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Friday, July 31, 2009

Gift Guide

I know this is redundant, but I feel so rosey about it.

Here's the gift guide featuring my Rose Bottlecap Pendant .
image gift guide

So, if you get a chance, please let me know what you think of this item. Should I make more? What type would you buy?


Linda B.

Do the Happy Dance with Me

I'm doing the Happy Dance and my heart's a pounding. Thanks to my teammates of the EtsyTwitter Team, my Peach Rose Pendant is in the Etsy Weekend Gift Guide

I'm having a sale this weekend and I'm sweetening it a bit from my original post. I will give you a 15% discount on all purchasing totalling $10. Please put the words "Weekend Deals" in "Notes to Seller". Then, I'll refund your PayPal account.

Dance up and down once with me and then go look at my Etsy shop

Thanks for stopping by.
Linda B.

Friday Etsy Finds

Here are Linda's Top 10 Etsy Friday Finds from Etsy sellers. Please have a look at all of them and vote for your favorite in comments.

1. White Lily Felted Wool Bowl by Valerie

2. Large Yellow Hibiscus by midnighteskye's shop

3. Athena the patchwork doll by MungoCraft

4. Baby girl headband by TramontaneDesigns's shop

5. Black Razz Vanilla by HempBath

6. Birdie by stoopher

7. Green Man Jewelry Box by River Otter Rustic

8. Hot Tamale Flower scarf by eclecticabyjan

9. The Big Summer Bag

10. Darling Doodles Tote

Let's show these shops some love and views. Please vote for your favorite(s) in the comments. Next week, I'll post a thread for your shop to be considered for this feature.

Linda B.
Jewelry Designerchic

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Etsy Twitter Team Shop of the Week - Glitzy Events

Glitzy Events, an invitation provider, is the EtsyTwitter Team Shop of the Week. You'll find custom printed invitations, in various sizes and colors. Kimblery handles Weddings, Graduation parties and Anniversary parties and has matching corrdinates covering all the details you need for your special event.

She also has placecards

Table numbers

Glitzy Events is offering two specials this week: Become a Fan of their Facebook Page (, leave a comment on their Wall, and receive 5% off your full
invitation order
Order 2 or more INVITATION samples and get free shipping...refund to be issued via Paypal.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tisha B'av - Day of Mourning

At sundown tonight, Tisha B'av, a fast of 25 hours (like Yom Kippur) begins.

Tisha B'Av primarily commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples, both of which were destroyed on the ninth of Av (the first by the Babylonians in 586 B.C.E.; the second by the Romans in 70 C.E., the Edict of Expulsion from England in 1290 to the mass deportation of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto.

Although this holiday is primarily meant to commemorate the destruction of the Temples, it is appropriate to consider on this day the many other tragedies of the Jewish people, many of which occurred on this day, most notably the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492 and the beginning of World War I.

Tisha B'Av is the culmination of a three week period of increasing mourning, beginning with the fast of the 17th of Tammuz, which commemorates the first breach in the walls of Jerusalem, before the First Temple was destroyed. During this three week period, weddings and other parties are not permitted, and people refrain from cutting their hair. From the first to the ninth of Av, it is customary to refrain from eating meat or drinking wine (except on the Shabbat) and from wearing new clothing.

The restrictions on Tisha B'Av are similar to those on Yom Kippur: to refrain from eating and drinking (even water); washing, bathing, shaving or wearing cosmetics; wearing leather shoes; engaging in sexual relations; and studying Torah. Work in the ordinary sense of the word [rather than the Shabbat sense] is also restricted. People who are ill need not fast on this day. Many of the traditional mourning practices are observed: people refrain from smiles, laughter and idle conversation, and sit on low stools.

In synagogue, the book of Lamentations is read and mourning prayers are recited. The ark (cabinet where the Torah is kept) is draped in black.

If you are fasting, have an easy fast.


Monday, July 27, 2009

Winners of My Go Green Giveaway

I used to pick 2 winners for my upcycled giveaway.

Congratulations to Jamean on winning the plastic mini bag upcycled by my friend, Sandi.

And, congratulations to Dawn of Firstlight Glass for winning the white clam shell bracelet.

Woohoo! Isn't it fun to win prizes?

I need you both to please send me your address information and I'll get your prizes out to you.

Watch for my next giveaway and please keep reading my blog.


Sunday, July 26, 2009

Congratulations Cards - New Creations

I was in Etsy Chat yesterday for the first time in a long time and one woman said she needed a Congratulations greeting card. Today, I remembered that I need one too, so I made a few.

They're in my Facebook account Wall Photos, but I'll show them here in case you don't have Facebook.

