Follow my blog with bloglovin Linda B's Blog: December 2009

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Is it Really Over? 2009?

As 2009 comes to a close, my accomplishments are:

I did 9 craft shows and met some other terrific Etsy sellers who I've been communicating with online - and I work full time. And, I learned how to consolidate my items into 5 boxes and am still working on improving my display.

The EtsyChai Team had a successful Miracles of Hanukkah promotion and many members got sales from it. Thank you to the Exec. Board! 

I created and sold 2 new lines: bottlecap magnets, holiday pendants and wire beaded kippot with combs for the first time

Custom Wire Beaded Kippot with Comb (prices vary)

Vacations: I had 2 in different parts of Michigan. 

I purchased a new vehicle - a Chevy Malibu.

John and I welcomed a new black cat, Homer, into our home. 

The EtsyTwitter Team had a fun trunk show in the virtual labs. And, the EtsyBloggers team helped me keep my blog up to date. Both did a feature on me, which I appreciate. I got a sale from 1 teammates' blog. 

I finished the book The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown and loved it. The details of the Masons and symbolism is fascinating. Also I read The Black Hills by Nora Roberts, I, Alex Cross by James Patterson, True Blue by David Baldacci and several others. 

We saw the movies 2012, New Moon, Marine, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Public Enemies.  

What's in store for 2010? This year, I'm not making resolutions. I hope to read, laugh, create and share more of my designs with more people. 

Do YOU have goals for 2010? I'd be happy to read them.

Happy New Year! 

Linda Blatchford

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Linda's Top 5 Etsy Shop Finds

Every week, I ask for submissions to be on Linda's Top 5 Etsy Shop Finds Blog in an Etsy Forums thread, and ask for comments here on my blog. I'm happy to present this week's Etsy Shops to you. If you're featured, please tell everyone to comment and post next week to be considered.

 Happy New Year 2010 Tile Coasters

Diamonte Wrap in Liberation Colorway - great colors!

 Tea Bag Prints - Brown - Three (3)

Can't believe this will be the last Linda's Top 5 Etsy Finds of 2009.

But, the feature will be back the first week in January. Follow my blog to see who's on it next. Thank you so much for reading. :)

Happy New Year!

Linda B.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Looking on Etsy

On Wed., I'll be posting Linda's Top 5 Etsy Finds. So, if you want to be considered, please post one item in this Etsy Forum thread, and post a comment on my blog.

Then, check back to see if you're included late on Wednesday.

Linda B.

Happy (Belated) Birthday Capricorn

Happy Birthday Capricorn!

December 21 - January 19

Capricornus is a Latin compound of "she-goat" (capra) and "horn" (cornus), which translates the original Greek Aegocerus, "goat-horned." Capricorn is generally an upholder of tradition. Capricorn is usually interested in the welfare of the community. Capricorn has a noble ambition and an extraordinary power of adaptability. Once in a while Capricorn becomes too ambitious in the wealth department.Capricorn is a bit of a flirt. When it comes to marriage Capricorn looks for a "suitable" marriage and is usually successful.

Famous Capricorns: 
Mohammad Ali, Steve Allen
Joan of Arc, Isaac Asimov
Benjamin Franklin, Humphrey Bogart
Faye Dunaway, Ava Gardner
Mary Tyler Moore. Richard Nixon
Martin Luther King, J R R Tolkien

Agate, Ruby, Garnet, Turquoise, Quartz Crystal, Cat's Eye

Ruby Red Earrings

Purchase a Capricorn birthday gift from my Etsy shop

What is your favorite item from the ones shown above?

Linda B.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Weekend Projects - What Did You Do?

Over the weekend, I caught up on some household projects: shampooing rugs, organizing craft supplies, taking and editing photos. I also made some new scrabble tile pendants, but haven't taken pictures yet.

