Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Another LArtisan Meet & Greet

The idea came about during Etsy Chat a week ago Monday. This meet and greet wasn't for a particular local team per se, but rather an open invitation for anyone who wanted to attend. Two LArtisans drove from the west, and two from the east, to meet at the Books-A-Million store in Hammond, LA.

Pictured below are: Tara (TheWatermelonTree), me (LisaRaspino), Nicole (tu2cute) and her lovely model, and Merry (CheeseandChocolate).

We exchanged business cards, tips and ideas - and shared samples of our work. Check these out (click on each photo to go to the Etsy listing):

These are earrings are by Tara of TheWatermelonTree. I love the movement of these earrings. The crystals floating on the teardrop portion and the swinging dangle positively shimmer!

Nicole of tu2cute made these adorable hair clippies. Her daugther wore one that stayed securely in place during the entire meeting. I love the pink and brown colors!

Below are Merry's (CheeseandChocolate) "Cosmic Swirl" earrings. The jet black cube on silver wire are stunning. And check out the coil - these earrings "screw" into pierced ears. Brilliant!

Finally, we have my (LisaRaspino) six-strand necklace featuring aquamarine, apatite, pearls, glass, seed beads and Swarovski crystals.

Conversation flowed for two hours before it was time to head our separate ways. It was a great opportunity to put 'faces' with the names we see on Etsy, in the Portal, on Flickr....

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Monroe Area LArtisans Meetup

Amanda (wildlifer78), Monroe Area Liaison, recently convo'd me with a link to her blog, where she wrote about the LArtisans Team and the first-ever Monroe LArtisans Meetup held on October 12.

Turnout for the event was great: Six of the nine Monroe Area LArtisans chatted, networked, shared information and showed samples of their work. From left to right are: Lori of LYoungStudio, Amanda of ChloeBoutique (Wildlifer78), Andy of ItComesInPhases, Monica of MonicaCrowe, Val of BabySewSweet, and Marina of BayouPrincess.

Photo by Amanda (wildlifer78). Used with permission.

Amanda explains that, "Because we have members from Sterlington, Monroe, West Monroe, Ruston and Columbia, we tried to meet as centralized as possible. The Corner Coffee Cafe housed our first meeting! We plan on moving the meeting spot around to help accommodate members."

The group brought samples of their creations, which included jewelry, children's clothing, and rcolor artwork. Check out Amanda's blog post to views more photos and to read more.

Val (BabySewSweet) said, "I sure had a great time. It was very exiting to meet people who share the love to crafting. I am looking forward to making good friends, share booths at craft shows, and maybe learn something new. I also loved to see what everyone was making, some great stuff."

The group plans to meet again in mid-November (date and location to be determined).

Amanda, you did a great job coordinating this meet and greet, and promoting LArtisans on your blog!

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Hello, Portal! Goodbye, Google Group (eventually).

As I'm sure you've all read in the email from our President (Jessica of AccentEnvy), we are transitioning away from the Google Group site ...

While anything new has a learning curve, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with all of the features and ease-of-use with the new site.

Says Jess in her email, "Great Features of the New Group:

  • Organized Forums - Looking for something in particular is not a problem any more. There is a forum for almost everything you may need. If there isn't, there can be.

  • Chat - Yep. I said chat. There is an area that you can talk to anyone else online at any time.

  • Portal - The intro section on the Forum gives you the latest details of what's up in the forums.

  • Committees and Local Groups - Have their own area to use to their advantage.

  • Private Messages - You can contact anyone in our group without needing their email info or Etsy username.

  • Mass Email - I can send out mass emails without my host shutting me down for the day.

  • Ease of Use - Once you become familiar with it. It is much easier and friendlier to use. "

Google Groups won't be eliminated immediately, but please, please do NOT count on it to be your source for important, late-breaking info. Give the new Portal a try...

Once you create a login account, an email will automatically be sent to Jessica, who will then grant you access to the site.

Looking forward to seeing you on the Portal!

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Yummy Enough to Eat ...

Another treasury featuring LouisianArtisans!

Title: Sweet Shoppe
Curator: bobsandbits
Link: http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=13951 (Note: treasury expires on Saturday, October 11 at 2:02 p.m., at which time link will become inactive.)

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Two Halloween Inspired Treasuries...

  • Title: LArtisans Team!
  • Curator: tiffanyc
  • Click here to view. Note link expires tonight at 8:47 p.m.

  • Title: The Colors of Halloween
  • Curator: tu2cute
  • Click here to view. Note: link expires Thursday, October 9 at 2:50 p.m.

Great job to the both of you!

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A New Treasury

Summer is slipping away.....

Curator: bobsandbits
Click here to view and comment. Note link expires this evening at 11:02 p.m.

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

We're Part of Etsy's Blog Ring!

If you look to the left sidebar, just below our blog followers (hi, everyone!), you'll see the icon for Etsy's blog ring.

If you love art blogs, check it out. Within the icon are arrows on which you can click to view the blog above ours and the blog below it (on the Etsy Team Blog List). Both are very nice blogs, indeed.

The blog ring is another great tool for sharing LouisianArtisans with the Etsy community, and beyond!

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Treasuries! Treasuries! Treasuries!

Come On, Baby, Light My Fire
curator: AccentEnvy
Click here to view - note: link expires Thurs., Oct. 2 at 3:42 a.m.

We All FALL Down
curator: thewatermelontree
Click here to view. Note: link expires Fri., Oct. 3 at 8:57 a.m.

curator: CheeseandChocolate
Click here to view. Note: link expires on Fri., Oct. 3 at 10:27 a.m.

Great job, everyone!

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