Thursday, December 30, 2010

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: Walk in the Woods, LLC



This weeks Featured Artisan is Walk in the Woods, LLC. Beautiful creations
that bring you "Back to Nature" ! You can find Walk in the Woods at:


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: Crocheted Little Things



This weeks Featured Artisan is Luisa, owner/designer of Crocheted Little Things! Lu brings us into the world of adorable "Little Things". Everything she makes is just irresistible! You can find Crocheted Little Things on:

Thursday, December 16, 2010

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: Cosmic Hippo Designs

This weeks Featured Artisan is Cosmic Hippo Designs. Glenda Ganis is the owner/designer and she has wonderful creations to jazz up your wardrobe! You can find Cosmic Hippo Designs on:


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: ArtiZen Beads


Share the Love... Blogger's Unite Featured Artisan
This weeks Featured Artisan is Laura, Owner/designer of Artizen Beads.
Wonderful creations that inspire you! You can find Artizen Beads on:


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Blog Carnival: Inspiration

The topic for EtsyBloggers for November is: What item are you working on? What is your inspiration for this piece?

Most of my projects get done the day I start them. Right now my inspiration is a challenge. I'm currently out of work, soon to start a new job. My cash input is very low. My challenge is to use what beads I have and only filling in with small purchases. It's been fun using up every possible bead. So if I plan to do a necklace and it comes up short, I adapt and will make it into a bracelet and earrings set. I've definitely got all my money's worth out of the previous bead purchases and able to pass those savings on to my customers. 

My latest creation is a purple magnesite lanyard. Since the square purple beads have a variety of color, I was able to use up some odds and end spacer beads that I didn't have enough to make an entire jewelry set. So it worked out perfect.

Friday, November 26, 2010

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: Moonsong Ranch


This weeks Featured Artisan is Doug, Owner/designer of Moonsong Ranch. Wonderful creations that inspire you! You can find Moonsong Ranch on:

Friday, November 19, 2010

Sugarberry Sensations Thanksgiving Giveaway - ACT QUICK

This little guy can be yours! Enter to win QUICK! Entry deadline is Saturday, November 20. I just found out about it from Sugarberry Sensations, and just had to share this cute little guy. 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Etsy Blogger of the Month: Devine Designs Jewelry

My favorite item and it's on SALE!
I admire handmade artists who make jewelry with wire. Once I admire their pieces, I then look down to see if they have fingers left. Devine Designs Jewelry works a lot with wire and incorporates gemstones  and other materials to make unique designs.

I picked out my favorite piece and post it above. I love how colorful it is, how unique the beads are, the whimsy of the wire, and how versatile it is to wear.

You will find anything from bracelets, to anklets to brooches. You must take a look at Devine Designs Jewelry shop!

Be sure to Like her on Facebook
She's an active blogger.

I Accepted a Position!

As most of my readers know, I lost my job in August here in Dallas. Well, I'm glad to tell you that I accepted a job this week. I'm anxious to get back to work for a paycheck! I will be working for the largest distribution company for Overhead Door as a Marketing Manager.  I will be responsible for cities marketing initiatives in cities such as Kansas City, Atlanta, Las Vegas and more! It's a big job and I'm excited to start it. I already have so many ideas running through my head. The other great thing about this position is that it has me moving back home to Kansas City. Of course, the family is excited and so are my friends.

I hope to be back in Kansas City mid December. I'll know more next week. On Tuesday I have a couple of apartments to check out and then that will determine my move date. So it's driving me nuts, having accepted and having to wait! I'm like, get it done already.

I should still be able to keep up on my jewelry promotions, atleast I hope.  We're so lucky now this day and age to just pack up the business in the car and move hundreds of miles away.

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving if I don't talk to you before that.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: Sugar Lane Bath Co

This weeks Featured Artisan is Sugar Lane Bath Co. Indulge yourself in these wonderful bath products! You can find Sugar Lane at::


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: LittleSistah Studio

This weeks Featured Artisan is Little Sistah Studio. Works of art you can share with loved ones, family, friends. You can find Little Sistah Studio at:

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: Designing Impressions

 This weeks Featured Artisan is Designing Impressions! Allison has wonderful creations for you to behold! You can find Designing Impressions at:

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: Lottie's Trinkets


This weeks Featured Shop is Lottie's Trinkets! Beautiful Handmade creations to Jazz up your wardrobe with.
You can find Lottie's Trinkets at:

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: Passion for Beads



This weeks Featured Artisan is Passion for Beads! Sally creates wonderful
treasures for you! You can find Sally - Passion for Beads at

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Etsy Blogger of the Month: Splendid Little Stars

Splendid Little Stars handpaints and dyes her own cottons and silks to make fun and useful scarves, hats and outfits for those of all ages. She has over 20 years experience, so you will know you're getting top quality gifts for yourself or for your loved one. Since she hand dyes and paints all her creations and custom creations, no two are alike. That just adds more special to that gift.
In addition to her Splendid Little Stars shop, she also makes adorable earrings. The angels are some of my favorites that are perfect for the holidays. 

