Tuesday, April 27, 2010

What I love about my ArtFire Pro account!

There is a bunch to love about ArtFire Pro selling account. But today I want to list a few and then tell you about my favorite.
1. I can have links on my Studio to my blog, website, facebook, youtube and more.
2. I can list as much as I want and never have to pay a listing fee and I can sell all I want without paying a fee.
3. I can have categories in my Studio.
4. I can send tweets from my product pages.
5. I can arrange my products in my Studio the way I want them to appear. I can even arrange the individual categories.
There are a TON more features and you can find them all listed on the Sell crafts page: http://www.artfire.com/sell-crafts

Here is my favorite of all!
The FaceBook Kiosk. I can have a kiosk on my personal facebook page as well as my FanPage. People do not have to sign up for an account with ArtFire to purchase my handmade items. It is easy for buyers and it is easy for me. :)

So if you make handmade goods or have vintage items  you can sell on ArtFire for little or no fees. The Pro accounts are only $15.95 per month with no contract. You can downgrade your pro at any time if you want and go to a basic account for free. But after experiencing Pro I do not know why anyone would want to go basic. :)

For great handmade items in my Studio go here: http://craftybabyhope.artfire.com


Friday, April 23, 2010

Flower Buttons from Polymer Clay How to Video

In this video I show you how to make a simple flower button. Quick and easy. My Studio: http://craftybabyhope.artfire.com My Blog: http://craftybabyhope.blogspot.com

Monday, April 19, 2010

Today's Featured Artisan is jYoulry

Lets get to know our featured Artisan jYoulry.

1. What is your name?

2. How did you come into your craft?
Several years ago I "discovered" photo jewelry... I had a necklace made with a photo of my twins which were 3 at the time. When I was pregnant with my baby, I contacted the woman that made it to order a new one when the baby was born. She was no longer making them, which of course turned into a great thing for me! I was really sad at the time because I loved my photo pendant of the boys and really wanted a new one of all three when the baby arrived. So I decided to make one myself! It didn't take long to realize I could not only make myself one, but I could sell them too. And that was the beginning of my new business endeavor...

3. Tell us a little about the artist behind the art?
Well most importantly I am a mother of 3 beautiful boys! My twins are almost 7 and my baby just turned 1. Of course I love to show them off, hence the photo jewelry, LOL. I am also an interior designer. Before relocating to Panama, yes the country, I lived in sunny SW Florida and had a very successful design firm. Unfortunately with the economy the way that it is... we decided to close the firm and move to Panama, where my husband is originally from. Because of the language barrier, my Spanish is not that great, I decided not to continue to design here. Although 3 boys keep my life spinning in circles, I needed something creative to do, so when the opportunity to make and sell the photo jewelry presented itself... I took it. Now of course the designer in me just had to come out sometime and that's when I created the "jYOUlry Signature Collection" a line of sterling silver photo jewelry designed by me (more to come).

4. How did you come up with the name for your Studio?
I sat with my laptop and just wrote down words, like picture, photo, design, etc... and played around with them trying to come up with something creative, something that wasn't already used. I was also playing with combining words and had inadvertently come up with more of a tag line, like "photo jewelry, where the jewel is you" and suddenly it hit me, the jewel is you... jYOUlry! I loved it instantly. I googled it and checked it out on etsy and no one was using it!!! So yeah, I found something unique, creative and describes what it is I do, at least I think it does, LOL.

5. What is your all time passion?
Hmmm, good question!
I asked my husband and he says my passion is pizza. Although I have to admit I really do LOVE pizza, I am not sure I would call it my passion. I guess I really don't have one. Designing was my passion but since I haven't practiced in over 2 years and don't even miss it that much, ok a little, ok maybe a lot, but now I am not so sure its actually my passion... I think right now my passion is to discover what my true passion is, if that makes any sense. For now I am enjoying being able to be a stay home mom and watch my little guys grow, while still being able to create beautiful things for others... hey, maybe that's my passion... creating beautiful things for others. That's what i essentially did as an interior designer and its what I love about designing jewelry too. 

Now lets take a look at a few of the wonderful items Lisa has in her Studio:

Multi Strand Sterling Silver O Bracelet with Photo Charm Links -3

Custom Photo on Solar Eclipse Key Chain, Personalized

This is just a few of the wonderful things you will find at jYoulry. Check out her studio for more awesome items. :)

 As for me :) I am always listing new items to my Studio. As always profits from my studio will go into the infertility treatment fund. Thank you for your support.


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Creepy or Cute? You tell me.

