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Sunday, May 31, 2009

June - Weddings and Pearls

June is one of the most popular months for weddings and a time for summer activities. It is also my Wedding Anniversary on June 23.

The gemstones associated with June are pearls and moonstone. Moonstone belonged to the Goddess Diana. It has been worn as an amulet to bring good emotions to the wearer, while protecting those of a sensitive nature. It can reunite lovers who have quarreled. Moonstone is also considered a good luck stone.

Moonstone is a very personal stone. It is a reflection of the person who owns it. It does not add or detract, only shows how it is. This is why the moonstone is said to perceive that which "is". Moonstone is an excellent stone to use in meditation to understand oneself. Placing it in the moonlight of a moon reaching its fullness, not a full or waning moon, can revitalize it. This is a particularly good gemstone for women. It is a good stone for young women or teenagers.

Healing properties of Moonstone
Moonstone stimulates the functioning of the pineal gland and balances internal hormone cycles with nature's rhythms. Moonstone is a stone of inner growth and strength. Though often considered to be a woman's stone, it can be beneficial to men in opening the emotional self.

Source: Crystal cure

Traditonal June Birthstone: Pearls
Unlike gemstones produced deep inside the Earth, pearls are created by living creatures called mollusks. Mollusks commonly have a soft, unsegmented body and a hard exterior shell, such as a clam or snail has. These animals live in marine and freshwater habitats as well as on land. The evolutionary history of this group extends back some 530 million years, with approximately 100,000 species of mollusks alive today.

Any mollusk that produces a shell can produce a pearl. Nevertheless, naturally occurring pearls are rare, found in perhaps one of every 10,000 animals. The cultured pearl industry, which has flourished since the early 20th century, has developed techniques to greatly improve these odds. Indeed, more pearls are produced now than at any time in human history.

With the arrival of cultured pearls on the international market in the 1930s, pearls became more available and more affordable than ever before. Although some people initially rejected cultured pearls, a handful of designers, most notably Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, embraced them, using the gems in her elegantly casual designs. By the 1950s, cultured pearls were essential accessories for well-dressed women in the United States and Europe. Over the last several decades, designers have been inspired by the broad range of colors and sizes of cultured pearls to create both sophisticated pearl jewelry and whimsical pearl-decorated objects. Pearls may be everywhere today, but they are still as glamorous as ever; images of movie stars, first ladies and supermodels wearing pearls only heighten the gems' popularity. Indeed, we are living in a new Great Age of Pearls.

Source: amnh history museum

Here are my pearl creations:

Here Comes the Bride Pearl and Swarovski Crystal Necklace

image pearl bridal swarovski pendant

Pink Pearl Rhodonite Bracelet

image pink pearl rhodonite bracelet set

Amethyst and Jasper Pearl Pendant Set

image amethyst jasper pearl pendant set

Pearl Eyeglass Holder

pearl eyeglass holder

A Moment - Meeting Etsy Sellers in Person

I'm taking a moment's break from housecleaning to say hi. I did a show yesterday in DeKalb and met 5 other Etsy sellers. And some of my gemstone and glass jewelry found new homes. Yay!

Gracious thank yous to Caribou Coffee in DeKalb for hosting and promoting the event and to Michelle of MichellesCharm World for telling me about it.

And, I got to meet my friend, Isis of JB Soaps .

Please visit these shops and show them some love. I'll be posting more about them in the coming week.


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Features by other Etsy Sellers

More exposure for my creations and Etsy Shop thanks to a few fellow Etsy sellers who have taken the time to feature me on their blog or in an Etsy Treasury.

Blog Feature by one of the first blogs I followed, Paw and Claw Designs . She featured my Red Flower Pendant .

red flower pendant etsy twitter team

The Etsy Twitter Team co-leader, Vicki, who included my white and red, Honey Onyx and Red Siam Swarovski bracelet in a Treasury . Please click and comment.

honey onyx white bracelet etsy twitter team

I'm very grateful and blessed to know you.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Blog Award - Thank You!

