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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Craft Shows this Weekend and New Items – What’s Your Favorite?

I’ll be at 2 craft shows this weekend offering you a chance to shop for Mother’s Day:

On Saturday, May 1, Marklund Spring Craft Show from 9 am to 3 pm 1 South 450 Wyatt Drive
Geneva, IL 60134

New items for sale are:

Swarovski Crystal and Iolite Bracelet with Sterling Silver Clasp

b_cry_iolite

Bridal Earrings – Sterling Silver Swarovski

Bridal Swarovski Sterling Silver Earrings by Linda B

2 Blue Flowers Cabochon Adjustable Ring

2 Blue Flowers Cabochon Ring

Black and Turquoise Sterling Silver Earrings

Black Turquoise Lampwork Heart Earrings

Sun., May 2 - The Holiday Inn Rolling Meadows - from 9am - 4pm
3405 Algonquin Rd.
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

Sterling Silver Leverback Swarovski Crystal Earrings

Sterling Silver Swarovski Peridot Earrings

Upcycled Bottlecap Magnets, Hairpins or Pins

Your Choice of Magnets by Linda B.

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If you come to the show, tell me you saw my blog, LinorStore and I’ll give you a 15% discount.

Thank you, Dear Reader, for reading.

What’s your favorite item? Please use the comment form to tell me.

4.29.10 Linda's Top 5 Etsy Finds - Vote Open until Sat. at 6 pm

I started a feature on my blog that I enjoy doing and my dear readers also seem to enjoy. It's called Linda's Top Etsy Finds and it's done on a weekly basis. I ask people to post in an Etsy thread and comment on my blog and I choose 5 items to present to you.

Part 2 is that I ask the shops that I feature to get votes. The seller who gets the most votes gets their own blog feature interview on my blog.

Here are this week's entries in no particular order.

CLUTCH BAG 60's vintage paisley bright pastels clutch handbag
Don't you just love the colors?

two-hole button explosion charm bracelet
This is my favorite for today (I don't vote)


The Rose-crocheted flower headband in blue
(Flowers are all the rage)


Jesse the Vintage Chenille Scottie Dog Plush - Too cute!


Tutorial - Braided Wire Cuff - I read her blog
almost every day


Please vote once for your favorite item. I will post the results early next week and send interview questions out to the #1 choice.

Don't vote on this item - Bluebird of Happiness Necklace

Last but not least, I will be at 2 craft shows this weekend: Saturday in Geneva, IL and on Sunday in Hoffman Estates. See http://linorstore.com/event.htm for details and come to say hi. Mention the word Linor and I'll give you 20% off.

Thank you, Dear Reader for visiting.
Linda B.  


 

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Introducing pink80sgirl from Etsy


Vanessa won a blog feature with her Rosalie Fascinator from her Etsy Shop. Please visit her shop to show your support for her blog feature and while you're there, purchase an item.

Linda: What inspires you? Many things inspire me. Color, textures, scents and especially music!

What is your favorite thing to do with your creativity? I love to wear my own designs and/or see someone else wearing my designs and feeling a little extra extravagant.
What are the web addresses people can find you at?
http://www.etsy.com/shop/pink80sgirl
Blog http://www.vanessamc.reger.com/

What is your favorite color combination? I don’t think I have just one favorite. I like to play around with colors and see what looks good. I do love anything with different shades of pink, purple, black, cream, green, yellow… the list never stops. I think its always important to improve on your craft and learn new things to help yourself evolve.

Three Cheers for Sweet Satin

Why should people buy handmade? People should buy handmade not only to support their favorite and/or local crafter but because handmade is 10x more unique and 20x more well made and durable than anything you might find in a store.

Any tips on selling handmade stuff? Networking, networking, networking!

Lady in Red Brooch OR Hair clip
Apart from creating things, what do you do? I love spending time with my family, reading, teaching and going to concerts.
What have been the most valuable lessons learned from other artists? To be nice. There is always something else you can learn. And ask for help, its always there, you just have to be brave enough to ask for it.

Vanessa, thanks for the time you took to answer my questions. Let us know how many sales you get from Linda's Top Etsy Finds Blog.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Linda's Top Etsy Finds - How to Be Considered

I'm looking for Etsy sellers who want to be considered for this week's Linda's Top Etsy Finds. If you're interested, please see http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?page=1&thread_id=6505469

Two actions are required:
1. Post the URL of 1 item in your shop, AND
2. Comment on this blog.

I'll be reviewing shops until Wednesday evening at 6 pm and will post on Thursday. You will be notified if you made it. If you did, I'll ask you to tell your friends to vote for you.

The Etsy seller with the most votes will get their own




Tuesday Teaser




Teaser Tuesday is about posting texts from books you're currently reading and getting new ideas for your Books to read list.