OK I need to know what you all think. Are any of these creepy to you or are they all cute? Do not worry if one creeps you out post a comment of the one and why. I will not be mad at anyone so do not hold back and tell me what you think.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Todays Featured Artisan is KaoticKrafter

Today's Featured Artisan is KaoticKrafter. Lets get to know the artist.

What is your name?
My name is Kristina and I am a craft addict.
How did you become a craft addict?
It all started back in October of 2009. I was stressed out and life seemed to be crazy. Some would turn to drink, some to drugs. Me, I chose to crochet. It didn't take long for it to take over my life. I couldn't get enough. I would crochet in the car, in front of the t.v., at the doctors office. You name it, I would try to crochet there. Addicted yes, still stressed out and running a crazy life? No way.
What does your craft mean to you?
Crochet seemed to be my gateway craft. Since then I have dabbled/ become addicted to many different forms of crafting and creating. I will spare you from the boring details of ALL the crafts I have tried out, but I will tell you this. I LOVE to recycle and craft at the same time.
What is your favorite materials to work with?
My favorite materials to work with right now are recycled wool sweaters and paper. I really enjoy taking all the junk mail, bills, fliers, newspapers, and other unwanted papers that come into my house and turn them into new, useful, and fun things.

I also really enjoy working with recycled sweaters. I find it fascinating that I can throw 5 100% wool sweaters into my washer machine, wash them in hot water, and they will all come out a different texture of felt. Amazing. And I can turn that felt into some pretty fun and amazing things.

There are lots of other crafts I really enjoying doing. That is why I run a shop called KaoticKrafter :)

Kristina has lots of wonderful items in her Studio. Lets take a look at a few of them.

*Fabric Flowers* $3.00

Paisley Power Brag Book $6.00

There are many other great items in her studio. Pop over and take a look around at KaoticKrafter. :)

As for me I will be adding some new items later on today. I made a wonderful new heart necklace from polymer clay and really fun matching earrings. Keep an eye out for all the new great handmade goodies in my studio. All profits go to pay for infertility treatments. As always thank you for your support.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Shop online for Unique Gifts!

For me I hate braving the Mall close to any holiday so I like to do my shopping online. There is no better place to find unique gifts that are handmade than ArtFire. The best part is you are supporting small businesses and people that care about their work.

You can find really cool things for every occasion. Let me review a few great gift ideas.
How about something for your sweet teen?

 How about a cool figurine for the Elf lover in your life?
You can find tons of other things on ArtFire. Check out the wonderful artisans that I feature on this blog for more great gifts.


Todays ArtFire Artisan Feature: vabeachquilter

Today I would like to feature a wonderful ArtFire artisan. I would like to introduce you to: vabeachquilter

Her name is Kim and she is SUPER talented! She has been a machine quilter for almost 10 years. She has made a number of quilts for local MLB players and their families and had a custom ordered quilt mentioned in an article by Seth Livingstone, reporter for USA Today Sports. Is that AWESOME or what!! To relax, at night, she likes to work with wool and cross-stitch. Check out her Studio HERE.

In her studio you will find AWESOME items like these:

Stop on by and check out her wonderful Studio.

Jewelry for hope is located at http://craftybabyhope.artfire.com
All profits from my studio go into a fund to pay for infertility treatments.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Featured on Andrea Designs Blog

I am super happy to report that today I was featured on Andrea W Designs Blog. This is so super exciting. It is so nice of her to feature handmade artisans on her blog. You can go here to see the blog feature. Thank you so very much Andrea for such a wonderful gift. It is truly a gift to be featured. :)

I have been working hard to get more item to my Studio. I have always loved to make things myself and to try new things. I am working more with polymer clay and I wanted to share with you.

I want to introduce you to Foster the elf he is the forest guardian and he is hand sculpted from polymer clay:

I wanted to also show you my handmade hoop earrings. Super fun to wear. I am sure everyone is going to just love them:

Well I need to get back to creating. LOL I am going to be redoing the photos on my Studio as well. Some of my pictures are just not good at all. I am great at making wonderful items not so good at taking pictures. LOL In case you are new to Jewelry for Hope all profits from my studio will go to pay for infertility treatments.


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Featured Guild Artisans: Polymer Clay Smooshers

I will say this out of all the guilds I am a member of I love my smooshers guild the best. There is some very AWESOME talent in this guild. So today I want to feature the wonderful people in the Polymer Clay Smooshers.

