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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

New twitter tools

Twitter is great! I'm on the EtsyTwitter Team, even.

I found this Twitter site where you can find badges and other widgets for your blog (see next paragraph), and use Twitpic to share photos. Haven’t used it yet, though because I’m lunching at work.

News from Twitter is that Replies Are Now Mentions:
“We're updating the Replies feature and referring to it instead as Mentions. In your Twitter sidebar you'll now see your own @username tab. When you click that tab, you'll see a list of all tweets referencing your account with the @username convention anywhere in the tweet—instead of only at the beginning which is how it used to work.”

Are you looking for twitter badges or widgets for your blog? While I was browsing around online, I found this site, which has both, and other items for your tweeting pleasure.

Tweet me.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Cats

You could say I'm into cats. Lately, if I'm not wearing a cat sweatshirt or cat earrings, I'm making cat earrings or my new product line, cat cards.

There are my silver Swarovski Crystal Cat Earrings.



Pearl the Cat Earrings


Cat Lovers
Earrings



Congratulations (on your new cat) Card Card




Check out my cat spotlight

I'm sitting at my computer with a handmade cat fabric wrist rest made by an Etsy seller, looking at pictures of my cats on my cube wall, and 1 picture in a cat shaped frame.

What cat items do you have that are unique?

Cats have owned me for more than 30 years, so I have live specimens of cats and cat tchotchkes all around the house.

Sunday in the Snow

It's almost the end of March, yet, we had rain, sleet and then snow over the weekend on Saturday night and Sunday.

Luckily, I had planned to stay home anyway. I took pictures of new products, reshot some other products and did some cleaning around the house.

Here are some photos I took through the window
image snow


Snow on the deck next door
image snow landscape




Snow on the tree branches outside our bedroom aka my photo studio
image snow covered branches



Don't make me bring the snow man/woman earrings out again! I want spring so badly.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

New Greeting Cards by Linda B

I've added a new line, paper goods or stamped and printed greeting cards to my creative bag of items. Some are posted at my Etsy shop already. Each is 4.25 x 5.25 and comes with a white envelope. I'll let you know about purchasing the others.

Passover Card
image Passover greeting card

Passover Card No. 2


Passover Card No. 3


Easter Card


Mother's Day

Mother's Day No. 1 Card


Mother's Day No. 2 Card


Mother's Day No. 3 Card


Congrats on your new Cat Card

I'm in a Blog - EtsyBead Team

I'm excited and had to share the good news. My turquoise teardrop gemstone pendant necklace is featured in a blog.



It's the EtsyBead team blog. There are other turquoise items there also from the Etsy Treasury. Check it out.

I also have other Turquoise items in my shop.

Sunday Featured Seller - Georgiana Gem

Today's featured seller is GeorgianaGem . I met her in a forum thread and think her sewing is sooo fabulous.

My favorite item in her shop is the Simple Roses Lavender Sachet
.

rose lavender sachet

Linda: What do you like about selling on Etsy?
Georgiana: I get to use materials that I love, without any stress. Etsy is just such a friendly selling venue, and the people here are the BEST. My Etsy shop allows me to have a creative outlet.

"I have been sewing for a little over 12 years. I have been "crafting" all of my life. My sweet grandmother always had a new craft for me to work on when I was little. She always had the sweetest words of encouragment for me."

Linda: Is Etsy your full-time gig?
Georgiana: Online selling is my full time gig, but my Etsy store is just for my "shabby girl" side only. I also have a store on ebay where I sell custom sewn Ralph Lauren bedding items. (My ebay id is georgiana*gem.)

My favorite item in my shop is the Posh French Steel Blue Lingerie Bag . It is a bag similar to one I used as a little girl.
image posh french steel blue lingerie bag

My favorite item in lindab142s shop is the Dual Flower Glass Pendant .
image red dual flower pendant

I would use this piece as a "window jewel". We have large double hung windows in our home. I just love to hang things from the locks of the windows. Visitors to my home never know what they'll find next, and this piece would be a perfect surprise!
Linda: I call these items carms, and have some listed in my shop. I also make them for your car.

Linda: What's your favorite color?
Georgiana: As you can tell from my etsy store, my favorite color is pink. I am also partial to roses.

Linda: What silly things do you do?
Georgiana: My husband thinks it is silly that I buy TONS of fabric. It would probably take me 1 year to turn my current stash into pretties. Well I better get some more fabric, before I run out!

