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Title: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on April 15, 2009, 08:24:51 PM
Take a minute to tell us a little about yourself.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: libragear on April 15, 2009, 08:38:58 PM
I guess I will start. I am Kate from Libra Gear. I am a jewelryholic although I wear very little of it. I like seeing it on others more than on me. I started mailling in the late 90's and started again in 2002 to help aid in my bi-polar journey. I am also a beadholic. I squirrel them away for a later date. I cannot walk into a bead store and not spend a ton of money, even though I just went in for ear wires. :P I sell an Etsy as well as Artfire.

um... I just wore out my first 2 pairs of pliers. So sad. :( I want to give them a burial and say a little eulogy. It's like saying good by to you best friends. It's OK I got new ones that I like better. :P Don't tell the old ones though.

A day here in the apartment/studio of Kate looks like up, breakfast, computer, if I am in the mood some crafting, then afternoon I take pictures if I need to, and list if there is anything. All through this process I twitter and facebook throughout the day. Oh and listen to the Grateful Dead. They get me through the day.

That is about my in my present state. I hope to be a famous chainmaille designer someday. It could happen... :P I would also like to win the lottery. That is less likely to happen. You actually have to play to win. They never tell you that part. D'oh!

Okies, who is next?

Kate
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on April 15, 2009, 09:07:10 PM
libragear  you are to funny bury the pliers.
I bought my wife a set four lyndsrun pliers and she said she would kill me if I touch them. LOL
I do believe that she loves me more than the pliers, at least i think she does. :-\
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: torajewelry on April 15, 2009, 09:22:33 PM
Hi my name's Monique from Tora Jewelry, and I'm a craftaholic. I'm one of those people that sees things and thinks "I can make that myself". I've been making jewelry for about 10 years, mostly bead and wirework. I also knit, crochet, sew and build furniture.

I just discovered maille recently, probably about 5 months ago. I was skimming through jewelry on etsy and saw a euro 4-1 bracelet and just went "Wow" and then I said "I can make that!" and a new addiction started. My husband is going crazy already with a closet full of fabric and yarn, and a garage full of wood and tools, cabinets full of beads and now we have something new. But I love it!!

I'm also a stay at home mom of two wonderful kids, and we have a cat. His name is George of the jungle.

And that's my life right now in a nutshell.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on April 15, 2009, 09:30:56 PM
Great to have you Monique my wife calls it crafters ADD we had to build a room just to hold the stuff.
She is the major creative force behind our work, I started maille right after her and fell in love. I had to get involved in some kind of craft to keep up. I even have a few cross stiches under my belt.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: AmongTheRuins on April 15, 2009, 10:15:56 PM
Hello all!  My name is Kim, from AmongTheRuins (etsy).  I am completely new at everything in the wonderful world of art.  I have only dabbled occassionally through the years in jewelry making, a little drawing here and there, sewing, crafts.  But recently I discovered something called "altered art" and from there I found steampunk, and now I'm flipping crazy for all of it!!!  I also have a goal of making money selling my jewelry and altered bottles.  It is slow going and every other day I am encouraged, and every other day I'm down in the dumps.  But I am not giving up and I figure if I just keep at it and keep learning everything I can, I'll get there someday!!
I've been a musician all my life - I play violin and piano, doing occassional professional gigs, and I play in the local orchestra.  I've always wanted to be an artist.  My mom, sisters, brother, and daughter are all talented artists.  I guess I just wanted to be one too!!  So here I am!  I opened up shop on Etsy almost a month ago and all I can do now is eat, sleep, and dream jewelry!!!  I am very very happy to make your aquaintances!! 
The works I've seen so far here are really beautiful.  I look forward to getting to know you all and maybe learning some things along the way.  I'm just so happy to find this here!   
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on April 16, 2009, 05:53:22 AM
chantillyviolin I know what you mean about steampunk, I have had a recent obsession with it and plan on making a new jewelry line.
Great to have you.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on April 16, 2009, 07:36:10 AM
thefamilyjewels I tweeted you today as my Daily Steampunk. It's something I've been doing for a few weeks now, I hope it brings traffic to your Etsy Store.
Andrew
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: livngoodjewelry on April 16, 2009, 07:42:02 AM
Hi. My name is Jill and I'm a chainmailler. <group: Hi Jill!>   :D

I found chainmaille from an ad for Urbanmaille in a beding magazine a few months after I learned how to make beaded jewelry (in 07). I remember having a stupid grin on my face the whole time I was making that first chain (Byzantine) thinking "holy crap, look at what I can do" I may even have said something to that effect to my hubby. Fortunately he didn't laugh (much) and I've been hooked ever since.


I think my etsy profile describes my journey to jewelry best:

In trying to tap the creative gene I feel I must have inherited from my Mom (the painter) I've tried several different crafts: knitting, basket weaving, drawing, water color painting, cross stitch & embroidery, quilting, stained glass, mosaics, and more. But none "stuck" until I took my first jewelry making class in 2007. After filling up my jewelry box (and my family's) I decided to start sharing my pieces with the world - and was pleasantly surprised that people liked them.

My work combines a variety of techniques including chainmaille, silversmithing, copper etching and heat patinas, beading, resin collages, wire wrapping - and anything else that catches my fancy.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: livngoodjewelry on April 16, 2009, 07:45:34 AM
HA! Just re-read my post - apparently the safety feature on this forum changes any instance of a - s - s  all together - even if it's inside another word - to buttox

so instead of "stained g-l-a-s-s" it reads "stained glbuttox"
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on April 16, 2009, 08:35:06 AM
Sorry Jill that's my fault. I put some security in place for your standard curse words. I may have gone to far with ass. I took the sensor off. I just want to make sure this place stays family friendly.
Andrew
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on April 16, 2009, 09:20:35 AM
Hi everyone!

My name is Kimberly and I am the other half of ChainmailleByMBOI.  Andrew and I have been making chainmaille for a few years now in addition to Makinthebestofit which is my painted glass side of things...what can I say...crafters ADD won't let me stick to one thing.

Looking forward to talking to all of you.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on April 16, 2009, 09:26:48 AM
other half
Thanks honey I figured you would of went with the general majority as being my BETTER half :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: AmongTheRuins on April 16, 2009, 09:30:08 AM
LOL to the "buttox"!!!
And being the "better half" goes without saying.  ;-)
but seriously, I am very glad to have found you all here, and on your first day!!  Maybe I can actually keep up!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on April 16, 2009, 09:40:21 AM
LOL to the "buttox"!!!
And being the "better half" goes without saying.  ;-)
but seriously, I am very glad to have found you all here, and on your first day!!  Maybe I can actually keep up!


Goes without saying huh.................... walks away grumbling and kicking the dirt like a two year old :P
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on April 16, 2009, 09:48:21 AM
other half
Thanks honey I figured you would of went with the general majority as being my BETTER half :D
Number one, BETTER half goes without saying...number two, aren't you supposed to be working now???
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on April 16, 2009, 10:00:50 AM
Runs off to work 8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: IcedAdornments on April 16, 2009, 11:43:11 AM
Hi there Everyone!

I'm Elizabeth, of Iced Adornments Jewelry. I've been making jewelry things since I was a teenager. In the past 3 years I have really worked towards trying to make some sort of a living from it. I'm another one of those eclectic sorts, doing everything from the simple little Scrabble and glass tiles, to a wee bit of metalsmithing. I love maille. Love Love Love it. I got really interested in it back when I worked for my then local Ren Faire in Kansas City. But I have only really been doing it for about a year now. Still have a bunch to learn, but that's the fun part (unless I am throwing my pliers across the room in frustration.. the walls don't think that's fun).

Right now I just have an artfire shop set up, and even then, it lacks any maille currently. Working on setting up Etsy as well.

Glad to meet all of you and can't wait to learn more!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: AmongTheRuins on April 16, 2009, 12:25:18 PM
LOL to the "buttox"!!!
And being the "better half" goes without saying.  ;-)
but seriously, I am very glad to have found you all here, and on your first day!!  Maybe I can actually keep up!


Goes without saying huh.................... walks away grumbling and kicking the dirt like a two year old



All said with tongue steadfastly stuck in cheek!!   ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Nárrína on April 16, 2009, 03:23:34 PM
Greetings!! My name is Laura. I currently am living in Standish, Michigan, but was born over in Ireland where my parents served as missionaries for 13 years and so lived there for much of my life.  I've been making jewelry in some form or another since I was six, but have only been making chainmaille for about 4 years.  I first ran across chainmaille completely by accident while looking up wire jewelry ideas and found some chainmaille patterns which I tried and was instantly hooked.  Currently I'm a college student working towards my Associates of Fine Arts (which I will be graduating with in a couple weeks  ;D) and intend  to go  on to get my BFA and eventually MFA in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on April 16, 2009, 03:52:20 PM
Welcome Laura glad you stopped by.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: AmongTheRuins on April 16, 2009, 05:46:56 PM
Just to confuse everyone - I changed my user name from Chantillyviolin to AmongTheRuins.  Chantillyviolin is my alter ego and I want this one for myself.
 :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ArmoredHearts on April 16, 2009, 11:59:52 PM
First let me say  YEAH MICHIGAN.... Yes I know our state has 12% unemployment but I'm STILL HERE.

I've been mailling since August of 08.. yes last year. I'm addicted... obsessed and can't go anywhere without rings and pliers, even if I don't even touch them.
I am part of the 12 % of the jobless. I was laid off in February when I was about $600 into my ring collection. I decided to jump right in (wow the puns are just rolling on in).

My weave knowledge is not as broad as I would like. I am an avid worshiper of a few members here (Andrew and Kim and Legba, seeing their work on various other forums.) and hope to learn much from them.

I have NO Art training unless you consider eating paste artistic. I've dabbled in knitting, and counted cross stitch but they can't compare to metal rings!

Looking forward to sharing and learning from others.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on April 17, 2009, 07:34:14 AM
Great to see you here ArmoredHearts and welcome to the addiction.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: dreamriverdesigns on April 17, 2009, 06:12:23 PM
Hello,

I'm Debbie of DreamRiver Designs.  I am also one that goes to craft shows and said "I can make that"  however I never really did until  for some reason I got this wild idea to try maille.  This was after my father in law donated all of his beading supplies to me.  I like to bead also but my addiction is truly to maille. 

I am always amazed/intrigued but what skills and talents individuals have.  I look enviously at the wire work stuff but know that I could never do that, yet I hear the same remark said about me and maille.

Anyone here besides Legba do any SCA or renaissance events?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Behindthepaint on April 18, 2009, 08:56:56 PM
  I am a stay at home mom of 2 and live in San Diego, CA. My daughter is 4 and has her own collection of chainmaille necklaces and bracelets. My son is 9 months old. And he is taking after my (soon to be) husband and daughter. I have to make four of everything, one to sell and three for them. I have been making chainmaille for a few years. I am completely addicted, I chainmaille anywhere and everywhere. There is a pair of pliers and rings in the diaper bag.
      My 2 personal chainmaille goals:
 
1: not have my husband walk away with something that isn't finished so 6 months later (when he finally is nagged into taking it off, mostly because the Faire/SCA season is over) I can finish it.

 
2: get pictures of said projects.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on April 18, 2009, 09:01:58 PM
Welcome, my wife and I a rolling on the floor about the pliers in the diaper bag. That is perfect.
Hope to see pictures of your creations soon.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Behindthepaint on April 18, 2009, 09:20:54 PM
I hope to see pictures soon too lol... But I do know that with in the next month I will be making myself a necklace/bracelet/earring set for my wedding, that will definitely be something I take many pictures of. So during that time I will take pictures of all of my work.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: IcedAdornments on April 19, 2009, 08:07:18 AM
lol I so know about having to make extra. I have a 3 year old daughter who has a nice collection of various jewelry pieces. What cracks me up is she asks for earrings, and her ears aren't even pierced!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jeanne on April 20, 2009, 09:41:49 AM
Hello, Everyone...

I decided that since Andrew was kind enough to make me a moderator I would tell everyone a little about myself.

I am an ADDICT....lol...addicted to learning, not drugs or alcohol.  If something attracts my eye on the net, I have to find a way to make it.  Now, that doesn't mean I spend my time copying what someone else makes, just that I have to figure out the concept behind it and design my own piece.  I don't sell my work simply because that would mean I would have to make more than one piece, which I usually don't. 

Right now I am working my way through chain maille designs.  I have done a byzantine bracelet, and some Japanese weave earrings, some mobius flowers, and a 4 in 1 scalloped bracelet.  I learned a celtic weave, but after making a couple of parts, I realized I didn't like it.  There are others that I learned, but can't remember the names of. 

I also bead dolls, and bead jewelry.  I want to learn how to wire wrap a pendant properly, but haven't gotten to that yet. 

Painting, drawing, crocheting, knitting, and anything that, as I said before, strikes my eye I have done. Of course all that I have mentioned are things that are self taught.

This is me and if you want more knowledge...my website is
http://gammiebrat.blogspot.com/ (http://gammiebrat.blogspot.com/)

Gammie, cause this is what my 6 grandchildren call me and brat, cause that's what I am.   ;D

I look forward to being active on this forum and getting to know everyone,

Jeanne
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on April 20, 2009, 10:27:20 AM
I was wondering were the name came from, thanks for offering the info so I wouldn't have to embarrass myself by asking ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jeanne on April 20, 2009, 11:01:02 AM
I was wondering were the name came from, thanks for offering the info so I wouldn't have to embarrass myself by asking ;D
Never be embarrassed to ask questions.  I am sure there are others out there who were wondering too and no one ever asked.  How can we learn without questions?  I used to be Bratness, Queen of the Brats, in the early days of chatting, maybe 10 or 12 years ago, then I was off the computer for awhile and I googled myself to see what I had been up too and found out that Bratness was now a 16 year old lesbian.  Imagine my surprise.  I quickly changed my name...lol  Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against lesbianism, but I didn't want all the emails that came with the name.

Jeanne
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Haffina on April 23, 2009, 04:38:11 AM
Hi, I'm Haffina. I'm an Australian, who happens to admin on another SMF site. I came across 'Chainmaille by MBOI' on Twitter, and then again when looking for open Project Wonderful ad spaces..so I thought it was a sign! I love Chainmaille.. absolutely obsessed.. spent most of today making new pieces and experimenting and trying to learn new weaves. I also make other types of jewellery, including polymer clay beads. I have a studio on ArtFire and a store on the SMF forum I admin on.
Oh.. and Im also a mum of 5 kids  :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: maillemystique on April 23, 2009, 06:22:18 AM
Ok, fine. I'm Deb and the first piece of jewelry I ever made was when I took 2 dandelion stems and fastened them together to make a bracelet!

For 10 years I made and sold primitive dolls, santas, snowmen etc. They shut my hubby's plant in Illinois and we had to move down here to N.Ky. Went from a big old 6 bedroom house with original woodwork to an apartment down here. Had to do some downsizing. Sold all the fabric etc. and found myself quite bored. Did some research on the internet, found chainmaille, ordered bronze rings to practice and an addiction was born. I'm now in my 6th year of making it and still love it.

2 sons - one in Illinois in a group home and one in the marine corps due back from Iraq TODAY!

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on April 23, 2009, 06:26:43 AM
Welcome Haffina glad to see you here and once again God Bless our troops and your son Deb
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: AmongTheRuins on April 23, 2009, 11:47:55 AM
Welcome Haffina glad to see you here and once again God Bless our troops and your son Deb

God bless you and your son!!!!!!!  Hurray for coming HOME!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MGChains on April 23, 2009, 08:29:56 PM
Hey everyone! This is a lovely forum you've got here.

I'm Meghan from Portland, Maine, and I do lots of things. I've been making chainmail off and on for about 8 years now, ever since I took a class in college. Yes, I got college credit for learning chainmail  :D

I started out on galvanized steel with armor patterns, but it didn't take long for me to get into anodized aluminum and all the fun jewelry weaves. Eventually I tried my hand at silver and gold and was hooked. I opened up a shop on Etsy (http://MGChains.etsy.com) a couple months ago and have been trying to build the 'business' ever since.

I'm also an aspiring graphic designer. I'm not a "professional" yet but I'm starting a master of arts program in graphic design in Boston this summer, and you can check out my personal website at http://www.meghangrammer.com

This is a good place to mention that all the proceeds from my Etsy shop (once I turn a profit, that is  ::)) go towards my graduate degree. I'm so excited to finally have the chance to study something I love, it would be nice to be able to afford food and rent while doing so!

-Meghan
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on April 23, 2009, 08:54:13 PM
Welcome Meghan, you messed up now, graphic designer.  :P We have a banner contest going on for the forum check out that thread and compete if you dare. Mine is the first entry and it is perfect so try if you may to design something better. The thread is under board rules and suggestions make sure you read through because the original size isn't going to work it's to big.

So try to beat me ;) if you think you can.

On another note great site by the way and good luck with school ;D

Now back to the challenge >:(
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MGChains on April 23, 2009, 09:32:30 PM
uh oh, that sounds like a dare....

I should mention that I'm unemployed and have lots of free time to accept your challenges until summer classes start in June  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: sassyanddapper on April 24, 2009, 09:31:52 PM
Hi!

I'm Tracey from New York. I quit my job as a graphics supervisor at an in-house ad agency, when my son was born, 5 years ago.
I now have another, a 2 year old daughter and am a stay at home mom. Sometimes I admit I do say "What was I thinking???!"
Not to have kids, but to be a stay at home mom!

To keep my sanity, I have a shop on etsy,
http://www.sassyanddapper.etsy.com (http://www.sassyanddapper.etsy.com)
A blog http://sassyanddapper.blogspot.com (http://sassyanddapper.blogspot.com)
and I twitter now http://twitter.com/sassyanddapper (http://twitter.com/sassyanddapper)

I love to craft. All sorts of crafts interest me. It's fun and my kids can craft their own stuff while I do mine! :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jeanne on April 24, 2009, 09:57:31 PM

I love to craft. All sorts of crafts interest me. It's fun and my kids can craft their own stuff while I do mine! :)
Tracey:

Enjoy it while you can.  Children grow up so fast and before you realize it you will be crafting with your grandchildren like I am.
All your "crafts" are beautiful.
Jeanne
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: AmongTheRuins on April 24, 2009, 11:55:45 PM
Hi Everyone,
I really like this forum.  Seems like it's growing so fast and I can hardly keep up!  But if anyone wants to follow me on Twitter, here it is:
http://twitter.com/Among_The_Ruins
thanks!
Kim
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jeanne on April 25, 2009, 02:24:21 PM
Welcome to the forum, Carrie.  As a grandma, I am hoping my grandchildren feel that way about me some day.  I love teaching them new crafts.

Jeanne
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on April 26, 2009, 03:39:03 PM
Grandmas are so special.  Mine got me into crafting by teaching me to make doll clothes on a treadle sewing machine as soon as I was big enough to reach the foot peddle.  Your grandkids will have many wonderful memories of creating with you.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: GetSilvered on April 26, 2009, 09:07:16 PM
Hi All,
I'm in Australia too.
Nice to be in such great company. I'm Pam and my Etsy Shop is GetSilvered although it's lying dormant at the mo.

I've been doing chain maille for quite a few years and just love the Euro 4 in 1 weave. I mostly do that, but also have been combining the rubber and sterling in the Japanese weaves. My other passion is metalwork jewellery which I really enjoy, it seems there's always a new technique to learn, so recently I've been concentrating more on that.

Been great to read all about you, hope to see you all around the forum.

Cheers
Pam
http://www.getsilvered.blogspot.com
 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ajsdesigns on April 27, 2009, 01:18:05 PM
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”—Pablo Picasso

Hello!  My name is Aletha and I live in Tulsa, OK, or better known as “tornado alley.”  I am a self-taught artist and am still in the process of learning.  I have been in the graphic arts/print production industry for many, many years.  Just how many?  I ain’t tellin’.

I live with my husband (he’s a writer/editor), one cat (Lucyfur), and two dogs (Watson and Nanuk).  We have two grown children and two grandsons.

I love rubber stamps, mixed media, and collage!!!  I started with rubber stamp art around 10 years ago after working at Hobby Lobby as assistant manager.  Working in a store like that really gets the creative juices flowing.  But it was not Hobby Lobby’s fault for my addiction to rubber stamps.  It was my husband’s.  He is the one who purchased my first rubber stamps as a gift for me.  After that I was hooked!  What Hobby Lobby helped with was taking my salary back from me when there was a rubber stamp sale (we also got a 15% discount).  Yep, I was working to supply my addiction.

After looking at my online shops, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate contacting me.

Thanks for looking!
Aletha
http://ajsdesigns.etsy.com
http://ajsdesigns.artfire.com
http://ajsdesigns.1000markets.com

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Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jeanne on April 27, 2009, 02:00:40 PM
Aletha:

That is my favorite quote.  In fact, I have it burnt into a picture on my wall.

Welcome to the group.  Your bookmarks are great!. 

Jeanne
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Dragonclaw on April 29, 2009, 09:14:32 PM
Hi Everyone; My name is Matt Vegar I live on the beautiful Oregon coast. I restarted making jewelry about a year ago after doing the Julia Cammeron book The Artist Way and it awakened my desire to make beautiful stuff.                       I am a mostly self taught artist, (One lapidary class in high school). I am working in lapidary and wire wrapping. I am still learning how to computer, but I have a site on ETSY and I am also on twitter (thats how I found you guys) @igophergold I have dabbled in maille by making my own rings out of copper (repurposed house wire) but thats a lot of work!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on April 29, 2009, 09:47:43 PM
Hi Dragonclaw welcome I'm so excited to see another man on the forum ;D
Anyway good to see you here.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Haffina on April 30, 2009, 03:37:34 AM
So many new members, its fabulous!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on April 30, 2009, 05:08:15 AM
What a talented buch we are!  It is so great to see so many new members-welcome and enjoy.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: maillemystique on April 30, 2009, 07:18:10 AM
We just keep growing! Welcome to the forum............MBOI and Mrs. MBOI are wonderful people!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jeanne on April 30, 2009, 08:40:47 AM
Amazing how different we all are, but bound together by being true ARTISTS!!!!

Welcome to the group.

Jeanne
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Manic Butterfly on April 30, 2009, 04:28:58 PM
Hello all-Suzanne here, of Manic Butterfly Jewels, and another Michiganer. I've been creative all my life. When I was a kid my parents gave me free reign with craft catalogs, and I happily created things from a young age. I started making jewelry in 2001 when I discovered online that I could actually buy parts to make a bracelet much cheaper than buying the actual bracelet. One thing led to another and of course as most people on here, I basically live and breath jewelry now.

I'm basically a full-time designer at this point, having also lost my job, in 2007-due to progressive arthitis in my spine. The loss of function in my legs from the damage to nerves in the spine(inoperable), along with the medications I was put on, prevented me from being able to fully perform my job. Companies that hire you to manage their money/accounting generally tend to want a person who is always coherent LOL  :P Anyway, I have many days with pain that prevents me from doing much of anything involving moving my body, as I prefer to think straight and suffer, rather than exist in a drug-induced haze. I just try to make the most of the good days that I have. I also live with fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis, but I don't let my body get in the way of my mind!! Since I'm house-bound most of the time, I'm very grateful to have the internet-meeting people from all around the world is a wonderful thing :D

I'm happy to meet everyone here and absolutely love checking out the beautiful things all of you have created. I sooo want to start doing chainmaille, but not sure my hands could perform well enough for such intricate work. That doesn't mean I won't try it though!! lol I also am one of those people who looks at something and says, 'Hey I can do that!!!'

Suzanne
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: beeboo on May 01, 2009, 03:36:11 PM
Hi all, I joined a couple days ago after seeing a twitter post about this new forum. Nice to meet some like minded people making fabulous things by hand! I've been making beaded jewelry for over ten years and the glass beads (lampwork and fusing) for the past five or six years so label myself these days as a "glass jewelry artist".

I work by day as a graphic artist and illustrator at a MA veterinary school. I'm married with two teen children (boy and girl) who keep me hopping in the off hours. Studio time is at night and on the weekends when I'm not running around with the kids. You can check out my jewelry on my website beeboo (http://www.beeboo.com) my beads are on etsy (http://beeboo.etsy.com) read up on my life at my blog (http://bethmellor.blogspot.com).

Looking forward to visiting with you all on the forum. Looks like a talented group! Have a great weekend. Beth, Beeboo

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 01, 2009, 03:45:01 PM
Welcome beeboo it's a requirement that all graphic artists enter in the banner contest http://handmadeartistsforum.com/forum/index.php/topic,52.0.html  ;D
Just kidding well sort of glad to see you here
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jewelrybyjanelle50 on May 01, 2009, 09:57:10 PM
Hi! My name is Janelle, and my friends call me Jan. I have an Etsy shop, which I just started to list in, the shop name is jewelrybyjanelle50. I have always loved jewelry, and I got started making my own because I was tired of having to accept what was on the retail shelves. Alot of times, I couldn't find the colors I wanted, or didn't want to be seen wearing the same thing as everone else had. Same for clothes as well, my outfit always seemed to look better on someone else, LOL! So....I love the gemstones, natural, and I think I have found something different in the exotic woods. My ex hubby (he and I remain friendly) offered me the use of his scrap exotic woods (since jewelry pieces are usually small), and lessons on how to use some of the equipment, some of it I was already familiar with. I played around with somethings, and when it looked right, it was ON, I was hooked! I love the richness of the subtle color hues, and some of it can be pretty colorful as well, such as purpleheart. At any rate, I figured that while I am unemployed, I might as well try and do something with it to make some money, and there I went. I simply gave up one addiction for another, a more healthy one, lol. I am another one of those who simply cannot go into a craft store for one thing and not come out with a whole lot more. Right now, I am spending every spare dime I have in hopes of making a whole lot more, an investment of sorts, if you will....! OH, and after what my ex has seen me do, those scrap pieces have turned into some larger slices of the GOOD stuff, lol. I am having a blast with this, and hope you will come to my Etsy shop and take a look around! Nice to meet you, btw.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: catnmouse77 on May 01, 2009, 09:59:17 PM
Hi everyone! My name is April and I love to make things. In real life I am really shy.  I like fantasy stuff and I kinda live in my own head a lot of the time.  I am also really bad at 2-Dimensional things like painting on paper.  Through the years I have enjoyed wood carving, ceramics, photography, jewelry making, crochet, sewing.....

When I make jewelry I only work with silver. Gold makes me feel jittery.  Recently my sister [darn her] got me into crochet. This has snowballed and I am now a yarn junkie as well has a bead and wire fanatic.
I have a regular office job which I really don't like but I am just getting started trying to sell my creations [I have an etsy store]. I have no idea what I'm doing!!!  I have decided that all proceeds from my etsy store are going toward the care of Breena...horse my partner and I adopted recently. She was so skinny and didn't sell at auction so they were going to shoot her. [She's doing very well now btw]

I know a lot of you do chainmaille. I have never tried making chainmaille [I discovered gemstones years ago and got hooked] although I do have a particular interest in it. All of the stuff I have seen here is awsome and I hope to get to know all of you talented folks better!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 02, 2009, 07:43:40 AM
Welcome April and Janelle glad to see you here.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on May 02, 2009, 07:49:43 AM
Recently my sister [darn her] got me into crochet. This has snowballed and I am now a yarn junkie as well has a bead and wire fanatic.


Those darn addictions will get you every time!  But yarn is so soft...
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jeanne on May 02, 2009, 08:39:34 AM
Craft "junkies" are the best!!!

 ;D

Welcome to the group, everyone.

Jeanne
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Cevulirn on May 02, 2009, 09:41:27 PM
Hi, I'm Cevulirn.

Actually, my name is Ben.   I make stuff.    Lots of stuff.    I've even got a website for some stuff.    www.ArtOfWire.com
I make more then that though.   I dabble in chainmaille, and I've made some really cool stuff with a table saw. (Chess boards, swords, butterfly knives, a puzzle box, etc.)

Well, thats me.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Dragonclaw on May 03, 2009, 09:12:07 AM
Keep at it Roronoagirl it's good to know what you like at a young age, so many of us  (including me) dont figure that out for a very LONG time.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on May 03, 2009, 02:16:54 PM
Welcome KnitzAndFeltz!  I just glanced at your shop, and with the cold damp weather here your scarves look just yummy.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: KarenH on May 03, 2009, 02:17:19 PM
Hi all!

I am the photo/computer/new idea part of unkamengifts. Husband-Ralph, DD-Leah, do all the actually jewelry making-I don't know the difference between a cutter and a plier...and that's fine with me!

DD has always had a creative streak and had a friend show her some jewelry basics about 4 years ago. DH is a semi-retired engineer. He started with fixing and adjusting my store-bought jewelry, then bought a chainmaille kit...and was hooked.

The kids(DD-16, DS-12) are homeschooled; we travel the US in a 40 foot Motorhome, when we aren't at our new home in Missouri. We are currently packing up our old home in Texas.

While we like straight chainmaille, we like to mix it up and reach a more mainstream audience.

We have been on Etsy for about 1 1/2 years-and pretty happy with the shop....but hoping to drive more traffic! I am new on twitter, and facebook....and here:-)

Looking forward to learn more and connect more!

Karen

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 03, 2009, 02:31:18 PM
Welcome KarenH and KnitzAndFeltz  glad to see you here and feel free to post all your work in the gallery.
Enjoy
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mystapring on May 03, 2009, 03:31:42 PM
Take a minute to tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Misty, Im a painter and sculptress, I enjoy doing many kinds of art, and hope to show you a few of my creatons.
(http://www.postimage.org/aVKnlMi.jpg) (http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=aVKnlMi)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 03, 2009, 03:40:26 PM
Welcome misty great to see you here. Looking forward to seeing more of your work. Great dragon by the way you should post him in the gallery when you get a chance or one of your others. Once again welcome.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on May 03, 2009, 03:44:19 PM
I don't even know what to say about that dragon except WOW!  Absolutely beautiful!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: GalleriaLinda on May 03, 2009, 04:09:30 PM
Hi Everyone,

I am Linda, the name behind GalleriaLinda Handmade Contemporary Beaded and Silver Wire Jewelry that I started about 2-1/2 years go.

I wanted so badly to take jewelry classes in college but did not have the time for those credits. I have been making jewelry things for myself since college (a WHILE ago) but as with many of you, was urged by friends to put my designs for sale online.

I am a marketing communications consultant for small businesses by day, so my jewelry business is part time and I yearn for much more time with it. There are so many things I want to try. Sometimes I lay awake at night mentally pouring over the beads and materials I have in inventory to think up new designs. Nerdy, I know....I know.

In January, I thought I would merge my offline business sense with my online marketing knowledge from what I learned when I started (I read and read and read about online marketing) and created a blog for indie artists who sell online. You can see it here at http://IndieCEO.blogspot.com.

My first venue was Etsy but I have now come to love http://www.iCraft.ca/gallerialinda for my handmade jewelry. I get many more views and sales. I also have some vintage items on http://gallerialinda.artfire.com and have tried some other venues with no success.

I tweet (@gallerialinda - follow me!) too and am on many online handmade networking sites.

And, my own web site is http://www.gallerialinda.com.

Glad to be here!

Linda

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 03, 2009, 05:16:39 PM
Welcome GalleriaLinda great to see you here! Feel free to post any of your creations in the gallery and have fun.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jeanne on May 03, 2009, 05:20:41 PM
Welcome to everyone that introduced themselves today.  You will find that this is a fun group, unless Andrew is being obnoxious - picking on Kim or Deb...or they keep telling me I am senile...I guess I am the grandma of the group.

 ;D

Jeanne
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on May 03, 2009, 05:22:09 PM
Welcome to everyone that introduced themselves today.  You will find that this is a fun group, unless Andrew is being obnoxious - picking on Kim or Deb...or they keep telling me I am senile...I guess I am the grandma of the group.

 ;D

Jeanne

We are fun...keeps us young.  By the way; we love our grandma!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jeanne on May 03, 2009, 05:44:19 PM
Thank you, I think, Kim.  Aren't I only old enough to be your mother, Kim, or did I age some more today and some one forgot to tell me?

 ???
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 03, 2009, 06:11:00 PM
Welcome atouchofglassjewelry  great to see you here and I look forward to input. Post some of your pictures in the gallery so that we can comment on them individually.
Again welcome!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: raven333 on May 03, 2009, 06:20:44 PM
HI everyone,
I am raven333 (Libby White) from Fiber Felter.  My real job is at CDC in Atlanta but I hope to start to supplement my income with my art.  I have an Etsy shop http://www.raven333.etsy.com   At the moment the shop is pretty eclectic but my main love is wool and felt and that is all I have sold in my shop so far.  I am going to start phasing out the dolls and stuff but continue to add wool.  Any one have dyeing of cotton or wool questions and I might be able to help you.  I just got my first carder and am having fun learning how to use that!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 03, 2009, 07:42:28 PM
Welcome to  the forum YoursTruli glad to see you here! Your work is beautiful please postt some pictures in the gallery so we can comment on them individually.
Looking forward to getting to know you.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jeanne on May 03, 2009, 07:49:41 PM
Welcome to the group Truli.  Where in Ohio do you live?

Love your work.

Jeanne
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tamdoll on May 03, 2009, 10:40:44 PM
I like that phrase "craftaholic" that I read here... I am definitely that.  I've been creating since I was a little kid, sewing doll clothes, then knitting through my teen years. 
Learned to use a sewing machine in college and started making dolls as gifts, then went onto making originals, selling those and then sewing patterns for a couple.
I love paper.  Found objects.  Fabric.  Beads, sparkly things.
I learned to crochet recently. 
I start lots of projects, finish half of those. 
I blog about them at my blog - http://tamdoll.blogspot.com and have an etsy shop.
If I wasn't online so much... I'd get a lot more done...
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: kikaydesigns on May 04, 2009, 04:42:08 AM
Hi Everyone!
My name is Monique and I come from the land downunder. I'm excited to be here.
I like to design and make handbags. I have a small studio here in Sydney. I taught myself to sew so I can make handbags.
is it okay to put a link to my blog???
Thanks,
Monique
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Haffina on May 04, 2009, 06:05:45 AM
Hi Monique, I'm from Australia too, but I live in South Australia. Welcome to the forum. You can put a link to your blog in your signature as others have done.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 04, 2009, 06:09:59 AM
There is also a thread to promote yourself here http://handmadeartistsforum.com/forum/index.php/topic,10.0.html . Welcome to all the new members great to see you here and have fun!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Vestque on May 04, 2009, 07:32:37 AM
Hi guys, Vestque Here.

I'm brand new here. I'm a little shy so I'll keep it short.

I'm a self taught artist/illustrator who originally made digital works on Redbubble.com (http://www.redbubble.com/people/Vestque). However, lately I've been making originals and posting them for sale on Artfire.com (http://www.artfire.com/users/vestque). I really am quite inspired by Japanese Anime and it's sort of what got me started. At the moment though I'm really into the Japanese Lolita Fashion Subculture and it reflects in my works. Enjoy!

Nice to meet you all.
~Vestque.~ 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lisianblue on May 04, 2009, 09:26:33 AM
Hello everyone:

I'm Kris, and I'm soooooo happy to know that there others out there with crafters ADD besides me! 

I really have been creating things since I was young.  Love to paint. 
among the list of things I have done, (some currently off and on):  crocheting, knitting, beading, sewing (clothes and quilts), woodworking, painting, oil paints, painting on wood, glass ornaments, glass pendants.  Besides photographing items - photography - have sold a few prints, love macros of flowers

My love is painting with oils, but I seem to have developed a sensitivity to them.  Wake up next day with my eyes all puffy and feeling like I have a major hangover.  That was without any turps.  Bought some water based "oils" but haven't tried them yet!  Don't especially like acrylics - they dry toooo fast here and don't like the extender medium.  Now that the weather is warmer, I may try some painting outside and see if I can get away with it.

Currently and for the past 5 years, painting on glass ornaments.  Painting on glass tiles for pendants and also stained glass.  Pretty much one of a kind items. 

Have a shop on etsy and ArtFire - but mostly listing on artfire. 

I have 2 grown children, both married and one grandson.  Daughter and grandson live far far way in NC.  Hopefully they will be moving closer in Aug to Colorado Springs.

Thank you for this forum - it's pretty cool! 
 :)Kris
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: bigsister on May 04, 2009, 02:32:00 PM
Hello, I'm Valerie and my main interest is exploring the sculptural capabilities of wool. I have tried wet felting and still use the technique at times, but needle felting is what really excites me. I love to experiment and buy raw fleece from various breeds of sheep then wash and card it myself, to get the feel of it. Recently I started to use dyed British and imported wool to bring some colour to my pieces, although I still love the natural wool best.

I make wool bowls, dishes, boxes, bears, egg cosies, coasters and jewellery and my main shop is at http://www.bigsister.etsy.com  I also have some items on www.folksy.com to try out the UK only market. Photos are posted at http://www.flickr.com/wildeyes/
Jewellery using wool, sterling silver, semi precious stones and unusual items are sold at http://www.wildling.etsy.com and my feltmaking and allotment blog is at http://wildlingbigsister.blogspot.com/

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 04, 2009, 02:46:15 PM
Welcome bigsister glad to have you here your shop is very nice post some pictures in our gallery so that we can comment on them individually.
anyway enjoy your stay and welcome.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mygrandpaspen on May 04, 2009, 05:49:12 PM
I'm Jeanine of MyGrandpasPen - really what I love to do is play with paper so to do that I make cards and scrapbook but it's all just an excuse to own more and more paper!

I currently have shops at Etsy and Artfire - mainly etsy. The artfire one I keep meaning to do more with but at this point am just using the free version.

Thanks!
Title: Re: What Shows are You Going to this Year?
Post by: mygrandpaspen on May 04, 2009, 05:53:59 PM
I have two stores -

mygrandpaspen.etsy.com and mygrandpaspen.artfire.com - very original!!

I belong to the Alberta Street team in etsy and we're having a huge sale until May 7 - you can see the details on my blog at www.mygrandpaspen.blogspot.com (original again!!)

I'll tell them about this forum - thanks!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: janel on May 04, 2009, 09:02:46 PM
Hello!

My name is Jane Loedding. I am happily married with 3 kids (14, 13 and 10) and I've been selling my custom artwork online since about 2001. I'm a self taught artist and I always loved creating...painting, drawing, etc...since I was a child. I have 2 websites where I sell custom artwork...translated...I create according to what the customer wants. (I know...bleh!) And while that's been a great blessing for my family over the past several years I am now trying to sell the wares that I create because it's what 'I' want to create. Custom artwork has paid the bills for us, but I'm ready to move forward.

In January of this year I opened my Etsy shop and have been networking and trying to get my new shop 'out there'. The online world has changed so much since I first started and I feel like I have to relearn things again. But it's been so interesting and I've met so many creative and wonderful people along the way.

I found this forum through Twitter. I wanted to join a few weeks ago, but I thought that you had to be a jewelry designer. But in reading things over the past few days I see that I was very wrong. So here I am!

My websites are:
http://www.imagesofhome.com
http://www.creativenamesigns.com

My Etsy shop:
http://jmlart.etsy.com

Twitter:
http://twitter.com/JaneLoeddingArt

Here are two ACEOs I made yesterday I HOPE to get them listed on my shop tomorrow.

(http://www.postimage.org/Pq12RcsA.jpg) (http://www.postimage.org/)

(http://www.postimage.org/aVQoVVS.jpg) (http://www.postimage.org/)


Thanks for listening! I'm looking forward to getting to know you!

Jane Loedding
http://jmlart.etsy.com
http://www.imagesofhome.com
http://www.creativenamesigns.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 05, 2009, 08:15:05 AM
Hello Janel and welcome to the forum. Your work is beautiful. Post some in the gallery so that we can comment on each one individually. Anyway great to see you and all the new members here.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Knitsbywlsm12 on May 05, 2009, 08:29:18 AM
Hello everyone! Happy Cinco de Mayo!
I'm Wen from Knitsbywlsm12. I have many hobbies which one of my favorites is knitting. Some of my other favorites are sewing, birdwatching & photographing birds, scenery or just anything that catches my eye. I like to cook and I only bake once a year since I actually bake for a month all my speciality cookies for the holidays.
As far back as I can remember, I always loved crafting. My grandmother was a seamstress, cook and gardener, who passed her traits to my mom, so I guess that's where I get it from. I like to experiment with different styles and yarns and colors. I have made my own gifts for years.
I sell my knits on etsy, some on artfire and also ioffer.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Diego Blackheart on May 05, 2009, 10:32:44 AM
Good Day to all! Diego Blackheart at your service.

I am a 44 year old guy who loves to do all sorts of metalwork. I've been a chainmailler since 1998, but interests also include Lapidary work, Silversmithing, Pewter Casting, Blacksmithing, Sewing Renn Garb, and PMC.  I  have two children 20 and 17 years old.  I also play several characters and our local Rennisance Faires. Diego Blackheart, freeboot pirate for Queen Elizabeth I, Thomas Cromwell, Chancellor of England. and various others as needed. (http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x242/jglassb1/Thomas_Cromwell.jpg)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jeanne on May 05, 2009, 10:38:52 AM
Welcome, Wen and Diego Blackheart. 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: meanlook on May 05, 2009, 07:34:24 PM
Hi!  I'm Vanessa of Mean Look.  I make purses, pouches, and clothing items.  I've been on Etsy for over a year now and I'm looking for some new places to promote and meet others like myself.   ;D  I have a day job that I DESPISE, and I just want to stop dreading every day.  I also have a boyfriend of seven years and a puppy of four years.  I LOVE animals.

Anyway, check out my Etsy shop!  I'm also on MySpace and Twitter.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 06, 2009, 06:37:49 AM
Hi Vanessa, Leanna, jemsbyjbandcompany, and Diego Blackheart  welcome to the forum stroll around, we have a lot of stuff going on that you are more than welcome to get involved in. Can't wait to see your work, post some in the gallery so that we can comment on them individually and enjoy.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Heidrogen on May 06, 2009, 06:43:08 AM
Hi, I'm Lisa. I've been making stuff for years, but my passion in life is handbags and purses.

I make bags and purses from vintage clothing, so every bag has a history. I've just Set up a website, which has been very well received so far.

It's http://www.ihearthandbags.co.uk (http://www.ihearthandbags.co.uk)

I'm also on Twitter: http://twitter.com/i_heart_handbag (http://twitter.com/i_heart_handbag)

And MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/i_heart_handbags (http://www.myspace.com/i_heart_handbags)

I have two children, a job and a newly found passion for running, so things are a little bit hectic at the minute!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 06, 2009, 06:49:16 AM
Welcome Lisa feel free to post some stuff in the gallery and enjoy ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jrehnke on May 06, 2009, 10:13:30 AM
Aha! Sometimes I think I'm an idiot. It took me forever to figure out how to make this work. In my defense, it's only 8am here on the West Coast and I've only had one cup of coffee :)

Anyhoo, I'm Jenn Rehnke - multi-task extraordinaire. I can't stick to one craft or art medium. I love to paint, sculpt, wire-wrap, draw, illustrate or otherwise make something out of toothpicks or a piece of lint.

I recently lost my job and now, for the first time in my life, have a chance to do something with my natural artistic abilities. I never went to college but became a successful Audience Services Manager in Theater nevertheless. Unfortunately, Theater is getting hit pretty hard right now. Here's to hoping for a better future for the Arts!

That's about it. I have some stuff up on Etsy.... www.jrehnke.etsy.com and am looking forward to maybe actually turning my art into my next career.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 06, 2009, 10:23:12 AM
Welcome Jenn glad you got it to work and glad I was able to point you in the right direction. Plus any coffee drinker is a friend of mine, I personally think coffee should be a food group. Anyway feel free to post your work in the gallery or start a chat about anything just have fun and again welcome.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 06, 2009, 01:16:14 PM
Welcome Loren snoop around and see what's going on and enjoy!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: colorpoetry on May 06, 2009, 01:19:18 PM
Hi everyone - My name is Martha and I'm a collage artist and painter. I have two Etsy shops simply because I don't want to confuse things between the two styles of work - myself included!  ;D

Here's my collage shop where I sell original collages made with glue, paper, and paints, plus digital collage and collage and mixed media supplies:

http://brushwithimagination.etsy.com

and the one for my abstract paintings is:

http://colorpoetry.etsy.com

Don't even get me started on jewelry making! I could be so tempted!

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone's art and craft obsessions are!

Have a creative day!

Martha aka colorpoetry on Twitter
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: seedlingsjewelry on May 07, 2009, 10:59:52 AM
Hullo all and happy to meet y'all! I'm thrilled to find some extremely talented and crafty folks on this forum.

I've been making jewelry for myself for awhile but after a year of people asking me, "where did you get that, I want a pair!" and some encouragement from my wonderful hubby, I decided to make something larger out of it.

I didn't just want it to be about pretty baubles or the crazy creations that sometimes come out of my brain though so I decided an important aspect would be to donate 20% of sales to a group I've been supporting for the last few years, Heifer International (heifer.org).

I currently do most of my sales offline in fact, the joke around the office is that everyone is wearing a pair of my earrings most days...but I think it's beautiful!

Please check out Seedlings: Jewelry Because in the following ways:
http://seedlingsjewelry.etsy.com
http://seedlingsjewelry.com
http://seedlingsjewelry.blogspot.com
http://twitter.com/seedlingstweets
http://www.flickr.com/photos/seedlingsjewelry

Also have a shop on ArtFire.com but working on getting it filled out!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: dreamriverdesigns on May 07, 2009, 11:44:22 AM
welcome everyone and their respective talents.  This forum has some amazing talented folks!!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 07, 2009, 02:37:35 PM
Welcome seedlingsjewelry and colorpoetry have a look around and see whats going on. We some prety great members here so you'll be in good company.

Enjoy
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Knitsbywlsm12 on May 07, 2009, 03:59:33 PM
Hi Everyone! I have to agree with dreamriverdesigns about all the talented artists and their Beautiful items!
Wen - Knitsbywlsm12

http://knitsbywlsm12.etsy.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 07, 2009, 06:49:20 PM
Hey Jamie welcome to forum check it out there is a whole bunch of stuff going on and some fun people here.
Post some pics of your stuff in the gallery. We also have shop promotion thread around here somewhere.

Also to all new members check out the feature member ad thread; we are placing free ads on the every thread 2 a day for all our members, so if you haven't put your ad on the list go check it out. There's more stuff also like the badge contest so jump on in and have fun.
Welcome!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: DDSweets on May 08, 2009, 10:23:12 AM
Hi! I'm Krista from Double Dipped Sweets. I live in Utah, mom of 3 small kiddos. Married to a wonderful, creative man.
I have a shop on Etsy - http://doubledippedsweets.etsy.com. My blog: http://doubledippedsweets.blogspot.com

Hope to get to know all of you better !
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 08, 2009, 10:45:28 AM
Welcome DDSweets I saw your shop and showed the stuff to my wife and said is this a handmade artist, and she said absolutely and I agreed, that's why I invited you here because your sweets are definitely art..

Also welcome to jendoylebrida your blog is very nice and your work is awesome.
So look around post some pics get involved in some of the events and most of all have fun.
Enjoy
Title: Intro-- Ladypinkdragon
Post by: ladypinkdragon on May 08, 2009, 03:30:00 PM
 ;D
Hello everyone!
I am starting my internet crafting journey!
Via twitter I learned about this site, and i am very happy about that!!!!
I have been sewing and painting since I was little.
Right now my focus is on wall hangings.  I have 4 in the works right now.
learning how to take the photos needed for the results as if it was right in front of you.
www.babypinkdragon.etsy.com is my first display of some of my items.
I am working on 2 other etsy sites as well.
I have an interest in all types of crafts but always seem to go back to sewing. I learned to crochet last year. and happy with those results. still having some troubles ready the patterns... so i freeform! :)
Thank you for listening!
Talk to you soon!!!
Title: Re: Intro-- Ladypinkdragon
Post by: chainmaille on May 08, 2009, 03:37:17 PM
Welcome to the forum take a peak around we have a lot going on and enjoy.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: bevcarlson on May 08, 2009, 06:56:28 PM
Hi, I'm Bev Carlson of Bev's Jewelry. I found this nice site on Twitter. (Nice to know it works lol)
I specialize in chain maille but also make Kumihimo and lots of other jewelry designs. My web sites are www.bevsjewelry.com and www.bevsjewelry.1000markets.com. I have a blog www.bevsjewelry.blogspot.com
I've already found some nice posts here and good information. Glad I'm here.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on May 08, 2009, 07:21:31 PM
Welcome Bev!  There are some really great people here-very relaxed.  Post some pictures for us-I cruised around your site and you have some lovely stuff
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Face of Contentment on May 09, 2009, 12:46:40 PM
My name is Dori Daus and I am the owner/artist for Face of Contentment Design.  I have a store on artfire www.faceofcontentmentdesign.artfire.com and on Etsy www.faceofcontentment.etsy.com and a website that lists my classes and commission services http://faceofcontentment.tripod.com

I work mainly in metal clay and lampwork, although I dabble in hot glass and wirework from time to time, as well.

I am looking to find some friends and tips on places to sell, so please respond to me if you are interested in a central Jersey "makin' stuff" kind of thing :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on May 09, 2009, 01:28:24 PM
My name is Dori Daus and I am the owner/artist for Face of Contentment Design.  I have a store on artfire www.faceofcontentmentdesign.artfire.com and on Etsy www.faceofcontentment.etsy.com and a website that lists my classes and commission services http://faceofcontentment.tripod.com

I work mainly in metal clay and lampwork, although I dabble in hot glass and wirework from time to time, as well.

I am looking to find some friends and tips on places to sell, so please respond to me if you are interested in a central Jersey "makin' stuff" kind of thing :)

Where in central Jersey?  MBOI and I are in Point Pleasant
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 10, 2009, 01:55:40 PM
Welcome all new members browse around see what's going on. We have contest's, discussions, galleries, a chat room ect enjoy have fun and we look forward to getting to know you so don't be shy jump in.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jeanne on May 10, 2009, 02:14:00 PM

I will maybe put a few more photo's up when I am a bit more confident in my makes!

Han xxx

We all started somewhere...remember that.  Please don't be afraid to show your pictures.  It is like family here.  Right, guys?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: bodaszilvia on May 10, 2009, 02:17:51 PM
Hello everyone!

My name is Szilvia. I live in Hungary, Budapest (and I'm not hungry, thanks  ;D ) I'm a frelancer jewelry maker http://bodaszilvia.etsy.com (http://bodaszilvia.etsy.com)
Besides jewelry making i love sewing clothes, making little felt cuties and painting :)
i hope you'll like my jewelry :)
i have a free wire-wrapping tutorial on my deviantart page: http://szilviabead.deviantart.com/art/wirewrapped-pendant-tutorial-120970398 (http://szilviabead.deviantart.com/art/wirewrapped-pendant-tutorial-120970398)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: bodaszilvia on May 10, 2009, 02:34:09 PM
shinyprettythings : nice to meet you too! :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 10, 2009, 03:36:09 PM
Welcome bodaszilvia  great to see you here! Enjoy
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fashionjunkie4life on May 10, 2009, 06:54:22 PM
Hey Everyone,

My name's Christina (FashionJunkie4Life) and my medium is Sterling Silver. I love the look and the unique designs that I make. I am very much into vintage style with scrolls and embossing, and I spend my days thinking of new designs that I could make that have a Victorian style to them. Take a look at my website, I would love any feedback that anyone has and I will be sure to reciprocate. I just launched my website about a month ago so there is still some tweaking that I need to do.

Thanks all! Talk to you soon.  :-*

Christina
www.fashionjunkie4life.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jeanne on May 10, 2009, 07:13:50 PM
Hey Everyone,

My name's Christina (FashionJunkie4Life) and my medium is Sterling Silver. I love the look and the unique designs that I make. I am very much into vintage style with scrolls and embossing, and I spend my days thinking of new designs that I could make that have a Victorian style to them. Take a look at my website, I would love any feedback that anyone has and I will be sure to reciprocate. I just launched my website about a month ago so there is still some tweaking that I need to do.

Thanks all! Talk to you soon.  :-*

Christina
www.fashionjunkie4life.com
You make all the silver items on your website?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fashionjunkie4life on May 10, 2009, 07:21:36 PM
I don't make any of the semi precious stone jewelry on my site, its my friends. But yes, my company makes all the sterling silver on my site.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 10, 2009, 07:29:52 PM
Welcome fashionjunkie your work is beautiful.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Dragonclaw on May 10, 2009, 08:49:10 PM
That's another thing I want to learn; metal smithing! :-\
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 10, 2009, 08:50:28 PM
Well take your 16 lb hammer and go learn. Hurry Hurry ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Dragonclaw on May 10, 2009, 09:45:11 PM
Yes SIR: Right on it SIR :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: milarks on May 11, 2009, 06:49:19 AM
I am a Christian mother of four children, a grandmother of eleven and great grandmother of two.  I live in a tiny town in the Midwest which is just right for me.  My interests are all kinds of handwork, painting and right now in this springtime, starting all kinds of plants, from Ageratum to Zinnias, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers etc.
I enjoy Etsy because I am able to share what I love to do with the bonus of making new friends.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 11, 2009, 06:52:28 AM
Welcome milarks glad to see you stop by and can't wait to see some pictures of your work, post some in the gallery so we can all see.
Hope you enjoy your time here we have a lot of fun members.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 11, 2009, 12:06:03 PM
Welcome Gingeroni1 feel free to stroll around and see what's going on and feel free to post some of your work in the gallery so we can comment on it individually.
Again Welcome!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CassandrasCreations on May 11, 2009, 05:53:24 PM
Hello All,
I'm Cassandra.  I am a fellow jewelry maker, doing mostly wirewrapping.  I'm married, with two wonderful children and also work fulltime.  I just started a shop on Etsy and am doing my first craft show in June.  I'm glad to meet all of you.  I hope I can learn and laugh with you.  And maybe pass on some of what I've learned so far.  Feel free to send me a message or stop by my blog.
Thanks!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Manic Butterfly on May 12, 2009, 05:38:49 PM
Just thought I'd pop in and say hello and welcome to all the new people!! Can't wait to see more creations from everyone! ;D
Title: Hello
Post by: agent_44 on May 13, 2009, 08:29:34 AM
Hi

I just wanted to introduce myself!  My name's Lucinda and I design and make mostly Sterling Silver jewellery, I also dabble in making components out of metal, glass and polymer clay, and this year plan on trying out some glass fusing and making some non-jewellery items.

I have been making jewellery for quite a few years but due to various reasons have been away from it for 18 months or so, and previously was working on it full time.  I now have a full time job again and hope to build up my business part-time, hoping that one day it will be a full-time venture once more!

I live in Bristol in the UK which is my home town, a very dull and dreary one today aswell!

I'm really looking foward to meeting people here and sharing ideas!

Lucinda x
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 13, 2009, 08:36:33 AM
Welcome Lucinda  great to see you here nice shop by the way
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: agent_44 on May 13, 2009, 08:47:24 AM
Thanks, it's rather bare at the moment but I'm trying to get it built up!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: JenniLeighCreations on May 13, 2009, 09:52:49 AM
Hi! I'm Jenni Leigh of Jenni Leigh Creations (jewelry designer).  I'm not sure how much I'll be around, as I am spread really thin right now!  But I love chattin' with crafty folk and learning new cool stuff!  I also love connecting with locals for bead and gem shows!   ;D I'm in central NC.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on May 13, 2009, 12:32:39 PM
Welcome dragon06!  MBOI and I are also from Jersey (Point Pleasant).  Check around and enjoy the forum!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jeanne on May 13, 2009, 01:25:57 PM
Welcome to all.  I love all of your things that I have seen so far.

Jeanne
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Manic Butterfly on May 13, 2009, 09:58:54 PM
Welcome Yuko you have some really pretty designs!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jeanne on May 13, 2009, 10:06:37 PM
Yuko

There is really beautiful jewelry in your shop.  I adore it.

Jeanne
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jeanne on May 13, 2009, 10:28:57 PM
Hi!Jeanne :)
I just returned from your blog! I love your granddaughter's necklace!
Thank you.  She is only 10 and she has a very artistic eye.  Did you leave a message?  She loves to look at them.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jeanne on May 13, 2009, 11:17:27 PM
Thank you.  I am sure she will love hearing from you.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: AmongTheRuins on May 15, 2009, 02:04:17 PM
Hi! everyone! I have lived in Japan.
I make jewelry,have little shop on Etsy.(just started :))
Actually,it's so hard to make individual online jewelry shop in Japan.
And networking is poor..So I got happy to find this site!
My jewelry design is simple,colorful and pretty,inspired nature.
I often make flower designs.
http://www.yukodesigns.etsy.com
Thank you!

Hi Yuko and welcome!!!  You have a lovely shop on Etsy!  I love how delicate all your pieces look.  So very pretty! 
Kim
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 15, 2009, 06:15:23 PM
welcome nellyvansee great to see you here!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: milarks on May 16, 2009, 01:50:02 PM
I know I did introduce myself earlier, but I haven't been following through.  I hope to include some of my items, but I have to find out how to do that.

My blog:   http://milarks.blogspot.com
My shop:  http://milarks.etsy.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 16, 2009, 01:53:15 PM
Post away and have fun ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: DogmawGlass on May 16, 2009, 04:32:55 PM
I'm new here, but been around for a while.
blog:  http://www.blog.dogmawglass.com
Etsy: http://dogmawglass.etsy.com
ArtFire: http://dogmawglass.artfire.com
1000 Markets: http://dogmawglass.1000markets.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on May 16, 2009, 04:51:57 PM
I'm new here, but been around for a while.
blog:  http://www.blog.dogmawglass.com
Etsy: http://dogmawglass.etsy.com
ArtFire: http://dogmawglass.artfire.com
1000 Markets: http://dogmawglass.1000markets.com

Welcome to the madness!  You have to go to the gallery and post pictures of your beads!  I just spent quite a while drooling trying to figure out how to incorporate them into chainmaille.
Title: Re: Introduce yourself
Post by: christil on May 16, 2009, 05:54:44 PM
Hi all!
 
I'm Chris of CHRISTIL CREATIONS.  I'm a newbie to the Forum & wanted to just say a bit.  This is the third time I've tried this & I hope it turns out this time.  I am owner/designer of Christil Creations.  I do wire wrap jewelry; lapidary work, beaded jewelry, redux and just learned Byzantine chainmaille.  Yeah, I get bored easy & so I try new things alot.  I am a member of Google wire wrapping group & Jewelry Geeks.  No website yet, I own one just can't program it.  Hopefully, in the near future.  Hope to enjoy Handmade Artists Forum as much as I do my other groups.

Chris
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: trish on May 16, 2009, 06:05:48 PM
Hi, my name is Trish, and I am the proud owner of Studio 2:14.
I have been a crafter since forever, and think I've tried them all, right up til I find a new one, and have to try it out!

I love chainmaille, but have run into the "dollar" wall - haven't sold anything, so I can't afford to get more rings - so am kinda at a standstill on it. Meantime, I'm working with beads, wire, paper - anything I can find that I already have!

Looking for some great conversation and support...and this looks like a good start!

Trish

My blog:  http://trish-studio214.blogspot.com (http://trish-studio214.blogspot.com)
My iCraft store:  http://icraft.ca/trish (http://icraft.ca/trish)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 16, 2009, 07:06:25 PM
Welcome Trish and Chris hope you enjoy your stay please put up your tray and leave your seat belt on  and enjoy the flight. ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Craftyfroggy on May 18, 2009, 02:58:57 PM
Hi My name is Kim and I own Craftyfroggy. I make beaded and polymer clay handmade jewelry. I also do landscape oil paintings, custom illustrations, art photography, and digital art.

I look forward to getting to know you.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 18, 2009, 03:13:07 PM
Welcome Kim and Enjoy feel free to post some stuff in the gallery
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: UnaTiaEspecial on May 18, 2009, 08:11:58 PM
Hi everyone!

 I'm Elaine and I make jewelry.  :)  My Etsy shop is Una Tia Especial, which is Spanish for One Special Aunt.  The store is named in honor of my nieces and nephews. 

 I started making jewelry late last year and started my Etsy shop in January of this year.  I'm having a blast learning new techniques!  I found this site through Andrew and his Byzantine chainmaille kit.  I loved the first one so much, I bought another!


Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: IslandCrystal on May 19, 2009, 09:38:00 AM
Hello all, I have been here for alittle bit checking things out. I am Tamara from Island Crystal Crafts which is in the deep south in southeast Georgia. I am a SAHM of my 2 children and my husbands 1 durning the summer. I have always been a crafter of some sort, got that from my mom. I started making jewelry almost 2 yrs ago, and I just love it. I opened my shop on etsy about a year ago and not having much luck, but I try. I am hoping this year will be better for me. Great to meet everyone here and from what I have seen so far there is alot of talent here.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on May 19, 2009, 09:43:18 AM
Welcome to all the newcomers!  We are a pretty laid back group that tends to let conversations go where they want-so sit back and jump in!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: maggymaes on May 19, 2009, 09:45:01 AM
Hi Everyone!
I'm Angela aka maggymaes (big Rod Stewart fan!) I am a Licensed Esthetician and Nail Technician, and got my Esthetician license to manufacture skin care products...that was 11 years ago, I have yet to manufacture like I wanted to because I got caught up in actually doing the services.  I am now a bit burned out on doing facials, waxing etc. and would like to get back to my original passion soaps, candles, bath salts, bath fizzies,etc.  in between all that I found beads, and found I can not have enough!
       So I started making bracelets which led to necklaces and earrings, I am a Novice with a capital N!  I do not have a real Etsy page yet, I posted a couple of things but do not really understand the whole 'sell your stuff' concept, as I really want to keep it all for myself!  I need help with that! I have actually sold a few pieces of jewelry to friends and neighbors but I usually just give away my "art" as gifts. I would like to start making money selling all of my wares and any advice and help would be greatly appreciated!  
     I have two daughters, one is 21 and sort of out of the house, (although she threatens to move back in), her room is designated to be my crafting room, if she stays gone that is!  The other daughter is 17 and will be a Senior next year, so my children are almost out of the nest, and I'm using my crafts to compensate!
     Any ideas, suggestions, prodding, a good swift kick in the arse, would greatly be appreciated!
Thanks!
Angela aka maggymaes@gmail.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jeanne on May 19, 2009, 09:56:22 AM
Welcome to all the newcomers!  We are a pretty laid back group that tends to let conversations go where they want-so sit back and jump in!

You have a lot of references to jumping in.  Still want that kangaroo, eh?

Welcome to all....

Jeanne
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 19, 2009, 03:25:21 PM
Welcome all look around we have alot of stuff going on. Including link exchanges, blog support, etc. So have fun and don't be scared to ask questions and share some pics in the gallery.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ChezCraftymama on May 19, 2009, 09:39:54 PM
Hi all ... I'm Terri, aka @terrihd and @Chez_Craftymama on Twitter (which is how I found the forum). Into all sorts of textile and wire and bead crafts. Right now embroidery is my go-to craft, but I dabble in jewelry making and am more seriously into knitting and sewing. And of course, I never have enough time to do all that I want to do. C'est la vie!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 20, 2009, 06:51:04 AM
Welcome all enjoy your stay and we really hope to see everyone participate and have fun.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: designsbymarcia on May 20, 2009, 08:54:49 AM
Hi,
I'm Marcia.  I've been into every craft and art imaginable, all my life.  I presently am making OOAK jewelry and have an etsy store, http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7208435.  I also design needlecraft, sculpt, paint, draw, resin, etc etc etc.  Thanks for ok-ing my registration!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 20, 2009, 08:56:33 AM
Welcome Marcia strap on your seat belt and have a nice ride. Look around lot of stuff going on here and don't be shy post your work in the gallery.
Enjoy
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Dragonclaw on May 20, 2009, 09:25:14 AM
I havn't checked this thread out in a while, and I would like to welcome all the artists who introduced themselves, we are growing by leaps and bounds.
Speaking of bounds, notice all the animals here, 3 dragons, a manic butterfly, a couple of frogs,even one who is keeper of the dust bunnies, not to mention kangaroos ( had to put that one in there to make Andrew jump and spill his coffee) ;D ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Sara on May 20, 2009, 11:51:30 AM
Hi! I'm Sara, and I've been making jewelry and chainmaille for about 5 years. I just opened an etsy store (salemplus2), and have been pretty busy trying to create while raising 3 little kids! I'll be posting lots of pics-looking forward to critiques and feedback. Thanks for reading!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 20, 2009, 11:56:00 AM
Welcome Sara, take a look around and enjoy the ride.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mairzydozy on May 20, 2009, 02:16:36 PM
I am writing for both me and my sister Marie, we are both Mothers with children at home. We started mairzydozy.etsy.com in April of this year, and we are working together in a virtual mode because we live about 2 1/2 hours drive from each other.

We have been working together crafting, making music, and just having a great time for over 20 years. We both play the guitar, sing and write music.  I have recently been learning the piano and am in a progressive rock band.

My sister helped me prepare for and work craft shows (and most importantly babysat my 2 eldest children) when I was in my early 20s and she was a teenager. That was back in the late 80s, and we are still going strong. Haven't gotten sick of each other yet!

We love to create jewelry, crochet, and upcycle other people's junk.  We recently started a blog at mairzydozy.com where we give upcycling and other crafty tips, and talk about our adventures.

We are looking forward to being part of this forum!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LauraDaGoddess on May 20, 2009, 03:20:36 PM
Greetings, I am Laura "Da Goddess"  of Totally Unique Treasures
I am a recycle artist.  I take old, broken, unwanted, and other jewelry and vintage items and combine them with other old, new, or recycled components to create new wearable art or home decor art.  I love to dig, search for, and find the components with which  I create almost as much as the creating I do with those found components.  I love craft shows, bead shows and stores, resale shops, garage sales, and flea markets.  I also love to go mining for precious and semi-precious stones.  My younger siblings call me an earth mother.
I love beads, especially Swarovski crystal, Czech Glass, and Pearls. Also, the wackier the bead seems to be to me, the better I like it and more I want to try to create with it. 

I have been artistic all my life, from drawing to sculpting to singing. However, I started my business using my artistic talents after surviving the carnage of Hurricane Katrina (yes, I lived in New Orleans for about 15 years b4 HK) in '05 and realizing that all too much in the world gets thrown away or lost. 
I believe that my business is my small contribution to not only help take care of our planet, but also to preserve small pieces of our precious history, because history seems to be where ever one can find it.  I know that my contribution seems small but I hope to inspire others, because no matter how small the action to preserve and protect our planet, every little bit helps and if a lot of people do small things then they become big things.
I have a BS in Computer Science and Information Technology.  I work for a not for profit that provides life assistance to the specially abled.  We just added a division for the same type of assistance for Disabled Veterans.  I am a part of the IT department(of course). 

I just introduced a new product to my line as well. GLAZZ TATTZ Stained Glass Stickies© Tattoos for your glass.  They are fun, totally reusable, easy to use, easy to clean, and easy to store.  No glues, adhesives or residues and totally safe for everyone.  They are a lot of fun for me to make and I can make any picture or design, in any size, that anyone could imagine. 

I hope everyone likes my creations.  Perhaps someone might find something they want to show off to their world.  I would be totally glad to reciprocate.  I also repair or rework jewelry and I take special orders. 

My store: http://tutreasures.etsy.com
Myspace:  www.myspace.com/totally_unique_treasures
My Twitter:  http://twitter.com/LauraDaGoddess
My Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LauraBaker#/profile.php?id=1553405949&ref=name
And now here.
You can also Google or Yahoo Totally Unique Treasures or GLAZZ TATTZ and I am first.  Woo Hoo.

PeacH <<<My way of saying Peace)

Laura "Da Goddess" AKA LDG "TUT" http://tutreasures.etsy.com
P.S. The pic is of what I am working on right now.  My wedding jewelry for me and my bridesmaids.

(http://www.postimage.org/aV3I8ci.jpg) (http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=aV3I8ci)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 20, 2009, 03:37:47 PM
Welcome Laura and congrats on the wedding. ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LauraDaGoddess on May 20, 2009, 04:51:44 PM
Thanks, I am already enjoying myself here.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on May 20, 2009, 04:59:51 PM
Welcome to the newcomers!  Jump in and post your pretties for us to oooooh and awwwwwe over
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Manic Butterfly on May 21, 2009, 04:57:21 PM
Just wanted to welcome all the new members! This is a great forum full of great people-and great creations-enjoy!  :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MrsWTownsend on May 22, 2009, 07:43:46 PM
Hi there~ my name is Gina.  I've been lurking about the forum for the last week or so checking out this massive collection of creativity and inspiration.  What a bunch of crafty, crafty individuals you all are!

I've dabbled in a little of this and a little of that...  I'm learning jewelry making now.  Sometimes I draw, I've messed with pottery~ have a kiln and all of that equipment.  Have a fancy dancy sewing machine so I need to learn to use that now...  Tons of jewelry making equipment...  LOL

I don't know how much I'll actually be participating here other than drooling all over everyone elses work (jack of all trades, master of none) BUT WON'T THAT BE FUN!?!?  =]
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Manic Butterfly on May 24, 2009, 03:41:14 AM
Welcome Tamara!!  :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ZaniL Design on May 24, 2009, 07:13:38 AM
Hi, I am a new member and I am from ZaniL Design in Australia.
I have been making beaded jewellery for about 5 - 6 years and have self taught most of the techniques I know.
I mostly work in Peyote and Herringbone stitches and do a little wire work. I incorporate all of the techniques I have learnt into my designs so they are constantly evolving as I learn new techniques. I have wanted to learn chainmaille for a while and found a book at the library and made my first Mobius knot. It looks a little rough ( because I didn't have the right cutters ) , I even made my own jump rings.
I am already hooked and have already a few ideas of new designs to be incorporated with my peyote bead work. Looking forward to becoming part of your discussions and offering help where I can.

Lina
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 24, 2009, 07:17:48 AM
Welcome to all the new members, there is a lot going on here so take a peak around and make sure you check out the featured member ads program we are running and don't be shy to post pictures of your work in the gallery.
Enjoy
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jeanne on May 24, 2009, 08:13:03 AM
Welcome, everyone...enjoy!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TheChainMailleLady on May 24, 2009, 10:05:41 AM
I could have sworn I introduced myself a long time ago. Oh well, here goes:

I'm The ChainMaille Lady, also known as Chain. I make gorgeous chainmaille one jump ring at a time...I have a radio show on www.blockheadradiolive.com (http://www.blockheadradiolive.com) called "New Discoveries", I sell my gorgeous jewelry on ArtFire and Etsy. I have a blog at www.thechainmaillelady.blogspot.com (http://www.thechainmaillelady.blogspot.com). I have 2 huge shows coming up in July so I have been busily getting ready for them. Here is a small sample of my work.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3620/3363944826_a51ba11f17_m.jpg)(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3620/3452935978_4a67d951a3_m.jpg)(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3444/3392536961_13351467f3_m.jpg)

Sorry, Miss Gizmo is always trying to steel the show!!!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Lori Sue on May 24, 2009, 06:12:36 PM
I am Lori Sue.  I love to make jewelry and love to investigate new avenues.  My newest avenue is indian beading.  I also like to sew (although I haven't done it in years)  I promise I will put pictures up soon.  I am married with KIDS :-), 7 total. ranging from 2 years to 14 years and only one set of twins.  So my jewelry time happens when everyone goes to sleep (or out with their friends).  My 6 year old twins, 8 year old, and 9 year old girls are starting to make jewelry now and we go to rummage sales alot and buy up jewelry for them to fool with.  They are getting their own pliers for their birthday.

I have never been a serious seller, I usually give away more than I sell.  I ran a bar for several years and I would go in one night a week and set up a booth with some friends who liked to do homemade crafts.  I sold quite a bit and was pleasantly surprised.

We are moving south of Topeka KS in July and I would love to meet people from that area.

 :) Lori Sue
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 24, 2009, 06:15:11 PM
welcome Lori Sue and of of course thechainmaillelady glad to have you
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Manic Butterfly on May 24, 2009, 06:16:49 PM
Welcome all!

Chain-love the dog in jeans!  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Elena Adams Designs on May 25, 2009, 12:21:05 PM
Alright, I've finally found a moment to get in here! I've been watching some of the posts from Twitter, but I'm a little swamped lately. It looks like a great forum, and I'd love to get involved (although I'm sure my involvement will be flaky at best).
My name is Elena Adams, and I've been making jewelry for about eight or nine years. I'm originally from Australia, but moved to California five years ago so that my husband could start a Stanford PhD. I first started when a friend dragged me to a silver jewelry workshop where I learned to cut jump rings and make a double helix chain http://www.elena-adams.com/bracelets/helix_ss.html (http://www.elena-adams.com/bracelets/helix_ss.html). I worked at The Bead Shop in Palo Alto until it closed last year as their Web Manager and had the opportunity to take some lessons from some of the Bay Area's best teachers, and even got into teaching myself.
I love chain maille, and am constantly fascinated by what can be done with simple rings. I adore fine gemstones and would rather have a new strand of shiny darlings than most other luxuries.
In my jewelry, I aim for unique, high-end designs, with a focus on chain maille and delicate gemstones.
To pay the bills, I also work for a wedding photographer as Production Manager, where I'm learning a lot about small business and photography. The dream is that one day the jewelry business will take off and be enough to live on.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TheSilveredGriffin on May 25, 2009, 12:24:46 PM
Hi Everyone,

I'm Lindsey, I've been making chainmaille for several years but have only recently started promoting my work.  I have a very dinky little etsy shop (http://www.thesilveredgriffin.etsy.com) that I hope to add more pieces to soon.  Also, I can be found on twitter (http://twitter.com/kunoichi06).

When I'm not weaving, I write, play massive amounts of video games with my husband, and practice martial arts. 

I'm looking forward to getting to know people and seeing some of the beautiful creations in the forums. ^_^
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Nárrína on May 26, 2009, 01:20:03 PM
Greetings and welcome, Elena and Silvered Griffin!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: perpetualspiral on May 26, 2009, 05:30:38 PM
Hi, I'm perpetualspiral...I've been hear since this forum was first set up but have yet to post any projects LOL. But I will change that soon. It has been great seeing and applauding everyone else's amazing stuff.

About me: I'm a 'learn-a-holic', so I may never be really good at any one technique or crafts since I'm always learning a new one. I have been knitting for 10 years though, so I'd say I was very skilled at that. I started making jewelry a couple years ago after my cousin got me interested. Since then I've done basic stringing, fancier stringing, various beadweaving stitches, crocheted with beads and wire, etc. etc. In the near future I plan to learn chainmaille and loom beadweaving as well as wireworking and anything else I run across. My ultimate goal is to become a mixed-media artisan and sell accessories (jewelry, bags, hats etc) online on Etsy etc. I plan on learning to sew better and starting to work with paper and clay, buttons and other found/recycled materials.

