Wednesday, September 30, 2009

PicardCreative rides the Artfire Crazy Train today

Not only does she make really cool, funny magnets, she's also the person who got the crazy train on track. Picking out a couple of pictures to post here is really hard-fun, but so hard to choose. They all make me laugh.

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Artfire Crazy Train Rider for today is.....

Rose of Sharon. This studio has some cool wirework pieces in it, from jewelry to book marks. I love the bookmarks she makes. So, you know the drill. I'll show you a couple of pictures, then you click the link and check out the shop.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Artfire introduces Holiday Free For All

To quote from the forum announcement made by Artfire" As you will be hearing over the next few days, will be rolling out the "Holiday Free For All" promotion. For the holiday season all accounts (both Basic and Verified) will have the ability to list unlimited listings. There will be no listing fees, no final valuation fees, no commission fees, and no catches." This will give Artfire a chance to introduce itself to a lot of online sellers who may have never heard of it. In addition, there will be an uploader, so if you have an etsy shop,yo can bulk upload your etsy stuff to your Artfire shop. After you get it loaded, there will still be some editing to do, but the vast majority of the work will be done.

Being a Pro (verified) seller on Artfire has lots of advantages. I'll quote again from the forum announcement "Verified Only Benefits

1) +1 search weighting (verified members always win a relevancy contest where the tie is with a basic member)

2) The Facebook Kiosk (worth $12/month all by itself by monetizing your fan page)

3) Coupon codes and gift certificates

4) Free featured spots for every verified member on the category, trend and gift guide pages (randomly selected)

5) Artisan Guilds

6) Artifacts

7) Sticky Cart

8) Global Product Editor

9) Multiple quantity listings

10) Fully customizable colors and layouts for the Fusion Studio

11) The Gallery on your Fusion Studio

12) Larger Super banner

13) Advanced Artisan Bio with multiple pictures and links

14) Studio widgets capability for ads, video, or other html and flash widgets

15) 10 pictures instead of 4 on items.

16) No advertising in your studio or items.

17) No promotion of other (verified) sellers items on your item listings.

18) Up to 99 studio categories

SO, if you have thought about setting up an Artfire Studio, now just might be the time to do it.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

HarmonArt is riding the Artfie Crazy Train

What can I say about HarmonArt that will do their studio justice? The color palatte of their creations is perfect for this time of year. All it will take is one look at their work to know that Nature is their main inspiration. Gourd art and cermaics and jewelry-something for everyone. So, here are a couple of pictures, Then, be sure to click the link and go check out their studio.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

SweetWhimsy is the Artfire Crazy Train Rider today

There are so many adorable things in this studio, I don'tknow where to start. There is some really sweet jewelry work in her studio and some great frames and cute handmade boxes, too. I'm going to post some pics of some non-jewelry stuff, then you can click the link to see the rest of the studio. Do go have a look, you will love it.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Riding the Artfire Crazy Train today is..........

Maggie McMane Jewelry Designs. There is a little something for everybody here. She has faith based jewelry, holiday jewelry and regular all occassion pretty jewelry.

So, after you look at the pictures, click the link and check out her studio.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Aquariann Fantasy Art rides the Artfire Crazy Train

The fantasy art in this studio just blows me away. It is cool beyond words. It's avalable on everything from buttons, bookmarks, magnets, prints and ornaments. So, as usual, I'm going to tease you with a couple of pictures, then you click the link and go check out the studio.

Friday, September 18, 2009

HookYarnInker is riding the Artfire Crazy Train

This shop has some wonderful Crocheted Wearable Art and eco friendly market bags. I like that idea. Our county has stopped recycling the plastic bags, so market bags are a staple around my house. These are prettier than what I have, though.

You can also find some neat hats in a variety of styles, too. One thing I feel a need to mention-follow the care instructions she sends with your purchase. It's important to care for hand crocheted items carefully.

Now, here are the pictures I'm going to tease you with, then you click the link and go see the rest for yourself.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Get ready for a handmade Christmas

It's almost time to start Christmas shopping. You have a choice this year-you can shop for a handmade Christmas or you can hit the superstores and buy the same thing as 10,000 other people are buying.

Handmade gifts are special gifts. They are unique. You can get your daughter a darling scarf or doll and she will be the only one of her friends that has something like that. You can get your mom a beautiful piece of jewelry and know that if she wears it out somewhere, she won't run into anybody else with the same jewelry.

Another reason handmade is special is the person who creates it. This is a small business person, not a giant "careing only about the bottom line" corporation. It's me, it's your brother your neighbor. It's people who put pride in their workmanship, and care and love goes into what they make, too.

So this Christmas, instead of buying from a facelss company, buy handmade. Give a unique gift and support a small business.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Cherilynn Fine Art is the Crazy Train Rider today

The beautiful artwork in this studio can be found at . I can't describe how incredible her paintings are. She does custom pet portraits, among her other cool work. Her abstarct geometric paintings totally rock!! So, since I can't really find words that do her work justice, I'm going to show you a couple of my faves, then you click the link and go see for yourself. Be sure to have a pillow under your jaw, because it's going to hit the floor when you see her work.

Monday, September 14, 2009

TrinketsandTreasures on the Crazy Train

Today's Artfire crazy train rider has some neat jewelry in her studio. .

I love this Bear Paw Necklace. The paw is on carved anterl Beofre any animal lovers get upset over that...Just in case you don't know, animals with antlers shed them every year.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

JewelryWorksbyKim is Artfire Crazy Train Rider

I love the style of her jewelry. I love chunky pieces even though I'm kind of small to wear them.

I love this necklace. She calls it Urban Rockhound. That's a great name for this necklace, too. So, after you look at this great necklace, click the link and go see her studio for yourself.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Riding the Artfire Crazy Train today is....

MyrnaM on artfire
MyrnaM. She is an artist and right now she says her favorite medium is watercolor. I can believe it-her work is really neat!!! Here is the link so you can check it out yourself. You will love her work!!!

These are two of my favorites she has in her studio.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

AGLF Supporting Shops

Since many of us are not going to let a certain person continue her slanderous behavior, the AGLF (Artisan Glassworkers Legal Fund) still needs support. Money continues to be raised, but since legal costs vary, money is still needed. On the right side of my blog, you will see a list of shops who have items for sale with the proceeds going to AGLF. Some of them have designated items for the fund, they will have a tag on them that says AGLF. Some of them are donating partial proceeds from all items to the fund. Have a look around in the shops and you will see which items are for the fund.

There are not too many internet laws out there for this kind of situation. The internet world opens a whole new area of law. There are things out there that aren't covered yet and should be covered. Hopefully, this issue with slander and all the yelling fraud by an individual will be covered by the time this issue is settled.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Today's Crazy train rider makes cards!!

Wonderful, cool cards, too. She cross stiches some, makes some with fiber and creates others.....well, click the link and go see for yourself. Her cards are incredibly neat!!!!!!!!

This Teddy Bear card is just one of the many adorable cards in this studio.

So, what are you waiting for? You know somebody has a birthday coming up, right??!