Tuesday, September 28, 2010

September 28: Tuesday's Top Ten

Today's Top Ten Artists are all very talented yarn-dyers and spinners. Please take a few moments to check out their shops, and if you buy something, please let them know where you found out about them.

1. Life's an Expedition: http://www.artfire.com/users/LifesAnExpedition

2. Three Stitchers: http://www.artfire.com/users/ThreeStitchers

3. Yarn 2 Spin: http://www.artfire.com/users/yarn2spin

4. Mainewoods Yarn: http://www.artfire.com/users/mainewoodsyarn

5. Bittersweet Woolery: http://www.artfire.com/users/RowsRed

6. Denim Schmenim: http://www.artfire.com/users/DenimSchmenim

7. Lambs Ears: http://www.artfire.com/users/LambsEars

8. Turtle Purl: http://www.artfire.com/users/Turtlepurl

9. Teresa Levite Studio: http://www.artfire.com/users/TeresaLeviteStudio

10. Lotus Blossom Knits: http://www.artfire.com/users/Lotusblossom_Knits

Friday, September 24, 2010

Friday's Featured: Tina and Tammy of Entwined Vines


Today's featured artisans are Tina and Tammy of Entwined Vines on Artfire. Happy Friday, everyone!

- Jessica


We love beads in all there splendor. We both started out string and re-stringing and have learned many other techniques to be able to say we are skilled in Viking knit, wire braiding, chainmaille, knitting, crocheting wire and adorning with beads, delicate wire work, interesting yet unique color and design challenges, and repair work of many forms. We are not a metalsmiths or stone workers (although we work with stone in a variety of ways).
Tina is married with four kids, and is an in home daycare provider Monday thru Friday.
Tammy is single with no kids, and works in corporate America Monday thru Friday.
We both value time with family and friends, own and maintain our own homes, enjoy reading, the outdoors and anytime we can combine any of them all the better.

1. When and why did you start crafting?

We have both been crafting for as long as we can remember, all types of crafts. In addition to jewelry, Tammy enjoys painting, while Tina enjoys sewing. Crafting is a creative outlet that has the added benefit of feeding our souls. We find zen moments in our different crafting adventures, which is a nice break from the normal hectic lives we lead.

2. What do you enjoy most about your crafting?

Watching the pieces come together into something beautiful that we can then share with others to enjoy.

3. How did you find out about your online selling venues and why did you start selling there?

Tina suggested selling online, so we started researching. We went with the online option for two main reasons; it allows us to reach more potential clients. Secondly, we are able to manage our time better and not feel like we are working 24/7 even though in reality we are.

4. What is the hardest thing to do for your shop? Is there anything you dislike about selling online?

At this specific moment the hardest thing to do for our shop, we would have to say is getting the pictures to come out, so they are a true presentation of what we have created.
I think this is the answer from all artisans, the paperwork boring side. We are artisans, we just want to create and not bother with the boring side of things. Yet, we manage to keep it from eating up too much of our creative time. That is the great thing about working together, we split the work load, which leaves us both with more creative time.

5. Do you rely on your online selling venues to help pay bills or is it mainly for fun & extra spending money?

We are just starting out, so in the short term it is extra spending money. Our long term goal is to have Entwined Vines be our primary source of income for living expenses.

6. Have you tried or do you sell in offline shops? Do you enjoy that more or less than your online selling venues? Why?

We have and do. Occasionally we enjoy being in a crowd of people at an event, but it isn’t our favorite thing. The advantage is people are able to touch and feel the product. But we prefer handling most of our sales online thru email.

7. Where else can you be found online?

We can be found at:

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

September 21: Tuesday's Top Ten

Today's Top Ten Artists are all very talented. Each specializes and sells something entirely different from the others. Please take a few moments to check out their shops, and if you buy something, please let them know where you found out about them.

1. Linnea Silver: http://www.artfire.com/users/LinneaSilver

2. Crafty Katie: http://www.artfire.com/users/CraftyKatie

3. West Coast Origami: http://www.artfire.com/users/WestCoastOrigami

4. Toys 2 Treasures: http://www.artfire.com/users/toys2treasures

5. Tutu and Edie's: http://www.artfire.com/users/tutuandedie

6. Moxie and Oliver: http://www.artfire.com/users/moxieandoliver

7. Good Scents: http://www.artfire.com/users/GoodScents

8. Pandula Arts Creations: http://www.artfire.com/users/Pandulaartscreations

9. Cedar Point Designs: http://www.artfire.com/users/cedarpointdesigns

10. Dahlia Handbags and Accessories: http://www.artfire.com/users/dahliahandbags

Happy Tuesday, Everyone!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Have you heard? $5.95 for a Pro account on ArtFire!!