I am also a writer, currently I have two blogs - one is very personal writings about my psychological healing journey, and the other is about my invisible chronic illnesses (fibromyalgia/CFS). I don't have a craft blog yet, but I can be found on craftster.org and I also just joined ravelry. Links to all about me, my project galleries etc can be found at my Google profile: http://www.google.com/profiles/ptspiral

The best way to talk to me is on Twitter! @perpetualspiral :) See u around!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on May 26, 2009, 06:02:33 PM
"learn-a-holic" That is a phrase that I have to adopt!  Finally, a word to describe my obsession with "how did they do that!"
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jeanne on May 26, 2009, 07:07:07 PM
"learn-a-holic" That is a phrase that I have to adopt!  Finally, a word to describe my obsession with "how did they do that!"
Right behind you on that one...
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CassandrasCreations on May 27, 2009, 07:55:48 PM
I haven't checked in this topic for awhile...Hello everyone and welcome to a great forum.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Manic Butterfly on May 27, 2009, 09:00:28 PM
Just wanted to say welcome everyone-enjoy this wonderful collection of creative crazies!  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Sabine on May 28, 2009, 05:55:10 AM
Hello there! I'm Sabine, from the UK. I started making lampwork beads about two years ago, and have rather quickly drifted into sculptural beads, roses, butterflies, choo-choos, etc. I make 'normal' beads, too, and I do turn them into jewellery, too, but I'm happiest behind the torch. I found this forum via Twitter, registered a few days back, and just found out I've been approved. I posted some pics in the gallery. Will sort out a banner or something, but my website is www.littlecastledesigns.co.uk, and I'm on twitter as @littlecastledes - I'm very glad I found you all, there is some absolutely gorgeous work on here!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Haffina on May 28, 2009, 06:07:08 AM
Hi Sabine...Im on your website drooling. I love the 'A train', and 'Leila'. You do amazing work. Welcome to the forum and I look forward to seeing more of your work.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 28, 2009, 06:15:41 AM
Welcome to all new members look around and see what's going on there's quite a bit
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Sabine on May 28, 2009, 07:51:48 AM
Thanks so much for the welcome!  :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CalcedoniaDesign on May 28, 2009, 06:23:49 PM
 8) My name is Dora and I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself, my new company and how I started this business.

Calcedonia is my 85 year old mom's "real" name. I say "real" because when she was in school- everyone thought her name was too long and it was shortened to Dora. She kept her shortened name and when I was born, she named me after her. She is partner and crochets and knits up a
storm-- she tucks in all of threads, tells me what should be fixed and what should be ripped out and redone. She is much faster than me and seems to get even faster the older she gets. We both decided that we'd name the company after ourselves.

I had a unusual journey towards becoming an Etsy entrepreneur. Back when my son was young, I used to spend so much time at the craft store-- one day they offered me a job. I worked there for several years. Later, I branched out and started to sell handmade crafts and supplies at local fairs, churches and boutiques. Whatever it took-- I even worked as a concessionaire at the Fort Hamilton Army Base. Later, I became manager of a Christian book and gift store and opened an online book store on half.com.

I got involved in ETSY when my mom and I made and donated blankets, preemie hats and booties to BABIES in NEED, a non-profit organization out in Long Island. We made scarves out of left over yarn and we donated them to a organization to children in need at Christmas time. My son asked me one day “Why don’t you sell these on ETSY?” And while I didn't know what Etsy was at the time, I quickly learned what an amazing marketplace it is. So we've been working non-stop and are finally ready to launch our online store. I hope you like and enjoy our pieces.

If you have any questions or if there is something that we can specially create for you, get in touch. We love to hear from you!

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6676942
twitter.com/calcedoniadesign
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CalcedoniaDesign on May 28, 2009, 09:56:24 PM
 8)
Thank you fuzzy feet.... 8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on May 29, 2009, 05:47:09 AM
Welcome to all the newcomers!  It is pouring outside today so I am going to spend a lot of time drooling over everyone's sites.  I love days like that!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself Hi from Rosie the Wildwoman
Post by: rosiewildwoman on May 30, 2009, 12:50:57 AM
Hi there fellow artists.  I am a reborn artist having found my creative side at the young age of 58.  I have always loved jewelry, collected lots (owned a flea market and art and craft mall in my past life) but what I really wanted was outrageous art jewelry and it was beyond my financial reach.  Now I create all that outrageous art jewelry, do product testing by wearing every piece ....heee..heee...heee    I found your site on twitter....my tweet is http://www.twitter.com/rosiewildwoman (http://www.twitter.com/rosiewildwoman).    My website is http://www.wildwomancreations.com  (http://www.wildwomancreations.com)and I also have a social network for oregon coast artists and it is http://www.oregoncoastartists.ning.com  (http://www.oregoncoastartists.ning.com)  My blog is http://www.awildwomancreation.blogspot.com (http://www.awildwomancreation.blogspot.com) and I am going to reopen my etsy store and it is http://www.wildwomancreation.etsy.com (http://www.wildwomancreation.etsy.com)  I will post some pixs of my work soon and some can be seen on Oregon coast artists site.  Im glad to be here and thanks for all the inspiration. 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Haffina on May 30, 2009, 12:57:28 AM
Welcome to our new members. Its great to see so many handmade artists together!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: PendantPatch on May 30, 2009, 10:53:28 AM
Good Saturday morning! My name is Carol and I run PendantPatch on Etsy and BottleCapsGalore on ArtFire. I make pendants from scrabble tiles, bottle caps, dominoes, rummikub game pieces and other wooden tiles. I am a craft addict and always making things or looking for new things to make. I also have a blog. Links in my sig line. So nice to meet everyone.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 30, 2009, 07:37:11 PM
Welcome to all new members, take a look around see whats going on. Don't be afraid to ask questions and post your work in the gallery. We are a friendly bunch and love commenting on pretty pictures.
Enjoy
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on May 30, 2009, 08:08:36 PM
So many new people to welcome!  Welcome all and be sure to post your pretties so we can all drool over everyone's talents.  :-*
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Elemental Dragon on May 30, 2009, 09:54:31 PM
Greetings and salutations!

I'm a crafter of the maille sort, although at this point I seem to be more of an experimenter and theorist (although, not as intensely as some others I've run into) than an artist, although there are a few things I've actually finished. Hmmm...DragonoftheElements (http://dragonoftheelements.deviantart.com/) on deviantArt and Aviler (http://s101.photobucket.com/albums/m76/Aviler/) on Photobucket would be where I primarily have images. I primarily reside on M.A.I.L. (http://www.mailleartisans.org/)'s forums, and to a lesser extent, Maillers Worldwide (http://corvuschainmaille.ning.com/) and TRL's Forum (http://www.theringlord.org/forum/index.php).
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Celticcrossing on May 30, 2009, 10:14:23 PM
Hello to one and all!
I am small town Canadian girl living in Nova Scotia. I go by Celticcrossing (CC) or my real name is Arien (pronounced Erin) it's Old Celtic - probably why I have such a fascination with everything Celt.

I have been making jewelry for years but have only in the past year and half found Etsy and started selling it. celticcrossing.etsy.com (http://celticcrossing.etsy.com)
 
I am an Usui Reiki Master. I also write short stories & do all kinds of different crafty things. Ummm, what else? Not sure. Can't wait to check out the forum and get to know the people here. Please feel free to chat! :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: waterrose on May 30, 2009, 10:18:32 PM
I just found this from the post on EC.

I'm Rose of Waterrose Handcrafted Obsessions. My medium is textiles and currently I make Hand Embroidered cuffs. I live in Arizona.

I sell my creations on Etsy  http//waterrose.etsy.com

and, 1000Markets http://www.1000markets.com:80/users/waterrose/


see you all around!
Rose
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 31, 2009, 07:43:39 AM
Welcome all glad to see you here make sure you look around there is a lot to see and don't forget to check out the free members ads and out new blog http://handmadeartistsforum.com

Quick special welcome to Elemental Dragon  as I've been an admirer of your work for quite sometime.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HarliquinGirl on May 31, 2009, 08:59:03 PM
Hi all!

I'm HarliquinGirl (aka Jen or Ursula).  I'm 26 and living in Florida.  My main passion is anything that has to do with chain or wire, but I do a lot of seed bead work and anything else that comes my way.  I'm a jewelry teacher at a bead store in Delray Beach (called Beads on the Ave), where I teach everything from basic beading to basic silver soldering, all the off-loom bead stitches, several different chain weaves, and lots of other little goodies. 

I'm happy to be on this forum, and I look forward to oogling everyone's work!

Ursula
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jeanne on June 01, 2009, 02:00:23 PM
Welcome to everyone who is new to the forum.  It is fun around here and I look forward to perusing through all of your great work.

Jeanne
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: moxiemanda on June 02, 2009, 12:59:02 AM
Hi everyone! I'm Amanda and am more of an avid follower of crafts than a crafter. Mostly because I don't have a lot of time to craft. Also I've recently downsized my living space to an apartment so I don't have a crafting area - yet.  :'(  I do have a shop on Etsy but it is empty at the moment. I'm interested in anything that has to do with paper...I love all paper products, techniques, etc... And I'm also interested in re-purposed fashion as well as fiber arts. I used to paint, but gave that up for sketching.

I'm hoping that hanging out on here will help spark my creative inspiration and make me make the time to get to crafting again.  I'm looking forward to browsing through everything and getting to know everyone!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on June 02, 2009, 05:17:06 AM
Welcome to the newcomers!  We are a pretty friendly bunch that loves to laugh, so post some of your pretties, ask questions, and generally enjoy!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on June 02, 2009, 02:47:30 PM
Welcome voodoomaggie post some of your work and the gallery so we can take a peak and I hope you enjoy the forum
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: DarleneN on June 02, 2009, 06:25:45 PM
Hi y'all, my name is Darlene.  I have stores on Artfire and Etsy under NorthernLightDesigns.  I spend most of my time writing though, so I don't really have time to make much right now, which explains why I only have four items in my stores!  Oh well, someday....

This forum looks like it'll be fun.  I'm glad to meet everyone here.

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Earring Girl on June 02, 2009, 06:29:49 PM
Hi!  What a cool forum!  I am Ami and I own a website that sells earrings. I sell a lot of handmade artisan pieces as well as some indie brands.  Right now I am concentrating on my gardening business (mostly container gardend) since tis the season.  I am not adding more items to my site just now, since photography is so time consuming, but in the fall and winter I will start up again, and I'm sure this will be a great place to find some new artists I can carry. I do love all things handmade, not just earrings, so I am so excited about finding this forum! 
My website is http://www.earringgirl.com/ if you feel like checking it out, and feel free to look for me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/EarringGirl , although right now most of my tweets are mostly related to what I'm planting. 

Thanks for being here!
Ami

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: sisterjewelry on June 03, 2009, 03:30:49 PM
Hi,
 I'm Beverly, aka Sisterjewelry..I love to design different types of Jewelry.I don't have any certain style, because I love them all.Stop by and say hello..
Have a great evening. :angel:
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on June 03, 2009, 03:40:39 PM
Goodness, we are growing by leaps and bounds!  Welcome to the newcomers and jump into the madness with the rest of us-we love to admire others work and drool over things we want to do/buy/covet/dream about. :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LoveForEarth on June 03, 2009, 06:45:12 PM
Hello! I'm Kara  :D Another Etsy crafter, but gosh...I've been making things since I fell out the womb. lol Sewing is my main passion, but I've dabbled in many other crafting! My other hobbies...reading, my Havanese (dog breed) Guccigirl, my 7 pack of kids, photography, shopping, the beach, going to doctors appts (lol!) and, ehh....sewing!

I found you all on twitter, and I think it is SUPER neat that a place like this exists, to talk about crafing and art in general :D

Thanks for the invite to the forum!

XO~
Kara
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: beadsforever on June 03, 2009, 10:26:00 PM
Quote
Hi!  I'm a beadweaver.  I love beads and use a needle and thread to weave them together using various beadweaving stitches.  You can see my work on my Etsy shop:  http://www.beadsforever.etsy.com and read more about me on my blog:  http://beadsforever2.blogspot.com.

A beading heart is a happy heart!
Linda (Beadsforever)

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Manic Butterfly on June 03, 2009, 10:39:33 PM
Wow!! So many new and interesting people here!! Welcome to you all and hope you enjoy all the fun, crafty crazies on the forum!! heehee  ;D
Title: Hello from NW Indiana
Post by: jsavina on June 05, 2009, 10:15:46 AM
Hi Everyone,
I'm happy to have found a forum like this. I'm Jeanette Savina Cobb. I'm a glass/jewelry artist and graphic arts designer. I do stained glass, make fused glass items, make lampwork beads and jewelry, but mostly these days, I'm helping my Hubby in his graphic arts and sandcarving businesses. www.cuttingedgesandcarving.com  (http://www.cuttingedgesandcarving.com) and www.chuckebyrdwallart.com  (http://www.chuckebyrdwallart.com) and www.savvygaldesigns.etsy.com  (http://www.savvygaldesigns.etsy.com) .
I look forward to getting to know everyone here and to see if I could be of any assistance or if I could sometimes ask for some in return.
Have a great weekend everyone!!!
(http://smilies.sofrayt.com/fsc/blow%20kisses.gif)

Jeanette
www.jsavinacollection.com (http://www.jsavinacollection.com)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on June 05, 2009, 10:21:15 AM
Welcome to all new members hope you guys enjoy yourselves here we have a lot going on so put on your seat belts and enjoy the ride. Also please post your pretties in the gallery I promote all gallery posts heavily so it should help your exposure.
Please also don't be scared to ask questions we are a friendly bunch.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Eccentricity on June 06, 2009, 09:46:06 AM
Hi Everyone - My name is Sonnee and I work in fused glass.  I started out working in this medium about 5 years ago.  Prior to that I painted dried gourds and made gourd and fiber items.  Nothing like  switching gears and "reinventing yourself".  Anyway, I now focus mainly on making jewelry but I also make some home decor items such as mirrors, masks, whimsical items and glass and stone tiles.

I am a "late bloomer" when it comes to my artistic and creative endeavors.  I worked in the mental health field for 25 years and only after I retired and focused on my own mental health did I start working with the gourds and then later with my glass.  I have an Etsy shop and an Artfire shop and I work with a local gallery in my south Florida hometown.

I look forward to getting to know many of you and your work.  I use the name "Eccentricity" for my shops, Twitter, Facebook, etc.   
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CutieStuffs on June 06, 2009, 08:35:44 PM
My name is Agnes. I'm a stay home mom of 2 lovely girls.  I love making crafts.  I opened a store on Etsy selling my handmade felt dolls/ornaments, fabric button hair accessories and BLANK COVER BUTTONS!  Please come to visit me!!!

www.CutieStuffs.etsy.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: tollykit on June 07, 2009, 07:06:18 AM
Hi,  I'm Elaine (aka ElaineJHillson and Tollykit).  I'm a chainmaille and fibre artist living in the middle of the countryside surrounded by llamas and cats.

My passions are all things fantasical and chainmaille.  I love to try and combine the two wherever possible.  And to be honest I don't think I have much in the way of hobbies at all as crafty type things take up all my time.

I blog, have internet shops, twitter, plurk and facebook.  So I look forward to meeting you all in the various realms of cyberspace.

Have fun!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on June 07, 2009, 07:37:48 AM
Welcome to all new members hope you enjoy the forum please don't hesitate to ask any questons.
Enjoy
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jewelrybyjanelle50 on June 07, 2009, 10:20:11 PM
Welcome to the forum!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jewelrybyjanelle50 on June 07, 2009, 10:45:54 PM
other half
Thanks honey I figured you would of went with the general majority as being my BETTER half :D

Andrew, she IS, but shush, we won't tell anyone!  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on June 08, 2009, 06:22:18 AM
Welcome Pam and enjoy the forum we are in Jersey too in Point Pleasant
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on June 11, 2009, 08:21:43 AM
Hi all welcome to the forum and enjoy.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: cutiepatootiebeads on June 11, 2009, 06:39:40 PM
 :)I all, I go by cutiepatootiebeads, I make handmade Jewelry, I have a shop in Etsy. I love what I do, and would appreciate it if you would take a look at my shop and tell me what you think.
http://www.cutiepatootiebeads.etsy.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: bizeebeecreations on June 12, 2009, 01:07:08 PM
Greetings from Bizee Bee Creations! My name is Cathy and I love to make beaded jewelry. I have an etsy shop, www.bizeebeecreations.etsy.com and my passion is colorful jewelry. You'll find lots of colorful creations in my shop. I'm a retired nurse but I'm working again... Only this time it's all about having fun. I work in a beadstore called "Beads & Crystals" and of course I work in my etsy shop, too. I wish there were more hours in the day to work and have fun! The past 4 months my life has changed in a BIG way...Opening my etsy shop has helped me focus my interests on what I really love to do. Plus it has broadened my horizons... I now am an avid blogger, I have a picture gallery on flickr, and I am twittering, too! My goal is to try selling on e-bay and maybe even create a Facebook page. I've met lots of new people on-line and at the beadshop and that makes me happy. Creative people are the happiest people on earth and I love to be a part of this fantastic energy!
~~Cathy, the bizeebee gal~~
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Manic Butterfly on June 12, 2009, 03:45:37 PM
Just wanted to say a big WELCOME! to all the new members-hope you enjoy the forum!  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on June 12, 2009, 06:40:43 PM
Yea, new members!  Welcome to you all.  I will be snooping around shops and blogs when I have a few uninterrupted minutes on the computer.  In the mean time, sit back and snoop around, post your pretties for us to drool over and enjoy!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Kalera on June 13, 2009, 11:07:31 AM
Hi! I just found this forum through Twitter... it looks AWESOME! I love the diversity of artisans here! I'm Kalera, I live in Portland, Oregon with my three kids and a mad-scientist housemate and far too many pets. I love gardening, chickens, various sorts of arty/crafty things, and most of all, beadmaking; I've been making glass beads for about 17 years, full-time for six. I also make fused glass cabochons and various other things. I'm trying to teach myself to paint enamels on glass for fusing, which is challenging because I don't know how to paint in the first place, let alone with enamels. When I have the free time (which is almost never...) I like to kayak (the sissy kind of kayaking, on nice smooth lakes and rivers) and hike and swim and rollerskate.

I used to spin, and one of these days when I have some extra money I want to buy a spindle and some carding brushes and get back into it again.

I'm looking forward to browsing the forum and getting to know everyone!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Valley Girl Art Studios on June 13, 2009, 08:15:02 PM
Hello to all my new friends and family.... I just wanted to take a minute and say Hi... I am Meschele and I am honored to be part of such an inspired, craftloving, group of people. I hope to post here often and become a regular pest to most if not all of you.  Have a great day. Meschele  ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Kelli on June 13, 2009, 08:33:25 PM
Hi Everyone,

Like Kalera, I also just found this forum through Twitter! I have just recently started my own holiday crafting website with my mom Lori, so we both are trying to get more involved in the crafting community. This site looks very interesting and it is nice to see so many other people who love doing crafts and art!

We basically do a little of everything when in comes to craft projects. I love stamping and only recently got into embossing which is very fun. Both my mom and I also love working with felt and making little felt projects. Since our site is about holiday crafts we try to stick to holiday projects, but we find all types of projects interesting.

Anyway it was great to find this forum and we hope to post ideas often and see what everyone else is up too!

Kelli
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on June 13, 2009, 08:53:36 PM
Welcome to all the new members glad to see you here. Don't be shy just jump in and have fun.
Enjoy,
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on June 14, 2009, 06:59:44 AM
Welcome to all the new faces!  Don't forget to put your blog/site in your signature line so we can follow you around the web and drool at all the goodies!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Heathr03 on June 16, 2009, 05:56:08 PM
Hi I'm Heather, I'm obsessed with dolls and beads. I've been dabbling in jewelry but keep getting caught up when I have to attach metal to it. With such a huge population of chainmaille artist here I thought it might be a good place to learn a bit about jumprings.

I taught myself lots of crafts over the years but I started making dolls 2 1/2 years ago when My youngest daughter was born, I started beading those dolls 2 years ago. That lead to bead embroidered jewelry and I still get really excited over bead work.

My Honey is an artist too and it's our dream to open our own place where we can play and teach and drink gormet coffee.. Actually I think his dream is that I become a sugar mama and bring home all the bacon so he can paint and take pictures all day.
Glad to be here  :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on June 16, 2009, 08:46:27 PM
Welcome all there is a lot going on here so jump in and have fun.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mamma4earth on June 17, 2009, 12:56:52 AM
Hi everyone,

I am mamma4earth, I heard about this web site through Twitter. I handmake pure wool Waldorf inspired knitted toys, farmyards , gnomes and farm animals. I also needlefelt animals. I have a shop on Etsy called mamma4earth. I have started knitting in certified organic yarn now too. I also sell handspun yarn. I live in South Africa. Great to be here!
My Etsy Shop:

www.mamma4earth.etsy.com

Warmly

mamma4earth
Title: I Post Outside the Box... HI :)
Post by: ArtCreated.com on June 17, 2009, 12:11:30 PM
(I wrote this a few days ago and I'm not sure if it's any good... is it clever or lame?)


My name is Ahna and I will be your host. :) I'd like to introduce you to me, myself and I. I've heard a rumor that these 3 are pretty creative so let's check out some handmade items!

Me is a silver/goldsmith and self-taught lapidary artist who has written 4 how-to articles for the international magazine, Jewelry Artist. She also received the honor of being the profile artist for another international magazine, Rock-n-Gem. Her style is quite unique and ranges from "Edgy to Elegant", says Me. From the original jewelry designs, cutting the rock, shaping & polishing the stones, to setting, wire wrapping and the bead work; Ahna does it all.
Main Website: http://ArtCreated.com
Etsy Store: http://Ahna.Etsy.com

"Hey, don't forget my jewelry promotional team", says Me. In the fall of 2006, Ahna founded a group of jewelry artisans to join together for promoting on the internet. Today there are about 17 members and they call themselves the Eclectic Jewelry Artisans. Check out their website that is ranking in the #1 position for "artisan jewelry" and related search terms on all major search engines; a task that Ahna spent enormous amounts of time on.
http://eclecticjewelryartisans.com

Now I'd like to introduce you to Myself. Her mineral foundation, Intensity Mineral Eye Shadow(tm), Skin Euphoria Lotion(tm) with over 13 moisturizers and heavenly perfume blends with formulas she created; have been receiving exceptional reviews. "A troop of belly dancers tried my makeup for a performance and raved about how they did not have to reapply during the performance break", explains Myself.
Main Cosmetics Site: http://ITouchRoses.com
http://ITouchRoses.etsy.com on Etsy

Last, but not least, is I. She does everything else, and I mean everything; stained glass design and construction, photography, silk screening, hand carved candles, web design, graphics design, article writing, all the promotions, listing, bookkeeping, cooking, cleaning, errands, brings home the bacon and knows how to fry it up in a pan! Did I forget anything? Oh yeah, sewing! Wait! And painting.

Be sure to sign up for either of my mailing lists for your chance to win in one of my many drawings for FREE makeup and jewelry! :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Heathr03 on June 17, 2009, 07:04:18 PM
Hi Anha, that was very clever! nice to meet you --I'm off to check your linksnow  ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jewelrybyjanelle50 on June 18, 2009, 03:56:18 PM
HI! I haven't been here in awhile, but would like to welcome all newcomers. Don't be bashful about posting your creations, we love to look and comment, and hope you will do the same.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jeanne on June 18, 2009, 07:44:59 PM
Welcome everyone. 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on June 20, 2009, 03:55:10 PM
Ok, here goes nothing. My name is Kris from KrisKrisDesigns. I just recently started to sell my jewelry(due to threats from friends and family if I didn't) :-\, although I've been making it for about 15 years. Just about everything I make, I make for myself and so it's hard to even sell it.  :( I reall like to do wire wrap and weaving is pretty spiffy too. I'm really busy all of the time because I'm a mom, a student, and an entrepreneur. Not to mention slightly insane to do all of those things. As I just began this journey, I'm still trying to work out the kinks and find the best niche for me. And now, I think that's a wrap.

We could be long lost cousins!  I am also a mom, student, entrepreneur...only difference is that I passed slightly insane long ago and am now a full fledged nutcase most of the time!

Welcome to the forums-post your pretties and check out all the talent that has gathered!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on June 20, 2009, 04:48:45 PM


We could be long lost cousins!  I am also a mom, student, entrepreneur...only difference is that I passed slightly insane long ago and am now a full fledged nutcase most of the time!


That's my wife a full fledged nutcase and I'm so proud to be her husband.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: charmimsy on June 21, 2009, 08:45:05 PM

(http://img31.imageshack.us/img31/913/15120917.jpg) (http://www.postimage.org/)


I create with wire, beads, and fabrics. I have not found that one thing yet that has captured my devotion. I have never been able to settle on one thing. I know that I love to buy things just to have around for that crafty inspiration and that is why I started the craft supply at first. Now I love supplying that just perfect thing for a good price for other craft loving artisans. My craft supply is my main thing right now while I explore my creativity.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: craftypantscarol on June 22, 2009, 12:06:30 PM
Craftypants Carol here.

I just joined and thought I'd introduce myself.  Just started a blog too - which I am vowing to keep up!  I'll post pics of the bags I have on etsy.

http://craftypantscarol.blogspot.com/
http://craftypantscarol.etsy.com
http://twitter.com/craftypntscarol
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on June 22, 2009, 07:35:07 PM
Welcome to all the newcomers and its a pleasure to have you. We are a friendly bunch so don't be scared to jump right in as I see some of you have. ;D
Enjoy
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TheYellowRibbon on June 24, 2009, 12:55:37 PM
Hi everyone!

I'm part of the Etsy team and now I'm hoping to set up another virtual home here.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lunestudio on June 24, 2009, 05:27:31 PM
Hello all, I'm at:
http://lune.artfire.com
http://lunedesigns.etsy.com
http://cerebraldilettante.blogspot.com

Hitting it hard since about March.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jeanne on June 24, 2009, 08:23:29 PM
Hello all, I'm at:
http://lune.artfire.com
http://lunedesigns.etsy.com
http://cerebraldilettante.blogspot.com

Hitting it hard since about March.
Your jewelry is gorgeous, but EVERYBODY should read your blog.  It is funny, intuitive, painfully intense and enjoyable, plus many more things.  Only go there when you have lots of time to peruse all the goodies.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ChristinesJewelBox on June 26, 2009, 10:09:04 AM
Hello everyone,

My name is Christine Hoffmann.  I live in the hill country of Texas where the deer roam.  They are in our yard everynight waiting for a hand out. I like them until I look up after working on jewelry and they are staring at me through my office window.  They were dining on my shrubs and didn't seem to care about me at all.  For now we continue to feed them....    :-\

I have been creating jewelry of some kind or another for 6 years.  I work a regular job as a project controller by day and work on jewelry in my spare time at night.  If I had my way I would design jewelry all the time. 

I went to the University and got my Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in computer graphics.  I love to draw but I like designing jewelry even more.  If my school had a jewelry degree I would've taken that instead. 

I like to mix materials to make my jewelry.  Whether its clay, brass, silver, gemstones and glass beads.  My next challenge I am trying to learn is PMC silver and gold.  This really interests me since I don't have traditional wax carving skills. I will probably seek out a class to learn PMC.

I could keep writing but I don't want to put you to sleep. zzzzz ^-^

Drop me a note sometime and check out my Etsy store.

Thanks.    :-*
Christine Hoffmann

http://www.christinesjewelbox.etsy.com
christinesjewelbox@yahoo.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Nárrína on June 26, 2009, 12:34:11 PM
Welcome, Christine, and Suzzane!

@Suzzane: Lol, someone that actually knows of Standish! 
Thank you!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: outlook8studio on June 27, 2009, 07:59:12 AM
Hi
My name is Jenny.
I create painting,s sculpture, and more from Outlook8studio in Victoria Australia.

You are welcome to my sites to see some of my work at

http://www.jennysporch.etsy.com/
http://www.strazz.etsy.com/
http://blog.outlook8studio.com/
http://genivieve.redbubble.com/
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jewelrybyjanelle50 on June 27, 2009, 06:45:19 PM
A very warm welcome to all of the newcomers. This is the best forum around, and we are so very happy to have you all as new members!  ^-^
Title: Hello to Every one
Post by: greenoro123 on June 29, 2009, 05:09:43 AM
Hi, my name is Peter. I caught a link to this site in a google search, and it seems like a very helpful and informative site. A lot of smart people have posted here, and I would like to contribute what I can, and learn what I can. I am in the trade and at times I might be able to answer some technical questions. I am involved in different aspects of the trade. But producing gold, and platinum bridal jewelry is my main focus. Some of you might be able to figure out who I am by my screen name. Anyway, I just wanted to introduce myself, hopefully my post will help some of you.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on June 29, 2009, 06:27:25 AM
Welcome to the newcomers!  This site is FULL of goings on so click around and jump in so we can admire all your talents.
Title: Re: Hello to Every one
Post by: Haffina on June 29, 2009, 08:04:10 AM
Hi Peter. Welcome to the forum!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: RiverOtterRustic on June 30, 2009, 09:01:46 PM
Hi all! my name is Jon and I am from the Detroit area. Some of you may know me as RiverOtterWidget on Etsy for my steampunk home decor pieces. I also do wood carvings and dabble in wood burning. Good to meet all of you! I found out about this forum from ArmoredHearts TY for the link!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: RiverOtterRustic on June 30, 2009, 09:04:13 PM
by the way here are my Shops on Etsy ;)

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6676600

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7621170
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on June 30, 2009, 09:14:47 PM
welcome to all the new members take a look around we have quite a lot going on here so don't be scared to ask questions and also post your creations in the gallery we love looking at your pics.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ArmoredHearts on July 01, 2009, 08:53:05 AM
Hi all! my name is Jon and I am from the Detroit area. Some of you may know me as RiverOtterWidget on Etsy for my steampunk home decor pieces. I also do wood carvings and dabble in wood burning. Good to meet all of you! I found out about this forum from ArmoredHearts TY for the link!

Hey Jon! You made it.
Welcome to the forum!
Everyone be sure to add Jon's Etsy sites. All you Steam punkers. He has this great eye for oddities... guess that's because he's from my HOMETOWN!

Welcome all new members... See? Twitter works!

Enjoy!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: crazybutcute on July 01, 2009, 11:12:55 AM
Hi, I am a newbie too. I just opened up an embroidery shop at etsy (crazybutcute.etsy.com) and just wanted to see how everyone else creates, markets, etc. LOL at the early post to this topic about how the forum altered the word "g-l-a-s-s"
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: RiverOtterRustic on July 01, 2009, 01:44:57 PM
See I wouln't have known about this forum if it hadn't been for ArmoredHearts and twitter. Thanks all for the welcome!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on July 01, 2009, 01:47:21 PM
So many new talents!  Welcome all and now I'm off to check out all the pretties!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mycrystalbeads on July 01, 2009, 06:02:38 PM
Hi Everyone

My name is Helga, I love beading. I've been knitting and crocheting since I was a little kid, which is quite a while ago. Now beading is my favorite. I prefer working with delica beads making amulet bags. But I also would like to learn 'everything under the sun', in other words - I love to make things
That's it for now, Helga

(http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/7223/75725714.jpg) (http://www.postimage.org/)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on July 01, 2009, 09:02:32 PM
Sparks sweet mask and welcome! Glad to see you here and enjoy
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jewelrybyjanelle50 on July 02, 2009, 07:06:21 PM
See I wouln't have known about this forum if it hadn't been for ArmoredHearts and twitter. Thanks all for the welcome!

I found this forum through Twitter also, WELCOME. and don't be shy around here, too many good people for that!  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jewelrybyjanelle50 on July 02, 2009, 07:08:03 PM
A warm welcome to ALL newcomers.  :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: hoshikaze on July 03, 2009, 11:34:53 AM
Here via Twitter :) (is also hoshikaze there)

I'm Claire, from Western-ish New York State. I graduated with a BS in psychology back in 2006, and I work in academia providing data to the government and various college guides, along with other staff at my college.

I write, mostly novels, which I'd like to get published someday. Right now I have three completed first drafts, two of which I'd like to revise and start querying agents for. I type Dvorak instead of Qwerty - feels more natural.

And I love beads, buying and using them is great fun. I tend to wear things I make quite often, though I also wear other jewelry as well. I do some wire work to, my jewelry is a mix of beads and wire. And clay, I use Sculpty on occasion. At this point I've made gifts for others, and display some of my work on my deviant art account (I'm twig7998 over there - hoshikaze was taken already). I would like to start selling maybe next year, I can only wear/store so many necklaces.

When I buy beads and other supplies I like the local bead store, along with Joanne's crafts, and I buy online fairly often. There is something nice about the organization of a website being able to browse to exactly what I'm looking for. Though browsing through the bead store is great to, that's when I find things I wasn't looking for and have fun making things with. I guess it depends what sort of mood I'm in.

Random: My favorite color is purple, I love cats, reading, cross-country skiing, biking, mountains (PA has some great ones), I'm sort of into anime, and I knit on and off. Mostly off as the beads take up most of my craft time. They sneak into writing time to - but I can bead with more going on then I  can with writing. And going on wine tours is fun.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on July 03, 2009, 09:29:16 PM
Welcome hoshikaze nice to see you here, we are a friendly group. So take a look around strap in and enjoy the ride! ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: eyecandychainmaille on July 05, 2009, 04:07:24 PM
Hello.  My name is Candy and the jewelry I sell is branded as EyeCandy Chainmaille.  I was being cleaver.   ^-^  So anyways, I have been making jewelry for about 2 years now.  I have sold some and I am now listed on Ebay.  I hope to get some peices done to put up on Etsy soon.  I guess with the economy this was not the best year to start to do this.  My work also goes to a few small shows with another local artist.  She has been a large help to me and lots more folks are seeing my work.

I started doing beading and chainmaille to calm my nerves.  I was retired 3 years ago because of medicine resistant bi-polar disorder and extreme anxiety.  There are lots of times I can't even get out my front door.

I hope to grow this little endeavor enough to help my mom who is ready to retire and to get my own independence back.  A house with a workshop and a car that is reliable.  That would be heaven!

I am on Twitter.  my name on there is LadyJhia.  I am also on Myspace and MyYearbook.  The listing for myspace is:

http://www.myspace.com/eyecandychainmaille

and the listing for myyearbook is:

http://www.myyearbook.com/ladyjhia

You can see pictures of my work on both of those pages. 

Well, thank you for reading this.  All Blessings.

Candy
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on July 05, 2009, 04:27:13 PM
Welcome, welcome, welcome to all the new members!  Please spend a few minutes clicking around as we have a lot going on.  If you have an Etsy shop, we have a team that you are welcome to join.  Also, we looooooove to drool at others creations so please post lots of pictures in the galleries so we can stumble, twitter, and generally promote our talented members.

Enjoy!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: hjmart on July 06, 2009, 02:40:41 AM
I should have introduced myself before :) But I guess it's never too late :) I am Helen and I have a shop on etsy:

http://hjmart.etsy.com

I have been painting and creating things since I remember myself. I come from a very creative family: My grandfather wanted to be an artist, but World War II interrupted his dreams. My grandmother was an incredibly talented woman who created very beautiful, intricate embroidery and crochet-work. My mother is an architect. Following in my family’s steps, I am also an artist.

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jeanne on July 06, 2009, 11:04:46 AM
Welcome to all the new artists.  All of your work is excellent and amazing.
Title: RE: Introduce yourself
Post by: PAS66 on July 07, 2009, 05:10:10 PM
Hi everyone!

My name is Pauline Salvucci and I'm a jewelry designer from Maine. A very wet Maine I have to say! Poor folks who are here for vacation.

I found this forum while searching for jewelry groups. I'm glad to be here and hope to share with you all!

I'm passionate about jewelry design, and own Sirona Jewelry, an online store. I'm also a writer, nature and animal lover, a Red Sox baseball fan, a handicapped woman and retired psychotherapist. I love jazz piano, art, great conversation, reading and films. I also enjoy blogging, Sirona Jewelry & Mid-Life Memoir - http://sironajewelry.blogspot.com/

Thanks:)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jewelrybyjanelle50 on July 07, 2009, 06:13:17 PM
Welcome to all newcomers!

Pauline-I looked in your shop, and your work is awesome, jawdropping, actually. Welcome to the forum, and please post pics of your beautiful works.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on July 07, 2009, 06:39:41 PM
Welcome Pauline looking forward to seeing your stuff in the gallery. Take a look around we have a whole bunch of stuff going on so take a peak and enjoy.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MikiCatDesigns on July 08, 2009, 12:59:35 AM
Hi everyone. some of you know me already. I'm getting around a bit. My name is Michele Stewart, I run MikiCat Designs, love designing jewelry but am still new at it. Less than a year. I'm in love with chainmaille but also enjoy wire wrapping and beading. It's all wonderful. I'm looking to increase my knowledge of fabrication and metalsmithing.

I'm also trying to setup a new web store and am finding it's not easy. I look forward to learning, sharing, inspiring, being inspired, challenging and being challenged by everyone. Handmade is the only way to go. 8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Haffina on July 08, 2009, 04:26:34 AM
Hey Michele, good to see you here!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: PAS66 on July 08, 2009, 11:28:47 AM
Thanks for the welcome, everyone! It's going to take a while to get to know the lay of the land. :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: BitsyCreations on July 08, 2009, 06:47:55 PM
Hello all! I'm thrilled to find this forum. :) I'm Bitsy, I'm a WAHM--I'm a graphic designer and spend most of my time creating logos, business card, web headers, etc. for small businesses online and some local businesses. I also sell greetings--my first love! I sell greeting cards, invitations, birth announcements, stationery, etc.
Can't wait to get to know all of you!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on July 08, 2009, 08:57:39 PM
Welcome to all the new members strap on your seat belt put on your helmet and enjoy the ride. Have fun and please don't be shy , ask any questions you may have.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LuSandaJewelry on July 09, 2009, 10:08:50 AM
Just wanted to say hi and am happy to have been pointed in this direction. It looks like a fabulous website and am looking forward to reading through everything. I love to design and create jewelry. What started as a one off piece of jewelry has turned into an obsession! You can find me at http:// LuSandaJewelry.artfire.com. I look forward to chatting with you all.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LuSandaJewelry on July 09, 2009, 10:13:55 AM
Hi! I'm Emma and I make jewellery under the name Fairyqueen's Jewels. I've only just started out so all advice and tips are very welcome!  :D
I sell on Etsy, Artfire and MISI, trialing a few see what does best :)

www.fairyqueensjewels.etsy.com (http://www.fairyqueensjewels.etsy.com)

Look forward to getting to know folk and seeing your work xx




Your jewelry is beautiful!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on July 09, 2009, 11:25:10 AM
Welcome to those that just joined!  I am going to spend some fun time going through all your links later, but in the mean time; if you have an Etsy shop we would love to have you join us on the Etsy HAFteam and if you have an ArtFire Shop we are in the process of setting up an ArtFire Guild!  So much to do and so little time....enjoy the forum and jump on in!  We don't bite...often.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Terrbear38 on July 09, 2009, 10:21:03 PM
Hi everyone. I just joined this group. My name is Terri. I live in Denver, CO with my husband Rich and our daughter Emilia who is 11. We also have 2 fur kids. Sophie a 4 yr old black lab mix and Lily a 3 year old Westie. I have been doing nails out of my home for over 15yrs but only work part-time now because I homeschool Emilia as well. I got into stamping about 4 yrs ago and I have an Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5101913 where I sell my work now. I also have an Artfire and 1000 market shop too. You can find out more about me on my blog as well http://www.terrbear38.blogspot.com/ I look forward to getting to know you all.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: eclectic_collective on July 10, 2009, 11:35:00 AM
Hello. I'm new. I just joined.
I just started selling on etsy, and I haven't had any luck yet. I'm thinking of trying artfire, and possibly icraft.ca. I haven't really been able to research either of those much at all.
I mostly make jewelry (earrings); however, not even I know what I may spit out at times.

I just joined, but I've been following Handmade Artists Forum on twitter for a few months (mine is www.twitter.com/roboresa).

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Beadlady5 on July 11, 2009, 01:55:41 PM
Hi Y'all, :)
My name is Margo and I must say at the start that it is a pleasure to be amongst so many unique and talented fellow artisans of handmade.
Now here's a little about me.
Artistry and creativity are in my family genes and these genes have been passed onto me.
My creativity has many faces-- macrame, stained glass, knitting, crocheting, needle point, stenciling, faux painting, and a lot more. Jewelry design and creation is a fairly recent creative endeavor of mine.
This August I begin my 6th year of designing and making eclectic styled jewelry-- I love to sell at craft fairs and have a number of my pieces in local boutiques and bridal stores. I also started selling on line last August which has opened a whole new world for me.
My passion for creating new pieces of jewelry is constantly blossoming. There is still so much more to learn and so much more to create.
Btw, I am a recently retired counselor and am married to the same wonderful guy for 32 1/2 years.  We have 2 grown sons.  We live with 2 cats who graciously allow us to live with them--LOL!
Here are some samples of my passion:
(http://static.artfire.com/admin/product_images/thumbs/afv--23302--3552_product_1738919163_thumb_crop.jpg)
(http://static.artfire.com/admin/product_images/thumbs/afv--23302--3552_product_1843736068_thumb_crop.jpg)
http://static.artfire.com/admin/product_images/thumbs/afv--23302--3552_product_2107079570_thumb_crop.jpg (http://static.artfire.com/admin/product_images/thumbs/afv--23302--3552_product_2107079570_thumb_crop.jpg)

http://Beadlady5.artfire.com
http://Beadlady5.etsy.com
http://VintageBeadlady5.esty.com
http://Beadlady5Talks.blogspot.com



Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: FiberBeads on July 11, 2009, 09:46:03 PM
Hi everyone! My name is Eleanore and I make and sell beads made from all sorts of fiber materials. Most of my beads are ready made but I do quite a bit of custom work too! I'm so happy to have found a place where I can meet people who are in and also outside of Etsy. I've been looking for a way to ask questions and meet new people in the creative world beyond the Etsy gates.
I love to laugh and have a good time. Looking forward to all the great personalities I see here tonight.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on July 12, 2009, 05:22:46 PM
Welcome all to the forum I'm so excited with the new members that are joining everyday please take a look around there is a lot going on and once you get settled in invite some friends! The more the merrier.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: JewelryByJudy on July 12, 2009, 06:02:38 PM
Hello Everyone!

My name is Judy and I just found your forum through Twitter. I live in Toronto, Canada and look forward to also meeting others in my neck of the woods as well as new friends worldwide. I am so glad to finally have a place to share with other link (like) minded souls. Although I work full-time outside the area of jewelry making, I find one of the ways for me to relax and forget my troubles is to make jewelry. It's also portable to a degree so I can take it with me and work on new pieces while visiting family.

Thank you to those who make the forum possible.
Cheers
Judy
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on July 12, 2009, 06:22:29 PM
Welcome!  Just a note to all the newcomers that we have a link section at the top of the page so you can post your links to your sites, shops, blogs, flickr, twitter, etc... We want to be able to find all of you and check out all the talent that has gathered here!  If you have any questions, please ask!  We have a ton of different talents here that is more than willing to share information about their arts.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jeannie on July 12, 2009, 08:04:29 PM
Hi i'm new , my name is Jeannie. I am a welsh lass living in France! Hope to meet all you artists out there! I love hand embroidery. This is a stumpwork piece that i finished recently.
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Title: Introduce myself
Post by: Wooden_Kitchen on July 14, 2009, 07:30:00 AM
I make hardwood cheese, bread and cutting boards. So what? Big deal! Everyone made one in High School Wood Shop. So what makes me so special and this lens special? I have over 55 years of experience making fine wooden products for the home. Nothing I have done before has been as rewarding. The artistic creativity available in making my kitchen products and seeing the pleasure they bring to others is a huge ego reward. What makes these products so good is that they are not only beautiful to look at & to touch, but that they are 100% functional. I have taken the experience of all these years starting with my "indentured" apprenticeship to my father (a master craftsman from Germany) up to now and am sharing these techniques before they become lost to time.

http://www.woodenkitchen.etsy.com/

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Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Karina on July 14, 2009, 09:52:41 AM
Hi To All ^_^

My name is Karina. 39 Y/o , married, 3 Childs ( 2 Girls and 1 Boy ). I Love all Crafts in Special Polymer Clay

In March 2006 I discovered the wonderful world of Polymer Clay - and since that day - I practice daily so I can learn new techniques !

I love experimenting with clay and creating just about everything - but I especially enjoy making jewelry in which I use many different techniques, using canes that I make and enhancing the beauty of the canes and techniques with Glass beads and Swarovski Crystals in many occasions.

Also, I have entered the wonderful creative world of Fantasy Figurines which I also make out of Polymer Clay!

Here is my Flickr album of creations up to date with tons of pictures:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/karinaptoxx/

Hugs To All :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Gingerkitty on July 14, 2009, 09:59:19 AM
Good Morning all!    My name is Tracey and I am a jewelry designer and the creator of a unique line of jewelry made with nail polish :)  (like the ring in my avatar).

I started my Etsy store when I lost my job (of ten years) and needed another way to provide income for my family.  I have enjoyed selling on Etsy, although not too many sales, and recently opened an Artfire shop as well.  (barely any traffic there though)

I am looking forward to reading this forum and hoping to get tips on how to become a better seller on Etsy and Artfire. :)

You can find my stores here:
http://www.gingerkittydesigns.etsy.com (http://www.gingerkittydesigns.etsy.com)
http://www.artfire.com/users/gingerkittydesigns (http://www.artfire.com/users/gingerkittydesigns)

Thanks!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on July 14, 2009, 10:56:52 AM
Good Morning all!    My name is Tracey and I am a jewelry designer and the creator of a unique line of jewelry made with nail polish :)  (like the ring in my avatar).

I started my Etsy store when I lost my job (of ten years) and needed another way to provide income for my family.  I have enjoyed selling on Etsy, although not too many sales, and recently opened an Artfire shop as well.  (barely any traffic there though)

I am looking forward to reading this forum and hoping to get tips on how to become a better seller on Etsy and Artfire. :)

You can find my stores here:
http://www.gingerkittydesigns.etsy.com (http://www.gingerkittydesigns.etsy.com)
http://www.artfire.com/users/gingerkittydesigns (http://www.artfire.com/users/gingerkittydesigns)

Thanks!

You do that stuff with nail polish?  How cool!  I love nail colors, but never would have thought of wearing them as jewelry.  Welcome
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Gingerkitty on July 14, 2009, 12:41:32 PM
Thank you for the Welcome and the compliment! 

I decided to take my love for beauty products and combine it with my jewelry designs :)

 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on July 14, 2009, 03:24:22 PM
Thank you for the Welcome and the compliment! 

I decided to take my love for beauty products and combine it with my jewelry designs :)

Blogged about your nail polish http://makinthebestofitcreations.blogspot.com/  Sorry, but still can't get over that!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Gingerkitty on July 14, 2009, 04:43:27 PM
WOW...thank you so much!  That is wonderful.  My son just said, "wow mommy, your famous" :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TheWiresEdge on July 14, 2009, 10:56:00 PM
Hello.  My name is Nancy. I opened an Etsy shop about a month ago to sell my wire jewelry. I'm pretty boring, so there's not much else - I sing, have a dog and make jewelry.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Christa on July 15, 2009, 05:39:18 AM
Hi everyone  :D
I've been fiddling with Steampunk for a bit more than a year now, and I can't seem to get away from it. It's like a disease  8)

Anyway...I do mostly Steampunk jewellery, but I tend to decorate other things too when I can get my hands on them. I'm a traditional artist to begin with and I do graphic design and digital painting for a living these days. Steampunk is more of a hobby and something I do when I need to get away from the screen for a bit :)

I don't have a store at Etsy. Instead I run my own store and sell a lot of my jewellery at eBay. More exciting that way  ;)

On a more personal note, I'm 45y old, a Granny (hehe) and I've got a twisted sense of humor together with a Neuropathic Pain Disorder. I'm a Swede living in the UK, where I finally decided to settle down :)

That's it...I think :)

Christa
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on July 16, 2009, 06:58:22 AM
Welcome to all the new members please just jump in a nd have fun we are a friendly bunch and look forward to getting to know everyone.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: januarygirl on July 17, 2009, 03:46:37 AM
Hi Everyone! My name is Cathie, from January Girl Designs. I have a store on Etsy for which I sell beads and such, and a store on Artfire for my jewelry. I started on Etsy with not many sales, and then I found Artfire and have sold quite a few- SO exciting!
 A little about me...I started making jewelry about 4 1/2 years ago. I saw a piece in a store but it was so expensive, so I thought I might be able to make it myself. After long hours and lots searching the internet, I bought my first beads and findings and made my first piece.  Then I discovered lampwork and jumped straight in! After a few months, I found PMC along with stamping and soldering, and fell in love! In my studio I have everything to make lampwork, PMC, soldering,wire wrapping, and stamping. I have a huge rolling cabinet for my gemstones and metals. Another one for my lampwork and soldering. LOL I just love it all!  I was a nurse in the Army for 18 years,but broke my neck & back while on Active Duty. I had to retire so making jewelry was something I always wanted to do, but just never had the time. Now I dedicate all my time to my jewelry. Even though I still have paralysis in my arms & hands, I try my best at whatever I'm doing. I just love to be able to create something that you may love-as much as I loved creating it!
I love everyone else's items as well! My husband gets a rash when I find new things for me!  He "tries" to hide the credit cards, but I have my own!  :P
 I love to talk to other people and hope I get to meet everyone on here. I also hope to figure out how to do things on here too. Like how to post some of my jewelry!  Contact me anytime with question, comments <good & bad>!
Cathie


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Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: dbvictoria on July 18, 2009, 09:13:07 AM
Greetings, all!  I'm Victoria, of Designs by Victoria (yeah, I know, I could have been a little more creative in the name!).  I do mainly wire-wrapped jewelry, but also refurbish old hats and umbrellas, and do the occasional odd bit of sewing from scratch.  I'm getting geared up to spend three weekends in August selling at the Washington Renaissance Fantasy Festival (http://www.washingtonrenfaire.com/), then will have a few months to recover before Steamcon (http://www.steam-con.com/).  My shops are in my signature, and I have a sadly neglected flickr here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mahariel/).

I've been on Etsy for about two and half years, and actively selling for around 18 months.  I've been doing it IRL for years previously, though, and this October marks my 10th anniversary as a business.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: melanielynndesign on July 18, 2009, 11:21:47 AM
Hello! I am a 2009 BFA candidate at SUNY New Paltz pursuing a BFA in Metalsmithing. I am currently working in new technologies such as laser cutting to be able to create low cost jewelry that has a high art feel! I feel that jewelry should be available to the masses and that you should not have to sacrifice quality or style for affordability.

I am also an avid blogger and maintain a personal blog at http://melanielynndesign.blogspot.com and a showcase blog to show off other talented artists at http://mldshowcase.blogspot.com

I love reading others' blogs as well!

My work is currently for sale at http://melanielynndesign.etsy.com

I look forward to being a part of this community with you all!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Lanee on July 18, 2009, 04:50:48 PM
Hey All!
I'm Lanee'- currently a stay at home mom; full time crocheter (that'll change once the kiddie starts school this year).

I've been crocheting for a long time, trying to sell the stuff I make online for a few years on Etsy and now am on Artfire.

I'm not sure how to put links to those in the text, so hopefully they'll show up below =-)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on July 18, 2009, 06:31:12 PM
Wow its so wonderful to continue to see new members, please look around and don't forget to post your creations in the gallery. I tweet a lot to help promote our membership. 

Also please ask any questions you may have we are a friendly bunch.
Enjoy
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: trusk4u on July 19, 2009, 05:58:26 PM
Hi everyone! I'm Teresa of t.rusk4u at etsy,winkelf and artistryarts. I design and create handcrafted jewelry that is classic,contemporary, and very affordable. I also like to sew,knit, and do various DIY projects around my house. I am currently getting prepared for upcoming shows.  Happy to be here. Thanks for the invite Aprilee!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: homesteadwool on July 19, 2009, 06:43:20 PM
Hello everyone! It is so fun to browse about here and see all the talented artists- and such gorgeous items! (I better hide the moola from the sheep- they like to shop! tee hee!)

Our Homestead (www.homesteadwoolandgiftfarm.com) is a small, animal friendly, family owned and operated sanctuary located on a small farm nestled in scenic Jordan Valley near Monroe, Wisconsin. The sheep enjoy roaming 25 acres of pasture–and being very spoiled!

We do not let our sheep have babies (or eat any of our animals!) because we could never bear to part with any of them! Many of the animals we have were sadly in need of a home when they arrived here and they will all live out the rest of their lives with us…. Our ‘flock’ is a very pampered bunch that spend their days galloping the acres of pastures surrounding their warm, snug ex-dairy barn.

The sheep offer washed and unwashed wool, spinning fiber, dyed wool and handspun yarns that will be a unique addition to your next project–happy sheep that live ‘where sheep may safely graze’!
 

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on July 19, 2009, 07:01:34 PM
Once again welcome to all our new members please have a look around and see whats going on and most importantly have fun.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MelanieMiljan on July 20, 2009, 06:37:25 PM
Hi, I'm Melanie.  I started making macrame jewelry when i was on maternity leave for my daughter 2 1/2 years ago, now I am on maternity leave again with my son who was born in February. I am an RMT and acupuncturist by trade and love it but love to have this creative outlet to express myself. I originally started working with hemp , then transitioned to waxed linen, and now i have started to experiment with sterling and fine silver wire. Fine Silver is (99.9%) pure, it does not have the copper content so it will not tarnish as quickly.  I love it delicate but chunky jewelry and can't seem to find enough hours to finish all the great ideas that keep popping into my head. 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on July 20, 2009, 09:45:54 PM
It is so exciting to have all these new members.  I'm sure Andrew and Kimberly hoped to have a successful forum, but I believe it's done better than their wildest imaginings!  Kinda makes the saying "If you make it, they will come," ring true!  Welcome all the newbies!  We look forward to the opportunity to get to know you better!  We were all once where you are!

LOL!  You typed what I was thinking.  When the idea of a forum came up we weren't sure what the reaction was going to be; we just knew that we wanted a safe place to be ourselves, be creative, and see all the different talents we could assemble.  Mission accomplished! 

Welcome to all the new members and I really look forward to checking out all your creations!  Don't forget to add your links to our directory and your pictures to the gallery!  We love to tweet, blog, and drool over new ideas.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Nárrína on July 21, 2009, 01:32:37 PM
Hi all! :waves: Name's Erin and I be Nárrína's older sister. ;D Hiya sis!!! Been threatening her about joining for some time, thought I finally follow through. :P I do crochet, cross-stitch, and am learning the loom at present.

 Ah :o!!!!!! Who let you out of your cage  :o?!! Lol. Hi, sis! * hugs and then runs to hide*
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on July 21, 2009, 02:04:18 PM
Oh no two of you :o :o :o :o :o :o :o

Runs and hides
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: skullandcrossbuns on July 21, 2009, 03:23:09 PM
Hi everyone, I'm Emily from Plymouth in the UK.  I'm into all sorts of crafts, such as card making, scrapbooking, polymer clay, pmc but at the moment I'm concentrating on starting up my own rubber stamp business (both designing and manufacturing acrylic stamps and hand carving my own rubber stamps).  That's when I'm not being a mum, wife, part time employee and facebook/twitter addict  :D

Not much housework gets done in this house ;)  Look forward to chatting to you all!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CyberFiber on July 21, 2009, 05:31:05 PM
Hello Everyone!
My name is Rosie and I'm glad to be a part of your forum.  I am a fibert artist and spin natural animal fibers into yarn.  I also make handmade paper from shredded junk mail (I get enough of it!) and have also expanded to make stitch markers from broken jewelry for knitters to use in their projects.  I have an Etsy account, CyberFiber so stop by when you can!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ALLthangsOLDbutNEW2u on July 22, 2009, 11:03:29 AM
Hello, I am Melissa, Missie, Mel. Or you can even call me HEY YOU! LOL

I am new to the team and I have already found some really nice people here.

I make amigurumi plush toys for the young and old. I custom make toys to duplicate peoples pets. I have been told its a gift.

I also make other things like wearables and jewelry. I work a full time job and a part time job and i am a full time single mom. I would like to see my crafts and art work go further in my time in my life. I know God blesses us in his wonderful ways.

I have a daughter who is gifted with a pencil. She draws anime characters. And I am so proud of her. She also found her love for the craft of plastic canvas. She is making furniture for Barbie dolls it looks really good. I will have pics in my flickr soon.

I hope to do well with this team and I pray and hope for many blessings and sales for everyone including myself.

Have a wonderful day
Melissa

http://allthangsoldbutnew2u.etsy.com
http://allthangswearable.etsy.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LencseWire on July 25, 2009, 08:12:12 AM
Hi everyone,

I'm Linda from CT and I like making wire jewelry too. So, I like to create and have been doing so most my life not just wire things. I am a graphic designer, a photographer and jewelry designer. At the moment just a wife, but as soon as possible, I will make jewelries again.
I'm Hungarian, but now I live in the US, so my English is poor, but I hope you all will understand me well .

Have a nice day
Linda
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on July 25, 2009, 12:04:53 PM
Welcome all new members to the forum please look around and don't be shy we have a lot of nice people around here and a whole bunch going on.

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Nárrína on July 26, 2009, 02:30:29 PM
Welcome!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: outlook8studio on July 26, 2009, 07:59:50 PM
Hi my name is Jenny .thankyou for inviting me here. Im an artist from Australia. I create so many thing just totally addicted since birth. Firstly Im a painter and have been doing that forever.
To all you creative mothers out there…..for 18 years I was a single parent… my 3 children put up with a house that was a messy studio with stuff everywhere and a mother who was less than conventional who dragged them to her art openings and exhibitions and instead of the brand new toy had boxes of scraps to make things with and we made up plays and stuff. They all survived are happy and work in games animation, graphic designer and an artist. They have left home now so Im able to do my art full time and I finally built a studio. I also get into found object sculpture , photography, video , installations and like to use recycled in many of my designs. Cheers

http://blog.outlook8studio.com/
http://strazz.etsy.com
http://jennysporch.etsy.com
http://nostalgi.etsy.com

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: JessyV on July 26, 2009, 08:06:28 PM
Hello! My name is Jessica and I just joined...glad to be here!
I make soap, bath & body products, cloth diapers & I also am a portrait photographer.

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on July 26, 2009, 08:09:31 PM
Outlook8-I am so glad you posted what you did about your kids!  I am a mother of 2 boys that LOVE to create.  Even their toys that they have I try to make creative (gotta love Legos!).  I teach and have found that many kids don't know what to do with a blank piece of paper and freedom; without step by step instructions they are lost.  My kids favorite activity for years was my scrap box full of paper, glue, glitter, stamps, yarn and any other odd or end I could find.  They would sit forever just piecing together their masterpieces.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: outlook8studio on July 26, 2009, 08:42:38 PM
Re Make the best of it... you are doing a wonderful job and your kids will appreciate it when they are older...its fantastic to see so many young mums here creating I just wanted to re assure them its ok to have ll the mess and to spend time creating as kids just love it and join in .you have to be true to yourself I had my guilt times but relise now it was so worth it and wouldnt have done it any other way.
cheers
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: AlsoMrsB on July 26, 2009, 09:52:20 PM
Well... I am "new here" ~ as you can see by my not so many posts. I can "be found" as AlsoMrsB, on Art Fire, and Etsy.com

I started making my jewelry as a "hobby" almost two decades ago; before marriage and children, and somehow it got "shelved". Some many months ago, I rediscovered my "bead box", (after I was fired from my day job,) it has since become my peace and solitude. It has also GROWN.

I am "giving a whirl" to be a work-at-home-Mom, so I have my jewelry designs on Both ArtFire.com and Etsy.com. I have also become an incessant Twitter-er.

You can find me; AlsoMrsB. I'm glad to have been invited to be a part of this forum. Thanks for having me!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: peacefullyfolding on July 26, 2009, 10:44:58 PM
Hi, I'm SiSi. I bumped into this site when I saw the badge from one of my websites. I'm a huge fan of origami. I handfold origami earrings, cards, and other little origami stuff. I live with my hubby, a yorkie, and a bunny. :)
I've been folding origami since I was a little girl.

Thanks for having me here:)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on July 27, 2009, 05:13:49 AM
Welcome to all the new members!  We are growing by leaps and bounds and it is so much fun!  Be sure to click around and see all that we've been doing-then jump in!  We have an Etsy team, an ArtFire Guild, a Flickr group and a FaceBook page.  We also LOVE to drool over others talent, so post your creations in the gallery.  We are a super friendly group, so don't be shy about asking questions.

Hi, I'm SiSi. I bumped into this site when I saw the badge from one of my websites. I'm a huge fan of origami. I handfold origami earrings, cards, and other little origami stuff. I live with my hubby, a yorkie, and a bunny. :)
I've been folding origami since I was a little girl.

Thanks for having me here:)

Funny!  My youngest and I were folding cranes yesterday and now he wants to learn to fold a duck!  I love origami and had the best time searching around your ArtFire shop!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: prissydog on July 27, 2009, 12:35:36 PM
My name is June and I make dog clothes, mostly little frilly dresses. This is full time work for me. I have Etsy, Winkelf and Ebay shops and am pleased that you ask me to join your group and look forward to getting to know you.

http://stores.ebay.com/junies-prissy-dog-clothes-boutique
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on July 27, 2009, 01:26:22 PM
Welcome everyone!  To answer your question 2dazed, no this is not an Etsy forum.  We have an Etsy team if you are interested in joining though.  We also have an ArtFire team and a bunch of other stuff going around.  We created this forum as a social gathering place of creative souls that like to gab and ohhh and ahhhh over others work.

Post your work in the gallery when you get a minute!  We love new creativity!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on July 30, 2009, 09:01:46 AM
Hi, I'm Robin. I teach English part time, write for handmadenews.org in their Craft for Kids department, and I run Snips&Snails @ helenapuck.etsy.com where I sell mostly jewelry, scrabble tiles, cameos, and cross stitch items. I also design cross stitch patterns.

I blog @ http://snipsansnails.blogspot.com/
and tweet @ helenapuck

I'd love to start a HAFteam weekly or monthly blog feature if there isn't only already.

Have at it!  We have just gotten started (about 2 months now) so if you are willing to write for the blog we would love to have you!  Up until now we have been doing feature member posts as well as a few articles submitted by members...the more the merrier.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: redfoxjewelry on July 30, 2009, 02:56:55 PM
Hi everyone! My name is Christine and I go by redfoxjewelry. That is also the name of my shop on Artfire. I am fairly new there. Obviously I make jewelry. I dabble in chainmaille, wire wrapping, beading, and combinations of any or all of them. I love to experiment when making jewelry. I hope you all will check out my shop. Ya never know, ya might just love something there! Or if you have a suggestion, let me know.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: kindofstrange on July 30, 2009, 03:57:39 PM
Hello!

New to the board, found it via the Facebook page. 

I work a 'real' job during the day, so for a long while I haven't had much time for my jewelry, random costumes, etc.  Thankfully things are settling down a bit more these days, so I'll hopefully have more time to make random stuff.

My work up until now has mainly been bone, PMC and random costume bits, but I'm getting more into metalsmithing and have been having a blast.  Just finished a small class with Andy Cooperman and am taking some time this fall to jump into the JTI at the Revere Academy this fall.  Should be fun!

Great to find a place that encourages handmade items and wares! 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: leiaclean on July 30, 2009, 05:07:54 PM
hello, hello  :-)
Decided to join after following on twitter for a bit.
I'm a serial-crafter of a sorts ... can't keep myself on one type of craft for an extended period of time, in general.  The only thing that has kept my attention for more than a year is my current biz ... crafting essential oil cleaning products and home scents.  All made by hand from scratch starting with nut and vegetable oils used in my soap bases then adding, essential oils, natural cleaners (baking soda - yeay!) and plant extracts.  So much work and constant learning keeps me on my toes!
I also have a 'real job' as an elementary school secretary, a wonderful hubby and 2 beautiful and smart (too smart for my good) children.
Phew!  I'm looking forward stopping by here and seeing what fabulous crafty items all of you come up with! 
*heart* handmade
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on July 30, 2009, 05:58:22 PM
Welcome to all the new members please have a look around and jump in, we don't bite :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:


Just kidding have fun and thanks for joining.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: sukes7 on August 01, 2009, 02:28:15 PM
Hi everyone
I am really happy to have found your site, and I am looking forward to getting to know lots of new friends. I love sewing(newbie) especially making bags. I am a knitting nana lol and I love rubber stamping and making cards. I have an etsy shop selling my bags and knitted baby booties. I love blogging and I am on a design team for card making. I seem to have said 'love' a lot in my introduction so I guess I 'love' crafting lol luv sue xxx
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jenni20 on August 01, 2009, 04:36:12 PM


Hi there!  I'm new to etsy and the twitterverse, but not to all things handmade. 

I come from a long line of talented southern women who can make a diamond out of a piece of west Texas dust.  I don't ever really remember a time when I wasn't puttering around with my mom, helping her make something--or watching my great-grandmother's crochet needle fly. 

I am happy to join a community of like-minded individuals.  I hope to learn with and from you all--and who knows, maybe even teach you something, myself.  :) 

jenni20.etsy.com
twitter.com/jenni20designs
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: shinelikecrazytina on August 02, 2009, 07:57:44 AM
Hi,  I'm Tina,  from Sunnyvale, California.  I've lived here for only 5yrs. Grew up on the East Coast (Virginia).
Have been woodworking, remodeling -(also did some CNA work in between but no longer)- for the past 20yrs.  I've made everything from "boats" (replica) to entertainment centers!But now I've been narrowing my FOCUS to specializing in custom designed wood serving trays with a personal touch geared towards the individual!
Also, I've been reading through quite a few of post introductions...and notice ALOT of chainmaillers!!!   I know NOTHING about this.....all I know is I happened to come across an ankle bracelet with COLORS (i absolutely love bright colors :-*) haven't bought it yet though-but that was my first introduction to mailling!   I SEE I WILL HAVE TO REALLY TAKE A LOOK AT ALL THESE SHOPS ON HERE......SEE YA ROUND 8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: foret on August 02, 2009, 09:35:26 AM
Greetings!
It looks as if I am in very good company.

I am Elizabeth and I have three shops on Etsy (and am branching out to other venues as well as two websites which are under construction.) I have had parallel careers in art and healing since I can remember, and am merging them now as much as possible. My metaphysical shop is really the best expression for that aspect right now. I wear many hats: artist, photographer, astrologer (30 years experience as a counselor), jewelry and apparel designer, non-denominational minister, urban shaman and best of all... mother to a wonderful son.

I live in beautiful Santa Fe, NM... high up in the sky! I love the rarified air and the topography here: wild and intense. I take my inspiration primarily from Nature.

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on August 03, 2009, 06:09:25 PM
Welcome all new comers please take a peak around and join in we are afriendly bunch around here.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: claymaui on August 04, 2009, 03:16:50 AM
Just found this forum and wanted to say aloha!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: IrynaHamilton on August 05, 2009, 01:37:20 PM
Hello everyone,
I'm  new here.
My name's Iryna Hamilton, I live in the UK, Norfolk
I've got two lovely kids (Daughter Anastasia she is 2 years old and son Alexander who is just 2.5 months! ) and  dear husband.
I'm accountant by profession, but gave up my job because of kids and they inspired me to remember my old hobby -crocheting.
I love to paint and draw
And my recent hobby -handmade jewellery, mostly out of seed beads with bits of  leather and gemstones, also love soutache jewellery. But I'm quite a beginner in this... for now...  ;)

My blogs 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on August 06, 2009, 05:21:28 PM
Welcome all new members please have a look around and enjoy!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: VedasBeads on August 10, 2009, 08:44:08 AM
Hi Everyone!  I'm Veda from VedasBeads, I make lampwork glass beads. I'm a member of the Fire Divas on etsy and artfire.  I've been doing this for about 5 years but left my day job to do it full time about 2 years ago.  I have 3 daughters ages 17, 16, and 10 and a superfantabulous husband :)  I have shops on Etsy, ArtFire and 1000 Markets. Basically, I'm all over the internet!  At home I talk to much, but online I don't say much unless I feel I have something to add to a conversation. I found this site through twitter and I'm excited to see where it goes and I'm looking forward to meeting you all!

http//vedasbeads.etsy.com (http://http//vedasbeads.etsy.com)
http//vedasbeads.artfire.com (http://http//vedasbeads.artfire.com)
http//vedasbeads.1000markets.com (http://http//vedasbeads.1000markets.com)
http//vedasbeads.blogspot.com (http://http//vedasbeads.blogspot.com)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on August 10, 2009, 08:54:12 AM
So many new faces and talents!  Welcome to all the new members of the forum.  We love to ooooh and aaaah over all artsy things so please post your creations in the gallery so we can twitter, stumble and blog about the talented group that has gathered.

Click around and feel free to ask questions....we don't bite!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Charon on August 10, 2009, 08:11:35 PM
 Hello hello everyone. Name's Charon. I'm a mailler. Funny how I say that, and suddenly I can't think of anything more descriptive.

 Been in the craft for about nine months, just trying to break out into public and the non-maille-exclusive forums now.

 As for me, I'm kindof a metalhead/goth/rocker/thing... just shy of 30 (by days, as of this post) Living in rural Indiana and trying to make a living in maille.

--Charon
Stygian Chains on Blogspot (http://stygianchains.blogspot.com)
Stygian Chains on Etsy (http://stygianchains.etsy.com)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on August 11, 2009, 06:27:18 PM
Welcome to all the new members glad to have you here. Mandi and Maddi welcome also if you are interested in joining the HAFteam for Etsy see this thread http://handmadeartistsforum.com/forum/index.php/topic,822.0.html and Suzzie will hook you up.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on August 12, 2009, 06:58:56 AM
 :evil:


Welcome although I'm getting scared of people that objects talk to them ::)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Kathiestamou on August 12, 2009, 12:54:32 PM
I am originally form New York, but have spent the last five years in Dublin, Ireland. I traveled quite a bit, since my arrival in Europe allowing me to collect eclectic materials and inspiration for my unusual designs. I love to combine fine knits with other interesting materials such as slate, crystals, and even nuts, bolts and plumbing wahsers! I am now living in Bournemouth and have an on line store www.kathiestamou.etsy.com.
Follow me on Twitter - kathiestamou
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HearseBoutique on August 14, 2009, 11:09:02 AM
Hello my name is Chita Hearse i just joined! Thank you so much for the invite HAFEtsyTeam on twitter! I love designing jewelry, hair clips, in Rockabilly, goth and pin up styles and do artwork with Adobe Photo shop as well. I look forward to meeting other designers of all crafts here. Have a beautiful day day every1!
xoxo
Chita Hearse
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TaoGem on August 14, 2009, 10:49:29 PM
Hi all..

I have seen this forum several times, and hesitated to join as I am still in the early stages of learning how to silversmith. Have done several pieces, but have a long way to go before I will be ready to start selling them

I just started up with Etsy. That is what got me to decide and join up here.

Was looking for an art and crafts related forum that also is pretty heavy into Etsy..

After doing a quick search here, looks like many forum members are actively sharing things about the Etsy community.

Looks like a great forum. Looking forward to sharing and learning from everyone !

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: JoyceIsCrafty on August 15, 2009, 01:35:45 PM
Hi

I'm fairly new to haf. 

I'm a mom of a 23 year old daughter; a 13 year old long-hair Chihuahua; wife of almost 25 years; and a flight attendant.

I've been crafting as long as I can remember.  I learned to crochet when I was 8 years old during recess in the 3rd grade.  My best friend who taught me was already making afghans and doilies.

I love creating.  I am impatient and want instant gratification.  I think that's why I stick with the butterflies I am "hooked" on making.  (sorry for the pun, I had to do it!)

I have my jewelry listed on 10 sites, including my own dotcom.  Working hard to see which I like best.

Hope to make lots of new friends here.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on August 16, 2009, 02:41:50 PM
Welcome all new members hope you enjoy the forum and please don't hesitate to ask any questions.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Eiriel on August 18, 2009, 06:39:07 AM
Hi!
I'm a 22 year old studen studying Ancient History and I've been making things with my hands since I was about 12. I recently started making jewellery with a view to selling it and opened up my Etsy shop two months ago.

I especially enjoy making chainmaille, although with a lot of my jewellery it's not the main feature. I specialise in making statement pieces, often with pearls (<3 pearls!) and find it an excellent way to unwind after a bad day. I have some small training in silversmithing, which is coming in very handy!

I also keep thre male rats as pets, they're the friendliest creatures ever. I play computer games, read too much sci-fi and enjoy fire-spinning with my university friends!

This it the 1st creative forum I've joined, I'm looking forward to seeing all the fantsatic creations!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Colette on August 18, 2009, 09:33:11 AM
Hello Everyone,
My name is Colette Kimon. I found this forum throught twitter by following the hafetsy team. I have been making jewelry for the last 4 years and love it. It is very relaxing for me. I have been buying on etsy for a while now, but opened a shop only a few months ago, where I have some jewelry tutorial listed. I am planning on adding more items with time.  I am happy to meet fellow etsyans :-)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mirkaba on August 18, 2009, 11:53:13 AM
Hi ..........My name is Bob and I do lapidary and am a beginner silversmith. Glad to be here.......... I will look around , ask lots of questions and help anyone if I can. I especially like opal and Montana agate.................Bob
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on August 18, 2009, 12:24:59 PM
Welcome to the newcomers!  Please click around as there is a lot going on around here!  Ask questions, we are a friendly bunch and put up pictures of your creations in the gallery so we can oohh and aahh and promote you on twitter and stumble and blogs.  Have fun!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TrendyCrafts on August 19, 2009, 12:49:22 PM
(http://www.postimage.org/PqVI03J.jpg) (http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=PqVI03J)

Hello there!  I'm a newbie...my name is Nancy and I'm from Charleston, SC.  I'm an Etsy seller of unique and trendy children's toys and boutique gifts.  I have two sons, 1 and 10. 

You can find out more by going to:
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7152765 (http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7152765)
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Trendy-Craft-Creations/72033322271
 (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Trendy-Craft-Creations/72033322271)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/38742115@N07/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/38742115@N07/)
https://twitter.com/Trendy_Crafts (https://twitter.com/Trendy_Crafts)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Haffina on August 23, 2009, 03:28:17 AM
Hi Jenn! Welcome to HAF!
Hello to all our other new members too.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: gothicreations on August 24, 2009, 05:54:12 PM
Hello all,
My real name is Joanna and some of you might recognize my name from the etsy etc forum.
I make a bit of this and a lot of that. well, actually, I do make everything from soap to handbags to jewelry to fused and lampwork glass items.
I live in the Puget Sound area of WA state. I have an adopted retired racing greyhound.
I should probably look around these forums to get an idea of where everything is at.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on August 24, 2009, 07:55:30 PM
Welcome to the forum we like all those who are multi talented  ;D

Enjoy and don't hesitate to ask questions if you have any.

