19 October 2013

Checked in Today! Guild Weekly Update 10-12-13

Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of October 12, 2013?

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


Fire Starters - Set of 3 Large - Hunting - Camping - Fireplace - Fire Pit - Bonfire - Gift for Men


Wire Wrapped Chili Pepper Lampwork Vessel Necklace And Earring Set


Pulmeria--3 drop Peyote Bracelet


Boquet of Sweet Hydrangea Flowers with Peach Oil Painting on Panel


FAIRY, vintage style Necklace


Peaches & cream gourmet fudge homemade

- The Checked In Today! Guild is 199 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 Hues by Walk in the Woods LLC

Fall Finds by The Beaded Hound Complementary Colors - Purple and Green by Celtic Creations

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

> Pink with Brown by Pebbles at My Feet – non-guild

~ Artfire Daily Email

> She Sells Seashells by the Seashore by The Beaded Necklace Shoppe – non-guild

> Yellow and Blue by Luvncraft – 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

> Linda of JNL Designs shared her latest creations.

Exquisite Handmade  White and Crystal Watch Bracelet


> Nancy of Jazz it up with Designs by Nancy added a few things to her studio this week.

Lacy Lavender Blue Hand Knit Long Scarf Caron Simply Soft Yarn

Cranberry Swarovski Gold Glass Pearl Lacy Woven Beaded Bangle Bracelet


> Nikki of My Mountain Studio is ready for the fall.

Refuge in Winter Glory - Set of 4 Photo Note Cards 2012-02-02aNW

Pink Reflections Sunset - Set of 4 Photo Note Cards 2012-02-02bNW

Up Close and Personal Horse - Set of 4 Photo Note Cards 2011-03-21aNW

> Cathy of Crafting Memories has shared her latest designs.

Sterling Silver Lavender Swarovski Bicone Earrings

Black Glass Pearl and 24k Gold Plated Metal Bead Earrings

Green Aventurine and Olive Luster Beaded Bracelet

> Kandy from c0nfus3dgurl is ready for the holidays.

Boo-tiful Girl Rhinestone Ghost Halloween Bottle Cap Korker Hair Bow

Gobble Tile Ya Wobble Thanksgiving Turkey Bottle Cap Pendant Necklace

Day Of The Dead Skull Colorful Shabby Chic Floral Cameo Hair Clip

> Nat of AdoredbyNat has us all in the party mood!

Magic Show Banner for Children Birthday Party Decoration



> Connie of The Singing Beader is showing off her latest designs.

Black onyx clear crystal necklace linked dressy elegant Swarovski

> Brenda of Brenda’s Craft Store is ready for winter.

Northern Lights Wrap/Shawl


> Eve of Evezbeadz is ready to party.

Frankenstein Monster Halloween Necklace 21"




> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions added a couple new things to her studio.

Pink and Blue Flower Necklace with Handmade Beads Polymer Clay

Pink and Blue flower Charm Bracelet with Green Leaves and Glass Pearls


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 -----------

> 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 – Lost in Translation


------- 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 5


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 ---------

> 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. Thanks for keeping us updated and reminded that we have so many opportunities to market our products through the guild venues.

  2. Thanks

    Love the painting shown above!


  3. Welcome to the new people joining us! And thank you, Julie, for another fabulous update! I really need to find some time to make another all-guild collection. :)

  4. Thanks again Julie for a nice introduction to our new members and members' accomplishments.

  5. Thank you, Julie! Wow, I see some gorgeous work here!

  6. Another awesome post Julie!!! Thanks so much for doing this every week. I am off to share!

  7. Thanks for the great updates, Julie!

  8. Welcome new members! Great collections, and of course, Julie, always appreciate all your hard work!

  9. love that purple collection. so sorry I have been MIA. trying to get back into collections.
    Welcome to all the new members!!

  10. Thank you so much for showing off my Halloween goodies! Welcome New Members! :)


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