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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Eco Friendly wins! Post your items too

Congratulations Jessica of  eco-friendly -

Post your best item in the Etsy Forum thread and come back and make a comment here with your shop name.

If you're chosen for the Top Etsy Finds, and ask your friends to vote, you too could win a blog interview with me.

Don't wait any more, do it now!

Linda B.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Custom Work & What's New

I just finished a few custom orders and am pretty excited about the way the earth toned wire wrapped bracelet, autumn earrings and new autumn Judaica keyring, Parnasah turned out.

Earth toned wire wrapped bracelet - a friend asked me to design a piece of jewelry for a mutual friend, Wendy, and the idea with her favorite colors came to me when we were talking.

I designed these matching earrings as my gift

Marian's daughter's Bat Mitzvah is next weekend.
She ordered 2 wire beaded kippot
Mazal tov to the family!



Autumn key chains - Parnasah - Abundance

What kind of jewelry or accessory would you have custom made?

Friday, August 27, 2010

EtsyBloggers Blog Carnival - School

School time! What is your favorite memory from kindergarten?

My mom used to walk me to school in Chicago, about 3 1/2 blocks away. She didn't drive at all and when I grew up, we walked a lot. 

I remember that there was play time and nap time, and milk and cookie time. But, the most vibrant memory is that a schoolmate named Scott, who lived across the street from the school, was playing with building blocks. I wanted to play with them too. He told me that "blocks were only for boys."

When we were older, I brought this story up to him, and he had no memory of it whatsoever. Just like a boy/man, right?


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

Every week I ask Etsy sellers to post in an Etsy Forum thread and post a comment on my blog for a chance to have 1 item featured or, one seller can win a blog interview with me. This feature gets exposure for everyone!

I present to you my picks for this week:

Floral Jewel Notecards - love the design and colors

Turban-Style Headband - Orange - looks so toasty

Paulie's Confession - Hand-Painted Upcycled Pop Art Decoupage
Decor Canister - head on over to see some vintage and herbal items


If you're chosen, please ask your friends to vote for your item in the comments section. The item with the most votes wins a blog feature interview on my blog.

Voting will close on Sunday, August 29 at 11 pm (CDT).
Thanks, Dear Blog Readers for checking it out. Remember to vote for yourself (ONCE) hehe

Watch for my post in the Etsy Forums next week to be considered.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Looking for Linda's Top Etsy Finds to Feature on my Blog

I'm looking for some fun, unique items to feature this week. Usually I pick 5, post the blog.

Then people get to vote on the top 1. And the winner gets a blog feature here like the prior post.

So, if you'd like your item featured, post you item and comment on my blog below.

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Interview with DesignsbyEmpwr

You voted for Kellie last week on my blog. So here’s our blog interview.

“My name is Kellie aka Empwr/EllieK. I am a graphic artist/spray paint artist, and mother of twins! I have a very supportive husband that absolutely loves my work. I found my passion for art with graffiti. I love to apply graffiti techniques onto canvas using the different lettering styles and stenciling techniques. Painting is my chance to let it all go. I love new challenges and doing custom work for people.”
What inspires you?
I am inspired by a lot of graffiti art, graphic design elements, and many different types of modern abstract art. I am also inspired by humanity and all the inner struggles and self-realization we go through in our lives. I am a very intuitive and emotional being, and that greatly influences my work.

Custom graffiti style pop art portrait 11x14

In ten years I'd like to be...
Hmmm… that is always a hard question. Ideally I would love to be doing advertising, or owning my own studio/gallery . The most important thing would be to have healthy 12-year old boys, and still be in my wonderful marriage.

Modern graffiti pop art painting of lips

What is your favorite color combination?
I love to mix different shades of purples with oranges. I also love Pink and black , and chocolate brown and blue.
What are your favorite materials?
I absolutely love to paint with random things that I find interesting. It’s a wonderful way to recycle materials, and create something beautiful from something that others may see as junk.
What are the web addresses where people can find you?
Why should people buy handmade?
People should buy handmade, because it’s where you find the most unique and interesting things you cannot find anywhere else. How many places can go and get an original painting of whatever you want, how you want it, made by hand with heart and soul? Not only is my shop great, but Etsy in general offers a wide range of unique things that are made by a wonderful variety of talented people.