Welcome
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Biosphere on August 25, 2009, 05:50:18 AM
Hi there, my fellow artists friends!
My real name's Anne. I live in Belgium (yeah I know... :-[).
I've been drawing since I could hold a pencil, and painting since 17.
I paint mainly with oil on canvas, but recently I started with arcylics.
I sculpt too, but being a mom of 2 small children, I don"t have time to work on that atm.
You can see my work here : http://www.annentoko.be , or on my facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/annentoko.
I'm really happy to meet you all, gonna roam in the forum now lol
Blessings~
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on August 25, 2009, 06:13:22 AM
Welcome to all the newcomers!  When I have a few minutes to myself I will be clicking around your shops and dreaming of hitting the lotto!  In the mean time, click around the site and ask any questions.  Also, post your pretties in the gallery for us to drool over!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: InsaneArtGurl on August 26, 2009, 06:08:32 PM
Hey there, I'm ManDuh! I've been lurking around for a couple of weeks, but I don't think I've introduced myself yet.

I'm an academically trained, traditional media, fine artist. Colored pencils, woodblock, etching, and screenprinting are my preferred mediums, although I have been known to build weird things and paint from time to time.

I also have a yarn obsession...it's pretty bad. I am seriously staring right now at a pile of tangled yarn that is, at its highest point, almost 2 feet tall. I'm trying desperately to knit it all away, but new balls just keep calling to me whenever I go to the dollar store. How can I resist their siren song?

I have a great husband and two adorable midgets, ages 4 and 1. I've been told I'm a bit like a freight train.

I have set up an Artfire account, but haven't actually listed anything, so I don't have a formal shop yet...but soon! I also write an art blog, if you'd like to check it out...maybe click on a couple of Google ad links  ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: InvyStudios on August 27, 2009, 02:48:13 PM
I have been a member for a while, even posted on another thread, but seems I forgot to introduce my self. So here I am to say hello.
I love all things handmade. I love to learn new arts and crafts techniques. I have been sewing most of my life, currently spend most of my spare time with collage and book binding.
You are a talented group of very supportive artisans, I only hope I can contribute to this wonderful forum. :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on August 27, 2009, 02:50:15 PM
Welcome to all the newcomers hope you enjoy the ride!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on August 29, 2009, 07:54:43 AM
Welcome glad to have you here and glad you have already found some of your friends.
Title: Re: New kid
Post by: Heathr03 on September 01, 2009, 08:00:43 AM
Welcome Pam! So happy to see another doll maker here, Your dolls are great, love the expressions!
And the neck ties on you other site are cool! I  work in resturaunts here in the States, I can see these being beneficial!

As far a promoting, Contact SuziesAmoire, or reply here: http://handmadeartistsforum.com/forum/index.php/topic,822.0.html

We're ALL about promoting! We'd love to help out!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: shendoe.etsy.com on September 05, 2009, 09:38:27 PM
Hello all,
My name is Shenny and I have been working in clay on and off since 1995...wow that seems like a long time.

I am currently getting my MFA in Ceramics, and a friend suggested that I start making porcelain pendants when she saw all the detail and work I was putting into my tests.  I started handmaking porcelain jewelry in earnest late last year and have fell in love with it!  It continually inspires and is inspired by my art practice.  Etsy has been a fabulous place for me to send my work out into the world and I have also had some success at the Second Saturday ArtWalk in Sacramento.

It is great to join this group and I look forward to getting to know you all.

www.shendoe.etsy.com

shen...
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: buddingcreations on September 06, 2009, 12:40:31 PM
Hi, my name is Danielle. I love crafting I have done a little bit of everything. making dog beds, beaded jewelry, sculpting etc, I now make french beaded flowers, animals and figurines. Everything I make uses seed beads! I am a seed bead fanatic. I just love it there is so much to do with seed beads that I never get bored. I am happy to be apart of the etsy Haf street team and I look forward to meeting new friends here.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on September 06, 2009, 02:30:12 PM
Welcome to all the newcomers!  Feel free to click around and check out all that we have going on...and there is a lot!  Ask questions too, we are a really friendly bunch that is always willing to offer advice (some good, some not so much  :-\).


Danielle-I give you so much credit for working with seed beads.  I did French flowers for about a week and thought I was going to go blind.  Can't wait to see yours!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: PennyFarrow on September 06, 2009, 06:40:10 PM
Hi, My name is Penny , I make stuff out of leather, and I have a shop on etsy, here is my link: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6999254

I happened across this site through project wonderful, am pretty new to the blogosphere.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Genevive on September 08, 2009, 08:26:09 PM
Hi everyone, I'm Teri from Genevive at Etsy.  I cannot remember how I found this forum!  But I'm busy checking around and loving the discoveries I'm making from all these talented artists!

I crochet and crochet....and any left over time is spent running on the beach with my grand daughter. I'm 53, but feel like a three year old when I'm with my grand daughter.  We have the same taste! She loves all my "prochet"!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: cMaille on September 11, 2009, 04:39:00 PM
Hi, I'm Crescent Maille, some of you have probably seen me around (or by my other name, cMaille)...

I've been chainmailling for about 2.5 years and have had a store on Etsy since July 2007. I joined Artfire early this year but haven't yet explored it much. I'm just now working on building up my stores on Artfire, Zibbet, and 1000 Markets.

And I finally gave in to Twitter and Facebook.

So much computer time seems to eat away at crafting time.

I have a brand shiny new website with extensive galleries, a blog, my own independent shop, and more: www.cmaille.com.

Glad to be here, and see you around.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on September 11, 2009, 06:00:01 PM
Welcome to all the new members take a seat strap in and enjoy the ride. ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: littlefishlikegreen on September 21, 2009, 05:58:51 AM
'lo, all! I'm Michelle, & I am incredibly new to the world of Etsy - I finally began putting items up in my shop just a few days ago (a month after I began the process of setting the shop up!). Creating things from any sort of medium has always been my biggest passion. I draw, paint, make bags & jewelry & other fun things, & I certainly take up too much space on computers with my growing amount of photos. I don't have much up for sale as far as variety goes right now, but I'm always working on something so hopefully that changes soon!

I don't have a facebook solely for my shop, but I do have a twitter account, which is for both personal & shop use (I hate having too many accounts on one website, I lose my mind). If anyone would like to be twitter buddies, I'm fishlikegreen. :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Liquidambar on September 22, 2009, 08:49:28 PM
Sorry, I tried to resize the picture, but every time it would come in the same no matter what I did.  So I just removed it.

www.liquidambarstudio.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: stanislava on September 23, 2009, 03:04:49 PM
Hello my name is Stanislava. I enjoy making interesting and beautiful things handmade. I am using only natural materials.
Quite recently my own shop (http://team.etsy.com/images/downloads/buttons/WOLF125.jpg) (http://stanislava.etsy.com) was open.
You will be pleased to visit it!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: feroniajewelry on September 24, 2009, 07:03:13 PM
Helloo

I am Clarie from a very small tropical island. I was introduced to beading when I was searching for unique wedding favors. We wanted to give our guests something they could use and pleasant to look at, something they would keep. My sister told me she learnt how to make swarovski beaded angels from a beading studio near my house. And then the journey began.

Though the beading studio had since closed down, my interest for jewelry making surged. It was so therapeutic that I took a year off from my job, hoping to make a livelihood out of it. While sales were alright, it was tough making ends meet. So, I will become a teacher next year but meanwhile, I am still sticking to jewelry making in my spare time. The passion I have for this craft is the most important thing I have discovered in this life.

Cheers!
Title: Hello from Colorado
Post by: TheSpeckledGoose on September 29, 2009, 01:22:28 PM
Hi, My name is Nancie, and I am new to the handmade forum. I own a small boutique in Old Town Lafayette, Colorado where I sell my handcrafted items, new, along with a mix of old. I specalize mostly in country and primitive.

Nancie
The Speckled Goose
http://www.thespeckledgoose.com
Title: Re: Hello from Colorado
Post by: MrsWTownsend on September 29, 2009, 01:31:33 PM
Hello and welcome to the forum!  I look forward to learning more about you and seeing your artistic style!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: DebThuman on October 01, 2009, 11:19:06 PM
Hi, I'm Deb and I'm a multi-media artist. I love working with fiber, fabric, beads and clay. My etsy shop is: DebThuman (no space between my first and last name) and I've got a blog. I'm not sure what's going to happen when I click on post, so I'm going to put the links to the blog and etsy store here.

http://debthumansblog.blogspot.com/
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5888059

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on October 02, 2009, 06:32:50 PM
Welcome to all the new members hope you all have fun and don't forget to ask any questions you may have
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on October 03, 2009, 03:35:50 PM
Welcome SuLetique your work is very nice hope you enjoy the forum
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CalcedoniaDesign on October 04, 2009, 06:47:36 PM
 :) welcome
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LiquidSabre on October 05, 2009, 10:53:03 AM
Hello everyone.  Stumbled on this forum while checking my email and following links and eventually ended up here. Looks interesting and would like to hang out for a bit. Currently I have an etsy shop www.liquidsabre.com and an artfire shop http://www.artfire.com/users/LiquidSabre
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TaoGem on October 05, 2009, 09:57:39 PM
Hello and welcome from one newbie (me  ;) to the several other newbies who have recently joined!

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Shaped By Hand on October 06, 2009, 08:16:33 AM
Hi everyone,

My name is Marilyn. I make sterling silver wire jewelry and beaded jewelry. I also love to bake and cook. I have creative O.C.D.  ;) I am never happy with what I know and am always aspiring to learn new techniques and different forms of creative art. My boyfriend and I are working toward our goal of owning our own small home business and have a shop on Etsy. (www.shapedbyhand.etsy.com)

My boyfriend has a passion for metal and wood. He is currently hammering sterling silver for some of our pieces. He has one of those logical minds that understands angles, measurements and how to build things that actually function and don't just look good. He compliments my creative mind and we work really well together so we consider ourselves fortunate.

I am looking into selling on Artfire and maybe 1000 markets but don't want to overwhelm myself  :-\

I look forward to creative exchanges with everyone here as well as gaining knowledge and inspiration.

Catch ya later  ;)

Oh,...we are also on twitter, facebook and we have a blog:
http://twitter.com/shapedbyhand
http://www.facebook.com/pages/ShapedByHand/117264649338
http://www.shapedbyhand.blogspot.com/
(http://i37.tinypic.com/2iar7kw.jpg)(http://i37.tinypic.com/n1b49g.jpg)(http://i38.tinypic.com/a43gie.jpg)(http://i33.tinypic.com/fvzmmf.jpg)(http://i33.tinypic.com/6dwdtw.jpg)
Title: Hi From Gulfport Florida
Post by: Bobbiwired on October 06, 2009, 11:07:54 AM
Hi ya - My name is Bobbi, and I'm addicted to wire. There I said it, I feel better.  ;) I have been addicted to wire for more than 20 years. I recently took the leap of faith, to stay home and work on my art full time - more than a little scary; a lot of hard work (I never take a day off) - but I wouldn't trade the opportunity for ANYTHING!
I'm always looking to improve myself, and my craft, and hope what I do makes a difference.
I write wire wrapping tutorials, and create one-of-a-kind pieces of lasting jewelry.
I'm thrilled to have found this forum, and look forward to learning and sharing.....
 (http://www.postimage.org/Ts2kV2nr.jpg) (http://www.postimage.org/)   (http://www.postimage.org/Ts2l31AS.jpg) (http://www.postimage.org/)     (http://www.postimage.org/Ts2kV7mJ.jpg) (http://www.postimage.org/)

 

 
Title: Re: Hi From Gulfport Florida
Post by: dreamriverdesigns on October 06, 2009, 12:08:00 PM
WELCOME, beautiful work you do.
Title: Re: Hi From Gulfport Florida
Post by: jewelrybyjanelle50 on October 06, 2009, 05:21:51 PM
Welcome, from one Floridan to another! Very pretty work!
Title: Re: Hi From Gulfport Florida
Post by: Bobbiwired on October 07, 2009, 09:06:17 AM
Welcome, from one Floridan to another! Very pretty work!
Welcome, Bobbi! I merged your topic into the big introduction thread. :)
WELCOME, beautiful work you do.
Thanks for the welcome!!! It's much appreciated! :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on October 12, 2009, 06:36:48 PM
Welcome to all the newcomers hope you enjoy the ride.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: charmedmemory on October 13, 2009, 10:59:10 PM
Hi everyone,
My name is Josie & I live in little old New Zealand.
I make vintage styled charm jewelry & have a etsy & also a zibbet shop.
Love chatting with other crafters from around the world so look forward to getting to know you all.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: JimsChainmaille on October 15, 2009, 10:10:45 AM
hello all I'm another newbie here I've been making jewelry for about 10 years. I started be teaching myself how to make hemp necklaces and have steamrolled from there. I live in the very humid state of South Carolina,and after having many family members and friends tell me that I should sell my stuff I'm trying to start my own business 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: simplydeliciousdiapercake on October 15, 2009, 10:56:00 AM
Hi All!  I have been a teacher for the past five years and decided I wanted to do something different and something I really loved.  I started making these diaper cakes for people to take to baby showers or to give to a new mom at the hospital.  I have an Etsy shop and an Ebay store.  Check out my etsy shop!  Let me know what you think!  Thanks!!

www.stephstowell.etsy.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on October 15, 2009, 06:46:49 PM
Welcome all the new members it's wonderful to see more international members, enjoy yourself and take look around and don't be scared to show off your talents.

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: InvyStudios on October 16, 2009, 07:23:09 AM
Hello,
My name is Nok , I'm from Thailand,
I love handmade clothing ,and i use the cotton fabric that is the fine and light fabric.Also i use the beautiful hand - embroidery and pleated technic with my products.if have time please come to visit my shop in etsy.
Thank you
Nok

Welcome, I love your work. The embroidery is awesome! -D-
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Toadette on October 16, 2009, 01:01:13 PM
Hello!! I'm Melissa (from Pennsylvania) and I am new to crafting! I'm really looking forward to learning as much as I can, as many of the handmade items from the talented artists here excite and inspire me! :-*

So far I am enjoying working with beading and wire, and I inherited my moms old sewing machine from 1970's so I am in the process of figuring that beast out  :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: faithsdream on October 17, 2009, 12:05:44 AM
Hello I am Teri Of Faiths Dreams I am new to all ofthis I recently opened my jewelry store. that is the one thing I love jewelry.  I hope to get to know all of you
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: spiralcraft on October 20, 2009, 08:46:52 AM
Hiya,

My name is Natalia Bianco and I am a jewellery maker. I have been making jewellery for just over two years, but I have always been into arty things since I was a kid. Over the years I have experiemented with drawing, painting, photograohy and making clothes. However my passion is making jewellery out of copper. It is kind of an addiction that has taken over my life :)
I have just put a website online spiralcraft.co.uk - any feedback would be great.
cheers!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Donyia on October 20, 2009, 11:15:07 PM
Hello - my name is Taressa and I have been doing jewelry for about 3 years now and love it! One of my fav. things to do is maille. I am just now getting into working with PMC which I have wanted to do since the beg. but never found an instructor here in Omaha. Found one, made one piece so far - which everyone loves - whew! LOL
One day - I would like to make this my full time "job" so that I can concentrate on what I love to do the most.
Excited about finding this group and I look forward to getting to know you all and learning more things.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: papavercreations on October 21, 2009, 12:13:28 PM
Hi!

Iam PJ from Papaver Jewelry Creations. I make vintage inspired jewelry and custom pieces for all ages and occasions. I am located in lovely Cedarburg, Wisconsin. To learn more about me, visit my blog for daily updates!

Thanks for reading
PJ
Blog: http://papaverjewelry2009.blogspot.com/
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: InvyStudios on October 22, 2009, 10:23:14 AM
Hello, welcome to the boards. -D-
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: AllWiredUpTOO on October 24, 2009, 11:49:03 AM
Hi I'm Dee..
I make wire jewelry from scratch starting with rough stone..I wire wrap..
I am aquainted with a few here..
Nice to be here!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on October 25, 2009, 06:28:54 AM
Welcome all new members please feel free to look around and participate all you want we are a friendly bunch.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on October 30, 2009, 06:32:10 AM
Welcome to all sit back and enjoy the ride!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Shaktipaj on October 30, 2009, 09:08:01 AM
Hi, my name is Perri of Shaktipaj Designs. If you count the telephone wire rings and six-strand embroidery floss bracelets I sold to my friends in 5th grade, I've been designing,creating, selling, and teaching others jewelry and other handcrafts for roughly 40 years. Good gravy, that makes me sound old.......

OK - this is better: I worked as a designer and instructor in the textiles trade for many years until I found a passion for making bead and wire jewelry with minute and exacting detail about 4 years ago. Broke my wrist one year later and started doing more wire than beads, PLUS I decided to try and let other folks know how I do that voodoo I do so well - so I write and sell tutorials for wire work, as well as teach classes. Yes, I crack jokes while I do it......lots of them......because life is funny.  ;)

Hoping to get to know you folks better,
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: aimeesrockworks on October 30, 2009, 11:25:51 AM
Hello Everyone-

I started Aimee's Rock Works a few months ago so that I could have an honest excuse for bringing so many rocks home with me.  Trust me, I can find 'something' in almost any location that just has to come back in a pocket, or backpack, or truck-bed...  (you haven't lived until you transport a rock the size of a end table in a canoe).

About a year ago I saw stone cabinet knobs in a little store and I really wanted some, although I wanted different rocks.  My husband said the magic phrase... "Why don't you make your own?", and the rest (hopefully) will be history. 

I stumbled across, and posted on, Etsy and Artfire.  Tried Ebay but not sure if the stress-level there is really 'me'.  And now I've found this amazing online presence for handmade goods!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Haffina on November 01, 2009, 03:53:35 PM
Hi Glass, welcome aboard :)

And welcome to all our other new members too.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on November 05, 2009, 06:56:42 PM
Welcome all new members jump right in and have fun.
Please don't hesitate to ask any questions.
Enjoy
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on November 07, 2009, 11:18:02 AM
Welcome to all the new members that I missed!  Been missing in action lately and have a lot to catch up on.  Hang out and click around...don't be afraid to ask questions as this is an insanely friendly bunch.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Glassprimitif on November 08, 2009, 06:36:03 AM
Why would artists need to know about business? Surely our role is to create beautiful or challenging objects and not "dirty" ourselves with marketing, selling and promotion. Well, unless you are successful enough to have an agent and accountant or you are happy enough to live in a garrett creating art for YOU then artists need to know about the business of art. Artists in Business is aimed at all self employed artists and artisans whether you are a WAHM, social network seller, sell via a website, own a B & M shop, just completed your art education, returning to the arts after a break or have been selling your work for a lifetime.

http://artistsinbusiness.blogspot.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: hoggwash on November 09, 2009, 09:20:27 AM
Good Morning... My name is Erica Hogg, I own a small business, appropriately named Hoggwash.  Everything I sell is handcrafted by yours truly.  I make soaps, lip glosses, sugar scrubs, perfumes... and I am always learning to make new things!  Take a look:

www.hoggwash.etsy.com

Thanks so much ... have a great day!
~Erica
miss.hogg@hoggwash.com




Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: InvyStudios on November 09, 2009, 11:08:16 AM
Welcome, new member. This is a great community. I hope you enjoy it.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: misobel on November 09, 2009, 04:46:26 PM
Hi, my name is Mary and I'm really excited about my new Etsy shop!
http://misobel.com (http://misobel.com)
I've loved making jewelry ever since I was a wee lass :D

Hope to make more appearances in this forum soon!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on November 09, 2009, 08:09:35 PM
welcome all enjoy!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jade on November 16, 2009, 04:08:58 PM
Hi everyone:

Just found this forum and I'm ever so glad I did. Looking forward to meeting you all. I'm a 38y.o. self-taught mixed media artist, One Stroke Certified Instructor and avid crafter. I love all things handmade and have been making all sorts of arts and crafts since I was little.

Hugs,
Jade
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Marcimallow on November 17, 2009, 09:03:12 PM

Hello all,
My name is Marci.  I haven't opened my Etsy store yet, but hopefully by the end of the year after things settle down.  It would already be open but life got in the way (hubby's health requiring several trips to Houston VA hospital) I plan on making several things for my shop from quilts to jewelry to paper products.  I also paint and draw, though not well.  I live in East Texas and run a small farm here.  Any questions, please just ask me and don't listen to hearsay...honest...hearsay is how peoples lives get ruined and a lot of it is lies.  I'm generally an open book and will tell you what you want to know all you have to do is ask.  That's about all...

Marcimallow
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TamsyTrends on November 18, 2009, 03:45:40 PM
Hi everyone!

I discovered this forum via Twitter and I am so glad I joined. My name is Maite and I own Tamsy Trends, a jewelry and accessories store on Etsy. I love crafts and all things handmade and I am looking forward to chatting and networking with you all :)


http://www.etsy.com/shop/TamsyTrends
http://twitter.com/tamsytrends
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: promirta on November 19, 2009, 01:04:09 AM
My name is Monika and I'm currently residing in the Windy city. I was born in Romania and lived in Hungary a couple of years before coming to the States (English is my third language, so please bear with me too).
I'm relatively new to crafting and jewelry making but I feel that I've found a great way to express my creativity  (which I never thought I would)   :-[
I'm trying to use vintage items in my jewelries but I don't have a clearly defined style yet.
Check out my recently opened etsy and artfire shops:

http://promirta.etsy.com

http://promirta.artfire.com


See you soon  ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on November 20, 2009, 08:03:55 AM
Welcome to all the new members please have  fun and get to know some of our members we won't bite

 8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Flyingcheesetoastie on November 23, 2009, 02:34:47 PM
Hello, my name is Rachel and I've been introduced to this forum from another glass related one.  I'm a full time glass artist with my studio here in Edinburgh, Scotland.  I practice many different techniques in the studio but am mostly doing screenprinting onto glass to make my new jewelry and giftware ranges.  I also teach glass making classes in the studio and at other venues.

I have a website which also links to my Etsy & Artfire shops - http://www.rachel-elliott.com/ (http://www.rachel-elliott.com/)

There's probably much more to say but I'll find other random threads to say it in!

Rachel x
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on November 23, 2009, 08:46:03 PM
Welcome all new members I love seeing the varying talents that's one thing that makes this place pretty cool as it adds a lot of diversity.

And thank lord another man joined I'm out numbered by all these wacky women!

Ducks, dodges and runs like hell........ shoe ouch................hairbrush!!!!!! that's hurts! Stop throwing stuff at me ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D 8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: JewelrybyNaLa on November 23, 2009, 10:01:07 PM
Welcome, Bob, and don't you listen to Andrew--all us girls are sweethearts here, and he knows it!  ^-^

BTW, I love your prints!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: PennyFarrow on November 24, 2009, 03:37:29 AM
hi bob, welcome, your pictures are delightfull and subtle:-)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Simbelmyne on November 27, 2009, 06:20:57 AM
Hello!  My name's Simbelmynë.  I've been making beaded jewelry, mostly stringing gemstone beads for probably about 7 years and in the past year or so I've moved into metal work.  At the moment, I'm living abroad in Australia, so all of the management of my artfire shop (and etsy, but we're focusing on artfire right now) is mostly remote, as my partner in America has our jewelry stock.  And I'm working with sterling silver wire, beads and cabochons.
I'm a stay at home, Homeschooling mom, and I'd love to get everything going so I can focus on these things, making jewelry and blogging about all of it. 
I love the way the artisans I've met help to promote and encourage one another and I want to become a more effective part of all that. 
(And have more time to spend in my studio :)  )
Title: Prairie Primitives Folk Art
Post by: PrairiePrimitives on November 29, 2009, 10:44:14 AM
Hi, my name is Tana and I just heard about this forum (and the HAF Etsy team) from a member of the Sac-Etsy team, which I founded earlier this year.

I have two shops on Etsy, PrairiePrimitives for my primitive folk art, and PrairiePrimitivesToo for my destash craft supplies. Since there doesn't seem to be a huge market (yet!) on Etsy for primitive folk art, my attention is often more focused on PP2, which is helping me to destash my studio!

I recently opened a shop on Artfire and have made 3 sales from it so far. I especially like that shoppers don't need to register in order to buy there! I have an "online yard sale" site on Picturetrail, because the area where I live isn't great for having yard sales in real-life. I've listed all these links below for your convenience! :-)

I've been "crafty" all my life, starting with sewing when I was a young girl, which progressed into making stuffed animals and clothing to sell when I was in high school in the 1970s, then to handwoven baskets in the 1980s and schoolgirl embroidery in the 1990s. After filling several HUGE orders for a catalog company in the late 1990s, I decided I'd had enough of the embroidery!

I currently sell at antique and craft fairs in Sacramento and the Bay Area. I'd like to find more good shows in the Sacramento area.

http://prairieprimitives.etsy.com
http://prairieprimitivestoo.etsy.com
http://prairieprimitives.artfire.com
http://www.picturetrail.com/prairieprimitives
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on November 29, 2009, 02:40:12 PM
Welcome to all new members strap on your seat belt and enjoy the ride!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: myhandmadegifts on November 30, 2009, 05:00:24 AM
hi :),
 We are a small company specializing in amber, glass and other hand made products made by folk artists of Lithuania. In today's fast moving world, market is crowded with mass produced products, our main intension is to offer our buyers products that are made with love. All of our products that we sell are hand made and are one of the kind.

Our online shop www.myhandmadegifts.net (http://www.myhandmadegifts.net)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TwistedTrinkets on December 01, 2009, 04:51:50 AM
Morning all from a cold but bright morning on the Sunny Hastings coast (that's SE UK for you guys across the pond there)  8) I find myself stranded at Himself's with no transport - thankfully my toolbox is here with me  ;)

Thanks for the forum link Andrew - I'll have a good browse later and see what you're all up to!

I quit my "proper" job earlier this year to try & turn my hobbying into a full time income... I've yet to become self-sufficient, but hey, the roof's still over my head, so I'm at least paying something against my mortgage!

Chainmailling's where my heart's at, but I seem to be gaining a reputation as "the tree lady", thanks to the tree pendants I started making this year.

I mostly sell at bikers rallies, so I'm short of events in the winter, but at least there's plenty of time to get to grips with new weaves!  :D

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TwistedTrinkets on December 01, 2009, 04:52:58 AM
Ooops... How rude!

I'm Louise btw  :-[
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on December 05, 2009, 11:24:49 AM
Welcome to all the new faces!  We are a happy, most of the time, and very helpful group so feel free to jump in and ask questions.  We are all learning from each others gifts and disasters! 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TwistedTrinkets on December 07, 2009, 06:09:27 AM
Teehee! Thanks Sheran *breathes sigh of relief @ making speedy apology*  8)

I've been roaming around the threads Kimberly - there's some fantastic work on here and some great information. Seems like a great group, so thanks again - ain't technology brilliant?  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: elusive_wearable art on December 08, 2009, 09:57:32 PM
Hallo everyone, i'm Nadia and i live in Bali.I'm pretty much new of chain maille, I found out about it last year. Then i tried some weaving and i'm just so addicted to it. I already made some jewelry but i'm still about to start selling  ;). It'll be great to meet a lot of people here..
Have a gut time, everyone..

For now this is my site
http://elusivejewelry.mosaicglobe.com
http://www.flickr.com/photos/elusive_jewelry/
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: RhymeswOrange on December 09, 2009, 11:26:05 PM
Hi I'm Theresa I'm a fiber artist in Durham North Carolina USA. 

I sew, spin, and crochet all sorts of things.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on December 12, 2009, 02:25:19 PM
Welcome to all the new members hope everyone enjoys their stay here we a friendly bunch so have fun.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: scribblesandnibs on December 13, 2009, 11:50:24 PM
Hey! I am new too....Andie is my name,  ScribblesAndNibs is my shop. I am a graphic designer/artist/illustrator/mompreneur! I am new to Etsy, new to blogging (www.andieillustrates.blogspot.com), new to twitter and trying to figure out the whole shabang as quickly as possible so I can make my store a success!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lilie on December 15, 2009, 12:56:28 AM
Hello to all! I'm Lilie, a newbie here... and I'm quite interested in handy crafts.. Still a beginner though and hoping to learn many things here..  :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: SweetnSimpleJ on December 15, 2009, 01:56:44 AM
Hi All,

I'm new to the forum so just wanted to say hi to all.
I'm a jewelry maker and do all sort of things from earrings, necklaces, key chains, bracelets etc.
Please visit my shop if you have time. I recently opened up my shop so I don't have much items up yet, still working on it :)

http://www.etsy.com/shop/sweetnsimplej
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on December 15, 2009, 07:07:28 AM
Welcome to all the new members please sit back put your tray tables up and have a nice flight.  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: katiefenwick on December 16, 2009, 12:40:48 AM
Hello!  My name is Katie and I live in St. Louis, MO.  You can find my work over at www.katiefenwick.etsy.com (http://www.katiefenwick.etsy.com) and locally at Scratch Boutique.  I look forward to lurking around... :)

Happy Holidays!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on December 16, 2009, 11:04:35 AM
Hi, all, I'm Larissa & live in NJ.  Like I've been reading in this thread about so many of you, I've got the crafter's ADD... or is it artist's ADD if it includes actual canvas & paints?

At any rate, anything art or craft-related, and I'm on it.  I do draw and paint on paper and canvas, I'm working on teaching myself to knit, as a little kid I was even into latch hook.  I'm an amateur photographer and love developing my own b/w shots.

BUT, most recently, my husband and I have started making soaps, then candles, and now sugar scrubs, and we started a business together - Reef Botanicals.  The site only has soap as of yet, since we haven't made enough candles to really list them, and we just started making the scrubs.  The site is at www.reefbotanicals.com, and I'm blogging the whole thing at www.reefbotanicals.blogspot.com.

We also both have "day jobs."  He does IT/computer stuff.  I actually have two day jobs... talk about ADD!  My primary career?  Don't laugh.  I'm a lawyer.  My secondary career?  I'm a face painter & henna artist!

Not kidding, really.  If you don't believe me, go to www.larissasymbouras.com to see my law firm site and to www.njfacepainter.com to see my face painting site (though my newest work is on the blog at www.njfacepainter.blogspot.com).

I'm crazy, I know.

One thing - for those of you into making steampunk items and chainmaille and who're in or near NJ, check this out:  www.wickedfaire.com.  Jeff Mach, who runs it, also is holding a Stempunk World's Fair that's coming up soon.  I know Wicked Faire vending spaces are sold out (I'll be face & body painting there), but I'm not sure about the steampunk faire.  Can't hurt to check it out - for next year, even, if this one's full.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jewelrybyjanelle50 on December 20, 2009, 04:57:05 AM
Welcome to all of the newcomers. This is the best forum you can choose to be a part of, bar none. Feel free to jump right in...  ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Eyecandey on December 21, 2009, 02:20:57 PM
Hi Everyone!

My name is Joy, and I have a printing company called Eyecandey, where I offer custom printed fabrics, decals, etc., as well as an etsy shop and I've just stumbled across this forum.  I'm excited to be here to share and learn and look forward to participating.  Happy crafting to all!

Joy
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: PurpleSwirley on December 22, 2009, 05:58:15 AM
Hi,

I just joined this forum and it looks great, I love the chat box! I've only opened my shop a few months ago so I'm really excited to get to know you all and see what I can learn from everyone. Also, I'm currently running the 100 fan challenge on my FB page, where you can win a lovely necklace, so please check it out! :-D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on December 22, 2009, 07:57:50 AM
Welcome to the forum and I hope all you guys have fun.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: speranzajewelry on December 22, 2009, 11:47:21 PM
Hi everyone,

I'm happy to be a new member of the team!  I've really been enjoying taking a look at the shops of our talented team members.  When you have a chance, please feel free to check out my shop and my new Facebook fan page.

Happy holidays!
Lisa
Speranza Jewelry
Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/SperanzaJewelry
Facebook:http://tinyurl.com/yh2royaref=home#/pages/Speranza-Jewelry/236067563618?ref=ts
Twitter:  @speranzajewelry
Email:  speranzajewelry@gmail.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on December 27, 2009, 07:04:38 PM
Welcome to the forum and enjoy the ride!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on December 27, 2009, 08:29:54 PM
This is so cool!  All this talent in one place.  Feel free to ask questions, we are a really friendly bunch of addicts!  Enjoy
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: dreamriverdesigns on December 28, 2009, 09:16:04 AM
WOW! look at all of the talented members we have,   welcome to all
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: greengeekgirl on December 28, 2009, 10:45:49 AM
Hi, everyone!

I am a 27-year-old newlywed hailing from Columbus, Ohio.  I have been making jewelry for around six years now (and my skill is remarkably better than it was in those early days.. *cringe*).  I do a lot of work with wire, gemstones, and chainmaille when I can afford to buy those little rings ;)  I also love reading, making websites, martial arts movies, and all things Asian.  Ironically, I don't really like to wear jewelry, although I do know that I need to get over that :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on December 28, 2009, 11:32:29 AM
Welcome (from someone who's fairly new herself)!  And congrats on the wedding!  When was it?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: blisstopiabox on December 29, 2009, 11:11:21 PM
My name is Corinna. I am the owner of blisstopiabox.com.  An online boutique featuring handmade bath & body products made by small indie business owners.  I love what I do and I think my site is fabulous, check it out!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on December 30, 2009, 12:11:58 AM
Hi, Corinna, I'm a soaper too.  Totally different style.  Check out my stuff.  :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Nancy on December 31, 2009, 08:08:45 AM
Hi, I am a newbie with 2 shops.  I work part time with my husband and the rest of my time is spent in my sewing room or my glass studio.  My 2 kids are now out on their own and I have a lot more time to spend on my art.  Not sure if that is a good thing or not - I do miss them!! Check out my shops Thanks.   http://www.etsy.com/shop/NancysBagsEtc   http://www.etsy.com/shop/DesignsStainedGlass                       
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Aprilee/AJS on December 31, 2009, 10:33:57 AM
It's me, Aprilee from Artistry-Jewelry-Studios!  Verizon has forced me to change emails over to Yahoo & I forgot my sign-in details here, SOoooooo I had to start a new account!  GEEEZE! Just happy to be here! 
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4050/4228517033_e115aaf189.jpg)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: dreamriverdesigns on December 31, 2009, 10:34:40 AM
welcome aboard!!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Aprilee/AJS on December 31, 2009, 10:37:42 AM
Thanks! I'll try not to fall over-board again! :-[
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on December 31, 2009, 10:56:39 AM
It's me, Aprilee from Artistry-Jewelry-Studios!  Verizon has forced me to change emails over to Yahoo & I forgot my sign-in details here, SOoooooo I had to start a new account!  GEEEZE! Just happy to be here! 
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4050/4228517033_e115aaf189.jpg)

we should be able  to change your original account if you want, sent pm
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on January 02, 2010, 09:12:40 AM
Nice to have you and welcome to the forum Lori your shop on Etsy is very cute.

Please don't hesitate to ask any questions as there is a lot going on here and more happening everyday.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mdpontani on January 03, 2010, 12:46:30 PM
Hi...I'm Maria, owner, chief cook and bottle washer for Caribbean Dreams Jewelry in Cherry Hill, NJ.  I specialize in metal clay, with frequent forays into wire wrapping and chain maille. 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Indiesmiles on January 03, 2010, 04:46:33 PM
Hi all, the image is a little blurry but it tells the tale. We at Indiesmiles.com are so glad to meet all of you and are so happy to see that there is a new and exciting handmade community for all of us to share!

When you get a minute, check out Indiesmiles. We are here for YOU!
Crafting info, biz ideas, how-tos, blogs and their owners, plus more.
We also offer a Giveaway directory, titled Happy Giveaways...plus more!
http://www.indiesmiles.com

(http://i48.tinypic.com/2it65bm.jpg)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on January 03, 2010, 05:10:52 PM
Hi all, the image is a little blurry but it tells the tale. We at Indiesmiles.com are so glad to meet all of you and are so happy to see that there is a new and exciting handmade community for all of us to share!

When you get a minute, check out Indiesmiles. We are here for YOU!
Crafting info, biz ideas, how-tos, blogs and their owners, plus more.
We also offer a Giveaway directory, titled Happy Giveaways...plus more!
http://www.indiesmiles.com

(http://i48.tinypic.com/2it65bm.jpg)

Welcome to the forum we look forward to having you around.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on January 03, 2010, 10:51:23 PM
 :D Hey! I'm new here! :) My husband and I opened our Etsy last month, and we sell ceramics and macrame items. (http://www.etsy.com/shop/PleasantPeasantry) We're both very artsy-farsty types of people. We've both been crafting with the mediums we're currently selling for years, and I've been really researching more about macrame so I can call myself an expert at it. :) I'm very excited to be welcomed into this group, and have already added team tags to all of my items and hearted some members' items! I'm looking forward to interacting more with everyone!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on January 03, 2010, 11:13:19 PM
:D Hey! I'm new here! :) My husband and I opened our Etsy last month, and we sell ceramics and macrame items. (http://www.etsy.com/shop/PleasantPeasantry) We're both very artsy-farsty types of people. We've both been crafting with the mediums we're currently selling for years, and I've been really researching more about macrame so I can call myself an expert at it. :) I'm very excited to be welcomed into this group, and have already added team tags to all of my items and hearted some members' items! I'm looking forward to interacting more with everyone!
Ceramics, you say?  I just had to check the site - some beautiful work there!  Very, very nice.

... says the soaper who loves pottery and such.  :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on January 04, 2010, 12:28:11 AM
Thanks! :D I love your soaps! I tried soap-making once, but didn't get very far. ;) I have a long list of crafty things I would like to try, someday when we're rich and have money to blow.  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on January 04, 2010, 12:32:02 AM
Ha, we have that "when we're rich" list too.  Fingers are crossed for all of us on that score!

Eric and I were talking tonight about what'd happen if Reef Botanicals got big enough for a non-virtual storefront... and then maybe more than one location, even.

Why not?  I'm 39, but when I saw the movie Milk (anyone who hasn't seen it really should!) I realized that he didn't do anything useful 'til his 40th birthday... and then he did so much!  If he could, why not any of us?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Dragonclaw on January 05, 2010, 06:42:34 AM
Ha, we have that "when we're rich" list too.  Fingers are crossed for all of us on that score!

Eric and I were talking tonight about what'd happen if Reef Botanicals got big enough for a non-virtual storefront... and then maybe more than one location, even.

Why not?  I'm 39, but when I saw the movie Milk (anyone who hasn't seen it really should!) I realized that he didn't do anything useful 'til his 40th birthday... and then he did so much!  If he could, why not any of us?
I also have that list ^-^... and I agree about the movie.
I didn't finish my first dragonclaw till the day before my 50th birthday...
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on January 05, 2010, 07:48:18 AM
Ha, we have that "when we're rich" list too.  Fingers are crossed for all of us on that score!

Eric and I were talking tonight about what'd happen if Reef Botanicals got big enough for a non-virtual storefront... and then maybe more than one location, even.

Why not?  I'm 39, but when I saw the movie Milk (anyone who hasn't seen it really should!) I realized that he didn't do anything useful 'til his 40th birthday... and then he did so much!  If he could, why not any of us?
I also have that list ^-^... and I agree about the movie.
I didn't finish my first dragonclaw till the day before my 50th birthday...

Completely agree!  I started MBOI/MakintheBestOfIt in my 30's, graduated college in my 30's and plan on ruling the world somewhere around 50!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on January 05, 2010, 11:19:50 AM
Let's do it!
Title: Introduce Yourself
Post by: zalida on January 05, 2010, 04:17:01 PM
My name is Lidija Dornik and I am from Slovenia. I paint with passion and enthusiasm.

Approximately 15 years ago I stretched a piece of silk across the frame for the first time and started pulling my first uncertain moves over the fabric. My assistant was a simple little manual, a paintbrush and some sample colors that came with the manual. At first it was mostly all about scarves, which you could give to people as a gift and also some accessories for myself.

 I discovered promptly that the silk was a wonderful medium on which one was able to produce fantastic shades of different colors.

With silk you really never know what the end result is going to be like. It’s so unpredictable. Different. The eminent changing of colors after the washing, their trails over the fabric, the slight breakage of the wax and the amazing shades of colors after the final drying, never fail to surprise me.

This is how my first paintings were born. Even the slightest touch of silk as a material is special, but after it has endured the spilling of various colors, it becomes a stunning fantasy.

I focused mainly on Batik technique – the drawing of patterns with hot wax. This technique is especially dear to me because with its help, I can achieve more determined strokes and patterns.

Batik has enchanted me as it is a very unique way of painting and artistic creation.

I paint by inspiration. Usually I sketch the patterns into my notebook. But sometimes the ideas come quite spontaneously, during the process of painting. I use a multitude of colors which I combine among themselves. For me, painting is an unstoppable source of energy that flows between me and the medium through which I express myself. Painting on silk is an immense source of ideas, an infinite row of paintings which I wish to share with everyone else.

I had painted only those patterns on my scarves and shawls that I would be willing to wear myself. These scarves take time and must be created slowly with the intervals of washing and drying. This contributes to an array of different patterns, captured in a special personal touch. Each scarf or shawl is painted manually in many layers.

The paintings are inspired by the impressions of nature around us and sometimes also with imaginary patterns. They are also a product of multiple phases of washing and drying. I simply love the various combinations of colors and shapes, which are joined in rustic Batik decorations, and I hope you shall like them too.

Applying the wax by hand is a technique that is used mainly on uniquely painted products.


My web page:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/zalidasilk
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CalcedoniaDesign on January 05, 2010, 05:24:58 PM
welcome
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: bevie on January 06, 2010, 10:50:47 AM
Well it took me awhile but I finally figured out how to post here..heehhe!!
I was forced to retire in 2005 then put on disability so I thought what am I going to do with myself..I'd been doing some crafty things all my life!  Have dabbled in sketching portraits, making wedding flowers and bouquets and a host of other things, but I felt there was surely more.  That's when an answer to prayer came.  I started ordering gems and sterling silver wire and wah lah I was busy creating one of a homemade jewelry...from there I went on to painting as well..
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: dreamriverdesigns on January 06, 2010, 01:20:49 PM
beautiful work Bevie, welcome aboard
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on January 06, 2010, 01:35:26 PM
Hi Bevie I was going to reply to you on the blog but I see you found your way here. If you need any more help please just ask, and welcome to the forum.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: SvetasWoolStory on January 06, 2010, 07:54:51 PM

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Greetings everyone from a new Vendor, from Downeast Maine. My name is Sveta, and I live, work, and create my wool designs from my shop near Mount Desert Island. Ever since I was a young girl in the 60's, I watched my grandma work with fabric and spin wool to make nice things for me & our home in Ukraine. I would then find myself always having needles and thread wherever I went, and was always creating different clothes for my dolls. As I grew older, my love for sewing and fabric took me toward creating custom clothes for myself, friends and customers. Since I moved to USA in 2008, I still do sewing as a business, and I create my wool bags and accessories using the wet felt method.This is my story . I hope you enjoy my wool felt bags and other ideas that come to my mind.

If you would like to view my works, you can look at my shop here under Bags and Purses, or check out my Flickr Photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wool-felt-purses/

I would love to hear your feedback on my creations, whether negative or positive

Have a happy day......Sveta and John
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on January 06, 2010, 08:30:10 PM
Welcome Sveta and John glad to have you here!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: designedbyfrances on January 09, 2010, 10:14:49 AM
Hi all,

I've just joined and thought I should do things correctly and introduce myself.

I'm a mother of 2, wife to Ian and I make jewellery and have been for a very long time, too long to embarass myself with figures.  I'm very active on the craft circut and love every part of it... even the cold dark mornings and the days of not earning a penny.

Looking forward to taking part in things on the forum whilst it's quiet on the craft event front.

Frances
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on January 09, 2010, 06:16:26 PM
Hi all,

I've just joined and thought I should do things correctly and introduce myself.

I'm a mother of 2, wife to Ian and I make jewellery and have been for a very long time, too long to embarass myself with figures.  I'm very active on the craft circut and love every part of it... even the cold dark mornings and the days of not earning a penny.

Looking forward to taking part in things on the forum whilst it's quiet on the craft event front.

Frances

Welcome Frances and I hope you enjoy the forum, please don't hesitate to ask questions we are a friendly bunch. ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MewesMountainArts on January 09, 2010, 07:21:01 PM
Hello from the studio in Deckers, Colorado!

I just joined and figured my first step would be to let you know a little about myself.  I'm married and have two furkids (just like kids without the talk-back feature).  I currently work for "the man" but would really like to get away from answering to others.  I dabble in painting and scrapbooking but my passion is jewelry.  I hope to be able to get feedback from those who have the same passion and can help jump start my career.

Jennifer
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on January 09, 2010, 08:06:18 PM
Hello from the studio in Deckers, Colorado!

I just joined and figured my first step would be to let you know a little about myself.  I'm married and have two furkids (just like kids without the talk-back feature).  I currently work for "the man" but would really like to get away from answering to others.  I dabble in painting and scrapbooking but my passion is jewelry.  I hope to be able to get feedback from those who have the same passion and can help jump start my career.

Jennifer
Welcome Jennifer sit back strap on your seat belt and enjoy the ride ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: kmarie0218 on January 10, 2010, 11:14:35 PM
Hello,

Just joined HAF today.  Looks like a wonderful site and a great community of people.  I've been looking around the site, reading blogs, etc. and like what I see so far!

I make handmade jewelry, and have been beading for 5+ years.  I have a couple of friends who also make jewelry, so we usually combine forces and sell together at craft fairs or in in-home shows.  We definitely did better before the economy tanked!  But I'm still plugging away at it - and trying to get myself out on the web and try business from the net instead.

I do work full time for an insurance company, and sell Avon as well.  It'd be so nice to ONLY sell jewelry for a living!  I can dream....

I'm also putting together what I know or have learned about beading and business, etc. and have created a site for beaders. (I like working on webpages, too!)

KMarie
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on January 11, 2010, 07:49:43 AM
Hello,

Just joined HAF today.  Looks like a wonderful site and a great community of people.  I've been looking around the site, reading blogs, etc. and like what I see so far!

I make handmade jewelry, and have been beading for 5+ years.  I have a couple of friends who also make jewelry, so we usually combine forces and sell together at craft fairs or in in-home shows.  We definitely did better before the economy tanked!  But I'm still plugging away at it - and trying to get myself out on the web and try business from the net instead.

I do work full time for an insurance company, and sell Avon as well.  It'd be so nice to ONLY sell jewelry for a living!  I can dream....

I'm also putting together what I know or have learned about beading and business, etc. and have created a site for beaders. (I like working on webpages, too!)

KMarie

Welcome glad to have you!  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: AudreyGardenLady on January 11, 2010, 01:49:31 PM
Hi,
My name is Audrey
I make and sell Affordable Gemstone jewelry, costume jewelry and art.
My shop is at www.AudreyGardenLady.etsy.com

Come take a look!

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: baublezptoa on January 11, 2010, 05:38:02 PM
Hello I am Carmen alias bananamiranda and also alias mooaany.
I am a Precious Metal Clay Jewelry Artisan, and I just love working with PMC, gemstones, sterling and vintage beads to make one of a kind jewelry, from earrings to bracelets to necklaces and pendants.  I cant identify my chosen style to you because I really dont know what it is!  I just love adornments and unusual and handcrafted jewelry.
http://baublez.themooaany.com
http://bananamiranda.etsy.com
http://blog.themooaany.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on January 11, 2010, 09:19:53 PM
Welcome to all the new members, hope you enjoy the ride!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: DreamBubbles on January 11, 2010, 09:30:42 PM
Hello from the studio in Deckers, Colorado!

I just joined and figured my first step would be to let you know a little about myself.  I'm married and have two furkids (just like kids without the talk-back feature).  I currently work for "the man" but would really like to get away from answering to others.  I dabble in painting and scrapbooking but my passion is jewelry.  I hope to be able to get feedback from those who have the same passion and can help jump start my career.

Jennifer

Jennifer - Just wanted to say that while Deckers is a little bit of a drive it's not horrible from my place in Longmont... feel free to friend me or drop me a PM :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: DreamBubbles on January 11, 2010, 09:42:31 PM
And now to introduce myself...

I'm Kris, originally from Denver, Co. I now live north of there in Longmont. I'm married with 2 young kids and presently we own one cat.  I started crafting and art a very long time ago, first being taught cross stich by my grandmother and then taking professional classes from a local teacher who was very strict.  If only I had learned more from her discipline or been able to return to her classes... however even after leaving her classes I've always pursued art in one form or another. Presently I make beaded jewelry, chainmaille, spiders (see my avatar), primacolor pencils drawings, acrylic painting of minitures (tabletop gaming ones) and also do lots of crafts with the kids (ages 2 &4). My etsy store is brand new and the result of local artists and friends giving me the umpf to get it going. You can find often on FB and I also got a twitter account going for this new endevor as well. I joined up with HMA sometime last year but never became actively involved, my resolution for 2010? To change that! To become a member of this growing community and online society. To learn as much as I can from others and teach all that I know along the way too... I look forward to being a part of something much bigger then myself. Thanks for having me!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MegaTech2 on January 12, 2010, 05:24:59 PM
Hey everyone. For those of you looking for a nice steampunk watch and/or accessory, please check out: http://www.megatechindustry.com/    The website is almost finished, and more pictures will be added soon. We also do custom work. Feel free to e-mail us at: MegaTech2@gmail dot com. We do watches, wrist bands, arm bands, chokers, etc. Let us know if there's anything you're interested, and we'll make something work. Thanks!!!
(http://s2.postimage.org/deoiS.jpg) (http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=TsdeoiS)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on January 12, 2010, 07:13:34 PM
Welcome to all the new faces!  We are a super friendly group, so please feel free to click around and ask questions; we are happy to share our ummmmmm expert opinions  :-\ with anyone!  Anyway, we love new creations so be sure to post your work so we can ooohhh and aaaahhh.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: dreamriverdesigns on January 12, 2010, 09:27:23 PM
welcome, welcome. 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: PennyFarrow on January 14, 2010, 06:11:58 AM
hello everyone
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on January 14, 2010, 08:34:16 AM
Hi, all!

Paisley, this place not only allows links but encourages them!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on January 14, 2010, 05:59:41 PM
Please post it!  Your little dragon scene is darling!  And yes, we encourage links to any gallery or shop that you may have as well as pictures in our gallery so we can all drool over new talent!  Welcome to HAF
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: DreamBubbles on January 14, 2010, 06:53:20 PM
 :-* I must second that the dragon scene is fantastic! Oh what I would've given as a kid...

Thank you so much for sharing and I think the idea of giving the instructions as a method to teach others is very kind of you.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LuckyManatee on January 15, 2010, 10:44:31 AM
Hello all!
My name is Amelia, and I run Lucky Manatee(Etsy shop = http://www.etsy.com/shop/AmeliaL ). I live in Louisville, KY, and am a writer, web designer, pet owner(two lovely Chinese Shar-Pei), and crafter . . . . obviously.

Nice to meet everyone and look around here, and I hope to make some new friends!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on January 15, 2010, 09:59:19 PM
Welcome to all the new members hope you have fun here, we are a friendly group. Jump in and don't be scared to ask any questions you may have and show off you goodies.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on January 16, 2010, 11:23:10 AM
Yea!  More talented people to drool over!  Welcome to all the new members and don't forget to post your pretties in the gallery.  Feel free to click around and ask questions...we are a pretty friendly group and are always willing to help out.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: pollock1126 on January 18, 2010, 02:23:01 PM
Hi All,
I am Beth and my Etsy shop is Crazy4Art. I currently specialize in handmade sterling silver and beaded jewelry pieces but my interests in craft arts is vast ranging from handmade journals and albums to quilts and cloth art dolls...Whew! Now you understand how the name of my shop came about!
Look forward to talking to you all...
Namaste,
Beth
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Violet on January 18, 2010, 07:28:04 PM
Fifty plus God fearing red head, married to Steve (the best man in the world). I love collecting vintage hat boxes and Avon Beauty Dust Bowls, watching Chick Flicks, drinking good coffee, eating great food and creating art.
I can't help an inbuilt desire to create beautiful art in many forms i.e painting, making gift tags and groovy but glam flowers from card as well as any other forms of art I can put my hand to.
My bloggy is http://artshushus.blogspot.com/
My Etsy is http://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtShuShus
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Just a couple of the thinks I make
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on January 19, 2010, 07:44:33 AM
Welcome to all the new members glad to see you here.
Violet all my wife could do last night is walk around saying shoes! Shoes! She paints Shoes! ;D

So I guess your in the right place 8)
Title: Hello all - introducing Azteca Designs!
Post by: aztecadesigns on January 19, 2010, 05:54:17 PM
Hi,
Just wanted to introduce my business here - Azteca Designs is all about the turquoise jewelry. We do a lot of southwestern, western, and Native American jewelry, and also a bit of African inspired jewelry in our Inspired by Africa Collection. Leather bags and Medicine pouches are also available. We use both our shop on etsy www.azteca.etsy.com (http://www.azteca.etsy.com), and our blog www.aztecadesigns.wordpress.com (http://www.aztecadesigns.wordpress.com) to market and sell products. Please take a look around, and leaves comments on your ideas or lack thereof!
Title: Re: Hello all - introducing Azteca Designs!
Post by: MakinTheBest on January 19, 2010, 05:57:09 PM
Very pretty creations!  But then I'm a sucker for Southwestern style.  Welcome to the forum!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: westmama on January 19, 2010, 08:36:05 PM
Hi, I'm Kim of Westmama (on etsy). I am a proud mom to two beautiful children, West who is 2 and Mabel who is 3 months. I also screen print infant and toddler shirts, handbags, cards and journals. I just got a gocco machine and can't wait to get started with it.
Title: Re: Hello all - introducing Azteca Designs!
Post by: Larissa on January 20, 2010, 01:15:44 AM
Welcome, you've got some really nice stuff!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: PennyFarrow on January 20, 2010, 05:07:20 AM
cool, I heard they had stopped production of gocco machines
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: PennyFarrow on January 20, 2010, 05:07:57 AM
your stuff is super sweet :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: collett on January 20, 2010, 06:44:10 PM
Hey Y'all,
I'm Carol Collett. I've been making jewelry for years, but am just now trying to start selling. While I build some inventory and learn some new techniques I'm trying to come up with a name for my business. So, if y'all are willing, I may bounce some ideas off you.
I live in the Nashville, TN area with my husband. Our two sons are early 20s, one in undergrad and one in his last semester of his master's. Let's see, a dog and three cats (two adopted us!) We both work in healthcare, though I would love to become an etsy "Quit Your Day Job" story!  8)
Later
Title: Hi!!!!
Post by: barbyblu on January 22, 2010, 04:47:08 PM
Hi! my name is Barbara, i'm italian and i'm 39 years hold . The polymer clay is my passion, can yuo see my creations in my blog:www.b-ijouxart.blogspot.com ^_^ Compliments for this fantastic forum and for the mazing artists! :)
Title: Re: Hi!!!!
Post by: MakinTheBest on January 22, 2010, 05:35:13 PM
Welcome to the madness!  Be sure to click around and ask any questions!  Love your babies by the way.
Title: Re: Hi!!!!
Post by: Larissa on January 22, 2010, 05:55:03 PM
Welcome!  I already commented in your cute baby thread.

(By the way, I love Rome.  I was there just once, in 1995.)
Title: Re: Hi!!!!
Post by: barbyblu on January 22, 2010, 05:57:46 PM
Thank you so much! Grazie!!! ;)
Title: Re: Hi!!!!
Post by: Larissa on January 22, 2010, 05:59:19 PM
Prego!  ;)
Title: Re: Hi!!!!
Post by: barbyblu on January 22, 2010, 06:08:17 PM
Wow!!!!!  ^-^
Title: Re: Hi!!!!
Post by: Larissa on January 22, 2010, 06:11:07 PM
 :D  Those are the only two words I remember in Italian.  I made sure that while I was in Europe, I learned at least "please," "thank you," and "you're welcome" in each language.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on January 22, 2010, 07:16:59 PM
Welcome to all the new members hope you enjoy our little forum! Have fun!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: baublezptoa on January 23, 2010, 06:55:33 PM
(http://s2.postimage.org/J6zgJ.jpg) (http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=TsJ6zgJ)


I forgot to introduce you, this is PoppySeed
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: baublezptoa on January 23, 2010, 07:02:28 PM

(http://s2.postimage.org/J6zgJ.jpg) (http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=TsJ6zgJ)

I am just trying to sort out this method of posting, I have been introduced to so many different types since I started selling my jewelry on line.  I just wanted to say in the way of introduction, that I have and am still a beader, but I work primarily with Precious Metal Clay and gemstone beads these days. 

I am also an avid animal lover so if you have anything to do with me, you might be inundated with pictures of my critters, unless you advise me against it!

I am looking forward to fitting in, and being a part of a Hurrah to Handmade, which is the best way to go in my mind,

please visit my blog www.blog.themooaany.com (http://www.blog.themooaany.com) or my gallery website with this and that included, www.baublez.themooaany.com (http://www.baublez.themooaany.com)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: SusiesBeadworks on January 23, 2010, 10:02:09 PM
Hi everyone! I've been following Chainmaille By MBOI on Twitter for a while, and often checking links back to here whenever I see new creations. You all have inspired me to work harder on my own hobby jewelry! Thanks for all of the creativity you have shared, and I hope to learn a great deal from you all!

I also am an avid podcaster and geek, so feel free to check out my blog/podcast at www. howtogrowyourgeek.net to learn more about me. Thanks again for showing off all of your great creations!
Susie
Susie's Beadworks
Twitter - SusietheGeek
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Krazeemaillegineer on January 24, 2010, 11:28:26 AM
Hi forum people!  I too have been following on Twitter and I figured I should check out the forum.  :D

I love chainmaille and I just started an Etsy shop!  It's exciting and I hope to be at least a little successful.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/hllai17 (http://www.etsy.com/shop/hllai17)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on January 24, 2010, 04:27:11 PM
Welcome to all the newcomers!  I am so excited to see more talent join us.  Click around and ask questions and post your creations in the gallery!  We love to drool  :P
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: agatamocarska on January 25, 2010, 11:01:48 AM
DZIEN DOBRY

My name is Agata, I live in Warsaw. Now, here is a lot of snow and cold (-20C). Everybody is comparativie for that winter, but I think it's a kind of lovely, like in fairytale. Recently I've been on sleigh ride with horses etc. Though I cant wait the spring..  8)  Im a new member on etsy, I find it very interesting, so many qute things made by all of you. Its comfortable to sit in my chair and try to sell sth all over the world.

My pages:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/agatamocarska
http://ideafix.art.pl/agatka/shop.html
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Nárrína on January 25, 2010, 03:02:37 PM
Hi, Agata! Welcome!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LazyTcrochet on January 26, 2010, 07:50:30 AM
Hi - I'm Tricia, or LazyT, or just T.
I've been an Etsy seller for three years...wow!
I'm very active as a team co-leader for the ClevelandTeam. We're doing great things, locally, to spread the goodness that is handmade. You are welcome to check out our website at www.ClevelandHandmade.com (http://www.ClevelandHandmade.com) for lots of handmade goodness, giveaways, and more.

I love to crochet and knit, as well as felt with raw fibers. I only just bought my first drop spindle and hope to learn to spin yarn soon. I have a weaving loom wasting away in my garage and hope to find someone to show me the way very soon. I live in Amish country here in Ohio, so it shouldn't be hard to find someone to teach me.

The most important thing to know about me is...that I have a terrible time with these types of forums. I don't really understand them. I hope to find the time to, but all I can do is try to keep up with all of you. So, if I'm missing something urgent...let me know! Thanks
Tricia
LazyTcrochet.Etsy.com

You can also find me on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/LazyTcrochet (http://www.facebook.com/LazyTcrochet)
Title: Intoducing myself
Post by: raedawn on January 26, 2010, 08:00:09 AM
My name is Linda; my etsy name is raedawn. I'm not sure that I know how to post here, as the only thing I could find was "new topic," no "reply" button. So I have no idea where this will end up.

I moved from NM to MA two years ago, and it would have been more of a shock had I not lived on the east coast most of my life, in MD. But it was something getting used to all that snow again, and the cold. Silver City was always a balmy 50 degrees in the winter, hardly went lower.

I am a visual artist (painting, drawing, mixed media), and my work is based on shamanism and other spiritual "realities" that I have experienced directly. It is figurative and symbolic, but not, by and large representational. I am also a jewelry maker and I have a shop on Etsy to sell my jewelry.

I was really happy to find out about HAF...seems like a great group. Best ~ rae
Title: Re: Intoducing myself
Post by: MakinTheBest on January 26, 2010, 09:14:42 AM
Welcome to the madness!  The reply button is at the top and bottom of the post box.  Feel free to click around and ask questions! 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on January 26, 2010, 09:16:39 AM
Welcome Tricia!  Take your time and click around and we will be sure to answer any questions!  Glad to have you here.  Feel free to post any of your creations and links in the gallery section so we can ooooh and ahhhh over your goodies.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on January 27, 2010, 09:29:58 AM
Welcome to all the new members hope you enjoy your time here!  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: groundfloor on January 28, 2010, 03:43:40 PM
Hello all, Vicki here. I come bearing jewels.
I have just opened an Etsy shop with my handmade jewelry, groundfloor. I have been selling on Etsy for over a year now, primarily vintage jewelry. This passion all started with a collection of vintage jewelry, years ago. It led me down the road to becoming an antique dealer, online shop owner and ultimately, jewelry maker/designer. I am proud to be a part of this team. Anything I can do to help anyone on their path to creating new pieces, I would love to assist. I am also ready to learn more techniques and try new ideas. Find me:

www.groundfloor.etsy.com
www.onelevel.etsy.com
www.twitter. com.oneleveled

I am also usually stopped and shopping at any sale that has something sparkly at it.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on January 28, 2010, 06:44:00 PM
Hello all, Vicki here. I come bearing jewels.
I have just opened an Etsy shop with my handmade jewelry, groundfloor. I have been selling on Etsy for over a year now, primarily vintage jewelry. This passion all started with a collection of vintage jewelry, years ago. It led me down the road to becoming an antique dealer, online shop owner and ultimately, jewelry maker/designer. I am proud to be a part of this team. Anything I can do to help anyone on their path to creating new pieces, I would love to assist. I am also ready to learn more techniques and try new ideas. Find me:

www.groundfloor.etsy.com
www.onelevel.etsy.com
www.twitter. com.oneleveled

I am also usually stopped and shopping at any sale that has something sparkly at it.

Welcome Vicki glad to have you. There is a lot going on here so please just jump into the fun.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: JoWalker on January 29, 2010, 01:09:54 PM
Hi all

a few of you may know me already from other forums my name is Jo and i am a jeweller i have an etsy shop www.jowalker68.etsy.com which some of you may have seen on joint treasuries with the FHFteam, i look forward to meeting you all

Jo x
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: paradisepurls on January 29, 2010, 09:45:32 PM
]Hi Everyone-
My name is Elizabeth and I have a shop on Etsy, Paradise Purls.  I am a self-taught knitter, and a completely obsessed yarn-lover.  My shop features hand knit accessories.  I'm going to be adding hand crafted jewelry soon.  I found this forum through another etsian's twitter post.  So glad I did!  I look forward to getting to know everyone!

Title: Re: Hi!!!!
Post by: jewelrybyjanelle50 on January 31, 2010, 05:31:55 PM
Hi! my name is Barbara, i'm italian and i'm 39 years hold . The polymer clay is my passion, can yuo see my creations in my blog:www.b-ijouxart.blogspot.com ^_^ Compliments for this fantastic forum and for the mazing artists! :)

Welcome to the forum! I visited your fine city of Rome many years ago, and loved it there. It was while I was deployed overseas in the military. For five breathtaking days, I explored the Sistine Chapel, where Michaelangelo painted his famous ceiling, stood inside the ruins of the Colluseaum (bone chilling but fabulous), went to the Vatican, saw more ruins, and ate some of the best foods I have ever had in my life! I would weigh 300 pounds if I lived over there. Your ancient architecture is ummatched, I have a picture of the courthouse that I still look at quite often. In just renting a car and driving from Sicily up to Rome, the autostrada and the scenery along it was fabulous! I did some fine shopping as well in Catania, which was closer to where I was stationed. This was back in 1988, but I will never forget it. I would love to get back there again one day.  ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jewelrybyjanelle50 on January 31, 2010, 05:37:14 PM
Welcome to all of the new members of the forum.  :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on February 01, 2010, 01:50:35 PM
Welcome to all the new members, hang out and have fun! ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mirkaba on February 02, 2010, 05:04:58 PM
Howdy....I have been here for a while but not too active. My name is Bob and I cut rock, make cabachons and do a little silver work. The Handmade Store is a wonderful thing! I will be more active now :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: hrtsofstone on February 03, 2010, 01:19:35 AM

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Hello all!

I'm Rachel and have recently opend my store on Etsy and joined the HAFteam today. I work as a seamstress in the costume industry, but am having a blast making my earrings! I'm a reformed fabricaholic, and my obsession is everything do to with stones. I have rocks and geodes and mineral formations all over my apartment. When people bring me souvenirs from their trips, nine times out of ten its a handful of rocks from where it is they were! I have rocks from National Parks all over the US mixed with stones from Scotland, England, Greece and Mexico! I love that.

I am now a beadaholic, but at least that takes up less room than fabric! I still sew at home some, but making earrings makes me happy. It's been interesting visiting other stores and seeing the success they are having and really want to make that happen for me. I'm getting alot of wonderful feedback and an grateful for all of it. I'm so happy to have found this team and can't wait to meet people!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: thepineconeteacup on February 05, 2010, 05:41:19 PM
Hello!  I'm Heather, I'm pretty new around here, but have already met some very wonderful people  :)  I'm a sahm with 3 crazy kids, and I love to sew.  Especially soft and cozy things, sometimes it's clothes, sometimes pillows or quilts.  I usually take my youngest with me when we shop for fabric...she has great taste, and can pick out the softest fabric every time :)

I just opened my Etsy shop a few weeks ago, and am open to any advice!!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ThePineConeTeaCup
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: trusk4u on February 05, 2010, 05:59:33 PM
Hello!  I'm Heather, I'm pretty new around here, but have already met some very wonderful people  :)  I'm a sahm with 3 crazy kids, and I love to sew.  Especially soft and cozy things, sometimes it's clothes, sometimes pillows or quilts.  I usually take my youngest with me when we shop for fabric...she has great taste, and can pick out the softest fabric every time :)

I just opened my Etsy shop a few weeks ago, and am open to any advice!!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ThePineConeTeaCup


Hey, glad you joined us! You will like it here very much! :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on February 05, 2010, 06:16:30 PM
Welcome to all the new members!
Hang out and have fun!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: raedawn on February 06, 2010, 08:38:18 AM
Hi ~ I'm Raedawn and just recently added my HAF shop (Dreams and Echoes). I love HAF and am really happy to be part of this community. My existing shop is for my jewelry, which I endlessly make, so need an outlet for. LOL

Eventually, I will add another shop for my artwork, which is symbolic, mythic, etc.

I draw from the same sources for all of my work ~ the primal, the history and art of indigenous cultures, nature ... The four sacred elements feature prominantly in my work. My latest addition to my HAF shop is "Sun Spiral."


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I'm really happy to be here ~ raedawn
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: bradsearswoodturner on February 06, 2010, 10:27:36 AM
Good morning, All.  My name is Brad Sears.  I'm a studio woodturner working in East Stroudsburg in the heart of Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains.  I specialize in finely crafted, environmentally friendly lidded boxes, urns and bowls hand-turned on a wood lathe.  I invite you to learn more about my work at www.turningarts.com - and to follow me on Twitter at http://bit.ly/bhQ8TN. 

I also have a blog, accessible through my website or directly at http://aroundthewood.blogspot.com, where we talk about what goes on behind the curtain.

Have a great day!

Brad
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on February 06, 2010, 09:36:29 PM
Welcome to all the new members!
Strap on your seat belt and enjoy the ride ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: amievoltaire on February 07, 2010, 11:03:27 AM
Hello,

I'm Angela. SAHM to 3 boys I'm also a seamstress and enjoy painting, drawing etc if ever there was free time :<) I'm currently trying to develop my writing habit. I'm on Etsy and have a blog. http://amievoltaire.etsy.com http://rosepetalcustoms.blogspot.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on February 07, 2010, 04:06:30 PM
Angela, the skirts are totally adorable!! I would love to wear those myself! ;D
Title: Hi I am new here and advice?
Post by: tigerlilymakes on February 09, 2010, 03:53:28 PM
Hi there,

I have just discoverd this forum and am new to it, not quite sure what I need to do so any helpful advice would be appreciated.

Its lovely however to be among som many like minded people.

Lisa
 :)
Title: Re: Hi I am new here and advice?
Post by: MakinTheBest on February 09, 2010, 06:31:32 PM
No need to do anything!  Just feel free to click around, comment on any post or ask questions...we are a really friendly bunch and love to see new creations so if you want us to ohhh and aahhhh, post a picture or two in the gallery.  Welcome to HAF!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on February 11, 2010, 01:23:49 PM
Hi, I'm Kim of Westmama (on etsy). I am a proud mom to two beautiful children, West who is 2 and Mabel who is 3 months. I also screen print infant and toddler shirts, handbags, cards and journals. I just got a gocco machine and can't wait to get started with it.

Ohh mercy I love your stuff!! That waterbirth onsie is too cute!! My first one was a waterbirth! My second came out too fast for us to even fill up the pool. >.>

Anyways, welcome! :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chicita on February 11, 2010, 05:25:57 PM
I'm Chicita, aka Amanda. I live in Manchester with my daughter, 2 cats, 4 hens, a moody gerbil and nutty horse. I am a ceramicist and beaded jeweller. I'm up to my neck with enquiries right now about a Craft Market I'm organising here in March, and am also a new columnist for Indie Smiles.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on February 12, 2010, 08:27:21 PM
WOW! So many new members welcome to all! Just sit back and join the fun. Post your pretties and dive in.
Please do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have, we are a friendly bunch.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: DesignsbyJessie on February 15, 2010, 10:23:10 AM
Hi Everyone.  Im Jessie.  I made a variety of different things.  Camera Strap Covers, Notebook covers, Thread catchers / scrap caddy, and my newest item is cd visors.

I live in houston tx, with my 3 boys, husband, and dog. 

I cant wait to get involved here, I have been hunting a crafty forum for a while!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on February 15, 2010, 10:43:09 AM
Welcome everyone! 8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on February 15, 2010, 10:48:25 AM
Welcome to the HandmadeArtistsForum!  Jump in and click around and feel free to ask questions...we are a pretty friendly bunch.  Also, post all your pictures of your pretties for us to drool over.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: biju.brill on February 16, 2010, 03:22:56 AM
Hi there! I am from Romania and I have just started to make jewelries. I have always had it into me, but I have just let it all out!  :)
I only make unique pieces, using Swarovski Crystals, sterling silver earrings, or silver/gold plated findings.
I am really trying to make my blog known to the world...but it is a little bit harder than expected. Good luck to everybody! Kisses.
http://bijubrill.blogspot.com/
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on February 16, 2010, 08:13:16 AM
Welcome to all the new members it is really great to see our little community growing and becoming literally world wide!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Creative Grace on February 18, 2010, 12:22:22 AM
Well for a start I'm new here  ;D but looking foward to chatting with others who have the similar ideas to my own.  My online store at blujay isn't doing very well....all of my sales have been word of mouth and my business cards. My customers have told their family & friends and the requests come in.  I believe I have alot to learn and have some to offer.Hope this site is as good as it looks!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on February 18, 2010, 01:30:33 AM
Welcome, new peeps!

Lea, I love the furry critters!  And I'm right near you, in Wood-Ridge!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Creative Grace on February 18, 2010, 06:21:39 PM
Larissa - Thank you! I just visited your site 'Reef Botanicals' looks great! ;D
Take care - chat soon.
Lea
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: sakers on February 19, 2010, 10:20:30 AM
Just joined the Handmade Forum. 

My name is Susan.  I make soy and palm candles and tarts, goatsmilk soaps, bath salts and other bath and body products and incense.  I've just started designing and making jewelry as well.

After 10+ years in IT, my job was sent overseas to India.  Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find another job so I've decided to turn my hobbies into a potential business.  I started BoerBarn Soaps, Candles & More.  I'm still new to this but learning more everyday as far as crafting and running a business.

I like the idea of supporting handmade artists.  Enough with the mass produced and imported stuff. 

http://boerbarn.etsy.com (http://boerbarn.etsy.com)
http://boerbarn.blogspot.com (http://boerbarn.blogspot.com)
http://boerbarn.webs.com (http://boerbarn.webs.com)
http://twitter.com/boerbarn (http://twitter.com/boerbarn)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on February 19, 2010, 10:53:11 AM
Yay!  New handmade supporters!  Welcome to the forum!  Poke around and ask questions..also, post your creations in the gallery for us to drool over.  We are an active bunch that blogs, twitters, stumbles and generally promotes handmade so feel free to jump in!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on February 22, 2010, 05:19:18 PM
Hello everyone!

I'm Ninon, from Quebec.
I'm a passionnate knitter and crafter, who feels alive when creating something.  I'm happy to be a part of this group, and can't wait to see my name in the member's lists on the Etsy group ;-)

Welcome and I love your shop!  It's cold here and your shop looks so cozy!  Your name will be up on Etsy within the next few weeks as I can only change the Etsy Team page once a month.  In the mean time....post some of your cozy creations for everyone to ooooh over!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on February 23, 2010, 04:38:24 PM
Welcome everyone!! :D

Ninon, I love your logo! Did you design it yourself?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on March 01, 2010, 05:25:51 PM
Welcome!  Be sure to edit your sig to include a link to your etsy shop and a blog if you've got one.  That way we can find your stuff.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on March 02, 2010, 08:11:34 AM
Welcome to the newcomers!  Don't forget to post your creations in the gallery so we can all dream of owning all the pretty things!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jessicawarrick on March 02, 2010, 04:42:24 PM
Hi my name is Jessica and i own Punk Rock Mommas on etsy. I make designer wash wipes for babies bottoms and burp cloths and blankies. you cna chekc me out at http://www.etsy.com/shop/jessicalynnbabies or my blog at http://jessicawarrick.blogspot.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: baublezptoa on March 02, 2010, 05:45:56 PM
Howdy all,

I am introducing my new avatar, a painting one of my Artfire friends did for me

www.blog.themooaany.com (ftp://www.blog.themooaany.com)

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Rosroycedesigns on March 02, 2010, 07:14:34 PM
Hi Everyone,

I'm Rosann with Rosroyce Designs selling purses/totes, etc., made with various media (fabrics/crocheted/knitted).  I hope to expand into other items within each area.  I've loved crafting my entire life including sewing (my own clothes as well as my son's and grandkids, home dec sewing, cloth dolls and doll clothes for my porcelain dolls), all forms of needlework, and of course knitting and crocheting.  Yes, I'm a craftaholic too!  Looking forward to seeing everyone's creations.   ;)

Rosroycedesigns.etsy.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on March 02, 2010, 07:44:34 PM
Welcome to all the new members, just sit back strap on your seat belt and enjoy the ride! ;D
Title: Wildlight Studios
Post by: Wildlight on March 03, 2010, 05:38:14 AM
Hi....I'm new here....and have just posted some photo's of recent work in the Gallery section.

