Thursday, December 16, 2010

SWEET sloops to go with SWEET jewelry

I haven't posted in a while -- my health hasn't been at its best these past few months -- but this deal is so sweet I MUST share it with you :)

Today and tomorrow only I will offer FREE upgrades to Priority shipping on all orders over $10 in my one-of-a-kind jewelry studio. And there's a sweet sloop in every order to go with the YUMMY jewelry you are about to receive. What could be sweeter? :)

So hurry and order your Christmas pretties now. It will put a smile on your face and if it's for a gift, make someone really happy.

Over and out for now, but hopefully I will be back in full swing soon. Look forward to all the FUN games coming back and more features of lovely undiscovered studios gracing these pages ♥

See you soon!

Monday, August 2, 2010

August Games SCOREBOARD

See below for day-long games and check @mvbeads for hourly games (12-8 PM EDT). The TOP winners will be announced on this blog at 9pm EDT on August 2nd.

mvPOINTS will be awarded to game winners, each game having a certain value announced in its tweet or description.


mvpoints can be redeemed at any time by sending a tweet to @mvbeads with the hashtag word #mvREDEEM and your choice of prize. August coupons/gift certificates are valid September 1st to September 30th.

I will reply through a Direct Message with the code corresponding to your prize, and deduct it from your available mvpoints. Heads-up that Direct Messages can only be sent to followers, and that I may answer instantly, or it may take a little longer, depending on my work schedule.

============ SCOREBOARD ============
totalSCORES - POINTSavailable - @player
25 - 6 - @apronsbymeme
1 - 1 - @mvbeads
15 - 15 - @ScarletLeonard
151 - 151 - @TheGoldTigress


@
Do let me know if you are a player and I've missed you.
(Scoreboard last updated Mon 9:00 PM)
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PRIZES while supplies last.
First come, first served.

August prizes will be given out at the end of the month. Coupons and gift certificates cannot be combined (one coupon/gift certificate per order). Coupons and gift certificates are transferrable. All prizes come with FREE shipping to the US.

mvPOINTS PRIZE
1 .............. One cool dot on the dotties page (19 max)
20 ............ COUPON: get this magnet for 25 cents.
40 ............ GIFT CERTIFICATE: $1
60 ............ GIFT CERTIFICATE: $2
80 ............ GIFT CERTIFICATE: $3
100 .......... GIFT CERTIFICATE: $5
~Max mvPOINTS: 180

TOP SCORES
1st place ........ COUPON: 50% off any order.
2nd place ....... COUPON: 40% off any order.
3rd place ........ COUPON: 30% off any order.
Top winners can also exchange their prize for an SEO makeover on one of their products/web page.

Good luck ♥


All day long games:
5 mvpoints: Tweet @mvbeads your favorite shop from this undiscovered shops list. 5 points per tweet, maximum 5 tweets (max mvpoints for this game: 25).

5 mvpoints: Tweet @mvbeads a link to your favorite mv creation. 5 points per tweet, maximum 5 tweets (max mvpoints for this game: 25).

10 mvpoints for promoting August's games. Up to 2 entries, or 20 mvpoints. :) (let me know so I can add them to the scoreboard).


Answers:
Black and white and red all over:
Embarrassed skunk.
Sunburned penguin.
Dalmatian with diaper rash.
JimmyTheT in a red coat.
A newspaper.

Items with purple in them: 12

Necklaces in all categories: 21

How many beads in this necklace: 109 (104 without crimp covers)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Buy Handmade, Make Someone Happy
Week of 07/12 to 07/18 Features


Daily links go live as soon as the corresponding Undiscovered Studios are featured:

Sunday
Saturday
Friday
Thursday
Wednesday
Tuesday
Monday


07/14 Buy Handmade, Make Someone Happy

Today's shop is lehane, specializing in jewelry meshing natural components with human creativity. There, you will find perfect gifts for your lady friends.

I encourage you to contact the artisan above if you see an item you love, even if just to let them know how much you enjoy their work. Share your favorites in the comments section below, and twitter, plurk, blog, etc. if you find something you like!

lehane's studio sections are:
necklace, chainmaille pendants
necklace, gem pendants
necklace, glass pendants
necklace, Swarovski crystal pndt
necklace without pendant
bracelets, beaded
bracelets, chainmaille
lehane's Lowest priced item is $11. The highest priced item is $49.

This pretty chainmaille pendant in pink and purple is one of my favorites:

What is YOUR favorite? :)



07/13 Buy Handmade, Make Someone Happy

Today's shop is Lilishop, specializing in fused glass jewelry. There, you will find perfect gifts for OOAK lovers.

I encourage you to contact the artisan above if you see an item you love, even if just to let them know how much you enjoy their work. Share your favorites in the comments section below, and twitter, plurk, blog, etc. if you find something you like!

Lilishop's Lowest priced item is $6.29. The highest priced item is $9.

These fiery earrings are one of my favorites:

What is YOUR favorite? :)



07/12 Buy Handmade, Make Someone Happy

Today's shop is mickstonedesigns, specializing in unique handmade jewelry designs made with semiprecious stones. There, you will find perfect gifts for jewelry lovers.

I encourage you to contact the artisan above if you see an item you love, even if just to let them know how much you enjoy their work. Share your favorites in the comments section below, and twitter, plurk, blog, etc. if you find something you like!

mickstonedesigns' Lowest priced item is $18. The highest priced item is $98.

This snowflake obsidian and black onyx necklace is one of my favorites:

What is YOUR favorite? :)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Buy Handmade, Make Someone Happy
Week of 07/05 to 07/11 Features


Daily links go live as soon as the corresponding Undiscovered Studios are featured:

Sunday ~ Second Honorable Mention Favorite
Saturday ~ Second Honorable Mention Favorite
Friday ~ First Honorable Mention Favorite
Thursday ~ Bronze favorite
Wednesday ~ Bronze favorite
Tuesday ~ Silver Favorite
Monday ~ Gold Favorite ~ Special Feature


07/11 Buy Handmade, Make Someone Happy

Today's shop and one of the winners of the Second Honorable Mention in the Favorite Undiscovered Studios poll is 2VirgosDesigns, specializing in creative art soaps. There, you will find perfect gifts for lovers of art, dogs, and medieval artifacts.