First we have ColtPixy. Lets get to know her :)
She has studied art and crafts her entire life. With the freedom of using different mediums came the ability to explore, learn and express herself more freely. Preferring things that are one of a kind. Right now her focus is mainly on polymer clay. She is currently the guild master for the Polymer Clay Smooshers Guild.
Her most favorite item in her studio is:

Filigree Egg With Flowers polymer clay

Now we will move on to: 2goodclaymates
Lets learn a bit more about this artist. Her name is Carolyn and she's always been interested in creating her own designs which started early with sewing her own clothes and accessories. From there she discovered fine arts in high school where she enjoyed silk screening, batiking and painting. In college Carolyn continued her studies in painting, sewing and design. Her work has varied from floral designing (and owning her own flower shop) to creating one of a kind purses and eyeglass pouches. Color has always played an important role in her art so it was only natural to branch out into bead work and since discovering polymer clay, she has been able to apply all of these techniques to this new art form.
Her most favorite item in her studio is:

Red and Coral Pink Pendant Style Necklace

Now we will move on to: HaffinaCreations
Lets get to know the artist :)
She is a super busy Mom of 5 with a love of jewellery and creating... and now she is offering it for others to enjoy. She lives in Australia. She gains inspiration from everything at different times. She has a very eclectic tastes and this will be apparent in the variation of items available in her studio.
Her most favorite item in her studio is:

Cherry Blossom Polymer Clay and Bead Embroidery Necklace

Now lets move on to: PositivelyCharmingThings
Lets get to know this artist :)
Her name is Niki. She lives in Phoenix Arizona, with her young daughter, her husband, and two cats. She is currently working full time out of the home in a non-artsy related job, but hoping that some day she will be able to work full time at home. She has this need to work with her hands, creating. It doesn't matter if it's a hand made card, a hair bow for her daughter, a knitted blanket, or a nice bracelet or something sculpted out of polymer clay - She is simply not happy unless she is creating something.
Her most favorite item in her studio is:

Pink and White Swirly Polymer Clay Heart with Organza Necklace

Now we are going to move on to: EmilyClaireCreations
Lets get to know the artist :)
Her name is Valerie and she is a stay at home mom, with two beautiful daughters. She was born and raised in the rust belt of Ohio. She came from a declining industrial area, which she believes has colored her influences and attitude. She finds beauty in nature and industrial decay. Northeast Ohio boasts of both and it makes for an eclectic and inspirational pallet.
Her most favorite item in her studio is:

Copper Verdigris Lotus Necklace

Last but by far NOT least I give you:  SassyClayCreations
Lets get to know her better :)
She works with polymer clay and enjoy it immensely. She may add beads or other items to make a piece more interesting. She loves creating something wonderful from all the colors of clay.
Her favorite item in her Studio is:

Flower Covered Bowl

 Thank you everyone for taking a Smooshers Guild Fine artisan ride with me today. Check out the wonderful artists and as always live long, smile lots and love completely.

Jewelry for Hope

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Calling Etsy out for account snooping

I was appalled when I read a report stating Etsy Admin's are logging into seller accounts and reading the conversations in their accounts. If that is not bad enough they are responding to conversations. Can you believe this crap. I for one do not pay them to have an account there for them to police my conversations. I can understand if someone reports cursing or bashing. But that is not what is going on. They are going into account just to see what you are talking about. That is just WRONG! I am pissed off about this. Here is the link to one of the reports on this:
Yes, they can sign into your accounts without permission...

I for one will not be relisting my items at Etsy for this reason. I will be listing all my items on ArtFire. Please everyone if there is any item you want to get from me please go through ArtFire. There is a Rapid cart at the bottom of my blog and my mini widget on the right will bring you to my shop. You do not even have to sign up for an account to purchase from my shop on ArtFire!
Click Here to go to My ArtFire Studio!

My rant is coming to an end on this one. Thank you all for listening.


New Handmade Wire Work Earrings

I LOVE working with pure copper wire. This week I have been doing just that. I have added some really pretty copper wire earrings to my ArtFire Studio. I wanted to share them with you. :)

Blue and Clear Handmade Copper Earring Hoops - Simple yet Elegant


Aqua Blue, Clear w/ Silver Center Seed Bead Hoop Earrings - Red Copper


Light Sapphire Dyed Jade Wire Wrapped Nugget Earrings - Pure Copper


Pure Copper Glass Amber Dangle earrings - Sparkling and Truly Amazing

The best part is that is not all of them! You have to pop over to my ArtFire Shop to check them all out! I am going to be listing a category for 2 pairs of earrings for $10.00 and 3 for $15.00. I will be listing this in the next few days. I have to check everything in the shop to get it completely setup so you will be able to choose which 2 and which 3 earrings you want for the price. Super savings to be had. :)