Sunday, January 24, 2010

February Craft Challenge Poll

Can you believe that it's almost February? I hope we're having lots of fun creating ACEOs this month! No pressure, though. If you run out of time, move on to the next craft. One thing to keep in mind for February... there are only 28 days.

The poll is over there in the right hand sidebar. Choose up to 3 things that you might like to try. It is completely anonymous, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on January 31. Sadly, I don't know what time zone the blog is on, so it would be a good idea to just vote before then! Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Jenna Belle Designs

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Our Hearts go out to Haiti

Our hearts go out to all who have been affected by the tragic earthquake in Haiti that took place on January 12, 2010.

Whether it be through donations of money, time, possessions or prayers, candles lit;  continued support is needed. Seeing the overwhelming response of individuals and organizations to assist is heartwarming.
The Daily Sweets encourage you to continue putting forth whatever efforts you are capable of to show your concern and love.

A few ways to contribute:

A shop has been established that donates all proceeds (less fees) to Doctors Without Borders .
There are hundreds of items to choose from and it would be a perfect place to shop for Valentine's and Mother's Day.  You can visit this shop and purchase or donate by Clicking here HeartsforHaiti.

You can also donate to Doctors Without Borders Directly by going to their web site.

The Salvation Army Haiti Relief Fund. Make sure the box for Haiti is checked.

There are many other ways to contribute. Feel free to comment and leave any further suggestions.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

January's Design Challenge

For 2010, the Daily Sweets decided that, as if we didn't have enough going on in our lives, we needed a new challenge. Oh, sure, the old challenge of listing every day is still there, but in order to stretch our creative selves, we want to try new things. The diversity of the talent in this group makes this easily doable, so each month, we've decided to try new mediums. There will be voting, so we don't end up trying something nobody wants to try anyway. Watch for February's voting here in a blog poll the last week of January.

For the month, we're creating ACEOs. ACEO stand for art cards editions and originals, or miniature pieces of art 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches. Using any medium you want. NO RULES. Karen Jean of Yarrow1 is the authority in this team for ACEOs, contact her with any questions or help.

Deadline is January 31, 2010. Post pictures of ACEO in the Daily Sweeets Flickr group.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Sweets are going to Orlando!

Some of you have inquired about the Florida trip. Here's how it all happened.

Holly Anne and her tattoo-artist husband, Ryan, were going to head to Orlando May 6th to May 9th for a  tattoo convention. She wanted to meet the Floridian sweets, Jennifer and Nora.

Deborah decided she wanted to go and meet the sweets as well. Then everybody checked out flights, etc. and now 12 of us have decided that it's within our budgets to travel to Florida for a sweets meet-up.

When, Where, and How?
We're still deciding on all of that. Jennifer has volunteered to look at lodging for all of us. Elle has suggested we rent a condo. Once all the details are set, it shall all be announced.

Nothing's set in stone, but here are the Sweets who have expressed interest in going:

Holly Anne (flying) - from British Columbia, traveling with another couple for the convention
Elle (driving) - from Georgia
Sarah (hitching a ride with Elle, possibly) - from Georgia
Fen (flying) - from Wisconsin
Kila (flying) - from California
Melissa (flying) - from Indiana, possibly going with DH
Jennifer  (driving) - from Tampa, FL
Nora (driving)- from Boca Raton, FL
Deborah (flying) - from Kansas, coming with her partner Heather
Ginny (flying) -from California, still deciding
Kim (flying)- from Colorado, possibly staying one night
Meagan (flying)- from New Jersey, still deciding

All sweets are welcome to join in! More details will be announced as things progress. Thanks Jennifer for checking out our lodging.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Welcome to The Daily Sweets

A great group of Etsy (primarily) artists, that initially bonded on a challenge almost 2 years ago! I think that April 15, 2008 would be the date, and our founder, Chrissy, posed this simple challenge in the Etsy fora: list an item every day for a month.

When the month was over, we had all had such a good time getting to know and support each other, that we just couldn't let it go. The original group had around 20 members, and about 10 of those original are still active with the group, myself included. We number around 36 right now, but that fluctuates as members come and go, and sometimes come back.

So how did the challenge work out? We all had improved sales and activity. We had a few newbies to Etsy, and we made our first sales. Now, we may not always list an item a day, the our goal is to create every day.

Bottom line, we're supportive and not a strict bunch. If you can't list an item a day because life gets in the way, that's okay. We value quality products and excellent customer service in our business world. In our personal world, positivity, honesty and integrity are just a few of the words I would use to describe us.

Stop in and get to know the Sweets. We'll have interviews and features, and much more.