I encourage you to contact the artisan above if you see an item you love, even if just to let them know how much you enjoy their work. Share your favorites in the comments section below, and twitter, plurk, blog, etc. if you find something you like!

2VirgosDesigns' studio sections are:
Cologne & Perfume OIl
Destash
Glycerin Soap
Hand Milled Soap
Home Fragrance
Medieval Fantasies
Milk Bath
Primos Pawtourage
Soy Wax Lotion Tarts
2VirgosDesigns' Lowest priced item is $2.15. The highest priced item is $17.

This super realistic collectible 3D Chinese Shar Pei dog shaped soap is one of my favorites:

What is YOUR favorite? :)


07/10 Buy Handmade, Make Someone Happy

Today's shop and one of the winners of the Second Honorable Mention in the Favorite Undiscovered Studios poll is Characters, specializing in beautiful photography and art cards. There, you will find perfect gifts for the art lovers in your life.

I encourage you to contact the artisan above if you see an item you love, even if just to let them know how much you enjoy their work. Share your favorites in the comments section below, and twitter, plurk, blog, etc. if you find something you like!

Characters' Lowest priced item is $2. The highest priced item is $15.

This gorgeous flower photo print is one of my favorites:

What is YOUR favorite? :)


07/09 Buy Handmade, Make Someone Happy

Today's shop and the winner of the First Honorable Mention in the Favorite Undiscovered Studios poll is MJsKraze, specializing in paper crafted and upcycled items. There, you will find perfect cards and Earth friendly gifts.

I encourage you to contact the artisan above if you see an item you love, even if just to let them know how much you enjoy their work. Share your favorites in the comments section below, and twitter, plurk, blog, etc. if you find something you like!

MJsKraze's studio sections are:
Coasters
Gift TagsBirthday Cards
Christmas Cards
Congratulations Cards
Father's Day Cards
Easter Cards
Hello/ Thinking of You Cards
Love Cards
Thank You Cards
MJsKraze's Lowest priced item is $4. The highest priced item is $5.

This lovely love card is one of my favorites:


What is YOUR favorite? :)



07/08 Buy Handmade, Make Someone Happy

The bronze winner of the Favorite Undiscovered Studios poll is Drunkenmimes, specializing in handmade jewelry. There, you will find perfect gifts for the eclectic ladies in your entourge.

I encourage you to contact the artisan above if you see an item you love, even if just to let them know how much you enjoy their work. Share your favorites in the comments section below, and twitter, plurk, blog, etc. if you find something you like!

Drunkenmimes's studio sections are:
triple strand necklaces
pedant necklaces
double strand necklacesearrings
supplies
bracelets
Drunkenmimes's Lowest priced item is $5. The highest priced item is $40.

This dragon and hemalike necklace is one of my favorites:

What is YOUR favorite? :)


07/07 Buy Handmade, Make Someone Happy

The bronze winner of the Favorite Undiscovered Studios poll is bluetina, specializing in exclusive and unique handmade jewelry. There, you will find perfect gifts for your elegant ladies in your entourage.

I encourage you to contact the artisan above if you see an item you love, even if just to let them know how much you enjoy their work. Share your favorites in the comments section below, and twitter, plurk, blog, etc. if you find something you like!

bluetina's studio sections are:
Necklaces
Bracelets
Earrings
Rings
bluetina's Lowest priced item is $10. The highest priced item is $190.

This luxurious blue and green silver charm bracelet is one of my favorites:

What is YOUR favorite? :)


07/06 Buy Handmade, Make Someone Happy

Please join me in congratulating the Silver Finalist of the Favorite Undiscovered Studio poll, MoltonGlass. Specializing in kiln fused glass jewelry and accessories, MoltonGlass will soon branch into stained glass as well. There, you will find perfect gifts for people who appreciate a little extra sparkle in their life.

I encourage you to contact the artisan above if you see an item you love, even if just to let them know how much you enjoy their work. Share your favorites in the comments section below, and twitter, plurk, blog, etc. if you find something you like!

MoltonGlass's Lowest priced item is $10. The highest priced item is $60.

This yin-yang dichroic pendant is one of my favorites:


What is YOUR favorite? :)

Monday, July 5, 2010

CRyansJewelryArt - A meeting of jewelry and art - Unique glass pendants


07/05 Buy Handmade, Make Someone Happy
Special Feature


Please join me in congratulating the TOP WINNER of the Favorite Undiscovered Studios contest for the month of June. He has tried many art forms before settling on his current one. Singing, dancing... but his mind, heart, and hands have settled on fused glass and polymer clay.

Please meet... CRyansJewelryArt! :) Read his Bio page for an entertaining insight into how he's come to discover this was the art form for him.



His pendants are truly one of a kind, blending brilliant colors and colorful backgrounds. The jewelry plates are especially appealing as you will not see such beauty anywhere else. Check out the beautiful colors used to create the plate on the right. Great conversation starter!

And if you are looking for a gift for a loved one whose name starts with D, how about this gorgeous D pendant in colors of blue and white with a "mustard stain" connecting the dots :)

All these creations are great conversation starters through their unusual and artistic shapes and colors. A gift that is sure to be appreciated by all who appreciate color and art.

I encourage you to contact the artisan above if you see an item you love, even if just to let him know how much you enjoy his work. Share your favorites in the comments section below, and twitter, plurk, blog, etc. if you find something you like!

CRyansJewelryArt's studio sections are:
Pendants Glass - Absolute Other Shape
Pendants Glass - Somewhat Square
Pendants Glass - Somewhat Rectangle
Pendants Glass - Somewhat Bottle Shape
Fused Glass Jewelry Plates
Polymer Clay Pendants Donut Shape
Polymer Clay Pendants Purse Shape
Polymer Clay Pendants Teardrop Shape
Gift Certificates

CRyansJewelryArt's Lowest priced item is $15. The highest priced item is $50, something for everyone.

Have fun visiting his shop and do tell us your favorite item from this shop :)

Friday, July 2, 2010

KNNDesignStudio - Custom designs with a big heart

(White background and larger fonts available by clicking the buttons on the right)

Better late than never they say. So here I am, pretty late in posting the April giveaway results. There were 146 entries and sweet Kristin from KNNDesignStudio was picked by random.org. The prize for the April giveaway was to be a surprise. She won a gorgeous necklace and earrings set in Blue Zircon Swarovski crystals, as well as a pretty cosmetic bag and a textured photo album.