I'm a lampwork glass and jewlry artist from sunny Brisbane, Australia.  I have a teaching Studio in Brisbane where I create my work and teach Glass Beadmaking.

I have a website, Etsy Store and am looking forward to being a part of this community also.  I am currently working on some collaborative work with a silversmith/jeweller and a Goddess range of beads.

Cheers
Tracy ;)

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jewelrybyjanelle50 on March 03, 2010, 12:43:45 PM
Welcome to all the newcomers! Be sure to put links to shops and blogs in your signature spot so we can go look at all your pretties. Feel free to post pics of your lovely creations so we can all oooooh and ahhhhh over them. Poke around, ask questions, and make yourself at home. We are a friendly and sometimes crazy bunch around here, we just love to have fun  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on March 03, 2010, 01:44:51 PM
Crazy ???  Us???  Never! 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on March 04, 2010, 08:08:06 PM
Hello all!

I'm Eric, Larissa's husband, and the other half of Reef Botanicals. I've heard great things about everyone here, and as a web guy I thought maybe I could help some of you out with some web stuff. I'll try to post some tips in the general forum!

Welcome Eric glad to see you here, trust me we all could use some tips. Plus we need more testosterone around here, these women are nuts! You should know you have to deal with Larissa! Enough Said ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on March 04, 2010, 09:33:33 PM
What happened Eric?  Did you get tired of hearing Larissa talk about us and had to come see for yourself?  Love it!!!  Welcome to the madness!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on March 04, 2010, 09:45:41 PM
With Eric sitting on the couch right over there --> watching the hockey game, I feel funny welcoming him, but welcome, doofy!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on March 05, 2010, 08:08:10 PM
Welcome, and congrats on the new business!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: PearlieGirl on March 06, 2010, 11:32:20 AM
Hello!
Here goes the introduction!
A year ago this month, I jumped into the crazy world of online selling by way of Etsy.  Somewhere along the line, with college, working on Wall Street for 14 years, and then being a stay at home Mom for 6 years,  the creative side of my brain was just sort of pushed to the side.  Luckily I was blessed with a family of "hard-to-buy-fors" and in an effort to find gifts that were unique and meaningful, I started making my own.  This really reignited my creative juices again!  It was a natural progression to incorporate my long time love of vintage and antiques (some may call it junk!) into my work.  Being a treasure seeker at heart, it melds my two of my favorite things into one!
So, a year later, I am having such a fantastic time being home with my two kids, being creative on a daily basis and being able to share what I do with others!

So excited to become a member of HAF and getting to know all of you....

Best,
Julie
a.k.a. Pearlie Girl
www.PearlieGirl.etsy.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on March 06, 2010, 12:14:55 PM
Welcome! 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on March 06, 2010, 01:17:29 PM
Welcome!! :D Wonderful story! And your items are gorgeous!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on March 07, 2010, 02:16:54 PM
Hope I'm ok joining your forum as I am in the UK....
I am a f/t working wife and also a mother of 3 grown up children...
I do decorative painting and Pencil portraits from photographs
I love what I do and mainly work to commision though I am hoping when I have finished them I can actually build up my stock again for my blogshop and maybe a craft fair or two. :)

Here are my links:-

Facebook Fan Page:.... http://www.facebook.com/Lajoni (http://www.facebook.com/Lajoni)

My Blogshop:.... http://lajonis-shop.blogspot.com/ (http://lajonis-shop.blogspot.com/)

My Blog......http://painting-new-memories.blogspot.com/ (http://painting-new-memories.blogspot.com/)

Twitter.............http://twitter.com/lajoni (http://twitter.com/lajoni)

Thanks I hope I haven't crossed any lines or broken any rules as its always abit nerve racking joining a well established forum :)

You're more than welcome here, we have many members from the other side of the pond (so to speak) and all over the world for that matter. Jump right in and enjoy the ride, we are a friendly bunch. ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: PearlieGirl on March 07, 2010, 03:13:13 PM
Thank you Kimberly and PleasantPeasantry for the welcome!  :D

Julie
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: uienifer on March 11, 2010, 11:14:38 AM
Hello all.
I am Iryna. Couple months ago my friend tries to discard really old and ugly table. When I helped him I decided to take this and paint it. And I did it. I painted it and draw lighthouse on top. And now it is really nice table. Since that time I cant stop:-) I take old furniture and do some modifications:-) I will show it later.
I glad I found this forum - there are lot of useful information and tutorials, a lot of amazing crafts and nice peoples of course.
And sorry for my English - its not my native language.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on March 11, 2010, 11:53:30 AM
Welcome to all the newcomers!  We are ready to drool over new creations, so post your pictures in the gallery when you have a chance.  This place is really growing...we are gaining more and more members from around the world!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on March 11, 2010, 12:22:48 PM
Welcome, everyone!! 8)

Iryna, what is your native language?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: uienifer on March 11, 2010, 12:48:28 PM
Iryna, what is your native language?

Ukrainian and Russian:-) I am originally from Ukraine but live in USA last two years.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on March 11, 2010, 02:59:42 PM
Iryna, what is your native language?

Ukrainian and Russian:-) I am originally from Ukraine but live in USA last two years.

Please don't worry about your English...I can only imagine any of us trying to speak/type in Russian!  Boy, would you get a laugh then!  Welcome!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Groovy Pumpkin on March 11, 2010, 04:00:56 PM
Hello, I'm Jane and found this wonderfully inspiring place from a new contact on Facebook (The Pine Cone Tea Cup). 

I'm starting out on a new venture - making bags - as my son will be starting school in September, and I want to use my crafty talents in some money-making scheme! 

I have lots of other crafty interests, including beading, painting, photography, glass painting, rubber stamping, etc, etc!

Come along and visit my brand new website, or Etsy store, or Blog, and you'll learn a bit more about me.

I'm looking forward to making some new crafting buddies, so do get in touch!!

Jane  :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on March 11, 2010, 11:10:13 PM
Welcome, Jane!! :D Hooray for new ventures! I see you do macrame, too. 8) Very neat!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Groovy Pumpkin on March 12, 2010, 06:00:10 AM
Hello, and thank you!!

Yes, I also do macrame - all of my jewellery in my Etsy Store is made from macrame or micro-macrame - it's very therapeutic doing those little knots if stressed - LOL!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Nyllynn on March 12, 2010, 06:55:10 PM
Hi Everyone,

I've read a lot on the site but I've never really introduced myself.  My name is Deb, nickname Nyllynn.  I love the site and the new look is WOW!!.  I cut cabachons and am learning to wirewrap.  I also do beading.  I just went to a gem & Mineral show, and boy is that dangerous.  Too many pretty things.  I live in Indiana.

Thanks,
Deb
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on March 12, 2010, 07:04:39 PM
Bead shows are NOT good places for me to be either...bankruptcy would be a very real possibility :-\
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on March 12, 2010, 08:52:51 PM
Hi Everyone, I'm CJ, I live in Adrian Michigan, with my husband Kevin and 6 of my eight children, my 2 year old grandson ,and my 83 year old Mother.  If your wondering why I'm telling you all this information.  It's because You'll understand why I loose myself into the beading world.  It's what keeps my sane.  I teach beading in my local Hobby Lobby every Tuesday.  I also teach private classes, and am just starting to teach at bead stores in and around Michigan.  I love off loom beadweaving and have been published in Bead and Button.  I have a second publication coming out in the next issue of Bead and Button (June 2010), and also a publication coming out in July 2010 in Bead Trends.  I need more confidence in creating my online store.  It's all new to me and so I'm slow going right now.  I'm hoping to post some new works soon.

Welcome CJ, and glad to see you post about your busy house. Congrats on being published and for your future articles. Since you are being shy I'll post your shop link http://www.handmadeartistsshop.com/4-his-glory-creations.html (http://www.handmadeartistsshop.com/4-his-glory-creations.html)
Personally I love your work. It is chunky and substantial.

I would also like to take a minute and welcome all the new members. So strap in and enjoy the ride! ;D
Title: New here...I sculpt Dragons!!!
Post by: mystapring on March 13, 2010, 12:29:41 AM
Hi... I'm Misty and I am a sculptress and a painter. I have a studio in the back of my barber shop and when the shop isn't busy I'm always working on something. Still learning my way around. Hope you'll stop by!
(http://i40.tinypic.com/i5mzbt.jpg)
Title: Re: New here...I sculpt Dragons!!!
Post by: JewelrybyNaLa on March 13, 2010, 12:52:22 AM
Uh, Misty ... YOU SCARED ME!!  ;D

Wowzers, that is an amazing dragon!!

You are very talented, and welcome to the Forum.  :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on March 13, 2010, 01:45:35 PM
Welcome, everybody!

I love that dragon!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: olsik on March 13, 2010, 03:55:17 PM
 :) Hello everyone! I live in Illinois with my husband and 14 month daughter. I am russian and I lived in Kazakhstan but now I live in US almost 2 years. And I hand maker. I make doilies, tablecloths, hangers for curtains. And I so happy find this forum, everyone looks so friendly!!! :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: olsik on March 13, 2010, 04:10:23 PM
I start my new bisness! Everyone welcome! http://handmadeforyou.ecrater.com/ (http://handmadeforyou.ecrater.com/)  :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jewelrybyjanelle50 on March 14, 2010, 12:57:22 PM
Welcome to all of the newcomers! Enjoy, and as Andrew says, strap in and enjoy the ride!  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: DornickDesigns on March 14, 2010, 02:44:47 PM
Hi!  I'm Kathy Hardy / Dornick Desgins.  I've been making and selling jewelry for over 20 years now.  I have several "virtual" shops, including Etsy, ArtFire and 1,000 Markets.  I live on the edge of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina with my husband and two dogs.  Life is good! 

Kathy Hardy
http://www.dornickdesigns.com (http://www.dornickdesigns.com)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on March 14, 2010, 03:28:27 PM
Welcome, everyone! Your work is fantastic!!
Title: Introduction
Post by: shinywerx on March 16, 2010, 10:47:08 PM
A career in advertising was turned around when, as Advertising Director for a local jewelry/gift chain, I fell in love with metals and gemstones. I kept "redesigning" pieces in my mind. I continued to work in advertising/publishing to make my living; but took jewelry classes at John C. Campbell Folk School in NC every year during my 6-weeks vacations.

Having always been fond of white metals, I took a sterling silver class first, then a silver forging class, glass fusion and glass enameling on metals, and a metal clay class. One week of metal clay class, and I was hooked - you could shape it in moist form, you could add textures to the metals very easily, and create organic objects without the space and expense of a casting studio. Then there was the plus of metal clay being a “green” product, produced in Japan by refining scrap silver and silver bromide (a by-product of photo labs) into micron-sized pure silver particles, adding an organic binder - and voilà - a new medium was born.
I prepared for the Level 1 Certification from Aida Chemical (the Japanese manufacturer of Art Clay certifies artists to teach through this program). I was certified by Aida in 2008. I have  taught classes at Image Clay Studio, Studio by the Tracks, and  the Alabama Folk School.
My work has been shown at Jennifer Harwell Art, Imagine Clay Studio, the Birmingham Museum of Art Gift Shop, and Maralyn Wilson Gallery locally. I am showing new designs at Stray Art Salon where I have recently become an elected member.
The Long & Short of it:
My soul finds expression through work in metal clay. I see beauty and interpret that. I feel a connection to all living things. I believe we cannot disconnect and produce art. My strongest inspirations come from nature - trees, flowers, water… the sticks and stones that have come to me in life. I hope my work will be a lasting testament of who I have become - and that it will be enjoyed long after I have departed this world.
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: MrsWTownsend on March 17, 2010, 01:53:59 AM
Welcome to the group~ congratulations on your success!
Title: Re: Introduction
Post by: MakinTheBest on March 17, 2010, 06:52:23 AM
Wow, you have had quite a journey!  Welcome to the forum!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: sherrigallagher on March 18, 2010, 11:35:19 PM
Hi. My name is Sherri and I am new to this forum. I have been designing and selling jewelry for about 10 years. I sell at small local craft shows and farmer's markets. I have recently started to sell online. It is really hard! I'm working like crazy to take good pictures and post them, but it takes a lot of time. I'm really looking forward to getting to know people on these forums.

Sherri
http://www.etsy.com/shop/sherrigallagher (http://www.etsy.com/shop/sherrigallagher)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MrsWTownsend on March 19, 2010, 12:12:45 AM
Welcome Sherri~  ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ColtPixy on March 21, 2010, 07:19:17 AM
Hi! I'm Angelina Star, please call me Star. I've worked with many mediums over the years. Mostly stained glass and mosaics. A tendon injury forced me to switch mediums, doctor recommended clay about 5 years ago and I have been smooshing polymer clay ever since.

I just registered and signed up for a shop this morning. Checking out the forum before I attempt to set up the shop. I recognize a bunch of people and am very excited to be here.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on March 21, 2010, 09:00:12 AM
Welcome to all the new members sit back and strap on your seat belts and enjoy the ride! The hostess will be around to take your order momentarily. Exits are on the sides and in the rear of the aircraft. In the case of an emergency JUMP!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: irene on March 22, 2010, 03:14:15 PM
Hi!!
My name is Irene and I make jewlery and embroiderie. I've just discovered this page but I want to be one of your members if you accepted me.
I am spanish and I live in France. Sorry for my english.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on March 22, 2010, 03:30:31 PM
Hi!!
My name is Irene and I make jewlery and embroiderie. I've just discovered this page but I want to be one of your members if you accepted me.
I am spanish and I live in France. Sorry for my english.

You, and all the other new faces I missed, are more than welcome!  Show off your creations in the gallery when you get a chance!  Please, don't apologize for your English...you would not want to hear my Spanish or my French.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on March 22, 2010, 10:26:10 PM
Welcome, everyone!! :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: AmandaRae on March 25, 2010, 01:12:10 AM
Hello everyone,
 My name is Amanda, and I have always been crafty and have played around with a lot of different mediums. I definitely fall into the category of artists who think they can 'make it themselves' after seeing something they like!

I started a shop on Etsy a couple months ago selling pendants and wine glass charms out of upcycled Scrabble tiles! I also make pendants, magnets etc. out of glass tiles as well.

http://mandyrae3883.etsy.com (http://mandyrae3883.etsy.com)

http://twitter.com/AmandaRaeCrafts (http://twitter.com/AmandaRaeCrafts)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on March 25, 2010, 11:21:03 AM
Amanda, I love your Scrabble tiles!!

Mischelle, your jewelry is gorgeous! :-* Are you referring to the B&M I think you are referring to? Or is that a jeweler's term......

Antonella, your fibers are so lush!! Makes me wish I were a knitter.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Angela on March 26, 2010, 03:33:01 AM
Hi my name is Angela and I have been designing beaded jewellery for 16 years. I started making jewellery after the birth of my third child, realising that I a few more years at home I wanted something to do to fill in the hours while my baby slept.
Having lusted after a book of beads I had seen in a local book shop, it was bought for me as a Christmas present and my addiction to beads had begun.
My health visitor encouraged me to take my jewellery along to baby clinic to give the new mums something affordable and cheerful. I then started to take them along to the Mother and Toddler groups and local playgroup. It didn't take long before I was being invited by local schools and charities to take my jewellery along to their events too.
Five years ago I moved all my beads etc into a studio workshop just outside Stafford, from there I host jewellery making parties and workshops, it also provides a more professional base to discuss commissions with clients.
Last year I helped set up the Staffordshire Artists Cooperative which opened a Gallery in Eccleshall Stafford to showcase and hopefully sell the work of members. We are constantly looking out for local artists to join us.

www.angelasmith.co.uk (http://www.angelasmith.co.uk)
http://angelasmithjewellery.blogspot.com (http://angelasmithjewellery.blogspot.com)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on March 26, 2010, 06:58:40 AM
That's quite a resume Angela, welcome to the forum.

Welcome also to all the new members I missed, strap in a enjoy the ride!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: kinetic wings on March 30, 2010, 09:48:46 PM
Hi, I'm new here and I'm not sure I'm posting in the right place but here goes...I'm new to jewelry making and really love it. I've had a nice response from family and friends. I love to read, write, scrapbook, learning to work with metal clay, overall learning new things. There are so many ideas in my head but not enough time to create them.  I just signed up for a kiosk at Art Fire, now all I have to do is make some things to put in it. :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on March 30, 2010, 09:51:01 PM
Welcome, peeps!  And once you've made stuff, don't forget to post photos here in the galleries.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CurlyPearl on March 31, 2010, 09:36:39 PM
Hello! I am fairly new to the HAFteam... still getting acquainted with the forum and everything.

My etsy shop has lots of fun and colorful jewelry.  I also have some original artwork, earring organizers, and headbands.  It's only been open a few months.  I started with the intention of just having jewelry, but I couldn't resist adding a few other categories.

so glad to be a part of the team!

 :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on March 31, 2010, 11:52:59 PM
The mention of headbands intrigued me, so they're all I looked at for now, but they're really cool!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on April 01, 2010, 07:21:48 PM
Welcome to the madness to all those I missed!  Please have fun, click around and show off all your goodies.  We are a really relaxed bunch that loves to oh and ah over pretty things!  Ask if you have questions and one of our resident know it alls  :-* will be happy to help.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: truejune on April 04, 2010, 12:12:41 PM
Hi my name is Jenny Knuth and I live in beautiful Boulder, Colorado (sun! rocks! mountains! desert!) with my geologist husband, two sons, and two cats. I am a writer and an editor, but...

I love to make things, and design (thinking up new patterns, combinations of materials, techniques, functions) is my favorite part of the process. I make all sorts of things so I wanted to join a group with a broad base of handcrafts to get the broadest base of ideas. Having said that, one of the main reasons I am here is to learn how to better promote my etsy shop: http://truejune.etsy.com (http://truejune.etsy.com) as I am new to all the selling parts: pricing, promotion, photography, etc. Any tips most welcome! I have found my online shop to be a great creative outlet! It's not a money maker at this point, but definitely a self-supporting hobby.

I had originally planned to put all sorts of simple, elegant, and practical handmade things in my shop, but my shop now has a niche that is crocheted necklaces. Have other found that they get into a "niche" as well? Does this help sales or does variety work too? (Just some of the many questions I'll be exploring on this site!)

I crochet simple necklaces for everyday wear with high-quality workmanship and design. They might seem uncomplicated, but there is a lot of thought and planning behind each creation! The colors and textures of the beads and thread are very important to me and must "sit right." Not every design can be created in every color! Some things just aren't that interchangeable! In the end, I want my designs to look classic and natural, like they have always been there, like they belong on you.

It's also very important to me that my creations be strong and made to last. They should be able to weather a variety of situations and they have to actually function! (I'll put my products through the dishwasher to test them, as well as wearing them through workouts and showers myself and having all my friends and family wear them!). I participate in a lot of different activities from day to day---hiking, gardening, painting, meeting with my children's teachers---and I want my jewelry to come along! Beauty, joy, simplicity are my goals. Oh yeah, and most of my designs have no metal parts so are hypoallergenic.

Thanks for being so welcoming, I look forward to learning more about all of you!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: truejune on April 04, 2010, 12:45:07 PM
CurlyPearl, love how your shop is organized by color instead of type! Nice idea! Love the energy of your creations! Also like your shop name (and would you believe we have a curly cat named Pearl? True!).

Jenny
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on April 04, 2010, 01:22:39 PM
Welcome, Jenny!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on April 04, 2010, 03:04:04 PM
Welcome to all the new members enjoy and have fun!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ellesbeads on April 06, 2010, 01:19:07 PM
Hello everyone!  My name is Elle and I'm the owner of Elle's Beads.  I make funky and vintage inspired handmade jewelry, eco-friendly accessories, and recycled magnets.  Crafting is my favorite thing in the world and I'm happy to meet others who share that passion.  I hope to get to know you all soon!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on April 06, 2010, 11:05:31 PM
Hey, Elle! Welcome to the group!! ^-^
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: rlmstudios on April 07, 2010, 04:54:48 AM
Hi my name is Roberta and I am a full time fine art.  I have developed a line of custom made and painted yoga bags!  I think they are the bomb now i need to draw traffic !  :-\
 http://rlmstudios.etsy.com (http://rlmstudios.etsy.com)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on April 07, 2010, 11:25:11 AM
Welcome to the new peeps!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Nillithwen on April 07, 2010, 06:44:07 PM
Hi everyone! Here's a little about me. My name is Amanda, I'm 23 and I love making hemp jewelry and anything crochet. I just got into handmade stuff less than a year ago and now it's a major hobby. 

I live in Ontario and I just opened my first etsy shop. http://www.etsy.com/shop/Nillithwen (http://www.etsy.com/shop/Nillithwen)
I also have a facebook page here. http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/Bits-and-Pieces/107324682638859?ref=nf (http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/Bits-and-Pieces/107324682638859?ref=nf)

I don't have much there now but I'm making new items and amigurumis and crochet things all the time and hopefully I'll have a ton of things in my shop soon.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on April 07, 2010, 07:01:10 PM
Lord we are gathering a talented bunch of artists around here!  Welcome to all the new faces, click around and don't forget to post some pictures for us to drool over in the gallery!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on April 07, 2010, 08:01:20 PM
Woot! Macrame artists, represent! ;) Haha Anyways, I LOVE that braided macrame bracelet! I never thought of trying that! The effect is really cool!! :-*
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Nillithwen on April 08, 2010, 12:25:09 AM
Thanks craftedroots. Macrame all the way!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: truejune on April 08, 2010, 04:38:05 PM
Avril, the photos in your shop are stunning! So bright and sharp (just like the gorgeous beads!)! Can you tell us a little about how you do the photography? It looks very professional. Nice work!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MrsWTownsend on April 08, 2010, 05:09:18 PM
Welcome everyone!!!  (http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh240/MrsWTownsend/smilies/hi.gif)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: trusk4u on April 09, 2010, 07:11:50 AM
I've been so bad about coming here to meet all the newbies! Welcome! Get comfy and jump right in, there's plenty to participate in! ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: DreamBubbles on April 11, 2010, 02:39:02 PM
Kim! Welcome I'm so glad you made your way here, I hope you love these fantastic people as much as I do!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on April 11, 2010, 03:25:49 PM
Welcome!  We have such a fun bunch of people here.  Jump in and post pictures in the gallery of all your treasures so we can drool.  If you have any questions...ask!  There are a bunch of members here just ready to help out a newbie!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MrsWTownsend on April 12, 2010, 12:28:10 PM
Hi everyone!  Welcome to HAF!!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on April 12, 2010, 12:39:59 PM
Welcome welcome! ^-^
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on April 12, 2010, 12:42:41 PM
Welcome everyone!  We are still gaining new members most everyday...and boy is the talent pool amazing!  Feel free to click around and show off your work.  Links are welcomed here, both in your posts as well as in the link directory.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: trusk4u on April 13, 2010, 12:17:55 PM
Good Afternoon -
Just joined! Looking forward to participating!
www.windyriver.etsy.com (http://www.windyriver.etsy.com)
http://windyriver.blogspot.com (http://windyriver.blogspot.com)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/36532320@N06/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/36532320@N06/)


Welcome Sylvia! I'm so happy you decided to join us! You will love it here!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: platterpotter on April 14, 2010, 04:04:20 PM
I'm a newbie here at HAF.  If you wouldn't mind going to my site and giving me your opinions, I'd appreciate it.
www.gracean (http://www.gracean)​ker.etsy.com
Thank you!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on April 14, 2010, 04:40:04 PM
mdbdesign, your items are so gorgeous!!

Grace, that woven basket is awesome!! I imagine that was a real pain to make! Your items are all so unique--love it! ^-^
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MrsWTownsend on April 15, 2010, 01:37:41 PM
Hello newbies!!!  Welcome to HAF!!!!!   ;D  It is really good to have you here!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: susanna on April 15, 2010, 01:49:13 PM
Hi, I'm a polymer clay artist and I just found out about this group. I'm looking forward to meeting you all and looking at all the great artwork!

Susan
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MrsWTownsend on April 15, 2010, 02:07:57 PM
Welcome to the famn damily!   ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: bstrung on April 16, 2010, 05:21:44 PM
Hi Everyone,
I am a frustrated housewife, freelance graphic designer, jewelry maker, and the mother of twin teenage daughters and a mini schnauzer.

I started making jewelry with my daughters last summer (2009) and then began selling it sometime after that. I thought it would be a good way to make a couple of bucks and have fun at the same time.

Thanks for letting me join!

Gabrielle   8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on April 17, 2010, 12:23:44 AM
Welcome, Gabrielle! ^-^ Why are you frustrated? :(

Make sure you post pics of your jewelry for all of us to see!!! :D
Title: My links
Post by: nanher on April 19, 2010, 08:10:27 PM
My etsy shop is: http://monkmama.etsy.com (http://monkmama.etsy.com)

twitter- http://twitter.com/paintoplenty (http://twitter.com/paintoplenty)

facebook- http://bit.ly/9MRStu (http://bit.ly/9MRStu)

zibbet-http://www.zibbet.com/monkmama/sell
Title: Re: My links
Post by: paradisepurls on April 19, 2010, 08:22:16 PM
nanher,
cute shop! love the ladybug tin cup! :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on April 20, 2010, 01:40:56 PM
Your items are cute! ^-^ I love how you upcycle!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Terrbear38 on April 20, 2010, 10:07:12 PM
Hi Everyone,

My name is Terri I live in Denver CO. I have been married to my husband Rich for 15 years and we have a 12 year old daughter named Emilia who I home school. We also have an 5 year old Black Lab mix named Sophie and a 4 year old Westie named Lily. I have been doing nails part time out of my home for over 15 years now specializing in hand painted nail art. I also have an Etsy shop that I sell my handstamped cards, boxes, bags and more from. I have always been a very artistic person. My current crafts besides stamping include,knitting, crocheting quilting,cooking,watching food network and reality tv and reading People magazine and biographies about famous people.
Is there a place her to post new listings?

Terri


http://www.terrbear37.etsy.com (http://www.terrbear37.etsy.com)
http://www.terrbear38.blogspot.com/ (http://www.terrbear38.blogspot.com/)

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on April 20, 2010, 10:31:39 PM
Welcome!  My best friend & his wife live in Aurora.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: dvarimtovim on April 21, 2010, 02:35:19 AM
Hi My name is yael,

I love arts and craft since I know myself. For years it was only my hobbie but, lately I have decided to to become a stay at home mom and make craft my way of life.

I love making jewelry from recycled fabric, taking old things and creat a fantastic art work out of them.

I would appreciate it if you could take a look at my site and send me your feedback.

Have a good week:-)
Yael
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on April 21, 2010, 06:41:37 AM
Welcome to all the new members. Terrbear38 you can post new listings in the gallery but make sure you post a pic and then you can post a link to your new listing.

Glad to see all the new smiling faces! 8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on April 21, 2010, 12:42:24 PM
Hi My name is yael,

I love arts and craft since I know myself. For years it was only my hobbie but, lately I have decided to to become a stay at home mom and make craft my way of life.

I love making jewelry from recycled fabric, taking old things and creat a fantastic art work out of them.

I would appreciate it if you could take a look at my site and send me your feedback.

Have a good week:-)
Yael

Very nice site!  And I have a cousin named Yael.  :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: superioragates on April 21, 2010, 04:59:39 PM
Hi! My name is Marie and this is what I do:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/superioragates (http://www.etsy.com/shop/superioragates)
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Superior-Agates/300843198752?ref=ts (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Superior-Agates/300843198752?ref=ts)
http://superioragates.blogspot.com/ (http://superioragates.blogspot.com/)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on April 21, 2010, 05:45:29 PM
Marie, your work is beautiful!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on April 21, 2010, 06:16:04 PM
Beautiful work from our new artists! ^-^
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: dvarimtovim on April 22, 2010, 04:13:07 AM
Thank you for your kind welcome
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: stufffromthebunker on April 23, 2010, 04:36:35 PM
Hello, wow looks like a fantastic place!
I am Deborah, a mosaic and fused glass jewelry artist and instructor.  I have a home based studio my husband built in the back section of our garage.  We live in Muncie, IN and I have the most wonderful husband in the universe! 

I just got our website up and running yesterday, would love it if you would take a peak, be sure to check out the blog also, we are having a 'grand website opening" and there are some cool prizes we are giving away.  So far its very very slow going but I am just starting to tweet it and post on facebook.  Have not put it anywhere else yet.  I am disabled and cannot sit at the computer for very long at a time. 

If you have any suggestions or ideas on the website plase please share, I am not real pleased with what I have but not sure what to change.  Make sense?

Looking forward to meeing tons of creative ppl here,
Woops, forgot the link to our site.  www.stufffromthebunker.webs.com (http://www.stufffromthebunker.webs.com)

Deborah
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fantasydreamknits on April 24, 2010, 09:17:51 AM
Hi everyone. I am an Etsy newbie, but I've been selling handmade for about a year now. I started out making dog clothes, then moved back into making women's clothing and accessories. I love to knit and crochet and have recently discovered tatting and beading. I started doing some jewelry design, also, but concentrate on my knitting.

I'm a stay home mom of 5 homeschool kids. I am working on my Masters in Elementary Education and attend school full time myself. I'm pretty busy, but love social networking and running my business.

Can't think of much else, but that I'm happy to be here!  ^-^
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on April 25, 2010, 02:28:03 PM
Welcome to all the newcomers, welcome, browse around and jump in we don't bite........
much ;D
Title: Re: Hi my name is...
Post by: Larissa on April 27, 2010, 12:17:22 AM
Hi & welcome!  Great piece!
Title: Re: Hi my name is...
Post by: JewelrybyNaLa on April 27, 2010, 09:19:30 AM
Wonderfull work, and Hailey's a real cutie pie ...

Welcome to the Forum! :)
Title: Re: Hi my name is...
Post by: Colette on April 27, 2010, 10:42:02 AM
Beautiful piece! Definitely a keepsake  :-*
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: desireableintentions on April 27, 2010, 03:03:33 PM
Hi my name is Karen Bright and I love to make jewelry and would love to do it 24hrs a day but I work with my husband {that the go part} laying floors for a living. We are independent contractor's for Lowe's. I love working with my huband because I can get mad at the boss and give him a piece of my mind and not get fire. But oneday I would love to just fire myself from flooring. So come and check out my jewelry that I have handmade with love.


DesireableIntentions.etsy.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on April 27, 2010, 03:59:57 PM
Welcome to our newcomers!  Click around and ask questions...we don't bite (well Andrew might, but he has his shots!).  Also, post pictures of your lovely creations in the gallery so we can oh and ah over them!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Poocheze on April 28, 2010, 06:21:42 AM
Hello all! My name is Deon and I am new to this board.

I run two shops, Poocheze, and The Banner Queen, the latter of the two being fairly self explanatory, I think. :) In Poocheze, I make and sell healthy and delicious treats for dogs. :)

I'm looking forward to meeting everyone!

Deon
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on April 28, 2010, 06:46:37 AM
Hello all! My name is Deon and I am new to this board.

I run two shops, Poocheze, and The Banner Queen, the latter of the two being fairly self explanatory, I think. :) In Poocheze, I make and sell healthy and delicious treats for dogs. :)

I'm looking forward to meeting everyone!

Deon

Welcome to the forum and my pooches will be right over to check the quality!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: andymathis on April 28, 2010, 10:02:55 AM
Hello everyone. I am an Etsy Oldie.  Along with having stuff in lots of other places- website, artfire, wholesale, etc.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on April 28, 2010, 10:22:00 AM
Hello everyone. I am an Etsy Oldie.  Along with having stuff in lots of other places- website, artfire, wholesale, etc.

Welcome!  I've seen you a lot around Etsy threads!  Post pictures of your work in the gallery so everyone can see what a talent we have gained.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on April 28, 2010, 11:28:21 AM
Welcome to all the new peeps!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on April 28, 2010, 11:35:45 AM
My name is Sandi Levy (aka, iKnitQuiltSew ... iKnit for short!), and I have just recently (February 2010) opened my shop on Etsy.  I offer things which I have been making for decades!  Perhaps being overly ambitious, I am doing my first-ever arts & crafts show in the end of June!

I am on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/iKnitQuiltSew (http://www.facebook.com/iKnitQuiltSew)) and have a blog (http://www.iKnitQuiltSew.blogspot.com (http://www.iKnitQuiltSew.blogspot.com)).  The current article on my blog is a step-by-step how-to article for a simple outfit for your 12" fashion doll!

I am tickled to be part of this community and look forward to actively participating.  Thanks for being here!
 :)(http://ny-image1.etsy.com/il_75x75.139462501.jpg)(http://ny-image3.etsy.com/il_75x75.131875195.jpg)(http://ny-image0.etsy.com/il_75x75.140156736.jpg)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: funnyfuser on April 28, 2010, 01:03:36 PM
Just joined today, will check it out!
funnyfuser.etsy.com
need a new group!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on April 28, 2010, 01:40:20 PM
Welcome to more newcomers!  Click around and ask questions!  Don't forget to post your talents in the gallery section so we can all drool over your creations.

Funnyfuser...I updated your profile for the HAFteam so you should now see that section of the forum. 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: downtime on April 28, 2010, 02:54:33 PM
hiya, just joined!  I go by scenicnewyork over on etsy and downtime on zibbet.  Will be back later to peruse and check out the place :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MrsWTownsend on April 28, 2010, 05:56:02 PM
Hi everyone!!!  Welcome to the famn damily!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Phibe on April 29, 2010, 01:33:47 AM
Hi, I'm glad to find this area.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: twiddletoes on April 29, 2010, 05:40:58 PM
Hi everyone!  I just joined and it's great to see such an active group.  Look forward to checking things out and poking around. :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MrsWTownsend on April 29, 2010, 10:23:03 PM
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Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on April 29, 2010, 10:27:35 PM
Welcome everyone! Twiddletoes, I have seen your work before. My hubby and I are in the process of making Japanese clothing, and I came across your shop at some point and saved it. I am making waraji for my hubs, and your socks would be perfect for that. ^-^
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on April 30, 2010, 07:38:14 PM
Myra welcome to the forum and prayers for your struggles. I think you'll find a lot of very compassionate people here who will be glad to share there struggles as well.
Enjoy the forum and have fun!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Anuki on May 01, 2010, 04:02:21 AM
HI! My name is Ani, I am an artist. Love to make jewellery, paint fabrics, decorate home and clothes. I like this place. :)  :-*
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on May 01, 2010, 07:53:35 AM
Welcome to the newbies!  I am so glad to see this mass of talent around here.  Click around and ask questions; someone will surely jump in and help you!  Also, be sure to post your work in the gallery for us to see!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Aunt Nancy on May 01, 2010, 09:33:46 AM
Howdy everybody!

Found this forum through Twitter. Haven't had time yet to poke around much, but I will!

My name is Nan, I am primarily a soapmaker, and secondarily a jewelry maker. I have a soap shop and a jewelry shop on Etsy, and my own soap website. Plus a blog (http://www.sonoransoap.blogspot.com (http://www.sonoransoap.blogspot.com)). Lots to keep me busy!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on May 01, 2010, 09:42:48 AM
Wow, welcome everybody!! ^-^ Make yourselves at home! Most of us don't bite.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fibreheart on May 03, 2010, 10:00:06 AM
Hi, My name is Mandy and I have a store called FibreHeart on Etsy.  Right now it's at  but I am looking to expand and I found you.  I am a mother of two and a stay at home Mom. 

My shop is filled with needlefelting creations.  I picked up needle felting 2 yrs ago, but put it away until a month ago when I gave it another go and I haven't stopped  :)

I think it's great to have my store and to do the craft that I do because although I can't make a complete living on it, it allows me to work from home and take care of my family.

I also love the fact that I am surrounded by artists!  The aura of creativity that surrounds me in the various blogs, social networks, forums and websites is so strong and seems to be getting stronger everyday.

Well I won't talk your ear off.  I hope to open a spot up on here soon so keep a look out and I look forward to meeting each and every one of you.

Happy Shopping!
Fibreheart
Mandy


______________________________________________
FibreHeart on Etsy: www.firbreheart.etsy.com (http://www.firbreheart.etsy.com)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on May 03, 2010, 10:46:33 AM
Welcome!  I have had so much fun checking out all the new shops that have joined us...a real diverse group with a lot of talent.

Poke around and ask questions!  Also, post pictures of your pretties in the gallery for us to see!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on May 03, 2010, 06:05:46 PM
Welcome, everyone! Your art is fantastic!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on May 04, 2010, 01:17:54 PM
Welcome, everyone!  Be sure to stick around & jump on in!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on May 04, 2010, 04:20:24 PM
Welcome, Shannon!! What a yummy website! ^-^ I love the cupcakes!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jewelrybyjanelle50 on May 05, 2010, 05:13:56 PM
Welcome to all the new members! Jump right in and get your feet wet!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: BattleAxeArtAndJewelry on May 05, 2010, 09:32:33 PM
Hi All... I'm Charla (aka Battle Axe), of BattleAxeArtAndJewelry.  I've been painting for five or six years, and making jewelry for one.   My jewelry has been well received when seen in person, so I thought I'd give online sales a shot.  I was just laid off from my career/day job, making now a good time to jump in.   I haven't set up my online stores quite yet, but will soon.  I'm trying to make sure that I get all my bases covered before getting too far along.

"Battle Axe" is the pet name that my husband has been using for me since we started dating in 1987.  I decided to go with it years ago.  Its on my license plates (car and motorcycle).. and you'll find it on my Facebook page "Battle Axe Art".

I'm very happy to have found this group!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on May 06, 2010, 10:18:38 PM
Welcome aboard!! You're gonna love it here!! ^-^
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on May 06, 2010, 10:30:13 PM
I love this influx of new people!  Welcome.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Kazumi on May 07, 2010, 02:23:30 AM
Hello everyone!

My name is Kazumi and live in Japan. I just joined this group.
I love arts and crafts!
I make bags and purses...also chalk signs, welcome boards and menu boards...etc!
I quit my day job last November. I love creative work and want to do well and succeed!
My dream is to make chalk signs for cafes, restaurants, or small shops around the world.

Kazumi
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on May 07, 2010, 07:03:32 AM
Wow, Kazumi, I love your work!  It's all so cute, but I really love the drawings.  Congrats on being brave enough to quit the day job!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Kazumi on May 07, 2010, 09:32:30 AM
Thanks Larissa!
I love natural soaps!:)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on May 07, 2010, 09:39:18 AM
Geez, I wonder what the shipping would be like to Japan!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on May 07, 2010, 10:35:50 AM
Welcome to the newbies!  Click around and ask questions and don't forget to post some pictures in the gallery section for us to see!

By the way, Kazumi, your chalkboard drawings are amazing!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Kazumi on May 07, 2010, 11:34:21 AM
Thanks Kimberly!:)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on May 07, 2010, 02:59:28 PM
Yay, more soapers!  Sorry, I have a serious handmade soap addiction
Title: Natural Reflections Glass Art
Post by: BBigalke10 on May 10, 2010, 10:12:59 PM
Natural Reflections Glass Art is located in Saint Augustine, FL, the nation's oldest city. Visit their website @ www.NaturalReflectionsGlass.com (http://www.NaturalReflectionsGlass.com)!

Natural Reflections Glass Art (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yH12KRjml1s#ws)
Total Running Time: [3:00 min]
Title: Re: Natural Reflections Glass Art
Post by: Larissa on May 10, 2010, 10:42:00 PM
OMG, I love those cabinet handles!  I collect art glass... now I'm in trouble.
Title: Re: Natural Reflections Glass Art
Post by: MrsWTownsend on May 11, 2010, 12:01:00 AM
That was soooooooo cool!!! 
Title: Re: Natural Reflections Glass Art
Post by: MakinTheBest on May 11, 2010, 05:48:32 AM
That video is so cool!  I am dying to try this one day.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: NeedlesAndKims on May 11, 2010, 03:54:47 PM
Hi! I just registered so I am totally brand new here. I'm in love with wool that I've felted from recycled sweaters and I began making purses a year ago. Since then I started making little baskets, table runners and cuffs. Vintage buttons, free style embroidery, needle felting, and/or hand knitted trim are my favorite embellishments. I opened my Etsy shop in October 2009.
www.NeedlesAndKims.etsy.com (http://www.NeedlesAndKims.etsy.com)
I'm very glad to be here!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on May 11, 2010, 04:20:17 PM
Hi! I just registered so I am totally brand new here. I'm in love with wool that I've felted from recycled sweaters and I began making purses a year ago. Since then I started making little baskets, table runners and cuffs. Vintage buttons, free style embroidery, needle felting, and/or hand knitted trim are my favorite embellishments. I opened my Etsy shop in October 2009.
www.NeedlesAndKims.etsy.com (http://www.NeedlesAndKims.etsy.com)
I'm very glad to be here!

WELCOME!  You will like it here... it's a very friendly and relaxed place.  Visited your shop briefly...  your items are soooo very pretty! 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on May 11, 2010, 05:18:50 PM
My name is Teresa and I am Elegance by Mode. I make and design jewelry and I have started making polymer clay gifts and jewelry.

Welcome to you, Teresa!  You are in good company here!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: epstatements on May 12, 2010, 05:48:18 AM
I am an avid crafter, and a mother of 5. I started making jewelry with my mother in 1986. She made mostly post backed earrings to sell at our local flea markets.  I decided to try posting some of the earrings online in 2006, on ebay. :)  It's grown a bit since then.

I also sew & crochet but am scared to list any of those items as they may not sell, or worse they may and then they would be gone. :)

Ideally my items for the person who wants to be a little different or wants items to reflect their mood.

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on May 12, 2010, 08:28:31 AM
Welcome to all the new members!  Click around and ask questions and don't forget to post your pretties in the gallery for us to drool over!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jewelrybyjanelle50 on May 12, 2010, 04:35:53 PM
Welcome to all the newcomers. Feel free to ask me questions, or anyone for that matter, if you get lost, or wonder where to post things!

When I started, I just jumped in and plundered, but the forum has grown so much that that may be  overwhelming to some. We are a friendly bunch here, and love newbies!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on May 12, 2010, 05:14:26 PM
Woohoo! Welcome, everyone! ^-^
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jewelry by Saniki Creations on May 13, 2010, 01:06:55 AM
Hi there, I'm new to HAF and am still checking things around here.  I'm a sahm and design/make jewelry.  Once I figure things out here I will post more stuff...  :)

Penny
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on May 13, 2010, 07:24:15 AM
Welcome to HAF!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on May 13, 2010, 11:29:28 AM
Welcome, Penny! That Midnight Flight necklace is awesome!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 14, 2010, 10:34:06 AM
Welcome to all the newcomers! Strap in and enjoy the flight! 8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MrsWTownsend on May 14, 2010, 12:18:42 PM
Welcome Carolyn!  Your digital artwork is really pretty!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 14, 2010, 12:22:33 PM
Hey DigitalCollageDiva what part of Jersey are you in?
We are in Point Pleasant
Nice to have you!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: PaulinaB on May 16, 2010, 04:18:33 AM
Hi, I'm Paulina from NE Ohio. I found this forum on Facebook after finding some gorgeous chainmail earrings. I make soy candles and have a sampler box biz and I really support handmade crafters and stay at home mom businesses. I'm really glad to be here with so many talented artisans.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on May 16, 2010, 02:19:07 PM
Welcome!! ^-^ Paulina, I do believe I have seen your website before. It has such a cozy feel to it!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Plump Fairy on May 17, 2010, 09:34:58 AM
Hello!  My name is Carol.  I have Plump Fairy Creations on Etsy (plumpfairy.etsy.com) where I sell my tatted lace pieces.  Tatting's not just for doilies any more.  Check out my fun goodies.  I'm happy to be a part of your dynamic and active group.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on May 17, 2010, 09:47:34 AM
Welcome!! Tatting is on my long list of things I want to learn how to do someday. ;D Your items are very cool!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on May 17, 2010, 10:03:24 AM
Welcome everyone!  So many cool new websites to check out....feel free to ask questions and post your goodies in the gallery for all to see!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 18, 2010, 03:36:17 PM
Welcome to all the new members enjoy and don't feel shy ask questions and just jump in.
We don't bite.....
much ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself: S & T Creations, Teri Baskett
Post by: TeriB on May 18, 2010, 03:37:19 PM
My business partner/friend and I make unique jewelry designs.  She loves vintage recycled parts and has been working on some steampunk designs.  We both love semi-precious gemstones and crystals, and specialize in statement pieces. 8)

I am one who goes from one thing to another, at time dabbling in silversmithing, wire-wrapping and metal clay; however, by not specializing in one long enough to master it, I seldom create pieces to sell. ???
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ZurDesigns on May 18, 2010, 04:32:35 PM
Hey Carol! Happy to see you here!  And of course I am a fan of your wonderful tatting!  Here's a fav: http://www.flickr.com/photos/plumpfairy/4485268610/# (http://www.flickr.com/photos/plumpfairy/4485268610/#) 8)

Hello!  My name is Carol.  I have Plump Fairy Creations on Etsy (plumpfairy.etsy.com) where I sell my tatted lace pieces.  Tatting's not just for doilies any more.  Check out my fun goodies.  I'm happy to be a part of your dynamic and active group.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on May 18, 2010, 09:58:55 PM
Hello!  My name is Carol.  I have Plump Fairy Creations on Etsy (plumpfairy.etsy.com) where I sell my tatted lace pieces.  Tatting's not just for doilies any more.  Check out my fun goodies.  I'm happy to be a part of your dynamic and active group.

My great-grandmother attempted to teach me how to tat many, MANY years ago, and it was something that was never going to happen!  After looking at your things, I'm sorry I didn't pay closer attention!  Welcome!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on May 19, 2010, 12:34:53 PM
Welcome to the new peeps!  Feel free to look around and just jump into conversations.  We'll talk to you as long as Andrew doesn't accidentally delete your posts before we see them, I swear.   ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jewelrybyjanelle50 on May 20, 2010, 09:18:51 PM
Welcome to all the newcomers!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jewelrybyjanelle50 on May 20, 2010, 09:25:42 PM
Hello!  My name is Carol.  I have Plump Fairy Creations on Etsy (plumpfairy.etsy.com) where I sell my tatted lace pieces.  Tatting's not just for doilies any more.  Check out my fun goodies.  I'm happy to be a part of your dynamic and active group.

Wow, Carol, I am truly impressed by your lovely tatted items, and such a wide variety too! Glad to see you are carrying on a proverbial lost art. So is sewing, pretty much.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: proverbs31hands on May 22, 2010, 10:28:55 PM
Welcome to the new peeps!  Feel free to look around and just jump into conversations.  We'll talk to you as long as Andrew doesn't accidentally delete your posts before we see them, I swear.   ;)

I think I was one of those, LOL. 

My name is Sonia.  I like anything fiber related.  I spin, knit, crochet, sew.  I like to dye my own fibers as well. I have both Etsy and Artfire shops, but haven't sold a thing on Artfire.  I have quite a few things to list in the coming week.  And a lot of new fibers on the way, too.

My blog is www.proverbs31hands.blogspot.com (http://www.proverbs31hands.blogspot.com)

My Etsy is www.scarletcoverings.etsy.com (http://www.scarletcoverings.etsy.com)

I look forward to learning and getting to know everyone here.  Thanks for letting me join.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on May 23, 2010, 07:49:16 AM
Welcome to HAF, Sonia.  Your yarns are gorgeous!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on May 24, 2010, 05:50:30 AM
Welcome to HAF, Sonia.  Your yarns are gorgeous!

I told you we could find you some yarn addicts around here!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: letamariedesigns on May 24, 2010, 12:16:29 PM
Hi, My name is Leta of letamariedesigns. I have been creating jewelry for 2 years now at strong urging of my daughter who has been for about 8 yrs. She self taught when she was a young teenager. I have done different things over the years, knitting, Cross Stitch, Bead Weaving, Needle Point etc. But Creating Jewelry is just so much darn fun. And it is so nice when someone likes and wants what you have created. I would love for this to some day be my only source of income~~Doesn't hurt to dream  ;) I look forward to figuring this site out. Stop by my shops and blog if you have the time~~ Leta
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on May 24, 2010, 12:37:14 PM
Welcome to all our newcomers!  I'm going to grab coffee and spend time cruising through your shops and blogs.  Post your pictures in our gallery so everyone can see your talents!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: letamariedesigns on May 24, 2010, 12:40:55 PM
I want to post pics, but haven't figured out how to do it yet. Or which place to do it here. I am waiting to have my flickr and facebook links approved.  Thanks, and Hi

 I am still trying to figure out my way around here. Dang, now I have to go back to my school bus  :P
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on May 24, 2010, 12:53:33 PM
I want to post pics, but haven't figured out how to do it yet. Or which place to do it here. I am waiting to have my flickr and facebook links approved.  Thanks, and Hi

 I am still trying to figure out my way around here. Dang, now I have to go back to my school bus  :P

LOL, hi!  To post photos in your forum posts, just click on the colorful TINYPIC logo right there above the text box.  FYI, it's best if you resize your photos down to about 500 pixels or so.

Check out the galleries for good places to post your photos, just pick the best category & post away!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: letamariedesigns on May 24, 2010, 07:16:01 PM
Thanks for the help all. Now I have to find some time to do it. School will be out soon ~ :P

 Thanks for all being helpful. It always takes me awhile to figure out new sites.   Leta
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on May 24, 2010, 07:21:02 PM
Thanks for the help all. Now I have to find some time to do it. School will be out soon ~ :P

 Thanks for all being helpful. It always takes me awhile to figure out new sites.   Leta

Welcome Leta!  You might also want to go into your profile and fill in the blanks for your website, blog, store, etc. so that they will show up in your signature when you post and we can all go look at your things!

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: letamariedesigns on May 24, 2010, 07:29:31 PM
I have, at least for my artfire store, blog, and forgot what else. Still waiting approval on my flickr and facebook. What do you think is going wrong? Leta
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: letamariedesigns on May 24, 2010, 07:38:41 PM
 :-\ O.k. updated my profile with my links. Hope is ok and that I did the darn thing right~~ Leta
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: letamariedesigns on May 24, 2010, 07:40:46 PM
I put my links in my profile~~The Ultimate Profile in the box that said add html and something else. Auggg, what am I doing wrong
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: letamariedesigns on May 24, 2010, 07:46:05 PM
Guess I got it figured out finally, my links are under my signature.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 24, 2010, 07:47:32 PM
Patience Grasshopper and you will be enlightened.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: letamariedesigns on May 24, 2010, 07:52:15 PM
Thanks Andrew, me thinks enlightenment is going to be a long process  :-\  Giggle   Leta
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on May 24, 2010, 08:35:10 PM
Welcome!!!!

(http://i40.tinypic.com/bf407m.jpg)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on May 24, 2010, 09:35:19 PM
Welcome!!!!

(http://i40.tinypic.com/bf407m.jpg)

I love this little welcoming committee!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: letamariedesigns on May 24, 2010, 09:47:41 PM
Love the Welcoming Commitee  :-*
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: wildwood on May 25, 2010, 03:04:37 PM
Hi there! my name is Carey, but most people know me as wildwood.  I'm a woodburner who also dabbles in paint. My style is folksy and natural and most of my work is patterned, although I am able to render realistic burnings as well.

My favorite thing to do is post video blogs! I started by posting some tutorials on youtube but wanted a studio setting and some off topic content for my blog.

I'm a happy-go-lucky person with a gentle sense of humor.   I found HAF from a fellow Etsian, and I'm glad to be here.

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: letamariedesigns on May 25, 2010, 03:40:33 PM
Welcome Wildwood, I am a newbie too~~ :-\
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on May 25, 2010, 03:48:36 PM
Welcome, wildwood! Can't wait for you to post your links so we can go look at your work!!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on May 26, 2010, 05:31:12 AM
Don't forget to post pictures of your work so we can oooh and aah!  If you have any questions, please ask...we are a friendly bunch around here.
Title: introducing myself
Post by: craftyv on May 26, 2010, 05:59:15 PM
HI all, hope I'm in the right place,but here goes.

I've been an artist for a number of years now but have been working with fabrics all my life.I have a workshop where I do alterations & repairs,(keeps the wolf from the door)as the saying goes,and only since last November have I started my Crafts.

I emboss velvet scarves and handbags which I absolutely love making. I also make cotton fabric perfumed "Hearts".

I am a "late starter",I'm a grandmother of 4 ,so am kept going and have a lovely dog called Sandy.

Hope you'll give me some feedback ,good or bad,it all helps, talk soon,craftyv.
www.valeriestephenson.com (http://www.valeriestephenson.com)
http://www.craftyv.etsy.com (http://www.craftyv.etsy.com)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 26, 2010, 07:59:36 PM
Welcome to all the new members, strap in your seat belts sit back and have a nice flight. ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on May 26, 2010, 10:25:59 PM
Welcome, everyone! So excited to see so many new artists joining up!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ignisfatuus on May 28, 2010, 12:31:41 PM
So I suppose I just have to reply to this thread to introduce myself?

My name is Liesan, I live in the Netherlands with two cats and my partner, born in '78. Haffina refered me to this forum and I thought I'd give it a try.
I am (learning to become) a bookbinder and all round craft enthousiastic and the rest you're going to have to find out over time ;)....
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 28, 2010, 12:35:42 PM
So I suppose I just have to reply to this thread to introduce myself?

My name is Liesan, I live in the Netherlands with two cats and my partner, born in '78. Haffina refered me to this forum and I thought I'd give it a try.
I am (learning to become) a bookbinder and all round craft enthousiastic and the rest you're going to have to find out over time ;) ....

Welcome Liesan glad to see Haffina is spreading the word, I approved your shop as well so you are good to go.
Enjoy and welcome to the forum  8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on May 28, 2010, 01:29:11 PM
Ooooooo... a bookbinder!  Another artist keeping a nearly-lost art alive!  Welcome!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on May 28, 2010, 02:47:13 PM
Welcome to everyone I haven't already welcomed!  Can't wait to get to know you all.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on May 28, 2010, 04:40:30 PM
Yay, a bookbinder!! ^-^ I''ve only dabbled in the art, and have great appreciation for anyone who has mad skills in sewing books.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: abreathoffrenchair on May 30, 2010, 12:42:13 PM
Hello! My name is Elizabeth and I make soap. My company name is A Breath Of French Air.

I think I introduced myself a few weeks ago, but can't find the link.

I have an Etsy shop:

ABreathOfFrenchAir.Etsy.Com

Thanks!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on May 30, 2010, 12:43:28 PM
Welcome Elizabeth!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on May 30, 2010, 01:29:51 PM
Welcome, Elizabeth! Your shop is cool! That spray-on lotion looks intriguing. :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on May 30, 2010, 03:53:35 PM
Hello! My name is Elizabeth and I make soap. My company name is A Breath Of French Air.

I think I introduced myself a few weeks ago, but can't find the link.

I have an Etsy shop:

ABreathOfFrenchAir.Etsy.Com

Thanks!

Welcome!  I had some of your lotions in the past and they are heaven!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: abreathoffrenchair on May 30, 2010, 04:30:44 PM
Thanks for all the warm welcomes! I can't wait to figure out how to navigate this website!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 30, 2010, 05:07:16 PM
Thanks for all the warm welcomes! I can't wait to figure out how to navigate this website!

Welcome, what are you trying to figure out?
We are here to help. 8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on May 31, 2010, 12:12:15 AM
The soapers are finally finding this joint!  Welcome!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Lucsimond on May 31, 2010, 12:25:15 AM
hi guys....well..me also new comer here..so at first I want to say hello all the member of this community see around here...& I also thankful to admin to allow me posting here.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: glamasaurus on May 31, 2010, 03:00:30 PM
Hi everyone!

My name is Andreanna and I make mainly jewelry but kinda dabble in everything!

You can see my shop here (http://www.etsy.com/shop/glamasaurus)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on May 31, 2010, 03:12:47 PM
Welcome Andreanna!  I was not able to access your Etsy shop, but did look at your things on Zibbet.  Soooo cute!  I love the little shrubs!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on May 31, 2010, 10:16:15 PM
Welcome, everyone!! ^-^
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on June 02, 2010, 09:23:49 AM
Welcome Shauna!  Your Etsy shop is beautiful!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on June 02, 2010, 01:57:25 PM
Hello, I'm from Spain. My English is very bad use translators to understand. I love jewelry,they are my passion. Thanks for inviting me to this forum.
My etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Quimerasdenayades?ga_search_query=quimeras&ga_search_type=seller_usernames (http://www.etsy.com/shop/Quimerasdenayades?ga_search_query=quimeras&ga_search_type=seller_usernames)
My blog: www.entrecollaresyperlas.com (http://www.entrecollaresyperlas.com)

Beautiful work!  Welcome to HAF!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on June 02, 2010, 02:02:05 PM
Welcome!! :D Incredible jewelry!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on June 02, 2010, 06:30:47 PM
Welcome to all the newcomers!
Strap in and enjoy the ride. Please don't hesitate to ask questions we are a friendly bunch. 8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chasingthenuns on June 06, 2010, 02:38:07 PM
Hello.  My name is Sarah and I mostly knit and crochet although I also like to cross stitch, sew, and embroider.  I sometimes wonder if I should stick to one craft, but then I think I'd get a little bored.  I have an Etsy shop (http://chasingthenuns.etsy.com (http://chasingthenuns.etsy.com)) and I've recently started selling stuff on consignment at a shop as well. 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on June 06, 2010, 04:18:40 PM
Hello.  My name is Sarah and I mostly knit and crochet although I also like to cross stitch, sew, and embroider.  I sometimes wonder if I should stick to one craft, but then I think I'd get a little bored.  I have an Etsy shop (http://chasingthenuns.etsy.com (http://chasingthenuns.etsy.com)) and I've recently started selling stuff on consignment at a shop as well.

Welcome Sarah!  The ranks of us knitters is growing!  Love the name of your shop too! :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on June 06, 2010, 04:37:10 PM
Welcome!  You have some very cute things.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on June 06, 2010, 04:47:38 PM
Welcome to the newcomers!  Don't worry about the language, we have members from all over and always manage to figure it out!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: rk-studio on June 07, 2010, 10:42:55 AM
Hello. I am new to this site. I'm an artist from Las Vegas, Nevada.

I mainly make landscapes and still life paintings in oil on panels or canvas.

I'm looking forward to making a home here on this site.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on June 07, 2010, 07:28:52 PM
Welcome to all the new comers! Look around ask questions and enjoy the ride! We are friendly bunch and we try to have fun so glad to have ya ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: pinky on June 09, 2010, 07:27:47 AM
Hello I am Pinky and I just joined the Haf sight. Happy to meet you folks. Looking forward to chatting with you. I can be found at
http://pinkyrn.blogspot.com/ (http://pinkyrn.blogspot.com/)
and
http://twitter.com/pinkyrnc (http://twitter.com/pinkyrnc)
and
http://www.facebook.com/pinkysworkshop?v=info (http://www.facebook.com/pinkysworkshop?v=info)
and
http://www.etsy.com/shop/pinky98 (http://www.etsy.com/shop/pinky98)
and
www.zibbet.com/Pinkysworkshop (http://www.zibbet.com/Pinkysworkshop)

Nice to meet all of you. I work in glass and metal and dabble in other stuff. I love art, always have. All kinds of art. I also make my own soap with the melt and pour method but want to learn how to make it with lye and fat. Love making Jewelry and handstamping words into metal. Love to cut metal. I have a torch and snippers and I am not afraid to use them. I love to learn about religions. I call myself a religious tourist. I guess that is enough about me.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: beadsbyloriandsara on June 09, 2010, 06:43:03 PM
Hi!  I'm Lori of Beads by Lori and Sara.  My sister and I have a shop on etsy together (beadsbyloriandsara.etsy.com).  I have what my husband calls a jewelry "problem" and love to bead and create.  I'm also a hobby scrapper and seamstress. 

Someone mentioned on twitter (@loriandsarabead) that this is a great, supportive place to come chat, get advice, and ask questions, so I thought I'd come on over and say hello! 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on June 09, 2010, 06:51:30 PM
Welcome to all the newcomers, strap in and put your seat back up and enjoy the ride! :D
Don't be afraid to jump right in!
We don't bite. LOL
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on June 09, 2010, 08:39:56 PM
Welcome, everyone!! ^-^ Such fantastically artistic folks!

Lori, I love that you have earrings called "Nakama". That just made my day. ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Kajulee on June 10, 2010, 01:35:16 AM
Hello.
I've only just discovered and joined the HAF, but you all sound like such a friendly bunch, so I'm really looking forward to getting to know you all. 
I'm one of those people who usually loves to read through the forums but never has the courage (gulp!) to participate. I think it's about time to bite the bullet, so here I am.

I've been making jewellery for 3 years now.  I started out with beaded designs, but quickly discovered chainmaille and lampwork beads.  Like so many, I am now obsessed with both!

Take care and hopefully post again very soon
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on June 10, 2010, 07:35:58 AM
Welcome!  Just don't feed the Andrews.  They bite.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on June 11, 2010, 01:58:13 PM
Welcome to all the newcomers. Jump right in and have fun! 8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on June 11, 2010, 02:45:38 PM
Welcome, Naomi! Your jewelry is beautiful!

Welcome, Rebecca! Hooray! I think we have our first food vendor on here, right?!?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on June 11, 2010, 02:51:14 PM
Candy?  Did you say CANDY?!  Oh, my...........
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on June 11, 2010, 02:54:09 PM
OMG, have you people looked at this candy shop?!?!  BACON!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Prem2Pram on June 11, 2010, 03:00:58 PM
Hello everyone, my name is Sue and I make and sell premature baby clothes, two of my now grown children were premature as was my grandson who was born in June last year.

I look forward to getting to know everyone.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jewelicide on June 11, 2010, 04:21:43 PM
Hey everyone,
I am also new here. My name is Mercella and I currently live in Suwanee, GA. I make gemstone jewelry and kawaii jewelry. I also sell supplies.

I look forward to posting in the forums and meeting new people.

http://jewelicide.etsy.com (http://jewelicide.etsy.com) -gem jewelry
http://allysin.etsy.com (http://allysin.etsy.com) -kawaii & kitsch jewelry
http://plurfection.etsy.com (http://plurfection.etsy.com) -supplies

facebook fan page: http://bit.ly/9w8Mqs (http://bit.ly/9w8Mqs)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on June 11, 2010, 07:50:31 PM
Welcome to all the newcomers! It is great to see the continued flow of newbies :D
Jump right in put your feet up on the coffee table, the fridge is over their. Just do your own dishes though, your mother doesn't live here and please flush.
Thanks......
now that you know the rules ...
go nuts :evil:
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: thegreengriffin on June 12, 2010, 01:19:48 AM
I am new and excited!  My name is Aline and my mom and I run a craft buisness http://www.etsy.com/shop/thegreengriffin (http://www.etsy.com/shop/thegreengriffin)  we make things like faerie houses and felted items and other stuff...just whatever strikes a fancy!  id love any tips on blogging or etsy selling or even selling at fairs!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/thegreengriffin (http://www.etsy.com/shop/thegreengriffin)

http://thegreengriffin.blogspot.com/ (http://thegreengriffin.blogspot.com/)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on June 12, 2010, 06:30:03 AM
Welcome everyone!  I am off to drool over everyones shops!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on June 12, 2010, 07:32:26 PM
Welcome Kel!  We'll be happy to drool over all of your creations!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on June 15, 2010, 06:14:42 AM
Welcome to all the newcomers great to see you here. Jump into the madness and enjoy! 8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on June 15, 2010, 10:29:01 AM
Welcome!!!!! :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: AllAboutTheButtons on June 15, 2010, 01:20:26 PM
Hi all! I thought I introduced myself but I can't find myself so here I am! I have 2 shops on etsy  http://allaboutthebuttons.etsy.com (http://allaboutthebuttons.etsy.com) with clocks,bookmarks, magnets,pins, and more, all with buttons...big surprise! My other shop is http://allaboutthefiber.etsy.com (http://allaboutthefiber.etsy.com) which is knitted, crochet, embroidery and ribbon goodies.
My twitter is http://twitter.com/aboutthebuttons (http://twitter.com/aboutthebuttons)
Blog~ http://allaboutthebuttons.blogspot.com (http://allaboutthebuttons.blogspot.com)
Trying to learn my way around here. A question~what is the tag for items from this group? Is it just HAF?
Nice to meet ya'! ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jewelrybyjanelle50 on June 15, 2010, 02:10:51 PM
Welcome to all of the newcomers, I am looking forward to seeing and drooling over all of your pretties!  ^-^

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on June 15, 2010, 02:56:13 PM
Welcome!! The tag is "hafteam", no spaces.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: stellasblossoms on June 18, 2010, 09:56:52 AM
Hello, I am a new seller on esty and new to HAF too!  I look forward to learning about your shops and getting to know you all.  I have been making jewelry for over 10 years.  I am now stamping metals for a more personalized look.  Really hoping to incorporate my beaded jewelry along with a personalized charm or pendant!!! 

Please take a moment to visit my shop! 
http://www.etsy.com/shop/stellasblossoms (http://www.etsy.com/shop/stellasblossoms)

Mary
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on June 18, 2010, 05:42:55 PM
WOW! New to Etsy and 12 sales already?? Major grats!!

And welcome to HAF! ^-^
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on June 18, 2010, 07:17:01 PM
Wow, stellasblossoms!  You sure had the timing right!!!!  Looks like your "Dad" things are going to lots of fathers this Sunday!  Welcome to HAF!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on June 23, 2010, 10:41:13 AM
Haha, That Edward soap cracks me up!! Welcome! :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: prettilymade on June 23, 2010, 12:40:04 PM
Hi guys! I'm Mina from Philippines and I just started my etsy shop 3 days ago. Being creative has been my outlet from having an anxiety disorder and agoraphobia. It's also my way of helping my parents financially since I can't go out on my own and find a job. I also taught myself in graphic design and signed up on 99designs a few months ago. Fortunately I did good and won a couple of contests. As of now I'm interested in jewelry making and so far I'm having so much fun with it!


That's all! Please check out my shop if you have time. Thank you!  ;)

http://www.etsy.com/shop/prettilymade (http://www.etsy.com/shop/prettilymade)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on June 23, 2010, 01:35:54 PM
Welcome to all the newcomers, jump right in!
Put your feet up on the coffee table, fridge is to the left. Do your own dishes though. We are not maids  ;D
Also we appreciate it when you flush.
Other wise have fun and put the seat down it's just the polite thing to do..... :-\
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on June 23, 2010, 04:50:39 PM
Please put the lid down too, there are too many pets here & we don't need 'em falling in.   8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: cherylsart on June 25, 2010, 09:05:25 PM
Hi, I'm Cheryl of Cheryl's Art. I'm a lampwork and polymer artist. I have an Etsy store, but I forgot to check to see if it's ok to post a link to it! I guess I'll have to look and find out.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on June 26, 2010, 08:54:30 AM
We love links!

BTW, took a quick glance at your shop - gorgeous stuff!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mrsbatty on June 26, 2010, 11:40:16 AM
Hi I'm Sarah from TreasuresByBatty and I am too creative for my own good. I can look at nearly anything an think to myself "Hey, I can make that beautiful". I have been making jewelry, painting, and generally crafting since before I was in the 1st grade. I have been making things for family & friends (and friends of friends) for nearly 8 years now, and just recently got the courage to set up a store on etsy, and sell on facebook.

A typical day for me is waking up with my daughter and getting her ready for the day, then hop on the computer to check all my emails, facebook, twitter, and etsy. Then when my daughter has a nap (she's 16months old) I take pictures and/or create/fill orders. When my husband gets home from work, I barricade myself in my studio until the wee hours of the morning to create and fill even more orders. Some people ask me why I work so hard, but I tell them it isn't work if you truly love what you do!  ;D

http://www.etsy.com/shop/mrsbatty (http://www.etsy.com/shop/mrsbatty)
http://twitter.com/TreasureByBatty (http://twitter.com/TreasureByBatty)
check out ' treasuresbybatty ' on facebook
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Joaness on June 26, 2010, 05:53:57 PM
Hi Everyone,
My name is Joan which somehow has become Joaness by my online friends!
I recently started www.joanessofart.com (http://www.joanessofart.com) on Etsy and I am doing a few styles of mosaics.
I suffer from Lupus and ended up unable to work and on disability and through my boredom and need to use my brain I started my creations. 
I work very slowly on them as they have to be just right to my eyes!
I am married and have 2 adult children.  My son is 24 and in the Navy and very handsome is there are any nice single gals out there looking - LOL!
My daughter is 20 and lives at home and attends college.  She is a big help to me.
We live in sunny Spring Hill Florida just down the road from Weeki Wachee where we have live mermaids!  If you come to see them they put on a show for you!
I am excited about this group and networking here.
I also spend a lot of time on twitter @Joanpenfold if you are looking for me!
Thanks for letting me post an intro and I hope everyone has a lovely day!
(http://i48.tinypic.com/nqaflv.jpg)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on June 26, 2010, 06:16:08 PM
Welcome to all the newcomers it is wonderful to see all the new faces and to have such talent grace us with your presence. Love to have ya, jump right in, don't be shy.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on June 26, 2010, 06:50:47 PM
Welcome all!

Joanness, good to see another Lupus survivor and thriver!  I also have had Lupus for about 10 years, give or take, and have managed to make a wonderful life for myself and my family even with the ups and downs of this ridiculous illness.  Welcome to the forum and jump right in!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CC on June 28, 2010, 11:05:45 PM
Hi everyone...I'm Connie Cooper of Saorsa Studio of Beads.  (it's pronounced "sairsh"...rhymes with hair)  :) I've been on Etsy for a few months now, and I'm working very hard to learn how everything works there.  I'm a lampworker and micro-macrame artist...primarily...but I'll bead just about anything.  lol.  I found this forum via twitter...not real sure how this works either, but here I am.  I hope to make some friends and contacts here! 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on June 29, 2010, 09:57:00 AM
Welcome, new people!  Find some conversations, jump right in, and be sure to post pix of your awesome stuff!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on June 29, 2010, 10:56:13 AM
Well, here's an official welcome, Cindy, since we already know you from the other thread.   :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MissMalaprop on June 29, 2010, 12:14:28 PM
Hello! My name is Mallory and I live in New Orleans, Louisiana. My primary craft is recycled clothing and accessories. My favorite material to work with is denim - I do a lot of recycled denim jean skirts and little flower hair barrettes and things with the scraps. I've also done some FEMA blue tarp outfits and other more elaborate recycled fashions. I've got some shots of some of my crazier outfits here: http://www.missmalaprop.com/about/dismantled-designs/ (http://www.missmalaprop.com/about/dismantled-designs/)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on June 29, 2010, 01:42:43 PM
Welcome welcome, everyone!!!! :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on June 29, 2010, 02:06:19 PM
I love New Orleans!  Seriously, I go down there every March.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: paperbugg on June 29, 2010, 11:07:18 PM
Hi my name is lindsey and just joined. looking to find a place to promote and meet new people and see what others are creating. you can visit my blog at:
www.lindseybugg.blogspot.com (http://www.lindseybugg.blogspot.com)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on July 04, 2010, 09:38:48 PM
Welcome!! :D

I'm the same way, Vasdev, always creating, rarely wearing. :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on July 05, 2010, 01:13:07 PM
Welcome to all the new members!
Patti glad to see you take the plunge :D Anyway jump right in and have fun.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Donnadee on July 05, 2010, 05:33:22 PM
Hi all I am Donna Dee From Donna Dee's Desgins, I make home made soaps and lotions, shampoos, Creams. I am located in Waltham Ma.
my web page is http://www.donnadeesdesigns.com (http://www.donnadeesdesigns.com)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: craftymarketers on July 08, 2010, 05:47:57 AM
Hi all, my name is clive, i'm from the uk. a few years ago my lovely wife got into crafting as the weeks rolled on she got more and more stuff until we were over run with tools,papers, stampers and cutters. This year i made her a craft room which has took it to new levels, so here we are we've set up a couple of hand made craft stores on ebid whith well over a thousand items on and we also promote craftsuprint for downloading and print of craft projects, these can be accessed through the link to our website craftymarketers below.

thanks for listening to me waffle on and have a brilliant day
clive
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on July 08, 2010, 07:41:22 AM
Welcome to the new people!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Cia on July 13, 2010, 12:22:10 AM
Hi, everyone. I was followed on Twitter and invited over here.  ;) Glad to have found you! I'm a children's writer, a web designer (specializing in small, affordable sites for other creative people), an artist, and I make miniatures. The latter two I sell in my ArtFire and Etsy shops. Looking forward to getting to know folks here.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on July 13, 2010, 07:13:58 AM
OMG, Cia, I glanced at your website quickly... are your things on the 1:1 dollhouse scale?  I have two dollhouses!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on July 13, 2010, 09:16:26 AM
Ohhh my goodness, I love miniatures!! Too cute!! ^-^
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Cia on July 13, 2010, 10:35:58 AM
Aw, thanks, guys. You know how to make a girl feel welcome! :) And Larissa, yes, just about all my minis are done in 1/12 scale. It's my scale of choice, lol.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on July 13, 2010, 01:31:22 PM
And the dollhouse standard!  Ooooooooooh, you're dangerous!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Cia on July 13, 2010, 01:34:44 PM
And the dollhouse standard!  Ooooooooooh, you're dangerous!
That may possibly be the first time in my life I've been called dangerous, lol.  ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: amyabramsdesigns on July 13, 2010, 08:43:58 PM
Howdy All,

I'm new here - I followed my mom over - I think she's been around for a while.

