21 December 2013

Checked in Today! Guild Weekly Update 12-14-13

Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of December 14, 2013?

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


Horse, Fused Glass Badge Reel, Id Holder, Badge Holder



Neon Ziggy Micro fiber Large Handmade pillow

- The Checked In Today! Guild is 184 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.

Heat Up Cool Yule with Red! by Shadow Dog Designs Stocking Stuffers by Luvncrafts Are You Bead-y Eyed? by Crafts From the Past Green with Envy by gillianskreations The Stockings Were Hung by the Chimney with Care by The Twisted Red Head Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas #1 by Crafting Memories Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas #2 by Crafting Memories

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

> Vintage Christmas Elegance by Quilt Tops – non-guild

> Czech Out These Beads by Evez Beadz – non-guild

> Stocking Stuffers from the AF Pouncers #1 by Shadow Dog Designs – non-guild

> Green with Envy by Gillians Kreations – guild

> Christmas Packaging by Luvncrafts – non-guild

> Christmas Past by Evez Beadz – non-guild

~ Artfire Daily Email

> Dress it Up With Deep Purple by Luvncrafts – non-guild

> Purple & Blue by Luvncrafts – 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

> Nancy of Jazz it up with Designs by Nancy posted her new items.

Lacy Lavender Blue Ladies Slouchy Hand Knit Hat Caron Simply Soft Yarn

Ladies Lacy Fingerless Gloves Hand knit Made to order you pick color

Brown Riverstone Gold Black Gemstone beaded wire wrap bangle bracelet

> Cathy of Crafting Memories shared her new items.

Hand Knit Ocean Blue Infinity Scarf or Hooded Cowl

> Janice of princessbooksbyjmh shared her new items.

Custom Bling High Heel Party Favor Bags

Custom Corset Invitations

> Nat of Adore by Nat shared her new items.

Nautical Birthday Party Banner in Navy Blue and Red

> Susan of Susan Knits shared new items from her store.

Silver Yarn Earrings, Fish Hook Drop, Dangle Knitting and Crochet Gif

Bead and Hemp Bracelet, Bright Blue Knit, Iridescent Blue Euro Beads

> Nikki of My Mountain Studio shared new items from her studio.

Northern Lights - Handmade Winter Scarf in Black and Bright Colors

Wild Fire Homespun Wide Ladies Handmade Winter Scarf with Shawl Stick

Golden Glitz - Lacy Ruffles Infinity Fashion Scarf - Handmade

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

Handmade Enameled Scarlet and Copper Leaf Pendant, Signed Necklace

> Brenda of Brenda’s Crafts shared new items from her studio.

Lavender Baby Sweater and Bonnet Set, Size 3-6 months

Lots of new things in the studios these days. Many are flying out of everyone’s studios as fast as they are getting posted. Congrats!

------ 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 so much for the updates, Julie and Blu! As always, they are fantastic! Merry Christmas!

  2. Thanks, Julie. I hope you are feeling well and staying warm. These weekly updates keep me reminded of things I should be doing but often cannot find the time to do. Merry Christmas!

  3. Thank you, Julie and Blu! Always enjoy these updates. Like Anna, I see things I really need to be doing . . . Wonder if Santa will give me more hours in the day? LOL! Wishing all a very Merry Christmas! And Seamus thinks Blu needs extra tasty treats for this holiday season (:

  4. wow! Such wonderful creativity shown this week! Thanks for the update as always!

  5. Thank you for the update, Julie. Merry Christmas to you and Blu! Merry Christmas to all members of Checked In Today! - Connie - The Singing Beader

  6. Another post chock full of fun and informative tidbits...thanks, always, Julie and Blu! Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas, with extra nibbles for Blu, Seamus and our other trusty sidekicks!
    Mary Beth, Jecca and SuZu

  7. Thank you, Julie and Blu, for the updates. Merry Christmas!

  8. Thank you Julie and Blu! Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!

  9. Thank you for the update and for all you do for this Guild

    Wishing a Merry Christmas and blessings for 2014


  10. Thanks for the update - I always enjoy seeing the collections and the selections from new members of Checked in Today! May you and yours have a lovely and restful Christmas after what I hope was a great Christmas Countdown in your studio.


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