09 November 2013

Checked in Today! Guild Weekly Update 11-02-13

Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of November 02, 2013?


Multicolored Stone Dangle Charm Bracelet


- The Checked In Today! Guild is 191 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.

Bits of Blue by The Twisted Red Head Fall, Pumkins and Thanksgiving by Crafting Memories All I want for Christmas ... by Jewelry Woven of Dreams Decorating for Thanksgiving by princessbooksbyjmh Complementary Colors - Orange and Green by Celtique Creations Checked in Today in Grey 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 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

> A Silvery Christmas Night by BLindEyeArtist-SJJ – non-guild

> 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

> Walnut by Pebbles at my Feet – non-guild

~ Artfire Daily Email

> Bright and Cheery – Luvncrafts – 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

> Nancy of Jazz it up with Designs by Nancy shared new studio items.

Vintage Look Peridot Swarovski Crystal Beaded Handmade bangle bracelet

Handmade Peach Aventurine Orange Swarovski beaded bange bracelet

Hand Knit Ladies Lacy Wrap Country Blue Shawl Shrug Vintage Brooch

> Ruth of RSS Designs in Fiber shared some new studio items.

Shaded Blue Handmade Headband - Thick & Warm All Cotton - Large

Sage Garden Pot Holder Set of 2 - Handmade Crocheted Yarn Decor


> Connie of Grapevine Glass Art shared new studio items.

Handmade Yellow, Orange, Grey, Clear, Art Glass Curved Serving Plate

Handmade purple, green, white, clear curved art glass serving plates

> Kandy of c0nfus3dgurl shared new studio items.

Joyful Tidings Little Birdie Altered Art Christmas Glass Tile Pendant

Christmas Teddy Bear Chevron Polka Dot Boutique Stacked Hair Bow Clip

Christmas Penguin Reindeer Red Green Scrabble Tile Pendant Necklace

> Janice of princessbooksbyjmh shared new studio items.

A Heart Full Of Love Thank You Note Cards

Vintage Christmas Tree Card

> Linda of Steider Studios shared her latest studio items.

Hummingbird Drinking From Flowers in Flight Art Photograph Note Card

> Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs shared her latest items.

Celtic Horse Handmade Pendant Necklace Zebra Jasper Pearl OOAK Jewelry

Tree of Life Pendant Necklace Handmade Turquoise Pearls OOAK Jewelry

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions shared her latest studio items.

Dragon Eye Glass Necklace with Jasper Gemstones Beaded Lampwork Bead

Dragon Eye Dragons Blood Jasper Gemstone Necklace Swarovski Crystals

Purple and Gold Glass Bead Bracelet Swarovski Crystal Lampwork Artisan

> Sarah of BLindEyeArtist-SJJ shared her latest offerings.

Ethereal Aquamarine: ooak original watercolor March birthstone fairy

Watercolor large wall painting: "Phoenix" red fairy woman

Snow White and Rose Red: fairytale ooak watercolor wall art painting

> Linda of JNL Designs shared her latest designs.

Feminine Rose Powder Pearl and Bronze Triple Strand Bracelet

> Susan of Susan Knits shared new yarn from her studio.

Red Heart Baby Clouds Bulky Boucle Novelty Yarn, 1 skein Blue Sky

> Anna from Crafts from the Past shared something new from her studio.

Tibetan dZi Bead Hand Etched Quartz Pendant on Designer Bronze Torque

Turkoman Silver Pendant Very Old Handmade Agate Beads Afghanistan


> Cathy of Crafting Memories share new studio items.

Sterling Silver Full Persian Chainmaille Bracelet

> Nikki of My Mountain Studio shared new studio items.

Chunky Crochet Rib Neckwarmer Scarf Green Brown Orange White Handmade

> Lee of LA Jewelry Design shared new studio items.

Organic Dotted Interchangeable Ringtop or Pendant Fits Sunset Blvd

> Susan of My Father’s Gifts shared her gift wrapping ideas.

3x4 Inch Cherry Red Organza Wedding Favor Bags 5 Count

> Connie of The Singing Beader shared new jewelry from her studio.

Gift hair stylist scissor earrings stocking stuffer non-nickel wires

> Sue of Quilt Tops shared her newest creations.

Christmas Holiday Poinsettia and Holly Table Runner Hand Applique

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 -----------

> Nancy of Jazz it up with Designs by Nancy featured Lisa of Cards by Li Be on her blog post. http://jazzitupwithdesignsbynancy.blogspot.com/2013/11/weekly-spotlight-cardsbylibe.html?spref=fb

> Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs posted two countdown blog posts.



> Nat of Adore by Nat added a new blog post – Part 2 of the Vancouver adventure.


> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions posted a new blog post as part of the Countdown to Christmas – Around the World for Christmas – Sparkling Letters and O’Tannenbaum

> Nat of Adore by Nat is having a giveaway on her blog. Come and enter.

------- 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 8! Come join us, only 4 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 ---------

> 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.  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 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 November 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


  1. Thanks, Julie, for getting all this information out every week. Without these aggregations of collections, blogs, activities, links to the various venues where our guild has a presence, I would frankly be lost at sea -- or maybe caught in a WEB.

    Congratulations on your dragon eye necklaces!

  2. Fantastic selections, we have such a talented guild!!!! Thanks so much for including my items and collection. Shared everywhere.

  3. wonderful features and collections! Thanks for the updates!

  4. Thank you for another update, Julie! Our hands get especially busy this time of year. :) - The Singing Beader

  5. Thanks for another great update!! :)

  6. Thanks, Julie - I'm still a newbie and muddling through all of the promotion, sharing and support options that are available. Your weekly updates have provided a wealth of information and assistance. So many thanks for all your hard work!

  7. Great update again, Julie!! It is really helpful to have this weekly summary!!

  8. I love the leaf and the Tree of Life pendant shown in the Collections

    Thank you Julie and Blu for your time and devotion to this Guild


  9. Sesational Rundow Thank You Julie!


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