So let me tell you about Kristin.


She is the sweetest and most enthusiastic gal you'll ever meet, and she is talented to boot. Have a look at her photos and you'll see what I mean. They speak a thousand words of her eye for beauty and harmony.

My favorite photo of her has got to be the fireman one! Great composition, a stirring moment captured for eternity, speaking a thousand words of dedication and service, a thousand words of gratitude and admiration...

In addition to her beautiful photography, she specializes in graphic design such as logos, banners, and business cards. She is all about excellent customer service and to that end she offers unlimited revisions on all her designs, ensuring 100% satisfaction for her customers. You should definitely check her out next time you need business cards or a design that fully meets your expectations :)

When she takes a break, she gives her heart to beautiful causes. In her own words, the story of Jiao:
"The other day I walked into PetCo to get some new toys for my puppy, little did I know it would change my life. The Mutts N Stuff Small Dog Rescue Shelter was there with some of the puppies. I hung out for a few hours and played with the puppies and talked to the others around me. I fell in love with a German Shepard puppy, He was less then a year old. His name was Jiao.

Poor Jiao was hit by a car and his back legs were mangled and backwards and had to be amputated. Mutts n Stuff paid for the amputations [...] He is a year old sweety who has no idea that he is a little different. He fetches balls, he chews on his toys, he is affectionate and protective and he is extremely handsome. He loves playing with other dogs too.

Eddies Wheels is donating a cart for Jiao so he can go on walks with his family. He is great in the car and has already gone to work with his foster mom where he behaved himself quite well! Jiao is only about 17 pounds. He is a very lovable guy who really cares about you.

So after much tear shed I had to leave, but not without the shelter information. Now in my etsy and on my facebook I am taking donations for Jiao and his friends to all have good homes! 10% of everything I make on Etsy goes to the shelter and any donation is sent straight to them.  Don't Breed or Buy While Shelter Dogs Die!"
Shelter info: http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/muttsnstuff.html

What a touching story! And what a big heart. That is how Kristin is. Chat with her and you'll find more about how kind and supportive she is, how enthusiastic she is about causes dear to her heart, how WONDERFUL she is.

You can find her at...
http://www.facebook.com/KNNDesignStudio
http://www.etsy.com/shop/KNNDesignStudio
http://KNNGraphics.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/KNNPhotography
http://www.etsy.com/shop/KNNPhotography
http://www.bluecanvas.com/KNNPhotography

Before I go, one last photo... a toothy smile :D

Thursday, July 1, 2010

July Games SCOREBOARD

July Giveaway: a $15 gift certificate. :) Congratulations Beverly H. ♥

mvPOINTS will be awarded to game winners, each game having a certain value announced in its tweet or description.


mvpoints can be redeemed at any time by sending a tweet to @mvbeads with the hashtag word #mvREDEEM and your choice of prize. July mvpoints and coupons expire 07/31.

I will reply through a Direct Message with the code corresponding to your prize, and deduct it from your available mvpoints. Heads-up that Direct Messages can only be sent to followers, and that I may answer instantly, or it may take a little longer, depending on my work schedule.

============ SCOREBOARD ============
totalSCORES - POINTSavailable - @player
127 - 0 - @apronsbymeme
20 - 0 - @ByYourSide2009
5 - 0 - @hummingbirdtak
5 - 0 - @Jasmina100
20 - 0 - @jewelzodonnell
97 - 0 - @KNNGraphics
30 - 0 - @kraftymax
20 - 0 - @MJsKraze
1 - 0 - @mvbeads
5 - 0 - @pamannieink
10 - 0 - @pinkstudiosnet
5 - 0 - @TheSpottedOlive


@
Do let me know if you are a player and I've missed you.
(Scoreboard last updated Sun 9 PM)
=====================================

PRIZES while supplies last.
First come, first served.

All COUPONS will EXPIRE at the end of the month. Coupons cannot be combined (one coupon per order). Coupons are transferrable. All prizes come with FREE shipping to the US.

mvPOINTS PRIZE
1 .............. One cool dot on the dotties page (19 max)
20 ............ COUPON: get this magnet for 25 cents.
40 ............ COUPON: $1 OFF any order above $10.
60 ............ COUPON: $2 OFF any order above $10.
80 ............ COUPON: 20% OFF any order.
100 .......... COUPON: 25% OFF any order.
~Max mvPOINTS: 190

TOP SCORES
1st place ........ Aprons by MeMe
2nd place ....... KNN Photography
3rd place ........ COUPON: Any pair of earrings for $2.00.
Top winners can also exchange their prize for an SEO makeover on one of their products/web page.

Good luck ♥


All day long games:
4 mvpoints for each LEET item you can find at http://mv.artfire.com. Tweet items @mvbeads.

5 mvpoints: Tweet @mvbeads your favorite shop from this undiscovered shops list. 5 points per tweet, maximum 5 tweets (max mvpoints for this game: 25).

5 mvpoints: Tweet @mvbeads your favorite shop from this supporters list. 5 points per tweet (max mvpoints for this game: 30).

5 mvpoints: Tweet @mvbeads a link to your favorite mv creation. 5 points per tweet, maximum 5 tweets (max mvpoints for this game: 25).

10 mvpoints: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? :D Answer can be found at http://mv.artfire.com. Click the CONTACT ARTISAN link on the page with your answer and send me the item number.

5 mvpoints for promoting this blog entry/giveaway :) (let me know so I can add them to the scoreboard).

More games on twitter @mvbeads.



GIVEAWAY:
Let me know if you wish to be entered in this month's giveaway (either by commenting below, emailing me, or clicking the Like button for the giveaway FB post). A lucky player will be selected by random.org and will win a $15 gift certificate to be used at mv.artfire.com. The winner will be announced on this blog after the drawing. The drawing will be on Sunday July 11th at 9PM EST.
Entries:
Kristin N.
Kris W.
Pamela D.
Danielle E.
Sally H.
ExquisiteStudios
Kristin S. H.
AnnMarie D.
Kim B.
Patricia E.
hummingbirdtak
Chhunhour Y.
Beverly H.
Monica D. N.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

And the WINNER of the Favorite Poll is...

