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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Before Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year

Elul is a time of introspection and for making right the wrongs we have committed against our fellow human beings. It is a time of return, Teshuva - returning to G-d and doing the next right thing.

If I have offended anyone in any way, I am sorry. I strive to do what G-d wants me to do, but I am human and make mistakes.

"For this mitzvah (Divine commandment) that I command you today, it is not hidden from you and it is not distant...Rather, the matter is very near to you, in your mouth and in your heart, to perform it." (Devarim/Deuteronomy 30:11-14) Ramban (1) explains that, "this mitzvah" is referring to the mitzvah of Teshuva, regretting one's misdeeds and resolving to return to G- d's path. On the Shabbos before Rosh Hashana, our Day of Judgment, we remind ourselves that it is never too late to repent. "The matter is near to you.to perform it": everyone is capable.
"When we set aside the time to think about our actions, we may find that we are being selfish, impatient, critical, short-tempered, or performing mitzvos by rote without the appropriate sincerity. Once we realize what the problems are, we can plan and consult to chart the path to improvement and change.

We can and must change. When we strive and expend the effort, we will emerge different people. Through the transformation we create and in the merit of our efforts, may we all be inscribed in the Book of Life. "

(1) acronym for Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman, Nachmanides; 1194-1270; native of Gerona, Spain, he was one the leading scholars of the Middle Ages and successfully defended Judaism at the famed debate in Barcelona in 1263.

Source: Personal Business Plan - By Rabbi Shlomo Jarcaig Copyright © Rabbi Shlomo Jarcaig and Torah.org.

I wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Meet Kelly of KellyJSorenson Designs

Kelly is a fellow Promotional Frenzy team member and the graphic designer behind our team ads and promotions.

 

Her design for our Mega Promo Frenzy Event was this banner for all our shops.

Mega specials team banner

 

And our blog button

promo_frenzy

 

Here’s the ad she created for Handmadeology, since we won an ad space in the Handmade Top 10 Team Contest.

Mega PromoFrenzy

 

Kelly is a consummate professional and has been creating custom logos, and branding materials for more than 15 years. She loves caffeine,
chocolate (who doesn’t) and reading.

She has some great deals on Fall and Halloween graphics for your shops.

 

Halloween Premade Etsy Banner and Avatar

Fall Premade Etsy Banner and Avatar

hall fall
   
Custom Banner and Avatar - Branding Custom Etsy Shop Banner Package
custom banner set brand

 

Kelly’s designs are clean and delightful. Her pricing fits all budgets.

You can find Kelly:

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/people/kellyjsorenson

http://www.etsy.com/shop/piydesigns

Facebook: www.facebook.com/kellyjsorenson

tweets: twitter.com/#!/kellyjsorenson
Blog: www.kellyjsorenson.blogspot.com/

 

Show Kelly’s shops some love and purchase the best branding package for your shops today. Please tell her Linda B sent you.

Thanks for stopping by, dear Blog readers.

Customer Alert - Don't Buy from Sears

As a customer and small business owner, I usually try to work with corporate businesses to resolve a problem before bringing it to other people's attention.

However, I want to strongly recommend that you do not purchase appliances at Sears for the following reasons:

  • The customer does NOT get to choose the delivery date or time, even if it's 2 weeks away 
  • The installers do not arrive in the timeframe they give you
  • The salespeople do not inform you about additional COD charges
  • The installers are not licensed contractors
  • Customer service at Sears transfer you around to different departments, but not to any who can resolve your problem
My husband and I spent 7 hours EACH today, trying to get a stove and dishwasher delivered and installed; I was at work and had to tell my boss that I had to take some phone calls today and not do my job. My husband took off from work today to accept the deliveries. 

The experience was so horrifying and complete unsatisfactory.

Image source: addictedtoin.com

So, buyer beware of Sears and other big corporations who take your money and don't give you service.

Tuesday Twitter Tree

The Twitter Tree© will be hosted by a different shop each business day.



Be sure and stop by and be a part of the twitter tree each day.

Instructions:

You tweet the item(s) for me and all the posts above yours, along with your twitter account so we can follow you, and list 1-3 items (clickable links) from any of your online shops that you would like for all those posting here to tweet for you. No more than three items, please. ( No "mature" items, please). Be sure the item is twitter ready and around 140 characters. (See below) Check back throughout the day and tweet all the new items posted from other online shops. Etsy, ArtFire, Zibbet, Bonanzle, ebay, your own website, etc.  Stop back by throughout the day to tweet new items posted in the comments.