Visit her blog as well!

EtsyBloggers: October Blog Carnival - Activities I Do in the Fall

Every fall since I can remember, my mom, dad and two younger sisters would load up in the car and head up the road to Vaughn's Apple Orchard in Weston, Mo. The short drive up was always so pretty with golden yellows, crisp oranges and reds in the hilly countryside. My sister's and my mission upon arrival: Apple Cider Slushes. As soon as we stepped out of the car it was time to nag dad for a quarter to go up to the rickety shack and ask for a slush. They no longer cost just a quarter - over a dollar now!  Also, there were other fun apple foods as well like apple donuts and apple fritters, but our eyes were out on the slush.

We never did go out and pick our own apples in the orchard, nor was it that important to us. Inside the store was so much more action. A live honey bee's nest that we could stare at for hours. The watch area to oversee the cleaning, peeling, packaging of the apples which was pretty exciting to a kid. We'd pick a bag or two of apples for dad's apple crisps and just to nosh on. We'd also grab some decorations like pumpkins, indian corn and ghords. Then the trip was over and one more plea for another quarter. Good fall times.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: Elly's Creations


This weeks Featured Artisan is Elly's Creations! Beautiful creations!
You can find Elly's Creations at:


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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Tigers Eye vs. Fiber Optic Stones

I think these stones are just beautiful. Especially when there is a bin of loose silky, soft, shiny tigers eye I can run my hands through. I came across some black beads that resembled tigers eye but were called fiber optic. I thought how strange. So I did a little searching online to see if tigers eye can come in a variety of colors or just the typical golden brown that you see so often.

Tigers eye is a member of the quartz family and is considered semi-precious.  True tigers eye in it's natural state is the golden variety we are so accustomed to. On some occasions due to the wonders of nature (for the scientists out there - fibers of the mineral crocidolite are replaced by insufficient silica), tigers eye can be blue and is known as Hawk's eye in that case (see pendant image).When you see a red toned tigers eye, it has been gently heated.  The best tigers eye is cut 'en cabochon'. Tigers eye can be found in South Africa and East Asia and are known to ward off evil and promote clear thinking. This stone is of the mind, not the body and would be great to use for meditation. Are you a Pisces, Gemini or Capricorn or a November birthday? This is your stone.


In order to get the variety of tigers eye colors you see at your favorite 'bead heaven', they have gone through a fiber optic process and then dyed. That's right, the run of the mill fiber optic quartz cable wire for instance. If you find a yellow or orange tigers eye bead strand, most likely it's not a true tigers eye, but that of fiber optic. Regardless, they're still beautiful in all their fabulous colors. Since they are synthetic, they are less expensive.



For the rock tumblers out there. Below is an image of a rough cut tigers eye specimen. Tigers eye is a 7 on the Mohs hardness scale. A rough cut of this stone can be easily tumbled with other quartz, agates and jasper stones. Beginner tumbler? This is a good stone to start out with. It will reach it's silky shine easily.


I enjoyed learning about Tigers Eye. I took it fore granted when I'd twist and turn it. Nature is truly a beautiful, mysterious thing. 


Sources: Wikipedia, crystal-cure.com, geology.com
Rough tiger’s eye. © iStockphoto / Robert Ellis.
Brown tiger’s eye beads. © iStockphoto / Sohfian Mohamed Kamari.
Hawk's Eye - jegem.com

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: Tina's Treasures

This weeks Featured Artisan is Tina's Treasures! Tina has a wide
variety of handmade creations in her shop! Stop by and see them all!
You can find Tina's Treasures on:

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: My Helping Hands


This weeks Featured Shop is My Helping Hands Graphic Design. Custom Avatars, Banners and Ads!
You can find My Helping Hands Graphic Design at:





Friday, September 24, 2010

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: KP Designs


This weeks Featured Artisan on Share the Love.. Blogger's Unite is KP Designs! Kathy has wonderful creations. You can find KP Designs at:






Saturday, September 18, 2010

Marketing Tip: Adding a Retweet Button to your Blog

I find since adding the retweet button to my blog posts, it saves me so much time by one click retweet and I'm done. So everytime I'm on my blog I find a post to retweet. Click, confirm, done! It will also display how many times it's been retweeted. I'll tell you how to add it to Blogspot (Blogger).