We had 54 voters this month and everyone was a winner. We even got encouraging comments on the poll results page:
"What a way to end this month! ALL fantastic shops!!"
"Lots of talent! That was a tough decision!"
"I love the Fused Glass Hairpin and Rings that Lili Shop has created. The Colors are Beautiful and Unique!!!"
"Characters Shop is Wonderful!! I love the Beautiful Pictures of the Flowers. Great Work!!"
So very true. We have some really gorgeous shops on ArtFire, and I feel privileged to be able to showcase them in these monthly polls.

So without any further ado, the TOP winners by number of votes are...
~~~~~~DRUMROLL~~~~~~

(#) STUDIO - VOTES
(5) 2VirgosDesigns 6 votes
(5) Characters 6 votes
(4) MJsKraze 7 votes
(3) Drunkenmimes 8 votes
(3) bluetina 8 votes
(2) MoltonGlass 9 votes
(1) CRyansJewelryArt 21 votes

June has been a slow month for first sales, but nonetheless we got plenty of visitors and great feedback. Hopefully the first sales will come soon! :)

As usual, we've had great support from the handmade community. Thank you all who have voted, visited, encouraged, and promoted these studios. It is wonderful to see so many of you supporting your fellow artists!

Top winners will be featured starting Monday July 5th. The poll is over, but that doesn't mean you can't mention your favorites. That is what the comments are for :)

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Monday, June 28, 2010

June Favorite Undiscovered Studios POLL

We have nine undiscovered studios this month. Pick as many studios as you like, no limits here :) Thank you so much for participating! Tell your friends how cool you are :)

Results will be tallied Wednesday June 30th at 11:59PM PST. Top winners will be featured starting Monday July 5th.

June Undiscovered Studios
Pick your favorites below:

(Studios are clickable and open in a new window)

MoltonGlass
CRyansJewelryArt
Drunkenmimes
Characters
2VirgosDesigns
MJsKraze
bluetina
mickstonedesigns
Lilishop
  
  

Ends Wednesday 06/30 at
11:59 PM PST.
pollcode.com


Thank you so much for showing your appreciation! Tell your twitter friends to vote too, and if you'd like to see more beauty, check out the complete list of undiscovered studios.

I would like to give SEO credit to pages featuring these shops, the winner, or the poll, so do EMAIL ME your link to the feature or page running the poll widget :)

The wonderful artisans below are supporting undiscovered studios by linking to the poll or helping promote undiscovered studios. The widget code is below this list, join in the fun! :) NEW THIS MONTH: Run the poll widget for a chance to win 20 extra mvpoints that can be used during next month's giveaway. Just comment below to let me know.

  • mv ~ Handmade jewelry: necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and more
  • Aprons by Meme ~ Unique and Original Dish Towel Creations
  • Jewelz Creatives ~ Handmade organic catnip toys and much more
  • MJsKraze ~ Handcrafted stationery and fun shape cards
  • By Your Side ~ Original handmade purses, accessories, and more
  • Krafty Max Originals ~ Handcrafted beaded original OOAK designs

  • @TheSpottedOlive @apronsbymeme @eccladyland @MJsKraze @kraftymax @myspiralntbk @BeadersCove

    Comments section is open for gushing about these wonderful undiscovered shops :) Please proceed! :)

    Widget code (Run widget until 06/30/2010, your SEO link on this page will be permanent).


    <center><a href="http://mvbeads.blogspot.com/2010/06/june-favorite-undiscovered-studios-poll.html#votenow" target="_blank"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_POQfZ90Mmak/S2lt5jZP9nI/AAAAAAAAAaw/kqgZ0gBKjs8/AFUS_VOTE.gif" alt="Vote for your Favorite Undiscovered Studios" border="0"><br>Discover ArtFire Studios<br>and Vote for your Favorites</a></center>

    Monday, May 24, 2010

    Dotties

    If you have less than 20 mvPOINTS left after redeeming your mvPRIZES, you can redeem the left over points for cool dots, thus becoming a cool dottie (c=

    Dots are cumulative, all game seasons will refer to this page. As cool dots add up, you can use them to grab the TOP prize if it's a tight race, or advance to the next Award level. Hence cool dots = money & prizes, so don't forget to add yours! Think of it as a frequent flyer account, but you have to claim your miles :D

    MAX dots that can be awarded per player per game season: 19.

    TOP dottie will have an SEO link added to this page and all dotties will have a link of their choice added for improving their SEO. And remember: cool dots can be redeemed for prizes as they accumulate. Play a little every month and then redeem when you reach the max :)

    These fine people have used their mvPOINTS to get the awesome dots you see by their names.

    Let's hear it for...

    (Original Handmade Dishtowel Aprons ☆TOP shop)
    @apronsbymeme Etsy shop .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ......
    @happiehippiechk ArtFire shop .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......
    @BernoullisAttic ArtFire shop .......... .......... .......... ........
    @kraftymax ArtFire shop .......... .........
    @runwaycrochet Etsy shop .......... .........
    @MaggiesDesigns ArtFire shop .......... .........
    @barleecreations ArtFire shop .......... .........
    @soapsmith ArtFire shop .......... .........
    @buttonsmail ArtFire shop .......... .........
    @CrankyCatStudio Etsy shop .......... .........
    @KNNGraphics BlueCanvas photos .......... ....
    @namalihandcraft website ......
    @sweepsweetie tweets .....
    @UrbanMatchInc Matchmaking .
    @mvbeads Zazzle Gift shop .


    ♥Special Gifts♥

    Some friends have been playing for so long they've accumulated LOADS of cool dots. Since they are also the ones who know the games in and out, they usually are in the TOP THREE without needing to use their dots to level up... so... the dots keep accumulating :)

    I will start adding special gifts for the PRO players. You can claim them now or keep building up your dots and wait to see what the next numbers will unlock, what will 100 be? 200? :) These prizes are only available on this page, so you have to be on the list above and have enough dots to claim them.

    Thank you so much for playing so hard and have FUN discovering what each level will unlock :)

    Dots Prize Available Claimed by
    50 A $5 Donation to Tatyanna's Hope 10
    100 One of the gifts in the pic above, TBD 2



    This is our definition, and we can change it as we wish. Want to add words, remove words, anything? Comment below :)