We had about 10 inches of snow that began on Friday, so my plans to go out were quickly abandoned. Instead, I chose to enjoy the beauty of it through the window. This is Homer, the latest cat addition to the family.
homer cat in window

John, Homer, Stubbers and Buddy (our cats) and I took a few naps, watched A Christmas Vacation and White Christmas. I caught up on reading my 2 books, The Lost Symbol and Under the Dome. So far, I must say I'm intrigued by both books.

I edited a few photos of items and listed one so far.

Sterling Silver Black Onyx Pendant
Red Wire Beaded Barrettes

Blue Swarovski Sterling Silver Jewish Star Earrings

I also have my application ready for a Spring Craft Show ... I looked at one in January, but with 10 inches of snow, I'm not to sure about traveling 50 miles.

So, please tell me what you've been up to. I'm interested!

Linda B.

Two Red Etsy Treasuries & Year End Clearance

Teammates from the EtsyChai and EtsyTwitter Team have chosen a pair of my crimson red earrings to be in their Treasuries.

Here are my OOAK Crimson Red Posie Earrings

Stop by my Etsy shop and see the new sale prices. I'm reducing items on my beaded jewelry and destash for year-end clearance.


Friday, December 25, 2009

Celebrating the Holiday of Kwanzaa - Starts December 26

Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration held in the United States honoring universal African heritage and culture, marked by participants lighting a kinara (candle holder). It is observed from December 26 to January 1 each year, primarily in the United States. It is observed by Americans of African descent and people of African descent around the world.

Kwanzaa Bottlecap Pendant Necklaces  by Linda B.

The name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, meaning first fruits of the harvest. The choice of Swahili, an East African language, reflects its status as a symbol of Pan-Africanism, especially in the 1960s.

Kwanzaa Earrings

Kwanzaa consists of seven days of celebration, featuring activities such as candle-lighting and libations, and culminating in a feast and gift giving. It was created by Ron Karenga and was first celebrated from December 26, 1966 to January 1, 1967.

Today, many African American families celebrate Kwanzaa along with Christmas and New Year's. Frequently, both Christmas trees and kinaras, the traditional candle holder symbolic of African American roots, share space in kwanzaa-celebrating households. To them, Kwanzaa is an opportunity to incorporate elements of their particular ethnic heritage into holiday observances and celebrations of Christmas.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all

It's the holiday season and I wanted to wish my readers a very Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings! I hope all your Christmas wishes come true.

Linda B

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Linda's Top 5 Etsy Finds for Wednesday

Santa Claus Print Apron

Pointsettia Crocheted Bookmark

Snowflake Headband

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and participating. If you'd like to be considered for next week's blog, please look for Linda's Top 5 Etsy Finds in the Etsy Forums. 

I do appreciate blog comments, subscribers and retweets. 

Happy Holidays!
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Squid & Science Inspired Jewelry/Sculpture by Noadi's Art

Sheryl loves marine animals including squid, octopi, and other weird creatures. Her Etsy shop is full of them. She's the EtsyTwitter Team shop of the week.

Here are a few of my favorites: Purple Octopus Necklace

Tentacle Specimen Jar

Noadi ships internationally to the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and all of Europe. Visit Noadi's Art at or find her on:

Her special offer is: Free stamped octopus cards with every order, no code needed.
Happy Holidays!
Linda B

Monday, December 21, 2009

Etsy Bloggers Team

Welcome to the December 21, 2009 edition of the EtsyBloggers Blog Carnival!

dizzydragonflies presents Southern holiday recipes posted at dizzydragonflies.

Angel Eden presents Recipe Time posted at Angel Eden.

Two Zany Zebras presents A Little Holiday Cheer for down under! posted at Two Zany Zebras.

A Keeper's Jackpot presents Unlocking the Color Combination posted at A Keeper's Jackpot.

Five O'Clock Somewhere presents Gingerbread and Ginger Cookies posted at Five O'Clock Somewhere.

Edi presents Blog Carnival-Favorite Gift posted at Memories for Life Scrapbooks.

Linda B presents Third Night of Hanukkah posted at Linda B's Blog.

cindy devine presents Color Schemes posted at Devine Designs Jewelry.

