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Sunday, August 30, 2009

DIY Wedding Site - Last Day

I've seen the announcement about Martha Stewart's DIY Wedding Crafts, but I didn't enter my Bridal Swarovski crystal Pearl sterling silver pendant set until today. The last day to enter is 9/1.



Please click on Martha's site to see my entry and add your comments.


Click on the image below to see the Etsy listing and to order. It doesn't have to be a bridal necklace, I can make it for any occasion.





Thanks for looking.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Shopping on Etsy - Finds - What's the Theme?

I was watching a Saturday Night Live rerun and decided to check Etsy for some finds. Here are some terrific items from Etsy sellers.

Can you guess the theme?

Delicious red apple hat
Fox and Hound Purse

Paperfolding Dress Card















Isn't this adorable?



Autumn Maple Leaf Earth Light




















Red Posie Sterling Silver Earrings


Hand Knit Ruby Red, Reversible Scarf2 - Comfy Chic








Looks so soft and warm, doesn't it?












VINTAGE Devil Bar Glasses
Thanks for looking. Post your guess in the comments.


New Product Line at LinorStore, Linda B's Jewelry Designs

At my last 2 craft shows, I introduced my new line of bottlecap pendant necklaces to a positive reaction. I'm pleased to show them to you now.

Inspired by the Twilight series, and in time for Halloween


Spooky Cemetery






Fangs





These are part of the In the Garden series


Roses




These are available on my Website at http://linorstore.com/

Note that these necklaces are not waterproof and should be removed before bathing, showering or water sports.

I'd love to know your positive feedback.





Friday, August 28, 2009

Linda's Top 5 Friday Features

Zebra Stripe Crystals Handmade Lampwork beads



Aren't these neat? Yes, I'm kind of into beads, you all know that.










The color on candle this is so soothing.
















Isn't this bag terrific for a teacher?










Maple Cake Elephant Art Doll







Maple Cake is adorable!


Felted wool ball ring





I've never seen a felted ring before. It's wonderful.









So these are Linda's Top 5 Friday Features of Etsy shops.
Please comment on your favorite and post your item in the thread for next week under Top 5 Thursday.



Note: The Top 5 Friday will be moving to the Thursday or the Top 5 Thursday. Look for the Etsy forum thread early next week.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thursday Late Night Features

Sorry for the delay. I've been working on projects for a show tonight. So, here are some fun finds.



































































These are my newest listing:

What do you think of these?
These are from 2 Etsy Forum threads and Turquoise. Please visit all of these great shops and comment here on your favorite items.
If you post in these threads, you might get picked for Linda's Top Friday Finds.
Linda B
Jewelry Designer

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Ride

My friend Beth is riding for MS. If you'd like to sponsor this cause, I've included her email:


"The economy is all the news. Everyone is tightening their belts. Unemployment is at an all time high. The nerve of me to come begging for money, but here I am. I am again signed on to do The MS Bicycle Tour – “Rock-n-Roll”. This is a 2-day ride of scenic bicycling. Starting from Graceland, Home of the “King” of Rock-n-Roll, the ride is 150 miles (over two days) of 'rolling' road on the way to Tunica, MS. The mixture of scenery is astounding. The return day is from the bling of the casino through cotton fields and the some of the poorest deltas of Mississippi.
The ride is September 12 -13 this year. I am riding in this bicycling adventure, not only for the challenge of riding 150 miles in two days, but also to raise money for multiple sclerosis. MS is a devastating disease of the central nervous system that strikes young adults usually between the ages of 20 and 50. MS is devastating because it is so unpredictable. My goal is to raise at least $1000 to support the MS foundation and this trip. I’d like to invite you to be a part of this experience, not by pedaling, (though you’re more than welcome), but by sponsoring me. I am in need of sponsors who can support by making a tax deductible donation. I want to try to make a difference in the fight against multiple sclerosis. I hope I can count on you to help me reach my goal and make a difference in the lives of those affected by MS.


INCENTIVE: Yes, there will be give aways. Yes, I am having more fun with bike chains. My latest art is pictured above. Donate $100 or more and you can select from those shown, or commission a special request. Donate $20 or more (but less than $100) and be entered in a drawing for the pictured art of your choice. The drawing will be held on September 10. So make your donations early.


