28 September 2013

Checked in Today! Guild Weekly Update 9-21-13

Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of September 21, 2013?

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

Dreamcatcherman

Glammybeads

MagnoliaMoonlight

NewOrleansCraftsbyDesign

TCraftCloset

- 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.

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~ 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

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-- 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.

Fall-and-Halloween... by The Twisted Red Head

Fall Is In The Air by SolanKai Designs Fall Inspired by The Beaded Hound Pumpkins and Candy Corn by The Beaded Hound Welcome New Checked in Today! Guild Members by Blue Morning Expressions

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 on – September Guild Members Collections

http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/3038

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

http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/3081

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

http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/1661

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

> Items that Make Me Smile by Crafting 4 My Kids  - non-guild

> Express Yourself by Umeboshi – non-guild

> Sugar and Spice – Pink and Grey by Beaded Necklace Shoppe – non-guild

> Calming Colors of Fall by Beaded Necklace Shoppe  - non-guild

> Fall is All Around Us by Reansforte – non-guild

~ Artfire Daily Email

-- New Blog Posts

- Stop by the Checked In Today! Blog and read the latest posts. You will find these new posts on the blog this week.
> The Checked in Today! newsletter for last week.

--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

> Dreamcatcher Man shared his studio items.

> Ruth of RSS Fiber Designs shared some of her newest fall creations.

> Rosemari of A Walk in the Woods LLC shared a fall creation.

 

> Rose of Thaddeus Rose has been busy creating.

> Anna of Crafts of the Past has posted some new jewelry.

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

 

> Susan of Susan Knits has yarn for sale.

> Pam of Pebbles at My Feet has new pebbles to show off.

 

> Nat by Adored by Nat has new party planning items in her studio.

> Jennifer of Desert Creations is sharing her latest additions to her studio.

> Nikki of My Mountain Studio is ready for winter in Montana.

> Lisa of CardsbyLibe is getting ready for the holidays.

> Chimene of Renny Clothing is all dressed up for fall.

> Sue of Quilt Tops has her holiday spirit.

> Linda of Steider Studios has loaded up the greeting cards in her studio.

------ Great Autumn Reads -----------

> Miracles DO Happen by Linda Steider – a must read!

http://steiderstudios.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/miracles-do-happen/

> Pam of Pebbles at My Feet has started a post using photos of gemstones to help us recognize different stones and their properties.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.720192364660755.1073741837.474875509192443&type=1

----------- Bragging Rights! ----------------

> Connie of The Singing Beader has had one of her necklaces around the neck of someone who walked the Red Carpet just recently.

> Pam of Pamela’s Beads has published her first novel, The Empress. It is available online and through Barnes and Noble.

 

------- 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 …

countdownfull

has begun!

Here is the link to Week 2

http://bmebluprint.blogspot.com/2013/09/countdown-to-christmas-week-2-2013.html

We had 99 items for week 1, so it is only going to get better from here.

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.

> Elaine of Zoomgraphiks is getting ready to put together two new holiday Glossi magazines. If you have fall or Halloween items, she

would love to talk to you. Contact Elaine here: https://www.facebook.com/designbyzoomgraphik  She is going to publish September 29th! Sunday! So, hurry!

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

> 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

> September 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=66198

> September 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=66218

> 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.

 

Post your September guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/3038

Post your October guild collections to this thread  http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/3081

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