UberArt presents Blue and Brown posted at UberArt Shop.

Jane Poh presents White on Blue - EtsyBloggers Blog Carnival Dec 2009 Post posted at Projects by Jane.

gilliauna presents Music is Forever posted at The Meandering Musings of a Consummate Shopper, saying, "Happy Holidays!"

Melissa Sinisgalli presents Let's Talk Colors posted at Made By Melissa.

Sarah Wagner-Ranes presents Favorite Gift posted at Sweet Sally's Soaps News.

Sumiko Shop presents What are your favorite color combinations? posted at Sumiko*Handmade Creations*.

Alicia Mae presents December EtsyBlogger Carnival posted at Crafts and Cooking.

Christina Watson presents EtsyBlogger Carnival Post posted at Christina Studio Designs.

storybeader presents Etsybloggers Carnival - Dec. 18, 2009 posted at Stroll Through Storyland, saying, "♫Happy Holidays♫"

BunnyKissd presents Diary of a Crazy Rabbit Lady, Too: BlogCarnival: Favorite Gift posted at Diary of a Crazy Rabbit Lady, Too.

Athena Workman presents December 18th Etsybloggers Blog Carnival: Present and Past posted at the weblog of artist athena workman.

Carol J Grand-Cowan presents Etsy Bloggers Blog Carnival posted at The Grand Design.

Nancy presents What are your Favorite Color Combinations? posted at NanjoDogz.

PatchFirstShop presents My Favorite Color Combination.. posted at PatchFirstShop.

Erika presents A Gift for Christmas posted at NICO* Designs.

Heather presents My Favorite Gift posted at Heather's Custom Sewing.

Laurie Jackson presents Red and Marie Blue, Together posted at Indulge Your Shelf.

Linda Pruitt presents Etsyblogger Carnival Post posted at Pruitt Handcrafts.

Margaret Freije presents a favorite Christmas posted at Splendid Little Stars, saying, "fun! Thanks!"

Rose Works Jewelry presents Rose Works Jewelry: My Favorite Colors posted at Rose Works Jewelry.

Tammy presents Colorful Blog Carnival posted at tamdoll's workspace, saying, "I love color!"

Kat Lantz presents EB Blog Carnival posted at SassmowthDesigns.

Jessica presents Color Combinations posted at Cut Your Heart Out.

thatDESIGNshop presents Etsy Bloggers- Favorite Color Combos posted at That Design Gal.

Judy Nolan presents The gift of discovery posted at Word Walks.

naturemanipulated presents My Handmade Holiday posted at Nature Manipulated - visual and wearable art.

Have fun reading this edition of the EtsyBloggers Blog Carnival! Would you like to join our blogging team? Got a blog? Love Etsy? Check us out!

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Vt. court eyes value of love of man's best friend

I read this article and thought it may be of interest to animal lovers. As you know, we now have 3 cats, having recently adopted Homer who is 14 from a co-worker's daughter, whose son is allergic. We are now talking about them visiting Homer so they don't suffer from the loss completely.

By DAVE GRAM (AP) – 12 hours ago

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont's highest court is being asked to decide what a dog's love is worth.
The state Supreme Court on Thursday was to hear a case that began in July 2003, when Denis and Sarah Scheele, who were visiting relatives, let their mixed-breed dog wander into Lewis Dustin's yard and he fatally shot it.

Now the Scheeles are asking the court to carve out a new legal doctrine that a dog's owners can sue for emotional distress and loss of companionship, just like parents can when they lose children.

"We're still working toward having the courts recognizing the true value of companion animals. They're members of the family, not mere property," Sarah Scheele, 58, said from her home in Annapolis, Md., on Wednesday before flying north for the court hearing.

Dustin's lawyer, David Blythe, said Dustin never intended to kill the Scheeles' dog, Shadow, and "has always regretted that it happened." He said Dustin fired an air pellet rifle at the dog in hopes of scaring it off the lawn of his home in Northfield, a community of about 6,000 residents just south of Montpelier in the heart of the state's Green Mountains.

