Saturday, July 25, 2009

Anora the Mermaid 4 @Aquathon, on #ArtFire

Today is @KirstieAlley's 24 hour Aquathon on Twitter! Unfortunately, I myself am so broke I have to use credit to buy groceries, so I'm unable to give any money to the cause. I do, however, have an art bottle that I've had for a while, which I think goes along with the aqua theme very nicely! She's Anora the Mermaid, and she's another one of my ooak large art bottles. She has been very popular, but hasn't gone to the right home yet, so today I decided to list her on ArtFire in support of Aquathon's cause! 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this bottle will go directly into Aquathon!

8:19pm E.T.A. Anora has sold! To NIA VARDALOS!! I'm so excited that she'll have one of my art bottles! And I already sent in the donation to PlayPumps (the wells that they will be installing in Africa).

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Why haven't you joined #ArtFire yet?

A few months ago I came across ArtFire on Twitter, and I added them in the interest of having more online art markets to choose from. I wasn't sure if I was going to join the site or not, because I have my hands full trying to keep my own website updated, and my Etsy shop, AND my blogs, AND Facebook, AND MySpace... you get the idea. It seems like a few simple clicks, but all that time really adds up when you're keeping track of a lot of different sites! So, it got to the point where I was groaning at the thought of setting up another shop.

Still, shortly after I followed them I noticed a tweet stating that the CEO of ArtFire was also on Twitter, as ArtFireJohn. This interested me, because as far as I know the CEO of Etsy is not on Twitter, and not very easy to get in touch with. So, I immediately added ArtFireJohn to see what would happen. Well, shortly after I added him I got a DM (direct message) from him welcoming me, and asking me to contact him if there was anything I needed to know about ArtFire. This might have been an auto-DM, but I messaged him back with something goofy anyways (I do that sometimes), and immediately got another DM with an answer that went along with my goofy question! I was very pleased to see that the CEO of ArtFire would take the time to respond to any weirdo that felt like DM-ing him, so I decided to join ArtFire as a seller, and took him up on his offer to answer any questions I might have. I also tested the ArtFire Twitter account by replying to them several times, and whether I was being relevant or goofy, I still got a response every single time!

On my new ArtFire account the first thing I was VERY happy about was the fact that ArtFire Basic is completely free for life! At the time it was only 10 listings and not much use of the artisan tools, but now Basic allows 12 listings, Rapid Cart (of GREAT use to my fellow bloggers!), and Market Hub (something Etsy should learn about)! Rapid Cart is in use on this very blog right now, and it allows my customers to buy directly from here. Another thing I LOVE about ArtFire, and which has come in VERY useful, is the fact that my customers DO NOT have to sign up with ArtFire in order to buy from me! Think of how hard it's been to try and convince your clients to sign up for Etsy in order to buy from you, and then tell me you don't think it's helpful to COMPLETELY eliminate that step! And what about Market Hub? Right there in your ArtFire studio is a menu bar that allows you to put the links to all your social networks, your own site, AND even your ETSY shop! You know what this reminds me of? Have you ever seen It's a Wonderful Life where the Macy's Santa Claus starts recommending other shops for the customers to buy from? Kudos to ArtFire for having such an unselfish attitude as to advertise their main competitor right inside all of their artisans' shops!

Have I not given enough reasons yet to join ArtFire? Well, how about these two....

Not too long ago Ashton Kutcher wrote to his Twitter audience asking about gifts to buy 300 people. I responded quickly asking him to buy handmade, as did a few other people, but he shot down the idea right away as being too difficult. Well with 140 character count, that doesn't leave much space to convey why he was mistaken in his thinking, so I wrote a blog letter to him here, to ask him to reconsider. I quickly went about spreading this to every Twitter artisan I could, to try and make sure it made it's way to @aplusk (Ashton). I also asked ArtFire, ArtFireJohn, and Etsy to RT (re-tweet) it as well, because it was written to highlight all of the Handmade artisan communitys, and to give articulation to why we do what we do. Instantly ArtFire and ArtFireJohn RT'd the tweet, and in doing so got a great deal of their followers to RT it also. Etsy flat out refused, stating that they could not RT something that an artisan directly asked them to RT, because it was against policy. Thanks to ArtFire, though, the word got out, and @aplusk finally read the letter!

