Follow my blog with bloglovin Linda B's Blog: March 2011

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Mass Treasury Convos on Etsy Treasuries REVISED

Today, I created an EtsyChai team Treasury. I checked on it a little later and noticed a new feature Etsy is working on - the ability to send mass convos from the Treasury.

By using http://shmetsy.com/extensions.html#treasuryMaker I am now able to send mass convos. I was in error before, I thought Etsy gave this to us.


Thanks, Schmetsy, peeps. 

And  I apologize, I didn't mean to mislead you into thinking it was from Etsy. I thought it was. Made a mistake. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

New Jewelry Designs by Linda B

I’ve been creating new items in a classic style with wire wrapping techniques I haven’t used before. Let me know what you think.

I listed the Pink Cancer Awareness Earrings. I'll be putting a percentage of the sales price aside this piece to donate to the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Fund.

Turquoise Gemstone & Glass NecklaceMatching Earrings
Turquoise Gemstone & Glass Necklace Turquoise Glass & Gemstone Earrings
Judaica Charm Link NecklacePearl Wire Wrapped Pink
Judaica charm link necklace by Linda B wire-wrapped pearl ring by Linda B
Mauve Pearl NecklaceDouble Star of David Chain Necklace
Mauve Pearl Necklace by Linda B Double Star of David Chain Necklace
Passover Seder Glass EarringsCancer Ribbon Pink Earrings
Blue Glass Passover Seder Earrings Cancer Ribbon Pink Earrings by Linda B
Upcycled Bottlecap Pins
Upcycled Bottlecap Pins flower silver earrings by Linda B
I hope you find something you like.

Thanks, Dear Blog Reader for stopping by.

3/30/11 - I forgot to mention that I'm looking for items for Linda's Top Etsy Finds Blog Post.

Please comment with 1 url and the name of your Etsy or Artfire shop item to be considered.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Interview with deSantis Vintage Shop

>Tell us a bit about yourself (name, location, affiliations, personal stuff). My name is Rachel, I'm 24 years old and I live in Okemos, MI (near Lansing). I work full-time in property management to support my Etsy addiction, but I love everything I do! I am passionate about vintage clothing and I always have been ever since I was very young. I often feel that I was born into the wrong time period as I am obsessed with the 60's and 70's. Everything about it makes me smile...from the culture, the fashion and the innocence of the time.

> What is your favorite color combination? My favorite color combinations are deep greens with navy blues. I sometimes feel that it's equivalent to pairing blacks and browns, but it looks so good together and just works. It's fresh and funky and great for most seasons. I had a great vintage emerald green shift dress and I paired it with a wide navy blue belt and it was stunning!

Vintage Miss Antonette Franz Haushofer Floral Dress

 floral

> What is the first thing you can remember making by hand?
The first thing I made by hand was a square knot friendship bracelet with embroidery floss. When I was in 2nd grade I got into making friendship bracelets and would bring them to school with me to hand out. It turned into a bigger project then I could handle because everyone wanted them!
> What inspires you? My inspiration comes from anything and everything around me. I can walk through an antique shop, a thrift store or even a garage sale and see an item that sparks a certain look in my head. I then start experimenting with different textures and colors to turn it into a great outfit! I don't like to look at old pictures of people actually wearing vintage because that's not what I'm going for. I don't want it to look like you walked right out of the 60's or 70's. Just because a dress or outfit is from a certain time period doesn't mean it has to walk that line. Pairing vintage pieces with modern shoes and accessories is what makes it so fresh and unique! You can wear vintage without looking old-fashioned.

Vintage Breli Originals Multi Colored Dress
multicolor


> What are your favorite materials?
My favorite materials are crocheted fabrics and pointelle knits. The complexity and texture these styles can give to clothing is simply amazing. They're hard to find in modern day production, but were commonly used between the 50's and 70's. The have a very special feel to them and are usually very unique from one garment to another.
> Why should people buy handmade? Any tips of wisdom on selling handmade items? You should buy handmade because it's special. Photographing your items properly is key. If you have clothing and it's dingy, WASH IT! Using all five photo slots Etsy provides is important. Let your customers see various angles and views of your items. You'll only benefit! You can also use interesting backgrounds and invest in a quality camera. Take the extra time and put the energy into representing what you have to it's maximum potential. With the prepping, washing, picture taking/posing (and yes, I model all my own clothing which is the most commonly asked question I get!), description writing, and uploading of photos, one dress takes me almost an hour to list. It's a lot of work, but the end result is so worth it and I wouldn't want to do it any other way.