That's right, ArtFire.com is running an incredible deal right now. From the Group Deal page: "ArtFire is offering a limited number of people the chance to lock in a never-before-seen $5.95/month rate. In order for us to offer you this deal we need at least 20,000 members, including you, to opt-in for the exclusive $5.95 rate. Don’t miss your chance to lock in the best deal in e-commerce." To see all the details, and sign up for this amazing deal click http://www.artfire.com/groupdeal. At this price, why wouldn't you sign up? If you already have a Pro shop, you can lock in this lower rate. If you have a basic shop (or more than one, even) you can now go Pro and reap all the MANY benefits, including the Market Hub, where you can link to your Facebook, Flickr, Etsy, and much more (yes, ArtFire does allow you to promote other venues you sell on), the Merchandizer, which allows you to easily rearrange your studio any time you like, Promo labels for sales, free shipping, and more, in studio Artisan Blog, and SO much more. And ArtFire only keeps getting better, coming up with more tools, techniques for improving sales, and not only do they listen to the artists, but they implement their suggestions. ArtFire wants us to succeed, and they give us the tools and knowledge to do so.
Once ArtFire reaches 20,000 members signed up for the Group Deal, the lower rate goes into effect, so hurry in and let's reach 20,000! And tell your friends- you won't find a deal like this again!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Lazy Monday

I think I'm having one of those days. You know, where you get up, get yourself ready to do a ton of stuff, and then go "meh, it can wait until tomorrow." I've been hanging out with Anna most of the day. She's got a new thing for the movie "Enchanted," so we've been watching that on repeat most of the morning. I'm a little sick of it, but she's loving it, so I can deal. She also discovered that my stomach contains something that kicks. Really, really hard. I have right around a month and a half to go before Sammy arrives, approximately. I still am not sure if they are going on the right start date, but they are the people that went to school for this, so I'm just following their lead at this point.

I have done a little bit of designing today. Haven't made anything or cut any new rings, but I have sketched out a few potential pieces. I have a couple of custom orders to figure out how to do, and fortunately, the customer knows that I am having to locate a specific color of rings before I can make the item, so they know it's going to take a while. If anyone knows where I can get 16 gauge 1/4" white chainmaille rings, please let me know. I know I can't get them in anodized aluminum because anodizing white is supposedly not possible. Enameled copper will work, and I guess rubber Oh rings will work, but the client really didn't seem too keen on the rubber, so trying to find them in metal if at all possible. If anyone has any leads, please let me know! I'll be eternally grateful.

Otherwise, it's been a fairly quiet day. I do have a new piece to list and I will do so soon. Have a few findings I need to get made, but I have to wait until Anna decides that it's her naptime. And honestly, that isn't looking like it will be anytime soon. Probably not for another two hours or so.

For now, I am going to go watch "Enchanted"...again. I'll be singing the songs in no time. :o)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Purple Anodized Aluminum and Bright Aluminum 'Star Trek' Earrings


Today's newest listing. I love these little earrings. They are really lightweight and will soon be available in an assortment of colors. Purple was just the first bag of colored rings I opened. I also have violet, blue, turquoise, black, yellow, gold, green, brown, red, and pink.

I know my store seems sparse, but I'm trying to list an item a day so that it is full but not stagnant by the time Sammy, Jr. arrives in a little over a month and a half. I'm going to ask if my husband will list items for me while I'm in the hospital, and I'm going to try to schedule some blog posts to go out, but depending on how things roll out, it might not happen. I shall return, though. :o)

I will have several more necklaces available soon, and I've begun making jewelry with copper rings, so that metal will be available in the store soon as well. I'm still pricing silver and gold, and as soon as I find a supplier with a fair price, those metals will be arriving in my shop as well.

I will also have non-jewelry items available eventually. Since I'm setting this shop up in the midst of chaos and craziness in my life, I'm taking things one step at a time, but it'll all show up eventually.

Just wanted to stop in and drop a note. Anna has finally collapsed for her afternoon nap, so I need to get a little bit of cleaning done.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Chickadee Tree: Grand Opening!


The Chickadee Tree has officially opened on Artfire. Our first item listed is this beautiful chunky turquoise and silver aluminum bracelet woven in a very simple chainmaille weave. More items are queued to be listed. I hope everyone enjoys my work, and if you buy a piece, please let me know what you think about it once you receive it!

Happy crafting and happy shopping to everyone! And Happy Labor Day Weekend! Travel safely, please!

~Jessica, The Chickadee Tree