    1. dottie n.
    AWESOME peep who has used smarts, speed, kindness, and general wonderfulness to gain mvdots. Dotties are very avant garde peeps.

    2. dote n.
    A darling, a cutie.

    3. dote v.
    Adore; Shower with love; Show excessive affection for.

    Other people's definitions:
    Want to know more about what a dottie is? The definitions below come from http://urbandictionary.com, and I have edited them to make them suitable for all audiences. Are a lot of people in love with someone named Dottie? LOL

    4. dottie
    [...] best friend that anyone could ever have. Will do anything for you and will do it with a smile.

    5. dottie
    The most beautiful, honest, and trustworthy girl on the planet earth.


    Tuesday, May 18, 2010

    A different type of poll

    Congratulations KraftyMax with 47 poll votes! ♥ ::happy dance::
    The poll has ended. THANK YOU all for your WONDERFUL support. Still counting the promotional entries, #AFP has been a success :)

    We are celebrating 6 months of AFUS (Artfire Favorite Undiscovered Studios) features, and to honor the wonderful selfless supporters I've had the opportunity to see in action, I would like to present to you a different type of poll.

    ArtFire has just introduced the Like button for studios. So why not use it as a vote counter? :) Since it's so new, it gives everyone a pretty fair level playing field, so let's use it!

    I would like to limit the number of studios to make it easier to vote, but I definitely plan to run a Favorite Supporter Poll regularly, so if you have been quietly supporting undiscovered studios, do let me know so I can send my heartfelt thanks.

    The 10 studios I've picked for this month's Favorite Supporter Poll, are just 10 out of 29 (I know of) who have been very active in helping ArtFire shops get their first sale. Come back next month to see some more of these beautiful studios run by wonderful, selfless people.

    How to vote:
    To vote, click Like inside the studio(s) you like. Easy peasy :)

    The Like button is on the left side of each studio, under the avatar. The voting will be done by clicking the Like button, such that it changes to Liked. Vote for all the ones you like, the Like votes will be tallied Tuesday May 25rd at 11:59 PM PST.


    If you see a Liked button under the studio avatar, it means you have already voted for that studio, Thank You!
    I Have NOT Voted Like=You can vote. I Have Voted Liked=You have already voted.

    Participating studios (links open in a new window):

    AndreaDesigns (40)+25
    ExquisiteStudios (11)+25
    hummingbirdtak (0)+16
    InletImages (0)+18
    KraftyMax (10)+47
    Melekdesigns (5)+18
    OuttaSight (1)+11
    quirkydame (0)+27
    vabeachquilter (54)+40
    Valmade (0)+14

    These are all GORGEOUS shops and you will truly enjoy visiting them. We all need more beauty in our lives :)

    So go ahead, click them and then click Like whenever the sight pleases you. Scroll up this page for the background story of the poll, scroll down to see how YOU could win $10.

    The prizes:
    The TOP WINNER of the poll will win a $20 gift certificate to use in any of the undiscovered shops that have joined more than 3 months ago. The complete list of undiscovered shops can be found in this forum thread.

    Everyone who promotes this poll will be entered into a drawing to win a $10 gift certificate to use in an undiscovered shop from the aforementioned list. One entry per promotion instance, for up to 20 entries per person. Comment in any of the related voting threads, email me, or comment below to let me know you are participating by promoting the poll.

    Thank you all! Let the games begin! :)




    List of $10 giveaway participants, updated nightly (contact me if I've missed your entries). NOTE: The link to the poll should go to where people can see all the participants. :) It is safest to use http://bit.ly/anLfdD (or any short URL pointing to the top of this post, the voting area of this post at http://mvbeads.blogspot.com/2010/05/different-type-of-poll.html#votenow, the forums, or anywhere where the whole list of participants in in plain sight).

    @vabeachquilter, VaBeachQuilter, @kraftymax, @kraftymax, Krafty Max Originals, @kraftymax, @JewelryHaven, @vabeachquilter, @kraftymax, @vabeachquilter, @kraftymax, VaBeachQuilter, @vabeachquilter, Krafty Max Originals, Shallas Designs, @kraftymax, @vabeachquilter, @kraftymax, @vabeachquilter, @vabeachquilter, @DesignWithHeart, @kraftymax, @apronsbymeme, @ARTIBILITY, JennyZ DreamZ, Aprons by MeMe, Aprons by MeMe, @apronsbymeme, @Craftyscreation, @kraftymax, Aprons by MeMe, Aprons by MeMe, @kraftymax, Aprons by MeMe, Aprons by MeMe, @vabeachquilter, @kraftymax, @dee_hausker, @apronsbymeme, @apronsbymeme, @kraftymax, ............

    WOW! ::happy dance:: ♥ There have been too many tweets and posts to try to find them all. Thank you ALL! ♥ Please do comment below if you have entered and you are not on the list above. We might have a second drawing. :)

    41 known entries entered at random.org's list randomizer... Picking random number: 23. 23 on the list:
    ~~~~~~ DRUMROLL ~~~~~~
    @kraftymax

    WOOT WOOT! ♥ CONGRATULATIONS Krafty Max! One of your twitter promos was the WINNING entry! WINNING both the number of poll votes and the giveaway! AMAZING!

    mv SCORES - Handmade AFP ArtFire Parade

    The #AFP games have ended. THANK YOU all for the FUN, it's been a blast! Read below for info on redeeming your mvpoints. Points expire 5/31 11:59PM EDT. Next mvgame starts July 1st. See you then! :)

    mvPOINTS will be awarded to game winners, each game having a certain value announced in its tweet.


    mvpoints can be redeemed at any time by sending a tweet to @mvbeads with the hashtag word #mvREDEEM and your choice of prize.

    I will reply through a Direct Message with the code corresponding to your prize, and deduct it from your available mvpoints. Heads-up that Direct Messages can only be sent to followers, and that I may answer instantly, or it may take a little longer, depending on my work schedule.

    ============ SCOREBOARD ============
    totalSCORES - POINTSavailable - @player
    21 - 0 - @ameliaoriginals
    20 - 0 - @CatsWire
    10 - 0 - @dee_hausker
    10 - 0 - @DesignsbyAudrey
    1 - 0 - @JewelryWorksbyK
    5 - 0 - @IlMareAtelier
    74 - 0 - @KNNGraphics
    5 - 0 - @lauraslefthook
    11 - 0 - @LBeadBoutique
    5 - 0 - @LifeExpedition
