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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

ndn-chick: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies#links#links

ndn-chick: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies#links#links


Getting Ready for Craft Show & Holidays

I'm just popping in to say hi and to let you know that I'll be selling my jewelry and greeting cards at a Fall Arts & Craft show on October 3 at Schaumburg High School in Illinois from 9 am to 4 pm. I'm pricing new Halloween, Hanukkah and Christmas items.

Halloween Charm Earrings


Thanks for looking. Be sure to post here if you'd like to be considered for my Thursday Top Finds blog post.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Etsy Twitter Team featured seller is Ambient Lights

This week's Etsy Twitter Team featured seller is Becki Krska of  She creates several types of items for home fragrancing as well as bath and body items. She’s on a mission to make you and your home smell like heaven!

Mama's Hot Berry Pancakes Handmade Soy Candle

For home fragrancing she makes 100% Soy wax candles, 100% Palm wax Warmer Melts, Aromatic Sink Freshener & Gentle Cleansers (these are neat, be sure to check them out!). For bath and body items she makes goat’s milk hand and body oval soap bars (dye free) and goat’s milk Soap on a Pouf, which is similar to soap on a rope but it's on a shower pouf! Her shop also carries Natural Lip Balms (both flavored and unflavored), and Hair and Body Mist with Aloe and Vitamin E.

“I have spent countless hours and many months researching and testing my items to find the best materials available that I can use to create premium quality products at an affordable price. I don't make any item available for sale unless I love it and I have proven through thorough testing that it is a fantastic item!

“My inspiration to create comes from within. I have always enjoyed crafting and creating things; it's a part of who I am. I love the satisfying feeling of making something with my own two hands. For me it's thrilling and exhilarating to create items. It makes me feel good! Also, I always smell great because I spend so much time around fantastic fragrances, that's a good thing!”
She ships internationally. All US orders have flat rate shipping no matter how much you purchase. I know you want to smell good, too, so take advantage of this one-week-only special offer:

This Week's special: 15% off ALL items OR Purchase three 7.50oz 100% Soy Jar Candles for only $20.00 (regularly priced 8.50 each) (15% off does not apply to the 3 for $20.00 special, it is already more then 20% savings!)

Special discounts do not apply to shipping. She can send you an invoice reflecting your savings before you make your payment or you can pay for your items and she will refund your savings via PayPal.

Most of her items have a quantity of one listed but she has more! Please feel free to contact her if you would like additional quantities of any item and she will create a custom listing just for you.

Follow her on Twitter @AmbientLights

Friday, September 25, 2009

Linda B Crafts Here, There and Everywhere

So, who is Linda B? Usually, I'm behind the camera and not in front of it. And my pictures outside of people (things larger than jewelry come out much better). Maybe I'll start a line of jewelry for giants so my pictures come out better.

I'm a chocoholic; this photo was taken at a Chocolate Festival earlier this year.

Here's the kicker, the day we went, they ran out of chocolate. Boo!

I'm going to let you guess which one is me. :)   LOL

Since you asked to see my face, I thought I'd show you my wrist and part of my hand too. I make beaded jewelry. This is an aventurine gemstone and glass bead charm bracelet that I made for Mother's Day. It now has the charms "laugh" and "love", so it's multipurpose. It's available for purchase on my Website

I'm also also a beadaholic and keep buying beads instead of using up beads already in my inventory. It seems I forget what I have, although I keep an updated Excel spreadsheet and keep buying red beads in different shapes.

What are my favorite gemstones to work with? I love brown jasper, carnelian, black onyx and red agate. I've listed some destash at my Etsy shop including beads and flat rhinestones.

Favorite colors and designs? Bold combinations of colors and using different sizes and shapes of beads together. I believe in enhancing the color combination using the characteristics of the colors and the gemstones.