1. Determine where you would like the retweet button to appear in your posts (My button is normal right):
 normal right, normal left







compact right, compact left




2. Now to get the code for which position you would like. HINT: I would open Word, notepad, somewhere to paste the code to. Once you decide which position you want, copy the code for that placement and paste it into Notepad, Word, wherever you chose to paste it.

Normal Left

<div style="float:left;padding:4px;">  <script type="text/javascript">  tweetmeme_url = '<data:post.url/>';  tweetmeme_source = 'your_twitter_user_name';  </script>  <script type="text/javascript" src="http://tweetmeme.com/i/scripts/button.js"></script>  </div>
 
Normal Right
<div style="float:right;padding:4px;">  <script type="text/javascript">  tweetmeme_url = '<data:post.url/>';  tweetmeme_source = 'your_twitter_user_name';  </script>  <script type="text/javascript" src="http://tweetmeme.com/i/scripts/button.js"></script>  </div>  
 
Compact Left
<div style="float:left;padding:4px;">  <script type="text/javascript">  tweetmeme_style = 'compact';  tweetmeme_url = '<data:post.url/>';  tweetmeme_source = 'your_twitter_user_name';  </script>  <script type="text/javascript" src="http://tweetmeme.com/i/scripts/button.js"></script>  </div>
 
Compact Right

<div style="float:right;padding:4px;">  <script type="text/javascript">  tweetmeme_style = 'compact';  tweetmeme_url = '<data:post.url/>';  tweetmeme_source = 'your_twitter_user_name';  </script>  <script type="text/javascript" src="http://tweetmeme.com/i/scripts/button.js"></script>  </div> 

 
3. See this in the code that you just pasted? 
'your_twitter_user_name' 
Change that to your Twitter username.
  
 
4. Open up your blogger, and go to the Design Mode. 
In the upper left corner you will see Page elements, 
Edit HTML, Template Designer Click on Edit HTML. 
You will see this screen:
  
See the Expand Widget Templates in the upper right corner of that box? Check that.


5. Within that box, find this code: 
<div class='post-header-line-1'/>
I suggest using the Find (control F) and paste that code in that search box. Or you can scroll through the code.  *** Please note, depending on how your blog was set up... templates, etc, if you cannot find this code, try this code: <data:post.body/> and move to step 6***.

6. Once you find that code, go to the Word, Notepad, etc document where you pasted that placement code. Copy it and paste that after the code
<div class='post-header-line-1'/>


7. Save template. If you preview, it will give you false tweet numbers, fyi. Go to your blog and you should see it in the place you wanted.

8. You're done! Retweet a blog post!  Hope this is helpful.

Great place to find Blog topics hints and tips.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Deal That Can't Be Beat! Artfire @ $5.95/mo for LIFE!

http://www.artfire.com/groupdeal
 
If you currently have a Basic or Pro account with Artfire you already know about this promotion. For those who do not know about it, this is inside information. Only those with an Artfire Shop know about this. 

In order to get this $5.95/month rate (Which is a Pro Account), Artfire needs 20,000 people to get in on the Group Rate.  Don't have a basic account? That's okay...you just need to sign up for a basic account (free) to get early access. A quick run through the highlights:

To Get In On This Deal, sign up for a basic account and then be sure to go back and click on the "To Get In On This Deal" to be included in the group rate. Deadline is Monday, 9-20.  Signing up is important...
***If Artfire does not get to the 20,000, no one will get the rate***  You will NOT be charged anything.

On ArtFire.com your bill will always be $5.95/mth.
Whether you sell $1,000 or $100,000 this year, you will still pay only $5.95/month.
There are no hidden fees.
There is no contract.
There are no games.


The $5.95 comes out to short of 20 cents a day! Post as many items as you want everyday.