I'm just starting this book today -

"So, Wanda dished up and served ten enormouse bowls of ice cream, and then stood at the sink, looking on as the Shultzes laughted and ate and finished making their signs. 'Jackie's sign was Queen Barbhie's Beauty Palace,' Aunt Maureen and Uncle Artie's sign was 'National Headquarters: Zero Population Growth.' It was hung, not on their bed, but on their bedroom door. It hung there for the next thirteen years; as far as Wanda knew, it was hanging there still...."

"After the show, he walked her to the car as usual. They said nothing about the earlier events of the evening. On this night, they said nothing at all. These late night walks found her feeling more and more apprehensive ..."

Today's Teaser is featured in this book:



What are YOU reading?

Monday, April 26, 2010

SouthPaw Studios - EtsyTwitter Team Shop of the Week

The woman behind the beautiful jewelry designs at SouthPaw Studios, the Etsy Twitter Team Shop of the Week,  is Katy M.

She says, "my father, a glass blower, gave me a book on jewelry design, I delved further into the art. Although I had been crafting treasures for my family and friends, a great opportunity came to me when I was 17. A friend of mine was wearing a piece of my jewelry when she was shopping in a boutique. The owner loved what she was wearing so much that he inquired as to where she got it. Soon, I placed my jewelry in that boutique and my pieces began to sell. It was then that I knew I was onto something."

My favorite items in her shop are:
Black Diamond swarovski crystal beaded dangle earrings 




Visit Katy's shop, look for any special SOTW items and tell her Linda B. says hi.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

What's New from Linda B's Jewelry Designs?

I'm introducing a new line of resin cabochon items - post earrings and bobbi pins:

Flower Stud or Post Earrings
Rose Cabochon Bobbi Pins

These are items I just created and will be listed soon: 

Iolite and Swarovski Crystal Bracelet


Two Blues Cabochon Ring


Oriental Fan Earrings

Red Cat Beaded Bookmark
Pink Purse Bling

This item is a supply of 3 glass and 1 cloisonne' pendant

So, which is your favorite? 

4.25.10 The Winner is ... Hummingbird Earrings

Congratulations to Glasmagie from Germany on winning the Linda's Top 5 Vote!

You're number 1!

Hummingbird Earrings - Made of glass
Karo, I'll be sending you the interview questions for your blog feature.

Thanks for entering and reading. Look for my post in the Etsy Forums on Tuesday for a chance to be considered for Linda's Top Etsy Finds. 

Linda B

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Happy Birthday, Taurus - April 21 - May 20


April/May birthdays
If you were born between April 21 - May 20, your Zodiac sign is Taurus from the Greek Tauros or the Bull.
Taurus is persistent and steadfast than Taurus and excels at her work, because she understands the importance of method and order. Taurus has a wonderful sense of humor and often uses humor to be the center of attention. Taurus is not aggressive, but can be stubborn and self-indulgent.
Taurus is a loyal and faithful friend, warm hearted and loving. As a lover, Taurus is sensual and amorous. Taurus is very fond of music.
Constellation
Taurus the Bull
Zodiac symbol
Bull
Known as
The Builder
Ruling planet
Venus
Quality
Fixed
Element
Earth
Greatest Overall Compatibility
Virgo, Capricorn
Best for Marriage and Partnerships
Scorpio
Day
Friday
Color
green, orange, yellow, earth tones
Flowers
Violet & Poppy
Metal
Copper
Lucky Numbers
6, 4
Taurus virtues
Endurance, loyalty, patience, stability, harmonious disposition
Negative traits
Rigidity, stubborness, tendency toward over possessive and materialistic

Gemstones: Agate
Azurite
Coral
Carnelian
Crystal Quartz
Emerald
Lapis Lazuli
Sapphire
Taurus governs the throat and neck, the 5th chakra, and corresponds to communication and friendship. The color is blue. 
Earth Planet Bracelet

Blue Sapphire Earrings

Famous Taurus People
Catherine the Great
Ann Margret
Burt Bacharach
Candice Bergen
Pierce Brosnan
Carol Burnett
Cher
George Clooney
Kirsten Dunst
Carmen Electra
Albert Finney
Sigmund Freud
Queen Elizabeth II
Audrey Hepburn
Jessica LangeAndie MacDowell
Shirley MacLaine
Jack Nicholson
Al Pacino
Michelle Pfeiffer
Barbra Streisand
Uma Thurman
Orson Welles

How are you celebrating your birthday?






