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Round 6 Archive / Twitter Ring Starts July 2012 SIGN UP HERE!
« on: June 03, 2012, 05:53:41 PM »
New twitter ring starting July 2, 2012. I am thanking Aimee in advance because I just copied and pasted her info from the last twitter ring  ;)

PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP if you're not going to make a concerted effort to tweet for everyone else on the list. (Not expecting perfection, just an honest go.)

I really mean that last statement... don't break my heart by signing up and not actually participating. I'll just end up crying a lot.

**What I need for my list**

1) Name (username is fine, however we'd know you bestest)
2) Your twitter linky  (full link please, make it easy for me to make my list!)
3) The one website you'd like us to promote (HAFshop, Etsy, Artfire, personal, Facebook, all are welcome).

After I get a few weeks worth of peeps on my list I'll close it up and we'll start.  All it takes is one tweet per person per week (there are normally around 5 people per week)... easy (more than one is always welcome of course)!!  Re-tweets are also awesome and can really help spread the love.

I'll post the weekly list with directions on Mondays - hopefully by the 2nd of July we'll have plenty to start.

Business Tips and Help / Postage Calculators
« on: May 29, 2012, 07:49:44 AM »
In setting up my own .com I have come to see that I pretty much need a real-time USPS postage calculator, especially since my parcels are normally 1 pound plus and the rates are pretty much all over the place, plus I'd love for it to be able to calculate international shipping and have the ability for a customer to choose faster shipping methods. Anyone know of one that won't cost me an arm and a leg AND is easy enough for this web page simpleton to install?

PS I am NOT leaving HA, my shop here will always stay - I'd have to be kicked out  :police:

General Discussion / Check this out.....
« on: May 27, 2012, 03:34:47 PM »
As some of you know I've been on a quest to replenish my random glass beads - many thanks to Teresa for the fabulous assortment she sent me - anyway, Fire Mountain Gems was having a sale and they had a 1 pound grab bag of just random beads and findings (their site said it was a customer favorite) It was fairly cheap ($10) for 1# bag of goodies so I bought one. I am pretty disappointed, the beads and findings were fine BUT 4 (FOUR) of the beads weighed nearly half a pound - it's true! So half my bags weight was 4 beads. I know this was a random grab bag but never in a million years would I have ever dreamed this scenario. Should I suck it up and chalk it up to experience or should I contact them and let them know they have a very unhappy camper out here. I attached a photo so you can see these enormous things - what in the world can I uses them for besides a weapon? (Anyone remember "Clackers"?) Please, hold your laughter.

General Discussion / Yarn
« on: May 23, 2012, 08:32:13 AM »
Hey all, I see many of you are doing some beeeeutiful things with yarn and I thought I'd pass along a source for fabulously priced name brand yarn I've used often:
It's an online shop called Smileys Yarns they also have a B & M store in Jamaica NY if you're ever in the neighborhood, Trudy often runs in store only sales.
I hope I have this in the right category  :o 

ETA: I just saw she has a $50 minimum order now...still, if you are a fiber artist you will get a TON for 50 bones

Contests / Sign Up Here To Host A Handmade Highlight Contest!
« on: May 17, 2012, 02:16:54 PM »
If you are interested in hosting a Handmade Highlight Contest (HHC) please list the week you want to host in this thread. This is just a quick bit of weekly fun and a great way to get to know others here, promote other shops and Handmade Artists site in general.

All you have to do to host is come up with a theme for the week and provide a small prize for the winner. All rules are up to the host.

Creative Creations / Handbound Journal Embroidered Cover
« on: May 17, 2012, 02:06:52 PM »
My first journal with an embroidered cover. Lined and unlined pages.

Deeply Entwined

Events & Promotions / Weekly "Paper"
« on: May 13, 2012, 07:52:01 PM »
I don't know why I've neglected to mention this but almost for the past year I've had a weekly "paper" online. It's pretty much automated, I don't literally pick the content but I wanted to say that many item links for many HAF shops appear every week, it's populated using Twitter by various hashtags I've set. It may not bring a ton of sales but it does put your links and small photo out there in the universe!

