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Thursday, November 29, 2012

December Birthstones and Birthdays

Happy Birthday Sagittarian (November 23 - December 5)

* Soul stone: any of the tourmalines. Born under this fire sign, you are action-oriented and very lively. Tourmaline gives off an electrical charge when it is warmed and is the ideal stone to match and propel your innate energy.
* Power Stone: Amber Wear it or carry it with you for short periods of time. Ancients believed that this fossilized resin trapped the sun.

Amber Quartz Necklace

* Heart stone: Chrysocolla This copper-rich crystal contains very intense life vibrancy and is helpful to direct energy in a purposeful manner rather than burn it up (as Sagittarians are prone to do!)

Late Sagittarian (December 6 - 20)

Turquoise Red and Blue Wire Wrapped necklace set

* Soul stone: Tourmaline is also the soul stone for later born Sagittarians.
* Power stone: Turquoise is your power stone. It has a long history as a valued stone by many cultures. It is associated with horses and riders (Sagittarius is the centaur of the zodiac). Turquoise gives insight and aids travel (a strong characteristic of most Sagittarians is a love of travel). Turquoise will help you to find purpose and capture the passion and vision to see it through.
* Heart stone: The heart stone of the late born Sagittarian is a little known stone called bornite (also called peacock ore). It is a powerful energy crystal that assists the Sagittarian in overcoming indecisiveness, a common trait of this sun sign.

Turquoise Horizontal Necklace

Celebrities born under this sign:
Woody Allen
Ludwig van Beethoven
Mark Twain
Winston Churchill
Noel Coward
Sammy Davis, Jr.
Joe DeMaggio
Walt Disney
Kirk Douglas
Jane Fonda
Billie Jean King
John Malkovich
Bette Midler
Frank Sinatra
Flip Wilson

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Hanukkah Bazaar on Dec 2

I'm pleased to invite you to meet me and see my handmade jewelry in person on Sunday, Dec 2, 2012 from 9-2 at:

Temple Beth Israel
3601 W Dempster

At my last shows, customers expressed a desire for handmade jewelry like this:

I will also be selling secular jewelry, earrings and glass tile and scrabble tile necklaces.

If you haven't received your coupon, message me on my Facebook Page and I'll message you a coupon code to bring.

Thanks for reading.

Friday, November 23, 2012

CyberMonday Artisan Gifts Auction on Outbid Nov 26 at 7:30 pm CST

CyberMonday Artisan Gifts Auction Outbid
November 26, 2012
7:30 p.m. CST


WHAT: One of a kind artisan items for holiday gifts


$25 Visa Card - just show up to enter and stay to the end for a drawing!

Lip Balm Havoc will be giving a free Growl perfume to the first to show up at that auction - Room opens 15 minutes before auction. Get there as fast as you can!

Find the secret word in one of the listings to win a pair of earrings from Sue A. This word will be announced at exactly 7:30 before the auction starts.

Itty Bitty Kitties will be giving the first bidder a free polymer kitty.
Pinx Jewelry will be giving the first pusher of the night free wire-wrapped rings.

TLC Treasures1 will be giving a decorated table top tree to the top buyer of the whole auction!
BeadCasita will be giving away earrings! All bidders pick a number after their win! Winner to be announced after auction!
You need to pay attention during the auction and listen very carefully! When you hear the phrase "there's an elf in the house." be the first to type "elf" without the quotes of course and win an Amanda Rose Soaps Christmas Soap Set.
Sponsored by One of a Kind Team Members: email:
Amanda Rose Soaps at
oddball Art Co by Lizzy Love at
Lip Balm Havoc at
Pinx Jewelry at
Get It In The CLOSET at

Momma Aroma's at
BeadCasita at
thepoisonedapples@etsy at
Brooke Warren at
Edens Touch Breat at or
Roisin Dubh Creations at;
Linda B dba LinorStore at,, or

Itty Bitty Kitties at Rixiepixie.Etsy.Com
Forest Faerie Herbals at
Vanessa from The Gallow Unlimited at

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Cyber Monday Sale

Cyber Monday is coming. This year, my offer is a free bookmark with an artisan crafted jewelry purchase over $16 in my Etsy shop.

