Wednesday, May 27, 2009

ArtFire a Hot Hot Marketplace

ART FIRE Is the hottest market for selling and buying handmade goods. What's super cool is ArtFire offers $12.00 (holy molly) a month life pricing and the new FREE RIDE program ROCKS. The FREE RIDE now what's that? Just another way ArtFire gives back.

no listing fees, no final value fees, or renewing fees

That's for real no catch!

Verified members can list unlimited items with never a listing or final value fee, just like on your own website, but with less hassle, and at a lower price. Full access to a whole host of management features, promotional tools, and enhanced functionality. Plus increased site exposure use of all new features for just US US $12.00 per month.
Hey go for it Register on

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Finger Puppets and Therapy

Finger puppets - you bet! What a great tool to use in Therapy, for Teachers and or Social Workers or to just make story telling time with your kids more fun.

Beautiful Gifts by Springtime on ArtFire
a stay at home Mom and Artist on Art Fire hand makes these adorable finger puppets.

Personally I have no children but darn don't let that stop you as I can think of a hundred uses for these little buggers.

I could torment the dogs, use them to communicate things I normally have a hard time saying, or breakdown and actually tell my Grandchildren a story with fingers full of these adorable little guys.

Creativity score on these is a whopping FIVE STARS!

ArtFire Alive and Kicking with Found Objects

ArtFire - Buy Handmade - Sell Handmade Art Fire is alive and kicking! What I really wanted to discuss today is Found Objects on ArtFire.

If you have an addiction or rather a compulsion to picking up odd items from the ground, like feathers, rocks, bones and such, then Art Fire is the place to discover additional exciting Found Objects to add to either your collection or craft supply.

Found Objects officially and unofficially partially defined as:

"Found object" can also refer to a small object found by chance which, though usually of little monetary value, captures the imagination of the finder and is therefore kept as a keepsake. Perhaps it is a penny or an unusual stone or even a pretty piece of metal. Often found just "on the ground," it is kept as a curiosity or even a good luck charm. They are often associated with a trip or a special memory or an important time in a person's life.

The connotations of mystery about where it came from, the feeling that it is a lucky or providential occurrence, and the sense that it is simply a "free gift from the world" or "from nowhere" can add to the sense of wonder or magic surrounding a found object. A "found object" may stand alone or may form the basis for a collection. Some birds similarly use shiny things they find in their nests, and some people deliberately seek out such objects..." (

Art Fire has a stupendous collection and variety of defined raw Found Objects, yes, enough to more than whip up your appetite and spark the imagination.

I mean check out this rock and glass melded together. What would you create with this or would you purchase it just to have it as is?

Feathers, rocks, old vintage buttons, seashells..... you'll find some fabulous items at ArtFire. ANd then of course there are 'items made from found objects such as this cool ring.

I can't end this without plugging myself and my found objects at Madwomen Lab.

Monday, May 25, 2009

A baby with Cancer

Please help this baby? Read about it here:

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Please help my family kick cancers ass!

I don’t even know where to start this post…its going to be hard to write, as I am already choking back tears and haven’t finished the first sentence. I am taking some hours away from the hospital, to write this and to try to clear my head.

As many of you know my youngest son was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) 2 days ago, the day my world fell out from under me.

Memory and Shifters

Jack brought me this lovely vintage shifter with a little black wooden knob on the handle. I remember this shifter well my any childhood a common one in the 60s and 70s or maybe it was the 50s.

My memory is like a shifter, gently swaying, sometimes turbulent, going back and forth, round and round. It brings me such a peace and satisfaction this simple kitchen tool.

A fine tool for also extracting goodies from the river, such as rubies and crystals that are in abundance around here. Oooo and not to mention gold in a certain nearby river.

It almost, just almost makes me want to venture on down and start treasure hunting. Just almost. This time of the year too many snakes are out, and snakes I do not relish meeting up with at that.