And here's the second reason, and perhaps the most important. Last week a friend of mine's father went missing in LA. My friend, Noah, made an appeal to all his friends online to spread the word however they could to try and get as many people as possible to be on the lookout for his dad. I knew that there were a few people following me who had a great deal of followers in LA, so I re-posted his letter to my blog, and tweeted as much as I possibly could to ask people to spread the word. Again, I directly appealed to Etsy, ArtFire, and ArtFireJohn. What I didn't know at the time was that Noah's sister, Erin, is actually an artist on Etsy, and that she had started a thread about her missing dad in Etsy's forum! Well, once again ArtFire helped out and RT'd everything I wrote about it, and ArtFireJohn took it one step further, coming up with a hashtag specific to the case so that we could spread the word more easily, and so that people could keep up to date with what news there was on the status of Noah's dad! From Etsy I heard nothing at all. I then tried one of Etsy's employees on Twitter, and she flat out refused. In the meantime I learned that Etsy had even shut down Erin's thread in the forum for an hour and a half because they "don't allow private information to be posted on our public Forums", but then they apparently thought the better of it because they re-opened the thread later on. I won't get into what happened with Noah's dad here, but I will say that with ArtFireJohn's help we were able to reach thousands of people with the hashtag, and get them out searching for Robert Korda. If you want to know more about it, then you can read the news story here.

So there you have it. I'm not trying to bash Etsy, but I did want to note them in an effort to show how much more interaction and attentiveness you can expect from the ArtFire team. I don't think you can honestly expect them to RT every time you list a new item, but you can expect them to be a lot more human when important things come along. Even if you don't Twitter, you can still chat with their CEO, John, every Thursday on Blockhead Radio! I'm certain that with the amount of effort and attention ArtFire is putting into their studios and artisans, soon ArtFire will be the greatest online handmade marketplace there is, and the best place to find unique gifts! So, what are you waiting for? Why haven't YOU joined ArtFire yet?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Freeway Kitty!

My sister gave me a call last night while I was eating a bowl of cereal to ask if I had some wet cat food.

"Why?" I said.

"Because I found a kitten near the freeway that was crying, but I couldn't get it to come to me!"

Well, I didn't have any wet cat food, but I did have cereal milk (which really isn't good for cats because they can't fully digest it, but in this case it was good for coaxing), so we took a small dish and went to go find the kitten again. We walked to the spot where my sister had found it, and started meowing to see if it would respond. Immediately we heard baby mewing coming from behind a metal fence. The kitten was nervous, but it did keep trying to get to the milk; however, it seemed to be having a hard time getting through the holes in the fence. Luckily, not too far off was an area where the fence was a bit above the ground, so I put the milk down near it and lifted it a few more inches. The kitten shyly edged towards the milk until she was on my side of the fence, and I quickly grabbed her. The poor baby had a hurt ear and a gouge in her leg, which leads me to believe she might have been picked up by a predator and then dropped. She was also covered in burrs and fleas.

When we got her home I gave her a quick bath with a no-tears human shampoo (this is not something you should regularly bathe cats with, because it might irritate their skin, but no pet stores were open at the time.) We also picked up some de-worming medicine which I put in some wet food my sister bought for her. She ate all the food and the medicine, and she was even drinking a lot of water! This morning I found that she had been making good use of the makeshift litter box I created for her, and I tried her on some dried cat food, which she ate up quickly as well! I'm happy to say that I think this kitten is going to be fine, and my youngest sister took her home with her this morning. The cut on her leg seems to be healing, and my family will take her to the vet for shots. My mom hates cats, but she's an animal lover, so she just couldn't keep saying no after she saw such a cute little kitten =^_^=

Now the only person left to convince is my dad... ;)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Should I?

Two weeks ago I announced on my various social sites (Twitter, MySpace, Facebook) that I would be raising prices last week to keep up with my prices at Handmade Galleries. I had fully intended to do so, too, but I had put off art related stuff to try and help Noah earlier in the week, and then later on I started to debate this issue again. In order to afford my spot at Handmade my prices there are pretty high, but for the most part they are ooak (one-of-a-kind) designs there, so you won't be able to buy one of my necklaces at Handmade directly from me. On the other hand, my necklace prices are a LOT lower online, and they are wholesale from me, only because I was afraid no one would buy them at retail prices. No one is buying them anyways, and I've even had some ballsy people question me on the prices of my hand-sculpted, hand-etched mirror pendants!

What should I do? Should I raise them to the retail price, or at least something above wholesale, or should I keep them at the prices they are now, and hope people will come to their senses and start buying? I realize that even $30 might seem like a lot to pay for a necklace that isn't sterling, but I also know that you can't get one anywhere else, and you sure as hell won't find someone as daffy as myself willing to do the work and charge the minimum!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Robert Korda has been found

Please see Noah Korda's own blog for any more updates there may be:

I wish things had turned out better for this family, and I will keep them in my prayers.

7/13/09 9am ETA: I just want to thank everyone who helped spread the word to try and get this man found. We were able to reach a lot of people, and get them out there searching. The search did not end well, but I know that the family appreciated all of your efforts, and words of encouragement.

I would also like my readers to know that Twitter user @ArtFireJohn is the one who originally started the #FindBob hashtag.

Thank you again, and God bless.

7/13/09 1:57pm ETA: Here is the most recent news about what happened:

Friday, July 10, 2009


AS of 11:55pm 7/12/09 Noah updates that his father has been found, and that his family are making funeral arrangements. Please follow his blog for any more updates:

7/13/09 1:57pm ETA: Here is the most recent news about what happened:

7/13/09 ETA: I just want to thank everyone who helped spread the word to try and get this man found. We were able to reach a lot of people, and get them out there searching. The search did not end well, but I know that the family appreciated all of your efforts, and words of encouragement.