Please add this tag to your tweets. " #BlueBird"  This way we can Retweet later in the day, simply by searching the hash tag.  Thanks!


By reaching out thru blogger and blog follower's twitter accounts, we will reach a new audience of viewers and hopefully land some sales. 


Please add your twitter name to your tweets. This way you can see who is (or isn't tweeting) your items. I know!

I'm @lindab142. Here are my items:


1. Aquamarine #ring #earrings set #handmadebot http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/lindab142/3718164 #bluebird #artfire @lindab142

2. Pumpkin #Halloween bottlecap necklace http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/lindab142/3666453/ #bluebird #handmadebot #artfire @lindab142

3. Lucky #Green aventurine http://www.etsy.com/listing/10081901 #bracelet #bluebird @lindab142
gemstones #handmadebot #jewelrybot

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Thanks for stopping by and happy tweeting. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Jewish High Holiday Prayers

In a couple of weeks, Jews will be attending Jewish High Holiday services for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.


In this week's D'var Torah about Ki Tavo, where the Torah describes another set words of prayer that was to be offered as the bikkurim, the first fruits, Rabbi Cheryl Peretz, Associate Dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, brings up the topic of fixed prayers for the High Holidays.


"Rabbinic lore tells the story about a time, thousands of years ago, in the 2nd century, when there was a serious drought in ancient Israel. The people turned to their powerful and pious leader, Rabbi Eliezer, asking him to pray the prayers for rain. Having previously demonstrated the efficacy of his prayer, Rabbi Eliezer wanted to prove that he could make God act. So, he spent days in meditation, fasting, and preparation for praying for rain. When finally the time came, the community watched as he recited his prayers. But, no rain fell.


Suddenly, another rabbi, Rabbi Akiva appeared in his place, crying: "Avinu Malkeinu, ein lanu melech ela Atah, Avinu Malkeinu, aseh imanu lama'an shmecha - Our Father, our King, there is no other king but You. Our Father, our King, do with us for your name's sake."


So is the story of how one of our most well known High Holiday prayers with its stirring melody found its way into the fabric of our Yom Kippur liturgy.

Some study this incident from the Talmud convinced that Rabbi Akiba's prayer was the one that was answered because he deliberately and successfully prayed the prescribed words of an already fixed liturgy. Others are convinced that what compelled God to respond to Rabbi Akiba was the kavannah (the intentionality), the passion, the spontaneity with which he poured out his heart in authentic prayer and that it was because of that ecstatic prayer experience that Avinu Malkeinu later earned its position of primacy in our siddur and mahzor."



Jewish women's beaded wire kippot designed by LindaB
The "Avinu Malkeinu" selection is one of my favorites because I remember participiating in English with my dad (z'l) before I learned to read Hebrew.

This post is dedicated to my mom and dad; may their memories be for a blessing.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Thurs Tips – Craft Show Partial Checklist

I'm doing a craft show this Sat. in Bensenville, IL, for all you Chicagoland shoppers.
First United Methodist Church
328 S Church Rd
Bensenville, IL 60106
from 10am to 4pm
Look for my table signs (LinorStore) and stop by and see me.
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Here is a reminder of items to bring to shows:
Sales Related
  • All merchandise clearly priced (best done, before the show)
  • Displays
  • Any product information signs
  • Customer bags
  • Extra price tags
  • Inventory list/prices
  • Business cards and holder
  • Guest Book
  • Items to process credit cards
Newest show item
Turquoise Wire wrapped gemstone pendant

turq gems
Literature
  • Fliers
  • invitations to other shows
Office Supplies
  • String, tape (2-3 different kinds)
  • Bubblewrap for fragile items
  • Clipboard and writing pad or notebook
  • Pens
  • Scissors & other office supplies
  • Safety and/or straight or T-pins
  • Business cards and holder
Recordkeeping
  • Sales receipts
  • Tax information
  • Calculator
  • Cash box with $1, 5 and 10 bills
  • Custom Order Forms


Garnet/Wine Colored Ring
ring_garnet
Clothes
  • Extra clothes
  • Extra socks
  • Layers

Food
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Paper Towels
  • Paper Plates/Plasticware
I hope this helps you. I’m using it to pack for Saturday. Have a great night!

Thursday Twitter Tree Items





Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Meet Katie of Kater’s Acres

>Tell us a bit about yourself (name, location, affiliations, personal stuff).
My name is Katie and I'm from NW PA, near Lake Erie. My hubby and I are recently married and celebrating 2 years of marriage in October! We live in the woods where we have the pleasure of seeing deer, turkeys, rabbits, and bears every once in awhile. Our house is less than a half mile from the State Park and we enjoy all the benefits of country living.