    2 - 0 - @LoveGlass2
    5 - 0 - @M2bC
    5 - 0 - @mg_d
    1 - 0 - @mvbeads
    5 - 0 - @Pandulaarts
    5 - 0 - @pcandangels
    15 - 0 - @shieldsphotos

    @
    Do let me know if you are a player and I've missed you.
    =====================================

    PRIZES while supplies last.
    First come, first served.

    All COUPONS will EXPIRE at the end of the month.

    mvPOINTS PRIZE
    1 .............. Dotties
    20 ............ COUPON: get this magnet for 25 cents.
    40 ............ COUPON: $2 OFF any order above $10.
    60 ............ COUPON: 20% OFF any order.
    80 ............ COUPON: 25% OFF any order.
    100 .......... COUPON: 30% OFF any order.
    ~MAX possible mvPOINTS: 280

    TOP SCORES
    1st place ........ KNNGraphics (blog) Congratulations!
    2nd place ........ ameliaoriginals (shop) Congratulations!
    3rd place ......... CatsWire (blog) Congratulations!

    Good luck ♥

    Buy Handmade, Make Someone Happy
    Week of 05/17 to 05/23 Features


    Daily links go live as soon as the corresponding Undiscovered Studios are featured:

    Monday ~ Silver Favorite
    Tuesday ~ Bronze Favorite
    Wednesday ~ First Honorable Mention Favorite
    Thursday ~ Second Honorable Mention Favorite


    05/18 Buy Handmade, Make Someone Happy

    The Bronze Winner of the Favorite Undiscovered Studios poll is spiral, specializing in jewelry and accessories with Asian flair, ethnic flavor, and a taste of bygone days. There, you will find perfect gifts for ladies of any age.

    I encourage you to contact the artisan above if you see an item you love, even if just to let them know how much you enjoy their work. Share your favorites in the comments section below, and twitter, plurk, blog, etc. if you find something you like!

    spiral's studio sections are:
    My Bamboo Closet
    Paper and Paint Gallery
    spiral's Lowest priced item is $6. The highest priced item is $60.

    This gorgeous bamboo and turquoise bangle bracelet is one of my favorites:


    What is YOUR favorite? :)


    05/19 Buy Handmade, Make Someone Happy

    A First honorable mention Winner in the Favorite Undiscovered Studios poll, flowerpotdesign specializes in gorgeous flower jewelry and accessories handmade from scrap fabric. There, you will find perfect gifts for the color loving ladies in your entourage.

    I encourage you to contact the artisan above if you see an item you love, even if just to let them know how much you enjoy their work. Share your favorites in the comments section below, and twitter, plurk, blog, etc. if you find something you like!

    flowerpotdesign's Lowest priced item is $4.50. The highest priced item is $15.

    This Fabric Art Bijoux Flower Brooch in Yellow Satin and Purple Lace is one of my favorites:


    What is YOUR favorite? :)


    05/20 Buy Handmade, Make Someone Happy

    A Second honorable mention Winner in the Favorite Undiscovered Studios poll, UrsaMajor, specializes in "outsider folk art", i.e. art created largely using salvaged and recycled materials. There, you will find gorgeous spray paintings, perfect gifts for the eclectic people in your entourage who appreciate art.

    I encourage you to contact the artisan above if you see an item you love, even if just to let them know how much you enjoy their work. Share your favorites in the comments section below, and twitter, plurk, blog, etc. if you find something you like!

    UrsaMajor's Lowest priced item is $69. The highest priced item is $359.

    This faerie-like holographic painting on recycled wood is one of my favorites:


    What is YOUR favorite? :)

    Monday, May 17, 2010

    Unique Button Crafts from WishUponAWishbone


    05/17 Buy Handmade, Make Someone Happy
    Special Feature

    Today's shop is a Silver Finalist in the Artfire Favorite Undiscovered Studios poll and makes very unique items you are sure to not find anywhere else: wishbones made from buttons. Ever wondered how to find that unique gift that would set you apart? Wonder no more because...

    ... WishUponAWishbone is here to save the day! :)

    And those are not any wishbones, they are customized wishbones. You can even find quirky wedding wishbones in this shop, or request any type of wishbone be made especially for you.

    Brigitte is a proud Canadian, and the owner of WishUponAWishbone. She creates costumes for a large theatre company, so you can be sure she will never run out of buttons. Better yet, anything you'd like customized, she probably has the right button for it :) She also creates button jewelry which you can request as a custom order (matching bridal jewelry for that wedding wishbone? Why not?)

    Here is how her wishbones came about and what they mean to her, in her own words:
    "I've often struggled finding my place and my peace in this world. I've hung my wishbone in my bedroom so I see it every morning when I wake up and every night before I go to sleep, and it reminds me of all I've accomplished and all that's waiting for me ahead."

    I encourage you to contact the artisan above if you see an item you love, even if just to let them know how much you enjoy their work. Share your favorites in the comments section, and twitter, plurk, blog, etc. if you find something you like!

    WishUponAWishbone's Lowest priced item is $12. The highest priced item is $18. (Custom jewelry starts at $3).

    This elegant red, black, and white wishbone is one of my favorites:

    What is YOUR favorite? :)

    And the WINNER of the Favorite Poll is...

    ... Well, this month I'll skip the suspense and get right down to business. TOP FIVE by number of votes...
    ~~~~~~DRUMROLL~~~~~~
    (just a little teensy bit of suspense :)

    (#) STUDIO - VOTES
    (5) DS TheWoodyNook - 5 votes
    (5) URSAMAJOR - 5 votes
    (4) flowerpotdesign - 6 votes
    (3) spiral - 7 votes
    (2) WishUponAWishbone - 10 votes
    (2) DS ajoeynamedroo - 10 votes
    (1) DS KraftyMax - 35 votes

    The DS studios have been discovered and have had their first sale! Congratulations!

    Check out the rest of the GORGEOUS studios that were favorites this month:

    gypsythreads
    MRCDesigns
    shallasdesigns
    SonoraKaysCreations
    vbdesigns (Currently on vacation)

