertaining...Easy to Elegant by The Twisted Redhead Gorgeous Gold by Crafting Memories Autumnal Awareness by Seiber Designs Red, red and more red by Crafting Memories Halloweens Coming~ by Dreamcatcher Man Fall Colors by Dreamcatcher Man Colors of the Earth by Dreamcatcher Man Im So Blue without You by Dreamcatcher Man Green with Envy made for Checked In Today Guild by Dreamcatcher Man

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

> Bodaciously Beautiful Bracelets by Shadow Dog Designs – non-guild

~ Artfire Daily Email

> Yellow and Blue by Luvncrafts – non-guild

-- New Blog Posts

> Pam of Pamela Beads shared her exciting venture into publishing with us.

THE EMPRESS - Pamela A. Goodwin : Xlibris

> The Weekly Update was the only other post. We could sure use some more authors on the blog. If you do not have authorship rights and want to write for the blog, just let me know, and I will put you on the author list. We love new posts!

--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

> Anna of Crafts of the Past shared her newest passion.

> Kandy of c0nfus3dgurl added a few new things to her studio.

Fabulous at 50 Black Bling 50th Birthday Bezel Glass Tile Pendant

Keep Calm And Kiss Me Under The Mistletoe Bezel Glass Tile Necklace

> Jennifer of Desert Creations has been really busy!

Halloween Pumpkin Hair Bows Black with Alligator Clips Set of Two

Halloween Trick or Treat and Spider Boutique Stacked Hair Bow Handmade

Breast Cancer Awareness Survival Bracelet in Green Camo Parachute Cord

> Nat of Adore by Nat shared her new party planning ideas.

Magician and His Magic Show Birthday Party Label Stickers

Personalized Dinosaur Thank You Cards for Birthday or Baby Shower

So Thankful Thank You Tags for Fall Season or Thanksgiving

> Connie of Grapevine Glass Art is back with new gift ideas. How was that wine?

Southwest turquoise, red, white, black kiln formed art glass plate

Contemporary red, blue, gold textured dichroic art glass necklace

Whimsical blue, orange, teal, black engraved dichroic glass pendant

> Donna of Sew Amazin has her models showing off all the latest fashions.

Dark Autumn Maple Leaves Collar Slipcover or Scrunchie Bandana

Flea Flicker Footballs Over-the-Collar Dog Bandana, Medium

Biker Bow Wow Hot Flames Over-the-Collar Dog Bandana, Large-XLarge

> Rosemari of Walk Through the Woods LLC has graced us with an abundance of new designs.

Synergy - An Herbal Inspired Mixed Media Mini Journal

"Gold and Silver" - a Mixed Media Healing Journal

"Sagacious" - a mini writing journal to record your wisdom and folly

> Nancy of Jazz it up with Designs by Nancy has her latest creations in her studio.

Dark Green and Light Green Hand Knit Infinity Scarf

Soft and Luscious Baby pink Pearls Clear Swarovski Crystal Bridal set

Stunning Emerald Swarovski Crystal Handmade Gold Net Bangle Bracelet

> Cathy of Crafting Memories shared her newest studio items.

Blue Beaded Bracelet with Turtle Charm

Hand Knit Amethyst Hat Scarf and Mitts

> Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs added some more beautiful jewelry to her studio.

Horse Bird Pewter Handmade Necklace Quartz Magnesite Unique Jewelry

> Melissa of Smoky Mountain Accessories is getting ready for the holidays.

Swarovski Festive Christmas Two Strand Bracelet Clear Green and Red

> Connie of The Singing Beader shares her newest creations.

Black cat head pendant necklace red white braided cord Hello Kitty

> Pam of Pebbles at My Feet has new gemstones in her studio.

Teal Green Amazonite and Brown Jasper Stones, Sterling Silver Earrings

> Marilyn from Bella Chic Cottage added a new mixed media piece.

Mixed Media Collage ~ Hope ~ Wherever There Are Birds, There is Hope

> Nikki from My Mountain Studio has added a few more warm pieces to her studio.

Nutmeg Ladies Handmade Infinity Scarf Cowl in Fall Colors Wool Blend


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 -----------

> Anna of Crafts of the Past has a new blog post on her creative process. http://pollyceramica.blogspot.com/2013/10/polly-ceramica-started-simple.html

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

> Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs posted a new blog post on the Countdown to Christmas. http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/blog_post/ShadowDogDesigns/14436/countdown_to_christmas_2013_-_week_3

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions posted a blog post on Christmas Around the World – Wine and Cheese, Please  http://bmebluprint.blogspot.com/2013/10/around-world-for-christmas-wine-and.html

------- 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 4


We had 99 items for week 1 and 2, and we were over 100 last week, so it is only going to get better from here.

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 ---------

> 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


  1. I know that week 4 is going to be wonderful but, alas, I won't be here to participate. My shop is on vacation until next week-end. I'll see you then. Sell lots and have fun. Sue

  2. Fantastic updates, Julie!
    Joined the Countdown to Christmas week 4 and off to share and comment the wonderful collections. Cheers!

  3. Great selections! Thanks so much for including my items, off to share!

  4. Great themed Collections this week - and lots of new items - I think this is quite a talented Artfire Guild!

  5. Great themed Collections this week - and lots of new items - I think this is quite a talented Artfire Guild!

  6. Thanks for the update! Wonderful collections :)


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