Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Give Away Winner!!!

Tracy at HarmonyinMetal is our Give away Winner!


She will be receiving a semi precious Tiger's Eye Bracelet. She has even agreed to send us a photo to share of her wearing it when she receives it.


Semi precious gemstone bracelet, tiger's eye
Semi-precious Tiger's Eye Bracelet

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Update!

We are still waiting to here from our chosen recepient, on our promotional give away. If we haven't heard from them by end of day on Friday, we will be contacting our alternate.

As soon as we know something, we will let you all know.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Our winner

Our winner has been notified and we are awaiting a reply from our lucky person. We will keep you posted on this as they choose colors and we get a size. We then will post pictures and maybe even a name. The way we came up with our winner was by putting everyones initials on scraps of paper, dropping them in a big bowl and letting one of Tina's daughters pull. Very random...

Friday, September 17, 2010

Blog Give Away has Ended!

Our blog contest has come to an end. While no one has left comments to be entered into our drawing, we have decided to celebrate anyway.

One of our current seven followers will be notified within the next 24 hours of their gift. This will be a random drawing selection and we will post the winner once they have replied.

Thank you to everyone who has stopped by to check out our blog.

Cheers,
Tammy

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Look what ArtFire is doing!

We are doing the happy dance!
For a limited time only
ArtFire is offering
Pro Accounts for $5.95 a month!

Yes, you read it correctly.

A Pro Seller account can be yours, for a steal, at $5.95 a month.


A deal like this, is too good to pass up!


This exclusive offer lets you lock in, at a never before seen rate, the best rate ever offered by ArtFire. This group deal offer is to let everyone who has ever wanted one have an ArtFire Pro Account.


What do you get with ArtFire?
Here is a glimpse of what you receive with a Pro Account:

  • no listing fees
  • no hidden fees
  • ability to post 10 pictures per listing
  • ability to link to other websites
  • Fabulous Fire Mentors

Everyday there is something that makes Tina or I say, we are so thankful we chose ArtFire for our on-line venue. Between the artisans, the tools, the ArtFire staff, the guilds, everyone is so wonderful in assisting when questions are asked, it has the feel of community. We love Artfire, come join the fun, then you to can do the happy dance.


For detalis on this oppurtunity, click on the link below:

ArtFire Group Deal - a Pro account for $5.95/month


and hurry before you miss the cut off date!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Celebration Give Away Update! & Holiday Shopping

So far no one has left a comment to enter our Celebration Give Away!

There is still time, it doesn't end until Noon (PST) on Friday September the 17th.

Kinda of bummed I have no winners to announce. So instead I am going to talk about collections & how you can use them to ease your holiday shopping.

Entwined Vines has been and is busy curating collections from different artisans on Artfire. Each collection features 12 items that have something in common and have been hand selected by us. Whether it be color, item, element, theme or style or simply because we liked it.

You might be asking yourself if this isn't counter productive to being a shop owner? No, it really isn't, because we know not everyone on your list is going to match with something we have for sale in our shop. Even better I am finding the more I create collections, the more it is feeding my creative inspiration and motivation.

With every one's time at a premium and with the holidays right around the corner; Collections are a great way to do one stop Holiday shopping for mom, dad, sister, your best friend or anyone else on your list. A gift from one of our collections will be more personal as they are handmade. Not to mention you can avoid the traffic and headache of mall shopping (always a bonus in my book).

To assist you in getting started we went thru and chose our six favorite collections from the our current collection inventory that we have personally curated.























You may be asking yourself what about birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, or baby showers? Collections work well for that type of gift shopping as well.

Let us know what you think of our collections, we love to hear from you...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Celebration Give Away

Yeah! Entwined Vines is six months old.


Ok, not really, but we plan on partying for the entire month, right up until we turn six on the 25th of September.


That said, we are kicking off our celebration by Giving Away a piece of jewelry!


One lucky person will win a unique, one of a kind custom made braided bracelet!

This personalized piece will be custom created in your choice of colors* using Parawire, and to your size specifications. You will also be able to choose your very own design from one of the two distinct braided patterns, shown below.