Donate on line to my MS Webpage at: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Bike/TNSBikeEvents?px=1788021&pg=personal&fr_id=11182 (you may have to copy and paste this into your browser ) Click on “Donate to Elizabeth”. Thank you in advance for any support you can provide."

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

My Summer Vacation - Belated

My summer vacation was 4 days long.








Above: my "sister" Barb and me and Noreen and me. I really like being the photographer and not the subject.

Sure, much of the world is talking about back to school. I haven't had a chance to share my vacation story with you yet. My friends Noreen and Bill were going camping up in Michigan to see Bill's family for a homecoming Pow Wow. I desperately needed to get away and said that I envied them.


A few days later, Noreen asked me if I was serious about going, but I don't camp. She said if I could get the time off from work, she would ask Bill to ask "our" sister Barb if I could stay in her extra bedroom. She said, yes, so I got to travel to MI to see my first Pow Wow and meet my new sister.


To make a long story short, I don't have any real siblings, but I do have "twins" and Barb, a sister given to me my Marie, Noreen's sister-in-law. Bill, Noreen's husband has 9 siblings. I've known Marie for ages, and when she found out I didn't have any sisters, she gave me Barb.

What's funny is that Barb and I are similar in several ways: we both have small piles of paperwork on our coffee tables, we both use push pins to hang pictures in the bathroom, we have similar tastes in sheets, and love color and nature. We both believe in "visions" and messages from spirit guides. I really enjoyed meeting her and her hubby, Leo.


The first night, I stayed up with Barb talking until 2 am. The next night, Noreen, Barb and I stayed up until 4, I went to bed, and they stayed up until 4am. The sun was coming up as they were going to bed.


The Pow Wow that we went to was fabulous as far as I'm concerned. Bill's brother danced and I was able to take a minute to ask him questions about the colors and different types of regalia worn.

The Pow Wow is introduced and different tribes are welcomes. Drums begin and one hears the Native American voices in song.


The colors one wears are "his colors;" the ones he is comfortable with and that his spirit guide confirmed. He carries a red hawk and has the feathers in the back.








Each person dances some similar steps, but the spirit moves them to squat or turn in different directions at certain times.

There are different types of dancers and this pow wow had a competition.



These dancers are women with bells. There are 365 bells on each costume. Women are strong and healers. They dance in the long house when someone is ill and push their feathered fans with gusto to remove the sickness.



To the right is a "fancy dancer." The colors they wear
are colorful and their movements are like birds to attract the judges' attention.

Although I didn't understand the words, I learned the word for "hi" and did feel the spirituality throughout the dancing. There were vendors selling beaded jewelry, feathers, beads, Native American marriage contracts and other items. I tasted an Indian taco, but passed on the pizza and fried bread.

I'm so grateful to Bill and Noreen and my sister Barb for my summer vacation. It was refreshing, and relaxing - we sat around talking, and did the Mackinac City tourist fudge and T-shirt shopping.



Oh, and my twin story is: Noreen, Beth and I went to Las Vegas last year. We all met 100 years ago when we worked together. Beth and I both like pink Sweet and Low, can't ride the El facing backward and like to shop together and try on the same items. Beth is 6 ft tall and I am 5 ft tall, so a short coat on her is a coat that goes down to my ankles, you get the picture. Beth also makes jewelry, but specializes in using parts from bicycles. Unlike me, Beth and Rich ride bikes and travel to exotic locations.


Beth, Noreen and I name our cars. I babysat for Beth's rabbit, Harvey, when I lived in city and she was out of town (before she and Rich got married). Beth and I both don't talk about our age, although she's been 29 for a terribly long time. I refuse to give a number and let people guess.





Speaking of Beth, she is riding for MS. If you'd like to sponsor this cause, I've included her email:

"The economy is all the news. Everyone is tightening their belts. Unemployment is at an all time high. The nerve of me to come begging for money, but here I am.

