Tuesday, March 31, 2009
First up is exercise. Did I hear a collective groan and sigh here? Seriously, exercise is a great stress reducer and I'm going to spend a little time on it because it's something that I know a bit about. I used to be an avid exerciser, operative word here used to be, I've let it slip to the wayside since I've become involved in opening and promoting my studio. I've been thinking lately that I really need to get back into it because when I was doing it regularly my mood was improved, I had more energy, slept better and it did help relieve stress. I've somehow convinced myself that I don't have time for it but deep down I know that's not true, I have to make time for it. There's always time for a short walk or after working at our desks or computers take a few a minutes to do some yoga poses or simple stretches, we just have to have make the time.
So what are our options as far as exercise goes? I've already mentioned taking a walk and doing some stretches or yoga and of course there's the gym but I know many of us don't want to take the time out of our busy days to go to the gym so what else is there? One option that we have is to exercise at home, if you have cable that offers FitTV there are some great exercise programs available throughout the day or Fit on Demand offers a wide array of exercise shows at your fingertips at your convenience. There's also a great variety of exercise dvds on the market and this is something I know a bit about because my collection extends to well, let's just say, a lot of them. There's something for everyone from yoga to kickboxing, beginner to advanced, weight training to pilates, you name it and there's probably a video or dvd for it. Too rainy to walk outside, try a walking video! You can find exercise dvds at almost any brick and mortar store but the variety can be limited, particularly for advanced exercisers. For some great online resources that I've personally bought from and had great customer service try Collage Video, Total Fitness DVDS, or Advanced Workouts. All of these sites offer clips and reviews so you can really check them out before you buy. A great consumer site for home exercise is Video Fitness. I've been a member there for several years and it's a great place to find reviews written by consumers and the forums are filled with great ladies and gentlemen who are always willing to offer advice and help someone out.
Sorry if all that came across as an advertisement but it's something I was once very passionate about and have come to realize that I miss it in my life but enough about exercise and back to the topic on hand which is ways to reduce stress. What are some other ways that we can relieve stress in our lives? A quick rundown would include getting enough rest, laughing with friends and family, doing something you really enjoy, learning to say no to others, prioritize your time, set up a home spa, treat yourself to something sweet, keep a gratitude journal. Of course a few of our Artfire Cafemom Team members have some wonderful products to help you reduce stress.
Please check out our other Artfire shops for more great items and feel free to post any comments or suggestions for your favorite ways to reduce stress.
Monday, March 30, 2009
So ACT members please submit your Easter items on our thread for this contest found here on Cafemom.
All entries will be voted on by ACT members. The winner will get their Artfire Rapid Cart on our blog for a week!
Looking forward to seeing those Easter theme entrys!!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Arizona Agave Oil Painting
Friday, March 27, 2009
The shop behind this giveaway is Spirit Essence Art.
"My shop is called Spirit Essence Art, which means I go to spirit for my inspiration for my art creations. I create fused glass (kiln-fired) jewelry and art objects, as well as paintings (oils and watercolor). "
She is giving away a Green Dichroic Glass Pendant.
About the item: Glass pendant with pale green background and accent pieces of gold and green Dichroic glass fused in the middle and on top. Silver bail ready to take your own chain or cord. This is for the pendent only, a chain or cord is not included.
How you enter:
Go to Spirit Essence Art's shop and find the item that catches your eye! Copy and paste the URL here in the comment section. One entry per person. If you want a second chance to win this beautiful pendant- you can blog about it. Be sure to include photo of the pendant and a link to the ACT blog. When you have blogged about the giveaway, all you need to do is post a link to the blog in the comment section. You can do this all in one comment and it will still count for two entries. Please leave your email address since this is the easiest and most efficient way of contacting the winner!
The giveaway will run from Friday 3/27 to Thursday 4/02. One winner will be choosen by random. We will contact the winner to get a valid shipping address. Please reply within 48 hours or a different winner will be chosen. Item will be shipped via USPS First Class or Priority Mail within one business day.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Here's a special welcome to our new members!! I visited 9 new members at their artfire studios and shine our spotlights on 1 of their goodies each!!
~*~*~*~ Everyone say H! ~*~*~*~
Ps; I am running a special blog giveaway at my own blog.. There are 3 free, pretty and functional handmade zip pouches to be sent for free via international registered airmail!! Check it out at http://djstoreroom.blogspot.com
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
With Spring comes new energy, longer days, and a feeling of anticipation. Feeling an urge to do some new craft projects by your self or with your kids? I thought I would bring you some ideas and links to some fun, new spring craft projects. In fact, in searching for new ideas I started getting excited and wanting to do some of them myself!