Linda: Thanks, Georgiana for sharing your Etsy Shop with us.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Earth Hour March 28th

Earth Hour is approaching. On March 28, 2009 at 8:30 pm CST, the World Wildlife Fund is asking people to turn off their lights and electricity for 60 minutes or one hour.

This effort is to take action for climate change, and energy conservation, and is a worldwide event.

Chicago
As Earth Hour blows through the Windy City, Chicago’s soaring skyscrapers, including the Sears Tower and John Hancock Center, will join popular attractions such as Navy Pier and Wrigley Field for an hour of darkness in America’s heartland."

Las Vegas
What happens in Vegas, normally stays there. But when the infamous Strip goes dark for a full hour for the first time in history, it’s worth talking about. City visitors and residents will be in luck as the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, Stratosphere, Fremont Street Experience (largest digital screen in the world) and Luxor’s shining beam turn out for an extraordinary, historic event.

New York
From the top of the Empire State Building to the darkened marquees of Broadway’s theaters, the Big Apple will be participating in Earth Hour in a big way. New Yorkers will see Coca-Cola’s, Reuters and other digital billboards in Times Square go dark, as well as the U.N. headquarters building, the Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Center, the Brooklyn Bridge and dozens more buildings throughout the famously-busy city as it pauses for one hour to reflect on ways to increase sustainability practices.

San Francisco
As the lights go out on the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower and the TransAmerica Building, the City by the Bay will enjoy an hour without power as a returning Earth Hour flagship city.

Washington, D.C.
The nation’s capitol will set a shining example by turning off some of the city’s most recognizable landmarks in the District, such as the National Cathedral, World Bank, Chinatown Arch and Smithsonian Castle.

Joining these cities will be sites of significance throughout the country, including: Thomas Edison’s laboratory in West Orange, NJ (birthplace of the incandescent light bulb), the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, and the Space Needle in Seattle.

The event on March 28th is just one step in an ongoing effort to fight climate change. After the lights go out around the world on this evening, WWF hopes that conversations will continue on climate change and that people will take initiatives to make small changes in their lives to be more carbon efficient.

WWF encourages simple but effective energy-saving measures such as installing compact fluorescent light bulbs, which are more efficient and last much longer than traditional incandescent bulbs, choosing energy efficient appliances, making sure their car tires are properly inflated and unplugging electronics when they are not in use.

WWF officials stress the importance of safety during Earth Hour, asking that all lighting related to public safety remain on.

More information about Earth Hour and ways to get involved can be found at http://www.EarthHourUS.org/.

Besides turning off your lights, if you'd like to donate to the World Wildlife Fund, click here.

Friday, March 27, 2009

In a Treasury - WooHoo

I'm exciting.

My Honey Onyx bracelet is in an Etsy Treasury today.

image Etsy Treasury

I need to take some new pics of this bracelet, so you can see how beautiful it is. It would be a terrific Mother's Day gift.

image honey red bracelet

If you order this bracelet, before 3/29/09 at 10 p.m. CST, I'll reduce the price to $16. Put "Blog16" in notes to Seller.

Thanks. Please click on all the beautiful items in the <"a href="http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=48796"> Etsy Treasury.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

New Earrings Part 2

I've posted a few more pairs of earrings in my shops on Etsy and 1000 Markets. Have a look, please, and let me know what you think. Feedback on colors and designs would be helpful to me in developing new, unique jewelry designs.

These are my Yellow blooms and fishies earrings . These can be worn for spring holidays, Passover, Easter or would make a wonderful Mother's Day gift.

image, yellow bloom fishies earrings

The yellow lampwork glass beads have swirls of reddish purple in them. I added a lovely round yellow cats eye bead to bring out the yellow, one of my favorite colors.
Moving along to shades of blue, royal blue, here are my Passover Seder earrings .

image star of david earrings for passover

These earrings are made of the colors of the Israeli flag, blue and clear (white). The sterling silver Star of David charms add the touch to make them a terrific gift for the Jewish mom.

Thanks for looking. Check back as I create more spring items for Passover, Easter and Mother's Day.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

New Listings at 1000 Markets

I'm trying to add items each day to at least one of my online shops. Today, I added a few products to 1000 Markets.

Do you love cats? Here are my silver Swarovski crystal cat earrings . I love the detail on the charms of the silver sitting cats.

image silver cat earrings

Totally Turquoise Happy earrings

image turquoise earrings

Pink Button Earrings
image, pink glass earrings

Last is my Belle Brown Jasper Sterling Silver Pendant
image, brown jasper sterling silver pendant

I'd love it if you visit my 1000 markets shop . It's exciting to be there.