    Original modern abstract 3 piece painting

Any tips or bits of wisdom on selling handmade creations?
Just do something you love. As generic as that might sound, it’s really true. If you get caught up on just trying to make money, you sometimes loose that personal touch that makes buying handmade so much better. Put your heart and soul into what you do, and you might be surprised how many people catch on to what you’re doing.
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
Right now most of my time is spent taking care of my 21 month old boys.They are wild, crazy, and full of life!! All though they are the toughest job I have ever had they truly are amazing!
Read any good books lately?
I have never really been a big reader, but every once in a while I find a book and sit down and read the whole thing in a few days. The last book I read (more like pieced through) was actually a book written by Jennifer Lopez’s’ make-up artist on how to do make-up called About Face. It was pretty interesting and spruced up my look.
What have been the most valuable lessons you’ve learned from other artists?
Not to be so judgmental of my own work. When I first began painting, sometimes I would be scared to show people, because I was truly my worst critic. There is always going to be people who love what you do and people who hate what you do, what’s most important is that what you do makes YOU feel good.
Thanks, Kellie – let us know how you’re doing.
Dear Blog Readers, visit Kellie’s shop and feel free to heart and cart.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

This week the Etsy Twitter Team is featuring yarncoture

This week the Etsy Twitter Team is featuring yarncoture, the Etsy shop of Maryum Karim. Maryum is a knit/crochet accessories designer who makes an entire line of knit and crochet sweaters, hats, shrugs, scarves, brooches, spa items, and in the near future, perhaps, even bedding and home decor items!

Vintage Inspired Ascot Necktie In Ivory Pearl

yarncoture is offering

Free Worldwide Shipping on SELECTED items

Free Shipping on EVERYTHING shipped within the U.S. and Canada

20% off on all Basketweave Knit Scarves and

20% off on all Amazing Chunky Skinny Scarves


Check out yarncoture through these venues!





..and how about her latest Fall Collection video?!

Please visit my Twitter Teammate!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Save the Date - Sat. Aug 21 Craft Show

I'll be bringing my handbeaded jewelry and accessories including magnets, bottlecap pendant necklaces, women's wire beaded kippot and Hanukkah and Christmas beaded jewelry to the craft show this Saturday. 

It is being held at Grace Lutheran Church, 780 S. Bartlett Rd in Streamwood, Illinois from 11 am to 5 pm. 

Hanukkah Bracelet

At the show, you can place your orders for Fall, Winter, Judaica or other events that need that special beaded jewelry or accessory. I'm looking forward to meeting you. 

Thanks Dear Blog Readers for reading this post. 

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

MostFavoriteAunt - The Etsytwitter team shop of the week

The Etsy Twitter Team’s Shop of the week is: MostFavoriteAunt, owned by Pamela Ziemlewicz. According to Pamela, the shop is full of “knits and flair,” from baby hats, coffee cup cozies and other knitted goods to pinback buttons—all adorable, all handmade, and “all me,” she says What inspires her? “I'm pretty sassy.  What is her motivation? “I work a lot. At the end of a long day, I love turning on the boob-tube, and sitting down with some yarn and needles to relax.” Eventually, she’d like to turn her craft into her full-time endeavor and dreams of quitting her day job…maybe by 2011!

Check out this Chunky Cable Scarf

On the Twitter front, she offers this advice: “just tweet yourself”! She does this by tweeting about her three biggest hobbies: traveling, reading, and creating. She brings traffic and sales to her shop through her generosity: “Do it for a cause! The biggest traffic draws are items where proceeds go to charity. This scarf is a super-seller!

Her upcoming plans? “Fall and Winter are always BIG seasons for me. Lots of people buying warm fuzzies. Lots of cold and yucky days to spend inside creating.” Look for an increased and ever-changing inventory .. perfect timing for the holiday season to come!

This week MostFavoriteAunt is offering: Free USA shipping on any Kid Knits in Stock!
Just put “ETT SOTW” in the 'notes to seller.’ Easy!


Please visit MostFavoriteAunt:

Monday, August 16, 2010

ChickaPug Wins! Meet Kelly - Blog Feature

Thanks for voting for ChickaPug by Kelly, a photographer. Here's my Blog Feature Interview with her:

My name is Kelly, a former West Coaster (Vancouver) now living in Montreal for the past 7 years. Last year was quite a pivotal one - I completed a diploma in Digital Photographic Imaging at Concordia University and I left my full time job to (finally) pursue my dream of working in the arts.