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: Dean Designs

This weeks Featured Artisan is Deans Designs.
Beautiful creations by a very talented artisan! You can find Deans Designs at:

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

On A Personal Note

A couple of weeks ago I lost my marketing management job. Some of you may or may not know that. I moved to Dallas for this position. Originally I'm from Kansas City, Mo.  So now short of two years I'm yet again out of a job. This is the fourth time, not by my doing. These are desperate times and they call for desperate, unconventional measures. I wanted to reach out to my readers and see if anyone would have any contacts who may be willing to talk to me. I have created a website showcasing my resume and portfolio. (If you want to see what I look like, you can check out the site.) I am willing to relocate. I can stay in Dallas or go back to the Kansas City Metro area and I have friends in Chicago and the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area. So I have several options, but will consider outside those possibilities.


I even have a Twitter account set up for my job search and of course optimized my LinkedIn profile. All of which can be found on my website.

If you can help, I would appreciate it.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: Gabs Bags


This weeks Featured Artisan on Share the Love.. Blogger's Unite is
Gabs Bags! Beautiful One of a Kind bags to Jazz up your wardrobe with!
You can find Gabs Bags at


The Gift Shop Handmade

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: B Blonski Designs

This weeks Featured Artisan is B Blonski Designs. Unique gift ideas personalized just for YOU!!
You can find B Blonski at:

Monday, August 30, 2010

Adding Email Subscription to Your Blog

I think this is a very important feature of a blog. I will admit, I don't always look through the list of blogs I follow looking for updates. I do have the best intentions, but I don't have the time in the day to do that. BUT! I never miss an email though. Anymore, when I follow a blog, this is the first thing I do after I subscribe...look for the email subscription box. Very few take advantage of this free and easy to set up feature for your blog. I want to walk you through it.

Maybe you don't like to have your email flooded, but I'm more likely to read your blog update and comment if it's emailed right to me. This was handy when I was working full time and even more so now that I'm unemployed and glued to my email. Slowly, I'm going back through the blogs I follow and subscribing to emails to whoever has it set up.

When someone signs up for an email subscription to your blog, they are receiving an email when you have updated it - added something new. How fab is that? Instant gratification. Here's how you add the email subscription. I suggest putting it at the top of your blog in very close proximity to your followers box. (Side note: your followers box should be at the top of your blog, not buried below.)

First you will need to set up an account with Google Feedburner. You can do this through your Blogger Settings tab and then click on Site Feed.

Once you have set up your account, you will need to burn a feed. Here, you will add your blog URL. You will need to title your blog feed. This should be the name of your blog. 

After you get your success page, you will want to customize your options.  You will then be presented with a Dashboard. Click the tab that says Publicize.

On the left handside, you will see a column of links to various topics.  Click on Email Subscriptions.

Choose Feedburner and activate. 

You will then be on a screen that's titled Subscription Management or go to Email Subscription again on the left (doing this from memory). 

You will see a box of code. Don't copy it just yet! You will see a drop down box just under the code box. Be sure to change it to your blog format - Typepad, Google, language etc to your liking.  Then go back and copy the code.

You will then come back to Blogger and in the Design mode you will add an HTML gadget. Remember to put the gadget toward the top of your blog!

Save changes and you're done!

Hope this helps you out in increasing your blog traffic and comments.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: Moonsong Ranch



This weeks Featured Artisan is MoonSong Ranch! Beautiful Creations by a very talented Artisan!
Moonsong Ranch Handmade Alpaca Fashion products include felt nuno scarves, western style hats, purses, cases, knitted scarves and many other unique gift items



You can Find MoonSong Ranch at:

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: Julia Hutchins Designs


This weeks featured artisan is Julia Hutchins Designs
You can find Julia at:


Monday, August 16, 2010

Cafehandmade Feature!

Cafe HandmadeI have been featured on Cafehandmade! You can read and learn all about me, the person behind Finding Charm! Don't forget to vote after you read the feature.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

My Summer Getaway Spot

Etsybloggers Topic for August: What was your favorite BOOK, MOVIE or GETAWAY SPOT over the summer?

 
I wouldn't call it so much a getaway as a trip home to Kansas City, Mo. My dear friend asked me to be there when she had her second baby, a boy. It was quite an honor to be there. She was having a c-section and wanted photos and have it videotaped.  I do not have kids. So this would be a totally new experience for me.  

I was given my instructions from the nurse on where I could stand, move or breathe in.  And then we were off. I was running back and forth because it was hard to capture much with the doctors' arms moving and shoving things around. A few minutes later finally, we got to the cut that would bring the baby into this world. Her doctor reached in and grabbed the 9 lb 4 oz 21 inch long Sebastian. He screamed immediately. So I was taking photos of him getting shots, cleaned up, and whatever else needed to be done. He had the most unique cry. It made us laugh. He never stopped until he got bundled up in a thousand blankets.  In this picture, he's shy of 2 weeks old!