Thanks for reading. I'm so into this! :)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Etsy Twitter Team's Featured Shop - ReneeSuich.etsy.com

Renee Suich, of ReneeSuich.etsy.com, makes the most fascinating lampwork beads. Her work is so beautiful that I’m tempted to start making lampwork beads myself! It looks fun!

My favorite is the red bead set beads .

image red lampwork beads

From Renee: “Every bead is a miniature work of art. The process from planning a design, to color combinations, to actually melting the glass, each step is enjoyable and always a new challenge. I use my beads to make and sell jewelry, key chains, and Skeleton Key Beads.

The Skeleton Key Beads are my best seller and my biggest challenge. Many of these are made and don’t get listed. Sometimes the prettiest bead gets stuck on the key shaft and won’t slide & spin. The bead is broken and I start over.

The Key Chains are made from beads that have gone a little too funky. It’s easy for me to get lost in the torch, melting glass, the bead keeps getting bigger…”

Please visit Renee's shop and show her some love.

Etsy Featured Seller - Karina

Here's today's featured seller: Karina of KreatedbyKarina Bath and Body:

"Etsy is a fantastic way to make "owning" a website an easy and simple thing ... there's no worry about learning html, finding the right graphics, or paying inordinate hosting fees. If you're not computer-savvy (and I'm certainly not!) it's a safe, secure and simple way to set up shop and bring your creations to a world-wide audience."

My favorite item in her shop is the mango soap .

image mango soap

Linda: How long have you been doing what you're doing?
Karina: I started in 2001, after accompanying my husband on a business trip to England. Once the wives became bored of hanging around the hotel all day inbetween banquets, we searched for something to do and located a soap-making class nearby. I fell in love with the process and haven't looked back since.

Linda: Where else do you sell your products?
Karina: Etsy is my only online venue, although I also sell my Bath and Beauty products at craft shows, and other events. My blog shows where you can check out where the next Soap That Makes Scents will be featured!

My new line of Body Souffle Soaps are creamy, whipped soaps that explode in a multitude of lucious bubbles. They are indulgent, wonderful for your skin, and smell AMAZING.

image pink body souffle

Looking through your store, my eye caught your Flower Glass Pendant . Purple and red make a striking contrast!

image red and purple flower pendant

Linda: What's your favorite color?
Karina: Red ... the color of passion, intensity, and love ... all three of those things carry over into what I do.

Linda: What silly things do you do?
Karina: I obsess over the quality of my ingredients. I keep a journal of suppliers I've used in the past, as well as those I use now. I draw up comparison charts, research every oil and continuously strive to bring my customers the best of the best that I can find. I also use the journal to jot down thoughts about new scent combo's I'd like to try, ideas for new product lines, things like that. The book goes everywhere with me now because I never know when inspiration may hit.

Thanks, Karina for your time. Readers, please show Karina some Etsy love and visit her shop. Tell her I referred you.

Thanks,
Linda B.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Spring Earrings

It's been a spring cleaning weekend, and I've finished washing the walls upstairs. I realize that sometimes I gotta make earrings, so here are today's creations.

Spring turquoise hearts
image turquoise heart earrings

These I made for myself, I love these cat charms
image blue cat earrings

Yellow wine earrings
image yellow earrings

Quartz Gold Wire Wrap Ring (my first)
image gold quartz wire ring

I'll update this post with the purchase information. I have to go back to cleaning now.

Thanks for reading.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Featured Etsy Seller - Micci Cohan - Artist

I met micci cohan in the Etsy threads. She creates art prints, artwork and handmade jewelry. Her shop is bold and colorful, and I love that.

My favorite in her shop is this painting , Cozy, it has a cat, and I love cats.

image Cozy Painting

Here's a little bit more information about her.

Linda: What is the best thing about creating your items on Etsy? Why?
MC: The best thing about creating my art is the journey I take from beginning to end. I just enter a really sacred place and become completely fulfilled there. Creating is my Life!

Having my items on Etsy, has been an amazing experience. The exposure is incredible. Etsy’s Google Analytics feature showed that last month 2,750 visitors came to my store. Everyday I’m so inspired by fellow Etsy sellers and the community there.

Linda: How long have you been doing what you're doing?
MC: I have been creating art for over 28 years.

Linda: Is Etsy your full time gig?

I am a professional Artist so Etsy is Part time. My other venues are Galleries, various creative/alternative spaces, and these places online:
My website
My contemporary art blog
My etsy fine art store at Etsy
Artslant.com
Brooklyn Art Project
Manhattan Arts International
NY Arts Magazine

Linda: What is your favorite item in your shop?

