Follow my blog with bloglovin Linda B's Blog: February 2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Purim starts March 7

I’m getting excited. The Jewish holiday of Purim starts next Wed, March 7 at sundown. Purim is the Book of Esther, the only book in the Jewish Bible that does not mention G-d in it.

There are various traditions for Purim; two of the most popular are eating (making) Hamentaschen and waving gragers.

Purim, celebrated on the 14th of Adar, is the wildest,most action-packed day of the Jewish year. 2400 years ago, Haman, the Persian prime-minister, persuaded King Ahasuerus to issue a decree ordering the extermination of all the Jews. Mordechai, the leader of the Jews, rallied his people, urging them to unite in prayer and repentance. Meanwhile, his cousin Esther, who due to a miraculous chain of events was Ahasuerus' queen, lobbied the king to spare her people. Ahasuerus acceded to her request, Haman was sent to the gallows, Mordechai became new prime-minister, the Jews successfully defended themselves against their enemies, and... we celebrate!

Though we dress up in holiday finery, Purim doesn't feature holiday work restrictions. Nonetheless, all the better if you can take the day off from work and focus on the holiday and its mitzvot.



"A person is obligated to drink on Purim," says the Talmud, "until he does not know the difference between 'Cursed be Haman' and 'Blessed be Mordechai'" -  By Yanki Tauber

At one synagogue, we drank shots of schnaps after our aliyahs, and everyone dressed up. (We did have designated drivers). We also made Queen Esther bracelets with bells and shook them whenever the name “Queen Esther” was mentioned. We started our OWN tradition. You can too!

Hamentashen Earrings Blue Grager Earrings
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Beige Striped Purim Grager Earrings Shalom Jewish Earrings
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Yellow Jade Turquoise Esther Bracelet Blue Esther Bracelet Set
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Hamentaschen Recipe:

Purim Recipes

Hamantashen, the classic Purim cookies, are eagerly

awaited by everyone young and old. They are versatile

and can be made from a good sweet yeast dough, flaky

dough or from a traditional cookie dough. The fillings

can be mixed and matched. Prune butter and poppy seed

are traditional but one can use any kind of jam or



4 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
juice of one lemon
rind of 1 lemon, grated
1 tsp. vanilla extract
5 cups flour
2 tsps. baking powder

1 pound prepared poppy seed filling
or, 1 pound lekvar (apple or prune butter)
or 1 pound strawberry or apricot preserves

Preheat oven to 350
Grease cookie sheets.

Beat eggs and sugar. Add remaining ingredients, and

mix well. Divide into four parts.

Proceed to assemble and bake. See for illustrations.


Happy Purim

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

What is Pinterest?

Pinterest (by Cold Brew Labs) is 1 of the latest social bookmarking sites where users share photos found online. You can group pins into different boards and follow others.

1 of my Pinterst boards 

Pinterest ("Pinterest") respects the intellectual property rights of others and expects its users to do the same. It is Pinterest’s policy, in appropriate circumstances and at its discretion, to disable and/or terminate the accounts of users who repeatedly infringe or are repeatedly charged with infringing the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of others. BUT by posting on Pinterest, you are giving the right to copy ... license or sell your content. 
"We may, in our sole discretion, permit Members to post, upload, publish, submit or transmit Member Content. By making available any Member Content through the Site, Application or Services, you hereby grant to Cold Brew Labs a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, royalty-free license, with the right to sublicense, to use, copy, adapt, modify, distribute, license, sell, transfer, publicly display, publicly perform, transmit, stream, broadcast, access, view, and otherwise exploit such Member Content only on, through or by means of the Site, Application or Services. Cold Brew Labs does not claim any ownership rights in any such Member Content and nothing in these Terms will be deemed to restrict any rights that you may have to use and exploit any such Member Content."

What if I don't want images from my site to be pinned?

"We have a small piece of code you can add to the head of any page on your site:
When a user tries to pin from your site, they will see this message:
This site doesn't allow pinning to Pinterest. Please contact the owner with any questions. Thanks for visiting!"

 Why use Pinterest?
1.      It’s a tool for connection - You pin your favorite items and your own creations (without being spammy).
2.      It’s fun – you can find all kinds of recipes, images and ideas for home decorating – some people take Pinterest recipes to the grocery store.
3.      It can lead to sales. 

Follow Linda B on Pinterest from my right sidebar

Strategies to give people something great to pin
1. Good product photos - Content that people want to share
2. Great life or lifestyle photography - beautiful pics you take in life, studio,
onto blog, website
3. great content, tutorials, DIYs that they want to remember for later:
Style or how to, eg, 25 ways to wear a scarf video
4. Video as a promo tool - cannot pint Vimeo videos
5. See what types of images are getting pinned on pinterest

Make it easy for people to pin your items
-Add Pin it button to your Website to encourages people to pin your products
-On iPhones and WordPress blogs

Etsy and Artfire have just added Pin buttons
-Pinterest is biggest traffic generator for Etsy now
-My Google Analytics for both Etsy and Artfire for the past month show Pinterest in my top 4 referral sites

Come back next week for Part 2. 

Do you use Pinterest? 

Tuesday Twitter Tree

Before we get to the Twitter tree, I want to show you what we woke up to last Friday and some cute family pics.

Sammy the clown

John and the boys
Tuesday Twitter Tree

The Rules to participate:
You must tweet ALL the other posts here. (It is not fair to those of us who tweet your items, when you don't reciprocate)
Only two (2) hashtags
Check back during the day to tweet any new posts.
Post only two (2) items.
Add your Twitter ID to your post (mine is @christiecottage) 
No "mature" items.
My affordable jewelry items: 
Angel Amethyst Earrings @lindab142 #retwt #rtmyart
Spring Easter Colors Earrings @lindab142 #retwt #myhandmadetweet

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Etsy Treasury Love

I’ve been featured in these wonderful treasuries. Show the curator Etsy shops some love.




