30 November 2013

Checked in Today! Guild Weekly Update 11-23-13

Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of November 23, 2013?

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


Neck Warmer Scarf Red Hand Knit Cables Buttons Women Ladies Teens


Byzantine ave maria wood shrine miniature


Handmade Secret Garden Ceramic and Copper Earrings


Hand Painted Lighted Glass Block Cardinal Christmas

- The Checked In Today! Guild is 187 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.
The Stuff of Legends by Crafts of the Past

Blue Jewelry by Blind Eye Artists SJJ Red Dangle Earrings by Covergirl Beads A Vintage Winter by Lil Bit O Love Seasons Greens by walkinthewoodsllc The Bold, The Red And The Elegant by Covergirl Beads Black Friday Gift Guide from the Checked In Today Guild by c0nfus3dgurl



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 December 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

> Fascinated with Fuchsia by Kristie Bowman Design – non-guild

> Let’s Make Something Grand by Evezbeadz – non-guild

> A Country Christmas by Blind Eye Artist – SJJ –non-guild

> A Parade of Color by Umbeboshi – non-guild

~ Artfire Daily Email

> Singing the Blues by Beaded Necklace Shoppe – non-guild

> Holiday Party China Service by Beaded Necklace Shoppe – non-guild

> Tangerine Dreams and Marmalade Skies by The Twisted Redhead – non-guild

> Spotted on Artfire by The Witch and Mule – 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

> Janice of Princess Books by JMH shared new goodies in her studio.

Party Favor Bags with Heart Handles

Custom Circus Tent Invitation/Announcements

Custom Adoption Scrapbook Album


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

Harvest Red Hand knit Basket Weave Neck warmer Scarf Caron Simply Soft

Sapphire Lampwork Decorative Gunmetal Gray Handmade Beaded Bracelet

Bronzite and Brown Glass Necklace and Earrings


> Anna of Crafts of the Past has posted new items from her studio.

Ancient Hindi Coin of Shahi Gandhara Third Century AD to Fourteenth AD

Antique Jade Amulet pre Revolution China Dragon Fortune Bead Necklace

Teal and Bronze Harmonize in the Polly_Ceramica Pendant Necklace

> Ruth of RSS Designs in Fiber has been busy creating new listings for her studio.

Crocheted Lace Blue and White Starburst Doily - Holiday Crystal Edging

Proud Rooster Table Mat or Wall Hanging in Filet Crochet Fiber Art

> Kandy of c0nfus3dgurl shares her latest Christmas fun gifts.

You'll Shoot Your Eye Out Christmas Story Scrabble Tile Pendant

Silver Bezel Glass Tile Pendant Necklace Green Butterfly Damask

Grinch Puff Christmas Hair Clip Bow Puff Baby Holiday Head Band


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

Shimmering White Moonstone Teardrop Earrings with Blue Apatite 14K GF

> Susan of Susan Knits shared some of her newest creations.

Stretch Bracelet, Blue, Amber Beige, Polymer Clay Beads and Bicone Cr

Artful Yarns Shakespear Wool Pastel Blend Soft, Blue, Green, Pink

> Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs shared her latest creations.

Chunky Turquoise Handmade Necklace Black Onyx Unique Gemstone Jewelry

White Pearl Swarovski Handmade Earrings Sterling Classy Unique Jewelry

> Connie of The Singing Beader added new gift ideas to her studio.

Charm bracelet music themed Tibetan silver mic cassette headphones

Seed bead bracelet multi colorful original unique OOAK design

> Nat of Adore by Nat added new fun party goodies to her studio.

Personalized Robot Stickers for Boys Birthday or Baby Shower Party

Personalized Dinosaur Favor Tags Thank You for Stomping By


> Connie of Grapevine Glass Art has shared new items in her studio.

Handmade Green, Orange, Yellow, White Condiment Bowls by callidesigns

Red, white, blue gently curved serving plate

Handmade green crackle art glass coaster

> Sarah of Blind Eye Artist SJJ added her latest paintings to the page.

Imogen: original, ooak watercolor painting harem redhead with songbird

Hot Chocolate: art nouveau hot cocoa watercolor print with chocolate c

Death of a Star: original watercolor print 8x10 conceptual fantasy sur

> Cathy of Crafting Memories shared her latest creations.

Black and Gold Beaded Bracelet

Cashmere Hand Knit Lace Scarf

Glistening Snowflake Earrings

> Lisa of Cards by Libe shared her newest cards.

Baby Elephant Handmade Congratulations Baby Card Yellow Brown White

Colorful Rainbow Grunge Style Handmade Birthday Greeting Card

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions shared some new items in her shop.

Orange Black Stripe Tiger Lampwork Glass Bead Necklace Chain Handmade

Lemon Yellow Tear Drop Necklace on Chain Handmade Polymer Clay

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.


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

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

> 7 Ways to Reach Holiday Shoppers Pinterest article for the holidays.http://businessblog.pinterest.com/post/66214322474/7-ways-to-reach-holiday-shoppers-on-pinterest

> 11 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started My Business https://medium.com/i-m-h-o/3dc264023df5

> 15 Promotional Ideas for the Holidays http://www.handmadeology.com/15-holiday-promotion-ideas/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+handmadeology%2Ffeed+%28Handmadeology+Today%29

> Create Your Own Scratch Off Promotional Cards with this blog post idea.http://www.cupcakesforclara.com/cupcakes_for_clara/2012/03/the-make-your-own-scratch-cards-tutorial.html  or http://artmind-etcetera.blogspot.co.uk/2009/05/how-to-make-scratch-off-lottery-tickets.html

Speaking of holiday shopping …


Countdown to Christmas is already at Week 11! Come join us, only 3 more to go after this one.

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.

Supply List

Do you have your supplies in order? It is not too soon to stock up.

  • Boxes and envelopes
  • Business cards
  • Thank you notes
  • Bubblewrap/filler
  • Gift boxes and ribbons
  • Individual product packages

The USPS has boxes and such for you. Do you have enough of these:

  • Priority Boxes in a variety of sizes
  • Customs forms

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

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions shared the Google adwords key word tool. Use this to get the most from your hard work. You need a Google adwords account.


> Mad Girls Inc. is a reasonably priced and excellent way to promote your studio or get fans.

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


> 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

> November 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=67205

> November 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. http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=forums&op=view_topic&tid=67207

> 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 Beadshttps://www.facebook.com/groups/237101492987313/

> Facebook Group Support Handmade Home Businesses in the USAhttps://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 Saturdayhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/HandmadeHoliday/

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

> Artfire Bloggers Guild – Facebook pagehttps://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.

Here is the thread to post the December Guild Members Collections on


Post your non-guild collections to this threadhttp://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