Tuesday, July 12, 2011



I'm helping my sister raise money to attend a conference in regards to a genetic disorder that we have. This conference will help us gain the information we need, help her care for her children (1 has been diagnosed) and educate the community about this little-known disorder.

For more information about my sister, Tammy, or to learn more about Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Tammy, or to enter the contest, please visit the link above.

Thank you!

Please forward this information via Facebook, Twitter, or let your friends know how they can win this awesome contest, they'll thank you for it! :)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Bonanza Files

Well, I decided to join Bonanza.com.  I am not sure that it is necessarily a good or bad move, but something that I am going to try out and see if I like it.  It is a little different from both Artfire and Etsy, but that's to be expected.

So far I've set up my booth, and I've added some items, 25 of them to be exact.  I will be adding more as time allows, but I think I have a good, solid start.  I've joined using a basic, free account, but since they have a month free of the paid accounts, I just may try out their silver level sometime in the near future.  After all, how can I give them a fair shake if I am not getting all the benefits that I should be?

So far I've found the item importer to be helpful, thank goodness for Etsy's exporter feature.  If not for those two things I would have had to complete each item separately.  As it is, it was fun enough fixing all the little things that couldn't be or didn't transfer, such as shipping.  Plus, when the items imported the description was all one big block of text that I had to go through and create paragraphs once again.  One thing that I did like was another feature they have to batch edit items where I could update something about 2 or more items at once.  So, if you have a moment, please go to my Bonanza Booth and have a look around, perhaps you will want to experiment with it yourself, can offer me some feedback, or will find something you like!

I will keep everyone updated on my little test.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Feathers of Reverence, an Artfire Collection

Feathers of Reverance

I made this collection featuring feathers in Native American artwork
featuring members of The Native American Network Artfire Guild

Clicks and comments are encouraged, welcome, and very much appreciated

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Native American Network - Artfire Guild

It's been a while since I've posted, but that's because so many new and exciting things have been going on.  I started the *new* The Native American Network on Artfire.  We are an Artfire guild comprised of Native American Artists and other Artfire members who love Native American artwork!  It's been fun getting the guild up and running, recruiting members, building social networks, and keeping it fun! 

Where we can be located on the web, please support our guild by following us on Twitter and our blog or "liking" our Facebook page.  All of our fans and each mention you give us is greatly appreciated!

Our Blog
Our Facebook
Our Twitter

Plus, we have an awesome new home on Yahoo Groups for our members to discuss, share, and get to know each other. 

The requirements to join are:

1.  You must be an Artfire PRO member
2.   You either are a Native American artisan OR you love Native American Art

That's it.  Anyone who is interested should apply here!

If you support Native American artwork, please post a link to this article or to our various sites on Facebook and Twitter.  Thank you so much!

Friday, February 4, 2011

A new contest - winners choice prize!

The Native American Network and Crafting for Animals Guilds have teamed up to bring you a Valentine's Day Contest!  The winner gets to choose their prize out of the 12 listed, and everyone is invited to join in the contest!  So head on over to The Native American Network's Blog and enter to win!  There's nothing to lose and it only takes a couple minutes to enter.  Good luck everyone!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Giveaway fever!

I was just notified of another giveaway, this time it is from Rose Works Jewelry

She is giving away 3 pair of earrings, and who can't use new earrings?  Featuring many ways to enter her giveaway, so stop in and enter one or more times.  Details can be found on her bog here:

Monday, January 31, 2011

My Birthday Giveaway and Sale: Today ONLY!

I'm having a giveaway and a Birthday sale because it's my birthday and I like giving presents!

Giveaway: I am giving away three coupons for $10 each. Winners will be randomly chosen on 2/1/11 at noon. To enter head over to my Facebook page, "Like" my page and leave me a comment about which item in my AF Studio you like best! http://www.facebook.com/tsbeading

Birthday Sale:
15% off most items in my studio, including custom orders. Excludes "keychain paws for a cause" and Gift Certificates. Use coupon code: TSBIRTHDAYSALE at the checkout! This code is good for today only 1/31/11 and is valid in my Etsy Shop and Artfire Studio, whichever you prefer!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Two New Giveaways from my Peers

Today I stumbled upon two different giveaways that would appeal to all the lovely crafters out there who enjoy making either bags or beadwork.  For each giveaway all you have to do is make a comment on the blog post to enter.  I've provided the details below.  Have fun and good luck!!!

The first giveaway is hosted by Sew Spoiled,
El of Tantalizing Stitches is giving away 
Find details HERE

The second giveaway is for all the beaders out there!  
Win a Peyote Pendant Tutorial 
offered by Inspirational Beading.  
The details can be found HERE

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Introducing Debra of Sleepy Cat Designs



 Debra has two passions that drove her to open her online stores. 

Fabric and Kitty Cats! 

 Debra told me,  
"I love fabric...oh yes...I really love fabric!"

She began with Sew Bizzy Gifts and after she noticed that she had accumulated a ton of fabric with kitties on it, she opened up Sleepy Cat Designs.


Debra loves sewing and using fabric in her many crafts, and she has quite a variety of items for sale between her two Artfire studios.

It is not surprising in the least that she has been sewing for 40 years!

Cats all over the world are enjoying Debra's collars!

But you won't hear Debra brag about that fact because she is rather humbled and feels honored that the cat's people like what she makes enough to purchase them!

If you are wondering who this handsome kitty is, why, that would be Debra's one and only, Chester!

Although Debra loves cats and would like to have one or two more, her current circumstances allow her to only care for Chester; however, Chester doesn't mind being Debra's one and only!  She says, "I'm grateful I can still have one kitty who keeps me company, makes me laugh, and brightens my little world immensely."

I am certain that Chester doesn't mind being spoiled at all, just look at his face and you will see that he is perfectly content. 

Debra not only loves making things from kitty fabric, she also helps other animals in the community.  

She does this by donating some of her household income to The Hermitage Cat Shelter in Tucson, Arizona, and to Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah.  She also contributes cat cage cushions for the local animal control center and HSUS when possible.  Debra does all of this for fur babies even though she is unable to work outside her home any longer.  

What an inspiration for all of us, thank you Debra! 

 When asked why she sells online she states, "selling online has been a fantastic activity that has helped me stay connected with others and to stay active mentally and socially."  Right on! 

One thing that Debra enjoys outside of crafting, is to teach!  She used to teach sewing, but can no longer do that; however, she volunteers as a Bible teacher and teaches a weekly class in a residential care home. She also teaches one-on-one classes and is constantly looking for new students!

 A few of Debra's creations are shown here, but this is only a small sample of what she makes.  In her stores I have seen:

Eyeglass cases,
Business card holders,
Tissue cases,
Lots of collars, 
and so much more!!

And although she does use her kitty design fabric, she has a lot of stuff done in other fabrics also!

I have personally received a photo brag book / business card holder from Debra and I definitely recommend her products!  Her work is beautiful, priced reasonably, and she pays attention to detail.  Further, she is customer oriented and is a fast shipper that wrapped my brag book so that it wouldn't get damaged in the mail.  She quickly got back to me when I asked a question, and I had an excellent customer experience all around!   

Debra can be found online at:

By: Tsilos Schoener,
owner of TS Beading

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Native American Network

I created a new guild called "The Native American Network" on Artfire. It is for all Native American Artisans AND anybody who loves Native American Art.

The Guild's hall can be found here:

The Native American Network - Artfire Guild

I am so excited that the guild is off to a great start!


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