I've been making jewelry since the early '90's (tiny seed bead graduated to wire wrapping, graduated to stringing high-end gemstones, graduated to metal clay in 2005).  I haven't had an online presence in nearly a decade (I used to sell on Ebay - back when you could actually sell handmade stuff on Ebay).  I sold at a weekly farmer's market in my area for a number of years but gave it up in 2006 and have just been doing a few shows a year.  I'm looking forward to jumping back into the interwebs and I look forward to getting to know people around here.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: NiaRae on July 16, 2010, 12:09:31 PM
Hello! My name is Nia Rae and I'm pretty new to the whole forum world but I figured I'd try this one out :)  I make handmade painted canvas jewelry, hemp jewelry, and also have a shop for my photography and artwork! Look forward to hearing all about everyone!  8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on July 16, 2010, 02:36:15 PM
Welcome to all the newcomers! Jump right in make sure your seat belts are on and tray tables are in the up and locked position 8)

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on July 16, 2010, 03:35:09 PM
Welcome to the forum! Nia, that painted canvas jewelry idea is awesome. 8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Talena on July 18, 2010, 12:20:57 PM
Hi,
My name is Talena and I'm a primaholic! I love anything primitive and can't get enough. I used to be country doll maker but now everything seems to be merging into prim.
I am the editor and owner of a craft magazine called "Mulberry Creek Craft Magazine which I started back in 2006. I guess I'm a jack of all trades. :-)
I live in Virginia with my new hubby and hope to one day open a gift shop again.
Looking forward to talking and sharing ideas with everyone.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on July 18, 2010, 12:47:38 PM
Hi,
My name is Talena and I'm a primaholic! I love anything primitive and can't get enough. I used to be country doll maker but now everything seems to be merging into prim.
I am the editor and owner of a craft magazine called "Mulberry Creek Craft Magazine which I started back in 2006. I guess I'm a jack of all trades. :-)
I live in Virginia with my new hubby and hope to one day open a gift shop again.
Looking forward to talking and sharing ideas with everyone.

Welcome to HAF!  Does your magazine have a website?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Talena on July 18, 2010, 07:35:04 PM
oh yes, im sorry. it's http://www.mulberrycreekmercantile.com (http://www.mulberrycreekmercantile.com)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on July 18, 2010, 08:45:26 PM
Welcome, ladies! ^-^ Great websites!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: crowsroostprims on July 19, 2010, 11:48:27 AM
Hi...I'm Renee from Crows Roost Prims.  :D

I make lots of primitive and folk art style dolls.
I also do prim rug hooking, decorative painting, make candles and even knit with wool yarn only so I can felt it!

A have a pattern line I started a few years ago and currently have over 180 patterns and still growing.

I look forward to getting to know you all!
 





Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Bubbles Up on July 19, 2010, 03:41:02 PM
Hi everyone!! My name is Beth Whitney and I am new to this sight! I love working with crafts and selling my handcrafted artisan "bakery" soaps at my shop bubblesupbybethieb.etsy.com  I have "met" lots of new people from all over the world. Creating different kinds of soaps is so much fun! I also am a mom to 3 sons and lots of animals on the farm. Hope to meet new people here at the forum!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on July 19, 2010, 06:20:24 PM
Welcome to all the new members, jump right in and have fun. I think you'll find that we are a friendly bunch. The more you put in the more you'll get out.
Enjoy :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Ragamuffin Quilts on July 22, 2010, 08:07:46 AM
Hi, I'm Teri from Ragamuffin Quilts. I'm a fiberholic; fabrics & yarns.  I love to sew, quilt, crochet, knit, paper craft; will try just about any craft once.  Here are links to my Etsy shops.

http://www.ragamuffinquilts.etsy.com (http://www.ragamuffinquilts.etsy.com)
http://www.ragamuffinfabrics.etsy.com (http://www.ragamuffinfabrics.etsy.com)

Find me on Twitter = http://twitter.com/ragamuffinquilt (http://twitter.com/ragamuffinquilt)

Find me on Facebook = http://www.facebook.com/pages/Easley-SC/Ragamuffin-Quilts/113116890722 (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Easley-SC/Ragamuffin-Quilts/113116890722)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on July 22, 2010, 12:07:03 PM
I love the name "Ragamuffin Quilts!"  Very cute stuff in your shop, too.

Welcome, new peeps!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on July 22, 2010, 12:23:15 PM
Yes, welcome to everyone...  I just love the diversity we're accumulating as a group!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jewelrybyjanelle50 on July 22, 2010, 10:23:43 PM
Welcome to all the newcomers!

Ragamuffinquilts-I absolutely adore your shop, everything looks so officially VINTAGE, colors, scrap quilts, everything! Great job, and very nice stuff in your shop.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on July 24, 2010, 11:12:53 AM
Want to introduce myself.  Kim of Kim Forrer Designs.  Artisan jewelry designer/metalsmith located in Molalla, Oregon about 12 miles south of Portland.  You can see my work here, on Etsy, on 1000markets and on my website.  Looking forward to meeting some of you and maybe sharing ideas. 

Kim
www.kimforrerdesigns.com (http://www.kimforrerdesigns.com)
http://kimforrer.blogspot.com/ (http://kimforrer.blogspot.com/)
http://handmadeartistsshop.com/blackdog654.html (http://handmadeartistsshop.com/blackdog654.html)
http://www.etsy.com/shop/kimforrerdesigns (http://www.etsy.com/shop/kimforrerdesigns)
http://www.1000markets.com/users/kimforrerdesigns (http://www.1000markets.com/users/kimforrerdesigns)


Welcome Kim nice to see that you were able to load your HAFshop, I threw a couple of your pieces up on the front page for you. Your work is lovely and we are glad to have you. :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CW Cards on July 25, 2010, 07:25:23 AM
Hi, I'm Chris - newbie to the Forum. Based in UK (South Wales). I design craft sheets for use in card making - delivered through my own store in the form of downloads and printed kits and also through my Craftsuprint store.
I also design and made stationery sets, bookmarks, fridge magnets, keyrings and coaster sets. I love using quotes in amongst my work.
Looking forward to picking up tips and ideas and sharing.
Hugs
Chrisxx
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on July 27, 2010, 05:24:40 PM
Welcome, new peeps!  Stick around and get to know us.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on July 27, 2010, 07:19:47 PM
Welcome to all the new comers and our old timer new comer LOL
Strap in and enjoy the ride!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Kokokelli on July 28, 2010, 04:53:24 PM
Hiya all I'm Kokokelli and I make gorgeous handmade jewellery & greeting cards :o)



Please check out my stuff if you get chance  ;)

many thanks  :D

xXx
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on July 29, 2010, 07:27:47 PM
Hiya all I'm Kokokelli and I make gorgeous handmade jewellery & greeting cards :o )



Please check out my stuff if you get chance  ;)

many thanks  :D

xXx

Welcome Kokokelli nice work!
Glad to have you jump in and join the crowd, we are a friendly bunch 8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: happycraftstore on July 29, 2010, 11:44:35 PM
Hi Everyone,

Am from Sunny Singapore, glad to join this community. Hope to learn more and get to know each other too!

Cheers :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on July 30, 2010, 10:16:39 AM
Welcome, everyone!! ^-^
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lovely7designs on August 01, 2010, 11:20:28 AM
Hello all.  This site is really large and overwhelming!  I'm not sure what to do first, but I guess it's proper to introduce myself.

My name is Emma Leishman.  I'm from a small town named Brainerd in Northern Minnesota.  My company's name is Lovely 7 Designs.  I originally planned to create crocheted accessories and upcycled clothing.  I quickly learned that I didn't have a passion for it, and it began to feel like a chore.  No fun!  Recently I discovered jewelry making was much better for me.

I love all things antique, vintage, grubby, and forgotten.  My jewelry repurposes vintage buttons and beads mixed with fabric accents and natural cording.  I am active on Facebook, Blogspot, Flickr, Twitter, and Etsy.  Links are below.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/lovely7designs (http://www.etsy.com/shop/lovely7designs)

http://lovely7designs.blogspot.com/ (http://lovely7designs.blogspot.com/)

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lovely-7-Designs/317341552842 (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lovely-7-Designs/317341552842)

http://twitter.com/lovely7designs (http://twitter.com/lovely7designs)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/emmaleishman/sets/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/emmaleishman/sets/)

I am having trouble posting images, but here are some links if you would like to view my work.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/emmaleishman/4844239624/#in/set-72157624616834532/lightbox/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/emmaleishman/4844239624/#in/set-72157624616834532/lightbox/)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/emmaleishman/4849972918/#lightbox/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/emmaleishman/4849972918/#lightbox/)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/emmaleishman/4844238850/#lightbox/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/emmaleishman/4844238850/#lightbox/)




Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on August 01, 2010, 01:27:13 PM
Welcome lovely7, glad to meet you. There are many ways to post an image on the forum. You can hit the little picture button under the B and paste in the url. You can hit tinypic and load it up from your computer, you should resize it in tinypic to message board size in the drop down menu, or you can hit additional options under the posting screen and attach the image.

Any play with it, If you break something just yell or send up smoke signals and we will find you.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on August 01, 2010, 03:34:58 PM
Welcome, Lovely7Designs! ^-^ Your items look very interesting! I can't wait to see more!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lovely7designs on August 01, 2010, 04:42:43 PM
thank you both so much.  tinypic kinda through me through a loop this morning and i gave up, but i'll be sure to try again tonight.  i just finished an amazing necklace and i can't wait to show it off....  speaking of that...  what's the best place on the site to show off new items.  i'm sorry for all the questions, but i'm new and don't want to put things in the wrong receptacle and ruin your beautiful site.  ?:)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: KayzKreationz on August 04, 2010, 09:10:34 PM
Hi all.  I just joined a few days ago. Still trying to get the hang of the team and forum.  I make Stained Glass, Mosaics and Fused Glass items for your home and garden.  I have a shop on Etsy and Artfire.  I'm trying to get the pics redone for Artfire.  They're not very good.  DH just got me a new camera for our anniversary. It's supposed to get here tomorrow, so hoping to play with it and hopefully get better pics tomorrow.  I'm from Texas.  Right in the heart of it, Salado.  Looks like from most of the posts I read in this thread, though, that I need to learn chainmaille.  :)  I keep telling my daughter-in-law and friends "I don't bead" but I just can't resist going to bead shows and shops and buying beads.  I've been doing some wire-wrapping, so I use that as my excuse for buying beads. LOL.  Looking forward to finding out more about this team and forum.  I also belong to teametsytx for Texas crafters.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on August 04, 2010, 09:14:59 PM
Lol, if I can be a soaper you can be a mosaic artist.  No maille necessary.  Welcome!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mothermoongems on August 05, 2010, 09:39:17 AM
Hi there!   I just joined this morning.  I found this place because I got a Twitter Now Following notification that @HAFEtsyTeam was now following me!  So I followed back and received an e-mail reply about joining this forum!  I check it out thru Etsy and here I am!

I'm Coldie.   My store on Etsy is MotherMoonGems.  I have been in love with and drawn to crystals and minerals and gemstones since I was a small girl.  I've always been drawn to their energies.  And as I grew into a full fledged Magpie of the pretty stones, I was fortunate enough to start turning my love of them into a craft and then a business!  I wanted  a way to wear my stones to work at my corporate job without looking like the company gypsy and so MotherMoonGems was born. 

I'm still poking around and getting the hang of this place.  Lots to look at and read and absorb.  I'm not here to spam, I am here to see if I can contribute.  I love sharing and helping.

Anyways...must duck back to work.  The day job pays the bills.  ;)

so ...OH HAI!


Coldie
Owner - MotherMoonGems
http://mothermoongems.etsy.com (http://mothermoongems.etsy.com)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: SpacelysSprockets on August 05, 2010, 02:05:16 PM
Hi, I am new here. I Just wanted to introduce myself. I am a self taught glass artist. I'm looking forward to viewing all your works.

                             Rj
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ellesbeads on August 05, 2010, 06:21:21 PM
Welcome everyone new!  Can't wait to chat with you!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on August 05, 2010, 08:08:05 PM
Welcome to the new peeps!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on August 05, 2010, 10:03:22 PM
Welcome, everyone!! ^-^

Rj, you'd probably get along with my husband. He's a ceramic artist and made a pipe out of clay. I'm sure he'd appreciate your art.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: theHesperides on August 06, 2010, 09:49:35 AM
Hello from sunny Phoenix! My name is Michelle. I'm an artist (mostly painting/drawing), crafter, and jewelry maker. I love working with metal, have been making chainmail for a few years. I also love beads and semi-precious stones, and got caught up making lots of beaded pieces.

My studio name is phidias' factory (this is where I post almost everything I make, even the experiments) - my sales site will be The Hesperides (still in progress).

You can find my stuff in a few places:
http://www.phidiasfactory.com/
http://www.phidiasphotos.smugmug.com/
http://www.etsy.com/shop/pfactory
http://thehesperides.com
twitter - @shelley_333 or @thehesperides

I have so much to learn, thanks for being here!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on August 06, 2010, 02:02:53 PM
Welcome to all the new comers! Jump right in don't be scared! LOL
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Atelier Blaauw on August 07, 2010, 04:03:38 AM
Hello everyone, I am Marlies 27 years old and I'm from the Netherlands. I am a self taught wire wrap artist.

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on August 07, 2010, 08:45:16 PM
Hello everyone, I am Marlies 27 years old and I'm from the Netherlands. I am a self taught wire wrap artist.

Welcome! I think we have a few from the Netherlands here so glad to see ya!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iceblues on August 09, 2010, 01:22:52 AM
Hi, Everyone:

I just new to this website. I am from California.

You can find my stuff in a few places:

http://www.icebluesshop.com
http://www.etsy.com/shop/iceblues

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on August 09, 2010, 10:07:10 AM
Love to see all the new faces!  I love to see all this talent in one place.  Click around and ask questions and show off your stuff.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Failariel on August 10, 2010, 02:30:11 AM
Hi
My name is Colette. I'm a lampworker & jewellery maker. I've been a member for a while but I'm quite shy and not very confident.
I sell my beads at bead fairs and online, the jewellery is mostly sold at jewellery parties although I have a website too.
I live in Lincolnshire, England where the land is very flat and we get the most amazing sunsets/sunrises.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on August 10, 2010, 10:51:46 AM
Welcome, new people!  (and former lurker who's come out to say hi)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: beth@passionstylz.com on August 11, 2010, 02:44:20 AM
Hi Everyone, My name is Beth and I am truly in heaven when I am in my craft room making beaded jewelry.  Necklaces, earrings, bookmarks, anklets, bracelets, etc,.. It doesn't matter, if I can put beads on it, I'm a happy camper. :)
A little about me: I have always been creative, I started playing guitar at the ripe ol age of 12 and still play now and then.  I also draw really creepy stuff, :) I won first place in an art contest in high school for my creepy bleeding rose picture, even made front page of the local newspaper.  but, then I had children and put being creative on the back burner.  Now my children are all grown up and I have a lot of me time. 
Soooo, after having some medical issues and a couple of surgeries and being off of work for a while I was hobbling through micheals one day and saw a little beading kit, I bought it and never looked back.  I'm completely hooked and I might add truly happier then I've been in a long time.  I always loved been creative and now that I make jewelry full time I couldn't be happier.
I'm very happy to be here with other handmade artist and like minded people.
Thanks so much for having me, I look forward to getting to know you all.  :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on August 11, 2010, 06:24:43 PM
Welcome to all the newcomers jump right in and have fun we don't bite much :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jewelrybyjanelle50 on August 16, 2010, 02:56:11 PM
Welcome to all of the newcomers! So glad to see all the new talent here!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: SweetTreatYourBody on August 16, 2010, 03:23:40 PM
Greetings everyone!

My name is Anita and i'm originally from Washington DC but now live in upper Maryland! i'm a WAHM with 4 children ages 11, 7, 2 and our newborn who is 3 weeks :-) Oh and a fiance to a amazing fiance

I'm a crafter first and for most b/c I love to try new things but as my business I create fun Bath & Body products! I try to step away form the norm and keep everything inthe area of sweets and sweet "like". Meaning everything I make smells like a bakery or candy shoppe! I've been soaping for about 7 1/2 years and don't plan on stopping! I also make polymer clay jewelry, crochet, sew and make candles &tarts.

My goal is to one day own my own shoppe & day spa using only my products. Also toown a cupcake cafe, in making real sweets and treats. So far i'm crash coursing at JoAnn's taking every Wiltons class I can and will be strating back college this winter for bus. admin to help get me further in my goals!

I enjoy laughin and keeping a light spirit to things and look forward to meeting and chatting with you all!  ^-^
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on August 16, 2010, 04:22:07 PM
Nice, I get a kick out of the fact that you're all about sweet soaps AND desserts.  That's so fitting!

I took a Wilton class or two many years ago, and I love cake decorating!  I'll never make a business of that, though.

I'm a soaper... but my husband and I went the opposite direction from you... 100% natural.  Good to have more soapers along the spectrum here!
Title: Hi, new here
Post by: deezie on August 17, 2010, 08:40:49 AM
Hi everyone,
Hope I am typing this in the right area, I am not the smartest computer person.
I am deezie, I have been making jewelry for about 10 years now. I love anything seaglass. I mostly make seaglass charms bracelets but I am trying to get away from drilling and have been making button charm bracelets. I love vintage buttons also. I also do mosiac work and have tried my hand at lampworking. I will do any kind of art actually
deezie
Title: Re: Hi, new here
Post by: lovely7designs on August 17, 2010, 10:05:48 AM
You made it!  Welcome.  Your post is VERY close to the right place.   :-*  I think they're supposed to go at the end of that very long post that is also in this section.  But hey, you'll REALLY get noticed here.   ;)

You'll want to add the link to your Etsy shop on all your posts so we can check out your work. 

http://www.etsy.com/shop/deezie

And if you click on that really colorful word explosion above this box that says "tinypic" it will allow you to upload, resize, and add pictures to any of your forum posts.

Look around and get your bearings.  If you have any questions, ask.  I shared your site on Twitter, Stumbleupon, and Facebook, so you've gotten quite a few new views already today.  If you haven't already, post one or two posts in the jewelry section to show off your work.  Remember to add your Etsy link and a picture or two with your posts. 

Glad you made it.  Enjoy the ride.

HAF'ers.  I happened upon Deezie's Etsy while searching for fellow button lovers.  Here are two of her pieces that I really like.

(http://i38.tinypic.com/20zv66b.jpg)

(http://i37.tinypic.com/34hsx6q.jpg)

I've got two more friends who either came in and got scared, or are coming in soon.  Keep an eye out for Rhiannon from Babycakes Designs and Sarah from sarahthornhill.etsy.com.  Both are a bit intimidated and may need some extra help getting started.

Thanks HAF Team.  You're Awesome!
-Emma
Title: Re: Hi, new here
Post by: Larissa on August 17, 2010, 11:35:18 AM
OMG, I love the one with the shells!  Welcome!
Title: Re: Hi, new here
Post by: JewelrybyNaLa on August 17, 2010, 11:52:36 AM
Hi deezie (love that name), and welcome to the Forum!

I love your jewelry!  :)

Emma, you're quite the little recruiter, aren't ya??  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lovely7designs on August 17, 2010, 12:34:55 PM
yep.  i have no idea what else to do.    :o

and i still have NO idea how to plurk.    :-\

i feel really bad that i'm too broke to pay the stupid $5 fee here, so i have to make myself useful in other ways.

AND being unemployed is super boring. 

if i'm doing something incorrectly, make sure and let me know.  i'm flying blind here, so sorry if i've broken the bylaws of the community.   ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on August 17, 2010, 03:04:33 PM
We don't have a lot of laws around here, Emma, so you're all good. :) In fact, you're being helpful, so that's even better!!

Welcome everyone!! Feel free to test everything out, and don't worry about posting in the wrong spot. We'll move a post if it's in the wrong area, but that rarely happens.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lovely7designs on August 17, 2010, 04:51:39 PM
you guys really CAN move things.  you must be wizards or something!   :o

oh, and my boyfriend warned my to stay away from the windowless van and not to take kool-aid from you guys under any circumstances. 

if i could have strangled him via text message, i totally would have.   :evil:
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ScarletLeonard on August 18, 2010, 04:29:55 PM
Hello.

Well apparently I was already registered here, don't remember doing it but here I am now.

I'm a lampworker and jewellery artist from England. My husband and myself both work for ourselves since we have adopted the life of being self sufficient (obviously now it's practically impossible to do it totally so we just decided no more being employees.)

Looking forward to meeting you all.
 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on August 18, 2010, 08:07:06 PM
Welcome to all the new members take your shoes off and throw your feet up on the coffee table and hang out! LOL
Title: Hi there!
Post by: pecanieregirl on August 19, 2010, 09:52:00 AM
Hi, new to the shop. Read a few of your posts and already found good tips.  Visit my Etsy shop and let me know what you think!!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/pecanieregirl
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: davesheelydesigns on August 19, 2010, 03:00:59 PM
Take a minute to tell us a little about yourself.

I am Dave Sheely Designs, Seattle, WA.

I make rings, earrings, bangles and cuffs cast from an industrial grade urethane.  The urethane I use offers all of the clarity and vibrant colors of blown glass minus the weight and shatterability and it is far more durable than items made of the more commonly used resins.  I sculpt "master copies" of each design from polymer clay and make a silicone mold.  From these molds I cast the pieces in any imaginable color, in swirls of color, with various inclusions and additive powders like pearlescent and glow in the dark.  Each piece is polished by hand.

You can find me at www.davesheelydesigns.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on August 19, 2010, 09:07:31 PM
Welcome, everyone! Great items!! :D
Title: Hello from VA
Post by: Dharlee on August 20, 2010, 01:13:42 PM
Hi there, i just wanted to stop in and say hello. I won't get to surf the site too much in the next few days, but will soon. Looks to be a nice place!
I made wirewrapped jewelry btw.
~Dharlee
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on August 21, 2010, 03:44:46 PM
Great to see all the new members look around and do not be scared to ask questions, we are here to help.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: sarahkay on August 22, 2010, 04:30:03 PM
Hello everyone....I am Sarah of http://www.etsy.com/shop/sarahthornhill

I am very new to the handmade world!  I have only been making jewlery for about 4 months now.  I started because I have always loved feather earrings but every pair I found cost an outrageous amount of money  :evil: and these were mass produced! 
I try to make things that help me feel closer to nature....sounds a little corny doesn't it  :P I also run a small farm that has been in my family for over 7 generations and have just started beekeeping this year.  I enjoy being outdoors and have always felt a special connection with the earth....I am amazed at it's beauty and awed with how it has the abilty to be simple and complex at the same time.  This part of me was passed down from my Native ancestors.  I know that what we sow we reap....so I try to only put out goodness.......

One of my favorite sayings "Some day the earth will weep, she will beg for her life, she will cry with tears of blood.  You will make a choice, if you will help her or let her die, and when she dies, you too will die."  John Hollow Horn, Oglala Lakota.......

I would love it if you would check out some of my work and tell me what you think.  Like I said I am new to this so any advice would be great!


Thank you for looking

Sarah






Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on August 22, 2010, 04:58:28 PM
Welcome Sarah!  I went and took a peek at your shop.  From what I can see, your feather earrings are unique and beautiful.  I was sad that your pictures are so dark that much of the detail is hidden.  Also, I didn't see any measurements in your listings.  Are the ear wires you use sterling silver?

Hope the above is helpful for you...  I am certainly no expert!

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on August 22, 2010, 05:14:50 PM
GREAT items, Sarah!! But don't sell yourself short with your prices! You seem to be doing quite well for only 4 months of experience, and I think your items are worth a lot more! :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Exotic Boxes on August 23, 2010, 03:36:04 PM
(http://s4.tinypic.com/30x92yc_th.jpg)

My name is Dan W., my ex talked me into getting a HAF shop and joining the forum. You know her as Jewelrybyjanelle50, or Jan. I make heirloom quality boxes out of the best of the best exotic woods to be had from around the world. Alot of them were hand picked by us when we were married. I use only the highest quality and best figured woods to enhance Almighty God's natural wonders. HE is the creator, I am just the artist he uses to showcase His work. I am not into chatting much, so excuse me for that. She, Jan, is the gabby one of the two of us.

I hope you enjoy my works, she has one of them listed in her Etsy shop, the East Indian Rosewood box.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on August 23, 2010, 03:38:42 PM
I've seen your work in her photos, it's gorgeous!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Exotic Boxes on August 23, 2010, 03:42:49 PM
Thanks.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ChristianMarie on August 27, 2010, 03:35:57 AM
Hi everyone, I'm Christian Marie. I've been a member here for a long time, but for some reason I never read the forums before today.

I live in New Orleans, and I make my living (sort of) selling my handmade purses and wallets. I also do the occasional custom caricature pinata, and some special effects makeup.

Here's my makeup site: http://killchrissy.com

The pinatas don't have a site yet, but they will soon! :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on August 27, 2010, 06:15:46 AM
Hi everyone, I'm Christian Marie. I've been a member here for a long time, but for some reason I never read the forums before today.

I live in New Orleans, and I make my living (sort of) selling my handmade purses and wallets. I also do the occasional custom caricature pinata, and some special effects makeup.

Here's my makeup site: http://killchrissy.com

The pinatas don't have a site yet, but they will soon! :)

That's awesome!  I looked at your FX site and you have some great stuff.  I know of what I speak, too, since I'm a face painter who's done FX also.   8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: cats-creations on August 27, 2010, 01:49:45 PM
Hello everyone, I am Cat (or sometimes Helen). I found your group via Twitter.

I make design and make jewellery - much of which is sterling or pure silver, though I do have a number of pieces which are base metals for smaller budgets.

I live in Poole, Dorset with my husband, son and 2 cats (not good for the wool craft but still fun) and I am starting out turning my passion into a business.

I got an Esty account (catscreationsjewels) but I havent trudged through setting up anything to sell yet. Note to self - stop prevaticating and set it up!

Looking forward to chatting and getting to know everyone.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: BeadWorxJewelryDesignero0 on August 27, 2010, 02:49:51 PM
Hi my name is Ashley Im a 26 y/o stay at home mommy of 2 living in Ocala Florida USA. In my spare time I make beaded jewelry. Im just now starting to share my designs. So Im new to this. Im currently working on a page to sell my creations. I like to work with all kinds of materials. I make bracelets, Earrings and necklaces. I would love some feedback on my pieces most are truely one of a kind and can not be duplicated exactly. I love beads Im a collector and I also love looking at others handmade work. I only have about 5 months experiance. Today I have made a myspace to post up some pics of my work. take a look if you like.

 http://www.myspace.com/548191550
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: filissa on August 27, 2010, 03:56:04 PM
HI everybody!

My name is Riina and about year and half ago I found a way to the jewellery word. :D Since then I have been making a lot of colorful jewellery for myself and my friends. I love colours- that´s the reason what keeps me on making jewellery and why I never get bored of them. I also love wire wrapped jewellery but this technique is too complicated for me, so I just admire the work of others. :-*

You can see some of my goodies and fun tutorails in my blog.

http://filissatreasures.wordpress.com/ (http://filissatreasures.wordpress.com/)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: SilverCoastSeaGlass on August 28, 2010, 11:03:55 AM
Hello Everyone!  My name is Lisa, from SilverCoastSeaGlass (etsy).
I live summers in the southwest of France and the winters in southwest Florida.
I just started my Etsy store and am excited to find this forum of like-minded handmade enthusiasts :)

I've been making and selling jewelry on and off for about 8 years or so . This summer I've been at it full time.  Every day I take long walks on the beach and find my treasures - my favorite part.
I sell my jewelry here at "expos" in beach restaurants
and I am giving fun classes on "how to wire wrap found objects". 
People bring in sea glass, shells or stones and get to take home a lovely souvenir necklace.
 
My experience has been marketing online for the past two years -mostly ebooks and other peoples products.  But I missed playing with
my tools and beads.  So here I am.

I'm looking forward to learning and helping others here in any way I can.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on August 28, 2010, 01:45:51 PM
Love to see all the new members. Jump right in a get involved, show some of your work in the gallery. Snoop around and ask questions, we don't bite........much :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jewelrybyandrea on August 28, 2010, 02:17:14 PM
My name is Andrea of Jewelry by Andrea.  I have been in business for about 2 1/2 years.  I make beaded Jewelry using traditionally made materials from Countries such as Nepal, Tibet, Thailand, Bali and Ethiopia just to name a few.  I really enjoy using Spritual and Handmade items.  I love researching the meaning behind the pieces and how they have been made.  Big and Bold describes many of my designs.  Whenever possible I purchase from Women in Business and try to buy from as close to the source of production as possible.  Many of my items come directly from the families that have made the pendants and beads.

I currently sell through my own website, Artfire, Ruby Plaza and Etsy.  I also participate in at least 6 local Art Shows a year.  I am a stay at home Mom to a 5 and 7 year old.  We live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on August 28, 2010, 04:15:15 PM
Welcome, everyone!!!! :D Great items!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Roz Petalz Studio on August 28, 2010, 08:43:03 PM
Hello!
Just signed on here!
My name is Kathy.
I am a polymer clay artist who specialized in handmade beads and bow centers.
I also just started making custom cake toppers.
If you are a jewelry designer, hairbow maker or just like unique, handmade jewelry, look me up.
http://www.RozPetalzStudio.etsy.com (http://www.RozPetalzStudio.etsy.com)

I look forward to getting to know you all here.

Regards!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on August 28, 2010, 10:35:24 PM
Super cute, Kathy!!! That Kai-lan one is adorable!!!! My son loves that show.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: southwestcrafts on August 31, 2010, 02:14:22 PM
hello everyone very new here and trying to figure it out. My name is Allison I have an etsy shop with my mom and daughter-in-law we live in the southwestern United States. My partners will be adding their items in the future. I currently am working with barbed wire making unique gifts. I dabble in photography and sandcasting come check it out.
http://www.southwestcrafts.etsy.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Whskr_Design on August 31, 2010, 02:27:20 PM
Hello Everyone I'm Marjorie and new around here.  I found the team while I was looking around for a Team to join that was international and not US based as I am British and living in New Zealand.

At the moment I am making jewelry and art doll pins (OK so they are jewelry too!) as well as exploring metalsmithing - although this is early stages I am having fun being inspired by figures and flapper girls in metal too.

I hope to be able to drop in on a regular basis and get involved

Marjorie
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: EnchantedDandelions on September 01, 2010, 08:11:05 PM
Hello!

My name is April, and I'm owner of Enchanted Dandelions.  Of course, my first and foremost title is momma to my three little Sprouts (ages 5y, 4y and 26m).  We love the great outdoors, and you'll often find us outside enjoying nature- hiking, camping, geocaching, and of course, making wishes on dandelions. 

Our family's goal to live as naturally as possible is the inspiration behind Enchanted Dandelions.  In my Etsy shop, you'll find ecofriendly products such as cloth diapers, flaxseed hot/cold therapy packs, cotton baby bibs, and so much more.   

I can't wait to get to know everybody.  Unfortunately, I won't be around a whole lot between my Sprouts, my business, homeschooling, and everything else, but I'll try my best to stop by as often as I can!

Peace, Love and Magic!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on September 01, 2010, 08:24:55 PM
Welcome, everyone!! :D

Allison, you're the first person I've ever "met" who uses barbed wire as an art medium! Do you get many cuts?

Marjorie, make sure to post some pictures of your items! :D

April, your shop and shop name are so cute!! Love the diaper covers. :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Izzybeads on September 02, 2010, 06:03:25 AM
hi, I am Laney from Izzybeads, I make glass beads, mainly the sculptural ones...I plan to take over the world with my chicken beads!!  I sell through Etsy.. www.IzzyBeads.Etsy.com just saying Hi  ;)
(http://i51.tinypic.com/fz895.jpg)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on September 02, 2010, 11:29:00 AM
Welcome to all the new people!  Looks like we have some real talent coming in, and I love that it's varied areas of creating.

I can't wait to check out all of your stores and things.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on September 03, 2010, 07:05:19 AM
Great to see all the newcomers!
Welcome 8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lovely7designs on September 03, 2010, 10:40:30 AM
hello everybody!  :-*
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: c17ross07 on September 06, 2010, 01:07:08 AM
I am celine from california...nice to be here in the forum...
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: BohemianGrove on September 06, 2010, 03:18:14 AM
Hello everyone. I'm Dawn and I have been crafting ever since I was a little girl. I have just always loved creating things. I live in Maine where I am inspired by nature all year long. I love working with polymer clay and enjoy creating jewelry from it.
Title: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CalliopeAZ on September 07, 2010, 04:25:19 PM
I'm Marianne from Tucson AZ and have been making and selling jewelry for around 15 years, mostly in small galleries.  I started out in the Tucson Museum of Art...the gift shop and it went from there.

I have dogs and participate in Herding and Agility competitions.  I'm slow and they're fast. 

This looks like a great group and I'm excited to be here.  I will warn you, I'm not a quick study when it comes to figuring out the flow in a new site.  A real computer klutz but fortunately, I do a better job with my jewelry and Earth Elements than I do on this machine. 
Thanks to BohemianGrove for helping me get here.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on September 07, 2010, 06:41:54 PM
Welcome to all the new comers, jump right in! Don't be scared Larissa doesn't bite :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on September 07, 2010, 06:54:58 PM
Welcome to all the new comers, jump right in! Don't be scared Larissa doesn't bite :D

Not unless I have my fangs in.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: thesteampunktrunk on September 07, 2010, 07:51:19 PM
Hi there...not very good at introducing myself.....but here I am:)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on September 07, 2010, 08:15:15 PM
Hi there...not very good at introducing myself.....but here I am:)

Welcome to the forum Amy, I see it only took you a year to post LOL
Anyway glad to have you here and  I sent you an email in regards to the shop.
Have fun! :evil: :evil: :evil:
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: BohemianGrove on September 08, 2010, 07:23:59 AM
I'm Marianne from Tucson AZ and have been making and selling jewelry for around 15 years, mostly in small galleries.  I started out in the Tucson Museum of Art...the gift shop and it went from there.

I have dogs and participate in Herding and Agility competitions.  I'm slow and they're fast. 

This looks like a great group and I'm excited to be here.  I will warn you, I'm not a quick study when it comes to figuring out the flow in a new site.  A real computer klutz but fortunately, I do a better job with my jewelry and Earth Elements than I do on this machine. 
Thanks to BohemianGrove for helping me get here.

You're very welcome CalliopeAZ. I'm glad I could help out  ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on September 08, 2010, 03:35:29 PM
Welcome!!! :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: gemjazz on September 09, 2010, 12:18:21 AM
I'm Sophia from The Family Jewels. I've been making jewelry from last 7 year.
there are very design u will find here.

Handmade Gemstone Jewelry (http://www.gemjazzdesigns.com)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: faithsdream on September 09, 2010, 12:01:08 PM
Hi my name is Teri,  I have been into miniatures since about 1998 but I have been into  crafts for about 35 years I love to create. I will be posting in a few catigories.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on September 09, 2010, 01:50:16 PM
Oh.  Crap.  Dollhouse stuff.  Adorable dollhouse stuff.  My weakness.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on September 10, 2010, 07:02:27 AM
Welcome all the new members glad to see you!
Jump right in and have fun. 8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TheFreebieFairy on September 10, 2010, 07:58:17 PM
Hello!

My name is Cinde; I am the mother of a child with Celiac Disease and a freelance writer. I am also the author of two blogs. My Freebie Fairy blog allows me to review a wide variety of products and host fun giveaways for my readers. My Gluten Free Taste of Home blog focuses on gluten free giveaways, product reviews, and recipes.

I'd be happy to discuss promoting your handmade items on my Freebie Fairy product review & giveaway blog.  Please e-mail me to explore the possibilities.

My interests include writing, gardening, scrapbooking, country living, decorating, cats volunteer work, polymer clay, reading, faeries, celtic folklore, home improvement, face painting, baking and cooking gluten free recipes.

I hope to talk to you soon!

Cheers!
Cinde  :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lesperancetile on September 11, 2010, 08:37:53 AM
Hi All - Just joining up and wanted to introduce myself...
I'm Linda and I make handmade tile, and I'm just celebrating 31 years of making them!! I'm not really that old, because I started my business when I was 7 yrs. old (I wish). Here's where you'll find me on the web -

http://www.etsy.com/shop/lesperancetile

http://linda-ellett.blogspot.com/

http://twitter.com/lesperancetile

http://www.facebook.com/lesperancetile

See you around the internets!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on September 11, 2010, 05:25:01 PM
Welcome to all the newbies, jump right in!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Betty Black Sheep on September 14, 2010, 08:14:28 AM
No idea if I'm doing this right or not, I'm such a dork with new stuff!
Anyway, I make (and attempt to sell) jewellry, mini top hats and 'demented' paper dolls.
I'm not very good at this 'introducing myself' stuff so I guess I'll just say "Hi, glad to be here"
Here's links to my stuff ~

http://www.BlackSheepBeadery.etsy.com

http://www.ImaginaryRelics.artfire.com

http://www.DementedDollies.etsy.com

http://www.trollbridgestudio.blogspot.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on September 14, 2010, 10:34:57 AM
I love those hats!  And the dolls are fun!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Betty Black Sheep on September 15, 2010, 01:10:48 PM
Thanks Larissa!
Title: French jewelry designer
Post by: F comme Fanny on September 16, 2010, 05:29:27 AM
Hello, my name fanny,
I am jewelery designer and illustrator,
My techniques? Laser cutting or reusing some old found in some second hand markets,

you can have a look at my creations on
http://f-comme.blogspot.com/


Tell me what you think!

Fanny
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: RipeDesigns on September 16, 2010, 03:40:46 PM
Hi, my name is Trish. I've just picked up my jewelry-making habit again after a two year hiatus. I previously had an Etsy store under the business name Tinybaubles, which I shut down a couple years ago when I became distracted by wedding planning. One thing led to another and I then became distracted by pregnancy. My little girl is 5 months old now and I find myself clamoring to get a little bit of my identity back.

I relaunched my Etsy site less than a week ago, this time under the name Ripe Designs. Still in the process up listing stuff. I'm bound and determined to do it right this time around, so I've also started a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and a blog to hopefully get some exposure. My fab (web) friend Larissa of Reef Botanicals advised me to join up here, so here I am.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ripedesigns (http://www.etsy.com/shop/ripedesigns)
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ripe-Designs/100225816709067 (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ripe-Designs/100225816709067)
http://twitter.com/RipeDesigns (http://twitter.com/RipeDesigns)
http://ripeaccessories.wordpress.com (http://ripeaccessories.wordpress.com)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on September 16, 2010, 05:12:17 PM
I
Hi, my name is Trish. I've just picked up my jewelry-making habit again after a two year hiatus. I previously had an Etsy store under the business name Tinybaubles, which I shut down a couple years ago when I became distracted by wedding planning. One thing led to another and I then became distracted by pregnancy. My little girl is 5 months old now and I find myself clamoring to get a little bit of my identity back.

I relaunched my Etsy site less than a week ago, this time under the name Ripe Designs. Still in the process up listing stuff. I'm bound and determined to do it right this time around, so I've also started a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and a blog to hopefully get some exposure. My fab (web) friend Larissa of Reef Botanicals advised me to join up here, so here I am.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ripedesigns (http://www.etsy.com/shop/ripedesigns)
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ripe-Designs/100225816709067 (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ripe-Designs/100225816709067)
http://twitter.com/RipeDesigns (http://twitter.com/RipeDesigns)
http://ripeaccessories.wordpress.com (http://ripeaccessories.wordpress.com)

Yay, you're here!  Welcome!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Reggiea on September 17, 2010, 03:54:19 AM
Hi I'm Reggie an Artist and a Writer. I Just want to make new friends especially to artists like the people around here. Hope I can find lots of friends in this forum site.. Glad to be part of this world... :-*
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on September 17, 2010, 09:21:17 AM
Hi I'm Reggie an Artist and a Writer. I Just want to make new friends especially to artists like the people around here. Hope I can find lots of friends in this forum site.. Glad to be part of this world... :-*

Welcome!  What is your medium?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TieDyeBySara on September 17, 2010, 04:14:58 PM
Hello all.
Tie Dye By Sara here. I'm on artfire, facebook and twitter.
As the name implies, my name is Sara and I tie dye.
Lifetime native of Roseburg, Oregon.

http://www.TieDyeBySara.artfire.com

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/Tie-Dye-By-Sara/119566811426665?ref=ts

http://twitter.com/TieDyeBySara
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on September 17, 2010, 06:18:59 PM
Welcome to all the new comers glad to see you here! Jump right in and enjoy post some pics in the gallery and have fun.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: twigandleafbotanicals on September 18, 2010, 09:55:00 AM
hello everyone!
i am kelly beth of twig & leaf botanicals-
i'm so glad that i found you all (or the group found me on twitter @veganbotanicals) and i came right in.

hope everyone is enjoying their saturday (or whatever day it is where you are)
 :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on September 18, 2010, 10:42:46 AM
hello everyone!
i am kelly beth of twig & leaf botanicals-
i'm so glad that i found you all (or the group found me on twitter @veganbotanicals) and i came right in.

hope everyone is enjoying their saturday (or whatever day it is where you are)
 :)

Kelly, as a fellow soaper, I have to say your stuff looks great and your photos are freakin' AMAZING!

But I had to go to your profile to get your etsy link... be sure to post it in your sig so people can find it easily.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on September 18, 2010, 11:03:02 AM
Actually, I will point out that the globe under your picture (or "avatar") has the link to whatever you make your main website. It is true, though, that most people will look at your signature.

Anyways, your site looks AWESOME.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on September 18, 2010, 11:17:33 AM
Aaaaaand... I'm a doofus.   :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on September 18, 2010, 10:29:59 PM
LOL No you're not! It's good to know that most people look to the signature.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: twigandleafbotanicals on September 19, 2010, 10:34:06 AM
hello everyone!
i am kelly beth of twig & leaf botanicals-
i'm so glad that i found you all (or the group found me on twitter @veganbotanicals) and i came right in.

hope everyone is enjoying their saturday (or whatever day it is where you are)
 :)

Kelly, as a fellow soaper, I have to say your stuff looks great and your photos are freakin' AMAZING!

But I had to go to your profile to get your etsy link... be sure to post it in your sig so people can find it easily.


thank you for the heads up! i couldn't figure out how to edit my profile this morning. eh. and thank you again for your kind words.
i'm actually heading away from soaps, because i almost burnt my cabin down from lye getting on the gas stove. it was terrible.
after the last batch is done curing, i'm sticking with botanicals.
lol
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on September 19, 2010, 11:28:17 AM
Oh, geez, glad that was an "almost"!  Wow.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: The Ash Grove on September 20, 2010, 09:48:54 AM
Hi, everyone!  My name is Regina and I have a shop at Etsy called The Ash Grove (http://TheAshGrove.etsy.com).  I sell a variety of items, but my focus is on jewelry, accessories, and graphics.  Much of what I make is inspired by nature, but I also have a few literature-inspired pieces and a dose of geekery.  I've also recently begun adding some calligraphy to my shop - one of my first crafty/creative loves.  :)

I like to support my fellow sellers, so I try to buy as many of my supplies as I can from Etsy.  I also try to keep things as environmentally friendly as possible by reusing and recycling and buying from environmentally conscious sources.

I have a blog (http://fromtheashgrove.blogspot.com) and I'm  on Twitter (http://twitter.com/the_ash_grove), if you'd like to follow me there.  :)

I'm looking forward to sharing my work with you and getting to know some of my fellow handmade artisans! :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on September 20, 2010, 10:45:21 AM
Great shop! Love the variety! I tried calligraphy years ago, but don't have a very steady hand. Yours is beautiful. :)
Title: me introduction
Post by: patbarden on September 20, 2010, 04:53:45 PM
okay--ithink ive found the ight spot--okay--im looking to join the etsy team--haf--and this is the place to start.  i make pretty things--jewelry and hair sticks--mostly sterling silver lariats withe cool stones, pearls, crystals--ilike me stuff--im proud of it--and ibelieve with good reason--and life has basically propelled me inthe direction of snot wanting to work a set time in a set place with set people--so--im trying to sell me jewelry--which iquite love making.
anysway--ive been spending hrs each day researching the best o' ways to promote my shoppe--and have read often enough that the team thing is the way to gogo--well, one of the ways--and im incredibly dead-set[heehee, favourite grateful dead album] about making a living making me jewelry--so--here i am.
www.patriciabarden.etsy.com
Title: Re: me introduction
Post by: chainmaille on September 20, 2010, 06:33:06 PM
okay--ithink ive found the ight spot--okay--im looking to join the etsy team--haf--and this is the place to start.  i make pretty things--jewelry and hair sticks--mostly sterling silver lariats withe cool stones, pearls, crystals--ilike me stuff--im proud of it--and ibelieve with good reason--and life has basically propelled me inthe direction of snot wanting to work a set time in a set place with set people--so--im trying to sell me jewelry--which iquite love making.
anysway--ive been spending hrs each day researching the best o' ways to promote my shoppe--and have read often enough that the team thing is the way to gogo--well, one of the ways--and im incredibly dead-set[heehee, favourite grateful dead album] about making a living making me jewelry--so--here i am.
www.patriciabarden.etsy.com (http://www.patriciabarden.etsy.com)

I see you found the right spot. The shout box is just for shouting I guess, daily promotions just chatting with others.
Anyway welcome the forum, jump right in and have fun.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: vintagekeepsaketrunk on September 21, 2010, 03:36:29 PM
I am very happy to be here, my name is Joan and I live in Palm Desert, CALIFORNIA. I am the owner/operator of Vintage Keepsake Trunk. These links are where you will find me.
Joan Minervini
Home of Vintage Keepsake Trunk.....
http://www.vintagekeepsaketrunk.com
http://www.vintagekeepsaketrunk.etsy.com
http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/vintagekeepsaketrunk
http://www.artfire.com/users/VintageKeepsakeTrunk
http://www.wsoapp.org/index.php/vintage-keepsake-trunk
http://ab4b-vintagekeepsaketrunk.blogspot.com/
http://vintagekeepsaketrunk.blogspot.com/
http://www.wsoapp.org/index.php/vintage-keepsake-trunk
http://vintagekeepsaketrunk-soatp.blogspot.com/
http://www.123websiteservices.com/~craftsho/craftbooth588/index.php?x=99&y=37
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1773160772&ref=name
http://clothdolls.ning.com/profile/JOANMINERVINI
http://www.craftsu.com/profile/JOANMINERVINI
https://twitter.com/vintagekeepsake
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on September 21, 2010, 04:47:41 PM
I am very happy to be here, my name is Joan and I live in Palm Desert, CALIFORNIA. I am the owner/operator of Vintage Keepsake Trunk. These links are where you will find me.
Joan Minervini
Home of Vintage Keepsake Trunk.....
http://www.vintagekeepsaketrunk.com
http://www.vintagekeepsaketrunk.etsy.com
http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/vintagekeepsaketrunk
http://www.artfire.com/users/VintageKeepsakeTrunk
http://www.wsoapp.org/index.php/vintage-keepsake-trunk
http://ab4b-vintagekeepsaketrunk.blogspot.com/
http://vintagekeepsaketrunk.blogspot.com/
http://www.wsoapp.org/index.php/vintage-keepsake-trunk
http://vintagekeepsaketrunk-soatp.blogspot.com/
http://www.123websiteservices.com/~craftsho/craftbooth588/index.php?x=99&y=37
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1773160772&ref=name
http://clothdolls.ning.com/profile/JOANMINERVINI
http://www.craftsu.com/profile/JOANMINERVINI
https://twitter.com/vintagekeepsake

Good grief, got a link or two there, huh?  How on earth do you keep that all straight?

I thought I was the link queen, but I happily relinquish my crown to you.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lunatix24 on September 21, 2010, 10:41:17 PM
Hi everyone! I'm new here and I found your badge while bloghopping so I decided to try. :) call me Abie or Lunatix24. I am from the Philippines. Married and has 3 kids and a pregnant Siamese cat. :)

I love making new things from an old one and I sometimes sell them on my shop. I crochet, knit (knows a few), sew, make accessories (particularly the Lolita style) and more. Too bad that I only have two hands and little time to make everything I want. :)

I hope that I could get to know you all... ^_^ here's my website: http://www.ruffledteadiary.com/

thanks!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jewelrybyjanelle50 on September 21, 2010, 11:57:23 PM
Welcome to all the newbies!  :P
Title: new here
Post by: patbarden on September 22, 2010, 03:43:38 PM
www.patriciabarden.etsy.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Blue Jay Beads on September 22, 2010, 09:32:39 PM
Hi, I'm new.  Just found this site via Twitter and it looks very interesting. 

I make beaded jewelry and my Etsy store is Blue Jay Beads.  I joined Etsy a little over a month ago to start selling my items, and I'm hoping to start participating in craft fairs next year.  I'm looking forward to getting to know the artists on this forum and seeing your work!

My shop link:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/bluejaybeads

My facebook page (business only):

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/pages/Blue-Jay-Beads/141112635928584?ref=ts

And my blog:

http://www.brewcityarts.blogspot.com/

Thanks,

Jamie
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: KayzKreationz on September 24, 2010, 11:48:14 AM
Wow, we've got a lot of newbies.  Lots of shops to check out, too. Welcome to all.  :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: silkshop on September 25, 2010, 03:43:55 AM
Hi all!
My name is Gordana, I live in Croatia, small city Å ibenik on beautiful Adriatic coast. I have finished Textile technology college, I am silk painter and I have just recently started experimenting with felting, especially nuno felting.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/silkshop
http://twitter.com/silkshop
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on September 25, 2010, 08:55:32 AM
Wow!  Welcome to all of the new folks!  I'm tickled to see such diversity!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: briskmamma on September 26, 2010, 04:53:05 AM
Hello to all artists,
my name is Violet and I live in Zagreb, Croatia. I have a Computer Science degree but love to draw, sew, do embroidery... I have a baby girl and no time to do everything that I want. Currently I am in drawing and painting phase...

http://www.etsy.com/shop/briskmamma
http://twitter.com/briskmamma
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fromthehip on September 26, 2010, 07:07:35 PM
Hello!  I am new to the group and Etsy.  Looking forward to it!

Etsy:  http://www.fromthehipdesigns.com
Blog:  http://www.blog.fromthehipdesigns.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dallas-TX/From-the-Hip-Designs/118479468205225
Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/fromthehiptexas
Title: Jude from Jude's handspun yarn
Post by: judeshandspunyarn on September 27, 2010, 07:50:06 AM
Hi, I'm Jude from Jude's Handspun Yarn, check out my yarns at  www.judeshandspunyarn.etsy.com    ;)

Title: Re: Jude from Jude's handspun yarn
Post by: paradisepurls on September 27, 2010, 08:13:40 AM
Hi Jude!  Your shop is awesome, LOVE the little acorns! :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on September 27, 2010, 01:53:34 PM
Welcome to all the newcomers, jump right in and enjoy! 8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: AbsintheDragonfly on September 27, 2010, 09:13:12 PM
My name is Amanda.  I live in Iowa, with my husband, Kevin, 4 children (2 girls and 2 boys), Morgen, Ewen, Bowie, and Teagan; 2 cats, Rocky and Shadow; and a bunny, George.  I am a Graduate from Simpson College with a degree in Music, currently using that training to raise children and homeschool.

I make botanical perfumes.  Meaning perfume without any chemicals/synthetics/preservatives.  I use raw plant materials - essential oils, absolutes, and concretes and turn them into luxurious smells! :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on September 30, 2010, 11:22:31 AM
Welcome to all the new folks!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: JCsSewingRoom on October 02, 2010, 10:21:43 AM
Hello all.  I'm JC from http://www.etsy.com/shop/JCsSewingRoom (http://www.etsy.com/shop/JCsSewingRoom)

I love to sew.  Currently I am specializing in walker bags and other aids.  I've been called the "Pocket Lady" because I want pockets on everything.  Stash it away, but keep it handy.

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: GabriellaDesings on October 04, 2010, 06:59:38 PM
Hi,
My name is Maryann.  I am the owner of Gabriella Designs and I have a shop on ETSY.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/GabriellaDesign
My shop is about a year old now, but I have always had a need to create ever since I have been little, and I don't think that need will ever leave! 
I would love to meet new people and love to meet local artists in the San Francisco Bay Area!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on October 04, 2010, 07:03:52 PM
Welcome to all the new people!  Stick around and jump into some discussions!
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Post by: CraftedRoots on October 04, 2010, 08:53:15 PM
Welcome, everyone!! ^-^
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Post by: mysterymoor on October 05, 2010, 02:44:19 PM
Hello I'm Andrea. I come from Spain and spend most of my time blogging, making collages and teaching small children.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/mysterymoor
http://theartofstayingupallnight.blogspot.com/
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Post by: MonikaP on October 06, 2010, 01:26:50 AM
My name is Monika. I'm from Mississippi, but I moved to TX in 2007. I studied Graphic Design in college, but I have found that I love doing jewelry. I love gemstones and rocks also. I collect them. Now i'm starting to make my own clay beads and pendents and I love it. I'm so happy that God showed me this new interest. :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: happydesserttime on October 06, 2010, 05:28:33 PM
 Hey everyone! I got added by the HAFEtsy team on twitter and decided to join!

I mostly make cookies, truffles, and hand-paint chocolates. :)

come see my store or follow me on twitter/facebook!

Twitter: http://happydessert.twitter.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Happy-Dessert-Time/156105674399568
Etsy: http://happydesserttime.etsy.com

I have a blog too, but I'm not sure if anyone'd be interested in that. XD

Nice to meet everyone!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on October 06, 2010, 06:10:50 PM
Welcome to HAF! 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: SillyMama on October 07, 2010, 10:47:58 AM
Hi there I am Brooke from SillyMama and I have an etsy shop called SillyMamaQuilts.  Just stopping by. 
http://www.etsy.com/shop/sillymamaquilts
http://sillymamaquilts-sillymama.blogspot.com
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Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on October 07, 2010, 11:16:11 AM
Welcome sillymama!  Nice to have another quilter!
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Post by: CraftedRoots on October 07, 2010, 11:49:17 AM
Beautiful quilts! Love the table runners. ^-^
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Post by: chainmaille on October 08, 2010, 12:18:28 PM
Welcome to all the new comers! Jump right in and have a blast :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: stagnantgypsy on October 10, 2010, 04:54:46 PM
We are Tif and Jen of Stagnant Gypsy. We started our Etsy shop in May 2010 and have had the pleasure of watching it grow ever since. Stagnant Gypsy features handmade dishcloths, dryer sheets, magnets and more. In the future, we hope to add eco friendly line that uses only upcycled/recycled materials, digital imagery and photography. Stop by and say hello!

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/StagnantGypsy (http://www.etsy.com/shop/StagnantGypsy)
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/StagnantGypsyShop (http://www.facebook.com/StagnantGypsyShop)
Blog: http://stagnantgypsy.wordpress.com/ (http://stagnantgypsy.wordpress.com/)
Twitter: http://twitter.com/stagnantgypsy (http://twitter.com/stagnantgypsy)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on October 11, 2010, 08:48:36 AM
Welcome!  I love the idea of knitted dryer sheets.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: FadedLeaves on October 11, 2010, 03:28:37 PM
Hi everyone! My name is  Shannon and im the owner of Faded Leaves. I make jewelry, home decor, ornaments etc. Lots of variety in my shop.

I am a military spouse and love being one!

I am on twitter under FadedLeaves. I have a FB fan page: Faded Leaves:Designs by Shannon H. And i sell online at www.FadedLeaves.artfire.com

Come check out my shop and see if theres anything you like. :)
I look forward to meeting you all.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: pearliebird on October 11, 2010, 09:17:17 PM
hi HAF team!
i'm Kim, and my etsy shop Pearliebird, sells vintage french and shabby chic inspired paper crafts and home décor art. My handmade crafts are one of a kind originals. I love frou-frou, bling, glitter and lace! My motto is "It's all in the details!” i found HAF on twitter  and am glad i did!
artfully,
kim

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/pearliebird
Twitter: http://twitter.com/pearliebird
Blog: http://www.artfullyyours.blogspot.com/
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Post by: phoenixartstudio on October 11, 2010, 09:18:21 PM
Hello everyone!
My name is Rebecca and I'm the creator and owner of Phoenix Art Studio.
I received my BFA in Illustration and later received my MFA in Costume Design. I love learning new things and am constantly trying to find new ways to grow as an artist and person. My endeavors lately have been with jewelry and mosaics. Lots of fun!

I have a facebook fan page http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Phoenix-Art-Studio/312913530265
I tweet http://twitter.com/#!/phoenixartstu
I blog http://rebeccahadley.blogspot.com/
and I have an etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/phoenixartstudio
It's great meeting everyone! I love meeting other creative people!
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Post by: needlefever on October 11, 2010, 10:40:38 PM
hi! i'm andi at needlefever on etsy. knitting and crocheting are my 'thing', and my mom occasionally dyes some yarn. my craft focuses mainly on soakers, shorties, longies, occasional skirties. i came here via @HAFEtsyTeam. looking forward to meeting everyone else and sharing :)

etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/needlefever
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: donnameyer on October 12, 2010, 02:50:28 AM
Hi everyone,
I'm Donna from Arizona, and I'm proud to be is such creative company.

I currently have two etsy shops. At http://www.paperandprint.ety.com (http://www.paperandprint.ety.com) I sell art prints made from vintage illustrations, etchings, engravings, etc. digitally enhanced and printed on vintage book pages, such as dictionary pages. I also offer digital downloads of vintage images I particularly love.

My other shop is http://www.vintageaditude.etsy.com (http://www.vintageaditude.etsy.com) where I sell vintage magazine ads and illustrations, many of them from the 1920s-'40s, geared both to collectors and to artists who use vintage images in their work.

I hope some of you will stop by. As for me, I plan to go back and read as much of this thread as I can get through now and check out some wonderful shops.

Donna
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LeAllyson on October 12, 2010, 06:45:08 PM
Hi,
I'm LeAllyson and I am glad to be here. I create handcrafted jewelry.  My business is Plum Beadacious. I have a website, www.plumbeadacious.com.  I also have an ArtFire shop and an Etsy shop.  I try to keep up with my blog at www.plumbeadacious.blogspot.com.  I have a Twitter page and a Facebook page.  Trying to get into the social media thing, but finding it takes lots of time.

I have been designing beaded lanyards lately.  I wear one each day to my day job, and I am hoping to appeal to others who get tired of the usual plain lanyard cord.

I am excited about reading and seeing what everyone here does.

LeAllyson
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: rk-studio on October 13, 2010, 07:58:57 PM
I joined this forum a few months ago. I think I remember introducing myself but I'll do it again in case I ddin't.

I'm glad to have joined this site. It looks like a lot of fun. My name is Bob Kimball. I'm an artist from Las Vegas and I make oil paintings and drawings. Most of my paintings are landscapes and still life. And most of my drawings are figure drawings.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on October 13, 2010, 11:25:38 PM
Welcome, everyone!!!! :D Make yourselves at home, and be sure to post pictures of your items in one (or more!) of our galleries!
Title: My work
Post by: hannybeads on October 15, 2010, 11:04:40 AM
My name is Hana, I have 4 sons, one grandson and two great daughters-in-law. My life is ordinary, but the formation of beads adds beauty to it every day.

Previously I was employed as a domestic worker in the manufacture of jewelry. Then I learned the basics. Over time the company ceased to exist, but let me beads. Recently I started in this business field and try to improve every day. I'm not an expert on jewelry designs, so I have a husband who makes me the following suggestions and I will impersonate. Although some jewelry I designed myself, it is mostly jewelry crazy and nobody dares to wear it

I enjoy the most customized jewelry that are very demanding on time and material, but are exclusive and can be worn only on special occasions.

We will create a custom tailor any piece of jewelry, according to the delivered quality photos or drawing
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Post by: Amitisti on October 16, 2010, 03:31:16 PM
Hi my name is Teresa aka Amitisti of Amitisti Creations. I mostly use chainmaille elements to create my jewelry, but I also throw in some beads, wirewrapping and found items my unique peices  :-*
I am Mom to 4 teens, Wife to a great man and I work p/t in a big box store. I spend at least a few hours a day making jewelry, and sometime maintaining my selling sites. I want to make jewelry full time, and someday I will get there  ^-^
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on October 16, 2010, 06:42:52 PM
Welcome, new peeps!
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Post by: GardensOfUtopia on October 17, 2010, 11:14:29 AM
Hi my name is Janis Higgins
I am a polymer clay art doll artist. I am 30 and from Quebec. i am interested in all types of art. I have 3 daughters and one son ages from 1 to 9 :) They are my world. I hope to get to know you guys better!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on October 17, 2010, 04:08:47 PM
Welcome!  Make yourself at home!  If you have questions, someone is always around to offer assistance!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Teepetals on October 17, 2010, 10:26:31 PM
Hello Everyone,
I am tina....Teepetals

I created handmade wallets, pouches, accessories, and lots lots more.

Every now and then I do throw in a little bit of my art work paintings in the mix.

You can view my work at http://www.teepetals.etsy.com
and also check out what i am up to at http://www.teepetals.blogspot.com

I am so glad and excited to join this community!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Gemma Wild on October 18, 2010, 09:49:15 AM
Wow, so this is a really popular topic eh? ;)

Hope everyone is well and good. I'm a London girl and I love to make my own vintage and indie inspired jewellery. I also create and design my own web sites which I do in my spare time.

It’s really hard to know what people would be interested in hearing about other people. I'm not what most would class as a typical 'girly girl' who loves shopping, make up and soppy music. I'm very much into me indie/rock music and computer games and stupid noises make me laugh out loudly (shameful but true)!

I'm a straight forward kind of person who doesn't appreciate bulls**t. But I am a very friendly and caring person who believes that life is all about being happy.

That's me in a nutshell. Hope to get to know some of you soon =)

Gemma Wild x

http://www.indiehandmade.co.uk
http://www.ourcraft.co.uk
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on October 18, 2010, 10:00:09 AM

It’s really hard to know what people would be interested in hearing about other people. I'm not what most would class as a typical 'girly girl' who loves shopping, make up and soppy music. I'm very much into me indie/rock music and computer games and stupid noises make me laugh out loudly (shameful but true)!

I'm a straight forward kind of person who doesn't appreciate bulls**t. But I am a very friendly and caring person who believes that life is all about being happy.


I'm fairly certain I'm gonna like you.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: fal00la on October 19, 2010, 02:29:23 AM
Hi there and hello to everyone! :D

I'm Stephanie,  SAHM of twin boys who are about to turn the much dreaded 2 years old.

To keep my sanity in a house of madness I : Knit, Crochet, Watch cooking shows (and then attempt to cook what I saw), just recently started making jewelry (I caught some kind of bead-bug, I swear), watch the most random movies, sing, dance, break out into random fits of laughter, collect comic books, make shadow puppets to make the boys laugh, tell knock-knock jokes, and just enjoy being an oddball.

In the grand scheme of things, I'm still a wet-behind-the-ears when it comes to crafting. I've only been in the "game" for a little less than 3 years. I taught myself how to crochet during the last two months of my pregnancy when I was put on bed-rest, and the doctor suggested I take up some kind of craft. I bought a book, some yarn and hooks, hit the ground running, and haven't looked back. I then taught myself how to knit, and it's opened up a whole new world to me.
 
Just started listing things to sell on Etsy at the very end of August.

Lol, I'm such a newb.

I'm thrilled and excited to be part of a community of crafters. There are a few people I know that knit/crochet/bead, but ... It's such an immense joy to bond with people from around the globe who have a passion for the tactile arts.

Looking forward to talking, sharing and growing with all of you!

:D

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on October 19, 2010, 08:27:58 AM
Welcome to all the new members, put on your robe and slippers and sit back in your easy chair and have fun LOL
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Suzyjb on October 21, 2010, 06:47:54 AM
Hi Everyone! Glad to see this is such a busy forum and looking forward to reading loads of interesting posts here :-) I am fairly new to Etsy, had the shop a wee while but just started with stocking it up! I make two or three different kinds of things, the most time consuming are the marionettes, which I love to make! Just recently completed a custom order for a client in the US, a Fox, he was really fun :-) I am also making very simple but bright and colourful fabric art dolls, which I just put on my Etsy store, and currently I am working on a range of fun little Christmas Decorations.

I live in Holland, and I work here professionally as a mural artist. Originally I come from New Zealand, where I also made and sold marionettes.

It can be quite isolating working by myself, so I have been looking for a great community of colleagues to join! So hi everyone, I will try and post regularly and hope to get to know you all soon :-)

Suzy
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on October 21, 2010, 06:56:15 AM
I used to collect marionettes!   I can't wait to see yours.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: sweetlibertyprims on October 21, 2010, 10:14:33 AM
Hi...hope I'm doing this right!  I am Kath, from sweetlibertyprims on etsy.  I have 5 other shops too, outonawhim, gethappy, ineedthat, sweetlibertyvintage and sweetmemories4u (yes, I am crazy!)  I am from Ohio, 44 going on 25 years old, mother of 4 boys (22, 20, 18 and 11) and married for 25 years.  I work as vice president of our private ambulance service, doing the checkbook mostly, and when I'm not doing that or running my 11 y/o around, I am either "making stuff" or hitting thrift stores, flea markets, or garage sales hunting for "stuff" to use as supplies or sell as is. 

I'm excited to be a part of the group, as it's different than other teams I've been on!  thanks for having me :)
Kath
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on October 21, 2010, 05:03:25 PM
Welcome to HAF!  Make yourself at home and if you have questions, just ask!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: khroman on October 23, 2010, 04:24:30 PM
Hi!  We are Stanley Diggs Originals -- Denise & Kay. 

We were college roomates and got together again after more than 20 years...and began making jewelry for fun.  We started Stanley Diggs Originals to honor our mothers, Carolyn Stanley and Patsy Diggs, with our continued friendship, creativity, and original designs.  We craft necklaces, earrings, and bracelets using gemstones, pearls, sterling, and gold-filled components.

I am in between full-time jobs right now, so I've had a great time photographing and sharing our designs on the web.  New to Handmade Artists!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on October 23, 2010, 08:01:47 PM
Welcome!  Stick around, and post some photos of your stuff in our gallery threads... we wanna see!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Skybox on October 24, 2010, 11:57:42 AM
Hi everybody!  My name is Jenny, I'm the hands behind Skybox on Etsy.  My mom and sister make contributions to the shop as well and between us we have almost 100 years of knitting and crochet experience.  Skybox is filled with great wearable pieces as well as items for the home like blankets, tote bags, reusable swiffer covers, and much more. 
We were raised to be environmentally conscious and friendly and we strive to always be stewards of the Earth. 
Thanks to Handmade Forum for the twitter invite to this forum.  I'm happy to be here!

The shop is here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/SkyBox
Follow me on Twitter, my username is EtsySkybox
I'm also on Facebook as Jenny Skybox.  Feel free to friend me!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: impressionsbyheidi on October 24, 2010, 02:20:47 PM
Hi, all! I'm Heidi of Impressions by Heidi.  I found this group when someone followed me on Twitter.  I design and create jewelry and accessories. 

I quit a night job recently because I wasn't doing well, health wise with it.  I'm working part time but am really concentrating on my jewelry because it's my passion.

I'm getting a little discouraged ATM because I'm getting lots of looks but no buys on my Etsy shop. But I truly love creating and love the jewelry and I believe it's going to happen. 

The link to my Etsy shop, my blog etc should be in my sig line. I'm working on setting up shops on a couple other sites, too.  I figure spread the love.

I look forward to getting to know everyone!

~ Heidi
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MartinaMasini on October 25, 2010, 06:07:00 AM
Hi, Im Martina from Spain. I make cloth dolls with the option of custom tattoos. I can tattoo the tummies or even the arms. check out my website or FB fan page below to see what i am up to  :)

Fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Martina-Masini-Handmade/14955067175069

Website: http://www.martinamasini.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: DEBCrysallis on October 25, 2010, 10:39:42 PM
Hi all!!!

Brief intro, my name is Debbie, aka Deb @ Crysallis.  Good to be here and I will be poking around to get familiar with what's going on around here after this..  :)

I am a creator of jewelry with beads and wire, currently located at Hong Kong, and I also sell gemstone beads.  Just wanted to say a quick hello!!  :) 

See you around!!

Deb @ Crysallis
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on October 26, 2010, 06:14:32 AM
Welcome to all the new members, jump right in and have fun. Don't hesitate to ask questions.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: dahlish on October 27, 2010, 08:27:34 AM
Hello!  I'm Gina, my shop is

http://www.etsy.com/shop/dahlish

I am a SAHM, my son is 4 and my daughter turned 1 last month!  I also teach piano, am making a go of selling some knitting on Etsy, love to knit, scrapbook, write...do random crafting when the mood hits me.   ^-^

I have a blog at:

http://www.dahlishknits.blogspot.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: cat on October 27, 2010, 01:42:41 PM
Hello! My name is cat, and I just registered, oh, maybe 2 minutes ago. I found out abt this site from another Etsy seller. I have a shop on Etsy, catmacdesigns. I am an artist/craftsman who dabbles in everything except knitting and crocheting....so far! I am also a retired professional, have 3 children and 1 grandchild.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: JuliciasCreations on October 27, 2010, 08:21:09 PM
Hell I hope Im doing this right?

Well my name is Julicia and I am Julicia's Creations
I make Handcrafted leather jewelry and accesories
I have been selling on Etsy since May and very discouraged. Im trying craft shows and fairs in my local area, Would like opinions on my stuff, you can check my stuff out at www.juliciascreations.com
 Im a SAHM of 4 kids and Im trying to find the balance of being a mom and a creative soul. Its hard sometimes when you have to help w/homework,housework,Mommy and Daddy time,and then try to fit in your time, sometimes time just runs out.... Well I hope I meet lots of new friends and get lots of help in my venture to be a Creative Business
God Bless,Julicia
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: magnumrx on October 27, 2010, 09:52:34 PM
I am Steve from KnotJustKnots. I have a macrame gift shop containing macrame jewelry,home decor, and seasonal macrame pieces. It is a pleasure to meet all of you. I will include the links if you would like to see my work. 
http://www.etsy.com/shop/magnumrx
http://lillysplace.net/Stores/KnotJustKnots/
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001324495996

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on October 27, 2010, 11:06:59 PM
Welcome, everyone!!!!!!!!! 8)

Oooh, a macrame artist! Love it!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on October 28, 2010, 10:12:35 AM
KnotJustKnots and JuliciasCreations....  One of our very special members, JewelryByNala, has founded a group on Facebook called Handmade Harbor.  I have shared links for both of you there, for "Caring and Sharing Thursday."  Check it out here:  http://www.facebook.com/iKnitQuiltSew#!/group.php?gid=139995785046 (http://www.facebook.com/iKnitQuiltSew#!/group.php?gid=139995785046)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: greenappledanglers on October 28, 2010, 01:00:16 PM
I am new!  I make earrings and love it!  My site is www.greenappledanglers.com and I offer Free Shipping. I am from Alberta Canada and a mother to 3 little ones ages 2, 4, and 6 and have been married for almost 8 years :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on October 29, 2010, 12:08:06 PM
Welcome to all our new members! Jump in you will find we have our hands in a whole bunch of things to help promote handmade.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on October 29, 2010, 04:23:21 PM
Just found this forum , looks good ! Nice to meet you all .
Welcome I've admired your work for a long time those rings are truly amazing! Anyway jump in and have fun, we do a whole bunch to promote handmade!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ECSCreations on October 29, 2010, 10:16:34 PM
Hello. I am a 28 year old mother of 3 who is constantly crocheting. I'm not joking about this....I work from home on my computer...so I crochet while I work...while I listen to music...while I tell my kids stories...ect. I do stop while I make dinner or bake bread (you won't find store bought bread in my house)...oh, and of course when I'm sleeping...
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ChariT on October 30, 2010, 09:30:45 PM
I am a new SAHM of b/g twins! I love music, dance, theatre, poetry, and the color PURPLE! Lol. I have always loved to motivate and inspire others. Recently God has blessed me with the inspiration to create inspirational jewelry! I have been doing it for a little under 2 months and loving it!

I look forward to connecting with all of you and hope you enjoy my work as well!

~Be beautiful, inspired, and blessed! ~

Chari 

www.facebook.com/chariTs.inspirational.creations
www.chariT.etsy.com
www.charitsinspirationalcreations.blogspot.com

(http://i56.tinypic.com/vwwsqq.jpg)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jade-marie on October 30, 2010, 11:29:29 PM
hi! My name is Jade. I've been creating ever since I can remember. I love making jewelry!
I post my jewelry at my blog: http://www.jadesjewelry.wordpress.com (http://www.jadesjewelry.wordpress.com)

Can't wait to join in on the discussions
xoxo
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: marcyskramer on October 31, 2010, 10:14:56 AM
Hi! My name is Marcy. I've loved jewelry since I was a child and have been involved in various facets of the jewelry business. However, a few years ago I was exposed to beading through my mother and really enjoyed it. It's only in the past year or so that I started making my own pieces. I haven't done much marketing, although I have done a few craft shows. I am scheduled to do on in a few weeks, and then on in December. I'd be curious about other people's experiences with craft shows. Also, I'd be interested in learning how others have marketed their jewelry online. I can't decided if it's worth having my own Web site or just selling on Etsy. For now, I have pictures of my jewelry on Photobucket at http://s919.photobucket.com/home/marcyskramer.

Thanks for reading this. I look forward to and would appreciate any input.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: wendyadamsarts on October 31, 2010, 01:20:25 PM
Hi! My name is Wendy from Wendyadamsarts. This is what I do. Watercolor portraits of musicians. (http://i55.tinypic.com/iz2lnc.jpg)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: JessicaMorgan on November 01, 2010, 11:38:49 PM
My name is Jessica and I love photography. I am working on my portrait and wedding photography and hoping to become a professional photographer. Right now I am sharing my fine art photography and working on learning my art.

I love being outdoors and with the horses, I live in Colorado right now, but I am hoping to move to the east coast soon. I love meeting new people and learning new stuff.  :P
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: GirliGirlBeads on November 04, 2010, 02:31:53 AM
I make glass beads. I am interested in learning new ways to market my beads on the internet. You can see my work at http://tinyurl.com/GirliGirl
GG
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on November 04, 2010, 08:24:26 AM
Welcome, everyone!! :D Make sure you post pictures of your work in one of our galleries so we can oo and ahh over them! ^-^
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: soapbuddy on November 05, 2010, 12:01:26 AM
My Name is Irena and I make handcrafted artisan soaps, lotions and bath & body care products. This board is all new to me. So I will be looking around to find what all the fancy buttons and things mean. I'm sort of lost here right now.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Frances on November 05, 2010, 11:31:10 AM
I am a retired school librarian who knits, crochets, makes jewelry, sews, cooks and lots of other stuff.  Being ADD, ADHD and BADD, I have to keep my fingers doing something all the time.  Avid reader, blogger, FB, Twitter and Net surfer.  I have an Etsy shop named Yarn & More and also sell locally.  Love retirement and can piddle a day away in a heartbeat.  Southern GA is my home and love hot weather, sweet iced tea and peaches.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: rabbitfishjewelry on November 05, 2010, 05:26:33 PM
Greetings all!
My name is Sheri and I have been making jewelry for about 6 years and just started selling it this past year. I dabble in a lot of things. I love wire and sparkley beads and using vintage and reclaimed jewelry in my designs. I'm still trying to find my style and niche. I've recently begun experimenting with resin.

