Category Archives: Networking

One World One Heart 2011 Winner!

The winner of my door prize for One World One Heart is …

Megan of Megan Chaimberain.  Be sure to go look at her wonderful hand stitched bears!

I cannot thank everybody that visited my blog and left a comment enough.  I love all that was said!  I did not get to visit many blogs, but I plan to visit every one soon.

One World One Heart 2011

My name is Rosemarie Hanus and in my home studio I produce handmade artisan glass lampwork beads. I do this by melting colorful rods of glass over a flaming torch and winding the glass onto metal rods. I like fire! I also spend a lot of time hiking in local parks here in Northeast Ohio (USA) with my family and two dogs and love to share my adventures. I satisfy my music muse by playing French Horn in a local brass choir.

I am participating in the fifth and final blog hop known as One World One Heart; this is a gigantic open house which allows bloggers from all over the world to mingle, meet, and make new connections.  The blog hop is hosted by Lisa at A Whimsical Bohemian and the rules are here.  This it the first time that I am participating – better late than never?  I’m really looking forward to getting to know more bloggers.

One World One Heart

Door Prize!

Someone visiting here will receive this gorgeous pendant made with one of my glass lampwork beads.  This pendant is ready to be placed on a chain or ribbon for your wearing pleasure. (Lol at “wearing pleasure”).  The chain in the photo is just for pretty – I’m keeping that.

The winner has been announced here.

What do you have to do?  Simply leave a comment on this post and please, please make sure that you leave an email address or some other way that is obvious to me on how to contact you. A link to your blog would be cool, but is not required.   The winner will be announced Feb. 17th; I will email the winner as well as post it. Note! The spam detector on the blog is starting to mark the comments as spam – I am fixing them as I notice. Sorry about that…

Handmade Glass Lampwork Pendant from Spawn of Flame - Rosemarie Hanus

A quick tour of my blog

I like to talk about my finished beads, beadmaking and my bead business (tips for others).  I also love to share a little bit about my little part of the world – Northeast Ohio, USA.

I try to share with the lampworking community; my most popular series of posts explain how to make a certain element (called Silvered Ivory Stringer) that is used to embellish lampworked glass.  A couple of these posts even show FIRE!  As I mentioned – I am definitely Pro Fire.

I Play with FIRE!

My family and I hike frequently and many of my musings are about what we see.   We frequent a local park called Hinckley Reservation.  WARNING – there are pictures of wildlife, including spiders and snakes; if you don’t have a problem with that, take a look at some of these posts (there are several pages!).

Hinckley Reservoir - January 1, 2011

Autumn View at Hinckley Reservoir - October 2008

Please have a nice time looking around and remember to leave a comment!

One World One Heart

I will be participating in the fifth and final One World One Heart event;  this allows bloggers from all over the world to mingle, meet, and make new connections.  It runs from January 30, 2011 to February 11, 2011.

I you are a blogger too, why don’t you join in?  Follow the link above for instructions!

One World One Heart

As part of this, there will be a door prize!  I have not decided yet what to put – perhaps earrings, perhaps a “European Charm” bead, or most likely a pendant on a ribbon.  I know!  A charm bead pendant on a ribbon!

If anybody has any favorites or suggestions, please leave a comment in this post.  Thank you!

It Blue Me Away

Some of my beads are featured in this blue treasury by expressions123 on Etsy.

It Blue Me Away

My Earrings in the Cleveland Handmade Giveaway!

Bubbling Spring Spawn of Flame Earrings

Bubbling Spring Spawn of Flame Earrings

Cleveland Handmade is hosting a giveaway to thank all our wonderful supporters and customers, as well as give you the opportunity to check out the high-quality handmade art in member shops.  The giveaway this week are earrings made by ME!

Go here to enter!

You have until Wednesday noon (EST).  Hurry!

Update: the deadline has now passed; I don’t know the winner yet, though!

Online Marketing – Building Relationships

Glass Lampwork Bead of Celadon and Gaia

Glass Lampwork Bead of Celadon and Gaia

I have a tip about Flickr or any social network site; as obvious as it sounds – try and interact directly with people – especially new people. This is hard for me (even online) because I tend to be withdrawn.

Find people and give them a sincere compliment. Potential customers (such as jewelry makers in my case) are good, since you would be pretty sure that you have something in common, but it could be anybody.  From a business selfish point of view, that person may have a friend that would in interested in your product. Also in the online world, you never know who (read potential customer) could be perusing that person’s messages. It could start up a conversation and eventually build a business relationship. At the very least, it made someone feel good.

I accidentally discovered this when I sent a message to someone about her avatar. I don’t recall if she had contacted me first – it does not matter.  Her avatar was her dog, and the dog’s expression was truly priceless to me. (It was a plus that her work is fabulous!)  I messaged her, she replied, and now she is a great online friend and one of my best customers. Not only that, I am aware of 2 other customers of mine that found me because of her – all because I thought that her dog was cute.

I don’t know if you read my blog, but you know who you are.  You taught me a great lesson.

So, I actively seek out things (jewelry, paintings, photgraphs) that I like and leave positive messages. I am careful to be sincere and specific about what it is that I like.  (For example, I don’t go around spamming a general “I like this” all over the place.)   If only 1% turn out, so what?  It’s cheap, and it makes me feel good about making someone else feel good.

Olives at Midnight Etsy Treasury

My beads are in another treasury.  This one is called Olives at Midnight, curated by paisleykitty.  I think treasuries are usually so wonderful to look at… I think that I may be inspired to make some olive green and midnight blue beads – but not right now, it’s only 37 degrees F in the studio.

Olives at Midnight Treasury

Olives at Midnight Treasury

The curator, paisleykitty, is a buyer and is totally sweet creating treasuries.

Here are the shops included:

Plum Pudding Treasury

Treasuries on Etsy are groupings of different items chosen by a curator.  A curator can be anyone that is a member of Etsy, whether they are a seller or buyer (or both).  The treasuries usually fit some theme.  Here is a treasury called Plum Pudding by Julie Christie that includes one of my lampwork beads!

Isn’t the treasury gorgeous?  It can be viewed for the next few days here.

Plum Pudding Treasury

Plum Pudding Treasury