Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Chix – An Introduction

Opening an internet shop was a difficult thing for me to do. I came up with some pretty good excuses not to open a shop. One of the most powerful excuses was that my shop would fail because I was just one person and no one would ever find me. 

Freshwater Pearl Grape Cluster Pendant by Tilley Jewels
Freshwater Pearl Grape Cluster Pendant
by Tilley Jewels
I didn't know anyone with an internet shop and I was confident that it was impossible to become friends with other shop owners and artisans I met over the internet. I was WRONG!

This is the story of The Chix. The Chix is a very small group of shop owners who have become friends. We listen to each other and we support each other. I bet that only 4 of the 10 know where the name came from. 

Back in January 2010 I met Artisan Originals and Fruits Of the Bloom on twitter. We started hanging out together with a small group of artisans. To make references easier we started referring to ourselves as the Chix. I don’t remember who used the term first, but I decided to open a twitter account using Chix in the handle. 

Stunning Rose Gold Fill Sculpted Swarovski Heart by Gems, Crystals and Wire
Stunning Rose Gold Fill Sculpted Swarovski Heart
by Gems, Crystals and Wire
We don’t use twitter as much as we use Facebook these days. Some of the original Chix don’t use Facebook but we found new Chix on Facebook. We decided to keep the group as small as possible so that we can remain close.

The Chix have a few things in common. We all have shops on ArtFire and Facebook pages. We realized that each one of us deals with serious health issues, either our own or a family members.
Wire Wrapped Crystal Pendant Necklace by DreamBelle Designs
Wire Wrapped Crystal Pendant Necklace
by DreamBelle Designs

And the best part of all --- I think The Chix are some of the best people I know.

I will be featuring each one of the Chix on my blog in the next few months so that you can meet them and get to know them better.
I am working on a widget to add to my blog with links to The Chix shops on ArtFire.

The Chix:  (these links take you to our Facebook Fan Pages.  Stop by and “Like” us.)
DreamBelle Designs
EyeCandy Chainmaille
Fruits of the Bloom
Jewelry by Cheryls Purple Cow
Karen Snyder's O. Sebastian
Simply Catherine Heartmade Crafts
Valorie Clifton's Artisan Originals
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

And The Winner Is...

I had everything ready for the drawing. I had my random number generator, my spreadsheet with the entries and their numbers and of course, The Beads.

And then at 7:50.... My neighbor called. I was supposed to pick something up for her earlier and I got focused on beads and forgot. But I managed to take care of it quickly.

The Random Number Generator spit out the number 16.

and Valorie Clifton is the lucky winner.

I'll clean up this post later. I was just so excited I had to announce it right away.
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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Bead Giveaway

I’m giving away all the beads pictured to celebrate my Facebook Business Page reaching 600 fans. It’s so easy to enter this contest.

The winner will receive all the beads in these pictures:

600 Giveaway Glass & Gemstone 1 600 Giveaway Crystals 1

All you have to do to enter is “Like” my page and leave a comment on the original post.

Remember to leave a link to your Facebook page on my wall so I can “Like” you back.

Want to win more beads in this contest?

If you see something in my shop that you would like added to the giveaway beads just include the title from the listing in your comment. If you include suggestions for additional giveaway beads from my shop and you are the winner, you will get additional bonus beads.

The winner will be announced on my Facebook page Wednesday June 22 at 8:00 pm PST. 

Hurry over and enter now!
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