> What have been the most valuable lessons learned from other artists? The most valuable lesson I've learned from fellow sellers is how I want to do things and how I don't want to do things. I've bought from numerous, numerous people on Etsy and everything from photographing, to communication and item packaging really can make or break your shop.

Vintage California Looks Spring Delight Dress with Belt
spring


> Apart from creating things, what do you do? I work a lot, but when I have a spare moment I spend most of my time with my super-supportive boyfriend, Dave and our dog Winston. We started a co-ed softball team through my office for a league this summer, so he's been teaching me how to play. It's going to be a lot of fun! Besides that, we golf together and are excited for it to warm up here in Michigan so we can hit the links!

> What’s your favorite movie or book or both? Why? My favorite movie is Monster with Charlize Theron. Her portrayal of Aileen Wournos is UNBELIEVABLE! The story is very real world (it's based on a true story) and knitty-gritty. When you get into the back story of Aileen, the real person, you see the pain and strife other people go through, and have gone through, and makes you realize how blessed you are.

Vintage Jessica Howard Floral Dress with Belt
floral


> What are the Web addresses for your work? Facebook- www.facebook.com/desantisvintage
Blog- www.desantisvintage.blogspot.com
Twitter- www.twitter.com/desantisvintage
Etsy- www.rdesant86.etsy.com

> Are you offering my readers any specials? Right now I'm giving away $30.00 in store credit to DeSantis Vintage. To be eligible all you have to do is go to www.facebook.com/DeSantisVintage and like the page. RSVP to the event via the event tab on the left. Then favorite my shop on Etsy to be entered, and that's it! All the names are pulled from those who have added the shop as a favorite. The deadline is March 30th, 2011.

THEN THE FUN STARTS! I will create a video of me putting everyone's name into a bowl, old school style, and I will announce the winner via the video on Facebook and my blog!

Thanks, Linda.
Rachel DeSantis

Friday, March 25, 2011

EtsyBloggers Blog Carnival - Fave Gemstone

The EtsyBloggers Team question is: What is your favorite gemstone and why?

If I only have one to pick, I'd have to say jasper. There are no many different varieties and colors. Jasper will help balance the vibrations of the body.

Here's a redline copper marble wavy bracelet






Brown jasper was the first gemstone I purchased and it was all history from there. I love jasper, agates, aventurine and, oh, did I mention turquoise?

You can purchase y jewelry with different charms or bead combinations at my Etsy shop.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

3.24.11 Linda B’s Top Etsy Finds

Last week’s winner was http://www.etsy.com/shop/LiteraryTease with her Putting on the Glitz mirror.

Here are this week’s contestants. Vote for your favorite in the upper left hand poll, and promote like crazy. Let’s help each other out. The winner of the most votes gets a Blog Feature Interview.

If the poll is gone, the voting period has ended for that week’s selection.

Vote for your item on the top left sidebar. Spread the word. The item with the most votes wins a Blog Feature Interview.

Tell EVERYONE! Voting ends on March 27 at 2 pm.

If you weren’t featured this week, please comment with your best/favorite item below and your shop name once. I’m saving a few shops, too.

Thanks, Dear Blog Readers, and good luck!

Versatile Blogger Award


I've been given the Versatile Blogger Award by Leah of Designs by Leah, and Rosella of  Famous Memories by Ros both fabulous fellow ETSY Artisans and Promotional Frenzy Team members. 

Thank you Leah and Ros for this award. I appreciate you thinking of me. 




HERE ARE THE RULES:

*Thank the person who awarded you and link back to them in your post. 
*Tell 7 Random facts about yourself.
*Pass the award on to 10-15 new found blogger (sorry I can only do 10). 
*Contact each blogger you want to pass the award on to and let them know you've done so, and let the giver of your award know you accept it.

RANDOM Facts about Me
1. In my daytime life, I'm an online technical assistant for a professional membership organization.
2. I've been married 110 years to a great guy.
3. The music I listen to ranges from Smooth Jazz, Big Band, Rock to Prince.
4. You caught me, I'm eating chocolate, again. I love dessert and sometimes start a meal with dessert just in case I don't have room.
5. I love black cats and had 2 at one time, one with long hair and one short haired.
6. My favorite meal is breakfast at any time of the day.
7. I am blessed by G-d, my Higher Power to have a wonderful husband, kitties, family, friends and terrific online friends.  