    We have seen record support this month, with no less than EIGHT artists going above and beyond to help promote undiscovered studios. Heartfelt thanks KraftyMax, WishUponAWishbone, night_owl2704, Outta Sight, VABeachQuilter, AndreaDesigns, SotocapMania, and ExquisiteStudios! Five artists and awesome ArtFire have tweeted about the poll. Thank you @quirkydame, @kraftymax, @ajoeynamedroo, @myspiralntbk, @ArtFire, and @WallCakes! Many thanks to all the voters, visitors, thread bumpers, and all around awesome encouraging people who have participated in this undiscovered studio promotion!

    With three first sales, this has been a success! This month is actually the first month when the top winner got their first sale before I could feature them! One of Krafty's regular customers from another site has bought FIVE items from her ArtFire store! AWESOME! Congratulations to all who have had their first sale this month and wishing everyone MANY sales!

    Look forward to features on the undiscovered studios with 0 sales the morning of. Mini-features about other poll participants who are still undiscovered may also be posted this week ~ to replace the discovered studios.

    The poll is over, but that doesn't mean you can't mention your favorites. That is what the comments are for :)

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    Monday, May 10, 2010

    May Favorite Undiscovered Studios POLL


    We have twelve undiscovered studios this month. Pick as many studios as you like, no limits here :) Thank you so much for participating! Tell your friends how cool you are :)

    Results will be tallied Friday May 14th at 11:59PM PST. Top winners will be featured starting Monday May 17th.

    May Undiscovered Studios
    Pick your favorites below:

    (Studios are clickable and open in a new window)

    ajoeynamedroo
    flowerpotdesign
    gypsythreads
    KraftyMax
    MRCDesigns
    shallasdesigns
    SonoraKaysCreations
    spiral
    TheWoodyNook
    URSAMAJOR
    vbdesigns
    WishUponAWishbone
      
      

    Ends Friday 05/14 at
    11:59 PM PST.
    pollcode.com

    Thank you so much for showing your appreciation! Tell your twitter friends to vote too, and if you'd like to see more beauty, check out the complete list of undiscovered studios.

    I would like to give SEO credit to pages featuring these shops, the winner, or the poll, so do EMAIL ME your link to the feature or page running the poll widget :)

    The wonderful artisans below are supporting undiscovered studios by linking to the poll or helping promote undiscovered studios. The widget code is below this list, join in the fun! :)

  • KraftyMax ~ One of a kind customized handmade jewelry
  • WishUponAWishbone ~ Unique wishbones handmade from buttons
  • night_owl2704 ~ Handmade fabric items. Intriguing bra purses!
  • Outta Sight ~ Autism awareness jewelry, donates 50%
  • VABeachQuilter ~ Quilted everything, purses, microwave potato bags...
  • AndreaDesigns ~ Gorgeous knit scarves, shawls, ponchos, and more
  • SotocapMania ~ Eclectic bottle cap and other mixed media creations
  • ExquisiteStudios ~ OOAK Handmade vintage-look jewelry and more


  • Comments section is open for gushing about these wonderful undiscovered shops :) Please proceed! :)

    Widget code (Run widget until 05/14/2010, your SEO link on this page will be permanent):


    <center><a href="http://mvbeads.blogspot.com/2010/05/may-favorite-undiscovered-studios-poll.html#votenow" target="_blank"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_POQfZ90Mmak/S2lt5jZP9nI/AAAAAAAAAaw/kqgZ0gBKjs8/AFUS_VOTE.gif" alt="Vote for your Favorite Undiscovered Studios" border="0"><br>Discover ArtFire Studios<br>and Vote for your Favorites</a></center>

    Monday, May 3, 2010

    May Flowers that could last forever

    For this month's giveaway I've decided to offer something special: coupon codes to save on new ArtFire PRO subscriptions. You can enter either by clicking like on the giveaway post on my fan page, or commenting "PRO code" below. Up to two entries per person (one for like, one for comment). See end of this post for a cute contest.

    What are those PRO codes?

    ArtFire has increased the monthly subscription to $15.95, but each PRO member that was locked in at the lower rates, has received 5 coupon codes that can be given out to family and friends so they too can lock in at $12, as long as they use the coupon before June 1st. Well, that's less than a month away, so since I have 3 codes available (2 already have dibs on them), these are the prizes for this month's giveaway. :) That's $47.40 savings a year BTW.

    What can you do with 12 dollars ($3/week)? Well, for starters if you have an Etsy shop, you could pay for one month PRO and import all your items so you don't have to relist them on ArtFire. Change the titles around a bit and the first paragraph in your descriptions, and you've got a full shop ready to go in less than a day.

    As a PRO, you also get an ArtFire Kiosk which makes it possible to buy straight from your fan page.

    RapidCart can be added to any website or blog, so people can buy straight from there as well. $12 is an all inclusive rate covering listing fees, FVF, everything. If you have many listings and sell enough to balance out the $12 a month, ArtFire PRO is definitely something to consider for putting your eggs in more than one basket.

    Each PRO code will come with an mv bookmark and magnet. The drawing will be Friday May 7th at 9PM EDT, using random.org.

    The person promoting the most will receive a gift certificate for a free pair of earrings :) All promoters have my heartfelt THANKS! ♥ Freedom to promote anything dear to me, including the giveaway, mv.artfire.com, or undiscovered studios (other than yours) from the 0-sales list. Just let me know either on my fan page, or in the comments below this post :) Entries will be counted every night and tallied Friday May 7th at 9PM EDT.

    Have fun and good luck!



    FB update (added links to studios who have contacted me and used their code, check them out!):
    We have 3 coupons and 3 people who've entered, so you are all winners. Congratulations Kris W., Lindsay J., and Christy W. Message me where I should send the bookmarks and magnets, and I will reply with the coupon codes. I will be counting the earrings entries in a bit as well ♥



    Earrings entries: @apronsbymeme, @itsmything, @eccladyland, ThePineConeTeaCup, Aprons by MeMe, ExquisiteStudios, Krafty Max, AndreaTJewelry, RoyalMetals, ExquisiteStudios, SpoiledBratzwear

    Uh-oh, we have three top entries with 2 each... random.org to the rescue...
    ... and the gift cert for the earrings goes to...
    ...
    ExquisiteStudios!

    Saturday, May 1, 2010

    AFSL for Kevin: First entry