I am again signed on to do The MS Bicycle Tour – “Rock-n-Roll”. This is a 2-day ride of scenic bicycling. Starting from Graceland, Home of the “King” of Rock-n-Roll, the ride is 150 miles (over two days) of 'rolling' road on the way to Tunica, MS. The mixture of scenery is astounding. The return day is from the bling of the casino through cotton fields and the some of the poorest deltas of Mississippi. The ride is September 12 -13 this year. I am riding in this bicycling adventure, not only for the challenge of riding 150 miles in two days, but also to raise money for multiple sclerosis. MS is a devastating disease of the central nervous system that strikes young adults usually between the ages of 20 and 50. MS is devastating because it is so unpredictable.

My goal is to raise at least $1000 to support the MS foundation and this trip. I’d like to invite you to be a part of this experience, not by pedaling, (though you’re more than welcome), but by sponsoring me. I am in need of sponsors who can support by making a tax deductible donation. I want to try to make a difference in the fight against multiple sclerosis. I hope I can count on you to help me reach my goal and make a difference in the lives of those affected by MS.

INCENTIVE: Yes, there will be give aways. Yes, I am having more fun with bike chains. My latest art is pictured above. Donate $100 or more and you can select from those shown, or commission a special request. Donate $20 or more (but less than $100) and be entered in a drawing for the pictured art of your choice. The drawing will be held on September 10. So make your donations early. To donate on line my MS Webpage is at:

http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Bike/TNSBikeEvents?px=1788021&pg=personal&fr_id=11182

(you may have to copy and paste this into your browser )
Click on “Donate to Elizabeth”. Thank you in advance for any support you can provide."

So, that's the story and I'm sticking to it.
Linda

Monday, August 24, 2009

Etsy Twitter Team Shop of The Week - NikkyLee Designs

NikkyLee and I share one passion, making quality handbeaded jewelry. Take a look at one of her creations, Waterfall Necklace
image waterfall necklace

Her other passion is photography and I love the color of this coral hibiscus
print.
image coral hibiscus print

Here's another bold flower, a purple passion flower
purple passion flower

Please visit her shop and tell her that Linda from the Etsytwitter Team sent you.

Thanks.
Linda B.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

New Earrings & Supplies in my Shop

I've added a new pair of Swarovski Christmas earrings and a few new destash craft supplies for jewelry, paper and fabric crafters.

These are sparkly, Christmas tree Swarovski cystal earrings, holiday bling for your ears
image Christmas tree Swarovsksi Crystal Earrings

Here are some brand new overstock of 9 hot pink acrylic beads
image hot pink bead overstock beads

This item is a brand new package of rhinestone flats for jewelry, paper and fabric crafters.
image overstock rhinestones

The supplies are one of a kind items, so get them now. Thanks for looking.
Linda B.
Jewelry Designer

Saturday, August 22, 2009

My Take on Back to School

The EtsyTwitter Team is having a Back to School Event.
image EtsyTwitter Team Back to School

Foxy G's Den of i-KNIT-quity tells her story in her blog

To me, Back to School means that summer is over, and usually way too quickly. While it's fabulous sleeping with open windows instead of being closed up in air conditioning, I'm glad to have had a chance to go to Michigan for a long weekend. The adventures from that story will be another blog post.

At this time of year, I love that school supplies and clothes are on sale. My parents would take me shopping for new school clothes when I was a little girl. The pleated wool skirts I used to wear are back in fashion.

Doll pleated wool skirt
image wool pleated skirt

I'm one of those people who can spend an hour in an office supply store. Along with beads and findings, I could probably open a shop myself for spiral notebooks and 2-pocket folders. Now with my mailing supplies, stickers, labels, etc., it's a wonderland for me...

Back to school means cute accessories, too. Here's some hair bling - hair clips that I made. I take custom orders for different bead colors, but I love this blue.
image hairclip by Linda B

Another fun item that I made are these ladybug earringson sterling silver chains
image ladybug earrings

Here's a Big Box of Crayons Necklace by Etsytwitter teammate, Suzanne.
image big box of crayons necklace

Jen made this Back to School Coffee Cozy
image coffee cozy

Sandi created this handpainted tote bag
image handpainted tote bag

And, any of FoxyGKnits items work for fall or winter, her handknitted scarves look so warm.


I hope you enjoy handmade Back to School Shopping with the EtsyTwitter Team.

Linda B