Friday, April 23, 2010

Meet May of The MayFlower - Blog Feature Winner

May won a blog feature from your votes for her Field of Flowers Skirt
Here's our interview:

1. Tell us a bit about yourself (name, location, affiliations, personal stuff). My name is May and Mayflower is actually one of my many nicknames I had, hence the name of my shop. I am currently located in New Brunswick, New Jersey. I am a full time student at Rutgers University, double majoring in Supply Chain and Marketing Science and Business Management and a minor in political science. I do have experience sewing. I took courses at the Fashion Institute of Technology since I was 14. And last year, I entered into a fashion contest for Womenswear-Evening and won a silver medal for my dress. I only recently began making jewelry. My favorite color is black, you might notice that when you look at most of the clothing items in my shop. And macaroni and cheese is the best comfort food out there! (Linda B agrees)


2. What inspires you? I find inspiration everywhere and in everything. For some of the spring and summer creations that I am in the process of making right now, I definitely find my inspiration in the weather, the flowers, and the colors. Generally, I tend to focus all of my creations on a single phrase said by Leonardo DaVinci: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Elephant and Mother Of Pearl Tusk Necklace
3. What is your favorite thing to do with your creativity? Grab some fabric or jewelry supplies and make something!

4. What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?
Well, I remember watching Project Runway season 3 or 4. I was so inspired by Uli and what she does that I decided to take some fabric and make something. I got black and gray striped fabric and made a bandeau top shirt with braids. It surprisingly was simple to make and really fun to wear. You can actually view it here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/themayflower/4531488522/

5. What are the web addresses people can find you at? (website, etsy, blog, flickr)
My blog mainly focuses on economics, politics and fashion and how they relate to one another. Some of the topics I have brought up to discussion are highly sexualized ads in today’s society and the reemergence of blackface.
6. What is your favorite color combination? Black with a pale pink. I remember Anne Hathaway wearing a flowy pale pink chiffon dress with a motorcycle dress over it. I liked the sharp contrast between pale pink and bold black. It worked out very nicely.
MADE TO ORDER Just A Little Pop of Color Dress

7. What projects are you currently working on? I am currently working on two white dresses. The first one is a sweetheart top with white tulle as the bottom skirt. It will be covered with vines, leaves I have cut out from white fabric. It will only cover a small part of the tulle and all of the top. I might even extend it and make the vines wrap around the shoulder and neck, but I’m not sure yet. It may be too much.

The second one is a white tube top dress with a very flowy bottom skirt. It will be similar to the “Field of Flowers” skirt. I will be making more of those flowers and putting it all over the top and only a few on the top of the skirt. There will be a lot of beading integrated into the top as well. I will be using pearls, clear crystal beads and antique brass as well. I think it’ll be easier to understand once I finish it and post a picture on Etsy. I do intend for this dress to be a wedding dress, which will be my first ever!

8. Why should people buy handmade? We dedicate a lot of time to making these products and satisfying our customers. It would keep us motivated to know that you appreciate our hard work!

9. Do you have any tips or wisdom on selling handmade items? I would say that I am still a newbie when it comes to promoting and advertising. But one thing’s for sure: HAVE GOOD PHOTOS! It’s usually what entices the customer to click on your product and read more about it. Don’t only rely on Etsy. Do some promoting offline as well. Give your cards to your family members to hand out. Get your nieces or nephews to wear your items to school or to birthday parties. I get my little sister to wear the “Rainbow bracelet” to school and many girls have been begging their parents to get one like hers!

10. What have been the most valuable lessons learned from other artists? I’ve learned that their strategies may not necessarily bring me success. They give great pointers, but every seller and every shop is unique and different. Techniques that may have worked for them may not produce the same results for you. For some, Twitter has been a success in generating sales, but for me, Facebook has generated most sales, both online and offline. I’m not saying to ignore their advice. You should definitely take it into account, but don’t expect the same results.

11. Apart from creating things, what do you do?
Since I’m in college, I do a lot of things. I love working out and keeping in shape. I take Body Combat classes, which is a combination of Mixed Martial Arts and kickboxing. I love to read in my spare time. I read everything from biographies to science fiction to history books to romantic love stories. I love playing video games. I am a video game addict and I want everyone to know it. And most importantly, hanging out with my friends. They are amazing and they have been very supportive about my starting an online shop.

Thanks so much, May for taking the time to post and answer my questions. I hope you gets tons of views and sales.

Linda B.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

4.22.10 Linda's Top Etsy Finds - Vote for your Favorite

Every week I post in the Etsy Forums asking for Etsy shops to show me 1 item and comment on my blog. This gives me a chance to feature other sellers' items, which I love to do.

So, without further delay, here are this week's Linda's Top Etsy Finds.

Vote in the comments for your favorite. The item with the most votes will get a solo blog feature interview here in the future. (I'm running a little behind on those, just so you know.) So, if you're featured, please ask for friends to vote for you. Voting ends Sat. at NOON.