Where do I craft? Everywhere. Normally, I bead on the dining room table with my trays of bead sorters set out in front of me. They are kept behind me in an entertainment center in a small cabinet and the regular clear plastic bead organizers from Hobby Lobby. And, I have one of those 4-drawer things on wheels for my sterling silver findings and plastic beads that I incorporate to keep the cost down.

Upstairs is the stamped greeting card center and photography area. I have another 4-drawer thing on wheels, a huge rubbermaid container and a drafting table that my husband bought me years ago to start me painting.

The office bedroom is where I have the PC (laptop is downstairs). I have my destash items in a box and mailing envelopes and my postage scale in there.

In the garage, I have some of my jewelry set up, playing with jewelry set up. That's in the summer. In the winter, I usually like to park in the garage, so that means the transport containers move inside.

In case you're wondering, I've chosen white instead of a blue tablecloth for my display. I like blue, but not for this.

These are my latest line of bottlecap pendants. A Halloween pumpkin and cemetery hand are listed in my shop.

I love all the jewelry I make. It's OOAK and my babies. It is different than other things on Etsy. Sometimes this is good, you know how it goes, "one person's Treasure ..."

This wraps up this segment of where I craft and some of my creations.

Thanks for reading. Oh, if you're in the Schaumburg, IL area, come see my on October 3 at the Schaumburg High School Fall Craft Show.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Linda's Top 5 Thursday Finds from Etsy

I'm glad you stopped by. Are you in this week's Linda's Top 5 Thursday Blog Post? Tell your friends if you are.

If you'd like to be considered for next week, please post a comment here on my blog AND post 1 item in the forum thread. Oh, and check out my Etsy shop of Linda B's Jewelry Designs if you get a chance.

Have a good week and thanks again for stopping by.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Day of Atonement = Yom Kippur

I'm in the spiritual zone of the Ya'min Nora'mim, the Days of Awe or the period from Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year to Yom Kippur.

These are some selections from the EtsyChai team.

Tallit Clips

The Jewish High Holy Day season continues and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement begins on Sunday, Sept. 27, and lasts through Monday after sunset. Moses brought down the second set of tablets from Mt. Sinai on this day.

Traditions: We wear white clothing to be “like the angels,” we fast (a method of purifying ourselves to approach G-d), we don’t wear leather or gold, and we admit our sins as a community. On this day, G-d hears our pleas for atonement and at the conclusion of the service, the Book of Life is closed. The slate is clean and we are turning a new leaf, returning to G-d and doing good deeds.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Fall into the Autumnal Equinox on 9/22/09

The fall or Autumnal Equinox begins at 21:19 (or 9:19pm) Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) on September 22, 2009. It is also referred to as the autumnal or fall equinox in the northern hemisphere.

For spiritual people, the day before the equinox, it is customary to review what you have "sown" since the Spring or vernal equinox, or you should be seeing the results of your meditations since then. Also, one can benefit from visualizing what one wants to achieve by the Spring equinox. In a way, it's like making resolutions for the New Year on January 1.

During the September equinox, the sun crosses the celestial equator and moves southward in the northern hemisphere during the September equinox. The location on the earth where the sun is directly overhead at solar noon is known as the subsolar point. The subsolar point occurs on the equator during the September equinox.

Autumn Equinox Carnelian Bracelet
It is important to note that day and night during the September equinox is not exactly equal length. During the time of the September and March equinoxes many regions around the equator have a daylight length of about 12 hours and six-and-a-half minutes. Moreover, the day is slightly longer in places that are further away from the equator and the sun takes longer to rise and set in these locations.A Greek astronomer and mathematician named Hipparchus (ca. 190-ca.120 BCE) was known for discovering the precession of the equinoxes, the slow movement among the stars of the two opposite places where the sun crosses the celestial equator. Hipparchus made observations of the equinox and solstice. Astronomers use the spring equinoctial point to define their frame of reference, and the movement of this point implies that the measured position of a star varies with the date of measurement. Hipparchus also compiled a star catalogue, but this has been lost.