Option One: This piece was handmade, a loose four strand braid over a mandrel.
Bracelet Woven Wire
Handwoven wire bracelet, patter known as Viking Knit.




Option Two: This piece was handmade, braiding six lengths of wire together.


Wire Bracelet, Braided with a two color combination
Two Tone Braided Wire Bracelet


To be eligible for entry in the Bracelet Give Away, there are two things you must do:


1.) You must be a follower of our blog. Hint--you can be a new follower :-)


2.) Leave us a comment on what your favorite type & style of jewelry is. Meaning what you tend to wear the most of. Be it bracelets, earrings, necklaces, Viking Knit, pendants, etc.



Entries must be submitted by
Friday at noon (PST) on September the 17th.
The winner will be chosen, using a random drawing and announced in our blog. So how easy was that?




But wait a minute, didn't I mention we were partying because we are turning 6 months old? Yep, I sure did. In addition to our main give away, there are going to be random winners chosen.


But were not telling yet, how they are being chosen, you are just going to have to check back with us to find out. It might have something to do with six. We could be giving away a ring or a bracelet or something. You just never know when we might be giving away hints or announcing winners!!!



*Parawire Color Options:
Burgundy, green, seafoam, peacock, baby blue, pacific blue, blue, amethyst, lavender, purple, fuchsia, hot pink, magenta, black, amber, rose gold, night glow, silver plated--non tarnish, vintage, orange, yellow, peridot, gun metal

Please note: Parawire is constantly adding and removing colors. While we do attempt to keep apprised of changes and keep listed colors in stock, wire color is subject to availability.*

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Motivation and How Critism can Derail it!!!

Let's start with a couple of definitions: (Quoting from Webster's Dictionary)
Critic:
1.) one who expresses a reasoned opinion on any matter involving a judgment of its value, truth, or righteousness, an appreciaton of works of art.
2.) one given to harsh or captious judgement
Critical:
1.) inclined to critize severly and unfavorably
Criticism:
1.) the act of criticizing, usually unfavorably
2.) the art of evaluating or analyzing with knowledge and propriety especially works of art or literature.
Criticize:
1.) to consider the merits and demerits of and judge accordingly
2.) to stress the faults
Critique:
1.) an act of criticizing.
You lost yet?? I promise to connect the dots!
We have been so busy, promoting, creating new jewelry, prepping for our blog Giveaway next week, planning marketing strategy, and reviewing potential events. The list could go on and on, but I won't bore you with details of our daily business lives. Just trying to create a picture in your head to give you an idea of the power and motivaton behind our steps.
Motivation is like a run away train. When you are doing things that build on each other, it builds the momentum. Once you have enough momentum, the ball starts rolling and there is no stopping you, just like a run away train. Now that is where Tina and I have been with Entwined Vines for the last couple of weeks. Thought we had everything dialed in and we were letting that built up momentum, continue to build and power us forward.
However, Entwined Vines hit that point every business does. Where the creators are too close to see clearly what steps they might have missed.
So we asked for a review with a constructive critic feedback.
Now we market our products on-line thru Artfire, and there are so many helpful tools, guides and people, its fantastic. So this was the obvious spot for us to make our request.
While it was a needed step and we are very appreciative of the time they took. We have found that our Motivation Train has been derailed. Its off the track so far it is lost, yes we are still working, but we are both feeling like we have wasted the last several months and are starting over at square one. We know the steps we need to take are important and were doing them!
So here are my humble tips of advice, from my own personal life experiences:
1.) Be careful what you ask for , you might not be as prepared for the critism as you think you are.
2.) If you are the one who is responding to a request for a critic review. Be cautious that whether the review point is valid or not, you aren't continuing a critical review just because you can!
Be aware of how others have responded, if your privy to that information. And acknowledge, to yourself at least, the work they have done to improve. If there obviously working on it, ask yourself if your comments are going to add any beneficial information or if it is going to be covering the same ground others covered.
I would love to hear from you all on!!!
How you get yourself back on the motivation train, when you've been derailed?
Cheers,
Tammy