Tag Archives: ArtFire

A Woodland Choker

I made my first creation specifically for ArtFire this week, as part of the Handmade In Europe Guild’s monthly challenge.  This month had a Woodland theme and I used suede, wooden beads and glass flowers and leaves.

Available for sale in my ArtFire shop.

Fiery Fridays – tips from the top!

It is not uncommon for ArtFire admin to pop in to a forum thread with some really helpful comments and tips to the user community.

There was a discussion going on this week about a letter from the UK Handmade Community to Mary Queen of Shops, and her reply.  ArtFire admin jumped into the thread with some excellent tips on the importance of writing interesting product descriptions and creating a story around your listings to engage the buyer and highlight what is unique and special about your goods.

Here’s the new introduction to my beadwoven pendant with the ‘secret’ Maltese Cross:

Love, restless,
burning fever bright.
I sit and wait with longing,
each second an eternity,
until my Knight returns.
Our meetings secret,
our union forbidden.

read more here.

Fiery Fridays – Collections!

ArtFire Collections are a breeze to create!  Every single  listing on ArtFire now has an “Add to Collection” button, which places that item in a queue from which you can pick and choose which items will go in the Collection.  Once you have enough listings queued up you can start filling in your Collection by dragging and dropping.

Step 1 to creating a new Collection, a blank canvas with the collection queue on the right:

Step 2, dragging and dropping the listings:

One of the sweetest things about the new ArtFire Collections is what happens after you’ve created your ‘masterpiece’ … no need to worry about contacting all the featured members in the Collection because it’s taken care of by the system!  A default message with a link to the Collection is sent, or you can choose to personalise the message with your own text.

That is what I call user friendly! :)

My first Collection was created on Sunday, here are my other two:

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More ArtFire news next week!

A Mermaid’s Song

In my Friday ArtFire post, I mentioned the new ArtFire collections.  I didn’t know that at the time they were still testing them and weren’t available to all members, but luckily they went live a few hours later and I got to make my first Collection yesterday.   The theme for my first collection was a complete no-brainer, I love the sea, I’m surrounded by the sea and I’ve just come back from 3 days of the most gorgeous sea and scenery in Gozo, so I made A Mermaid’s Song.

First, some shots of Gozo …

The Azure Window at Dwejra

Xlendi Tower, built in 1650 by The Order Of St. John

Xlendi Cliffs

… and here’s my first Artfire Collection:

Comments and ratings on the Collection page are very welcome! :)

Fiery Fridays – 06.Aug.10

More happy times on ArtFire this week, mostly thanks to my wonderful first customer who blogged and also left me fantastic feedback!  :)   Helen sells lovely jewellery and cute felt creations on ArtFire, be sure to take a look at her shop!

I was away for three days at the beginning of this week, and on my return I found myself in a happy, bright and wonderfully green Collection, which is a new ArtFire feature similar to the Etsy Treasury.  I haven’t tried making one myself yet, but I’ll have one done to show you by next week! :)

To finish off my weekly ArtFire post, here are my picks from more shops in Europe:

Featured shops:

NOTON, MeganJaneJewellery,
m.a.p.h i.a, AliBaliJewellery.

Fiery Fridays

My experience on ArtFire has been totally positive so far.  I added my ArtFire Kiosk to my Facebook business page without any problems.  With MyEtsy, I was restricted to having my Etsy shop on my profile page rather than my fanpage, although it is something that may have been resolved since I tried it last.

Another very positive thing I did this week was to join the Handmade In Europe Guild.  The team members are really helpful and have made me feel really welcome! :)

Here are some of the team members’ wonderful creations:

Featured shops:

KittyBallistic, BabsBeadsandDesign,
LauraCameronCatsWire.