Please let me know what you think. If you'd like to buy one, I can list it for you.

image Congrats card by Linda B

image congrats pink by Linda B

Polka Dot
image congrats card by Linda B

image Congrats blue card by Linda B

Have a great day!
Linda B

Happy Birthday, Leo July 21 to August 21

July - Leo

Happy Birthday, Leo! If your birthday is July 21 - August 21, you're a Leo - Latin for "the Lion", or Leon in the original Greek.

Leo is the king or commander. Leo can organize, give out commands and be straightforward. Leo always shows consideration for others and is generous to those in poverty.

Leo is ready to love too quickly and then can be hurt, but will soon be ready to love again.

image Leo astrology sign by

Leo's color is orange and flowers are Sunflower & Marigold. The metal associated with Leo is Gold and it is a Fire sign.

The Sun is Leo's ruling planet.

Lucky numbers are 8 and 9

Celebrities are:
Napoleon Bonaparte
Lucille Ball
Tony Bennett
Julia Child
Robert Di Niro
Henry Ford
C G Jung
Alfred Hitchcock
Julia Child
Fidel Castro
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Mick Jagger
Peter Jennings
Roman Polanski
Robert Redford
Andy Warhol
Shelley Winters

Crystal Quartz

Leo jewelry
Here are my green peridot swarovski crystal earrings
image Peridot earrings by Linda B of LinorStore

Honey Onyx Bracelet with Red Swarovski Crystals

ruby or garnet honyx onyx swaorvski bracelet

Black Onyx and Hot Pink Bracelet
image black onyx bracelet by Linda

Black Onyx Sterling Silver Pendant
image black onyx sterling silver pendant by Linda B

Big black onyx earrings
image big black onyx earrings

Black onyx is one of my favorite gemstones to work with in my jewelry designs. Black stones have protective energies because black is the absence of light, and therefore, can be used to create invisibility.

o Fortifies self confidence and responsibility
o Sharpens your senses
o Encourages a healthy egotism

Right now, I'm offering a 20% discount in my Etsy shop for any purchases made before 7/27 at midnight. Please put "Green" in Notes to Seller. I will refund your PayPal account or you can convo me and I'll change the price before you order.

Happy Birthday Leo!

Linda B

Friday, July 24, 2009

Go Green Upcycled Bracelet Giveaway

Linda's Friday 10 Features will be posted next week. I'm not feeling too well. I apologize.

Instead, I'm having a giveaway of 2 items in honor of my valued blog and Twitter readers and during the last few days of the Etsy Twitter Team Go Green Event from 7/21 - 7/27.

The first item was made by Sandi, a coworker who crochets and sews upcycled plastic bags and newspaper sleeves. This mini purse can be used as a cosmetic bag or as a mini wallet for short trips. Thank you, Sandi for donating this recycled item.

image upcycled plastic bag, minibag

The second item is this white clam shell bracelet The retail value is $15 and it is made from white clam shell beads that I upcycled from a thrift shop necklace.

image upcycled white claim shell bracelet

So, you might be asking how you can win this fabulous bracelet. Here's how: Post your email and first name with each comment; you can do multiple entries.

1. visit my Etsy shop and a) tell me what item you would purchase and b) who you would buy it for. (2 entries if both parts are completed)
2. Mandatory - Post your best recycling tip for 1 entry
2. Follow my blog for 1 entry
3. Follow me on Twitter for 1 entry
4. Fan me at Facebook for 1 entry
5. Put one of my items in a Treasury for 2 entries
5. Purchase an item from my shop for 3 entries

The contest ends on Sunday, July 26 at midnight. The winners will be announced here on my blog Monday night around 6pm (CST). Tuesday's blog will feature all the recycling/upcycling tips.

One way that I recycle is to reuse packaging materials, envelopes, bubblewrap and tissue paper that I receive from other Etsy sellers. And, I save cards and wrapping paper that I receive and am using them now for bottlecap pendants and greeting cards.

Good luck. Please RT and tell your friends to enter too.

Linda B
Jewelry Designer

Thursday, July 23, 2009

A Little Bragging ...

This is the week of the Etsy Twitter Team Go Green event. I'm having a sale in my shop of 20% off items over $7. The sale includes ALL items. I'd like to say thank you to so many people for putting my one-of-a-kind jewelry in Treasuries and blogs and for picking me as winners in giveaways. This week has been a pick me up when I'm down with a cold.

Treasuries I'm in - please click and comment. Thanks to HuayruroPeru and TheGoblet for picking my black and white items and Sandi for picking me as an alternate.

My Mother of Pearl Necklace is in this Treasury

My black and white upcycled shell necklace is in this Treasury

Blog Features
My article for the Etsy Bloggers was featured on the team blog. I'm on there for the first time!

My black and white shell necklace is also featured on this blog at the bottom of the page.

My chloe cloisonne turquoise earrings are featured in the Christmas in July Blog
image turquoise earrings

Ruthie featured my Bumblebee Pendant in her blog

image bumbleheart pendant

And Timothy Adams Designed picked the same pendant as #4 in his Etsy Top 10. Woohoo!

