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WOW Time Flys


Time really does fly by. This year has almost come to a close and the New Year is upon us. I have added a few new products to my site to include vaping products. I know there are a lot of people that do not know what that is. Vaping is a nicotine replacement system. It is a way to get the nicotine without smoking. I am adhd and I have smoked since I was 12 years old. I tried everything to stop smoking and nothing worked for me. That is until I found vaping. I have been smoke free for over a year and my heath has greatly improved due to not smoking. I do not smell any more and nothing in my house stinks except the cats at times LOLHaving adhd nicot... » Read More

Oriental Finds New ArtFire Shop


For the next 2 days our rider on the Crazy Train is OrientalFinds. In this post I want to get to know this shop and the owner behind the name.The owner of Oriental Finds is Faith. She has been designing her own label of ecofriendly handbags for the past 4 years. Prior to being full time in her small business since last year, She has been a general physician for ten years. She is putting her profession on hold for now so that she can have more time to be a mother, wife, sister and a daughter to her cancer survivor mother and aging father, and at the same time pursue her passion. All the fabrics she uses are either handwoven, hand loomed or c... » Read More

Autism Awareness


This is a cause that is close to my heart. My Son who has ADHD is currently in testing for Asperger's Disorder which is a form of Autism.Did you know?Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys.Autism prevalence figures are growing.Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.Autism costs a family US $60,000.00 a year on average.Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases.Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism.There is no medical detection or cure for autism.We need to spread the word about Autism and support this cause. With my Son w... » Read More

What is a Survival Bracelet?


Parachute cord which is also paracord or 550 cord is a lightweight nylon kemmantle rope. This rope was originally used in the suspension lines of United States parachutes during World War II. Once in the field the paratroopers found this cord useful for many other tasks. It is now used as a general purpose utility cord by both the military personnel and civilians Despite the historic association of paracord with airborne units, virtually all US units have access to the cord. It is used in almost any situation where light rope is needed. Typical uses include attaching equipment to harnesses, as dummy cords to avoid losing small or important items... » Read More

Facebook Handmade Groups


On FaceBook there are several handmade groups you can join to network and promote your handmade arts. Today I wanted to tell you about a few of those groups that I recommend.First we have the Handmade Crafters Buy and Sell Group. This group is for anyone who makes handmade crafts or has a shop and sells handmade crafts for their consignees. The only condition is it has to be handmade. You are welcome to post upcoming events or links to your pages! The creator of this group wants this group to be a place where we can sell our handmade crafts! This is a great group to join and a fun place to hang out and meet other artists.Next we have It's... » Read More

Introduction of AZ DesertCreations


My name is Jennifer I am the maker and creator of AZ Desert Creations. Formally CraftyBabyHope. I have been a shop owner here on ArtFire since 2009. All the jewelry in my shop is handmade by me with love. I am the mother of a 12-year-old boy and a one-year-old baby girl. I am a stay-at-home mom and love being a jewelry designer. In my shop you will find polymer Clay jewelry, wire wrapped earrings, wire wrapped bracelets, handmade rings, and much more. Every item I make I take great care to make it the best I possibly can. I have been sculpting polymer Clay for two years and I have been making jewelry for three years. All my products are made in my... » Read More

Tree of Life Creative Process


My Tree of Life listed on ArtFire reminds us of unity and living in peace. This is the creative process that I went through to create this Tree of Life also called a World Tree. In this post I had the creative process of making my Tree of life pendant. I am sorry I had to remove it due to a stalker copying my entire site and my products. I wish this world did not have dishonest hurtful people in it but it does. I love my Trees and pore my heart into every one I make. I will not have someone use my photos and creative process for their monetary gain. The reason I make the items on my site for sale is so I can home school my Autistic Son and care... » Read More