Looking forward to checking out all the shops and artists on the forum.
Cheers!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/RabbitfishJewelry
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: hippiescreations on November 06, 2010, 08:28:55 AM
Hi there,

my name is Petra! I'm a mom of three boys (18, 12, 7).  :D I am working as a professional artist/crafter while on the side I want to work in mental health ..well once my son has undergone is liver transplant surgery.  :(

I love creating and am self-taught in everything that I do with the exception of crochet that I learned way back in 5th grade. I make some jewelry, wood burn, paint, and whatever it is my eyes balls see and my heart  :-* makes an extra jump and says.. you need to try this. In the mean time the things I already do supplement our living and help me feed those-constantly-growing-boys-of-mine.  ;D

http://www.etsy.com/shop/hippiesbath
http://www.etsy.com/shop/hippiecrochet
http://www.etsy.com/shop/hippiescreations

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Revived Design on November 07, 2010, 11:13:37 PM
Hi, i am new to whole artist forum, so allow me to introduce myself a bit.  My name is Sarah and i am an independent jewelry artist who has been slowly developing a passion over that past several months.  So far it's been a journey of learning in many aspects including what does and doesn't work, and what and how something can be improved. 
I love things that are different, quirky, and just outside of the box, because it makes you stop and look twice as it takes creativity to a whole new level that not everyone knows how to reach.
I design and handmake unique jewelry with a modern vintage twist. Every piece i make is an original design.  This has been a rather unexpected avenue for me, but life tends to do that on a regular basis.  It's been a good one though, just trying to learn as much as i can, network, and figure out how much i should develop, invest in, and follow this path.
I would love to share my jewelry with as many people as i can, rather than it hiding out in a dark corner.  I'm working on getting caught up with taking pics of everything (a little overwhelming because there is so much!) but a website will be coming soon hopefully!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: knottyandnyce on November 08, 2010, 05:29:17 PM
Hello! My name is Tiffany Krizo, and I am the owner/designer of Knotty & Nyce. My passion is working on my macrame jewelry and playing with beads. I have been weaving and crafting for over 11 years now. And while I have dabbled in various different crafts, knotting is my favorite (and acquiring new beads... so addictive lol).

I am owned by 4 feisty kitties, and my loving boyfriend. I also work full time third shift as a security officer. Greatly look forward to meeting everybody!   ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MeSweet on November 10, 2010, 04:33:33 PM
Hello everyone!

I'm Christy Carpenter from Jacksonville, FL.  Newly employed with a non-profit, I get to stay at home, which has revived my creative spirit!  I recently started to needle felt, a wonderful process that I am deeply curious about and don't want to put down.  My Etsy store is called "Me Sweet" after a childhood name my mother and aunt called each other.  You can find me here: www.fsumu1978.etsy.com. 

I noticed that most of you are creators of incredible jewelry.  I've always enjoyed buying jewelry, however haven't had to nerve to create it...yet.  Maybe I can just focus on admiring yours!

Thank you for reading, I look forward to contributing more.
Best to all,
Christy

http://thelandofmesweet.blogspot.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on November 10, 2010, 08:23:28 PM
Welcome to the new peeps!  Some gorgeous stuff here!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: masa15 on November 13, 2010, 05:39:51 PM
Hi,

I join from Japan.
I'm happy to find this forum.

With my friend, I sell handmade leather-bound notebooks.
Please tell me what you think about our works.

My website:http://design-y.near-mint.com/

Thank you.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: foreversparkles on November 15, 2010, 06:20:24 AM
Hello there,

My name is Kirsty and i run my home business of handmade jewellery called foreversparkles. my business is very new and i am trying to get the word out there i started my business on Facebook where it still is so if anyone is on Facebook please search out Sparkles (named it before my webpage and cant change to foreversparkles on there :) )

Anyway i am in the uk in Norwich and am doing my first fete on dec 4th i also am slowly starting to expand from just jewellery to bookmarks and also wine glass charms and badges.

You can also follow me on Twitter under foreversparkles and then there is my website which is still under construction and changes but can be viewed at www.foreversparkles.co.uk.

I find jewellery making so calming i love it and cant stop buying be it in shops or even ebay i am a danger to my bank balance :) payments come in and im soon paying back out cause i see something shiney and sparkly i think i def was a magpie in a past life :)

Well anything else then i will always answer so hope everyone is well please do come over and like me on facebook and follow me on twitter the support would be great and i too will return the favour :)xxxxxx

Love kirsty @ ForeverSparkles or on facebook Sparkles :) xxx
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Aleareashop on November 15, 2010, 08:53:25 PM
Hi, I am Alearea. I am a 24 yr old single mom, and I currently work in Fast Food. I have been making jewelry since I was 10 and I have dreamed to make it my career.
I went to school for Marketing and business, but in my situation.. I was not able to finish school. I plan to go back but for now I am living day to day.
Crafting is the only thing that relieves my stress, but it is not enough to just make things. I want others to enjoy it. I recently started an Etsy, alearea.etsy.com and I hope I will be successful enough to stop having to work fast food and pay what little I earn to day care. It really isn't working well.
Please let me know what you like and don't like on my site with as much detail as possible. I can take the honesty, I need this to work and I will do anything.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Experience Designs on November 16, 2010, 12:06:25 AM
My name is Whitney - I've made jewelry for as long as I can remember, but have started putting really serious effort into it for the past 2-3 years. Like many, I hope to make it a career, and am currently attending UGA as an intended Jewelry and Metalworking major.

At Experience Designs, we make funky meet elegant. I create a variety of eclectic jewelry - Oftentimes these pieces are 100% unique because I create them using resin - They are one of a kind. Experience Designs jewelry and accessories are perfect for expressing yourself, stocking stuffers, or wonderful gifts for any occasion. The holidays are right around the corner, and I gift wrap my items in a beautiful silver box with a black ribbon - You can see the photos in my listings at my Etsy shop.

Visit Experience Designs!
http://www.experience.etsy.com

If you like the funky-meets-elegant style of Experience Designs, check out the Twitter, Facebook Page, and Blog! You can get access to special offers, contests/giveaways, Etsy seller features, and more! If you join the blog, remember to sign up for the newsletter. There will be exclusive sales and other special promotions for newsletter subscribers.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on November 16, 2010, 01:34:43 PM
What a talented group we are!  Welcome to the HAFforum!  Jump in and click around and ask questions.  We are a friendly bunch and ready to help and promote.

Don't forget to post pictures of your creations in the gallery section so we can all be impressed
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: rasamalai on November 17, 2010, 10:06:07 AM
Hi all, my name is Claudia Liliana, I make whimsical items and have an etsy shop. (fb page, blog, flickr stream, etc)
I live in México with my kids and support ourselves with my crafts.
I haven't found my way around this forum yet, but I look forward to make your acquaintance soon!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mozelladesigns on November 17, 2010, 12:12:33 PM
Hi Everyone! My name is Christine. I'm a student in Memphis, Tennessee working on my Master's in Counseling. I love helping and talking to people and can't wait to get started in my field.

I have been making handmade jewelry for about a year so I'm still pretty new. I've really gained a passion for it over the last year. I'm currently loving creating handstamped pieces and trying to collect as many fonts and design stamps as I can. I sell on Etsy currently and I'm loving the experience of other people wearing what I've created!

Here are my sites:
www.mozelladesigns.etsy.com
www.facebook.com/mozelladesigns
www.twitter.com/mozelladesigns
 

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: kinneyperry on November 17, 2010, 11:29:59 PM
With my background stemming from creative roles such as Creative Director, Sr. Graphic Designer and Art Director, my eye for design can now be captured in my love and inspiration for custom glass and semi precious stone one-of-a-kind jewelry.
 
Each handcrafted custom semi precious stone and glass creation is guaranteed to be produced only once. No two pieces will be handcrafted the same. Once I create a piece and it's sold it's true appreciation will be retained in it's owners hands.
 
My vision in designing explores the very edge of beauty and style. My design's meet expressions of bold accents, daring combination's and elegance purposed to expose uniqueness in each piece.

So there's my story. I look forward to talking and interacting with everyone on this wonderful community.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: velvetcreations on November 18, 2010, 01:00:21 AM
Hi Everyone. I finally discovered how to get on this site, but I am here now and that's all that counts! Well my Shop is known as velvetcreations, not that I work on velvet but because that is my NAME. It is sort of unusual a name for a person my age coming from the Midwest and all but there it is. I moved from PA to VA and was missing my children so , what to do! I looked around for an interest, I uesed to raise Siamese but that is done. So what else. Well I wanted to learn how to paint flowers. Seems easy unless you are me. But I persevered and now I so love to paint.  But on lots of different things as my shop shows.Old , used things as I say renew the old! I do some canvas but I like old thrown out windows. They are such a treat to look at on a wall. Anyway HELLO!!!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: souzoucreations on November 18, 2010, 06:48:15 AM
SouZou Creations offers kawaii handmade sweets Jewelry & Accessory like rings (floating rings), earrings, Pins / tie-tac, magnets and buttons. SouZou means Creation Through Imagination.

For Japanese stickers, fabric, and more http://fromjapanwithlove.etsy.com (http://fromjapanwithlove.etsy.com)

For wholesale prices on cabochons, clay canes and more http://decosweets.etsy.com (http://more http://decosweets.etsy.com)

For handmade rings http://souzoucreations.etsy.com (http://souzoucreations.etsy.com)

For Japanese vintage goods http://vintagefromjapan.etsy.com (http://vintagefromjapan.etsy.com)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: SLPhotography on November 18, 2010, 10:49:43 AM
Hi there!

My name is Siân, and I am a photographer from the South of Dorset, in England. I am 21 years old, and have been taking photographs since I was 16 :)

My passion is floral and macro photography; I absolutely love everything about it. However, I do also shoot landscape and portraiture (I'd love to be a better portrait photographer, but c'est la vie). Here's a little taster of some of my stuff...

(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v349/178/80/28718563820/n28718563820_871220_2065.jpg)

(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs115.snc3/16235_203208663820_28718563820_3014496_3349201_n.jpg)

(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v2423/178/80/28718563820/n28718563820_1398425_3689.jpg)

I sell greetings cards via Etsy; click here for my shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/sianlister?ref=pr_profile)!

I also do a lot of crochet, and absolutely love amigurumi! On top of that, I am also an avid scrapbooker!!

I look forward to getting to know you all  :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on November 18, 2010, 11:08:19 AM
Welcome, everyone!!!! ^-^

Souzou, I used one of your bento boxes in a Treasury before. :-* (http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c7334c689416d917e14a332/itadakimasu?index=17)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: spurloo on November 20, 2010, 08:40:06 AM
Hello, my name is Annie and I am new to this forum and fairly new to Etsy.

I love to create wearable art. My favorite materials are retro or vintage beads and yarn. I truly like to create unique things. But I am still learning and I am glad to be here because I see a lot of talented artists that I can learn from. I do like to bead, but my main inspiration is knitting/crochet. Glad to be here! Looking forward to getting to know you all better.

Annie
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jelveh Designs on November 20, 2010, 12:01:55 PM
Hi all, my name is Jelveh and I am addicted to melting glass at a torch and making beads, vessels, blown ornaments & the such...I am 46, have a new puppy, a great hubby, and work in a great studio that my friend and I made, where people come to learn & teach all kinds of jewelry arts, from silversmithing to rock carving & of course lampworking...
you can find me at my blog at www.jelvehdesigns.blogspot.com
www.jelvehdesigns.etsy.com
thanks for letting me play here
Jelveh
Peace :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: hyenamom on November 20, 2010, 03:58:25 PM
Hi everyone!

I'm Karen and I'm mostly a knitter and yarn dyer: http://koolsheepsoakers.com/

However, I have not been selling a lot lately, as I have been spending most of my time managing this selling venue I started 6 years ago: http://hyenacart.com/

I'm really glad to have found this forum!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on November 22, 2010, 12:18:32 PM
Welcome to all the new members! Jump and show off your stuff and have fun. We have a lot of different things going on in the forum so look around and don't be scared to ask questions.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: BrooklynBath on November 23, 2010, 07:18:03 PM
Hi Everyone -

My name is Rose and I'm the creator of BrooklynBath. I'm brand new to Etsy. My shop offers handmade soap and toiletries and we work closely with our customers to provide a unique and custom bath and body product for them.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lesley on November 24, 2010, 03:32:12 PM
Hi, I'm a jewellery maker living in Masham in the UK.

I started out two years ago, making bead and wire jewellery, and have recently been getting dangerous with a small soldering torch.

Dipped my toe into chainmaille earlier in the year and, you've heard it before, I'm totally hooked.  :)

I've not added to my website recently as the gremlins are taking over, but I've been working on several new pieces for a Christmas event in nearby Harrogate. Will be so glad when that's over......sigh! If you want to see what I've been up to click on my Flickr link. 

This forum "followed" me on Twitter the other day (sorry, I don't really tweet) so it seemed rude not to join.  ;)

I've only ever been on jewellery or lampwork forums before so I'm looking forward to learning something new.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Birdie056 on December 02, 2010, 01:27:31 PM
Hi Handmade Artists! I am Robin from Bryan-College Station, Texas. I enjoy creating handmade beaded necklaces using semi-precious stones and beads.  Recently, I have made a commitment to market my wares! I have been attending flea markets, crafts fairs and farmer's markets, displaying my jewelry and selling a few pieces here and there.  I have an ETSY site (http://www.etsy.com/shop/birdsnestgifts) and recently created my own web site using Yahoo! Small Business (www.birdsnestgiftsboutique.com).  Again, the results have been mixed: a lot of visits and encouraging comments, but few sales.  I hope to meet other handmade artists here and share marketing ideas.  Is it possible to make a living creating handmade products?  Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated! 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on December 02, 2010, 06:17:52 PM
Welcome, all!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: emeraldpixie on December 02, 2010, 11:09:10 PM
Hi! My name is Lisa. My shop is emeraldpixie. I make handmade silver jewelry. You can check out my work at http://emeraldpixie.etsy.com. Really happy to find forums like this one!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: knotsforyou on December 04, 2010, 12:42:24 PM
Hello Everyone!!
My name is Grace & I have a business (Knots For You) selling my own hand-crocheted jewelry.
My website is www.KnotsForYou.com

All my jewelry is made with 100% silk.
I donate 20% of my sales to charity; 10% to the National Kidney Foundation & 10% to the National Center for Learning Disibilities
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Bramble Oak on December 04, 2010, 08:01:45 PM
Hi everyone!
Just joined the forum.  I'm Jan and the owner of Bramble Oak on Etsy.  I am a pretty eclectic crafter/artisan and create things ranging from jewelry to refinishing wood items.

I used to be known as "Rustic Diva Designs" but I've revamped myself since we moved to central WI earlier this year.  There are lots of natural elements to work with here and, of course this gives me more ideas to work with.

Going to browse around the forums and get aquainted.
Thanks for having me!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Bettina on December 11, 2010, 11:26:10 PM
Hi! I just found this website and I'm looking forward to getting to know you all.  I've been hand dying for about 3 1/2 years, mostly tie dye but have recently been trying shibori and low water immersion. After a lot of reading, experimenting and support from family and friends, I'm turning my passion into a business. I've been a real estate appraiser for over 15 years but business has gone down the drain due to changes in the laws and the sinking market here in Florida. So, it's the perfect time to give this thing a try. Any advice for a newbie in this market is greatly apprecitated!

I'm on the web at www.shopbstees.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on December 12, 2010, 12:17:16 AM
Yay for the new peeps!

Bettina, I get it... I'm a lawyer, and real estate sales are barely happening because of the crappy market.  At this point, we mostly use appraisers in divorce cases.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on December 12, 2010, 11:20:44 AM
Welcome, everyone!! :D Be sure to show off your goodies in one of our galleries!!
Title: Hello everybody
Post by: Valarium on December 12, 2010, 11:31:45 AM
Hello all,

I'm new to the forums, i hope to be contributing soon.

I make steampunk jewelry along with my wife, we have been doing so for the last year and a half.
We also make bijoux and swarovski jewelry which we sell mostly overseas.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on December 14, 2010, 02:50:49 PM
WOW welcome to all the new members and thanks so much for joining. There are a lot of different areas of this site so just ask questions and you'll get help if you need it. So jump right in and enjoy the fun!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Arene on December 14, 2010, 04:29:20 PM
Hello,

I'm Arene - representing webknitncrochet (etsy). I enjoy knitting and crocheting unique fashion wear including bags, back packs, mobiuses, and much more. This forum is so awesome and I am happy to join!

www.webknitncrochet.etsy.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: locamode on December 15, 2010, 01:24:23 PM
Hi Etsy vendors!

My name is Danika and I'm a textile designer from Canada.

I hope to be selling products by the Spring of 2011.

I'm also very interested in talking to vendors who are using digital textile printing.

If you have a second and want to vote for me here http://www.successfulyou.ca/best-concept/locamode-textile-design-printing that would be fantastic!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on December 15, 2010, 01:52:37 PM
Hi Etsy vendors!

My name is Danika and I'm a textile designer from Canada.

I hope to be selling products by the Spring of 2011.

I'm also very interested in talking to vendors who are using digital textile printing.

If you have a second and want to vote for me here http://www.successfulyou.ca/best-concept/locamode-textile-design-printing that would be fantastic!

Welcome Danika!  I voted!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: WanderingGlassStudio on December 16, 2010, 12:35:39 PM
Hello. I am Rj. I am new to this forum and wanted to introduce myself. I am a glass artist. I look forward to seeing all the great handmade items here.

Check out my work here  http://wanderingglassstudio.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: inblossoms on December 16, 2010, 01:27:24 PM
Hi i'm a starting artist :) I make brooches, earrings, bracelets, neck jewelry. I like embroidery and beading.
You can see my works at my site http://www.inblossoms.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HoneysHive on December 17, 2010, 08:42:52 AM
Hi all :)

My name is Honey, and my etsy shop is Honey's Hive.  I make things from the art of paper quilling, mostly jewelry, also some frames and magnets.  Looking forward to chatting with other crafters!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on December 17, 2010, 09:58:19 AM
Welcome, everyone!!

Honey, I LOVE your shop! Usually you see paper quilling on greeting cards and such. I love that you make jewelry instead! :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: AmberBracelets on December 22, 2010, 09:07:24 PM
Hi my name is Amber, and I make handmade jewelry. Here is my etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/AmberBracelets
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: deborahsjewels on December 23, 2010, 09:31:56 AM
Hello Everyone! My name is Deborah. I am 25 years old and have a wonderful fiance and 6 year old son. I am currently unemployed so I spend most of my time at home now and started crafting and drawing. I have been drawing since i was a kid but my fiance got me back into it recently. I also started making jewelry and experimenting with polymer clay. I can be found on twitter, facebook and etsy.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Dragonfly Expression on December 23, 2010, 10:02:28 AM
Hello!
My name is Chantal, I'm french Canadian hey!!!
I'm a happy homemaker who loves to do things that makes other people feel good especially my wonderful husband Renald! Cooking is very relaxing for me and doing crafts is a therapy!!! All of my family and most of my friends are living on the East coast of Canada and Quebec...So, this is where my love of creating greeting cards came about...Internet is a great tool to stay in touch with your loved one...But, receiving a beautiful handcrafted card in the mail from someone very dear...gives such a warm fuzzy feeling!

I also started making paper flowers...I'm proud to say that I have shipped them to many homes around the world!
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My links:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/DragonflyExpression
http://dragonflyexpression.blogspot.com/
http://twitter.com/Dragonsflowers

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on December 23, 2010, 10:04:58 AM
Welcome to all the new folks...  we're glad you're here!  Browse around and make yourselves at home!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on December 23, 2010, 11:38:06 AM
Welcome, everyone!!!! :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Chatty Cats on December 23, 2010, 10:04:56 PM
Hi all!  I'm Cat from Chatty Cat's.  I am a jewelry artisan (surprise!!...haha...with the ten thousand others!) and have shops on both Artfire and Etsy.  I just rejoined Etsy, and am happy to have widened my circle of friends! 

I'm looking forward to getting to know you, and although we're all stretched so thin with the gazillion sites we're all members of (!), I hope to be able to interact with my new friends here on HAF.

I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!
My links:
http://www.chattycats.artfire.com
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ChattyCatsDesign
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chatty-Cats/97676823423
http://twitter.com/chattycats
http://www.wwwchattycats.blogspot.com
http://itsbetterhandmade.socialgo.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Daves Cupboard on December 28, 2010, 01:06:32 AM
Hi all!  My name's Dave.  I'm a stained glass artisan, glasspainter, printmaker, and I occasionally take on other projects and media.  My most recent project was my daughter's Christmas present, a pair of steampunk goggles I made from some antique steelworker's protective eyewear.

My web presence is mostly through my blog, http://davescupboard.blogspot.com (http://davescupboard.blogspot.com) where I review various foods and develop recipes for home production of artisanal foods like bacon and capicola. (Does handcrafting your own cured meats count as "handmade?")  I found this website because @HandmadeForum started following me on Twitter and I wanted to take a look around before I started following back.  :)

That's it for now from me, I guess.  I'm going to lurk awhile and get familiar with the topics and people and general atmosphere of the board before I go making a fool of myself in the threads.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on December 28, 2010, 10:28:45 AM
Welcome Dave!  Glad to have you join us!  Make yourself at home and if you have any questions, someone will be happy to help you!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jewelrybyjanelle50 on December 28, 2010, 05:19:17 PM
Welcome ot all the newcomers! Glad to have you here, and jump right in!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: vintageaesthetic on December 28, 2010, 09:59:49 PM
Hello All!  My name is Kelley, and I also make handcrafted jewelry!  I just recently started selling my stuff on etsy... (i would love some selling tips btw...) and posted a few things on artfire but haven't followed through with that as much as etsy.  Anyway, I absolutely love birds, leaves, flowers, or anything nature related and it shows in my jewelry!  I'm attempting to branch out a bit, but only a little luck so far!! 

I also opened a "Green Living" shop along side my husband called Green City Beans on etsy.  He hand binds and paints recycled journals, and I crochet re usable coffee sleeves out of yarn and recently recycled t-shirts!  This shop is really really new, and we don't even have everything posted yet!  We're getting there!

I look forward to discussing fun crafty topics with everyone!!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/VintageAesthetic http://www.etsy.com/shop/GreenCityBeans
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on December 28, 2010, 11:48:08 PM
Welcome, all!

(and Dave, I think I need to taste test that bacon to see if it qualifies)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on December 29, 2010, 08:14:42 PM
Welcome to all our new members, jump right in and have fun!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: zenmasterflash on December 30, 2010, 01:22:43 PM
Hi - my name is Brandy a.k.a. zenmasterflash. I have an Etsy shop called brandy-son Zen master flash and a blog that I write with the same name. I love to create and do anything DIY. I also love taking photos. I just use my digital camera for now but I also just got a new Diana mini which I can't wait to start using. It's pretty bad ass. I've been a member for awhile now but haven't had time to come here an introduce myself or spend much time chatting. I hope to change that in the new year.

Hope you all had a great holiday wish you a Happy New Year!

Links to reach me:
http://brandaleeb.blogspot.com/
@Letting_It_Fly on Twitter
zenmasterflash.etsy.com
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Title: seaschelldesign new member
Post by: seaschelldesign on December 31, 2010, 11:57:17 AM
Hello from seaschelldesign
Title: Hello - New site to sell your handmade items
Post by: ByTheseHands1 on January 02, 2011, 01:33:18 PM
Hello -

We're newcomers, but glad to be a part of this group of fellow artists and crafters.  We launched our site a little over a month ago and trying to get the word out.  Our site is www.ByTheseHands.com. 

You can set up a free shop and sell handmade creations, classic (old) items and supplies.  There are no contracts and you can cancel at any time.  You can even obtain advertisers on your site and you keep the fees.  You can link your shop to your Facebook and Twitter pages as well as other web sites.

Please check us out.



By These Hands
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Bellina on January 02, 2011, 08:26:35 PM
Happy New Year everyone.  My name is Bonnie and I do handmade jewelry.  I specialize in gemstones, crystal and sea glass.  I recently started selling on Etsy.  Excited to take a look and around and get to know other artists!

My links:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/BellinaCreations
http://www.facebook.com/BellinaCreations
http://twitter.com/BellinaCreation
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LeeBeads on January 05, 2011, 09:31:48 AM
've been a working artist most of my adult life, and even in my teen years. I have painted, sculpted, woven, and sewn and drawn. Then I found lampwork about 10 years ago and never looked back. I work hard a improving my craft every day and would like someday to make enough money that I am not always looking for supplementa​l work. I live in the lowcountry of South Carolina with my DH, three dogs and a cat. I consider myself blessed to be able to create in a way that soothes my soul.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: medusa1307 on January 07, 2011, 08:44:08 AM
Hi! My name is Roberta, from Rome, Italy, knowed as Medusa1307 on Etsy.
I worked for twelve years as production designer and set decorator and now I quit my day job because the crises. I'm an happy and relaxed crafter and jewelry maker now and I can't wait to improve my crafter experience sharing  ;) suggestions with other artists!
Nice to be here!
Title: Introducing Myself
Post by: Peggy E. on January 07, 2011, 11:39:30 AM
This is a little confusing for one who is definitely NOT computer savvy....  I keep running into "Shout!"

Anyway, I'm a folk art doll creator.  My Rag Tag Critters have been selling online through etsy, eBay and, I hope someday soon, Bonanza.  They are also featured in the Miller Art Museum in Door County, WI.

Also creating and selling hair sticks on Bonanza, but am really putting my creative energies into the Critters - they're more fun!

Looking forward to connecting with other artists and craftspeople who are taking advantage of the internet as an outlet for their work.

Peggy E.
Rag Tag Critters
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on January 08, 2011, 08:06:12 PM
Welcome, new people!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: My Ear Jazz on January 09, 2011, 01:56:46 PM
I am Geri, with MY EAR JAZZ. I have been embellishing on the bandless ear muffs since Feb. 2007.  I love coming up with new designs in embroidery and especially crystals.  If anyone gives me an idea, I can imagine the design right then. I give God all the glory for my talent.

I'm excited about meeting new people on here and learn from their ideas, etc.

I am our church secretary during the week and on weekends and evenings love to promote my business.

I have two wonderful boys, one is in college and the other a senior in high school, and my beautiful cat, Sebastian.

I have always done some kind of crafts since childhood. Embroidery, counted cross stitch, huck weaving, macrame, knitting.

 I also love to crochet with thread and yarn and love to teach people how to crochet.

Geri

http://www.etsy.com/shop/myearjazz
http://www.facebook.com/myearjazz
http://www.myearjazz.com

 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on January 09, 2011, 02:20:11 PM
Very neat!  How do they stay on, though?  I've never seen anything like this.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on January 09, 2011, 04:46:38 PM
Welcome to all the new members, jump right in and have a blast. Make sure you post some pics in the gallery!
Title: Handmade Ribbon Leis and so much more....
Post by: Ribbon Leis and More on January 14, 2011, 10:30:12 AM
Hello everyone... :)
I'd like to introduce myself. 

My name is Chandra and I'm originally from Hawaii transplanted into NC. 
As long as I can remember, I've had fond memories of picking handfuls of flowers and sitting under a plumeria tree stringing leis. Flower leis are a tradition in Hawaii.

Leis are given at weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, retirements, and graduations. Most graduates receive so many leis that they can hardly see over them.

For me stringing leis bring back wonderful childhood memories. They make beautiful, everlasting keepsake pieces.

Please come by and visit me at: http://www.bonanza.com/booths/cmdsplace
Much Aloha
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on January 16, 2011, 04:34:15 PM
Welcome to all the new peeps! Jump right in and have fun. Post some of your creations in the gallery!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Dee-Flowerhosen on January 17, 2011, 08:35:45 AM
Hi! I'm Zarina. I live in Ireland. Me and my sister crochet & knit hats and things. Hers are turning out more sell worthy then mine, but we have yet to try and sell them. Was followed on twitter and thought I would follow back, and see what you guys have going on here! @Za_Queen on Twitter
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on January 18, 2011, 09:14:00 AM
Welcome to all of the new folks!  Browse around and have fun - if you have any questions, please ask...  We're a helpful bunch!
Title: Hi Everyone! Just wanted to introduce myself
Post by: balletboi78 on January 20, 2011, 01:19:22 PM
Hi Everyone!  I just found this board and think its really great! I am a professional ballet dancer but also love to make soy candles and soap.  I recently opened my online store and am very excited.  If you'd like take a look at it and tell me what you think.   ;)
Title: Re: Hi Everyone! Just wanted to introduce myself
Post by: paradisepurls on January 20, 2011, 06:47:43 PM
hi!  and, welcome to the forum...you're right, it is a great place!  Please post the link to your shop for us, then we can click right over to see it!  :D

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on January 21, 2011, 02:33:54 PM
Welcome to the forum!!

The globe under your profile picture links to your web site. Her shop is here: http://www.jackbenimblecandles.com/
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Kalera on January 23, 2011, 01:18:36 AM
Hi all! This is really a re-introduction... I first joined the forum a couple of years ago, and then divorce wreaked mayhem in my life and I didn't really have time to keep up with a lot of the normal things that I enjoy. Things are a lot more settled now, though, so I'm re-engaging forum mode and trying to get more familiar with the layout (is it different or am I just forgetful?) and folks here.

I'm a 39-year-old full-time glass beadmaker and mom of 2 girls (7 and 13) and one boy (11) in Portland, Oregon. I'm currently in the middle of a DIY bathroom remodel and I just started a home-ec blog, so time will  tell how scattered I still am, I'm sure!  ;)

I'm still figuring out the features and areas here, but I will definitely post pics when I figure out where to post them! I just started making earrings in December, and they're really basic compared to most of the stuff I see posted here but I'm pretty happy with them. Mostly I just make beads, and my best friend is taking a metalworking class so I'm excited to maybe have some collaborations I can post at some point in the near future!
Title: Re: Introduce yourself
Post by: gettagift on January 23, 2011, 01:41:23 AM
Hello Everyone,
Very new to handmade, but loving the jewelry biz...
I'm a wife, mother, runner, gift basket business owner and now a jewelry maker hoping to make people feel pretty and happy.

Still looking for my first Etsy sale, but hopeful it will happen soon. 

http://www.facebook.com/GettaGiftJewellery
http://www.etsy.com/shop/gettagift

Have a great evening and hope to connect with people!

Take care,
Traci
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: handmadeology on January 23, 2011, 08:24:13 PM
Hey everyone Tim here From Handmadeology (http://handmadeology.com). Just stopping  by to say hey!  8)

Handmadeology (http://handmadeology.com) Learn - Promote - Connect
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Che4u on January 23, 2011, 11:23:30 PM

Hello!

My name is Shannon and I am a designer and artist, from New Hampshire.  I have a BFA in Metalsmithing & Jewelry and have been selling my work online since 2001.

My Artfire Jewelry Shop is here:  http://www.artfire.com/users/Che4u (http://www.artfire.com/users/Che4u)

(http://i53.tinypic.com/21kmnfa.jpg)

I also am on Plurk, (Che4u2), and Twitter, (Che4u), and Bmy Blog is at:  http://che4u.blogspot.com/ (http://che4u.blogspot.com/)

I look forward to chatting with you all soon, thank you for your time!

Shannon
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: trusk4u on January 24, 2011, 08:10:28 AM
Welcome to our awesomely fun group everyone! ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LauraDaGoddess on January 24, 2011, 05:55:19 PM
Wow! A crafting celebrity in our midst.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Sensorium on January 25, 2011, 11:43:07 AM
Hi! I'm new here also!  My name is Quinn and I make shadow boxes.  My shop currently only has one on display but I promise there will be more soon!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: klaradar on January 26, 2011, 10:44:36 AM
Hi everyone!!
My names is Klara.
I grew up in a seaside town in Bulgaria, and have been creative all my life. Living by the sea has impacted me artistically in ways that I often portray and yearn for expansive horizons and grand scale views. I now live in Bulgaria's capital, which is far from the sea, but my seaside foundation is always with me.

I graduated from the Sofia National Art Academy, with a degree in textile & fashion, though my interests lie beyond applied arts as well. I love working with dry pastels and watercolor, and my preferred subjects are portraits and landscapes. Over time my watercolor painting has lead me to painting on silk, and I have been creating one of a kind silk and chiffon scarfs professionally (full time) for a number of years.

here is my places in the net;
my etsy shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/klaradar
and my blogs;
http://klaradar.blogspot.com/
http://silkpaint.blogspot.com/

Thanks to be a part of this great forum!! :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on January 26, 2011, 10:46:47 AM
Welcome to all the new folks!  Browse around and make yourself at home!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: StellaRordan on January 26, 2011, 09:34:34 PM
Hi! First post here! I'm thrilled I found this site (from twitter). I look forward to learning some handy tips from my fellow artisans, in business and art!

I'm Rachel Buck, 31 year old stay at home mom from Wichita, KS. Jeez, that sounds so boring! I have been making jewelry for a couple of years. I am coming up on a year for wire wrapping and selling in my online shop. I honestly think making wire-wrapped jewelry is what I was born to do (besides raising a wonderful contribution to society - my adorable 5 year old son, Rordan). Feel free to "buddy" me, heart me, follow me, (did I miss anything?), I follow back. I've uploaded some pics already, so check me out! I look forward to seeing what everyone has to offer! (http://C:\Users\Bucks\Pictures\Etsy 4)
This is me & my favorite piece to date - Maharani's Gold.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on January 26, 2011, 10:19:36 PM
Beautiful!
Title: Fantasy Jewelry
Post by: Fantasy jewlery goddess on January 28, 2011, 11:39:35 AM
Im new here and just wanted to introduce myself really.
My name is Em and I am a English jewelry designer, living here in the USA with my Military husband and our beautiful kids. You may visit my site by going to :-
www.fantasyjewelrygoddess.com
thanks everyone, looking forward to getting to know everyone :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: babygigi on January 28, 2011, 02:59:07 PM
Hi All,

My name is Sherri and I own Baby GiGi's Boutique Marketing. I help those who create, make and manufacture products as well as those who design products be able to expand into major retailers, baby boutiques, gift shops, hobby shops, toy stores and more.
I provide a wonderful service that is very cost effected in which to help grow and expand your business and product(s). Putting your product directly in the hand of those who are looking to purchase. No more hassles of trying to expand your growth alone. I am a very savvy business woman who has been online and knows the ends and outs of marketing.
We never charge high rates that are unforgivable to our business owners as yourself, creating more stress and unwanted revenue is not what we are about.

Come check us out online today and get started earning more money for your product(s).
We look forward to meeting you.

http://babygigiboutique.com/ (http://babygigiboutique.com/)
Title: Hello everyone
Post by: Egyptian Inspirations on January 28, 2011, 08:34:21 PM
Hi I am new to the forum. I create hand mad Egyptian themed jewellery. Hope to meet some fellow hand crafters. I am also from the UK.

Here is my website if you would like to take a look
http://www.egyptianinspirations.co.uk (http://www.egyptianinspirations.co.uk)

Twitter  twitter.com/EgyptianInspire (http://twitter.com/EgyptianInspire)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ALittleDotty on January 30, 2011, 06:26:12 AM
Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum, nice to meet you all!
My name is Natalia and I am originally from Thessaloniki, Greece. After a couple of years in Chicago, I currently live in London UK, and in June I will be moving to Bali, Indonesia, where I will be conducting fieldwork on audiences of Balinese theatre. Apart from studying for a PhD in Media and Film Studies at SOAS, I love making things, especially vintage-inspired jewellery. I also experiment with knitting and crochet. Making stuff helps me survive all the academic madness while selling them in my little online shop helps me survive.
I am inspired by everything vintage, particularly Victorian illustrations and vintage ads. I also get a lot of inspiration from colour and texture. I love combining different materials to see what new can come out of them.
Take a look at my Etsy shop (http://alittledotty.etsy.com) and let me know what you think! I'd really appreciate your feedback!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: tillydesigns on February 01, 2011, 06:28:38 PM
Hi,

I'm new to these forums and somewhat new to Etsy... Still tyring to get it figured out.  I'm 27 and I have a full time dayjob (programmer) so I don't get as much time as I like to market my jewelry line.  I make swarovski, glass and silver jewelry... what else.... OH! I just started a natual soap line as well :)  I do a lot of local craft fairs and do very well there... for some reason I've only made one sale on Etsy but I haven't quite given up yet.  My shop is in a bit of a facelift at the moment...

Feel free to follow me on twitter (I always follow back) or like my facebook page and send me yours :)

http://www.tillydesigns.etsy.com
http://www.twitter.com/tillydesign
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tilly-Designs/132175143503370

~Tilly



Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on February 01, 2011, 11:33:45 PM
Welcome, everyone!! Love the talent I am seeing!! :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ClayArtbyDaresa on February 02, 2011, 07:43:25 PM
Hi everyone!  I am new here.  I am a polymer clay artist.  I sell my products on Zibbet.
www.zibbet.com/daresab (http://www.zibbet.com/daresab)

Also have a fb page:
www.facebook.com/clayartbydaresa (http://www.facebook.com/clayartbydaresa)
twitter:
www.twitter.com/clayartbydaresa (http://www.twitter.com/clayartbydaresa)

Thank you!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: WeekendBase on February 04, 2011, 07:51:24 AM
Hello. New as well... I do not have a shop but I do own a website where I show my "handmade-s" :)
www.weekendbase.com (http://www.weekendbase.com)

Feel free to visit and if you like participate in my first giveaway :)

http://www.weekendbase.com/2011/02/candy_giveaway/ (http://www.weekendbase.com/2011/02/candy_giveaway/)

I like crochet, sewing and a little bit of everything.

Nice to join you all here.
Have a great weekend!
Anna
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: facetwest on February 04, 2011, 11:20:54 AM
Hi. I found this forum via Twitter (Thanks for following me).  FacetWest is a small family run business, which specializes in handcrafted Sterling Silver Jewelry. Everything is made by my husband, and I help him with the designs!!! Getting this business off the ground is slow going, but we're getting there. I'm really glad to have found this website to get our name out there. Looking forward to posting!!!


Please come check out our website:
http://www.facetwest.com

You'll find links to our eBay listings, Goldsmithing forum and Facebook page.

Please follow us on Twitter:
 http://twitter.com/FacetWest

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: BlackGizmo on February 04, 2011, 03:12:54 PM
Hi
I'm Jaanus from Estonia,Europe.And we just started a small wood workshop.We deals mainly in wood products,design and new product development.
Come check out our shops and facebook page.

Hope to make lots of new friends here :)

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: BeautifullyPractical on February 04, 2011, 08:23:00 PM
Hi there! Bonjour! My name is Susan Forsythe, better known on Etsy as BeautifullyPractical.  I opened my shop on November 8th and while it's slow to take in sales, I have been busy building my Facebook Page, Wordpress Blog and Twitter. Oh, I've also joined a few teams in the hope of meeting like-minded people and learning from those in the know!

I'm a very creative and passionate person who has only recently learned to channel my energy into my crafts.  I love it!

I look forward to interacting with fellow artisans. Wishing you all much happiness, good health, and prosperity.  Take care!

You can find me at:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/BeautifullyPractical
http://www.facebook.com/BeautifullyPractical
http://beautifullypractical.wordpress.com
http://twitter.com/SusanForsythe
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Sonas on February 05, 2011, 11:39:23 PM
Hello everyone!  I'm new here, my name is Brenda.  I'm a mom of 3, my oldest is currently serving in Afghanistan.

I'm an artist, candlemaker and soaper.  I love everything handmade and appreciate communities like these for handmade artisans.  Probably 90% of my handmade purchases are the result of artisans of meet in places like this other than random searches.

Wishing all much success and many happy sales!

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on February 06, 2011, 10:24:04 AM
Welcome to all of the new folks!  Browse around and make yourselves at home.  If you have questions, please ask... one of us will surely be around to help you!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TomOldsmith on February 06, 2011, 01:49:00 PM
Hello
I'm Tom. Is working in forging, stamping, chasing and repousse of sheet metal. More information about me you can find on my website.
Sorry for errors, it's hard to me to write in English.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on February 06, 2011, 09:20:10 PM
Welcome to all the new folks, so glad to have you. Jump right in and enjoy, post some pics in the gallery so we can check out your stuff. Don't be afraid to ask questions as well, we are a friendly bunch ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Yanina on February 08, 2011, 05:53:45 AM
Hello Everyone :)

Introduce yourself.....hm :) where to begin ? :)
About 20 something years ago my mom spent a Christmas night in a hospital in Russia giving birth to me :) Yes, I am Russian :)
I was born in Russia, grew up there, went to school, got (I believe) bachelor degree in design and left the country :)
Crazy 19 year old person with wind in my brains and 100$ in my pocket I moved to USA.
Oh those crazy crazy times :)
Not so long ago I realized I have to stop redoing my house, I have to stop repainting every other month the walls of my house, I have to stop moving furniture 200 times a month around the house....I need a hobby! Some creativity, some art work, some designs, some ....something different then my job.
And happily ever after I found it. I found felting for myself :) I started with needle felting, then learned simple felt, cobweb felt, nuno felt......Im still a novice in this, but im trying my best I guess :)

My name is Yanina btw :) Yana for short :)

http://www.etsy.com/shop/nafanyafelt
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Handmade-one-of-a-kind-accessories-by-Yanina-/174616112553155
http://twitter.com/nafanyafelt

 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: SilverLeica on February 08, 2011, 10:12:47 AM
Hi, I'm Felicia! I live in Indonesia & a graduated graphic designer who likes cute, beautiful & shabby things in life. Don't forget to mention my interest on faerie & fantastical-things :) I love to draw, designing things (from graphic to fashion), into photography things (but not that huge) & I was a big fan of anime when I was younger, though not anymore, but I can't stop to like Japanese trends & culture! I must admit that Japanese trends & culture do impact greatly to my creations, from my drawing style until my handmade items :)

My speciality items are my self-designed handmade jewelries & deco-cases, which have been made with the highest quality as possible to pleased those who craved for zero-calorie-sweet-things in life :D

Thanks so much for following me back then in Twitter because I can learn about this HAF & team! And I apply straight away ;)

Nice to meet you all & hope I can learn many things from this community!  :-*

You can find me on:
http://silverleica.etsy.com
http://www.twitter.com/brisinleica
http://www.facebook.com/silverleica
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on February 08, 2011, 02:52:23 PM
Welcome!! :D Love your story, Yanina!

Felicia, the hubs and I love Japanese culture as well!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: pureblisscandlz on February 08, 2011, 11:59:23 PM
Hello everyone....
I am Dawn and live in Florida with my 2 crazeeeee kitties and my girlfriend of 5 years.   We have a little candle biz called Pure Bliss Candles.  Tapping into the right side of my brain is a new concept and I am enjoying it.  I can almost feel different things happening up there when I'm creating.
Hoping that this year we will be able to really get our candles in some shops.  Last year, Karen was really sick, in the hospital for couple of months and we almost lost her.  Working very hard on keeping her healthy and making candles when I am able.  We recently made a move from the beach back to Orlando, which for we 2 beach bunnies, it's saddening.  But we will get back over there......we always do.
I look forward to seeing everyone's beautiful creations!!!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: crazyinsanity on February 09, 2011, 06:12:45 PM
Hi!
I am really bad at introductions, and even worse at giving information about myself! haha!
I love creating things, if I could I would paint, knit, sculpt, write, play every instrument, etc etc etc! I just love it all!
At the moment, I'm pretty focused on jewelry. I started with beads, got bored (this happens lol) and started using anything I can find. I just get ideas and try to make them reality.

Oh! And my name is Staci, I have 2 kids (1 teen, 1 preteen), I'm crazy, I homeschool, and I love music and long walks on the... wrong forum, sorry!
(j/k)

My links:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/foogirl
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Crazy-Insanity-Creations/127887650604507
http://twitter.com/#!/_crazyinsanity
http://crazyinsanitycreations.wordpress.com/ :o
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ItsBeadedBliss on February 10, 2011, 09:57:28 AM
Hi everyone,

My name is Jennifer and my best friend Kristen and I make up the It's Beaded Bliss duo!  I've been a crafter for close to 20 years and started with jewelry about 7 years ago and turned it into a business 3 years ago.  We make hand beaded jewelry and gifts and love vintage items that we can repurpose! We'd love for you to stop by our shop, facebook page or twitter and say hello!

Jennifer
itsbeadedbliss.etsy.com
facebook.com/itsbeadedbliss
twitter.com/itsbeadedbliss
twitter.com/jmattix531
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: SaturdaysMuse on February 10, 2011, 11:33:34 AM
Hello everyone!!  My name is Rae Anne and I was born crafting.  My mom taught me to sew, knit, crochet, etc. but I really took to painting.  I am entirely self taught (not always a good thing).  Jewelry-making is another passion and I am in the process of combining my love of painting and jewelry.  I just started my blog, check it out:
http://MySaturdaysMuse.blogspot.com
And my Etsy site:
www.SaturdaysMuse.etsy.com
I'm looking forward to this forum, it looks like fun!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: adorabubble on February 11, 2011, 06:51:34 AM
Hi

I'm Lisa and I design jewellery and bridal tiaras. I'm generally a creative type and have always been expressing my creativity in one way or another.

I used to dance when I was younger and I was into acting, singing, writing plays and directing too.

I started making jewellery about 5 years ago and when I was struggling through an emotional breakdown due to PTSD, which started about 4 years ago, I found that twisting bits of wire and playing with loads of sparkly beads helped to take my mind off things.

I started experimenting with tiara and discovered that I really enjoyed making them. So eventually things snowballed and I set up my own website and worked on it day and night.

It got to the point that I was eating, sleeping, breathing, dreaming jewellery and after 30 years of being on this earth and doing stressful jobs working for banks in their complaints departments, I discovered that I finally knew what I wanted to do with my life.

And so here I am. I've opened up on Etsy and have expanded into another collection which features everyday jewellery.

With being so ill, things were a bit sporadic, but now that I'm back to full health again and withdrawing from my antidepressants, I'm starting to really work on my business.

I've moved to sunny Turkey now, so all is good!

Anyway, I have verbal diahrea (sic.) sometimes, so I'll shut up now and leave you all in peace.

Lisa x
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on February 11, 2011, 03:19:09 PM
Welcome, everyone!

(and Lisa, I'm an actor too!)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mickwares on February 11, 2011, 08:38:36 PM
I am Carrol of Mick Wares.  I am a knitter, crocheter, over all crafter and when I can a worm farmer and genealogist (but that has nothing to do with handmade items).
I make mainly knitted hats.  The purpose of my website is so that myself and others have a place to show and possibly sell their handmade items.
I have been knitting since I was about 9 years old.  I have spent most of my life raising my two children who are now grown.  I am now a wife to a wonderful husband and pet to a 20 year old cat.
I hope to meet others that love to knit as much as I do.  My current project is a knitted dress for my 3 year old grand daughter's birthday on Sunday.  Wish me luck!
http://www.mickwares.com
http://twitter.com/mickwares
http://www.carrolmick.tumblr.com
http://www.mickwares.webs.com
Title: Hi! New here :)
Post by: Dawneedooville on February 12, 2011, 04:58:16 AM
Hello!  I'm Dawn from Dawneedooville.  I was invited here on Twitter.  I'm new to the selling part of my handmade art and crafts, but not new to making them.  Thanks for having me!

Dawn
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dawneedooville/139357326127107 (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dawneedooville/139357326127107)
http://www.etsy.com/shop/dawneedooville (http://www.etsy.com/shop/dawneedooville)
http://www.artfire.com/users/Dawneedooville (http://www.artfire.com/users/Dawneedooville)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on February 12, 2011, 10:34:59 AM
Welcome everyone!  We're glad you're here!  Browse around and make yourselves at home!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Crochetpuffylove on February 14, 2011, 12:37:59 AM
Hi everyone, I'm Darlene from Crochetpuffylove, and as you can guess - I love to crochet.

Ever since I was little and my grandmother taught me to crochet my very first scarf, wobbly edges and all, I was hooked.

I've recently discovered amigurumi style of crocheting and there just isn't enough hours in a day for all the projects I want to make.

I've had some local success with selling these items and recently opened my online store. It's been an exciting jump and I'm looking forward to meeting lots of great people here!

Please stop by and visit my store. As well, I have a new blog, facebook page and twitter and would be thrilled to have you drop by or leave a note.

Darlene :-*

zibbet.com/crochetpuffylove

Crochetpuffylove.blogspot.com
facebook.com/pages/crochetpuffylove
twitter.com/crochetpuffylov
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: funkyfeltflowers on February 16, 2011, 06:26:33 PM
Hi! I'm a Newbie! I make colorful, one-of-a-kind, funky felt flower cocktail rings. They make a statement and they make you smile!! Here's my info:

www.funkyfeltflowers.etsy.com

www.funkyfeltflowers.blogspot.com

www.facebook.com/funkyfeltflowers

www.facebook.com/michele.leifer

Hope to meet you all...
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on February 18, 2011, 09:03:03 PM
Welcome to all the new wonderful talent, show off your work in the gallery.
Glad to have ya!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: slsustainableapparel on February 20, 2011, 02:02:03 AM
Hey all,
I'm Stacy, a Sustainable Eco Based Designer from NY; Everything in my shop unisex + sustainable! I would love for people from all over to wear my merchandise.
Check out my Etsy Store:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/SLSustainableApparel?ref=pr_shop&show_panel=true

Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/stacylongo

**I am actually looking for some amazing eco/natural/handmade designers that would love to get there name out there and have some of their small items as part of a customer gift bag for an event in NYC. This is an amazing opportunity for someone who wants some fast recognition! Email me for more info!!**
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Lindleywood on February 20, 2011, 08:49:52 AM
Hi,
I'm Helen and I own and run Lindleywood alongside my husband, Simon.  We design, handmake and hand-paint personalised and bespoke bird boxes from our home workshop (well big garage really!) in a village in the UK on the Lincs/Leics border.  We've been doing it for 3 years after I decided that I wanted something to fit around our family and it's been my dream to work for myself since I was about 5 years old! 
Our website (which I designed and built) is at:
http://www.lindleywood.co.uk (http://www.lindleywood.co.uk)
and we're on Twitter: @LindleywoodUK http://twitter.com/#!/LindleywoodUK (http://twitter.com/#!/LindleywoodUK)
and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Lindleywood1 (http://www.facebook.com/Lindleywood1)
We look forward to making new friends.
Best Wishes
Helen
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jewelrybyjanelle50 on February 20, 2011, 08:23:33 PM
Welcome to all of the newcomers! Can't wait to see your talents in the gallery!  :D
Title: I'm new here
Post by: nanagcreations on February 21, 2011, 08:53:39 AM
Hi Everyone!  Stopped in to introduce myself. Just received the link through my Twitter, and I'm excited to be here!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on February 21, 2011, 11:16:59 AM
Welcome to all the new folks!  We're glad you're here!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: morninggale on February 22, 2011, 01:26:10 AM
Hi all! My name is Stacey and I run Morning Gale Planners & Stationery on Etsy. Thank you so much for letting me join the team!

A little about me and my shop.... I just started my business November of last year when I realized that I couldn't find a planner page that I liked after shopping for hours and hours, so since I have a degree in graphic design, I decided to make my own. My business has slowly but surely grown since then, and I am beginning to network and find new friends in the handmade community. Please take a moment to visit my sites and add me if you are on there; I will be sure to add you too!

Thank you again!
Stacey
Morning Gale

http://www.morninggale.etsy.com
http://www.twitter.com/morning_gale
http://www.facebook.com/morninggale
http://www.morninggale.deviantart.com
http://www.yelp.com/biz/morning-gale-san-diego
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: PrueXxXx on February 22, 2011, 06:26:30 PM
Hi guys! I'm really new at this so bare with me :) I love sewing & am learning how to crochet. I've got all these ideas in my head but no time to actually create them so i'm looking forward to finally getting my act together!

I have a blog - http://pruesprettythings.blogspot.com/ (http://pruesprettythings.blogspot.com/)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: GlassPeace on February 22, 2011, 08:10:57 PM
Hi guys! Allison here from Glass Peace.
My partner, Amir, and I make hand blown glass pendants and beads. We've been working hard on our website and Etsy shop.

I'm excited to be here and connect with other artists!

www.glasspeace.com
http://www.etsy.com/shop/GlassPeace ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lwangslife on February 23, 2011, 03:13:19 AM
i love all handmade clothing.

this is my shop.hope you like it.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Lwangslife
http://www.etsy.com/shop/thesimpson
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: leahcsiszar on February 24, 2011, 11:16:19 AM
Hello~ My name is Leah Csiszar and I work with metal, fiber and occasionally stone and glass.  I love to include plants in some of my pieces, I am attracted to their forms and presence.
I am currently in a new phase of my work which is quite exciting... I like to explore texture and form to create objects for the home and the body.  I have an Etsy shop... http://twobeans.etsy.com
and also use flickr....http://www.flickr.com/photos/leahcsiszar/

new work is falling off of my fingertips and will be added soon~

thanks, I look forward to being connected to art and handmade communities~

all the best,
Leah


Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Blue Highways on February 24, 2011, 09:46:34 PM
Hi! My name is Andrea, I live in NE Ohio and I'm a book nerd. I love everything about them which is why I now make them. In June of 2010 I started selling journals, sketchbooks, albums etc. on Etsy, the name of my shop is Blue Highways http://www.etsy.com/shop/bluehighways
I am going to have a go at art/craft shows this year so hopefully I might pick up some tips and hints from other artists that have.
I look forward to being here - thanks for the invite on twitter!   
Andrea
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CreativeArtandSoul on February 25, 2011, 01:24:56 PM
Hi All! 

I'm happy to have found this forum and to be able to interact with all of you! 

I used to be a career non-game wildlife biologist but 4 1/2 years ago I took the leap to be a full-time work-at-home sandblaster!   

I began sandblasting (sandcarving) wedding glass vases, panels, granite tiles, garden stones, pet memorials and and more.  The hardest thing about working with those was having to ship large, breakable and heavy pieces.  I desired to work with something smaller, so I began sandcarving smaller stones for pendants and they were well received.  I started my Etsy shop in 2006 and I'm still very pleased with Etsy even through all the changes and growth.  I also attend and vend at between 30-35 craft shows and festivals each year. 

The name Creative Art and Soul stems from my lifelong desire to unleash that nagging creativity bug, to produce something hip, cultural and expressive, and my willingness to look deep within my soul to find out exactly what I am made of and what fulfills me.

All the best to you!
Kris 






Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on February 26, 2011, 03:58:17 PM
Welcome to all the new comers! Join in and have fun, we are a friendly bunch!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: alaskabaskets on February 26, 2011, 06:02:58 PM
Most unique text editor forum interface ... I like it.  :)

My name is Simone Martin, main basket weaver of Alaska Baskets.  I have been developing my product and business market for two years now, and it seems to be just getting off the ground.  I uploaded pictures of my craft to my profile.  I am currently working on wholesale purchase orders to gift shops within my state, so I have pulled product from Artfire and Etsy.  I live a simple, cultural aware, and subsistence lifestyle in my home state of Alaska.  My mother, and her mother, and her mothers mother were born Yupik (Real People) Native Alaskans.

The artwork I have viewed on this site is so lovely.  I am not sure I belong here, but I hope to find kindred spirits, am happy to explore the community and make friends.

Many blessings,
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: WelshDragonDesigns on February 27, 2011, 06:48:20 AM
My name is Sara and I live in Eastern PA.  I recently (last month) started putting up the weird little polymer clay pieces I make on Etsy for the heck of it and because my hubby was getting tired of them hanging around the house.   ;D

I am currently pregnant with my first child (little boy named Luke) and due in April.  I really hope to make this business lucrative so I can stay home with my little one til he's school age.

Here's my shop:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/WelshDragonDesigns

I'd love any feedback, both positive and negative, on my items.  I'm always looking to improve!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on February 27, 2011, 11:19:57 AM
Welcome to all the new folks!  We're so glad you're here!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lllangel on February 28, 2011, 03:15:39 PM
I guess I will start. I am Kate from Libra Gear. I am a jewelryholic although I wear very little of it. I like seeing it on others more than on me. I started mailling in the late 90's and started again in 2002 to help aid in my bi-polar journey. I am also a beadholic. I squirrel them away for a later date. I cannot walk into a bead store and not spend a ton of money, even though I just went in for ear wires. :P I sell an Etsy as well as Artfire.

um... I just wore out my first 2 pairs of pliers. So sad. :( I want to give them a burial and say a little eulogy. It's like saying good by to you best friends. It's OK I got new ones that I like better. :P Don't tell the old ones though.

A day here in the apartment/studio of Kate looks like up, breakfast, computer, if I am in the mood some crafting, then afternoon I take pictures if I need to, and list if there is anything. All through this process I twitter and facebook throughout the day. Oh and listen to the Grateful Dead. They get me through the day.

That is about my in my present state. I hope to be a famous chainmaille designer someday. It could happen... :P I would also like to win the lottery. That is less likely to happen. You actually have to play to win. They never tell you that part. D'oh!

Okies, who is next?

Kate
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lukeo25 on February 28, 2011, 10:51:59 PM
Hi to all,

I an an animator and artist working in New Zealand. I am in the process of setting up several sites and these are
www.wix.com/lukeo25/Artist
http://harbouriefoolery.candeystore.com 

I work by day as a tv show designer and by night and weekends I am developing a range of products.
I would love some feedback and would love any information anyone would be happy to part with.

Luke
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: backwoodsdesign on March 01, 2011, 03:37:12 AM
Hi everyone! I'm new here, so I thought I'd tell a little about myself.

I'm a 27 year old stay at home mom to my daughter and our 3 furbabies. I also love to design invitations and stationery. I've been doing it for almost a year now, but opened my Etsy shop in Aug 2010. A few months later I opened my Artfire shop. My business is registered through the state of Iowa and I keep myself busy working on my many ideas running through my brain.

My goal is for my business to take off so that I am able to contribute to our household income. Plus I just love it when people want my designs to be a part of their special day. :)

I stay up way to late into the night/morning working on designs. I love paper, envelopes, stamps and ink.

I look forward to chit chatting with others about their stores!


Shannon :)

Etsy shop: http://www.backwoodsdesign.com

Artfire shop: http://www.artfire.com/users/BackwoodsDesignStudio

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/backwoodsdesign

FB: http://www.facebook.com/backwoodsdesignstudio

Website: http://www.backwoodsdesignstudio.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: jewelrybyjanelle50 on March 04, 2011, 03:58:52 PM
Welcome to all of the newcomers, so glad to have you join us here.  :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: JazzyGemsByEm on March 05, 2011, 04:26:11 PM
I am a polymer clay artist, love designing beads and jewelry!  I also enjoy dabbling in a number of other materials including paper, fibers and paint!

http://www.etsy.com/people/JewelsbyaGem
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Xtas on March 07, 2011, 01:33:28 PM
Hi all!

Just joined this forum, after finding the link at Twitter.
My name is Christa, and I am from the Netherlands. I guess most of you are from the USA, but I hope you don't mind someone from Europe joining the conversation...

I love making jewelry. Started out making beaded jewelry a couple of years ago, but beside that I am doing more and more chain mail. You can have a look at some things I made at my facebook page.

I also love teaching jewelry making to others, and give workshops in different techniques.

Besides jewelry making, which is a way for me to make a small living, in my spare time I love to do some crochet.

If you want to know anything more, feel free to ask!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ThePaintedPisces on March 07, 2011, 05:33:55 PM
Hi everyone in HAF!
My name is Monica and I sell handmade felted goodness, mostly in the form of whimsical hairclips right now.  I love sewing in general, clothes, accessories, toys, and also enjoy painting.

My blog: http://www.thepaintedpisces.blogspot.com/
I love to hear what other artists are inspired by, and so have started my blog to talk about my inspirations.  I have posted some of my items that are on etsy as well:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/thepaintedpisces?ref=si_shop but I would like to sell prints of my paintings.  Suggestions on where to start?

I'm on facebook and Twitter: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/The-Painted-Pisces/125669900799108 and  http://twitter.com/PaintedPisces

Please leave comments, suggestions, ideas.  I love feedback. 

Personally, I am a wife and mother to two beautiful girls.  We all love to be creative as a family, painting, carving, hammering, gluing, etc in awesome California.

Glad to be here.
Title: Hola
Post by: latinartjewelry on March 07, 2011, 08:22:15 PM
Hola everyone, my name is Isabel and I am new over here :)
I am a handcrafter and I work with tagua nut. Does any body here know or work with tagua?. I love tagua jewelry, is unique, beautiful, exotic and affordable.
Title: Re: Hola
Post by: Colette on March 07, 2011, 10:07:41 PM
Welcome to the forum. I don't know what tagua is, so I can't wait to see some of your pieces.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: trusk4u on March 08, 2011, 08:23:12 AM
I've been very bad about not stopping by and welcoming all our new members. So:
Welcome everyone! This is a great bunch of people and the more you put into your time here, the more you will get out of it! :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: GaiaStyle on March 09, 2011, 01:30:42 AM
Hey all, I'm Bethany of GaiaStyleSales and I am so glad that I found this place!  I never knew there was a place that would be anything like this!  I look forward to ideas and feedback and would love any advice any of you have for a newbie like me!

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: tiflo_gifts on March 09, 2011, 02:41:07 PM
Hi everyone my nae is Wendy and I am the owner of Tiflo Gifts and More.  I am glad to be here. I have a couple of shops:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/wendy1294?
http://www.zibbet.com/tiflogifts  http://www.artfire.com/users/Tiflo_Gifts_and_More http://www.tiflogiftsandmore.com/.


My Facebook page is : http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Tiflo-Gifts-and-More/179471998753504  

Stop by and like my page.  Glad to be here!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on March 09, 2011, 08:43:20 PM
Welcome, everyone!! ^-^ Be sure to show off your pretties in our galleries!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: janel on March 10, 2011, 03:28:09 PM
I will take a quick minute to re-introduce myself. I've been out of the loop for a quite a while.

My name is Jane Loedding and I have a shop here and I believe I am still a member of the HAFteam.

I have an Etsy shop - http://jmlart.etsy.com - that has nothing listed in it right now, but there's a reason.
I also have 2 websites where I create custom artwork:

http://www.creativenamesigns.com
http://www.imagesofhome.com

Currently I am building a new website where I plan to streamline all of my work.

I want to get out of the custom artwork arena...I am very burned out on that. So many times your work is unappreciated. I'm spent and done and ready for something new.

Also one of the reasons for this changed attitude is that my mother who was ill with Alzheimer's passed away 3 months ago. While my mom was sick and dying my Mother-in-law was very ill. Then my husband became ill. All is well now, but I was ready to fall apart. With my mom's passing and all of the other craziness that has come up in my life I decided that I want to live for me and create what "I" want to create. So that's why I'm making all of these changes.

So...I just opened a new Etsy shop yesterday and have some of my new work listed there:

http://janeloedding.etsy.com

I hope to be able to join in here on the forum and get more involved like I was a while back. Now that my mom is gone I have a little bit of extra time and would like to join in again.

Everyone here was so supportive in the past.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ChaelenDesigns on March 12, 2011, 06:42:36 AM
Hello all!

I've just found this community via Twitter and naturally I joined immediately. I'm pleased to find groups for handmade artists to get together and share work.

I am a clothing designer, working particularly in fantasy, fairytale and historically inspired styles. I have an etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/ChaelenDesigns. Every item in my shop is handmade by me, and I try to hand-sew most of the trimmings and adornments I use as well.

My shop is relatively new. I've been at this for a few months, and I'm now trying to get the word out a bit more.

I'm really impressed with some of the shops and photos I've seen so far. Looking forward to talking with some of you in due course!

Charlotte
of
Chaelen Designs
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on March 12, 2011, 06:18:43 PM
Welcome to all the new comers jump right in and have a blast!
enjoy :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: HelloTerriLowe on March 15, 2011, 02:12:09 PM
Hello everyone! I just this second signed up. Can't wait to have a nosey around the forum to see what you all do!
I make jewellery, if you go to http://www.terrilowedesign.co.uk you can see my links like twitter and blog! quick link to twitter http://www.twitter.com/helloterrilowe
looking forward to making some new contacts!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Fantasy jewlery goddess on March 16, 2011, 05:12:07 PM
Ive just started to visit this forum lately and I am loving it, I have recently started my own web site trying to sell my hand made jewelry ( not going to well may I add) but I did have an interview today for a blog and so if you wish to know more about me then please go read the blog
http://www.littlefairycult.co.uk/category/blog/

This is also the site of another jewelry maker so you may wish to say hello to her as well and check out what she has to offer.

Looking forward to getting to know you all better.

Huggles Em x
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ElevenHills on March 18, 2011, 01:13:03 PM
Hello everyone!  :-)

my name is Agnes, I'm the owner of Eleven Hills, a little online store all about handspun yarn and more! :-)
www.elevenhills.etsy.com

All of my yarn is handspun by me on my spindles!

I now get my materials in raw form directly from farms here in the USA. I then hand prepare them to spin them into my unique and gorgeous yarns!

Plus, I have project bags, beautiful crocheted hair accessories and crocheted stylish hats available in my store!

If you'd like to find out more about me, check out my interview with SpunRightRound, entry of Feb 22nd:
www.spunrightround.blogspot.com

Feel free to contact me for a special COUPON for my store! :-)
Just mention that you found my store here on the Handmade Artists' Forum!
elevenhills@hotmail.com

Happy Friday!
Agnes
www.elevenhills.etsy.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: trillian on March 19, 2011, 07:32:54 PM
Hi! My name is Tashina, and I run abookisabook on etsy.
I make covers for kindle, nook, and other e-readers out of recycled hardback books.  I don't use books that are still useful as readable copies, so it basically gives new life to something that would've been tossed aside, and I never deprive the world of a work of literature.

It started when I wanted something special to cover my kindle, and it turned out so well I had to share. All my covers are lined, with elastic straps held on by rivets to hold your device. I'm now offering customization to add pockets for USB cables or SD cards.

http://www.abookisabook.etsy.com (http://www.abookisabook.etsy.com)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lightman73 on March 21, 2011, 04:33:08 AM
Hello everyone!

Just a quick introduction...

I help market and promote my good friend Silvia's creation: she designs, makes, paints, some amazingly beautiful and one of a kind clothes, accessories, miniatures, and as of yesterday, digital collage sheets, all with a common theme, butterflies ;)

You can see her creations in the links in my signature.

I hope you'll like them as much as we do!

See you all!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on March 21, 2011, 05:53:32 PM
Welcome to the forum, everyone!! Look around, and make sure to show off your pretties in one of our galleries!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: shoefox on March 22, 2011, 11:31:08 AM
Hello! I just found this site while surfing the web!

I'm Shoefox! I'm a college student who loves arts and crafts.

I run a little Etsy shop: http://shoefox.etsy.com

I sell pretty much whatever I make, but mostly it's plushies for now. I've not really sold anything yet, but I won't give up! I enjoy making all of my items and that's what counts most, right? XD
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Dana Summers on March 22, 2011, 09:37:02 PM
Hi, I am Dana Summers and I found out about you through the etsy forums. Can't wait to surf the forums.

I have two etsy shops and I am trying to get them up and going. My goal is to eventually be able to replace my income with my etsy sells.

I am married mother of two teenage daughters, challanging but rewarding.

I love, love, love to hunt for vintage finds in the local (sometimes not so local) thrift shops.

I also love to create with wire, beads and fabric!


Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: EchoesOfSummer on March 27, 2011, 01:29:53 PM
Dana and Ned here from Seattle, WA. Happy to find fellow crafters anyday, and share the love of making things with our hands. We specialize in handmade miniature monkeyfist knots for buttons and beads, and also jewelry (Dana gets creative). We spend a lot of time in our home-based shop working with industrial tools, and tying knots to keep our fingers nimble. I really enjoy turning beautiful pieces of glass and stone into useful objects. The whir of the drill has become my meditating music over the years, and I can get lost in perfecting each piece. We have competitive rates for drilling services, and over a decade of experience.

Feel free to contact us with any questions:
brightworkbyd@gmail.com

Direct link to our services:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/69805371/stone-and-glass-drilling-services-for (http://www.etsy.com/listing/69805371/stone-and-glass-drilling-services-for)

 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on March 27, 2011, 02:12:31 PM
I'm lovin' these new shops! Welcome everyone!! :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Flyingcheesetoastie on March 27, 2011, 06:49:36 PM
(Peeks round the door)

Um, so I guess I should re-introduce myself as i have no idea when the last time I logged in was!

Hi!!!

My name is Rachel and I'm a full time glass artist based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

I have been crazy busy over the last few months making my biggest piece yet, a 175cm tall glass hare, who has just been installed in Perth Museum and will be there till Christmas time.

Anyway, thought i'd gingerly try and get back into my forums as i've missed the contact from the outside world!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on March 27, 2011, 07:24:32 PM
(Peeks round the door)

Um, so I guess I should re-introduce myself as i have no idea when the last time I logged in was!

Hi!!!

My name is Rachel and I'm a full time glass artist based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

I have been crazy busy over the last few months making my biggest piece yet, a 175cm tall glass hare, who has just been installed in Perth Museum and will be there till Christmas time.

Anyway, thought i'd gingerly try and get back into my forums as i've missed the contact from the outside world!

Your always welcome here Rachel! I personally love your work as you should well know by now. :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on March 27, 2011, 07:51:58 PM
Welcome to all the news and returning folks!  I'm just tickled to see all the diversity!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: edbphotography on March 31, 2011, 08:41:29 AM
I am a location photographer that just recently turned my passion into my career.  I am looking forward to networking and learning from everyone on here.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/edbphotography?ref=si_shop
http://www.edbphotography.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/edb-creationsphotography-in-your-environment/117246888313352
Title: Let Me Introduce Myself - I am New Here
Post by: gardengatedesigns on March 31, 2011, 12:59:40 PM
Hello, my name is Garden Gate Designs.  I have a jewelry supply shop on ArtFire offering brass findings, filigrees, Vintaj line of Natural Brass and Filigrees, Pearls and Chalcedony Gemstones.  I strive hard to bring my customers unique findings to add to their jewelry designs.  You can view my shop at: www.gardengatedesigns.artfire.com

Rosemary, Garden Gate Designs
Title: New to this forum
Post by: amandassoaps on March 31, 2011, 04:48:55 PM
I've actually been a part of this group for a while but can't do the chats because of my schedule my website is http://www.amandassoaps.com I'm also on twitter and facebook I make soap, bath products and crafts am looking for nice people who like crafts
Title: wixonglass.com
Post by: wicked07 on April 02, 2011, 01:39:53 PM
Check out my new website wixonglass.com handmade reasonably priced great gifts
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on April 02, 2011, 04:00:31 PM
Welcome to the new peeps!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: trish on April 02, 2011, 06:44:01 PM
I've actually been a member here for a while....but don't have a shop on etsy or artfire. I have been out of the loop for a while, but am now back and rarin' to go!

 I freelance creating websites....so I just built myself one....and learning (yet again), how hard it is to market oneself, and the crafts I make.

I have a new website to promote support for all types of cancer (prompted by my own journey and victory!), to remember a young man cut down too soon, and for my jewelry. All blessings in my life, which is the common theme!

Not sure how you do the signature thing, and hope this is ok....my site is
http://www.beadblessed.com (http://www.beadblessed.com)

Am trying my best to find a place with like minded people to learn from, laugh with and a place to just enjoy hanging out!

Oh...my name is Trish, from Virginia, a bead and craft-holic from way back....now learning to make glass beads....so much to learn....so little time!

Trish
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: amymingjewelry on April 03, 2011, 10:52:00 AM
Hi all,
I am very happy because I found so nice forum and community.
I would also like to invite all of you to join our new jewelry forum and to share your knowledge and expirence with other members. Of course you are very welcome to promote your links there.
http://amymingjewelry.freeforums.org/
Best Regards
Amy Ming Jewelry Blog
http://amymingjewelry.blogspot.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on April 04, 2011, 05:00:20 AM
Love to see all the new, and not so new  :P people!  Welcome and feel free to jump in...we don't bite!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LisaE on April 05, 2011, 03:28:33 PM
Take a minute to tell us a little about yourself.

Hi, I'm Lisa of Uniqlets.com.  I've been making jewelry from re-purposed materials for about 10 years.  My site is just 3 months old and I was happy to add the Handmade logo.  I love things that are vintage and handmade.  New York apartment space has meant that most of my collection is jewelry.  I love modern handcrafted and vintage.  I have too many bakelite era wooden pins, a major weakness.  I like things that make me smile or that I've never seen before.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Saibatooth Cub on April 05, 2011, 08:34:02 PM
Hiya,

I'm Saiba from Sydney, Australia and I design and make kids clothes handmade. I'm a fabric hoarder and sewing fanatic. I've just started putting a website together and I'd love it if you would check it out!

http://kidsclotheshandmade.com/ (http://kidsclotheshandmade.com/)
http://www.facebook.com/SaibaToothCub (http://www.facebook.com/SaibaToothCub)
http://www.etsy.com/shop/saibatoothcub (http://www.etsy.com/shop/saibatoothcub)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on April 06, 2011, 06:47:20 AM
Welcome to all the newcomers!
We work hard to promote handmade so make sure you post your work in the gallery!
Enjoy :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Catnaps on April 08, 2011, 07:31:51 AM
Hi Everyone,
My name is Cathie of Catnaps Jewelry and I am addict to making jewelry. I have been doing it for about 6 years now, starting with simple stuff, just straight beading, but now love doing both beading and wire work. For a while it was just a hobby, but now after being laid off I have more time to create even more piece, so I am trying to make it a business. The good thing is I love doing it   :-*, so it is not a JOB :-X. I love sharing and getting ideas from other.
Looking forward to getting to know everyone.
Big Hugs,
Cathie
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Three Sisters Handmade on April 08, 2011, 11:55:19 AM
My name is Michelle. I am a craft-aholic. I love crafting and creating well anything my mind sets me to do. The items I create don't always start being my own but once I get started they look nothing like the picture! :) I believe the only few crafts I haven't started are scrap-booking, stained-glass ok so only those two:) and not because I don't want to, I don't have anymore room:) My crafting started around age 11 and has been growing ever since.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Playininclay on April 08, 2011, 07:45:05 PM
My name is Liz and I am a ceramic artist. I mainly focus on porcelain beads and pendants, but sometimes I build little cabin sculptures, one tiny board at a time.
I've been doing this for about 2 years now. I decorate many of my pendants and beads with iron oxide, and leave them unglazed. It gives them a deep brick-red color and they look really cool.
I also love to experiment with layering glazes to get unique patterns.
I also enjoy braiding leather to make cords for my pendants.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on April 09, 2011, 09:14:01 AM
My name is Liz and I am a ceramic artist. I mainly focus on porcelain beads and pendants, but sometimes I build little cabin sculptures, one tiny board at a time.
I've been doing this for about 2 years now. I decorate many of my pendants and beads with iron oxide, and leave them unglazed. It gives them a deep brick-red color and they look really cool.
I also love to experiment with layering glazes to get unique patterns.
I also enjoy braiding leather to make cords for my pendants.

