My spotlighted artisan this week is catinalife. I met her on Artfire shortly after joining, and she's now my facebook friend (and I like to believe my "real life" friend, too... even though we haven't met face-to-face yet!).
Catinalife (her real name is Joy) makes beautiful jewelry from her home in Wilton, Iowa. Joy is a self-proclaimed "beadaholic, rock, fossil hound" and she has "never met a rock [she] didn't like." When she isn't busy watching corncams hoping to see her fellow artisan, LaDeDa running through the cornfields, she sells her wonderful items on both Artfire and Etsy. She also tweets from time to time, but you need to add her to see (she's sorta secretive like that! LOL)
Joy has been truly kind to me since I first met her. I can't say enough good things about her. She's so sweet, so supportive, and probably the most humble person I've ever met! She's sorta quiet sometimes, but once you get her talking she's a true riot! Her blog features daily laughs, and trust me... they are HILARIOUS!
Joy's real talent isn't just telling jokes though... As far as I can tell, she's an AMAZING jewelry artisan who has a real flair for making gorgeous, elegant pieces out of those "rocks" she loves so much. ;0)
It was hard for me to narrow down just which pieces I loved, but I finally decided to showcase these two:
(This one if from her Artfire shop)
TIGEREYE QUARTZ GOLD BLUE RED NECKLACE BRACELET GEMSTONE SET
I chose this one because I have had a lifelong love of tiger's eye... and what she's done with this focal piece is wonderful!
(And this one if from her Etsy shop)
Olive jade butterfly pendant necklace set
This one caught my eye because of the stunning butterfly it has... I'm definitely saving my pennies for this one! LOL
As you can see, catinalife is truly talented! Thanks for being so sweet, Joy! You rock!
Now everyone go look around her shop and show her some love! ;0)
27 February 2009
26 February 2009
Well, I was reading the Artfire forums the other day, and I came across a post from Soapdeli about promoting yourself online at a new venue called byhand.me.
I clicked her link, and was surprised to find how easy it was to join and set up my profile. I added all my shops, and even created my first spotlight over there in less than ten minutes.
The awesome thing is that once you create your spotlight, the admins at byhand.me will tweet it to the world FOR you! Isn't that cool? I can already tell that my shop views have gone up from spotlight traffic!
Anyone else using byhand.me? If so, let me know so we can connect over there! Or feel free to connect with me once you do sign up!
25 February 2009
Artfire just rolled out this cool new toy for all verified sellers that let's buyers check out DIRECTLY FROM BLOG PAGES!
Here's how mine looks:
If you haven't seen it yet, and you're an Artfire artisan, go to "my studio" and look under "promote". See that little link that says "rapid cart"? Good... click it! It's SO super easy to use, and you just copy and paste the code anywhere you'd like!
I've figured out that it looks best using only two columns on my blog, but you can use up to a 5 by 5 grid if you have the space!
I'm sure there will be a few bugs, as it's still a new application, but overall it seems to work well. Yay to Artfire once again!
24 February 2009
Well, so far I have been having slow, but steady, success in my various shops. I started out over on Etsy, and have since opened studios on both Artfire and Shophandmade. My Artfire studio is by far my favorite, because I just LOVE the community over there. I've made great friends and awesome connections, and I've only been there just about a month now. But I just can't say enough good things about the vibe at Artfire. If you aren't an Artfire Artisan yet, you really should check it out. I am sure you will be pleased with what you find.
But anyway... this post was supposed to be about branching out LOL
I am contemplating opening another Artfire studio that has NON jewelry items in it. I am a little nervous about this, as I don't quite know how well my items would be received, but I think that since it's free to have a small shop, it can't hurt to try, right?
If I do open that shop, I will use it to list handpainted goods. I love to paint on odd surfaces, rather than canvas or paper, and I often find myself painting on things like reclaimed windows, wine glasses, or coffee mugs. I also like to paint wood things like birdhouses or trinket boxes.
So, any advice? Anyone reading already a painter that sells on the internet? Any suggestions you want to give me to help me out? Anything you guys would like to see painted? Any help at all? LOL
I'd love to hear what you guys have to say...
23 February 2009
Sorry I don't have a lot to post today, but I am running crazy trying to get some work done.
I have two custom orders to finish up so I can (hopefully) ship them in the next day or so, and I have to get a few more things listed in my various shops.