CRAZY TRAIN RIDER is 1 BEAD AT A TIME


The rider for the next 2 days is 1 Bead at a Time. Lets get to know the artist better:She has been a crafter since she was old enough to color. Crediting her mom for getting her started in all things crafting! She has become addicted to beads especially seed beads. She was 9 years old when she sold her first item and has been moving right along since. She is a stay-at-home-mom to her 5 year old Son. Her husband of 13 years is very supportive and encouraging.Lets take a peak into her shop on ArtFire and see what we can find:Purple Caterpillar Fringe Beaded BraceletPink Swarovski Crystal Dangle EarringsSupport a handmade artist today! To shop with ... » Read More

The CRAZY TRAIN RIDER for 3/11 TO 3/12 is 123 GEMSTONES


Today I want to feature the rider of the Crazy Train Guild here on ArtFire. Our rider is 123 Gemstones. Lets get to know the artist. The Artist really loves to create new items and mix gemstones together for a unique look. Coral is one of 123 Gemstone's favorites along with Black Onyx and Jade. Now lets take a sneak peak into a few items in 123 Gemstone's ArtFire shop.Copper & Black Agate Beaded Boot Bling Anklet BraceletDoggie Bling Czech Pressed Heart Beads & Freshwater Pearl NecklaceI hope everyone enjoys our small visit to 123 Gemstone's shop.Until Next Time,JenniferDesert CreationsStop by my shop and take a look around. :)... » Read More

Options for Making a Kumihimo Disk


There are many people that want to make beaded Kumihimo or braided Kumihimo and they do not have the money to spend on the disk. I have not found a place you can buy the disk without ordering it online. Even when you order the disk online it is going to cost anywhere from $8.00 to $15.00 for the disk plus shipping. I did find an option were you can make your own or you can buy one at a Wal-Mart near you. The option at Wal-Mart is not a Kumihimo disk but it is a foam disk for making friendship bracelets that is exactly the same as the kumihimo disk it is just a little smaller. You can check out this video were I show the disks and talk a litt... » Read More

Japanese Chainmail or Chain Maille


I have done chain mail jewelry in the past but I have not done any for a while. The other night I was thinking about what I wanted to create next and then it hit me that I have not done any in a long time. Well I got out the pliers and started working on some jump rings. After several long hours I created 2 items for my shop that are amazing and I wanted to show then off today.Japanese Flower Chainmail Earrings, Chain Maille, HandmadeJapanese Triangle Chainmail Necklace, Double Chain Chainmail NecklaceBoth pictures link back to my shop and to the items listed. All you have to do is click on the picture. Did you know that the Chainmail was the earl... » Read More

Product Pictures


I have been struggling with my product pictures. There is amazing help in the ArtFire forum but I guess I just do not get it. LOL I went and got an awesome Nikon Cool Pix s8200 camera for the new year. I did go through my entire shop and edit every picture in every listing. Now the pictures are much better but they are still missing that WOW factor. I know I am not the only one out there having trouble with product pictures. I am trying my best to improve.I use Picasa to crop my pictures square and size them down first. I have been using that program for a while now and like it alot. It is a free program as well. Someone told me about ... » Read More

Handmade Burp Cloths


Last week I was in the ArtFire forum and I saw a wonderful little shop listed on the right. The shop is called cindiscreations.  The shop owner is Cindi and she is super sweet and has wonderful customer service. I ended up purchasing a set of 2 handmade burp cloths from Cindi for only $5.00.Pictured below:She has many more burp cloths in her shop and they are all wonderful. She was told by many people that she can get much more than $5.00 for her sets of burp cloths but she insisted that she would keep the price low so that anyone could purchase her wonderful items. I agree the quality of this item could and would sell for much more. I am happy... » Read More

I want to #getcrafty with card making supplies!


I have been interested in card making for some time now but I have never really looked at it. ArtFire.com is offering a contest where you pin supplies for a craft you would like to learn and enter for a chance to receive the items on your board at Pinterest at no charge. I think this is awesome. Why card making? My father-in-law has been making the birthday cards he sends us for years and they are all hand drawn and awesome. I figured I would like to learn this skill for his next birthday. This way I can make him a card. I think that would be great. :)You can find my Pinterest Board here: http://pinterest.com/craftybabyhope/get-crafty/Wish me l... » Read More
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