I'd like to thank Lily Shay Style for giving me this beautiful blog award. I am so honored and I love everything about the graphic.

image blog award

As part of the award, I get to choose 15 people to award it to, and let them know they've received the award. So, here are my choices, in no particular order:

1. by Susan Faye

2. All Things Tangled

3. Gifted Designs by Shannon

4. Handmadeinisrael

5. Holistically Heather

6. Julia Catherine

7. Katydid

8. Kayz Kreations

9. Kaleida

10. Keeper of the Chocolates

11. Life as We Know it

12. Life, Love, Yarn

13. The Lucky Pebble

14. Mystic Wind

15. Paper Cakes

These are only a few of the blogs that I follow and enjoy reading. Please check them out and say hi.


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tuesday Featured Seller - ACageyBee from Etsytwitter

Acageybee is a fellow member of the EtsyTwitter Team and has an Etsy Shop.

Her profile reads "I've been creative all my life, but something happened when I hit age 30 that pushed me out of my shell and into the internet art world. I'm not sure why it took so long for me to work up the courage to share (and sell) my art with the world, but now that I've started, I feel more *me* than I've ever felt before."

Yay, kgb! We're glad your art is on Etsy. Here's one of my favorite paintings It's a red umbrella and I have a thing for umbrellas.

image red umbrella acageybee

This 8 x 10 print, An Angel with One Wing is so wonderful. You'll notice that one of her trademarks is how she paints the eyes.

image angel, acageybee

In Etsy Treasuries, you might have noticed this 8 x 8 print, Whirly Pop Blue.

image print whirlypop blue by acageybee

So, please check out this artist's Etsy shop and tell her Linda sent you. She may even be worthy of a heart, dontcha think?

Monday, May 25, 2009

EtsyBlogger Shop Feature - Create a Thought

Create a Thought is the Etsy Blogger's Team shop of the month.

My first favorite is this Congrats card.

image handmade congrats card

According to the profile, this artist "provides items that fit your personal writing and recording style ... I also sell many other fun and unique items(because I like making things, and like to try making new things at least once!) such as cards, purses, magnet, frames, prints, and many more!"

This is her one-of-a-kind designed Word journal .

image handmade word journal

I'm into words and journals, but jewelry is my passion.

Please check out this Etsy shop for an item to record or express your thoughts .

Memorial Day - History - 3 pm Moment of Remembrance

For most of us, Memorial Day is a holiday that we get off work to celebrate BBQs and other gathering with friends and families.

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day; it is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War.

While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it's difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860's tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868. It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.

image American flag

To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to 'Taps."

So, I would ask you to remember those who died for our country at 3 pm, and after that, to pray for those who are now serving.

Thank you.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Gemini Birthdays - The Twins

Happy Birthday, Gemini! If your birthday is May 21 - June 21, you're under the sign of Gemini, which translates to the "twins." Gemini is known as the artist.

Gemini is full of intellectual energy that needs to be expressed and they seldom suffer in silence. Gemini is charming and life is more interesting and beautiful with them around. Gemini can make quick changes in any aspect of life. They cannot bear to be bored.

Gemini craves variety and joy and to have the love of Gemini can be a joyful experience as long as Gemini doesn't get restless.

Gemini's ruling planet is Mercury and of the Four Elements, Air is associated with Gemini.

Yellow is the color for Gemini and flowers are Lily of the Valley and image Lily of the Valley flower

image lavender plant

Celebrities are:
F Lee Bailey
Jacques Cousteau
Clint Eastwood
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Mary Cassatt
Bob Dylan
Judy Garland
Bob Hope
Duchess of Windsor
John F Kennedy
Malcolm McDowell
Marilyn Monroe
Cole Porter
Donald Trump
Gene Wilder

Here are some yellow items from my Etsy shop.

Yellow Butterfly earrings

image yellow butterfly earrings by Linda B

Yellow Evil Eye Protection Earrings

image, Yellow Evil eye protection earrings by Linda B

Yellow Jasper Two Moon Pendant Set with Earrings

image yellow jasper two moon pendant by Linda B

Here are a few items in progress:

Yellow multicolored tiger's eye earrings
yellow multicolor tigers eye earrings by Linda B

This is a new line I'm working on: car jewelry and/or pins or purse pulls
Here's a yellow beaded person with a silver heart
image yellow car charm beaded person

What do you think of this yellow bead person? I'd appreciate your comments.