Here are some of the fun things I found when I searched today. To view instructions, click on the images below, and these will take you directly to them.
There were lots of Easter craft project ideas, of course, and here are a couple of them. An Easter Bunny decorative egg table ornament:
A cute Easter chick made from an inexpensive clay pot:
How about a simple decorative votive candle glass cover you can make to spruce up your decor? Try this one:
What do you think of when you think of spring? For me it is the beautiful flowers that start blooming this time of year. Even if it is still a bit too early to plant or cut fresh flowers, here is a way to bring some into your house anyway!
If any of you are into Artist Trading Cards, which are 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" cards that can be saved and traded (and are fun to create!), here are some ideas for ones that definitely have a Spring feeling to them:
Here is a great site that has lots of crafting ideas and projects ( http://www.creativity-portal.com ), and I am sure if you navigate to its home page you can find lots of new juicy crafts ideas to sink your teeth into. However, there were a couple that caught my interest.
For those of you who dabble in writing, whether it be a personal journal or your own blog, this one looked interesting for finding some inspiration for spring topics to write about:
Collages - all kinds and hints and ideas on how to put them together:
Well, if these don't get you going with some new projects to get your creative juices flowing, I don't know what will! I hope you enjoy these and can have some fun with them.
Come back and comment here (with photos, of course!) with some of your own art creations and suggestions. It's great to share and we can learn so much from each other.
Happy Spring Crafting!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
These flowers make me think of springtime!
Shamrocks always make me think of spring!
Click on the pictures to see more from these wonderful ACT members and don't forget to look for "Artfire Cafemom Team" whenever you are at Artfire!
Friday, March 20, 2009
Our guild leader, Jenn from Jemz is giving away one FREE nursing cover! Your choice, choose any design from her current selection in her shop at http://www.jazzyjemz.artfire.com/
Heres how you can win:
Go to Jemz shop and find the item you can't live without! Copy and paste the URL here in the comment section. One entry per person. If you want a second chance to win this FREE nursing cover- you can blog about it. Be sure to include photo of the nursing covers and a link to the ACT blog. When you have blogged about the giveaway, all you need to do is post a link to the blog.
The giveaway will run from Friday 3/20 to Friday 3/27. One winner will be choose by random. Our bloggers will contact the winner to get a valid shipping address. Item will be shipped within one business day via Priority Mail.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
What kinds of items do you sell in your shop: Antiques, e-Tutorials for Handmades, Handmade Bags and Purses, Vintages, Collectibles, Serviette Art Designs and Old Documents.
Tell me a bit about yourself:
I am 26, married with 1 child. I had first-hand experience dealing with Antiques, Vintages, Documents and Artifacts as I have been helping my dad out with his own business since I was 16. When I was 12, I started sewing during home economics and stopped after 4 years. While staying in France, I went back to sewing after my kid was born when I was 23. That same year, I took up serviette art techniques as it was a very popular art in France. Plus, I took up a Penn Foster distance learning course on Dressmaking and Design and graduated from that too.
What made you get into your craft:
Back in Singapore, I went in search for a job and got it. 1 year after, I was too unhappy and decided to leave the job. I started off with offering handmades and e-tutorials at Etsy.Com. And when I read about ArtFire.Com, I went ahead and got myself verified at the site. I decided to make that my main site as I agreed with the overall environment. I dreamt and eventually registered my own business, so that I could tap on my own experiences with all the elements mentioned earlier. And, I started and run it all by myself, with the support of my hubby and family.
Tips for online businesses: Stay happy, healthy and work hard. Success will soon come your way. Be prepared to be firm, professional and friendly.
Tips for moms: If you need to leave your kids some place, while you spend the time working on this business, do it. Get help. Childcare is actually readily available. Try to get neighbors, friends, or even relatives to help for 2hours a day. It can do wonders for you!
What is your favorite place to visit: I miss France!! The place is really beautiful. We could just pack for the weekend, and drive off to other little towns for a holiday anytime. Here in Singapore, we don't do that as it's only a small island.
Your comfort food: Chocolates.
If you were able to do anything in the world, what would it be and why: I want to be 21 years old, every year. That is the loveliest time, where I had the energy and mood to work hard for everything and anything!
Here are some of Diana's favorite items:
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Another topic will be wonderful recipes that are both delicious and time-saving. We all know how tough it is sometimes to be a mom and family member, homemaker, wife / partner, and still have some time leftover to create! The recipe I am sharing below is one of my family's very favorites and it is certainly easy to put together, as you'll see.