So, if you purchase these Tree of Life Earrings

You get a free beaded bookmark like this Free!  I will choose from inventory I have.

Or, I might include a keychain or purse bling, or bottlecap magnets, depending on inventory

Applies on paid orders on Cyber Monday, Nov 26 ONLY - please put CyberMon in Notes to Seller.

Thanksgiving Already?

Time really flies, doesn't it? It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is tomorrow already.

What have you been up to?

I've been:

  • recovering from carpal tunnel surgery
  • trying to post more inspirational posts on Facebook
  • promoting my work to raise funds for vet bills

What are you thankful for?

I'm thankful for:

  • my husband and 4 adorable cat kids
  • my boss's approval to work at home until I can safely drive again
  • Artfire orders from new customers 
  • the support of friends and family and the laughter they share
  • the ability to mouse (slowly) left handed
  • G-d, who gives me courage and strength for each new day. 
I'd love to know what's on your thankful list. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Small Business Saturday is Nov 24

Sat Nov 24 is Small Business Saturday. It's a day that people support local small businesses ... the focus is on retail brick and mortar businesses, like Paul's Restaurant and Sunset Books in Elgin. Please remember that online shops are small businesses too.

Postings on Facebook have mentioned that by supporting handmade businesses, you are: paying for ballet lessons and sports for children. Everyone is encouraged to support handmade for the holidays.

Unfortunately due to financial circumstances I can't offer you any special discounts right now. I can only give you the chance to wear my bold, classic or eclectic jewelry designs and get excellent customer service. I invite you to browse through my shops to find quality holiday gifts Linda B's Jewelry Designs.

Calico cat earrings

Besides the satisfaction of buying an original design, your funds will help pay for vet bills for our newest cat, Tommy, utility bills, groceries and everyday living expenses. Part of me is embarrassed to post this, but I am reaching out to you honestly and with good intentions. I've added a donate button to the top left, if you prefer to make a monetary donation.

Thank you for your support; it means a lot to me.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Nov 20, 22 and 26 Auctions on Outbid

I'm participating with other small business artisans in a couple of online group Outbid auctions. Outbid is a relatively new auction site that began in March 2012. The cool thing about Outbid is that you can host your auctions with a microphone and talk about your items (or not). It's fun. 

As artisans, we want to make your online shopping experience easy and fun. Please RSVP and tell your friends too. 

November 20, 2012
8:00 pm CST
RSVP here -

Hope to see you there! 

Register to win by just showing up and for every purchase you make, regardless of who you buy from in the auction, you get another chance!

You will be billed by the seller directly for winning bids and 5$ Outbid coupon not valid on community auctions at this time.

On Thursday, Nov 22 at 7pm EST is the Artisan Bazaar.

One pair of my handmade earrings that you can bid on are for Christmas

I've marked down prices and one item you can bid on is this bracelet set

Come and check it out.

Pet Dangers & the Holidays

November and December are two of the most festive months of the year, but they can also be very dangerous for our furry friends. 

Two of the greatest dangers are lost pets and pet poisoning. 

Veterinary experts offer advice on how to keep your dogs and cats safe during the winter holidays.

  • Most pet holiday accidents or injuries are related to pets eating people food or other holiday objects, such as tinsel, holiday houseplants, ornaments and ribbon
  • Toxic to our pets: chocolate, grapes, raisins and some nuts
  • Chocolate is one of the most dangerous foods for a pet. Methylaxanthine, a component of chocolate, may cause potentially life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias and central nervous system dysfunction. Other potential symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, tremors and seizures.
  • Some holiday plants are toxic to pets, including Christmas rose, holly, amaryllis lilies, red azaleas, philodendron, and dieffenbachia. Poinsettias are probably overrated as being toxic to pets, but it’s still worth being careful about. 
  • Other foods to keep away from pets include onions, garlic and scallions which can damage a dog’s red blood cells. Fatty foods, such as roasts, gravy, nuts and egg nog can inflame the pancreas, leading to pancreatitis.

