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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Who Dat? Who Dat?

CONGRATULATIONS NEW ORLEANS SAINTS!!!!! You're going to the superbowl!!!!!!!!!!

This is amazing! Astounding! I cannot believe I am seeing this!! We deserve it SO much!

Black and Gold baby!! BLACK AND GOLD!!!!

WHO DAT!!!


Friday, January 22, 2010

January Giveaway! Sparkly Awesomeness!


This month's giveaway is from Merry at of CheeseandChocolate!

You can win these gorgeous Reflections earrings for yourself or your honey!
These stunning earrings were created from sterling silver and Swarovski crystals. The Clear crystals are diagonally drilled cubes which offer a different look from the norm. The Aurora Borealis finish on the crystals allows them to shimmer in many different colors depending on the light. The length of the earrings is 1 5/16" when measured from the top of the french earwire to the base of the dangle.

HOW TO WIN:


1. Visit Merry's Shop, CheeseandChocolate or WorkingtheStash. Come back and leave a comment on which item is your fave!


2. Visit one of these shops belonging to my fellow members. Come back and leave a comment on which of their items is your fave!





You must leave a link to the items and you must complete steps 1 AND 2 to be entered. You MUST leave a URL, email, or contact IN your comment for us to contact you when you win! We have to have some way to contact you, via your shop, blog, whatnot if you don't want to leave your email.


You have until February 4th to get your comments in!


Extra entries:
1. Send an email to merry[at]handmadelouisiana[dot]com with your email address for our future mailing list.
2. Tweet, Facebook, or promote this contest. You MUST provide a URL where you promoted this so we can verify.
3. Join our Facebook Group.Please make sure your Facebook account is set so we can contact you, and include info about yourself (friend, buyer, seller, artist, etc) in your application.


If you would like to join Handmade Louisiana please email Merry at merry[at]handmadelouisiana[dot]com and she'll send you what you need to know! There is never any cost to join HML although we do have membership requirements.


Good luck!

Monday, January 18, 2010

New Orleans Craft Mafia unleashes our new website!

The New Orleans Craft Mafia has just unleashed our fresh new website design -- check out our new look!



We've had the same design pretty much since we started our group back in 2005. Five years later, and we thought it was about time for a change! We've gone through a lot in these five years... forming just before Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent levee failures ravaged our city, and we've had members come and go since then. We've maintained a group e-commerce shop, which has since closed and we've sponsored many craft events around town. We've remained strong and we're poised for even bigger and better things. We're dedicated to keeping the spirit of indie craft alive in the Crescent City!

Are you a professional crafter living in the greater New Orleans metro area? We're always on the lookout for new members. You must treat your art as a business, and abide by our membership guidelines. Interested? Learn more and fill out a membership application.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

December Craft a Long Winner Is....

Amanda of ChloeBoutique for her Peace Dove Earrings!