> What is your favorite color combination?
I wouldn't say that I have a favorite color combination, but I have 3 colors that I am very partial to: blue, green, and yellow (in that order). I love those colors because they are symbolic to me of God's beautiful creation, the Earth and all that is contained in it.

 

The Original Parker Mystery Pet Rock
parker pet rock


> What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?
I can't actually remember what the very first thing was that I made. But I do remember my brother and I making a lot of Pet Rocks. We'd glue yarn on their head and squiggly eyes. And name them. We had lots of them!


> What inspires you?
Color inspires me. I love looking at landscapes and crayons. Colors seem to come to life through them. On Pinterest I even have a board I've titled, "Inspiration" because it's for those times when I'm just blank and have run out of ideas.


> Where do your ideas come from?
They come from my imagination! Most of my creations have a distinct whimsical and friendly look to them. I've tried doing real life things before, but they turn out bad, every time. So I stick to made up things, or what I think something would look like if it was cute.


> What are your favorite materials?
Polymer Clay, polymer clay, and more polymer clay. I can't get enough of the stuff! It's fun to work with. You can bang it, smash it, cut it, squish it, ball it up, roll it out, and so much more. It's like instantaneous stress relief. If you've had a bad day...go and bang on some clay. Had a rough week, chop up clay into tiny bits and make something unusual...I just love it. Ninety-five percent of my store is all polymer clay.

S’mores Parker

smores parker


> Why should people buy handmade? Buying handmade is just like anything else; it's a choice. Sure, you can go to a boutique and buy similar things to what I have, but you don't know who made it, or get the story behind it. There's a personal touch when something is handmade that you just can't match anywhere! And when something has been custom designed just for you...that's even more special!


Tips on selling your items  Here's my rule of thumb: you must have elephant skin. You see elephants have the thickest skin on Earth! Not only does it protect them, but it makes them able to endure much more than other animals. The lesson: there will be people who love your work, there will be people who hate your work, and there will be people in between. The only thing that you have to prove to someone is that you are passionate about what you do with your talent and your craft! And above all else, be professional, be kind, and don't let one bad sale or bad person destroy the image you've built for yourself.


> What have been the most valuable lessons learned from other artists?
The most valuable lesson I learned was early on in my Etsy career. I listed my first Etsy item on Aug. 28th, 2010...so we've only been open on Etsy for a year. But I asked a friend one day what she though of a particular piece. I told her I didn't know if it would sell. She told me, "You never know if it will sell until you list it." Wouldn't you know, that piece never sold...BUT...the lesson that I learned was a valuable one. Since then, I list everything, even my error pieces. 80% of them end up selling at some point, even the ones I think are horrible!

3 piece Terrarium set

terr

 

> Apart from creating things, what do you do?
My husband and I are both ordained ministers in the American Baptists Churches. We work together at the same church. He is the Pastor and I'm fortunate enough to be his lovely wife, helpmate, and a Pastor alongside him. God has blessed both of us so much and we count those blessings every day.


> What’s your favorite movie or book or both? Why?
My favorite movie is Toy Story, as you can probably guess by my screen name (toystorynutty). When I was in high school, Toy Story hit the theaters....I was in love! I had animals piled up on my bed every night, but in the morning they would mysteriously be on the floor. That movie brought to life what I had always dreamed: that my animals were alive and had parties without me when I wasn't around or when I was sleeping.


My favorite book is Jurassic Park. I love this book...it's fast, it's scientific, and it's riveting! I read it once a year and no matter how many times I read it...I can't put it down. I love the way it's fictional and yet so real. The movies pale in comparison to this awesome book. But when it comes to imagination, I have never read better than the Harry Potter series.


> What are the Web addresses for your work?

Store: toystorynutty.etsy.com
Facebook: katersacres.facebook.com
Our Blog: katersacres.blogspot.com
Twitter: twitter.com/#!/katersacres
Pinterest: pinterest.com/katersacres/
Stumbleupon: stumbleupon.com/stumbler/toystorynutty/all
Website: web.me.com/pastorkatieoskin/katersacres/Welcome.html

> Are you offering my readers any specials?
Spend $7.00 or more in my shop and get a FREE mini-Pet Rock. Please put "Free Pet Rock - LindaB" in notes to seller.

Thank you for the opportunity Linda! I'm excited to be featured!

Tuesday Twitter Tree - the BlueBird Team


The Twitter Tree© will be hosted by a different shop each business day.