Felted Bowl by Judy


EtsyChai Spring Green

Tzedakah Bank by Nelle

green_EC box
Heinz 57

by Inessa Copper Earrings

pritty washers
Peachy Keen Shampoo Bar by Angel
angel angel1
SNS Teal Treasury Lace Agate Earrings Sassafras
teal sass
Sat Night Finds St Pat Cake Toppers by Kelly
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Sky Blue Pink & Red Heart Button
galla galla_ring


Thank you to all my teammates for including me in your Treasuries.

Sunday Shop in your PJs

Are you ready to shop in your PJs? This week I'm including a little bag for you. Pick up 1 of these great deals.

Irish Celtic Charm #earrings @lindab142 #boebot #sunspree

#Christian Bible Verses Magnets Domino Magnets @ChristieCottage via @Etsy #sunspree

Garnet Venetian Wedding Cake Bead Earrings Handmade by Lynell
@dragonflyridge via @Etsy #sunspree

Antique Easter Postcard Country Scene Eggs Blossoming Branch #sunspree #etsy @ButterflysAttic 

Vintage Picnic Plates @misshettie @sunspree #boebot

Thursday, February 23, 2012

February Birthdays – Pisces

Are you a Pisces? If your birthday is February 19 - March 20, you are under the astrological sign Pisces.

Pisces means “the fishes” in Greek. The Zodiac symbol is two fishes and it is a water sign. The planetary rulers are Neptune & Jupiter.

Positive characteristics are: Psychic power, sensitivity, self-sacrifice, altruism

Pisces colors are sea green and lavender.

Pisces birthstones are: Aquamarine
Alternate stones are Amethyst, Amber, Bloodstone, Cat's Eye,
Jade, Crystal Quartz, Blue Lace Agate, and Peridot

Amethyst Swarovski Crystal Earrings Sterling Silver Amethyst Heart Earrings
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Green Stacked Glass Earrings Amber Quartz Bracelet
emer_stack_coral4 amb_qtz
Aquamarine Chain Earrings Aquamarine Swarovski Heart earrings
aqua_chain aqua_heart_SS4

Pisces Celebrities:
Edgar Cayce
Wyatt Earp
Jackie Gleason
Liza Minnelli
Ralph Nader
Auguste Renoir
Harry Belafonte
Elizabeth Taylor
Tommy Tune
Gloria Vanderbilt
George Washington
Happy Birthday, Pisces!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Steve Jobs, the Book

I've just finished reading Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson.

Steve Jobs was born Feb 24, 1955. Paul Jobs, his adoptive father, was passionate about fixing cars and designs with clean lines. He was not good with authority figures and often got into trouble at school, creating electronic devices to "surprise his teachers."

Steve Jobs met Steve Wozniak at an electronics class; Wozniak had already graduated but he was one of teacher John McCollum's favorite students. Woz was an electronic kid and became a loner, studying and learning FORTAN from a book. They had a lot in common and in 1976, they formed Apple Computer. The name Apple Computer came from Jobs' fruitarian apple diet at the time.

Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer Oct 5,2011 at the age of 56. RIP, Steve.

Steve Jobs & Steve Wozniak, 1976

Here are a few facts about Steve Jobs and Apple:

1. He was a visionary who changed the way people use computers and telephones. "By bundling hardware, software, and services and controlling them tightly, Applee is consistently able to get the jump on its rivals and roll out polished products."

2. Jobs bought the Lucasfilm computer division in 1986 and it became Pixar. Jobs was not working at Apple then.

3. Jobs obsessed over every aspect of product designs, company buildings, including paint color (white), materials and construction.

Steve Jobs

4. Jobs often yelled, told his employees the design was crap, and pushed them to create a better, more efficient design, whether it was electronics or visual. I don't think I could work for him.

5. By March 2011, 9 months after the iPad's release, 15 million had been sold.

It was interesting to see how Jobs accomplished things and that his favorite meetings were conducted while taking a walk. The technical aspects of designs and companies are included in this book. I found it difficult to read at times, it was almost like, flashing back to another company, another product.

The most important thing is what Steve Jobs contributed to this world. His visions became a reality and revolutionized personal computers, the music industry and smartphones.

I have iPhone envy and do not have a smartphone, yet. I use iTunes at times, and have used a MAC for Web design school. Otherwise, I'm a PC girl.

Do you use/own any Apple products? What's your favorite?

Tuesday Twitter Tree 2.21.11

Welcome to the Tuesday Twitter Tree.

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


The Rules to participate:
- You must tweet ALL the other posts here. (It is not fair to those of us who tweet your items, when you don't reciprocate)
- Only two (2) hashtags
- Check back during the day to tweet any new posts.
- Post only two (2) items.
- No google+ stuff. This is the Twitter Tree©
- Add your Twitter ID to your post (mine is @christiecottage)
- No "mature" items.

So, if you post a comment here, you tweet everyone above you at least 2x. (I'm @lindab142)

My affordable jewelry items for today are:

Sale Pink Dahlia adjustable ring #retwt @lindab142 #jewelry

Blue Cloisonne Easter Earrings #retwt @lindab142 #rtmyart

Happy Tweeting. 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Artfire Collections and Etsy Treasuries

Thank you, Roee for including my pink bobbi pins. 
Tree of Life

Mariposa featured my ring in the above Treasury
She's having a special on leather handbags
Camel Leather Clutch

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Gifts

Thank you, Anne for featuring my kippah. Star of David 
Nancy featured my Bracelet Set in Rustic Farm Life

I lover Nancy's Knit Coin Purse