The shot Dustin fired penetrated the dog's chest and severed an aorta, and the dog died on the way to a veterinarian's office.

Dustin, 76, has said he was aiming at the dog's rear end. He did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment Wednesday.

He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty and was given a year probation. He also was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and pay $4,000 in restitution to the Scheeles.

But the Scheeles weren't done. Sarah Scheele gave up her work as a meeting planner and has devoted her time since the dog's death to advocating for animal welfare and caring for the six special-needs dogs — most of them abused in the past — the couple has adopted in recent years. Denis Scheele, 50, continues to work as a plumber.

The Scheeles filed a civil suit against Dustin, pressing their claim that Shadow was more than a piece of property and that they could not be compensated just with reimbursement of what they paid to adopt him from an animal shelter, the veterinary bill that resulted from the shooting and the cost of his cremation.

Blythe, who owns a poodle and a maltipoo, said he would be very angry if someone shot one of his dogs. But he argued that the Scheeles aren't entitled to the legal remedy they're seeking.

Historically, laws across the country have limited sharply the ability of plaintiffs to collect damages for emotional loss. A parent can sue for emotional damage from the loss of a child, but a grandparent cannot for the loss of a grandchild under Vermont law, Blythe said.

"If the court carved out this exception in the common law, it would put pet owners in a position that grandparents are not in terms of recovering emotional-distress damages," Blythe said.

The court earlier this year ruled against a plaintiff seeking to collect for emotional distress when a cat's death resulted from a veterinarian's medication error.

One of the Scheeles' lawyers, Heidi Groff, said this case is different because Dustin acted with intent and malice when he shot Shadow.

"All previous (Vermont) cases that have presented this issue have involved negligence," Groff said, "and we have something that we think is a great deal more serious than that."

The Scheeles are particularly devoted pet owners. They feed their dogs human food, brush the dogs' teeth and dress them in raincoats when it's wet outside.

On a Web site devoted to Shadow's memory, they wrote, "Every day without you running and playing and cuddling with us is more difficult than the day before. The loss of your presence in our every moment is unbelievably painful. Not a moment passes that you are not in our thoughts, our hearts and our prayers."

Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Linda's Top 5 Etsy Finds for Wednesday

Each week, I post in the Etsy Forums, looking for 1 item to feature on my Linda's Top 5 Blog. I love seeing all the handmade items and works by creative artisans.

So, here is this week's feature.

Belize Breeze Wristlet - love the colors

Blue Floral Bedspread

Thanks to all of you who are reading my blog and following me on Etsy too.

You all have great Etsy shops. Watch for next week's post in the Etsy Forums.

Thanks and Happy Holidays!

Linda B.

Wednesday's Blog

My Wednesday blog post will feature at least 5 Etsy people who post in this thread and comment on my blog.  Hurry to post your items and comments.

I've listed some new beads destash in my Etsy shop, so if you need any beads, please check it out.

I also have some Christmas and Hanukkah gift items left and can expedite shipping for you.

Honey Onyx Swarovski Bracelet

Thanks for looking.

Linda Blatchford

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Third Night of Hanukkah

Hanukkah is the most widely celebrated American Jewish holiday, possibly because it is a fun, child-centered occasion. It is celebrated with excellent food, an exchange of gifts, and the lighting of beautiful menorahs (special Hanukkah candelabras) filled with brightly colored candles. Unlike some of the other Jewish holidays, which require intense spiritual reflection or elaborate preparation, it is easy to celebrate. 

I love to celebrate with the entire family around the menorah - try to herd/hold 3 cats near the lights sometime, it's fun; eating potato pancakes with sour cream or applesauce, finding the right Hanukkah gift for my husband, which is usually "go to the hobby shop and spent $ X", and listening to Hanukkah music. This year I have XM radio and am listening to Radio Hanukkah. It's fun to hear the same song done differently, there's rap, raggae and instrumental Hanukkah music. 

