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We’ve switched our domain to http://Blog.Silkfair.com. Come and join us on our journey together!

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SilverFrogJewelry just recently won the 2009 Bride’s Choice Award hosted by WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company.

In its inaugural year, the Bride’s Choice Awards recognizes and honors vendors from the WeddingWire Network that demonstrate excellent quality of service, responsiveness, professionalism, value of cost and flexibility. This year’s recipients represent the top three percent of WeddingWire’s vendor community, which includes over 100,000 wedding vendors from across the US. That means SilverFrogJewelry is one of the very best jewelers.

Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the company, the Bride’s Choice Awards are determined exclusively by recent newlyweds through surveys and reviews.

“We are excited to launch this annual award program to honor high-performing vendors based solely on the experiences of our WeddingWire community,” according to Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “This year’s recipients have set the bar high, exhibiting excellent service and expertise in the wedding industry.”

SilverFrogStudio would like to thank our past clients for speaking on our behalf and helping us win the 2009 Bride’s Choice Award!

Just came across this neat table on TryHandmade.com comparing Silkfair with other options for sellers. It’s an interesting comparison, check it out below.

  fees in USD
  per month per listing per sale forum?
1000 Markets 5.5% + 50¢ yes
Amazon $39.99 varies ?
artbreak 7.5% yes
ArtFire $7.00 yes
BigCartel $19.99 yes
DaWanda (English) 5% yes
Etsy 20¢ 3.5% yes
Made It Myself 10¢ – 20¢ 3% yes
Shop Handmade no
Silkfair 3% yes
Smashing Darling 18% no

Batgirl from Craftsters.org just highlighted Silkfair as the 2nd best venue for art and craft communities. 

Despite being the only non-crafts-specific site, we still got a place on the top. Its humbling to see how nicely our little community of buyers and sellers is growing. We have people come in with beautiful hand-made crafts or carefully stored vintage items from even the most remotest of cities.

Being able to provide a place for people to mingle with each other, share ideas, have discussions, buy unique items, sell their products, and build relationships is priceless. There is a lot of joy in seeing people build their personal businesses from scratch or seeing small companies grow their market outreach. 

It’s wonderful to be recognized and acknowledged by the bigger craftsers around us as a go-to place to sell handmade goods. The credit goes completely to our community of ardent right-brained and artistic minds. So kudos to all of you!

You can read the whole post here.

I was so glad to come to work and see this tweet by a member of our amazing community of buyers and sellers:

@Silkfair I heart you guys! You’re so sweet, any time I have a question, ur quick to answer, plus ur just mega cool, big hugs!

Its incredibly humbling to see a website grow beyond the code and the servers and the wiring and become something as rich as a community, a gathering of like-minded talent and a group of people who all want to share and celebrate in each other’s success.

A great example of this is the “Tell & Win” competition – we started it in the middle of December but going in, we didn’t really know how the community would react to it. Essentially, we were asking our community of sellers to promote and evangelize a lot of the other sellers on our platform…. sounds a bit strange doesn’t it?

But this is really the type of things that makes a crowd into a great tribe to be a part of… it’s been incredible watching people from within our platform – who are small business owners, work from home entrepreneurs or hobbyists making crafts, handmade gifts, jewelry and more – take out time to help each other and invite more people to become a part of our family.

So today we’re happy to announce the winners of our first Tell & Win Competition – they are:

Lets take some time out to get to know our winners and see their amazing products!

 

LazyBreeze Jewelry

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LazyBreeze (Melissa) is a recent addition to our Silkfair family, and she’s already our big winner in the first month!

She works-from-home making handmade jewelry inspired by both ancient designs as well as modern fashions, and uses materials from antique stores, local bead shops, presents and elsewhere.

Originally from Peurto Rico, she is an anthropology graduate now settled in Florida.

Check out her amazing products – and be sure to contact her for custom requests too

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Krisybird’s Beads & Things

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Based in Breckenridge, MN, Krisybird enjoys making jewelry and recycled envelopes and note cards in her free time. She had a booth in a crafter’s mall, but since then has moved to selling her items on Silkfair.

In addition to these, her recent interests include polymer clay and photography.

Check out these great items!

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Silk Road Flowers By Far’ha

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Far’ha has been a seller on our platform pretty much from the start when we launched back in March. She makes beautiful decorative ribbon-flowers that blend together hand-dyed, bias-cut silk ribbons with Czech beads, ombre leaves and other exotic materials and designs inspired from the Silk Road, Arab Trade Routes, Gypsy Trails, Spain and elsewhere.

Check out these beautiful items:

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Her products go well with pretty much any type of women’s clothing, and her clients love her work, which is evident from this feedback one of her clients gave her:

August 11, 2008
Dear Far’ha,

I’ve had two performances now of our vigorous folkloric dance (one of them a two-hour gig) and the beautiful pink silk rose you created remains pristine AND it held to my hair the whole time!  You know how nervous I was about it since my hair is long, straight and fine.  But your handiwork held TIGHT!  And of course I had lots of compliments about my stunning hair adornment. Thank you for your creativity and industry.  My Flowers by Far’ha are perfection indeed.

Regards,

Her story of how she got into this work is pretty amazing too – as she recalls on her blog:

The name, “Far’ha” means “Joy!”  It was given to me many years ago by one of my bellydance teachers because he saw my joy when I danced.  I also share this joy when I work with color and fabrics, so I also made nearly all my costumes as I explored the dances of the Silk Road, Arab trade routes, and Gypsy Trails.

Eventually my journey in dance brought me to Spain, and more specifically Jerez, the home of true, gitano flamenco.  When I began performing, I needed a hair flower to coordinate with my costume.

None were to be found in town, so I went to the local ribbonery store, explained my plight and the owner pointed me to a rack of luscious, hand-dyed, bias-cut silk ribbons.  Then, when I found the perfect color, she quickly demonstrated the basic technique for a rose.

So, I went home, and what seemed easy in concept proved to be a challenge!  But the ribbon was so wonderful–and after years of making my own costumes, I figured I could get the hang of this, so one flower lead to another … and another… and another.

…and what does she think of Silkfair? 🙂

SilkFair just implemented the as yet to be name “mini-store widget”.
It is so much more than just a bunch of product photos, but allows people to find out about the seller (Profile); Item descriptions, like a preview of the shop and the seller.

Because my business name was inspired by the Silk Road,what this widget accomplishes conjures up images of a cyber version of the Silk Road traders bringing in their wares to people along their route and displaying them in at their homes and community gathering places.

It is a trunk show!

Let the show begin!  (Now…to find a place to put my “widget”…?)

 

Thank you, our members, evangelists and store owners – you truly are giving life to a virtual Silk Road on the web.

Some great features that I thought I should introduce again for our new visitors and readers – which of these have you used before? Let me know in the comments!

  • Bulk Listing & Images Upload facility supporting Adds/Deletes/Changes of listings and pics
  • Store Custom Category Tree
  • A new forum category available just for sellers!
  • Sellers can now be notified when any non buyers post comments in your listing or rate your items!
  • You can now duplicate a listing
  • Use the new Text Search Interface
  • Pick one of two versions of mini store widgets!
  • Silkfair Chatrooms can be found under the Community tab where you can stay connected
  • Blog owners will be notified when someone posts a comment, subscriptions to forum posts are available, and individual posts to blogs are now accessible!
  • Registered users can choose the “Remember Me” option when signing in
  • Hardcopies of your order in pdf formats are now available!

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