Then, I spent the rest of the week helping with the 2 year old big sister, Esmeralda. We had a blast together. Going to the pool, playing with legos all sorts of fun things. She became my buddy. I stayed a week to help out with the transition.  She is becoming a good big sister her mom told me. I don't get to go home until October to see them again. I'm sure they'll be so big. But it was a blast doing all that. And to be there when he was born, changed his first diaper and to be the second person to hold him was so special and so cool!

Friday, August 13, 2010

EtsyBlogger of the Month: Patch

This girl has it going on! She has 3 shops: 1. A jewelry shop with crystals and bridal collections 2. A vintage shop 3. A supply shop.  You could almost consider Patch a one stop shop!

Patch First Shop is full of Swarovski Crystal jewelry and bridal collections. The jewelry boasts a wide variety of genres of romantic, modern and bohemian, just to name a few.

Patch Vintage Shop hosts an array of tops from many decades. This shop is unique because many of the blouses have been tailor made. She offers tools to help find the right measurements for you and she even gives you a condition rating. So cool to have that because sometimes buying vintage, you never know what you're going to get.






Patch Supply Shop is real fun! She has brightly colored plastic boxes, handmade velvet jewelry bags and my favorite, the origami paper flowers. They're made with post its!

All her shops are easy to purchase from and so much of it can be custom. She's flexible and works with each of her customers.

If you're into blogging, she's into blogging as well. She has two of those as well. One on Blogspot, Welcome to Patch's World and Wordpress, Patch's Diary. 

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Finding Charm Featured on The Handmade Gift Guide


I was elated to read that I got featured on the Handmade Gift Guide. This is such a wonderful place to support handmade. I'm transitioning most of my gift giving to handmade and proud to do so!

You too can get featured on The Handmade Gift Guide as well.  This link will take you to the Guide and the process of submitting your shop for consideration.

Monday, August 9, 2010

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: Jewelry by NaLa


This weeks Featured Artisan is Jewelry by NaLa!

Unique, handmade fashion jewelry featuring Czech glass, Swarovski crystals, semiprecious stones, freshwater pearls, antiqued metals, sterling silver and other fine materials. Enjoy browsing, and stop by her Etsy Shop often ... new designs are being added all the time.

You can Find Jewelry by NaLa @:

Friday, August 6, 2010

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: Little Sistah Studio

This weeks featured artisan is Little Sistah Studio!
Little Sistah Studio makes the paper, makes the adornments, makes the cards! She creates the art! Welcome to Her world of creativity!
You can find Little Sistah Studio@

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

On Fire for Handmade Featured Artist: Va Beach Quilter



This weeks featured artisan is Va Beach Quilter!

Kim makes lovely quilts, table runners, coupon organizers, wallets, purses and more! A truly talented
lady offering a wide variety of creations! All make wonderful gifts!
You can find Va Beach Quilter @







VaBeachQuilter's Blog ~ With monthly giveaways!





Saturday, July 24, 2010

Betel Nut Beads...What are they?

I have made a couple of jewelry pieces with the Betel Nut. I thought I would do a little research about them and share it.
They are commonly known as Areca Nuts. The nuts are seeds of the Areca palm found in the tropical Pacific, Asia, and parts of east Africa.   Technically, they are not nuts, the areca is a fruit and can be found in similar forms as our typical fruits such as dried and fresh.

Believe it or not, the betel nut can be chewed wrapped in betel leaves. Hence, the Betel Nut name it is commonly known as. Why are these chewed? When the nuts are chewed, there is a stimulant effect on the person. The effect varies by person, but usually it's no more than a cup of coffee.  The fruits are found to cause many cancers in the mouth. From what I can tell, the areca are as common in Asia as peanuts or raisins for instance in the US.

When the fruit is dried, it takes on properties similar to wood. You will find in betel nut beads, a dark rippling throughout the bead. This makes each bead unique because no two fruits are the same. Beads are often dyed. These beads are incredibly strong. What I like most is that they come from nature. The person who will be wearing this bracelet and earrings will be wearing a dried fruit that could have come from the tropical forests of Asia. What a cool thing!

Below are pictures of the Areca Nuts you might find interesting. The fruit uncut, and the inside of the fruit and the trees from which they come.








Photos were pulled from Wikipedia.

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