My favorite Hanukkah gift was from my husband about 9 years ago. One year he bought me a watercolor paint set including paper and a book, the next year he bought me a drafting table. While I've dabbled with painting, it's not my forte, but I use the drafting table to make handstamped greeting cards and it's my jewelry photography center.  I'm still working on using the correct lighting. Winter in Chicagoland doesn't provide great lights. 

This is my drafting/crafting/photo table

and this is my tripod from my cousin, a professional fine art photographer

Judaica Winecharms

To Life Sterling Chai Earrings

What's your favorite Hanukkah or Christmas gift? It is handmade? I'd love to read your comments.

Linda Blatchford
Jewelry Designerchic

Answer to Comment: We light 1 additional candle each night to remember the Festival of Hanukkah. Each menorah has a place for 9 candles. There is one helper candle, called the "shammash" that is used to light all the other candles. It is usually higher than the other candles. There are 8 days of Hanukkah because there was enough sacred oil to last in the Temple for 8 nights, instead of just one.

History: Some 2,200 years ago, the Land of Israel came under the rule of the Syrian-Greek emperor Antiochus, who issued a series of decrees designed to force his Hellenistic ideology and rituals upon the Jewish people. He outlawed the study of Torah and the observance of its commands, and defiled the Holy Temple in Jerusalem with Greek idols.

A small, vastly outnumbered band of Jews waged battle against the mighty Greek armies, and drove them out of the land. When they reclaimed the Holy Temple, on the 25th of Kislev, they wished to light the Temple's menorah ("candelabra"), only to discover that the Greeks had contaminated virtually all the oil. All that remained was one cruse of pure oil, enough to last one night – and it would take eight days to procure new, pure oil.

Miraculously, the one-day supply of oil lasted eight days and nights, and the holiday of Chanukah was established, the festival of Lights.

To commemorate and publicize these miracles, we light the Chanukah menorah (also known as a chanukiah) on each of the eight nights of Chanukah.

Linda B

Saturday, December 12, 2009

On the 1st Day of Hanukkah

There are 8 days of Hanukkah. I sold a few pairs of earrings, but I still have 2 Judaica bracelets

Today on the radio, I heard Adam Sandler's Hanukkah song, which always makes me laugh, along with several thousands of other people. I think his song put Hanukkah on the map for everyone. You can find it here.

Hanukkah Fact
Hanukkah is eight days, but we have 9 candles, 1 being the shammus, or helper candle, that lights all the others. Why the shammus candle? The Chanukkah candles are for pleasure only; we are not allowed to use them for any productive purpose. We keep an extra one around (the shammus), so that if we need to do something useful with a candle, we don't accidentally use the Chanukkah candles. The shammus candle is at a different height so that it is easily identified as the shammus.

I hope you're learning more about Hanukkah every day. To those who celebrate, Happy Hanukkah!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Today's Hanukkah Moment

Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah. I might wear one of my newly designed kippot to say the blessings over the candles.

The only religious observance related to the holiday is the lighting of candles. The candles are arranged in a menorah (or sometimes called a chanukkiah) that holds nine candles: one for each night, plus a shammus (servant) at a different height.
On the first night, one candle is placed at the far right. The shammus candle is lit and three berakhot (blessings) are recited: l'hadlik neir (a general prayer over candles), she-asah nisim (a prayer thanking G-d for performing miracles for our ancestors at this time), and she-hekhianu (a general prayer thanking G-d for allowing us to reach this time of year).

After reciting the blessings, the first candle is then lit using the shammus candle, and the shammus candle is placed in its holder. The candles are allowed to burn out on their own after a minimum of 1/2 hour.
Hope you have a Happy and Healthy Hanukkah and eat some potato latkes. More on that tomorrow.
I'm having a sale in my Etsy shop this weekend 12/11-12/13. I'm offering 10% off if you purchase 1 item over $10 (not including destash or shipping/handling). Shop now at