I would also like my readers to know that Twitter user @ArtFireJohn is the one who originally started the #FindBob hashtag.

Thank you again, and God bless.

ATTENTION! This note was written by Noah Korda today at 1:03am on Facebook. For some reason every link I send out to the note only redirects to the FB homepage, so I'm reposting his message here! PLEASE spread the word and FIND THIS MAN!!

RT on Twitter with the hashtag #FindBOB



ALSO, Here is the link to the thread on Etsy by his daughter, Erin.


UPDATE 7/12/09: Noah says Verizon is finally cooporating but only due to a court order. LAPD is searching the last area his cell was used: KEEP VISITING NOAH'S LIVEJOURNAL FOR UPDATES FROM NOAH HIMSELF.

UPDATE: Here is a banner his son made with a photo of the make of his car:


UPDATE 8:08PM 7/10/09: Last actual person who saw my dad was in the Studio City Hill area. I do not know if he would have taken Mulhololand back to his house. My sister is checking the area out before it gets too dark which i think it may be. i have to go to my dads to meet the media. Possible search party tomorrow in that area.

NEW UPDATE FROM NOAH: Quick update:Thank you everyone. I have spoken to LAPD Downtown. They have checked everything in the system from tow yards, Hostpital and even coroner. It sounds like they are going to get the trace on the cell phone thing going but I am not holding my breath. He is now on the hotlist.I am going to go to his house and try to take care of a couple of things. There has been talks about doing a net search by driving search. I am not sure how to start or where to start.Thats it for now. Thank you everyone. Somehow I am still holding up and havent broken down yet.

NEW INFO: My Father's License plate number from the car he was driving.CA 3GPJ453 1993 White Geo Metro

I dont know where to begin. PLEASE HELP. MY FATHER IS MISSING.Hi guys,I know this is going to sound like another bogus chain email but I assure you that it is not. I personally dont know how I am keeping it together at the moment.

My father has gone missing and I need help.

I know that sometimes sending out messages like this can help locate people. I am asking for any help at this point. Someone might have seen him.

The police is not really doing anything about it other than just reporting it as a missing person. The best part about all of this is that his cell phone is on and I know that they could do a tracking on it to locate him. They cant do anything without a court order which I am going to try and get, before his cell battery dies.

My father left Thursday 7/9/09 morning @ 7:45am to go to a job and never made it to the job. The job called the person who booked him the job and said that he never showed up.

He left from the Van Nuys area. Major cross streets Woodman & Victory. His destination was to be in Hollywood at the Gower Studios at Sunset & Gower.

He was driving a white 1994 Geo Metro. I dont have the license plate but will get it. My father is the type of person that is right to the point so he would have just taken the most obvious route. Victory to the 170 to the 101 to Gower. But at this point who knows. He is also the type of person that wouldn't really go somewhere with out telling someone. Its like he just disappeared into thin air.

Name: Robert Korda

Age: 69

Height: 5'5"

He is in good health

Any info would be great since we are at a total loss. We have contacted all the hospitals and police stations and there has been no one with his description at all. This is why I am now going to cyberspace since it seems that normal channels are not helping.

Any info can be emailed to me @

As much as I would love emails that say Im sorry for your loss, please do not send this kind of emails to the email account or to this post. Thank you for this your understanding.

Any info that can help would be greatly appreciated. My family is a mess right now and we dont know what else to do. You can repost this to other groups if you need to.

Thank you.
Noah Korda

Saturday, July 4, 2009

A Bat for Two Cats!

A while ago I was contacted by Krissi of Skelekitty and Friends about my Have a Nice Night necklace. She wanted to know if I would like to do a swap with her for one of her custom items in return for my necklace! I was thrilled to be able to get a Krissi original, so I immediately went through all her shops to find ideas for what I would want on my plaque. I knew I wanted a regular skull on my piece like the one in her "Grinding To A Hault" piece (which i will covet someday, since it's right around the corner at Hyaena Gallery), with a gradient background like the one in the "A Brand New Sky to Hang the Stars Upon Tonight" piece. I also decided I wanted some kitties in mine, because I love my kitties,^_^ so I asked her to have two kitties (one for each of my cats) leaning up against the skull!

Well my piece was finished quickly, and she even brought it down here to Burbank with her as she was passing through to do her Santa Clarita Craft Lab! She left it with my friend Bill, at Hyaena, and I picked it up soon afterwards! I absolutely love it, and the attention to detail is excellent! There are even little tiny skull and crossbones in the background, and a few "Meows"! The colors are amazing, and exactly what I was hoping for!

If you want to see more of Krissi's work, check out her flickr page called Mixed Media & Mexiphemera, and make sure to visit her blog here on blogspot as well!