I hope you guys are all having a great day and are selling tons! <3
22 February 2009
I got tagged in a note on facebook that had this little game listed. I thought it was fun, and we all had a lot of fun doing it, so I thought I'd use it as an easy Sunday post on here... I will warn you, some of the quotes I chose have some "not so sweet" language in them, so I hope I don't offend anyone... ;0)
anyway... here's the game:
-Pick 20 of your favorite movies.
- Go to IMDB and find a quote from each movie.
- Post them in a note for everyone to guess.
- Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.
- NO GOOGLING/using IMDB search functions. That's cheating and it ruins the fun.
1. The game starts now. You have to score one thousand points. If you do that, you take home a tank with a big gun. Each day we will announce the scores from that loudspeaker. The one who has the fewest points will have to wear a sign that says "Jackass" on his back. There are three ways to lose points. One, turning into a big crybaby. Two, telling us you want to see your mommy. Three, saying you're hungry and want something to eat.
2. He lets the last Hungarian go. He waits until his wife and kids are in the ground and then he goes after the rest of the mob. He kills their kids, he kills their wives, he kills their parents and their parents' friends. He burns down the houses they live in and the stores they work in, he kills people that owe them money. And like that he was gone. Underground. Nobody has ever seen him since. He becomes a myth, a spook story that criminals tell their kids at night.
3. Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.
4. Always the same red paper, the same beautiful black writing. She's probably a lot like me, a legend in her own mind. Hehehehe. But you know what, I bet in real life she's probably not that wild. I bet she's kind of shy like so many of us briskly walking the halls, pretending to be late for some class, pretending to be distracted. Hey, poetry lady, are you really this cool? Are you out there? Are you listening?
5. Only posers die you fucking idiot!
6. It's one thing to want someone out of your life, but it's another thing to serve them a wake-up cup full of liquid drainer.
7. All right. Then get me a toilet paper roll, a corkscrew and some tin foil.
We don't have a corkscrew.
All right. Then get me an avocado, an ice pick and my snorkel.
[Friend looks at him funny] Trust me, bro. I've made bongs with less. Hurry up!
8. I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can't remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world's still there. Do I believe the world's still there? Is it still out there?... Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I'm no different.
9. Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam...
10. I got mind control over Deebo. He be like "shut the f**k up." I be quiet. But when he leave, I be talking again.
11. I suddenly remembered my Charlemagne. Let my armies be the rocks and the trees and the birds in the sky...
12. So I guess this is where I tell you what I learned - my conclusion, right? Well, my conclusion is: Hate is baggage. Life's too short to be pissed off all the time. It's just not worth it. Derek says it's always good to end a paper with a quote. He says someone else has already said it best. So if you can't top it, steal from them and go out strong. So I picked a guy I thought you'd like. 'We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.'
13. The Dude abides. I don't know about you but I take comfort in that. It's good knowin' he's out there. The Dude. Takin' 'er easy for all us sinners. Shoosh. I sure hope he makes the finals.
14. I was 12 going on 13 the first time I saw a dead human being. It happened in the summer of 1959 - a long time ago, but only if you measure in terms of years. I was living in a small town in Oregon called Castle Rock; there were only twelve hundred and eighty-one people, but to me it was the whole world.
15. It's the sense of touch. In any real city, you walk, you know? You brush past people, people bump into you. In L.A., nobody touches you. We're always behind this metal and glass. I think we miss that touch so much, that we crash into each other, just so we can feel something.
16. They say when you meet the love of your life, time stops, and that's true. What they don't tell you is that when it starts again, it moves extra fast to catch up.
17. I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up DOES rejoice. Still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they're gone. I guess I just miss my friend.
18. A woman... so ugly on the inside she couldn't bear to go on living if she couldn't be beautiful on the outside. A drug dealer, a drug dealing pederast, actually! And let's not forget the disease-spreading whore! Only in a world this shitty could you even try to say these were innocent people and keep a straight face. But that's the point. We see a deadly sin on every street corner, in every home, and we tolerate it. We tolerate it because it's common, it's trivial. We tolerate it morning, noon, and night. Well, not anymore. I'm setting the example. What I've done is going to be puzzled over and studied and followed... forever.
19. My name is Lester Burnham. This is my neighborhood; this is my street; this is my life. I am 42 years old; in less than a year I will be dead. Of course I don't know that yet, and in a way, I am dead already.
