01 March 2014

Checked in Today! Weekly Guild Update 02-22-14

Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of February 22, 2014?

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


The Raven Edgar Allen Poe Compact Cosmetic Mirrors Makeup Pocket Mirrors 


Custom Copper Pet Pendants 


Etched and Riveted Floral Copper Cuff 


Boutique Dress form designs with stand. 19" torso vanity, home decor


Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom 32" with Stand 



Silver Chain Dream Catcher - Handmade - 3 Inches 

- The Checked In Today! Guild is 176 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. I had to remove a lot missing members this week.

~ 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.

In Bloom by Shadow Dog Designs Olympic Medal Worthy Sets by The Twisted Redhead Olympic Medal Wrist Winners by The Twisted Redhead Olympics in the Rearview but St. Pattys Up Ahead by The Twisted Redhead Olympics Closing Ceremony Part 1 by The Twisted Redhead Olympics Closing Ceremony Part 2 by The Twisted Redhead Olympic Jewelry Category Part 1 by The Twisted Redhead Olympic Jewelry Category Part 2 by The Twisted Redhead Olympics Encourage Diversity by The Twisted Redhead Is Spring Here YET by Zoomgraphik Bracelet Beauties by Crafting Memories Feeling Spring by Sieber Designs Enchanting Spring Earrings by Shadow Dog Designs The Summer, The Sun and The Sea by SolanKai Designs

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 March’s thread for Guild Member only collections


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 Summer, The Sun and The Sea by SolanKai Designs – guild

> Luck O the Irish by Unique Candle Boutique – non-guild

~ Artfire Daily Email

> The Color of Art by Walk in the Woods LLC – non-guild

I would love to see some more of our members sharing their latest creations. If you are not using Facebook, then post it on our guild forum. I will pick it and shared it with the group for you. Instructions and link to our guild page are in the following:

--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

New Studio Items

Donna of Sew Amazin posted:

Woofs Up Coffee Cup Sleeve Wrap Cozy fits Cold Drinks and Smoothies

Green Mugs and Pints Lucky St Patricks Day Pet Scrunchie Neck Ruffle

Nancy of Jazz it up with Designs by Nancy posted:

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

Pink Hand Knit Eli Baby Dress 12 months Caron Simply Soft Blackberry

Blackberry Crocodile Booties Purple Flower rhinestone Buttons 6-12 mon

Rose of Thaddeus Rose posted:

Agate Pendant Necklace Crystal Glass Bead Hand Beaded Black 22 inch 56

Connie of The Singing Beader posted:

Charm Bracelet Silver Microphones Hearts Karaoke Music Themed Adjusts

Set Of Two Wine Charms With Microphones Karaoke Hostess Multicolored

CJ of Ozarks Design posted:

Purple and Clear Silver Hummingbird Charm Earrings

Light Blue Glass "BORN TO FLY" Silver Wing Earrings

Cascading Hematite Earrings

Julie of Blue Morning Expressions posted:

Red Flower Ladies Watch Handmade Polymer Clay Beads Green Faceted Bead

Purple Lilac Flower Beaded Watch Handmade Yellow Beads Polymer Womens

Pink Flower Necklace with Yellow Beads Swarovski Crystals Handmade

Lisa of CardsbyLibe posted:

Handmade Mother's Day Card With Three Panels Of Bright Flowers

You Make Me Happy Handmade Friendship Or Love Card Soft Blues

Jennifer of Aurora Borealis Beadking Gallery posted:

Bless My Heart necklace set  by Aurora Borealis Beading Gallery

Nikki of My Mountain Studio posted:

Winery - Ladies Handmade Infinity Scarf Cowl in Pink Purple and More

Cathy of Crafting Memories posted:

Green Glass Chips and Swarovski Crystal Bicone Earrings

Nat of Adore by Nat posted:

I am One Sock Monkey Banner Decoration for First Birthday Party

Elaine of Zoomgraphik posted:

Peach Aventurine Bracelet with Brass _BOHO STYLE

Kathy of Kats All That posted:

Tea Rose Orange Jade, White Pearl Necklace with Blister Pearl Pendant

Swarovski Sunflower Antique Brass Hypoallergenic Chandelier Earrings


Linda of JNL Designs posted:

Summertime Blues Handmade Adjustable Bracelet



Mother's Day countdown banner

It is that time of the year again! Join us for the annual Countdown to Mother’s Day starting February 28, 2014. We will be doing a weekly post for nine weekends. The post opens at noon on Friday and closes at midnight on Sunday night MST. You must promote all the listings in the countdown, and you are limited to only three items. We are not doing multiple stores this countdown. These countdowns are a lot of work, but they are extremely successful for those who participate.



Marketing Opportunities:

You can find all the latest marketing and networking opportunities here:

Here is March’s thread for Guild Member only collections



Post your non-guild collections to this thread

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. Welcome to the new members: Cognitive Fashioned, tatsushop, zoraida, reminiscejewels, Quick Shop Weavers Barn and Theme Dreams. And thank you Julie for putting this together. Lovely new items all and I encourage all of you to go to Julie's Mother's Day blog post. Have a good one.

  2. great update and collections this week!

  3. Thank you so much for welcoming me! I look forward to being part of this awesome group :D

  4. Welcome all new members. You have joined a great group. Thanks again, Julie, for your outstanding dedication to our guild.

  5. Impressive new artisans to add to the membership. You are all very welcome! Thank you, Julie, for keeping us updated on the activities of the members.

  6. Thanks, Julie and Blu, for putting together another great post; looking forward to counting down to Mother's Day :) And welcome talented new members!
    Mary Beth

  7. Thanks for the update!

    I tweeted this

    From #bluemorningexpressions http://checkedintodayguild.blogspot.com/2014/03/checked-in-today-weekly-guild-update-02.html #ckdin


  8. Thank you Julie and Blu for the update.

  9. Thank you for the updates, Julie and Blu!

  10. Some beautiful new items - and quite an array of Collections! Congrats to those who were on the Front Page and the Artfire Collection of the Day!

  11. Thanks' for the updates, Julie and Blu! :O)
    Doing a Glossi for spring ...are you in !!

  12. Welcome to the newbies! Thank you, as always, for pulling this together Julie and Blu. Extra treat to the handsome one from Seamus.


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