Delicious and easy recipe. You basically throw everything together in a casserole dish and your family will ask for more every time!
1— 1½ lbs. ground beef, browned in skillet and drained
1 chopped onion
3 cups raw macaroni
1 can tomato soup + ½ can water
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
½ cup catsup
½ tsp salt and dash pepper
¾ cup cheddar cheese, cubed
NOTE: Can substitute ground turkey or even chopped veggies or TVP soaked in vegetable stock instead of ground beef, for the health conscious or vegetarian moms out there.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (moderate oven). Combine remaining ingredients in bowl, and add cooked, drained ground beef and onions to bowl, mixing well.
Put all in greased, covered casserole dish for 1 hour, or until macaroni is cooked.
Try it and let us know how you like it. Feedback is always welcome here.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Do you know that you can rss your new blog posts and new product listings directly and automatically to your twitter account?? This means that your twitter account will have a new message, everytime you publish a new post on your blog and everytime you add a new product to your artfire or etsy shop. This allows you to reach your twitter followers without having to login everyday to post them all over again!!
Fellow ArtFire Artisan NinjaJenn has a fabulous tutorial on this.. Its really easy and simple to follow through. Do it now!!
Here is the link... http://ninjajenn.blogspot.com/2009/03/twitterfeed-and-your-artfire-studio.html!!
First up is pinkflamingo61 who carries sewing supplies, vintage, and new unusual supplies for the altered artist and steampunkers. I found this adorable typewriter charm embellishment while browsing her shop.
Iheart carries decor tapes , stamp kits and paper supplies for various crafting needs. These cute stickers would look adorable in any scrapbook.
At matsbeads you will be able to get tools, thread, beads and findings. I found this tool there that I never knew I needed but of course want now.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Beautiful handmade creations, by ACT artisans. Click on the item to find out more.. And, the best thing is they are linked to ArtFire's Rapid Cart. Rapid Cart allows you to make your purchase online, without setting up an account and all the hassles!! Check them out right now!
Ps; ACT Members, please remember to tag your products with "Artfire Cafemom Team" to be featured here and everywhere!!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
This green glass plate crafted by SpiritEssenceArt would be the perfect item to get your house in the green spirit! It measures 5.5"x5.5".
This is the perfect St Patrick's Day outfit for your little one! This outfit was cleverly crafted by StitchNLove. It is sized at 3T and made out of adorable nursery rhyme fabric.
This is a beautiful stained glass clover by ByCoco. It measures 6"x6" and would look beautiful hanging in your window!
This is a beautiful bracelet crafted by JewelryByJanzia. This bracelet is made with Czech fire polished emerald beads and crystal rhinestone rondelles. This would be the perfect accessory to your St Patrick's Day outfit!
This is the perfect burp cloth set for that modern mommy! These burp cloths were crafted by JazzyJemz and measure 10x18 inches. The underside is made from terry cloth which makes is extra absorbent and helps keep the cloth in place in your shoulder.
This is a cute mini korker set crafted by BowsforBaby. They are attached to an alligator clip and all come with a no slip grip. How cute would that small green korker look holding your little ones hair back?
Thank you so much for taking a look at all of our items. There are a lot more items on Artfire made by the wonderfully talented Artfire Cafemom Team (ACT). If you would like to see all of items, just search for "Artfire Cafemom Team". We offer a wide variety of items that appeal to every individual!
Bows For Baby
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Stitch N Love is one of our pioneer members and has the most adorable clothes for infants, toddlers, children. She also has priceless mommy must haves for our kids. Saving us time and frustration- which every moms knows is necessary when running a household.
Tell me a bit about you: Mom to total of six :19 (ss), 16(ss), 14(dd), 12(ds), 3(dd) and 16 months(ds). Proud miltary wife. Have a master's degree in Technology in Education and a bachelor's in Early Childhood Education. Love to create all kinds of things when not spending time with the family or on the computer.
3T Girly Skulls Three Piece Peasant Top, Dress and Bottom
Christie says she absolutely loved making this item since it so versatile!
Ice Pop Finger Savers
"They are a Godsend"
Ribbon Key Fob
"These are just the right size to be found in the bottom of a purse and actually fit around my hand! And I am not a dainty person!"
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Light Cream Toddler Beanie with Hair Bow by Bows for Baby
Pink and Brown Toile Tote bag by Francisbel
Black Dichronic Sushi Set by Spirit Essence Art
Please support our new guild and its members as we all have wonderful handmade items!