Below is my list of fabulous blogs that deserve this award!  Please be sure to check them out and their wonderful stores!


1. EtsyBlogger Teammate Linda http://pruitthandcrafts.blogspot.com
2. Past EtsyTwitter teammate Sandi of http://sassyglassdesigns.blogspot.com
3. http://sew-gracious.blogspot.com
4. http://shopbyhand.blogspot.com/
5. Jenni of http://sosorosey.blogspot.com
6. Amy of http://teacupsandteddies.blogspot.com
7. The Girl Behind the Llama http://lamaworks.blogspot.com
8. Brandy http://themoodyfashionista.blogspot.com
9. Sandi http://www.sandists.com/WordPress
10. http://crimsonhillsoaps.blogspot.com

This has taken me a long time to publish because of custom orders, Yay! Now I remember why I took awards off my blog. But, I'm grateful to get this one.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

My Studio - Multiple Stations in our Home

Welcome to Linda B's Handbeaded Gemstone and Glass Jewelry designs. My jewelry, accessories, and my hand wire wrapped beaded women's kippot are created at my dining room table.

In this picture, I'm modeling a headband flower design with wine corks and grapes created for a friend's wedding. Behind me are plastic containers filled with beads and other jewelry supplies. Also, I have a rolling cart filled with more beads, gemstones and jewelry supplies.


This is a closeup of one of my storage units. A friend cleaned her basement and gave it to me.



The garage is my staging area where I get ready for shows during the summer. Unfortunately, during the winter, my jewelry designs are packed in rubbermaid containers in the living room (not shown).


My shipping area is in the office bedroom (not pictured). The PC is also there along with newly finished jewelry designs ready to ship.

This is my photo studio and 2 of my quality control inspectors, Fritz (left) and Sammy. The drafting table was a gift from my husband and it is right in front of 2 windows. To the left on the table are wire shelves that I sometimes use for display, but normally, the shelves are for stamps and paper scraps to make thank you cards to accompany my packages.



Thanks for visiting.

If you post 1 URL from your best Etsy Shop item and your Etsy shop name, I'll consider you for my Top Etsy Finds blog post for Thurs/Fri.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Happy Birthday, Aries - March 21 - April 20

Happy Birthday, Aries - March 21 - April 20
aries symbol


If you were born between March 21 - April 20, your astrological sign is Aries. "The ram" is the Latin translation.

Aries likes to lead and a good challenge. Aries goes through life with confidence and a enthusiastic outlook on everything. They can lack patience and often don't finish what they start.

Gemstones:
Amethyst




Amethyst Wire Wrapped Pendant by Linda B

Bloodstone
Carnelian
Carnelian and Brown Jasper Bracelet
Brown Jasper and Carnelian Bracelet by Linda B


Turquoise and coral chain necklace by Linda B width=

green malachite earrings

_Pink Pearl and Rose Quartz Bracelet by Linda B. target=


Constellation: Aries Element: Fire
Virtues: Abundant physical energy, courage, honesty, independence, self-reliance
Color: Red

Famous Aries:
Johann Sebastian Bach
Warren Beatty
Marlon Brando
Matthew Broderick
Charlie Chaplin
James Garner
Harry Houdini
Hugh Hefner
Elton John
Thomas Jefferson
Eddie Murphy
Leonard Nimoy
Diana Ross
Omar Sharif
Gloria Steinem
Vincent Van Gogh
Tennesse Williams

I'd like to shout out to Beth and Rich before their Wedding Anniversary

Happy Birthday wishes to:
Allen P
April of Agru Arts
Barb of BB Designs
Buddy
Mark of Mark Kaplan Designs
Viktoria of Visart

Is it your Birthday? Subscribe to my blog by RSS feed, tell me when it is and I'll comment on your birthday.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

It’s Finally Spring – March Jewelry Madness Sale

Spring is finally here and I’m so happy. Here are some of my latest items. Some are included in my March Jewelry Madness Sale.
I hope you find something you like. Thanks, Dear Blog Readers for reading this post.