I won a giveaway at artmind's blog and another from Aquarian Bath. And I won a $25 Gift certificate from a graphic designer for services of my choosing.

Upcoming Blogs: Two other Etsy sellers interviewed me for their blogs, and I'll let you know when I'll be featured on those.

Upcoming Craft Shows: I've been approved into 2 juried craft shows in Illinois on November 7. Unfortunately, they're on the same date. I'll have to pick one by tomorrow.

I'm feeling the love and am very grateful.

Please visit my and you'll get a 20% off discount.

Lindab142 Jewelry Designs

Checking In

I'm just checking in today because I'm not feeling very well. So, I want to say hi and thanks to my readers.

I've been featured on a few blogs and have won some items. I'll have details for you later.

Please remember that I'm participating in the GO Green EtsyTwitter Team event and my hand beaded gemstone and glass jewelry is on sale. Please see my Etsy shop for details.

Oh, I am pleased to tell you that I have been accepted into a juried craft show in Rolling Meadows in November. More details will come.

I'll be back later when I feel better.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Go Green Event with the Etsy Twitter Team 7/21 - 7/27

The Go Green with the Etsy Twitter Team sale starts today! Woot! I'm pretty excited about my items and other items that teammates have created specifically for this event.

image go green with the EtsyTwitter Team

My sale is 20% off purchases over $7. Please put "Green" in Notes to Seller. I will refund your PayPal account. This sale is from 7/21 - 7/27. Keep watching as our team adds new items

Here are a few of my items:

Black and White Recycled Bead Necklace
image black and white recycled pendant necklace

Recycled bottlecap turquoise earrings

image recycled bottlecap earrings

Peach Rose BottleCap necklace

upcycled rose bottlecap pendant

Watch the Etsy Twitter team blog for more details, too.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Etsy Twitter Shop of the Week - Geek Details

Amanda creates items for the EtsyTwitter Team Etsy shop of the week Geek Details.

One of her new items is her Alice in Wonderland card guards

She also makes buttons, clocks and other fun items. Check out these fun vampire items

You can see more details at her website .
And follow her tweets on Twitter

Enjoy her items. They're fun.

Linda B

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Etsy Twitter Team Treasuries - Woo Hoo, I'm in 2

I'm in 2 treasuries from the Etsy Twitter Team. Exciting? You bet.

One is by Huayruro Peru

Etsy Treasury Go Green Etsy Twitter Team

This one features my new upcycled turquoise bottlecap earrings.

And this Etsy Treasury by Handmadeby Sandi shows my yellow chunky love bracelet

I can take the Mom charm off the bracelet for you and replace it with a turtle, sign of long life.

Watch for the Etsy Twitter Team's Go Green Event starting July 21.


The Man America Trusted CBS News Anchor Walter Cronkite

Walter Cronkite, the first news anchorman, died on Friday at the age of 92 surrounded by his family. "Cronkite's longtime chief of staff, Marlene Adler, said Cronkite died at 7:42 p.m. at his Manhattan home of cerebral vascular disease.

image Walter Cronkite Source CBS News

He spent 19 years as the anchor of the "CBS Evening News" and was the biggest name in TV news....Nearly three decades after giving up the anchor seat, he remaines an icon of American journalism.... 'Walter was always more than just an anchor,' President Obama said in a statement last night. 'He was someone we could trust to guide us through the most important issues of the day; a voice of certainty in an uncertain world....This country has lost an icon and a dear friend, and he will be truly missed,' he said.

Cronkite's authoritative manner and everyman look helped him win legions of followers as the anchor of "Evening News" from 1962 to 1981. He came up with his tag line - And that's the way it is - in 1963 when "Evening News" became the first half-hour weekend newscast in the nation."

According to the CBS Show Sunday Morning, he told it like it was, in a way Americans could trust. The news stories associated with him are: President Kennedy's assasination in 1963, the civil liberties march, the riots and assasinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King.

You could tell his thrill at the landing of the Apollo 11 astronauts on the moon, 40 years ago on July 24. In fact, In honor of his iconic coverage of America's space program, NASA presented journalist Walter Cronkite with an Ambassador of Exploration Award on Feb. 28, 2006 at a ceremony in Austin, Texas. (Source:

Believe it or not, it was Walter Cronkite who first featured the Beatles on December 10, 1963. The Beatles had already sold 2.5 million records. Ed Sullivan called Cronkite to get them for his show 2 months later.

A few other top stories he broke involved President Johnson and the Vietnam War, "it is a situation that this reporter thinks is unwinnable" and Watergate and President Nixon. Kronkite asked the tough questions to broke it down simply and honestly for American viewers.

One little tip, in Sweden, news anchors are now called "Kronkiters." This writer is not sure that we have a Kronkiter around anymore.