What inspires you? I have an interest in anything design related whether it's architecture, mixed media, sculpture or the like. I love looking at design books, visiting art galleries and checking out the work of other artists on the web.

Often I find that my inspirations are completely dichotomous - the beauty of nature has always compelled me and I spend as much time as I can at Mount Royal or visiting the Botanical Gardens. However, I love the rougher parts of the city, particularly crumbling or abandoned buildings.

Magnolias Diptych

What is your favorite color combination? I tend to go through phases when it comes to colour, but I have always been drawn to turquoise and love to see it paired with charcoal, white or brown.

Why should people buy handmade? The influx of mass manufactured goods from countries like China may be inexpensive, but in reality they are often lacking in quality. It has been my experience that the people who create handmade goods take pride in the quality and have passion for what they do. I am shifting my purchasing power from commercial brands to local entrepreneurs whenever I can and encourage others to do the same.

What are the web addresses where people can find you?
Personal Website  

Any tips or bits of wisdom on selling handmade creations? I think customer service is essential. I make it a point to let people know when their order is on its way. I also do my best to respond as quickly as possible to special requests or general queries. One of the things I really love about selling on Etsy is the direct contact with customers. I've met some really wonderful people as a result of it.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
There's a place I like to go that I affectionately call "The Dog Forest" where joyful hounds can be found running about leash-free. It's especially beautiful there in the winter and on occasion I've been lucky enough to spot the resident owl. I also love tearing around the city streets on my mountain bike.

Here's my favorite
Read any good books lately?
One of my favourite authors is Oliver Sacks, author of Awakenings. I've read nearly all of his books and even had the pleasure of hearing him speak a few years ago about his book Musicophilia.

What other information would you like to share? Don't miss out on connecting with other Etsians in the forums. I've met some really great people who've been kind enough to share their strategies and resources which have helped me to fast-track my online shop. I've also found sme amazing products and will likely be doing the majority of my holiday shopping on Etsy.

Thanks, Dear Blog Readers. Please visit Kelly's shop again and show her some love.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

15% off EtsyBloggers Sale Continues

You may have noticed I changed my banner and avatar to match the EtsyBloggers Great Anniversary Weekend Sale. It expires tonight at 11 pm EDT.

I’m offering 15% off either a purchase of $15 (single) or purchases totaling $15. Sale items, shipping and applicable tax in IL are excluded.

Here are some of the items you can purchase:

Red Turquoise Black Ceramic Bracelet SET

Owl Pendant Necklace

brac_redturq owl

Blue Sapphire Briolette Necklace

Blue Sapphire Briolette

p_blue_sapp e_blue_saph

To take advantage of the discount, which I will refund by PayPal, please put Bloggers in Note to Seller.

Dear Blog Readers, thanks for visiting.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Fabulous Blog Award

I'm excited to tell you that Graphic Design by Tara has awarded me this fabulous award. For now, It's front and center, but it will move to another spot.

Please let me know what you think of this. What would you like to see on my blog?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Linda's Top Etsy Finds - Vote for your Favorite

There has been a problem with my blog comments feature. I'm hoping it's fixed now. Vote for your favorite to the LEFT please. Tell all your friends to vote. The winner will get a blog interview on my blog.

This week's Top 5 Etsy Finds from Etsy Shops are:

And, here's one of my new listings - don't vote for it!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sale through 8/14 on Linda B's Jewelry

As part of the EtsyChai Jewish Street team, I'm offering a sale in my Etsy shop for Rosh HaShanah or the Jewish New Year. But, YOU don't have to be Jewish to take advantage of it. Look in my shop to see the code to use when you check out to get a 10% discount.

In my shop I offer jewelry, accessories, magnets and supplies.

Turquoise and Black Gemstone Bracelet

I also sell overstock supplies.

Note: Items that have Sale in the title are NOT eligible for the additional discount.

Sale Price Bumblebee Heart Pendant
If you like what you see, please spread the word about my sale.

Thanks, Dear Blog Readers.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Linda B's Jewelry Designs Blog: RobynsNestBoutique – Wins LindaB’s Top Etsy Finds Votes

Something weird is happening with my Comments, so I'm doing a test.

RobynsNestBoutique – Wins LindaB’s Top Etsy Finds Votes

Please comment on the post above this one. Comments aren't working for some reason.