    So this cool guy pictured on the right has asked what our favorite ArtFire PRO feature is. He's really cool, so can you blame me for writing a blog post to answer his question? :) Now had he asked about basic features, I'd have said the people. But that's not only for pros. :)

    It's actually pretty hard to choose only one favorite. It's not like there's one feature I use all the time and then don't use the others. All of them are useful for their purpose. But since I can talk about features next week too, this week I'll be picking the Coupon codes. Just because the post below this one is all about coupon codes and what you can do with them. And THAT is COOL!

    Start here: http://www.artfire.com/sell-crafts :)

    Monday, April 26, 2010

    ♥ MONEY HUNT ♥

    Right in time for Mother's Day! Find the coupons (up to 50% OFF) and use before anyone else to redeem.


    There are four coupon codes hidden in four places in my http://mv.artfire.com shop. It will be very obvious what they are once you see them. The first people to find them can enjoy discounts of up to 50% if they are the first ones to redeem the code.

    Choose wisely, you can only use ONE coupon, so if you found the easy $10_off_$50, will you risk having someone else using it while you are looking for the 50% off, or will you decide 20% is good enough? Hard choices. FUN game! :)

    Here is what you are looking for:

    If you find the Coupon Code containing the numbers -
    10 - This code will take $10 off an order total of at least $50 (TWO available, easy to find)
    25 - This code will take 25% off your order total, no minimum (TWO available, a little harder to find)
    20 - This code will take $20 off an order total of at least $50 (ONE available, hard to find)
    50 - This code will take 50% off your order total, no minimum (ONE available, you really have to dig for it)

    There are 6 prizes total, 4 easier ones, and 2 harder ones. Each coupon also comes with a FREE GIFT to thank you for your hard work!

    How to redeem:
    No ArtFire nor PayPal accounts necessary to use the coupons, and no need to login anywhere. :)

    To use the code:
    1) Enjoy shopping at http://mv.artfire.com
    2) Choose your pretties and click ADD TO CART,
    3) When ready to checkout choose your Location (United States, Canada, etc.) in the upper right corner of the Shopping Cart, and click Checkout. 

    The next page will have a Gift Certificate/Coupon Code right above the address. Enter the coupon code you have found and click APPLY COUPON. The Grand Total should have the amount/percentage deducted from it once the coupon has been applied.

    Double check the coupon HAS been applied, as someone else may have found it and used it before you, in which case the coupon will not be available anymore.

    Click SUBMIT ORDER after confirming the total amount is correct. Amazon, Google, and PayPal payment choices will be given (For Credit Card payments, choose PayPal without logging in to PayPal).

    Please contact me if you run into any problems at all during the checkout process.

    If needed, hints will be given Wednesday 9AM EDT. The Money Hunt will end Wednesday April 28th, NOON EDT. Will you be the ~LUCKY~ one? :)

    Enjoy the Hunt and Good Luck!

    Love,
    mv



    Mon 9PM:
    Well, so far we have 15 people hunting and only one who has found a coupon (the 20% one). I might have to give out hints earlier than Wednesday :) What do you think? :)

    Tue 11AM:
    I had some fun taking pictures of something pretty special. My FREE GIFTS box :D Well, there are too many things in there, and the picture would have been messy, so I picked the most colorful ones for a nice looking photo :) So here are two samplers, the first one is the handmade styles (stuff I make), the second one is the commercial styles (i.e. I bought them from a store, so not handmade, always sent with a handmade item though) :)


    Tue 5PM:
    Posting hints in the comments :) First hint word is composed of 4 letters.

    Tue 9PM:
    Well, 2 coupons have been found, but none has been redeemed yet :) Is everyone waiting to find the 50% OFF? :) "Find the pipes" was a big hint, you should be well on your way to finding the big one by now! Good luck!

    Wed 1AM:
    ♥ Next hint will be posted at 9AM EDT/6AM PDT, and it's going to be HUUUGE! Better get your cart ready tonight because there's going to be a mad dash to the finish line LOL Final hint at 10AM, and then the game will end 12PM EDT. Any coupons unused by noon will be posted on my blog. Have a wonderful night and see you tomorrow ♥

    Wed 9AM:
    HINT: Be sure to check ALL the pictures inside the listings. A listing could have anywhere between 1 and 10 photos attached to it. (Most have two.)
    Next hint at 10AM EDT/7AM PDT.

    Wed 10AM:
    HINT: Enlarge the thumbnails so you can better see what you are looking for. Because it's NOT in main pics and cannot be seen when thumbnailed. :) Special extra hint available on twitter.

    Wed 12PM: Game Over.

    THANK YOU all for playing, it's been SUPER FUN! It was a game of patience and digging, and a lot of you have put extraordinary effort into it, especially with such a large amount of items to go through. As a thank you, all the hunters (that I know of) will get 5 extra entries in the May giveaway coming up soon. Email me to let me know you've participated in the egghunt. My stats say there were 48 hunters, so it will be exciting to find out who's been playing. :)

    Getting ready to post the coupon codes now (I'll post the images, so it may take a few minutes for codes to appear). Code availability updates will be posted on twitter with the #hasbeenclaimed hashtag.

    What you were searching for:

    The 20% off ($10 off 50) has expired.
    The 25% off has expired.
    The 40% off ($20 off 50) has expired.
    The 50% off has been claimed.

    The codes' values were proportional to the difficulty of finding them :) They haven't been claimed yet as of now (1PM), so if you go to the top of this post and follow the steps AND your total order amount changes when you apply the code... it's yours :)

    UPDATE: The 50% has been claimed. Remaining: the 40, 25, and 20%.
    UPDATE 5/01/2010: All the unused coupons have expired. Keep an eye out for more games and giveaways :)

    Thank you for playing! I've had a lot of FUN FUN FUN! Have you? :)


    Hunters with 5 extra giveaway entries (the ones who fessed up): apronsbymeme, harlamy, NewGraphics4u, FantasyClay, AndreaTJewelry, bitspeaces,