My favorite painting right now is called, Under the Ottoman Moonlight, a 40 x 30 mixed media painting on stretched canvas. I pick that one because I painted it after visiting Istanbul for the first time last spring and I feel very close to it .

painting image

My favorite item in your shop would have to be, The Handmade Heart Mini Love Notebook

image mini love notebook

Linda: What silly things do you do?
MC: In a ceremoniously sort of way before I start to paint I find myself doing headstands and dancing crazy around the studio and I love to make very silly jokes that nobody gets but me. I actually really appreciate that question because it reminds me too be even sillier in my life!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring is Here

In the astronomical definition, spring begins on the Vernal Equinox (usually March 21in the Northern Hemisphere, and September 22 in the Southern Hemisphere), and lasts until the summer solstice (usually June 21 in the Northern Hemisphere and December 21in the Southern Hemisphere). In 2009, Spring is on March 20th in the Northern Hemisphere.

According to the Celtic tradition, which is based solely on daylight and the strength of the noon sun, spring begins in early February (near Imbolc or Candlemas) and continues until early May (Beltane). Unlike the other three seasons, people in relatively cool climates are likely to use the astronomical definition for the beginning of spring in popular jargon but retain the meteorological definition for the other three seasonal turning points.

Spring relates to the blossoming of a range of plant species, and the activities of animals

In spring, the axis of the Earth is tilted toward the Sun and the length of daylight rapidly increases for the relevant hemisphere. The hemisphere begins to warm significantly causing new plant growth to "spring forth," giving the season its name. Snow, if a normal part of winter, begins to melt and streams swell with runoff.

image flowers

Spring is seen as a time of growth, renewal, of new life (both plant and animal) being born. The term is also used more generally as a metaphor for the start of better times, as in Prague Spring.

Spring is the end of winter, and the culmination of lengthening days. The Jewish tradition of Passover, the Festival of freedom and the first nite is April 8. The Christian season of birth and renewal, Easter is on April 12.


For Spring, I recommend my Multicolored white flowers pendant set. Mention this blog post and I'll waive the shipping costs. But, IL buyers do need to pay sales tax. Or if you'd just like the pendant, I can add beads or charms to that. I will separate pendants and earrings in my shop for you.

white floral multicolored pendant

I also love creating custom orders.

Ancient Spring festivals
Mesopotamia

"Cutting of barley", "sowing of barley", and "head of the year" were spring festivals in ancient Mesopotamia. Originally this marked two festivals celebrating the beginning of each of the two half-years of the Sumerian calendar, marking the sowing of barley in autumn and the cutting of barley in spring.

Persia
Main article: Nowruz
The first day of spring is the beginning of the new year, Nowruz, in the Iranian calendar. Nowruz (also Naw-Rúz, Norooz, Newroz, Navroj, and many other variants) marks an important traditional holiday festival celebrated in Iran as well as in many other countries with a significant population from one of various Iranian peoples, such as Azerbaijan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, and by Kurdish communities in Turkey and Iraq and elsewhere.

Celebrated in North India
The most vibrant festival of colours celebrated by Hindus in India. People throw water and apply colour powders on each other.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

I'm in an Etsy Twitter Team Treasury - WooHoo!

Thanks to Crochetgal of the EtsyTwitter Team, I'm in a Treasury.

image blue cloisonne earrings

Check out my blue cloisonne earrings

image blue cloisonne earrings

Thanks, again.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

1000 Markets

Woohoo! I'm doing the happy dance. I've been accepted into 1000 Markets! Check out my page . I'm learning the ropes over there.

I'm selling jewelry, earrings, necklaces, pendants, Linda's Bookbeads and bracelets.

Please check it out and let me know what you think.

Thanks.

Paper Mache Beads Giveaway

There's a giveaway of some pink and black polka dot paper mache beads from Kristin of Paper Mache Beads.



"I make them from my secret recipe of newspaper and good old fashion Elmer's Glue. I then drill, paint, and varnish each bead. You will find paper mache beads in the polka dotted, striped, flowers, marbled, and solids variety in my store."

See Kristin's shop and then post your comments on Diana's blog.

I found out about the giveaway from fellow blogger Diana .

The winner will be posted on March 20 on Kristin's blog .

Good luck!

Twitter Team Shop of the Team - Jewel Craft Designs

Sharlyn of Jewel Craft Designs is a self-taught jewelry maker. Working out of her home studio, Sharlyn’s jewelry making is all about having fun and making other people happy with her works. Her jewelry and gifts are designed for everyday wear and enjoyment.