Thursday Humor with Martha Stewart & Maxine


Martha says:
image Martha Stewart

Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of an ice cream cone to prevent ice cream drips.

Maxine says:
image cartoon Maxine

Just suck the ice cream out of the bottom of the cone, for Pete's sake! You are probably lying on the couch with your feet up eating it anyway!

Martha says:
Cure for headaches: take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.

Maxine says: Take a lime, mix it with tequila, chill and drink! All your pains go away!

Just had to share. Laugh it up.


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Etsy Twitter Team's Sidewalk Sales until May 23

The Etsy Twitter Team is having a Sidewalk Sale, in case you haven't heard.

If you need buttons, Tees or other items, visit Sandi's shop.

Check out meagan's shop for I pod accessories and other knitted and handmade items.

For a little whimsy, see the artwork of acageybee .

My newest creations are these 2 pairs of earrings:
Yellow Earrings to Prevent the Evil Eye
image yellow earrings prevent evil eye

Purple Clarity Earrings

I'm also having a sale of 20% off my gemstone and jewelry creations in my Etsy shop . If you see something that you like, but want a different color (or photo), just convo me. I aim to please.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Etsy Twitter Team's Featured Shop - TamDoll

Tammy of Tamdoll is a fellow teammate of mine on 2 teams, Etsy Chai and Etsy Twitter. She is from New Hampshire and creates "art dolls, one-of-a-kind handbags, fabric jewelry and collages...basically, lots of different things - depending on what creative mood strikes! I love to recycle & reinvent things - some of my totes, jewelry and dolls are "upcycled" art. Been creating for over 20 years and something new is always just around the corner - you never know what I'll come up with!"

My favorite item in her shop (today) is her Sherbert

sherbert fabric necklace

But, I adore her Hamentaschen earrings . I never would have thought of combining jewelry with knitting. Isn't the result great? I sure think so.

knit earrings

Tammy is offering a special through 5/23 midnight EST - Free domestic shipping on non-ribbon items. She will automatically give a PayPal refund on your order.

Please visit Tammi's Etsy shop and tell her Linda sent you.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Weekend Sidewalk Sales - Blooming Fest

I participated in West Chicago's Blooming Fest Arts & Craft Show on May 16, 2009. Thanks to the West Chicago Police Department for helping us set up and to Krista for coordinating the show. And I'd like to also express my gratitude to Ray and Betty of The Candleman, handmade soy candles for watching my booth for a few breaks. A big shout out goes to my co-worker, Nanette and her roommate, for helping me set up and tear down the tent loaned to me by Heidi, a photographer I met at another show.

Here are 2 of my turquoise pendants displayed. The beaded Turquoise Pendant Set is in the Etsy Twitter Team Sidewalk Sale .

image Turquoise Pendnat Set

My booth was in front on the music store and we had live music. Here's a picture of the afternoon band, which kept us rocking.

image Band at BloomingFest

It was too windy to set up my black easel necklace displays. So I had them on a handmade fabric display and in trays.

image pendants by Linda B

Last, but not least, here's a browser in my tent, looking at pendants and my new bead people.

image Blooming Fest browsing

This is one of my new bead people pins. These can be pinned to your jacket or hang in your car as jewelry, or sit on your desk.
bead people by Linda B

I haven't listed it yet, but I can if you're interested.

Here are 2 of my new green glass pendant necklaces. This is a simple silver chain with green round aventurine gemstone beads added.

image Green Aventurine Pendant

Next is my Yellow Cord and Purple Glass Pendant Necklace.

Yellow Cord Purple Glass Pendant

This pendant necklace is available to purchase for $13 on my Web site. Matching earrings are also available.

purple and yellow earrings

Purchase this pendant by May 23, and I'll send you the matching earrings for free.

Hope to see you shopping online.