20. Mutation: it is the key to our evolution. It has enabled us to evolve from a single-celled organism into the dominant species on the planet. This process is slow, and normally taking thousands and thousands of years. But every few hundred millennia, evolution leaps forward.
p.s. If you do this on your own blog, please let me know.... I'd love to play along there if that's ok! :0)
21 February 2009
Ok, so I was reading around some of your blogs, and I came across this game on djstoreroom's blog. I love the idea, so I thought I'd start my own little PIF game.
Here are the original Rules:
1. Be one of the first three bloggers to leave a comment on this post, which entitles you to a handmade gift
2. Winners must post this challenge on her blog, meaning that you will Pay It Forward, creating a handmade gift for the first three bloggers who leave a comment on YOUR post about this giveaway!
3. The gift you send can be from any price range and you have 365 days to make/ship your item. This means you should be willing to maintain your blog at least until you receive your gift and have shipped your gifts. And, remember: It’s the Spirit and the Thought That Count!
4. When you receive your gift, feel free to blog about it, sharing appropriate Linky Love
5. If you are not one of the Top Three to comment on this post, you can still play along. Please start your own 'Pay It Forward chain', and encourage your blogging friends to do the same.
And, I would be most pleased if you could just join in the fun!!
Ok everyone... on your mark, get set, COMMENT!!!!
(p.s. I will make you a deal, if you AREN'T one of the first three to comment, but you'd still like a free item from me, send me a message once you have started your own PIF chain (with a link to the posting please!) and I will see what I can do! :wink:)
20 February 2009
Ok guys, in honor of my new bloggerdom, I have decided to implement "Free Press Fridays" around this place.
It works like this:
Every Friday I will highlight one handmade artisan from around the world on here. Anyone is free game (and yes, I will be happy to highlight you if you are a vintage seller or a supply seller... you're family, too, right?). I plan on posting a link to your shop(s), choosing a few items that I love from each, and adding any random/funny/interesting thing about you I feel like saying (It's MY blog... so there! :P)
If you would like to be spotlighted, please send an email to me here: NJ3939 at gmail dot com
Also, if there is anything YOU want me to mention in your spotlight, please let me know that as well!
One last thing before we get to our first artisan... I know I said I welcome ANY comments, and that is true IN REGARDS TO MYSELF... however, I do ask that you please be kind in your comments on Fridays. Meaning, IF YOU CAN'T SAY SOMETHING NICE, BE QUIET OR FACE THE NINJA WRATH!!! :P
and now.... (drum roll please).... the very first artisan on free press friday....
djstoreroom is my very first follower here. I met her on Artfire, in the forums, and she's located in Singapore. She was kind enough (or maybe I should say "brave enough"? LOL) to click the link to my blog, and, in my book, that makes her awesome!
She JUST took the plunge to becoming a full-timer, and I am so proud of her. I recently took that plunge as well, and I know how scary and intimidating it can be! (Good for you dj!)
DJ sells the cutest little handmade pouches in her Artfire store, and she also sells tutorials so we can learn to make them as well. (Although I doubt mine would turn out anywhere NEAR as cute as hers! LOL) She also sells on Etsy, where she has cell phone charms listed and vintage paper cards. DJ is active on twitter and indiepublic, and she somehow still manages to find time to blog!
I simply love her handmade pouches, and these are my faves:
TURQ HENNA GARDEN MEDIUM ZIP POUCH
FALL MEDALLION BLOOM SMALL ZIP POUCH
DJ ships internationally, and she seems like a really cool person to work with!
Good luck DJ! Please keep us posted as to how the full-time works out for you! <3
I guess it's about time that I joined the land of the craft bloggers. I have long been an anonymous blogger, but never have I tried to write anything serious.
Please bear with... this could be a little strange in the beginning...
I am not used to having a "real name" attached to my writings, so I'm a little nervous about that! I have to get over the fact that I can't hide behind my keyboard anymore... and, to be honest, I'm not even really sure what to say now that my anonymity has been stripped away.
But doggone it... I am going to try!
Feel free to comment, suggest things, vent, bitch, whine, moan... whatever you feel like doing!
I welcome any and all interaction!
Thanks for taking the time to check out my little corner of the world... hopefully I won't fail to deliver in the future!