Published: 07-02-2012 11:59pm Posted In: General Topics
Hello all you visitors to Artfire! Corinna Ciera is now having a Patron Discount on everything in the studio. Just sign up for an Artfire account, visit CorinnaCiera.artfire.com, and you will have a permanent sale on all items!This is great, Great, GREAT! ... » Read More
Published: 06-21-2012 05:54pm Posted In: General Topics
Corinna Ciera is having a 50% off sale on everything in the Artfire studio, www.corinnaciera.artfire.com. We
are relocating our physical location and do not want to move excessive inventory
to the new site. The sale is for a limited time only, so take advantage of the
savings now!After the relocation, Corinna Ciera will continue business
as usual and channel some creative works toward a slightly different
direction.Enjoy the savings NOW! ___________________________________________________________________________JULY 3, 2012 FOR ALL OF YOU WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE SALE, I SAY "THANKS A BUNCH!" HOWEVER THIS SALE IS NOW OFFICIALLY OVER.... » Read More
I am a crafter, as you see above. In saying this, I want to state at the start that I get very involved in any given project, even to the point of not eating and drinking. The result? I get very hungry and thirsty.I am probably correct in stating that I won't damage my body by delaying a meal, but am I putting my health in jeopardy by not drinking liquids for hours at a time? How can I determine if I am dehydrated?Medical research has determined that the symptoms of dehydration are dry mouth, flushed skin, fatigue, headache and impaired physical performance. If no intervention is made, these symptoms will give way to dizziness, loss of consciou... » Read More
Published: 01-09-2012 12:25pm Posted In: General Topics
These days people today love to watch other people dance, especially on reality television shows like Dancing With the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance (my favorite). What many may not realize is that if you get off the couch and dance yourself, it's a great way to keep your body and mind healthy. Studies show that dancing can help you lose weight stay flexible, reduce stress, and make friends. Another added plus is that dancing is great aerobic exercise, just as helpful as cycling and jogging.According to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine, dancing may boost your memory and prevent you from developing dementia as you get old... » Read More
Published: 11-22-2011 05:50pm Posted In: New Products
This is a new concept for Corinna Ciera. Imagine! A handmade boxed note card set that includes 12 cards that you can customize to add your own personal touch. This is also a great gift for the person who wants to say "I designed it myself!" You have a choice of 18 ready-made Sentiment Placards that can be placed on any card and in any position you prefer. These are flat note cards that have a matching gift box.
Covered sticky tabs are already attached to the back of each placard to make placement simple and easy. Your Sentiment placard can be re-arrranged once or twice initially, if needed. This is a unique concept and allows you to ... » Read More
It is a fact that the majority of adults in the United
States take at least one dietary supplement every day. These supplements
include vitamins D and E; minerals like calcium and iron; herbs such as
Echinacea and garlic; and specialty products like glucosamine and fish oils.
If you don’t eat a balanced diet, some supplements might
help you get adequate amounts of essential nutrients. However, supplements
don’t take the place of the actual food that is needed to keep us healthy.
It’s important to check... » Read More
The state of the economy is always in the news. But why let it dictate who you are and what you want to do in the future? Take action now and make those idle dreams come true. If you are good at making a craft and would like to sell it for profit, you need to do some easy research to get started.
You need to see if your craft is in demand. Look for articles about your craft to see if it is marketable. Also look at your competition and the prices that are charged for the items.
Is your product unique enough to be sought out by others despite your competition? You need an edge in your market. For instance, in my card making ente... » Read More
Most of us know that exercise strengthens our muscles and increases our flexibility. Weight workouts add lean muscle to our bodies and help us retain more muscle in later years. Similarly, our brains need workouts to say healthy and fit as we age since, as we get older, our brains can atrophy making it more difficult to perform mental tasks. Researchers now believe that following a brain healthy lifestyle and performing regular brain exercises can also stimulate the brain.
This is of interest to me because I am a retired nurse, plus I have an aging mother who has short-ter... » Read More
Published: 11-13-2011 03:07pm Posted In: New Products
A new category in the Corinna Ciera Studio is: Gift Boxed Handmade Cards. There are three different sets in this category at present.
Each card set includes 6 cards with a different saying on the front such as: The Big Day, Miss You, Hello, Thinking of You, With Sympathy, Get Well Soon, Thank You, Many Thanks, or Thanks. The themes are Pastels, Earthtones, and Carnival.