You've got me intrigued.  I wanna see photos of these cabins!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on April 09, 2011, 12:31:30 PM
Welcome to all the new comers, jump right in a have fun, make sure you post some of your creations in the gallery :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: danglesandbaubles on April 09, 2011, 09:16:30 PM
Hi Everyone!

I am a Fine Art Jewelry maker in Portland, OR. I love making wire-wrapped jewelry. As most of us probably do, I have an etsy site and also have a personal website (which is still under development) and a FB page. You can also find me on Twitter - all the links for these are in my signature.

I am really looking forward to getting to know this community - I love interacting with and learning from other artists.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Bead~N~Knot on April 10, 2011, 07:57:53 AM
Hi everyone. I have just gotten into making jewelry using wire, beads, and knots. I have a multitude of crafty skills in my possession, which range from crochet, knitting, sewing to wire work, beading, and whatever else strikes my fancy. I am finishing up my master degree in education, hoping to find a job this fall. I have 5 kids, 1 husband, 7 new baby kittens (which will need a home in about 5 weeks!) and a schnauzer/yorkie (snorkie) that is about 5 years old. We have a great time and a lot of fun.

Looking forward to meeting a lot of great artists on here and trying to pawn off some jewelry.  ;) You can find me at http://www.twitter.com/beadnknot (http://www.twitter.com/beadnknot), http://www.facebook.com/beadnknot (http://www.facebook.com/beadnknot) or on Etsy at http://www.beadnknot.etsy.com (http://www.beadnknot.etsy.com)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on April 10, 2011, 08:04:26 AM
Welcome, everyone!!! :D

Dangles and Baubles, you'll want to fix the Etsy link in your signature, as there's a small typo in the URL. Lovely shop!
Title: Hi everyone!
Post by: PurpleRose on April 10, 2011, 05:44:33 PM
My name is Lynda and I live in Idaho.

I have been doing bead work for around ten years. It's my passion and I learn new things every day. I do many techniques such as basic stringing, some wire wrapping, bead embroidery, peyote and much more. My newest obsession is polymer clay. I love the scuplting and I make pendants, boxes, vases, and such. I am currently working on a vase that has a jungle theme. I will post pics when it's finished.

I will post some pics of my jewelry too. And you can view more in my Etsy shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/wildhorse63

I am inspired by all things of nature and the female face and form. I make most of my items depicting the beauty of nature. I study pictures to get the flower petals right and have many plants of my own. I grow African violets too.

I think this will be a fun forum. I am also a member of Deviant Art and Facebook. If anyone wants to be friends on either, please PM me!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: IJcreations on April 11, 2011, 04:41:10 AM
Hi everyone! I am happy to join :) My name is Ieva, I come from Latvia, small country near the Baltic Sea. I'm fashion designer - artist, have graduated Academy of Arts of Latvia, fashion masterclass​. Also I have attended Summer course in Istituto Marangoni in Milan. Besides fashion I love painting, ceramics, crochet and everything around... My everyday job is stylist, visual merchendise​r for shops in clothing company. Also I sew for my own clients. I have a dream to have my own fashion store. So I 'm happy to have one on Etsy. But I don't understand how to make my shop more visited, I have Twitter account, make treasury lists and circles, maybe You have any good ideas about promoting shop? Have a good day and sells all of you! http://twitter.com/#!/IJcreations
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: grannyscrafts1912 on April 11, 2011, 09:10:19 AM
 grannyscrafts1912: Good morning, hope everyone is having a grand monday. Everyone calls me granny im a mom to 4 grandma to 8 great grandma to 1. I love to work on hand embroidered linens, dolls, and many other things. feel free to take a walk down memory lane at
http://gran​nyscrafts191​2.ecrater.co​m
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on April 11, 2011, 09:27:01 AM
Welcome to all of the new folks!  Be sure to post items in our galleries so that we can oooh and ahhhh and share!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on April 11, 2011, 06:28:01 PM
It always amazes me to see all the new talent that join this site everyday. Post some of your work in the gallery and invite a friend. We work hard to promote each other and hand made!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mountaincreekgift on April 12, 2011, 05:25:53 PM
Hi! I am new here... I found you on Twitter.  :) I make and sell all natural bath and body products. Mostly right now I am selling soap, but I'm slowly adding new products. :)
 I'm glad I discovered this site!

Brittany
http://www.etsy.com/shop/mountaincreekgift
mountaincreekblog.blogspot.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on April 12, 2011, 11:08:22 PM
Hi! I am new here... I found you on Twitter.  :) I make and sell all natural bath and body products. Mostly right now I am selling soap, but I'm slowly adding new products. :)
 I'm glad I discovered this site!

Brittany
http://www.etsy.com/shop/mountaincreekgift
mountaincreekblog.blogspot.com

Someone else who understands that "all natural" means ALL natural!  Welcome!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: velvetbox on April 16, 2011, 10:48:47 AM
Hi Everyone!
I am new here (of Course) and first I wanna say that I don't know how I am going to keep up with all of this online activity I have 2 new sites to learn on top of fb, twitterville, blog, etsy, websites.... We'll c how this works out. (There is no smiley face to insert here that displays my emotion on this issue).

Anyway, I am a Jewelry designer that wishes to quit her job and do this full time  :) I have been doing this for about 7 years and I love it.

Okay be patient with me I have to learn how to navigate this place and forgive me if I am slow in replying. I really should be doing something else right now but I not.
My sites:
http://www.velvetbox.webs.com (http://www.velvetbox.webs.com)
http://www.velvetbox.etsy.com (http://www.velvetbox.etsy.com)
http://thevelvetboxconnection.blogspot.com/ (http://thevelvetboxconnection.blogspot.com/)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Flint-MI/The-Velvet-Box/92558325968 (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Flint-MI/The-Velvet-Box/92558325968)
https://twitter.com/thevelvetbox (https://twitter.com/thevelvetbox)

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: theducktapediva on April 19, 2011, 01:49:33 PM
;) Greetings!
My name is Kathy and I make duct tape accessories. I don't just cover something in duct tape! The entire item is designed and constructed by yours truly using duct tape (and a few other things for stability and embellishing). I make purses, totes, messenger bags, vinyl record bags, journals, wallets (bifold, trifold and ladies) and backpacks. I am always expanding and creating new things.
There are a lot of duct tape artists out there and I respect each one of them. But what sets me apart from all of them is that I have the biggest selection of styles/bag sizes. I am also always evolving and thinking of new things to do with the duct tape.

My newest creation is a day of the dead sugar skull made from duct tape and put on a duct tape drawstring bag.

check me out on facebook
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ducktapediva-Designs/158001684212484
on etsy
http://www.etsy.com/shop/theducktapediva?ref=si_shop
on artfire
http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=view_product
on twitter
http://twitter.com/#!/theducktapediva
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: grannyscrafts1912 on April 19, 2011, 09:22:51 PM
just finished lulu the monkey handmade doll
come on by and check her out

http://grannyscrafts1912.ecrater.com/p/11195324/handmade-doll-lulu-the-monkey  ;)

thank you

http://grannyscrafts1912.ecrater.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on April 20, 2011, 11:23:47 PM
Welcome, everyone!! Looks like some great talent! :D

Grannyscrafts, you'll get a better response if you post a picture in one of our galleries:

Knitting, Crochet, Sewing and Needlework
http://handmadeartistsforum.com/forum/index.php/board,13.0.html

or

Creative Creations
http://handmadeartistsforum.com/forum/index.php/board,8.0.html

Super cute monkey, by the way!! :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Vitalgoods on April 22, 2011, 09:25:29 PM
Hello my name is heather I found this forum on twitter. I make natural hair and skin care products. I have designed my products for those with dreadlocks or natural hairstyles but they are awesome for any hair types! Everything i make is natural,vegan,organic,and halal! I'm so glad I found this forum!
Again hello everyone it's good to meet you!

Http://www.etsy.com/shop/vitalgoods
Http://www.facebook.com/vitalgoods
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on April 23, 2011, 08:51:32 AM
Welcome to all the newcomers!  Click around...trust me, you can't break anything! and jump in.  Don't forget to post pictures of all your goodies in the gallery for us to drool over.

Also, thanks to theduckttapediva I now know there is really cool printed duct tape!  Who would have thought?  Love seeing new goodies!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: arcticfoxie on April 23, 2011, 03:23:31 PM
Hello
My name is Veronika. I am 28. I knit little critters and sell them in my little etsy shop.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on April 23, 2011, 04:53:31 PM
Love the new talent!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: PunkRevolver on April 25, 2011, 03:51:56 AM
Hi All! I'm April of PunkRevolver/VinylAffliction.  I have 2 wonderful kids and a husband that is proud to serve our country.

I do a little bit of everything (thus the Revolver). I focus on being eco-conscious in what I do, trying to use recycled, repurposed or vintage items in my work.  I've been crafting for  most of my life. Right now I am focusing on Woodwork, paper flower making, tutorials, and of course record crafting.

My background is in marketing and web design, both of which I spend more time on for others than I do myself.

I am working on articles for sellers to help improve your business, let me know if there is a topic you'd like to see covered.  Beginning to work on interviews as well, I can tell from the posts I've clicked through here that this board is a good board for finding people worth interviewing!

I've added all my links to my signature, hope that you'll take a moment and check out what I create.  Hope that you all have a beautiful week!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: grannyscrafts1912 on April 25, 2011, 11:55:02 AM
welcome and
GOD BLESS our service men and women :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on April 25, 2011, 12:04:11 PM
welcome and
GOD BLESS our service men and women :)

Ditto that from all of us!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Desert Star Creations on April 25, 2011, 01:28:34 PM
Hi all! My name is Laura and I make lots of handmade items. I have a ArtFire and Etsy store for my jewelry, a jewelry supply store on ArtFire and am planning a 3rd ArtFire store for Stationary some time this summer. Please feel free to stop by my shops, Facebook and "like" me and tweet! Links are below. I look forward to chatting here, what a great place to get support from other crafters!
Thanks all!
Laura
www.desertstarcreations.artfire.com
www.desertstarcreations.etsy.com
www.desertstarsupplies.artfire.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Desert-Star-Creations/113335668724499
https://twitter.com/DSCLaura
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: grannyscrafts1912 on April 26, 2011, 02:46:11 PM
welcome Desert star
nice shop love the bling ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: vixensnose on April 26, 2011, 09:06:15 PM
Hello all  :D

I come from Ireland and I love to paint,write make music and pretty much anything art related.

I recently got into jewelry design and working with polymer clay, mostly making hand-painted pendants, necklaces and  earrings, and started selling on Etsy last September. I'm working on getting my shop more stocked up.


My Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/vixensnose
Twitter: http://twitter.com/vixensnose
Deviantart: http://vixensnose.deviantart.com/



Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on April 27, 2011, 06:46:23 AM
Hello all  :D

I come from Ireland and I love to paint,write make music and pretty much anything art related.


Where in Ireland?  I've been there twice - once in '98 with my sister and again in '09 for my honeymoon.

And welcome to the new peeps, beautiful shops!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: vixensnose on April 27, 2011, 06:00:11 PM
Hello all  :D

I come from Ireland and I love to paint,write make music and pretty much anything art related.


Where in Ireland?  I've been there twice - once in '98 with my sister and again in '09 for my honeymoon.

And welcome to the new peeps, beautiful shops!

Co. Clare.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on April 28, 2011, 11:28:20 PM
Hello all  :D

I come from Ireland and I love to paint,write make music and pretty much anything art related.


Where in Ireland?  I've been there twice - once in '98 with my sister and again in '09 for my honeymoon.

And welcome to the new peeps, beautiful shops!

Co. Clare.

That was the tail end of our trip!  We started in Dublin, rented a car, and drove across, ending in Clare.  We stayed the last night in Ennis, saw the Cliffs of Moher, then flew out of Shannon.  Next time we start in the west & spend more time thataway.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TonHandmadeSoyCandles on April 29, 2011, 10:37:37 PM
Hi My Name Is Toynga and I Make Handmade highly Scented Soy Candles. I love making Handmade Soy Candles and I also love being able to see my customers face when they smell them. I have been making Soy Candles since 2009. I have worked virtually from home since 2008, I never knew I would have the chance to even think about making Soy Candles, but I'm Happy that it's something that have became a part of me, When I'm not making my Soy Candles I'm attending my College Classes. ( Going to School to become a Licensed Hair Dressser) I also want my own Store/Boutique as Well, If not I will incorprate my Soy Candles in a salon here in my area or in My Salon. I'm here to learn how to market and promote my business as Well as Make new Handmade friends along my way. :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jennifer_Catino on April 30, 2011, 05:33:06 AM
Hello Everyone, Im from California and make all handmade crochet items, baby-toddler items, hats, poncho's, flowers and working on more items now, including some macrame jewelry.  I hope to meet new people and learn as much as i can about marketing and sharing my support to other handmade artist.
Thank you
Jennifer  :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Haffina on April 30, 2011, 07:43:23 AM
Welcome aboard Jennifer and all our other newer members. :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: grannyscrafts1912 on May 01, 2011, 08:13:03 AM
hello and welcome
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: sundownalpacaranch on May 01, 2011, 11:29:45 AM
Hello everyone,

I am a fiber artist and self confessed fiber addict. I started out with knitting many years ago making items for my family. I now do spinning, felting (both needle and wet), weaving, and dying of the fibers. I also raise my own Alpacas.  My husband & I decided to raise them after owning 2 fiber males. We currently have 24 alpacas in our herd. We also have chickens, dairy goats and 5 Maremma sheepdogs to guard the livestock. Sometimes my ranching "duties" get in the way of my creativity,  but I love doing both "jobs".  I have several sites that you can "follow" happenings here on the ranch and I also sell my products online at artfire. I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: spearcarrier on May 01, 2011, 09:11:29 PM
Hi all. New to the forum: invited in by tweeter. Not sure if I'll find time to be here much, but I have to say it seems to be a pretty awesome place. I've seen people talking about crafts I would never have thought of before.

My crafts are the typical, boring kind. I make cell phone charms, tiny clay people, OOAK dolls, and am trying to expand into a business making custom charms in bulk for other people.

I'm kind of excited about the last bit. After months of saving a piddly $200 for a piece of equipment, I finally was able to order it and it should be here Monday. But don't get me started.

Lovely to meet you all.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: trusk4u on May 02, 2011, 01:06:54 PM
Welcome to ALL the new members! It's great to have you here!

Spearcarrier: "My crafts are the typical, boring kind. I make cell phone charms, tiny clay people, OOAK dolls, and am trying to expand into a business making custom charms in bulk for other people."
Don't sell yourself short! Start posting some pics in the gallery and you'll see that no one thinks it's boring!
Title: Hi there
Post by: Dharlee on May 02, 2011, 04:00:02 PM
Hello, my name is Debbie, sometimes I am also known as Dharlee. I wanted to stop by and tell you hello and introduce myself. I make handmade jewelry and sell mostly on Etsy. I have been a member here for a bit but never really posted. I would like to become more involved with the group, but can't on Thursday nights as I work those nights. However, it seems like such a nice group, perhaps there are somethings I can participate in and help out with. :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: spearcarrier on May 02, 2011, 10:21:35 PM
Post in the gallery? If I can figure out how.

Jewelry, Dharlee? What kind? I guess that's for another thread, though.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Jennifer_Catino on May 03, 2011, 03:36:39 AM
Hi everyone, Im new, just started selling my handmade crochet.  Not sure where to even start.  I want to learn more and meet new people.  I love to crochet and have been crocheting for many years now.  Just started selling it on Etsy, still learning about it, but I have sold a few items.  I hope to get some marketing advice and maybe some helpful leads. 
Thank you
Jennifer
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 03, 2011, 06:52:39 AM
Welcome to all the new members scroll around and don't be afraid to ask questions, we don't bite! LOL
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: SomethingSeaBlue on May 03, 2011, 11:15:34 AM
Hi all!  Im Renee (SomethingSeaBlue), Im new to the forum :)  Ive been selling on Etsy since October and I love it!  trying to get a handle on all this new world of marketing and "getting in" with the online world :) 

I love the beach and sewing and love making jewelry! and working with leather and linen ...Ive been a professional seamstress for over 20 years specializing mostly in bridal and teaching. I have 3 etsy stores and trying to find my niche :)

I love reading everyone suggestions and hope to be part of this wonderful group!

www.etsy.com/shop/somethingseablue
http://somethingseablue.blogspot.com/

www.etsy.com/shop/therandompansy
www.etsy.com/shop/therandomradish
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: FabulousFlair on May 03, 2011, 07:11:04 PM
Hello everyone. My name is Ginny and I've fallen head over heels in love with handcrafting jewelry. I've crafted many different styles of earrings and am starting on bracelets also. I love working with shells, charms, and beads and hope to eventually get into silversmithing. However, I have plenty on my plate right now so that will come much later.

I look forward to meeting you all and I just love browsing the forum and seeing all the beautiful pieces everyone has created. I hope everyone has a pleasant evening.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LisaE on May 05, 2011, 11:43:16 PM
Hello everyone. My name is Ginny and I've fallen head over heels in love with handcrafting jewelry. I've crafted many different styles of earrings and am starting on bracelets also. I love working with shells, charms, and beads and hope to eventually get into silversmithing. However, I have plenty on my plate right now so that will come much later.

I look forward to meeting you all and I just love browsing the forum and seeing all the beautiful pieces everyone has created. I hope everyone has a pleasant evening.
Hi, welcome.  I am also pretty much a newcomer.  I am looking to exchange links with other sites.  Please let me know if you are interested. Thanks
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on May 06, 2011, 08:48:38 AM
Since I am off today and have some time, I've been clicking around and checking out everyone's work!  We are so lucky to have such an amazing bunch of talent joining us.  Be sure to post pictures in the gallery for us to see
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: trusk4u on May 06, 2011, 03:54:29 PM
Post in the gallery? If I can figure out how.

Jewelry, Dharlee? What kind? I guess that's for another thread, though.


Here is the link to the jewelry gallery.
http://handmadeartistsforum.com/forum/index.php/board,7.0.html

When you are the main page, scroll down and you will see all kinds of topics. The gallery is towards the bottom and there are sections for different types of items. Click on "new Topic" to start your thread and use the tinypic link to post your picture. Be sure to resize by using the drop down menu. It's quite simple to use. Be sure and ask if you have questions.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 07, 2011, 07:21:24 PM
Welcome to all the newcomers! Jump right in take your shoes off and put your feet up on the coffee table. The kitchen is self serve  and the bathroom is on the left. Enjoy! :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Procrastenabled on May 08, 2011, 12:59:12 PM
Hello, hello... I'm Chris, I have a small line of tees called Procrastenabled... I'm looking forward to checking out the rest of the site, but I thought I'd say hi first...  Good to be here! 

Cheers!

Chris
Procrastenabled Designs

http://www.etsy.com/shop/procrastenabled
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on May 08, 2011, 08:43:40 PM
Cool shirts!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: The Stash Box on May 11, 2011, 04:53:30 AM
HI  :D
My name is Ann, the owner of The Stash Box, its still really new and am building on it.  I have tried most crafts over the years, from glass painting, glass engraving, to wood burning and cross stitch, but I have discovered my
passion, Knitting and quilting.
 
Im a new sock designer and have had my design published in a national knitting mag in the UK.  im also looking into getting a spinning wheel.  Iv got a drop spindle and love to see the yarn appearing out of the fiber and then to see that yarn turned in to a lovely item is to me magical. 

i work full time and am a mum of 2 teenage boys, my youngest is just knitting his first proper project a pair of hand warmers and is getting on nicely with it.

look forward to making some new friends xxx :-*
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: funkyfeltflowers on May 12, 2011, 07:24:29 AM
Hi!
I'm Michele from FunkyFeltFlowers! Holla! My info is:

www.funkyfeltflowers.etsy.com
www.funkyfeltflowers.blogspot.com
www.facebook.com/funkyfeltflowers

Stop by, chat, have cawfie....

:o)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on May 12, 2011, 04:05:48 PM
Hi!
I'm Michele from FunkyFeltFlowers! Holla! My info is:

www.funkyfeltflowers.etsy.com (http://www.funkyfeltflowers.etsy.com)
www.funkyfeltflowers.blogspot.com (http://www.funkyfeltflowers.blogspot.com)
www.facebook.com/funkyfeltflowers (http://www.facebook.com/funkyfeltflowers)

Stop by, chat, have cawfie....

 :o )

I am a "cawfie" junkie...be right over!

Don't forget to post pictures of all your creations in the gallery for everyone to see!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: shannamarie on May 14, 2011, 04:55:16 PM
Hi, My name is Shanna from AlchemyAtelier. My day job is as a costume tech, though I enjoy crafting all the time. I love making jewelry, hats, and just about any other kind of funky fun wearables I think of. I love working with mixed-media and often incorporate glass, metal, wood, fabric, paper, plastic, etc etc into my work! My motto is: don't limit yourself!

Links for all my info:
AlchemyAtelier (http://www.alchemyatelier.com)
 Artfire Shop (http://shannamarie.artfire.com)
Diary of a Manic Beader (http://ManicBeader.blogspot.com)
AlchemyAtelier on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/AlchemyAtelier/109835109097895) [/url]
 AlchemyAtelier DeviantArt Page (http://alchemy-atelier.deviantart.com)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 14, 2011, 06:42:58 PM
Welcome to all the new comers, jump right in and have fun!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Rokmama on May 15, 2011, 05:30:36 PM
Hi!

My name is Nikki and I've always wanted to be an artist.  I'm not sure what I thought the qualifying factor was, but I finally have given myself permission to use that revered title.  Lol.  My current passion is making jewelry.  I especially love wire work and re-purposing vintage items...so fun!  I also have 5 kids, so I do most of my creating in the wee hours.  Send me a note if you're up!

Nikki

"Success isn't final.  Failure isn't fatal.  It's the courage to continue that counts." -Winston Churchill

www.RoklandCreations.Etsy.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on May 15, 2011, 05:34:47 PM
Hi!

My name is Nikki and I've always wanted to be an artist.  I'm not sure what I thought the qualifying factor was, but I finally have given myself permission to use that revered title.  Lol.  My current passion is making jewelry.  I especially love wire work and re-purposing vintage items...so fun!  I also have 5 kids, so I do most of my creating in the wee hours.  Send me a note if you're up!

Nikki

"Success isn't final.  Failure isn't fatal.  It's the courage to continue that counts." -Winston Churchill

www.RoklandCreations.Etsy.com (http://www.RoklandCreations.Etsy.com)

I don't know what the qualifications are either, but I know that the majority comes from the heart while the rest is blood, tears, and the willingness to grow. 

Welcome to the forum!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on May 15, 2011, 06:18:23 PM
Hi!

My name is Nikki and I've always wanted to be an artist.  I'm not sure what I thought the qualifying factor was, but I finally have given myself permission to use that revered title.  Lol.  My current passion is making jewelry.  I especially love wire work and re-purposing vintage items...so fun!  I also have 5 kids, so I do most of my creating in the wee hours.  Send me a note if you're up!

Nikki

"Success isn't final.  Failure isn't fatal.  It's the courage to continue that counts." -Winston Churchill

www.RoklandCreations.Etsy.com (http://www.RoklandCreations.Etsy.com)

I don't know what the qualifications are either, but I know that the majority comes from the heart while the rest is blood, tears, and the willingness to grow. 

Welcome to the forum!

Welcome to all the new people!  I think you're an 'artist' if there's any glimmer of creativity or invention in your final work!
Title: Hello Every1
Post by: Choctawwoman on May 16, 2011, 06:06:40 PM
Hello, I am Claysong and I make handmade crafts. I do all sorts of stuff. I am on Twitter under Choctawwoman1 I was asked to stop by and say hello and give the link to my shop. You can view my shop here-http://www.Choctawwoman.etsy.com (http://www.Choctawwoman.etsy.com) I hope you like what you see. I am a Wife, Mom, Veteran, Christian,writer, poet. Thanks. =:)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Lisa on May 17, 2011, 01:47:47 PM
Hello, I'm Lisa.
I have recently found my passion of making jewelry and writing. I have seen that sometimes the end of the rainbow or the light at the end of the tunnel seems impossible to believe in and is so very far away. The handmade jewelry that I create, reflects the long journey that I have taken to get here.

      I always strive to create unique fun jewelry, I love using elements that are imperfect as I believe that they all tell their own story. Old elements, new elements, different materials, textures and colors are combined to create special pieces of jewelry that are one of a kind. I look forward to getting to know everyone!...

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: danglesandbaubles on May 18, 2011, 08:48:43 PM
Hi! My name is Karen and I am a self-taught wire wrapping artist. Also known as Dangles & Baubles Fine Art Jewelry.

I've got an etsy store and am in the process of setting up my very own website.  :) I love "rocks" as I call them, and enhancing the beauty of gemstones using sterling silver and gold filled wire.

I am really looking forward to being a part of this community!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LisaE on May 19, 2011, 02:10:54 AM
Hello, I'm Lisa.
I have recently found my passion of making jewelry and writing. I have seen that sometimes the end of the rainbow or the light at the end of the tunnel seems impossible to believe in and is so very far away. The handmade jewelry that I create, reflects the long journey that I have taken to get here.

      I always strive to create unique fun jewelry, I love using elements that are imperfect as I believe that they all tell their own story. Old elements, new elements, different materials, textures and colors are combined to create special pieces of jewelry that are one of a kind. I look forward to getting to know everyone!...


Welcome,  I looked at your links, nice.  Please let me know if you would like to exchange links.  My site is in the midst of transformation and I am working up to doing a blog.
Lisa E
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LisaE on May 19, 2011, 02:13:26 AM
Hi!

My name is Nikki and I've always wanted to be an artist.  I'm not sure what I thought the qualifying factor was, but I finally have given myself permission to use that revered title.  Lol.  My current passion is making jewelry.  I especially love wire work and re-purposing vintage items...so fun!  I also have 5 kids, so I do most of my creating in the wee hours.  Send me a note if you're up!

Nikki

"Success isn't final.  Failure isn't fatal.  It's the courage to continue that counts." -Winston Churchill

www.RoklandCreations.Etsy.com
Welcome,
I looked at your link and like your art :)
Lisa
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LisaE on May 19, 2011, 02:17:08 AM
Hello, hello... I'm Chris, I have a small line of tees called Procrastenabled... I'm looking forward to checking out the rest of the site, but I thought I'd say hi first...  Good to be here! 

Cheers!

Chris
Procrastenabled Designs

http://www.etsy.com/shop/procrastenabled
Great shirts and great name :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Karoger87 on May 20, 2011, 10:47:38 PM
Hi Everyone,
My name is Sarah. I Have been crafting for about 4 years, but I have always loved painting....but have never been very good at it :/  I make jewelry, Dreamcatchers, Polymer clay jewelry and magnets, Hairbows, knitted items, and paintings.  I also play piano, I'm good but not super good.  When I was 18 I was diagnosed with heart failure and cardiomyopathy. And over the years I had a defibrillator implanted, and had Adult stem cell therapy in the Dominican Republic. In march 2010, I had a heart transplant.  And so far I'm doing great =)  I think that if it wasn't for my illness (and youtube video, lol) I wouldn't be as good at what i do, as I am today :D
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Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on May 20, 2011, 11:16:13 PM
Hi Everyone,
My name is Sarah. I Have been crafting for about 4 years, but I have always loved painting....but have never been very good at it :/  I make jewelry, Dreamcatchers, Polymer clay jewelry and magnets, Hairbows, knitted items, and paintings.  I also play piano, I'm good but not super good.  When I was 18 I was diagnosed with heart failure and cardiomyopathy. And over the years I had a defibrillator implanted, and had Adult stem cell therapy in the Dominican Republic. In march 2010, I had a heart transplant.  And so far I'm doing great =)  I think that if it wasn't for my illness (and youtube video, lol) I wouldn't be as good at what i do, as I am today :D
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Welcome!  Glad to have you here!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Sarahmonster on May 22, 2011, 08:32:12 PM
Hi everyone.  I found this site through twitter!  It is a blessing to have a place such as this for those of us who do handmade!

Anyways, I'm Sarah.  I'm 21 years young and I work with Polymer Clay.  It started out as a hobby that I could do to make peices for myself, then I started to give them away to friends and family, and soon after people were offering to buy them from me so I decided to start my own business.  It's not much off the ground yet but I'm excited to get it going!!

I love all things that are sweet, cupcakes, ice cream. lollipops, anything.  Pink is my favorite color and it will be used many times over in my creations lol.

I enjoy horror movies, and in my free time I work as a blogger part time.  My life is simple and fairly carefree. Just trying to make some money and get my work seen like everyone else!!

So nice to be here, hope to get to know you all better. :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: glitterfrog on May 22, 2011, 11:40:02 PM
Hi everyone! My name is Vicki. I'm new to this whole jewelry-making thing. I've always wanted to bead, and have dabbled in it here and there, but now I'm getting serious about it. I'm excited to be here.

Umm...I don't really know what else to say. I'm horrible at this whole "introduce myself" stuff. If you want to know more about me, read my blog (http://theglitterfrog.com (http://theglitterfrog.com)) or follow me on the Twitter! @VickiLikesFrogs
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on May 23, 2011, 05:12:39 AM
Welcome to all the new members!  We love to hear about your work and your life.  When you get a chance, post a picture or two in the gallery section of the forum so we can see what you have been up to! 

Click around and ask questions...we are a pretty friendly bunch.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 23, 2011, 06:35:27 AM
Welcome everyone to the forum, the kitchen in on the right help yourself :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: BernoullisAttic on May 23, 2011, 05:18:27 PM
Hello everyone.  Wanted to stop in and say hello from Bernoulli's Attic.  My banner says "Handmade Oddments & Whimsies" and that pretty much sums up my work.  There's crochet, jewelry and little odds-n-ends decoratives. 

I'm just starting to stock the shop here at Handmade Artists, but please stop by my webpage at http://BernoullisAttic.com

or find me on Facebook at http://Facebook.com/BernoullisAttic.

Looking forward to chatting with you all in the near future...

Noulli
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TheDragonsStash on May 24, 2011, 12:11:55 PM
Hi everyone. My name is Naomi. I'm 23 and I've been crafting ever since I was a kid. Right now, I've settled on jewelry making and I use a lot of different items: polymer, found items, beads, etc. etc. I'm just beginning to figure out how to run a business while keeping the passion for creating unique and fun jewelry.

I would love it if you checked out my store on Etsy and let me know what you think. I'm so happy to have found this community of like-minded creative and talented individuals!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheDragonsStash?ref=si_shop

@thedragonsstash
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Ivaldi on May 25, 2011, 04:40:21 PM
Hi, I'm Sam from Norfolk and I have a bead addiction.  I sell as much as I can bear to part with at local craft fairs and online. 

One day I will give up my day job (teaching) and make jewellery full time.  One day....
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: cnewcomb on May 26, 2011, 09:27:58 AM
*Stands up*
Hello my name is Chris and I am.....  :-[ .... an artist.... I admit I have a problem, I can't stop making things out of wood.  Wait that isn't a problem, but it is an addiction.  I love making things.

My main pieces of art come from either the scroll saw or the lathe that I got for Christmas. 

I love making things and maybe one day I can give up my job as a network security engineer and do woodworking full time.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on May 26, 2011, 09:37:40 AM
Welcome all jump right in and show off your stuff in the gallery and don't forget to check out the new shop http://handmadeartistsshop.com, the shop is on fire and doing better than ever. While your at it, the fridge is on the left, bathroom right, and the food is self serve. LOL ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: bjbbb1991 on May 27, 2011, 12:32:01 PM
Hi!  I'm Janet!  I am just now taking time to join jewelry and beading forums eventhough I've owned my own business and done beading now since 2005.  I love coming up with new designs and am hopeful to get my website to be successful so that I can stay at home with my youngest for a few more years.

Thanks for letting me join and have a blessed day everyone!  ;)

Sincerely,
Janet
www.dingledanglesdesigns.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: KitanaAsh on May 27, 2011, 09:47:03 PM
Wow, wow. I'm starting to wonder if I belong here! Just a few posts and you have all of your own business!

Hello! My name is Susan, I'm 25 years old and I actually just recently got in to the art of making crafty things!
I'm enjoying making hair accessories and jewelry. I'm very new to crafty, so I may ask a lot of questions!

I usually try and look up tutorials online for help, but sometimes it's not always what I'm looking for.

I hope to learn a lot from all of you!  ^-^
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on May 28, 2011, 06:25:12 AM
Wow, wow. I'm starting to wonder if I belong here! Just a few posts and you have all of your own business!

Hello! My name is Susan, I'm 25 years old and I actually just recently got in to the art of making crafty things!
I'm enjoying making hair accessories and jewelry. I'm very new to crafty, so I may ask a lot of questions!

I usually try and look up tutorials online for help, but sometimes it's not always what I'm looking for.

I hope to learn a lot from all of you!  ^-^

You are MORE than welcome here!  Yes, a lot of us have businesses, anything from just starting out and hopelessly lost to thriving ones.  Don't let that stop you; we also have a lot of hobbiests that just create for the love of creating!  Ask questions, post your creations and enjoy. 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on May 29, 2011, 03:54:34 PM
Wow, wow. I'm starting to wonder if I belong here! Just a few posts and you have all of your own business!

Hello! My name is Susan, I'm 25 years old and I actually just recently got in to the art of making crafty things!
I'm enjoying making hair accessories and jewelry. I'm very new to crafty, so I may ask a lot of questions!

I usually try and look up tutorials online for help, but sometimes it's not always what I'm looking for.

I hope to learn a lot from all of you!  ^-^

LOL!  I think we're flattered by you're comment about our businesses!  Like you, we all are in love with 'handmade.'
Our businesses are an excuse to keep doing what we love!

We're delighted you've chosen to join us!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: DreamsOfGlass on May 29, 2011, 06:27:19 PM
Hello my name is Rahdi, I was introduced to glass blowing back in 1997 where I fell in love with it. As a kid, I was always making something out of nothing. When I found this magical substance called glass, my eyes lit up like it was Christmas morning and I'm six years old again. Well that was 14 years ago, and I still feel the same excitement every time I create something! I hope you enjoy my work as much I did making it.


One of a kind Handmade Jewelry (http://www.dreamsofglass.com/) like: dichroic glass pendants (http://www.dreamsofglass.com/) with Sterling Silver bails, glass earrings (http://www.dreamsofglass.com/glass-earrings.html) and charms or anything else I can dream up!!

(http://lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/yhst-10818305677683/Dreamsofglass-LOGO-forms.jpg)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on May 29, 2011, 06:32:44 PM
Hello my name is Rahdi, I was introduced to glass blowing back in 1997 where I fell in love with it. As a kid, I was always making something out of nothing. When I found this magical substance called glass, my eyes lit up like it was Christmas morning and I'm six years old again. Well that was 14 years ago, and I still feel the same excitement every time I create something! I hope you enjoy my work as much I did making it.


One of a kind Handmade Jewelry (http://www.dreamsofglass.com/) like: dichroic glass pendants (http://www.dreamsofglass.com/) with Sterling Silver bails, glass earrings (http://www.dreamsofglass.com/glass-earrings.html) and charms or anything else I can dream up!!

(http://lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/yhst-10818305677683/Dreamsofglass-LOGO-forms.jpg)

So wonderful that you still find excitement in your work!  Welcome to the forum and don't forget to show off your pieces in the gallery.  Click around and ask questions...we love to see new talent.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: grannyscrafts1912 on May 30, 2011, 02:02:39 PM
a big hello and a warm welcome to all :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TheHomespunLoft on May 31, 2011, 07:46:16 PM
Hi- Glad to be a new member.
My shop is www.TheHomespunLoft.etsy.com
My twitter is www.twitter.com/thehomespunloft
my blog is www.homespunloft.blogspot.com

I am a quilter with an embroidery machine. I sew items for Pets and their humans.
Please stop by and say hello.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LoveItHandmade on June 01, 2011, 11:54:19 AM
Hi, I am Jan of Love It Handmade.

I love to sew and create new items.  I have been sewing for years and especially like to sew and give as gifts. Its so much more personal that way.

I have an Etsy shoppe as well as my own website.  I don't sell a whole lot, but am trying to get my name out there wherever I can!

Happy to be a part of a group of so many talented people.

http://loveithandmade.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Love-It-Handmade/186049811428710
http://www.etsy.com/shop/loveithandmadellc
http://loveithandmade.com/wp
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Artvision studio on June 01, 2011, 02:07:02 PM
Hello there, We are artvision studio. Check out our store at artfire.com - http://www.artvision.artfire.com There you will find a huge, always growing collection of beautiful digital collage sheets for scrabble tile pendants, bookmarks, bottle caps, tags ets as well as digital photo templates that will help you to sell like a professional. Our graphics are the best on the web and the quality is exceptional. New items come every day, lots of sales and promotions and we take personal orders. Thank you very much for your time and have a nice day.

Artvision studio
Artvision.artfire.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: thekraftykats on June 02, 2011, 11:40:13 AM
My sister and I started this business about 11 years ago...before crafting was popular....I love crafting and now I stay at home with my grandkids and sell online....I have about 6 sites! hoping that business will pick up!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: DreamsOfGlass on June 08, 2011, 01:30:03 PM
Hello and a Big Welcome to all of the new ppl!! I am some what new too and this is a great site! I hope you like it as much as i do =)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on June 08, 2011, 02:09:35 PM
Welcome to all the newcomers!  We love to drool over new pieces so be sure to post in the gallery when you get a chance.  Click around and ask questions...we don't bite!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: codrina on June 09, 2011, 12:45:10 PM
hello

my name is Codrina. i'm from Romania and i'm a student at the faculty of architecture.

i also studied ceramics and some painting.
i loved making my own gifts ever since i was little.
so, i got to making ambient lamps and other stuff.

you can see my work on facebook: Codrina Moldovan
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on June 10, 2011, 07:39:11 AM
Welcome to all the new members the fridge is on the right bathroom on the left and don't forget to put the remote back on the coffee table.
In other words make yourself at home LOL 8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LilBoogeyMen on June 11, 2011, 05:08:21 AM
Hey Everyone,

My name is Wendi and I make crocheted "Monsters"
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on June 11, 2011, 01:15:14 PM
Welcome, everyone! :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ierdwyfke on June 12, 2011, 04:58:09 AM
Hello!

My name is Elisabeth and live in The Netherlands.
I'm the owner of ierdwyfke (you can find me in te shop!)
I'm a graphic designer with love for fabric, oilcloth, yarn, bags, crochet and experiment with all kind of materials.
I make things with my heart, love to craft, work out ideas, dreaming...

If you like something custom made please email me ierdwyfke@hotmail.com and I answer a.s.a.p. with possibilities, etc.

You can visit my shop here or website;

http://handmadeartistsshop.com/shop/ierdwyfke
www.mijnwebwinkel.nl/winkel/ierdwyfke

twitter; @ierdwyfke
instagram; ierdwyfke

I'm very exciting about the shop on this forum!
Thank you and have fun creating!
Title: New to the forum
Post by: mdonda on June 12, 2011, 05:48:38 PM
Hi, just found this great forum and its great to see all the artists out here.
I make my own jewelry and sell on Etsy as well:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/neerad

I try to specialize in bird's nest necklaces/earrings as well as "pea in the pod" necklaces/earrings.

I am running a promotion currently until the end of the month, use coupon code JUNE5OFF for 5% off your entire order.

Feel free to shop around and ask any questions you may have, thanks!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: AxolotlGlitterati on June 13, 2011, 02:38:32 PM
Hello everyone!

My name is Annie. I am a 40 year old woman with Asperger's Syndrome who makes jewelry (wire wrapped and beaded). I am happily married (17 years!) to Vincent who is a computer programmer.

I spent the past three years home schooling my Autistic kids (Sébastien and Ophélie) but they're both going back to school this fall so I started making jewelry again!

I'm a tad eccentric but a lot of fun! I don't have a lot of time to interact on forums but I need a place (or two or three) to show off my wares so I can build a client base and hopefully help my husband pay the mortgage while having oodles of fun!

Annie
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on June 13, 2011, 03:06:47 PM
Welcome to all the new folks!  Can't wait to see pictures of your creations in the galleries here!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: normasbathandbody on June 14, 2011, 02:24:33 PM
Hello! I am norma, and New here. I make bath products. not new to online selling as I've a ton of other sites. looking forward to knowing all of you! 8)
 http://www.handmadeartistsshop.com//shop/normasbathandbody
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on June 14, 2011, 04:13:48 PM
Welcome all the new people!  I have been having a ball going through all the links and drooling.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: GroovyCart on June 15, 2011, 03:43:58 AM
Hi I am Jill,

I have finished a beginners course on silver jewellery making,  although I don't find I have the time to continue with this craft at the moment. My husband is not keen on me using the kitchen to hammer, file and blast with the blow torch so I would have to wait until I can sort out the shed which is not going to happen soon.
Most of my time is taken up with supporting crafters and other small business who want to sell their products online, well, on GroovyCart to be precise. I have joined this forum so that I can pass on any tips to our enthusiastic and talented Artists.

Kind regards

Jill

http://www.groovycart.co.uk (http://www.groovycart.co.uk)


Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: SheerFlorals on June 15, 2011, 09:21:25 PM
Hello, My name is Danielle! I create nylon wire sculpted flowers.

Some of you may remember me as buddingcreations as I also make beaded flowers and use to be a member of the team before I closed up shop.

So I hope to be apart of this fabulous group of artists and catch up on everything that I have missed!!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on June 16, 2011, 12:37:18 AM
Danielle!  It's great to see you back!

The new nylon flowers are absolutely freakin' gorgeous.

...And hiya to the new peeps!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: SheerFlorals on June 16, 2011, 05:55:05 PM
Thanks Larissa happy to be back! :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on June 16, 2011, 10:25:35 PM
I love the nylon flowers, Danielle!! :D Welcome back!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: patereeves on June 18, 2011, 08:18:59 PM
Hi! I am Pat and I do beadwork and various crafts.  I love to work nature into my creations and just need some good advice on how to market my items.  I am on facebook and twitter but the other sites leave me lost. I am networking challenged. Once I get the hang of this forum I will post some photos of my work to be critiqued.  Glad to be here!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Choshu on June 19, 2011, 09:57:48 PM
Hi I'm Choshu   :D

I make bath and beauty products.  I'm just starting out.  I would like to expand to candles soon but there is so many fun projects to be had with bath stuff. LOL 

Spear Carrier showed me this site.  I have an etsy site and I"m on face book as well.  I will post some pictures in the gallery later. :D

nice to meet everyone.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: stonehinged on June 20, 2011, 05:21:34 PM
We are Stonehinged, handcrafters of semi-precious, gemstone jewelry. We design in many popular gemstones including amber (http://www.stonehinged.com/store/handcrafted-amber-jewelry), amethyst (http://www.stonehinged.com/store/handcrafted-amethyst-jewelry), coral (http://www.stonehinged.com/store/handcrafted-coral-jewelry), citrine (http://www.stonehinged.com/store/handcrafted-citrine-jewelry), garnet (http://www.stonehinged.com/store/handcrafted-garnet-jewelry), jade (http://www.stonehinged.com/store/handcrafted-jade-jewelry), lapis (http://www.stonehinged.com/store/handcrafted-lapis-jewelry), malachite (http://www.stonehinged.com/store/handcrafted-malachite-jewelry) and much more. We gladly take special orders.

Stonehinged
http://www.stonehinged.com
Like Us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/stonehinged
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: BeyondCrochet on June 21, 2011, 02:07:55 PM
I'm Becca from BeyondCrochet. As my shop name suggests - I crochet. I'm mostly known for my unique amigurumi turtles, but I have several other members of my crochet zoo for sale on Etsy.
I'm also a fabric artisan, but my sewing machine is currently out of commission. :(
When I'm not creating, I'm blogging or finding other sellers on Etsy to feature on my weekly blog post.

You can find me at any of the following sites:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/BeyondCrochet
http://beyondcrochet.blogspot.com/
https://twitter.com/#!/BeyondCrochet
http://www.etsy.com/shop/BeyondCrochet?ref=si_shop
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LisaE on June 21, 2011, 02:12:00 PM
I'm Becca from BeyondCrochet. As my shop name suggests - I crochet. I'm mostly known for my unique amigurumi turtles, but I have several other members of my crochet zoo for sale on Etsy.
I'm also a fabric artisan, but my sewing machine is currently out of commission. :(
When I'm not creating, I'm blogging or finding other sellers on Etsy to feature on my weekly blog post.

You can find me at any of the following sites:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/BeyondCrochet
http://beyondcrochet.blogspot.com/
https://twitter.com/#!/BeyondCrochet
http://www.etsy.com/shop/BeyondCrochet?ref=si_shop
Your facebook link did not work.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Desert Star Creations on June 21, 2011, 02:42:17 PM
Welcome to all! I love that we have people from all over the world joining us here!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on June 21, 2011, 03:11:48 PM
Welcome to all the newcomers!  We love to see pictures of your work so be sure to post in the gallery for all to see.  If you have any questions while clicking around, please ask...we are a friendly bunch and don't bite (often  :evil: )
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: SusieQsbathandbody on June 22, 2011, 07:43:35 AM
Hello everyone,

My name is Susan and I make bath & body products and live in Kansas.

I am thrilled to be here, just starting to add my products to the shop. I also sell on a few other venue's.
____________________________________________
 
http://handmadeartistsshop.com/shop/SusieQsbathandbody
http://www.etsy.com/shop/SusieQsbathandbody
http://www.artfire.com/users/SusieQsbathandbody
http://www.facebook.com/SusieQsbathandbody
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on June 23, 2011, 07:04:06 PM
Welcome to all the new members!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Ilze on June 25, 2011, 07:36:44 PM
Hello! My name is Ilze. I learned knitting and crochet when I was about 10 years old. Also I was interested in such handmade techniques as - weaving and tying. I learned my “first steps” from books, also my mother helped me. With years I improved my skills and learned lots of new in sewing, felting, embroidery. My favorite handmade techniques is felting, crocheting and embroidery. In handmade I can express myself and in same time to relax. That is way how I can learn lots of new from world around me, nature and myself. I always like to experiment and make something new. Im getting inspiration from colors, nature, flowers, sometimes even from shadows and my own mood.
I have etsy shop where I sell felt flower brooches (http://www.etsy.com/shop/ilzescreations/) and other felt and crochet accessories. Also I have a blog (http://www.ilzescreations.blogspot.com/) where you can find more about me and my creations.

Thanks! :)
Title: I introduce myself!!!
Post by: giùggiole on June 30, 2011, 04:16:27 PM
A friend suggested me this site to sell my bracelets online!
In the fall I  would  to create a store on your site, meanwhile, look my blog .... let me know what you think!
Thanks!

http://giudigiuggiole.blogspot.com/

 ;)
Title: Re: I introduce myself!!!
Post by: trusk4u on June 30, 2011, 04:24:56 PM
A friend suggested me this site to sell my bracelets online!
In the fall I  would  to create a store on your site, meanwhile, look my blog .... let me know what you think!
Thanks!


Welcome first of all! Your bracelets are very nice. I like how flexible they appear to be.

http://giudigiuggiole.blogspot.com/

 ;)
Title: Re: I introduce myself!!!
Post by: giùggiole on July 01, 2011, 05:43:38 AM
thanks!!!
Yes they are flexibles!I designed my bracelets to make them fit every wrist size: they can be tightened and stretched as you like!
Title: Re: I introduce myself!!!
Post by: trusk4u on July 01, 2011, 10:55:52 AM
thanks!!!
Yes they are flexibles!I designed my bracelets to make them fit every wrist size: they can be tightened and stretched as you like!

You should post pictures of them in the jewelry section of the handmade gallery here!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: trusk4u on July 01, 2011, 11:41:26 AM
Welcome new people! If you're looking for a fun way to get to know more people here, get involved with the new blog ring! All you need is a blog, a little time, and some commitment. Go here to sign up:
 http://handmadeartistsforum.com/forum/index.php/topic,5665.0.html

It's fun, gets great exposure for everyone involved and you'll be sure to make some new friends!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on July 03, 2011, 06:29:55 PM
Welcome to all the new members jump right in and have fun!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: orientina on July 04, 2011, 10:59:25 AM
Greetings from the west end of the East


Here is Istanbul, the west end of the East. Here, we still have ateliers left unconquered by the production lines.

Orientina is a new atelier, using old techniques. We create objects which carry the spirit of the East and the legacy of the Ottoman, Byzantine, Mesopotamian and Anatolian cultures.

We have a diverse collection: Bijoux decorated with, silver and natural gems, bags made of authentic clothes with colorful embroideries, silk shawls colored with natural dyes and many other accessories...

We Have many original pieces for home, too: Iznik pottery decorating Eastern palaces, coffee cups and decorative pieces, copper items created using metal punching technique, lamps and chandeliers made of colorful mosaics and blown glass, Turkish coffee accessories, natural soaps and towels that are an integral part of the hamam, beeswax candles produced using Byzantine techniques and many other authentic designs of the East...

Orientinas are hand made with old techniques that are near extinction, by craftsmen that have mastered their art and with manual labor, patience and imagination...

Silk Road is at your service, once again.

www.orientina.com (http://www.orientina.com)

(http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0064/9672/files/orinetina_about_us_medium.jpg?101631)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on July 06, 2011, 02:50:05 PM
Very cool! :) Welcome!
Title: Hi from a new member
Post by: dixiedazzle on July 11, 2011, 01:23:06 PM
Just introducing myself.  I'm a wife, mother, grandmother, retired medical language specialist who loves to make jewelry.  My favorites materials are anything vintage, cameos, gemstones and pearls.  I have shops on Etsy, Zibbet and Artfire, where I sell jewelry as well as supplies for bottlecap, scrabble, domino and dog tag jewelry. 

I hope to contribute something useful to the forum.

God has richly blessed me.
Title: Re: Hi from a new member
Post by: Larissa on July 11, 2011, 01:45:25 PM
Welcome!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nicnax on July 12, 2011, 02:34:41 AM
Greeting from Malaysia!  ^-^

My name is MC. I'm new and glad to be a member of HAF.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: eponajewels on July 12, 2011, 01:29:19 PM
Hello, I'm Nancy from Epona's Jewels. I offer beads, focals, and supplies, as well as make my own jewelry to sell. I'm self taught, and started out of love for jewelry. (I'm an addict). I have shops on Etsy, Artfire, and Bonanza.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/EponaJewels?ref=si_shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/EponaJewels?ref=si_shop)
http://www.artfire.com/users/eponasjewels (http://www.artfire.com/users/eponasjewels)
http://www.bonanza.com/booths/eponajewels (http://www.bonanza.com/booths/eponajewels)(http://i53.tinypic.com/rllz7d.jpg)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on July 12, 2011, 02:21:41 PM
Welcome everyone!  So glad you're here!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ArizonaGirls on July 14, 2011, 02:56:25 PM
Also new here.  Actually found my way here via twitter =)  Someone I'm following(sorry don't remember who know), and actually I think there are a few and kept seeing the hashtag HAF followed it to the twitter account started following on twitter then followed to here! =)

Anyway my daughter and I have been making jewelry and selling it.  We started on Etsy and still there actually just under a year =/  I have become a total beadaholic.  I have to be careful when I go in to buy supplies because there is so much I'd like to buy! haha  But until it really takes off I have to limit what I invest right now =/ 

It's been a big learning experience though trying to sell online and I'm still learning and exploring.  Various forums,blogs, twitter,facebook.....

I look forward to exploring and checking blogs,facebooks,twitters and all that good stuff too! =)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: trusk4u on July 15, 2011, 06:26:33 AM
Greetings to all the new members! I look forward to getting to know you through the forum. Feel free to jump right in, post pictures in the gallery and all that other good stuff!
Title: Joly Jewels: Light up your personality!
Post by: JolyJewels on July 17, 2011, 07:32:59 AM
As a Belgian girl traveling through Latin America and Asia, I learnt a lot. About culture, beliefs, history, ways of living. I also discovered a new passion: making jewelry.
 
Since 2000 I combined my expat job as pedagogical advisor with jewelry making. I prefer working with silver and semi-precious stones to create my own style. I like to combine them with glass, pearls and shells.
 
The materials I use carry some travel adventure with them. Everywhere I pass, I am absorbed by colors and materials. I bought materials in Ecuador, Morroco, Guatemala, Turkey, Sardinia, Thailand, Spain etc.

In this way, each of my jewels is a small global construction, with influences from lots of countries.
 
It would be great if my jewels would continue their trip towards people all over the globe, for a never ending adventure.
 
I also believe in the energetic power of each stone. Believe in your intuition, pick what attracts you: it's good for you.

I can make personalized items upon request.
 
Please don't hesitate to contact me (info@jolyjewels.be) for more information.

My Etsy shop
http://www.jolyjewels.etsy.com (http://www.jolyjewels.etsy.com)
 
Follow us on Twitter and Facebook:
http://www.twitter.com/jolyjewels (http://www.twitter.com/jolyjewels)
http://www.facebook.com/jolyjewelsbelgium (http://www.facebook.com/jolyjewelsbelgium)

Kind regards,
An
 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Storm on July 17, 2011, 12:10:42 PM
Greetings, All.
I can't seem to fix on just one or two genres as I have a tendency to
Squirrel!
Umm...
get distracted by the pretty shiny things and nifty tools.
Very recently, I learned how to use a lathe and discovered neat stuff to do with engraving and am in the middle of experimenting with etching and electroplating on metal. I do calligraphy, illumination and heraldry as well and they have all added to my artistic and crafty efforts.
http://handmadeartistsshop.com/shop/Cabochon_Persnickity
and
http://www.etsy.com/shop/CabochonPersnickity
I look forward to exploring everything here.

Storm
(mumbledislikesquirellsmumble)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: at6ty6 on July 18, 2011, 07:28:20 AM
Hi!
My name is Mam. I'm Thai and live in Thailand.
I like to draw,
I love to take a picture,
I love to saw,
and also I love to wirte a postcard.

So I start to made my own postcard from my picture, my drawing and sometime i sew it.

I just open a shop at etsy

http://www.etsy.com/shop/at6ty6

If you like to draw to saw to take picture or to write postcard or journal. please, stop by
http://www.etsy.com/shop/at6ty6
http://www.facebook.com/kobmanee
http://twitter.com/kobmanee (http://www.etsy.com/shop/at6ty6
http://www.facebook.com/kobmanee
http://twitter.com/kobmanee)

may be we can share something  ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Tears Of The Sea on July 20, 2011, 05:10:33 PM
8) Hi Everyone !!
 
A Newbie Here From Maine. Very Happy To Have Found This Forum.
I design sea glass jewelry and beach stone jewelry in my small gallery and try to bring the beauty of the ocean into everyone's life.
Enjoying beautiful beach weather this summer, very warm for Maine, but not complaining. Will be looking for it in January.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Melisuma on July 20, 2011, 05:12:50 PM
Hi I am also new here, my name is Lucy and I am a struggling artist living in south wales. I love all kinds of art, Im really into photography painting and sketching.
Please stop by my shop and have a look, I will be updating it all the time and adding lots if new art works.

Many thanks
Lucy
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on July 20, 2011, 05:13:27 PM
Welcome everyone!  We're glad you're here!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Melisuma on July 20, 2011, 05:16:31 PM
Ooops I forgot to post my link :)
here it is http://handmadeartistsshop.com/shop/Melisuma

Many thanks
Lucy
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TanyaS on July 21, 2011, 02:39:01 PM
Hello, my name is Tanya . I sew ,make softies and quilts under the Caribbean sun. And i'm just starting out to sell my items.
happy to be here
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on July 22, 2011, 09:52:40 PM
Welcome and welcome back, everyone! :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MarilynKelleyArt on July 23, 2011, 08:24:45 AM
Good morning! I am new to HAF....just joined this morning. I have sold (or not sold, as the case may be) on Etsy and Artfire. I recently closed my shops on both to concentrate on my art. I've seen HAF around the internet for some time, but just decided to investigate it a couple of days ago. It seems to be the perfect fit for me....easy listing, affordable growing in popularity each day.

I'm an artist who paints in acrylics, oils, watercolors and my favorite, porcelain painting. Will be adding to my shop over the next few days. Look forward to chatting with everyone!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on July 23, 2011, 09:28:51 AM
Welcome, Marilyn!  I'm sure you will love it here!  If you have any questions, please ask!  We're a friendly group!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MarilynKelleyArt on July 23, 2011, 11:59:34 AM
Welcome, Marilyn!  I'm sure you will love it here!  If you have any questions, please ask!  We're a friendly group!

Thanks, Sandi!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on July 23, 2011, 12:41:50 PM
Welcome to all the new comers! Jump right in, put your feet up on the table, fridge is on the left. LOLPost your pics in the gallery so we can ooh and aah. Make sure you check out the shop if you haven't yet.Thanks and Enjoy!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: danpv on July 23, 2011, 05:22:07 PM
Microbiology by day, metal clay by night.  HAS newbie, joined yesterday.  Still have shops on Etsy and Zibbet, but I'm STUNNED at the number of views my measly four items got on this site in just one day!  This is an amazing group and I'm happy to be here. 

Kudos to Andrew, Kimberly and other talents who are so responsive to our suggestions.

http://www.handmadeartistsshop.com/shop/danpv
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on July 24, 2011, 10:22:22 AM
Welcome to all the newcomers!  This is a really informal house so feel free to click around and ask questions as well as post your creations so we can all drool  :P !
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on July 24, 2011, 01:32:37 PM
Welcome to the new kids!  Stick around and let us get to know you!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mattsart on July 25, 2011, 02:15:11 AM
Hi Guys, brandy new here, and I am stumbling through, and trying to figure out how to use this forum. Hope I'm not "shouting" at anyone !

I'm Matt. I came across the shop the other day, joined, posted a few paintings, now I'm here to say HELLO !!

http://handmadeartistsshop.com/shop/Mattsart
http://www.mattsart.etsy.com

My FACEBOOK pages:

To FRIEND me:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002252722414

To LIKE Mattsart, my business page.
http://www.facebook.com/matthewhamblen

My TWITTER:
http://twitter.com/mattspaintings

My FLICKR http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattsartpaintings/
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: hotsauce1783 on July 25, 2011, 12:22:20 PM
Hello My name is Marc!  I just signed up a few minutes ago.  I make handmade crafts such as beanies scarfs, rugs and seat cusions. 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Blue Highways on July 25, 2011, 07:56:17 PM
Hi Marc, welcome! Look forward to seeing your things. Everyone here is really helpful if you have any questions  :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ByNanasHands on July 25, 2011, 08:48:32 PM
Wow, whole new world here!  Tripping through everything hoping to get up to speed here soon....

Hi, I'm Melana (ByNanasHands) and I just joined here this evening.  This is SO different from what I'm use to!  I'm glad to be here and hope to get to know folks soon.

Quick ?  where is the Etsy importer?  Can someone steer me in the right direction?  I'd love to get stuff up and listed!  Thanks everyone...
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on July 25, 2011, 10:03:08 PM
Wow, whole new world here!  Tripping through everything hoping to get up to speed here soon....

Hi, I'm Melana (ByNanasHands) and I just joined here this evening.  This is SO different from what I'm use to!  I'm glad to be here and hope to get to know folks soon.

Quick ?  where is the Etsy importer?  Can someone steer me in the right direction?  I'd love to get stuff up and listed!  Thanks everyone...

Welcome!  You will love it here!!!  I would have loved to see an Etsy importer, too, but never found one.  What I did was save the pictures to my hard drive from Etsy, copied-and-pasted the description, change a word here and there, uploaded my saved pictures, and Voila! I had a listing.  It's a bit tedious, but the Handmade Artists' Shop is so easy to use, it went really fast!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Blue Highways on July 25, 2011, 10:10:19 PM
Welcome Melana!
I listed 30+ from my Etsy shop pretty fast by doing pretty much what iKnitQuiltSew suggested, except I already had my photos on my computer. Just wait until you start listing, watch the view counts on your items, it will blow your mind! Admin are fabulous for promoting! ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on July 25, 2011, 10:12:03 PM
I'm delighted to see all the new members here!  WELCOME!!!  Be sure to put some items in our galleries so that we can drool and share!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MissyKsCreations on July 26, 2011, 04:24:36 AM
Hi Guys,

Pretty new to this. Been making handmade jewelry, mainly earrings, for a few years but only recently decided to try selling them online and putting myself out there.. kinda frightening lol!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/MissyKsCreations?ref=pr_shop_more

Nice to meet you all,
K.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ByNanasHands on July 26, 2011, 07:54:24 AM
Wow, whole new world here!  Tripping through everything hoping to get up to speed here soon....

Hi, I'm Melana (ByNanasHands) and I just joined here this evening.  This is SO different from what I'm use to!  I'm glad to be here and hope to get to know folks soon.

Quick ?  where is the Etsy importer?  Can someone steer me in the right direction?  I'd love to get stuff up and listed!  Thanks everyone...

Welcome!  You will love it here!!!  I would have loved to see an Etsy importer, too, but never found one.  What I did was save the pictures to my hard drive from Etsy, copied-and-pasted the description, change a word here and there, uploaded my saved pictures, and Voila! I had a listing.  It's a bit tedious, but the Handmade Artists' Shop is so easy to use, it went really fast!

Oh boy, I don't know why I thought there was an importer here for Etsy AND AF?  Wow, that will take a while...better get at it!  Thanks for the nice welcome, I appreciate it!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LeonorasCosmetics on July 26, 2011, 09:37:57 AM
Hi everyone my name is nora.  I just signed up a few days ago, I also have a shop here:  http://handmadeartistsshop.com/shop/cosmeticsbynora
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on July 26, 2011, 07:12:04 PM
Welcome to all the newcomers glad to have ya!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LeonorasCosmetics on July 27, 2011, 02:42:08 PM
Thank you for the welcome..:)  I really like it here, especially how the vendor features work.  I just listed a product and within a few hours I've had over a thousand views that is something that I've never experienced at any other selling venue.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Moon on July 29, 2011, 04:12:24 PM
Hello!!!

I'm new...my name is Moon and I'm happy to be here.  Oh yeah, I'm a lampworker, jeweler, and painter. 

Ok...I'm off to go looking around...there a lot to see.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on July 29, 2011, 05:17:10 PM
Welcome Moon lovely lampwork!
Thank you for the welcome.. :)  I really like it here, especially how the vendor features work.  I just listed a product and within a few hours I've had over a thousand views that is something that I've never experienced at any other selling venue.
Glad you like it, we work hard to get your work seen! 8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MelissaMuir on July 30, 2011, 04:41:50 PM
Hello everyone,

I am new here, but met a handful of you all on the chat the other night. It was a lot of fun.

My name is Melissa Muir and I am a jewelry artist (like about a billion other people) and I also teach classes. I don't have the money to screw up any gold, so for now, I work in Sterling silver, copper, brass and such. I am one of the most beading challenged people I know, so you will see very few pieces with beads from me. I have the most amazing studio and set up ever, it is a dream land for people who love tools. Hopefully soon, I will get to play in there more. I have missed it a lot. I recently had a baby.... and that should explain it all. Lol.

Anyway, I have a fantastic blog where I showcase my work (when I make any) and I also have a couple of features on there that are pretty handy. I do a Tool Time Tuesday feature where I do tutorials, tool reviews, and the such. And I also have a Featured Artist Friday where I showcase the studio and work of other artists.

Anyway, it is good to meet you all and I hope to see you all around more.

Melissa
Title: Hi everyone!
Post by: DeltaMoonSoap on July 31, 2011, 10:23:31 PM

Hey everyone! I'm Carla. I just found you guys through another forum and am looking forward to getting to know a few kindred spirits!
I will be attending the Conference for Creative Entrepreneurs in San Francisco on Friday (8/5) is anyone else going?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: daniglamour on August 01, 2011, 08:40:48 PM
Hey just joined the forum! Been looking for a place to get in touch with other crafters and artists like myself to swap ideas with.

I'm a jewelry designer and fashion illustrator.
I make jewelry with found objects, mostly using items such as barbie shoes, keys, feathers, bottlecaps, and i get my beads everywhere craft suppliers, flea markets, garage sales...etc..

I used to sell directly from my website www.daniellechristine.com, but recently decided to start using storenvy because its free and it makes my life easier. Plus its also a cool place to network with other sellers.


If you have any questions feel free to add my page on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Danielle-Christine-Jewelry-Illustration/167715886622596

you can see photos and get all kinds of updates there.

you can contact me there or my email danielle@daniellechristine.com, but if you like my facebook page i will like yours back! AND you get a nice 15% discount on my jewelry.

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: elunajewelry on August 04, 2011, 03:06:44 PM
Hi everyone,

I am new to the forum. My name is April. I am a jewelry designer and lapidarist. 

I love working with silver, and I am developing a fondness for copper now as well. I also enjoy cutting my stones and wire wrapping them.

I am currently selling on Etsy, but may expand later.

http://www.elunajewelry.etsy.com

Hope to see you around on the forums.

Thanks April
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on August 05, 2011, 07:37:35 AM
Welcome all!
Jump right in and have fun, post some pics in the gallery and make sure to check out our shop!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: TrueSelfStudio on August 05, 2011, 08:14:54 PM
Hi, new to the forum and just opened a shop on HAS! I design and sell Artisan Jewelry.  So glad I found this FAB site and a place to talk with other Artist.  If you get a chance would love for you to check out my shop :)

http://handmadeartistsshop.com/shop/TrueSelfStudio
http://www.facebook.com/TrueSelfStudio
http://www.etsy.com/shop/TrueSelfStudio
http://trueselfstudio.blogspot.com/
https://twitter.com/#!/Trueselfstudio
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on August 05, 2011, 08:26:56 PM
Hi, new to the forum and just opened a shop on HAS! I design and sell Artisan Jewelry.  So glad I found this FAB site and a place to talk with other Artist.  If you get a chance would love for you to check out my shop :)

http://handmadeartistsshop.com/shop/TrueSelfStudio
http://www.facebook.com/TrueSelfStudio
http://www.etsy.com/shop/TrueSelfStudio
http://trueselfstudio.blogspot.com/
https://twitter.com/#!/Trueselfstudio

You will love how easy your HAS is to take care of!  It looks great so far - love the peachy, swirly earrings!  Welcome!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CraftedRoots on August 05, 2011, 11:07:42 PM
Welcome, everyone! :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: lidehtium on August 07, 2011, 05:01:16 PM
Hi there, I just found this forum and figured I would check it out. Im having some trouble finding my way around here but hopefully will get everything sorted soon enough.

Until I get some posts set up in the forums here, I would love to (shamelessly) share my etsy link, its www.tamedravendesigns.etsy.com any comments or critiques I would love!
(aussi, est-ce qu'il y a des francophones ici?)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: BooJayKnits on August 07, 2011, 05:05:45 PM
Hi, I'm BooJay. I knit with metal to make dainty looking (but deceptively sturdy) jewelry. I add beads, crystals, and pearls for extra shimmer.

I recently found HAS and opened a shop here. Can't wait for a sale! :)

There's not much else to tell about me. I'm a wife, mom, knitter, amateur photographer.

If you're on Google+ you can find me here: https://plus.google.com/u/1/105986014243314002677?tab=Xh I love connecting with other artists.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/boojayknitting
HAS: www.handmadeartistsshop.com/shop/boojayknits.
I'm also on Artfire - my full inventory is on there, so if you want to see more check out www.boojayknits.artfire.com

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on August 10, 2011, 07:37:15 AM
Welcome!  Love your jewelry BooJay!  Very dainty and airy. 
Feel free everyone to click around and ask questions as we have some wonderful members that are always willing to offer a hand and on opinion.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: JKS on August 11, 2011, 01:00:53 AM
Hi everyone

My name is Jill and I have a home-based business in the UK making and selling greetings cards and other paper-craft products.  My business is called Christmas Pie Crafts - so called because I live in Christmas Pie in Surrey.

I have a day job, a business and IT lecturer at a local college, but this is about to end as I want to spend more time building up my business.

I am looking forward to being a part of this forum.

Jill
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: sandscrochet -Sandy on August 11, 2011, 06:06:05 PM
Take a minute to tell us a little about yourself.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: sandscrochet -Sandy on August 11, 2011, 06:11:22 PM
Take a minute to tell us a little about yourself.
Hello, My name is Sandy - shop names is sandscrochet.
I have been crocheting for more years than I care to remember. LOL I specialize in baby items- but, of course, can do most anything.
I Live in So. Ga. and it is very hot right now - but I think it is that way all over.
I hope you all will visit my little shop as I will be adding more as time goes on.  I am also on Etsy and Zibbett.  Just joined Zibbet but, have been with Etsy for 3 yrs.
I love my work- I crochet 12-15 hrs every day.
So, come see me!!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on August 15, 2011, 06:15:47 PM
Welcome to all the newbies!Jump right in we have some chips on the coffee table, drink in the kitchen, just clean up after yourself. LOLPost some pics in the gallery and make sure you click the shop tab on top of the forum and check out our new HAFshop. It's groovin :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: swipxa on August 16, 2011, 09:48:14 PM
hi everyone nice to see ya all

I am a creative and crafty man who lives in China that would like to share my artistic ability with people from all over the world. I spend most of my spare time making papercuts so you could say I have an obsession.
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I first learned this intricate art from my grandparents. They had family business selling art in a shop along the art street in downtown as well they taught in an Art School and spent most of their time -even their last days- on the art they were obsessed with. Later, my grandparents passed away in same month and I had to continue my training on my own. That was ten years ago now.

Now the family members are like scattered sands, busy with careers and busy lives in different places. Papercuts is not the family business anymore as no one seems to have the love of this craft anymore, the popularity has dropped off. I hope to carry on this old tradition among the young people of China and everywhere else in the World.

I was very excited when I found ETSY in September of 2008. It has given me the opportunity to share my art with others all over the World. Thank you for taking the time to read my bio, I hope you have some time to view my store. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on August 16, 2011, 11:17:36 PM
hi everyone nice to see ya all

I am a creative and crafty man who lives in China that would like to share my artistic ability with people from all over the world. I spend most of my spare time making papercuts so you could say I have an obsession.
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I first learned this intricate art from my grandparents. They had family business selling art in a shop along the art street in downtown as well they taught in an Art School and spent most of their time -even their last days- on the art they were obsessed with. Later, my grandparents passed away in same month and I had to continue my training on my own. That was ten years ago now.

Now the family members are like scattered sands, busy with careers and busy lives in different places. Papercuts is not the family business anymore as no one seems to have the love of this craft anymore, the popularity has dropped off. I hope to carry on this old tradition among the young people of China and everywhere else in the World.

I was very excited when I found ETSY in September of 2008. It has given me the opportunity to share my art with others all over the World. Thank you for taking the time to read my bio, I hope you have some time to view my store. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

All I can say is "wow!"  Welcome!!!!!!!!!1
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Carolee Crafts on August 18, 2011, 01:47:03 AM
Hi everyone

Just joined following a link from a blog, not seen this forum before.

My name is Caroline Nash and I run my own home based business designing and making gifts and cards using fabric., lace, ribbon in fact nothing is safe if it can be utilised. Been running my business since 2003 but have been crafting for over 30 years and a crafting business on and off for some years during this time. Hope to meet more of the members soon./font]
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: catinalife on August 18, 2011, 08:39:15 AM
I'm so confused, just getting my shop up and running here.  I'll figure it out.  always nice to meet other handmade crafters.  I do see a few familiar avi's
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: patbarden on August 18, 2011, 09:35:36 PM
so--okay--ive set up my new shoppe here-- http://handmadeartistsshop.com/shop/mj --
just three bracelets so far--my plan is to switch it all here from the artfire shoppe--  http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/patbarden  --ihave everything there at 80% off--my plan is to put all my new styles here
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on August 19, 2011, 05:04:07 PM
Welcome, new people!  The talent here just keeps getting better and better... it's a little intimidating!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: DivineBella on August 20, 2011, 06:53:31 PM
Hi everyone!

I am new here and just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Alex (Alexandra). I am a recent College Grad and received my Bachelors of Arts. I have always been an art nerd and poud of it!! I love art of all kinds and enjoy making it as well. I especially love making my jewelry designs. I run a shop on Etsy sellilng my handmade jewelry. I am slowly starting out as I do work full time so I spend all of my free time maintaining my shop and coming up with new designs. It can be stressful at times but I wouldnt want it any other way! Thanks for the welcoming everyone!!

Oh I did have a question about setting up my account on here. I tried to add a picture to my account but I dont believe it worked..any suggestions?
Thanks again!

-Alex
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on August 20, 2011, 07:00:50 PM
Oh I did have a question about setting up my account on here. I tried to add a picture to my account but I dont believe it worked..any suggestions?
Thanks again!

-Alex
Hi Alex you should just be able to go to your profile and upload a pic. Not sure what size you tried but keep it small maybe 125x125 and you should be fine. If you keep having issues you can pm me.Welcome and hope you have fun here.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mj on August 21, 2011, 07:35:52 PM
im not getting the introduce yeself--icannot figure where to post--only to reply
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: mj on August 21, 2011, 10:32:18 PM
okay--ihave it--finally. so, i'm mj--ijust opened me shoppehttp://handmadeartistsshop.com/shop/mj here--
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: SeventhChild on August 23, 2011, 11:55:28 AM
Hi everyone. My name is Becky and my shop name is SeventhChild. I make jewelry and hand engrave glass among other things. It's a slow process but I'm stumbling around learning how to use this site. I have two stores on Art Fire. One of the same name and a supplies shop with mostly patterns and craft books that is called 2ndSeventhChild. I've only listed two items so far because I want to get my shop on Google Analytics  before going to far and it's giving me a problem. Oddly enough I've gotten more views on those two items here than I've gotten on AF and they've been listed far longer there. Are those Bots or actual views, does anyone know? The whole SEO thing confuses me because when I think I've gotten it right it's all wrong.
I think I'm really going to like it here and would love to stay and chat but right now I've got to go to work in the shop.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on August 23, 2011, 12:08:15 PM
Hi everyone. My name is Becky and my shop name is SeventhChild. I make jewelry and hand engrave glass among other things. It's a slow process but I'm stumbling around learning how to use this site. I have two stores on Art Fire. One of the same name and a supplies shop with mostly patterns and craft books that is called 2ndSeventhChild. I've only listed two items so far because I want to get my shop on Google Analytics  before going to far and it's giving me a problem. Oddly enough I've gotten more views on those two items here than I've gotten on AF and they've been listed far longer there. Are those Bots or actual views, does anyone know? The whole SEO thing confuses me because when I think I've gotten it right it's all wrong.
I think I'm really going to like it here and would love to stay and chat but right now I've got to go to work in the shop.
First of all, welcome to the forum and the shop!
As far as views goes, Andrew and I grab every new listing will scroll on the front page so there are views that way.  Also, every new listing (baring computer glitches!) is Facebooked, tweeted, Stumbled on all of our many accounts.  Our goal is to get you seen since the more people that see you, the better chance of the right person seeing you!
Also, Google is crawling us regularly, so you should see those results shortly.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: SeventhChild on August 23, 2011, 02:46:28 PM
Wow! Thank you. Looks like I had better get the problem fixed with my Analytics account and get listing.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on August 23, 2011, 04:02:05 PM
Wow! Thank you. Looks like I had better get the problem fixed with my Analytics account and get listing.
Whatever you list we will do our best to promote!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ♥ Zili ♥ on August 23, 2011, 06:22:52 PM
Hello :)

I'm of course new here, looking for a new jewelry forum to hang around lol

I've been creating wire jewelry for 14 or so years now.  Last year opened up a webshop although i'm not an official business just yet I will be working on that shortly until recently my jewelry wasn't earning me enough to be set up as an official business ($10-$20 every 3-4 months isn't worth the government's time lol)

but i went job hunting recently and scored a few consignment deals during my hunt so taxes must be paid once i start selling in the consignment shops therefore before I will be getting set up as a business soon.