Brass and white earrings

image brass earrings

Check out Sharlyn's Etsy shop and tell her Linda B. from the Etsy Twitter Team sent you.

Grateful

I'm so grateful to Rachel and Adam for a terrific site and for doing regular updates and making improvements to give online Artisans and Designers more exposure.

It's so timely that you've interviewed Matt from 1000 Markets because I'm excited to announce that I have been approved for a new shop there. So, I've been adding a few of my gemstone and glass jewelry items, including necklaces, earrings, bracelets and Linda's BookBeadsTM, although I must admit that I just found out the best image size today.

These are my brown jasper earrings . They match the carnelian bracelet and other items that I'll be posting.
image brown jasper earrings

Some of the items are in my spotlights at byhand.me. My shop is http://linorstore.1000markets.com . I invite you to window shop, buy and/or comment on my items.

Keep in mind that I also do custom work, so if there is anything you'd like using different colors or a slighly different version of, just let me know and we can work together. I love working on custom orders ... it's not like work.

Thanks for looking and keep coming back.

Etsy Seller - Sarap - The Charm School Dropout

I met sarap in the forums and love her retro visuals and titles of her projects. Since my new car's name is Penny, I'm choosing this as my favorite: Penny

image penny punch

Here's our interview.

Linda: What is the best thing about creating your items on Etsy?
Sara: The combination of ease and people's generosity make it a pleasure to use ETSY

Linda: How long have you been doing what you're doing?
Sara: I have been making digital art for a little over three years. I have been collaging as long as I can remember.

Linda: Is Etsy your full time gig?
Sara: I am a high school counselor - I love my job and what I do (most of the time). I don't think I would want to rely on art making for my income - I feel like it would take the joy out of it. I like to let it happen when it wants to.

Linda: What is your favorite item in your shop? Summer Days Digital Print
image summer days


In my shop? I'm a bracelet girl bracelet .
image bracelet heal the world

Linda: What's your favorite color?
Sara: Blue.

Linda: What silly things to you do?
Sara: I cut up a lot - although I'd say dry rather than silly. I'm a teaser.

Show Sara some Etsy love and visit her shop .

Monday, March 16, 2009

Technology and the Flu

My weekend was spent catching up on sleep to recover my a flu I've had for about a week. I kept taking naps and mixing up my nights and days.

Here's one thing NOT to do when you're punchy: try a new layout for your blog.
- I downloaded Firefox and it changed all my IE settings.
- I copied my blog to Notepad.
- I set up the new blog with a 3 column layout.
- I saw 2 columns because I had a 2 column layout before.
- I tried to get my Widgets back, but they were wiped out.

So, I had to:
- Restore IE and ActiveX controls on Windows
- Recover my blog items to my "old" format
- Get back Google Analytics
- Obtain a new Counter

I've lost a few items, like counter stats, so I don't know how many views I've had. But, thanks to my dear followers, the people following my blog is going up. And my hearts on Etsy are increasing too. Yay!

I did manage to copy my Etsy mini to my twitter, though. If you'd like to see my tweets, I'm at Twitter

Also, I opened a shop on 1000 Markets. So visit LinorStore

The lesson is: don't play around with CSS and HTML under the influence of Nyquil.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Featured Etsy Seller - DKR ScrapNCraft

Let me introduce you to DKRScrapNCraft's shop.

She makes beautiful hand crafted cards, notecards and tags. My favorite in her shop is this Mother's Day
card .



Linda: What is the best thing about creating your items on Etsy?
DK: It is very rewarding to see my finished products in my shop and see the interest of others in them!

Linda: How long have you been doing what you're doing?
DK:I have been scrap booking for about 5 or 6 years and making cards for probably about 2 years, but have only been selling on Etsy since last November.

Linda: Is Etsy your full time gig?
DK: I am a full time mommy first. I work on Etsy in my spare time ... which isn't a whole lot. I am also a part time dental hygienist. I work one day a week in a dental office. I would love for my Etsy sales and orders to pick up so that I can eventually work from home full time.

Linda: What is your favorite item in your shop? In my shop?
DK: My favorite item in my shop right now is my handmade BABY
card .

image, baby card


My favorite item in your shop, Linda, is this beautiful carnelian: bracelet

image, carnelian bracelet

Linda: What's your favorite color?
DK: My favorite color seems to change a lot. I like pink, turquoise and brown...

Linda: What silly things to you do?
DK: I give weird nicknames to people and animals in my life. I can name off a huge list of nicknames I have come up with!

Thanks for agreeing to be on my blog. Good luck!