Thursday, May 26, 2011

How Do I Love Artfire? Let Me Count the Ways.

On Pens and Needles has been a member of the Artfire community since 2009. We tried Etsy first but soon decided Artfire was our new home. Here are some of the reasons we stay with Artfire.

1. Listen to their members - Many changes to the Artfire site have been the result of ideas brought to them by members.

2. Has supportive community forums - If you need advice, need help promoting or just want to chat, you will find it in the forums.

3. Guilds for everyone - Extensive list of guilds that provide support, educate and build friendships.

4. Supportive Artfire staff - Tony, Kevin and others seem like they are in the forums 24/7. Ask a question and they are right there to provide answer/direction.

5. Cost effective - No relisting fees or games. Fixed rate for Pro shops

There are many, many more reasons. If you don't have an Artfire account, why not check out the site, forums, etc. I think, I know, you will be pleasantly surpised!

We had one of our eco friendly sandwich bags included in an Artfire Collection today!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Crazy Train Ride

On Pens and Needles is riding the Artfire Crazy Train. To celebrate, we are having a sale. Use coupon code CRAZYTRAIN at check out and received 15% off your total purchase. Sale runs through 5/13. We have been busy at craft shows and added several new items to our shop. Our eco-friendly lunch bags with reusable sandwich and snack bags are the newest. Stop by and see what' new!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Busy Week for On Pens and Needles

Wow! This week is a busy one for us. Our Artfire shop is participating in the "Twelve Days of Christmas in July" sale. We are offering 15% off orders over $10.00. Just use the coupon code "OPN Christmas in July". We just listed several new items in the shop too. Stop by and take a look. You might find a gift or two.

Passion for Beads is having a "Dots and Circles" contest and we are participating. We have entered our Drink Cozie - Pink and Brown Polka Dots.

Please visit the blog and vote for us! Voting ends at noon July 18th
We are also featured on Andrea W Designs Blog as the Artfire Crazy Train Rider for July 13th and 14th. Crazy Train is a group of artisan that promote each other. Very exciting!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Shops With Less Than (10) Sales - Free for All

It's "Free for All" week at the Shops with Less than (10) Sales - Artfire Guild. This guild usually promotes 1 member each week but this week it's "Free for All". The more the merrier. All active members are promoting each other. You can check out the active members that are being featured on our Shops with Less than (10) sales blog. While you are there, post a comment and have a chance to win a prize donated by one of our members. SUPPORT HANDMADE!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010


This weeks featured shop has something for everyone. Water colors, jewelry, art made of beads. Stop by and take a look at all this shop has to offer.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Crafty Baby Hope

Crafty Baby Hope creates both elegant and fun jewelry. She loves to create beautiful pieces and it shows in her work. Stop by her shop, take a look at her great work and read her bio.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Lovin the Schedule!

Don and I have been busy making items to take to our craft shows and festival this week. We set up for the Crafts Unlimited Craft Show in Upland, CA yesterday. It's a great group of crafters that set up 4 times a year. Customers make purchases through a central checkout so you don't have to stay with your products. You work 8 hours over the 4-5 days helping at the show. I always have a lot of fun while I'm there. Upside, exposure for your products. Downside, there is a 20% commission taken from your total sales. There are several promoters that do these types of shows. We participate with several different promoters. Keeps us busy and more important, items sell!

Friday we will set up at the 1st Annual Orange Grove Festival at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, CA. Three days of family fun, food, entertainment and shopping (hope there is a lot of shopping). Long days but it should be fun.

Featured shop.... Jewelry by Sherry.

Sherry is a retired military wife. Her husband retired with 36 years of service in the Canadian Navy. While he was away, she would craft. She like knitting, felted animals, scrapbooking and making jewelry. Her shop has some gorgeous items.
Please take a few minutes to stop by and take a look through her shop.