Mabon Handmade Soap

The word “equinox” derives from the Latin words meaning “equal night” and refers to the time when the sun crosses the equator. In modern times this word is used to refer not only to the positions on the ecliptic but also the times of the year when the sun has reached them. The September equinox has been used as a reference point in many calendars in the past, including the French Revolutionary Calendar. Although very little is known about the ancient Macedonian calendar, some believe that the first month began after the autumnal equinox.

I hope you enjoy these selections. Please visit these shops and tell them I sent you.
Peace and light, 

Etsy Twitter Team Shop of the Week - Joslin Jewels

Etsy Twitter Team Shop of the Week - Joslin Jewels is the pick this week.

Sheridan of Joslin Jewels is having a sale from 9/18-27: Buy one or more beaded jewelry items over $25.00 and choose one item worth up to $25.00 for free! Simply enter "etsytwitter" and the name of the item you would like to receive for free in the notes to seller box. That's it!

Here are a few of my favorites from her Etsy Shop.

Butterfly Necklace

This pendant is my absolute favorite item in Sheridan's Shop. Isn't it terrific?

Be sure to show Sheridan some Etsy love and tell her I sent you, OK?


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Linda's Top 10 Thursday Featured Shops

Every week on Thursdays or Fridays, I look for my top 5-10 favorite finds from a thread in the Etsy forums. Hopefully, this will earn the featured Etsy shops some views and maybe even sales. Woohoo!

In order to be considered for next week's post, you need to comment in 2 places. Comment on this blog post in my blog and watch for my Top 10 Listing Etsy forum thread.

Good luck. And, I love getting feedback about your views and sales, so let me know what's happening in your shop.

Marty Monkey - amigurumi crochet
Vintage Hourglass 3 Minute Timer, Wood Stand Hour Glass
Lil' Pumpkin Diaper Cake Baby Shower Little Autumn Fall

Watch for my Etsy Forum Post Next Week and comment on this blog post for your shop to be considered. 2 steps required.
I won't be adding things to my shop for a little while because of the Jewish High Holidays.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Rosh HaShanah - The Jewish New Year - High Holidays

This week, my Top Friday will be shown on Thursday. So, please visit tomorrow.

The Jewish High Holiday season begins in the Hebrew month of Elul (August 22). It is a time to review one's deeds and spiritual progress over the past year and prepare for the upcoming "Days of Awe" of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. As the month of Divine Mercy and Forgiveness, it is an opportune time for teshuvah ("return" to G-d), prayer, charity, renewal and increased love for a fellow Jews and human beings in the quest for self-improvement and coming closer to G-d. Before we can improve our relationship with G-d, we must first repent to our friends and families.
Rosh Hashanah means "Head of the Year" and is observed for two days and begins on Fri., Sept. 16 at sundown. It is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, and their first actions toward the realization of mankind's role in G-d's world. Rosh Hashanah emphasizes the special relationship between G-d and humanity and we proclaim G-d as King.
The central observance of Rosh Hashanah is the sounding of the shofar, the ram's horn, which represents the trumpet blast of a people's coronation of their king. The cry of the shofar is also a call to repentance; for Rosh Hashanah is also the anniversary of man's first sin and his repentance thereof, and serves as the first of the "Ten Days of Repentance" which culminate in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Altogether, the shofar is sounded 100 times in the course of the Rosh Hashanah service.

Additional Rosh Hashanah observances include: a) Eating a piece of apple dipped in honey to symbolize our desire for a sweet year, and other special foods symbolic of the new year's blessings, b) Blessing one another with the words“Leshanah tovah tikateiv veteichateim, May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year " and c) Tashlich, a special prayer said near a body of water (an ocean, river, pond, etc.) in evocation of the verse, "And you shall cast their sins into the depths of the sea."

And my favorite high holiday tradition: shopping for a new outfit or making new jewelry to wear to synagogue for services.