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Thursday, October 30, 2014

November 2 and December Shows: Save the Dates

November 2nd after midnight is the time to set your clocks BACK 1 hour. We gain an extra hour of sleep. 

Craft Shows and Hanukkah Fairs

In November, I'll be selling my artisan crafted jewelry and wire beaded kippot at these locations:

Tues., November 3 from 3pm to 9 pm and November 4 from 9am to 3 pm
Congregation Beth Shalom Hanukkah Fair
3433 Walters
Northbrook, IL 60062-3217

Sat. November 8 from 9 to 3pm
St Thomas More School
Highland and St. Thomas More Drive
Elgin, IL 60123

Christmas earrings

Sun. November 23 from 9:30 to 12pm
Congregation Kneseth Israel
330 Division Street
Elgin, IL 60120

Hanukkah earrings

In December, I'll be in Hyde Park and back in Elgin

Sun. December 7 from 10-2PM
Rodfei Tzedek
5200 South Hyde Park Blvd
Chicago, IL 60615

Sunday, December 14 from 9:30 to 12pm 
Congregation Kneseth Israel
330 Division Street
Elgin, IL 60120

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wordless Wed: Halloween Bow Tie Cats

This was a tough assignment, to dress the boys up for Halloween. I must have taken 20 picstures of the cats in the Halloween Bow Ties. Included are the "best" pictures.

Buddy wearing a Halloween Bow Tie

Sammy wearing a Halloween Bow Tie  

Wordless Wednesday
Show us links to pictures of your furry childrens Halloween costumes.

Monday, October 27, 2014

15 Goals before 2015: Marketing Creativity Challenge

I read a post by Lisa Jacobs of Marketing Creativity todayabout setting goals before the end of the year. If I win, I can get a free copy of Your Best Productivity and Creative Planner, one of Lisa's new products. 

So, here are my 15 goals:

1. Continue to gather unwanted clothing and household items and donate them to charity. 

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2. Continue creating less expensive items for local shows. (Consider doing fewer shows next year)* 

3. Choose Cyber Monday discount and promote. 

4. Write a few weekly blog posts ahead. 

5. Write 1-2 client newsletters. 

6. Update my website with products. 

7. Confirm Thanksgiving plans with friends.

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8. Schedule oral surgeon appointment to remove tooth under crown. 

9. Remake or discount older jewelry designs.

10. Make time for fun with family and friends. 

11. Celebrate birthdays (mine is Nov. 1 and dh is Nov. 16) and other happy occasions. 

12. Pray or spend quiet time w/G-d for at least a few minutes every day).

13. Reevaluate creating non-Judaica jewelry.* 

14. Create and/or update tax spreadsheets for taxes.  

15. Clean house - Schedule it into my editorial calendar since I'd rather make jewelry or beaded wire kippot. 

What are your goals or things to do before the end of the year? 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Create with Joy: Halloween Makeup - DIY Tutorials

Since Halloween is Friday, I am providing some links for DIY makeup ideas.

Open source ebook
Burn face

Half Skull Face

Cat Makeup

Olaf Costume from Frozen

Halloween Skull Earrings Walking Dead

Happy Halloween

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wordless Wed: Cats Caption these pics

What would your captions below the cat pictures read? 

Post your captions in the comments and I'll post the best ones next week. 

Tommy in 2012

Tommy 2014 

Sammy sleeping

Sammy head tilt 
Caption the above picture - I'll post the best caption on my blog.

There you have it, 50% of our kitty cats. Sammy is in front of my workspace - you can see my tools to his left and bead boxes behind him.

Some of these were taken with my camera phone and I had to be fast to get the tilt.