07 December 2013

Checked in Today! Guild Weekly Update 11-30-13

Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of November 30, 2013?

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


5 Natural Handmade Personalized Wood Toy Blocks with Letters engraved



Silk small dog or cat scarves or hankies for ?

- The Checked In Today! Guild is 186 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

Another guild that is designed to help you with your new studios is

ArtFire LInk


-- 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.

Christmas Fun by Zoomgraphiks

The Reds Have it by Covergirlbeads Presents Under the Tree by Trinkets and Treasures Jewelry Peacock by Pebbles at My Feet Sensible Confusion: An Array Of Abstracts by TheTwistedRedhead Cranberry Cocktail by Pebbles at My Feet

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

> The Reds Have it by Covergirlbeads – guild

> Hickory Dickory Doc by Beaded Necklace Shoppe – non-guild

> With Every Christmas Card I Write by Pebbles at My Feet  - non-guild

> Make Way Gray Skies! Sunshine Ahead! by Evez Beadz – non-guild

~ Artfire Daily Email

> Little People Christmas Toys by Beaded Necklace Shoppe – non-guild

> Ruby Red Jewelry 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

> Kandy of c0nfus3dgurl shared some new creations.

I Heart My Dog Silver Bezel Glass Tile Key Chain

I'm A Barbie Girl Shocking Pink Korker Hair Bow Clip

Sofia The First Bottle Cap Shabby Chic Purple Floral Hair Clip

> Connie of Grapevine Glass Art shared her latest.

Tangerine, blue, yellow, green with white serving plates and bowls

Handmade sapphire blue Iridized art glass wine bottle coaster

> Nat of Adore by Nat shared new party ideas.

Zebra Stripe Print Crown Favor Tags for Girls Birthday Party

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

Amethyst Purple Lavender Copper Handmade Beaded Net Rope Bracelet

WireWrap Leopard Jasper Pendant Agate Orange Swarovski Necklace Set

Purple Imperial Jasper Tree of Life Pewter Handmade Beaded Earrings


> Connie of The Singing Beader shared her newest jewelry.

Tambourine earrings silver and gold round hoops lever back music charm

Eighth Note Dome Necklace Cut Out Charm Sterling Silver Chain Clasp


> Nikki of My Mountain Studios shared her newest designs.

Ashes - Handmade Winter Scarf in Brown Gray and Black

Ladies Handmade Winter Scarf in Earthtone Forest Green and Taupe

Pretty Ruffles Lace Cowl in Pink White Green - Handmade Ladies Scarf

> Sarah of Blind Eye Artist – SJJ added more art to her studio.

Pond of Ecstasy: 11x14 inch original oil painting print of redhead gir


> Brenda of Brenda’s Craft Store has some new items in her studio.

Yellow Baby Sweater, Size 12 month

Christmas Hanging Dish Towels - Set of 3

> Janice of princessbooksbyjmh added new items to her studio.

Custom Princess Castle Scrapbook Album

Butterfly Celebration Wishes Note Card Scrapbook

> Charlotte of Covergirlbeads added new beads to her studio.

Heart Beads Purple Handmade Lampwork Beads EDP Shiny Silver


Pink Tongue Special Handmade Lampwork Bead Pair Wrapped in Silver 258

Heart Bead Pink and White Handmade Lampwork Focal Bead Green Stripes

> Mary Beth of The Twisted Redhead shared her designs.

Rainbow Acrylic Cat Cube Wine Glass Tags with Frosted White Beads


Wine Glass Charms, Singing Theme, Moody Blues Beads and Silver Accents

Wine Glass Markers for Cooks and Foodies with Lemon Yellow Beads

> Cathy of Crafting Memories is in the holiday spirit.

Hand Crocheted Blue Mist Hat

Hand Crocheted Dark Rose Heather Hat

> Susan of Susan Knits shared new items.

Wine Bottle Stopper, Beaded Black, Red and Silver, Great Gift Idea


> Gaias Jewels shared her newest posts.

Bronze Fold Form Necklace w Chrysoprase on Forged Neck Wire w Aspen

Cloudburst Necklace Spectrolite, Tourmaline, Vesuvianite, Amethyst

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 the Most from Your Holiday Efforts ---------------


> 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 12! This is our last week. Thank you all for participating.

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 ---------

> 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.


> 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

> December 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=67636

> December 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=67641

> 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


  1. Thanks for the update and for posting those brilliant creations by the members. Will share…

  2. Beautiful selections, thanks so much for including my jewelry!

  3. Nice to get caught up on everything: new members, great new collections and items created, and informative miscellany. Thanks, Julie and Blu!

  4. Thank you for the updates, Julie! Appreciate the hardwork and time you put into it.

  5. Thank you for the update, Julie! And thank you for showing my new music themed jewelry pieces.

  6. Thanks for the Update, Julie - nice Collections! I really appreciate this Guild!

  7. Thanks for the Update, Julie - nice Collections! I really appreciate this Guild!

  8. I love those dishes, the painting and of course the thimble!

    Thanks Julie & Blu



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