02 November 2013

Checked in Today! Guild Weekly Update 10-26-13

Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of October 26, 2013?

- The Checked In Today! Guild is 196 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.

Meet New October Members of the Checked in Today! Guild by Blue Morning Expressions When You Cant Decide, Buy Them All by The Singing Beader Bright and Cheery by Luvncrafts Thanksgiving! by BLindEyeArtist-SJJ Little things count 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 the November 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

> Red and White Holiday Collection by Evezbeadz – guild

> Start the Music by The Twisted Redhead  - non-guild

> The Ever Popular Critter Jewelry by Beaded Necklace Shoppe – non-guild

~ Artfire Daily Email

> Little Black Dress by Beaded Necklace Shoppe – 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

> Sarah of BlindEyeArtist-SJJ shared a new painting in her studio.

Lilith witch Halloween watercolor

> Rose of Thaddeus Rose shared her latest creations.

Beaded Agate Druzy Woven Necklace Crystal Glass Beads Olive Green

> Lisa of CardsbyLibe is sharing some of her newest handmade cards.

Hello Baby Boy Congratulations Handmade Card Simple Flower Design

Congratulations Baby Girl Handmade Card With Pink Elephant And Flower

Baby Boy Congratulations Handmade Card Blue Elephant Holding Flower

> Connie of The Singing Beader shared her newest creations.

Bright red black silver earrings large crystals hypoallergenic wire

Red and black crystal necklace cascading from silver chain adjustable

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

Red Agate Tree Agate Brown Aventurine Dolomite beaded bangle bracelet

Burnt Orange Swarovski Hematite Dolomite Hand Beaded bangle bracelet

Lacy Hand Knit Wrap - Country Blue

> Anna of Crafts of the Past shared more of her beautiful antiquities.

Antique Yemen Silver Hirz Amulet and Beads All Signed by Silversmith

Kiln-fired Bronze Pendant in Natural Rainbow Colors by CraftsofthePast

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions shared her latest polymer clay creations.

Yellow Blue and Green Kaleidoscope Polymer Clay Raw Cane Unbaked Fimo

Penguin Necklace on Dog Tag with Hearts and Swarovski Rhinestones


> Connie of Grapevine Glass Art shared her latest colorful jewelry.

Contemporary silver arrow shaped multi-colored dichroic glass necklace

Engraved copper, gold, orange, black dichroic glass pendant necklace

Handmade aqua,blue,gold,green,copper dichroic glass cabochon earrings

> Linda of JNL Designs is adding new things to her studio.

Adjustable Red,White,and Crystal "Wizard of Oz" Inspired Charm Bracele

> Pam of Klassy Joolz showed off her latest necklaces.

October 2013 ABS Monthly Challenge by Klassy Joolz

> Kandy of c0nfus3dgurl shared her latest fun gifts.

Warm Wishes Elegant Christmas Tree Silver Bezel Glass Tile Pendant


Gingerbread Sweetie Boutique Stacked Christmas Hair Bow

> Jennifer of Desert Creations is going color happy!

Halloween Boutique Glow in the Dark Ghost Bow Trick or Treat Handmade

Candy Corn Boutique Halloween Bow with Pink, Green and Black Handmade

> Susan of Susan Knits added a new item this week.

Key Fob, Knit, Beaded Wristlet Purple, Recycled Tee Shirt Yarn

> Linda of Steider Studios added some of her wonderful gift cards.

Cobalt Peacock Portrait Nature Photograph All Occasion Greeting Card

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 -----------

> Nat of Adore by Nat – Summer in Vancouver

> Anna from Crafts of the Past - Anticipating Hanukkah, a Glimpse of Jucaica

> Connie from The Singing Beader - Should The KJ Sing At Their Own Karaoke Show?

> Rosemari of Walking in the Woods LLC – Sharing others

> 2014 Niche Awards – a compilation of the latest award winning designs in jewelry, fibers, etc. 

> Nancy of Jazz it up with Designs by NancyCountdown to Christmas post

> Social Media Analytics

> Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs – Countdown to Christmas Post 2

> Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs – Countdown to Christmas Post 1  

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions – Coals and Switches

> Interweave was/is selling digital editions for $2 – fiber, jewelry, design, wire

> Anna of Crafts of the Past is holding a give away on her blog. Bracelet Giveaway

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions was playing with YouTube



------- 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 7 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.


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 ---------

NEW THIS WEEK > Nancy of Jazz it up with Designs by Nancy has opened up her blog to anyone who wants to add items to her Countdown to Christmas.

NEW THIS WEEK > 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.


> 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.

> 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

> 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.  Look in the Promotions section. http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=forums&op=view_topic&tid=66725  <--- This is last month’s link, but I am sure they will update it shortly. I am just ahead of time.

> 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.

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


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 the update Julie! great collections!

  2. Thanks so much Julie! Thanks for communicating about my Christmas countdown! Off to share :)

  3. Thank you very much for the update.
    Grady at WireCrafters

  4. Thank you for showing my new necklace and earrings! Enjoyed looking at and sharing the collection. - The Singing Beader

  5. Thanks, Julie
    Am sharing the news. Happy to see so many things from my studio included here.

  6. Thank you for the updates, Julie! Much appreciated!

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