A handmade gift box, that coordinates with the card prints, encloses the 6 cards with envelopes. The envelopes have inner top linings which match the various cardstock prints in the the set.
All of the items are totally handmade by me and, with pleasure,... » Read More
Published: 11-13-2011 03:06pm Posted In: New Products
The fashion "in" trend for purses is the fabric hobo style. These purses are lightweight yet roomy and can be worn with jeans or a dainty dress or skirt. In keeping with this trending, Corinna Ciera has started a new line of modified hobo style purses.
The fact that they are lightweight means comfort and less shoulder stress for those who have arthritis or who don't want a cumbersome purse to carry. The fabric is 100% cotton. Every seam is double stitched for sturdiness and durability.
What is exciting about the new purses is the beautiful print lining in each one. The lining adds color and brilliance to each purse, and the "icing on the... » Read More
Published: 11-13-2011 03:02pm Posted In: General Topics
Many of us crafters use pencils for sketches, ideas, for drawing lines before making them permanent, etc. How many of us have asked the question posed in this heading? Before that question is answered, let’s get a little history on this writing instrument. It starts with a chance discovery in rural England.
In the 16 century, a strange black substance was found in a valley in the Lake District of northern England. It looked like coal but didn’t burn like coal and it left a shiny, black, easily erased mark on a writing surface. The discovery was called black lead. Soon this black lead was mined and exported for usage b... » Read More
Published: 11-13-2011 02:58pm Posted In: New Products
Corinna Ciera, the Artfire artisan studio, is pleased to announce the expansion of its product line to include handmade, original design, fabric purses. These purses are strictly handmade by Corinna, who has sewn for over 35 years. They are made to be worn with jeans or a dress. Versatility is the aim. A woman loves choices, and she also loves her purse.
Corinna Ciera specializes in handmade greeting cards and other fine handmade paper products. This widening of its product line stimulates the interest of a wider mix of clientele who may be seeking original fashion accessories in addition to the beautiful assortment of c... » Read More
Published: 11-13-2011 02:58pm Posted In: New Products
If you haven't visited my studio recently, you have missed my newest creations. Handmade, glossy bookmarks are the latest addition to my studio. These are very useful. You can use them yourself or give them as gifts that don’t break your budget. My bookmarks are special because they are totally handmade to my quality standards.
· They are made with a triple layer of cardstock, thereby making them extra sturdy to last a long, long, time.
· They have a glossy coating which hinders soiling.
· They are reversible, with a different print or color ... » Read More
Published: 11-13-2011 02:57pm Posted In: General Topics
After a few hours crafting and making some new handmade cards or sewing my latest creation, I get really hungry. I think of gourmet foods, but I really don’t want to cook at that moment. I just want to eat. I look at my vegetable bin and notice there are bulbs of garlic that have been sitting there for a while, but there is no garlic smell. However when I sit down to eat a tasty, aromatic meal, that hopefully someone else has prepared, my nose quickly alerts me if the food contains garlic. Why is that?
I thought I’d first get some background on garlic. It has been long used in treating ailments. Many centuries ago the Greek... » Read More
Published: 11-11-2011 07:40pm Posted In: New Products
Hang tags have been traditionally used for attaching to gifts but they can also be used at bridal showers, baby showers, graduation parties, or other gatherings where games will enhance the fun.
Here are some games that immediately come to my mind. I have played them and they really enliven the occasion.
Words of Advice Game: Write a brief phrase or nugget of advice on the back of the tag on how to have a happy marriage. Each tag is then given as a gift for the bride-to-be to keep.
Draw the Baby Game: Give each guest a tag and ask them to draw the baby on the back of the tag and sign their name underneath. ... » Read More
Published: 11-11-2011 07:39pm Posted In: General Topics
My last blog was about Broken Bow, Oklahoma and surrounding areas. If you travel to Southeast Oklahoma, please do not neglect traveling north on Hwy 259 toward Poteau. The scenic vistas, the valleys and hills, plus the elevation itself is a visual treat.
When you enter Poteau, you will see some surrounding hills. However, the "highest hill in the world", Cavanal, is noteworthy! It's called this because it is 1,999 ft high, based on the idea that it would be classified a mountain if it were 2,000 ft or higher. At the top, you have a breathtaking view of Eastern Oklahoma and Western Arkansas. Very beautiful! I must also say that l... » Read More