Etsy Twitter Team Sidewalk Sale Starts Today

The Etsy Twitter Team is having a sidewalk sale from May 17-May 23.

image Etsy twitter sidewalk sale

I'm offering 20% on purchases over $5 in my Etsy shop. Some items may not be eligible, but I'll discount those prices.

I'd like to save you time and money, so I'm going to try to price items for the sale, but if I don't finish, I will refund your PayPal account if you include "Sidewalk Sale" in Notes to Seller.

To see what other Etsy sellers are offering, please see the Etsy Twitter Team Blog.

Enjoy the sale.

Please tell me your favorite item, whether you buy it or not.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Sidewalk Sales - Yep 2 - One Starts Tomorrow

BloomingFest in West Chicago was the sidewalk sale/arts & craft show that I participated in today. My space was near the music shop and we had the pleasure of live music and artists performing. First, violinists in the morning and later in the afternoon, various people playing guitars, drums, harmonicas and lots of Beatles songs.

It was great. People checked out my beaded earrings, necklaces, pendants, bookmarks and my new bead people pins or car charm jewelry or fun beads to put on your desk.

beaded mom car charm jewelry

Tomorrow, I'll be in participating with the Etsy Twitter Team in a sidewalk sale.

Come back tomorrow for details of my sale information and see our team blog for more information on participating Etsy shops.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

3 Days until BloomingFest Show

There are only 3 more days until the BloomingFest plant sale and craft show in West Chicago.

I'll be displaying a new line of more affordable jewelry, new beaded car jewelry and various gemstone and glass jewelry designs on Sat. May 16 from 9-3 in W. Chicago.

image cobalt blue earrings

My booth number is 17 and it's on Main Street close to Washington Street. The show is on Main Street, just West of Route 59. Stop in and say hi and ask about show specials. Some prices have already been discounted.

I also have some new sports fan car charms and beaded keychains and zipper pulls.

image Cubs beaded keychain

Custom orders are welcome and I can make some while you walk the show.

If you can't make the show, I'll give you a 10% discount if you use the word "May16" in Notes to Seller at my Website, Etsy shop or at 1000 Markets .

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mom's Treasury

I know that Mother's Day is over. Hope many of you took advantage of the great sales that Etsy sellers had.

Here's an Etsy Treasury that I am in, created by ElephunksTrunk. Thanks so much for including my Green Serpentine earrings.

Green serpentine earrings Treasury

Green is the color of the heart chakra and healing. You can read more about colors and chakras at .

Thanks so much for including my earrings. I'm a bit partial, but I think they're pretty.

Etsy Twitter Team's Featured Shop - SouthPawStudios

Katy is the sole jewelry designer of SouthPawStudios. According to her bio, she has "beeen in the industry for 10 years and has artistic and creative parents. Her father, a glass blower, gave her a book on jewelry design, and she delved further into the art."

One of my favorites in her shop is the green rondelle earrings, and the earwires are made by hand. Isn't she talented?

image green rondelle earrings

Another lovely item is her Salmon Freshwater pearl pendant wrapped in chain.

salmon freshwater pearl pendant

This copper one-of-a-kind unique bracelet is my absolute favorite item in her shop today.
copper wire wrapped bracelet

Another great thing about Katy, is that she's a southpaw, like me.

Katy's Special for the Week is 15% off your TOTAL order plus free worldwide shipping. Enter code "EtsyTwitter" in Message to Seller and all discounts will be refunded promptly via Paypal!

So please visit her Etsy shop to get in on the sale and free worldwide shipping. Tell her Linda, her teammate, sent you.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Summer Creations

Here are some new jewelry designs that I've completed. You might consider these as graduation gifts.

Yellow Butterfly Earrings. Yellow round beads are added to silver plated fishhook earwires.

image yellow butterfly

Purple and Gold Stretchy Bracelet.
image purple gold strech bracelet

Blue cat's eye multicolored glass beads and leverback earrings.
image blue multicolored earrings

Yellow cat's eye multicolored glass beads and leverback earrings.

image yellow cats eye earrings

Red multicolored glass bead earrings .

image red multicolor glass earrings

Red round multicolor glass pendant .

Graduation earrings.