Destash / Anyone Destashing Misc. Glass Beads?
« on: May 09, 2012, 07:43:38 PM »
Anyone destashing random glass beads? When someone purchases a book I send a matching book thong/mark as a free gift like the ones pictured below, so since they are a free gift I don't want to pay a ton. They can be any color, I don't need pairs of the same bead - they just need to have a hole large enough for me to thread a piece of bamboo or hemp cording through. No seed beads, I have tons of those.  :D 

-To reiterate, I am not looking for free beads, just thought maybe someone has some odd beads they have lying around taking up space and would be willing to pass on inexpensively- we'd both win.

Handmade Highlights / It's All Smoke & Mirrors
« on: May 08, 2012, 11:34:56 AM »
Come have a look - comments are MOST appreciated!

It's All Smoke & Mirrors

Handmade Highlights / Highlights Contest
« on: April 30, 2012, 09:23:32 PM »
Come have a look at the latest highlight fun! Don your most creative thinking cap and enter a quick lil contest for a nice prize :,7063.0.html

Handmade Highlights / Handmade Highlights Contest #1 !!!! May 1-7
« on: April 30, 2012, 06:04:26 PM »
HHC#1 - This is the first in what I hope can be an ongoing bit of fun here.  Here's the deal:
Participants will make a Handmade Highlight according to a selected theme, it will go a week, the winner will be the one with the most comments and Facebook likes using the Fb button on your highlight page combined (comments+FB "like"button clicks=total count)
*You can comment on your own Highlight as many times as you feel the need to but only one will count towards your total.

Theme: Make a highlight using a SONG as your theme.
Please put "HHC#1 plus the title of the song" as your highlight title

****The winner will get a 200 page 4.5" x 5.5" mini book made by me in their favorite color perfect for tucking away in your purse, backpack or glove box.****



This will go from May 1 thru May 7.
Once this one is finished it would be awesome if someone else would host the next. All you'd need to do is pick a theme and provide a small prize to the winner. It could be anything, not even necessarily something you make, it could be a small set of note cards, pretty beads etc. small but nice, something you'd like to receive and won't cost much to send.

Any questions just ask. Post your entry links here!

Tip: it might help to spend a few minutes messaging the artists you include in your entry - they may be able to help boost your count by commenting and sharing! ;)

Destash / Free Jewelry Findings
« on: April 28, 2012, 06:05:07 PM »
Hi there! I have some clasps (not sure if that's the proper term for them) that I have been hoarding and thought one of our fabulous jewelry artists would make much better use of them than I have. I do NOT know what they are made of (silver & gold they're not) but they have a decent weight to them. I have 15 in the gold color and 15 in the silver. I would be happy to send to more than one person i.e if there are 3 people that want them I'll send 5 of each color to each etc - you get the picture. Let me know. Tuesday I'll ship.

Events & Promotions / Please OH Please!
« on: April 28, 2012, 11:07:22 AM »
Ok, this is the 3rd or 4th time one of my books was chosen for this and I've lost every time so how about helping a gal out here?? Vote Blue Highways on the right-hand side poll - no signing up - nothing - just click BLUE HIGHWAYS - every day!
ThankyouVERYmuch!!!!  ;)

General Discussion / Attention Woodworkers Please
« on: April 27, 2012, 10:16:50 AM »
I am looking for some wooden pegs similar to the one below (about 2"-2.5" long 3/4" wide with a 1/2" long slot cut out in the center) - they can be unfinished and wood type does not matter, scrap works! I whittled this one out of a paint stir stick but really don't have the time to make more to have on hand. I use them as book tie closures. Can any of our wood wizards give me a price on a dozen or so?

PS If there is some other artisan in a different media (metal, clay etc) can come up with this sort of thing I'm more than happy to consider that too!!

Creative Creations / Dreamy New Handbound Book!
« on: April 25, 2012, 12:48:02 PM » I go, my first listing exclusively in my HAF Shop. By August my Etsy shop should be empty. Time to step out in faith maintaining my integrity.

Large 9" x 12" handbound, fabric covered art/writing journal:

Cool Breeze

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