Congratulations Amanda!! Thanks to everyone who participated and keep an eye out for our January Craft a Long voting soon!

~~~Amy

Saturday, January 9, 2010

December Giveaway Winner is....

Embellished Bayou! You were lucky number 15 chosen by www.Random.org! :) Embellished please drop Bob a line at www.easyshopnames.com or email me amy@handmadelouisiana.com and I'll connect you with Bob for your domain hookup!

Congratulations and thanks to everyone who entered!

Please remember to vote for the December Craft A Long so your favorite wins!

Thanks for helping make Handmade Louisiana the fabulous team it is everyone!!

~~Amy

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

December Craft A Long--Time to Vote!!

This month's Craft a Long with our members was on the theme "Winter Wonderland". Now we need your help to find the piece that best fits this theme!! 


Entry One:
Christmas Valentine's Winter Hair Bow by GirlsLoveBows



Entry Two: 
Monkity Flake Sock Monkey by Mama's Little Monkeys




Entry Three:
Welcome Santa Christmas Wreath Soap by 2VirgosDesigns




Entry Four:
Wintry Peace Dove Earrings by ChloeBoutique
"The dove and the olive branch, or a dove carrying an olive branch in its beak, are ancient symbols of peace. And, the occasional flashes of blue, teal and lavender remind me of a cold wintry day"




Entry Five:
Red and Gold Paper Bowl by
Etco






Entry Six:
Let it Snow by Cheeseandchocolate
"Opaque sugar cube lampwork beads sit above sterling silver snowflakes. This is one way to get snow in Louisiana!"




Entry Seven:
Waltz of the Snowflakes Mini Bag by Splendiferous Fiber
"Crystal blue satin, sheer ribbon, embroidered snowflake, and bead fringe make this item a wintery delight."




Entry Eight:


Wintry Ice Jewelry Holder by HurricanePottery






SO please help us crown this months' winner by voting in the poll on the sidebar and help spreading the word about this contest! 


Don't let your favorite piece lose!
Thanks!
Amy


Friday, January 1, 2010

December Giveaway--7 days left to enter!


*** DEC GIVEAWAY IS EXTENDED UNTIL JAN. 8th!! Get your entries IN!***


This month's giveaway comes from Easy Shop Names.com, one of the shops of our very own AmazingArt. Amazing Arts is run by Bob, who technically lives in California, but was born and raised Louisiana, and still carries it in his heart! :)


This month Bob is offering a fabulous package deal to help you get your business or websites in order for the coming year!!


What You'll Win:


The Giveaway will be for my EasyShopNames.com full Artisan Domain Name & Support Package, including 1 year of:




  • Domain Name Registration
  • Tech Support via online Help Desk or Toll Free telephone
  • 1 business day turn-around or less for all updates (forwarding changes, etc.) - most changes made in one our or less

  • Unlimited Sub-Domains




    • Forwarding sub-domains: etsy.domain.comforwards to shopname.etsy.com
    • Hosted subdomains: site.domain.com points to IP address on web hosting provider






  • Blogger Domain Setup (blog.domain.com)(for Example, Mama's Little Monkeys blog URL is very long, so Bob shortened it to http://blog.mamaslittlemonkeys.com

  • Branded Google Apps Standard under selected domain, with:


    • Up to 50 users (less 1 for me to administer the account)
    • Google Mail/Gmail
    • Google Calendar
    • Google Docs
    • Google chat username@domain.com, including AIM support (for example, at HandmadeLouisiana, admins have emails @handmadelouisiana.com
    • Google Sites – Template drive website creation with UNLIMITED number of sites
    • much, much more



  • 1 business day turn-around or less for all updates (forwarding changes, etc.) - most changes made in one our or less



If the winner already has a domain name, then I’ll substitute the Artisan Support Package, which is all the same services and features, but just transfers an existing domain to our servers rather than registering a new domain name. 



(Don't worry, Bob will communicate in a less tech way if you need him to!)

HOW TO WIN:

1. Visit Bob's Shop, AmazingArtPhotos.  At www.amazingart.artfire.com.Come back and leave a comment on which item is your fave!



2. Visit one of these shops belonging to my fellow members. Come back and leave a comment on which of their items is your fave!

(IF any of these shops are on vacation as does happen this time of year, make sure to look in the shops SOLD ITEMS to see super cool items the artisan has made before!)







You must leave a link to the items and you must complete steps 1 AND 2 to be entered. You MUST leave a URL, email, or contact IN your comment for us to contact you when you win! We have to have some way to contact you, via your shop, blog, whatnot if you don't want to leave your email.




You have until January 8th to get your comments in!


Extra entries:
1. Send an email to merry@handmadelouisiana.com with your email address for our future mailing list.
2. Tweet, Facebook, or promote this contest. You MUST provide a URL where you promoted this so we can verify.
3. Join our Facebook Group.Please make sure your Facebook account is set so we can contact you, and include info about yourself (friend, buyer, seller, artist, etc) in your application.




If you would like to join Handmade Louisiana please email Merry at merry@handmadelouisiana.com and she'll send you what you need to know! There is never any cost to join HML!


Good luck!
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