Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Home Away from Home Hand Made Artists Forum

I started selling online about 6 years ago, starting with Etsy, then Artifre, and eventually with just  Hand Made Artists Shop.  I became a member of the Hand Made Artists Forum May 3, 2009, shortly after the forum began in April 2009!  During the past 3 1/2 years, there have been time periods where I haven't been around much, sometimes life just gets in the way.  But I don't stay away for very long. Why? Well, I'll tell you why.
!st, Andrew and Kimberly are the most supportive people I've ever met and they want everyone who creates things with their own 2 hands to succeed, no matter where they sell their items.  They are open to the communities ideas, wants, needs,  and will do their best to get something done. Many ideas get voted on before it is done.


Sterling Silver Dainty Roundmaille Bracelet by Chainmaille


 2nd, It's a friendly supportive place to hang out.











Cobalt Blue Swirls and Curls Sea Glass Pendant by MakinTheBestOfIt

3rd.  You can post your creation in the forum and other nice friendly people come along and leave you great compliments or nicely tell you what would make it better.

Flossie the Cow in Black and White by FabricOf MyMind















4.   Pretty much every creation that gets posted in the forum gets tweeted, put on facebook, google+ and I think a few other places too - same goes for every item listed in every shop! Now, I could be wrong, but I don't know of any other venue that does that for their vendors!  There are no "favorites" when it comes to what gets promoted, everything get promoted!


5. One of the forum threads is titled "What are you doing today?" started on May 4, 2011, and we are now on page 279 about to roll over to pg 280 - people share so many different things on this thread - from baby's  being born, surgery, eye problems, getting a new shop - on line or brick and mortar,  getting a job, a part in a play,  you get the picture, right!   One of my favorite threads!

6.  In a recent email about our newest Highlights contest (like a treasury or a collection) at the end of it was this: "Anyway, many of you know we are located on the Jersey Shore and we got hit hard where we live as we are only a mile and half off the ocean. If there is anything we can possibly do to help our members affected by Sandy, please do not hesitate to contact us".  That is the way Andrew and Kimberly are!


So I figure that even though the Hand Made Artists Shop isn't as well known as some other sites, we are growing, and have some very talented people there, but I want my efforts at doing what promoting I am able to do, go towards helping out people like Andrew and Kimberly who do so much for us & the many people who also do a lot to make Hand Made Artists Forum the great place it is. 
There is a lot more I could say - but this is getting kind of lengthy! 
I'm so glad you came by and I'd love to hear what you think, comments are moderated, so please be patient, your comment will show up after it is approved!  If you don't see it right away, it's ok, no need to leave another one!  unless you really want to :)
Sometimes it takes me a while to get to it!

21 comments:

Marilyn said...

Great post, Kris! As much as I enjoy selling on HAS, I think the forum is the best!

Larissa said...

What a great post! And thanks for including Flossie!

Yankee Burrow Creations said...

you're right...it's a great place, and there is no other site out there like it!
Debbi
-yankeeburrowcreations

The Alchemist said...

What a fun selection of items from handmadeartists. Wonderful and informative post on the forum.

lisianblue Kris said...

Hi Marilyn; Thank you! I completely agree! Glad you dropped by!

lisianblue Kris said...

Hi Larissa; Thank you! I really like your Flossie's!

lisianblue Kris said...

Hi Debbi No, I don't think there is any place quite like HAF! Glad you came by!

lisianblue Kris said...

Hi Alix, Thank You! This was a fun one to do! All of them are, but this one was exceptionally fun! Glad you stopped by and you too Larissa!

Pam Andrews said...

This is a wonderful post and every word is absolutely truth. Great Post

lisianblue Kris said...

Thank you Pam! Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment.

Libellula Jewelry said...

With more posts like yours, it won't take long for HAF to become much more well-known! Nice job.

Lil' Bit Sassy said...

OMG that cow is so cute!! And the artwork involved in that baby quilt--wow!! Handmade artists never cease to amaze me. Nice feature.

Debbie Rodgers said...

Great post Kris!

John Rasmussen said...

Wonderful presentation of Handmade Artists.

April Grinaway said...

I love HAS too !

Makin The Best Of it said...

Beautiful picks! We have such a diverse group of talent and we couldn't do it without your help...so never stay away for too long!

April Grinaway said...

Great blog and post. I'm glad I stopped by ~

Finding Charm said...

Dead on about Andrew and Kim.

Wyndwalkercreations said...

I am new to all this and love reading all the post. This one was great also. I don't have a blog hope to figure it out soon.

Handmade Artists' Forum and Shop said...

Kris you know we absolutely love having you around! You are just too sweet, thanks for the love.
Andrew

lisianblue Kris said...

My apologies - I've been quite ill the past few days. Thank you everyone for stopping by and leaving such nice comments - truly appreciate it! Kimberly - you know I'm always back as soon as I can!