Pets, like people, are also prone to holiday stress. For a dog or cat this could trigger an illness and intestinal upset. Or they could bolt from the home to find a “safe place” to hide. Be sure they are wearing a current ID just in case of escape. Take time during the holiday “down-times” to spend time with your pet to ensure they do not feel left out of the fun festivities.  

If you suspect that your pet has eaten something toxic, call your veterinarian and/or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center's 24-hour emergency hotline at 1-888-4-ANI-HELP.

Source: Emaxhealth

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Hanukkah Shopping

Are you shopping for Chanukah (Hanukkah)?  I'm not sure why we have so many different spellings for the Festival of Lights. This year it begins on Saturday, December 8th.

I am pleasing to be selling my Chanukah jewelry and Jewish beaded designs at a few Hanukkah Bazaars this year at
Congregation Kneseth Israel, 330 Division, Elgin, IL (not in person) on Nov 18, 25 and Dec 2

Congregation Or Torah, 3800 Dempster, Skokie, IL, in person on Nov 18 and

Temple Beth Israel, at 3601 W Dempster, Skokie, IL in person on Dec 2

You can also shop conveniently from home, avoiding the crowds and with the security of PayPal or a credit card and purchase my Jewish jewelry and wire beaded kippot. Here are a few examples:

Chanukah Dreidel Earrings Swarovski Crystal

Please note that these are all available now, but I may need to offer a replacement design if it's sold at the show.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Cyber Monday Outbid Auctions

I'm participating with other small business artisans in a couple of online group Outbid auctions. Outbid is a relatively new auction site that begin in March 2012. The cool thing about Outbid is that you can host your auctions with a microphone and talk about your items. It's fun. 

As artisans, we want to make your online shopping experience easy and fun. Please RSVP and tell your friends too. 

I'm in 2 CyberMonday auctions in the evening. 

One pair of my handmade earrings that you can bid on are for Christmas

I've marked down prices and one item you can bid on is this bracelet set

Come and check it out.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Chanukah Boutique Nov 18

The surgery went well. Got a huge bandage which will be replaced Tues.

I've accepted an invitation to do a Chanukah Boutique next Sunday, Nov 18. John is going to help me.

 to be held on
SUNDAY, November 18, 2012

Cong Or Torah
3800 Dempster, Skokie

from 11 am to 4 pm

Come see me there

Chanukah Wine Charms

Gold Wire Black Hematite Kippah

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

What's Happening at LinorStore?

4Just a quick update to let you know what's happening with Linda B of LinorStore.

1. I did a show over the weekend at a synagogue. There were several jewelry vendors and lots of resellers too. I did sell some kippot, women's headcoverings, but brought way too much merchandise with me and asked for 2 tables.  If I do this show again next year, I will only get one table. Plus, the synagogue took a hefty percentage of my sales (20%) AND a raffle prize.


2. Tommy, the guest kitty is getting bigger. He plays with his big brothers all the time. I have to raise funds for some Vet bills for him and his brothers, so I'm hoping some of you are cat lovers, or know someone who is.

Cat turquoise lampwork earrings

Cat Charm Earrings
cat charm earrings

I'm sure you can find some great Holiday gifts in my Etsy or Artfire shops.

By shopping handmade, you are contributing to my family's vet bills and helping us out.

3. Last, I will not be mailing orders from Nov 9 to Nov 14. I am having carpal tunnel surgery Nov 9. So, I won't be on the computer that much so my hand can recover from the surgery. I won't be taking custom orders for a little while. But, I have plenty of items that are ready to ship.

I'm grateful to my customers and my fellow artisans and family who support my creative endeavors.