Monday: http://christiecottage.blogspot.com 

Tuesday: http://linorstorecom.blogspot.com 
Wednesday: http://elunajewelry-nc.blogspot.com
Thursday: http://aneedleinthehaystack-debbie.blogspot.com 

Friday: http://sweetybird09.blogspot.com
  Be sure and stop by and be a part of the twitter tree each day.

Instructions:
You tweet the item(s) for me and all the posts above yours, along with your twitter account so we can follow you, and list 1-3 items (clickable links) from any of your online shops that you would like for all those posting here to tweet for you. No more than three items, please. ( No "mature" items, please). Be sure the item is twitter ready and around 140 characters, including the TAGS. (See below) Check back throughout the day and tweet all the new items posted from other online shops. Etsy, ArtFire, Zibbet, Bonanzle, ebay, your own website, etc.  Stop back by throughout the day to tweet new items posted in the comments.

Please add this tag to your tweets. " #BlueBird"  This way we can Retweet later in the day, simply by searching the hash tag.  Thanks! 



By reaching out thru blogger and blog follower's twitter accounts, we will reach a new audience of viewers and hopefully land some sales. After all, we all have our online shops to make sales.

Please add your twitter name to your tweets. This way you can see who is (or isn't tweeting) your items. I know!

Here are my affordable jewelry items:



Pumpkin Bottlecap Necklace http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/lindab142/3666453/ #bluebird @lindab142 #halloween #handmadebot

#White resin flower http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/lindab142/1468460  #ring #bluebird #artfire @lindab142 #handmadebot

#turquoise and black http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/lindab142/3145595 #elegant #bracelet #bluebird #handmadebot #gemstone

I'm doing an experiment to see if posting the links together works faster for you. Please let me know.

Tips: 
1. You can shorten your title like I did by just posting before the forward slash (/) in Etsy and Artfire shops.
2. Please use descriptions and don't just post links.

Linda B: Please do not add every hash tag for every team. This is the #bluebird team. Check to see if your tweets are 140 characters before posting, please! This is MY 2 cents, no one else's. Take what you like and leave the rest. 


Halloween Bottlecap Necklace on Ballchain 1 pendant
Friendship  Resin Flower Adjustable Rings



Turquoise and Black Onyx Gemstone Bracelet Set

Thanks for Tweeting!

Monday, September 12, 2011

EtsyBloggers Blog Carnival - Fall Designs

Rose of Randomcreative designs is hosting this week's blog carnival: 


Have you been working on any new autumn or fall colors designs?  


Yesterday, I completed this Burgundy/Garnet Wire Wrapped Ring using a tutorial I purchased. I like how it came out, how about you?

And, here are the matching earrings



My Brown jasper bracelet needs a new home

Thanks for picking the subject, Rose. 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Artfire Jewelry Design Guild

I'm pleased to be a new member of the Artfire Jewelry Design Guild. I spent Sunday creating new OOAK jewelry designs and am happy to show them to you.

My latest designs are:

Sterling Silver Blue Sodalite Bridal Necklace



Etsy: Turquoise Gemstone Sterling Silver Necklace


Burgundy/Garnet Wire Wrapped Ring



Jewish Hamsa Evil Eye Sapphire Earrings


Sneak Peek:

Blue Swarovski Crystal Faith Bracelet


Thanks to Petite Hermine for her linky and to my blog readers for visiting.




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Friday, September 09, 2011

10th Anniversary of Attacks on World Trade Center

I remember the horrible day, Sept 11, 2001. I had just gotten to work in downtown Chicago. I received a concerned phone call from our VP's husband about the news; he was at the airport and couldn't get on a plane. When she and the director arrived, we were perched around the radio, listening to the horrendous news about the World Trade Center in New York.



The director said we could leave if we wanted to. I've never been on such a crowded train before. People with smartphones were giving us updates; everyone was talking, crying.

I remember the relief I felt when I pulled into the driveway and saw that my husband had just gotten home, too. We stayed glued to the TV, holding each other.

It took this country 10 YEARS to get the responsible person.

Here are some reading resources for teachers and other people still reeling and healing from this horrific event.

Let's all pray for the victims and the brave people who helped, our US Solders and insure that this NEVER happens again.


God Bless America.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Women and Signs of a Stroke - PSA

I received this in an email and wanted to share:


Blood  Clots/Stroke - They Now Have a Fourth Indicator,    the Tongue  
STROKE:  Remember   the 1st Three Letters.....