Several TV tributes will be shown later today as his colleagues remember him ... a human being, a reporter of the highest standards, an explorer of the news and truth.

Source: Read more:

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Saturday Finds

I'm following a lot of blogs and today I had a chance to take the time to read a couple. Here's what I found as I was browsing.

BOGO sale at LoveClay through July 19. Loveclay has had her Etsy shop since June 2009and loves to play with clay.

Here's one of her robot clay pendants

Ponder N Stitch added another Postcard Sentiment Cuff I think it's so cool.

image lace cuff

2kute has opened a new shop with cards. Check out these mini notes

image note cards

Check out this quilted business card holder

image business card

Here's a cute polka dot kitty

image polka dot kitty

One of my items is featured in this Treasure Chest blog

Here's one of my Christmas in July earrings sets

image Christmas in July earrings

Crimson Posie Red July Birthstone Earrings

image red earrings

Here's my special for Sunday, July 19 - Buy ANY item and get free shipping. I'll refund your PayPal account. Put Notes to seller 719fs.

Linda B.

Cats Control Humans

If you're a cat parent, here's an interesting video I found:

And, here's the article: Cats Control Humans

These are my cat earrings

image cat earrings

Vintage Pearl Cat Earrings
image cat earrings

Friday, July 17, 2009

7.17.09 10 Friday Features by Linda B

Thanks to those of you who commented in last Friday's blog post and in the forum thread.

1. Teal Crochet Scarf

2. Cool Blue Bangle

3. Painted Jeans Blanket

4. Maiden Necklace

5. Pink Ballerina Earrings

6. Animal Print Handbag

7. Calling Cards

8. Citrine Earrings

9. Vintage Place Mats

10. Tote Bag

Please show these shops some Etsy love and retweet.

Thanks. Happy weekend!

Linda B.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

New Listings and Works in Progress

I've been a busy bee. Creating, photographing and listing new items in my Etsy shop. They are all OOAK designs.

Big Black Onyx earrings
image big black onyx earrings

Big Black Onyx Bracelet
image big black onyx bracelet

Triple Turquoise Silver Earrings
image triple turquoise earrings

New bottlecap recycled earrings
image turquoise bottlecap earrings

Peridot sterling silver Swarovski crystal earrings
image green peridot Swarovski crystal earrings

Your feedback and comments are always welcome. I'd like to know what you think.
Linda B

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Premo Meme Blog Award, I'm honored

I'd like to thank Jacaranda Designs for awarding me the Premio Meme Award.

image premio meme award

Here's how it works...

I'm going to share seven facts about myself and then pass on the award to seven other happy bloggers! So here goes...

1. I'm shy.
2. I love watching old movies from the 30s and 40s
3. I love to eat breakfast at any time of day.
4. I love cats, we have 2.
5. I love reading books and writing articles and blogs.
6. Some of the crafts I've done are fabric painting and candlemaking and I've given the items as gifts to my friends and family.
7. My music tastes range from Buddy Guy (jazz), Prince (rock/pop) to Santana (rock).

And, now I'd like to present the award to:
Christie Cottage
Aquarian Bath
Audreys Country Crafts
Jen Kiaba Photography
Katydid and Kid

Take a bow all of you great bloggers and online supporters.

Linda B.
Jewelry Designerchic

Wordless Wednesday

little girl and bird

Monday, July 13, 2009

Etsy Twitter Team - Go Green Event

Do you use Twitter? What is Twitter? It's a social media tool where one has 140 characters to use in a message. One adds and gets "followers" who can see and reply to your messages. If you have an online shop, it's a terrific tool to promote your items and your friend's items. The more friends you promote, the more friends / followers you will get. Please see my prior post about Twitter Tips .

The EtsyTwitter Team is having its "Go Green with the Etsy Twitter Team event" from July 21 to July 27.

image EtsyTwitter Team Go Green event graphic

One of the items I made for the Go Green event is upcycled or recycled milk ring earrings . These rings will not go into landfill or cause a hazard to small animals who may choke or get caugth on them.

image upcycled milk ring earrings

One of my cats was playing soccer with the milk ring, and knowing this event was coming up, in my head I saw a pair of earrings using milk rings. I made 2 different kinds so far and have several more ideas.

I'm also creating bottlecap pendants reusing beer bottlecaps. My peach rose (reversible) bottlecap necklace is one example.

image bottlecap pendant

Tamdoll is offering a Striped Satchel with Recycled Denim

image satchel tamdoll's shop

Jen's creations are eco-friendly cup cozies

To shop for Go Green items, our tags are recycle, go green, upcycle, ecofriendly, organic, reusable. On Twitter, we will use Go Green with the Etsy Twitter Team, or GGETT.

For more information, please visit the EtsyTwitter Team blog .

And, please retweet this post.

Linda B