I'm a college student (Senior and school starts tomorrow)  studying history and creative writing.  I'm also a "step mom"  I've been with my boyfriend since a week after his son was born.  My boyfriend has the baby and not the mother (she left after the baby turned 4 months old.) the only mother figure he's ever known is me.

I'm also a "mom" to a 5 year old tabby cat named Adam and a year old mouse named Ronan :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: miniaturequilts on August 27, 2011, 10:05:23 AM
Myself and the German Shepherds (GSD):  A former published quilt designer turned jewelry maker, the motivation for my Etsy shop was a desire to earn what would call "pin money" and to raise money for German Shepherd rescue, specifically Shepherd's Hope German Shepherd rescue of greater NYC. A percentage of all the items from my shop goes to Shepherd's Hope. I make handmade jewelry and quilts (both categories include dog designs). My current goal is to make my own German Shepherd beads for my jewelry since all the ones I have purchased so far have been pricey!  Currently I am Shepherd-less, but not dog-less. I have 2 black English Labradors and a Saint Bernard we rescued via Save Our Saints. Doggie greetings from the "great white north" of the Finger Lakes of NY.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on August 27, 2011, 06:39:39 PM
Welcome to all the new comers! Make sure you post you pretties in the gallery and take a peak at our shop!Enjoy!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MichaelaJewelry on September 06, 2011, 11:03:45 AM
Hi there, I'm new to this forum - in fact forums in general - and I'm happy to say that I stumbled upon this forum quite by accident. I make and design jewelry.  I have a website and an Etsy store - although the Etsy store isn't doing too well - it needs ALOT of work but I'm finding it hard to find the time as I'm currently spending all the time I can on updating and adding new pieces to my website.  I've noticed a few of you have shops here.  I'm going to have to check that out.  Maybe close my Etsy store and start a shop here.

I look forward to getting to know you all and I'm excited to be a part of this forum.   
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Colt Chainmail Jewelry on September 10, 2011, 11:30:10 PM
Hey all! I finaly joined, haha. there is probably lots of people here that have known me for years!

May have seen me on the M.A.I.L., Maillers world wide, and TRL forums as BigTitann.

I have been looking over my sholder at M.A.I.L. every day or so to see if it picks back up and it is still a bit slow. So I joined this site to fill in times that im bored. And It was time that I joined a group that was more then strictly chainmail!

Right now I have a 30lb package sitting over the weekend at some UPS building fairly close to me, waiting to be deliver. It has lots O' lots of stuff for me to make into chainmail! =) I just wish UPS didn't mess up and delay it till monday when it was post to come friday. Grr!

I started out with chainmail, and have grown out to do some wire wraping, lapidary and rock tumbling, interest in fashin, and just today started using some leather. Also have always been into Photography <3 !

Here is a link to my FaceBook Fan page! =) http://www.facebook.com/Colt.Chainmail.Jewelry.Designs (http://www.facebook.com/Colt.Chainmail.Jewelry.Designs)


Hope to meet some new faces!
~Colt Chainmail
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on September 11, 2011, 10:54:49 AM
Welcome, new people!

Colt, make yourself a sig with your links so you don't have to repost them each time.  We love checking out the shops of the new peeps.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Colt Chainmail Jewelry on September 11, 2011, 04:15:11 PM
yeah, I know, just posted that for starters =P

 Making a sig for me takes lots of time.... I have to make it perfect...  ::) lmao!
I'l have to see if i can drag one over from the other millions of forums I'm on, lol


~Colt Chainmail
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on September 11, 2011, 05:37:43 PM
Welcome to all the new comers, glad to have ya! 8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on September 11, 2011, 07:29:15 PM
yeah, I know, just posted that for starters =P

 Making a sig for me takes lots of time.... I have to make it perfect...  ::) lmao!
I'l have to see if i can drag one over from the other millions of forums I'm on, lol


~Colt Chainmail

Oh, see... now I'm expecting a work of art!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Eddcouk on September 13, 2011, 06:24:05 AM
Hi everyone. I have just joined the forum and would like to introduce myself. I am a keen jewellery maker, with my own website. I also enjoy textile art and polymer clay. I am hoping to meet lots of like minded people to chat with.

Erika
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: PolymerWitchie on September 13, 2011, 07:17:28 AM
Hello to all!, I'm brand new to this site. I logged and went straight here so I could introduce my self, so here I go.

I am 19 years old. I just had my birthday at the beginning of August. I've been crafting all my life but never with the selling intention. That happened recently when I realized, what am I gonna do with all this stuff? Now don't get me wrong I love crafting but I'd rather sell it to someone who likes even more and I will just keep dishing them out. In my eyes it's a win/win situation.

I'm a college student studying Child Psychology. I want to help children therefore some of my crafts are geared towards kids. Example would be my Veggie and Fruit Playset. Which I listed for 30$ all together on my shop but 9$ seperately, oh forgot to mention they are all made from polymer clay. I guess that was a quick given though, hence my name. Sorry, that I'm rambling. It's 8am here and I really just woke up.

I didn't want to list my stuff on Etsy even though I was planning to then I found artfire, but still didn't want to list there, so I decided hey I'm computer savvy, I have a few blogs and I did website design, why not just make my own? So yesterday I began my journey into my favourite thing aside from crafting and reading, and school. . . .Computers! Website: craftyhandmadepolymerjewelry.yolasite.com

It's still somewhat a work in progress but I like it so far. I think I'm going to change the background though. . .and I guess this is a lot about the way I think, rather than about me.

So what was I saying? oh yes. I'm 19, recently started making polymer items, made my own website, would really like reviews on it. I also show the items on my Youtube Channel. (ForeverBreathe) My youtube is actually a mixture of things, there is no set idea for my channel. I'm an everything kind of girl, oh did I mention I'm female?

I have a boyfriend. Brothers, Mom and Dad(s) [step & bio] and I guess thats all, sorry this was so long and rant-ish. Please visit my shop and tell me what you think! ^-^
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ilabella on September 14, 2011, 07:34:17 AM
Hi everyone!!
I'm Ilaria from Italy (excuse me for my bad schoolbook english  :-[, i'll try to improve myself!!!!!)
I love handmade creations in general, but my passions are macramè, jewellery and pochettes! :-*
I work with every type of material and I never stop at nothing!!
If you want you can visit my blog http://filidiseta.blogspot.com/ and leave a comment.
I''ll look around your posts and i'm sure i'll find lots of interesting things!!
bye bye
Ilaria
Title: I just joined Handmade Artist Forum
Post by: Clifford Manthey on September 14, 2011, 08:57:57 AM
Thanks for following me in Tweeter. I would have never heard of this forum.
Time to explore the site.
Have A Great Day,
Cliff
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on September 14, 2011, 05:24:29 PM
Welcome to all the new members!  HAF is going global more and more each day! 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ilabella on September 15, 2011, 07:05:32 AM
thank you!!! ;)
Title: I am new to the site...Please check out my creations! :)
Post by: RichelleDeZigns on September 19, 2011, 04:36:05 PM
Hello everyone! I am having a hard time getting my things out there and I need some help! If you could please check out my stuff. I have a facebook and an etsy.... Go to my facebook to check out my latest creations!
There is a link to my Etsy on my facebook!

I also would love to meet some new people and check out your alls creations too....Support handmade all the way!!!



https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Richelle-DeZigns/212881858769161 (ftp://https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Richelle-DeZigns/212881858769161)

One of my latest creations....
Title: Re: I am new to the site...Please check out my creations! :)
Post by: Larissa on September 19, 2011, 11:32:50 PM
Hi, Richelle,

Nice bag!

I hope you don't mind... I moved your post/topic to a more appropriate section and got rid of the pink.  I've got 20/20 vision and it was still brutal to try & read.
Title: Re: I am new to the site...Please check out my creations! :)
Post by: MichaelaJewelry on September 20, 2011, 01:19:43 PM
Hi Richelle,

Welcome to the forum!! I'm also pretty new so we will learn together! :)

Also, I tried to click on you Facebook link but I keep getting an 'error' page for some reason.
Title: Re: I am new to the site...Please check out my creations! :)
Post by: eMaRCee on September 20, 2011, 01:28:34 PM
ooooolala, so pretty. I am new also. I guess we can all learn together.  So many talented people, I feel a little inferior.  But I will keep my chin up and pray that I do everything ok.  Beautiful work...............
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on September 21, 2011, 06:14:37 AM
Welcome to all the new comers. Soda is in the fridge chips are on the counter, please clean up after yourself. :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Janette on September 21, 2011, 11:04:51 PM
Hello

I am new here and I am Janette and I am beadaholic, jewelry maker and collector.

I have not made so much yet but hopefully in the future I wish to open own shop on internet. Before that I have lots to learn yet.

I have blog http://kodamadesigns.blogspot.coml]Kodama Designs

and i have page on FB too.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: DanisGarcia on September 22, 2011, 06:03:36 AM
Good morning,

My name is Danis Garcia and I am a bling addict.  I am a jewelry designer working with natural stones, bone, clay, wood, gemstones, polymer clay and precious metal clay.  Most of my work is custom designed for specifically for the buyer and I love helping them to bring their own vision together.

I am also a retail/wholesale supplier of quality jewelry supply with a shop on Artfire at http://dgdesigns.artfire.com (http://dgdesigns.artfire.com).

I hope I am able to help with the support and promotion of handmade artisans and their products~!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: SaturdaySequins on September 22, 2011, 08:54:26 AM
Hello, everyone!

My name is Sarah, and I'm a writer and jewelry artist. I've been crafting since I was a child, and making jewelry for almost as long. I love creating colorful multimedia pieces with whatever materials hold my interest at the moment. One theme in my work is, as you might have guessed, sequins.

In my spare time I like to read, hula hoop in the park, cook amazing food, and spend time with the awesome people in my life, including my husband, who is also a jewelry artist. If I have any time left after that, I try to learn new things. I have a curious brain and am always picking up new interests.

Nice meeting you! :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself - Jessica
Post by: JessicaBeads on September 22, 2011, 08:26:40 PM
Hey everyone,

My name is Jessica and I've just started learning about working with beads. It's pretty interesting if I do say so myself.

I'm in Colorado right now because I love the mountains and the cool, dry, fresh air.

I have a small family with my 3 year old son, my amazing husband, and my cute little mut that we rescued.

Not much else to say except that I look forward to meeting you all. Thanks
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MichaelaJewelry on September 23, 2011, 10:21:05 AM
Welcome Jessica!! You will find this forum to be a great resource for advice and information.  So your beading is a hobby right now?   

I LOVE Colorado - it's been a while since I've been there though.  My husband had some friends in Leadville so we would fly into Denver and rent a car and drive to Leadville, Vail, Aspen. It's just so beautiful! Where in colorado do you live?

Again Welcome and I look forward to getting to know you.

Margaret
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: creativemama on September 26, 2011, 06:41:42 AM
Hello.  My name is Amber.  I started making jewelry 2 years ago.  I love it.  I hope to someday turn it into my own business.  I love creating new things.  I am a natural artist.  It comes very easy to me.  I think it up in my head and put it to work.  I really love to sell my creations.  Not just for the money but for the good feeling I get from someone who likes it enough to buy it.  I try my best to keep my prices reasonable. 

Now about me.  I have 3 kids.  My daughter has also started making jewelry too :)  I am currently a stay at home mom but am looking for work.  I attend craft shows when I can.  I did my first one last year and loved it!!  I also love to have my coffee in the morning  ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Colette on September 26, 2011, 09:31:36 AM
Hello.  My name is Amber.  I started making jewelry 2 years ago.  I love it.  I hope to someday turn it into my own business.  I love creating new things.  I am a natural artist.  It comes very easy to me.  I think it up in my head and put it to work.  I really love to sell my creations.  Not just for the money but for the good feeling I get from someone who likes it enough to buy it.  I try my best to keep my prices reasonable. 

Now about me.  I have 3 kids.  My daughter has also started making jewelry too :)  I am currently a stay at home mom but am looking for work.  I attend craft shows when I can.  I did my first one last year and loved it!!  I also love to have my coffee in the morning  ;)

Welcome to the Forume Amber. I love your screen name, creativeMama  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: creativemama on September 26, 2011, 06:07:45 PM
Hello.  My name is Amber.  I started making jewelry 2 years ago.  I love it.  I hope to someday turn it into my own business.  I love creating new things.  I am a natural artist.  It comes very easy to me.  I think it up in my head and put it to work.  I really love to sell my creations.  Not just for the money but for the good feeling I get from someone who likes it enough to buy it.  I try my best to keep my prices reasonable. 

Now about me.  I have 3 kids.  My daughter has also started making jewelry too :)  I am currently a stay at home mom but am looking for work.  I attend craft shows when I can.  I did my first one last year and loved it!!  I also love to have my coffee in the morning  ;)

Welcome to the Forume Amber. I love your screen name, creativeMama  ;D
Thank you :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: qqmaria on September 26, 2011, 11:08:32 PM
Hello,

My name is Maria from china, glad to be here with you all.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: peaches on September 28, 2011, 09:21:44 AM
Hi my name is Shannon. I make and teach silver filigree jewelry. It is a family affair. Mom,sister and myself all get together on the weekends and play around in the shop. This is the latest creation I have made. I hope you like him. I named this one Hoodie. ^-^ We are located in Georgia but teach all over the south east.

Peaches
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: GothDoll on September 29, 2011, 07:47:44 AM
Hi,
My name is Jo. I'm a UK based artist and I make gothic themed ragdolls and goth accessories (purses, bags, etc). I currently have several dolls and some purses for sale on my website. Custom dolls are also available on request. Everything I make is free from animal derived materials, so suitable for vegans and vegetarians  :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on September 29, 2011, 09:18:57 AM
Welcome everyone!  We're so glad to have such artistic diversity as well as a global presence!!! 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: tiffanysbraceletdesigns on October 03, 2011, 06:32:08 PM
Hi Guys,
  I'm Tiffany of Tiffany's Bracelet Designs. Just a little info on me...
Crafting has been near and dear to my family since as long as I can remember. My grandmother loved to paint and my mom enjoys sewing,crocheting, cross stitching,and pretty much any hands on crafting experience. I learned very early many different techniques of expressions and have dabbled in the arts since childhood. For years, my creativity was forced to take a backseat to my everyday "real" life and it was never able to really  blossom out of the hobby phase. Although a great hobby, I always felt in my heart that I could make it turn into something more. So my journey begins!  I am  new to the online marketing scene and was quite impressed by the HAF site and it's associate sites. I started my own web site about a month ago and have been pouring honorable amounts of effort into it to get it off to a great start. Just a little ambitious, I decided  to 'figure out' this Internet thing on my own. With that said you all have permission to pity me (lol) as I'm sure a lot of you know how challenging it can be. In short, I have had a passion for fashion and accessories for quite some time now and gain great pleasure from creating beautiful treasures. I love to learn new things and enjoy sharing my knowledge with others. Feedback is always appreciated and I look forward to becoming part of this community.


Tiffany

http://tiffanysbraceletdesigns.com

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tiffanys-Bracelet-Designs/152084444876445

email    tiffany@tiffanysbraceletdesigns.com
Title: Claycraft DECO CLAY e-shop
Post by: Nick on October 04, 2011, 03:51:52 AM
Hi

My name is Nick. I'm living in Prague (Czech Republic) and I sell CLAYCRAFT by DECO Soft clay in my own e-shop (http://handicraft.pro).

Please, feel free to ask me any questions about the clay  :D


Nick.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on October 04, 2011, 06:28:38 AM
Hi, Nick, welcome.

I deleted your other account since it was silly for you to have two accounts for the same thing and you'd begun posting with this one.  Feel free to put your website link in your sig on this account so our polymer clay artists have your option for their supplies.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Vassie on October 04, 2011, 06:40:37 AM
Hi everyone! My name is Vasilena and I design earrings. It's a sort of a hobby for me. I try selling my designs online through my blog: http://vassieto.blogspot.com/ I sometimes have difficulties finding materials for my designs but you have to work with what you get. As they say: when life gives you lemons - make lemonade :D Please feel free to leave comments and links to your blogs or websites on my blog. Good luck to everyone!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: startsarts on October 05, 2011, 05:37:22 AM
Hi,

I'm Beverley Start from Start's Arts where I design and make Wearable Art!

Nice to meet ya'll  :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on October 05, 2011, 07:12:16 AM
Welcome to all the newbies! Jump right in and get involved. Post some work in the gallery, check out some of our rings, ect. We are a tight little group and you'll only get out of it what you put into it. Also take a peak at the HAFshop when you get a sec. Just hit shop on the top toolbar.
Enjoy! 8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MichaelaJewelry on October 05, 2011, 02:09:54 PM
Hi Tiffany, welcome to HAF!  I'm sure you'll love getting to know the people here.  Yes, working on your own website can be pretty time consuming and confusing at times.  But it's definitely interesting.  Where else do you sell your jewelry other than on your website?  Do you do consignment or wholesale?  Looking forward to getting to know you and again Welcome!

Margaret
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: tiffanysbraceletdesigns on October 05, 2011, 10:22:17 PM
Hello Margaret,
Thank you for the welcome. I have sold some locally. Home shows and word of mouth, stuff like that. I've been looking into a local market, it is a tourist area so im hoping it will not be like a flea market. I checked out your site and fb...beautiful work and I loved ur support  local artists photo.Had to share it with my friends too.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on October 05, 2011, 11:57:22 PM
Welcome, new people!  Love those sugar skulls.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MichaelaJewelry on October 06, 2011, 04:05:28 PM
Thank you Tiffany!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: vericone on October 10, 2011, 06:27:53 AM
I'd like to say an official HELLO to all Handmade Artists. I hope You will enjoy my gallery http://handmadeartistsforum.com/forum/index.php/topic,6105.0.html (http://handmadeartistsforum.com/forum/index.php/topic,6105.0.html)

Have a nice day.
Title: Introduce Yourself
Post by: andrewsiddle on October 14, 2011, 04:11:35 AM
Hello friends i am andrew siddle new member to handmadeartistsforum. I can see that i am going to have a good time here.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MichaelaJewelry on October 14, 2011, 10:54:09 AM
Welcome Andrew Siddle.  Yes, I'm sure you will have a good time here.  Tell us a little more about you.  What is your creative talent?

Margaret
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Gillyweeds on October 17, 2011, 11:55:30 AM
Hi, I'm Shannon of Gillyweeds.

I crochet, knit and dye yarn, among other things.  I am catholic, have six kids, a great husband, and am pretty busy.  I sell on Etsy, Hyenacart and have a blog.

That's it for now!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MichaelaJewelry on October 17, 2011, 03:21:02 PM
Hi Shannon, welcome to the forum!! Yikes, you sound busy!! How do you manage to fit it all in?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: cardsmadebyhand on October 17, 2011, 05:29:40 PM
Cards Made by Hand, we sell hand made cards, some are one off cards, we make all types of cards for various occasions, we are always making new hand made cards in various styles so always check back, Dont forget to get our Cards Made by Hand Newsletter, we can keep you up to date with our latest designs and offers .

http://www.cardsmadebyhand.co.uk (http://www.cardsmadebyhand.co.uk)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: violetmoon.nl on October 18, 2011, 02:50:46 AM
Hello all, My name is Carina aka violetmoon.nl
Found this place via google+ thought I check it out.

My main hobby is jewelry making, in almost all the techniques available.  8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ConniesCreations on October 19, 2011, 08:15:19 AM
Hi,

My name is Connie and I'm new here. Tried to update my signature so not sure if it will work until I post and look at this but my website is www.connie-creates.com.

I started with baking cakes, cookies, cupcakes and all that fun stuff. I now make handmade hair bows for little girls.(Started because of my neice :)) I currently have some halloween and a turkey bow on my site. I would like to see what you all think. I have just put the website up and I don't have any outside critique just yet since everyone visiting are close friends and family. Let me know what you think.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MichaelaJewelry on October 19, 2011, 02:38:23 PM
@ Carina, Welcome to Handmade Artists' Forum!! I'm sure you'll get plenty of great tips and advice.  If you have any questions there is always somebody who has an answer.  I look forward to getting to know you!

@ Connie of Connie Creates.  Very nice website!  It's simple, uncluttered and easy to navigate. 

A couple of suggestions -

1.  Maybe add more photos of each item from different angles.  When customers are purchasing from the web they want to see as much of the product they are purchasing as possible seeing as they can't actually touch it. 

2.  Add more text to your pages to include your keywords.  Search engines look for text and keywords and the ratio of one to the other.  The more you explain your product and have your keywords listed a few times on each page search engines can find you better.  But don't overdo the keywords - search engines don't like this. Maybe 2 or 3 times on each page. 

Other than that I think you've done a lovely job of your website!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: andrewsiddle on October 20, 2011, 02:46:55 AM
Hello everyone


I am andrew siddle i am new here. I am from Tacoma, my background is art and textiles.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on October 20, 2011, 09:22:43 AM
Welcome to all the newcomers!  Pull up a chair and make yourself at home! 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on October 25, 2011, 06:15:00 PM
Welcome to all the new comers make sure you post some of your work in the gallery so we can see your goodies
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: zoraida on October 26, 2011, 07:51:05 PM
Hello everyone.  I just opened up shop here.  Hope you come to visit.   
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: zoraida on October 27, 2011, 06:57:54 AM
Hi everyone!
I'm not sure if I'm posting correctly but wanted to introduce my self.  I'm Zoraida and just opened up a shop here for my jewelry.  Right now I'm doing wirework and working a bit with copper sheet but I have also made crochet items, illustrations and a few other things. Hope to meet some of you.   

I think I've created my signatures but just in case - http://handmadeartistsshop.com/shop/zoraida
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on October 28, 2011, 10:35:50 AM
Welcome Zoraida!  You will love your shop here!  If you have any questions, just ask...  someone is always around to lend a hand.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: SouthpawCrochet on October 29, 2011, 08:19:22 PM
Hi everyone.  My name is Corrie and my shop's name is Southpaw Crochet.  I've crocheted on and off for 10yrs and just recently got back into it consistently.  I found Handmade Artists through LinkedIn and look forward to getting to know the site, forums and other artisans more  :)

http://handmadeartistsshop.com/shop/Southpaw_Crochet (http://handmadeartistsshop.com/shop/Southpaw_Crochet)
http://southpawcrochet.etsy.com (http://southpawcrochet.etsy.com)
http://facebook.com/southpawcrochet (http://facebook.com/southpawcrochet)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: dlk limited on October 31, 2011, 02:50:59 PM
(12:40:59) dlk_limited: I'm not sure where to begin with this introduction; I've put it off for a month now since setting up shop here. At 57 years old and starting my life all over after 33 years in a "sociopathi​c" marriage, I decided to go with my dreams -- One, being an artist and creating everyday and two, trying to sell my creations on-line which I know nothing about. I'm learning - on the job. I work with fabric, paper, clay, and beads. I need to know more about how things work on-line and any help from those of you who have been doing this for awhile would be greatly appreciated (reading books for "dummies" on how to do something takes forever!) I live in Washington state on the southwestern part of the coast near Astoria, OR. If anyone lives near there or in WA I like to hear from you. If you want to know a little more about me go to "About Me" in my shop. Live, Laugh and Dance that's my motto.
Title: Oldie but Newbie Returns!
Post by: Talena on November 01, 2011, 08:06:20 AM
Hi all,
Well I finally realized that I was a member here! I went looking for some old graphics in my email and found my sign-in info. Man I'm getting old!

But since it's been awhile, i thought I would re-introduce myself. I'm Talena and a primaholic!  :D
I hail from NJ but live in VA for about 4 years now.
I'm a primitive/country doll designer and dabble in wood.
I own a few websites which keep me busy which are:
The Primitive Hutch, The Pattern Patch and a craft magazine called Mulberry Crafters.
I love creating and looking forward to sharing ideas and thoughts with you all!

Blessings to you

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MichaelaJewelry on November 01, 2011, 11:10:21 AM
(12:40:59) dlk_limited: I'm not sure where to begin with this introduction; I've put it off for a month now since setting up shop here. At 57 years old and starting my life all over after 33 years in a "sociopathi​c" marriage, I decided to go with my dreams -- One, being an artist and creating everyday and two, trying to sell my creations on-line which I know nothing about. I'm learning - on the job. I work with fabric, paper, clay, and beads. I need to know more about how things work on-line and any help from those of you who have been doing this for awhile would be greatly appreciated (reading books for "dummies" on how to do something takes forever!) I live in Washington state on the southwestern part of the coast near Astoria, OR. If anyone lives near there or in WA I like to hear from you. If you want to know a little more about me go to "About Me" in my shop. Live, Laugh and Dance that's my motto.

Hi there dlk Limited!! Welcome to the HAF!  You will get some great advice from all the knowledgable artists on this forum.  To start with I would suggest creating a 'signature' so every time you post you will have your website, Twitter, Facebook etc. URLs.  Also, do you have a Facebook Page?  If not I suggest you create one and start getting fans.  Also, do you have a Twitter account?  I think this is a must too - although I'm STILL trying to figure it out myself ??? Hope this helps a bit.
Title: Re: Oldie but Newbie Returns!
Post by: MichaelaJewelry on November 01, 2011, 11:12:36 AM
Hi all,
Well I finally realized that I was a member here! I went looking for some old graphics in my email and found my sign-in info. Man I'm getting old!

But since it's been awhile, i thought I would re-introduce myself. I'm Talena and a primaholic!  :D
I hail from NJ but live in VA for about 4 years now.
I'm a primitive/country doll designer and dabble in wood.
I own a few websites which keep me busy which are:
The Primitive Hutch, The Pattern Patch and a craft magazine called Mulberry Crafters.
I love creating and looking forward to sharing ideas and thoughts with you all!

Blessings to you

Wow, Sewcute - where do you find the time to do all of this??? I have one website and I'm finding it hard to keep up at times.  What's your secret?  You don't sleep? :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on November 01, 2011, 03:07:45 PM
Welcome, welcome, welcome to all the newcomers (and those of you that forgot you were here!  :-\  )  Be sure to post pictures of your creations in the gallery and if you have any questions, please ask!  We don't bite, well, too often :evil:
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ChinaLady on November 02, 2011, 10:00:33 PM
hi, my name is Chris, from Shenzhen,China. I work for a company which hold the exhibition show. This year I met a lot of artists who from different part of China through an art show, and I have a great impression on their artworks. I think if i could promote their artworks to abroad that would be a great thing. so we create the website that promote the traditional folk art of China, you will find the picture on http://www.handfolk.com/online-gallery.html
Title: Re: Oldie but Newbie Returns!
Post by: Talena on November 03, 2011, 06:54:31 AM

Wow, Sewcute - where do you find the time to do all of this??? I have one website and I'm finding it hard to keep up at times.  What's your secret?  You don't sleep? :)
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hi dear,
Well it's not easy to do this but I usually don't feed hubby. lol
No...I feed him and once he is relaxed and watching the game or on his laptop...I'm off to my craft room to get things rolling. lol
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Talena on November 03, 2011, 06:57:10 AM
Hi,

My name is Connie and I'm new here. Tried to update my signature so not sure if it will work until I post and look at this but my website is www.connie-creates.com.

I started with baking cakes, cookies, cupcakes and all that fun stuff. I now make handmade hair bows for little girls.(Started because of my neice :)) I currently have some halloween and a turkey bow on my site. I would like to see what you all think. I have just put the website up and I don't have any outside critique just yet since everyone visiting are close friends and family. Let me know what you think.

Thanks!

Hi connie,
Welcome and glad to meet you. I love your London cake...I have a sweet tooth for all sorts of cookies and cakes of course. :-)
Looking forward to seeing more of your work.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Bo-bo on November 04, 2011, 02:25:07 AM
Hi there, it's my turn!
I'm Bo-bo from Hong Kong. I start making camera straps last year.

I dreamed to have my own brand for years!!! Previously, I was crazy busy in working! I worked in exhibition & event marketing since graduated, and it's quite exhausted to be so busy! So, I quit my job last year & planned to work as a freelancer for event marketing. 

Before that, I went to Scandinavia by myself & wished to plan my path ahead.  On the way from Oslo to Bergen, I met a beautiful girl in the train. She's a handmade jewellery artist. She shown her earrings & told me that was designed by her.  And what she's going to do was showing her design to her client in Bergen. She said she also got a branch in Hong Kong too!! At that time, she's just a shinning angel in my eye, so charming, just because she's her dream & confidence!

Maybe it's her to inspire me/ trigger me to start making camera straps & have my brand.  Though it's just a start for my handmade business, I think it shouldn't give up so easily!! I'll try to let more & more & more people know our handmade camera strap. Our business is not so well now, just because not so many people know about our products! It's at competitive price & good quality !!! So, I'll try my best to do our marketing!!! If you have any ideas for us, please send me a message!
:)

Title: New to the forum
Post by: jhluxurycrafts on November 06, 2011, 02:48:02 AM
Hi, I'm new to this forum and wanted to introduce myself. I am the owner of http://www.jhluxurycrafts.com (http://www.jhluxurycrafts.com) and I am an avid carver, crafter, and batik maker. I have been running my business for the last couple of years on a small scale and have finally decided to take the plunge and move it online.

I look forward to many a lively discussion.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: KaeArtworks on November 06, 2011, 04:16:37 PM
Hello. My name is Yasuko from Kae Artworks. I am faricholic. I sew bags/purses with various textiles from all over the world. I just imported authentic Kimono fabrics from Japan and came back from Hawaii where I handpicked lots of Hawaiian print fabrics.

My shop also have my mom's Japanese calligraphy artworks. So my business is a mother-and-daugher collaboration.

Please visit my Etsy shop:
http://www.kaeartworks.etsy.com

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/kae.artworks

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/#!/kaeartworks
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Galloping Glass on November 07, 2011, 04:03:25 AM
Greetings all

I hand bead glass ornaments, never doing the same thing twice to keep from getting board.

When I can, I am out with my horses. Check out my blog below to see my pretty ponies.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on November 08, 2011, 07:42:58 AM
Welcome to all the new comers! Post some of your work in the Gallery section and make sure you take a peak at our shop as well. http://handmadeartistsshop.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Gabbys Quilts on November 08, 2011, 08:18:30 PM
Hi,
My name is Ruth or you can call me Gabby, I am the owner of Gabby's Quilt shop. I have 3 shops, 2 shops on Etsy, one for supplies and the other is for the made items, and another one on Artfire. I specialize in Handcrafted Quilts, Wall Hangings, Table Runners and Embroidered gifts.
I have a full time job during the day and do the shops on nights and weekends. I have been sewing since I was a teenager, and my mom got me started making quilts about the same time I started having children.
I am looking forward to meeting everybody.

www.etsy.com/shop/gabbysquiltsupplies
www.etsy.com/shop/GabbysQuilts
www.GabbysQuilts.artfire.com
www.twitter.com/GabbysQuilts
www.gabbysquilts.blogspot.com
www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/gabbysquilts
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Prima_Donna_Beads on November 09, 2011, 11:41:02 AM
Hi from the South Bay in California!

I make glass beads and jewelry... :)

Will post pics as soon as I get myself oriented with the forum...

Yay!  A new place to hang out!  I'm so excited to be here!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MichaelaJewelry on November 10, 2011, 12:01:24 PM
Welcome to the forum Prima Donna Beads!  I look forward to seeing some of your work.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: hotsauce1783 on November 10, 2011, 09:15:48 PM
Hello My name Marc I am a Disabled Vet and I make handmade beanies and scarfs.  Could you please leave me some feedback and let me know how I am doing thanks.

www.craftsbymarc.com
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LisaE on November 11, 2011, 01:44:05 AM
Hello My name Marc I am a Disabled Vet and I make handmade beanies and scarfs.  Could you please leave me some feedback and let me know how I am doing thanks.

www.craftsbymarc.com

I think your site and things look great.  One thing, if your site allows for bigger pictures, I would do that.  You might want to consider a Handmade Artists' Shop as well.  I know they are much better at marketing and social media than I will ever be.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LooneyLizard on November 11, 2011, 04:38:27 AM
Hi everyone,

Just signed up my HAF account, found you guys on Stumble upon :) and now to introduce myself.   :D

I live in Reading, Berkshire with my husband and our little dog and i have been making handmade cards for the last 5 or so years in my spare time. I have always received a lot of lovely feedback and people had been asking me about my website and that i should be selling my cards online, well i did not have one! I think the pressure had gotten too much, i decided to pester my husband (who designs/develops websites for a living) to build me a site. Of course a lot of bribery, brownie points, home cooked dinners, gifts etc were thrown in to sweeten the deal. (hehe)  ;)

Finally after shedding a lot of blood sweat and tears creating my new website, it finally launched back in feb 2011. http://www.looneylizardcreations.co.uk (http://www.looneylizardcreations.co.uk) Any feedback is appreciated.

It's been a really rough ride promoting it, but finally it's taking off and i hope to start growing the business.

That's me really, all work at the moment not enough play :(

Sherrie
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MichaelaJewelry on November 12, 2011, 08:06:40 PM
Hi Sherrie,

Love your handmade cards!! yes, promoting is very time consuming, can be expensive, is trial and error finding which avenue of marketing/promoting works for your creation in your area. I wish my husband designed/developed website - it would make my life so much easier!  I'm originally from Liverpool but I now live in Santa Monica, California.  Do you do any shows or parties or do you mostly sell from your website?   
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LooneyLizard on November 13, 2011, 08:49:58 AM
Hi Margaret, yay a British gal at heart! Originally i am from Leeds, not too far from Liverpool. I Moved south to Reading (about 20 odd miles from Windsor) when I met my hubby 9 years ago.

Thank you for your lovely comment :) I have been looking at your jewellery, you have some lovely pieces. They look really luxurious and professionally made! Nice product pics!

Yes i am quite lucky in that respect, for years his profession had little interest for me until i decided to start selling my cards online. Now i could not live without his experience and talent (haha funny how things change) a one man shop for anything creative advertising/marketing related. Though i realise he spends a huge amount of time on improving my business (which would have cost me a fortune otherwise) i must do my part and keep him motivated with his favourite treats.

No i have not done any shows or parties yet, i have a stall coming up at a local craft fayre. It is my first event :) All of my cards are currently sold from my website or directly through people who live local. I would say 85% of my sales are online. Half of them on average come through google ads.

Do you host/attend many parties/shows?
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MichaelaJewelry on November 13, 2011, 07:38:47 PM
Thank you for the compliment! I've tried Google Ads but I found myself spending a fortune but no sales! I guess what works for one may not necessarily work for another.  That's great that most of your sales come from online orders.  No, i've not done any shows/parties myself although I'm realizing I'm going to have to though and kick my shyness aside!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LooneyLizard on November 14, 2011, 07:38:48 AM
I find that they can be expensive, so i lower my cpc bids really low. It does mean i am not at the top, but i find it still works to bring in people who are interested and still searching for the right gift, as opposed to the quick clickers who bounce all over. Though it really helps refining the ads, i am still no pro but hubby helps a lot to keep refining them. At first they cost a load and had no sales, but we were both very new to google adwords.

I am quite similar to you in that respect, i am too shy and not a big fan of jumping into a room with a load of people. Though i know it has to be done, but i wont do it alone without hubby (yet) lol.

To be honest without him, i would be still making cards in my spare time as a hobby. He has made everything digital work for me, still not quite enough for me to make cards all full time but i am getting (almost) there...
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: handmadereno on November 14, 2011, 10:20:12 PM
Hello - I am Hollie from Handmade With Love. This is a business that I share with my childhood friend Michele.
 
I have been making jewelry for about 5 years and Michele has been making it for about 2. We mostly bead - but tinker with other materials every now and then.
 
We started our business about 18 months ago and we have been focusing on craft fairs and other community events. We have been doing shows in Northen Nevada and California. We also do home shows and have an online store at our website (www.handmadewithlove-reno.com (http://www.handmadewithlove-reno.com/)).
 
Our online sales have not been quite what we were hoping. We've tried listing on Etsy and Artfire but haven't had any momentum. Just this week, I posted a ton of stuff on Yardsellr.com (http://www.yardsellr.com/) - which is great because there are no fees to the seller - and we've had increased traffic to our site and we've also made some sales directly from the Yardsale.
 
We are excited to be on this forum and to learn from all of you and share our experiences too!
 
Hollie
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Mcreations on November 15, 2011, 01:38:04 PM
Hi, my name is Marielvi I'm a stay at home mom of two beautiful young children. I started making jewelry as a hobby because I enjoy so much creating. I found out people liked my work so, I started my own business doing what I love.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: athenianjewels on November 16, 2011, 09:11:02 PM
Hello everyone,

I am also am a stay at home mother. Been hand making jewelry for years in Athens Greece ( where i am from) but recently started really getting into it. So much that I created a website and started becoming active in the community. I look forward as time allows to interact with you all! If my website did not show up in my signature feel free to check it out although it is in the making. http://athenianjewels.com (http://athenianjewels.com)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LooneyLizard on November 17, 2011, 03:55:28 AM
Hi athenianjewels.

Like the style of your site, but i my only critique would be that it felt like i was looking for a holiday, instead of jewellery. Personally i would change the pictures used in the carousel/page headers to some of your jewellery (maybe) displayed on the rocks, a macro shot closeup and have the blurred backgrounds of those gorgeous Greek views.

It would look fantastic and really give off the right vibe and the focus would remain on your jewellery. :)

Sherrie
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: RainbowVixen on November 19, 2011, 02:24:54 PM
Hi Everybody! I'm M.J. im the creator and owner of Rainbow Vixen on Etsy I make alot of accessories including Feather Earrings,Earlace,Beaded Hoops I still have so much more to learn!

I love handmade things and alot thrift store finds and I can wait to see all of the handmade goodies everybody makes on here. Its inspiring to see so much talent in one place ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on November 20, 2011, 12:36:47 PM
Welcome to all the new comers! Make sure you list some of your pretties in the gallery and check out our shop as well!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: RainbowVixen on November 20, 2011, 03:45:20 PM
Thank you Chainmaille By MBOI I sure will!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: poodlepompom on November 22, 2011, 08:18:27 PM
Hi everybody,

My name is Gaby and I love everything crafty. I enjoy making things with clay. For a while however I stopped being creative.
Then at the start of 2011 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and realized that life should be lived and not postponed. During chemo my hands were numb and in pain. I wanted to find a way to help and heal myself not only my body but my soul and mind as well. I started playing with kids clay and noticed that my achy hands were actually feeling better. My mind was relaxed and I was able to concentrate only on what I was doing.  I've stuck with it ever since. I feel it's my therapy. I've come to realize that I cannot control anything in my life however if I do something that puts a smile on a person's face, I feel happy. That happy feeling is priceless. My gratitude goes out to the people that have supported me and enjoyed my creatures.

Now I use air dry clay, paper clay and polymer clay. I make charms, earrings, key chains, picture holders etc.

I don't have an etsy chop yet but I hope to open one soon.

I'm also having a free giveaway of a kitty picture holder that I made from air dry clay. Follow me on my blog for a chance to win it.
(http://)

Hope to see you there.  :-*

http://poodlepompom.blogspot.com/
https://www.youtube.com/poodlepompom
https://www.facebook.com/poodlepompom
Twitter @poodlepom
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LisaE on November 22, 2011, 11:46:17 PM
Hi everybody,

My name is Gaby and I love everything crafty. I enjoy making things with clay. For a while however I stopped being creative.
Then at the start of 2011 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and realized that life should be lived and not postponed. During chemo my hands were numb and in pain. I wanted to find a way to help and heal myself not only my body but my soul and mind as well. I started playing with kids clay and noticed that my achy hands were actually feeling better. My mind was relaxed and I was able to concentrate only on what I was doing.  I've stuck with it ever since. I feel it's my therapy. I've come to realize that I cannot control anything in my life however if I do something that puts a smile on a person's face, I feel happy. That happy feeling is priceless. My gratitude goes out to the people that have supported me and enjoyed my creatures.

Now I use air dry clay, paper clay and polymer clay. I make charms, earrings, key chains, picture holders etc.

I don't have an etsy chop yet but I hope to open one soon.

I'm also having a free giveaway of a kitty picture holder that I made from air dry clay. Follow me on my blog for a chance to win it.
(http://)

Hope to see you there.  :-*

http://poodlepompom.blogspot.com/
https://www.youtube.com/poodlepompom
https://www.facebook.com/poodlepompom
Twitter @poodlepom
Welcome, your blue poodle is so adorable.  Have you thought about opening your shop in the Handmade Artists' Shop?  I have found it quite easy to manage.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: BialaMaca on November 24, 2011, 06:19:36 AM
Hello, My name is Polina and I am from BialaMaca. This is a very new brand for felt and jewelry making. You can find me on this web page: www.bialamaca.com or on facebook. I love working with felt, it's so relaxing. I will also appriciate if someone can give me information on handmade festivals and fairs that take place in Europe. Thank you!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: poodlepompom on November 24, 2011, 07:04:52 PM
Thank you LisaE for the kind words and great advice. I didn't know I can open a shop here. I will look into it. Take care.
Gaby
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: NewEnglandWoodArt on November 25, 2011, 09:18:28 PM
Hi All!

I just found this forum today and I am already in love!   :-*

Basically my husband runs the wood lathe and I run the computer.  He makes beautiful bowls, pepper mills, spirit and bottle toppers, stoppers and pours, vessels, spoons and trinket boxes.  He is very talented and patient so wood turning is a perfect match for him.

We've been very lucky as far as being accepted into local fairs and shows.  Our ETSY store has been pretty successful too considering we just started selling items a couple of months ago.

I'm going to poke my way around here and get used to the set up.  I look forward to participating in this forum.
Title: DIY Lessons - Learn Jewelry Making With Online Lessons, Videos and PDF Tutorial
Post by: jewelry007 on November 26, 2011, 01:47:11 AM
Hi there everyone! I'm a Jewelry Artist and like to share to share my knowledge about Jewelry Making via online lessons,videos and PDF tutorials :) :).
Feel free to join me :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on November 27, 2011, 09:38:10 AM
Welcome to all the new members, jump right in and have fun!
Title: i am istyle thailand handmade,crafts,handicrafts
Post by: iStyleThailandHandmade on December 01, 2011, 08:04:29 AM
i am istyle thailand handmade (thailand crafts or handicrafts)

i come from thailand. i love and like all handmade or handicrafts.

my web is under contruction is

http://www.facebook.com/istylehandmades (http://www.facebook.com/istylehandmades)
http://twitter.com/iStyleHandmade (http://twitter.com/iStyleHandmade)
http://www.youtube.com/user/istylethaihandmade (http://www.youtube.com/user/istylethaihandmade)


i will update it urgently
thank you very much for visit my web

Best Regards

Istyle Thailand Handmade

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: startsarts on December 01, 2011, 08:33:19 AM
istyle: your work is very interesting and beautiful.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Clairesparklesbridal on December 04, 2011, 09:40:53 AM
New and Confused
My name is Mary and I run ClairesparklesBridaljewelry
http://www.etsy.com/shop/jewel20
I have been making jewelry for about 8 years now
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Blue Highways on December 04, 2011, 09:49:27 AM
Welcome, Mary! Your things are beautiful  :)
Confused? Anything we can help with just let us know!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on December 04, 2011, 11:55:37 AM
Welcome, new peeps!
Title: bracelets
Post by: nettie on December 05, 2011, 01:23:44 PM
 :hi.im nettie,my bracelets are made very simple,elastic cord,pretty beads,pinks,blacks,blues,purples,clears,,,,,hope to improve my photos,still learning,hope to meet lots of friends,write soon,nettie.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on December 06, 2011, 08:18:54 AM
Welcome to the newcomers!  We love to drool over new talent so be sure to post some pictures in the gallery.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Chakolota on December 11, 2011, 04:56:37 PM
 :D  I am Chakolota, my husband and I own Ramon Design Concepts. Ramon is a woodworking artist who makes unusual jewelry boxes called jewelry furniture.  He is the Ali of jewelry box making and I am the Don King of the operation.  tee hee   We've been in business for six months and are loving every minute of it.

This jewelry box is called The New Yorker
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: startsarts on December 11, 2011, 05:13:27 PM
Gorgeous! Love!!!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LisaE on December 11, 2011, 10:23:35 PM
That box is beautiful.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Chakolota on December 12, 2011, 01:49:48 PM
Thank you LisaE and Startsarts.  What a welcome!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: souzoucreations on December 14, 2011, 06:27:57 AM
Cute handmade miniature food, sweets rings (Kawaii floating rings), earrings, pendant, cell phone charms, tie-tac, pins etc. SouZou means Creation Through Imagination. only available on etsy.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/SouZouCreations (http://www.etsy.com/shop/SouZouCreations)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on December 14, 2011, 06:45:47 AM
Lovin going through and admiring all your talents!  Don't forget to post in the gallery so the world can see your treasures!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LindaJewelryQueen on December 14, 2011, 09:04:35 AM
Hi Ya All, I am the Linda Jewelry Queen, I have been doing this kind of work for more before most of you have been born! I have been working on jewelry for more than 38 years, I am no spring chicken :-\ but I love what I do. I started creating my works when I was ten years old when my mother needed a nice fancy sweater to wear to dads christmas party, I got some fancy beads and bugles and sewn them onto her sweater. Then it became history after that. I come from in the New York region, born into an Italian Family, we were a big family, there were 8 of us and now as time goes down, we are a family of 2.  ( lost contact with most siblings, due to marriages, changes in lifes careers, and death, but we visit offen)

I love to cook besides beading and jewelry making. I chose my name because not only Do I love to make jewelry I am also an author. I written many childrens books and Also working on a story about Pearls. Not a jewelry book but a murder mystery that includes to have how they made the pearls disappear but reappear  into a form of a  necklace, well in due time you will see it out on the shelves. It takes time for the publishing of these books. Well, I took classes the last 9 years with Sheryl Serafini, she was a great artist, so I do works similar to hers. She told all of us who she taught us classes that we can USE her patterns, but I said I thought that these were all copyrighted but she said, yes they are, but you can use them for your own benefit but do not sell the patterns thats all. I love her work. I had very similar things happen to me, when  I started making bead embroidery. My mom was very ill too, I had become the caregiver of her and my dad, soon mom passed 7 yrs ago, then recently 7 months ago dad passed and I had before that become his caregiver and started to work on my work of art. Since the falling out of less buyers of my bead embroidery, I have tons of stuff I love to unload and sell, but if it was not for my dear friend and mentor and teacher Bobbi, I would not have found you all.
I am Blest, I have been blest to learn, teach and trade my ideas to help others form a group or teach them that they can do anything if they really wanted to. I hope that we can all teach each other things about how to make a Meatball out of beads that we do not have to dip into red tomato sauce and eat with italian bread.
I hope to share my love for bead and where to purchase things at. We should be here to help one another and lets start creating our wares. Thanks for inviting me to join, I hope to share this with my other fellow beaders.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LisaE on December 14, 2011, 11:34:20 PM
Linda,
Would love to see your things, what is your link?
Title: Hello! Im new to this forum :)
Post by: Anya on December 18, 2011, 11:33:37 PM
Hello! Im Dani. My company is Anya- I make eco-friendly natural jewelry and vegan body products! I also take engagement photos, cook, paint and craft(heavily) in my spare time. I moved recently and now I have a HUGE craft room that holds everything my heart desires. Also helps me focus to my craft ADD isn't so bad now. hehe


I absolutely love working on my jewelry and body product line. Recently I decided to donate 5% of my sales to the TWLOHA organization. They are an amazing non-profit movement that helps people struggling with depression, suicide and self injury. Im so happy that my company helps & every little bit  does help :)

Anyways, thats my life. Crafting, creating and enjoying life. Looking forward to meeting some new people on here and seeing everyones awesome crafts and maybe swapping some recipes with people :) Feel free to email: Danielle@anya-jewelry.com !
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on December 23, 2011, 10:59:57 AM
Welcome to all the newcomers, jump right in and enjoy!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: sewingdreams on December 28, 2011, 07:11:13 PM
Hello, I am Heather from Sewing Dreams. I sew baby blankets and more. I also make glass tile pendants. I am partners with my mom.

I love fabric and making all kinds of different things. I have 3 shops on Etsy as well as doing consigment. I have 1 shop where I sell baby items, 1 that sell pendants, & a 3rd where I sell girls dresses.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LisaE on December 30, 2011, 10:35:01 PM
Welcome, your things are very pretty.

 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: gemlover on December 31, 2011, 12:15:31 PM
Welcome aboard.  The really nice thing here is the diversity of venues for the artisans.

John
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: RiverRockArts on January 01, 2012, 10:49:56 PM
Hello,

I am new to Handmade Artists' Shop.  I just set up my shop today.  Feel free to visit. 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: gemlover on January 01, 2012, 11:32:38 PM
Welcome River Rock, glad you are here.  Your mugs and frames are very nice.  Thanks for joining us.

John
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: M2bC on January 02, 2012, 01:52:21 AM
Hello!  I'm Maureen of Meant 2b Cherished Jewelry (M2bC).  I've been making jewelry for years.  Two years ago I started with glass fusing...and may I just say, I'm addicted! 

I've had my jewelry on Artfire exclusively since 2009, but decided to kick off the new year by diversifying into a second venue.  So, today I opened up a shop on HAF Shop. 
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on January 02, 2012, 08:49:00 AM
Glad to have ya Maureen welcome and enjoy!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: RiverRockArts on January 02, 2012, 06:02:08 PM
Welcome River Rock, glad you are here.  Your mugs and frames are very nice.  Thanks for joining us.

John

Thank you, John.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: InnocentSeptember on January 04, 2012, 12:40:58 AM
Hello!

I'm Amber and I just joined the forum today, so I figured this should be the first place I make a post. That way I'm not a total stranger when you might see my name pop up somewhere else on the site.

I make jewelry and sell it on Etsy as Innocent September. I've been selling it on there for a few months now and had a couple sales. I feel I'm doing pretty well for just starting out, but I do hope to do better further on down the road. Don't we all? I've had a decent amount of page views that I'm proud of!

Aside from making jewelry I like to cook and bake. I used to work in a candy shop at a gourmet foods store,  so that's given me some experience to use in the kitchen!

And I've always enjoyed art; painting, drawing, photography. I also enjoy writing and reading.

Alright, that's enough about me. I hope to make some friends!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Malaya on January 04, 2012, 02:50:08 AM
Hello everyone............
I am Malaya and i am newbie in this forum.Join to say hello to all.Glad to be a part of this forum.
Hope i stay and enjoy in this forum.
Thanks.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: gemlover on January 05, 2012, 04:19:41 AM
Hello Amber, malaya and george.  Please join in the discussions and consider opening a HAShop.  We also have a chat session Thursday evenings 2000 hours Eastern US Time (Friday 0100 GMT).   

John
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ChanelledCreations on January 05, 2012, 08:24:42 AM
Hello and Happy New Year 2012

My name is Ana Goncalves and have been painting/drawing/writing ever since I could put a pen to paper. I love all things handmade and have always enjoyed making handcraft creations, and it is here where I have made numerous projects where I have put heart and soul into it.

I love giving onto others, and exchanging handmade gifts with others and have taken part in several projects of inspiration. I love how each person has the ability to create something from their heart, and in that make a difference. I support handmade all the way and like helping and empowering others.

I have had an online shop on Etsy for near to a year, and it is here where I share some of my recent paintings, and have sold numerous items. My Art is a reflection of experiences in a positive light, each having an empowering and positive message.

I look forward in browsing the forums and making new friends.

Best Wishes to All

Ana  :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: DZI_Designs on January 06, 2012, 11:44:15 AM
Hello group.  My name is Shawn and I am ½ of DZI Designs.  My wife, Kerrie, is the artist.  She creates the jewelry and I operate the online shop @ HAS and promote the business on facebook and twitter.

We look forward to getting to know you all.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on January 07, 2012, 08:51:50 PM
Welcome to all the new comers so glad to have everyone here. Jump in and have fun.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CrochetHooked on January 07, 2012, 10:48:54 PM
Hello group.  My name is Shawn and I am ½ of DZI Designs.  My wife, Kerrie, is the artist.  She creates the jewelry and I operate the online shop @ HAS and promote the business on facebook and twitter.

We look forward to getting to know you all.

Hi Kerrie and Shawn!  That's what I call teamwork!  WTG... Glad to see you here!   ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Visions of Olde on January 11, 2012, 10:31:30 PM
Hi My name is Phyllis and I am from Visions of Olde shop. I have selling on the net for about 6 years through eBay initially, then Etsy, and now Handmade Artists shop. I really didn't know what I was doing so about 6 months ago I revamped my business strategy.  :-\ I had several "Free" venues, but closed them all and made some business decisions. My Etsy Store by the Same name, is for my Vintage Jewelry and other Vintage items. HAS is for my Art.  :D I was looking for a home for my creations that is strictly for Art and not supplies (other than handmade beads, etc.). I love the spirit here at HAS and am looking forward to the changes which will take place in the near future. I am here to stay.

I recycle old trashed jewelry into new exciting creations. Right now I am still streamlining and creating at the same time. Whew this is a lot of work!  :-\ But Great Work...Looking for any info I can glean from experienced HAS members.  :D

Phyllis

http://handmadeartistsshop.com/shop/VisionsofOlde
http://phyllisstcyr.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/hello-worl/
http://www.etsy.com/shop/VisionsOfOlde
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Visions-Of-Olde/151489331530160
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CrochetHooked on January 11, 2012, 10:45:04 PM
Hi Phyllis  ;D  Great to see you here... and your shop is coming along nicely.  Well Done... for starters I stopped by your shop and shared Vintage Earring Charm Bracelet!   ;)

I think you will be very happy here!  ;D WELCOME!  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CrochetHooked on January 11, 2012, 11:39:19 PM
Oh My... how rude of me!

Theia Silver Jewelery... Welcome! I hope you love this place as much as I do!   ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: LisaE on January 12, 2012, 12:09:36 AM
Hi Phyllis,
As you know, I love your work.  I did a similar thing, I ended the shop connected to my site and moved my handmade here and my vintage is now on Facebook.  Good luck with your changes. :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Nick on January 13, 2012, 07:25:24 AM
Hi, Nick, welcome

Thank you  :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: christine on January 18, 2012, 09:02:25 AM
Good morning everyone
I've been meaning to do this but haven't had much time. My name is Christine Bolton and I'm the owner of Rocky Mountain Ornaments  These little beauties are quilted by hand with either fabric or ribbon or a combination of the both. I started making them in November of last year just for my own tree and then they just went from their. My goal is to get people to see them as an all year gift babies,weddings,valentine's Day etc...  and to get them into retail shops as well. I also will be doing an Ornament of the month club with them also. so be sure to come look around my shop and ask me any questions you might have. I do special orders as well. You can catch me anytime on my face book page also http://www.facebook.com/Rocky.Mountain.Quilts.and.Ornaments http://handmadeartistsshop.com/shop/RockyMountainOrnaments

Thank you,
For your time
Christine
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MichaelaJewelry on January 18, 2012, 12:33:50 PM
Welcome Christine! Beautiful ornaments!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: RDHwirework on January 18, 2012, 10:42:12 PM
I've been meaning to get active over here for a while, ever since I stumbled upon the Facebook page and somehow keep getting sidetracked. I'm a single mom of two teenagers that has a "real" job full-time, attends school full-time, and still finds time to make some pretties. When I get busy my "online" life is the first to suffer. I sometimes go months without even blogging...

I've been making jewelry since I was a teenager for fun, but got more serious in 2009. My current focus is wire work, especially if I can weave some stone chips in! I've dabbled in many other areas including drawing, stained glass, cross stitch and ceramics. I have still not mastered photography, but it has been improving recently because it just has too. I hope to photo my newest pieces soon and use them to seed the HAFshop I plan to open, which might need to wait until the next quarter break.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: glamfusions on January 20, 2012, 03:52:54 PM
Hi everyone!
My name is Marifini.
I am a total newbie here and in the whole jewelry making world. I started making it for profit last september and so far, have been able to participate in two exhibits, one locally here in Belize (where I'm currently living) and the other one, through ArtBeadCircle, some of my pieces are to be exhibited at the Tucson Gem and Jewelry Show at the end of this month.
Jewelry making has always been a passion for me and here in Belize, I have managed to give my jewelry more of a theme. I love combining natural fused wooden pieces with gemstones chips and even untreated rocks coming directly from the rainforest. It's quite enthralling!
I'm still very new and trying to learn as much as possible so hopefully it will become a "real" income producer someday soon.
Nothing better that to have fun while working I say  ;D


Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CrochetHooked on January 20, 2012, 04:31:39 PM
Welcome Robbin and Marifini... Wow!  You two are quite talented indeed! Look forward to seeing both of you around the forum.   ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: myeuropeantouch on January 22, 2012, 05:30:18 PM
Hi I am Monika from Myeuropeantouch, finally getting active here.
I make handmade Mosaics from cut, broken china and stained glass on all kinds of discarded substrates. Keeping the landfills a but cleaner and creating pieces that can be loved another 50 years.
Looking forward to be part of this community.♥
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on January 23, 2012, 07:50:10 AM
Welcome to all the new comers jump right in and have fun! 8)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on January 23, 2012, 10:41:31 AM
Our talent pool just keeps growing!  It is so much fun to read introductions and check out all your shops!  Put your feet up and don't forget to post some pictures in the gallery for all to see.  If you have any questions, we don't bite...well often...and will be happy to try to help.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: myeuropeantouch on January 23, 2012, 04:54:01 PM
Ok, thank you will try that....

What can I do to change the shipping on an existing listing, which went wrong?
Sooooo much to learn....(smile)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MakinTheBest on January 23, 2012, 04:57:46 PM
Ok, thank you will try that....

What can I do to change the shipping on an existing listing, which went wrong?
Sooooo much to learn....(smile)
There is always a lot to learn on a new venue.  You will get the hang of it in no time.  Your work is beautiful.  To change shipping you are going to have to change the shipping profile.  Under your handmade account, click "my shop" and then "shipping profile."  Under that is a section that says "Manage shipping profile."  With that section open you can alter existing profiles or create a new one.  Hope this helps.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: MichaelaJewelry on January 23, 2012, 05:32:18 PM
Welcome to all the newcomers!! Don't forget to add your contact info i.e. blog, website etc. to your signature that way people can check out your creations and it's also a link which helps with your SEO.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: myeuropeantouch on January 24, 2012, 09:25:35 AM
Yes I did, seems to work now. Is paypal the only payment methode accepted here?
I know that ebay/paypal is holding all payments now indefenately for 21 days, wonder if this applies here too?
Thanks , Monika
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on January 24, 2012, 09:39:42 AM
Yes I did, seems to work now. Is paypal the only payment methode accepted here?
I know that ebay/paypal is holding all payments now indefenately for 21 days, wonder if this applies here too?
Thanks , Monika
Paypal is the only method we use, I haven't heard of anyone's money being held though.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Blue Highways on January 24, 2012, 10:39:48 AM
I have not had a problem with Paypal in either here or in my other shop. Normally it takes a couple days for the transfer from Paypal to my bank when I make a withdrawal but that's it.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: myeuropeantouch on January 24, 2012, 10:03:09 PM
I have not had a problem with Paypal in either here or in my other shop. Normally it takes a couple days for the transfer from Paypal to my bank when I make a withdrawal but that's it.
.....Key.....thanks for all the help, still trying to find my way around here....(smile) Have a good night everyone...
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: myeuropeantouch on January 24, 2012, 10:53:46 PM
Oh Surprise !!!!!!!!!!!
 ;)
A very good friend of mine did a blog feature on my shop and art, please visit here, thank you kindly. :-[

We love coments too...(wink)♥

Monika

http://angelsneverlastings.blogspot.com/2012/01/shop-feature-monika-of-myeuropeantouch.html
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: myeuropeantouch on January 26, 2012, 07:32:05 AM
Thank to all of you who went over to the blog :) and commented, as far as I could see it was a success...(smile) :-*
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: DesignsbyMiyu on January 26, 2012, 03:06:31 PM
Hi to all!  Our studio is Designs by Miyu.  We're on Etsy and Artfire and as of right now we are mostly creating mini top hat fascinators for many occasions and just cause, beaded dragonfly and butterfly headbands, flower headbands, beaded Hello Kitty clips, clippies, beaded angel pins, lucky crane charms, and more.  We take great pride in the fact that all our bows are hand-crafted; we have no factory-made bows! 

We plan to expand into other lines of design because our studio consists of three women, each of us with different areas of talents. 

Thanks for the opportunity to introduce ourselves!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: yofi on January 27, 2012, 10:01:54 PM
Hi, everyone, I'm Yofi, another new to here. ;)

Ok, let me introduce myself here. I liked to make crafts ever since I'm a little girl influenced strongly by my dearest mum. It seems that she had been always knitting, sewing, crocheting and embroidering from I had memory.

I like to make bags, purses and crochet for my newborn little. Now my mum and I own an online shop Yofi Design selling many our handmade goods including crochet baby goods, sewing purses and some embroidery needlecrafts. we're confidable about our works and quality because of over ten years of experience.

I'd like to communicating technique and showing my works here:)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on January 27, 2012, 10:04:03 PM
Hi, everyone, I'm Yofi, another new to here. ;)

Ok, let me introduce myself here. I liked to make crafts ever since I'm a little girl influenced strongly by my dearest mum. It seems that she had been always knitting, sewing, crocheting and embroidering from I had memory.

I like to make bags, purses and crochet for my newborn little. Now my mum and I own an online shop Yofi Design selling many our handmade goods including crochet baby goods, sewing purses and some embroidery needlecrafts. we're confidable about our works and quality because of over ten years of experience.

I'd like to communicating technique and showing my works here:)

Welcome!  I think something's wrong with your link - you forgot to list your site in your signature, and the site in your profile goes to a site-building site, not a handmade site.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: yofi on January 27, 2012, 10:09:30 PM
Wo, so quickly, Larissa, thank you veru much for your reminding, I've changed it. now it's ok for my site:)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on January 27, 2012, 10:12:12 PM
Happened to be online.  Your clutches are adorable!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: yofi on January 27, 2012, 10:32:18 PM
You're so sweet to give me much confidence!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: myeuropeantouch on January 28, 2012, 06:37:28 AM
Welcome, you hvae beautiful booties....
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ourhometoyours on January 28, 2012, 10:21:40 AM
Hello everyone!!!  I've been a member here for a few months (maybe more...I tend to lose my mind around December every year).  Please forgive me if I am repeating myself, but I can't remember if I introduced myself yet...My name is Debbi, and my daughter Amanda and I started our shop...ourhometoyours...on Etsy 2 years ago.  Made a lot of good friends there, but not enough in sales, so we have decided to diversify.  Our goal by this summer is to have our blog as our website, with a shop on etsy, here, and zibbet.  Plus we have a facebook fan page, and twitter...I have learned more these past 2 years about html and metatags and links and SEO, hahaha.  Amanda has her masters degree in graphic design and is a fantastic fine artist.  I am an artist with ADD, so you will see me try just about everything, jewelry, crochet, needlework, painting...BUT I have not tried chainmaille yet, lol.  My mother was an artist and passed her love of beauty to her children and grandchildren.  If you read my blog, you'll see that I love to talk about my childhood memories, my very large family, and about the fantastic artists I have met on-line.  And my very favorite subject is my grandson Owen (Amanda's 3 year old little boy).   ;)
I would like to become very active here in my shop and in the forum, and I am really enjoying the Thursday evening chats!  I've joined the blog ring, so I'm sure I'll be getting to know you all better in the near future.
Debbi
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: myeuropeantouch on January 31, 2012, 06:31:23 AM
Hello everyone!!!  I've been a member here for a few months (maybe more...I tend to lose my mind around December every year).  Please forgive me if I am repeating myself, but I can't remember if I introduced myself yet...My name is Debbi, and my daughter Amanda and I started our shop...ourhometoyours...on Etsy 2 years ago.  Made a lot of good friends there, but not enough in sales, so we have decided to diversify.  Our goal by this summer is to have our blog as our website, with a shop on etsy, here, and zibbet.  Plus we have a facebook fan page, and twitter...I have learned more these past 2 years about html and metatags and links and SEO, hahaha.  Amanda has her masters degree in graphic design and is a fantastic fine artist.  I am an artist with ADD, so you will see me try just about everything, jewelry, crochet, needlework, painting...BUT I have not tried chainmaille yet, lol.  My mother was an artist and passed her love of beauty to her children and grandchildren.  If you read my blog, you'll see that I love to talk about my childhood memories, my very large family, and about the fantastic artists I have met on-line.  And my very favorite subject is my grandson Owen (Amanda's 3 year old little boy).   ;)
I would like to become very active here in my shop and in the forum, and I am really enjoying the Thursday evening chats!  I've joined the blog ring, so I'm sure I'll be getting to know you all better in the near future.
Debbi

Hi Debbi, Amanda...good to see you here....♥ Monika
You know already I love your art♥
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: hippiescreations on January 31, 2012, 09:35:58 PM
Hey everyone,

so I opened up a shop here and figure I might as well take the time to introduce myself  8)

My name is Petra and I've been crafting all my life it seems. I primarily crochet to my hearts desire, but I also wood burn when the mood hits.

I'm a single mom of 4 boys (19,17,13 and 8) yes I happily contributed to the male population  :-[
My youngest was born with a rare genetic disorder that  caused some brain damage - though you can't tell if you were to see him but when you get to know him more you'll notice his delay BUT that doesn't stop this kid from living.. anywho he underwent several liver transplants to save his life (last on was Jan 2011) and is now doing amazing - but before I go blabbering about his amazing will to live - its because of those reasons I can't work out of the home  :-\ as a trained counselor. So I thought I would do the thing I know how to do best - crochet, wood burn and crafts of all kinds  :D

I did manage to open a brick and mortar store in my town helping 40 other local Artists sell their work and an Art Center hoping other people get excited about creating! The advantage is I can still take care of my son since well I am my own boss... and who doesn't like to calling the shots?  8)

Anywho, since my son is much better these days - and I am still the only breadwinner - le sigh - I am working a lot harder these days - so that's my story...

While I crochet all the time the majority of items are made to order because sometimes sell as soon as I show a picture  :-* but I may even still have them in stock.. but you know just in case I sell them at my own store - ya never know  :-X

I listed a few things tonight.. and will continue do to more when I'm not so sleepy

Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: ourhometoyours on February 01, 2012, 08:39:06 AM
Oh, thank you Monika...you know how much I love your shop...especially the violins  ;)
and welcome to the forum Hippie...you'll have to join the blog ring and share the awesome story of your awesome son some time.  We have a special needs child also, and they are a blessing.
Debbi
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CrochetHooked on February 04, 2012, 01:04:10 AM
Welcome Petra  ;D   A fellow Crocheter...lol  Enjoyed looking around your shop!   ;)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: myeuropeantouch on February 04, 2012, 07:55:08 AM
Welcome all...so many, many goodies and ALL HANDMADE, can you imagining....hahahahaha....

Good Morning, Debbi good to see you hear, and yes Hippy I agree we will love to hear the story of God's miracles....please share ina blog post or so...

Happy Saturday.... :-*

I am so sorry I am never available on Thursday's, have choir practice and cant take part in the chat.... :(
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on February 05, 2012, 07:29:06 AM
Welcome to all the new comers! Jump right in and enjoy  ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: vulpineartifier on February 06, 2012, 07:01:20 PM
Hi! I'm vulpineArtifier (or Vulpie for short, I guess since that's what people seem to call me while chatting) and I'm new here!

Not really sure what to put on here but here goes...

I'm currently a college student majoring in industrial design. I've always loved arts and crafts and I love learning new things (it's how boredom is best kept at bay). I primarily do chainmaille, but like I said, I like to learn new things so I do other things too! I guess I mostly do jewelry but I'm slowly figuring out how to do things like sculpture too!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: myeuropeantouch on February 09, 2012, 07:24:22 AM
Welcome Vulpine.....good to see you here....have to check out your shop....LOL

Good Morning everyone.....♥
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Nancy Pace on February 10, 2012, 06:32:30 PM
Hello! I am an artist from Southern Illinois, I love to do art jewelry, to paint,hunt rocks, metal smith,sculpt I guess I am fearless about trying new and different things.
I enjoy blogging about my projects and teaching my art. I believe in giving back by encouraging other people to chase their dreams, a kind word cost nothing and is worth more than gold:)
And now you know I have a lot of words,LoL! :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on February 12, 2012, 07:26:53 PM
Welcome to all the new comers, jump right in and enjoy! Make sure you list some of you latest creations in the gallery area of the forum so we can see your work.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Luv2ScrapForU on February 15, 2012, 02:00:24 PM
Hi all, I'm new!

I am a stay at home mom of three girls and two (very) spoiled mutts! ;)

I started scrapbooking 12 years ago when my husband moved us out to the middle of nowhere (!) I was bored out of my mind and he suggested I find a hobby. I did, I absolutely LOVE scrapbooking and here I am! I started digital scrapping last year and recently took up another hobby..card making on my computer. It is so much fun!!

I am looking forward to getting to know others here! :)
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Larissa on February 15, 2012, 02:26:24 PM
Welcome to the new peeps!  Make sure to post photos of the stuff you make in the forum galleries.  We LOVE pix!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Theprimitiveattic on February 16, 2012, 10:48:35 AM
Hello to all,

 I am new here and excited to be here.  My shop is Theprimitiveattic and I am just setting up.  I am new to social media so will be setting that up as well.  I am looking forward to getting to know the community and all of you.  Any advice would be great.
Thank you
Dory
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: chainmaille on February 16, 2012, 11:17:06 AM
Hello to all,

 I am new here and excited to be here.  My shop is Theprimitiveattic and I am just setting up.  I am new to social media so will be setting that up as well.  I am looking forward to getting to know the community and all of you.  Any advice would be great.
Thank you
Dory
Welcome glad to have you here, your signs are great by the way. I noticed in your shop announcement that you do different types of signs, so I just wanted to suggest that you use shop sections by style or type of signs. That would help buyers find the different styles of signs you have in your shop easier. I wrote an article on it here http://handmadeartists.com/blog/shop-sections hope that helps and welcome :D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: iKnitQuiltSew on February 16, 2012, 03:48:41 PM
Hello! I'm new to the forums here, and wanted to introduce myself to those of you who don't know me. My name is Susan.  I'm a super creative that likes to muddle in lots of creative areas.

I lead a large network of artists and social sites for artists that promote and teach others how to effectively sell online.  This may include fun activities that are targeted to teach.

I am an artist like you!
I started out as a jewelry artist selling my seed bead jewelry locally and to friends.  As time went on, and two years later, I pulled out of the Mall shoppe and into the internet at Etsy for the first time. This was three years ago. I tried Artfire there after a few months after I started Etsy. 
I have gone through the hard knocks and learned from experience.  I had always wished I had someone to teach me when I started out.  So this is my goal.  Is to be what I wished I had always had from the beginning.

I don't do this much for money, or for selfish gain, but to help others find success. It's not about money for me, it's about supporting handmade from ground zero.

Susan

So delighted to see you here, Susan!  We are always looking for input and advice from those who have "been there, done that."  Welcome!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: thepeasantpailfull on February 17, 2012, 12:07:15 AM
 :( oh I missed the chat again I believe. Well thought I would post an introduction still. I don't have a shop but I may change from buyer account later. If I do I would be making bags and felt bookmarks,possibly some felty cottony glass magnets.

Nothing really exciting from the sound but I believe you can make it things exciting by your unique spin and I try to do so. I certainly have had some good responses from friends but not my "critical audience" as they say I'm sure. It's nice to have something that's both a little more low key and also strictly handmade. It's become such an operative term these days its a shame.

I haven't been able to attach any images yet but hope to get around to doing so soon.
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: nettie on February 17, 2012, 06:50:34 PM
 : :-* :-*hi,im nettie,ilove making bracelets.hoping to have several stores online soon,write soon,nettie
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: PinkCupcake on February 18, 2012, 12:22:18 PM
Hiya! I'm new here too. My name is Stef. :)
I also love to craft! I have an etsy page for my jewelry, and I also like to knit, paint, sew.. you name it. I'm looking forward to meeting you all!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: CrochetHooked on February 18, 2012, 09:11:21 PM
Hi there Nettie and Stef!

:D :D  Welcome! Good to see you! ;D ;D
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: Daft Crafts on February 20, 2012, 09:46:09 AM
Hi guys! I'm Cody. I always see tweets from HAF and thought today I'd take the time to sit down and see what it's all about. :)

I'm a 26 year old mom for the midwest. I own two businesses, one is handmaking monsters, called Lu & Ed, and the other is a brick and mortar store called Daft Crafts. The focus of Daft Crafts is to sell handmade wares at affordable prices to make it easier for consumers to shop handmade instead of big box stores. We offer art education classes to help the community explore new mediums and make new connections. It's really fun! We don't take a cut of the sales or anything, and instead, we charge $20 a month to advertise for people on FB, Twitter, Blogger, our website, and at craft shows. :)

I have always been pretty crafty. When I was younger I used to paint ceramics and won second place in national contests a few times. I started sewing about 2.5 years ago and love it! :) I use a borrow Bernina named Bernie for my monster making, which was my first project and it just so happened to turn into my livelihood! :D

I love all arts and exploring new mediums. I can't wait to make new friends here!
Title: Re: Introduce Yourself
Post by: GirlyBling4U on February 20, 2012, 12:10:27 PM
Hi! My name is Ashley 28 from Florida in my free time I enjoy making handmade beaded jewelry. Im also a stay at home mother of two beautiful children. I concider myself a novice jewelry maker since Ive only been beading for about 2 years. Im just now starting to try my hand at new things. Im interested in resin jewelry I thought it would be a good idea so I could make the perfect center pieces for my necklaces. I love all things cr