S. T. R.    

STROKE   IDENTIFICATION:

During   a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall -  she assured  everyone that she was fine (they  offered to call paramedics)  ....she said she had  just tripped over a      brick because of her new   shoes.

They  got her cleaned up and got her a new  plate of  food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane  went  about enjoying herself the rest of the  evening.

Jane's   husband called later telling everyone that his  wife had been  taken to the hospital - (at 6:00  pm Jane passed away.) She had  suffered a stroke  at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the  signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us  today. Some don't die. They end up in a  helpless, hopeless condition  instead.

It  only takes a minute to read  this.

A  neurologist says that if he can get to a  stroke  victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the   effects of a stroke...totally. He said  the trick was  getting a stroke recognized,  diagnosed, and then getting the  patient  medically cared for within 3 hours, which is   tough.
   
RECOGNIZING  A STROKE

Thank  God  for the sense to remember the '3' steps,  STR. Read and  Learn!

Sometimes  symptoms of a stroke are difficult to  identify.   Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells   disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe  brain damage  when people nearby fail to  recognize the symptoms of a   stroke.

Now  doctors say a  bystander can  recognize a  stroke by asking three simple   questions:

S   *
Ask the   individual to SMILE.
T   *
Ask the   person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE    (Coherently)

(i.e. It is sunny out   today.)

R
    *Ask him  or her to  RAISE BOTH ARMS.


If  he or she  has trouble with ANY ONE of these  tasks, call emergency number  immediately  and describe the symptoms to the   dispatcher.

New  Sign  of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your  Tongue

NOTE:   Another 'sign' of a stroke is this:  Ask  the person to 'stick' out his tongue. If the  tongue is  'crooked', if it goes to one side or  the other
 that is  also an indication of a   stroke.


   
            
A  cardiologist says if  everyone who gets this  e-mail sends it to 10 people; you can bet  that  at least one life will be saved.       
I   have done my part. Will  you?

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

New Jewelry Designs by Linda B

Welcome! It appears that I work in color combinations when I’m on a roll creating new jewelry designs. I may have gone overboard purchasing these heart shaped Swarovski crystals, but I keep finding more things to do with them.

In my mind, I’m working on Swarovski crystal birthstone jewelry, but they could also be used as bridesmaid wedding party gifts.

 

Blue Sapphire Swarovki Heart Necklace – September birthdays Matching Blue Sapphire Earrings
bl_sapp_neck3 bl_sapp_ear2
Red Swarovski Heart Earrings July Birthdays or Xmas Hamsa Evil Eye Earrings Sapphire – Judaica
red_heart1 9511_hamsa

Chrysolite Opal Heart Swarovski Crystal Necklace


Matching Bracelet & Earrings
opal_neck opal_sw2
   

 

From Sept 1 - Sept 14, free US shipping with purchase of $12 or more from lindab142.etsy.com – Use coupon code Etsychai

Thanks, Dear Blog Readers for stopping by. I’d love your feedback on my new items.

What do you think?

Tuesday Twitter Tree

The Twitter Tree© will be hosted by a different shop each business day.



Be sure and stop by and be a part of the twitter tree each day.

Instructions:

You tweet the item(s) for me and all the posts above yours, along with your twitter account so we can follow you, and list 1-3 items (clickable links) from any of your online shops that you would like for all those posting here to tweet for you. No more than three items, please. ( No "mature" items, please). Be sure the item is twitter ready and around 140 characters. (See below) Check back throughout the day and tweet all the new items posted from other online shops. Etsy, ArtFire, Zibbet, Bonanzle, ebay, your own website, etc.  Stop back by throughout the day to tweet new items posted in the comments.

Please add this tag to your tweets. " #BlueBird"  This way we can Retweet later in the day, simply by searching the hash tag.  Thanks!


By reaching out thru blogger and blog follower's twitter accounts, we will reach a new audience of viewers and hopefully land some sales. After all, we all have our online shops to make sales.

Please add your twitter name to your tweets. This way you can see who is (or isn't tweeting) your items. I know!

Here are my affordable jewelry items:

For #Jewelry makers - Silver Plated Chain Necklace http://www.etsy.com/listing/80421640/silver-plated-chain-necklace #bluebird #destash #necklace #chain #silver @lindab142


Wear your Honeysuckle Pink Dahlia Ring http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/lindab142/2882766 #AFPP #bluebird #artfire #handmadebot



Pirate Skull Earrings http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/lindab142/3729840/ #halloween #charms #bluebird #jewelrybot @lindab142 #handmadebot

Go Tweet!