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Do you enjoy arts and crafts? Memories of family and friends? Handmade creations like original jewelry or soft crochet scarfs? Then you'll love it here, where we explore all of this plus much more. So grab a cup of your favorite brew, relax, and join me in my journey.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Handmade Artist Feature - Quilts by Elsie

Today I want to share with you an amazing textile artist, Elsie Vredenburg.  She is the driving force behind The Craft Star shop Quilts by Elsie.  Here is a quote from her bio page,
I am an award winning professional quilter, specializing in traditional and pictorial quilts. I also do longarm quilting, and have a line of patterns for pieced lighthouse and barn wall hangings. I also will make custom quilts to order. I teach workshops in freezer paper piecing and other techniques. My workshop listings can be found on my website, www.quiltsbyelsie.com.
My quilts have been shown in many national, local and regional quilt shows for the past 25 years.
Elsie is also very involved with various aspects of The Craft Star, and I love having her in my google+ circle.  She is a warm and supportive "friend".  Now let's check out some of her amazing creations.



Here is an amazing example of her bed quilts.  I love the colors and pattern of this Feathered Star Medallion queen size quilt. 




If you're looking for something smaller, how about a quilted wall hanging?  Here is a Crimson Rosella for all the bird lovers out there.


And you can go even smaller with a photo magnet.  They are photo's of her original quilts, and this one is my favorite.  Yep, cause it's in shades of orange. lol.







You can hook up with Elsie on Google+ where she's a regular on our live sales, and other TCS events, read her blog, like her Facebook page, she's on Twitter, and check out her wonderful pins on Pinterest.

oh, yeah, before I end this, Elsie, whatever happened to the quilt challenge?
(You need to hang out with us on Google+ to understand this, lol.)

Be blessed,
Debbi

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

An offer you can't refuse, help selling on facebook

Do you have a business that has a facebook page?  Do you find yourself spending more time on facebook than you do on your business?  Then I have a solution for you.  Tara.  Yep, Tara.  No, not Scarlett's homeplace, but a real live person named Tara Tucker.  She is a self-made expert on the nuances of facebook.  Tara started out with selling her own handmade creations on her page Tuck Me In Blankets.
Before she knew it, she had over 9,000 likes.  Here's a few of her items.
 
I am a proud owner of one of her blankets.  I love it.  And so do my kids....they are constantly trying to steal it from me. LOL
Then Tara started to create purses and other new items, including hats.  Check out this one. (Yes, that's my son Josh playing the model).
Then Tara got into ladders.  So she started another page, Tuck My Fans in With Business which now has almost 15,000 likes.  This is a girl that knows how to use facebook.  Now she is starting a new venture, offering her services as your Facebook Media Manager, freeing your time to be creative.
She offers several different packages and this is what you'll get...

with all packages...
content creation
daily posting
comment responding
spam monitoring
real time reporting
customer service

now the extras....
Package #1 offers daily posting 2 times a day and increase talk abouts for only $50 per month. 
 Package #2 offers daily posting 2 times a day, increase talk abouts and increase fan base for $75 per month.
Basic package offers daily posting 3 times a day and increase fan base with ladders for $100 per month.
Essential package offers daily posting 5 times a day, ladders, and giveaways for $200 a month.
And her Premier package offers daily posting 8 times a day and sharing in business groups for $300 per month.  

See, she has everything covered.  And I can vouch for her because she has increased my business page, and she's my son's fiance.  You can reach her through any of her facebook pages.

Be blessed,
Debbi

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