Sunday, October 23, 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness Curated by awoodworkingodyssey

My "Mandiye" Breast Cancer Awareness bracelet was featured in this wonderful collection curated by awoodworkingodyssey
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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

RAW - Right Angle Weaves Beads Into Wearable Pieces of Art - Curated by bluemorningexpressions

I love this collection featuring the versatility of RAW Right Angle Weave. Thank-you bluemorningexpressions for including my design with such great company.
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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Meet the Chix: Karen Snyder’s O’Sebastian

Awareness Ribbon Ring by Karen Snyders OSebastianKaren Snyders OSebastian is the next one of the Chix I am going to introduce to you.  She's a fellow Texan and some of her designs are Awareness designs.
I didn't realize until I started researching for this interview that she has her own website, OSebastian
May I present, Karen Snyders OSebastian.

1. Is there a special meaning behind the name O. Sebastian?
Yes there is! I created my business just a few months after my son, Sebastian, was born. Since the whole reason for having my own business from home was to be able to be a full-time Mama to my children, it seemed appropriate to name it after him.
Sterling Silver Mothers Ring Family Ring by Karen Snyders OSebastian 
2. What prompted you to open shop?
I had been selling quite a bit to family and friends and kept being asked, "Where can I send my friends to find your work?"

3. If you had the resources and time what would you do?
I would create a NPO to connect hand made artists with charities that need their donations.
Sterling Silver Os Necklace and Nexus Pendant Bundle by Karen Snyders OSebastian 
4. Why do you create?
Because it is a necessary thing for me. I am at my worst when I can't be creative. I spent 15 years in corporate sales and learned that having a creative outlet is necessary to maintain my sanity!

5. If you could talk to anyone, past or present, who would you talk to and what would you say?
I wish I had a high-brow answer for this question, but I don't. I'd want to talk to Sam Elliott! I'd probably ask him all sorts of silly questions, but mainly I'd want to tell him how much I admire his work and his talent.
Sterling Silver Romanov Micro Maille ring by Karen Snyders OSebastian 
6. Explain Chix
To me, Chix is about women being supportive and encouraging to one another. In my corporate life, I found women to be antagonistic and competitive with one another - and rarely, if ever, supportive. That's one of the things I do not miss about that time. It isn't possible to always be up-beat and in great spirits. It isn't possible to always look at my own work objectively. The women of Chix always help me find the up side to whatever is going on - and they celebrate my victories with me, without jealousy or pettiness :)

You can find Karen Snyder’s OSebastian here:
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Saturday, September 24, 2011

All Wired Up curated by Simply Catherine

Simply Catherine honored me by including 2 of my designs in her "All Wired Up" Collection on ArtFire.   

There are some gorgeous designs here.  I'm partial to the Moonstone Wire Wrapped Necklace. 

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Friday, September 16, 2011

ArtFire Tutorial: Items in More Than One Section Widget

If you use sections in your studio do you ever wish you could have an item in the section with like items AND have it in a special section such as a sale section.

ArtFire studios are set up so each item can only be listed in one section. I ran into a problem in my supply shop, Cheryls Extra Beads, with this limitation. I like to have a section for new listings so my customers can easily view my newest listings. The drawback is that those items don't appear in the section with the rest of the items just like them.

The way to work around the limitation is to make your own "Additional Sections" widget.  You can see my widget in my studio, Cheryls Extra Beads.

First identify the new section(s) you want to set up, I’ll use "New Listings" for this tutorial.

Create a graphic to represent the section using whatever program you like. The graphic should be no more than 150 pixels wide and about half that tall. You will also need a graphic for the title "Additional Shop Sections".

Addl Shop Sections Image
New Listings Button

Upload the graphics to Picasa, Flickr or Photobucket. Copy the link to the image, you will need that later.
Create a unique tag to use on the items that should appear in this section. I used "newlisting". Tag the items.
Go to your studio and type your tag in the search box and make sure the drop down menu reads “Search
This Shop”. Copy the url address of the search from your browser.  Don’t worry if none of your items show up right away, it can take 15 to 30 minutes for an item to show up in the search once you have tagged it.

Once you have the link to your graphics and the link to your search, you are ready to create your widget.
Part 1 of the widget is the title.  This does not link to a search so all you need to do is replace the image source (green text) with the link to your image.
<li><img src="" height="58" width="144" /></li>
Part 2 of the widget is your new section.  Here you will need to replace the link (blue text) with the url address for the appropriate search.  Then replace the image source (green text) with the link to your image. 
<li><a href=""><img src="" height="48" width="144" /></a></li>
You will need to repeat Part 2 for each of your new sections.
My widget has the following special sections: New Listings, Bargains, Clearance and Dollar Listings.
After I had the widget in place I decided to have a BOGO sale and it was real easy to add that section.  Just repeat Part 2 for the new section and add it to the bottom of the widget already in your shop.
I welcome any questions or comments you have regarding this tutorial or any comments or suggestions regarding the widget in my shop.  I moderate all comments so if you don’t want your comment published please let me know.

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

"Awareness" by Jewelry Designs by Rita on ArtFire

My "Madison" Awareness Bracelet is featured in this great collection by JewelryDesignsByRita titled "Awareness".

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