This week's top finds (in no particular order) are: 



Girl or Boy Wreath

Beaded Necklace with Polymer Clay Pendant



Hummingbird Glass Earrings
















Little Red Riding Hood Bits and Pieces Pack


And, this is one of my creations:

Blue Bird of Happiness Chain Necklace









Thanks so much for being one of my blog readers. 

Post your favorite item (not mine) in your comments and the one with the most votes will win a profile blog feature. 

Thanks!
Linda B. 

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Treasury East

Tim Adams posted how to find out if you’re in the new Etsy Treasury East. Unfortunately, the link is DOWN. Sorry.

This is a shot of Treasury East
T-East1
The link to see if you’re in it is http://www.karetka.net/etsy/index.php
Enter your Etsy shop ID and you’ll see how many Treasuries you are in.
As long as we’re talking about Treasuries, the place to see if you’re in other Treasuries is http://craftopolis.com
Spread the word.
Linda B.


Monday, April 19, 2010

Meet RingalingbyBeth – Blog Feature

Linda: Tell us a bit about yourself
Beth: My shoppe name is ringalingbybeth.  I started my Etsy endeavor in the Fall of 2009.  My daughter was going into first grade and I
was thinking.... what am I going to do with myself?  I really wanted to do something creative.  I had seen an article in a magazine years ago about
vintage button rings.  I thought it was the coolest idea, so I decided to start a business creating rings for young and old with buttons and seaglass or anything else that strikes me.   I have lived in Massachusetts all my life.  I married my husband who also has lived in the same town.  We actually bought the house that he grew up in,  so we really have not gone far at all.  It is nice to raise our daughter where our roots began. 

Silver Sand Dollar Button Ring

sand

Linda: What inspires you?
Beth: Flea markets are at the top of my list.  I love the idea of repurposing items.  I think that I was probably a rusty old wrench in a previous life.....when I see rusty things I aim right for them.  I love to furnish my home with things not everyone would have in their home, anything vintage and nostaligic …  Obviously buttons are inspiring me at the moment.  It gives me such an adrenaline rush to find a really cool button that I can't wait to make into a ring.  It is cool to think what the life of the button has been up to this point, and then it finds a new home on my rings and the cycle continues.


Sweet Childrens Button Rings
kids

Linda: What is your favorite thing to do with your creativity?
Beth: Decorate my house inside and out.  With the nicer weather I am actually getting excited to start decorating the outside of my house.  Of course, there are rusty objects there as well: An old wrought iron baby crib as a flower bed., watering cans galore, anything rustic.

Pale Pink Pearl Cluster Ring
pink

Linda: What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?
Beth: The first thing I remember making were these collages.  I would cut out pieces of magazines/flyers and glue them onto posterboards and personalize them for all my friends.  I would do this for hours, it definitely satisfied some kind of artistic element in my life.  I don't remember being particularly crafty at all growing up, I think my personal style seemed to develop when I was in my mid 20s.

 

Linda: What is your favorite color combination?
Beth: Anything and brown.  hhmmmmm, I take that back ... probably black and white.

Linda: What are the web addresses people can find you at? (website, etsy, blog, flickr)
Beth: You can find me at:
http://ringalingbybeth.etsy.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/ringalingbybeth/270288775138?ref=ts#!/pages/ringalingbybeth/270288775138?ref=ts
or email me at:
ringalingbybeth@yahoo.com
I am resisting the whole blog thing.  I think it may consume me and take over my whole entire life . . .

Linda: Why should people buy handmade?
Beth: I love the idea of buying handmade items.  It is so much more personal.  I feel like it is helping someone personally instead of helping some company or corporate entity get bigger and richer.  The pieces are more unique and special.  It seems there is more of a story behind the item. 

Linda: Any tips or wisdom on selling handmade stuff?
Beth: Seeing as I am still in the beginning stages I do not have many words of wisdom, but I would say take pride in what you do.  If you love what you create that is all that really matters. I mean it is a lot nicer when other people also enjoy what you do:), but you have to enjoy it yourself first.

Winter White Sea Glass ring
sea

Linda: Apart from creating things, what do you do?
Beth: I love laughing with my 7-year-old daughter ... boy is she funny!  I love reading a really great book.  Eating dinner outside is high on my list, listening to live music.  Buying pumpkins in the Fall. 

Linda: What have been the most valuable lessons learned from other artists?
Beth: I am constantly in awe of all the inspiring things other people have accomplished and created.  I still have a lot to learn, but the journey has been fun so far.

Thanks, Beth. I appreciate your time in answering my questions.

For my other Dear Readers, you too can have 1 of your items featured on my blog. Look for my Etsy Forum Thread – Linda B’s Top Etsy Finds posted on Tuesdays.

Beth’s item, a green ring, like the pink one, won the most amount of votes and therefore, she got an entire blog feature.

So hurry up and look at Beth’s terrific rings!