Each week I post LindaB’s Top Etsy Finds and ask for your votes. Last week, you voted for Robynsnestboutique. Here’s what Robyn had to say:

1. Tell us a bit about yourself (name, location, affiliations, personal stuff). My name is Robyn and I am the mommy of twins, wife to an incredibly supportive husband, and oh yeah, I make bath and body products. I’m a NJ state licensed esthetician and self-proclaimed beauty product addict. I have lived in NJ my whole life.

Sugar Cube Body Scrub - Sugar Cube Body Tweets - CUSTOM SCENTED

2. What inspires you? Lots of things inspire me and I honestly can’t look at anything anymore without thinking, “Wow, that would make a really great soap mold.” When I gave birth to my children, I started REALLY noticing all the chemicals in perfume and skincare (particularly what I was using on my twins) and I knew that just wasn't for me or my family. It was then that I started dabbling in soapmaking and making my own scrubs and perfumes. Everything I make is as natural as possible, with all vegetable bases and oils. Many, if not most of my products are vegan. My family inspires me most.

Pickles and Ice Cream Baby Shower Favors (SET OF 12)

3. What is your favorite thing to do with your creativity? My passion obviously lies in skincare and perfumery, so I really love to experiment with new fragrance blends and new scrubs. For as long as I can remember, I have been a bath and body junkie, with a special penchant for perfume. I don’t think I’ve ever worn the same perfume two days in a row. In fact, I may never have what I would call a product “line,” because I just love creating so many new things that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to narrow it down! LOL  Aside from my bath and body projects, I also really love to dabble in paper and cardmaking, both physical and digital.

Perfume Oil Roll-on CUSTOM SCENTED

4. In ten years I'd like to be... I can never answer this question. LOL I think I’ll be really happy if my store has blossomed and my family is happy and healthy. Can’t ask for better than that.
5. What is your favorite color combination? I ADORE the robin’s egg blue and chocolate brown combo, as can be seen on my website. I would say that’s probably my all time favorite, but I also really love yellow and charcoal grey together. Of course, these colors may have nothing to do with my business or soap designs, but I just really love the color combos.
6. What are your favorite materials? I love shea butter and olive oil. Those are probably my 2 favorite ingredients to work with. Luxurious and natural, and so, so versatile.
7. What are the web addresses where people can find you?
8. Why should people buy handmade? Since I started creating my own products, I have made a giant effort to buy handmade at every possible opportunity. I love supporting other artists and crafters like myself, knowing that they are putting their heart and soul into their work. The item didn’t come off an assembly-line and is often one-of-a-kind and even customized to your specifications. You communicate directly with the artist, one on one. I also love giving (and receiving) gifts that I would never find in a chain store. So much creativity and talent goes into handmade items. I feel so connected with sellers when I see that little thank you note in my package and when I do the same for my customers. It really builds a sense of community. Buying handmade is also better for the environment, since many sellers recycle their packaging materials. Buying handmade and supporting other artists is the best, and most rewarding gift we can give each other.
10. Any tips or bits of wisdom on selling handmade creations? I would say just be persistent and try not to get discouraged when starting out. Definitely easier said than done, but if you believe in your products, and put all your love and hard work into them, you have to believe that it will pay off. I’m still fairly new at selling my products, but I do believe that someday, my business will bloom into something bigger. And if it doesn’t, that’s okay, because I know I make high quality products and the people who already use them LOVE them, and that’s good enough for me. My customers’ lovely compliments and feedback speak volumes.
11. Apart from creating things, what do you do? When I’m not busy chasing my almost 4 year old twins or creating new items for my store, I am usually heading to bed around 1:00 a.m. But seriously, since I became a mom, I have become so crafty, that I always find myself creating something. I also love to sing and dance, but I try not to embarrass myself by doing those things in front of anyone else. LOL  I also work part-time on the weekends in one of the nation’s best rehab hospitals. And when I still manage to find a little extra time, I catch up on some of my favorite TV shows with my hubby.
12. What have been the most valuable lessons you’ve learned from other artists? Try to keep it fresh and interesting and have great (or at least interesting) product photography. I am, by no means, a photographer, but I am working on getting better at taking photos of my products. I keep changing my angles, working on better composition, better lighting, and just getting better than I was…but it’s a constant work in progress. And keep persevering. It might not be easy, but it’s definitely worth it.
Please be sure to visit Robyn’s shop and check out her items. And, tell her I sent you.
Thanks, Dear Blog Readers, for stopping by!